Category: government teat

  • Too Much to Mock

    Robert S. Bennett . . . has a problem. The Houston consumer lawyer (who . . . “does some criminal work“—records show him as counsel of record on a grand total of nine federal criminal cases in the Southern District of Texas, and no state criminal cases in Harris County) took on representation of R. […]

  • Stand and Deliver in Tenaha

    For those who like to pretend that the government can be trusted to do the right thing, I offer this Houston Chronicle article about black drivers driving through the town of Tenaha, Texas, near the Louisiana line, being pulled over and shaken down: Law enforcement authorities in this East Texas town of 1,000 people seized […]

  • Biggest. Blank. Check. Ever!

    Seven Hundred Billion Dollars and xx/oo cents. I can’t understand why it’s better for the U.S. taxpayer to buy more than two-thirds of a trillion dollars of bad debt, than to fill in the hole that the banks dug for themselves, with the banks still at the bottom of it. It’s clearly above my pay […]

  • Welcome to Downtown; Don’t Pick Up Any Hitchhikers.

    In what some enterprising capitalist thought was a neat idea, Houston’s Federal Detention Center is no longer going to be used for pretrial detainees, but rather for people who have already been sentenced. In other words, instead of a detention center it’s going to be a prison. Smack dab in the heart of downtown Houston. […]

  • Raises for Prosecutors and Defenders, or More Pork for Other Projects?

    Western Justice points out that the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2008 has been signed into law. I’m sure I’ve missed hoopla about this elsewhere, since there was lots of hoopla about it last May. Now that I have more than six readers, I’ll ask again the two multiple-choice questions that […]

  • HR 916 – a Dissenting Voice

    It’s hard to find anyone in the blawgosphere who’s not in favor of HR 916, the John R. Justice rosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2007. Gideon calls it “excellent news,” as does Capital Defense Weekly. PD Stuff calls it “absolutely fantastic.” Jeri Merritt calls it “good news.” Fight ‘Em ‘Til We Can’t urges us […]