Flash dancing......I mentioned last
week about Sugar Land police shooting a dog. Sure enough,
they killed it. Not only did they kill the dog, they broke
down the front door and threw in a “flash bang,” (that’s cop
speak for a “noise distraction device”) in order to execute
a narcotics search warrant.
The search warrant for a house in
Covington Woods yielded two misdemeanor arrests for
Since I am a new resident in Sugar Land,
I am concerned about the police getting a search warrant for
my house because my neighbors turn me in for suspicious
activity and surveillance shows several in and out visitors
(who may be playing gin or even.....drinking it) and the
police breaking down my front door and killing my poodle.
When I talked to the Sugar Land police
about these draconian tactics, they told me this was a joint
operation of the Sugar Land police and the joint SWAT team,
composed primarily of Sugar Land police and one officer each
from Stafford and Missouri City, that they knew the dog was
there, and they had animal control standing by around the
corner. According to Capt. Gary Cox of the Sugar Land Police
Department, the dog was shot because he charged the lead
officer and then shot again by another officer because he
wouldn’t let go of the lead officer’s leg.
I asked Capt. Cox why, if they knew an
animal was present, didn’t they simply use a tranquilizer
gun for the dog. He told me they didn’t have those
capabilities and it was not the protocol. Their first
concern, and rightly so, was the safety of their officers.
Capt. Cox said the animal was taken to a
local vet but it was too late. He said the vet told them he
had treated the animal before and it had to be sedated when
Capt. Cox said the Sugar Land police
truly regretted the situation. My concern, the safety of my
poodle aside, is the forced entry into a home in a
middle-class subdivision that isn’t a “crack” house with a
“flash bang.” I even understand going in tough if you think
a situation might develop, and according to Capt. Cox, the
police banged on the door and called out for them to open up
for the warrant. But, for the small of amount of drugs
recovered, I am beginning to think the Sugar Land police
department is as bone-headed as the Sheriff’s department.
Why, if the Sugar Land police had stopped
Willie Nelson’s bus, they might have shot his harmonica
Other dancing.....I mentioned last
week about our former U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay inserting
himself into the “Dancing with the Stars” contest by asking
people to vote for a particular dancer, rather than an ultra
liberal TV show host. I happened to think after my story was
filed that we can count on Tom DeLay to politicize
everything! Even a family television show.
He brought the politics of partisan
destruction to Washington, found it worked so well there
that he imported it to Austin where he worked on
redistricting the state mid-census and turning all
Republicans against all Democrats. The state government
hasn’t worked well since. Our legislature only meets every
two years. They don’t have time for the partisan bickering
that has since resulted.
From childhood, I’ve been told that
Baptists (Mr. DeLay’s supposed religious sect) don’t believe
in dancing. In fact, in my hometown in west Texas, I know of
people kicked out of the Baptist Church for dancing. So what
is the ultra-conservative who told many he quit his
representative seat because “God told me to” doing getting
involved in dancing on a national scale?
I keep having to remind my Republican
friends that Tom DeLay is the reason that Republicans will
most probably lose Congressional District 22. He quit. He
ran. He didn’t have to. He messed up.
Those fiscally conservative
Republicans.....We at Star Printing (a sister company
run by Star general manager Michael Fredrickson) recently
was asked to bid on printing the Republican quarterly
newspaper. We submitted the lowest bid but my moles tell me
that Teresa Raia got up and said that the Republicans
shouldn’t do business with me because I had talked bad about
Tom DeLay and been censured by the party. Oh, so those
fiscally responsible Republicans don’t care what you bid;
they only care about your politics. Sounds like
Halliburton/Chaney to me.
Actually, I was rather glad we didn’t get
the job. It meant so few dollars in our pockets and can you
imagine the problems we would have to put up with since the
local Republican party has degenerated into a free-for-all
political cabal of personal destruction?
At the same meeting, the precinct chairs
voted to make Linda Howell vice chairman of the party. Linda
ran for chairman when the current Republican chairman Gary
Gillen won. Previously, the chairman could choose the
vice-chairman but after a Dean Hrbacek-led rule change,
voted on by a majority, the vice chairmen must be a precinct
chair. That very night, Linda Howell was appointed precinct
chair of her precinct.
A certain group in the Republican
hierarchy are trying to tear down Gary Gillen, just like
they tried for years to tear down Eric Thode. They want to
run the party without being elected. I think Gillen should
just let them. He’s very brave and tenacious to stay in
there to protect the moderate base.
Yes, the Republican Party of Fort Bend
County is bent on self-destruction. Whether that translates
into lost elections remains to be seen. However, I have one
reminder to the local Republicans of Tom DeLay’s legacy--N I
C K L A M P S O N.