DAILY COMMENTARY
By Marc Campos




Brother, Can You Spare A Taser & Burger King Outlaws

By Marc Campos

From the Eeerie Stat Department: According to an article in the latest Houston Defender newspaper, from December 3, 2004 through March 10, 2005, the Houston Police Department (HPD) had deployed Tasers 144 times. Of the 144 Tasees, 95 of were African American, 32 Hispanic, 19 White and 1 Asian. 24 were "unsuccessful". For the stat freak, it would probably be interesting to know Taser deployments by zip code, and by race of the deploying officer - race of the Tasee by incident. Regardless, Commentary can't help but wonder what would have been the outcome if HPD were Taserless.


The Burger King Varmints. Men's Fitness Magazine is one publication you will not find in the Miami corporate offices of Burger King. BK just rolled out the Enormous Omelet Sandwich - 730 calories and 47 grams of fat - which includes two eggs, sausage, three strips of bacon, two slices of cheese, and a bun. The BK unhealthy breakfast fare is getting killed PR wise on talk shows, news programs, and newspaper stories across America. Houston's Fitness Patrol - who brought us the successful Tour De Houston, a bike ride through Houston's neighborhoods - now has a target.

In the old wild west days, in some burgs, the local law enforcement authorities didn't allow guns into town. When folks came to visit or do business, they had to check in their weapons to the authorities. You picked up your weapon on your way out of town. Houston's Fitness Czar needs to round up a posse and run BK's latest waistline buster out of town. Set up road blocks at the city limits and conduct searches of incoming BK 18 wheelers. Maybe a city council resolution can be adopted that condemns BK - of course we would have to grandfather in local favorites like breakfast tacos and Shipley donuts. A little noise directed at BK might help us shake off the Fattest City Title.

March 29, 2005, 9:00AM


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