Monday, November 30, 2009

TEA UPHOLDS DISCHARGE OF HECTOR GONZALES

UPDATE: I just read the decision. Scott never got to the merits of the appeal. He dismissed the appeal finding Hector Gonzales failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. Scott claims that Gonzales should have first sought review of the Hearing Officers findings before the BISD Board. The opinion is interesting though because his attorney did create a clear record that such an appeal would be futile. Under federal case law for the APA there is an exception known as futility. I do not know if this applies to the Texas APA. There may be a good federal lawsuit in the making. I do not know. - I will upload the opinion soon.)

The Report

http://docstoc.com/docs/18152524/Gonzales


I guess those mean old big time Dallas lawyers weren't so good afterall.

TEA’s Robert Scott today upheld the discharge of Hector Gonzales as the Superintendent of BISD. The key findings by the Hearing Officer related to Special Services. My source is someone in communications with the TEA.

The question now becomes how does the BISD Board justify giving the job to Springston when the evidence tends to suggest things may actually be getting worse within Special Services?

If I were representing Hector Gonzales in federal court I would concede that maybe BISD’s stated reason for his discharge may have merit, but that to allow for BISD to give a valid reason violates public policy when in fact the real reason was related to his refusal to be party to wrongdoing. The current status of the law in Texas, as created by a group of radical judicial activists (all Republican) encourages public entities like BISD to engage in wrongdoing.

The public and in this case the children are injured in two ways. The policy encourages ISD’s to hire superintendents who will be party to wrongdoing. The ISD’s then turn a blind eye to incompetency by the superintendents so long as they play the game of coverup as directed by the ISD’s school boards. In the end the children, teachers, and taxpayers loose.

Equity mandates you enter court with clean hands. One can argue that if Gonzales knew the game and played along until he could play no more, then he is not entering court with clean hands. The problem is, the corrupt school boards get rewarded every time. This does not serve our children, teachers, or taxpayers.

The purpose behind the rules of equity is to insure justice is done. In these type cases I would argue that justice can only be done if Gonzales can sue for the balance of his wages which were due and owing at the time of his termination. I would not allow for punitive damages. If you only punish Gonzales and not the Board the corrupt conduct will continue.

This is Gonzales’ best argument.
BISD SPECIAL SERVICES CONTINUES DOWNWARD SPIRAL WITH COVERUPS AND LIES - BISD CHIEF JESTER SPRINGSTON TO BE REWARDED

BUT FIRST:

Hector Gonzales: The original article in the Herald as to when Robert Scott’s decision was due on Hector Gonzales stated the 27th of November. The way these rules work, although I have not read this specific rule, is x number of business days after BISD responds to the appeal. If Friday was a holiday for the TEA, then the report would be due today. We shall see.

The Mural. I did a special post on the issue on Sunday. I believe it will be Juliet Garcia’s albatross. I also believe that the anger I am hearing on the issue indicates people finally understand the fraud which is the TSC/UTB partnership. The tragedy in the matter is that there is not a law firm in the Valley willing to sue on behalf of the people to have the partnership agreement voided as a fraud on the people and discriminatory against the Latino population.

My Health: There will be more testing this week. We know for sure there are some hormonal imbalances, and that my kidneys are working at 185% - this is not good. My weight continues to climb because eating is all I can do to control the blurred vision, and headaches. It does not help with the fatigue so I sleep almost all of the time. After I finish this post I will go back to bed for about 2 hours.

OKAY BISD

A father receives a notice from BISD that they are seeing improvement in his daughter. She is in 5th grade, should be in 6th grade and is basically reading at the level of a first grader at the end of the 1st semester. What? Before the latest testing she wasn’t reading at all? I know last year the father had to fight tooth and nail to get additional help for his daughter. Whatever it is they are doing in the classroom it is a fraud on the child and the residents of Brownsville. The bulk of this child’s education happened under Hector Gonzales and Art Rendon. But the latest failure is under Springston and Kathleen Jimenez.

To understand how worthless it is to try and work with special services and Kathleen Jimenez one only need look to a meeting I had with BISD and a father concerning his child. As I have reported the TEA has already made findings against BISD for the failures which occurred under Gonzales and Rendon. My long term readers remember I posted the e-mail from Gonzales to Hanna cluster assistant superintendent Dr. Montoya which showed how the ball was being dropped on the issue of getting the child tested for ADHD. Nearly a year later the TEA made the same finding.

The TEA complaint included two stories related to those running Behavior Intervention at this middle school. The TEA in its findings specifically recommended that the father file a Due Process violation. My long term readers remember that I worked with the father to mediate a settlement in the TEA complaint. Kathleen Jimenez failed to appear and then overruled the settlement which was reached. She sent to the meeting a representative who did not have a copy of the TEA complaint and who did not know the nature of the complaint.

Last week we had another meeting. This time Kathleen Jimenez showed to the meeting. We had the document from the pediatric psychiatrist that the child is to be taught at home. He cannot handle the classroom. The initial settlement based on the recommendations of the pediatric psychiatrist provided for the child along with 9 other children who would benefit from the program to be put into a classroom of 10 or fewer children. This is the settlement Kathleen Jimenez rejected.

The other day the first thing out of her mouth was, can’t we just have the child take the classes out of Behavior Intervention classroom? Art Rendon was a genius compared to Kathleen Jimenez. TEA is recommended that the father initiate a Due Process hearing because of the abuses by the past and current persons overseeing Behavior Intervention, and Kathleen Jimenez wants these people in charge of the child’s education. At previous meetings these abuses were specifically outlined for Ms. Jimenez. Further did she not read the TEA complaint or the TEA’s findings? Her recommendation was tantamount to a judge recommending that a child be placed with the same parent who molested the child.

This is happening because Springston is more interested in gaining the political favor of individual Board Members than in the best interests of the children. This week and next week two more complaints will be filed with the TEA. One will address the issue of the 11 year old child who cannot read, but according to BISD is improving. The other one I will tell you about tomorrow or Wednesday.

One last issue - at the meeting last week it was agreed that an ARD would be held this week to set the child up for home schooling. At the hearing the father waived his right to 5 days notice so that the meeting could be set based on his work schedule. BISD was to be informed this morning about which days either all day or in the morning he would be available. It should be no surprise that BISD immediately broke the agreement and set the ARD for a date and time which the father is not available.

Last week I asked the Board and Springston the procedure for this father to file a complaint to have the Board open an investigation against Springston for his failure to properly oversee Special Services. Springston refused to respond. A complaint is being filed against Springston with the TEA for his failure to respond and to seek to delay the investigation until his investiture as the lead BISD Jestor. True to form, the entire BISD refused to provide the father with the needed information.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

THE MURAL WILL BECOME JULIET GARCIA'S ALBATROSS

A GIFT TO JOE RUBIO - RUN JOE RUN

I do not know if Joe Rubio would be a good TSC Board Member in all regards, but in the context of stopping Juliet Garcia’s con on the good people of Brownsville, he is a home run.

Rubio’s right to hold elective office has been denied because of a felony conviction in Mexico, as I understand the story. His lawyers in part have been arguing a federal provision which governs part of the question.

"An offender transferred to the United States to serve a sentence imposed by a foreign court shall not incur any loss of civil, political, or civic rights nor incur any disqualification other than those which under the laws of the United States or of the State in which the issue arises would result from the fact of the conviction in the foreign country."

This basically says to look to state law. But it does not end there. Any law is subject to the rules of statutory construction. This is where the US Supreme Court law on this issue is black and white in favor of Rubio.

“The question before us is whether the statutory reference "convicted in any court" includes a conviction entered in a foreign court. “

“In determining the scope of the statutory phrase we find help in the "commonsense notion that Congress generally legislates with domestic concerns in mind." Smith v. United States, 507 U.S. 197, 204, n. 5, 113 S.Ct. 1178, 122 L.Ed.2d 548 (1993). This notion has led the Court to adopt the legal presumption that Congress ordinarily intends its statutes to have domestic, not extraterritorial, application. See Foley Bros., Inc. v. Filardo, 336 U.S. 281, 285, 69 S.Ct. 575, 93 L.Ed. 680 (1949)

Small v. United States, 544 U.S. 385. 388 (2005)

Friday, November 27, 2009


SUPPORT THE CAPITALIST SWINDLE AND CHINA

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



WHAT IS THANKSGIVING?

Sorry the next BISD piece will hold until Monday. I just did not think this the day to go negative and open up more discussion on the issue.

I will begin with what it is not. It is not the values of the intolerant Pilgrims. It is odd to me when the schools teach the Pilgrims were about fleeing religious intolerance. There is no reality in this fact. They were religious fanatics with zero tolerance for anyone who did not believe as they did.

My family left Puritan Massachusetts to be one of the first families of Rhode Island. They bought the land from the Indians. This group of Massachusetts defectors were not all that much more tolerant than the Puritans. Let us not forget the colony of Maryland was in fact a colony in exile for Catholics.

So I am not thankful for anything associated with the religious intolerant Pilgrims.

The Founding Fathers took a gamble that a free people would over time extend the concept of freedom and defend it as a precious gift. It has been a rocky battle.

SO WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?

I am thankful for everyone who has ever died in service for our freedoms, whether in the military, militias, law enforcement or any individual in any capacity whether civilian or otherwise. Freedom is not free. We must remember this. We must guard against the transgressions of those who seek to use our freedoms to divide and us and make us week.

I am also thankful to everyone currently in service for our freedoms. On this a day of Thanksgiving, this is what I am thankful for.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WILL BILL WHITE SWITCH TO GOVERNOR'S RACE?

http://blogs.chron.com/txpotomac/2009/11/bill_white_is_he_moderate_demo.html
GETTING TO THE FACTS ABOUT VETERAN CARE AND VA HOSPITALS - "BUT FIRST" AS THE SAYING GOES

I have not commented about the mural at UTB\TSC because I cannot seem to wrap my brain around the decision. It is as if the people are no longer even a distraction - we simply no longer exist. I have been keeping a close eye on the Joe Rubio case. I am hopeful he will win, and when he does he will become a lightening rod against the excesses and abuses of the TSC Board. I am 100% certain he will win if he runs. Maybe this mural debacle will become what it takes to elect a Joe Rubio and end the tyranny of the TSC Board of Trustees.

I do have another story about another abused BISD child. I want to hold it for one more day. Something is happening at BISD. I have two sources telling me the votes may be there to take down Springston or at least delay is formal crowning as the next court jester of the BISD Board of Trustees. I am being told the lawyers finally get the exposure BISD will suffer if Gonzales and Rendon can show things may actually be worse under Springston when it comes to special services - that will be tomorrow.

VA HEALTHCARE (IT'S A NOUN - I LOVE WATCHING THE NEWS STRUGGLE WITH HOW TO SPELL HEALTHCARE)

There is a lot of confusion in the Valley and in fact the country about care for veterans. Here are some simple facts about which many people have no knowledge. Not all veterans qualify for care at the VA hospital or clinic. There are exceptions to each variable. Each veteran is considered separately.

If you do not have a service connected disability, for which the definition is different based on when you served, you may not qualify for care. The odds are if you fall into this category and are unemployed you can receive temporary care pending your reemployment. This is known as being qualified based on your income. If you earn too much you simply may not qualify.

The next level involves people who are not service connected, but who have insurance and who may qualify for VA care because their insurance will pay enough to cover the bill. This can get complex. It is important you take your income information and insurance information to the VA clinic in Harlingen and they will give you an appointment to determine what benefits if any to which you are entitled.

Next are the service connected veterans. Based on what I have been reading this definition changes based on when you served. It use to be that if you experienced hearing loss while in the military the VA would give you life time coverage - this may not be so anymore. I have read stories wherein the VA is now turning down veterans if there is a family history for the disease. In the old days - it did not matter. If you had a heart attack on the job you were covered for life. Maybe not so anymore.

The lowest rating for service connect disability is 10%. You should know the VA and Social Security rating systems are not the same. You may qualify for the VA at the same time a Social Security doctor claims you are perfectly healthy. Once you get a rating then your care begins without regard for your income. There are actually regulations on this issue, and you may only get limited care.

For example you can be 70% disabled for your back and not get dental care. But if you are 30% disabled for a gastrointestinal problem you will get dental under the theory that stomach acids may damage your teeth. As you can see it is a very complex system.

If you live in Brownsville and have the right rating, I do not know what it is, you will get full travel pay of $225.00 to San Antonio. If you have a morning appointment they will put you up in a nice hotel with a great continental breakfast. They even have a shuttle between the hotel and VA. They will also pay for your spouse, or driver as needed. Again all of this depends on your rating.

On the issue of national healthcare, I believe it is time all veterans regardless of income be given access to VA hospitals and clinics. If you have private insurance, within reason the VA should be willing to take that as full payment. If your insurance is not very good then the VA should offer you a supplemental insurance similar to medicare part B which pays for what your insurance does not pay. For veterans who do not qualify for benefits because of their income I believe they should be offered full coverage at the VA for a monthly insurance premium of $500.00 or lower depending on their income level. I would love to see the Republicans vote ths one down.

On the issue of the VA hospital in the Valley I am 100% opposed and here is why. Right now in Harlingen we have actual highly experienced clinicians treating the veterans. The VA is working as hard as it can to hire specialists in every field. I know for sure they have a cardiologist, podiatrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, dentist, ophthalmologist, optometrist, radiology techs for regular, CT, and MRI (stronger than the one in San Antonio), pharmacy, and lab techs. I am certain they have more, but these are the ones I know about.

Here is just example of the kind of doctors they are trying to hire at this time. http://www.healthecareers.com/jobs/staff-physician/1005405.htm?partner=AGS. I can tell you they have an entire day with a female doctor who treats no one but female veterans on that day. The VA clinic in Harlingen is in the process of hiring an endless number of specialists.

The veterans pushing for a hospital either do not know how the VA hospitals work or they are pushing for form over substance. The only issue should be quality of care and not the building. VA hospitals are teaching hospitals. This means unless you know all of the tricks in maneuvering within the system, as a veteran it is highly unlikely you will ever be seen by a real specialist. The most you can hope for is an unsupervised specialist in training. I have been in clinics more than once where there has been no attending specialist anywhere to be found.

I spent 10 years complaining about problems with my legs only to have one doctor in training or one specialist in training or physician assistant, or clinical nurse blow me off because they lacked the training and experience to diagnose the problem. After a near drowning incident last Spring by primary care doctor in Harlingen ordered an MRI. The attending radiologist failed to properly review the MRI interpreted by the radiologist in training. I was at the point that it was like someone was taking branding irons to my legs 24/7. After it was learned that the specialist in training in neurology dropped the ball and then tried to put it back to my primary care physician, the Chief of Staff intervened and sent me over to a new pain management clinic.

The pain management doctor (no doctors in training in this clinic) saw that there were critical adhesions at L4 and L5. He performed a caudal racz procedure to remove the adhesions. By the that night, about two months ago, about 95% of the pain was gone. It is about the same today. Before the procedure I was taking 3600 mg of gabapentin a day with no relief. I now take 400 mg at bed time for very mild burning while I sleep. The key here is, it took 10 years of one wasted appointment after another before I was allowed to see a real doctor. This is what happens at VA hospitals.

I can go on for pages. The best example though is after a local gastroenterologist found dysplastic changes in a polyp in my colon, a gastroenterologist in training at the VA scheduled me for an appointment to tell me I needed a colectomy. The attending never bothered to check to see what the biopsies found and took no action to correct the mistake. I sent everything to the head of gastroenterology in Dallas and he ended the nightmare for me. Dysplastic changes in a polyp while not good, it just means you keep an eye on the patient. If it is in the wall of the colon, that is another story. Over a year ago I got in a yelling match with another gatroenterologists in training because he was too busy to check my records to see why I was there. He was determined to scope my stomach and I refused. There is virtually no supervision of these specialists in training. His coworker then walked into the procedure room with the scope swinging it like a rope. I am certain many of you remember reading about the VA hospital in Florida which exposed veterans to HIV with a dirty scope. These teaching hospitals are a nightmare.

I remain terribly confused with these veterans demanding a hospital. Once the new day surgery clinic is complete VA doctors who are real doctors will be performing day surgeries every day. Believe it or not carpal tunnel surgery is a day surgery. The placement of a stent in your artery is day surgery. It is very rare any more that anyone needs to spend the night. But under the new system, if your doctor determines you need to be observed, he/she can just send you across the street to Valley Baptist - no charge.

If I get sick in the middle of the night and need emergency care, I can go to Valley Baptist in Brownsville - no charge. If they build a VA hospital in Harlingen I will then need to be driven to Harlingen. As someone who lives in Brownsville I like the idea of Valley Baptist Brownsville a lot better.

Right now while the VA is hiring all of these specialists for the Harlingen clinic, my primary care physician is free to refer me to an approved local specialist. My last colonoscopy was done locally - no charge. Once the new day surgery clinic is complete a VA employed gastroenterologist will be performing all of the procedures.

Here in the LRG Valley we may have some of the best healthcare anywhere within the VA system. As of right now we are not subject to unsupervised doctors in training. I can assure every veteran if they build a hospital that will change, and not for the better.

I wish self serving politicians would stop playing on the emotions of veterans and stop promising a hospital even though it will mean a decrease in the quality of care. This decision has to be made on facts. The VA should allow this new system in Harlingen to become fully operational before they decide if it works or not. I am certain that if the government would allow non-service connected veterans to buy insurance for full coverage at this wonder Harlingen clinic, sooner than later veterans will be hailing the Harlingen clinic a complete success. It will most assuredly prove a better quality of care than any VA hospital.

Not to be all rosy, but the government needs to give Harlingen the money for a walk-in clinic. It is true unless it is a routine scheduled follow-up appointment it may take a while to get an appointment. This is a problem for the Valley veterans. A walk-in patient at 8 am will probably not be seen until 5 pm or later. This is a problem when you have someone with the flu passing it on to the other veterans. They do provide masks and encourage sick veterans use them.

I would go one step further and say they need to fund an after hours care clinic and weekend walk-in clinic. This is a legitimate issue which a VA hospital would attend to. And finally, they cannot be closing the clinic in Harlingen because a hurricane is going to hit Galveston. True story - happened last year. I went to the clinic with a busted open hand, post surgery, and they were closed. It took 5 hours for the VA to approve me going to Valley Baptist, even though it was a post surgery problem. This changed under the current system. I would be allowed to go directly to Valley Baptist without preapproval.

Monday, November 23, 2009

CHARLIE CABLE RELEGATES BROWNSVILLE TO THIRD WORLD STATUS WHILE CITY COMMISSION SITS IDLY BY AND DOES WHAT IT DOES BEST - NOTHING

[Tomorrow, a new story of another BISD victimized special needs child]

[I actually wrote this piece on Sunday, after a few days in bed I was able to actually get some focus. But now I am thinking, as the piece points out I am more afraid of the Cablers in Brownsville than anyone at Imagine Brownsville. I think IB needs to find a source of funding outside of these 7 entities, and then invite each entity to appoint an elected official as ambassador to the new entity. I am not sure how I would go about appointing non elected officials to serve. I just do not want people who will be mouth pieces for the elected officials.

I think this entity needs to be entirely autonomous from the public entities. If its role is to be a facilitator that role will fail so long as elected officials have any semblance of control over the entity. The ambassadors can meet in open meeting to discuss the IB’s roadmap and what needs to get done now. The entity can then better work as a facilitator. But so long as they are beholden to the politicos it will be political and fail. Cabler has proven this.

There is certainly more than enough money in this town for private donations to get this entity up and running. On the citizen service issue, maybe they need to continue to have meetings, but instead of open meetings in terms of subject, focused meetings in terms of specific projects so the people can give their input. In the end it will still be the sole role of the entities in their open meetings to allot money to fund the projects. In many ways this new entity needs to be as distant from the politicos as possible. The less control the cronyism of our elected officials has over this new entity the better. This would promote their true role of as facilitator. ]

I want to thank the Herald for finally getting the story right about the powers this new organization will have as a facilitator among the 7 different entities. From the Herald:

“But, "It needs to be very clear that our participation in this effort doesn’t in any way, shape or form mean that we are acquiescing any of our policy-making authority," Campirano said.
"It doesn’t change anything," Campirano added. "This (the proposed CPCB executive committee or planning group) is not a governing board. Each entity is still going to have to conduct its own business the way it sees fit," Campirano pointed out.

"We’re not giving up anything," he said, noting that BND’s participation in an effort would not result in abdicating its responsibility.

"I would think that every entity feels that way," Campirano said.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/plan-105372-brownsville-says.html

Why did the Herald have to do its first story based on a bogus conspiracy theory? Answer - it is the only way it can get people to read its trash. When it injures the community it crosses the line. It is amazing to me that for years it refused to cover the truth about BISD, and then when it had no choice but to cover the issue it covered it up. True to form it is now covering up the mess which is Springston. What does the Herald have against special needs children?

It knows the truth about how BISD Board Member Escobedo was sanctioned for misuse of BISD campaign funds and lied about it in his ad, but true to form the Herald refuses the story. If he cannot be trusted with his own campaign money, how can he be trusted to represent the people in an honest and forthright manner as a county commissioner? He cannot. For anyone who wants to read the facts, here they are. At any time you can simply click on his picture and read the findings.

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/sworncomp/2009/290235.pdf

Why have the other blogs refused to cover this story of black and white corruption? Maybe such as the Herald when Escobedo is advertising with you, the truth takes a back seat to money. Politics, don’t you love it. But then of course when James Hunter the attorney who lied about who paid for the ad is providing you free legal advice, it is hard to report on a story which involves the unethical conduct of James Hunter. No sacred cows, my ass.

The Herald has become the Jestor of all journalism. That was a sidetrack, but nonetheless informs you about our politicians and how bloggers and the Herald ignore the truth when it does not fit their agenda. This is something worth considering when reading even the BV.

Anyway back to Cabler - according to the Herald the following statement is attributable to Cabler. "We haven’t agreed on any budget," Cabler also said. He said that he had disagreed with paying an executive director or paying someone more than one of the high-ranking city staff members that would work with the group. "I would not really appreciate it," Cabler said.”

This executive director will have to deal with the personalities of 7 entities, with each always pushing to make sure things are done in a way which benefits their cronies. In my view $85,000.00 is not enough, it should be the same as that paid to Cabler or more. Anyone who will have to deal with Cabler deserves at least as much as Cabler.

Who are we going to hire as a facilitator for $42,000.00. A first year BISD teacher who is 22 years old and has a BA earns $40,350.00, with a masters they earn $43,350.00. Why would anyone with the needed experience to fill the position accept the job for $42,000.00?

http://www.bisd.us/employment/2009-2010%20Compensation%20forms/Revise%20Teacher%20Hring%20Schedule%2009-10.pdf

You need to also remember that BISD teachers have a ton of time off, and hours which are better than banker’s hours. They work hard and are entitled to every penny.

Here is the con, and exactly what I predicted - control who runs the show. At $42,000.00 all they will get is someone’s flunky who can be controlled and who is only a high school graduate. Does anyone believe that for $42,000.00 and two weeks vacation a qualified candidate is going to take a job which will require endless after hour meetings, when they can work at BISD for the same money and half the time?

Cabler wants to kill the process and he will if the City Commission does not fire him. They will not because such as he already has some marinero in mind for the facilitator’s job, he insures the city commissioners get what they want when it comes to hiring their marineros. For the record so you know how it works in the real world, a BISD Board member might call and ask a city commissioner to help a family member or friend to get a job with the city. The commissioner will jump on it right away. That commissioner now has a guarantee that the BISD Board member will reciprocate when needed.

If people really want to get to the bottom of non-elected officials taking over our government this is where you begin - with the Cablers. He does not want to relinquish what little control he has over policy. His job should be the implementation of the policy as established in open government by our elected officials. The idea of this organization being able to go directly to the City Commission in an open meeting subject to TOMA scares Cabler. The effect will be to open up government and put an end to the behind the scenes deal making if Cabler is out of the loop.

Raise your hand if your IQ is less than 90. Now we know the people who did not know government was taken over by special interests a long time ago. But you know what people, and I have said this about Brownsville many times, it is very good about voting incumbents out of office. The problem is they keep on voting in new corrupt judges and politicians owned by special interests. Maybe some day someone with money who can finance their own campaign will run and win, so he/she will be beholden to no one but the best interests of the community, which of course is nearly 100% subjective anyway.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

PLANNING FOR BLACK FRIDAY


http://www.blackfriday.org/


http://www.blackfriday.info/sales/6pm-black-friday-ad.html


HINTS ABOUT A PERFECT TURKEY

First of all if you buy a Butterball turkey, why bother, just move on. I buy a fresh never frozen turkey. A lot or people do not like buying non-chemically injected turkeys because the breast meat comes out dry and tough. No, fret, I have the solution.

Season your turkey as usual. You must however base the outside with olive oil. What I do is dice part of a small white onion and put it in a custard cup with the onion. I then use my hand to base the turkey. I puncture the turkey in a lot of places. I push the onion bits into punctures.
I then season with salt and pepper and a garlic rosemary seasoning by Tones. You can buy it at Sams. I season my chicken the same way, but without the onions.
THE MAGIC TO A TENDER TURKEY
With the exception of the first 45 minutes roast your turkey as you normally do. But for the first 45 minutes, roast it breast down. This causes the back fat to drip through the breast meat and tenderize it. It also leaves the bottom of the turkey a golden brown. After 45 minutes, flip it and roast as usual.

Sorry no sweat potato pie recipe. I tried the circa 1950's Betty Crocker- yuck - I think the ginger ruined it. I may try again this week with another recipe.

BREAD PUDDING - CIRCA 1950 BETTY CROCKER, WITH BOURBON SAUCE

This is the original recipe with one modification.

Toast 8 pieces of thin white bread. Cut in half, and then thirds for a total of 6 pieces.

Heat to scalding 2 cups of Vanilla Silk Light Milk (original is regular milk) There is a big difference in taste between the Silk milk and regular milk- The Silk milk makes it creamier and gives it a hint of vanilla.

Heat milk to scalding (when it begins to boil up) then poor over cut up toast in large bowl. Mix well to insure all of the toast is soaked.

After it cools add 1/4 cup butter melted, ½ cup sugar, 2 eggs slightly beaten first, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup seeded raisins, ½ tsp cinnamon; ½ tsp nutmeg - mix well

Pour into 1 ½ qt casserole. (About 7 ½ " square) Bake until silver knife inserted in pudding comes out clean. Serve warm or without Bourbon Sauce.
Bake

Temperature: 350
Time: Bake 40-45 minutes
Amount 6 servings

Note: I do this for parties and typically double everything and then bake same amount of time. I use a 9x13 dish

Bourbon Sauce

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons bourbon (whiskey) or to your taste

In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add sugar and beaten egg, whisking to blend well. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon to taste; let cool. Whisk and reheat before serving. The sauce should be soft, creamy, and smooth.
For Children: substitute 2 tsps real vanilla - not the artificial junk

Saturday, November 21, 2009

THE FOLLOWING ON A BLOGGER - FROM THE BBC

"Six temporary councillors have been drafted in to run a Somerset town council, after almost the entire authority resigned their seats.

Twelve of Somerton's 15 councillors resigned in October, complaining that criticism from a local blog made their jobs impossible.

Now South Somerset District Council has appointed six of its members to join Somerton's council to provide a quorum.

Elections will be held on 7 January to fill the vacant seats.

Somerton resident Niall Connolly's blog Muck&Brass has been highly critical of the way in which certain council decisions were taken.

'Community ignored'

Mr Connolly told the BBC: "If blaming Muck&Brass helps these ex-councillors to sleep at night then that's fine but it ignores the truth.

"These councillors had, for too long, ignored the community which they were meant to serve."

South Somerset leader, Councillor Tim Carroll, said: "All major town council decisions such as setting the budget and comment on the major planning applications will be deferred until the new council is in place."

The six district councillors have been chosen to reflect the political balance of the authority."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/8370437.stm

Friday, November 20, 2009

AFTER HERALD REMOVES ATKINSON'S COMMENTS HE REPOSTS - HAS HE GONE OVER THE DEEP END

Again people my main post today is on BISD, see below, but this meltdown from Atkinson is a fast developing story which merits attention. Please excuse grammar problems but my head is about to explode - 3 vicoden and nothing - I have my eyes up against the screen just to see what I am typing.

commish wrote:

Chris Davis from Davis Contruction is squirming because his wife is Monica Davis, Joe Rod's daughter who is the beneficiary of his non-profit. Chris Davis is being asked where all the money went from a non-profit organization. Seems that money is missing everyowhere this guy goes. Joe Rod probably doesnt know that Chris Davis has a spending problem. I feel sorry for the Rodriguez family. Mike and Patrick, take this guy out back and kick his butt for once. He is making your family look bad. And tell Davis to pay the Huaraches organization back that is missing.

11/20/2009 2:23 PM CST on brownsvilleherald.com
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commish wrote:
jm41027,
su mama es el blob. you probably hang out with girly Roman Perez. He wont go to Stilettos because he thinks girls are icky!!! Chris Davis will share his VIP room with you Roman. "JM" probably stands for joto mari-con
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commish wrote:
wow, the herald picks on the commish and removes his comment. Where are our rights to free speech. Chris Davis from Davis Construction is someone that people need not to be doing business with. He will take you for a sucker.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/open-105312-act-texas.html

Not one city commissioner has responded to my request for a comment.
SORRY CHARLIE ATKINSON CALLS FOR CRIMINAL ASSAULT ON CHRIS DAVIS

Guys, the BISD report is more important than this one (only because it involves an innocent child), so read the BISD one, below, first.

[UPDATE: The BH removed Atkinson's comments. Someone may have reported it or they read my post and acted. I printed the original. My original copy is the one being forwarded to the FBI. ]

From the herald:

"commish wrote:

Chris Davis from Davis Contruction is squirming because his wife is Monica Davis, Joe Rod's daughter who is the beneficiary of his non-profit. Chris Davis is being asked where all the money went from a non-profit organization. Seems that money is missing everyowhere this guy goes. Joe Rod probably doesnt know that Chris Davis has a spending problem. I feel sorry for the Rodriguez family. Mike and Patrick, take this guy out back and kick his butt for once. He is making your family look bad. And tell Davis to pay the Huaraches organization back that is missing. "

It is commonly known that the Commish is Sorry Charlie Atkinson. If this is a misperception by the public, the BV will certainly make it a headline post if Sorry Charlie Atkinson denies the claim.

It is time the City Commission take action against this thug. This thug is a law enforcement officer with Homeland Security calling on 3rd parties to assault his perceived enemies. It is time Chief Garcia take action before the city becomes liable for Sorry Charlie Atkinson's actions. A 72 hour committment order may be in order.

Also because the comment is coming from a lunatic, I am assuming if Sorry Charlie Atkinson says it, it is false, as to the remainder of the comments.

I am e-mailing this to each city commissioner demanding a response to the people. We have a right to know we will remain safe from this city commission determined to silence political dissent. When silencing political dissent reaches the point of a public figure asking third parties to assault his opponents, our freedom is clearly at risk. Will Chief Garcia act to protect the public, doubt it. Will the city commission act to protect the public, doubt it. Their survival is dependent on keeping the people in fear and silenced.

I have printed the entire set of comments and am in the process of faxing them to FBI Director Mueller. I can tell you the local FBI office will never do its job. I will also tell you Sorry Charlie Atkinson's local supervisors are worthless. I have already reported the complaint to the Office of the Inspector General for Homeland Security.
BISD MELTS DOWN INTO A COMPLETE DISASTER - IT IS TIME PRESAS-GARCIA GOES NUCLEAR AND TAKE DOWN THE WHOLE SHEBANG - BISD TO PAY FOR CHILD ORDERED HOMEBOUND BY DOCTOR

As if poetry is guiding the process Presas-Garcia will be deposed on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 2009, a day which will live in infamy. As Montoya reported, then deleted from his blog, the law firm of O’Hanlon and Associates will be representing her interests at the deposition. It is fair to say O’Hanlon lost round one. And contrary to Juan Montoya’s near psychotic need to mislead, there was no forum shopping. The parties live in Cameron County. Forum shopping was popular in Texas some 10-15 year ago before the venue statute was changed to make it harder for plaintiff’s lawyers to shop cases around the state based on the extent of the judicial corruption in the district. Cameron county was one of the favorite places plaintiffs’ lawyers would come based on its reputation that judges were readily bought and paid for. Hidalgo County was right there next to Cameron County.

So people know how the process works at the court house, when you file a lawsuit you go to the 3rd floor, for district courts. After you hand the lawsuit to the clerk she enters some data into the computer and the computer randomly chooses the judge. Years ago lawyers would actually stand there with non-suits prepared in advanced if they got the wrong judge and actually pay 3-4 times for the same lawsuit until the computer picked the right judge. That practice has stopped. I will say I have zero confidence in how courts are chosen in criminal cases.

The DA’s office will bring a stack of cases to the clerk’s office and then the courts will be assigned. The problem is when you have a clerk handling a large group of cases at once it is a lot easier for the clerk to move the files around so that a particular judge gets a particular case. I do not know if this is happening in Cameron County, but the potential for abuse is certainly there. In the end, there was no forum shopping. I am as certain as the day is long that Presas-Garcia's lawyers would have made a big issue of the matter if there was any evidence, period, of game playing in how the judge was assigned to the case. Or is Montoya saying O'Hanlon and Associates are too stupid to fight the issue?

As to this law firm, O’Hanlon, before Montoya took down his post, they agreed to represent Presas-Garcia at the request of the great Carlos Quintanilla. I do not know, but if Accion America is paying for her legal representation, it will go down in history as one of the dumbest moves ever. The appearance is, buying a witness. It is done all of the time, but rarely works.

As to the great skills of O’Hanlon and Associates, in the Donna ISD case, you had indicted Board Members. Losing the Donna ISD case would have been like losing a murder case wherein you have the murderer on video and the defendant offering the jury autographs while bragging about being the person doing the murder in the video.

On the limited issue of Presas-Garcia turning the reports over to the DA, I have no doubt that if her lawyers would bring BISD into the suit to force BISD to pay for her attorneys fees she would win. There is no ifs and buts on this issue, whether or not Joe Rodriguez did anything wrong, so long as she believed the reports show evidence of criminal conduct, she had a fiduciary duty as a Board Member to take the matter to the DA.

The Herald is reporting, which I highly question as to its accuracy across the board, that Villalobos claims the procedure was to first bring the matter to law enforcement for investigation. That is not the law and he knows better. As a Texan Presas-Garcia has the absolute right to walk into the grand jury and ask that they investigate. By law Villalobos has no right to stop the process. But he has- Along with Judge Lopez he blocked my grand jury referral as to the La Pampa Affair. Any lawyer on behalf of Presas-Garcia or Presas-Garcia herself can walk into the grand jury and demand they investigate Villalobos for obstructing justice on this issue and any other issue - kind of like the $500,000.00 to his former law partner Eddie Lucio, while allowing a confessed murderer to walk out of court. (Eddie only got a % of the money, the rest went to the victim’s children)

Presas-Garcia needs to stop listening to idiots and accept her fate. With her fate in place, she needs to go nuclear and tell the entire story and bring this entire Board and Springston to their knees. If she does this the people of Brownsville will forgive her any transgressions she may have committed.

THE CHILD

These are the words of the pediatric psychiatrist from SA who has been treating this child about whom I regularly speak. BTW, still no phone call from BISD to see how the child is doing - “That’a boy Spingston” professionalism at its hight. “[The child] needs home-bound schooling - a regular classroom with 30 students, certainly, does not meet his needs.” He wrote it this way because last time when he wrote the child needed a structured classroom, the esteemed and incredibly well educated Assistant Principal Cardenas took the position that a classroom of 30 students is well structured.

As my readers know the father negotiated a mediated settlement of putting the child in a classroom of 10 or fewer students. Kathleen Jimenez failed to attend the mediation, failed to send anyone who actually knew what was in the TEA complaint, and then without consulting the father rejected the settlement. The TEA then moved forward with findings against BISD, based mostly on the neglect by Hector Gonzales and Art Rendon.

The three most egregious acts against this child by BISD are as follows: last Spring Mr. Ramos, formally in charge of Behavior Intervention falsely accused this child of wrong doing which result in the child having a melt-down. To cover-up the wrong doing by Mr. Ramos, the child was falsely arrested and accused of criminal conduct. The principal was and remains the main witness that Mr. Ramos had no business going near this child at the time of the event.

The new person in charge of Behavior Intervention, Mr. Lopez, was told he could not touch the child even in a friendly way. The father demonstrated how a simple friendly touch could result in a melt-down. Needless to say the following day the child had to be removed from school after a melt-down caused by Mr. Lopez touching the child in the exact manner he was told not to touch the child.

Then comes City Commissioner Rick Longoria who falsely accused the child of criminal conduct on campus. When asked to produce any evidence to support his claims - none. The child had a melt-down and had to be removed from school. All three of these events occurred under Springston, and at least two of the three occurred under Kathleen Jimenez. This endlees barage of false claims against the child resulted in the child being hospitalized.

I am hoping to have a complete package ready for the three lawyers I have looking at this case for suit against BISD. The TEA expressly recommended pursuing a Due Process hearing. There is not a lot for me to do, I just cannot seem to work for more than an hour a day. All I have left to do is send them the TEA complaint and findings, along with this latest statement by the pediatric psychiatrist. My personal view is I wish BISD would settle directly with the family so that 100% of the money can go for the benefit of the child, and they can move to SA immediately.

The immediate question is, will BISD comply with the pediatric psychiatrist’s recommendations or will Kathleen Jimenez continue to ignore reality and the law. If this family is forced to go to court to force compliance with the law, the damages are going to go through the ceiling.

BISD and their pathologically lying and hopelessly corrupt lawyers claim that Gonzales and Rendon were removed over their mismanagement of Special Services. This is not true and the Board’s refusal to take Springston and Jimenez to task for their mismanagement of Special Services is the proof. While I believe Gonzales and Rendon both needed to be removed because of their mismanagement of Special Services, I am not the type person who believes the ends justify the means. They were removed for political reasons and it is time we get to the truth.

PRESAS-GARCIA NEEDS TO GO NUCLEAR

I am going to do everything in my power to insure Springston is sued over Special Services before the vote to formally hire him as the new superintendent. I have no control over the process, so I can only do so much. What I can do is call for a formal Department of Education and TEA investigation of Springston. I have other things on my desk which must come first, but I hope I can have the request for an investigation complete by next week.

I know how people work. Lying is so much easier for people than the truth, and ignorance is the fertilizer which feeds far too many people’s small mindedness, especially journalists, former, journalists and far too many people who post anonymously to the blogs.

An anonymous blogger claimed that Enrique Escobedo works for Dr. Joe Jimenez, husband of Kathleen Jimenez. If I know with 100% certainty at least one thing in that statement is wrong, then I have reason to believe other parts are wrong. Escobedo is a medical doctor, Joe Jimenez is not. Under the Stark Laws, a medical doctor cannot work for a non-medical doctor. They are coworkers.

http://riomed21.com/AboutRioMed21/tabid/163/Default.aspx

If the anony poster got this wrong it would not then surprise me if they are also wrong about Kathleen Jimenez being the wife of Dr. Joe Jimenez, Dr. Escobedo’s co-worker. But if it is true, a jury is going to go psycho on BISD and Springston.

If, big if, Kathleen Jimenez got the job as a favor to Dr. Enrique Escobedo, then the appearance is, Springston is ignoring the mismanagement of Special Services in exchange for Escobedo’s support for his bid as the new superintendent. If this is what the facts show during trial, the careers of this entire lot will be lost forever. If everyone remembers Escobedo changed sides out of the blue.

Presas-Garcia needs to bring this mess out at the next Board meeting. She also needs to have her lawyers immediately sue BISD to recover her attorney’s fees. If she is on her way out then she needs to use this moment in her history to do the right thing and bring down the entire criminal enterprise known as BISD. People will always remember her as the one who brought an end to the corruption. If she uses this moment in history to use this information to her political advantage instead of exposing the corrupt underbelly of BISD, she will always be remembered as a political whore. She has one simple decision to make. Will she do the right thing or forever be known as a political whore.

As to the recommendations of the pediatric psychiatrist, it is being scanned and e-mail to the entire BISD Board.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

TOMORROW: BISD NAILED, WILL THEY COMPLY OR FACE A JUDGE
AP SHOWS BIAS IN REPORTING - TWO DUI’S WHEN IT IS A REPUBLICAN IT IS NOTED, WHEN IT IS A DEMOCRAT IT IS NOT

I first saw this in the Herald. I decided to check the original AP stories and they are all the same. The AP goes out of its way to note Lugar is a Republican, but says nothing about Kerry being a Democrat. This is why the American people have lost all respect for journalists.

“McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The wife of U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has been charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run after police said she hit a parked car in northern Virginia.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/run-105272-charged-sen.html

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The daughter of Sen. John Kerry has been arrested in Hollywood for allegedly driving drunk.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/sen-105271-angeles-arrested.html
STEP TWO WITH IMAGINE BROWNSVILLE, AND WHY NEWSPAPERS ARE FAILING

This is from the Herald:

“On Nov. 5, the "Comprehensive Planning Coordination Board (CPCB) Executive Committee" met to consider and take action on a United Brownsville Memorandum of Understanding, a proclamation, and a press conference, public records show and "Imagine Brownsville" former project spokesman Brian Godinez confirmed.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/public-105229-informal-elected.html

Ms. Trevino-Perez clearly had no interest in the full story. She along with her editors know that allegations of secrecy sells papers so the truth be damn. This is why a record number of journalists have lost their jobs, and newspapers have failed all over the US.

Since understanding government 101 eludes current and former journalist with the Brownsville Herald I will begin with government 101. In order to act like a governmental entity you must have governmental powers. The Comprehensive Planning Coordination Board which is a product of Imagine Brownsville has no governmental powers and never will. They have zero authority to act on the use of taxpayer dollars or in forming policy.

Whether or not they should have made a public announcement about the meeting is a separate and distinct issue from what their powers are and are not.

In simple terms they seek to act as a facilitator for policy and initiatives among the 7 entities they seek to have as members. Here is a simple example even two-bid journalists can understand. A manufacturer inquires about building a new plant in Brownsville. They can go to this organization with their needs. This Board which has representatives from all 7 entities can look at what is needed and work together as a team to make it happen.

The PUB representative can go to the PUB and in a public meeting subject to TOMA raise the needs of this prospective new employer and allow the PUB in a very public way to decide if it wants to get involved. The point being the CPCB cannot act or promise anything to anyone except that they will take it to the Board. They cannot and will not be awarding contracts. To the extent the PUB might be involved it will be for the PUB to award contracts related to their part of the plan.

Along these lines, the new employer may need a commitment from Southmost College that they will insure training is available for the new workers - for example in robotics manufacturing. Any allocation of funds by TSC would have to be done by the Board in a public meeting subject to TOMA.

Again all the CPCB will be is a facilitator with zero powers over taxpayer money. Oh yes, what about the $25,000.00 membership fee. When you consider the joint budget of the 7 entities is about billion dollars $25,000 is chump change. What will be our return on the $25,000.00 is the only question anyone should be asking.

The seven entities working together could benefit from increased bonding capacity; create better operating efficiencies by sharing on projects - it is all about saving taxpayers money; be better prepared as a group when it comes time to go to Austin or Washington for money,

“The Comprehensive Plan is a guiding instrument that is designed to historically unite our public institutions and the community to work together with a common vision and make the community of Brownsville a better place for its citizens and businesses.

In the beginning I was a supporter of Imagine Brownsville. I then joined a committee whose purpose was to decide once the project was done how the entities could best be brought together. I felt like the first meeting was really a place for the participants to just rubberstamp the desires of the leaders within Imagine Brownsville. When the second meeting was called and I received a barrage of e-mails with endless changes as to the time and place for the second meeting I walked away from Imagine Brownsville. Whether or not I am happy with how they got to this point does not matter. Simply dishing Imagine Brownsville because it had the support of Eddie Trevino is stupid and the act of incredibly small minded people who want to keep Brownsville a third world city. My focus is, what can it do now?

If for one second I thought CPCB would be some secret society running the 7 entities I would be down on it. No one and I mean no one can point to one thing in its structure which makes it secret and not accountable to the people. Every entity which participates in the process will still have to go to their public meetings under TOMA and publicly discuss and vote on the allocation of taxpayer money. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar or is opposed to this for reasons which have nothing to do with facts.

It is possible that the grant writer will be able to secure a grant which will pay every entity’s membership fees the second year and forward. It is a $25,000.00 investment for one year. If there is no return during the first year and no grant money to pay for the membership fees then we can rethink support for CPCB.

A WARNING TO CPCB

I know that only a united community can move forward. In Brownsville these small minded people who will always have scores to settle and an audience of fools to read their drivel, will always be a problem. They key is to ignore them, while making sure you are playing in the open and fair.

As one source close to the story told me, the fact that they are not subject to TOMA does not mean that once it is up and running the members cannot vote to televise the meetings and announce the meetings on the web pages of all 7 member entities. The presumption by these small minded people that because CPCB is not subject to TOMA, CPCB will not then be public is evidence of just how small minded these people are. Again these are the people keeping Brownsville down - they are to be ignored.

My final warning to CPCB is, note how failing to announce the organizational meeting got the paranoid all in a tiff, and do not make this mistake again. I do not believe anyone was hiding anything, but I know how the paranoid and naysayers work.

HOW NOT TO HIRE THOSE WHO WILL WORK FOR CPCB

We all know how it works. If the CPCB does not play this right there will be cries of cronyism. It is best that the Director be an outsider. There is no doubt in my mind there are already local insiders lobbying our elected officials as to who should run the show. If the person hired as a director is a political payoff then CPCB will only give fuel to those who want to oppose CPCB.

There must be a clear statement of credentials as to who is qualified for the job. In my view it should not be anyone local. Every local yokel is tied to the perception of public corruption. I would prefer someone with an MBA or Masters in Industrial Engineering. Someone with strong mediation skills. Someone with strong skills in bringing diverse and conflicting voices together.

Right now people with these type credentials are a dime a dozen. I am certain with a national search the CPCB will be overwhelmed with applications. This is an area wherein if the CPCB makes a misstep it will forever be tainted as another failure.

Guys as to my health - the 24 hour urine test clearly showed a problem. It is complex from there because Dr. Jan Bruder, Chair of Endocrinology of the medical school in SA mislead my GP as to the results. She actually has a pretty good pathetic excuse. Another specialist I see in Harlingen saw the discrepancy this morning and immediately notified my GP of the findings which Dr. Bruner left out of her report. Her excuse appears to be she never said the 24 hour urine tests were normal, just the blood tests.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A GREAT VIDEO PROFILING THE SUCCESS OF OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ

Apparently somethings are working and working well. Would a trench along the Rio Grande have been better than a wall?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8363899.stm
SPRINGSTON THUMBS NOSE AT DISABLED CHILD

(This is today's second post. The first for reasons I do not know is duplicated. I do not like removing my posts after making them, so the duplication will remain.)

This child about whom I speak on a regular basis left the hospital on Saturday. He has not been able to return to school. During the entire time this child was in the hospital and since leaving the hospital Springston and his marinera Kathleen Jimenez have not thought twice about checking on the child. The family has not received one phone call from BISD - nothing.

It just came to my attention that tomorrow the pediatric psychiatrist will meet with the father and child to see how the child is doing and to make a decision about school. This means another trip to SA by a family without money.

The Director over Special Services for Northside ISD met with this father. She had with her, her top staff to inform the father as to what exactly they can do to help the child. This all while the child is not even in her school district. As to Springston - nothing. This is the difference in their respective views about professionalism.

I will work as hard as I can to see that BISD is sued before Springston gets the final nod. The people of Brownsville have the right to know this Board lies. They claim to have fired Gonzales over Special Services, but then turn a blind eye to Springston's mismanagement of Special Services. God save this school district if the facts show that Jimenez remains in her job for no better reason than Springston wanted the support of Escobedo. Knowing what I know about the corrupt Escobedo, it would not surprise me.

I wish I had the time and resources for another battle, but I do not. Last night's vote smells rotten on the issue of a TOMA violation. When one looks at the history of Springston as the interim-super, it is clear at least a quorum of Board Members made this decision long before last night. This would be a TOMA violation. If a court finds such, the vote is void and they have to start again. Someone needs to take up this issue. Deals were cut, the question is what were the deals.

Question, what is it about this Anglo Springston that he thinks he is smarter than the Mexican American Gonzales? Does he really think he is smarter than the Mexican American and is going to get away with dirty politics?

I hope someone in the community will file the TOMA violation lawsuit. It will certainly end Springston's career at BISD if the truth is a TOMA violation occurred and backroom deals were cut.
CARLOS QUINTANILLA IS A SUPPORTER OF BISD’S POLICIES OF CHILD ABUSE, BUT SHOULD SUE BISD UNDER § 1983 FOR VIOLATING HIS RIGHT TO SPEAK

BUT FIRST FIRST FIRST, You heard it first, Springston is the winner - soon to be the looser in court. Springston is a child abuser (as defined by the legal concept of child neglect) who will sacrifice children for his own political objectives. He has never heard the term leave no man behind. His motto is, “leave as many special needs children behind as needed to move forward where we can.”)

BUT FIRST FIRST: last night I wanted to see how Juan Montoya was going to cover the story of Carlos Quintanilla being removed from the BISD meeting, which for the record I believe to have been a violation of his constitutional rights. The posted story was Accion America went on a world wind tour to find the best lawyers in the Valley to defend Presas-Garcia, and all doors were closed. He listed the lawyers who turned her down. But then like an Easter miracle the lawyer who won the Donna ISD case appeared from nowhere at the behest of Accion America and agreed to defend Presas-Garica. Personally, I hope the story is true. It is total BS that BISD is not going to pay for her attorney. The decision to turn the Rodriguez reports over to the DA in my view was incidental to her duties as a Board Member. If in fact this law firm is going to represent her I hope they sue BISD to recover her attorneys fees. Or did BISD change its mind in exchange for a unanimous vote on Springston.

So why am I repeating this story? The question is who pressured Montoya to take down the story after he posted it at 8:11 p.m. If you cache it you see the blank spot where the story was. Or is it a question of loose lips sink ships.

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:DBx7m9dYf2kJ:rrunrrun.blogspot.com/+presas-garcia+accion+america+rrun&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

BUT FIRST THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING

The mayor was pissed to learn Zamora was not really supporting him. He looked like a fool, not only for not being able to secure one vote, but for his claim that the people who speak are embarrassing the city. Pat Almighty is delusional. Yes Patty boy lying for months about how the check got deposited in your account, and then changing your story on the day of trial did not embarrass the city.

Zamora and Perez are 100% correct that the city manager at the end of public comment can make factual corrections. Here is the solution since it is clear the little tyrant Sossi who has zero tolerance for Freedom of Speech will not act. The city commission needs to put on the agenda an order to Sossi to ask the AG for an opinion on the issue.

Finally, a friend of the mayor went before the commission and attacked Camarillo by name, and by implication I think Troiani, while praising the mayor by name. The little tyrant Sossi said nothing, and the mayor allowed for the attacks. This is clear black and white evidence that the little tyrant Sossi and Pat Almighty are using the rules as political weapons and not as tools to make the meetings more orderly. Such as Perez said, it is time Sossi is given a performance review. I will make a deal with the city, I will not include them in the § 1983 which is about to be filed if they fire Sossi.

AND FINALLY, CARLOS QUINTANILLA

What I like most about this piece is it demonstrates how I put focus on issues and not people. At the point Quintanilla was forced out of the BISD meeting, he was asking a question about the Board’s decision to go after Art Rendon, while turning a blind eye to Joe Rodriguez. The question is certainly valid, but any attempt to suggest Art Rendon is not guilty of gross negligence during the course of his duties as the Director over Special Services is laughable. Because I actually know the facts and fought a two year battle against Rendon and Gonzales, a battle which heard not a peep from Accion America or Carlos Quintanilla, I know in terms of law that the previous Board, the current Board, Gonzales, Springston, Rendon, and Jimenez are all guilty of child abuse. The law recognizes that when you ignore the needs of a child long enough you are a child abuser. I cannot help the law, it is what it is.

Accion America has proven itself totally ineffective. Like a manic depressive it got on the blogs and in the Herald and told the story about how it flew parents to Dallas and was on the verge of filing a class action lawsuit against BISD. Nothing - absolutely nothing. Last night if the near lack of reaction by the audience is a measure of the success of the so called organized protest, the protest was a bust - again Accion American produces nothing.

When you come out in support of someone the TEA has made findings against and claim they are an advocate for justice and the children, you are a joke. Art Rendon was a joke who neglected the needs of the children. Unlike Accion America and Carlos Quintanilla I have actually succeed in getting the TEA to make findings against BISD. In both cases the findings were based on the incompetence of Gonzales and Rendon. The lawsuit which I hope will be filed by the first of the year will include claims of neglect by Gonzales, Springston, current and past Board Members including Lehmann and Powers, and Rendon and Jimenez. The child about whom I have spoke so many times is in real bad shape. The abuse this child suffered under Gonzales and Rendon is heart breaking. But of course according to Carlos Quintanilla because this parent does not support his agenda the injury to his child does not matter. This is not justice, it is bought political speech by a thug.

Carlos Qunitanilla and his club of thugs have been laughed out of Dallas ISD. He is dismissed as a no body who used the acts of others to promote himself. In many regards he is a hack.

I do not know if Joe Rodriguez is guilty of anything. I have not been made privy to all of the evidence, nor has Accion American. I can only call the shots based on what is known. The father I help is outraged over Carlos Quintanilla’s continued support of Art Rendon. In effect the father feels like Quintanilla is calling him a liar when he tells his story of Rendon’s abuse towards his children. Mr. Quintanilla, are you calling this father a liar? Are you saying Art Rendon did not call him repeatedly and tell him to drop the TEA complaint which eventually resulted in findings against BISD? The child of this father has been so abused under both Rendon and Jimenez he may not be able to return to school. If the battle is about children, which in the case of Quintanilla it is not, you defend the children and not their abusers.

FREE SPEECH AND § 1983

I am as certain as I am about anything as to whether or not Quintanilla can sue BISD for violating his right to Free Speech. His issues were 100% political and 100% protected under the constitution. Carlos Quintanilla needs to sue BISD under § 1983 for violating his rights. If he does this you will only hear praise from me on the issue of the lawsuit, but not the content of his speech. They are not the same thing.

But it is here you get to see how Carlos Quintanilla is full of shit. He wants to scream violation of his right to Free Speech. But to whom will he run to tell his story, Juan Montoya who is in court using an unconstitutional court order barring me from discussion of corruption in the courts. You cannot have it both ways Mr. Quintanilla, you cannot claim you support Free Speech and then use your cabin boy Montoya to cry out about being denied Free Speech. So I will support you 100% in any decision you make to sue BISD for violating your right to Free Speech. Will you support me in my federal lawsuit against Juan Montoya on the same issue?

Carlos Quintanilla is the epitome of the politician who plays the politics of “when it is convenient to me.”
CARLOS QUINTANILLA IS A SUPPORTER OF BISD’S POLICIES OF CHILD ABUSE, BUT SHOULD SUE BISD UNDER § 1983 FOR VIOLATING HIS RIGHT TO SPEAK

BUT FIRST FIRST FIRST, You heard it first, Springston is the winner - soon to be the looser in court. Springston is a child abuser (as defined by the legal concept of child neglect) who will sacrifice children for his own political objectives. He has never heard the term leave no man behind. His motto is, “leave as many special needs children behind as needed to move forward where we can.”)

BUT FIRST FIRST: last night I wanted to see how Juan Montoya was going to cover the story of Carlos Quintanilla being removed from the BISD meeting, which for the record I believe to have been a violation of his constitutional rights. The posted story was Accion America went on a world wind tour to find the best lawyers in the Valley to defend Presas-Garcia, and all doors were closed. He listed the lawyers who turned her down. But then like an Easter miracle the lawyer who won the Donna ISD case appeared from nowhere at the bequest of Accion America and agreed to defend Presas-Garica. Personally, I hope the story is true. It is total BS that BISD is not going to pay for her attorney. The decision to turn the Rodriguez reports over to the DA in my view was incidental to her duties as a Board Member. If in fact this law firm is going to represent her I hope they sue BISD to recover her attorneys fees. Or did BISD change its mind in exchange for a unanimous vote on Springston.

So why am I repeating this story? The question is who pressured Montoya to take down the story after he posted it at 8:11 p.m. If you cache it you see the blank spot where the story was. Or is it a question of loose lips sink ships.

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:DBx7m9dYf2kJ:rrunrrun.blogspot.com/+presas-garcia+accion+america+rrun&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

BUT FIRST THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING

The mayor was pissed to learn Zamora was not really supporting him. He looked like a fool, not only for not being able to secure one vote, but for his claim that the people who speak are embarrassing the city. Pat Almighty is delusional. Yes Patty boy lying for months about how the check got deposited in your account, and then changing your story on the day of trial did not embarrass the city.

Zamora and Perez are 100% correct that the city manager at the end of public comment can make factual corrections. Here is the solution since it is clear the little tyrant Sossi who has zero tolerance for Freedom of Speech will not act. The city commission needs to put on the agenda an order to Sossi to ask the AG for an opinion on the issue.

Finally, a friend of the mayor went before the commission and attacked Camarillo by name, and by implication I think Troiani, while praising the mayor by name. The little tyrant Sossi said nothing, and the mayor allowed for the attacks. This is clear black and white evidence that the little tyrant Sossi and Pat Almighty are using the rules as political weapons and not as tools to make the meetings more orderly. Such as Perez said, it is time Sossi is given a performance review. I will make a deal with the city, I will not include them in the § 1983 which is about to be filed if they fire Sossi.

AND FINALLY, CARLOS QUINTANILLA

What I like most about this piece is it demonstrates how I put focus on issues and not people. At the point Quintanilla was forced out of the BISD meeting, he was asking a question about the Board’s decision to go after Art Rendon, while turning a blind eye to Joe Rodriguez. The question is certainly valid, but any attempt to suggest Art Rendon is not guilty of gross negligence during the course of his duties as the Director over Special Services is laughable. Because I actually know the facts and fought a two year battle against Rendon and Gonzales, a battle which heard not a peep from Accion America or Carlos Quintanilla, I know in terms of law that the previous Board, the current Board, Gonzales, Springston, Rendon, and Jimenez are all guilty of child abuse. The law recognizes that when you ignore the needs of a child long enough you are a child abuser. I cannot help the law, it is what it is.

Accion America has proven itself totally ineffective. Like a manic depressive it got on the blogs and in the Herald and told the story about how it flew parents to Dallas and was on the verge of filing a class action lawsuit against BISD. Nothing - absolutely nothing. Last night if the near lack of reaction by the audience is a measure of the success of the so called organized protest, the protest was a bust - again Accion American produces nothing.

When you come out in support of someone the TEA has made findings against and claim they are an advocate for justice and the children, you are a joke. Art Rendon was a joke who neglected the needs of the children. Unlike Accion America and Carlos Quintanilla I have actually succeed in getting the TEA to make findings against BISD. In both cases the findings were based on the incompetence of Gonzales and Rendon. The lawsuit which I hope will be filed by the first of the year will include claims of neglect by Gonzales, Springston, current and past Board Members including Lehmann and Powers, and Rendon and Jimenez. The child about whom I have spoke so many times is in real bad shape. The abuse this child suffered under Gonzales and Rendon is heart breaking. But of course according to Carlos Quintanilla because this parent does not support his agenda the injury to his child does not matter. This is not justice, it is bought political speech by a thug.

Carlos Qunitanilla and his club of thugs have been laughed out of Dallas ISD. He is dismissed as a no body who used the acts of others to promote himself. In many regards he is a hack.

I do not know if Joe Rodriguez is guilty of anything. I have not been made privy to all of the evidence, nor has Accion American. I can only call the shots based on what is known. The father I help is outraged over Carlos Quintanilla’s continued support of Art Rendon. In effect the father feels like Quintanilla is calling him a liar when he tells his story of Rendon’s abuse towards his children. Mr. Quintanilla, are you calling this father a liar? Are you saying Art Rendon did not call him repeatedly and tell him to drop the TEA complaint which eventually resulted in findings against BISD? The child of this father has been so abused under both Rendon and Jimenez he may not be able to return to school. If the battle is about children, which in the case of Quintanilla it is not, you defend the children and not their abusers.

FREE SPEECH AND § 1983

I am as certain as I am about anything as to whether or not Quintanilla can sue BISD for violating his right to Free Speech. His issues were 100% political and 100% protected under the constitution. Carlos Quintanilla needs to sue BISD under § 1983 for violating his rights. If he does this you will only hear praise from me on the issue of the lawsuit, but not the content of his speech. They are not the same thing.

But it is here you get to see how Carlos Quintanilla is full of shit. He wants to scream violation of his right to Free Speech. But to whom will he run to tell his story, Juan Montoya who is in court using an unconstitutional court order barring me from discussion of corruption in the courts. You cannot have it both ways Mr. Quintanilla, you cannot claim you support Free Speech and then use your cabin boy Montoya to cry out about being denied Free Speech. So I will support you 100% in any decision you make to sue BISD for violating your right to Free Speech. Will you support me in my federal lawsuit against Juan Montoya on the same issue?

Carlos Quintanilla is the epitome of the politician who plays the politics of “when it is convenient to me.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


IT’S OFFICIAL, I’M AN OLD FART - OH YEA AND BACK TO BISD THE OFFICIAL TOWN JESTER

Because of the problems with my feet and knees and back, I decided to buy a pair of Rockport slippers. Well I now find myself using them as shoes. It is quite pathetic to see me walking around Walmart in my slippers, but these slippers are worth every penny.

Over the weekend someone approached me at the mall. They claimed to be an administrator within BISD. I was hesitant to listen because I am not happy with all of this behind the scene snitching by BISD officials. It was clear to me that this person had an agenda, but then don’t we all. It is hard to separate out truth from fact. There are far too many insiders engaging in what some might term as treachery. I am a huge advocate of whistleblowers, but not when it is done for dirty politics. Whistleblowers must enter the arena with at least semi-clean hands.

This is what I was told. BISD wants this family (the child) to sue the district so that they can use the lawsuit as evidence that Hector Gonzales and Art Rendon in fact dropped the ball in special services. People can say what they want but the findings by the TEA were against Gonzales and Rendon. Based on the time frame they are the ones who dropped the ball on the ADHD issue.

The problem is, this child goes without an education. The child is out of the hospital as of Saturday. Every time this child is traumatized by BISD the disease gets worse. BISD’s intentional abuse against this child in my view is criminal. So my readers understand the law, sometimes an act of neglect can be so extreme that the law defines it as intentional. This is the reality in this case.

The decision of the Board, if the story is true, to use this child as a pawn to support their acts against Gonzales and Rendon is a new low in politics. While I think those using what happened in the Donna ISD case as evidence this Board will pay the price with Gonzales are full of Republicanism, (just trying to use polite language), this Board should note what juries are willing to do against Board Members and how they are willing to award punitive damages when the Board violates the Due Process rights of superintendents. In the case of this child, I can easily see an award way over a million dollars based on the way the Board is playing politics with this child’s life.

When Hector Gonzales was hired there was no national search. They needed a puppet to keep the dirty politics covered up. They found that puppet in Hector Gonzales. I have no idea the true motivation in the firing of Hector Gonzales. I do know although BISD was justified in firing him over the mismanagement of Special Services, this is not why they fired him. Texas law does not support Gonzales on this issue. Under Texas law you can have a bad motivation for firing someone so long as at the time of trial you can present a valid reason for having fired the person. This is wrong, I do believe that if a plaintiff can show bad motivation in the discharge that some measure of damages should be allowed, albeit significantly less than if there was no justification for his/her discharge.

This con of the Board not doing a search for a new superintendent a second time only reaffirms in the eyes of the people they have something to hide. Whomever the new superintendent will be they better do a complete house cleaning in Special Services. Whether it is Springston or not he will be part of the lawsuit by this child. He has willfully neglected Special Services for some 11 months. This child has suffered unimaginable abuse during Springston’s tenure of intentional neglect. Springston has put the children second to politics. This is not acceptable. It should tell people something about Springston that he thinks he can do a better job in surviving as a puppet than did Gonzales.

I am looking forward to how this Board intends to defend its discharge of Gonzales for his willful neglect of Special Services, while appointing Springston as the new superintendent at the same time the overwhelming evidence is he has willfully neglected Special Services for 11 months. Politics is politics and Springston will learn sooner than later that his fate will be the same as Gonzales’. Further a settlement after suit by this family will end Springston’s career in education. When you aspire to be the court jester among an entire Board of jesters it is fair to say you are pathetic.

Monday, November 16, 2009

ZAMORA OPPOSES MOVING PUBLIC COMMENT TO END

Getting the facts straight matter. Her response appears to be more in the light of, I will help my fellow commissioners put their issues on the agenda even if I do not support them. If the mayor ends up being the only vote in support of this agenda issue, the mayor will only look more incredibly incompetent than before.

MZ's words.

"I do not support moving public comment to the end of meetings. In fact, I've discussed with fellow commissioners, including the City Attorney, to move the item to the beginning of meetings.

I co-sponsored the item to allow the Mayor to present the item for discussion. And, I would co-sponsor other items I may not support to allow other commissioners the same courtesy."
VA SAN ANTONIO DECLARES WAR ON VALLEY VETERANS

On my situation I am still waiting on the test results. A female doctor who identified herself as the head of endocrinology at the medical school called me late Friday afternoon. What happened supports my position that the worse thing veterans can do for themselves is demand a hospital in the Valley. So long as the medical school has anything to do with veteran’s care the care will be substandard. For those who may not know, the doctors at the medical school have privileges at both University hospital and the VA San Antonio. They run the clinics in both hospitals.

I will get to it, it is about money and she said it as plain as day. After she lied to me 3 times. One, no one has done an MRI on you. Lie - bold face lie. I explained to her I was holding the MRI summary in my hands. She then said there was nothing in the written report about my pituitary gland. I said, did you look where it says incidental findings? She finally then conceded there is an MRI report with an incidental finding about my pituitary gland.

Lie two: There has been no referral by your primary care doctor to endocrinology. I forced her hand to review my records and she had to concede there was a referral. Then she said the doctors had not acted on it yet. She knew this was a half truth. In her clinic she has a PA making decisions. This is a key problem with the VA, PA’s, Residents, and Fellows are running the show. The doctors are no where to be found, in most cases.

So we went a couple of rounds and she finally conceded that her PA had ordered all of the blood work and urine tests. We do not have the results yet. My urgency in this is, I am losing my vision. If I do not eat nearly non-stop I have mind numbing headaches, incredible eye pressure, extreme fatigue, and extremely blurred vision. To get in the car and go to Walmart I have to stuff myself to the point it hurts. I will then have an hour to get around without blurred vision.

I will finish the story but here is the money side. At the point I called her to the mat over lying 3 times, or showing a complete and total lack of interest in the evidence, she says that I have to understand that the new system in the Valley has caused the VA San Antonio to loose a ton of money in its budget. She said that Valley veterans are not being handled with a priority in SA because of a reduction on SA’s budget to support the new system in the Valley.

Under the new system, the veteran has the choice of being referred locally or to go to SA. Because this matter has been handled already in part in SA it is best I continue through SA. Part of the problem is, which the VA has yet to work on, doctors outside the VA system cannot access your medical records. Further, they cannot access the MRI pictures. They have learned that putting the MRI on a disk for the outside doctor to review does not work either. It loses enough resolution that it makes it dangerous for a doctor to rely on the pictures. This is why it is important for a doctor with access to my records be assigned to my case.

So now you have it, because of the anger over losing money in their budget to fund the new system in South Texas, VA San Antonio is putting Valley veterans on the back burner. This is the second time this has happened to me since the new system came into place. When my primary care doctor sent me to neurology in SA over my back problems, they dismissed the referral. Weeks later when the Chief of Staff investigated the matter all of a sudden a Fellow (specialist in training) referred me back to my primary care physician telling her to send me to a local neurologist. Dr. Bauer (Chief of Staff) reviewed the MRI and this is how I ended up in pain management with Dr. Hays. Dr. Hays is the one who did the procedure which relieved all of the burning pain in my legs and hip.

How did I end up talking with the head of endocrinology? I got tired of no one in endocrinology returning my calls. The system provides for the clerks to leave a message with the PA. She does not accept nor returns call. I then went to the new interim Chief of Staff whose staff told me that because he is interim, he is not getting involved. I was assigned to a patient advocate by the name of Mary Scott. Ms. Scott neither accepts nor returns phone calls. A Rachael in the Chief of Staff Office literally told me after I informed her Ms. Scott was not communicating with me that she would have Ms. Scott call me immediately. Nothing - absolutely nothing. I called back that afternoon, and I was told someone else would call me. This is when a David called me. He did force endocrinology to look at the referral. This is how the blood and urine tests got ordered. After that I could not get David to accept or return my phone calls.

A Carolyn in the Chief of Staff Office told me I was lying when I told her the history of not being able to speak with Mary Scott. I told her I have my phone bill which records all calls. She insisted I was not telling the truth. I became rude with her, which was wrong, and she hung up. Anyone who works at the VA who believes it is okay to call the veteran a liar has no business working at the VA.

People need to understand over the last three weeks I have gone from being able to type and see my computer screen without my glasses, to now having to put my face up against the screen to be able to see what I am typing. When I was talking to Carolyn I had a mind numbing headache, I was falling asleep, and I could not see my hand written notes. I tried eating something but my belly was so full I could not get anything else down. I cannot take my blood pressure medicine because it totally kills my appetite (which is a good thing, but not now.) Hypoglycemia (assuming I am having a hypoglycemic problem) is not always linked to diabetes. See these notes. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypoglycemia/DS00198/DSECTION=causes

I want to make something clear. The problem is not with the Harlingen clinic. I have the best doctor any patient could ask for. The problem is you have experienced clinicians in Harlingen dealing with doctors in training in San Antonio, or physician assistants. The university specialists who oversee VA speciality clinics are too arrogant and important to get involved. I truly feel sorry for our doctors in Harlingen. The system works and works well, until they have to interact with San Antonio. We have good doctors who end up giving up because they know San Antonio is a nightmare, with rare exception.

I am clueless about these veterans who want to bring this system of doctors in training to treat veterans. They are so obsessed with the concept of a hospital that they seem to not care about the only issue which matters, quality of care.

Some additional background so you can understand that in Harlingen we have a great team of doctors. My doctor had the courage to reject the medical advice of a VA SA cardiologist when it was clear to her he had never reviewed my records, or if he did he committed extreme malpractice by prescribing a medication which my records clearly indicate I cannot take. The pharmacist never would have given me the prescription because the system would have blocked it.

The then Chief of Staff Dr. Bauer reviewed everything and ordered the Chief of Cardiology to see me. Dr. Moody refused the order of Dr. Bauer. When I got to the clinic I was told that I had to be seen by a Fellow Cardiologist (Cardiologist in training). I asked to see the attending cardiologist and was told the Fellows run the clinic and no licensed cardiologist was at the clinic. This is what the stupid veterans are demanding for South Texas .

When I said I was going to Dr. Bauer’s office I was told to wait. About an hour later Dr. Moody saw fit to leave his office at University Hospital and walk across the street to see me. Without reviewing my records or even talking to me he demanded to know how often I was doing cocaine and or marijuana. I filed a complaint with Dr. Bauer.

It is the absolute right of the veteran to be seen by a licenced general practitioner or specialist. In the case of speciality care, what is the point of specialty care if you are only going to be seen by a PA or doctor in training. I can tell you, if you demand to see the actual specialist, in nearly every case there will be retaliation. They do not want to leave their offices at the university, except on pay day- then they can find their way to the VA.

I have no idea why Dr. Bauer left his job as Chief of Staff. But this became a bad day for all veterans. At least when he was there we had and advocate, now we have nothing. I will tell you, Dr. Wellington (Chief of Staff) in Harlingen is also a great patient advocate. He has done an amazing job with hiring great doctors. The problems we have in Harlingen are all administrative. Things on that note seem to be getting better all of the time. The VA is working hard to hire a lot of specialist for the VA Harlingen clinic. I just hope these veterans demanding a teaching hospital will not screw it up with their obsession for form over substance.