OK, here’s a tax-hike defense you don’t see everyday

In the universe of possible justifications for tax hikes, here’s one that few people would ever have imagined. It comes to us from Tom Head, a longtime county judge in Lubbock, Texas, who is explaining why a proposed tax increase is necessary to hire additional county sheriff deputies:

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is re-elected.

“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked.

“I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.

“Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ‘em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here’.

“And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said ‘you gonna back me’ he said, ‘yeah, I’ll back you’. Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me.”

In a way, I’m glad to see that. If the people of Lubbock County can elect and re-elect a guy like this in office, it makes the voters of Clayton County seem almost rational by comparison, even though they did elect Victor Hill as sheriff. In fact, they’re practically geniuses.

According to his bio, Head is a graduate of Texas Tech University, is a retired police officer and has served as Lubbock County judge since 1999.

– Jay Bookman

624 comments Add your comment

Simple Truths

August 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

First. And hopefully last!

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
3:54 pm

hey look, I told ya Jay would fall back in line.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 22nd, 2012
3:55 pm

Overthrow the government riot porn.

Geez…

And WOLVERINES!

Mr. Snarky

August 22nd, 2012
3:56 pm

Paranoia…Texas style.

Mr. Snarky

August 22nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Because the UN has a huge standing army, ready to take us over, right?

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
3:58 pm

That is a good one Jay.

A very entertaining day :)

Jseph

August 22nd, 2012
3:59 pm

Wow trying to sugarcoat Obama cutting $716 billion for Medicare to this… Must be a slow news day…

Mr. Snarky

August 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

Get that dude a show on Fox News!

Brosephus™

August 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

Wow!!! That is one hell of an explanation. Makes me wanna go buy a few AK47’s. Guess I’ll make a trip to Arizona since they don’t care about bulk purchases.

Paul

August 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

Thanks, Jay… thanks a lot….

One of the first things that came to mind is the guy’s been rewatching waaay to many times the movie Kamchak referred to.

Texas Tech is a good school. What I want to know is, where did Judge Head go after he graduated to learn how to stop thinking?

Adam

August 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

I can suddenly see why the right wing wants to make it harder to vote.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

Ooops!

Looks like someone forgot the letter “o” when they signed in after doing the sock-puppet thingie.

Always a good idea to double check the spelling there, Jseph.

Native Atlantan

August 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

@Joseph…so, you think repeating it endlessly makes it true? Get educated on the topic Joseph…

Joe Hussein Mama

August 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

K’Chak — “Always a good idea to double check the spelling there, Jseph.”

I LOLed. :D

BTW, smackdown is downstairs per your direction.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

I’ll have what he is smoking.

Orange12

August 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

1.1 Trillion Fed Def for FY-2012

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Well, Jay’s went and done it again! He’s done kicked over the “Texas” anthill!

Jay, don’t you never learn?

Anyhow, this sheriff feller’s done got that U.N. takeover stuff down pat. Why I cain’t hardly sleep nights worryin’ ’bout them U.N. fellers trying to come and takeover the gool ol’ U.S. of A.

Why, the next thang you know, they’ll be outlawin’ apple pie and throwin’ Grandma over a cliff or something like that!

Thank God we got fellers like that Sheriff HEAD (I ain’t gonna go there) lookin’ out fur us! That’s all I got to say!

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Two good days for our President.

corporate media finally addressing gop insanity.

All about akin and ryan cosponsoring this bill with akin.

pogo

August 22nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Went to the grocery today. It is always amusing to to watch the grossly obese foodstamp recipients buying the food that is killing them. No wonder diabetes is so prevalent in certain demographics in this country. I say, let them keep eating.

Peadawg

August 22nd, 2012
4:05 pm

Paranoia doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it. I don’t like Obama but civil war? Yikes.

Chris Sanchez

August 22nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Well Jay…what can I say about this one except that you are probably right!

Brosephus™

August 22nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Looks like someone forgot the letter “o” when they signed in after doing the sock-puppet thingie.

Always a good idea to double check the spelling there, Jseph.

Well, that eliminates The Center for Puppetry Arts as a possible employer for him. :)

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:06 pm

I’d love to know what was going through that interviewer’s head as he’s sitting there listening, saying “uh huh, uh huh….”

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 22nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Orange12 – “1.1 Trillion Fed Def for FY-2012″

Tell Congress to quit spending.

TaxPayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the con stoopid.

Peadawg

August 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

“Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the con stoopid.”

I was trying to think of a way to use that quote…good one.

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 22nd, 2012
4:09 pm

Sounds like a sound and rational plan. Does anyone know if he’s put into motion a plan to prevent the Apes from rising up and taking over the planet?

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:10 pm

“I’d love to know what was going through that interviewer’s head as he’s sitting there listening, saying “uh huh, uh huh….”

“This guy’s a real nut case! Best not to antagonize him. Let him keep talking. Don’t say anything, just let him go.”

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:11 pm

As the Lone Star’s tourist ad said, “Texas: It’s a whole nother country!” But, hey, look at who they’re bordered by, you never never know when them Injuns in Oklahoma or them pesky sauvage from Looziana might want to invade, and we already know what happens when them Razorbacks cross State Line Avenue in Texarkana. Shoot, the only safe borders they got are with the Mexicos.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Uh, Taxpayer, you misspelled stoopid. Just thought you’d like to know! HAHAHAHA!

George W. Bush

August 22nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Brang ‘em on.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Enter your comments here

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

jseph?

jseph?

jseph?

but seriously folks…..

Thomas

August 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Yes, I frequently scour the internet looking for stuff that a judge from Lubbock Texas says-

whatever, where is Anthony Weiner and his banana blanket photos when you need him-

Skram30082

August 22nd, 2012
4:15 pm

Hey, Jay, just wondering…

What kind of relationship do you and Kyle have? Professional only? Beer drinking buddies? Or somewhere in between?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 22nd, 2012
4:15 pm

Damnation…who told him we were planning to start in Lubbock County????

Fess up! Who snitched?

There goes option 3 of the October surprise.

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

The UN is coming.

The UN is coming.

This judge is a modern day Paul Revere.

Or just another con.

stranger in a strange land

August 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

that’s almost as outlandish as Obama saying he was going to balance the budget

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

“Yes, I frequently scour the internet looking for stuff that a judge from Lubbock Texas says-’

Jay gets his in an e-mail blast from “Think Progress”.

Paul

August 22nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Look on the bright side.

Down at the grass roots level, super duper conservative Republicans know we need tax increases.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:18 pm

Here’s the $64,000 question? How does stuff get inside a person’s head. And, how is it that they believe it? Someone enlighten me. I’d really like to know.

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
4:18 pm

I wonder how many Texans believed him?

barking frog

August 22nd, 2012
4:19 pm

This man is deadly serious.
Scary.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

August 22nd, 2012
4:19 pm

true island story, mon – we do several tourist businesses books,
and in talking to them, the ONE license plate they actually look (out)
for is Texas. You see a Texas plate on a tourists car, you go ahead
and assume dey crazy, mon. Odds are…….y’know

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
4:20 pm

“Here’s the $64,000 question? How does stuff get inside a person’s head. And, how is it that they believe it? Someone enlighten me. I’d really like to know.”

says the resident “truther”.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:20 pm

“that’s almost as outlandish as Obama saying he was going to balance the budget”

Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives since 2010. Why blame Obama?

Remember, you all blamed the Democrats when they had the House in 2006? You do remember that, don’t you?

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
4:21 pm

Good point Paul.

Is this his first appearance on Fox?

Ever heard of him before?

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:22 pm

Skram, probably somewhere in between. We’re very friendly and get along well, but he’s got a couple of very young kids at home and I’m well past that stage now, and we live in different parts of town. He’s a nice guy, and if we ever did go out for a beer I’m sure we’d have a good time.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

August 22nd, 2012
4:22 pm

on which night of the Inclusion Illusion is this fine Republican
speaking? Prime time? right after Little Nero w/a/cowboy Hat?
before Palin?

Moderate Line

August 22nd, 2012
4:22 pm

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is re-elected.
+++++
He left out being prepared for a possible UFO attack.

kitty

August 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

I would laugh like crazy if that guy wasn’t actually serious. OMG, he is scary crazy loony as only a Texan can be or someone from Clayton County.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

“says the resident “truther”.”

Indeed I am.

That you are not shows your ignorance, gullibility, naivete and avoidance thereof.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Among the Judge’s duties…

‘Conducts mental competency hearings and other mental health related duties prescribed by law”

“Refuse or issue alcohol beverage permits”

Obviously he doesn’t take all of his job so seriously…

Brosephus™

August 22nd, 2012
4:25 pm

Orange12

August 22nd, 2012
4:02 pm

1.1 Trillion Fed Def for FY-2012

SQUIRRELL!!!!

Patrick

August 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Well I guess at least we can’t accuse the guy of not having a “plan”–

“So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here’.”

Towncrier

August 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Interesting article:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/08/22/Jake-Tapper-Im-Spartacus-Inspire-Others

I think the same point can be made about right-leaning media as well. There is entirely too much Group Think in politics, IMHO.

weetamoe

August 22nd, 2012
4:27 pm

My comment on the 700 billion Medicare cut issue got wiped out in the sudden change of topic–the comment about the effect of lower reimbursements on physicians’ time spent with patients and the difficulty of meeting expenses of overhead and how Obama accused Drs of yanking out a kid’s tonsils when he has only a strep throat and chopping off a guy’s leg when he has only a torn meniscus. More important is Obama’s dismissal of Ryan’s knowledge and ability. Ryan demolished Obama in a face-to-face about the budget (as Herman Cain did to Clinton–both on video and so verifiable). Also Erskine Bowles, the democrat on the Simpson/Bowles committee, praised Ryan’s intellect and grasp of the issues and accused Obama of being responsible for the impasse over the Simpson/Bowles recommendations.

DannyX

August 22nd, 2012
4:28 pm

Texas really needs a medical marijuana law.

one and only

August 22nd, 2012
4:28 pm

guess who is turning 56 in a few hours?

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
4:29 pm

nutty “truther”s pot just called a nutty texas judge’s kettle black…in a glass house.

Towncrier

August 22nd, 2012
4:29 pm

nelson

August 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm

I was working in my yard and a small boy began chatting with me. The boy said when he grew up he wanted to be President of the U.S. and give all the homeless new homes. I said, why wait untill you are president, why don’t you come over and work in my yard. I will give you $50.00 and you can give it to the homeless guy down on the corner and he can put it towards a new home? The young boy replied, why doesn’t he come over and work for it himeslf. I replied, welcome to the REPUBLICAN PARTY.

kayaker 71

August 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm

Wonder how many of you liberals favor a UN sponsored body to decide whether or not you can possess a firearm?

Orange12

August 22nd, 2012
4:31 pm

Bro@425

Enjoy your COLA

Repro

August 22nd, 2012
4:31 pm

Based on Judge Head’s intelligence and reasoning abilities, somebody needs to review all his past judicial decisions.

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

Wonder how many of you liberals favor a UN sponsored body to decide whether or not you can possess a firearm?

Wonder how many Martians you can fit under that tinfoil hat.

Orange12

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

Butch@407

Tell that to the voters

Towncrier

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

Texas could get overcrowded and tip over into the Gulf, ya know…gotta be prepared for any and all contingencies…

Jerome Horwitz

August 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all.

pogo

August 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Obama is raising money with the “Stop Snitching” video CReator. You liberals should be proud. Another interesting note; Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s functioning brain, has been exposed as a tax evader. Without ole “Val” Obama wouldn’t know when to eat breakfast or to wipe his bum. He truly is the dumbest president this country has ever inflicted upon itself. Bar none. I guess he is limited to spelling three letter states because those four letter ones such as “Ohio” throw him for a loop. Oh, that’s right, we don’t have any three letter states. Guess that plain means he is a moron.

Towncrier

August 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

“One and Only” is telling family secrets.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

“guess who is turning 56 in a few hours?”

I give up. Who?

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:34 pm

BIG DADDY

“Wonder how many Martians you can fit under that tinfoil hat”

Sounds like a personal attack, to me… :-)

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
4:34 pm

“Texas could get overcrowded and tip over into the Gulf,”

Josef,
you mean Guam…Guam could tip over.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 22nd, 2012
4:35 pm

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is re-elected.
+++++

He also left out zombies, the British, & General Santa Anna.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 22nd, 2012
4:35 pm

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm
Wonder how many of you liberals favor a UN sponsored body to decide whether or not you can possess a firearm?

Wonder how many Martians you can fit under that tinfoil hat.

my guess? 3.14159265

Course it could be 666…

Jay

August 22nd, 2012
4:36 pm

I got nothing personal against Martians, Josef.

Oh, and “One and Only” is my one and only Mama. Y’all be nice to her.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:37 pm

ty webb

Well, if Guam could, so could Texas…duh…

barking frog

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Josef
guam is smaller than texas
and not as attached to a
larger land mass. more
tippable.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

One and Only
You did a good job! And not to worry, we’ll keep him in line when he gets too big for his britches…

ty webb

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Happy Birthday Jay!

Obambarrassment

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Mr. Bookman, you embarrass yourself!

If the interviewer was a liberal like you, Mr. Bookman, he would be jumping up and down mentally, afraid he might swoon out of pure bliss. He was thinking exactly this: “I can’t wait to call my buddies at ThinkProgress!!!”

Mr. Bookman overstates his case, and that’s not new at all.

This judge in Texas looked like he went on a minor bender before airtime. Victor Hill is indicted on 37 felony counts. To compare the two electorates and disparage the Texans more than Clayton (my home county btw) is rhetoric so overheated, it’s off the frying pan and into the fire.

What’s the Big deal?

The only rationale I could possibly conceive of airing this crazy Texas guy is that it’s an election year, democrats have little to show for their ah… “leadership” from… behind, and so it’s time to bring out the spooks and spectres of crazies everywhere and try to pin it all on Mitt Romney. It’s also time to analyze considerately every presidential prevarication as to whether its effective, but not whether its true. Suddenly, the officeholder of Wayne county dog-catcher is in the national hot seat because some pajama-wearing liberal dredged the internet and found a video that says that all Republicans are crazy! Wow, what a find! Let’s ask the President at his staged press conference what he thinks about that?

Honestly, the bowing and scraping of the liberal press before Obama is nauseating, and it’s catching. For you, Mr. Bookman, it’s going to be rich guys and racism between now and Nov 6, the day the country rids itself of the Embarrassment in chief. You can follow him out the door too.

Here’s an idea:
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/14/NBP-Threaten-Cracker-Republican-Tampa-Convention-Wont-Be-Tolerated-Our-Feet-Will-Be-On-Your-Necks

Maybe Judge Head simply listens to media that Bookman and democrats, ignore, shill for, and pretend does not exist?

Whether or not Head is crazy, he hasn’t been indicted, and he didn’t have SWAT teams point rifles at deputies when they came to work.

Your column needs some reasonable perspective, as always.

Brosephus™

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Enjoy your COLA

What COLA? Obama froze the past two years, and his idea of a .5% increase this year floated like a lead balloon.

Soothsayer

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Jay, are you turning 56? Heck, I thought you were WAY OLDER THAN THAT!

HAHAHAHAHA! Just kidding! Happy B-day!

Patrick

August 22nd, 2012
4:39 pm

Hey Pogo–

I got three letters for ya’–G.W.B.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:40 pm

BIG DADDY,

Oh, and mazel tov!

FROG

Well, Texas is on another planet…so there!

getalife

August 22nd, 2012
4:41 pm

Welcome to the blog One and Only.

Jay?

St Simons - he-ne-ha

August 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

dude’s also gonna need big securiteh for the ‘Evolution of Quilts’
festival, too.

http://www.lubbockfunclub.com/CalCurrent.htm

annny festival with the word ‘evolution’ in it is gonna be
a threat. its so obvious. what commie signed off on that?

he didn’t say anything bout them messican mariachi bands
runnin loose either.

barking frog

August 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

josef
near kolob?

They BOTH suck

August 22nd, 2012
4:43 pm

Is ole Davey here?

Michael

August 22nd, 2012
4:44 pm

So, this guy is downstream from Rick Perry. He renders the verdict, and Rick Perry executes the verdict, or person as the case may be. What a system of justice.

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:44 pm

Obambarrassment

Reasonable perspective and a Breitbart link…now thass funny…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 22nd, 2012
4:45 pm

Woo-hoo!

Two games into the new season and two wins!

Hey Jerome, what happened this past weekend?

josef

August 22nd, 2012
4:45 pm

FROG

Tralfamador… :-)

bluecoat

August 22nd, 2012
4:45 pm

Where is Will Jones when we need him?

Orange12

August 22nd, 2012
4:46 pm

“What COLA? Obama froze the past two years, and his idea of a .5% increase this year floated like a lead balloon.”

.5& is better than 0%. He did say they might readdress it in April so you have a glimmer of hope of getting a smidgens bit of something. Of course he could go off on another Solendra adventure which would greatly dwarf whatever proposed COLA he could give you for six months. Then again, that fiscal cliff is getting closer isn’t it.

Oscar

August 22nd, 2012
4:47 pm

A friend of my, a former employee of AJC told me you were older than you looked.

Happy Birthday.

paulo977

August 22nd, 2012
4:48 pm

osef

August 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

Texas could get overcrowded and tip over into the Gulf, ya know…gotta be prepared for any and all contingencies…
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Oh my gosh , my daughter is a doctor (pediatrician) in Dallas …what’s going to happen to the kids ?????