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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/2/22 7:19:01 (555 reads)

Parker County District Judge Trey Loftin (R) ordered a homeowner whose water well was contaminated with methane to pay Range Resources $4.2 million for exercising their first amendment right to video tape the methane burning out of a water hose attached to the well head's vent.

Yet another tough-talking Republican with a gay scandal. The staunch anti-immigration sheriff turned out to have a Mexican national as a lover, whom he threatened to have deported if he revealed their relationship.

Random works of art turn up in libraries. (Very cool)

Wow - in Austin, don't get caught babysitting while white. Cops there overreacted in a pretty big way to a white grandfather walking his black granddaughter home. Someone called the police and reported a kidnapping. Unfortunately, they didn't use a lot of discretion in investigating the complaint. Be sure to read the followups, because they're instructive in how people recall things under intense stress. When 6 police cars roll up on you, snatch away your grand daughter, and roughly cuff you, will you remember that the officer's hand hovered over his taser, or will you remember that he pulled it on you? Maybe the real suspicion here was babysitting while male?

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Dallas Morning News says Rick Perry has been phoning it in since returning to Texas after his failed Presidential campaign.

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Posted: 2012/2/22 10:49  Updated: 2012/2/22 15:37
 Re: Links and Open Thread for Wednesday Morning
Steve, I usually don't take exception to what you post but the link and accompanying description regarding "babysitting while white" is a biased representation of what actually happened.

First, the police were called by a concerned citizen because a man was seen chasing a young girl into the woods. I applaud the 911 caller as they thought that it was a kidnapping/pedophile issue. I only hope that someone would be so diligent if any grown up, regardless of color, was chasing one of my sons into the woods. The blogger, who was the white male that was detained, went on a rampage on his blog accusing two policemen of tazing him, throwing him around and handcuffing him. In reality, they didn't treat him harshly. The man cooperated without any weapon, tazers or otherwise, being drawn and he was released once a relative of the girl was contacted to determine if the man's story about being the girl's grandfather was true. I'm sure that the police would have verified that even if the man and girl were of the same race. When it was determined that the girl was okay and he was truly the grandfather, he was released. Once he was shown the dashboard camera footage, the man went back on his blog and retracted what he said about the tasers and being treated roughly because, as you point out, what you remember under stress isn't always how things happened.

How do I know these details? Because I live in the Austin area and watch KVUE, a local Austin station [see video link from KVUE below]. The Austin Chief of Police was on the news last night stating that the officers were exonerated from any wrongdoing. The man in question has decided not to pursue any lawsuit against the City of Austin. The sad thing is that this story went viral and gave the Austin police department a black eye nationally and internationally but, I will guarantee you, the man's retraction on his blog and the KVUE story didn't go viral because no one wants to see or hear the dull, mundane truth that nothing really happened. Now, ask yourself this, what if the caller hadn't called. What if the police hadn't responded. What if that WASN'T the girls grandfather and it WAS a pedophile. You would see a story on the back page about a raped black girl found dead in the woods IF it got coverage at all. Personally, I would rather see someone detained until the facts were ascertained than risk that news story!

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/APD-sa ... al-blogger-139921603.html

Way to go unidentified caller and way to go APD and way to go grandpa/blogger for retracting the incorrect story on his blog!

Mary Beth Pinkerton
ex-Lewisville resident
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