Friday, July 31, 2009


FUNNY PEOPLE - AWESOME
If you will be offended by penis jokes this film is not for you. I will say the women in the audience did not seem to have any problems with the jokes. The may be his best film to date. It is a lot more than a comedy - it is about life and death.
I will not try and repeat any of the jokes because they will be used against me. I will say this - his obsession with penis jokes makes me ask if he is maybe bisexual.
The writing is awesome. Adam's acting is great - he played to role without a flaw. Okay one joke "what do you never say to your boyfriend the first time you go down on him?" "wow this is the first time I can fit the entire thing in my mouth."
IBC BANK STEALS FROM DISABLED CHILD BECAUSE THEY SUCK

A 17 year old criminal abused a mentally ill child by having him use his father’s IBC debit card. Actually the card is for the child’s disability account. Before I hear about the abuse of the system, as I speak the child is hospitalized because of his disability and appears to be looking at, at least two weeks in the hospital. Further, the SSI does not even cover the expenses related to the disability. When the father has to be in SA with the child he does not get paid. This money is essential to the family’s survival.

Anyway the father accepts that even though his mentally ill child was taken advantaged of he is still responsible for the stolen money, although over the course of the week IBC bank allowed for repeated withdrawals even after there was no money left in the account. How is it that IBC bank has nothing in place to stop people from making 6 cash withdrawals while the account is already overdrawn? Their policies are clearly part of the problem.

The father was willing to compromise with IBC and eat the cash withdrawals but wanted credit for all the NSF fees. The father is reporting the IBC staff was rude and uncaring. Because of the overdrawn account when the SSI hit the bank this morning, IBC took every penny and is still demanding more. The father is stuck in SA with no money because he does not get paid when he has to be with his son in the hospital.

IBC bank sucks - he will be moving the account to Chase.
BROWNSVILLE CITY COMMISSION DEFINES ITS ROLE AS COVERUP IN EXCHANGE FOR PERKS - ROTTEN TO THE CORE AND NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE

Roman Perez reminded our hopelessly corrupt city commission of Article V, § 21 of the City Charter. It provides as follows:

"The city commission, the city manager, or any person or committee authorized by either of them, to be compensated as provided by the city commission, shall have power to inquire into the conduct of any department, office, or officer of the city, and to make investigations as to municipal affairs, and for the purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and compel the production of books, papers and other evidence. Failure to obey such subpoena, or produce books, papers or other evidence as ordered under the provisions of this paragraph, shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $100.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed five days, or both."

It is pretty clear that this city commission has the authority to conduct an independent investigation of the Promoter Affair. They will not. They have decided taking Sossi’s bad legal advice and suing is the better way to go. They need Sossi to run cover for them when they knowingly vote to run roughshod over the law. This is why they dumped Goza who refused to continue playing the unethical lawyer for a corrupt City Commission and hired Sossi. Sossi plays the role of whore well.

Further, you do not piss where you sleep, so the saying goes of cowards and impotent voices. Well you do when pissing where you sleep is necessary to protect your bed. Piss in some cases is known to ward off unwanted animals. Or in this case corruption and incompetence.

They will never investigate one another because that would open a pandoras box. Politics has been Hooverized. Everyone has something on someone. BFD - deal with it. Go to the people and defend yourself against the blackmail - tell them "Is this what you want? Commissioners remaining silent in the face of corruption because they fear a mistake in their life will be exposed."

Some will say it is time to investigate the mayor under this rule. This can not happen. The time was before the indictment. Once the indictment occurred such action at this time could interfere with the prosecution. In fact I would go so far as to say both the DA and the mayor’s lawyer would file suit to stop the investigation. It would raise an interesting question of Separation of Powers, but in the end I think the courts would rule in favor of the DA and mayor. Once indicted, the jurisdiction remains with the courts.

So in the end this city Commission will ignore the People’s Charter - because in the end the people are nothing more than a mere inconvenience of office.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NEW CAR SALES APPEAR TO HAVE GONE THOUGH THE CEILING

"The Obama administration is telling lawmakers that just a week after it took effect, its $1 billion "cash-for-clunkers" program is already running out of money and will be suspended Thursday night, according to three Senate aides familiar with the discussions. For more information...http://www.politico.com"

This has to be good news for Detroit. The program was to last through November. Wow - just Wow that is a lot of new cars sold in a few days
PROMOTER CASE GETS BETTER BY THE MINUTE - IF THE STATEMENTS ARE CORRECT IN THIS PRESS RELEASE, AND I WERE THE PROMOTER I WOULD BE SUING EMMA PEREZ-TREVINO, THE HERALD, AND THE CITY

(This is today's second post. The first was on BISD)

It the Herald had this press release at the time of Emma perez-Trevino's article on the press conference, it is fair to say nothing which she pens in the future can be considered trustworthy.

You would not know from the Herald that he was only paid $500.00 and the rest of the money went to the booking agent. You would not know the name of the businesses in the LRGV wherein this promoter has successfully promoted concerts. You would not know that the city is covering-up for the incompetence of their staff in failing to timely pay for the concert. If the facts in this press release are correct, this is going to cost the city big time.

If this guy were my client I would be in federal court getting an injunction against the criminal prosecution. Federal law has a doctrine that if you can prove the state is prosecuting you in bad-faith the federal courts can enjoin the prosecution. It is certainly time to exercise that option. It is certainly time for the Brownsville City Commission to call Cabler, Sossi, and Patterson into Executive Session and can their asses. The City Commission will never do its job because of the compadre system which insures everyone gets a job.

Conversely, if the promoter's lawyer is lying in this press release, the State Bar needs to take action. The facts are not complex. I am hard-press to believe that a lawyer would put out a false press release, given the ramifications. It could happen, but unless I know the lawyer has a history of such conduct, I will presume the facts are correct.

Unfortunately the Herald is worthless and its has never met a lie it would not print. Every objective observer knows next week the Herald will spin the facts in the Gonzales hearing and the people will never know the truth. Why? Because the truth eludes the Herald and their two-bit reporters who know if they do not tow the line of the editors they will be working at Walmart for minimum wage.

If our esteemed police chief were capable of doing his job he would open a formal criminal investigation against Sossi, Cabler, and Patterson to determine whether or not they intentionally obstructed justice by misleading the police as to the events for the purpose of covering-up their own incompetence.

I am going to go so far as to say if these facts are correct, and it can be shown Emma Perez-Trevino had access to this press release when she reported on the press conference, she, the Herald, and the City could easily find themselves being sued for defamation-false light.

PRESS RELEASE JULY 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On July 23, 2009 Hiro Jamal Hariram voluntarily turned himself in to Brownsville Police Department on two warrants for Theft arising out of his involvement in two concert events planned in Brownsville. My client first learned of the existence of these warrants when the Brownsville Herald published a story on July 18, 2009 and immediately began making arrangements to present himself to answer these charges.

There has been a great deal of media coverage on this contract and the circumstances surrounding this agreement. This is a situation that certainly deserves the scrutiny it has received and my client and I welcome a full, fair and impartial inquiry into the facts surrounding this matter.

Unfortunately, up to this point this matter has not been given the type of investigation it deserves. Instead, what the citizens of Brownsville have been given is everything from half-truths to outright misstatements of the facts by city officials.

The fact that my client has been charged criminally before this matter has been fully and fairly investigated is certainly less than the citizens of this city, my client and anyone seeking to do business in our city deserves.

As a former prosecutor and as a defense attorney, I have come to have a great deal of respect for the Brownsville Police Department and especially for the Investigators working there. As a city we should be proud of the usually professional and thorough manner in which crimes are investigated by Brownsville Police Department. However, in this particular case, because of pressure brought to bear by their superiors, I am sure that the investigators in this matter will have to concede that they were pressured to file charges and arrest my client before they had investigated this matter to their satisfaction.

There are many facts that have not been presented by the City surrounding this agreement. My office has just begun our investigation into this matter, but already we have discovered some disturbing facts about how my client has found himself facing these charges. But first off, let me remind everyone that in this country that one of the most basic principles of law is that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Also, that our citizens are not required to prove their innocence.
First, the public has been denied a complete picture of my client. Hiro Hariram has been in the event promotion business for over nine years. He has worked extensively in the Valley and has enjoyed a reputation as an honest and successful promoted of events who worked on events at Schlitterbahn, the Bahia Mar, the Villarreal Special Events Center, Club Chaos and Club Fuego. It was because of his successful promotion of events like these, that he was involved in the events in this case.

The City of Brownsville engaged my client to work as a consultant in securing a group to perform at the July 4, 2009 event planned by the City. The fact that my client was working as an intermediary for the City and not the actual booking agent for the band was made abundantly clear to the City. We have extensive documentation to the effect.

In addition, the City’s allegations that my client made any misrepresentations to the City in an effort to steal or defraud them of any money is completely false. We intend to show at trial if necessary that the vast majority of any monies forwarded to him by the City of Brownsville and by Hope Properties were forwarded to the booking agent involved in each case.

Specifically relating to the Boyz II Men appearance for the City of Brownsville, problems began early on, not related to any lack of performance by my client, but instead related to the City of Brownsville delaying payments they were expected to make to the booking agent. This points the first misrepresentation of the City of Brownsville regarding this matter. It has been reported that the City of Brownsville did not know until days before the event that the event would not take place. This is completely false. My client informed the City in early June that because of delays in making the required payments, that the event would not take place. In an effort to salvage the event, the City of Brownsville wrote a letter of apology for their late payments dated June 19, 2009. In that letter Mr. Patterson apologized for this "lack of professionalism" and attributed the City’s failure to meet their deadlines as "the typical City pace". Despite this effort to save the event the City was informed that the event would not take place. Any representation by the City of Brownsville that they were not aware the event would be cancelled until days before are therefore completely false and untrue.

We are still gathering evidence related to the allegations made against my client. There was a tremendous amount of communication between my client and the City relating to this contract and everything I have viewed to date shows that the City was completely informed about the status of this contract, my client’s role in the negotiations and costs associated with this event.
I am confident that had the Brownsville Police Department Investigations Division been given sufficient time, they would have reviewed all the facts surrounding this matter and would probably have reached a different decision on charging my client. However, because of tremendous pressure brought to bear by City officials, their investigation was cut short.

The rush to arrest and defame my client is more that just wrong it is against the law. If a public official abuses their official capacity it is a violation of Texas law. The City of Brownsville has used the arrest of my client and the filing of these baseless charges in an effort to conceal their own mismanagement, and to borrow a phrase from Mr. Patterson, their "lack of professionalism" to ruin the reputation of a legitimate businessman who has worked extensively in the Valley. In their investigation of this matter, it is my hope that the Cameron County District Attorney’s office not only investigate my client, but also review the actions of City officials to determine if they violated the law by abusing their official capacity.

While my client is not a citizen of Brownsville or Cameron County, Texas, he is a businessman who was engaged in investing his time, money and effort to the economic development of this region. Not only has the City’s action in this case damaged my client’s reputation, it is likely to send a chilling message to others interested in doing business in our community.

It is my hope that this matter will be fully and fairly investigated by the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and that all charges against my client will be dismissed. Failing that, we intend to present all the evidence available to a Cameron County jury and are fully confident that they will act in accordance with the facts and the law and find that my client is completely innocent
BISD THE MESS ONLY GETS WORSE

For months my friend complained in writing to BISD, including to Hector Gonzales, to have his son tested for ADHD. BISD refused. They had an ARD, which in my opinion is a complete waste of time. The child’s pediatrict psychiatrist is currently trying to get the child adjusted to his 3rd ADHD medicine. Some of these medicines can cause violent reactions. My point is, why for months did Special Services and Hector Gonzales simply dismiss this parent, only to have a pediatric psychiatrist to diagnose the problem? Incompetence - my long term readers remember me posting Hector Gonzales’ e-mails on the issue wherein I was able to show he just passed them around to be ignored. This is his management style.

I have said before I believe this Board is acting politically as to Gonzales and not on the merits of his incompetence. This is sad because it could mean the Board failed to properly investigate Gonzales and will loose the up and coming hearing. I would hope the hearing officer would agree Gonzales filing a lawsuit which proved he has zero knowledge of the administrative process concerning the discharge of BISD administrators and teachers would be enough to justify his discharge. Again this goes to his competence.

Two interesting things stand out about the up and coming hearing. Gonzales’ supporters went dead silent demanding that BISD state the reasons why Gonzales is being discharged the moment Gonzales had the letter outlining the reasons and chose to not go public with the claims. If you know the claims are fabricated then why not go public?

But the other side is, this case should be fact driven and not legal advice driven. I am confused why the Board had to waive partial attorney client privilege in order to be able to present the facts. It almost appears like they need their attorney to explain their reasoning for the discharge of Gonzales. In argument this would be the case in any normal case, but there is something more here which sounds odd. I think the Board has concerns about loosing the hearing. It is no great secret that I think Saldana would do the dirty work for the devil if paid enough. Maybe my bias is coming through - who knows?

Because I have not seen the claims being made, or the evidence in support of the claims I cannot predict the outcome of the hearing. But as we all know this will not stop supporters on both sides from making incredibly stupid and ill-founded predictions. They do have a 50/50 chance of being right - so what the hay - have at it - you can claim brilliance for being right, albeit based on zero kowledge of the facts and law.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

IT IS CIVIL WAR - GENERAL POWELL V. SARAH PALIN: HAS POWELL TAKEN A LEAD FROM CAPTAIN LOUIS RENAULT?

" I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy" But to know the entire story is to know in the end he left with the resistance." CASABLANCA

I believe this Civil War within the Republican Party is long overdue. The one thing I know about politicians is, they love power more than policy. Ideology means nothing to most politicians. In the end most will gravitate towards the power center regardless of their philosophical inklings.
The Republican power center has been looking for a way to dump the radical right within the Party since Bush I lost reelection. The problem is they have feared them because the are viewed as the base. You cannot demolish the base of your Party without in effect demolishing the entire house.

Colin Powell, Senator Voinovich, and Senator Bunning have expressed their concerns with how the radical right is hurting the Republican Party. We have not had this level of internal dissent in the past.

Sarah Palin may turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to the Republican Party. Her attempt to lead the radical right is scaring the rest of the Party into believing the Republican Party will permanently loose its status as a national party and be relegated to the status of a regional party. I believe this is why the moderates are going out and fighting. Although I guess one can argue that the decision of Senator Voinovich, and Senator Bunning to not run for reelection could be construed as abandoning the Party.

I do not believe the latter is a true assessment of the situation. I believe both Senators will reemerge on news programs as the voice of moderation within the Party. They can do a lot more as talking political heads for the moderation of the Republican Party than they can do as elected officials.

In the immortal words of Aunt PittyPat "Oh dear Yankees in Georgia!!How did they ever get in!?" Well I think traditional Yankee Republicans are asking "Oh dear, Intolerant Right-wing ideologs in the Republican Party!" How did they ever get in?" The answer is, Ronald Reagan could not win on the merits of his arguments so he solicited the votes of these intolerant right-wing ideologs. He knew the election would be close.

The people knew the policies of the Democrats were not working. Johnson’s "Great Society" had failed in may ways. It created generational welfare moms. It promoted slum public housing. Educated blacks saw what was happening to their family members and began to reject the "Great Society" although many advanced under programs of the "Great Society." The Democrats were wounded. Reagan understood this and used it to his advantage. He created a coalition of frustrated Democrats, moderate Republicans and the radical right. He won. This is how they got into the Party.

But the nature of politics was best summarized by Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains - Casablanca), a corrupt opportunist who later says of himself, "I have no convictions... I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy" But to know the entire story is to know in the end he left with the resistance." It is about timing, and I think Colin Powell knows the timing is right and he no longer needs to blow with the wind which is the radical-right mythical base of the Republican Party. Democrats beware - by 2012 Colin Powell, Senator Voinovich, and Senator Bunning could become the face of the Republican Party. People are forgiving and they will not care Powell intentionally lied about WMD in Iraq.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BOYZ II MEN, GETS BETTER BY THE DAY, WHILE THE CITY COMMISSION’S INACTION MAKES IT APPEAR LIKE THE CITY IS PROTECTING INCOMPETENCE

(These are added comments from my original post. By suing the promoter and instigating criminal charges against the promoter, the City of Brownsville is allowed to claim attorney client privilege as to the incompetence of Cabler and Patterson. It was a desperate act of cover-up. they get to say to the people, we cannot talk about this without compromising the case. Total BS.

Compare the time frame the city waited to get the money back in the check scandal involving Mayor Ahumada. The New York company did not immediately sue the City of Brownsville, such as the city sued the promoter. Further it took months for the police to investigate the mayor, but only days to investigate the promoter. It is time Chief Garcia be added to the list of those to be fired.)

I made an issue of the fact Il Duce Troiani improperly discussed matters addressed in Executive Session. The issue in part deals with attorney client privilege and the issue of waiver. Here is a summary of the relevant law.

"The attorney client privilege protects confidential communications between a client and his counsel, which were made for the purpose of facilitating the rendition of legal services to the client, from disclosure. Tex. R. Evid. 503(b); see Huie v. DeShazo, 922 S.W.2d 920, 922 (Tex. 1996) (orig. proceeding). This privilege attaches to the complete communication between the attorney and the client. See Marathon Oil Co. v. Moye, 893 S.W.2d 585, 589 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1994, orig. proceeding). The subject matter of the information communicated is irrelevant when determining whether the privilege applies. See id. The privilege attaches to legal advice and factual information included in the completed communications between the attorney and the client. See id. The client waives the attorney client privilege if he discloses or consents to the disclosure of any significant part of the privileged matter, unless such disclosure itself is privileged. See Tex. R. Evid. 511(1). "

This morning’s Herald report on the story lends insight into what appears to be a cover-up of incompetence by the Brownsville City Commission. Il Duce Troiani provided some insight into the problem by disclosing corrective action was being taken. This disclosure by Il Duce may have waived any attorney client privilege related to Cabler’s and Patterson’s mishandling of this matter. All issues related to their mismanagement which were discussed in Executive Session are now subject to discovery. In fact Il Duce Troiani may be subject to deposition for his actions.

Part of the problem we have is the city commission on its own or under some really bad legal advice decided to cover-up Cabler’s and Patterson’s incompetence. It never gets better once this happens. This matter should have been handled as a straight and up down contract case. This knee jerk reaction to pursue criminal charges was nothing more than a rouse to detract from Cabler’s and Patterson’s respective incompetence. This could land the City of Brownsville in very expensive protracted litigation. It could also open the door to the FBI investigating the City of Brownsville for criminal civil rights violations.

A lot or people are going to speculate whether the city will be sued for forcing the criminal charge on the promoter. It is very difficult to prosecute a false arrest case. You can do it, but it is not easy. I will not predict whether or not this will happen because a key factor will be the mechanics related to promoting a concert. The article in the Herald appears to indicate this will be a big part of the promoters defense.

Not only has the city commission totally mismanaged this matter in an attempt to cover for Cabler and Patterson, Sossi has so mismanaged his legal advice to the city commission I am hard pressed to not believe this matter is about to cost the city a good penny in attorney’s fees. Sossi did not seem to believe it relevant to educate himself in the rules governing the promotion of concerts.

Monday, July 27, 2009

BROWNSVILLE CITY COMMISSION, A WASTE OF HUMAN RESOURCES, AND IMAGINE BROWNSVILLE

I finally got to see part of last weeks city commission meeting. Imagine Brownsville is endemic of the problem with Brownsville. I think Juliet Garcia’s closing statements also reflect not only the bigger problem with Brownsville but also the country.

She spoke of her frustration with seeing grocery bags at HEB blown around outside and a desire to pick them up. She then related the story to how much easier it is if you can do it in a group, and then praised everyone who participated in the groups which helped to bring about Imagine Brownsville.

You know what Dr. Garcia, if everyone on the planet were to think like you this planet would be a cesspool. I do not wait for a group to form to pick up the trash on the beach. I do it every time I go to the beach. I along with whomever is with me will police the area where we park. When it came time to fight the institutionalized corruption in the courts, I did not wait for a committee to form, I stood out and fought. I won some battles and lost some battles. Such is life.

As a socialist it is a myth that the theory calls for the government to solve problems. The core of the theory is for us as individuals to work for the community. The idea is when you work for the community, society as a whole benefits, and thereby the individual. You do not need to wait for a group to form - just do it when the need arises.

Brownsville will never move forward until the people, and in particular the politicos realize they must work for the community and take the lead. People may not like Camarillo’s votes on every issue, but in his community he is known by his constituents to be there trying to make a difference. He does not sit high up in some office pontificating wouldn’t it be nice of a committee were formed to clean up the garbage bags. He leads his constituents. Is he perfect? No. Has he made mistakes while at UTB, and in favor of the developers? Yes. Has his favor for the developers actually hurt his community by discouraging redevelopment of the inner city? Yes. But even with his mistakes, he is on the ground helping his constituents.

In the end the entire vote on Imagine Brownsville was a joke - did they have a choice? No. I went to one meeting of Imagine Brownsville, and with my group participated in one productive discussion via e-mail. I did not attend the second meeting for my group (our job was to work on inter-institution cooperation) because at the first meeting it was clear the leader was there to force feed us preconceived ideas. I found myself trying to mediate between the various voices every time the group leader summarily dismissed everyone ideas.

When it came time for the second meeting, I received endless e-mails telling me where the meeting would be and when. It was like the information was changing by the hour. We are not talking about a handful of e-mails, we are talking endless e-mails which reached the point of harassment. I decided to not return to the process.

I remember when the people came forward to tell the commissioners what they wanted to see in Imagine Brownsville. A boy talked about the need for sidewalks. Something so simple which this city commission can mandate as part of any new development. It will never happen. If this city commission is unwilling to mandate sidewalks in new developments, how can we expect them to meet any of the recommendations of Imagine Brownsville. No one has yet to tell us how we are going to pay for Imagine Brownsville. We still do not know how we are going to pay for the border wall this city commission agreed to pay for.

Finally, there was a little spiff concerning Il Duce Troiani discussing events which occurred in Executive Session. Mayor Ahumada was correct - it was grand standing - it saddened me to see Zamora run to Il Duce’s defense. As a lawyer Il Duce knew better - if Ms. Zamora is going to drag herself down by following the lead of Il Duce she will soon find herself as despised as the rest of the city commission.

Now, on the issue, the pubic had a right to know what the city commission is going to do about the contract mess over Boyz II Men. They were correct in letting the people know action is being taken. It was the manner in informing the people which was wrong. Ms. Zamora needs to learn the difference before she realizes Il Duce Troiani is about himself and not the city.

The Executive Session is overused. It allows the city commission to hide information which is clearly public in nature. Once they voted to sue this so called promoter, it became public information. If you are going to vote to use public dollars to sue someone, we the people have a right to know who you are suing. We also have a right to know why, and what you are going to do to punish those who caused the problem and how you are going to prevent the problem in the future. None of this is limited to Executive Session discussion. A simple vote to authorize general action without spelling out who you are suing and why, in my opinion is a violation of the Open Meetings Act. It may be time to take this city commission to court to end this practice.

Finally, I personally do not like most of the people who speak during the public comment segment. But that is not the standard. They represent a voice in the community. They have the courage to attend the meetings and face the morons who are the Brownsville City Commission. They deserve our respect, whether we agree with their voice or not. This city commission needs to learn to be humble to the voices of the people lest they find themselves thrown out of office.

It boggles my mind that every current city commissioner believes they will fare better than Cisneros when their time comes. You just keep on thinking that - your delusional thoughts will come back to haunt you on election day. Camarillo won reelection for two simple reasons - one he is connected to his constituents, and two no viable candidate ran against him. Every single city commissioner is subject to losing a bid for reelection if a qualified candidate with the necessary resources runs against them, delusional thinking aside.

Friday, July 24, 2009

OIL - SOUTH PADRE, AP THROWS FACTS TO THE WIND, AND SEAN HANNITY TO DECLARE STORY COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY

"The spill was first reported at the mouth of the Rio Grande when what appeared to be fresh crude oil began washing ashore. The tar balls affected about one mile of beach from the mouth of the Rio Grande to the town of South Padre Island."

"The tar balls affected about one mile of beach from the mouth of the Rio Grande to the town of South Padre Island."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_texas_beaches_oil

The above is from the AP. Facts matter, unless you are the AP. I first saw the oil down at the mouth of the river. It is tradition for me to bring new visitors to the mouth of the river. II consider it important for people to see what separates the US from Mexico. I had my nephew take pictures for his Republicans friends and father (there is one in every family). It is to be the proof there are oil spills in the Gulf. We then went down to the jetties on Boca Chica and saw the blobs of tar which covered the rocks and the beach. The next morning my brother called me to tell me the beach near their hotel was covered in blobs of tar, some 4 miles from the bridge. This would make the oil spill at least 10 plus miles long - not some 1 mile being reported by the AP. This is based on visual inspection. I have no idea how much further up the beach the oil could be found.

Now, the oil may actually be a good thing for South Padre. One might hope that the county while cleaning up the oil it might also clean up the tons, and I mean tons of garbage which includes mattresses, and mini refrigerators on the beach. I am still blown away by the tons of garbage I saw the other day from beach access 5 to well past beach access 6. In places it truly looked like a city dump. Cameron County Judge Cascos owes an apology to the people for his incompetence on this issue. I hope at least one of his opponents has the good sense to take pictures of the garbage for use in the up and coming campaign.

It is amazing to me how Republicans have so little concern for our environment. Oil spills and garbage on our beaches is just life. There motto is, "If we deny corporations the right to spill oil in our oceans and take away from the people the right to turn our beaches into garbage dumps before you know it we will become a communist dictatorship."

Which brings me to Sean Hannity - The reality is, he will make no mention of this story unless he can use it as a way to trash Mexico. Otherwise I am sure he will claim the oil spill is a communist conspiracy to do injury to the oil and shipping industries. Because as Hannity has informed his syphilitic brain invested audience over and over again, there are no oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

SOME WORDS ON EDUCATION AND THE DISGRACE WHICH IS SOUTH PADRE BEACHES - OH AND A NICE WORD ABOUT MATAMOROS

Sorry I missed yesterday, but I spent the night on SPI. I had family in town since last weekend. The children live in a school district wherein if anyone does not speak English as their first language their parents are probably wealthy business executives from a non-English speaking country. My point being, they have money and lots of it. I take no pride in saying that this 13 year old English speaking child is English challenged. It was hurting my ears.

My question is, what does it say about our educational system when children born to English speaking parents, in the US in a very wealthy school district, who by age 13 still speak English like immigrant children who barely have a year in the US? They are not mimicking the parent’s English in this case. It is not coming from hanging out with immigrant children who are just learning English. The poorly spoken English is a consequence of TV, video games, and movies. Writers no longer consider speaking proper English important. Please, I do not want to hear sometimes it is necessary to the character. Yes this is true, but some TV shows deliberately destroy the English language for no apparent purpose.

What I am having a hard time understanding is, how the school has not been able to correct this child’s ear numbing abuse of the English language. Part of the problem may be a consequence of the Colleges of Education around the country teaching that you cannot directly teach grammar. These morons are wrong and you can directly teach grammar - it is a matter of style.

SPI, THE NEW GARBAGE DUMP FOR THE LRGV - AND IT IS FREE

I took my guests on the beach out at beach access 5 - we ended up driving well beyond beach access 6 - we simply gave up looking for a spot which was not completely covered in garbage. Yes I agree the locals who use SPI are pigs and should be barred from leaving their pigsty homes, but how does this excuse the county when it comes to keeping the beach clean, or enforcing the no littering laws? The real kicker is when one of my guests noted that Matamoros was spotless and said, "SPI could learn a thing or two about keeping the beaches clean from the mayor of Matamoros."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

FEDERAL JUDGE NAILS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR POLICY OF CONTINUING TO COVER-UP FOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION ABUSES - IN ONE CASE THE JUDGE POINT BLANK CALLED THE CONDUCT "FRAUD ON THE COURT"

"A federal judge has ruled that government officials committed fraud while defending a lawsuit brought by a former DEA agent who accused a CIA operative of illegally bugging his home."

"In rulings unsealed Monday, U.S. District Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote that he was considering sanctions against five current and former agency lawyers and officials, including former director George J. Tenet, for withholding key information about the operative's covert status.

The rulings, issued in recent months, highlighted what the judge called fraudulent work by CIA lawyers in defending a suit that Lamberth said had a lengthy and "twisted history."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/20/AR2009072002251.html

"The judge also criticized CIA Director Leon Panetta, saying he's given conflicting accounts about what should be revealed in the case. The ruling led to the unsealing Monday of more than 200 unclassified versions of classified filings"

http://www.thesunnews.com/155/story/989324.html

It is sad beyond human comprehension that President Obama, by and through Leon Panetta, CIA Director, chose to continue this fraud on the court. In light of the fact Leon Panetta humiliated the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, by claiming she mislead the nation as to what the CIA disclosed and did not disclose related to interrogations which many believe to have been torture, it is time for President Obama to fire Leon Panetta, or face the ire of the world on this issue.

"Reporting from Washington — CIA Director Leon E. Panetta on Friday fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying agency records showed officials had briefed her truthfully about its interrogation program. He also urged the CIA workforce to ignore the political rancor consuming Capitol Hill.

Panetta's assertions came one day after Pelosi accused the agency of misleading Congress by failing to inform her during a fall 2002 briefing that the CIA had used waterboarding and other severe methods on an Al Qaeda suspect."

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/16/nation/na-pelosi16

As to President Obama, I personally view him as a failure. He is nothing more than a more intelligent Bush II. He has chosen to surround himself with people who are running the show while he watches Rome burn. This morning he was forced to concede his healthcare proposal was in trouble and needed more work. Just last week Hillary Clinton chastised the Obama Administration for its vetting process concerning appointees. (I found this curious and consider it a feeler by Hillary Clinton as to the prospect of whether or not the Democratic Party is getting ready to abandon Obama and open the door to 2012 challengers.)

This country cannot afford another Bush II. We are bankrupt. The stimulus plan to date has failed because Obama allowed misguided advisors to send him down the wrong path. Nothing in the plan acknowledged that you must stimulate consumer spending in order to stimulate the economy. Something as simple as regulating the speculators of oil and gas so as to hold down the price of gas thereby providing consumers with more money for consumption of other products, remains beyond the policy considerations of the Obama Administration.

Someone along the way told him that if he appears on TV every day with a new speech things would be okay. They are not okay. The problems go well beyond the economy. When these same advisors are allowed to mislead federal judges and thereby subvert the constitution and laws, our country is on the verge of faltering. By failing to fire Panetta Obama is telling his advisors this conduct is okay. It is not.

In short and simple terms - Obama must fire Panetta in a very public way while taking a clear stand this conduct will not be repeated by anyone in his administration. He must also take a more micro-management approach to government. It is clear his advisors are serving themselves and their former clients. The American people again remain without representation in the White House.

Monday, July 20, 2009

IS IT RACIAL, ECONOMIC, OR A LACK OF MEANING INFLUENCE DISCRIMINATION OR A COMBINATION OF ALL THREE

I ran into this web page this morning. I am providing the link for my readers who fly a lot. It shows current airport delays. I have a meeting and I needed to make sure there would be no weather related delays in Austin. This is how I found it.

http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

UTB DISCRIMINATION

This weekend we learned that the UT System is refusing to pay Texas Southmost College nearly 11 million dollars in back rent. This is part of the problem with having Juliet Garcia as president of both institutions. A truly independent TSC president would have brought this problem public a long time ago. Again the TSC proves itself incompetent. I truly hope this will be an issue in the next election. This Board sold the taxpayers up the river because they did not want to upset Dr. Garcia.

MY QUESTION IS: Why is it that UT seems to think it can get away with making UTB the only state university which is partly funded by local taxpayers moneys? Answer: It is black and white racial discrimination, discrimination based on economic status, and or discrimination based on the LRGV having no political clout to force equality. I suspect it is 50% the latter, 25% racial, and 25% economic.

HOMELAND SECURITY DISCRIMINATION

The same question goes to the border wall settlement. The entire idea of a temporary wall goes to the problem that the proposed wall will interfere with current economic development plans in Brownsville and parts of Cameron County. The loop is an example. The city was forced to allow for the wall to go forward as placed by Homeland Security, or agree to a temporary wall to be removed at a later date by the City of Brownsville. No one in their right mind would ever believe this could happen on the Canadian border in a predominately Anglo community. Now to be fair the Canadian border is more of a straight line unlike the Texas border which is a meandering river. To be fair on this question, if Brownsville were a power center in Texas this never would have happened.

So my final question is, is Brownsville treated like the dirty step-child by evil step-parents because of its racial composition, economic composition, and/or a want of any real political clout?
On the last of the three, we do have political clout. Texas Democrats cannot win at the State level without us. What we need is a grass roots effort coming from Cameron and Hidalgo counties which will demand that any candidate running for state wide office as a Democrat denounce President Obama and the national Democratic Party for the wall, and how they treat the LRGV,
These same candidates must denounce by name the corrupt politicos of the LRGV and the UT System for the UTB/TSC mess and in fact partnership contract which mandates the people of the TSC taxing authority pay taxes to support the university.

By the way, does anyone know if people who live outside the TSC taxing authority pay more for freshman and sophomore TSC courses than people who live outside the taxing authority. This would be the reality in any other community college.

Friday, July 17, 2009

HARRY POTTER
This film is worth every penny. The scenery is amazing. Harry Potter as a drunk under a potion is really funny and well done. If you know the books and like them you will love the film.
When I read the book what I loved most about this particular book was the decision of the author to adopt the gnostic belief concerning Judas - meaning he was the disciple who loved Joshua (aka Jesus) the most.
Anyway this is a great family film.
CONSERVATIVE GROUP OFFERS TO SELL INFLUENCE - HAD THIS BEEN A MINORITY GROUP FOX NEWS WOULD BE RUNNING WITH IT AS A HEADLINE

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25072.html

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - 19 MEMBERS - ALL WHITE - ONLY TWO FEMALES - JUDGING LATINA JURIST - HAVE WE REALLY CHANGED SINCE JIM CROW LAWS?

http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/members.cfm

How would these hearings have been different with a more diverse Senate Judiciary Committee? Would there have been a better understanding of the "Wise Latina" Comment?

BOYZ II MEN ONLY GETS WORSE

The Charter Review Committee failed to secure the votes needed to mandate minimal educational standards for employment in certain city employment positions. I have stated in the past every Director should have a professional license in their field or a Masters Degree in their field. So long as cronyism is the guiding light for every hire, this will never happen.

Let’s forget for a second the man accused of defrauding the city in this matter. Let’s look to the city’s attorney - Mark Sossi - "Sossi, who the city frequently calls upon for legal work, was sued in state district court by his former law firm, Willette & Guerra, in 2002 for failing to disclose $150,000 he allegedly received from two attorneys not employed by the firm and converting the funds for his own use, court records allege. Willette & Guerra and Sossi entered an agreed judgment in October 2004 against Sossi for $167,363."

The appellate court ordered Sossi to pay $4,600 in attorney fees to Willette & Guerra after Sossi filed an interlocutory appeal. The appellate court said that Sossi "mischaracterized the nature of the appeal" that was filed before the case was resolved in district court."

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/city-94866-post-attorney.html

This is the man in charge of overseeing city contracts and potentially millions of dollars of city funds. Do you trust him? I do not. This is not the man in a position to throw stones at the alleged wrongdoer in the Boyz II Men mess.

Next we have City Manager Charlie Cabler and Parks Director Chris Patterson violating city rules, as reported, by not having the contract first reviewed by the legal department.

You know what people we can make Hiro J. Hariram the bad guy, but the real bad guys are our City Commission. Charlie Cabler has turned a blind eye to and in fact lied about the problems with credit card abuse by city employees with impunity. He knows this City Commission will do nothing.

After Santana Torres got caught mismanaging Public Works with his employees robbing the city blind, nothing happened. Charlie Cabler said "it’s just the taxpayers’ money - no BFD."
We can all be assured nothing will happen to Chris Patterson. Charlie Cabler will run interference and protect him such as he protects every other incompetent and unqualified Director and mid-level manager within the City of Brownsville.

Until this City Commission sends Cabler packing, the people of Brownsville need to keep sending every city commissioner up for reelection packing. It may take more than 53 years, but eventually competency will come to city government.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


OCTOBER 12, 1956 POLITICAL AD OPPOSING BOND ISSUE - SOMETHINGS NEVER CHANGE - 53 YEARS LATER - 53 YEARS OF LIES - THIS IS BROWNSVILLE POLITICS
While researching an old business ad for a friend, I came across this political ad concerning utility rates in Brownsville. What is noted in the ad is Brownsville has the highest rates. This debate occurred 53 years ago. Nothing has changed. For 53 years the politicos have looked the people in the face and just lied, while the developers have their businesses subsidized on the backs of some the poorest people in the United States.

This is the essence of Brownsville politics. Nothing will ever change because we have a city commission opposed to meaningful change.

BOYS II MEN CONCERT - ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE SAME OLD LIES

The following is from the Herald -

"According to Patterson, the city negotiated the March 10 contract with Hariram, who presented himself as working with Grabow. The agreement called for the city’s direct payment to Hariram.
City Manager Charlie Cabler and Patterson signed the contract. However, it does not contain Hariram’s signature. Patterson said that Hariram’s signature is not on the contract because it was faxed to him."

When I read the above in the context of what we now know I understand Hariram as being someone who dupes cities into signing contracts on the hopes that Hariram will then get the real booking agent to take the deal. As we know from the story Grabow sees these kind of deals all of the time and refuses to work with these people.

What is clear is Patterson and Cabler had no idea what they were doing. When dealing with the taxpayers’ money they are clearly negligent. Any fool could sell them a 21.4 million dollar bridge owned by the Port of Brownsville.

In fact I will conclude with the following - if you expect anything to change or get better within the City of Brownsville with this city commission and Charlie Cabler at the helm, I have a 21.4 million dollar bridge for sale.

For more than 53 years the political issue of Brownsville’s utility rates have been on the table. Over the course of 53 years nothing has changed for the better. I say it is time to abandon the City of Brownsville and allow the scum which has so enveloped this city to eat it into oblivion.
A REPUBLICAN SLIP OF THE TONGUE RAISES QUESTION OF IGNORANCE OR JUST REFERENCE TO A COMMON PHRASE USED BY US OLD DOGS - YOU DECIDE

"Then you would have some 'splaining to do."-- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), doing his best Ricky Ricardo impression at Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.Here's the clip:

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/07/15/bonus_quote_of_the_day.html

Is this even the same as Sotomayors statements? Who knows - but it provides for good debate
RACE CONTINUES TO DEFINE OUR POLITICAL LIVES AND THIS IS SAD

On one note it is fair to say that had there not been 9 white men on the Supreme Court in 1896, when they found separate but equal is constitutional in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, the result may have been different. At the time there where plenty of minority lawyers practicing law who could have been brought up through the ranks to eventually make it to the Supreme Court. So it is true, for there to be justice it is better to have a diverse Supreme Court. By diverse I do not mean that all blacks for example should be the same.

While I personally find Associate Justice Thomas’ understanding of the law questionable, I find his life story to be very compelling and something every young black male should study for inspiration. I also find his independence from the mainstream self anointed black leadership to be very refreshing. I have always distanced myself from the self anointed gay leadership and Latino leadership. I find all of these groups to be oppressive and incredibly intolerant of a diversity of ideas.

In my mind this country would be up in arms if Sonia Sotomayor were a white male. The fact we are setting a different standard for her because she is a Latina makes everyone participating in this con job racists. Question how can a white male be a racist by supporting a racist Latina? Answer - we must look at the term more broadly to include people who turn a blind eye to racist statements because they seek to accomplish another agenda.

We all know what this means: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/us/15judge.html

This is no different than when Colin Powell as the Chief of Staff under Bush I told CNN that our primary intelligence coming out of Bagdad, during Gulf War I, was CNN’s live coverage. Saddam immediately ordered the live coverage cut and we lost our intelligence gathering on the effectiveness of the bombing. Had Colin Powell been a white male he would have been immediately fired and possibly court marshalled.

I have spent my entire life asking people to judge me by no other standard than the content of my character. You may not like my politics, which is fair game, but I still demand people look to my actions and my character before they judge me. I have never taken the position that I cannot succeed because my teachers saw me as a Latino. (In highschool at graduation there was no mention I had a full tuition scholarship to UTEP, or that I was even going to UTEP. Everyone else going to a university had it mentioned when they crossed the stage. I was told over and over again that Latino’s went for technical training to learn how to use their hands. My guidance counselor was an ignorant racist moron.)

I did not claim victim hood when I came to accept I am gay. I stepped up to the plate and demanded respect. I fought for equality in the courts even though I knew ignorant judges, many of whom were closeted gays, would judge me as a trouble maker. After being spat on in the lawyers’ lounge in the Tarrant County Court house by a fellow lawyer, I walked into the courtroom and made my case without feeling a need to cry victim.

I knew when I joined the military that if they discovered I was gay I would be thrown out. It did not matter. I was raised with an understanding we have a duty to serve if we expect to have our liberties preserved. So what if I am tainted with a badge of infamy label? I served with honor and dignity. And unlike so many others I got out alive. A badge of infamy is nothing to live with compared to those who died in service to this country or were wounded in combat.

On the gay issue I do speak out against gay bashing. But I do it because I know the impact it has on young adults. I am very well read on the issue of gay youth suicide. It is not about gay rights - it is about not making young adults feel like they are trash. And for the record, when Senator Lucio became the final vote to put the anti-gay marriage issue on the ballot, I did not make a big issue of it because in exchange for his vote he got the needed votes to provided Texas juries with the option of life without the possibility of parole instead of death. This was a fair exchange. I will eventually get full equality in Texas. Every person who has been given life without the possibility of parole, would not have eventually been given their life had then been put to death.

Back to Sonia Sotomayor - As a Latino, I find her an embarrassment. Her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee is shameful. We all know what the word "BETTER " means. The fact she refuses to own up to its meaning and that she made the speech 6 times (I use 6 because that is the number she uses - others say it has been 7 times) speaks volumes about who she is. If she can look the Senators in the face and say Better does not mean Better then nothing she says can be trustworthy.

This woman is a con job. The Senators have brought out an issue which is important to understanding the legal process. In the firefighters case, had the Chief Justice of the Second Circuit not read a comment in the paper about her panel’s ruling, no one would have ever heard about the case. He forced the rehearing and it was her vote which stopped the rehearing. But this little battle was enough to bring it to the attention of the Supreme Court.

When you file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court, it is almost impossible to get past the briefing clerks if you are appealing a per curium opinion which effectively only affirms the lower court. This is why corrupt judges like Sonia Sotomayor uses them. They are used to provide cover for judicial activism. Or to hide decisions which they know will be controversial. This conduct would never be tolerated by a white male. The fact we are tolerating it from a Latina makes us racists or maybe even worse - proponents of affirmative action. Affirmative action had its place in our history, but in terms of appointments to the Supreme Court it has no place in American politics.

Based on the content of her character Sonia Sotomayor is not fit to be a judge. This does not take away from her great success story which is as much a product of her own hard work as it is of our system of equality, with all of its flaws. Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas are proof that if you forge forward by ignoring the bigots and naysayers you can succeed even in a race driven society. This is good. But in both cases something went wrong. I am concerned both are driven by their anger and this is wrong.

I was and continue to be greatly influenced by my UTEP mentor. His mother died in the German concentration camps. Years later his family was honored in Israel for hiding Jews in their home. He fought as a Polish partisan, before fighting with the British military. He survived a German prison of war camp because a German soldier helped him escape while he and other Polish partisans were being marched to a firing squad. Immediately after the Germans marched into Warsaw he saw Germans stop trolley cars and pull his fellow citizens from the trolley car and shoot them dead because some German soldiers was shot dead just minutes before. He saw German officers take children by the legs and smash their skulls on the curb when they would get caught sneaking out of the Warsaw ghetto in search of food.

With all of this and the eventual Soviet occupation of Poland he held no bias towards the Germans or Soviets. He understood you must judge people as individuals and not based on their ethnicity etc. So long as we continue with this policy of turning a blind eye towards racism, regardless of the face of the racism, minorities will continue to be viewed as needing a head start - special assistance to succeed. We do not. All minorities in this country are accomplished people who have contributed to the greatness of this country. It is time we accept this as a truism and get beyond race.

The success stories of Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas are something this country should be proud of - they both proved that in a racist society you can succeed if you do not live the life of victims - but maybe they did not succeed, because both seem to be driven by how they were treated as minorities - this is sad.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

THE ABOVE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON CAFE BROWNSVILLE

http://www.cafebrownsville.com/
From today's Herald- my question is, has the city official who signed this contract and who did not properly verify this guy had authority to sign a contract for Boys II Men been fired?
"However, Bob Grabow, CEO and president of Grabow Entertainment, said he never spoke to Brownsville city officials and never signed a contract for the performance. All booking agent contracts are signed personally by him, Grabow said, adding his company does not work with cities for city events, but rather private "
THE POLITICS OF POLITICS

The first lesson of every newly elected official is the realization they are powerless without a vote of the majority. This realization leads to the process of negotiations. Negotiations lead to the breakdown of moral compasses. The second the politician has to agree to something they would normally find wrong is the second politics becomes like a rudderless ship in the night. It is anyone’s guess where the ship will end up.

In local politics you are told that your district or precinct will go without if you do not get on board with the majority. You are told, "hey I had to compromise my morals to get things for my district or precinct, what makes you better than me?" A decision is then made, "better to get along to get something, than to get nothing while standing on my morals." I think we all know the rest of the story at that point.

The next thing to go is the budget. Everyone wants what they want. With morals out the window, so to goes a responsible budget. This is politics.

So until we the people are willing to stand behind an elected official who is willing to say no to everything they find repugnant and wrong, we the people will continue to be screwed by our own inaction and commitment to a greater sense of right from wrong. The politicians are who we make them.

Monday, July 13, 2009

DID MAYOR AHUMADA GIVE A SLIP OF THE TONGUE: HAS HE DECIDED TO PLEAD NO CONTEST?

Politics is not about liking everything about every elected official. It is no great secret I warned people about the election of Mayor Ahumada. It is no great secret that I have been highly critical about how he originally ran the city commission meetings, and some of his obsessive policy objectives concerning dogs.

But I have also been clear that in the last 6 months or longer things have changed in how he runs the city commission, and changed for the better. I have also been highly critical of the Herald for its biased and misleading reporting concerning the mayor. This last incident about the fire department disturbed me greatly because I know far too many officers within the fire department and at least one assistant chief have complained about safety issues being ignored by the Chief. This should have been the story. Unfortunately for this city the Herald has decided any lie will do when it reports on the mayor. This is sad.

Here is Mayor Ahumada’s slip of the tongue.

"How many times do we see that people cop a plea even though they are not guilty?" Ahumada said, noting that he can’t pass judgment on a person or business without having personal knowledge of their affairs."

"That (legal problems) has nothing to do with the business at hand," the mayor added, pointing instead to the firm’s track record of collections, job creation, involvement in the community and contributions to civic organizations"

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/surrounding-99851-goggan-blair.html#slComments

I actually do not disagree with the mayor - it is more complex than some people would like to make of such decisions.

But, is the mayor trying to get the electorate ready for his no contest plea? Yes, he wants everyone to know that just because he has decided to plead no contest , it does not mean he is guilty.

Friday, July 10, 2009

REGULATION MAY BE COMING TO OIL SPECULATORS

You can read the article. It is actually a pretty good article which will help you understand the process of speculation and its impact on oil futures..

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cftc-mulls-more-limits-on-commodities-speculation
YES, THE BV IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE A STAFF OF PROFESSIONAL EDITORS

(Originally said "do not" because poetic justice is alive and well)

A Lot or Allot ?

A lot (two words) is an informal phrase meaning "many." It can take an adjective, for example, "a sizeable lot."

Example: Karl needed a lot of time for the job.

Alot does not exist as a word.

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000175.htm

Most mornings, unless someone brings my paper in from the driveway I do not look at it. Of late I have been thinking about subscribing to the San Antonio newspaper. I do enjoy reading it while in SA. This morning I decided to retrieve the Herald from my driveway, like the good dog I be.

I love the voice of the people. I do not know if people have just stopped submitting letters to the editor or if the Herald has stopped printing the voice of the people. While turning to the editorial page I noticed ALOT printed as the header for the blind editorial.

I wish I could say the Herald is by itself as the face of failed journalism - it is not.

We have a mess in Honduras which could put Honduras back into civil war and the US press cannot seem to find it within their limit skills to ask the simple question. Were the events in Honduras in compliance with Honduran law? They can find some nobody to talk for hours about Michael Jackson, but no one to speak to the legality of the events in Honduras.
 

Thursday, July 9, 2009

FROM CNN: IS IT TIME TO BUILD A WALL BETWEEN THE US AND CANADA?

AND A CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION


"Authorities in Vancouver, just 30 miles from the border, are struggling to deal with the boom in the drug trade between the United States and Canada, along with the violence that has come with it.

Cocaine from Mexico -- and many of the guns that fuel the violence -- come north via the United States. Canadian smugglers then bring south high-quality marijuana known as "BC Bud" and synthetic drugs like methamphetamine. A recent U.N. drug report named Canada as the "primary" supplier of Ecstasy to the United States."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/07/09/vancouver.drug.violence/index.html?eref=rss_crime

This video shows a tunnel - what is really important is the part of the video which shows by simply crossing the street you are in the US from Canada - no river -nothing.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7543732.stm

When you consider that it is easier for a terrorist to enter Canada than Mexico, the drug trade coming from Canada, and the fact there is no real border barrier between Canada and the US, one must ask, why no border wall with Canada? Where are the Republicans on this one - no where to be found. Why?

In the eyes of the ignorant supporters of the Republican party, Canadians are white and speak English, and Mexicans are brown and speak Spanish. The reality is, neither country is so simple. They do speak French in large parts of Canada, and large English speaking communities exist all over Mexico. There are pristine white Mexicans of Eastern European heritage, with blond hair and blue eyes. There are Asians from every country in Asia. There are Russians - Mexico is a melting pot much like the US with people from all over the world. But in the end it is the perception of these racists who vote Republican driving the debate and not reality.

A wall will fix nothing. The new city commission needs to seriously question their authority to reopen the vote on the settlement agreement on the wall. It was a bad vote which never should have happened. As a matter of law putting the burden on some of the poorest people in the country to pay for the building of the wall if we want to move forward is racist and unacceptable. Every city commissioner who does not fight to stop this settlement agreement will be called to account for their silence on election day. It is a defining issue in Brownsville and failure to understand this is failure to understand the people of Brownsville.

A CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION

I am taking a medicine called gabapentin which I understand reduces the inflamation of the nerve endings thereby relieving the pain. The first night I took 300 mg and slept for 8 hours - it was amazing. After about a week I needed 600 mg to allow me to sleep through the night. I am now taking 900 mg 3 times a day with just mild relief at any given moment. Standing up to make a cup of coffee causes my legs to feel like they are being branded like a cow. Yesterday I fell when I stood up because my feet had become like sponges - that was weird.

My question - is my body adjusting to the medicine while the problem is getting worse, or is the medicine causing me to get worse? I am assuming a lot of people would just assume it is the medicine so they have something to blame. I have watched this problem get worse for 11 years with no help from the VA - until now.

The point of my question is to show why it is important to think things out instead of jumping to erroneous conclusions. I know for sure that just before starting on the medicine the disease was progressing really fast. Given this simple fact I must conclude the disease is continuing to progress even faster and that without the mild relief the gabapentin provides I would be in a lot of trouble.

On Monday while on business in SA I went by the new pain management clinic at the VA to find out about the status of me getting an appointment for the first epidural injections. I was told the clinic is nearly ready to go and that either today or tomorrow I will receive a call. If the injections do not work, the next step is to use some type technique to look for leakage of spinal fluid into the chamber which contains the nerves.

I did not know this but the lumbar puncture which I received after my first TIA in 1986 (they did not know much about TIA’s in 1986) may not have healed thereby allowing for leakage of spinal fluid. It is not a question of malpractice on anyone’s part it is a matter of how the body heals - it either heals or does not heal. We are all different.

Anyway I just wanted to add the critical thinking question to demonstrate that if you look to known facts instead of going off on some knee jerk reaction, you can get to a better understanding of any problem.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY BY TOLERATING IT, OR TURNING A BLIND EYE TO WHAT WE KNOW IS WRONG - WE ARE MICHAEL JACKSON’s CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY

From the moment I heard of Michael Jackson’s death I felt like it was America. Not our death mind you, but who we are - a nation celebrated as great but dying from its own neglect and sense of self importance. We believe we are needed and nothing better exists so we ignore everything which is wrong with our desires and conduct.

A child yesterday told me he was going to light a candle and then pray to Joshua (aka Jesus) so that he could win the lottery. I told him that it was wrong to pray for anything specific because he was basically saying God does not know his needs and that he has no faith in God to know his needs and provide him with what he needs. For the record this is in the Book of Matthew. I also told him that I think God was a bit more concerned with dying and starving children. He responded with, "so God does not care about me." His father told him, "no think about what Bobby said instead of assuming it means something about you." This is America - this was Michael Jackson.

I do not doubt that Michael Jackson’s friends and family truly loved him. But they also gave up on him and decided if the most they could do is stand by his side and keep an eye on him, then that is what they would do. We have no idea for sure what killed Michael, but we do know it was not something you would see in a basic autopsy. We know he demanded all sorts of prescription drugs to deal with his pain and insomnia. Press reports have a pharmacist suing him for $100,000.00 for two years worth of unpaid pharmaceutical bills. Where was his family to say "enough is enough?" No where to be found. They decided since they believed they were powerless to control his self destructive behavior they would just sit back and do their best to protect how best they could.

This is America. Those of us who take the time to learn the facts know that our CIA is a training camp for torture chambers. Oh, maybe now we just refer the trainees to our underling nations who do the torture for us. We know that the US CIA trained the staff of the late Shah of Iran to torture his people so we could control the oil. We know that Reagan and Bush I provided Saddam with the chemical weapons Saddam used during the Iraq Iran war the US instigated and then prolonged. We know our CIA sat idly by while the Taliban in Afghanistan during the Soviet war chopped off the heads of the Soviet soldiers and then played soccer with the heads.

We the American people take the position "we cannot control the government so why care?" The American people fail to understand they are the government. The American people willingly surrendered their sovereignty to a tyrannical government all too willing to destroy American’s greatness in favor of corporatism.

Because the American people cannot face the truth about what we the people allowed to happen to our government and the decisions of our government to torture and murder innocent people through proxy wars such as the Iraq Iran war, we say "we are powerless so we will just believe Iran hates us because we are beautiful." We are in complete denial and on a fast track to complete and total self destruction.

We are Michael Jackson and his circle of friends and family.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

UPDATE ON LITIGATION, AND A FEW FUN THINGS

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered both of Sanchez’s attorney to file briefs as it relates to the issues before the Court. The primary issues are McHale’s and Sanchez’s gag order to keep the corruption within the court covered-up. In effect at this time they appear to be asking a state district court judge to issue an advisory opinion and injunction against me pursuing a federal lawsuit. Because we all know there is a state district court judge dumb enough to do same, I expect this to happen any moment (NOT). The other issue is, what happens to attorneys when they do business with the judge in the case, and then ask the judge to punish the plaintiff for exposing the corruption?

The Texas Supreme Court is not some group of dim-witted contemptuous morons willing to ignore the type conduct acceptable by the Cameron County District Court judges. They are certainly capable of covering-up corruption. But they will never tolerate same in filings before the Texas Supreme Court.

I do believe they are going to use my mandamus to force a discussion on abolishing the election of judges because of the corrupting influence money can have on campaigns and judges. This is a good thing. I personally favor a system wherein future judges must take an additional 30 credit hours at a law school which trains them as judges. Upon passing a certification exam and psychological testing they should be put into a pool of qualified candidates from which a public committee can select 3-5 qualified candidates for potential nomination by the governor. The Texas Senate should then have the authority to confirm the candidate, at least as to appellate court judges. These same judges should then have to stand for a straight up and down election every 4 years without an opponent. If the people vote them down, then a new judge should be appointed. I would also increase their salaries by at least $50,000.00 a year so that we get more qualified candidates.

Royston Rayzor has an appellate section which will take up the issues in my mandamus. Well actually they will not - it is one thing for them to ignore the antics of one of their Brownsville lawyers, it is yet another to defend the conduct before the Texas Supreme Court. Besides, I doubt very much Sanchez will agree to pay the 10-20 thousand dollars they will want to prepare a brief.

McHale, through Peter Zavaletta will find himself defending Zavaletta’s verified lies to the trial court, and a gag order which if upheld will mean McHale facing a contempt hearing. Zavaletta in what will surely be a futile attempt to defend himself will throw McHale under the bus and seek to have the gag order upheld. Zavaletta cannot survive in the courts of Cameron County if people are allowed to openly discuss his unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Traveler’s insurance now finds itself in the unfortunate position of having to hire an appellate specialist to defend the decision of Monte English to do business with the judge in the case, and a gag order which seeks to keep the corruption from the public. I am hard pressed that anyone at Royston Rayzor or Travelers Insurance is prepared to put in writing a defense for the indefensible, especially while they are in federal court denying participation in the unethical conduct.

FOOD REVIEWS and RECIPES

Minute made has these new frozen fruit pops which come in cones. They are awesome. I love the lemon. Your kids will love them.

STRAWBERRY BANANA SUPREME SMOOTHIE

1 cup strawberry nectar or apple juice
1 cup milk (I use vanilla silk light)
1 frozen banana (peel first then freeze)
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries (½ the typical store bough package of fresh 4x6 inch container)
1 cup strawberry yogurt (I use the yoplait it is fine.)
I double this for a full 48-52 ozs - my blender holds 48 ozs - about 52 to the rim. The doubled recipe goes to the rim so be careful.

FAST BANANA BREAD

Dice one very ripe banana into a box of Jiffy Oat bread mix. Bake in 8x8 inch baking dish or cast iron skillet for 20 minutes at 400. The family is sure to love it. These two recipes seem to be serving me well this summer.

Monday, July 6, 2009

STALEMATE IN POWER STRUGGLE BRINGS UTB TO NEAR CRASHING END

Just an FYI

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium [Better freedom with danger than peace with slavery].

Jean-Jacques Rousseau On The Social Contract

NEWSFLASH: Art Rendon has filed an appeal in his BISD lawsuit. It should be interesting. In that briefs have yet to be filed, I do not know the issue[s].

Some time ago we all got a lot of laughs over me posting a picture of a bottle of pickled eggs suggesting Juliet Garcia had the aguacates of the UTB staff under her control. I was wrong. I have spent a lot of time speaking with instructors and administrators at UTB and it appears there is a stalemate at work.

Juliet Garcia needs to build her legacy. To do so she has relinquished way too much power to the Deans and the department heads. In terms of UTB/TSC being a failure, in Juliet Garcia’s defense, more and more universities are recording record numbers of drop-outs and failures. This is a national trend. UTB/TSC has two basic problems bringing it down.

Anyone remotely familiar with UTB/TSC knows that at the freshman and sophomore levels, the failure and drop-out rate is high because of poor instruction. We have students graduating from local school districts who are proficient in the basic computer programs found on any computer, but who go on to UTB/TSC and fail the basic introductory computer course. It is no great secret why this is happening. Complete and total incompetence on the part of department chair and the instructors. They continue to use a text which appears translated from Chinese and the provided test bank questions which are certainly translated from Chinese.

This problem would seem easy enough to fix. Just change the text on orders from Juliet Garcia. What has become clear to me is, Juliet Garcia has negotiated a peace accord with the Deans of the various schools. So long as the Deans and the professors do not organized a vote of no confidence she will leave them be to sink UTB/TSC into bowels of hell.

There are a lot of very good professors out at UTB/TSC very frustrated that it is heading down the path of complete failure. At a minimum TSC needs a separate president from UTB. The interests of the two institutions are different. While trying to find an American Government syllabus to use as an outline for creating an online textbook using free government web pages, I quickly learned with the exception of the department chair I could not find one. Oh, the probably exist somewhere, but the person in charge of creating the web page for the Government Department does not deem it important to have a link to the department professors or their web pages.

The department chair’s syllabus for the introductory course is all one needs to read to understand why UTB/TSC is a failure. As the department chair his job is guaranteed. He does not have to succeed. The best lawyers in the country struggle to read and understand US Supreme Court opinions.

This is from his freshman course syllabus.

"San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973). This is a very lengthy case opinion. I do not recommend downloading it. It is 62 pages long. But do skim through the first 28 pages to obtain an understanding of the decision of the Court. "

Also, find the following cases at Findlaw.com and review them. I will discuss them in class for you, but you will be responsible for understanding the issues addressed and the decisions rendered by the United States Supreme Court.

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).
Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)
Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927).
Ex Parte Mitsuye Endo, 323 U.S. 283 (1944)
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)
United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974)"

http://blue.utb.edu/cchapman/

The above is the definition of failure. I am the first to oppose the dumbing down of our students. But you do not begin training doctors with brain surgery. You begin with anatomy and physiology. Most of these kids are just out of highschool. I have no problem teaching American or Texas government through the opinions of the United States and or Texas Supreme Courts. But teach it, do not scare the students away by making them read decisions that even most law students do not have to read. (Law students read highly edited excerpts from various opinions which highlight legal concepts.)

This type freshman course should begin with an introduction into comparative concepts in government. A comparative approach allows the students to see the differences in the various forms of government, thereby providing them a better understanding of our own form of government. It also makes for an easy essay question or short answer question. Students are very good with learning through elements. There are 4 basic elements to the following form of government: a; b; c; and d. When you teach this way it is easy for the students to see differences and similarities. This is an introductory course not an advance course. Maybe not all forms of government will fit into 4 basic elements, but a good instructor can find 4 basic elements for each form of government and then present them in a comparative way.

Without some instruction as to the meaning of government, its purpose, and where it comes from, how can you expect these young minds to understand the more complex issues presented in these Supreme Court opinions? You cannot. Chapman bored with doing his job, teaching a basic introductory course, instead chooses to try and teach a freshman course in constitutional government which is sure to fail. He is tenured and therefor protected.

Chapman along with other department chairs and deans basically have Juliet Garcia tied up in a room under a threat, "complain and we will issue a vote of no confidence." As tenured professors Chapman stays and Juliet Garcia goes packing. This is wrong, but a consequence of Juliet Garcia’s lack of competency in political maneuvering. There are top administrators and professors who want the failure to end and who are willing to stand with her to force out the old guard Deans and department chairs. The problem is Juliet Garcia lacks the skills and knowledge on how to conduct a putsch of intrenched incompetent Deans and professors. Her problem is the failure of all failed leaders, she surrounds herself with yes-men instead of thinkers and people loyal to the success of the students.

Her first step should be the appointment of an administrative assistant who reports directly to her and no one else. The job, review the courses with the highest failure rate among freshman and sophomore students. Once the reviews are done, Juliet Garcia needs to put it to the department chairs and Deans - fix the problem or be replaced. There is strong support among the finest professors for such a strong-armed approach.

Juliet Garcia fails to understand that the desire to vote no confidence comes from her failure to act against those who are deadwood and taking down UTB/TSC with the rotting ship they represent. If she would simply get rid of the deadwood, then the competent professors would back her during a no confidence vote.

I am now convinced most of the bad policies and decisions coming out of UTB/TSC are a consequence of this stalemate and not Juliet Garcia making the decisions of her choosing. This is all the more reason why TSC should have a separate president from UTB. A strong TSC president could put an end to the teaching methods of the bad professors. In fact, I personally believe TSC would be better off with a lot more adjunct instructors who can be fired at a drop of the hat, than these tenured old guard who treat the freshman courses as punishment.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I TRULY HATE THE FOURTH OF JULY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HAVE ABANDONED ITS MEANING

I hate the 4th not for what it should mean, but for what it has become. Well over two-hundred years ago a group of colonists decided they had enough of a king unwilling to accept the concepts of redress and due process. To most Americans redress means changing clothes.

Most people do not know, but for over 200 years the three Branches of Government, Executive, Legislative and Judicial have systematically changed our constitution to increase the power of the government while abolishing in all forms the true concept that sovereignty remains with the people.

People who have very little knowledge of history love to refer to our government as a "Social Contract." Our form of government has nothing to do with the ‘Social Contract" We function under a "Social Trust." This means that the sovereign, namely the people, act as the maker of the trust. In a trust the maker assigns to a third party the power to operate the trust under certain terms and conditions. If they fail to comply with those terms and conditions the trust provides for their removal. This is our constitution. The US Constitution, when read in conjunction with our Declaration of Independence, is a "Social Trust." The government exists at our leisure .

On this the 4th of July you might consider reading it. It is actually a lot shorter and less complex than you think. You see, fundamental rights are not something so complex that judges need to write 100 page opinions to justify their rulings. Our Founding Fathers proved it can be done in a few short words. It was simple, until put into the hands of lawyers, judges, and politicians who bastardized it and took it away from the people.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
WHEN in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.