What exactly happened to K9 Ace, the drug dog?

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Belgian Malinois not only smell stew, they smell each ingredient in it

Six Shooter Junction – By the time K9 Ace, arrived at U.S. Canine Unlimited, Inc., at Kaplan, Louisiana, he was – in a word – uptight.

His handler and the training Lieutenant had done such a good job on him that when he and his new handler arrived there, he tried to bite everything in britches lolling around on the lot.

They sent the handler home, but they kept Ace to see if they could salvage – for an additional fee – what was left of a certified drug-sniffing K9 acquired fully trained and healthy at the cost of $15,000.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara had two choices; he could either have Ace put down as a vicious, unruly animal, or he could elect to spend some more money in an effort to correct his ill treatment with a cap gun by two officers who banged on the side of the SUV and his cage and made him bark insanely.

To tell the truth, other officers from other departments and fellow officers from McLennan County described K9 Ace as a tortured soul with the gift of a precise sense of smell honed to a fine point to detect illicit narcotics.

Was he mean? Well, that’s up to you to decide. Take a look at one of his kin folks in the picture, there. We ran across a picture of another from the breed carrying a 20-pound cast iron dumb bell in his teeth.

Go head on.

Ace gon’ be what is known as heavy duty, up in here, y’all.

After U. S. K9 got through with his second go-round, they put him back to work.

Things rocked on until he “nipped” a gash in a child’s forehead with a flick of an incisor, and he was taken out of service.

What to do?

It took some doing, but we finally got hold of the official transfer agreement between Sheriff Parnell McNamara and the Kaplan, Louisiana, firm, approved by the Commissioners’ Court.

Offer and consideration consist of giving old Ace back to those folks in lieu of care, kennel boarding, vet bills – and all the other doggie stuff that goes with the breed. Such a deal.

The information became available on April 18, but because the Court had not yet been “briefed,” in-house attorney Dustin Chapman told our roving reporter the details were on hold.

We finally got the word on the 27th.

What did the folks in Kaplan do with Ace?

That’s a matter of some mystery. The inscrutable legal lingo of the “transfer agreement” makes to mention of that, as if it’s any of our business. 

Somehow, the giveaway of an animal made vicious and thus unsalvageable by his handlers has by that point come down to the semantic neutrality of a “transfer agreement.”

Said information activist R.S. Gates, “Giving away an asset in an attempt to hide a lawsuit makes no sense whatsoever.” Hmm.

What the hell, it’s only money, right?

What kind of legal gobbledygook will apply when it comes to the “transfer agreement” governing human beings? Prithee, darest we venture a guess?

T’is only the King’s Jive, m’Lord.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

Biker radio to explore statewide net hook-up

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Elm Mott, TX – Resilient veterans of the wars of public opinion on bikers, their politics, lifestyle, and the politics of getting along with a world that rides in cages, Mel and Butch bounced back when they learned they must seek a new spot to hold a News Network Summit on July 23.

American Legion Post 121 had been previously booked, and in a miscommunication, the mistaken notion that it will be held there was born.

The idea is it’s got to be at least close to Waco, the scene of a bloody massacre at Twin Peaks more than a year ago, and it’s got to let folks know how and when a new statewide hook-up can launch itself as a conduit for information on legislation, police excesses, local politics and where the coolest biker rallies are each weekend.

Said Butch Moss, “We want bikers to come from all parts of the state. It’s a sign of commitment. We want to hear their story.”

Emphasis is on learning to go by the official record – records which belong to we the people and not public officials, who by statute are deemed the custodians of those records.

According to state law, it’s not their place to decide what it’s good for people to know. It’s up to them to make the information available.

In a far-ranging interview, these Patriot Riders and news producers call it like they see it.

The Waco cops panicked, killed and maimed 29 people, and now seek to obfuscate the record as long and as tediously as possible.

These two have other plans. Their idea is to teach people how to access information under the Texas Pubic Information Act, including dash and body cams, arrest and offense reports, affidavits of probable cause and warrants of search and arrest – everything the law allows.

Emphasis on news gathering, reporting, and writing will be the object of a day-long seminar on just how news hubs will form in every region of the state, video, pictures, and audio recordings reduced to production, and streamed through their website Texas Biker Radio.org, and then linked to social media such as Facebook and Twitter – at the speed of light in the nexus of telephone, satellite, fiber optic and radio waves.

Watch All For 1 on Facebook for emerging details. Listen to Texas Biker Radio podcasts for updates, and above all, remain calm and see the world on two wheels.

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Matt Cawthon says K9 Judgment is ‘affirmation’ of his record as deputy

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Ex-Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon insisted on discipline of officers in the case of “Ace” the drug detection K9 mistreated in training 

Waco – The Ranger couldn’t abide it. He quit his job because of the abuse of an animal by the men in charge of its training.

When he learned the McLennan Commissioners’ Court intends to compensate the ex-wife and son of the K9 Officer in charge of the dog who disfigured his son’s face, he heaved a sigh of relief.

“This is an affirmation to me,” said ex-Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon. “I was not going to stand by and let an animal be abused.”

As he received word that a Lieutenant in charge of training and the K9 handler in charge of drug detection dog “Ace” had abused the dog with a cap pistol and by calling on him to make leaps onto small surfaces after harassing him, he requested that Sheriff Parnell McNamara take action.

“When I tried to get the Sheriff to discipline these officers, he refused,” said Cawthon.

Instead, the Sheriff allowed the Lieutenant, Chris Eubank, to resign his position, then rehired him as a patrol deputy, though an investigation showed he had participated in abusing the dog.

K9 handler Joseph Ballew accepted a transfer to the Patrol Division as a Corporal. Both men worked nights for a period of years before Eubank was again promoted to Lieutenant.

Ace has since been returned to his original training academy, Kaplan of Louisiana.

He became overly aggressive, according to trainers there and other officers from area law enforcement agencies. In one case, he bit an officer at the McLennan Sheriff’s Office when his handler, Joseph Ballew, required him to attempt to jump atop a filing cabinet. He missed and came down on the desk where an officer sat typing a report, became agitated and nipped his elbow. When his new handler attempted to complete a certification course in Louisiana, Ace made attempts to bite officers and trainers there.

After retraining and recertification, he was at his handler’s house when his ex-wife and son visited. The dog snapped at the child and opened a gash on his forehead. His mother filed suit, and the County’s insurance carrier elected to settle for $30,000 in damages.

Cawthon acknowledged that this was the main reason he decided to leave his employment as the Chief Deputy, when Sheriff McNamara chose to handle the situation otherwise.

“Ace was never meant to be a bite dog. He was trained as a drug detection dog,” said Cawthon. “He was a valuable asset and he was wasted by his handlers.

“I might add that the mainstream media has chosen to ignore this,” he concluded.

Everyone is a reporter

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Somewhere on the East Middle Bosque River – The longest day of 2016 will occur on June 20, at 22:34 GMT, exactly six hours ahead of Daylight Central Time.

Our correspondent and his running buddy, along with their dudettes, consider their attendance at the swimming hole a rite of summer, and June 6 “the first day of summer.”

Our man shall remain nameless, but be it remembered that when it was mentioned that in today’s market and political atmosphere, all the people with phones and computers, or phones and no computers, or computers and no phones, are really and truly the news media, they all responded – without hesitation – “That’s right!”

Said he, “The trouble is just fixing to start.”

What does that mean?

“The locals don’t want any underage drinking; they don’t want any trash and littering, and they don’t want any drugs. Mainly, it’s the drugs.”

Asked if he means IV drugs – shooting drugs – or smoking drugs, all responded, “Smoking.”

What kind? Crack, Crank, Crystal, or just plain old weed.


“Our job is to keep the trash picked up down here and to make sure the locals are happy.”

What will make them happy? Do they know from happy?

“Yes, no underage drinking, no trash, and no drugs.”

Fair enough.

“You can interview me at the proper time. Later on this month, you will see cars parked all the way up the hill,” he said, pointing up the slope, pointing to both sides of the road. “The road is public.”

A clue. The low water crossing on Hog Creek has washed out. In the past, County Commissioners have elected not to rebuild, to close the swimming hole – and have done with it.

Frowns all around.

The dudes took off to the swinging rope when the dudettes began to chafe and argue that the water is far too shallow for all that.

“They’re just showing off because you young ladies are down here,” saith The Legendary.

“We know,” one young lady said.

So it goes.

So mote it be in an emerald, sparkling afternoon amid the plash and burble of the little river running cool and clean over rocky gravel.

Curiously, we received this communique from an individual named David Houston, an interested party who insists he sees proof of some kind of wrongdoing in a photo attached to this article. Personally, I see no proof of his allegations, and replied in agreeable tone by exchanging my picture to one I found on Facebook.

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Interesting choice of words, CAUSE. A cause is a matter before the court, be it criminal or civil – usually designated by a number indicating the order in which it was filed in the clerk’s office, the year, and the court in which it was filed.

Actually, there is no real cause for alarm, here. A navigable river deeded to the People of Texas prior to 1837 is deemed to be public. According to legal scholars, a navigable river in Texas is one that is proven to be as wide as thirty feet from bank to bank, whether it is dry or filled with water. It is a matter of some interest that there is no one state agency with plenary powers over the regulation of rivers.

As to any complaint about who was depicted in my article, well, you know, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy within the stream of a navigable river. But no matter, since there is no real proof of a minor in possession of alcohol in any picture I published. It simply isn’t there.

Prove it. I have other fish to fry. I don’t do that kind of work. I take pleasant pictures on sunny days.

So mote it be.

Women slap Judge Starr around over rape e-mail

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“Don’t look at me; look at her,” snapped former Reagan flack…

Jerusalem-On-The-Brazos – Ken Starr, former Chancellor and President of Baylor University, former Solicitor General of the United States of America, former U.S. District Judge, former Whitewater Special Prosecutor, and law professor at Baylor Law, fumbled with the facts of what he knew and when he knew it until an exasperated “crisis management” consultant from Tinseltown who once served as Reagan’s media relations director corrected him on camera in a very humiliating fashion.

Merrie Spaeth, a hard-as-nails neoconservative barracuda with a background playing an ingenue in motion picture comedies, interrupted an interview by the home town CBS outlet when he said he may have seen an e-mail from a rape victim during his tenure.

Like Mrs. Nancy Reagan, she is a graduate of Smith College.

The duo left the room. When they returned, Spaeth asked the KWTX news director to omit that part of the interview. He said no.

At that point, she asked to have the question asked again because, she said, “I just want to make sure it doesn’t get mis-edited.” Starr answered by saying he had no knowledge of the e-mail, that the office of the President of Baylor gets a lot of e-mails, and he never saw them.

Above is the exclusive interview he gave ESPN earlier in which he said he would resign “as a matter of conscience.”

Much of Starr’s multi-million dollar investigation of the Clintons’ involvement with their “ill-fated” investment in an Arkansas real estate development named Whitewater involved what the President knew, and when he knew it.

Good question. It’s the same one so seriously probed in the investigation of the President’s involvement with the Iran-Contra scandal with which critics skewered an increasingly demented Reagan during extensive hearings in 1987.

Slick Willie didn’t resign. The U.S. Congress narrowly rejected his prosecution for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” though he made a mess of Monica Lewinsky’s dress and took a beating for being a serial womanizer.

So it goes.


Shrinks counsel inmates following suicide at jail

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Waco – Counselors comforted inmates who knew Kristian Culver was contemplating suicide in a segregation unit at the Jack Harwell Detention Center Wednesday afternoon.

Some are feeling a sense of guilt due to their not saying anything in respect for the inmates’ creed of a code of silence. To speak up is to label one self a snitch. Conventional wisdom demands that one do one’s own time, and no one else’s.

A close relative of an eye witness said at first, he could only hear a commotion because a towel was hanging over the window to his cell. When he looked across the corridor, he beheld a macabre sight.  He could see the suicide victim hanging, his face blue, tongue protruding. A guard cut the victim down and tried to administer CPR, but his efforts were to no avail.

Authorities took statements from all witnesses.

Culver, a federal offender housed in the segregation section as a matter of policy, hailed from Brownsville. Inmates answering charges leveled by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities are similarly segregated, as are those with mental difficulties, accused sex offenders, and those suffering from illnesses.

Visitors emerging from the lockup today said they have indications their kin are having trouble getting their medication, that they have had to “raise hell” to get the La Salle Corrections staff to take care of their needs.

Others said that transfers between the McLennan County Jail operated by the Sheriff’s Office and the privately operated Jack Harwell lockup are so frequent that putting money on an inmate’s books can be a hit or miss affair.

One person said it’s been two weeks since a loved one has been able to obtain sanitary items from the commissary.