Thursday, December 29, 2011

DISGRUNTLED DEMOCRAT QUITS JOB THEN SEEKS ELECTED OFFICE

32 year old Linda Chapman worked in the Cleveland Annex Tax Office from March 2005 to October 2011. She worked there until she felt like policy changes were unfair and then she quit.

Mrs. Chapman left just a few weeks after longtime Democrat Mark McClelland retired and Republican businessman Ricky Brown was appointed to complete his unfulfilled term. Though the courthouse along with the tax office is by all accounts a better place to work in with a more positive cooperative spirit, Mrs. Chapman decided very quickly that she would quit and protest one of Brown’s ideas of how to improve the way the office served the community.

What upset Mrs. Chapman so much that she would turn in her resignation? What new idea would she be willing to pay a filing fee and several thousand dollars in election expenses to challenge? Was she offended that Brown’s methods would cause the taxpayers of Liberty County to receive fewer services or poor service?

No... Mrs. Chapman was offended at the suggestion that employees try and avoid missing work at the first and last of the month. Ricky Brown knew the community tended to come into the tax office more at the first and the last of the month and he simply asked employees to be mindful and to consider the customers and fellow workers when making decisions.

Brown never said come to work no matter what. He told employees to be mindful and respectful of each other and the community and if they have a choice, try to make it to work those days.

Ricky Brown has been part of a revitalization of the courthouse’s public image and its cooperative spirit. He has made positive changes for the employees, and at the same time he has been an example of how a public servant should always be mindful of working to make things better for the community. His race with Mrs. Chapman is a classic Republican vs Democrat race. The Democrat thinking the “position” taxpayers were paying her to fill had certain unspoken privileges and that she should not even consider being inconvenienced – after all she has rights. And the Republican working to make things better for everyone.

We urge voters to tell their friends to vote for Ricky Brown. We also urge Mrs. Chapman to always be self employed so any inconvenience she aims at her customers effects her performance and not everyone else. She was asked to be considerate and it resulted in her quitting. How could we expect her to work and sacrifice on our behalf if she were elected. The answer is simple. She has already showed us she wouldn’t.

Request

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dear Liberty Dispatch,

This Outsider group should not throw stones or have other people throw stones when they live in the glass house of politics. Did they look at Henry Patterson’s campaign finance reports before this man, this outsider from another county, complained against one of Patterson’s enemies?

Patterson needs to learn all of the technicalities – the filling out the campaign forms with the names on the checks, the trusting the donor to tell where he is employed, etc. – these all apply to him too. But no voter should cast a vote for another sheriff candidate because of Patterson making the same mistakes many do – even if they are like the man pointed out, THE LAW. Patterson’s opponents in this race should receive most of the votes because they both would be better sheriffs than him. His opponents will not “import rejects from Harris County”, as Liberty Dispatch so effectively puts it. Bobby Rader and Will Cox will not have someone from outside the county file things on their behalf to embarrass a judge the voters just overwhelmingly put in office.

While I am writing, our current sheriff needs to publicly answer questions about how he has used the resources his department has had due to seizing assets of criminals. Show us where every dime, every vehicle, etc. In Chambers county, former District Attorney Mike Little is alleged to have given each one of his assistance a vehicle and access to county gas to drive back and forth to their homes in Harris County. No telling what else he did with the assets. These assets belong to the taxpayers and their use has IRS ramifications and other considerations. Just as voters should demand to see how the D.A. has spent his and if his young assistant that is running to take his place is a beneficiary of its misuse, so should Henry Patterson be required to do the same.

Let’s take a gander at the goose and see where the golden eggs have gone ! Let's see if the Outsiders have hatched some of their plans while on the payroll!!

Concerned

PATTERSON’S EMBARRASSMENT CONTINUES


Texas Monthly can write some pretty good stuff and they can write some pure trash, but no matter which one they write they have a large readership. Their January edition will prove to add some more embarrassment for Liberty County and our absentee sheriff, Henry Patterson and one of the Harris county men he has hired since he took office (Rex Evans).

Here is a quote from Texas Monthly in the January 2012 issue:

“I see Dead Law Enforcement Careers.” Texas Monthly goes on to say, “News sites around the world posted near real-time updates as Liberty County Sheriff’s Officers and FBI agents mounted urgent, high-profile searches of two properties on consecutive days, fruitlessly looking for a purported mass grave of up to thirty bodies. The law officers later admitted that the operation was based on unsolicited tips from a self described psychic.”

We are yet to see Sheriff Patterson books and find out whether or not he is using money and assets from criminal seizures to pay for rogue investigations by unlicensed private contractors or whether or not political hacks are on the payroll to try and fight bad public relations from things like this Texas Monthly story.

Therefore, until Patterson deals from the top of the deck we can assume Liberty County has more embarrassments to endure. It doesn’t take a psychic to know there are unusual things going on under Patterson’s leadership. Patterson has until early April to prove to the public otherwise or to paint his two opponents as worse than he is.

Stay tuned.

Outsider/s Files Ethics Complaint Against District Judge

Recent HCN story:

A resident from The Woodlands has filed an official complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission against 75th State District Judge Mark Morefield, of Liberty County, for allegedly committing several campaign finance violations.

Tom Curry, a self-described Woodlands Tea Party supporter, alleges in a sworn complaint to the TEC that Morefield committed numerous violations that included accepting corporate contributions, converting campaign funds to personal use, made an unlawful contribution to a candidate/officeholder, filed several incomplete campaign finance reports and did not fully disclose the sources of political contributions.

Curry alleges in the complaint that Morefield accepted a political contribution from a corporation and cited an entry from Morefield’s campaign finance reports that listed a $200 contribution from Security Storage of Liberty. etc.

Tom Curry is more than a self-described Tea-Party supporter.  Mr. Curry is a "Outsider" and part of the coming onslaught against our Liberty County Judges.  The Outsiders have a recent history of hiding behind the Tea-Party.  In fact, they have bastardized the Liberty and Dayton, Texas Tea-Party as an apparatus to place their own cultist into office.

This baseless attack against Judge Morefield was just another delusional "smoking gun" belief of the Outsiders Cult.  The writer in the HCN story should have better been explained as an "Outsider Kook".

The "Outsiders" are trying to make Judge Morefield a victim of their political attacks to take him out with their replacement.

Liberty County can be proud of the work of Judge Morefield and its going to take a lot more than some delusional kook cultist to replace our judge.

Judge Morefield has explained the discrepancies and the minor corrections after taking appropriate action.  Judge Morefield was running his campaign and dealing with health issues during the time in question.  This further proves the "Outsiders" are nothing more than strange cult group grasping at straws to find crimes were none were committed.  The only criminals in this situation are the "Outsiders Cult" trying to take over Liberty County.

LD supports our judges and will vehemently support them against the cultist attacks to take over the Liberty County.

MORE ON THOMAS CURRY HERE

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SHAUBERGER’S POLITICAL PICKS

In the 2012 Republican primary campaign advisor to all of the Outsider candidates, Eddie Shauberger predicted the more people who run against incumbent Henry Patterson, the larger his victory will be. Shauberger predicted Will Cox could not even win the Cleveland vote and that Bobby Rader would lose in the Dayton area.


Shauberger’s political analysis also includes an upset victory by Outsider candidate James Farmer. According to Shauberger, Farmer’s bankruptcy and business failings are in the past and that the fact that Farmer has never lived in Liberty County will be spun to tell voters he has no connection to the good ole boy network. (Editor’s note: Shauberger and the Outsider’s are James Farmer’s good ole boys).

Shauberger thinks Logan Pickett is too young and he is too closely associated with the problems of retiring District Attorney Mike Little. He also thinks that though many people put on their happy face when talking with the Pickett family because of how powerful they are perceived to be, most people could be happy to see their notoriety fade away with this current generation of elders.

Shauberger has told us that when he gets through smearing Bobby Rader’s name he will lose by a landslide. When asked what he could smear Rader with since Rader is known to be a real good person, Shauberger said Rader has made too many public decisions to escape being “covered in mud” by election time. When Shauberger was asked why he would do that to one of the pioneers of the current Republican change, Shauberger just glared at us like we were ignorant. A charge that we must plead guilty to since almost everyone we know wants a change in this sheriff’s race.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

2012: THE YEAR OF CREEPY OUTSIDE POLITICIANS

Shauberger
There are people creeping around our yards at night undetected, looking for something of value to take and make their lives better no matter how much it costs the people in this community… No, I am not talking about the people who have been stealing decorations around here; I am talking about the Outsiders.

According to the owners of the small upstairs garage apartment on Cos Street that failed Houston Attorney James Farmer and County Attorney candidate rents from them – Farmer has spent ZERO nights of the last six months he has thus paid for. Nevertheless, this Outsider wants to sneak into Liberty and take over the County Attorney’s office. “What qualifies him?’ nothing… Even if you wish, like we do, that Wes Hinch would make contact with planet earth – An Outsider who is short on credentials is no improvement.

Eddie Shauberger has slithered back to the Oak Island community where his disguise in that community is, believe it or not, a Baptist preacher. He is a controversial preacher, but a preacher nevertheless. While in Liberty his undercover job is the chief dispenser of lies and rumors in order to get a foothold in Liberty politics for the Outsiders and get revenge for his years of continual political failure after failure. He will soon surreptitiously begin to make Sheriff Patterson look like Wyatt Earp and Patterson’s opponent, Bobby Rader look like the scourge of the earth. When in reality, Rader is perhaps the most loved and respected man in the entire county – and that is on top of being a successful judge, businessman, law enforcement professional and baseball/softball coach extraordinaire.

Creeping around Liberty County along with these two is Cliff Williams. He frequently refers to how his Outsiders do things the right way and how they have formed relationships with local law enforcement based off of mutual respect. What he leaves out is that with the exception of Sheriff Patterson and company, he has no respect. It is difficult to build respect when your bio includes no law school, but does include trying to start and make money off of an illegal correspondence law school. It is difficult to claim you do things the right way when, if you are like Cliff, you tried to run for the job of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas without even a hint of qualifications or bar card. How self righteous and arrogant... Or could you summarize the Cliff William as “conman”?

When I heard thieves were out stealing Christmas decorations in the middle of the night, it was hard to believe. But Farmer, Shauberger, and Williams all rival that kind of incredulous act with their insistence that voters elect Farmer and Patterson.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

SHERIFF PATTERSON’S “LUMP OF COAL” CHRISTMAS LIST


If Sheriff Patterson pulls Santa’s sleigh over as Rudolph descends into Liberty County, the following people might assume Patterson will press the big guy into dropping lumps of coal in their stocking. Patterson and his re-election team have a long enemies’ lists and the ten items that follow are not in priority order nor is the lists limited to the following:

1. Joe Warren and the grand jury that dismissed his case.
2. Every citizen that complains the sheriff is missing in action and refuses to accept the idea that his every morning breakfasts at public restaurants in Cleveland are quality and quantity voter access.
3. Bobby Rader for running for sheriff.
4. Allen Youngblood for requiring that LCSO press releases be factual and not just re-election efforts.
5. Vanessa Brashier for not listening to crazy Outsider efforts to spin news.
6. Ray Akins for staying independent and nuking Patterson’s political strategies.
7. Bill Buchanan for ignoring the sheriff.
8. All the voters in Liberty County except the ones in Cleveland for requiring that Patterson earn their vote.
9. The pot growers operating the two large fields in the Hardin area for not chaining themselves to the entrance gate to their drug kingdom so Henry could catch them.
10. The judges in the courthouse and State Rep Otto- because Patterson’s friend (Eddie)wanted to be a big shot and never could get elected.

The protection of this community is too important to trust to someone so busy selecting citizens who he wants to smut up at election time with made up Santa-like stories. Liberty County deserves leadership that doesn’t promote a culture of womanizing good ole boy-ism like Patterson‘s predecessor and doesn’t deserve rogue unprofessional political attack dogs like Patterson has unleashed.

I challenge Henry Patterson to totally separate himself from these Outsiders and to go public with how he has spent the slush fund created from seizures. Do it as your new year’s resolution, Henry... start with yourself and let’s clean this mess up!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

OBAMA, SHERIFF PATTERSON, AND BIG BUCKS

It remains to be seen if the projected one BILLION dollars that President Obama’s re-election team is predicted to rise will by some miracle get him re-elected. It remains to be seen whether or not the millionaire supporters Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson’s re-election team has bragged will fund his raise will result in his re-election. But what is a certainty and what we have all already seen is President Obama’s headstrong belief that the government spending more and more taxpayer money has just made his re-election less and less probable. And what is certain is Sheriff Patterson’s Sergeant Shultz’s “I know nothing!” strategy of running the sheriff’s department has made his re-election team’s biggest challenge is how to do a makeover so people won’t recognize the Henry Patterson who has had three years to improve his performance.

What can money do for failed politicians? Two very similar things we can all anticipate we will see as both Obama and Patterson throw money at their races:

1) Exaggerations and distortions and spin making them sound like they have been successful since being elected in 2008. They will need a great deal of money to prey on the minds of even the less informed of the electorate to sell voters that they deserve re-election.

2) Exaggerations and distortions and spin making his opponent sound like someone who doesn’t even deserve their own Mother’s vote.

It will be an interesting year to watch. Can money, record campaign spending, make people forget that a politician has failed and that a new person needs to lead us so we have a chance to improve our government?

2012 should be a great year for us all. We are coming to an end to a very tough transitional time, both nationally and locally. We have seen some success and we have seen some failure. With hindsight, the chances of us choosing to embrace people and policies we have seen fail are near zero. Our community and our country are not for sale.

Will Cox Press Release

Liberty County has been my home since 1977 and it is the place where my four children were raised. My wife and I try our best to be citizens who make a difference. Today I announce my candidacy for the Office of Liberty County Sheriff and I intend to make a difference when elected.

In 1996 I was encouraged by Republican Party officials to run for Sheriff and came very close to winning. I ran two more times after that as the Republican candidate. Now it is my decision to run again. Like Abraham Lincoln, I just don’t want to give up until I win.

When elected, I will be the Sheriff who will be available for you to express your concerns to on a regular basis.

If you were one of the over 12,000 people who voted for me in the past elections, I encourage you to give me your confidence once again, The Republican primary election will be held on April 3rd, 2012 please make it your special event and make a difference. This will be the most important election in the history of the United States. If you are registered to vote before April 3rd, 2012, you will be eligible to vote in the Republican Primary. Mark it on your calendar.

Currently I am a Deputy Sheriff for Harris County Sheriff’s Department, and have been there since 1989. If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail at willcoxforsheriff@aol.com.

With this announcement, my wife Shirley and I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and we make no apology for keeping Christ in Christmas.

Will Cox

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We warned you...

Eddie Shauberger said, “We can get you elected”. This summer The Outsiders were analyzing the chances of getting their potential candidate for Liberty County District Attorney elected and they seem to have a very high opinion of Shauberger’s political acumen. Though there are many reasons obvious to most why Shauberger may not be the best person to ask, his thumbs up for James Farmer seemed like all they needed to set their plans into motion. Months after Farmer announced at a political meeting that he was running for D.A., Shauberger and The Outsiders have decided they could help Sheriff Patterson in his efforts to overthrow the judiciary more by obviously running for County Attorney. We warned Liberty County… these people, these Outsiders, are serious about “Taking Liberty County” (Ironically the title of a series of articles they wrote several months ago).

The large thick glasses and the curly, almost wild hair and scruffy facial look may not be what Liberty is use to when lawyers run for elective offices, but his looks may be the least of James Farmers obstacles. Farmer’s odd rhetoric covering a wide range of topics may not be something voters ever get a chance to hear on the campaign trail because of Patterson’s, Shauberger’s and the Outsiders’ tendency to hide out from the public with the exception of hundreds of early morning breakfasts.

One minute Farmer apologizes for having a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket, “I know they are bad for me and I have been meaning to quit.” The next minute he is talking about he is not a Christian but he is “real close” to becoming one (he even “went to a Jewish Passover dinner with friends not long ago”.) To add to his bizarre rhetoric in the same short conversation he intermittently refers to various court cases on topics no one in the conversation mentioned. He also goes into a weird legal rationale of why he shouldn’t have to pay taxes or file income tax forms. James Farmer is a knowledgeable person and we can see how perfectly he fits in with The Outsiders, but his intellect is misplaced. His charm may be disarming, but his goals (and the goals of Shauberger and the Outsiders) are alarming.

But all of this description of brief encounters with this man is not the most troubling things voters need to know about James Farmer. His bankruptcies and money troubles and the long list of “companies” he is affiliated with are troubling, but the effort of what many might call a failed Houston businessman to come and help with the Patterson takeover is most troubling.

Farmer has the same problem the last Democrat that ran for County Judge had. He is not from here. Remember how Ken Morrison said he was building a cabin right on the county line and that was his proof that he intended to be a county resident? Farmer rented an upstairs apartment near downtown Liberty approximately six months ago (six months is the residency requirement to run for this office). The owners of the garage apartment say Farmer has never spent one night in the apartment.

Eddie Shauberger and his Outsider friends boast that keeping Patterson sheriff and getting Farmer elected is just the beginning. They are eyeing the 2014 election and putting black robes on people they hand pick.

Candidate James Farmer has officially signed up to run for Liberty County Attorney with odd credentials, odd history and candidate qualifications apparently based in fraud. Does Liberty County need a prospective public official already trying to pull a fast one on Liberty County before they are even elected?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Liberty County 2012 Republican Candidates

December 19, 2011 (Liberty Dispatch Support)

County Tax-Assessor Collector- Richard L. Brown
County Tax-Assessor Collector- Debra Glenn

Liberty County Attorney- Wesley N. Hinch
Liberty County Attorney- James Farmer

District Attorney 253rd District- Karen McNair
District Attorney 253rd District- Logan Edward Pickett

Sheriff- Henry Patterson
Sheriff- Bobby Rader, Jr.
Sheriff- Will Cox

Constable- Pct 1 Timothy Allison
Constable- Pct 1 A.W. Bowdoin

Constable- Pct 2 Juan Alfaro

Constable- Pct 3 Danny Frankum
Constable- Pct 3 Tommy Koen
Constable- Pct 3 Darrell Wayne Elliott

Constable- Pct 4 Robert Earl Thornton
Constable- Pct 4 Chad Pafford
Constable- Pct 4 Leroy Hanel

Constable- Pct 5 L.W. Despain

Constable- Pct 6 John Joslin
Constable- Pct 6 James McQueen

Justice of Peace Pct 1- Darla Smith Diaz
Justice of Peace Pct 1- Lawrence Wilson Wagnon
Justice of Peace Pct 1- John Wayne Wilson
Justice of Peace Pct 1- Roy Dwain House
Justice of Peace Pct 1- Libby Simonson

Commissioner Pct 1- Herbert Oreschnigg
Commissioner Pct 1- Mike McCarty

Commissioner Pct 3- Chance Ward
Commissioner Pct 3- Eddie C. Lowery
Commissioner Pct 3- David S. Whitmire
Commissioner Pct 3- Bobby K. Lum

County Chairman- Ken Coleman

Monday, December 12, 2011

THE LOGAN THEORY

If you are like me and you have wondered why someone so young and so inexperienced like Liberty County candidate Logan Pickett is running for District Attorney, here are a few theories to consider. One or all may apply.

Shortly after his 29th birthday Logan Pickett has decided to run for Liberty County District Attorney and there is nothing in his career path thus far that suggest he is ready for the job or that he intended to run. So what is happening?

Theory I:
District Attorney Mike Little thinks he can force voters to choose someone in his office and he feels he needs to so he is protected by one of his employees being his successor.

Theory II:
The current employees in the District Attorney’s office fear losing their job so they pooled the persuasiveness they learned in law school and talked the youngest trainee in the department to run – so if he wins they can run the office.

Theory III:
Logan Pickett is from a family that has always had an unusually strong and disproportionate influence on Liberty and now Logan wants to increase his family legacy by being the number one prosecutor for the entire county.

Theory IV:
The Pickett law firm has always had a strong influence in the D.A.’s office and they want to keep it that way.

Theory V:
Though the Picketts have supported state and national Republicans they have never supported anything but Democrats locally and they see a chance to play catch up and become leaders in a local Republican party they have heretofore wanted to shut up.

Theory VI:
Former Judge Rusty Hight’s daughter is named after Logan Pickett’s mother (Laura) and their families are close. Just like Hight tried to beat one of his political enemies last election by running a candidate in order to obtain his revenge, he is doing the same with Logan.

Under each scenario, it could be surmised that Logan Pickett is a tool.

Perceptually, it could be stated that Logan Pickett is driven, maybe driven by the same arrogance, sense of entitlement and self righteousness that those before him like Rusty Hight have mistakenly believed.

Regardless of which one, or if all, of these theories is correct, Logan Pickett would better serve Liberty County and himself by waiting until he has the experience and the maturity to hold higher office. His campaign padding the numbers of cases he has tried and trying to make him look ready will not fool a county that is so closely in touch with each other. Deception and revenge are a bad basis for getting elected. Voters want change, not more of the same.

MOREFIELD FULFILLING VOTER’S EXPECTATIONS (Part I)

For years local Republicans have advertised the good things that would happen if voters put conservatives on every bench in the Liberty County Courthouse. So when the votes were counted in November 2009 and Tommy Chambers, Chap Cain, and Mark Morefield swept into the courthouse with large margins of victory, it was time to put up or shut up.

Liberty County has watched as the months have gone by and these three judges have proven to have been everything conservatives had hoped for. They joined with County Judge Craig McNair and engineered substantial money saving procedures by reducing the time taxpayers pay to house people accused of nonviolent crimes. That program alone will save the county millions over the years.

Then if you look into the day to day work, you find the two new judges are more out of the hard working mold of Chap Cain than the one of their predecessors. 75th District Court Judge Mark Morefield, for example, worked into dark thirty on November 28th to get juries for three cases. Then Judge Morefield presided over almost as many jury trials in four days as former District Judge Rusty Hight use to in a year.

But politically active conservatives are very aware that no matter how efficient and no matter how hard working and no matter fair and just everyone else is in the courthouse, if the people in the District Attorneys office drag their feet and wait as long as they did to get these three cases to trial, then fair and speedy trials will continue to be a problem. Our hats are off to the Judge in these three cases, to the juries, to the bailiffs and the court reporters and everyone else involved …… everyone except the prosecutors - Logan Pickett, and Mike Little. (Part II coming soon)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

PATTERNS OF CORRUPTION AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS

In a lifetime most of us have seen enough corruption to have experienced a pattern that happens among public officials when they have been found out. The pattern goes something like this: First, ignore the accusations as if they go unheard. Second, if someone comes forward and gives a public voice to what was said privately, belittle or attack the messenger and hide behind the authority voters have given them or their constitutional rights. Third, if forced to reveal the facts, blame someone else.

District Attorney Mike Little and Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson could both be in stage three concerning allegations of them misusing the seized assets their respective have been the steward of. Both have ignored rather than responded to an outcry for openness concerning thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands, of dollars worth of assets.

Little eventually disclosed how much was still in the fund. But that seems to be some kind of gesture to pacify people or some kind of political ploy when one considers what the crux of the matter is. Since Little should know the allegations are about how the funds have been used or spent, why would he suddenly reveal how much is left in the fund if it isn’t to try and appease his accusers?

Or is Little like Sheriff Patterson and his re-election squad? Patterson and his team seem to have reacted to Liberty Dispatch asking the Sheriff the same question he enjoyed us asking the D.A. by firing off comments to us asking us who “the hell” we think we are? They also communicated and indicating that the public couldn’t care less about holding them accountable.

So if they are true to form, the next reaction we will get from the D.A. and the Sheriff after they spend time railing on us will be to assign blame. We say that because if every one on the commissioners’ court is too timid to pursue this, it will still be pursued. The assets that are confiscated are not the personal property of the Mike Little or Henry Patterson. They can holler “politics”, or they can try and put the blame on someone they don’t like, but the public deserves accountability from its public officials.

Mike Little has had three decades in the office of District Attorney and it is shocking to think the huge money that is that has been spent outside the county budget. Will he blame former County Attorney Jack Hartel? Hartel served as the County Attorney most of those years. Or will the longtime Democrat D.A. blame our new Republican County Attorney Wes Hinch?

Of course, if Little and Patterson want to see some fair and balanced reporting by Liberty Dispatch and show they are guilty of nothing, they will skip stage three of what corrupt public officials routinely do and they will disclose to the public how they have spent their slush fund money and allow the paper trail to be examined.

Liberty County will have a new District Attorney in less than twelve months and it is our hope that if we have not been able to shake Little and Patterson loose from records on this matter that the new D.A. will make the information public, and if assets have been stolen Little and/or Patterson will be treated like anyone else.

There is a pattern concerning what is usually done to public officials who misuse county assets and get caught. It is called a jury trial and a sentence of time in the slammer and a large fine. Hopefully we are just seeing a stinginess of cooperation and soon we will see commissioners’ court act and we will see everything is in order. But we are off to a slow start if that ends up being true.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Guthrie answers allegations

Liberty Dispatch posted a story asking questions about Captain Louis Guthrie and allegations surrounding him wrecking the LCSO's dually truck on South Padre Island. We suggested to Guthrie and Sheriff Patterson that the proper way of handling the allegations was to confront them and to tell the truth and get the information to those who pay their salaries (the taxpayers) out ASAP. Captain Guthrie has responded quickly and we will honor his request for an opportunity to clarify the facts. Guthrie has admitted he did have a wreck on the causeway and asked LD to withhold our story until he sends us the accident report Monday. We are yet to hear from Sheriff Patterson. We hope to pursue this story with the cooperation of officials, but we will get to the facts despite any attempts to cover them up. With their help, we will do so in a fair and balanced manner.

Stay tuned for updates.

December 10, 2011 - Liberty County Republican Candidate List to Date

December 10, 2011
Republican Candidate List to Date

County Tax-Assessor – Collector Richard L. Brown

Liberty County Attorney Wesley N. Hinch

District Attorney, 253rd District Karen McNair
District Attorney, 253rd District Logan Edward Pickett

Sheriff Henry Patterson
Sheriff Bobby Rader, Jr.

Constable, Pct 1 Timothy Allison
Constable, Pct 1 A. W. Bowdoin
Constable, Pct 3 Danny Frankum
Constable, Pct 3 Tommy Koen
Constable, Pct.3 Darrell Wayne Elliott
Constable, Pct 4 Robert (Robby) Earl Thornton, Jr.
Constable, Pct 4 Chad Pafford
Constable, Pct4 Leroy Hanel
Constable, Pct 5 L. W. Despain
Constable, Pct 6 John Joslin
Constable, Pct6 James McQueen

Justice of Peace, Pct.1 Darla Smith Diaz
Justice of Peace, Pct 1 Lawrence Wilson Wagnon
Justice of Peace, Pct 1 John Wayne Wilson
Justice of Peace, Pct 1 Roy Dwain House

Commissioner, Pct 1 Herbert Oreschnigg
Commissioner, Pct 1 Mike McCarty

Commissioner, Pct 3 Chance Ward
Commissioner, Pct 3 Eddie C. Lowery
Commissioner, Pct 3 David S. Whitmire

County Chairman Ken Coleman

PRESS RELEASE: Roy House for Liberty County JP #1

Roy House has joined the field of candidates for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1. Roy graduated from Liberty High School in 1965 and furthered his education at Lee College and the University of Houston. Roy served a 2 1/2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in France where he was closely associated in leadership positions with Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Following his mission he worked locally in family businesses (aviation, construction and ranching) until joining the Houston Police Department in 1973. He served in the US Army National Guard 143rd Infantry, 71st Airborne Brigade receiving an honorable discharge in 1975 after six years of service. Roy retired from Houston PD in 1996 where he served most of his career as a detective and later as a detective sergeant. He was recognized with the coveted "Houston Police Officer of the Year" Award in 1991 for his work against organized crime having been nominated by the Harris County DA's office. Roy received many other awards during his career and was interviewed regarding cases locally and nationally many times including a two part segment on Dateline (NBC) regarding his ground breaking work in sting operations against con artists.

Roy says, "I am a life long conservative. I was conservative in Liberty way 'before it was cool' and favored the Republican Party early on. I used to get razzed a lot at school but it was usually in good fun". He ran unsuccessfully in the Republican Primary for Sheriff in the 2000 primary. "I learned a lot. I was outworked. I spent too much time working my regular job which took me out of the county a great deal. It was not the right time for me to run."

Following retirement Roy House worked as a certified officer in the fraud unit of Texas Department of Insurance. His main boss was John Cornyn who later became a US Senator from Texas. Roy also obtained a private investigator license and later investigated many cases involving fraud. He worked as a contract investigator for the civil division of the US Department of Justice on superfund clean-up investigations. Along with that he did deportee escort duties for US Immigration Service flying with stowaways from the Port of Houston to the illegal immigrants' home countries. "That ended in 2001 after the Twin Towers tragedy, but even before that happened we were taking some people back home I would suspect were potential jihadists. The rest were just people trying to beat the system."

In early 2005 Ken Defoor was asked to serve as municipal judge in Kenefick. Mr. Defoor politely declined due to his many commitments and recommended Roy House for the position. "Ken told me his recommendation to the city was to appoint a well qualified person from outside the city on the theory that an outsider was less likely to be influenced by kinships or friendships in adjudicating cases of a small town. Mine was the name he suggested and after screening and appointment I have served until now. The great thing about it was I had to get the same training all non-lawyer judges receive and then a lot of courtroom time clearing a huge back log. The people in Kenefick are great and I love serving as judge."

Judge House states, "My philosophy is taken from the US Constitution. 'All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...' The 'class c courts' are the highest volume courts by a huge margin. This is the court most people have dealings with as a defendant or complainant. It is in the first line of defense of society against minor crimes and infractions and when it is administered and conducted properly it greatly increases public trust and confidence in local communities."

Roy is married to Jan House. They have five children and seven grandchildren. He is an active member of the Liberty Lion's Club and serves as scoutmaster for Liberty Troop 356 which is chartered by the Mormon Church.

"I am running because I have the background and experience to do a good job in replacing Judge Rader. I am running because I believe in justice tempered with mercy. I am running because I am a hard worker and this is a hard job."

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sheriff Patterson still covering up crimes?

Sheriff Patterson and county officials in charge of oversight of the county’s assets are hereby notified that there are allegations being made by some that one of the Sheriff’s top people, Captain Guthrie, wrecked a county vehicle while in Padre Island under tawdry circumstances. Guthrie and others were there allegedly attending a law enforcement continuing education class in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Allegations like this may simply be rumors or a misunderstanding of the facts, but when concerns like these reach a certain level, taxpayers deserve those who oversee the county assets (the commissioners) take an official look into the matter and into Sheriff Patterson’s actions. Silence from public officials benefits no one.

The vehicle that is said to have been wrecked is the county dually Ford truck that was used to pull a trailer and haul stray livestock during former Sheriff Greg Arthur’s administration. Sheriff Patterson shut that operation down and farmed that work out to friends of his with the idea that it could save the county money. The status of the truck is what is now in question. If it is true the truck still is a county asset and that Louis Taylor Guthrie, one of the people Patterson imported to fill a leadership role in the LCSO, wrecked it, then where was he when it was wrecked and was he there on county business? There are allegations of a wrecked truck after a night of heavy drinking and a visit to a topless bar in Padre Island. There and are even allegations that one of the (Hispanic) women involved in their escapades says she was forced to perform sexual acts beyond her will. All culminating with attorneys from Corpus noticing Liberty County of lawsuit/s. What really happened?

If the allegations prove to be true, then questions about Patterson covering the matter up should follow since the approximate four months since it happened. If a cover up has occurred, then we are left wondering what else Sheriff Henry Patterson is covering up.

Because history tells us that matters like this in Liberty County seem to result in every official sitting around doing nothing, we will lay out how easily this is handled by good honest politicians. Patterson and/or Guthrie can simply report the circumstances concerning the vehicle, spending receipts along with their whereabouts in Corpus Christi and Padre Island and that no county policies have been violated. The commissioners’ court and/or County Attorney Wes Hinch can verify that the vehicle has not been wrecked or that it was wrecked in Liberty County or else ware and that Guthrie was in the county’s dually on county business that far from here.

In anticipation of Patterson’s re-election… his investigation team inviting us all to breakfast in Cleveland if we want to visit with the Sheriff, Liberty Dispatch and the rest of the public appreciate the invitation, but we respectfully decline and would like our Sheriff to start communicating more effectively with those of us who actually live here and pay taxes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Republican Mike McCarty runs for Pct. 1 Commissioner Position

Long time Liberty County resident and businessman Mike McCarty is pleased to announce his candidacy for his party’s nomination for the office of County Commissioner of Precinct 1 in the March 6th, 2012 Republican primary.

McCarty has been deeply involved in the community, most notably as a member of the Liberty City Council serving as Mayor Pro-Tem for the last four of seven terms. McCarty also serves as Vice President of the Liberty Community Development Corporation and as a member of the Liberty Municipal Airport Advisory Board. He has been a part of bringing much needed infrastructure improvements to the City of Liberty and also bringing Boomerang Tubular LLC and its over 500 jobs to South Liberty County.

McCarty believes if elected he could encourage economic growth in Precinct 1 as well as all of Liberty County. He states, “It’s important to create jobs and skills here where we live. It is just as important County Commissioners adhere to a budget that does not severely burden those who live here. Transparency must always prevail and good decisions are more important than ever.”

McCarty insists Liberty County will prosper with clear direction and a unified governing body- “Good leadership with a vision must be the driving force in county government. Good ideas and good decisions are a must.”

Again, Mike McCarty is seeking the Republican nomination for Liberty County Commissioner, Precinct 1 in the primary election being held on March 6th, 2012.

Monday, December 5, 2011

THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD? SHERIFF PATTERSON’S COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR...

Of course, being Sheriff Patterson’s communication director is not the worst job in the world. But for all the power a communication director has when his boss is constantly missing in action, there is also pressure. It is difficult to lead when you don’t have the title and Patterson has the title but refuses to lead. His idea of leadership is inviting people to ask questions at one of his daily breakfasts in Cleveland – breakfasts where he has been surrounded by an almost ex officio Sheriff’s cabinet made up of some real characters from outside of Liberty County that are as unqualified as they are unpublicized.

A review of two different newsworthy items reveals the dilemma. When i-dineout.com editor had his fill of press releases coming out of the LCSO taking credit for things they didn’t do and exaggerating the LCSO’s role, he expressed no beef with the hard working deputies. He was exasperated by Sheriff Patterson and his public relations officer, Steve Green and more recently Rex Evans. The press releases must have appeared to i-dineout the same way they did to others – like “Re-elect Sheriff Patterson news releases”. So much so that it seems i-dineout decided to draw a line in the sand and force Patterson to recognize he needed to step up to the plate and be more forthcoming. But Patterson decided to continue to lead from the shadows.

In the absence of what should have been a simple statement from Patterson, or a responsive press release regarding questions about arrests made at multiple meth lab crime scenes, i-dineout expressed doubts about how truthful the press releases were coming out of the LCSO. Liberty Dispatch has been at odds with i-dineout for years, but the truthfulness of Patterson’s press releases has been a subject of some doubt by a great many people, not just i-dineout.

Rather than respond and tell the people that pay his salary more about the meth lab busts, his spokesman at the time, Steve Green, gets all bogged down in what he can legally withhold and all of the processes involved in PIA’s (Public Information Act ). Rather than Patterson step forward and explain what he could and then explain that until the appropriate time the rest of the details would be withheld pending investigation, Green did what he did much of the time he was in charge of communications for Patterson. He stonewalled.

And GUESS WHO has come to his defense? THE OUTSIDERS! - Which by the way tends to corroborate everything we have been saying about Patterson’s relationship to these “Outsider” people. The same people who refer us to Patterson’s breakfast when we have asked for Patterson to show the public the money trail in and out of the slush fund he has control of from seizures. So they seem to really be defending a process that makes the Sheriff unaccountable and protects them from any revelations of being paid for their services through the slush fund. Patterson should begin by telling the media what his relationship is to Eddie Shauberger and Fuddy Williams, and follow that up with evidence that no money or any other form of payment has been given to them.

The same dynamics could have happened to Liberty Dispatch as did i-dineout when we questioned the press release the LCSO did about two large marijuana fields. We knew Shauberger was bragging that the Outsiders and Patterson felt like the news of two large seizures of pot all but ended any chance that Patterson would not be re-elected. As they celebrated we tossed out a very simple question: “why did the Sheriff arrest pot plants and fail to arrests pot growers?’ 

(Reference: Eddie Shauberger went to school with Allen Youngblood and is the main source of Intel for Liberty County related information given to“The Outsiders”)

After asking the above question that we were sure was on the minds of many of the citizens of Liberty County, we awaited for some kind of sensible response, something like i-dineout got, but without the ridiculous delay and stalling. Something like- “several arrests have been made and due to the possibility of more arrests, we are withholding the names.” But no arrests were made!

Even if arrest were made later, why wouldn’t Patterson have ‘initially’ set up surveillance and arrested some of the criminals when they came to the pot fields? What was the LCSO’s response? The Outsiders response was, “Who says that was Henry’s case?”

So, the press releases that were supposed to insure Patterson’s re-election were now reduced to “It may have been some other law enforcement agency that actually did the work”...?

As was said before, it is rare for us to empathize with i-dineout, but these Outsiders and associates are promoting Sheriff Patterson and their relationship to him and the LCSO should concern anyone who believes in open government. These people have unabashedly promoted themselves as our protectors as they have slung mud on private citizens and said they will replace all of the judges we elected 23 months ago.

Being Sheriff Patterson’s communication director is a difficult position, has its perks- a lot of breakfast fellowship and a huge vacuum you get to fill on your own. But it also has the tap dancing that comes when you just can’t say certain things.

Friday, December 2, 2011

IS THE SHERIFF HIDING BEHIND THE BISCUITS?

No one should mince words with Liberty County’s Sheriff. It is abundantly clear to anyone who has read Liberty Dispatch there are people who have no law enforcement credentials who have been bragging for months about investigating private citizens with no probable cause and the Sheriff’s political enemies like Joe Warren, and that they have done this on behalf of Sheriff Henry Patterson. We have time and time again expressed a desire among some of this county’s citizen for the Sheriff to come forward and disavow any relationship to these people who call themselves “The Outsiders” and to open up the Sheriff’s records to show if they have been the recipient of any of the county’s money.

Last week one of Patterson’s family members began sending in comments to Liberty Dispatch that did nothing to answer these questions, but did leave the odor of a threat. Chris Minx, Patterson’s son-in-law, may not be aware of how many times Patterson, or Patterson’s associates, have asked for similar information in order to understand their motivation. But he should realize that simple cooperation is usually better than the route that he took.

Minx, perhaps not coincidentally, mimicked the same defense of the Sheriff that we have heard from the Outsiders, “The Sheriff is available every morning for breakfasts somewhere in Cleveland.”

When Liberty Dispatch rebuffed Patterson and his son-in-law for not being forthcoming, comments began to roll in that we were attacking his family. We would encourage Patterson and his people to stop spinning these kinds of “blame game” stories and own up to their pursuit of Joe warren and Minx’s initiation of tough talk with us. In the long run, “The evidence” the Outsiders always boast about will not support their contentions.

And in the long run, voters will reject a Sheriff who hides behind his biscuit-eating. Sheriff Patterson needs to tear himself away from breakfasts with the Outsiders and Detective Eddie, Cliff and Chris Minx and answer questions via a press release. Open, responsible, honest government is what he and his friend’s say they want – then set an example.

John Otto- Change is good...

Many here on Liberty Dispatch are wondering why we have changed our opinion of local Texas State Representative John Otto.  There is a good reason why we now support Texas State Represenative John Otto.  We looked back at Representative Otto's voting record in Austin so we could formulate his conservative or non-conservative voting record.  What we found was a recent record of a man who now votes with the party and conservative ideals.  Otto's voting record was a surprise and we believe he finally gets it.  If you are a Republican you vote like one, you promote the conservative philosopy and Republican Party platform.

People can change and its appears Otto has changed for the better. It is never too late to be a good Republican.

Representative John Otto's voting record

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tommy Koen Running for Constable Pct. #3

Tommy Koen

Tommy Koen has announced that he will run in the Republican primary for the position of Constable of Precinct #3.

A lifetime resident of Precinct 3, Koen knows his community as well as anyone. He attended school in Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School in 1971. He is a lifelong member of the Hardin Methodist Church. Tommy is married to Rebecca Carter Koen. Having his roots in the Hardin area for many years, Tommy has made a lifelong commitment to the area.

Koen is also committed to his profession. After graduating from high school in 1971, he began his law enforcement career working for Liberty Police Department as a Patrol Officer. In the 33 years of his experience in law enforcement, Koen has attended many specialized classes dealing with (i.e. terrorists, evictions, family violence, etc). 24 of those years of service have been as a full time officer. Koen is a Master Peace Officer and currently works for Liberty County Sheriff’s Offices as a Patrol Sergeant. He is responsible for the supervision of five deputies that take calls for service in Liberty County.

Koen carries certifications by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education as an Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Instructor, and Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor.

On his days off, Koen works security at the Hardin Chambers Center, also known as the Alternative School, in Liberty. He has done this for the past 8 school years. His job there allows him to work with children from all of the school districts in Liberty and Chambers counties, including Hardin Jr. High and Hardin High School. This experience has given him valuable knowledge in dealing with juvenile problems.

“I think that the citizens of Precinct #3 deserve a Constable who has a vast experience in law enforcement and will work full-time for the voters of Precinct #3. I have handled hundreds of calls for service in my tenure as a peace officer everything from homicide to goats loose on the roadway. I am experienced in serving warrants and handling civil issues. I would appreciate your support and vote in the March Republican Primary."

Sheriff Patterson wont answer about details of his budget.

Liberty Dispatch has had several questions about Sheriff Patterson’s strange hiring practices. Patterson’s record is clear. He hires mostly people from out of the county for the highest positions within the department.

The most bizarre part of Patterson’s hiring record is how many people he hires that have had documented employee problems elsewhere. Why he chooses to hire troubled souls to protect Liberty County is not a question we are able to answer.

The other questions about hiring people revolve around the money the money the Sheriff has from seizures. To date, the Sheriff has not made the amount of this money or the paper trail showing how it has been used easy for the general public to see. Because of this lack of openness, Patterson continues to leave open the question of his relationship to Eddie Shauberger and the Outsiders – have they received any county benefits for doing what they have claimed to be “Investigations for the Sheriff”.

DONKEYS NO LONGER IN CHARGE, COVERING UP STUPIDITY TOUGHER

Starting fifteen years ago, Republicans have been challenging the Democrats in Liberty County at almost every turn. As predicted, now Republicans have begun to run the table and win almost all elective offices. But if one were to dial back to the late 1990’s, you would here other predictions. Predictions of how different disputes would be one day when the local Democrats and their partners in the media lost control of the county were made.

Today, Liberty Dispatch unabashedly will post a very clear discrepancy between the Liberty County Democratic Party and the State of Texas with no concern about them lying or manipulating or turning the tables on us. There has been incident after incident over the years where Democrats have blown it and, with the help of Democratic officeholders and the local media have covered it up or worse.

But the donkey party needs to simply correct their mistake and leave all the political games in the past. They never were good at their manipulation, but when they had all of the power they got away with it.

Liberty County Democratic Chairman Nancy Archer has signed and posted a Notification of THE Deadline of an Election on the county’s website that indicates a final day to sign up to run in the primary that is different than the final day the state of Texas has set forth.

The implications on Chairman Archer’s unilateral extension of the deadline to December 18th are noteworthy despite the fact she is all but begging for candidates. We have said all along that democracy is at its best when there is competition and the public loses by having fewer choices because local democrats don’t have their stuff together – and these days that fact can’t have a happy face put on it.

Please note the last day to sign up for a place on the ballot, both Democrat and Republican, is December 15th.

NANCY ARCHER DOCUMENT LINK