Saturday, April 30, 2016


TRUMP - WAY TOO FUNNY

To those offended.  Trump will be the nominee.   Because there is no possibility of Trump losing Texas, he will get all 38 Electoral College votes.  So all of the anti-Trump campaigning in Texas, will be for naught.  

While I do not like this inevitability of Trump getting all 38 Texas Electoral College votes, it means I do not have to vote for Hillary Clinton.  I just cannot do it.  Now I will say if the October polls have Hillary within the margin of error in Texas, then I will have no choice but to vote for her.  But for now, I see her numbers never reaching more than 43%.  Even 45% with a margin of error of 3% will not be enough to get me to change my mind.  If Hillary hits 47% in October Texas polling, I will have to vote for her, no matter how sick it makes me.


BV STANDING WITH COWEN AND LOPEZ

I will say to Anderson's supporters, you have a good candidate.  I think it is wrong to punish incumbents over something they had no control over.  Yes, the port will grow a lot faster once this technology workforce training center is in place.  But it was not during the last 4 years.  Ed Rivera and Raul Villanueva could have been on the Commission the last four years and the numbers would be the same as they are now.  You cannot grow without trained workers.  Cowen, Lopez, and Anderson I am sure will be 100% behind the workforce training center and its contributions to the port once it is up an running.  

You need to look to how it has been 12 years I have been pushing for this.  I have made it clear many times it was going to take a private individual to get things going.  Mike Hernandez did that for us.  It is now a project so big. no one person is controlling it.  There are far too many federal, state and private entities involved.  I believe all players agree the center has to be part of an institution of higher education which is tied to the state, either through TSC, BISD, or a univerity.  My prediction and that is all it is, is TSC will operate the facility with a cooperation agreement with a state engineering school.  I could be wrong, but this appears to be the most cost effective way to create the center.  And while I cannot say who, the engineering part is already being donated by a university. Carlos Marin and his engineering firm are not involved.

With a poorly trained workforce the port continued to grow.  But once we have trained workers and the port commissioners cannot still turn a profit, then I will say it is time to reconsider who is running the port.  It would be nice if we can end the taxing and use the profits to increase technical training thereby expanding manufacturing and the port.

This bright future was brought to us by Mike Hernandez getting the conversation going.  He is using his money to get the project off the ground.  Yes the feds and the state will pick up most of the bill in the end, but if it is a state institution, then that is how it should be.   No private individual should be funding a state institution.  

We all fumble along the way - if you believe Mike has fumbled a ball or two does not mean you destroy his idea of the work training facility.  And the reality is, given the number of institutions involved at this point - it is going to happen no matter what ignorant people have to say about it.  I wonder how many of the opponents will be the first in line for the job training for high paying jobs?

BROWNSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY DUMPING NEW BOOKS IN DUMPSTER

In Dallas I use to donate a lot of hardcover books to a small public library in a poor area of Dallas. They always took my name, and would place my name in the book as the donor.  My books are always new - direct from Amazon.

About 5-6 months ago I donated an important book well researched on religious intolerance in Massachusetts and its origins in England.  The book outlined the history of the founding of Rhode Island based on true freedom of religion and the interaction between the settlers and the indigenous people of New England.

Today I found out that the library rejected the book and trashed it.  If they had a program to indicate the donor's name they could have contacted me and I could have given it to TSC which might have a better appreciation of the truth about religious intolerance in New England in the early days of settlement, than the Brownsville library.

When the Southmost library opened up I donated a lot of books which were considered classics.  All of the books were hardcover and new right from Amazon.  I never thought to investigate.  Well this time I investigated, when the book never showed up in the card catalog.

My recommendation to everyone in Brownsville is do not donate to the Brownsville library. Censorship is not an option.  The truth about the lack of religious freedom in New England is an important part of our history.

I understand people in good faith donate used books.  This is not the same as donating a new hardcover book right out of the Amazon box.

Does anything in Brownsville work?  If they simply had a system where the donor puts their name and number on a piece of paper to go with the book, if it is rejected it can be recovered by the donor and donated elsewhere - but disposing of the book is criminal.  History and reading are too important for any library to dump new books in the trash. I am  told it might have been donated to a group which would have sold it.  Great I pay for the book and a private organization gets to sell it and make a profit on my donation while the people are denied the opportunity to learn the truth about religious freedom in New England during the early days of settlement.

Never again will I donate anything to Brownsville.  The city is broken beyond repair.  I always say I prefer my private donations.


IS THE SUPREME COURT REACHING ITS LIMITS WITH JUDGES?

Based on what I have seen in Dallas, Brownsville, and East Texas the Texas legislature must ban judicial candidates from soliciting funds for their campaigns.  The Supreme Court has found judges have no First Amendment Right to solicit campaign funds.  Texas must adopt the same rule as other states.

Does the Abel Limas case teach us differently?

"In an effort to preserve public confidence in the integrity of their judiciaries, many of those States prohibit judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting funds for their campaigns. We must decide whether the First Amendment permits such restrictions on speech. We hold that it does. Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot. And a State’s decision to elect its judiciary does not compel it to treat judicial candidates like campaigners for political office. A State may assure its people that judges will apply the law without fear or favor—and without having personally asked anyone for money."

The appearance of justice:

"But “[e]ven if judges were able to refrain from favoring donors, the mere possibility that judges’ decisions may be motivated by the desire to repay campaign contributions is likely to undermine the public’s confidence in the judiciary.”



Friday, April 29, 2016


REMODELING NEARLY DONE

I am about to give into the fatigue.  It has me and I am off to bed.  For the most part the remodeling is done.

I highly recommend Owen roofing.  My neighbor to the right hired I do not know who but it was a disaster all over my yard, backyard and pool.  The workmanship is horrible.  Owen showed with a dumpster and kept everything very, very clean.

My roof got two layers before the shingles.  The first was a black layer and then a cellophane type layer..  The price included all rotting wood which was related in any way to the roof including the eaves.  They had to take down the gutters and did an excellent job in putting them back.

When the shingles were delivered they were raised to the roof by the company doing the delivery. The workers just had to unload them from the pallets.  Another neighbor doing his roof right now, has the workers carrying the packets of shingles up the ladder, one by one.  Also they only put the black layer.  While they did not have a dumpster they did not have shingles flying everywhere.

You get what you pay for.

ON THE ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING

I will not name the corporation I hired.  But they were a nightmare.  The supervisor did not copy the estimate contract properly onto the work order.  This caused problems.  The lead plumber spent more time spewing his racism and homophobia than doing his job, which was shitty.  Unfortunately the law requires you let him sign off on his work before you withhold payment.  You do not want to allow him to say you forced him to stop before he was done.

The following day it took another plumber the entire day to clean up the mess made by the first plumber.  He had in some cases the new pipes sticking out 6 " from the wall with the valve at the end. They fixed all of those except forgot one bathroom.  I am waiting for them to schedule another plumber to finish the job.

I was specifically told a cabinet would not have to be damaged for the repair.  The plumber tore it apart and then left it.  Yesterday they sent a carpenter to fix all of those repairs.  My contract says all sheet rock will be cut straight.  There were places it looked like he was drunk when he cut the sheet rock thereby making my work a lot harder.  They replaced all of the sheet rock yesterday - I just have to do the mud.

A misunderstanding required the electrician come back today for a 5 minute repair.  That was fine.  I really liked the electricians, but now I am not so sure.  Today I used my coffee pot the first time.  The coffee came out clear.  I then learned an entire section of the house was without electricity.  Rather than create a new junction box for the new plugs and switches they linked into the junction box for the GFCI plugs near the kitchen sink.  Until I agree to pay $320 to create a new junction box, I cannot use my kitchen plugs.  He should have handled it today.

I withheld payments until yesterday with only $100 still due.  They will never see that.  My house based on its size and the AC size will never cool lower than 74.  The plumber kept on putting it on 60.  No matter how many times I proved to him the house would not cool lover than 74 he kept on putting it on 60.  The withheld $100 will be for the increase in my electric bill.  Three days of running the AC at 60 will be costly.

I had the AC raised about 7-8 inches off the ground.  It is leaking something.  I cannot get a commitment when they intend to send the AC guy out to fix the problem.

This company simply does not care.  You would think when you give them a job of more than $10,000, they would care but they do not.

AH THE IMPACT RESISTANT DOORS

I am no closer to get doors today than I was two months ago.  The local company I bought them from has been paid in full because they are custom doors.  They gave me a contract from the manufacturer of the doors that the doors are TDI Windstorm Zone 1 certified.  I contacted the company for the Texas verification sheet.  The sheet tells the installer what hardware to use including the doorknobs.  Plus the sheet is needed by the state engineer to certify the doors.

I learned from the manufacture that the doors they ordered designed are not wind impact designed. The sheet from the state of Texas specifically states they do not meet Texas requirements.  I am getting a run around.

The local person I bought them from did nothing wrong.  They got a written contract from the manufacturer that the doors met TDI Zone One requirements.  At this point we do not even know when the doors will be ready.  The company is scrambling to comply with TDI requirements.

For now I sit and wait on the doors.  The manufacturer representative always says he will follow-up and never does.  You have to stay on him and all I get is, "I will check on it."

The worst of it is over with.

On the electrician, I will get an estimate to fix the problem they left behind, and then give them a choice to fix it or I will pay someone else to fix it and then take them to small claims court.  I was pissed this morning when the electrician told me about his mistake in overloading the junction box and then demanding money to fix it.

If the AC guy is not here tomorrow along with another plumber I will pay to have those repairs done also and then bill the company.  It is sad the owner does not understand an unsatisfied customer means no referrals.

Owens roofing is different,  I will always recommend them.  The engineer has already been here for the windstorm certification certificate which means I will save on my insurance.  Mr. Owen personally brought me the permit to do the job.  The electrician plumbing company got sanctioned for not having a permit, although they eventually got one.  That is the difference between the two companies.

Okay, I am nearly asleep.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


LET'S GET OUT THE VOTE FOR TREY

Trey does have an opponent, but she is not running a campaign.  This is not only about Trey winning. It is about sending a very strong message of support for Trey to those who attacked him during the separation.  We cannot chance not turning out to vote because his opponent is not running a campaign.  Go Vote and get it done.  No excuses


THE BV STANDS CORRECTED - SOROLA MESSED UP IN THE MONTOYA LAWSUIT

While I still believe the Offensive Use Doctrine will decide this case, Sossi and the city are correct in blocking all discovery at this time.  Montoya has a SLAPP Motion to Dismiss pending.  The law is clear on this issue, unit the court denies the motion no discovery is allowed.

Sec. 27.006. EVIDENCE. (a) In determining whether a legal action should be dismissed under this chapter, the court shall consider the pleadings and supporting and opposing affidavits stating the facts on which the liability or defense is based.
(b) On a motion by a party or on the court's own motion and on a showing of good cause, the court may allow specified and limited discovery relevant to the motion.
But in the end with this morning's Herald article on the issue, Sossi has lost his reputation. In this town the people will believe to be true all of the allegations as printed in the paper. Sossi on this one should have just ignored it. The city commission is looking real bad for not acting.
Concerning open records requests, once litigation is initiated you cannot use open records requests to get documents.  You must serve the party with the documents with the subpoena to get the evidence.  At this time all subpoenas are in violation of the law, such as all discovery on Sossi.  Sorola should have first sought leave of court to do limited discovery, he did not.

It is any one's guess what Judge BaƱales will do.  But I know this - today's Herald article forever tainted Mark Sossi's reputation while giving a lot of free advertising to Montoya.  Those additional hits are going to do injury to Mike Hernandez and OP10.33.  This is fact.



JUANITO GETS THE STORY WRONG AGAIN

OP10.33 has many parts.  On the issue of running candidates it is done all over the country.  But if you do it you better be thick skinned enough to take the criticism.  On the Port Ed Rivera and Raul Villanueva could have been on the Commission for the last 4 years and the numbers at the port would be about what they are now.  There was no support for the workforce training center which is now going to be a reality and change the port.  I have no doubt that once Ralph Cowen is reelected he will be part of the movement to make the workforce training center a reality.  

My recollection is all of social media supported Ed Rivera for TSC.  His background gave us hope he would be a voice of reason on the issue of job training in manufacturing.  It turned out he was not, so he failed us.  It is really that simple.  

Raul Villanueva would not even respond to outside pressure to answer my questions.  He had a media person send me his ads with a request I post them.  That is not how it works Raul.  You have made it clear you will not answer our questions before the election. That is a strong message as to the type person you will be once elected.  

As you can tell I am not happy with OP10.33's candidates for the Port.  It showed a complete failure to understand why the Port is struggling to be even better, or that OP10.33 just wanted candidates who they know will do as they are told.  I say the latter because everyone familiar with the Port knows the problem has always been a lack of local job training.  The idea of a local work force training center is not new.  The BV has been pushing for it for nearly 12 years.  It took Mike Hernandez to turn it into a reality.

BUT IT IS REAL NOW

Until the Cameron County Education Initiative formally announces what is happening my hands are tied on what I can say.  

But I will say this, the person Montoya profiled and trashed yesterday, will have nothing and I mean nothing to do with the management of the work force training center.  There are at least two and maybe three public institutions of education already highly involved in the project.  Based on what I know I suspect TSC will be the anchor with support from other institutions of higher education.  I could be wrong.  This is all still being worked out.  But in the end money will drive this and there will be only so much money.  TSC at ITECC already has the space for the training center. 

Federal, state and local officials are already very involved in developing the direct needs and accessing both federal and state grant money.  This person profiled by Juanito is not even involved beyond being told what is happening.  

To date federal, state, and local officials both public and private have met with the manufacturers who already exist in Brownsville and Matamoros to identify the specific areas of job training which are needed to be able to expand manufacturing.  This list is impressive and it came from the manufacturers themselves.

So while Montoya is out there creating his conspiracy theories, all of the many players, of which United Brownsville is not one of them, will continue to move forward.

Mike Hernandez got this going with all of the right people.  This is now bigger than any one person. But I can see the next avenue of attack.  Once all of the players making this happen are identified Montoya will write a piece "here we go again, TSC making a partnership agreement with xyz to give away TSC."  Nope not even on the table.  First, TSC's part is not even well defined yet. All of that is being worked on and meetings are being held.  But the players understand the work force center must be tied to an institution of higher education.  They also understand that major engineering support is needed from an engineering school.  An agreement of cooperation is not the same as a partnership.

Mike Hernandez is in a learning curve concerning Brownsville and how things are done.  He will adjust and be just fine.  He will keep things moving along to make Cameron county a better place.

But we shall wait to see the next trash piece. 

GUILLEN COMMUNITY CEMETERY, INC

The picture is from the internet and not the cemetery.  I did not take any pictures.  Click for their FB Page.  This is a family business with the owner there the entire time.  You have to stay on Boca  Chica past 511.  Eventually on the right you will see a sign for Browne rd.  Just after that you turn left between two two story houses.  The cemetery is in the back.

I am not a designer jean person.  This is a beautiful country setting.  The kids were distracted with the goats along the fence. Trust me the parents like this and it make it more enjoyable for what is a very sad moment.  They have an infant section.  I chose this picture because at this time all markers must be flat in the ground.

I had never been to a child or infant's funeral so I had no idea what to expect.  The law required only a three foot hole which works out.  They gave the father the choice of a worker or the father placing the coffin in the ground.  The father got on his knees and they handed him the coffin.  He placed the coffin in the ground with such care.  The same care you would see a father place a baby in the crib.  It was very beautiful.

HEB did a wonderful job of a flat white roses display for the top of the coffin.  The guests placed 20 white carnations on top of the coffin before each guest place a handful of dirt in the hole. I believe two bears were also added.  It was a beautiful send off.  For me the father placing the coffin in the earth was amazing.  All I saw was a father placing his sleeping daughter in her crib.

I do not wish burying a new born on anyone.  It is hard.

I do highly recommend Guillen Community Cemetery.  They have enough land available to eventually be a huge cemetery.  For now it is small but nice.  There is no corporate representative pushing you along.  Just the owner helping out and making it as easy as possible.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016



CRISTINA RAMOS FROM SPAIN - BE PATIENT AND SHE WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

There are so many talentless hacks in music today, but Cristina Ramos is not one of them. Watch the entire video

LET'S GET OUT THE VOTE FOR TREY

Trey does have an opponent, but she is not running a campaign.  This is not only about Trey winning. It is about sending a very strong message of support for Trey to those who attacked him during the separation.  We cannot chance not turning out to vote because his opponent is not running a campaign.  Go Vote and get it done.  No excuses



BABY IMANI TO BE BURIED TODAY AT THREE

I wish I could post her picture, but I do not have the permission of the parents.  I do not like all of the picture of her on life support.  Except the one where the father is kissing her.  That is a picture of love and is beautiful.  After she passed they dressed her in the most beautiful outfit with a hat and bow.  For today her grandfather bought her a beautiful white dress.

The family will never forget the anonymous donor who paid for everything.  The cemetery is fairly new.  They do not have a sign outside so I did not know they exist.  They are just past Browne road on the left in between two two story homes.  The funeral was not yesterday because yesterday another baby was buried.  How sad.  In time this will be a big cemetery.  Imani will be under a tree.

BUT A NOTE:  The family members all went to the individual churches they attend in search of a minister, preacher or priest to do a cemetery service.  They were told the story and all demanded money.  If I find out the name of any Catholic priests a very strong letter is going off to the Pope, via the Vatican's Embassy.  The family found someone they could afford.  But how sad a baby born to parents who are penniless had to beg a so called holy-man to over see a service for their daughter. 

Once the parents agree on a marker, the family has already committed the funds to pay for it.  The grandfather and I want a stone Angel, but it is not our choice.  But what ever is chosen the grandparents, and great grand parents will pay for it.  That they can afford, and want to do.

So I have a busy day.  The service is at 3, but there is a lot to do before then.  I am off for flowers.