I'm looking at an article in today's online edition of the San Angelo Standard Times titled, " Trial dates set for sect members facing criminal charges". Matt Phinney seems to be taking Paul Anthony's place. I'm willing to give him a shot, because I have not seem him write anything blatantly one sided, yet. I'll watch for that but so far I haven't seen it.
In general finding clean people hasn't been hard here in Texas. There was a problem with corruption in Mohave County, Washington County, Utah and Arizona that I have not found here at all outside of Austin.
There is definitively already a growing attachment to the economic benefits of having the FLDS in Schleicher and Tom Green Counties. Even people in Eldorado are hiring FLDS owned construction companies to build their homes and complete building projects. They are clean help, reliable, courteous, on time, exact and of course, cheap.
One FLDS owned company doing brisk business all the way from Eldorado to San Antonio is Jack Daniel's construction www.jdinconline.com owned by Jackson and Daniel Jessop. So if you're looking for cheap construction work, done well, and on time, as long as you don't mind funding the lifestyle and activities of the FLDS, you're all good to go.
Gee, I hope they don't get any unexpected visits by the Texas workforce commission on a weekend. You never know what kind of cheap labor might be on the job on those communal "work Saturdays" those poor young FLDS men have to endure. Can you even imagine being a 22 year old male and being told "all marriages are on hold". In their shoes, I guess I would want to keep myself busy, too.
The growing list of Texans that were thrown under the bus is amazing.
We start with little Eldorado Texas, whose people came together immediately to try to help the children.
The members of the First Baptist Church of Eldorado were particularly criticised for offering their church's buses. I suppose there are those who would have preferred we send for some un air conditioned INS buses from Del Rio, or perhaps some nice wheels from the Texas Prison system in Huntsville. That could have been nice. Instead, however, the people, normal, decent Texas people came together and offered what they could.
And what did they get for it?
They were accused of trying to steal Utah's children from the poor polygamists to covert them all into Baptists.
The Hot line workers who took the distress call? Gee, threatened by FBI special agents and told to shut up and quit talking to the Texas Rangers.
Shelter workers were accused, in an unsigned letter purporting to be from Texas Hill Country MHMR staff members, of actually abusing women and children during the emergency shelter operations. No one has stepped forward to take responsibility for the anonymous letter or to defend its accuracy. It remains to today a mystery.
Department of Family Protective Services Attorneys Childress and Schmidt both have stated publicly that they felt something was wrong in Austin. Both were told their professional services would not be needed by Austin's "special team" once they voiced opinions expressing their intentions, based on the evidence, to terminate the parental rights of many of the ranch's residents. They were told of the plan to continue to non-suit cases, even if abuse was clearly identified.
Department of Family Services local Case Workers across the state were told to close their cases on every last child, even if gross abuse or neglect had been indicated for the children on their case load. They were instructed to cooperate with the orderly and unconditional return of the FLDS children. Some of them got to push crying children, who were begging not to have to go back, across the room to their "parents". Some of them cried. Some of them quit. None of them will ever be the same after the experience.
Foster families who saw the extent of the damage done were told to give them all back, regardless what they knew had been done to them.
The Texas Rangers went into that place and saw the law being broken, got a warrant, found the evidence, safely removed every last child into immediate protective custody of Texas, without ever firing a shot, starting any Armageddon or doing anything even remotely unprofessional as a law enforcement agency.
And what did they get?
A burned up Governor's mansion and...
Thump, thump, thump go the wheels of the Special CPS Team from Austin's bus.
Doesn't anyone wonder who was driving it?