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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Decisions, decisions....As a committed political pundit, I have a hard decision to make. Do I attend the Republican blood-letting, otherwise known as the Official Call to Fill Vacancy or do I attend DeLayís new club called the Coalition for a Conservative Majority?

Both events are occurring on the same night. The Official ...Vacancy is to vote on someone to take resigned Republican county chair Gary Gillenís place until the March primary.

Rick Miller, who was going to run against Gillen anyway has sent out a letter nominating himself for the interim job also.

I kinda know how thatís going to turn out and I bet that will really be a relativity tame meeting. After all, they hounded Gillen, who was ELECTED by a majority of Fort Bend Republicans, out of office and now they should be happy. What do you want to bet they are not? You can bet your booties that no one will speak up for fear of retribution from the Christian Right and fellow travellers and Miller will be installed immediately.

The Republican Party is having all sorts of trouble. What is happening here is being repeated on a national scale; albeit there hasnít been a wholesale resignation except in Fort Bend.

But the Republicans are having a hard time keeping the social conservatives and the fiscal conservatives on the same porch. The Wall Street types want lower taxes, pay-as-you-go , keep your hands out of my pocket and your nose out of my bedroom.

The social conservatives want to legislate morality and require everyone to be either saints or sinners. Thereís no in between. Believe like they do or go straight to hell. And this isnít just a belief; itís a political mandate. We can see the factions at odds in choosing a presidential candidate.

Now I have to decide whether to attend the Tom DeLay organizational meeting for the Coalition for a Conservative Majority. I have a feeling that is simply a way for DeLay to make money for himself to pay some of his legal fees. The only interest in attending that event is to see who the mullets are who are going to buy into his next scheme.

The book didnít sell well. I suspect his internet site didnít attract many subscribers. He hasnít been asked to be a television pundit enough to justify living in D.C. Whatís a disgraced congressman to do? I think Iíll skip that too. Also, you have to make reservations. Did you really think they would let me in? And you have to email reservations so I canít use any fake names. I sure would like to see who was there. If anyone goes, take names. (Yeah, like thatís going to happen. Tom DeLay lovers think I am the Devil incarnate.)

Busted......Thereís a new blog in town called CD22 Watcher. Although It purports to not be favoring any one candidate, it has tacky things to say about every candidate except former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek.

But the funniest thing about it is that Liz Mitton, who had a blog called ďSave our SchoolsĒ (No one knew what they were being saved from unless it was her good friend and former school board president Lisa Rickert), got her blogs mixed up and the CD 22 blog was attributed to Save Our Schools. A couple of hours later she caught her mistake and entered her post under the CD22 moniker.

The next day, her Save Our Schools site went dark and disappeared from the internet (well, except for cache copies). I guess she didnít want to repeat her mistake.

To quote Juanita Jean, ďLiz Mitton, almost as much fun as Tom DeLay.Ē

How did anyone catch this so soon? Lawrence Baitland, son of former FBISD Superintendent Betty Baitland, has his computer set up so that he gets Google Alerts when certain words pop up on the internet. Save our School must be one of his alerts.

Then Juanita Jeanís son set up a site called CD 22 Rubbernecker. Itís a parody of the CD 22 Watcher site. And as one person said, ďIt made me spit coffee all over my keyboard because I was laughing so hard,Ē

Now you know why we didnít get anything done this week. We were playing on the internet.

More to come on this story probably.

Isnít this interesting?.....Frank Hester, a Republican precinct chair who acted as the treasurer of the group who sued County Chair Gary Gillen over the Lincoln Dinner, has started his own pact. Itís called the Fort

Bend GOP Conservatives. Interesting thing about it is that it was filed on 11-6-07, yet Gillen didnít even give a hint that he was resigning until 11-8-07. Looks like Hester was going to do the same thing he and some others sued Gillen over.

Okay, Iíve spent the last two weeks talking about the Republican party. Iíll try not to do that anymore, except maybe individual candidates. As far as Iím concerned the party has been marginalized, taken over by a group that will run it into the ground. Itís not even interesting anymore. So next week, back to the courts.


Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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