Texas Watchdog blows it out of proportion

Texas Watchdog has a short piece about how former Texas Rep. Fred Hill suddenly switched from legislator to lobbyist. In it, the Watchdog blames Hill for a state HR screw up.

Legislative terms ended on Jan. 13, when the new guy is sworn in. Hill resigned early, on Jan. 2 (link), and solicited lobbying work on Jan. 3 (link).

Even though Hill resigned on Jan. 2, the state kept him on payroll through Jan. 13. So let’s see, $600 per month legislative pay, 11 days of January, that comes out to $212.90 more pay.

The Watchdog wouldn’t have posted this if they didn’t think it’s Hill’s fault. Pish posh! Hill did all he needed to do by filing his resignation. State HR screw ups aren’t his fault!

The real controversy is the rapid switch from legislative service to (lucrative) lobbying gigs. Indeed, the Watchdog waxed about this in the prior article. But they got lost in irrelevant details with this follow up post.

I haven’t made up my mind on the revolving issue, but I prefer preserving rights of people in good standing, so I lean against banning the practice.

University Park PD soaks motorists

University Park PD is soaking passing motorists with blatant speed traps:
University Park PD speed trap

This speed trap soaks southbount motorists on the US 75 access road approach to SMU Blvd.

UP City Manager Bob Livingston justified this cash grab with, “The location is one, if not the highest, site for injury and non-injury accidents in the City.”

It’s because of red light runners, Bob. Speed enforcement doesn’t make people respect red lights. Even my 5 year old son could guess that.

Finally, Palm OS is dead!

Palm finally did what they should have done years ago: they killed Palm OS.

Palm OS was junk when it came out and outclassed even by Windows Mobile 2002. Thankfully, it’s gone.

It’s about time!

(OK, technically Palm OS isn’t dead. Palm sold the software to a Japanese company a few years ago and licenses it back. When the largest licensee ditches an uncompetitve product, the product’s probably dead.)