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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BOGUS CHARGES WILL BACKFIRE

The indictment of James Richard Perry is one more in a growing list of examples of elected officials using the power given to them to eliminate what some might refer to as those “pesky little participants in our democracy.” We have seen it lately with grand juries, elected boards, IRS officials, and a whole host of others. Indicting someone needed to be taken down a peg or fired or dragged through the courts because of one thing or another when in truth anyone with a brain knew the person being whacked. This newest mess with James Richard Perry from Paint Creek, Texas better be resolved in a way that does not harm him or this country might as well pull up chairs and grab a front row seat while those we give power to use it to destroy the country using deception and the power given to them to end the great experiment known as the United States of America.



One thing working for those who would hate to see that happen is James Richard Perry is not only a fighter that will use the courts if necessary to vindicate himself, he is also the Governor of Texas. I said Texas. Texans know Governor Perry is guilty of nothing and the courts in Texas rarely have the bizarre outcomes other states experience. In fact, in Texas the people attempting to get Perry out of the their way may find that the courts will do more than just say Perry is innocent. The courts may punish this cowardly and openly deceptive abuse of power.

 Perry needed something to help change the image left with Americans in  the last Presidential race and this may or may not be just the ticket. Overcoming the negative stereotype of him being shallow pretty boy from a conservative-crazed Texas that was either suffering from Alzheimers or stupidity should not be difficult. This indictment could be the game-changer he needs to generate a fresh start and a new image. An image that is closer to fact than the wild fiction the media enjoyed last time.

Perry is eyeing a presidential run in 2016, and though I would hope conservatives have other and better choices, his stock went up with me as soon as the Democrats lied and said this whole thing was plain and simple. The Governor did something wrong and he must be punished. If Perry artfully uses this occasion to be a victim, martyr and fighter, it could be just the rehab he needed. If he had no politicak ambitions,he might could make a pile of money in a lawsuit on this little scheme that has been perpetrated on him. But Perry is a politician and if he plays this right he will get something more valuable than money – he will be getting a lot more media attention than he would in the coming days and weeks.

There is little question that the indictment is absurd. And after watching the video of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s behavior after her drunken-driving arrest, it’s no wonder that Perry declared a loss of public confidence in her ability to lead the public integrity unit. If you have not watched the video yet, trust me it’s on its way to being a political classic.

While proper prosecution of people that are harmful to society is a good thing and reassures the public that the checks and balances in our democracy are working. Concocted, phony and retaliatory prosecutions serve only to reinforce the public’s skepticism about the motives of our country’s political leadership and undermine the public trust. If we needed further erosion of the public faith in our government, this indictment certainly supplies it. It should backfire and the only one that should suffer are those who tried to deceive the American public and harm a citizen by using false pretenses

Bogus charges against a political foe erode the relevancy of legitimate corruption charges when they are actually needed and warranted. By pursuing Perry’s indictment, the Democrats might actually do Perry some good. But in the meantime, they are contributing to the further disintegration of the ability of our two-party system to create a government that functions.
Travis County has a reputation for this kind of stuff and, with this grand jury acting at the behest of special prosecutor Michael McCrumo, they are sure to keep to keep that reputation.

The basic facts of the case are simple. Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, pled guilty to DWI and served 45 days in jail. After serving her jail sentence, Lehmberg refused to step down and continued to be the supervisor of the Public Integrity Unit. In response to the audacity of her contnuing to serve in this capacity, Governor Perry announced that unless she stepped down he would veto funding of that unit. Later he followed through and did veto the bill.

Perry is not accused of abuse of power for actually vetoing the bill because state law says the Governor can veto a bill for any reason he wants to or no reason at all. Governor Perry is accused of threatening the D.A.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Consider the source...

In a recent series of events Allen Youngblood of i-dineout blog has become the news/story in Liberty County.  Youngblood in an attempt to draw readers in to his blog has created a controversy at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  Youngblood has harassed and stalked the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and harassed Sheriff Bobby Rader.  The continued series of meaningless stories and open records act request’ by Youngblood- pointed at the Sheriff’s Office is not only bizarre, it’s histrionic and self-dealing.
Youngblood the Clown

Youngblood creates a controversy by splashing lies about the courthouse security being taken away and how the judges will not have any protection.  He continues to manufacture controversies concerning the tools the sheriff needs to police Liberty County and protect its people.

The truth is, Bobby Rader is a good man and a great sheriff.  The sheriff is not perfect but... Rader is doing as much as he can with what little he has been given.   Rader wants to police more of the county but is short handed plain and simple.  In a modern world, the protection of the people should come first before the county’s other needs but... not in Liberty County.


Next time you hear someone questioning our sheriff Bobby Rader, consider the source.


Note: Stay tuned for an upcoming LCSO story from HCN Cleveland News.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

WHO YOU GONNA BELIEVE, SHERIFF RADER OR ALLEN YOUNGBLOOD


Here we go again. The local blog run by A-L-L-E-N Y-O-U-N-G-B-L-O-O-D with his crazy drama queen reporting is once again clouding up serious issues and making it difficult for county officials to do there job.
 
Youngblood has gone from a completely moronic report that challenges whether law enfocement should be prepared to fight crime and have available the necessary force to deal with situations reported across the country to hysterics about wanting to be called out by name (as if Bobby Rader is physically afraid to confront Allen Youngblood). We are truly a troubled county if Youngblood is deciding whether or not the sheriff's department needs easy access to explosives.

Like a woman scorned, Allen is demanding attention. In his most recent rant, Youngblood tells the Sheriff  how to respond when he injects his own goofy view and his bizarre twist on Sheriff Bobby Rader’s duties. Youngbloods spell out his name in all caps while demanding the Sheriff refer to his proper name when talking to the public about his spin-filled stories and the comments on his blog.

The article preceding this literary masterpiece, Youngblood tells his readers, “Sheriff Bobby Rader disgruntled with the fact that County Government is out of money to lavish on the Sheriff’s Department has sent a letter to District Judges, County Court at Law Judge and copied County Judge Craig McNair threatening to pull LCSO Deputies responsible for Courthouse security out of the courthouse on October 1, 2014.” He entitles this article (which is an obvious attempt to demonize Rader), “Rader Threatens County Officials”.

After reading the article, it is very difficult to understand where the title of the article came from. We can only assume Youngblood is a scared little man that feels threatened by almost anything and he is projecting his on fears on the letter Rader sent officials, or that A-L-L-E-N Y-O-U-N-G-B-L-O-O-D has a personal vendetta against Rader or on half of someone who plans on running for sheriff in 2016. There simply is nothing “threatening” in the letter. It is a heads up on areas Rader will be cutting unless the county finances get better. If you did not know Bobby Rader and his relationship to all of these Judges, you would still be hard pressed to grade Youngblood’s article anything better than an “F” .

The article before Youngblood’s prejudiced and slanted views on Rader’s letter to the Judges is a numerical comparison showing Rader’s Sheriff’s office has had nice increases in the budget and implies he is unusual for asking for more money and ungrateful for what he has gotten. Readers only have to think back to the last five Sheriffs to realize everyone of them has complained about a shortage of money and manpower and uncompetitive salaries. Where was Youngblood’s criticism then. It was present, except he argued the total opposite back when Sheriffs were Democrats. He implied the LCSO needed more money and resotrces when his buddies were pushing for more money.

AL-L-E-N Y-O-U-N-G-B-L-O-O-D needs to be quiet if he wants to help solve county problems. He is one of the problems. His silence would help.  

The county needs more deputies but our budget is tight. If Youngblood wants to help he should listen to one or two of the comments written into his blog (though most of the posted comments are obviously from people who never wanted Rader to be sheriff.

The Liberty Courier has looked into some of the suggestions that are in the public domain and have narrowed our suggested focus down to one thing. Rader needs more manpower, as the previous five sheriffs have expressed. As conservatives, we are very excited to report that Liberty County Commissioners should vote “no” and save the money on looking for someone to run our jail. It is a waste of taxpayer money. In surveys of jails that are able to run attractive cost efficient facilities, it is obvious our jail does not have the updated money saving features some in Texas have. It is also obvious that this is not the time to modernize our jail. Some jails for example have a computerized gate system that allows them to have a guard in a control room use computers to open and close gates to escor prisoners to their destination. Efficiencies like this are out of our reach at this time.

 So Youngblood could have written an article explaining why Rader and Commissioners have dragged their feet on suggestions they take the jail back. 
 
But the real “reporting” Youngblood has missed is the one about the offer from Polk County. The Liberty Courier has checked out some of the facts and believes Liberty County and the Sheriff could solve their economic woes by accepting the Polk County offer. It includes medical and everything else except for transportation. 

Youngblood should be reporting that there are enough facts to accept their offer an go forward. In his report, if Youngblood wants to influence things positively (which there is little doubt that he is not just helping someone prepare to run for sheriff), he could ask what part of the huge savings will go to help Sheriff Rader get the department up to the kind of numbers needed to adequately cover a county this size. 

Instead, Youngblood is in a different universe. His writing provides false or misleading information to taxpayers and can result in so little public pressure to make these changes that Commissioners merely vote for a study to do something we already know is not the best solution. 

If Republican commissioners can’t wade through all of the histrionics on Youngblood’s website and immediately, or as soon as possible, sign up with Polk County, then we may join Youngblood in his conclusion that we need new public officials. But our money is on “common sense”. We believe taxpayers will get to sigh a sigh of relief because we believe there is one best solution and that the best solution is to use the modern economically efficient facilities in Livingston for now.

 In the meantime, could the person or persons badmouthing Bobby Rader please be a little less obvious and less deceptive in your comments. Too many people know Bobby rader to believe your misguided approach.