Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Texas Capitol Intelligence Consultant Contracted by DPS

The Department of Public Safety contracted research firm Deloitte & Touche to move forward "intelligence driven ...protective counter-surveillance on the Governor’s protection detail, the Lieutenant Governor, visiting dignitaries, the State Capital and Governor’s Mansion," as reported in Scott Henson's blog, Grits for Breakfast.

DPS research contracts with Deloitte & Touche were mentioned last during the DPS hearing in surmising budgetary costs for implementing Real ID accounts and moving forward with continental U.S. inspections of licenses with consideration of citizenship.

DPS reorganization and budgets based on federal license regulations were part of the analysis propelling studies & reports generated by Deloitte and Touche.

KXAN Reports some big changes for DPS

The report calls for rebuilding DPS from top to bottom. A spokesperson said we should not expect changes overnight. "Some of the things that the study recommends are going to require legislative action, some of them are going to require additional financial resources," said Mange.


DPS as a state agency is still under review for changes and improvements based on the oversight by Texas's Sunset Commission.

Read the Sunset Commission's review of the DPS here:

Monday, November 10, 2008

REPORT CARD: Professor Dennis Loo Grades Obama

Can we really say of Barack Obama, "Don't believe the hype,"? 

He hasn't had much of an opportunity to make a America better or worse as the new POTUS elect.

For salt, what does Obama really have to pick from but the incumbent residuals whose performance has been a little better than complete garbage during the last eight years? Dignified public servants? How about corporate patsys : spineless, irresponsible, shortsighted, lazy cretins with a bloated sense of both entitlement and import to the people they have failed to serve but whose paychecks they cash anyway. They are the reason I don't want Obama's job.  

It's a sitcom; what Dilbert would look like if he had both money and power. 

So I defer to someone very responsible -Dennis Loo, World Can't Wait herald and author of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush & Cheney.  Who can we trust except those who have absolutely NO TOLERANCE WHATSOEVER for civil liberties backslides?  There are those who have developed an acutely sensitive attennae to America's political performers - such as Dennis Loo.

Author Dennis Loo, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. He graduated with honors from Harvard in Government and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Sociology. He has been a journalist, including as a Photo Editor at the Harvard Crimson and an Associate Editor at the Hawaii Observer. His research and writings revolve mostly around polling and public policymaking, with an emphasis on the roles of media, public officials and social movements.

Professor Loo cuts Obama & cabinet potentates NO SLACK in this report on Obama.
"Civil liberties -

He supports the war on drugs.

He supports the crack-cocaine sentence disparity.

He supports Real ID.

He supports the PATRIOT Act.

He supports the death penalty.

He opposes lowering the drinking age to 18.

He supported amnesty for telecoms engaged in illegal spying on Americans."
Granted... what I fear the most is what is actually happening now that the election is over. DHS is staffing up and spending our tax dollars like crazy without relative checks and balances.   Is Obama going to stand up to the spoiled and irrelevant military class docking their bids on American soil?  Or is he just going to get paid, shut up and "do his job" like the last guy?