Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another example of the Herald showing just how little ethics matters in journalism.  I cannot speak to the accuracy of Cascos claims because I have not seen them.  But unlike Emma if I knew them I would check the campaign finance reports to see if they are true and then report based on the facts and not the allegations.

How do I know - in the case of Joe Rivera it is a mere allegation.  In the case of Luci Longoria the TEC has already opened the investigation into her criminal conduct which has been verified.  It is a crime for her to use the word Reelect.  She is not seeking reelection to her current position.  But the Herald not only devoid of ethics by refusing the story, aids Luci Longoria in her criminal conduct by continuing to print her ads with the term Reelect.

Isn't that nice.

Then to top it off - Emma quotes Cascos as caring about ethics while helping him to violate the rules of ethics as laid out by the TEC.

The TEC has made clear candidates are not to use their investigations, pending a final result, to promote their campaigns.   I guess Cascos is above the rules of ethics when he has the Emma as his hitman

From the TEC

"The use of the statements “a sworn complaint has been filed against Candidate A” or “the Texas Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint against Candidate A” are improper attempts to mislead the public"

It is clear to anyone who cares about ethics, Cascos in running to the Herald proved ethics matters not.

Further the Herald proves it does not care about ethics when it continues to aid Luci Longoria in her criminal conduct by using the word Reelect.

Let me begin with, I just called the AG's office to let them know Cameron County complied last week - to the extent it could.  The AG Administrative Assistant got a good laugh with me when I explained that Dylbia Jeffries claimed that she could not produce the 12 month report on the number of cases filed in the JP courts because the county's accounting system works on a Bakers dozen - meaning 13.  The AG will now drop my request.

If my readers remember it took the AG ordering Chris Davis to release the signed statements concerning all of the broken seals on the ballot bags during the primaries.  We will never know the true result of that election.  Where was Mary Helen Flores of CAVA, dead silent.  Ballots bags in large numbers came in with broken seals and it meant nothing to Mary Helen Flores of CAVA.

I have successfully secured information from BISD, COB, TSC, and the county through a request for enforcement with the AG. The entire process is a joke and the blame goes to Greg Abbott.  It is his office making it easy and in fact permissible for governmental agencies to ignore open records requests.

The Texas Ethics Commission is no better.  Luci Longoria knows that she is engaging in criminal conduct by using the word "reelect".  DA Saenz will not stop her by prosecuting her.  We all know of that private meeting she had with him - remember I was there when she walked in.

Mary Esther Garcia, [I wonder if she will bring the same level of contempt for criminal statutes to her job as a JP?] Pete Avila, and Alex Dominguez all violated the same criminal provision, and all the TEC did was say - please do not do it again.

There is a reason we have so much corruption.  It is a system which says based on discretion the DA does not have to prosecute select wrongdoers.  This is sad and an indictment on our values as a community that we put up with it.

Where else could Luci Longoria openly engage in criminal conduct while the DA looks on with disinterest?  The is Texas and Cameron county - so get use to it - nothing will ever change.

Monday, September 29, 2014


It really gets under my skin when the handful of people who just troll the blogs to make moronic statements complain when a blogger does not post, or the story is not what they want to read.


Get a life - we as bloggers owe you nothing. You have no Free Speech Rights with us - we are not the government. I hate when people come on to this blog to complain someone is not blogging or trashing a story without a substantive complaint.

When you have tried to develop sources and to get elected officials or top administrators to trust you, you will begin to know how hard it can be on some days to develop a story.

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Good luck finding a competent attorney in this town - not going to happen. This is what happens when the practice of law is reduced to idiots winging it because they know the judges will just do what they want to do anyway.

Refresher:  Tad Hasse sued Frank Morris to force his removal as the chair of the Republican Party of Cameron County.  Hasse flying blind went into court without any knowledge of the law and then yelled foul against Judge Murray for not following his non-existent knowledge of the law.

Hasse then hired a lawyer who thinks looking pretty and having a cute smile is all it takes to win with Judge Murray.  His lawyer having zero knowledge of how things work repeatedly told Hasse he did not know why Judge Murray was not signing the Order denying his Temporary Injunction.  Hasse's lawyer was unaware of the oldest trick in the book.  The winning lawyer rarely submits an order Denying the other side's motion if that order means an appeal.  So Hasse's lawyer sat in his office smiling in bewilderment as to what to do.

So he decides to file a Motion for Rehearing.  He tells the court there is a statute which governs the meaning of signed in terms of electronic signatures and that therefor the court should sign an order removing Frank Hasse from office because he in fact resigned.

Only one problem - Hasse's lawyer in effect told Judge Murray the statute was Top Secret and he could not tell Judge Murray which statute he was referring to.  Also because the statute is Top Secret, Hasse's lawyer chose not to tell Judge Murray how under the facts this Top Secret statute applies.

Given this reality is it any wonder Judge Murray on Friday signed an order with the following notation.

09/26/2014  Journal Entry
Order emailed to parties w Judge Murray's email re Pltf's Req for Rehearing (denied). M MURRAY/krb
And there you have it, the blind leading the blind.

Tad Hasse's lesson of course is, dumbass, you cannot just wing life and hope for the best.  Republican Tad Hasse hopefully [not really] has learned knowledge actually matters and the Republican mantra of "if you have knowledge you are a homosexual communist" finally caught up with his backwater ignorant ideas.  It is time you convert Hasse my man, or remain hopelessly ignorant.

This is a double recipe.

There must have been too much light in the kitchen because this chicken is actually golden because of the olive oil.

You begin by roasting a chicken to your liking.  I rub mine with olive oil, and then season with salt and Tones Rosemary Garlic.

I started this chicken this morning so it would have time to cool.  I will then pull all of the meat off and put it in a bowl.  I will take the skin, bones and whatever is left and boil it for a broth for about 30 minutes.  I then freeze it for a while so the fat goes to the top and I can skim it off.

Peel your potatoes in advance.  I also use the baby carrots.  You need about 2 cups maybe a bit more cut into chunks.  I steam mine in the microwave with a bit of the chicken broth on the bottom.  I mix in the carrots at the same time.  I steam them to about 3/4 of the way cooked.

In large pan melt 12 tablespoons of butter and then slowly blend in 12 tablespoons flour, 2 tsp salt and 1/4 of black pepper.  Simmer on low heat constantly stirring.  Bring to low boil.

Blend in 3 cups of the fresh chicken broth and two cups milk.  I use 2%.  Stir until all blended.

Then put in partially cooked potatoes and broken up chicken  - on the chicken use about 2 cups or more.  You should have some chicken left over for chicken salad.  I eye it so that the mixture of chicken and potatoes work with the amount of gravy. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.  They should be nearly cooked when you add them.  Then add a can of drained peas.

Serve over hot biscuits.


I will begin with the positive - since unlike Cesar's ad there is positive.  No one expects a political ad to not contain spin.  They all contain spin.  Luci took my advice and is now offering to give any money she gets from the lawsuit to the teachers for supplies.  It has been well over a month since I challenged the Board to commit the potential $14.3 million from the Healthsmart lawsuit to the teachers and students, and Cesar Lopez has done what he does best - nothing.  It is now too late Luci got the jump on him.

The ad without unnecessary distractions tackles the issues as Luci sees them.  This is all fair game and how ads should read.

The big negative is in her misleading statement of over $400,000 to defend her lawsuit, she fails to understand that the voters can figure out that without her lawsuit, the students and teachers would have $400,000 more to spent on supplies.

This is all for naught - Cesar Lopez does not get it.  He will allow Otis Powers to advice him into being removed from the  Board by the voters.  Cesar Lopez may never realize Otis Powers is working for Luci and Cata.  The question is, what do they have on him?

When it comes to campaigns Cata for everything she does not know, could out campaign Otis Powers and his lemmings from the grave.  Otis is too arrogant to see this and will again find himself on the losing side.  He fails to understand whatever promises Cata made to him will mean nothing if she gets the 4 vote majority without his vote.

This and the following post are not about who is better for the school district, but about whose ad is most effective.
I give Cesar Lopez's ad a "D" - and I am being generous.  It is a bit misleading because Luci Longoria by herself is not suing BISD for $2 million dollars.  The print in the ad is so small very few people will read it.  I only read it because I wanted to do this post.  Finally, people scan ads - particularly when they have small print.  For the person scanning the ad this is what they will see.  "Suing BISD for $2 million dollars - Cesar Lopez."
It is clear whomever is advising him in his campaign is the same person who has overseen every failed campaign in the past for Rick Zayas, Otis Powers [remember he lost to Cata and then beet Arge Miller - he could not beat a Latina - he will learn this in 2 years] and others.
Nothing in his ads tells the readers Luci using "ReElect" is a crime or that Luci lied in her previous ad about him being on the Board in July 2013.
Unless Judge Hanen does his job now and dismisses Cata and Luci's lawsuit, there is no pathway to victory for Cesar Lopez.
A note to the readers:  The voters do not read the blogs - Montoya and Barton may post made up numbers to fool the saps but when reality kicks in considering the number of voters and the readership of the blogs, virtually no one in Brownsville knows about the election coverage in the blogs.  At best in a very tight race the blogs might influence the results.
It is inconceivable to me that anyone who has watched the civil rights movement grow and mature would not know, the more we regulate speech to control one group, the more we divide our community.
A federal court of appeals opinion from the 9th circuit while seemingly in compliance with Supreme Court precedence, is in fact an example of how judges will take a legal concept and extend it to the point of absurdity to justify their own agenda.

The basic law is pretty clear, schools can regulate student speech if the focus of the regulation of the speech is student safety.

But let me ask you, in today's world if the Christian Right were to start trouble over a gay organization on campus, to include threats against the gay students does anyone believe the 9th circuit would ban the gay organization in the interests of student safety.

The problem with the 9th circuit's opinion is quite simple.  You ban political speech if anyone in opposition to said political speech threatens violence over the speech.  This is a very, very dangerous path.  I can only hope the Supreme Court on a united front 9 zip reverses the 9th circuit.

Our students would be better served if the school district did more to bring the different groups together.  But silencing the speech of one group will only serve to create an even bigger divide among the students.


Students wearing U.S. flags on their shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014


I will have a complete story on Monday or Tuesday - I am just trying to verify the spelling of the name of a particular cardiologist.

To keep this short my cardiologist called over to Valley Baptist to see if they could do a quick heart blood enzyme test.  I was then going to do a follow up with my VA cardiologist.  The cardiologist team at the VA Harlingen may be the best in the LRGV.

After getting to Valley Baptist I was ignored for over 4 hours.  Clearly they did not see an emergency.  The emergency room doctor then tells me, before he even listens to my heart and lungs, or does the blood work I need to be admitted for an emergency cardio cath.  My cardiologist saw no need. 

I tell him to do the blood work first and then I will decide.  After several hours the nurse tells me the VA had approved the procedure and that I was being admitted.  She could not tell me anything about the test results.  Thursday night when I met the first and only cardiologist I saw I would have walked out, but for the fact it was about 10:45 p.m.  You see maybe 2 years ago, although I made the appointment with Jaime Silva, I saw this doctor instead.  I never saw Jaime Silva.  A report of the test results was prepared for the VA. 

The first thing my VA doctor and I noticed was, whoever the report was for, it was not for me.  My entire medical history was wrong along with some other identifying information.  Other than my name, nothing appeared accurate.  If they had my medical history wrong, why would we believe the report was otherwise accurate?  Nothing in my medical history then and Thursday night had changed except now he was recommending an emergency cardio cath.  I was tired so I stayed to speak with the cardiologist who had agreed to do the procedure on Friday.  The one I saw no longer does the procedure because of over exposure to radiology.  My research shows he is 58, but he looked like he was in his late 70's.  This is why I need to verify his name.

They kept me up all night long doing the same testing over and over again.  One time they came within 5 minutes of one another for more blood work - which meant poking me again.  Short of a true medical emergency I should not be given blood thinners.  My colon is subject to bleeding which is made a lot worse by blood thinners.  This cardiologist had my medical history and with no indicator for blood thinners ordered two very painful injections into my abdomen.

Anyway Friday pasted with more and more tests, with no one willing to tell me what was happening, other than they could not do the procedure because the VA had in fact not approved anything.  About 2 p.m. I was told they had the approval and the doctor was on his way.  When I was leaving the nurse told me she informed Dr. Gomez of the approval at 11 a.m. and was surprised he had not seen me because he had been up on the floor several times.

At 4:15 they told me the doctor wanted me to remain in the hospital, with no evidence of a problem, until he could get to me on Monday.  I was done.  There was clearly no emergency - just billing fraud.

I will be filing a formal complaint with the billing fraud section at the VA. 

Until Tenet Healthcare is no longer the owner of Valley Baptist, it will take me being forced into Valley Baptist before I go back.  It was all fraud.  The cardiologist who saw me at night goes to VB to convince people they need to allow first Jaime Silva to do cardio caths and if you reject Jaime Silva he then tells you Jaime Gomez.  Jaime Gomez is the one who never saw me and tried to get me to hold over until next week while they continued to bill the taxpayers.

I said enough is enough.  They had me sign a statement I was leaving against medical advice even though they had no record by any doctor supporting the claim.  Valley Baptist is about holding people for billing fraud based on fear.

These pictures are from my room in the telemetry unit - this means heart monitoring.

This is the proof that Tenet Healthcare cares not about what is happening in its Brownsville facility.  This is what happens when the VA gives exclusive contracts to certain entities.  The same is happening with its new exclusive contract with TRI-West.  It is time the VA end its contract with Valley Baptist.
Under TRI-West veterans are being denied outside care while TRI-West tries to find doctors who will agree to their billing.  Before TRI-West we could go to any doctor willing to bill Medicare rates. We have now lost our outside doctors, and in fact cannot get outside care because TRI-West cannot find specialists who are willing to work under their terms.  TRI-West's profits are more important than the care of veterans.
With TRI-West good luck calling the person assigned to you.  You will always get voice mail and they do not return calls.  Good luck using their complaint system.  It is designed to keep you from filing a complain.  If you want them to read your complaint you must limit the words otherwise it is so small they cannot read it.  Then you must wait for them to receive it in the mail, and then another 7 days for them to investigate.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Brownsville beats the world for novelties, but the inventive faculties of her people are exercised on a specialty: controversy is our forte. Conspiracies, vast and vacuous, have sinuously infiltrated the city’s history.

Its inhabitants are well versed in the idiosyncrasies of this border town’s racial past and veritable experts on everything from corporate duplicity to political deception to media doublespeak.
Perception is reality when it comes to the public’s trust. Our county and city commissioners are little more than abstractions, names and faces on billboards and storefront posters at election time.
It seems a pity that intersections are blocked with big, ugly signs advertising big, ugly candidates.
In Brownsville, politics is just showbiz for the cosmetically challenged. Its a strife of special interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Money remains the mother’s milk of local politics, no matter how hard you try to keep venal rascals like County Judge Carlos Cascos and his chief of staff Chris Valadez off the teat.

With the tumult and political intrigue that characterize life along a riverfront where there’s always a fiesta, people are still asking themselves the same questions following weeks in which every decision these Republican roisterers made left even the most sophisticated devotees of local politics scratching their heads in befuddled amazement.

In recent days the only positive thing anyone could say about them is that at least they haven’t been enmeshed in the percolating raises-for-votes scandal surrounding newly created temporary positions.
Valadez’s promotion from Republican dirty trickster to chief of staff is typical of what patronage politics has become: no regard for qualifications, flagrant discrimination and brazen implementation.
These political end runs were identical to the sleazy maneuvers employed in the past decade through an administrative review process heavily skewed in favor of elected officials and well-connected Democrats.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (in the Rutan decision of 1990) that party affiliation could not be used as the basis for hiring and promotions.

Try telling that to Carlos Cascos and Human Resources Director Arnold Flores.

Not only have Cascos’ decisions defied logic, they have been presented for public consumption in a manner that can only be described as exclusionary power politics. His politically motivated diversion of public resources to settle a catty billboard beef is an example of his political tin ear.

This malicious ruse could be viewed by some in the community as another red herring set in motion with the clear intention of continuing to distract from the real issues — accountability flaws, financial manipulations, influence-buying scandals, inaccessibility and the misappropriation of public funds.
For someone who is supposed to be politically savvy, banking on re-election, former Democrat Carlos Cascos has done nothing but embarrass himself. It’s as if the serial smoocher has gone politically tone deaf with his message of kiss-up conservatism.

Rather than raising our property taxes to increase his political fortunes by providing raises and Christmas bonuses to all county employees weeks before the election, shouldn’t he be using his considerable puckering skills to kiss up his friends, relatives and neighbors who will again be pulling the Democrat palanca?

Ramon de Leon


A friend asked that I point out three things.  Over four years including the cost of the new office, the taxpayers are looking at near $800,000 to fund the welfare queen Mary Esther Garcia.

Two, given there was no possibility that Carlos Cascos would do the right thing and stop this misappropriation of nearly $800,000 over 4 years, to what end did Sofie Benavides and Mary Esther Garcia pay Montoya for the attack?  Answer - raw psychotic anger - or maybe it was Louis Sorola defending his welfare queen.

Third, given the fact Montoya does nothing more the repeat the same distractions and lies he has posted over and over again, which have accomplished him nothing, why do it again.  In effect he is admitting his nonsense has had no effect, so he is going for a fourth strike having failed to learn the lesson of the third strike.


Mary Esther Garcia's mommy dearest Sofie Benavides does not get it, I am not an elected official.  You basically have to have syphilis on the brain to attack a disabled vet to justify your daughter living off of the public tit.  I do live in mommy dearest's precinct.  The next year and a half before the primaries should be interesting.

In a billion years I never would have guessed an elected official would pay a drunk to call a disabled vet a welfare queen.  The set up was too easy.  You see on Sunday I was told Montoya was told to lay off or else he would lose current ads.  Where would be the fun in that?  The readers want his nonsense and lies which turns the voters away from the people who advertise with him. I pushed as hard as I could - with facts by the way and not lies - and got the response I expected from an unsupervisable drunk..

I will say on everything important to me, including Bela, Montoya simply lies when he says I have a 100% rating with the VA.  It is simply a lie.  What is bizarre is, he says he was not able to learn the information, but knows anyway.

Montoya's problem is he goes to losers like Louis Sorola, Alex Dominguez, Alex Begum and Luis Saenz for the law which is why he is always wrong.

The below graphic shows how much of your money is going to fund Mary Esther Garcia's welfare off the public tit for a job which is not needed.  Only in Cameron county could the number of cases to be heard by the courts go down and a county commissioners daughter gets a job as a new judge.  We deserve what we get.  Carlos Cascos being the fake fiscal conservative goes along so he can get the votes he wants on other issues.

These numbers do not include the cost of her new office

Oscar X. Garcia paid Montoya to attack me and defend his decision to not defend veterans against Montoya's attempt to invade the right of privacy of veterans. 
Juan Magallanes when told about the problem ran to defend veterans - he did not have to think twice.  Not Oscar X. Garcia he ran to Montoya to insure a full-fledged attack on me and all disabled veterans.
The ruling Montoya sought from the AG had no impact on me - he still went with a bunch of lies and attacks anyway.
Oscar X. Garcia is so devoid of honor he did not care if his actions in funding Montoya did injury to every veteran in the State of Texas.  We can expect the pig to cut another check for another attack.  Even the indicted Rick Perry should hang his head in shame for appointing this pig to the bench.
Through actions as voters you must look at the candidates.  What does Oscar X. "the Pig" Garcia tell you about himself when he is willing to go to such extremes?  There are no limits to how far he will go for power.  Is this who you believe is your best choice for judge?  If it is, you deserve to be conned.  And shame on every Republican who votes for him.  Not a one of you deserve the respect of veterans.
Now that we are done with the single worse season of "Big Brother" and "Survivor" Nicaragua has started, better weather is ahead.
I will be at the VA most of the day in cardiology and being fitted for a harness.  I will meet with some veterans to guide them in the process.  Oscar X. Garcia and Carlos Cascos will be a big topic.
The VA has an online system known as MyhealtheVet.  It allows veterans to manage their healthcare online to include prescriptions, electronic appointments with their doctor, and access to their medical records to name a few things.  For example my doctor and I online without a formal appointment just handled my needs based on the last endo work-up.
I have set up several WWII and Korean War veterans and their children with the system.  The children are grateful.  They now manage their parents healthcare on line.  For example if a problem develops they send a secure message to their parent's doctor and it can then be taken care of without a formal appointment.  They renew medications.  They download medical records.  For the children this is important.  It gives them a sense of control over their parent's medical care.
I went to Carlos Cascos and asked if the county would help organize a workshop for the older veterans and their children so that we could now on a large basis do what I have done for about 20 or so families.  After he said sure, I never heard from him again.
Your support for veterans is not in your words but your actions.  Carlos Cascos pays a drunk to trash disabled veterans - his words have been heard.
I know several Vietnam veterans who have a drinking problem who are on 100% VA disability.  So why does Montoya not use the VA for teeth, counselling for alcoholism, and healthcare?  Why is he not on a 100% disability like his fellow Vietnam veterans with drinking problems.  It is time we find out.  For the record, I have helped Vietnam veterans convert less than honorable discharges to honorable so they can get help for their drinking problem.  It is unacceptable what Vietnam did to so many veterans only to have the military pour salt on to those injuries.  I have stood with each and everyone of these veterans who have come to me for help.
Okay laps and then "Perry Mason"
Before Saenz paid Montoya to run cover for him in the Gus Reyna matter, he reported there was alcohol involved according to the female victim.  Now DA Luis Saenz in a free fall panic over bad press once he had his staff convince the grand jury to no bill Gus Reyna, calls on Montoya to print a bogus press release. 
From Saenz:
"In this case, the inaccurate information did not affect the course or outcome of the purpose of prosecution under Penal Code 37.10(f).


 Based on the facts and the applicable laws, Chief Reyna did not commit a criminal violation in not calling the police and in giving the wrong collision location to Sheriff Lucio.
The Grand Jury was informed of said investigation and findings."
If we are to believe Montoya about the alcohol, Saenz is then saying not calling the police and keeping them from testing Gus Reyna for alcohol had no impact on the investigation.  Other than Saenz no one is buying.
For the record, a No Bill is not Double Jeopardy.   DPS, which is looking at Saenz for obstruction of justice, the Texas Rangers, or the Texas AG can bring the case back to the grand jury and Saenz cannot stop them.
If I say anything more Saenz will be able to ID the complainant.  Trust me if you want to avoid criminal prosecution suck up to Saenz or be one of his staff or buddies.
It is not disputed that Luci Longoria in violation of Texas Election Code 255.006, a class A misdemeanor, continues to use Reelect.  Why?  Because she knows the hopelessly corrupt DA Saenz will take no action to enforce the law.  At least Mary Esther and Pete Avila took immediate action to correct their violation of the law.
Not Luci, she continues to thumb her nose at the law with the full support of DA Saenz.
Carlos Elizondo is telling people he is not responsible for the company he keeps.  He tells his fellow firefights he is not responsible for his association with Cata and Luci.
If Carlos Elizondo refuses to take responsibility for his actions now, why should we believe he will take responsibility for his actions as a Trustee.
Carlos Elizondo as an EMS fire fighter is so pathetic he is actually helping to fund Montoya's drinking without any regard for your safety and welfare while you drive.  In Carlos' mind you being hit by a drunk is good for his business.  Montoya has no fewer than 4 DWI arrests.  Carlos Elizondo as an EMS firefighter is okay keeping such a man in his beer.
Carlos you cannot run from the company you keep.
My company - disabled vets - such as tomorrow as I help several in Harlingen.  My company - families in need.  My company - UTEP students who will benefit from my estate which will be in excess of a $250,000. My entire estate is set to go to the general scholarship fund at UTEP.  For the idiots out there, I have no access to my retirement until age 65.
I am proud of the company I keep, are you Carlito?

This is the Republican Party of Carlos Cascos and Oscar X. Garcia, doing what ever it takes to silence the voice of the people.

""Once again a court has stepped up to safeguard the vote for thousands of Ohioans who want to participate in the midterm election free of obstruction," said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. "This decision protects the people's voice at the polls and the integrity of our elections."
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A Republican controlled Supreme Court basically eviscerated the landmark legislation known as the Voting Rights Act.  Then their peers in the State Legislatures moved in to take away our right to vote in a meaningful way.

If you vote Republican in November you deserve to lose your right to vote.  It's that simple.

You are the company you keep.  Carlos Cascos and Oscar X. Garcia are with those seeking to limit your right to vote, invading the right of privacy of disabled veterans and funding the calling of disabled veterans welfare queens.  Carlos Cascos and Oscar X. Garcia have no shame. 

Given their decision to pay someone to trash disabled vets, it blows my mind even a Republican could vote for them.

"“Essentially, there could be 51 out of 85,000 forms that were turned in by law that could be invalid. That’s the story,” Abrams said. “Our reaction has been fairly aggressive because to suggest as he did in that letter that we were engaged in something that was nefarious was not only wrong on its face, it had the very real effect of trying to stymie registration through our organization.”

If these numbers are correct, of the voter registration cards filed by this Democratic affiliated  organization only .0006 of them may be fraudulent.  Do you begin to see how the claim of voter fraud is now being used to keep the wrong people from voting?

"But on September 9, the group received a broad subpoena from the office of the Georgia secretary of state, Republican Brian Kemp, as part of an investigation into the group stemming from evidence of fraudulent registration applications. Kemp’s office also sent a letter to county election officials in Georgia’s 159 counties warning that a  “preliminary investigation has revealed significant illegal activities.”

What does Republican Kemp consider significant? 

"At the State Elections Board meeting, Kemp’s office stated that there were 25 forms that are not valid and another 26 that are suspect. Kemp’s chief investigator, Chris Harvey, acknowledged that the New Georgia Project has been helpful in identifying the problematic forms."

You got it? - so far only 25 out of 85,000 + have been determine to be not valid.  According to Republican Kemp that means significant.  I think he has had too much Republican math and vocabulary in school.  This would mean .0003 % of the registration cards are bad.  I call that damn good work at an integrity level.  But according to Republican Kemp it is "significant illegal activity."


Georgia law requires that they turn in what they know to be fraudulent registration cards.  Do you get the impression Georgia Republicans wrote this law this way to insure they could later claim fraud?

"Abrams is quick to point out, however, that her group is required by law to turn in every application they collect, even if it contains errors. “If the form says Mickey Mouse registered in Anaheim, California, we have to turn that form in,” Abrams said in an interview with Newsweek last week.
That’s why she’s calling the investigation a witch hunt. ”There was no way to win. And that’s what this really resembles,” Abrams said. “We were being told if you follow the law, you were wrong. And if you didn’t follow the law, you’re wrong.”  
Voter fraud is important.  But what we now have is, the voter fraud is in the Republicans and other self anointed saints using intimidation tactics, like this and or saying people they think are mentally ill by appearance should not be allowed to vote [right Mary Helen Flores].
It is not about respecting the vote, it is about respecting the voter.  I have spent nearly 20 years fighting these bogus claims by Mary Helen Flores that she and her organization get to decide if someone should be allowed to vote, or whether or not they are competent to make their own decisions.  I have worked voter registration education projects to get people to register and vote.
I worked with the legislature for stiffer penalties against ballot harvesting.
At the end of the day, a few fraudulent votes is better than denying 85,000 people their right to vote.
The idea of voter fraud has reached the point of being misguided and in fact a means to deny people their right to vote without endless harassment.


"See Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas Opinions 530 and 540.  Also see Rule 1.06(c)

 Attorney Dan Sanchez is a County Commissioner for Cameron County.  He has an active law practice in the Cameron County Courts.  I did an open records request for evidence of his compliance with Opinions 530 and 540, to include evidence of the waivers of conflict of interest, and consent from the county to represent clients in Cameron County courts.  Cameron County Attorney Dylbia Jefferies responded on September 23, 2014, stating there were no waivers on file by the clients or by the county."
The above if the exact wording of my State Bar complaint against both attorneys.
I talked about this issue during the election and specifically the Dallas case when Alex Dominguez tried to make an issue of Leo Lopez voting on matters  concerning his wife.  Alex has been real quiet about Sofie Benavides voting on matters concerning her daughter - I'm shocked.
Cameron county elected officials take pride in thumping their nose at the FBI and DOJ when it comes to corruption.  It is truly quite amazing.
Everyone wants to claim credit for taking down Limas and Villalobos, when the truth be known they remained silent during the entire mess - isn't that right Oscar X. Garcia?
We either want to clean up our courts or we do not.  I was attacked by Montoya for my work against Villalobos and will be attacked on this one as soon as the check clears.  Let's see if Oscar X. Garcia is willing to do his job and demand that Dan Sanchez and Alex Dominguez prove compliance with Opinions 530 and 540 before he allows them to continue practicing in his court.  Do not hold your breath - he will not.  Oscar X. Garcia is all lies.  He is not fighting the corruption because he is part of it.

 Attorney who is a county commissioner would violate Rule 1.06(b)(2) by representing a private client in any justice, statutory county, or district courts in that county in the absence of effective consent by all affected or potentially affected clients as required by Rule 1.06(c). This conflict of interest also applies to all attorneys associated with the Attorney’s law firm."

 It is a conflict of interest under Rule 1.06(b)(2) for a lawyer who is a county judge to represent a private client in any justice of the peace, statutory county courts, and district courts in that county. Under Rule 1.06(f) this conflict of interest also extends to all lawyers associated with the private law firm in which the county judge practices. The county judge and lawyers associated with his law firm can accept or continue such representation only upon compliance with the requirements of Rule 1.06(c), which includes the consent of the private client and the county to the representation after full disclosure of the existence, nature, implications, and possible adverse consequences of the conflict of interest."
An open records request to the county show Commissioners Sanchez and Dominguez are not in compliance.
Today if he so chooses, DA Saenz can order all of his ADA's to file a motion to show authority to represent in all cases involving Dan Sanchez and Alex Dominguez.  If they fail to show compliance with 530 and 540, the judge has no choice but to remove them as counsel of record.
Will Saenz do his job? - not a chance in hell.  He is too busy trying to spew is his merde.
Someone asked me yesterday if I take seriously the claims Saenz is trying to indict me on trumped up charges?  I said - never no mind to me, the $250,000 the county will pay to settle the civil rights claim will not hurt my retirement.  Hey Luis, when will you and Cascos get it that Cris cannot stop running his mouth?  With me behind the criminal complaint concerning Begum and Saenz, such an act by Saenz would be suicidal which is why I am ignoring the rumor.
For the record any attorney who is opposing counsel in a civil case can also file the same motion.
The entire point of 530 and 540 is to stop undue influence over the judges by attorneys.  In the case of Cameron county we have 2 lawyer commissioners voting on matters involving judges while they practice law before those judges.  We also have a commissioner whose daughter will soon take the bench as a judge.  This commissioner is also voting on matters involving judges.
Who can possibly defend any of this?  This is why our judges are so corrupt.  As a policy, Cameron county needs to follow the lead of other counties and never authorize commissioners to practice law before Cameron county judges.  We all know that will not happen.  They will all cut deals spending taxpayer money and then all will be fine in corruptville.
Every judge today has the legal authority to send out a notice of a hearing for Dan Sanchez and Alex Dominguez to show compliance with 530 and 540 and thereby legal authority to represent their clients.  They will not.  Our sitting judges will continue to do business in an unethical and corrupt way until they too face indictment.  They simply do not know better.
We will not hold our breath.
It is not enough that the taxpayers will suffer a tax increase, but they must also fund the biggest welfare queen in Cameron county.  Carlos Cascos is a fraud when it comes to fiscal responsibility if it means not being able to cut a deal.
Last week I filed a request for an Attorney General enforcement action against Cameron county.   Yesterday I received incomplete and in fact bogus information from Cameron county concerning my request.  If I do not receive the correct information today I will send off another letter to the enforcement section at the AG's office.
My request was simple.  I wanted to know how much has been allotted to fund the new JP court 2-3.  I also wanted to know how many truancy cases were filed in JP courts 2-1 and 2-2 over a twelve month period, and the total number of cases filed in each court over the same 12 month period.  This was to establish a percentage.  The percentage by itself is what I actually requested.
The deal is done - all truancy cases will be moved to municipal court, thereby reducing the number of cases filed in any given year in JP courts 2-1 and 2-2 by about 569 cases.  I say about 569 cases because I must estimate the number based on the erroneous number provided by the county.
The issue of truancy, and special needs and LEP students is becoming a major issue.  Lawsuits are being filed all over the country.  In the case of Texas several civil rights groups have now filed a formal complaint with the DOJ.
"Advocacy groups file DOJ complaint claiming truancy enforcement at Dallas area districts violates civil rights of disabled and LEP students"
... .
"The complaint, filed by Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights of Texas, and the National Center for Youth Law with DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, charges that the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and the nearby districts in Garland, Mesquite, and Richardson are using “inconsistent and inflexible” attendance polices that violate the civil rights of students with disabilities and limited English proficiency.  Dallas ISD is further alleged to have violated the civil rights of pregnant students in prosecuting truancy."
"Only Texas and Wyoming prosecute truancy cases in adult courts.  The Texas policy stems from 2001, when the Legislature transferred “Failure to Attend School” cases to adult courts. -"
The problem with truancy courts extends beyond Texas.  "On Monday, the Rhode Island ACLU filed Boyer v. Jeremiah, a class-action lawsuit challenging the extremely troubling practices of Rhode Island's truancy court. "  The was a couple of years ago.
I can go on, but I think my readers understand that truancy has become a complex constitutional issue which is why you must have an attorney as a judge and not a high school graduate who has taken a few courses at TSC.  It does not end there.  If the COB and BISD decide to just rotate these cases among the various part-time municipal judges, the program will fail.  For what they pay a part-time municipal judge, the judge is not going to take the time to study up on all the constitutional trappings associated with truancy court.  There must be a strong partnership between the judge, the students and parents, and BISD.  This would mean one full-time judge to handle not only all truancy cases but all class "C" criminal cases involving youth which are sent to municipal case.
The COB and BISD will have one shot at getting this right before an organization like Appleseed comes in an files a complaint.  Disability Rights of Texas has already been to municipal court at my request in a case involving a disabled child wherein we were able to prove the principal falsified a complaint against the child.  The principal also claimed a non-existed protective order against the father to justify his conduct.  The child had the charges dismissed.  Naturally, Carl Montoya ran cover for the principal.
My readers need to understand what is happening with truancy courts to understand this story.
We currently have 2 very part-time JP's.  There was never a need for a 3rd.  It was all political and based on deals being cut by the county commissioners.
We are now faced with somewhere over $100,000 being expended for a new JP court so that County Commissioner Sofie Benavides' daughter - Mary Esther Garcia, welfare queen, can have a job on the public tit.
With a large portion of their cases being moved out of JP court, and with 2 already very part-time JP's how can Carlos Cascos justified a tax increase and the funding of Mary Esther's court unless a political deal was cut.
I would love for Sofie Benavides and Mary Esther Garcia to try and stop this.  It will only prove how little they cares for the community and in particular its children.
I cannot tell you the percentage of cases which are JP cases, or the true costs of running Mary Esther Garcia's new court because Cameron county is refusing to answer my open records request.
There is more than enough time for commissioner's court to defund and eliminate the court, but they will not.  In their mind raising property taxes to keep another commissioner's daughter on the county welfare rolls is just how business is done.
If justice prevails the people will remember this in 2 years and send Sofie Benavides packing.  Hey Sofie, it is not the responsibly of the taxpayers to keep your daughter in a job or raise her. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


October 2, 2014, from 5-9 p.m. at 2410 Russell Ave.

Click for Mary Rey's FB Page


A FUNNY FROM LUCI:  Posted at Montoya:  "The mere fact Cesar Lopez was associated with Escobedo should tell you what kind of person he is."

So Luci what does it say about you that you associated with Escobedo and then using his vote paid off your friends more than a million dollars from the BISD funds?  It certainly does not say anything good Luci - you are so, so stupid to raise this issue

Original Post

This was suppose to be yesterday's story, but once I got the ballot and election returns I decided to lead the week with Otis Powers.

Montoya is so bad, as Luci herself has now told many people as she desperately searches out someone else to blog her nonsense, he cannot even see a valid truthful story so he just makes them up.  And no Luci, I do not care how much money you offer me, I do not write for money.  I am not you, Cata, Shirley or Carlos.  My views are strongly held and not for sale.


Mary Rey filed her announcement for BISD in March.  Shirley Bowman filed her announcement 30 minutes before the deadline in August.  Shirley who has nothing but contempt for all of the Latina women in this country who have suffered unrelenting discrimination seeks to confuse the community with the bogus nickname of "La" that as an anglo she in fact has suffered as a Latina.  The fact Montoya is going along with this only shows he will spit on Cesar Chavez's grave for chump change.  He is the Judas of the Latino movement.  To promote Shirley "The Racist" Bowman what does he say,

"Joe Rodriguez's opponents in his race are Shriley Bowman and Mary Rey. Rey was said to have been encouraged to jump in that race to split the female vote."

This is classic Montoya - just make it up.  When Mary Rey entered the race she was the only candidate.  According to Montoya even though Mary Rey was the only candidate in the race when she entered it in March  she knew that 30 minutes before the deadline in August Shirley Bowman would enter the race.  His lies are just too pathetic for me to understand why anyone reads his nonsense as a credible source. 

Here is a fact.  It was Shirley Bowman who entered the race at the last minute, thereby spitting the female vote.


Luci attempts to discredit Joe Rodriguez by claiming his son has been paid nearly $200,000 to defend BISD against the lawsuit filed by Luci. A BIG FAT LIE

The BV previously established her trained drunk, Montoya intentionally leaves out the top of the graphic where in it says budgeted for 2014-2015 fiscal year.

If Luci actually cared about the children she would drop her lawsuit and save BISD the nearly $400,000 budgeted for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  I realize Luci has no comprehension of budgets, but here is the scoop Luci, budgeted for future use does not mean already expended.

Here is the other deal - between that which is already budgeted for the future and that which has already been spent, we are looking at a half million dollars of money meant for the children going to defend the lawsuit filed by Luci.  How can she be about the children? She cannot.


If my readers remember when BISD hired counsel the request included a specific requirement of being familiar with Legislative Immunity issues.  The BV has noted that Mitchell Chaney of Joe Rodriguez son's law firm never even mentions Legislative Immunity as a basis for dismissal.

Of note to me there is no mention of  Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan, which is dispositive

The Supreme Court has been clear - Cata's and Luci's so called speech during Board meetings is not personal to them, but in fact belong to the people - case closed.

"But how can it be that restrictions upon legislators' voting are not restrictions upon legislators' protected speech? The answer is that a legislator's vote is the commitment of his apportioned share of the legislature's power to the passage or defeat of a particular proposal. The legislative power thus committed is not personal to the legislator but belongs to the people; the legislator has no personal right to it. As we said in Raines v. Byrd, 521 U. S. 811, 821 (1997), when denying Article III standing to legislators who claimed that their voting power had been diluted by a statute providing for a line-item veto, the legislator casts his vote "as trustee for his constituents, not as a prerogative of personal power." In this respect, voting by a legislator is different from voting by a citizen. While "a voter's franchise is a personal right," "[t]he procedures for voting in legislative assemblies ... pertain to legislators not as individuals but as political representatives executing the legislative process." Coleman v. Miller, 307 U. S. 433, 469-470 (1939) (opinion of Frankfurter, J.)."

There could be no case more on point to the facts here.  Luci and Cata have no First Amendment rights while acting as Trustees.  It is that simple, but yet Michell Chaney does not consider it important to inform the court of this on point SCOTUS case law.

After I informed Michell Chaney of the case law and that it was not in BISD's brief the response was as follows:


We'll see how the court rules. We did sight several cases that hold the same. Like Garcetti and its progeny.

Mitchell C. Chaney
1201 E. Van Buren
P. O. Box 2155
Brownsville, Texas 78522-2155
Telephone:  956-542-7441
Facsimile:  956-541-2170
For the record they did not sight one case which holds the same.  Their cases were Free Speech of employees - not one case concerning Legislative Immunity issues.
You see they see the money budgeted already so they need to bill.  They expect Joe Rodriguez to be elected to the BISD Board so they feel protected.  If you know you are protected why inform the court of the only case which matters in terms of the client's defense.  The BISD Board should vote in October to dismiss Colvin, Chaney, Saenz & Rodriguez as counsel.

Luci is happy to have the $500,000 in money meant for the children be spent on defending her frivolous lawsuit, and Joe Rodriguez is happy to see it go in part to his son's law firm.  Neither of these candidates are about the children - they are about the money.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Notice whose name is not in the ad - Otis Powers - the man key in the silencing of Cata and Luci

CORRECTION:  MINERVA PENA DID IN FACT VOTE FOR CENSURE IN APRIL - the quote is in fact "Voting in favor were Escobedo and trustees José Hector Chirinos, Herman Otis Powers Jr. and Minerva Peña. Presas-Garcia and Trustee Luci Longoria voted against."

This correction is from an earlier post:  See below

The above was the first hint, along with a claim someone is making that Carl Montoya is in a free fall panic because he knows the deal has been cut.

Weeks ago, the BV reported Otis Powers was set to settle the Healthsmart lawsuit for chump change in October.  Let's see if he executes on this promise to Healthsmart.  A stronger majority would mean a lot more money.  But Otis seems to think Cata will have the majority after the November election, so he cut a deal

But now I have another official documents.

Before you post that this is all spin, try doing Otis a favor and explain why his name is not in the ad given the fact he did vote for censure of Cata.  Also explain why Joe Rodriguez got thrown under the bus as to his name on the ballot, and Shirley Bowman was given a pass.

The Ballot scandal.

Everyone knows that nothing gets done without Otis Power's consent.  There are two interesting things related to this ballot.  Carl Montoya refused to respond to Mary Rey's challenge to Joe Rodriguez's and Shirley Bowman's place on the ballot.  The intent was clear - if they never disagreed with her they could go to court and say her lawsuit was without merit since they never put anything in writing.  The goal was to delay until the ballots were printed.  If you think this was done without Otis Power's consent, you are very mistaken.


Otis Powers could have played his game of delay until the ballots were printed while authorizing Joe A. "Coach" Rodriguez, and Shirley "La" Bowman. He did not - Otis Powers threw Joe Rodriguez under the bus by taking "coach" off, while allowing for the impermissible "La." BISD verified through the employees at Cummings that Shirley Bowman never was known as "La" as she would have you believe.

Shirley Bowman clearly misrepresented her nickname and BISD - more importantly Otis Powers, Carl Montoya, Baltazar Salazar, and Lucio Mendoza - knew it.  Isn't it funny has Cata Presas-Garcia attacks these same people ad nauseam, but now remains silent now that the corruption worked to her favor.  What does this tell you?  Otis Powers' name is not in the ad, and Joe Rodriquez has "Coach" removed while Shirley Bowman keeps "La."

From the Texas Supreme Court:

"no additional time will be available for candidates who file at the last minute so that review cannot be completed before the filing deadline.

Click In Re Robert Francis

BISD had every right to strike Shirley Bowman from the ballot and did not.  Not only did Otis Powers not support the removal of Shirley Bowman from the ballot, he authorized removing "Coach" as Joe Rodriguez's nickname.

It will not be until after the election that Joe Rodriguez will realize Otis Powers played him and threw him under the bus.  Further, did BISD inform Joe of there decision.  If they did not they cannot change the ballot.  If they did then that is further evidence they intended to keep Mary Rey in the dark.

Will any lawyer come to Mary Rey's defense and file the law suit for her.  No - this town is devoid of any real Democrats or any lawyers who actually believe in the law.  The lawyers are so use to winging it, it would never occur to them that the law matters.


What did Enrique Escobedo do when he saw the writing on the wall as to the numbers changing as to a majority.  To remain Board President he dumped Cata and joined Otis.  It is not just this election.  With nearly the entire majority up for reelection in 2 years Otis Powers sees the change coming.  There is a real possibility that Cata will take a majority this election.

Luci, no matter what anyone says has the blind female voter in a field of several men.  Otis knows that Cesar Lopez has a real uphill battle.  While whispering in Cesar's ear to hold his ad against Luci pointing out her lies, he is working with Cata.  Cesar will get what he deserves - lose - and maybe about a year from now he will realize how Otis Powers played him.


The courts can remove Shirley Bowman from the ballot up to the day before early voting.  The above ballot has been printed for the overseas and military voters.  According to press reports in Kansas, by the law the military ballots had to be mailed by Sunday last.

The early voting ballots have not been printed.


Joe Rodriguez is a legend in his own mind.  This is a man has succumbed to his own propaganda.  I cannot find one person who will vote for Joe Rodriguez.  In fact when I mention his name it is all negatives people have to speak of.  His unethical gamble that he can win by spitting the blind female vote, is mistaken.  He really has no idea how much he is disliked in the community.

If Joe and Mary were to file suit together neither can accuse the other of costing BISD money to defend the lawsuit.  Further they will win on the issue of removal of Shirley Bowman.  They will be the voices who defended the rights of the people.  This would elevate Joe Rodriguez's name in the community.

Unfortunately Otis Powers directly or indirectly got into Mary Rey's and Joe Rodriguez's ears and convinced them that if they sued the people would retaliate and vote against them.  But if Shirley Bowman were removed from the ballot, who would the people be able to vote for other than Joe or Mary?


Luci Longoria only received 9,062 votes and not 20,000.  The best spin she can put on her lie is she added up her's and Cata's votes.  The problem with that is, her ad implies 20,000 voters were being ignored.  The idea that the voters who voted for Luci are different from those who voted for Cata is just absurd. 

You will note based on the graphic that Cata received 12.584 votes which was less than losers Arg Miller at 13,404 votes, and Linda Gill Martinez at 14,718 votes.  Cata should have run Linda again instead of Shirley. who received only 9,234 votes.