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I think of everything the wrong way, from a skewed perspective. Who knows why? Maybe I got dropped on my head as a baby. But here's how I'm looking at this deal in which Dallas County Judge Craig Jenkins fired the security lady who wouldn't sweep for FBI bugs in the home of a county employee under federal investigation.

The county says it's going to do a national search for a replacement for the security expert they just canned. So I'm worried. How will they advertise the job?

WANTED: Security expert for major urban county in Southwest. Must be highly trained with solid experience in field, able to shake off federal jakes when top county employees suspected of shit. Must dress real sharp, no hippies. Jailhouse tats OK, in fact preferred.

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Lisa Chambers at the Mavericks' downtown victory parade, to which she helped Clay Jenkins hitch his wagon.
I'm looking at Jack Fink's great story last night on Channel 11 about the firing of Dallas County's director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Lisa Chambers. Apparently she was too much of a Goody Two-Shoes for Dallas County. She told Fink she was fired after refusing to carry out a sweep to check for FBI devices in the home of Dapheny Fain, administrative assistant to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. The homes of both Price and Fain were tossed by the FBI last June as part of an ongoing federal corruption investigation.

Chambers didn't want to do the anti-federal job for Fain on the county's dime. She showed Fink an email in which she had told county officials to Google "1-800 House Sweep" if they wanted somebody to check Fain's house for bugs. I did Google "1 800 house sweep," by the way, and got an ad for chimney sweeps. They also do dryer vents.

County Judge Craig Jenkins -- a man best summarized as Price's sock puppet -- said he fired Chambers because of "performance issues." Yeah. We know what that means, eh?

I checked this morning with Robert Webster, an attorney with Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl, who was until 2007 chief of the criminal division in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. We did not talk about the use of county funds or personnel to do a sweep of Fain's house, but he said that generally speaking Fain would have been entirely within her rights to search for and remove listening devices from her own home.

He pointed out that the bugs, if found, would not have little labels on them saying Federal Government Property. So who knows who put them there? Meanwhile a person has a right to protect the privacy of his or her home.

"I can tell you if somebody was eavesdropping in your house, looking through a window at your wife, I'd say something about that," Webster said. "Wouldn't you?"

If it was the feds? Maybe not. If they could assure me I personally would not become a target, I might try not to get involved. But back to my personal bent on the fired security lady at Dallas County.

How do they hire her replacement? I'm trying to imagine the job interview.

"You got nice ankles, sweetheart."

"Yeah, keep dreamin'. Little Dime said you had a job for me."

"We have a federal situation, if you know what I mean."

"I know what you mean. So what's my piece?"

"Sweep out the bugs, girl. Can you do that for us?"

"Yeah, no shit I can do that. Why do you think Little Dime sent me over? So what's my cut?"

"How would you like to be the owner of a genuine Bentley automobile?"

"Forget that shit. I don't want no chump change. I want to be a top political adviser to the mayor."

"Done."

The important thing for the county to worry about is continuity. How can they find someone who will be a good fit with the existing institutional culture in county government? In addition to technical and professional qualifications, they need to find someone who will be compatible with county leadership at a personal and moral level.

Judge Jenkins might want to consider posting this and other future county openings on bathroom walls, or maybe on the windows of bail bond offices. I'm just thinkin' out loud here.

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Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

ATTENTION ALL DALLAS COUNTY VOTERS:  We CAN put an end to all of this mess.  If we just get out and vote.  The problem is we get on here and voice our opinions, but when election day comes around, we are too busy.  It's time that we stand up to these clowns and get them all out.  Republican and Democrats vote in the best person for the job, not what party (gang) they represent but the person who stands for what is right.  Let's do this....who is with me!!!!! 

Iamaware
Iamaware

Hey Schutze, look into oupr puppet Judge being nailed for burglaty of a home or habitation down in Waco. Supposedly expunged from his record already.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

History of that position is not very good.Commissioners hired Danny Chandler paid him $ 90,000, so he could become Dallas County Sheriff, that was so wrong,Lupe Valdez ended up winning election.The other man (can't rem. name) was run off. Now this woman only paid 69,000 4 years later and being fired because her path pass John Price's County Wards.ShameShame on Dallas County.Please Voters do not forget this mess while using our tax dollars.

Paul
Paul

Obviously the performance issue is that she wouldn't do the sweep of Fain's home.

Don't you all realize that when your boss tells you to go do something that you don't give him any of this wishy washy pie in the sky liberal do gooding conscience stuff about misuse of taxpayer money; you just go and do it.

Besides the Republicans like Dickey were forced out because they were asking too many questions.

Besides folks like Perot probably put the control of Dallas County government out for bid and the Democrats were high bidders.

Let's just cancel all the elections for Dallas county positions and just put them out for bid.

heart and soul
heart and soul

Paul, you are full of shit. Dickey is leaving because she can't be reelected. It wasn't the court that forced Republicans out. It was the voters.  The Republican sheriff cut a deal to have the county pay to pave his driveway and the DA was sending people to prison for planted pool chalk. How soon we forget. The worst Democrat is better than the best Republican. That is why Republicans got fired and why they won't be back. Get over it.

Paul
Paul

No, I am not full of shit, though it is apparent that you are unable to comprehend sarcasm.

Though I must point out that since you are bringing to light the sins of republican officeholders, are you willing to hold the democrat officeholders to the same standard?

Many of our current democrat officeholders were put into office when the "Big D" lever was pulled in the 2008 elections.

Have a nice day.

PS: Smile when you say something like that, podner.

Elliot Ness
Elliot Ness

Since any listening devices planted by The Feds would be pursuant to approval by a judge (otherwise anything overheard would not be admissible in court) wouldn't removal by a third party who knows a Federal Investigation is underway constitute Obstruction of Justice? 

And wouldn't firing a public employee for failing to do so be evidence of a Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice?

Paul
Paul

Well, its not like they are marked: "Property of the FBI.  If found, drop into any US Post Office mail box. Postage Guaranteed."

Walsh
Walsh

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown!

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

You got to love Jim Schutze... NTTA 81 report of mis-management and wrong doing AND confirmation of an FBI Investigation, Jim Schutze says nothing.  Actual indictments on the Medrano family, Jim Schutze says a few months prior that it's not what its all cracked up to be and now says nothing of the indictments.... But John Wiley Price (who by the way has not been charged with anything now and of all previous cases has never been found guilty)- Everytime he pisses, sneezes and farts, Jim has to report something.  Dude you either are the most biased reporter ever feeding theses same ole junkies here mouth to mouth like a mama bird or you have some deep fatal attraction with this man...

JimS
JimS

Oak Cliff Res: tough shit.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

THANKS! That is about all I expected you to say...

Jay
Jay

I see your point....but the true genius of Jim Schutz is that he spends fully half of his blog and column allotment railing against corruption in government, and the other half preaching in that condescending northeastern manner about how government is the only solution to all of societies problems. It makes me dizzy sometime, but in that good tequila slamming sort of way.

Bob
Bob

Oak Cliff Res - what do you think about his reporting of Allyn Media in this investigation?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

In what investigation? Whatever your answer is, I don't have a problem with Schutze writing about anyone including JWP.  But the dark cloud hanging over Dallas right now is public corruption.  That is what started him writing about JWP with the Inland Port.  But JWP is not the only story where are the other stories of ALLEDGED public corruption, including the recent stories of NTTA and Medrano family (which actual indictments have been filed).  Again, it is not about them either, its about all public corruption and if Schutze is "all things reporting against public corruption" and sits there with his rifle saying "get off my lawn" and writes articles about a stupid lady fired by Jenkins not Price (which has nothing to do with the FBI Investigation), then where are the bigger and real stories of public corruption then this?...  And as you can see below, Jim's answer is "tough shit". 

heart and soul
heart and soul

You are working for him I just don't know if you are being paid to do it. He is dumb but maybe not that dumb. But who knows. You are not telling.

heart and soul
heart and soul

Yeah sure. LOL. But you sound the same to me. ;)You can't fool all the people all the time. Just FYI.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

wrong Oak Clif Res. I told you heart and soul... NO BRAIN!

heart and soul
heart and soul

You know what you can do with your thumb, Edgar. LOL

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

heart and soul.  I thought you said I worked for Mike Rawlings???

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

heart and soul. I was just about to finally give you a thumbs up on your comment about Paul being full of shit, then you say something stupid like this.  Well I guess you are back on the list those that contribute nothing to the thread...

heart and soul
heart and soul

How is your job search going Oak Cliff Res? Still collecting unemployment?

Randy S
Randy S

Yes, I would have to agree. It's perfectly clear that John Wiley Price is 100% innocent of anything and everything, and is the perfect example of an exemplary government official that others can only dream of becoming.

I honestly can't think of another person I would like to have represent Dallas County, as I'm sure there isn't anyone else as pure as the driven snow like JWP.

I mean really – he's never been convicted of anything! What else can you ask for? Obviously, we should all just look away and bother with other things, because since JWP has never been convicted of anything, and other people elsewhere are apparently maybe doing things not quite right, we should just ignore JWP and let him carry on doing the pristine work he has done so well for the past decades.

All hail "Never Been Convicted" JWP!

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Sir I never said that he was guilty or innocent of anything (other than his proven innocence of past cases) that is not my job and neither is it for anyone else to cast guilt on anyone.  It is funny though that ppl are quick to say that he should get what he deserves and then follow that up by saying he should get jail time as if this country is "guilty until proven innocent".  Again JWP is really not my concern.  What I am saying is that if Schutze wants to talk about guilty people or people that seem guilty to him, why has he not said one word about the new NTTA developments that involve THREE board members or the Medrano's ACTUAL INDICTMENTS THAT INVOLVE SEVEN PEOPLE, that Schutze just said a few months ago probably wasn't as serious as everyone is spilling...  What else could you ask for that is worth reporting is the question???

LesliO
LesliO

I'd like to convict him of bad taste.  I parked near his house for the Blues Bandits & BBQ event last weekend.  Purple trim and window muntins?  Go to jail, go directly to jail.

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Jenkins campaigned for office on the promise of "open and transparent" government.  Now that he is in, Jenkins is just JWP's lapdog and bitch.  I wouldn't surprised if Jenkins doesn't spend his day picking up JWP's dry cleaning and washing his car.  Jenkins is an embarrassment to open and honest government.

Renegade
Renegade

carS.  Many, many carS. 

LISA
LISA

The solution to all this government nonsense is simple: 

KEEP PRIVATE NON-PROFIT FUNDS COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE GOVERMENT GRANTS. 

HOLD DELOITTE AND TOUCHE, THE GOVERNMENT AUDITORS, ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE OVERSIGHT OF THESE GOVERNMENT FUNDS. 

GOVERNMENT GRANTS SHOULD NOT BE COMBINED WITH NON-PROFIT AGENCIES.

WHY???? THE NON-PROFITS THEN USE THE THE MONEY FRAUDULENTLY.  THE GOVERNMENT FUNDS GET LOST IN THIS ENTANGLEMENT IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT FUNDS ARE NOT USED AS THEY WERE INTENDED. THE FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED ONLY TO THE NON-PROFIT CRIMINALS IN CHARGE. 

THE COMBINED FUNDS ARE NOT USED FOR THE INTENDED PURPOSE TO HELP, BUT TO CREATE CHAOS, CONFUSION, AND HARM TO INNOCENT VICTIMS WHICH WILL THEN GUARANTEE SUSTAINABILITY, IN WHICH WHICH CONFLICT MAKES MONEY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER, AND BENEVOLENT DONORS.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

http://twitter.com/#!/ClayJenk...

Pull the string and I'll wink at you, I'm your puppetI'll do funny things if you want me to, I'm your puppetI'll be yours to have and to holdDarling you've got full control of your puppetPull another string and I'll kiss your lips, I'm your puppetSnap your finger and I'll turn you some flips, I'm your puppetYour every wish is my commandAll you gotta do is wiggle your little handI'm your puppet, I'm your puppetI'm just a toy, just a funny boyThat makes you laugh when you're blueI'll be wonderful, do just what I'm toldI'll do anything for youI'm your puppet, I'm your puppetPull them little strings and I'll sing you a song, I'm your puppetMake me do right or make me do wrong, I'm your puppetTreat me good and I'll do anythingI'm just a puppet an you hold my string, I'm your puppetYeah, I'm your puppetWalking, talking, living, loving puppetI'm hanging on a string girl, I'll do anything nowI'm a walking, talking, living, loving puppet, and I love youI'm a smiling happy face when you want me toEven make you happy when you're feeling blue

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Someone else has asked this, but I don't see the answer:

How does ONE county commish fire a county employee? One?

Mike
Mike

He is the County Judge, the senior executive in county government.  He sits on and chairs the Commissioner's Court, but is not a commissioner.  His election is county wide.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Clay is just the dummy w/ JWPs hand up his ass, we all know it. I have a feeling this is far from over and will come back in the Price/Fain/Johnson indictment and trial, clay will have to find someone else to manipulate his words and actions sooner than later..

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Craig, John, and Dapheny were sittin' on a treeWhen they got the strange suspicion that the Feds might be listening in on the threeSo, they politely(ahmm) asked Lisa if she'd kindlydo a sweepLisa said NO...Craig told her, "out the door you must go!"John...I meant to say, Craig, didn't think she was ready for the showThat Dallas politics has been and will for some time be :)and the Sock Puppet cried....

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Whilst sniffing around today, I heard these two words: "fire marshal." Also: "federal grant." I expect Kevin Krause and Jack Fink have heard them as well.

JimS
JimS

Robert's confused. The rumor is about a guy named Grant Marshall, from Federalsburg, Md. He got fired, too.

Jason
Jason

Damn.  If that ain't some Deep Throat (Mark Felt) shit then I don't know what is...  

Jason
Jason

JimS - Can you help me with how this works?  How is Jenkins able to up and fire someone?  And take complete credit for it without fear of backlash (wasn't that the official press release yesterday)?  Does she report to him?  Shouldn't he be ready to supply some kind of paper trail of the person's wrongdoings?  Should citizens be able to ask to see a paper trail or records of these interviews he claims were done with other county employees about her job performance?  He surely should have known this would look very strange.  Does he really have that much confidence?  How many other county official's time cards and parking lot access records have been looked at?  Are his?  Are Dickey's?  Are Fain's?  

Some of this might seem obvious to someone more familiar with county politics.  I admit.  I just don't know but I am really baffled.  If she deserved being fired then she deserved being fired.  Maybe I just haven't seen the full facts for his decision.And how do someone, as an attorney, get involved in a dental business with "more than 100 facilities in North and East Texas"?  

pencil
pencil

Jim, you need to calm down. Sit still, close your eyes, breath slowly and deeply and visualize something beautiful, like perhaps the Calatrava Bridge.

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

Could Dallas County be more corrupt and obvious about it?

Bully watcher
Bully watcher

My kids are finaly at the age to notice things on the news. But little did I know they have been watching for years. They ask me Mom why is the Dallas counsel people always yelling at each other . They look like they are going to start fighting each other. We have been learning how to spot a bully. Well Mom those people on Tv yelling at each other the Jenkins person well he's a Bully trust me I know what a bully is I made A+ on my paper on how to spot a bully. I wish I would have seen this fight before . I would gave said if you need an example of what Bully's look like or act like. Go sit in on a Dallas government meeting or counsel meeting . You will know what a bully looks like. Hey Mom " what will their punishment be? They said we have a no tolerance rule for bully's . So are they fired also? Or do they just get a time out because of who they know?" out of the mouth of babes.....

Guest
Guest

Regardless of who might be out to bug a county employee's home, should public funds and personnel ever be used for a "privacy sweep" of a personal residence?

Jay
Jay

Come on Suburban.....folks gotta be able to get their stories straight without worrying about having the MAN listen in.

Besides, what fun is it to be a sock puppet if you can't up and fire someone for performance issues. Course, we're left to wonder whether they were her performance issues, or his performance issues. Or..... maybe JWP just didn't want Jenkins wearing a sock puppet any more.

heart and soul
heart and soul

Not a fan of the sock puppet but I have to say that she seemed pretty useless. Looks like she was paid for doing next to nothing. How is helping to plan a parade Homeland security?

Mike
Mike

The job is really more about making sure the various county facilities follow some standards regarding threats, employee training and recruitment, and maybe special events.  It's not as if she's Keifer Sutherland taking on the bad guys.  You have to have somebody or it gets lost in the other routines.  Then you have some kind of incident and people ask how come no one had a clue.  She was a liaison person at the CIA working with other agencies.  Same type of job.

Me
Me

She was working with the other agencies that help catch the real bad ones and have been the only ones that have prevented terrorist attacks even in Dallas.... For years now... through these schemes and corruption and by evading the FBI; the Dallas city council is only concerned about their little lives and not the interest of their citizens. The group here that has been of discussion do not realize the security situation they are engineering. I heard a story about someone connected to the mob that payed off city officials to sack a "criminal" whom turned out to be victim and an undercover informant with the CTUnit ... Food for thought.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Considering that we've had spokespeople for the county appear on these boards from time to time, considering that a CIA liaison is working on the county dime, it conceivable that they're monitoring these boards.  Just saying. 

Nailemup
Nailemup

Although I died laughing at your article, it really isn't funny anymore. Who are these sociopaths running our State? Is there any hope for us?

Randy S
Randy S

On the one hand, I'm continually stunned by the total audacity of Price, Jenkins, Thompson, Watkins, and the rest of the gang. Do they think that no one is paying attention to what they are doing?

Then I remember what they have been able to accomplish with apparently little repercussion: Foster gone, Sherbert gone, Dickey going, satellite dishes gone, probably a lot of decent county employees gone that we never hear about.

We (meaning Democratic voters) keep electing these shysters. Does anyone really think that the Republican candidates for County Judge and DA would probably be doing a much better job, without totally embarassing all of us? 

Here's hoping that the press will keep the pressure on, and the FBI will get moving at some point. It's too bad that Price and his cronies will be able to do a lot more damage to Dallas before the FBI finally puts a stop to it.

Observist
Observist

If we accept Schutze's assertions that they're basically just carrying water for Perot and other wealthy white N Dallas / Park Cities types, we can probably be certain that Republican county officials would do it just as well, if not better.

Jason
Jason

Serious question:  How is Watkins in this group?  It's not easy to follow in this town.  Wondering if I've missed something on him.  Met him once.  Aside from being a politician, he seemed like a decent guy.  Obviously, when you hold JW Price as your measuring stick, the grey area gets a bit skewed.  But, seriously, what's up with Watkins.  

Guest
Guest

Watkins did disappoint with his handling (or, really, complete lack of handling) of some of the constable stuff to the point that there was certainly an appearance of corruption in the eyes of many (including amongst some supporters).

Jason
Jason

Thanks, Idiot!

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