Monday, October 20, 2014

Major Accident on 146

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During the afternoon five o'clock rush four people found themselves in serious condition from a three vehicle collision in north Liberty on SH 146 at Ridgewood Grocery. The accident closed SH 146 in both directions for over an hour while the accident was investigated and the injured rescued from their vehicles. Life flight used the highway for a landing pad and raced victims to area hospitals.


One car was decapitated and passersbys saw what looked like a mini-salvage yard.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

COUNTY JUDGE IN SAN JACINTO COUNTY SHUTS UP PASTOR



Terry Holcomb Sr., pastor of Huntsville-based Crossroads Baptist Church has now added a second arrest to his list of badges of honor in his fight for the freedoms our Founding Fathers risked life and limb for in the American Revolution. Terry is accused of disrupting the meeting even though I can’t imagine any citizen sitting in the court had his peace disturbed.  

Terry, in fact, was speaking up for anyone there who might have the audacity to want to exercise their free speech rights and address public officials.  Terry was told by an elected official – yes, you heard it right, an elected official – he nor anyone else would be allowed to make comments at the regular portion of the public meeting.

“We’re not gonna allow public comments today?” Holcomb said to the four county commissioners and County Judge Fritz Faulkner of San Jacinto County.

“It’s not on the agenda,” Faulkner replied. And rather than correct what we can only hope was an oversight and allow for comments, Faulkner doubled down. What a patriot. Not! What an arrogant public official who has forgotten exactly who he is denying opportunity to speak – the voters……

“That’s unacceptable,” Holcomb said. If therere are any history buffs out there, this is the kind of rebel rousing stuff Samuel Adams did that has made him known to be the Father of the American Revolution. Even more so, this is the kind of leadership heard and seen from the pulpit in the days of Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson.

Faulkner with the full courage he could muster knowing there was surely some lawman nearby then told Holcomb he could “go outside and discuss it,” but the meeting was moving forward with an executive session.

Saying again that the situation was “unacceptable,” Holcomb accused the court of taking the rights of the people. Dang rebel rouser….. there he went again with something that sounds like the Constitution.

Terry Holcomb then stood his ground inthe courtroom and waited for Faulkner to collect his thirty pieces of silver and protect his fellow elected officials from a time opf public questions. Oh, what a brave and patriotic commissioners’ court! Faulkner mustered up the courage to then declare to Pastor Holcomb, “You’re dangerously close to disrupting a public meeting.” It must have seemed odd to the average person who attends public meetings to hear this…… after all any question Holcomb would have asked could not have possibly disturbed the court as much as this oppressive County Judge!
Holcomb told the judge that he was denying the people their right to have their voice heard.
Faulkner responded by saying, “You can go out there and talk to the people. We’re fixing to have executive session.”

Still seated in his chair, Holcomb said, “You didn’t want to hear from the citizens and you’re gonna hear from them. You are gonna hear from me. You are not going to silence us by your abuse.”
At that point, Faulkner was not man enough to relent and give the people a time to speak as he should have without any help from Pastor Holcomb or anyone else. Instead he called for Pct. 2 Constable Roy Pippin Jr. to remove the Pastor from the meeting chamber. Poor Pippin……

“You have been requested to remove from the court,” Pippin told Holcomb.

“I am not leaving. I am not leaving,” Holcomb replied.

Directing his comments to the commissioners that had sat right there and not spoken up on behalf of the citizens and a time for publc comment, Holcomb then said, “And y’all commissioners that are allowing this, you are all cowards. All of you.”

Pippin implored Holcomb to leave the room but Holcomb remained in his chair and demanded to know what law he had broken. Poor Pippen…….

“No law is broken. You were given an order to remove from court,” said Pippin, adding moments later, “By not following my order, you are resisting arrest. Do you want to go to jail for resisting arrest?”

Faulkner in an effort to feel some sense that he was in the right told Holcomb that commissioners court meetings are not a political stomping ground. What he surely meant was “only us big shots get to stomp on this political ground”.

Outside of the courtroom, Holcomb was confronted by Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Sowell who asked to have a “private word” with him.

Holcomb asked if he was being detained and Sowell replied, “You’re about to be,” prompting Holcomb to ask if he had committed a crime.

“I didn’t say you committed a crime,” said Sowell.

Sowell placed Holcomb in handcuffs and escorted him away from the premises.

According to Pct. 1 Commissioner Ray McCoppin, Holcomb filed a written request to make public comments at the meeting. However, comments were not included in the agenda.

Faulkner, told some on the media Tuesday night that comments were left off due to an already lengthy agenda.  How convenient! Might we expect all the agendas to be “too long” when the County Judge does not want others stomping around his own personal political space? Faulkner denied all citizens from speaking because, according to him, they may say something political with an election going on.

Faulkner, the Democratic incumbent county judge, is defending his position against Republican challenger John Lovett in the November general election. Unless you are ate up with being a Democrat loyalist, please consider ridding San Jacinto County of someone who does not believe in, and does not practice, our way of governing here in the United States

Allowing comments during commissioners court meetings are not required by law, but are a good practice whenever possible, according to Liberty County Judge Craig McNair. In Liberty County Commissioners Court meetings, the only comments allowed are those that relate to agenda items; all other comments are denied.

After Holcomb’s arrest, members of the San Jacinto County Republican Party expressed their frustrations about what transpired.
“There was no reason [for it],” said San Jacinto County Party Chairman Dwayne Wright. “That’s what activates people like myself. That’s what activates people like Terry Holcomb.”

Wright explained that Holcomb specifically wanted to address a resolution regarding the housing of illegal immigrants, which was decided against last month.
“He was upset that [the] resolution he put forth was not dealt with,” said Wright. “The judge prepared and substituted his own version [that] wasn’t even close to [Holcomb’s] version.


Terry Holcomb at a casual glance may seem like he is a bit too much for the average person. But from personal experience I can tell you he is more like the average Texan than the media and the men like County Judge Faulkner will ever admit. The media will quickly point out Holcomb lost an election and Holcomb was arrested in 2013. But the real losers and the people who would look more at home in a jail cell are those who do not see the signs of the times. The charges against Terry Holcomb’s in his ongoing battle on behalf of gun owners and the Constitution were dropped.  As for Terry Holcomb spending money and time out of his own pocket in an effort to represent this area in Austin, he should be honored. His efforts were honorable and his message was 100% American.
Look past the caricature the media paints of this man and you will see someone who has decided to give his life to God and country. You decide whether we will stand with him or play into the spin and the half truths used to make him look like something different than he is. A patriotic Texan fighting the good fight for the country we all love.


Right Judge Faulkner?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

IS FOOTBALL ABOUT MORE THAN THE WIN-LOSS RECORD




If football truly teaches young men about life and that is the justification for its prominence in our schools then Charlie Strong should have every fan in America pulling for the program he is instituting at the University of Texas in Austin. And every high school athletic director across this nation should be able to count on that same kind of support.

Here is an excerpt from Coach Strong’s most recent press conference. He is sticking with what he is doing even though it has cost his team nine players. Players that could have remained on the roster and helped win games …. But at what cost? Here is some of what Coach strong said,
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“The blue print of this program has been and always will be the change in helping direct the lives of young people. I'm sorry that another player had to be dismissed, but when you're told something over and over again...
We continue to develop young men. We will continue to ask them to follow our core values, which all of them have been brought up on. They understand what the core values are. When you are asked to do something and you are part of a team, and when you don't do it then you affect the whole team, and you affect the whole program.
Young people want discipline in their lives, and it's our job as a coaching staff to make sure that we provide him with discipline. I always look at it like this - right now, they are laying a foundation for 10 years from now. That foundation is the house they are going to live in, the wife they are going to pick to marry, their children and how they're going to provide for them and how they're going to raise them. If that foundation is provided for them now, 10 years from now they'll just be able to lean back on it and look back and say 'That's the life that I want to live.
Any time a player is dismissed from this program it hurts me because we are here to help young men. We are not here to run young men off; that's not our job. We're here to help them, and it just bothers me. When you're given an opportunity, you want to make sure you have every resource and everything available to help them be successful.
I always look at it - sometimes you see someone that has given so much and achieved so little and then someone that has given so little and achieved so much.
I'm not hard at all. Those guys have more fun around me then they will ever have around any coach, and that's just the atmosphere that I provide for them. I give them a lot of chances to get it right because I want them to still be successful.
When you say you're going to do something, it's just like your own child, they're going to challenge you. Now when they do challenge you, then what are you going to do about it? It's not so much the program, it's just that young men sometimes want to make a decision where they feel like it is their prerogative to do whatever they want to do. It just can't happen here.”

One sports commentator defended the Longhorn coach and his program this way:

“If you watched this press conference, you can tell Coach strong is deeply upset. He wants it more for these guys than they do for themselves. Some of his values, which I've read and heard described as "strict" or "old fashioned" or "intolerant" or "meat-headed" are, in fact, the basis of a functioning civil society. Basic respect for women, don't steal, don't carry guns for cheap street cred, don't lie, don't let your life be ruled by drugs or alcohol such that you can't live up to your responsibilities.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

YOUNGBLOOD AND SHAUBERGER, TWO PEAS IN A POD



It has been called to our attention by those who are willing to suffer a constant barrage of twisted liberal articles and comments so they can check the “car wreck blog” to see if anyone they know has been hurt in an accident that Allen Youngblood has joined Eddie Shauberger in the continued irrational bombardment and assassination of Sheriff Bobby Rader’s reputation.

Why Youngblood has decided to devote so much of his time and energy and blog space to slinging mud on Rader is as difficult to understand as it is to try and figure why ANY BUSINESS would advertise with someone who is attacking a very popular public official. But we have taken note that the irrational, suspicious attacks on Rader’s character that started with Eddie Shauberger have now been continued by his former classmate, Allen Youngblood.

Shauberger still awaits trial for allegedly sexually raping/assaulting his adopted daughters and for various business problems linked to the business he owned years ago. While we have repeatedly asserted we have no insight into his guilt or innocence, we continue to be in the dark on how him knowing the law was after him related to his unabashed devotion to the re-election of the failed sheriff, Henry Patterson. Shauberger spent hours and days dogging his friends and their wives to vote for Patterson. He tried blackmail and every other coercive device he could conjure up as he forfeited friendships and declared war to try and defeat Rader. We don’t know why.

But we do know Youngblood has now joined the effort.

TIPPING OUR HAT TO THE LOCAL PAPER



There is no doubt one of the most popular public responses to news stories is to blame the media. We have done it ourselves and done it with no regrets. The media, television, newspapers, and radio stations are guilty of having a point of view and allowing it to color its “news”. We prefer and are unusual in the fact that we are very open in where our ideology and our preference lies – the conservative wing of the Republican party. But most media make the unbelievable claim that they merely “report the news” and their own bias is not reflected in their reporting. Hogwash!

With that said and with nothing but kudos intended, locally we want to recognize the closest local media to fulfilling the goal of news with no spin is definitely The Dayton News and The Cleveland Advocate. Both local papers are run by Editor-n-Chief Vanessa Brashier. Vanessa does a great job putting together a newspaper that covers most of the community interests and all the other things a reader hopes to find in a good newspaper. It is a massive, never ending undertaking with publishing deadlines and story after story to cover. She is aided currently by another excellent writer, Casey Stinnett and a small staff. Both the newspapers are a credit to the community as they help us feel closer to each other and more aware of our surroundings and specifics about our neighbors lives.

So what is the catch? Why compliment local media? At times we have been no holes barred negative about media. The answer is simple. At times we have wanted the media to report things they should know about and readers would want to know. And at times, we have viewed events differently.

But we are freely giving compliments to Ms. Brashier and her papers because she puts out a really good local paper week after week. We have learned that all though we all have bias, these papers are making every attempt to serve the public and not their self interest. Unlike competitors, Ms. Brashier’s advertisers can know when they spend their hard earned money and place an ad in one of her papers, no one should feel the paper is so uneven and out of balance politically that they have to hold their nose to fork the dough over.


So here is to you Vanessa. Casey. And staff. Keep up the good work. We will surely criticize you again, but you have earned our respect and we want everyone to know it.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK


The “cream of the crop”, “top of the game” advertising executives in this country make a great deal of money helping companies maximize the best return possible for the money they spend. In smaller companies, these decisions aren’t made by well trained experts and there are no studies to give them feedback on whether they are spending their money well. In a rural county like Liberty County the choices of where to advertise are limited but the decision of how this part of the budget is still very important. 

Research nationwide has been done on internet advertising that might benefit local Liberty County advertisers. To our knowledge only one local blog collects ad money for advertising. With the trend in the country obviously moving toward collecting consumer information and targeting customers on blogs that are proven winners for advertisers, it is difficult to understand why any local company advertises with the local blogger. The host of that blog has advertisers but they are research-based and targeted to each person who views the blog.  

The local company hoping to benefit by spending their hard earned money does not have that capability. His ads appear to everyone who views the blog. There is no target. Readers of that blog and advertisers should take note. When you goon that local blog, the host of the blog will have sold an ad to some company based off of your interest. For me, it may be clothes for grandchildren, but for another person it may be bow hunting equipment.
 
The local company may need to rethink their decision to post ads on a blog if they are comforted by seeing other ads on there. Some are well placed ads that are not local, but (as we have said) targeted. Others may be local advertisers wasting their money. There have been at least three local blogs with fairly high readership. But readership in terms of numbers is not necessarily the best way to spend advertising money.

If readers are holding their collective noses and quickly checking to see if there have been any local wrecks, your money may be better off spent in Christmas bonuses. These readers may never see your ad, or they may hate the site so much they wonder why you advertise on it. neither is good for business.

Corrupt prosecutors who play political games...

There's nothing like Texas when it comes to treating what most consider the normal business of politics as a major crime, especially when the prosecutor is of the opposite party persuasion. That appears to be what happened to Gov. Rick Perry, who is facing charges that vetoing funds of the Austin County prosecutor's office constitutes a felony that could send him away for more than 100 years if he were convicted, which seems highly unlikely.