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Law Enforcement Insurrection? Houston Police Union Criticizes Harris County Judge’s “Idiotic” Mandatory Mask-Wearing Order

Law Enforcement Insurrection? Houston Police Union Criticizes Harris County Judge’s “Idiotic” Mandatory Mask-Wearing Order

“It is clear the so-called leader of Harris County, lacks any critical thinking skills, but let me assure the public, our officers do! The last thing any of us need to do is kick our community while they are down.”

There’s a police insurrection brewing in Houston.

Harris County Judge (a nonjudicial post) Lina Hidalgo has incited the wrath of Houston’s Police Department with her “draconian” mandatory mask order.

Hidalgo is young, progressive, and embroiled in controversy for using the COVID-19 pandemic to be extra fascisty. Harris County is the largest county in Texas and the third largest (in population) in the country.

Wednesday afternoon, Hidalgo announced a 30-day mandatory mask-wearing order for individuals over the age of 10. From the Houston Chronicle:

The new rules, which will require residents 10 and older to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home, will take effect Monday and last 30 days, three county officials said. Acceptable garments include a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief. Medical masks or N-95 respirators are not recommended as they are most needed by first responders and health workers.

…Under the order, the county’s 4.7 million residents must cover their faces at all times except when exercising, eating or drinking, alone and in a separate space, at home with roommates or family or when doing so poses a greater risk to security, mental or physical health.


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Need an injunction, immediately. Then, collect the signatures for the recall based on no confidence in the County Judge.

She may be young and inexperienced but her instincts are NFG, definitely leadership material. Git’r’gone.

She’s a Soros-backed leftist who spent her formative years in South America.

Harris County Judge (a nonjudicial post)
And this sort of misuse of words might be part of the reason Houston is such a basket case.

    Milhouse in reply to GWB. | April 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Surely it’s not just Houston but all of Texas that has “county judges” who are not actual judges. Beto O’Rourke’s father was once one of these (though not at the time of his arrests).

      Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | April 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Ed McMahon says – you are correct, sir! I believe it stems from the days when in very low population western counties, there was only one county official besides the Sheriff, and he was both the only County Judge and the guy who ran all the County Business.

      In other areas the title is sometimes called County Executive.

      For those who may not know, Houston get hot, real hot, extremely hot with 100% precipitation. Wearing a face mask would be grossly uncomfortable, particularly from sweating.

      The most that can be said for wearing a mask is that it is better than nothing. They work pretty well for doing dusty stuff, painting, dealing with pollen and mold but are useless against viruses.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to GWB. | April 22, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    I had the same question: A non-judicial Jidge? An oxymoron if there ever was one. What branch of government is this post in? Executive, Judicial, Legislative? I remember days sitting in front of the TV watching Schoolhouse Rock:

    What am i missing here? I am just a lowly engineer……

What is it that somebody wrote…inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to break free? Words to that effect anyway.

    CDR D in reply to Whitewall. | April 22, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    That was David Horowitz, one of the 60’s red-diaper babies along with scum like Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, et al. He saw the truth about the left, and has been fighting it for years now.

    Yes, it was Horowitz, and he changed it to “progressive” rather than liberal because actual liberals are enemies of totalitarians.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | April 22, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      I keep it simple. I call them leftists.

      Every week or two for my entire life, I’ve seen little bits and pieces of just why our country’s founding fathers were so smart to build our constitution around limiting government. This is yet another bit added to the pile.

      I have no doubt that there were ‘progressives’ after the Revolutionary War who were just chafing at the bit to get the new shackles onto the people before the old shackles had even hit the ground.

Next thing you know she will order the skate parks filled with sand. Quick someone get her a sign.

when doing so poses a greater risk to security, mental or physical health
Wait! Guys! I found the loophole! “Risk to mental health”!
As we all know, when applied to abortion, that phrase means everything from “will be committed to an institution” down to “I won’t be able to go to raves anymore!” So, pretty much, there’s absolutely nothing that can’t be a reason to not wear a mask in Harris County!

Make ’em live by their own rules, man!

texansamurai | April 22, 2020 at 5:28 pm

she’s liable to get one helluva pile of johnson photos in her mailbox

why did they ever outlaw duelling? could not challenge her myself but am acquainted with a few ladies who could drop this puta before she got her hands up

    Milhouse in reply to texansamurai. | April 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Dueling was never legal.

      Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | April 22, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      I think it was allowed in some Southern States up until the Civil War; after that was over it was finally outlawed everywhere. As I’m sure you know, it grew out of the medieval practice of Trial by Combat, which actually wasn’t as barbaric as we seem to think. If the choice was to be judged by a King or a Lord who hated you, or to have a chance to win your complaint through your own strength and skill, it’s not a surprise that so many knights chose to take their chances with personal combat.

        Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | April 22, 2020 at 7:03 pm

        I don’t think it was legal anywhere, but it was widely accepted until about the 1840s, when it fell out of favor because it had become too dangerous.

        Until then even if a duel progressed to actual shots being fired, a person’s chance of being killed was fairly low, because guns were inaccurate and bullets unreliable. There was basically no such thing as aiming; you pointed your weapon in the general direction of your target and hoped. That’s why volleys were so important; if 100 men fired at once in the same direction they were bound to hit something. And often ammunition would be damp and not go off.

        By the 1840s if someone shot at you they were more likely than not to kill you, and suddenly dueling didn’t seem like such a good idea.

This is encouraging, but too many police around the country are bending their knee to the tyrants. Chasing a lone paddle boarder on the ocean with TWO police boats, arresting ministers, and fathers playing catch with their daughters. This is extremely disturbing, and it will not end well.

For now, take names and do not forget.

John Casteel | April 22, 2020 at 5:35 pm

This crisis is separating the sheep from the wolves. Hildago is a sheep. The police are wolves.

Time for some mask sanctuary counties to start popping up, eh?

One of many currently brewing insurrections, I’d wager.

Wait, isn’t she the post turtle that got elected because one of the ballot law changes that meant voting straight ticket took precedence over selective votes?

If this is the one I’m thinking of, the local democrats had endorsed the incumbent, despite him being a Republican, because she was so completely clueless. Well, play stupid games, win stupid prizes…

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Voyager. | April 23, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    And get Soros people…….

    Chuckin Houston in reply to Voyager. | April 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Her victory was fluke and the consequence of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The man she defeated, Ed Emmett, was highly regarded, very experienced and did an excellent job in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. I even know a number of flaming progressives who were horrified that Hidalgo won. Straight ticket voting by an unthinking electorate has its downsides.

criticizing Hidalgo’s “horrific” leadership

In what sense is this person in a “leadership” position?

I’ll have to keep an eye on Chad Prather’s show – this is his kind of thing to skewer. 😉

We’ve got basically the same rule in Bexar County (San Antonio).

    LibraryGryffon in reply to Pettifogger. | April 22, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    The whole damn state of Connecticut has that rule. Though enough of us called everyone we could think of after it was first floated to get them to put in a bit about when detrimental to personal health or safety. I reminded them that the CDC has a list of people who should not wear cloth masks so they had to at the very least allow for those exceptions.

    My husband was at WallyWorld today and said he saw quite a few people without masks, and a fair few staff with them but wearing them below their noses.

    Yep. And as I have stated elsewhere, the Mayor of San Antonio has accomplished something that I would have thought was impossible: he has proved beyond all possible doubt that politicians are even more ignorant and incompetent that I already thought they were.

    Rusty Bill
    Perrin-Beitel @ Wurzbach Parkway

The Friendly Grizzly | April 22, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Call me cynical. Because I am cynical. That being said, I guess the police feel that the town does it need the revenue.

If Soros funded her, it was for a reason. Wouldn’t he want an obedient idiot who owes him? Does anybody think she did this on her own? At the very least, I see it as a test as to who salutes and who says to pack sand. This is a recon mission. Remember that the left is at war with the Constitution and the citizens.

Thank you HPOU.

In a sense, leftism starts where liberalism ends, and it was appropriate for Horowitz to acknowledge.

Does Shirley Q Liquor still call into Michael Berry’s radio show?

texansamurai | April 23, 2020 at 8:23 am

When dueling was done with swords, it was usually not to the death but to first blood. So you could agree to a due and expect to survive even if you lost.

The point of dueling wasn’t to win, it was to signal your virtue by showing that you had the courage to risk your life.

lord–truly one of the most clueless things have ever seen posted on this site

A correction … Harris County is NOT the largest county in Texas, but about the fourteenth, and not the third most populous, but the fourth. Texas is a state of vast counties, the largest being well over three times the area of Harris county (which is quite big).
That said, that county judge needs to stfu.

On NEXTDOOR for my CA neighborhood the wives of police officers and dispatchers are begging people to STOP calling 911 if they see someone without their face mask in the public.