Texsplaining: child trafficking, crime, and immigrants, oh my…

Hey, folks. Two stories popped up on the news junkie radar yesterday, and got us thinking about Sheriff Jenkins “expertise” in a couple of key areas. When Jessica Fitzwater promoted the Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Frederick City Police Department took an active and engaged interest, but the Sheriff’s Department found it unnecessary (and Billy Shreve #neverforget said that some people are in favor of human trafficking) we developed a new awareness of this horrifying issue that our Fredneck Trump Train Faction seems so untroubled by. Oh, and Cindy Rose had some thoughts about that too, now that we recall. It was allegedly some sort of scam for teachers to get more training or something that makes covfefe amount of sense. How could you possibly look more foolish than dismissing the efforts to keep kids from being sex trafficked as an evil liberal teacher plot! But, you do you, crazies. Please proceed.

Well, yesterday The Washington Post had a story about a training program the Texas Department of Public Safety has launched to help officers recognize when they find a child who is being trafficked and what they can do to help. The officers down there have found it to be so helpful, they want to see it go nationwide! This is a fantastic story about good policing–please do follow the link. Isn’t it a wacky coincidence that this type of training was the exact reason cited for forming a task force locally? Is there some reason we wouldn’t be promoting good policing?

It’s incredibly disheartening to review the local discussions surrounding this issue. The more we learn about it, the more monstrous the ambivalence toward–or, more accurately, the hostility toward acting to stop this seems.

Every damn day these people make us ask…

But there’s more Texsplaining to do, because another thing that we read yesterday in The Houston Chronicle deals with immigrants and crime. We’ve bristled before at our local “expert” on the border and what exactly would qualify someone on the Mason-Dixon border to act as a special adviser on these matters. Well, it seems that the quite well-known and esteemed conservative think tank, The Cato Institute, has research indicating that undocumented immigrants in Texas are less likely to commit crimes than native born Texans are. In the immortal words of Rick Perry, “Ewps.”

“Using data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, researchers from the conservative think tank Cato Institute found the arrest rate for undocumented immigrants was 40 percent below that of native-born Texans.” — Fernando Ramirez, The Houston Chronicle, March 6, 2018

Law enforcement officers in real border states uphold sanctuary policies as a tool to help them to solve crimes, because it increases the reporting of those crimes and the cooperation of witnesses. It seems like The Cato Institute’s research suggests something in support of that thinking. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from people who have first-hand experience and research in support of their positions? Just a thought.


Cindy Rose upchucks her talking points word salad

As you may have heard, Cindy Rose is (unsurprisingly) running for Board of Education. Cindy Rose thinks up crazy things, sometimes with the help of Rush Limbaugh. Election 2018 is cranked, and ugh, please make it stop. Presumably this guy in his MAGA cap (yeah we Snopsed it for ya!) is the reason we are seeing this effort to somehow make it the fault of progressives that this human waste became a monster. According to Lady Rose this murderer who shot up his school is the real victim here. Oh, the poor Rosemary’s Baby. #PartyOfPersonalResponsibility much?

crazy shooter dude gets blamed on the liberals
Do you see that snowflake b.s. up there? This woman is like Donald Trump. She does not have the appropriate temperament to hold the office she seeks, and yet she will try it anyway. Be vigilant, folks. You know what could happen. Heed the cautionary tale.

We’ve taken up the cause of warning her to keep her crazy tucked in previously, but it is an uphill battle, as evidenced by her blaming it upon the evils of progressivism that kept his access to that weapon legal, and ensured that laws to take guns from people who everyone in the community is already terrified of do not exist. Is that what we are to understand? Color us skeptical, maybe. She bangs out this hate fueled and twisted excuse for this psycho, extends all the empathy to him as the real victim in the situation, and then has the audacity to ask how the kids of conservative parents got so liberal. Go figure, lady.

Also, apologies for our elitism, but Mrs. Rose’s post would fail as an elementary school writing assignment, so is she really the right person to take up the mantle of improving education? There’s no citation for or even explanation of her dubious claims, and as a person who is constantly e-mail blasting the school system she should know that the written constructed response is a typical third grade curriculum item, covering along with it the “cite and explain” portion of the rubric. Is she agreeing with us that we have been bombarded with apocalyptic climate change and systemic racism? She hurls hatred at the liberals and, to read her words, would appear simultaneously gravely concerned about liberal issues. (The irony that she was all over the inter webs favoring English-Only legislation when she is not exactly demonstrating mastery of the native tongue is aggravating, in retrospect.) Sigh. Please don’t elect this woman. We have a whole catalog of reasons why, even when we have sometimes agreed with her.

Cindy Rose English-Only screenshot
This is from a July 12, 2015 “discussion” of the English Only Ordinance on the Frederick County Council Watch Facebook Page. One of the premium services this online community provides is self-cataloguing their bad ideas, illogical thinking, and personal insults in a forum where you can just bang some search terms in and find evidence to cite.

In conclusion, let’s ponder what Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the namesake of the high school where some very inspiring young activists have given us the first reason in quite awhile to be optimistic about the direction this country is headed, and who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work to protect the environment (and because of that was in the White House the same day to witness the signing of The Brady Bill), would think of Cindy Rose’s nonsense up there. She said:

Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics—but never give up.

We intend to follow her wise advice.