Saturday, October 01, 2011

THE RANTINGS OF A MISSIONLESS MAN

The editors will not like seeing this article submitted for posting. They won’t like it because they will say it is already established in most people’s minds that Allen Youngblood adds nothing to our community’s dialogue. But I can’t resist. I have to ask our readers to look at the opening salvo in one of Youngblood’s editorials. Here it is (unedited): “People on a mission are an incredibly misguided group and history does repeat itself. We seem to never learn anything from it at all.”

Wow! An editorial that declares that everyone that is “on a mission” is ………..”

Then Youngblood does his usual Christian bashing and throws the Catholics under the bus by using the Crusades to try and convince his poor audience that anyone on a mission is hiding behind God or using him as an excuse to do evil. Here are Youngblood’s next few sentences: “Take a look at the crusades hundreds of years ago. Folks in England decided that it was their mission and calling in life to rid the Holy Land of the infidels that occupied it and controlled it. This was to them a mission that was completely in accord with God’s wishes and it was up to them to do it. And they did.”

Of course Youngblood conveniently leaves part of his history out. The Crusades originally had the goal of RECAPTURING Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim rule. They didn’t wake up one day and attack innocent people. In fact their campaigns were launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight the EXPANSION of the Muslim Seljuk Turks into Anatolia. So what can we conclude from Youngblood’s idea that all missions are evil? If Muslims successfully attacked Hawaii, would Youngblood say we should not take it back?

Youngblood could have written the same article and said that people on a mission sometimes lose their way. Despite a laudable goal, the Crusaders often did commit horrible war crimes and seemed to have forgotten their original mission. But Youngblood doesn’t say that. He dogs the Catholics for doing the same things we read God sanctioned in the Old Testament. Makes you remember how much Youngblood hates scripture (excuse me certain scripture).

Then Youngblood really tops off his whiny little argument with this statement: “The frightening part about people on a mission. They will do absolutely anything in order to complete the mission.” Those are pathetic words from someone who has defended almost every scoundrel that voters have defeated in the latest elections. His distortions and lack of interest in facts are infamous across Liberty County. It is he that will “do anything in order to complete his mission”.

Even still, if Youngblood’s mission was for the good of Liberty County and the good of our country, it could be that being “willing to do anything in order to complete the mission” was something to be proud of - like our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. But Youngblood’s mission is stop people from casting doubts on certain public officials. That is an unusual mission for a media person. His mission should be “truth”, not deception. His mission should be to have an open and honest public discussion, not to try and beat people down and shut them up.

His mission has never been as holy and good as the Crusaders. It hasn’t gotten off track. It was never on a track.

THE JOE WARREN CASE : “THE AFTERMATH”

While Liberty Dispatch continues to express the opinion that District Attorney Mike Little should have at the very least put Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren on administrative leave until charges of tampering with a witness and threatening to burn a house down were adjudicated. The two groups involved in investigating and defending that case has been working long and hard from behind the scenes with declared war on each other.

In case there is still some doubt who dug up the case involving Joe Warren’s dangerous tirade against his next door neighbors and those trying to suppress it- Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Captain Louis Guthrie re-ignited both sides a few days ago. Guthrie sent out an exclusive press release to “The Outsiders” website and to Vanesa Brashier at The Cleveland Advocate/The Dayton News. Besides signaling to the public that Liberty Dispatch is not, and has not been, part of the investigation – Guthrie’s press release might as well have admitted that this case is over and done, and that the sheriff’s department and "The Outsiders” can only defend what they did from here forward.

Guthrie and company’s decision to put their defense in the form of a letter to the media has set up a situation where they can continue to defend their actions against Brashier and company (Mike Little, Joe Warren, and others). In addition, part of the aftermath of this case should clarify once and for all that despite the fact Liberty Dispatch and its readers have clearly stated their opinions about this case, it is "The Outsiders” and the sheriff that has joined forces against Brashier and other media that the D.A. is using to try and pin and defend.

Brashier’s demotion from the editor of two local papers to online editor, still leaves her with an interactive comment section. Several people have pointed out how Brashier seems to be disguising herself and her opinions under the cloak of the online commenter name “Moodswing.” Her obvious alias in the comment section of both papers is an active critic of everything to do with the LCSO and an active defender of Mike Little and Joe Warren. Guthrie sending a press release to Vanesa Brashier and the Advocate is an obvious attempt by The Outsiders' idea of how to respond to the “no billed” case and the difference between their view of the case and the grand jury’s view.

There are those who are calling for the Federal Government to investigate suspected jury tampering by Joe Warren and his boss Mike Little after the original witness tampering charges against Warren.

Liberty Dispatch is sure the Joe Warren case and his boss Mike Little’s actions will be the topic of future stories in Liberty County.

Stay tuned…

Friday, September 30, 2011

Joe Biden: Obama administration–not Bush White House–owns the economy’s problems

President Obama's administration has long cited decisions made under George W. Bush as one of the main reasons why today's economy is in such turmoil. But Vice President Joe Biden dismissed that argument Thursday, telling Miami radio station WLRN that's not relevant.

"Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that's not relevant," the vice president said. "What's relevant is we're in charge."

Biden added that he doesn't blame people who are mad at the administration, and said it is understandable and "totally legitimate" for the 2012 presidential election to be "a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature and state of the economy."

Listen to the complete audio here via WLRN.


By- Rachel Rose Hartman.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

BRIAN BABIN PLEASE RUN

Texas redistricting has yielded a new congressional district and a hope among many of those who know the history of this area that Brian Babin will re-enter the public arena.

Former Woodville Mayor Brian Babin ran for U.S. House District 2 in 1996 and 1998 and like every Republican that ran for office around here at that time he lost. But he won both primaries in a crowded and impressive field of candidates.

“Had Brian been elected in 1996 many of those who know him felt he might have been the best conservative congressman in the entire country. He is impressive on all counts. Every Republican back then was talking about faith, family, and conservative values, but nobody was a more perfect example than Brian and his family,” said former Liberty County Republican County Chairman Richard Pegues.

Charlie Wilson and Jim Turner won those races over Babin simply because back in that day if you wanted to win you had to run as a Democrat. Babin was too principled to run in any party but the one that he fit in best. But now the new congressional district, U.S. House District 36, will be an easy win for Republicans. And no one running will be more qualified or more deserving than Babin.

“My Dad was dying of cancer and house bound and was so impressed by Brian that he asked to be driven to the polls. He was very sick but the reason he told everyone that came by the house that day that he went down and voted for Brian Babin was because he believed there was something special about him,” Pegues said.

Babin is a Woodville dentist and we are asking him to make one more run. Texas's 36th Congressional District will be located in southeast Texas and will include all of Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, and Chambers counties, plus portions of southeastern Harris County. If he runs, we hope all of our readers will look for a chance to meet him and his family. They would give us the best representation in the country.

Felons Apprehended by LCSO Crime Suppression Unit

Yesterday afternoon, September 28, 2011, between the hours of 2:00p.m. and 4:00p.m., Deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit along with Investigators from the LCSO Cleveland Station worked together in locating and apprehending several wanted Felons in the Cleveland area of Liberty County.

The following two Felons were wanted for Felony Retaliation in regards to alleged threats / actions made towards other person(s). This particular case involved the Tarkington area Burglaries which were solved earlier this month by LCSO Investigators. Those two individuals have been identified as Rucker, Decoris and Shedd, Clifton of Cleveland. While in the process of making these arrests an additional person was arrested for Hindering the Apprehension of a Known Felon. This individual has been identified as Bowie, Amber of Cleveland.

Deputies continued to search the Cleveland area for another wanted Felon. This individual was also located and apprehended. His identity has been listed as Sparta, Richard, a convicted sex offender who was released recently from the Texas Department of Corrections, Institutional Division for the offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child. Mr. Sparta was arrested yesterday for the Felony offense of Retaliation against his victim after his recent release.

At the time of this information release, all bonds had been set at $15,000.00. Deputies from the LCSO Crime Suppression Unit are stepping up their efforts to locate and apprehend wanted Felons in Liberty County. A high priority has been set for all Sex Offenders, including those who fail to register as required by State Law. Additionally, any person who is arrested for a criminal offense and said person makes any kind of threat against a victim or witness is subject to the Felony criminal charge of Retaliation.

In just a couple of hours’ time, the LCSO had successfully located and apprehended three wanted Felons, placing them into the Liberty County Jail. The additional charge for Hindering was a direct result of this operation and persons should note, any attempt to conceal or hinder the apprehension of any wanted fugitive is a crime which you can be charged and booked into jail.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating any wanted Felon or Sex Offender who has failed to register hiding in Liberty County. Should anyone know the whereabouts of a wanted Felon or un-registered you are urged to please contact the LCSO at (936) 336-4500 or at their web-site www.libertytxsheriff.com . As a reminder, the LCSO cautions the public, please, never attempt to detain or apprehend any wanted Felon, you should contact the LCSO or your local Law Enforcement Agency immediately for assistance.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BALES CONFIRMED BY SENATE AS U.S. ATTORNEY

BEAUMONT – The United States Senate voted last night and, with unanimous consent, confirmed John Malcolm Bales as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Bales is expected to be officially sworn in by a United States District Court Judge in the near future, but the date is not yet set.

On June 28, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Bales to be the 32nd U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

Bales, 56, of Nacogdoches, Texas, is a career prosecutor who has been the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas since May 1, 2009. Previously Bales had served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief of the Criminal Division. The Eastern District of Texas is comprised of 43 counties stretching from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico. The district includes six fully staffed offices in Beaumont, Plano, Tyler, Sherman, Texarkana and Lufkin with more than 100 employees, including 50 prosecutors.

Bales received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in February 1989, Bales served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bales and his wife, Betsy, have been married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of six children and six grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

HISTORY ANSWERS THE QUESTION

Yes, for the last time there is nothing anyone can do to stop someone if they want to run as a Republican. Please, enough of that kind of fatalistic conversation. The fact is anyone can sign up to run in any political party, and the faithful members of any party can protect the integrity of that party by signaling to the voters that this new guy is not one of them.

The question should be when do members of a party stand up and say that one of the candidates on their side of the ballot is not really one of them. For those who like to wax philosophical have endless conversations about such things, please talk to someone other than me. The matter of dealing with a party switcher is really pretty simple.

First and foremost past history should be your guide. You must separate your personal feelings from fact and ask yourself has this candidate just done things I don’t like or has the candidate broken the law? Has the candidate done their job well? If the answer is “no”, why wouldn’t a political party warn voters? The answer is obvious – they should warn voters. They should find out the history of the candidate (by talking to people that have been around a long time) and they should act accordingly.

Second, are their indications that their beliefs match up with that of the political party they want to be supported by?

A third thing to think about in this election cycle is contemplating when they announced their desire to switch parties. If they haven’t switched parties by now, then whether they want to admit it or not, they have experienced Obama and they have stuck with his party – until the last minute. Not an impressive start for a true Republican.

People that have not been in the political realm until the last five or six years may not know enough to decide when someone should be rebuffed that tries to run in their party. But there are still people around who know the history of some of these longtime politicians. It is counterproductive to help someone who does not have the values of the party they run in at heart.

Those who do not know, or find out about, history are likely to repeat history’s mistakes.

Contributor note: A turn-coat by any other name is still a turn-coat.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

WRONG NUMBER

In the wake of the grand jury’s decision to “no bill” Liberty County’s infamous hot-headed Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren, it appears to some that District Attorney Mike Little is orchestrating an all out political attack to prevent further investigation of his ADA.

Among the ad homonym attacks on many of the leaders of the sheriff’s department we are seeing what almost seems like an old fashion western movie “meet me out in the street at high noon” call out. The call out is directed at this website. The problem citizens of Liberty County need to know with that call is that the District Attorney and his political machine have the wrong number. They need to check their local listing.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department investigated and brought charges against the District Attorney’s little gun-toting fire plug. Not us. Liberty Dispatch has no inappropriate contact with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, direct or indirect. The Sheriff sure as heck is not taking any direction from us. In fact, we are waiting to analyze whether the department is acting in a timely manner on criminal complaints some have recently put before them.

The District Attorney political machine probably knows that, but we will never discount their ability to be deaf, dumb, and blind. In fact, their reputation for selective prosecution and persecution precedes them. They and their little political friends in the media seem intent on making this seem to be about Liberty Dispatch. Even though our number is the wrong number, we hear the phone ringing and our response will be to continue expressing our first amendment right to make the public aware of the problems with D.A. Mike Little. We are used to the local liberal media attacking any messenger instead of reporting the news. If the D.A. and the local media want to spend their time and energy dogging law enforcement and trying to shut us up by acting like we are running the sheriff’s department, as ridiculous as that is – so be it.

Listeners and readers beware. The same people who avoided the FEMA fraud rather than do their jobs, are going one step further this time.

SEEKING GOD FOR REVIVAL

You’re invited to Special Services on September 25-29

Evangelist Darrell Weaver
Singing and Preaching

Let me give you a special invitation to visit our Church during our “Seeking God for Revival” meeting beginning Sunday September 25 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm and continuing Monday through Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.

If you have thought to visit this will be good time to come. The Evangelist for the week plays the guitar and sings as well as preach the ole fashion Gospel with enthusiasm and passion. I believe you will be greatly blessed, at least, that is our prayer for this week.

If you need a spiritual lift I believe you will find it. You are welcome to come each service and get your spiritual battery charged.

Sunday School 9:30 am
Sunday Morning 10:30 am
Sunday Afternoon 1:30 pm
Monday - Thursday evening 7:00 pm

Beulah Land Baptist Church
43 Beulah Land Drive
Cleveland, Texas 77327

The Church building is located ¼ mile east of FM 2518 on CR 2184.