The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, June 14 – Twenty (20) temperature scanners Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough and his Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps purchased, without bids, from a political crony of theirs, Holly Arbuckle, cost local taxpayers $30,000 and were worthless, The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper has confirmed. Originally, county employees installed the scanners at entrances to the Montgomery County Courthouse.
The scanners never worked, according to security personnel attempting to operate them. Often the scanners listed courthouse visitor temperatures in the range of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature range suggesting that the Courthouse visitor was already a corpse. The intrusive scanners, which Keough and Millsaps had installed without following procedural safeguards required under the Texas and United States Constitutions, were a “total joke,” according to three security personnel who spoke with this newspaper on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal by Millsaps and Keough.
Please see “Temperature scanner purchasing scam costs Montgomery County taxpayers who pay for politics rather than value,” The Golden Hammer, August 31, 2021, https://thegoldenhammer.net/temperature-scanner-purchasing-scam-costs-montgomery-county-taxpayers-who-pay-for-politics-rather-than-value/
Meanwhile, Malleus Aureus Company, the parent company of The Golden Hammer, has discovered the existence of the RoboScientific’s robot air monitor, which can detect the existence of the China Virus in ambient air, even at a distance. For a low price of merely $7,058.29 each, with a mere $250 markup for the company to deliver them ready for installation, Malleus Aureus will happily sell the Montgomery County government 325 of these room monitors for a mere $2,375,194.25, or for $5 less per unit than Holly Arbuckle or any other political crony of Keough or Millsaps offer to sell the product with a bona fide verifiably-suppliable offer.
The features of the robot sniffers, which Malleus Aureus has renamed the “Mobile Virus Sniffer” (MVS), are:
“Roboscientific is finalising its Covid-19 Room Monitor. This affordable unit can be installed into indoor environments where it will ‘sniff’ the air looking for the Volatile Organic Compound Digital Fingerprint associated with the disease. The Fingerprint is created by the odours created by metabolic changes to the sufferers caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and detected as changes to their VOC output (how they smell). The VOC Digital fingerprint is present even in asymptomatic sufferers, so this new screening system should solve the problem of disease transmission by people who have no indication they are infected.”
Millsaps or Keough may contact Malleus Aureus Company at the company’s headquarters at 104 West Davis Street, Conroe, Texas 77301. The robotic sniffers would fit nicely at Courthouse entrances as well as in all law enforcement vehicles of the Montgomery County government. The County government may calibrate the MVS to sniff the currently-prevailing China Virus, future viruses, and possibly even athlete’s foot, in the event Judge Keough determines there is a countywide athlete’s foot disaster requiring that he mandate the closure of churches, businesses, restaurants, and bars, with the exception of car dealerships and pharmacies.
The dirty purchasing and vendor selection of the Craig Doyal-era of County government has continued under the current Keough administration, as a $30,000 purchase of constitutionally-questionable temperature scanners – manufactured near the origin of the Chinese Coronavirus – exemplifies. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s agenda for a special Monday, August 31, 2020, meeting only for the purpose of approving “payment of accounts” brought the questionable purchase to the attention of a number of local citizens who asked this newspaper to publish their concerns.
As shown immediately below, the item, which caught the attention of several taxpayers, was a $15,000 payment to Holly Arbuckle, an establishment Republican activist with long ties to the Montgomery County government and to Millsaps in particular. Arbuckle has a public relations firm named “Catalyst PR” which she operates from her house at 1701 North Thompson Street, 12 blocks north of the Sadler Administration Building in Conroe.
The purpose of the scanners was to take the temperature of unsuspecting citizens entering the Courthouse, Justice Courts, or Jail. There was no showing of “probable cause” prior to the County government determining the body temperature of individuals. The scanners raised serious constitutional and right to privacy concerns.
After The Golden Hammer raised the question why Arbuckle was to receive $15,000.00 even as a payment from the Montgomery County government, the County Auditor’s office removed the proposed payment from the list of “payment of accounts,” because, as it turns out, Arbuckle has already received payment in full in the amount of $30,000.00 for her sale to the Montgomery County government of twenty (20) temperature scanner kiosks at the price of $1,500.00 each. Sources inside the County Auditor’s Office confirmed that Arbuckle was to receive a payment at the time of the agreement to purchase in the amount of $15,000.00 and $15,000.00 upon delivery of the kiosks. Nevertheless, the sweetheart arrangement between the politically-active Arbuckle and the Office of Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough led to her payment in full before she even delivered the TempSensor-19 temperature scanners and kiosks.
The Temp-Sensor-19 scanners and kiosks were manufactured in Guangdong, China, known as the “Chicago of China” for its manufacturing and shipping prowess. Guangdong is only 618 miles due south of Wuhan, known worldwide for its export of the Chinese Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
This newspaper confirmed from three sources close to the County Judge’s Office within the County government that County Judge Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps made the arrangement with Arbuckle, a political ally of Millsaps. The County government paid $1,500.00 per temperature scanner, a terrible price for the equipment. The Smart Thermal Imaging Display Temperature Scanner with Facial Recognition and Kiosk, is available for $580.00 each at Alibaba.com, with customized logo, customer support, and a 1 year warranty. Amazon.com sold the same equipment for $950.98 each.
It’s a sign that the corrupt purchasing of the Doyal-era has continued through the present where politically-connected vendors, such as Arbuckle, engineers, and contractors, get sweet payment arrangements without any competitive bidding.
Dun & Bradstreet provides the following bizarre description of Arbuckle’s company, Catalyst PR, which she operates from her home in Conroe: “Provides all types of printing for brochures, marketing collateral, technical writing, etc. Supplies promotional items and giveaways as well as any office supplies. Provides mailing services. Training, motivational speaking and business development.Printing, advertising, mailing, promotional items. specialty items, training, development, numbering, graphic design, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, OFFICE SUPPLIES, COMMISSARY SUPPLIES, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, STEEL, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, LUMBER, BUILDING SUPPLIES, MILLWORK.”
Other than exorbitant salaries far above market prices for such employees, corruption in purchasing is where taxpayers take the Montgomery County government’s uncontrolled spending of tax dollars most directly on the chin. Nothing has happened to change the terrible practices.
Millsaps did not respond to a request for comment.