The only thing factual about your comment is the part where you say “You try raising a family on 7.25 an hr”. You’re absolutely right, you cant! But the minimum wage isnt supposed to support a family of 4 indefinitly. Minimum wage is designed for a young person entering the work force with little to no learned skills. Not a person who irresponsibly chose to have 3 kids by age 18. After some seasoning, it’s hoped that they aspire to something more involved than flipping burgers, digging ditches, or washing bed pans. It provides a platform from which to launch a career, not stay. You should have a high turnover of minimum wage positions. That will make roon for more folks to enter the work force. The problem is the low info voters thinking that they should be rewarded and subsidized for not taking any initiative with their lives. If you dont like $7.25, go to school, learn a trade, join the military, or something. Work hard, and look for opportunities to better yourself. You dont need a 4 year degree to have a successful life.
May 13, 2014 at 1:01pm
Show me a Democrat that DOESNT!!!!
May 9, 2014 at 11:01am
To each his own. I merely presented that as an example. You stated that you preffered deterrent over the ability to wait for violence to happen and respond. I get that. But here’s my question; when you play poker, do you show everyone your cards at the table? If you have a good hand, the deterrent angle may work out for you. But what if you dont have jack? At least you still have the ability to throw down cards for a better hand, or rely on bluffing if your good at it. I’m just saying that when a weapons concealed you have options. When its dispalyed, maybe you will prevent or maybe you wont; but thats it!
May 9, 2014 at 10:46am
Your comment is provided after reading the story, and its’ ending. Did the Officer have the ability to predict what the outcome would be? You state the she didnt fire. Who’s to say she wouldnt have fired while he waited for back up to arrive? It’s real easy to comment from the safety and comfort of your own home. Try having to process the info as it’s unfolding, and then making a decision. It’s not as easy as you think.
May 9, 2014 at 10:32am
Well said RED!! We all have the ability to read this story from start to finish, and with the benefit of hindsight. When you’re in the story as it’s unfolding, it’s a completely different perspective. Time for extensive well thought analysis isnt a reality while it’s unfolding before your eyes. This situation could have ended a dozen different ways, and most of the endings are not happy.
May 9, 2014 at 10:12am
would you be willing to stand there and let her take that “first shot” at you?
May 9, 2014 at 10:05am
Let’s not let it get worse…if she points the firearm at me……
Chances are she can’t see great either….
EXACTLY!! She probably cant see great. So where will that round go? I can at least try to find a position of cover while I try to speak to her. But what about the toddler in the house across the street that gets hit while playing in the living room? You dont know where the round is going, or how many she plans to fire.
 May 9, 2014 at 9:49am
In the 2 fatal shooting events, both suspects had weapons per the info shared in the story. Unfortunately both suspects were killed. I understand that not every Cop can be like your “Daddy”, but even if you as a civilian were confronted by armed individuals, I suspect you would defend yourself as well. The Grand Jury no billed him, so obviously the facts supported his actions. Luckily I havent had to shoot anyone as a LEO, but I’ve come dangerously close twice. The last guy was a mentally ill man in his 60′s. We received a call at 1:00am from his neighbor that he was naked on his porch with a rifle, yelling. When I arrived, That’s exactly what I saw. I knew the man, and he knew me, and from a good position of cover behind my engine block, I attempted to reason with him. Unfortunately between the alcohol and his illness, he was convinced that someone was on his property, and he thought I was that someone. After NUMEROUS commands to drop his weapon were ignored, he began to swing the rifle in the direction of me and my car spotlight. I already had the slack out of the trigger, when suddenly he threw the rifle on the ground, and hollered “it’s a BB gun!” Luckily I was able to remove my finger from the trigger before I sent a round his direction. That incident occured in a town of 747 people. Not exactly a booming Texas metropolis!
Also, as for the warning shots reccomended by one person in the story, per Texas CCP, is against the law for a L
 May 7, 2014 at 10:12am
At home in your gun safe! Strap the Glock, Smith, Ruger etc. handgun on your person where no one can see it, and feel free to move about the state.
 May 7, 2014 at 9:55am
@Ghost & Adolph.
I’ve pulled over many people will CHLs. All of them have been shocked that I didnt make a big deal about it; I applauded them for having one. Additionally, with the exception of one driver that was doing 53 in a 20 mile an hour school zone, they all got warnings. So some of us “PIGS” dont behave badly.
As for open carry being a deterrent, that may be so, but if I’m a dope sick crack head bent on robbbing a quickie mart and see an armed customer in line, he or she is getting shot first. The criminal at that point has the tactical advantage. Open carry will only keep honest people honest, it wont disuade the turd. I am however, for the right to carry open if you so choose. Here in Texas, we dont currently have that right, and that’s why groups like this are doing these OC walks. I agree with their messsage, but I despise their “sharpton” like tactics.
April 23, 2014 at 10:22am
Great Job Desert & Whata!!!
What I consistently find when I encounter a Cop hater, is that they have a sour stomach due to being caught and convicted of a crime; ” yeah, I robbed that guy, but the cop didnt have to cuff me so tight, and throw me on the ground!” Or it goes kinda like this ” I’m always getting pulled over, and I’m not doing nothing!” However, nothing is defined as music so loud your fillings rattle 50 feet away from the vehicle, gang tatts everywhere, multiple past arrests for drugs and violence, no verifiable place of employment, but always seems to have a wad of money in denominations of $10′s and $20′s, and oh yeah, a current Lonestar Benefits Card.
I’m not denying that there are some BAD Cops. I’m not even denying that there are some BAD Departments. Usually the Mayor and City Council, elected by the people, create the policies for the city. So you get what you asked for. What I am saying is that crying police brutality in a global way just isnt accurate. There’s plenty of us on the job that dont behave badly, and I know far more people that have never had a negative experience with law enforcement than the contrary. I would bet you do too.
April 15, 2014 at 9:59am
I’m kind of torn on this one. I agree with part of what Glenn is saying. The facts that I’ve been able to uncover leads me to believe that right or wrong he owes grazing fees by court order. The issue of whether or not the Fed has the right to manage state land is another fight all together, and has to be started at the state government level. I realize that he was given grazing privelges from his Father, who purchased them from his Father, but that covers the ability to occupy the property, not do business there. It’s like any other business. You rent/own a storefront, but in most cases, your landlord isnt going to pay for your utilities, materials, or any other consumables necessary to operate. If he werent grazing his cattle on free grass, then he would have to pay for their feed. Why should he have an advantage over other ranchers that OWN their property and absorb the overhead required to conduct operations?
Here’s where I part ways with Glenn. I’m sure that we have folks equally as crazy as the “occupoopers”, but I didnt see any of that behavior during this incident. I saw folks passionate about their beliefs, and rights to free speech. As for the Militia, i somewhat question why they were there. I believe it was more about their 15 minutes of fame than altruism. If they truly were their for the reasons they say, then they would have declined all the interviews, and stayed on mission. I’ve never seen a SEAL or Delta operator do an interview DURIN
March 24, 2014 at 4:35pm
First of all, what the heck is a milsim team? If you earned the rank, insignia, unit patches, no harm done. If you didnt, and you ARE representing yourself as a Soldier, as this douche did, then shame on you.
It’s hard to claim ignorance, when you possess the necessary mental skills to obtain these items, display them, and then answer affirmatively that you are a Ranger.
Lastly, let’s say that when asked, he answered “no, I’m just wearing this to honor the brave men and women who have served. I wish I could serve, and have tried, but it’s just not in the cards.” My gut tells me that the Vet would have cut the dude some slack, and probably asked him to at least take off the patches, because that could be read as a sign of disrespect. Look the dude probably gets free coffee etc. when he’s in uniform. When I’m on duty, local convenience stores give us free coffee, and fountain drinks. If a patrol car is in the lot, they’re less likely to get robbed, but people here in Texas go out of their way to show appreciation for military service, and I’m thankful for that.
February 27, 2014 at 9:32am
Mt Rushmore is a stretch, but I like your reccomendation. Here’s another; graffitti his likeness in a New York City subway urinal, and call it Mt. “Flushmore.”
February 27, 2014 at 9:14am
February 24, 2014 at 9:20am
Many years ago, I managed a family style restaurant part of a chain known for its’ homeade pies. This location was also designated the corporate test kitchen. One afternoon, a lady walks in with one of our pies in the box that she purchased the day before. She asked for a manager, and when I met her at the counter, she very quietly pulled me aside, opened the box, and showed me a condom hanging out of the filling of a half eated “razzleberry” pie. Naturally I was shocked! Immediately, I apologized,refunded her money, took her info, and asked if I could have a regional manager contact her within an hour. At that point she was very nice, and it appeared that she was somewhat embarrased even to bring this matter to me.
It happened that the Corporate Chef was in that day. I brought the pie to him, and explained what had occurred. Within an hour and a half it was determined that a latex condom would not survive the heat when baked into a pie; especially that style of pie that had a heavy syrup content. All it took was a box of magnums, and a few pies to figure it out. When contacted and informed we werent going to do anything additional for her, she became irrate, and played the race card, lawyer card, and threatened a nationwide protest. It was priceless to hear my regional manager say that if she did pursue anything, we would in turn prosecute her. to my knowlege, we never heard another word.
February 6, 2014 at 1:05pm
Sounds to me like he was on “Fry” or a case of excited delirium. Anytime you hear the words naked and suspect over the radio, it’s gonna be fun!! Last year I took a class on excited dellirium. The growling, and thrashing, combined with no clothes is what they said are the signs. The body temp goes up to 107 plus, and the brain shuts down voluntary actions. If you dont cool the person down, they said they will check out on you. Our county jail had 2 guys die of this in custody. They said that usually drug users past or present are suceptable to this, and it is brought on by hot humid conditions. Who knows.
February 3, 2014 at 6:21pm
That’s right. Give him an eye gouge! I would pay money to see you do it. It hurts when being bitten through a bit sleeve or suit; i cant imagine what the pain would be like on bare skin. The four times I’ve been on a scene when a K-9 was deployed, was awesome. 2 of the four were “nut catches”, the other was on the tricep, and the last was a tackle from behind. Your theory may have merit if you can stage the scene, and strategize where you’ll be bit etc. But dont expect the dog to just stand there and let you gouge his eye, or break his leg. He’ll let go and grab something else until he can get to your neck. You cant equate the pressure of being bitten by a dog in play to being bitten as part of a trained responce.
Well, of course it's going to hurt, but I can guarantee you my will to get away would be stronger than that dog's will to keep me there. It's really, really simple. Most men weight at least twice as much as a K-9, and are physically much larger. If it grabs a hold of you, stab it in the neck, spine or rib cage and it's lights out for the K-9. Or, even an even simpler solution is to just shoot it before it grabs you. As a last resort, take it to the ground. Again, most males have an advantage in weight and size. It would be like some guy who weighs 100 pounds less than me and is 3 times smaller than me trying to fight me off. It's not going to happen. Crush it, break it's ribs, break it's legs, beat it until it's either dead or gives up.
K-9 units have their place, but they aren't impossible to get away from.
January 28, 2014 at 8:58am
I have a feeling you may be right. You should read a book called Founders by Wesley Rawles. It’s an interesting read if you subscribe to this chain of thought.
January 24, 2014 at 2:17pm
I just hope that during the gubenatorial debates, wendy forgets to sling that “face growth thingy” over her shoulder when taking the stage, and Abbott runs it over with his wheelchair!