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  • Official Retirement Ceremony of the Texas Flag

    As a member of a commission for the City of Allen, I am required to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  This had me thinking.. (I know this is dangerous ground.)  Do we have a Texas Flag Allegiance.  Well of course we do. The Texas Pledge of Allegiance can be found in Texas…

    April 21, 2015
  • Allen Citizen Fire Academy – Extrication Night

    What started out as a simple car wreck at the beginning of the night, ended up as a car with no windows, doors, roof or B pillars. Extrication Night or how do you remove an injured person from a damaged car. I called it, Wow, this is a lot of fun chopping a car into pieces. 

    March 30, 2015
  • Texas A&M GeoServices

    If you need to convert addresses from postal to latitude and longitude, I would suggest looking into Texas A&M Geo Services.  If you have a need for these type of services, please consider Geo-stuff provided by Texas A&M University GeoServices. I am using the service to map voting history to changes in geography. By having…

    March 27, 2015

  • Allen Citizen’s Fire Academy – Bunker Gear Night

    It was bunker gear night.  Bunker gear is the system of outer protective clothing for firefighters.  “Bunker Gear” is derived from the fact that the trousers and boots are traditionally kept by the firefighter’s bunk at the fire station to be readily available for use.  We were outfitted with the complete set of Trousers, Coat,…

    March 23, 2015
  • Allen Citizens Fire Academy – Day 1

    I am attending the Allen Citizens Fire Academy this spring. We had a our first class Thursday evening. If you have ever wanted to be a fire fighter or just interested in learning what is involved with being a fire fighter you should sign up for a future class.

    February 28, 2015
  • America Held Hostage – Day 15

    The current government shut down has nothing to do with the Affordable Healthcare Act. It has everything to do with Constitutional Division of Powers. According to the Constitution, spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives decides on whether we should spend money on a particular government activity. The Senate…

    October 15, 2013
  • Allen Citizens Police Academy – Week 3

    This week was the K-9 unit. We met at the City of Allen K-9 training facility. The evening was a series of overviews and demonstrations. The weather cooperated for what was an enjoyable evening outside before the rains came.

    September 23, 2013
  • Constitution Day

    Today is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  The Constitution is the official contract between the citizens of the United States.  The Federal Government, Executive, Legislative and Judical Branches are not legal parties of the Constitutional Contract.  The Constitutional contract defined how the Federal Government was to be structured.  The Constitution…

    September 17, 2013
  • Citizens Police Academy – Week 2

    The second week of Citizens Police Academy covered an overview of the Allen Police Department and the general job requirements of a police officer. The Allen Chief of Police, Brian Harvey, started the night out by providing an introduction of himself and the general state of affairs within the community.  As part of his overview…

    September 16, 2013
  • Allen Citizens Police Academy – Week 1

    I live in Allen, Texas.  For ya’ll not familiar with Allen, we are a northern suburb of Dallas. And yes, we are home to the infamous Eagle Stadium, but that is post for another day. We have lived and been active in our home town for many years. I have always wanted to attend the…

    September 6, 2013