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David Brown, Dallas’s New COP

He won out over 5 other guys under consideration for the same appointment. One of them as far away as Louisville Kentucky.

David Brown spent the last 5 years working second in command to the current Chief, who’s imminent retirement demands a new chief be named to replace him.

Chief Brown is from Texas, actually born/raised in a Dallas suburb. His stake is here, along with his fam and friends.You don’t get any more real/local/native than that. Brown is a hardliner, a by-the-book man. I imagine he’ll do very well. And with all the scandals involving Dallas law enforcement and city council members over the past few years, Dallas needs a good name and a good rep.

Some articles just released on Mr. Brown’s appointment:

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I’ve been wondering about former mayor Ron Kirk. Haven’t heard anything much about him since his appointment.

The Conservative Monster.com: NRA: The Truth About Arms Trafficking in Mexico

I’ve been keeping a distubed eye on the murders/kidnappings along the Border for a couple of years now. It moved onto US soil and really started heating up last year with the arrests made up north.

This video shows the political side of the mess going on along the Border.

The Conservative Monster.com: NRA: The Truth About Arms Trafficking in Mexico.

DFW Quakes & Drilling Procedures

In an article released Wednesday (March 11th) by our local NBC affiliate online news source, the author cites the findings of two studies by local universities that present a theory on the cause of at least some of the earthquakes that North Texas has been experiencing.

The article states that both SMU and UT have conducted the same studies and drawn similar conclusions. The studies seem to indicate that the quakes may not be linked to the actual drilling, but to the procedure done after the drilling, the disposal of the waste water used during the drilling process.

Waste water is injected deep into the earth after it’s no longer needed. Studies are showing that the quakes are found at the same depth as the waste water disposal depth.

Read the full article here.

Another Minor Earthquake In N Texas

“A small earthquake rattled houses in Cleburne and surrounding cities Tuesday, but caused no damage or injuries.”

The article I’m taking this from stated that this was the FOURTH earthquake for this area in the past year. When I researched this recently, only 2 were on file with the Institute for Geophysics at UT down in Austin, and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey website). So . . . where did those other two come from? The article didn’t expound. (bummer)

We’ve gone from never having had one, in all of recorded history, to now having 3 (4 according to the article). The first occurred this past October, and now the 2 latest quakes took place a little over 2 weeks apart!

Thankfully they were all small in scale, and didn’t do any damage. But the big question on my mind is, WHY? Why are having them? Something must be causing them. The only activity affecting that deep would be the intense drilling going on all around the Metroplex now.

And please don’t misunderstand me, I am not against drilling. That is unless it was going to cause some serious damage to our ecological system or certainly to our people. (God forbid)

The article I’ve quoted from here, and linked to, says unequivocally that the quakes aren’t due to the drilling (RIGHT)

Well, if that’s true, then what on earth COULD be causing it? (I’m still leaning toward the drilling.) Common sense tells us there is definitely a reason for the earthquakes ocurring. Someone really needs to find out soon.

I imagine we’ll see more earthquakes getting closer together. And I’m afraid that we’ll start to see some stronger ones that actually do damage, before they find out (or admit ) the cause.

Mild or not, the very idea of earthquakes occurring where they haven’t occurred before (and I’ve been in Fort Worth all my life)  gives me a sense of unease that this is a very bad sign. I am SO hoping I’m wrong.

Texas Woman Told US Flag Is Offensive

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A local woman, in the DFW Metroplex area, was forced to remove Old Glory from her office because of a complaint made by a co-worker who is an immigrant to the U.S.

The woman’s supervisor removed her flag and placed it on the FLOOR, adding insult to injury. This took place right before the Memorial Day weekend no less (adding further insult to injury).

Debbie McLucas, a supervisor at Kindred hospital in Mansfield, Texas had a 3’x5’ flag hanging in an office that she shares with the other 3 hospital supervisors. One of which was the complainer and is also an immigrant here from Africa.

This is both unbelievable and OUTRAGEOUS!

The one who complained was the one who took it upon herself to remove the flag and then laid it down on the floor. That is inexcusable behavior and gross misconduct! This goes against protocol and is a slap in the face to our military, their families, and every American patriot. It is a most grievous insult, and should be treated as such.

“When McLucas came to work Friday, her boss told her another supervisor had found her flag offensive. ‘I was just totally speechless. I was like, ‘You’re kidding me,’ McLucas said.

McLucas’ husband and sons are former military men. Her daughter is currently serving in Iraq as a combat medic.

McLucas said the supervisor who complained has been in the United States for 14 years and is formerly from Africa. McLucas said that supervisor took down the flag herself.”

Incidentally, I submitted a comment, but it called me Anonymous. I didn’t see a place to sign in. My comment is the one that starts with “Shame, shame, SHAME . . . . “ I’ll figure out how to sign in and repost under my name. I’m not ashamed to tell the truth.

I hope that enough people will take offense at this and let Kindred know it. We need to be showing support for our country and our troops, esp at a time when our current administration is doing SO much to undermine our country and our troops.

Used to, immigrants to our shores were so very THANKFUL and GRATEFUL to be allowed to come live here, in a land where they could prosper and do better for themselves than what their previous prospects had been. They would join the military and took GREAT pride in displaying the American flag and in participating in acts of freedom granted to them by being citizens of these United States of America!

Now we have a bunch of spoiled rotten little babies on the bottle,  that are not only fault-finding grumbling murmurers, but also most ungracious and unappreciative. This type of person really should consider leaving America and moving somewhere else entirely. Let them go to France or better yet–CUBA!

U.S. Flag Found on Floor After Immigrant Complains

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/US-Flag-Found-on-Floor-After-Emigrant-Complains.html

Supervisor Asks Woman To Take Down American Flag

http://cbs11tv.com/local/patriotism.at.office.2.1020415.html

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Earthquakes In Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex

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We had an earthquake today in Cow Town (Fort Worth). It was centered around Euless but felt as far West as Fort Worth. And there was an aftershock as well. Witnesses said it scared the heck out of them.

It was mild, a 3.3 on the Richter scale. But when you’re talking about a loud sonic BOOM! followed by the furniture shaking about—it follows that should unnerve a person pretty quick.

We also had one recently this past October. The Metroplex is not an earthquake area.

The largest earthquake in Texas’ history was near Valentine in 1931 (Valentine is SE of El Paso). That one destroyed most of the brick buildings but left the wood frame houses intact.

When I went looking for info on Texas earthquakes  I found conflicting info on the Valentine quake. One report states that quake had a richter reading of 5.80, another said it was a 6.0. And that there was another strong one registering 5.8 which occurred much later in 1995 (also occurring in West Texas) and was felt all the way in Austin. (This from the Institute for Geophysics at UT at Austin.

Looking over the excellent records kept by the Institute For Geophysics, I was very surprised to find that Texas has experienced MANY earthquakes over the years, though mild, causing little damage and not taking any lives (except for the bizarre incident where a Mexican man who’s adobe hut collapsed in on him across the Border).

Here’s the number of recorded earthquakes that UT at Austin gives by area of the state that registered at a 3.0 or greater:

West Texas—53

Panhandle—30

North East Texas—28

South Central Texas—20

Note that there have not been any (stress NOT any) recorded quakes in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area until this past October 30th 2008. It was registered at 3.0 on the Richter. Today’s (May 16th 2009) clocked in at 3.3 and was in the same area as the one from this past October: Euless, Bedford, Irving, Fort worth, and Dallas.

When I told my mother about our latest earthquake, she asked me if all the drilling they’re doing around here for oil and gas could’ve caused it. THAT is a very good question. And it’s been asked before according to the UT at Austin FAQ article.

Q: Does drilling for oil and gas cause or trigger earthquakes?

A: Research carried out by UTIG scientists suggests that earthquakes in some parts of Texas may be induced by the pumping of fluids at oil and gas fields, or by the injection of fluids to dispose of chemical wastes. The earthquakes in the Fashing-Pleasanton area southeast of San Antonio are almost certainly caused by or triggered by pumping; such earthquakes also seem to occur in the Texas Panhandle near Snyder, Texas.

We know that over pumping of water from an underground well can cause the ground to collapse inward in an area because the filler is gone.

There is a lot of drilling activity going on around Fort Worth since the Barnett Shale was discovered and rights granted to oil companies to offer land holders proceeds from the production, if they’d allow drilling. But there’s a whole lot more to come. They’ve just been getting geared over the past couple years.

The landman (landsman) I spoke to said the shelf sits on a humongous area stretching roughly 5,000 sq mi (or more) and covering at least 17 counties. He added that the sweet spot is downtown Fort Worth.

One article suggests that it may be the largest onshore natural gas reserve in the entire USA.

So, if the Barnett Shale does turn out to be the biggest deposit yet found in these United States, what will be the outcome of extensive drilling? Could drilling be the reason that an area that has never had an earthquake in recorded history, suddenly has two (3.0, 3.3) within 7 months of each other?

We’ll find out as time goes by, and it all plays out.

Resources

Earthquake Seismology; Institute For Geophysics, University Of Texas At Austin: http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/compendium/earthquakes_contents.htm

Earthquake FAQ, Texas Earthquakes; Institute For Geophysics, University Of Texas At Austin: http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/tx.htm

Historic Earthquakes; Earthquakes Hazards Program, USGS (United States Geological Survey: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/?region=Texas

Texan Earthquake Information; Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/events/1931_08_16.php

Minor Earthquake Rattles North Texas; DFW News: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Minor-Earthquake-Rattles-North-Texas.html

Barnett Shale; Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnett_Shale

Texas Earthquake Information; USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/?region=Texas

Several Small Earthquakes Rattle Texas, Oklahoma; FOX News:  (October 31, 2008: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,445568,00.html

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