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Roger L. Simon

The Star Chamber Comes to Texas

August 16th, 2014 - 5:40 pm

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The old saying goes that a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich.  In reality, it’s worse.

Forget innocuous sandwiches, with or without Russian dressing.  In Texas, at least in Austin’s Travis County, you can indict the state’s governor, Rick Perry, for doing the job any intelligent citizen would want him to do — trying to get rid of an absolutely atrocious public official.

That official was District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a dimwitted  and abusive drunk driver who ran that county’s — wait for it — “Public Integrity Unit.” Perry threatened to veto funding for said unit as long as Lehmberg was in control.  Maybe he had a little actual concern for public integrity — not that the good burghers of Austin would care.  Perry’s fortunate Lehmberg wasn’t found guilty of DUW (driving under weed) rather than alcohol, as she was.  Given the preferred lifestyle thereabouts, they would have erected a statue to her and summarily sent Perry off to Guantanamo without trial to be swapped out  for the last remaining al Qaeda maniacs.

(In case, you’re one of the 12 people left who hasn’t seen the video of Lehmberg’s DUI booking, it’s an eye-roller.  You can find it here.  Even more of an eye-roller are these dashboard videos of the DA’s arrest.)

Oh, Orwell, where art thou?

Scratch that — Orwell was far too subtle a writer to populate Animal Farm with  nincompoops on the level of Lehmberg, the “special prosecutor” operating a rinky-dink Star Chamber at her request or even the know-nothing hypocrites in a local watchdog group defending her with that equally Orwellian name “Texans for Public Justice.”  (Doesn’t that just sound like it’s from the wrong side of High Noon?)

But wait.  Nothing’s ever as bad as it seems — i.e.,  we’re in the last scene of  Dr. Strangelove and Slim Pickens has just climbed atop the bomb.

Already David Axelrod, of all people,  has taken to Twitter to defend Perry, writing “Perry indictment looks pretty sketchy.” (I’ll say!)  Since Axelrod is Obama’s chief campaign honcho, what’s up with that?

Well, it’s one of two things.  Either Axelrod has recently had a lobotomy or the Democrats are worried  the Travis County clowns have overreached and are fouling things up for 2016.  I’ll go with the latter. In fact,  I’ll go so far as to say they overreached big time and handed both Perry and Republicans in general a club to hit them with.

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I don't think sacrasm will suffice, Mr. Simon, no matter how withering and contemptuous it is. That might make for some good commercials, but only as a follow up act.

There needs to be a deliberate, coordinated and sustained attack, not just in November but through 2016 and beyond. It's not enough to merely report on this type of official misconduct and abuse of power. Take the fight to the enemy, because what these people are, the enemy. That how they view conservatives, libertarians, Tea Partiers, and Republicans. In fact, that's how they view traditional Americans. And these radicals are not afraid to fight by whatever means necessary.

Expose them for what they are. Call them out. Demand that they publicly announce whether they agree or disagree with official misconduct and abuse of power. Use their own words and actions against them. Force them to explain themselves. Then deploy sarcasm to ridicule them.

This isn't a debate. Politics ain't beanbag. This is a war, and to win not fighting is not an option. If they're going to indict their political opponents, indict their representatives. If they're going to burden their opponents with legal fees, burden their representatives. If they're going to use lawsuits to drive their political opponents out of office, use lawsuits to drive their representatives out of office. I'm not talking about making false accusations and filing frivolous lawsuits here. I'm talking about allowing them to publicly admit and explain their opinions and practices. Allow them to indict themselves, and then prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Drive them out of office. Bankrupt their representatives. Disbar their attorneys. And where warranted, put them in jail. That's the fight they're waging, and if we don't do the same, then we won't win.

The Right does not need to become the Left. But it does need to use their own tactics against them.
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Most Texans I know think of Austin as "Moscow on the Colorado" and not really part of Texas
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That official was D. A. Rosemary Lehmberg, a dimwitted and abusive drunk driver who ran that county’s – wait for it – “Public Integrity Unit.”

The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible. - Mark Twain
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They don't call Austin the San Francisco of the South for nothin'...
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Nice piece, Roger. But a larger pattern seems unmistakable. First, the attacks on Republican Governor Chris Christie for the now infamous “Bridgegate” scandal. Two lanes closed on a bridge, and the media roar against a possible Republican Presidential nominee was full-throated and unending. Then Republican Governor McDonnell of Virginia, whose family accepted “gifts” from a drug firm CEO. Both McDonnell and his wife have been indicted by the Justice Department and are now on trial. The evidence that an actual crime was committed is, if I may quote Professor Axelrod, “sketchy.” Then the attack on Republican Governor Scott Walker by that celebrated (and once credible) newspaper headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, the Washington Post, which used its front page to suggest that Walker might have committed a crime, but . . . wait for it . . . a judge had actually dismissed this charge months before the article! (The Post, by the way, has had no time for the IRS scandal, but is keenly interested in Wisconsin politics, and, of course, the prosecution of Governor McDonnell). And now Republican Governor Perry, who seems to be accused of something dark and nefarious, although no one could explain to you what that “crime” might be, at least with a straight face. What we are experiencing is nothing less than (1) the attempted destruction of any Republican governor with a shot at higher office, namely, the Presidency, and (2) the criminalization of political differences, which, if not checked, will seriously damage the very idea of the rule of law. One suspects that such attacks are organized and concerted. But that couldn’t be, could it? Perhaps this is something our independent media and press might look into.
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hmmm... either they "organized and concerted," as you say, or evidence of a certain evil sort of hive mind. Either way - our country is in trouble.
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To the left compassion means turning Lehmberg into the victim of a male politician. I think the right needs to point out this women badly needs an intervention before she dies of alcohol abuse.

Lehmberg does not appear to be the victim of an isolated night on the town in which she never realized that those delicious fruity cocktails each contained four ounces of rum, including an ounce of 151. Her credit card records show she bought 72 bottles -around 23 gallons -of vodka at one chain of liquor stores in a 15 month period. Especially telling was the pattern in which she rotated the purchases among stores in the chain so the clerks at each store only saw her every month to six weeks. That is the pattern of an alcohol abuser.
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Special prosecutor looking into prosecutorial abuse in Travis County. Named Tom Delay.

How ya like them apples?
17 weeks ago
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Suggestion: Perry looks like a total jerk with that awful rug you've put on his head. Not at all like he looks in real life. Based on the illustration, I thought this would be an article critical of him. How about scoring one for our side and fixing it?
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Hi, Mayberry. Have mercy on porr Ed Driscoll. I lay my screeds on him at plus/minus eleven pm at night Pacific and he is tasked with coming up with an illo while I drift off to the land of Lincoln, Blinkin' and Nod. Usually he comes up with something spectacular - but can't hit a home run every time. But one thing I can promise - you both have tremendous respect for Gov Perry. He's quite a guy.
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Thanks for responding, Roger. You're right, of course. Mercy it is. His stuff has always been great and does so much to enhance the site. "Tain't fittin'" to focus on one detail I happen not to like.
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The important -- really the ONLY important -- loser in this is the rule of law. The grand jury process is vulnerable to such use because it's not actually led by citizens as a tool for control of corruption but by the prosecutor who can use a group of no-nothings as cover for mayhem.

I hate to see anyone ruined by corrupt and constitutionally destructive methods but Perry will be no loss. He's in no sense a conservative, but rather a member of the Opportunist Party who flew too close to the candle.

I have over ten years fighting the animal rights movement, one of the leading edges of the Progressive slime mold that's now eating our America. Add together Hillary and Obama, blend on HIGH, and what you have looks EXACTLY like the top of the AR movement -- same tactics, same (dis) regard for the constitution, same disinterest in getting anything constructive done, same lies and underhanded tactics, same willingness to destroy anything or anyone on their way to Control ...

Aside from being way too familiar with malicious prosecution, abuse of process, owned judges right up to the state supreme court, and even laws specifically crafted for use as attack dogs, the animal rights leading edge experience has provided a list of politicians who are for sale to organizations grossing as little as $100M/year.

Conservatives in Name Only (same as Opportunist Party) include Perry who was taken over by the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) several years ago and fully supported their passage of TX HB 1541, the 'take over breeding of pets in the state' law wrapped in the shiny paper of 'stop puppy mills.' (Passed and signed by Perry around 2012 or so ...)

A man who can be bought by The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) -- THLN is HSUS in Texas -- should not be allowed anywhere near the national levers of power where the bribes, favors, insider tips, (etc.) have several more zeros on the end. Perry's one of the top names on that list.

(HSUS is like Al-Qaeda, with franchises in many areas. A main difference is that Al-Qaeda is generally honest about its goals.)

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is another name on the Opportunist Party rolls -- he's fortunately now enjoying HIS just deserts. The 2010 fight to pass a list of basic reforms to animal law in VA was my fight and his singlehanded killing of that bill flat astonishing. HSUS twitched his strings and puppet McDonnell jumped.

This action against Perry should be fought with every appropriate weapon for its damage to the rule of law. But as far as the man is concerned, good riddance to bad (Opportunist Party) rubbish. If he were on fire, I wouldn't take a leak on him.
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18 weeks ago
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BOTH dates above are wrong -- both TX HB 1541 (control of dog breeding) and VA HB 2482 (reforms) were 2011 bills. Sorry ...
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Why let facts get in the way of a good smear, eh?

You from Austin?
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I can see a 1 minute "Face of the Democrats" compilation. Play it over and over again: Some candidates:

"Carlos Danger" tweets his private thoughts and parts.
Lois Lerner pleads the fifth
Bob Filner, Mayor of Sad Diego is feeling you! (if your a women)
Kathleen Sebelius congratulated by Obama for an excellent job.
Hillary "what difference does it make" Clinton
Rosemary Lehmberg, "Did anyone call Greg?"
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I nominate California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) offering to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels.
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Perry should wear it as a badge of honor. "This is who they are. The difference between the drunk woman and obama (or hillary)? No difference."
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Fat democrat drunk...protege of the Ted Kennedy school of drinking and driving...
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