There’s Big Trouble in Houston as the Leftist County Judge Goes off the Rails

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This just couldn’t wait another couple of hours. In the 2018 election, the people of Harris County – the home county for the City of Houston – made the idiotic decision to deny another term to Ed Emmett, one of the finest County Judges who ever served in that capacity anywhere in Texas. Instead, in their not-so-infinite wisdom, Harris County voters elevated a 27 year-old Soros disciple named Lina Hidalgo to the position of leading a county with a population of roughly 4.6 million people.

Today, the tab for that massive bit of mindless stupidity came due, as young Ms. Hidalgo decided that it would be a great idea to lord her power over the public, now making it a crime to go outside without a mask covering their nose and mouth. Thus have Democrats now, in the span of just a few weeks, gone from screaming that masks are not an effective deterrent to the spread of the Wuhan Virus to making the lack of having one covering your face a criminal act punishable by a fine or arrest.

From a Houston Chronicle report on the Judge’s draconian edict:

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Wednesday will order residents to cover their faces in public, county officials with knowledge of the plan said, the latest effort by local government to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The new rules, which will require residents 10 and older to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home, will take effect Monday and last 30 days, three county officials said. Acceptable garments include a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief. Medical masks or N-95 respirators are not recommended as they are most needed by first responders and health workers.

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First, let’s note that Hidalgo issued this edict less than 24 hours after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner informed the public that the city of 4 million had recorded only about 20 new cases of the Wuhan Virus on Tuesday, and no one had died from it.

The big question now becomes, who is going to enforce this order, because both the Harris County Deputies’ Organization and the Houston Police Officers’ Union have weighed in to question the order and indicate they would urge their members not to waste their time enforcing it.

 

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This is a community whose law enforcement officers are already stressed to the max thanks to recent actions by Democrat judges to refuse to sentence many violent offenders to prison time, releasing them back into the community to commit more mayhem. As HPOU President Joe Gamaldi notes in his letter above, “Violent crime is up this year (murders up by 35%), property crime is up (burglaries by nearly 30%), and HPD officers are staffing testing centers across the city. We do not have time to be pawns in Hidalgo’s game of attempting to control the actions of law abiding, tax paying individuals of our community. Especially since this idiotic order, is possibly an unconstitutional one, from the County Judge.”

It is fair to note that Texas’s Republican Governor, the increasingly disappointing Greg Abbott, has the authority to step in and overrule Hidalgo’s edict, as does Attorney General Ken Paxton, who could quickly rule it to be unconstitutional. But Abbott’s lack of leadership over the past couple of weeks as he scrambles to cover his butt politically leaves Texans pretty much hopeless that he will do anything here. Paxton is a different story, though, and it would not be surprising if he were to decide to step in with a quick ruling, if for no other reason than to provide even more political cover for the hapless Governor.

In any event, there’s trouble, right there in the Bayou City.

That’s trouble with a “T”, and it rhymes with “D” and that stands for depraved, demented, despicable, disgraceful Democrats.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

26 thoughts on “There’s Big Trouble in Houston as the Leftist County Judge Goes off the Rails

  1. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

    Big city Texas judges have been a problem.

    A week or so ago it was Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins:

    https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/dallas-county-residents-wear-cloth-face-masks-covid-19-coronavirus/287-43689ca7-d76b-43fc-8528-aace3befe260

    Hasn’t Abbott clashed with him in the past?

    1. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

      BTW, I love the quote from Jenkins:

      “Don’t look at this as an abridgment of your freedoms,”

      No, no, of course not, not all–nothing to worry about……

    2. Show me - April 22, 2020

      We will likely soon start to see lawsuit against the state over people’s infringement of civil rights due to the possibility of catching this virus.

    3. kemo sabe - April 23, 2020

      as a law-abiding houstonian, i plan to carry a soft drink while in public and sip on a straw, since comrade lina’s ludicrous mandate says you don’t have to wear a mask while eating or drinking.

  2. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

    Somewhat related:

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/22/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-democrats-hope-to-loosen-voting-rules-to-turn-state-blue/

    Texas is the holy grail mother-lode for the Dems to attain permanent political power.

    1. Rick O'Shay - April 22, 2020

      I was just going to mention this.

      Hidalgo, bless her heart, shows what can happen when a bunch of nitwits vote straight ticket.

  3. Gregg - April 22, 2020

    I believe the last civil war produced three constitutional amendments after well over 600,000 Americas died.

    The civil war now being fomented by anti-constitution politicians and judges, a totally seditionist propaganda machine, and a bureaucratic government whose employees are hell-bent in subjugating freedom loving Americans is going to cause an eruption with a death toll that will greatly exceed the 1861-65 war, all other wars America has fought, and every casualty from EVERY past and present ‘pandemic’.

    By my reckoning, that would equate to about 2.2 million people which was the original number of deaths attributed to this ‘pandemic’ by the ‘experts’ model.

    Most Americans don’t ever want to fight in a war, but we do when push comes to shove. I only hope that any outcome of such a war creates many more constitutional amendments that will further solidify existing more enumerated and God-given freedoms to all Americans and drastically reduce forever the scope and power of all governments: federal, state and local.

    If the coming war doesn’t result in such amendments then it will not have been worth fighting. We may as well not bother standing up for anything, accept our fate that the American experiment of liberty, justice and the gift of self governance has failed; take consolation that it will have lasted about 250 years but be ashamed that we failed to preserve it

    1. Gregg - April 22, 2020

      PS: It is good to see some police leadership stand up to the rogue courts and judges and stand up for the good citizens who they swear to protect and serve.

      Every police union or association needs to do the same.

      I believe it was President Andrew Jackson who told the supreme court: (paraphrasing) You have rendered your decision, now let’s see you enforce it.

      I am not advocating the disobeying of court rulings (which would nullify their checks and balance role), but it has happened in the past with no consequences, particularly by Dem presidents, but if the courts want to continue to render outrageous decisions and violate their role (making law rather than interpreting it) then all bets are off.

    2. bobjones77 - April 22, 2020

      You can write Amendments ’till your arm falls off, and it won’t make any difference as long as we are to lazy to care. We already have the Amendments we need. The problem is the voter, not a lack of Amendments.

      1. Gregg - April 22, 2020

        Very true, but people also need to be punished for violating existing or future amendments, not just lose the occasional court case.

    3. Robert - April 23, 2020

      Gregg, I agree wholeheartedly. I believe the dems have used this crisis to advance their agenda and eventually there will be no other way for Americans to remain free except by direct action. The blatant attempts to corrupt the election process along with their past successes will ensure that the next confrontation will happen. We can already see the dem governors flexing their muscles to see how far the sheeple will be pushed. Overconfidence will do the rest!
      In the end, tyrants understand only force and punishment.

  4. brian - April 22, 2020

    Texas along with every other conservative state can easily be lost. As dirtball Dems flee their utopian states like Commiefornia and go to places like Texas. They go directly to the cities like where they came from and take their ideologies with them to begin the process of turning it into a San Francisco. .

    Perhaps there needs to be changes to prevent this. Perhaps treating each county like the Electoral College, as having ONE vote regardless of how many people live in any county. That way the population centers won’t/can’t hijack the state. Just a thought. The outcry from Dems would be a freakishly sustained shrill like never before seen or heard.

    BTW… Are there little to no requirements for being a judge??

    1. Gregg - April 22, 2020

      Brian, in two SC Court cases Baker v. Carr (1962) and Reynolds v Sims (1964), the court ruled for the principle of “one man one vote”.

      The upshot was in the past most states (except Nebraska which had, and still has a unicameral legislature) had their legislatures set up to match the bicameral US congress, where the upper chamber, the senate, would represent the state’s interest with two senators regardless of the state’s population. The lower chamber, the house, would represent the people’s interest and their numbers would be apportioned equally per the nation’s population which is why CA has 53 representatives and many states have only a single “at large” congressman. Today, each congressman represents a district with about 3/4 million people regardless of physical size.

      On the state level, its upper house, again called the senate, would generally apportion one or two senator(s) per county to represent the county’s interest, again so that a rural county would not be overwhelmed by a city county’s edicts. The state’s lower chamber, often referred to as the general assembly, or other similar names, would again be population based where districts would be drawn to a certain number of people divided by the number of assembly members. In short, the bicameral state legislatures mirrored the US legislature (congress).

      Also, around a hundred years ago a constitutional mandated for the people to directly vote for their two federal senators; prior to that, the state’s legislature voted for their state’s federal senators. This further reinforced the individual state’s interests in the US congress. The federal senators didn’t normally deal with their state’s citizen’s concerns; that was the main and original job of the representatives.

      Baker v Carr forced all states to redistrict every ten years to reflect population shifts and growth which was a good decision. It was a TN case where the TN hadn’t redistricted in over 60 years!

      Reynolds v Sims was another case which spun off from Baker v Carr and it basically forced every state (except Nebraska) to make their bicameral legislatures conform to the one man, one vote model. How the court found the states, by mirroring the US Constitution in the structure of their legislative branch, to be in violation of the US constitution is beyond all logic.

      The net effects of this was it rendered the whole concept and purpose of a bicameral legislature obsolete and irrelevant. There was no need for two legislative chambers since they both represented the same thing: people versus jurisdictions. The other and most damaging result was it gave the big cities a greatly disproportional power base and allowed them to run roughshod over the rural counties, making rural counties largely irrelevant politically.

      Amazing how that arguably unconstitutional ruling (since it contradicts the US Constitution’s structure of the US Congress) just happened to benefit the power base of big city mayors and big city political machines – of which virtually all are Democratically controlled.

      1. brian - April 22, 2020

        THATS why I like this place… You good folks are a plethora of great information… Many Thx

        1. Gregg - April 23, 2020

          You’re welcome. BTW this wasn’t taught in my K-12 schools and I went to a very good HS.

          I actually heard of it in a college course – State and local government – which was taught by a liberal, but a very fair prof. If I didn’t speak up in class, it would have been all lib all the time, but he was fair and respected my views.

          He allowed me to actually give a couple of lectures to the class and even invited me back to future classes to give lectures on the Electoral College and Initiative and Referendum which was a very big topic in NJ at that time.

          The real question is why isn’t this stuff taught in a HS history or civics class? I know why…

  5. Chuck - April 22, 2020

    My civics teacher told me that the judicial branch interprets whether an existing law or ordinance is constitutional or not. Was he lying?

    1. Gregg - April 22, 2020

      In theory that is how it is supposed to work.

      But CJ Roberts cast the deciding vote to make Obamacare “constitutional”. And the way he did that was to ACTUALLY CHANGE THE WORDING OF THE LAW AND CALLED IT A TAX and therefore viola! It’s Constitutional!

      That is the most blatant example of judicial activism/fiat that I can cite. It was especially egregious because all of Obamacare’s supporters swore it WASN’T A TAX. It not being a TAX was the only way it got passed.

      Even that little twerp George Steffy of BJ Clinton war-room fame and mouth-piece and now pretend ABC journalist challenged ‘the One’ on TV about his Obamacare being a tax.

  6. D3F1ANT - April 22, 2020

    This virus has proven that Americans are no freer than the Chinese, when the chips are down. We can hope for some fragmemt of justice, later, if we’re around to sue….but until we fight it out in court the Constitution means nothing and offers no protection in the face of leftist governors and so-called “oath-takers” who act more like Brown Shirts who enforce for the tyrants than they ever act like heroes who serve and protect. I was around when cops were more like Reed and Malloy. Not anymore.

    1. Gregg - April 22, 2020

      At least the two letters posted by the Houston police unions/organizations are encouraging. We need to see more of this type of “resistance” to tyranny.

  7. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

    My suggestion is to follow Hidalgo, her friends, her family, anyone directly or indirectly related to her and to take photos when they appear in public without masks. And be sure to publicize the hell out of those pictures, kind of like when the “self-quarantined” idiot named Cuomo threatened a “fat tire biker,” proving that he wasn’t actually in quarantine at all – or at least not when he didn’t want to be.

    And like the pictures/reports of de Blowseo at his gym exercising.

    Make her life as hellish as she hopes to make others’. Drive her from office.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      This is practical advice, not an opinion. Someone needs to get to work.

    2. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      Forgot to mention Governor Mengele of Virginia, taking trips to the Outer Banks.

  8. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

    And the Georgia governor is opening up the state as DJT says he’s wrong? Something is very wrong here.

    Maybe he thinks he’s got total support, because we don’t have anywhere else to go, and he’ll do a Nixon/Vietnam strategy. Re-build the economy slowly, just like withdrawing from Vietnam was slow-rolled. But getting the economy re-started isn’t a matter of just throwing money at it – as others have repeatedly stated, inflation is coming. What we need is for people to get back to work.

    See how oil went up with just a threat against Iran? Value is in the eye of the beholder; much of this is smoke and mirrors, but with real consequences for real people. Parts of the Governor’s order I think are unwise – I won’t say which parts – but most of it is sound. It’s the economy, stupid!

    We need herd immunity from light exposure, malaria drugs, inoculation by blood product and continued good hygiene. Yes, if people keep washing their hands, practice self-isonlation when they’re sick, next year’s flu won’t be half as bad as it usually is. (Ever go to a restaurant and the waiter is clearly sick? That needs to end.) Don’t go to war against heroes, Mr. President.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      Sorry about the clichés and overused phrases..

  9. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

    The Georgia Governor wants to open up hair salons, nail salons and massage therapy. The third is problematic, because in many states in big cities, Asian women (primarily) are used as prostitutes (“happy endings”) etc. In some of these places, it is claimed that as many as dozens of women are kept hostage, not allowed outside, and must perform manual sex acts on patrons. This is clearly human trafficking – and until this is stopped, the profession should just have to wait.

    Why? Isn’t that the “oldest profession?” (no, politics is.) And prostitution is not a profession at all, while legitimate Massage Therapy IS a profession, requiring training and continuing education. The brothels, however, practice slavery, and they cause innocent human beings to be collected together like zoo animals, forced into bondage – and perhaps adding to the trajectory of the disease.

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