Tuesday, November 3, 2009

SOME UPDATES AND THE 2010 PRIMARIES - IS JOHN WOOD STEALING FROM THE COUNTY?

As to the child I have been discussing, yesterday we learned if you keep him busy non-stop he does better in the classroom. Yesterday was a major catch up day so they kept him busy. This will be discussed in the ARD as a possible tool to keep him focused.

Yesterday the endocrinologist ordered a host of blood work, BMP, TSH, Free T4, IGF1, LDH, FSH, total testosterone, alpha sub unit, cortisol, and a 24 hour urine test. The next step is to get someone in Harlingen to formally enter the requests by the endocrinologist into the lab schedule so that they can pull the blood. My memory is pretty bad right now because of the headaches, but if for some reason I have not explained things yet, an incidental finding on a brain MRI was possible Empty Sella Syndrome. (Apparently you can have an empty sella without having the syndrome) It is basically a possible indication the pituitary gland is not working.

Someone asked why I talk about my health. Two reasons, the internet is a wonderful place for information. People will google health issues and maybe find the information I am providing. A lot of what I have learned has come from posts such as mine. I then can use that information to do more detailed searches in medical web pages. Second, it educates people about things. I have been losing my health for 10 years. The VA has spent a fortune trying to figure out what is happening. It has been 10 years of failure to diagnose. If the information I post helps someone get diagnosed faster than 10 years, then that is a good thing.

2010 PRIMARIES

I cannot remember ever being so disgusted about an up and coming election in my life. I think part of it is a national feeling of disbelieve concerning the level of disconnect between our elected officials and the people. There is truly an air of arrogance among our elected officials. I think people have come to the conclusion that corruption and influence peddling will be the norm of the day and we are powerless against it.

(Be Patient - I will get there) Our courts collapsed a long time ago. The corruption is beyond comprehension. I was watching a guided debate between Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Scalia. It was someone frightening to listen to their two opposing views of the constitution. It is inconceivable to me that the great minds who crafted our constitution saw liberty as a stagnant concept. But this is what Scalia actually believes. With one hand he says the Founding Fathers recognized that certain things must be taken from the people because they cannot be trusted. The solution was to put prohibitions and limited power in the constitution. On the other hand he then complains that the Supreme Court uses the constitution to overrule the will of the people. This type contradiction is typical of the radical judicial activism coming from the court, on both sides. Justice Breyer denied looking to the ceiling for answers, but I think Justice Scalia made his point in proving the left does in fact look to the ceiling. It was truly frightening.

In my Master’s Thesis - Juridical Methodology - I documented a long history of the Supreme Court shifting under three scenarios, just ahead of public opinion, just after public opinion, and when the states have already experimented with the changes. On this I give Justice Scalia a lot of credit. He clearly stated that if the states want abortion or gay marriage then the courts should stay out of it. The absolute brilliance of our Founding Fathers is found in the latter. By setting up separate states with separate governments and law, the Founding Fathers envisioned a diversity of policies and laws. On the issue of healthcare I think the Founding Fathers clearly envisioned that when such issues come up the states should experiment first and then the national government should adopt the best policies from the various states. I would love to see a Healthcare Bill which gives the states a chance to experiment based on certain minimal requirements, or force the states to accept a national public option.

OKAY, THE ELECTION

The above discussion was about understanding the process of politics and what is happening. One of the Justices recently said that when the Court issues an opinion someone wins and someone loses. He reasoned that no matter how you look at it the Court is setting policy which impacts the winner and the loser. The problem is, has the Supreme Court become the policy maker in the US thereby making the Congress obsolete? It is a fine line - and that fine line is the essence of politics. I am okay with that fine line most of the time.

In today’s politics that fine line has been abolished. Politicians are just outright lying and making fools of the people.

Melissa Zamora forever painted herself as not trustworthy when after winning the election she chose to do consulting work with someone who does business with the city. I believe in redemption. We see that redemption in their acts, and not their words. Mayor Ahumada could maybe redeem himself by simply pleading guilty to some lessor charge which allows him to remain in office. "I screwed up - I panicked after I made the mistake and made things worse." I would not believe him, but a lot of people would. We saw this in the hung jury.

There is a lot of speculation about whether or not John Wood intends to run for County Judge. The first reference I can find to this is in the County Pulse.

http://countypulse.freedomblogging.com/2009/09/25/more-names-popping-up-in-2010-races/741

The Texas Constitution is pretty clear.

"b) If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one (1) year, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled. "TEX. Const. art. XVI, § 65(b)"

Here is some key language in the provision. "such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held." Automatic resignation is key to this. If anyone can produce an affidavit from anyone who is willing to say they gave money to Wood’s campaign based on a representation he is running for County Judge, then the gig is up. It is more than up. If after accepting that money Wood continued to accept a paycheck from the county he would be guilty of theft. The resignation is automatic.

Now we all know that the judges of Cameron County will have nothing to do with enforcing the law. We also know that the esteemed DA would claim no comment and then ignore the controversy.

In terms of the election, if at any time hereafter Wood claims he is running for County Judge, the DA would have an affirmative duty to investigate at what point he held himself out as a candidate. If the evidence shows that Wood continued to accept a paycheck from the county after holding himself out as a candidate for County Judge, he accepted the paycheck while not a county commissioner, and thereby stole from the county. Under these facts he should be criminally prosecuted.

In my mind if Wood at any point hereafter formally announces for County Judge he will carry the claim of stealing from the people. This is Brownsville politics. You see there is no longer a fine line. The line simply does not matter any more.

It does not end there. I am turning over to Ernie Hernandez the check from Enrique Escobedo made out from his BISD account and paid to James Hunter for use in an ad announcing his candidacy for County Commissioner. The Texas Ethics Commission issued sanctions on the issue. Escobedo’s first official act in announcing his candidacy was to lie to the people and illegally use money from one account to announce a candidacy in a different race. In my view if he had intended not to hide his illegal act he would not have made the check out to James Hunter, and James Hunter would not have lied in the ad claiming to have paid for it. We have every reason to believe Enrique Escobedo will be just as unethical as a County Commissioner as he was in announcing his campaign. Again the line did not even matter.

I am disgusted with the up an coming March 2010 primaries. County Judge Cascos better find out what is happening in the Wood matter. If Cascos has evidence Wood has held himself out as a candidate for County Judge then he as an affirmative duty to ban him from Commission meeting as a Commissioner and to stop his paycheck. Wood’s possible actions could end up destroying Wood and Cascos. I will be clear on my position. If on January 2, 2010, Wood announces for County Judge, a grand jury should be convened to determined the exact date he held himself out as a candidate for County Judge. Based on that information if a criminal act of theft by unearned paycheck occurred then an indictment should follow.

SPECIAL NOTE TO A READER

I am not going to recommend one doctor over another. I do not care where you go when you get to the appointment you will have a line of patients waiting to see the doctor. It is no different at the VA. The gastroenterologist I used once in Brownsville was actually good. Yes it is true I did not like how he makes appointments. Everyone is scheduled at the same time and then it is first come first serve. But this is a reality in medicine today.

As to this Brownsville doctor, he proved that the VA gatroenterologists in SA were incompetent . Based on a biopsy he did the VA was ready to remove my colon. (Dysplastic changes in a polyp are not the same as dyplastic changes in the colon wall) I went to the head of gastroenterology at the Dallas VA and he confirmed the Brownsville doctor was correct and the VA doctors in SA were wrong. To restate this, I trust the doctor I used in Brownsville, although I hate the way he schedules his patients.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bobby,

Just wondering if placing a billboard ad in Harlingen, way outside Pct 2 where Wood is commissioner, constitutes announcement of seeking another office?

I would think so, but I'm not sure what constitutes an "announcement of such candidacy..."

Is there a way to find out who paid for that billboard ad?

Anonymous said...

(Here is some key language in the provision. "such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held." Automatic resignation is key to this. If anyone can produce an affidavit from anyone who is willing to say they gave money to Wood’s campaign based on a representation he is running for County Judge, then the gig is up.)

No. You didn't read the AG opinion on the subject. I can understand it in your dire health not wanting to read it or fully understandnig it. It's kind of like an exploratory committee. He isn't saying he is running. He is saying he may run. I know you are sick, but you should read the opinion. It may enlighten you more on the subject. I understand it is just an opinion and subject to further judicial review. Nonetheless it is well worth reading.

BobbyWC said...

Nothing in what I wrote indicates that I ruled out the concept of an exploratory committee. Look at my words, "Held out as a candidate" this is not exploratory.

Affidavit that they gave money to him as a candidate for County Judge is not exploratory.

I get the game, which is why I said once he announces and he will, well maybe, then the people can decide if he played a game.

I believe exploratory can include bumper stickers for example or signs. The key is evidence he has told people he is running, or told people he is not running for pct 2, or has a formal announcement.

The people of Cameron county will see this as a game and playing free and loose with the rules. In this I have no doubt. The only question is, will his opponent have the resources to make the argument to the people.

Bobby WC

to the first post - I believe I can secure a sanction from the Texas Ethics Commission on two pieces of evidence. [1] an affidavit from at least 2 people who heard him say he is not running for pct. 2 [mind you people - this entire statement at this point could be a point blank lie to discredit Wood - hence an affdavit] and [2] an affidavit with a picture of the billboard.

His opponents can use the same information and destroy Wood. Also, once campaign finance reports come out all anyone needs to do is interview all of the big donors and ask - "for what position did you give him the money?" What did you believe at the time you gave hime the money?

This is my view - this is a game being played with the rules - in the end the issue of exploratory committee may be so vague that the law cannot be enforced, unless we have clear black and white affidavits to the contrary.

I do not like politicians who go to lawyers to learn cons ot get around the rules. This is what Escobedo did with James Hunter and it cost him.

This needs to stop - we stop it by denouncing those who are playing it - anyone endorsing either of these idiots is part of the problem and admit by and through their endorsement corruption is something to be over looked.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The billboard states that it was paid by Wood. Having the billboard & bumper stickers that say "John Wood 2010 is not enough to constitute an announcement for another office, however, stating at a public event that he hosted that he was NOT a candidate for Pct 2, while at the same time advertising a political statement as he has, does suggest an announcement. Wood, however, will not resign. It would be up to the DA to pursue this by filing with a district judge an order to remove. This won't happen and we all know why. Wood will not resign & will stay on the payroll. The bigger picture here is that, not only is Wood willing to falsify timesheets, but is also willing to violate election laws and continue with unethical behavior. I am williing to bet money that he will announce for county judge & the money he raised will be used on the campaign for judge. Wood is a typical political opportunist.

BobbyWC said...

Again, my recollection is he was cleared on the timesheets issue.

In this mornings Herald there is an article wherein they are dealing with this in Hidalgo County. The DA is taking action, so the article indicates.

I want to correct you on a point. Cascos can bar Wood from voting in teh meetings and cut off his paycheck if he believes Wood is in violation of the Constitution.

Remember the resignation is automatic - no action by Wood is needed.

What we need is a signed affidavit by somneone who will represent they were present when he said he is not running for pct 2.

I know a con when I see it - I will not be pulling for him in the primaries.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

What is your e-mail address? I would like to forward something to you.

Anonymous said...

Zamora is a joke. I guess she forgot all about the comments she posted about Lucio on the Burka Blog. Hypocrite.

BobbyWC said...

check my profile under contact

Anonymous said...

Melissa Zamora said...
What do you have to say in your defense to this glass half empty colleague?

I'm sorry Mr. Wightman-Cervantes feels that way, but he's entitled to his opinion.

I'm confident that I've addressed the conflict-of-interest concern with my ending the contract with the firm.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I don't think she gets it, does she?

Anonymous said...

"In this mornings Herald there is an article wherein they are dealing with this in Hidalgo County. The DA is taking action, so the article indicates."

The Monitor's reporting that Judge Noe Gonzalez gave the go ahead for its resigned county judge to vote for his replacement. Can you believe that? Judge Gonzalez said he couldn't stop the resigned politician from abstaining. He didn't see the corrpution or the conflict of interest. What kind of moron judge is he if he can't understand simple procedure that if he resigned he can't vote no more? Isn't this the kind of political and judcial corruption that has to stop?

BobbyWC said...

I agree she does not get it. Just the way she phrased the question "half empty." It is a negative statement which has no connection to the complaint.

It almost implies we should ignore what happened because she is doing greater things. Sorry it does not work that way.

I remain convinced redemption is possible. I have told her that the key to her success is staying very connected to her constituents. Camarillo made some pretty bad mistakes, but he survived in part because he is very tight with his constituents.

In the end people know what they know - these type mistakes will not matter to her constituents if on election day they personally know her.

This is a good thing and a bad thing.

Oh yes, she did explaint her position. She chose to do business with someone who has contracts with the city. She got caught. She gave up the contract. End of story - nothing to explain.

The half empty defense is not a sign of understanding or an intent to seek redemption.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

(It almost implies we should ignore what happened because she is doing greater things. Sorry it does not work that way.

I remain convinced redemption is possible.)

I don't understand what you mean by that? Isn't that redemption to forgive and forget the mistake just because she did bigger and greater things? Seems to me that is exactly how redemption works.

Anonymous said...

You are wrong Bobby. Melissa did not make the half empty statement. She was responding to someone who stated that on her blog.

BobbyWC said...

I checked teh entire string of posts and found the entire discussion confusing- VA hopistal AIDS - I was totally lost.

So I stand corrected.

As to Redemption - the film caused a stir because it made light of the concept.

Moving on to better things is important - but a true acknowledgement of the mistake is also necessary - but it like I said - no one will care - if by the time of her reelection she is connected to her constituents - no one will care what happened during the first few weeks of her tenure.

What will matter is watchdogs and people who hate her for no apparent reason will look for every mistake to create an imagine of pattern and practice.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about there are no watchdogs in Brownsville? No one hates her except maybe you. In light of your misinterpretation of what she said, would you still say, "Oh yes, she did explaint her position. She chose to do business with someone who has contracts with the city. She got caught. She gave up the contract. End of story - nothing to explain." Are you saying she did not fully explain the situation and that she is not fully sorry or remorseful for her actions?

For someone who cares about facts like you do, it surprises me you wouldn't have attempted to look at her response in context by looking first at her blog instead of taking your anony's post at face value. Italics matter. The entire discussion is not confusing at all because it has nothing to do with the VA. Before I forget, you don't ride a Harley motorcycle, do you?

Anonymous said...

What did she write on the Burka Blog?

BobbyWC said...

I have no idea what the Burka blog is - but I think the greater point is she promoted similar discussion on her blog.

As to the other issue it is clear the poster is trying to start a blogger war- which then leaves the regulars with full knowledge as to who the poster is.

Here are real facts. When a poster tried to use incomplete facts on the story I refused to play along and in fact refused to investigate when it became clear to instigator was more about trying to settle a personal score with MZ than getting to real facts. I was then attacked for covering up the story.

During the campaign I refused to allow the BV to be used as a place of personal attack against MZ - I was accused of covering up for her - the fact I do not allow those kind of attacks on anyone did not seem to matter.

From this the poster states everyone likes her but me. yes it is true - it is so obvious from the facts.

Why else would I have declared her the winner in the spat with Sorry Charlie Atkinson? Because I hate her.

Again, none of this will matter next election so long as she has a strong connection to her constituents - as I said this is what saved Camarillo even with his mistakes.

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

Sorry I missed the comment on Judge Gonzalez. I do not honestly know the answer to the question. I have not read the briefs, but can imagine a conflicting statute in the election code which allows for the vote.

I simply do not know the answer. If it were here in Brownsville I would go pull the briefs and read the respective arguments. I am not driving to Hidalgo County.

I will see what I can find out. Again sorry I missed your comment

Bobby WC