Wednesday, April 18, 2018


WHY JAVIER VERA FAILED TO SHOW AT THE BND FORUM?

I want to make clear, Jim Barton had no knowledge of this because Javier's wife did not want to garner sympathy for her husband at the forum. 

Javier's mother Alicia died on Sunday.  He was dealing with her funeral related matters.  It is that simple.  Also of note, within the last three weeks he also lost his father and favorite aunt.

My sympathy to the Vera family.


MESSAGE FOR THE TROLLS:  "PRECAUTION! BEFORE YOU RUN YOUR TONGUE, MAKE SURE IT IS WELL CONNECTED TO YOUR BRAIN"

My friends and readers send the best things.

JIM IS BACK AT THE BROWNSVILLE OBSERVER WITH OBJECTIVE COVERAGE OF THE BND ELECTION FORUM

The pic is courtesy of his blog.  The story is  straight story facts, leaving it to the readers to form their own opinion.  A lesson in journalism lost on many today.  I remain very anti-LNG, but I do understand and respect both sides of the argument.  Also I am not a one issue person.  

I wonder if Montoya is going to do a hatchet job on Mike Hernandez's boy toy Cesar Lopez for his unapologetic support for LNG.



THE HUMBLE BARBARA BUSH, VS. THE SELF SERVING MIKE HERNANDEZ

First Mike your flashing sign on the highway is moving so fast it cannot be read.  More wasted money.  Mike your lack of understanding of the political process and the people is almost surreal.  No Mike money cannot buy the people, only people willing to take your money and drunks.

I've decided to not include Mike's picture because it would demean Barbara Bush.  People did not know that George and Barbara after leaving the White House raised over one billion dollars for charity.  They took out no ads saying look at what I am doing I am giving out but spray, vote for me to take over the Port and TSC.  No they did their fundraising with dignity how Joshua aka Jesus taught them to as none hypocrites.  

Barbara actually used the money to promote literacy whereas Mike had done nothing to tackle the literacy problem in Brownsville.  We did not need a new GED program, we need a GED program which targets those who cannot pass it.

I work every day with one adult or another wherein they have to pay for the online GED program.  This way as I prepare them I can help them work around their learning differences so they have a fighting chance to pass the GED.  Technical training schools will not accept them because they do not have GEDs.  Because I am on the front line of this battle, and not trying to buy influence for personal power, I know why so many people are unemployed or underemployed. Believe it or not Brownsville has a lot of unfilled jobs because of a lack of trained workers, or workers with at least a GED.  

If we would just get serious about the GED program we could lower the unemployment rate in Brownsville.  There are politicos who get this, none at BISD BTW, but who cannot muster the 4 needed votes.

Cameron county should  take this on as the "GED Initiative for the Learning Challenged."  But they will not because the county does not care.

The Texas Workforce Commission does not provide the same free training in the LRGV as it does in the dominantly white communities elsewhere in the state.  I have to people I helped get OSHA certified in forklifts.  They had to pay the $60 to get the certificate. But watching a video and answering some questions does not make you a safe user.  They have nowhere to go for practice.  Elsewhere in the state the Workforce Commission provides this service, but not here.

I have not heard a word from Dominguez or Oliviera on any education or job training issues, which is why neither will be my vote.  I get a vote in this one. 

God this sickens me.  Send a message to Dominguez and Oliviera and just do not vote in that election.

Can anyone tell me anything Eddie TreviƱo or Carlos Cascos has said on any of these issues?  Nope because they know nothing about them and do not care about helping the underemployed pull themselves up.  These people are working with me and paying on line for GED prep and OSHA certificates to drive forklifts and it still will not be enough because of discrimination in the work place, and ignorant management.

NEIL GORSUCH TURNS HEADS BY RULING FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS AS 5TH VOTE FINDING DRACONIAN LAW AS VOID FOR VAGUENESS

First this is the second of three posts today. I slept well.  I think the 10 laps in  the pool before I fell asleep really helped my legs.  With my regular CPAP broken I had to use the Mini by Resmed.  It works better than the regular one.  I only use it when I travel, but until I get the new larger one I just ordered, it will be the Mini by Resmed.  If you have sleep apnea this is a must own CPAP, especially for travel, and emergencies.  And for the record, I pay for all of my sleep apnea treatment.  The VA cannot find a competent doctor, so I have taken on the expense as my own, so I can choose the best doctors available and the best CPAP on the market.

In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the court found the law to be too vague to be enforceable.  If you do immigration work or criminal work this is a must read case.  Plea bargains have become nearly impossible in cases involving undocumented workers because of this law.  Just this week the judge passed on a criminal case after the DA refused to drop the case knowing a plea bargain meant deportation.  The fact the church members and preacher were testifying for the man who allegedly assaulted his ex wife also made the judge mad at the DA.  This DA is so stupid knowing full well there are over 800 pages of medical records showing the man is legally blind and cannot be driving over to the ex wife's home to stalk her told the judge she intended to pursue the claim anyway.

But in the end these type cases have to be tried because a plea bargain means deportation, but maybe not any more.

THE PRESS

There is no liberal press in this country.  The fake left are ideologues claiming liberalism as justification for their position. In his concurring opinion which made for the 5th vote, Justice Neal Gorsuch took a very progressive position against the unconstitutional 4th branch of government.  The fake liberals are attacking his opinion on this issue as ultra conservative.  No - it is not.  Justice Gorsuch's opinion is anti-totalitarianism.  It says Congress cannot pass on its duties to bureaucrats who have no accountability to the people.

There was a time the law was clear,  Congress could not delegate its duties to the bureaucracy.  But over time the fake liberals on the court changed this constitutional principle and allowed for a totalitarian 4th branch of government unaccountable to anyone.

Justice Gorsuch went after them and made it clear it is for Congress to make clear laws and the government to enforcement them and not for these bureaucracies to make up their own rules and laws.

This decision actually hurts all presidents now and in the future.  They can no longer order agencies to make up rules and laws not approved by Congress. This will impact government all the way down to zoning committees at the local level.

Once true scholars of the constitution look at Justice Gorsuch's reasoning it will become one of the great moves in constitutional law which in effect strengthens our liberties.  It is a milestone in constitutional law.  I could not be happier.





STARBUCKS CEO CLEARLY EMOTIONAL TACKLES AMERICA'S DENIAL ABOUT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

This is a must watch video.  Unfortunately people are already denouncing it as fake because they cannot accept racism is still real.  It is very real.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


BARBARA BUSH PASSES WITH DIGNITY WHILE LEAVING US WITH THE DISCUSSION, WHEN IS IT TIME TO JUST PASS WITH DIGNITY AND STOP THE MEDICAL CARE?

From her son former President George W. Bush: "I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes."

"My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions."

Not today, but soon I want to discuss the enigma of the Bush presidencies.  A lot of mistakes, but as people they were and are good people.  Nothing would give me greater joy than kicking back with W. on his ranch drinking ice tea and just talking about his journey. 

My heart felt thank you to former First Lady Barbara Bush for her last gift to humanity by opening the discussion about when it is time to let go, and to just pass with dignity.  Hopefully more people will think about her message. 
















ELIA CORNEJO-LOPEZ V. BISD - TWO FEDERAL JUDGES RECUSE THEMSELVES BACK TO BACK

The best I can figure is both recused themselves out of shear frustration.   Unless he recuses himself the case is no with federal Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen.

First Judge Hanen recused himself yesterday.  This is no so much of a shocker because he had already announced in preparing to relocate back to Houston he was only to keep a handful of local cases.  Then today Judge Olvera recused himself.

This all may be related to the latest Amended Complaint filed on April 13, 2018, wherein Elia Cornejo-Lopez alleged "Said discriminatory actions were ratified by the BISD board of trustees on April 3, 2018 by voting to take no action."  Apparently the grievance hearing before the Board did not go well.

I have no idea of Judge Olvera has any relationship to any of the parties or lawyers to justify recusal.

But for now, the case is with Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen.

BARBARA BUSH GOING OUT WITH DIGNITY

Honoring my late brother in law's wish that I end his life support, while not easy, was still the right thing to do.  As should be commonly known at this point, Barbara Bush has decided no more doctors other than for comfort.  Good for her.

I am  concerned based on discussions that an older sibling who was just been diagnosed with cancer 3 and 4, has decided minimum treatment because she knows another surgery will not fix it.  They will change her long term care medicine which will mean getting use to more side effects, and endless doctor's appointments.

I just had one niece die of breast cancer and have another who went from stage 1 to stage 3a after the initial surgery and now appears to be at stage 4 after the second surgery. She is taking it a day at a time and will tell you, she will just enjoy life because she has no control over what happens.

This morning I am going to the doctor for an emergency appointment.  I was screaming at the top of my lungs in horrible pain last night for well over an hour.  In speaking with the neurosurgeon we need to attack this from several angles.  The endo issues are being ignored by the VA.  But part of the endo problem is also neurosurgery.  I will give them one more chance to at least pretend they have been to medical school and then the MRI's and blood work which says I need to be with an endocrinologist who actually understands hypothalamic dysfunction when mixed with enlarged ventricles.  

My blood work shows hypothyroidism.  The VA will not even consider treatment.  When you put it together it can be part of the source of the peripheral poly neuropathy.

I would let it all go, if I were 80.  It is not worth the battle.  But at 60, I will take on the VA for treatment.  I am heading for a wheelchair and that will not happen without a major battle.  I have doctors in SA ready to put me on the right treatment path, but the quack administrators in Harlingen are refusing me treatment other than the surgery.  They have no training in the field and will not act until ordered by Washington.  They are so pathetic the idea of consulting the experts they have access to, they just say no.  They will not even consult the massive medical library the VA provides them.

My point here is, sometimes you just need to embrace the reality of poor health and cancer.  But it is an age and advancement of the disease issue.

I am happy more and more people are seeing this, and not just fighting a losing battle and instead embracing what is left of their life.

Monday, April 16, 2018


TO BE FAIR RENE OLIVIERA IS NO BETTER, BUT IN THE END NEITHER DOMINGUEZ NOR OLIVIERA KNOW A THING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OR THEIR NEEDS

Before I get into this post, a funny  from last year concerning condoms, an item men pay taxes on while female birth control is free.

"AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of condoms that clogged a city sewer pipe led police to raid a massage parlor in Texas and arrest two people for prostitution and other crimes, police documents released on Tuesday showed."


This has to be the dumbest ad I have ever seen.More more important, nothing in the ad speaks to the real problems the people face - and I mean nothing.  It tells you that Alex Dominguez has not even though about the needs of the people and spends his time thinking of con ads.  Tax free tampons or condoms will not result in job training, or assistance with the GED.  It will only mean fewer tax dollars to help with social programs which promote job training or assistance with the GED.

"Oh, my I won the lottery Dominguez is going to save me taxes on band aides."

A FACT

During the last legislative session the Democrats of whom Rene Oliviera is one, tried to pass a lat making tampons, condoms, and diapers tax free. They failed because the Republicans have a super majority in both the House and Senate.   It is an empty promise at which the Democrats already failed once, while telling the voters her knows nothing about the real issues.

THE ISSUES WHICH NEITHER RENE NOR ALEX KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

Have we heard a word about job training and helping drop outs get a GED?  Alex talks about the drop out problem but offers no solutions.

We need free testing for dropouts to get accommodation during the GED testing.  No one will even consider the idea.  We have thrown all of the underemployed people under the bus.

I spoke with Tony Grey in Rene's office and there is zero interest in creating a system like NY BOCEs as a form of job training starting in high school.  Last term there was a bipartisan effort for Texas to move forward with hemp.  The politicos of south Texas who refused to lift a finger to make it happen, even though the LRGV would have been the biggest beneficiary.




I WORK WITH A LOT OF UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE AND THIS VIDEO SAY IT ALL, BUT OUR LEADERS ARE DO NOTHING TO PROMOTE THIS MESSAGE

In the end Rene only has one thing over Alex.  He can get us chump change every so often.   But the bottom line is neither offers anything to the people.

THE BRISKET WAS AMAZING , BUT THE DAY WAS DIFFICULT

Everyone had a good time.  There were a lot of kids.  My roommate's family had his birthday here.  The brisket was so tender, it was almost gelatinous.  You could not pick up the meat with a fork without it falling apart.

Unfortunately, after about an hour I loss use of my legs in the pool and had to spend the rest of the night just sitting.  The pain would not go away.  I was up at 3 a.m. and then 5 a.m.  If Brownsville had a hospital I would have called for an ambulance.  I was screaming in horrible pain. My feet and legs were one massive cramp.  

The neuropathy I am told has begun to spread to the internal organs causing additional problems.  It also causes me to be could cold.  For me the pool is like ice, but my guests said is was not.  This morning I had to put on double heat socks, and double sweat pants and shirt. 

So basically my day was lost.  The good news is my weight loss is on schedule for the surgery.



Sunday, April 15, 2018


AND A BRISKET IS BORN

It took until 1:30 a.m. to reach an internal temperature of 185.  I wrapped in the foil and left in on the stove overnight.  I was still warm this morning when I got up to make bran muffins.

It's literally like butter.  It is a bit heavy on the smoke flavor.  I am told I was using mesquite wood.  But the taste is awesome.

I have the charro beans going, along with potato salad.

I will vacuum the pool, and sit back and wait for the guests.  You know a pool is not for everyone, but I actually enjoy taking care of it.  It relaxes me.  The pool deck is clean.  I buy this natural product that you can wash into the plants. It kills 99.9% of the germs.

Guys the day looks like a winner - go have fun.  The bullshit news will be there tomorrow.

Go have fun.