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"Tyler indicted Police Chief Bruce Ure, Mayor Will Armstrong and the two officials on perjury charges stemming from the Ratcliff investigation."I beg your pardon, but didn't the Grand Jury indict the Good Fellas?
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Many from here have done daring things. I won't mention names here, but the Victoria native who was a sailor on the USS Houston when she was torpedoed and sank by the Japanese during WWII might rank pretty high in daring. Of the original crew of 1,061, 368 survived. The Houston's fate was not fully known by the world for almost nine months, and the full story of her last fight was not told until after the war was over and her survivors were liberated from prison camps. Others from here fought at San Jacinto.
No wonder the state finance's are in such dire straights. What the heck is this really about? Other than the obvious, the lobbyist and Mr. Sizemore, who else is in on milking this boondoggle? What's the saying, "follow the money."
There seems to be indisputable evidence to support the fact that global warming is occuring and that the jet streams are being effected, bringing the polar cold air masses our way. There is convincing science to support the fact that the oceans are getting warmer and that it is causing a change in atmospheric circulations. Whether the cause of global warming is a natural cycle or man may be debatable, but not that global warming is happening. The earth has warmed and cooled in cycles over eons of time. It seems like the weather has now become politicized and polarizing. What do you think? Is the weather now become a taboo topic, like the adminotion not to talk about religion or politics for fear of getting into an arguement? It used to be just the old timers that could tell you bizarre local weather stories. Now, anyone 30 years old rembembers local droughts, floods, snow and heat waves.
The burning question a lot of people want to know is who/what was the genesis for the investigation into illegal gambling at the Internet Cafe? Was it a citizen complaint made to police through regular channels? Or, was it someone politically connected that is involved in legal gambling in Victoria wanting to get rid of the competetion? I don't know the facts in this case, but if somenoe did sic police on this business, shame on them and shame on the police for acting as enforcers for a personal vendetta. Who contacted the AG and got him involved in what seems to be a local issue? Who is throwing their weight around here? Maybe the truth will eventually come out, but for now, there are lots of questions. Something smells really bad about this prosecution.
Does anyone know how does Palace Bingo figure's into this story?
GOP_LoveChild correctly points out that locally, much gambling goes on at the annual Jaycee's Rodeo Carnival each year. I mentioned the Texas Lottery in a earlier. There are hundreds of locations here locally where you can gamble. You can walk in any convenience store and gamble on a scratch-off ticket or gamble on the numbers drawn for the weekly lottery. Then there is always the plethora of legal gambling sites on the internet where you can gamble on everything under the sun, from live Casino house games like blackjack, craps, baccarat, let-it-ride, etc. to sports book sites that allow you to make wagers on college and pro athletic events. You can even make a wager on who will be the next president of the United States. Gambling is found everywhere around us here in Victoria, Texas, from a myriad of sources, including but not limited to the church bingo, Palace bingo, private poker games, Texas Lottery and scratch-offs, internet casino action, internet sports book action, carnival games and betting on pitching washers, horseshoes, checkers, dominoes and the list goes on forever. So somebody tell me why the Internet Cafe was singled out for special police investigation and prosecution treatment? Hundred of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been squandered on police resources and criminal justice prosecuting this case? Now the Attorney General of Texas is getting a piece of the action. This case has a terrible foul odor to it. Lots of questions here, something just doesn't add up. If there is a budding reporter out there looking for a story to jump-start his journalistic career, this case might be his/her ticket to fame.
The State of Texas runs a gambling operation called the Texas Lottery. Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot intends to run for the US Senate when Kay Bailey Hutchinson retires next year. Former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr crusaded against gambling and prosecuted people in the state to get himself a name to run for the US Senate. Just connect the dots. Gregg Abbot is part of the state government apparatus that runs a gambling operation. Gregg Abbot now wants to prosecute and use technical distinctions of gambling and stretch the law to prosecute people for gambling and money laundering as a stepping stone to the US Senate. People who gamble at the convenience stores are going to have a hard time believing the Attorney General is anything other than a self-serving opportunistic crusader out to make a name for himself like his predecessor AG Waggoner Carr. I don't believe the Texas AG showboating as a crime fighter like Waggoner Carr did when he closed down the Hotel Galvez serves any public good. It later turned out that Attorney General Carr was indicted and tried on charges of fraud, conspiracy, and filing false reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in what was called the "Sharpstown scandal". The Texas Attorney General needs to fight real crime, not try to make a name for himself.
The duck test is a form of inductive reasoning. This is its usual expression: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject's habitual characteristics. It is sometimes used to counter abstruse arguments that something is not what it appears to be.
I keep on hand what some people might think is a lot of cash. It gives me great personal comfort as insurance for the day when sometime like what is going on in Egypt today, god forbid, happens here, and I also play cash game poker. The government and the banks don't like people using cash. They have cleverly lobbied our Congress to pass laws making the use of cash virtually a crime, and branding everyone having or using cash a criminal, guilty of being engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering, ill gotten gain, and an umbrella of other currency offenses. Don't believe that? Read the several thousand pages of the the Homeland Security Act. You have no right to privacy or cash. There is very little that is not illegal now days. Gee, maybe we need to hire more law enforcement people to catch people who use cash.
Something strange going on here. The Interent Cafe business was no bigger an operation than a carnival tent. Post 9-11 with the adoption of the Homeland Security Act there are some really obscure laws dealing with money and currency that are buried in the act. I hope this is not yet another blatant abuse of governmental power disguised as good police work.