Still looking for Car 54…..When I was complaining last week about the county sheriff’s office using Visual Data Terminals to dispatch calls, I didn’t know that Gov. Good Hair-who-maybe-wants-to-be-president would veto a bill making texting illegal.
The Gov. vetoed the bill claiming it was “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”
As far as I know, most laws are “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” And I guess the Gov. forgot about the edict he issued several years ago requiring all pre-teen girls to take a drug being pushed by one of his buddies. The drug did help prevent certain types of cancer, and Perry had no qualms about making it a requirement.
He also deemed a sonogram bill an “emergency” this year and certainly didn’t veto it. We are NOT talking about a “jelly on the belly” type of sonogram, but a vaginal probe sonogram which will pick up faint heartbeats that women wanting abortions must listen to before the final procedure. I guess that has nothing to do with “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”
I’m not sure we shouldn’t have some sort of rectal probe requirement for legislators to see if their head is misplaced.
Visual Data Terminals have been used by police departments for several years. In fact, not many years ago during another gas crisis, I complained to the Missouri City Police Department about a patrol car being left running during a patrolman’s long lunch. At the time, I was told the air conditioning that was also left on and was the reason I thought the car was left running, was necessary to protect the expensive VDT.
And the VDTs are certainly useful. They allow a patrolman on duty to check on prior tickets and outstanding warrants of someone he has just stopped while he is pulled to the side of the road.
But used as a primary means of communication with your troops in the field is dangerous, I believe. I realize that radio communications are hard to understand unless you are seeped in its nomenclature and vernacular. Probably old patrolmen and patrolwomen dream in “radio talk.” And short of having a cop barrelling down the road typing on his VDT, the radios are still necessary.
And according to the guv, illegal.
We know stupid, we see stupid, but when stupid begins to unravel in front of everybody….Recently a county law enforcement official, who is retired from a BIG city just east of here, with 30 plus years of experience, pulled a stunt that was sooo very stupid, it has been painful for many to watch.
When a police car pulls you over, you have to stop and you have to do what they say (within reason). It is not unreasonable to tell them who you are and provide all your licenses when they ask for them. You are supposed to give them your insurance too, just so we know and don’t have to travel the roads with you if you don’t have any.
Now back to stupid.
This crusty old cop gets stopped by a young officer. Now the old guy, (and that is a relative term) was a little more than hacked off because he was driving a county car and NOT interested in being bothered by this guy who was wasting his time.
So he stopped his unmarked county car and got out in his plain old street clothes and began to act a fool on the side of the road. Needless to say, the nice young officer, who had just nearly been run over, was not interested in being dressed down till flies wouldn’t light on him. The young guy tried to get a hold on the situation, but well, it just quickly began to circle the bowl.
In something we rarely see in Fort Bend County, the young officer stood his ground and actually had a boss who supported him.
Calls were made, meetings were held, and the old guy just didn’t seem to get it.
But his boss did, kinda. He’s going to have him go to anger management classes. So let me get this straight. This guy gets paid to act stupid, and we taxpayers have to pay for him to learn to control his old self and he still has a job! What a county.
After a weekend of soul searching, the young officer submitted the case to the District Attorney’s Office.
And what do you know, the investigator for the County Attorney’s Office, who is the crusty old cop, was indicted on felony charges last week. According to the county records, the indictment is for evading arrest or detention – a state jail felony, although no one seriously believes he will be spending any time in a state jail.
What a concept–cops held to the same standard as the public; cops having to abide by the same laws they are sworn to enforce! Are we still in Fort Bend County?
Now it’s time for that same officer to file a case against the chief deputy who pulled a similar stunt on him just days after the one just described.
However in that case, the chief did call the young officer and say he was sorry for driving off and not complying with the traffic stop.
He admitted he was a jerk and offered to take the young officer to lunch. It’s time for this young officer to prove he can’t be bought with lunch or a pat on the back. If he will bring the case on the County Attorney’s investigator to the grand jury, why won’t he do the same on the chief deputy? I guess you can just take so much heat at one time.
Yes, Virginia, almost anyone can vote….Many years ago while serving as a voter registrar, I noticed that anyone could sign up for a voter registration card by simply checking a box that they were a citizen. I was appalled and haven’t been able to understand why some of our politicians have been insisting for the past few years that voters show a photo ID.
It would seem more important to me that they show a birth certificate or citizenship papers, because over the years, the rules have not changed. You can still get a voter registration card by simply mailing in an application. That card will be automatically renewed annually as long as you remain at the same address.
I’m not accusing any campaign of voting illegally, but this has reared its ugly head in the recent Sugar Land City Council run-off race when ballots were received from Taiwan which were mailed the day after the election, and one from the same address was mailed timely but signatures did not match.
We don’t even know if the voters are U.S. citizens although they may hold valid voting certificates (the ballots haven’t been opened). It seems that citizenship is a federal question while voting is a state question.
It also seems this is the question that should be addressed rather than photo IDs. We have really no way of knowing if a large number of those voting in any election are really citizens of the United States.