It is difficult to believe the group calling themselves The Outsiders is still around – much less patting themselves on the back for all of their “success” at fighting imagined crime. But they are still making noise and yes indeed, part of their bravado still includes breaking their arms to pat themselves on the back for sending out open records requests to half the known population in Liberty County. They don’t seem to understand burdening our local officials with reams of paperwork that never leads to anything but taking up time taxpayers have to pay for is not heroic in the minds of most of us.
The self-proclaimed “corruption fighters” whose two main public endeavors in 2012 were their failed attempt to re-elect Sheriff Henry Patterson and their bizarre and costly review and re-packaging of an old case that seemed like an attempt to send one of the assistant district attorneys to jail. When asked to reveal who they are or to reveal specific changes that have occurred as a result of their crime fighting, these Outsiders continue to respond as they always have. They refuse to provide pictures or details about their group and instead claim that their anonymity is part of what makes them so successful. And they either refuse to point to their “successes” or they claim the open records requests they have sent out has revealed all kinds of corruption.
So the question they force us all to answer by hanging around and by their constant bragging about things none of us recognize as crime fighting is… how exactly do we describe these people who lurk in the shadows? Who are these people from other counties who were part of the very small group who wanted Sheriff Patterson to be re-elected? Why do these people attack very public figures and then insist on hiding themselves? This group uses the old adage “if it walks like a duck and flies like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck”. That makes sense to most of us. In fact, most of us would agree the same thing is true about a chicken.
Men like the ones in this group that quit sitting together at public functions when citizens are told they can identify the Patterson supporters because they are all sitting together – well to be frank… they sound more like people that are afraid. They sound more like rebel rousers or loons than fearless crime fighters. People like these gentlemen that are bold and outspoken when their articles are appearing on news outlets belonging to others, but try to deflect their tough guy talk when they are left by themselves to defend their own work seem more like chickens than the ducks they are always referring to.
Liberty Dispatch hears from a great many people with complaints or theories about criminal activities and we have been pretty successful at weeding out those that were either invalid or not worthy of mentioning. When some time ago Liberty Dispatch heard from people that represented themselves as people that were here to help the sheriff uncover some of the bad players in the local good ole boy system, we added them to a list of people involved with Sheriff Patterson that we wanted to know more about. When they rolled out a list of crimes they said a former sheriff’s captain had committed and when they criticized the LPD police chief and attacked an assistant district attorney, we thought this group better be for real. As soon as their commitment to re-electing a failed sheriff and their overreaching attack on an assistant district attorney using an old Liberty police department case became obviously personal, we cut off these people’s access to this blog and began rebutting their crazy farfetched claims.
In reaction and retaliation to us being their only public opposition, they ascribed all kinds of motivations to us. If our readers have heard any of this desperate nonsense, they should be well enough informed to again identify these people as chickens. They are all about accusing people and then hiding. Liberty Dispatch has not hidden. People know who at least part of our staff is. People know who some of our contributors are. We allow people to comment anonymously because it helps us to hear more points of view and to gather more information. But we have no business interests and we are not partners with any public officials. We have been strong, and I guess some may even say “pushy”, supporters of people like Bobby Rader but, we have been very open about our support. These people have come up with some of the craziest nonsense of why we would do such a thing, but the average voter can easily see why it was important to replace the person these Outsiders were working so closely with and get Bobby Rader in a position to lead this county’s law enforcement.
Rader is not likely to hire men from Harris County who have been rejected by their sheriff. He is not likely to work closely with a Chambers County preacher who is a convicted felon and who is currently under indictment. Rader will not need the help of people who cannot have their pictures and identities revealed in a local newspaper. If Rader needs undercover work done, he will no doubt hire professionals and put them on the payroll. Henry Patterson along with his lapdog Steve Greene made one series of irresponsible mistakes after another which ultimately cost him his sheriff’s job.
While Liberty Dispatch has remained concerned about things like the FEMA fraud, the courthouse mail theft, and the cases the District Attorney chooses to pursue and not to pursue based on politics, The Outsiders not very long ago were still talking about defeating Bobby Rader, revisiting the Joe Warren case, and demanding phone records from the city of Liberty. While Liberty Dispatch credits the voters with electing better judges and other officials and feels a sense of pride in playing a part in democracy, The Outsiders are licking their wounds and threatening to defeat many of those who were just overwhelmingly elected by the people. Their efforts have allegedly ended up with them profiting by scamming some of their financiers out of land and other ill gotten gain, while all of our accounting is on one side of the ledger – economic and personal expense.
Nevertheless, just the opposite of The Outsiders, our opinion is that the voters have made tremendous progress/gains and we count it all worth it for the sake of freedom from those who have in the past, and who would in the future, oppress us with their good ole boy network who uses our courts and our tax money as personal insurance and a piggy bank.