Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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EARLY VOTING NUMBERS APPEAR TO BE HOLDING COMPARED TO 2014

Day one of early voting saw 1087 Democrats and 199 Republicans turn out.  Compared to the county only races in 2014, the numbers seem about right, albeit low overall.  Click for 2014 South Padre is interesting because 5 Democrats voted to 11 Republicans.  Given the LNG issue and its impact on tourism I find this interesting.   But then maybe they are blaming the Democrats for LNG.  The Democrats are in charge after all.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


TODAY ANOTHER SHIFT ON GUN CONTROL

Today the 5 Republican Justices could not find 4 votes to hear a case out of California which further limited gun access - really more regulation than access.

The heart of Juridical Methodology is understood best in Justice Jackson's dissent in the following case.

" I see no reason why I should be consciously wrong today because I was unconsciously wrong yesterday."
 

This is why it is important that we continue to challenge so called precedent.  Social changes and moods change how the Court views issues.  In the last few years we have seen more and more opinions by the Supreme Court questioning financing in judicial campaigns and judicial activism.  The right case will come along and judicial immunity as we know it will fall.  As they say, "you give an inch, they take a foot."  

No Supreme Court doctrine is carved in impenetrable stone.











ROBERT SANCHEZ'S SCALES OF JUSTICE WEIGHT AGAINST JUSTICE

Sanchez's home has a pending offer. He has always said he would then move in with his parents.  These scales of justice paint a picture.  There is more at play here. 



THE END IS NEAR - BV EXPECTING LOW TURNOUT

This is  an uneventful  election.  The turnout will be  those who know the candidates, and the regulars who vote as a matter of duty.   The good news is this election which will change nothing is almost over.

Monday, February 19, 2018



SANCHEZ DOMINGUEZ AD WAS AN OCTOBER SURPRISE

My sources are telling me this will not end.  There are more ads. Oliviera is pinned down unless  he can respond without  bringing in  Lorrie.  The question is who is the money behind Dominguez?  This is where some great investigative journalism is needed.  Oliviera was betrayed by someone he trusted.  It is only going to get worse.  Oliviera has outlived his usefulness so the bookies are banking on Dominguez to replace Oliviera as the next sell out.  Oliviera better expose who got the Herald to flip on him, or  embrace his retirement for the State Legislature.

So the record is clear I get  to vote in this one and I am voting for neither.  Oliviera never understood he is only as good as his usefulness.  He has outlived his usefulness so a new and stronger machine is gunning for him.

In terms of long term advertising someone out bid Oliviera with the Herald.  

THE MEGA POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE THE BLOGGERS MISSED, AND HOW SANCHEZ, DOMINGUEZ AND THE HERALD REACHED A NEW LOW IN VILE POLITICS

When I was sent this picture of Sanchez and Dominguez together it meant nothing to me because on the day I got it I also got one of Dominguez and Trevino together.  A picture by itself means nothing.

I will admit I did not see Sundays' ad by Sanchez and Dominguez unless it is the same running on Sanchez's comical blog.  I did receive a lot of phone calls for my opinion.

THE MISSED MEGA EARTHQUAKE

By standards of human decency the Sanchez ad the Herald accepted reached into the lowest bowels of hell.  This is the story which was missed.  The Herard broke with Oliviera and allowed for an ad, many people will see as vulgar, vile and incredibly injurious to the Sanchez children. What has happened at the Herald which allowed them to print such a horrible piece of trash so injurious to the children?  Did the ad in effect say the Herald is done with Rene Oliviera?  That is the story.

IS OLIVIERA CORNERED?

Let there be no mistake the ad was vile.  It proved Sanchez has no use for his children's emotional well being.  It proves Dominguez is so desperate for power which is worthless in this case unless he intends to immediately sell himself to the Republicans and corporatists, is desperate and is all too willing to emotionally destroy the Sanchez children.

Oliviera cannot respond to the ad without keeping the narrative going.  The narrative is incredibly injurious to the children.  Does Lorrie tell her story in an ad?  It will get back to the parents of the children who attend school with her children.

Women do not like married women who have affairs and get engaged to another man while going through their divorce. Lorrie and Rene must sacrifice the children in order to respond to the ad.  Will they?

Continuing the narrative at any level will only serve to injure the children.  People will talk about it and so too will their children.  Lorrie's children will be asked about it by their friends.  It cannot be avoided.

The cruelty of Sanchez and Dominguez opening this door is beyond surreal. I cannot vote for Rene.  But I cannot see how anyone who cares about the emotional well being of children can vote for Dominguez.

Oliviera can respond that Sanchez tested positive for drug use during the divorce, he was held in contempt for using the blogs to abuse Lorrie, he was criminally charged with assault on Lorrie, and then he violated the terms of his probation. Such an ad must be used to gain sympathy for Lorrie with no mention of Rene.  If Rene is mentioned it will only continue the narrative of her being a cheating wife.  Your marriage has failed fine, get out of it.  But do not have an affair and get engaged while you are still married to another man.

DOMINGUEZ - RENE DOES HAVE A RESPONSE

Why is Dominguez aligned with a man who was charged with domestic abuse and tested positive for drug use during his divorce?  Did Dominguez use his influence to endlessly delay Zeke Silva's at least second felony charge for DWI to March 5, 2018, so it will have no impact on the election?

For those of you who do not know, Zeke Silva is Dominguez's administrative assistant.   Zeke owns two businesses and works a third job for the county because of Dominguez.  We have highly qualified people looking for work, struggling to support their family, and Dominguez insures Zeke Silva gets the county job not withstanding the fact he owns two businesses. 

Dominguez is no more about the people than Rene Oliviera.




Friday, February 16, 2018


HAS ROBERT SANCHEZ SUSPENDED HIS FUTILE CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY JUDGE?

Maybe this is an  inight into his campaign.

On January 30,. 2018, the court heard to motion to revoke probation on his assault charge.

01/30/2018 Amended Probation Granted 
Amend Reason
Other
1
ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY VIOLENCE- 15B4418/Bellamy
Probation Granted

Confinement
Confinement to Commence: 01/30/2018
12 Months, County Jail, Cameron County Jail
Suspended 12 Months

TX CSCD and Community Service
CSCD 12 Months with Community Service of 24 Hours

His comic strip blog has gone silent.  Now I am in no place to talk about a blog going silent, but at least I keep my readers informed as to why.  You do not go silent when you are running for county judge unless there is a reason.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


MY ENERGY EFFICIENCY EFFORTS CONTINUE TO PAY OFF

I was real worried about March's bill because the heater ran nearly nonstop for several weeks.  Well here it is.  Last year for the March payment it was $238.93.  This year the bill is $186.21.  The new insulation in the attic is paying off.  My savings is $52.00 and change.  I pay Lowes $115 a month for 3 years at 3.9%.  It saves me money and ads value to a house.  If you buy a house and make the decision on the mortgage only without comparing utility bills, you will screw yourself.  I have a neighbor with a smaller house who pays a lot more.  There is just no energy efficiency in his home.

Could you imagine my bill if the rate increase were taken away?

ALL TEXAS VETERANS

I think I pay 3.9% on my Texas Veterans Land Board home improvement loan.  It is currently at 4.2%.  I pay about $159 a month for 25 years.  I borrowed just under the limit of $25.000.  My insurance went down because of the new roof.  Because I changed out the copper pipes along with a new roof I was able to get windstorm and regular insurance with one company which saved me nearly a $1,000 a year on insurance.  I also got my electrical upgraded for a modern home, and my energy efficient beautiful French Doors, which I love.  Later I borrowed at Lowes for the blown in insulation.

When you consider my energy savings and insurance savings the loan is costing me nothing, but the value of my home went up.

THE POLITICAL AND NEWS CYCLE OF OUR SOCIETY

I do not care what the issue is, this is the reality of our news cycle and approach to all social and political problems.

The Democrats and Republicans are nothing more than paid talking heads to distract us from real issues.  I am so over the Russian investigation.  Everyone knew we along with the Russians meddle in elections through social media.  Really you did not know social media is about distractions and fake news?  Have you ever checked the quotes on the memes of famous people?  The majority are false.

We fall for this because we are stupid.  Ragu whose advertising agency is run by idiots is running an ad that the original cook of the sauce would place the sauce in non-existent plastic containers at the time and then sell it.

This is it people - they sell it and you buy it.

But hold on to your phone tight, because it could be today you get the call there is a shooter at your child's school.  RING!!!!!!!  My child is okay, fine not my problem.  My child is dead - it is Obama's fault.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018



JUST THE FACTS- UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
A FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON BISD

The trolls blow my mind with their nasty comments.  Money was never an issue in this mess.  No parent wants to put their child through potentially years of litigation.  The goal was to get help, and when BISD started to expedite the process before the limitation deadline, we pulled back.

There will be no litigation.  There is no need for litigation.  But there is significant need for reform.  I am not seeing that from the Board.

THE TEACHERS NEED PROTECTION


This is simple.  A BISD official is asked to interview a child for help.  The official tells us he could not interview the child because the speech impediment is so bad.  It is February, why was this child not referred for help?  The child is getting help now.  

The teachers and low level administrators know if they push special needs too hard they will suffer retaliation.  This atmosphere of retaliation at BISD has to end.

The blame is with the Board.  When Zendejas passed on the problem instead of handling it thereby turning it into a PR problem for BISD, any reasonable Board would have handled Zendejas. She abandoned her duties, and that is not acceptable.

I want to be clear the parents and children are very happy with the end result.  There is no issue of litigation on the issue.  BISD fixed the problem.  Litigation has no purpose and in fact could prove burdensome to the children.  Their world needs to be family, friends and school, and not court.  So to be clear BISD is 100% in the clear on this issue.

Many of you do not know, but unless the status has changed Texas Child Protective Services is under the control of two masters appointed by a federal judge, with the decision upheld by the federal court of appeals.  The fundamental problem is funding.

Texas loves to brag about no taxes to attract business but says nothing about how its hands are always out to the federal taxpayers to subsidize Texas and Texas' failure to fund social services.

The TEA complaint still needs to be resolved.  It is the only hope the TEA or the Board will address the fundamental problem.  I get the lack of funding.  But I also get the mismanagement of the limited funds.  I also get how children are to go without rather than an elected official chancing being voted out of office because they are willing to raise taxes.

As Phil Cowen noted taxing is not the only way to increase BISD's revenue.  I hope BISD can force the issue of only allowing for tax benefits on historical properties which tell Brownsville's history.

Phil Cowen also pushed for addressing the issue of Tenaska and lowering rates and maybe getting some money back.  For this he was attacked with lies.

The fix is three fold:  increase revenues by means such as those suggested by Phil Cowen;  better management of the budget with more focus in special needs; and less on discretionary issues such as unneeded upgrades in athletics and possible tax increases.  

This case ends with how the BISD Board chooses to manage the problem and how the TEA rules.  But for the parents there will never be litigation.  They will let the TEA do what they need to do.  With the children getting all needed services maybe the the TEA will dismiss the complaint.  It is in their hands.

The BV will continue to cover how the BISD Board covers this issue and the overall budget.

There are ways to fix this with leadership.  That is the goal.

A LITTLE LEVITY ON VALENTINE'S DAY

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