The Tin-pot Despots of City Bureaucracies

The City of Houston has a bunch of would-be-dictators in the City Planning Dept. Houston Family Without Sewage for 17 Months Due to City Regulations.

“Nobody stands up to this because they literally have the authority to retaliate so hard that you will lose your livelihood,” Krieger expressed in frustration.

Aside from the fact that they are giving him grief – just because the can – they have no standards for what is approved and what is denied.

More broadly, Spelz’s business has had building plans rejected that were exactly the same as ones that were approved, with the only difference being the address. They would have exactly similar plans get vastly different procedural instructions.

Say that again. He gets a project approved in the City of Houston. Then he wants to build an EXACT COPY of that house on a different lot. Now it doesn’t meet City of Houston requirements. Why? Because the can. Because there are no checks and balances. And the result.

Blain continued, saying, “Local officials, especially in dense, urban areas often talk about housing affordability, but support policies that keep affordability from becoming a reality. Burdensome regulations and permitting delays keep housing supply from ever meeting demand and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.”

And this isn’t even like California – in the middle of an epic housing crisis – that keeps passing regulations to make housing even more expensive. (Yeah, that should help!) This is just Texas, where the Bureaucrats can do whatever the hell they want, and no one calls them to account for their actions.

And if you think this only occurs in Houston, you never dealt with local building codes.

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The Stupid Can Be Deadly

What’s the worst that can happen? In Texas, you can get shot. Texas homeowner fatally shoots teen who was part of group shooting paintball guns at home: police.

“They believed that they were — that their house was being shot at,” Horn told KHOU. “The homeowner, the father, came outside to the disturbance, approached a suspect who was standing out here. Believed that he was a threat, fearing for his safety, fired a round at him.”

Turns out they were shooting paintball guns at the house.

I Suppose This Father Is An Example of Toxic Masculinity

So how would you respond to an intruder in your 13-year-old daughter’s room at 2:30 in the morning? Father shoots intruder after wrestling gun away from him, police say.

When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them the intruder had broken into a downstairs window and made his way up the stairs.

Police say the homeowner found the suspect armed in his 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom. A scuffle ensued, and the homeowner was able to wrestle the gun away from the intruder and shot him multiple times.

Though I’m a bit surprised (this IS Texas) that he didn’t have his own firearm.

After which the family escaped to a neighbor’s home, and the intruder stabbed himself with a kitchen knife. He died at a local hospital.

Gee, father’s protecting their children. Feminist heads will be exploding in three, two, …

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Standing In His Own Yard While Black

I really need to create the “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category. Because, let’s face it, not all of them are running on full thrusters. ‘You Called Me Three Different Names!’ Houston Homeowner Explains Why He Refused to be Arrested by Deputy Who Mistook Him for Fugitive.

I don’t usually feed the trolls with stories that are going to explode on their own, but this cop has to be the stupidest I’ve read about all year.

Clarence Evans was in the yard tossing a ball with his 6-year-old son on May 8 when a deputy arrived at his home.

“He said there was a report of a stolen dog,” Evans told KPRC on May 13. “Then he asks me for my ID, and I said I felt I didn’t need to give that.”

It was after his refusal, Evans said, that the officer, who has been identified as Deputy Garrett Lindley, “grabbed me.” Then his wife Kelly Evans began recording the now-viral Facebook video about a minute into the confrontation.

The description of the interaction is fairly comical, as long as you can ignore the very real possibility that the cop could shoot this guy at any minute.

Why was the cop mistaken? Because both this guy and the fugitive are black and have dreadlocks. I guess this cop doesn’t see too many people sporting dreadlocks.

A second deputy arrives on the scene. He hands the deputy attempting to apprehend Clarence Evans his phone and that deputy shows the homeowner a photo of the suspect.

“Doesn’t that look a lot like you?” the deputy asks.

“No! That don’t look like me! What the f— is wrong with you, man?!” Evans shouts. “You trying to say because I’ve got dreads and I’m black that’s me?!”

Did someone say lawsuit? Yeah, there’s a lawsuit. But can you sue a cop for being a complete idiot?

Cooperating With Criminals Is No Guarantee

The Gun-hating Left loves to go on about how if you just give the bad guys what they want, you will be OK. 3 men charged with capital murder in shooting death of Houston store clerk. I guess these guys didn’t get that memo.

Investigators say several clerks were on duty when the masked suspects burst through the doors of the convenience store.

Even though Lee complied with the suspects’ demands, he was still shot multiple times, authorities say.

Violent criminals remain violent criminals regardless of what you do, or don’t do.

Being armed in your own defense is also not a guarantee. There are no guarantees in this life.

When the Left is preaching the benefits of cooperation they rarely want to talk about rape.

In Texas, Even The Pastors Are Armed

What did you expect was the case? Pastor, wife kill intruder in their home near River Oaks, police say.

Jeff Powers and his wife told police they were awakened by noises coming from their backyard. Police say they saw a man in their backyard, who forced his way inside the residence in the 6100 block of Del Monte, near River Oaks.

Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a Human-right.

Did They Think They Were In New Jersey? This Was Texas!

What did they think would happen? Son shoots home invasion suspect in the head while sisters hide in closet at SW Houston home.

The ambushed the father as he arrived home and forced him inside. They made him turn off the alarm, but his daughters, who were hiding, kept pushing the panic alarm.

The son arrived home, and he armed himself.

Soon after, their brother, 20, arrived at the home with their mom. When he saw something was wrong, he went and got his gun and fired at the suspects while they were running away.

That phrasing has been used in a number of news stories, but the guy he shot was armed, and the two guys who got away were threatening his mother and younger sibling while this was going on.

They tried and failed to steal a Mercedes, and instead got away in a minivan.

Police said the minivan was a silver Toyota Sienna, license plate DGL-3948. The homeowner was hospitalized with what police described as “medical issues.”

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Texas, it is also a legal-right.