Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the record, on this Thanksgiving day, I am grateful for our newly united community
This would get me downtown - a nice meal - a cocktail before the movie in a bar lounge in the theater and then maybe a piano bar with a cocktail or two more. This is what will get me downtown - not UT RGV

The new Ford Dealers in town
The 1936 organization of the Pipkin-Manske Motors to handle the sales of the Ford cars in Brownsville and surrounding area brought together three men who had years of experience in business.
John Pipkin, Otto Manske and Maurice Tipton, had a long history of being in business in the Valley and/or in Brownsville, either in the auto business or in kindred lines.
Pipkin and Manske were operators of a service station which was then located at the corner of Levee and Ninth Streets, while Tipton, who came here form Mission, had been peddling fords since the early 1920s.
In announcing the new dealership the Ford Motor Company called attention to the high business standing of the members of the new firm and expressed confidence that the new firm would have a bright future in Brownsville.
And you know the rest of the story!

I have brother who buys the kits to make the old cars.  He uses fuel efficient engines.  He drives them for a while and then sells them.


We can hope that commissioner's court uses this time to appoint a County Judge who has studied how to turn a county into a metroplex, while putting personalities aside.  A successful County Judge translates into good political capital for the commissioners.

Part of moving Cameron county forward will require a Brownsville mayor on the same page as the County Judge. 

Right now I do not see how Tony Martinez does not win reelection.  His ego is such he will not think twice about putting $100k of his own money into his campaign.


Organized protests outside the homes and restaurants of his fundraisers, will chill the events.  It will make people think twice about donating money.

A call for a boycott of any car dealership which gives him money.  In the last election nearly all of the big dealers gave Tony big money for his campaign.

In January we must start block walking with anti-Tony Martinez flyers.  I will block walk with any group which organizes such an event.  I would submit we need a blog with real information on Tony Martinez, Rose Gowen and U.T's abuse of the Brownsville taxpayers.  No drama - just facts. We will need a real editor.  I'm willing to help - but I will not lead.

There are more options - but you get the idea.

You cannot fight this from home typing insulting comments for publication on a blog.  I will join any group which organizes a boycott, well actually I am buying my new truck in Harlingen at the Toyota dealership - I will not buy Brownsville.  I will also join any protests outside any fundraiser which any group organizes.


We need a successful businessman or woman, who can fund part of the campaign with their own money if need be, who understands you build Brownsville based on its natural resources and the immediate and long term needs of the community.

We may not all agree on what Brownsville needs - which is fine - that is why discussion and debate is important. Feel free to post in a professional manner anything you think Brownsville needs.

I remain a strong advocate of the weir dam.  It solves our water problems.  Believe it or not a solid water policy is something businesses look to before relocating to a new community.  We are going to need a lot of water for Space X.  The weir dam is the logical choice.  I have no problem with Brownsville hiring Tony Garza to help negotiate the deal with Mexico, Washington and Austin.  We now have the Spaxe X demand for water as a tool to push for the weir dam.

The weir dam will also mean development of downtown.  UT RGV will do nothing for revitalizing downtown.  The war in Mexico will not last forever.  Today Columbia has a thriving tourist industry.  Where just a few years ago, I remember a company offering my brother combat pay to go to Bogotá to service one of their medical devices.  I am done being afraid.  I am going to start shopping Matamoros again.  I am learning the buses which I believe are safer than driving across.

We need a Manufacturing Technology Center.  Our mayor and TSC need to be able to work together to bring in the federal and state funding to create a world class Manufacturing Technology Center.  We need an internationally known well trained work force.  This is lost on Tony Martinez - the national drop out rate at the university is so high, with the cost of today's tuition a university education is a one way ticket to living at home until you are 30, while paying off your students loans, with no guarantee you will ever find a job.  Business major graduates are begging for jobs at Office Depot.  In east Texas where I like to eat barbecue the cashier has been looking for work for 3 years.  She has her masters in accounting.  She works for minimal wage as a cashier.

If we want to keep our youth here he need to create a world renown Manufacturing Technology Center where the best workers in the U.S. get job training.  This will bring in manufacturing jobs which pay good.

It will not be until 2017, but all looks for a go that our port will be deepened.  It should be voted on in 2016, and hopefully be done by 2017.  We need to begin planning now.  It looks like we are going to be shipping natural gas from Brownsville to Europe - we need trained workers now - not later.

I say Lily Tecero needs to get the TSC Board's permission to ask Texas A & M if they would want to help with the creation of a world class Manufacturing Technology Center for job training.  It could be a model duplicated by the rest of the country.

Finally, the City of Brownsville needs to incorporate a world trade business.  Again if need be we need to hire Tony Garza to go to south American and convince their trade offices into pressuring the cargo lines to bring part of the south American perishables to Brownsville.  In days we can have everything in distribution centers in Houston and San Antonio.  Texas has about 26.5 million people.  The cargo coming into Brownsville alone would handle the Texas market.  We have barge, rail and trucking.

It's vision my friends - we need to start to believe in Brownsville and demand our leaders also believe in Brownsville.

We can do this - but we must begin the fight now in hopes a highly qualified candidate will come  forward to challenge Tony Martinez because they know we the people are already in the streets demanding meaningful change.

What we do not need in this campaign is anyone but Tony Martinez - that is how we ended up with Tony Martinez - we need to hit the streets now to send a message to any highly qualified candidate that the people are ready to get behind them and they can and will win.

These are just my ideas - ad to the discussion - I am certain great ideas abound.  They just need to be heard.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In 1976, 6 courses at UTEP with student fees was $210 - books were under $100, and room and board was $600 a semester.
Think this morning all of the nonsense being published by idiots about the unrest in Ferguson Mo.  If you believe the radical black community all Anglos support the killing of black youth - if you believe people like Ann Coulter - the queen white supremacist all blacks support the unrest.  Both sides are promoting demagoguery to those who are too poorly educated to know better.  Just because a small subset of blacks support the unrest and a small subset of Anglos support racism does not mean you can attributed these beliefs to an entire group.
Has humanity or marriage ended as we know it because of some 9 years now of legalized gay marriage in parts of the U.S.?  Nope - The demigods lied and they knew they were lying about how marriage equality would destroy marriage.
God save our youth who are attending real universities - they are integrated - they know nothing of sexual orientation.  Sexual experimentation on big campuses is normal - it means nothing except young adults exploring sexuality and sex, which I believe will make their marriages stronger because they will know who they are and what they like.
The next stage in marriage equality will be the end of state intervention in marriage period - except in child support and property division - and for the so called Originalist - that is how it started - the courts through opinions not legislative action decided marriage - even common law marriage was a contract - which it is with a history of at least 4,000.  So the courts reasoned that the breach of the contract gave them jurisdiction to divide property and order child support.  At the time there was no such thing as a marriage license as a requirement for marriage although in some states they existed as an option - hence the common law marriage - no license.
The next battle is to compel the government to recognized private marriage contracts for purposes of federal and state benefits.
Years ago I attended a wonderful Jewish wedding in NJ.  The Rabbi did the service in Hebrew, English and Spanish [the Spanish was for my tia Anglelita.)  It was something to watch all 4 grandmothers walk down the isle - Angelita with her son in law's mother Tilly [parents fled Russia to avoid the Pogroms]
The Rabbi spoke of the 4,000 year old tradition of marriage contracts and the process of filing them with the local government.  In time I hope we return to how it is still down among many of the Jewish faithful.  They get the marriage license to please the government - but per their faith the couple sign a contract between themselves and god and file it in city hall.  In the eyes of God this is when they are married and not when the city issues the marriage license.
But the point is - think about this man's words - by denying our youth a real education we are empowering the demigods to trick them into their world of hate and ignorance.  It is time to end 20 years of Republican control of the UT Board of Regents.


CHOLESTEROL                 157          NORMAL 0-200
CHOLESTERAL HDL          38.6       NORMAL 35-100
CHOLESTERAL LDL           92.2       NORMAL LESS THAN 100
GLUCOSE                               96          NORMAL 75-110
TRIGLYCERIDES                131          NORMAL 0-200

Any doctor will tell you these are amazing numbers. Because of my travelling and being sick for 2 weeks before this testing I had not taken my fish oil or Zetia. My triglycerides have not been this low in 20 years. I could not be happier.


I am 80 pounds over weight. We have now proven it has nothing to do with diet or exercise because I gained all of the weight while on a very healthy diet and doing a ton of exercise. Just 6 years ago I bench pressed 315 pounds.

We now know based on MRI and a lot of blood work I have MOSH = male obesity associated secondary hypogonadism -   It is caused by years of nearly zero testosterone.  I will put my diet and exercise regiment up against the quack Rose Gowen any day.  I am sure she would drop within 10 minutes of my work out.  She knows nothing about diet, weight gain or diabetes.  She operates in a world of extreme ignorance of science and medicine - which is why her foul mouth sees fit to refer to people as fat slops.  If the medical board were capable of doing its job her medical license would be pulled.  Because of quacks like Rose Gowen good people commit suicide every day while struggling with their weight.

What Rose Gowen never learned in medical school is it is not the outward appearance which matters, but the inward appearance - my heart is solid and my key medical blood work shows I am doing everything right.

I eat healthy and exercise.  I have not given up because quacks like Rose Gowen live in a world of complete ignorance.  Good people who try real hard give up because of quacks like Rose Gowen.  She cannot conceive that heavy people who are eating healthy and exercising can actually be healthier than skinny people.  She judges books by their cover instead of their content.  She practices medicine because UT celebrates ignorance and quackery.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The restaurant is located in part of Fiesta Graphics which was converted for the restaurant.  I went last week.  I can eat barbecue all of the time.  I have eaten barbecue all over the state.  What I have learned is it is done different ways in different places.  There is a chain in SA I do not like because they are very vinegar based.  Some people like that - I do not.
I got the brisket plate with two sides and a soda.  I do not remember how much I paid but it was a lot less than what I pay in east Texas.  The brisket was very juicy and tender.  The portion is very, very generous,  I could not finish my sides because I was full on the brisket.  The brisket is smoked with mesquite wood.

I hate people who review restaurants, movies or books solely on their tastes.  We all have different tastes.  For me if the brisket is not juicy and tender you have lost me.  Cooks use different woods.  I know someone who uses a lot of pecan wood - yea  I will not eat it.  I prefer the flavor of mesquite.  Some people use a blend of mesquite and oak.  This all comes down to taste.

But the bottom line is the meat is tender and juice.  You can clearly see the smoke ring from the mesquite.  The sides are good.  But again every one has different tastes.  The place in SA makes a mash potato, potato salad with vinegar added - it is real bad - but people like it - not me

Here you will get a basic potato salad.  Some people like their coleslaw moist  others dry.  Theirs is a  wet coleslaw.  I just love coleslaw so I do not care.

For the portions and price you cannot go wrong - give it a try.

My long time readers know I prefer to promote locally owned restaurants over chains.  I eat at the Oyster Bar, Captain Bob's and Big Daddys.  All of them are good and locally owned.  I will now be also eating at Big E's Smokehouse.

Support our community and eat locally own.
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Some things never change
Where is UT-Brownsville’s share?
UT-Permian Basin approves new 10-year facility master plan
Along with renaming the campus in Midland the University of Texas Permian Basin-Midland (UTPB-Midland), regents of The University of Texas System recently approved a 10-year facility master plan that calls for building new facilities for the Midland campus and the UTPB campus in Odessa.
The new facilities plan calls for about $264 million in capital improvements at both the Midland and Odessa campuses, with $88 million allotted for new housing units, $73 million for academic and engineering facilities, and $60 million for infrastructure and $43 million for an events center.
The new 10-year plan calls for building three large academic buildings, an athletic building and residential housing units at the UTPB-Odessa campus, said David Watts, UTPB president. The plan also calls for a 6,000-seat events center to host community and sporting events for the Odessa campus. The new facilities plan for the UTPB-Midland campus includes a 95,000-square-foot engineering building, on-campus housing and additions to existing buildings at that campus, Watts said. Regents must approve any plans to build new facilities before construction can begin at either campus, he added.
Information taken for the Texas Government Insider, Volume 10, issue34, Friday August 31, 2012

Sunday, November 23, 2014


"This is a rather remarkable historical photograph of the Steamboat Bessie on the Rio Grande River as it is supplying Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City. It is undated but it is very old. The Steamboat Bessie regularly supplied Fort Ringgold, in Rio Grande City. It also travelled 12 miles up stream from Rio Grande City to Roma as well."


Sometimes, looking backwards will inform us of our future.  For a history of steamboats on the Rio Grande - click  Brownsville Steamboats

One of the things Pat Ahumada had correct was the weir dam.  It solved our water problems.  It guaranteed development of downtown.  But Pat Ahumada never understood and still does not understand the social process of politics.  There is no doubt he is entitled to a lot of political capital for his help on Lincoln Park - but the bottom line is he still does not get politics involves finesse - a finesse he does not have - so in effect the political capital he has gained on Lincoln Park is zeroed out with his reputation of his way or the highway.

The boom to tourism and downtown with steamboats at this point would be immeasurable.  Expansion of UTRGV near downtown does nothing for downtown.  Students are not going to eat in high priced restaurants or use any downtown services.  They are mall shoppers.  But tourism brings hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Could you imagine taking a steamboat up river to Progresso - now that would be fun.  I would do it all of the time.  We got to think in the context of our natural resources.  Investing in UTRGV does nothing for economic development in Brownsville.  The jobs are few and will do nothing for downtown.  UTRGV is going nowhere - they know if they leave Texas A & M will move in.

The weir dam needs to be an issue in the May elections.  We cannot abandon downtown.  If we want to beat Tony Martinez on downtown development we must be willing to present a viable alternative to expansion of UTRGV.

We must also support candidates who can get along - no matter what Pat Ahumada says he cannot win because he is still Pat.  And I do not mean his problems with the check or Fly Frontera - I mean his personality.  We cannot afford another round of city commissioners opposing anything he favors because Ahumada has a knack for alienating everyone - even when he is right.

These are four of my sisters who lived on Waco road when daddy worked for Pan Am.  Left to right  Betty, Caroline, Shirley and Dorothy.  Carolina eventually married in Brownsville and stayed until she died on January 2, 2012.  Shirley died some 20 plus years ago.  Betty and Dorothy are in their early 80's and living out their lives in nursing homes.

This morning's Herald story on Lincoln Park is informative at several levels.  One it tells us the Herald sees money in terms of sales in keeping the story alive.

The story also informs us that Rick Longoria was moved in his vote by the outcry at the park meeting.

Finally, the story tells us that if we the people stay engaged the Herald may be willing to give us a voice.

I think in the long run we will win this.

My view is - and many disagree with me - but it is time for a recall of Debbie Portillo.  Some see it as a waste of time.  It is not.  Public outcry moved Rick Longoria.  The city is now on record with the court that no deal has been cut on the sale of Lincoln Park - this is all the more reason to start a recall on Debbie Portillo.  Before that vote comes a real effort at a recall could change her vote.  It will also keep the story in the news.

Here is the daily data I was talking about.  You can see I did a lot better with my breathing.  The score is only .4 times per hour. 

Note:  Usage hours are not sleep hours.  I woke up after about 5:30 a.m. and then fell asleep and woke up a few more times without taking off the mask.  Usage hours is how long you have the mask on.

Click here to buy product. You should really clear this with your sleep apnea doctor before buying any product to treat your sleep apnea.  Also do not assume you have sleep apnea before buying a machine.  You may have other problems which you will be ignoring by assuming you have sleep apnea.  Mine has been verified 3x's through sleep tests.

Once you have the machine this is where you go to register for the daily information

You have to have a wireless system for everything to work.

This is from Harvard medical school.  This is standard in the practice of sleep apnea - this is how I know I am not in trouble with the number of times I stop breathing on any given night.  Remember this is with the machine constantly forcing air into my respiratory system.  Without the constant forced air I would stop breathing a lot more.

Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI)

The AHI is the number of apneas or hypopneas recorded during the study per hour of sleep. It is generally expressed as the number of events per hour. Based on the AHI, the severity of OSA is classified as follows:
  • None/Minimal: AHI < 5 per hour
  • Mild: AHI ≥ 5, but < 15 per hour
  • Moderate: AHI ≥ 15, but < 30 per hour
  • Severe: AHI ≥ 30 per hour