Monday, November 30, 2015

 
IF ONLY THE WALKING DEAD MID-SEASON HIATUS INCLUDED A HIATUS OF THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS
 
 
The Walking Dead, and Fear the Walking Dead are the number one series on TV.  Fear the Walking Dead premiered with record numbers last summer.

If you think the Walking Dead is about Zombies you have not seen it.  Its parallels to current events and politics is almost surreal.  The show is about how to survive.  It is about the good, the bad, and evil in society even in the face of a demand for unity.

There are two scenes which stick out in my head which define the show.  Carl, then maybe 13 or so had to decide to allow his dying mother to die and then turn or put a bullet in her head before she died and turned.  She begged him to kill her before she could turn.  She had just given birth through a C-Section and was bleeding out.  Your jaw dropped when Carl pulled the trigger.

The main group is always on the run after short periods of stability.  While on the run, a male and female character had Carl's baby sister, and two other girls.  It turns out one of the girls was schizophrenic and while the adults were away killed her little sister to show they could be friends with the walkers.  Carol the adult female had to make a decision, does she kill the schizophrenic girl to protect her and the baby and the adult male, or keep her tied up? When you are on the run constantly defending yourself from evil humans and walkers, you cannot manage a dangerous schizophrenic person.  Carol walked the girl out to a field telling her to keep looking at the flowers and then in a split second put a bullet in her head.  I have no idea what I would have done in either scenario.

This is the show.  What would you do?  Would you allow your mother to turn and then have to put a bullet in her head anyway, or would you let her die on her terms?  Would you chance keeping in your group a little schizophrenic girl knowing she could kill any of you at any time

The show is about decisions.

The main group are survivors.  For two seasons now we have been dealing with a new group who as the main leader of the group called her group naïve not stupid.  They had no real knowledge of what was happening beyond their walls. 

We have met another protected group lead by a man who believed he could take at will from other good people.  We have met cannibals to survive.  We have met various bad groups.

Season one was interesting because it forced us to look a racism.  The main group assumed these Latino kids were a gang.  In fact they were just protecting their grandparents in a high-rise nursing home.

POLITICS

People keep on asking me why I am not talking more about the up and coming Primaries.  I ask why?  Nothing is going to change.  The county judge race is a wash.  You know you can have the best plans and be the most qualified, but if you cannot follow the rules and play fair, good people will not support you.

On the judges, my rule is simple - if the incumbent has a good reputation and is doing his/her job I will back them.  I am not going to gamble on a bad person winning.  The Democrats in Dallas would get mad at me when I would back a Republican for judge.  My response was always the same - "content of character."  Tom Fuller a county court criminal law judge was a well known Republican.  I backed him in every election because he was knowledgeable of the law, and fair and balanced to everyone.  You knew your client was going to get a fair trial from a very competent judge.  He is now retired and a very successful mediator.  If I needed a mediator in Dallas he would be my first choice.

The DA's race is a tragedy. That is all I can say.

WE HAVE NO PRESS

Cameron county and Brownsville need two things before things will change.

First we need a viable Republican Party.  I do not support a Republican Party because I support their ideas, but because if the Democrats know they have to fight they will run better candidates.  Right now what we can look forward to is some of the Democrats engaged in trench warfare against one another and all that is going to do is turn people off.

The second thing we need is a press.  I think the lack of a press is the number one issue the candidates tell me we really need. 

To have a free and balanced press in Cameron county all it would take is a few of the million lawyers and business people to put up the money for about three reporters and advertising on billboards for an Internet newspaper.  Within 6 months the Herald will be no more.

With proper billboard advertising an Internet newspaper would take off - I am not asking that the publishers support anyone or any political party.  I just want them to report the truth with no sacred cows.

Since there is no chance of a viable Republican Party or successful Internet newspaper,  I surrender on politics.  Unless I am brought into it, I really see myself not talking much about the up and coming elections.

Nothing is going to change and anyone who thinks the blogs or any other social media will change this reality are delusional.

Social Media has helped groups to organize on specific issues like, the city logo, Lincoln Park, and LNG - but because advertising moves too much of social media a united front against the corruption will never happen.  It is too easy to buy silence.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

 
LET IT GO

Saturday, November 28, 2015

 
TRUTH IN COLORADO SHOOTING PROVES SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE A DISASTER
 
The religious right is all over social media claiming the shooting was in fact a failed bank robbery at Chase.  From the Denver Post:  "Officials confirm the shooting began at the Planned Parenthood."
 
 
I agree before this is done and over with the story may change again.  But when the officials are telling the press the shooting began in the Planned Parenthood, I do not understand how the religious right can say it began in Chase.  Now I will be the first to agree that the shooter could have walked into the Chase for a bank robbery, saw it was not going to happen and ran into the Planned Parenthood.
 
It's possible - but all of this nonsense on the Internet that it is a liberal conspiracy to claim the target was Planned Parenthood while the investigation remains pending only serves to make social media less reliable.
 
For now I will sit tight and see what the investigation turns up. 
 
From Breitbart who is not know to agree with anyone on the left.
 
"6:32 PM EST
 
At 4:15 pm MT Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley said the gunman currently holed up in a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city began his attack there and that he brought “bags” with him."

But also from Breitbart:

"The witness said the suspect ran from the bank to the Planned Parenthood clinic."

I cannot find one report from the police, Chase Bank, or the city of Colorado Springs which supports the claim the incident began at Chase. 

But I will still hold to allow more time for an investigation.

The Religious Right does not want to deal with the fact this is a truth - fake radicalized Christians kill innocent people in the name of Jesus - no different than the fake radicalized Muslims killing in the name of Islam.

I will give authorities time to complete the investigation.  But my question from everyone calling on better monitoring of the Syrian refugees, do you support making a list of all fake radicalized Christians for 24/7 monitoring?  I highly doubt it.  If the final report is the target was Planned Parenthood, will Trump demand arresting all fake radicalized Christians?

Friday, November 27, 2015

 
THE POOL 4 YEARS LATER
 
Well I can tell you having just gotten out of the pool it is still cold as ice.  But you can see how the plants have grown.  I love the purple banana tree.  I get fruit every year for the birds.  The Meyers lemon is in the back left.  I have put in a bunch of palms along the fence.  I replaced the wood chips with lava rock. Maybe in December I will finally have the money to resurface the pool.  The pool is fine.  The resurfacing is purely cosmetic for now.  At some point I will have no choice.

 
HOW GUANTANAMO HAS FAILED
 
This is a great story.  Hajji  Ghalib was detained longer than an Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost.  Mr. Ghalib had a long distinguished history of fighting the Soviets and Taliban, while Mr. Dost had a history of opposing the U.S.  Once released Mr. Ghalib has now become a major U.S. ally relied on by the U.S. and Afghan governments, while Mr. Dost fights the U.S. and Afghan government.  This is a story worth reading.  If you get nothing out of it, Mr. Ghalib put aside his wrongful arrest to return to his homeland to defend it from the Taliban and ISIS, while working to help his former captures. 
 
"KABUL, Afghanistan — Hajji Ghalib did just what the American military feared he would after his release from the Guantánamo Bay prison camp: He returned to the Afghan battlefield.
 
"But rather than worrying about Mr. Ghalib, the Americans might have considered encouraging him. Lean and weather-beaten, he is now leading the fight against the Taliban and the Islamic State across a stretch of eastern Afghanistan."
 
Click for NYT article

 
PROSECUTING DA'S AND JUDGES UNDER 18 U.S. CODE 242

NYT OPINION PIECE:

"If this notion seems radical, it shouldn’t. Federal law already provides a mechanism to prosecute judges and district attorneys as criminals when they willfully deprive people of their civil rights: Title 18, Section 242, of the federal code.

This isn’t some dusty, rarely used legal tool. The Department of Justice typically wields Section 242 against police and correctional officers accused of physical or sexual violence. But Section 242 applies with equal force to those who prosecute and sentence, the state officials whose deliberate skirting of civil rights can be most devastating."
 
Click for full article
 
While the author is correct in his analysis of the law, he is incorrect in stating no recent history of judges being prosecuted.  This is wrong.  U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Judge Lanier, ruled against the judge.  Federal Judge Kent was also convicted on sexual charges, but I cannot find any article which references the statutes under which he was indicted.
 
The case of Josefina Fisher was a black and white case.  Saenz charged her with obscene language: "to wit:  calling Yolanda Begum a fake."  Along with the charge came $6,000 from Alex Begum who does not even have a criminal practice.
 
But Saenz cut a deal with the DOJ to not prosecute Oscar de la Fuente.  This went against the argument presented to the jury in the Villalobos trial.  If Saenz were to be indicted for what ever reason and he produced proof of the deal, it would for sure result in a new trial for Armando Villalobos, criminal prosecution of those at the DOJ involved including now federal Judge Robert Pittman. The good news for Saenz and the DOJ is Villalobos does not have the legal acumen to force the issue out in a habeas corpus, or the money [well maybe - I know for a fact his ex wife is still fighting for him and she is a doctor] to hire competent counsel. 
 
So here is the deal guys, you can have a video of Saenz taking a bribe and saying thank you for the bribe and the DOJ will not touch it. Saenz is 100% protected against criminal prosecution.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

 
THANKSGIVING DAY PIES
 
The pumpkin is cooling and the blueberry is in the oven.  Once the blueberry pie is done, my part is done. About one I will go for a Thanksgiving Day lunch.  People, focus on the day and why we celebrate.  Forget, Black Friday - all of the same sales will repeat themselves. 
 
 
THE POOL IS COLD AS ICE, BUT REFRESHING FROM A HOT KITCHEN
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 
A CON-JOB DO NOT PLAY ALONG

TWO EXAMPLES

Several years back - maybe 6 years or so, I spent all night at Office Depot to get a new computer.  The RAM was the largest on the market at the time, and the price was good.  They only had a handful available for Black Friday.  I think I got there at about 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night for a 6 a.m. opening on Friday. I brought a chair and blanket and was still cold all night.  I got my computer at the really good price.

THE PROBLEM:

Two weeks later the regular price for the computer was the Black Friday price.

THE SEARS TV

I am buying as a gift a particular 32" TV.  The price at Sears for at least two weeks is exactly the advertised price for Black Friday.  The deal is good.  But my issue is, for two weeks I could have gone to Sears to buy the TV for the same price it is on sale for Black Friday.  There is no sale, it is its regular basis.

UPDATE:  SANTA GOT THE TV.  I checked everyone's Black Friday price and it is the same price I just paid a few minutes ago.  Sears was empty.  On Friday they will only have three left, assuming they do not sell any more between now and closing..  I got it with no lines or getting up in the middle of the night

I SAY STAY HOME

Wait a week or two and whatever you are trying to get will go on sale.  Truck loads are arriving at stores for Holiday sales. What does not sell on Black Friday, the stores will discount to clear their inventory.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


 
TRUMP AGREES PROTESTER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ROUGHED UP
 
"Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump said Sunday morning on Fox News, less than 24 hours after his campaign said it "does not condone" the physical altercation "
 
 
 
 
 
BISHOP FLORES PROMOTING THE VERY VALUES AND NEUROTIC BEHAVIOR BY SOME PRIESTS [SEEMS TO INCLUDE BISHOP FLORES] POPE FRANCIS DENOUNCED.  BISHOP FLORES NEEDS TO DECIDE IS HE GOING TO PROMOTE THE MESSAGE OF COMPASSION PROMOTED BY JOSHUA AKA JESUS, OR THE IGNORANCE AND HATE TOWARDS ALL HUMANITY PROMOTED BY ROMAN PEREZ.  IT IS CLEAR BISHOP FLORES STANDS WITH THOSE PROMOTING THE HATE.  CHILD REFUGEES ARE DYING ON BEACHES FROM DROWNING TO FLEE ISIS AND ROMAN PEREZ ALONG WITH MORGAN GRAHAM JOIN IN SPREADING IGNORANCE AND HATE TOWARDS THESE DYING CHILREN. SHAME ON YOU BISHOP FLORES AND MAY POPE FRANCIS DEAL WITH YOU IN DUE TIME
 
 
 
Bishop Flores and Roman Perez seem oblivious to the fact Catholic Charities is helping to relocate the Syrian refugees in the US.  When Catholic Charities moved a Syrian man out of Louisiana to another state the hate mongers got on the internet with claims Syrian refugee missing.  He was not missing, he was moved to be closer to other family and friends.  But these hatemongers need their daily addiction to hate and ignorance to be happy.
 
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There are good emotionally stable real conservatives in Brownsville and Cameron county.  It is time they form their own Cameron county Republican Party and put a challenge to Austin to recognize them while decertifying the current Republican Party of Cameron county.  Cameron county needs a viable two party system to stop the corruption.  This will not happen so long as people like Roman Perez and Morgan Graham are the face of the Cameron county Republican Party.
 
MORGAN GRAHAM TOO STUPID TO REALIZE FB MESSAGING MOVES WITH THE LINK

On my FB message from Morgan Graham this morning.

"It has come to my attention that you are stating you have tried to get in contact with me to no avail. Unfortunately, I've no record of anything of the sort and make it a point to avail myself to the public when such requests have been made."

Literally right above her message to me in the message link is the following:

"Bobby WC

I am always at the service of Brownsville - even though I am on the extreme left politically nothing would please me more than to help an intelligent true conservative create a Brownsville Blog promoting conservative values. I am always willing to help the right person."

Morgan is not smart enough to realize how easy it is to verify her lies. 

Until the Cameron county Republican Party rids itself of the Roman Perez, Morgan Graham and Tad Hasse types they will go nowhere.

Ted Cruz is so anti-humanity and anti-Republican he no longer as an ounce of voice or power in Washington.  The U.S. Republican Senators will not give him the time of day.

Good honest Republicans all over the US are denouncing those who under the guise of the Republican label are trashing the Syrian refugees.  You see Morgan and Roman find a threat in women who were forced to marry foreign men and report on their friends or face having their family killed.  More and more of these women are escaping the slavery they are put in to, to effectively be prostitutes for these foreign fighters, and Roman and Morgan want to deny them safety.  As good Christians they find the forced marriages and rape to be acceptable, as opposed to the U.S. providing them a safe place to live as one of God's children.

Monday, November 23, 2015

 
BROWNSVILLE CITY COMMISSION NEEDS TO DEMAND BPUB JUSTIFY THE CURRENT FUEL SURCHARGE AND RATE INCREASE NOW THAT TENASKA APPEARS TO BE UNATTAINABLE
 
"Oil prices are also heading south. The latest evidence of the lingering glut helped cause oil prices last week to briefly tumble below $40 a barrel for the first time since late August. Over the past year and a half, oil has lost more than 60% of its value, an epic crash that has thrown the energy industry into disarray."

Click for CNN

You need to read this article.  The glut of oil is so huge tankers are now being used as storage facilities because in ports all over the world there is no place to offload the oil.  In many cases there are no buyers.

Given this reality, Tenaska no time soon is going to have the customer base it needs to sell 600 megawatts of electricity.  Also given this reality what is the basis for the fuel surcharge?

It is time the Brownsville City Commission demand answers from the BPUB as to why if Tenaska appears off the table for now, and the price of oil is so low, why are the people paying a fuel surcharge and why is the BPUB still charging the higher rates for Tenaska when Tenaska has said it cannot find buyers for its 600 megawatts of electricity and will not build the facility until it can find the buyers.

This glut is going away no time soon.  No one complained when President Obama stopped the Keystone pipe line because Texas refineries already cannot handle what they have.  The tankers are off shore with no place to put the oil. 

Had the price of oil remained high, Tenaska would have been good for Brownsville's long term goals.  But now, it is not going to happen and it is time to role back the cost of electricity.

I would consider buying airline stocks - they are not lowering the costs of flying, but instead using the low cost of fuel to increase their reserves - hence profits.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

 
A BUG THAT KILLS

FROM THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:

"In Texas, one in every 6,500 blood donors are infected with Chagas disease, compared with one in every 27,500 donors across the country."

"The parasite buries itself in heart muscle and the gut and can hide for two decades or more before causing symptoms, including sudden death."

Before the racists weigh in, you could have travelled to Cancun 20 years ago and gotten bit, and just now learn you have the disease.  What scares me is I have seen this bug in my yard.  They are in Texas.

I suggest you read the article

Saturday, November 21, 2015

 
REPUBLICANS JUST HAVE NO USE FOR HISTORY
 
Cameron county Republican Chair Morgan Graham reduces innocent children to something we import.  This does not shock me since the Republican controlled State Board of Education has replaced slave with workers in our textbooks.  Children are not imports, they are human.  Morgan might learn what it means to be human, before she continues to humiliate herself with such mind-numbing ignorant nonsense.


 
Morgan Graham Not all, some who lived in Damascus are more westernized. But they aren't the class we would be importing.
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I was unaware Morgan had been to the refugee camps to interview the thousands who are fleeing Syria.  It is in fact in large number the more westernized Syrians who want out, out of fear of being forced to live under ISIS rule.
 
Morgan is not one to consider facts, history or reality.  I was at UTEP during the Iranian hostage ordeal.  I can tell you everyone one of my Iranian friends lived in fear of retaliation.  They were as western as anyone else.  There was nothing radicalized about any of them.  They cried over losing friends who assumed they were now the enemies. It was hard on them.  I saw many sink into deep depression because they could not understand how overnight they were one of us, but now the enemy.
 
I wonder after the Irish rebelled during the Civil War and President Lincoln had to send troops to NY to quell the rebellion if Morgan would have supported calling all Irish anti-American and a threat?  What would have been her response as Italian crime families flooded NY from Sicily and other parts of Italy?  
 
Is she oblivious to the Russian mafia and its control in NY and NJ?  The East European Mafia groups are brutal and as destructive of women through trafficking and prostitution as the radicalized Muslims.
 
If Morgan cared about history and facts she would know from 711-1492, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in harmony in Southern Spain until the good Catholic and butcher Queen Isabella ordered the Jews and Muslims slaughtered if they refused to convert. During this period some of the best universities were under Muslim control.  The best mathematicians were Muslims - hence Algebra.  Here is a history lesson for your Morgan, nearly every word in Spanish which begins with Al are Arabic words. 
 
Religions go through good and bad times.  When the true believers allow the fake believers to coopt their faith the true believers lose.  Morgan knows nothing about American history.  Massachusetts was nearly as bad as Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.  People were burned at the stake or sent back to England for execution if they differed one inch from the Common Prayer Book. Maybe it is time Morgan denounce the original settles of Massachusetts so at least she is being fair and balanced.
 
Yes, there are bad people who have coopted the Islam faith and made it hard on everyone.  But the same can be said for radicalized Christians, But I am not going to say all Christians cannot be trusted.  
 
Morgan Graham is an ignorant twit buying into the latest fear mongering game to appear intelligent and caring as an American.  Morgan is many things, but she is not a U.S. American.,  She is as anti-U.S. American as you can get.
 
AGAIN MORGAN CHILDREN ARE NOT IMPORTS - IMPORTS ARE CHATTEL NOT HUMANS
 
 
 
  

Friday, November 20, 2015

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 
WHILE WE ARE AT IT, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CARED ABOUT A HUNGRY CHILD IN BROWNSVILLE?

 
UT BOARD OF REGENTS - NO HONOR NO SHAME

While Texas A & M is giving to the LRGV left and right the UT Board of Regents is working with every inept and corrupt politico in the LRGV to rob us blind.

First, my hats off to Mission, Texas for saying enough is enough.

From the Herald:

"The City of Mission has “opted out” of a memorandum of understanding with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that commits the city to providing financial support for the university’s medical school, a UTRGV official told county commissioners Tuesday morning."

HIDALGO COUNTY

Key to the development of the medical school is a regional community hospital and VA Hospital.  This is the model used by U.T.  The community hospital and VA Hospital are made into teaching hospitals thereby denying the patients the care of actual board certified doctors and specialists.  A specialist in training is called a Fellow, and I can assure you they have nearly zero clinical experience and will send a sick patient away before they concede they just do not have the knowledge to treat the patient.

When I finally saw the pain management doctor at the VA in San Antonio who in 10 minutes of discussion diagnosed the tear in my annulus tissue thereby causing the neuropathy, it was after a neurologist Fellow rejected the referral from my primary care doctor stating I had already been seen by a neurologist Fellow and found to have nothing wrong with me.  Dr. Hays proved through live x-rays - fluoroscope the tear in the annulus tissue and repaired it.  After some 8-9 procedures to fix the problem and repair the nerve endings Dr. Hays has a lot of fluoroscope x-rays to prove his findings, but yet the Fellow said nothing was wrong with me.

THE VA FACTOR

Congressman Vela is pushing for VA money to help fund the medical school while veterans are dying from a lack of care.  The Coastal Bend VA System is based in Harlingen.  We have a day surgical wing which is very good, and a lot of specialists.  I know of at least two who should not have medical licenses, but most are very highly qualified in their fields.

Veterans from Laredo and Corpus Christi are forced to drive to Harlingen to see these specialists.  Those without disability ratings have to pay for their trip, so many are just refusing care because they do not have the money.  Many of those who receive travel pay are no longer making the trip because the VA in some cases is 4 months behind in paying the travel pay.  The veterans simply do not have the money for gas, so they do not make the appointments.  Before the budget crisis which Congressman Vela is ignoring, the VA use to have a travel office which would pay the veteran for the travel in cash after their appointment.  It may not seem much to you, but if you do not have the money, you cannot make the trip.  That money was their return gas money.  So now many simply refuse care because they have no means of getting to Harlingen from Laredo or Corpus.

BUT YET CONGRESSMAN VELA CARES MORE ABOUT LIMITED VA FUNDING TO FUND A UT MEDICAL SCHOOL THAN HEALTHCARE FOR VETERANS.

Hidalgo county is never going to approve a community hospital. It has been voted down already.  With the recent flooding and lack of drainage I do not think any politician would be dumb enough to put it back on the agenda for a vote while telling the people there is no money to address the drainage problems.  It is just not going to happen in Cameron county without a battle royal.

That leaves the VA as the medical school's only option for a teaching hospital to complement the medical school.  Without a teaching hospital there is no medical school.

VETERAN'S RIGHTS

Veterans supporting the hospital are so obsessed with the concept of a building, they are not thinking about the quality of care.  It is the quality of care which matters, not the building.  The VA system in Harlingen needs to expand to 24/7 emergency care, and 24/7 radiological testing and emergency testing.  The lab needs to be open 24/7 along with the pharmacy.  Salaries need to be raised to recruit more doctors.  But we do not need a hospital wherein care is turned over to doctors in training.

It is the right of the Veteran to refuse the services of a Fellow.  But I can assure you the attending who is part of the medical school will retaliate.  My doctor rejected the recommendations of a cardiologist Fellow because he recommended a medication I am allergic to.  I refused the care of the Fellow but the attending from University Hospital made it clear the VA rules  did not apply to him.  The chief medical officer in SA ordered the chief of cardiology to see me personally after the Fellow messed up.  I got to the appointment and was told the chief of cardiology had no intentions of leaving University Hospital and cross the street to the VA.  My choice was a Fellow or no care.  I went to the Chief Medical Officer's office and he called the Chief of Cardiology and read him the riot act.

The appointment ended badly.  My sleep apnea doctor had his clinic in the room just across from where I was.  He could hear the yelling.  The Chief of Cardiology had me pinned up against the wall yelling he was going to prove I am a coke addict.  He was looking into my eyes.  He was mad as hell he had to go to the cardiology clinic, which by the way requires a Board Certified Cardiologist to be at the clinic at all times.  The Chief of Cardiology made it clear he was too busy to attend clinics.

My sleep apnea doctor came into the room and said "did I or did I not tell you to tell your primacy care doctor to not send you to the cardiology clinic."  You see he knew what was happening.  He soon thereafter left the VA because he could no longer stand how cardiac patients were being treated.  Dr. Moody did not so much as receive a reprimand.  This is what the Veterans demanding a hospital want for veterans. This is how the UT medical schools treat veterans.

IT IS TIME EVERYONE JOIN MISSION AND SEND THE UT BOARD OF REGENTS PACKING

The UT System is one of the wealthiest university systems in the world, but yet demand disabled veterans surrender their healthcare and the poorest of the poor fund their medical school.  How the members of the UT Board of Regents look themselves in the face in the morning is beyond me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

 
WOMAN, SANTA AND REINDEER

A really good laugh.


REZA ASLAN TAKES DOWN CNN JOURNALISTS FOR IGNORANCE

Reza tells it like it is. I love this video because he separates out different Muslim countries including those which have a better record of electing female representatives and head of state than the U.S.  He makes the argument people are evil not their religion.  Just look at the fake Christian Sharia advocates in the U.S.  I am not going to use their views to condemn all Christians. 

 
DAN SANCHEZ NEEDS TO FORCE THE APPOINMENT OF HIS REPLACEMENT OR FACE THE JURY - NAMELY THE VOTERS

Cameron County is no longer about a handful of bloggers with limited readership.  It is about endless groups with FB organizations able to organize and organize fast.  This is great for our Democracy.

Numerous groups through FB and Blogs fought for Lincoln Park and against the new logo for the COB.  The last I checked the people won on both accounts.

The people are in tune with the broken political system in Cameron county.  With every day Dan Sanchez does not publicly urge Pete Sepulveda to name his replacement he hurts his chances at winning the nomination for county judge. I understand legally Dan Sanchez is a holdover until his replacement. But the hold over rule was not designed to keep people who have resigned in office indefinitely.  Dan made a decision and he needs to stick to the spirit of the law.  The best way to force Pete Sepulveda to appoint Sanchez's replacement is for Sanchez to announce he will not longer attend Commissioner Court meetings, even as a legal holdover.

Dan needs to decide, does he want to start his campaign with a con - or a frank and honest conversation as to what he brings to the table to make Cameron county into a metroplex. For me the latter is too important to be lost in an endless conversation about Dan sticking around as an indefinite hold over.
 
TWO IMPORTANT HIV STORIES AND OUR CITY COMMISSION CONTINUES TO FAIL TO ACT

I cannot find it on line, but yesterday Valley Central did a great story on a woman who was the victim of domestic abuse and infected with HIV by her ex.  We also had the news of Charlie Sheen.

The Valley Central story is the one I care most about.  We are not teaching our teens about STD's and in particular HIV.  The woman in the Valley Central story is married to a man who is not HIV+, but they are educated so they know she will not infect him.

Texas AM did a study in Dallas among young gay men.  They were actually testing them at a corner set up for HIV.  They would wait a few minutes and get the results.  It was not the number of youths who were being told they have HIV which shocked the researchers it was how few even cared.  In today's world once diagnosed if you can afford the medicine or get access to one of the free programs you will live to a ripe old age, so the youth do not see it as the threat I see it as.

The Valley Central piece dealt with the lack of education in the LRGV concerning HIV.  I have made this a big issue with Commission Rose Gowen because as a doctor it should be Rose Gowen bringing this forward for a public workshop to educate parents and their children.

HIV is spreading among our youth.  There is no meaningful awareness as to the dangers of HIV - let alone all of the other STDs

What are human papillomaviruses?

Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 200 related viruses. More than 40 HPV types can be easily spread through direct sexual contact, from the skin and mucous membranes of infected people to the skin and mucous membranes of their partners. They can be spread by vaginal, anal, and oral sex (1).

Click for Cancer.gov

I am actually amazed on how many articles Forbes business magazine has done on HPV - click for one

I know of three straight men who have been diagnosed with HPV related cancer.  One has throat cancer and is being treated, and two have been treated for rectal cancer.  The latter is part of the problem.  We are not allowed to talk about the sexual spectrum or sex.  There are straight couples who love anal oral sex.  Both the men and women enjoy being on the receiving and giving end.  It spreads HPV - which is why I have said over and over again - all anal and vaginal oral sex should include a dental dam.  Oral sex on a man's penis must include a condom.  Condoms are not about birth control, they are about disease control.

SO WHERE IS THE GREAT COMMISSIONER ROSE GOWEN IN EDUCATING BROWNSVILLE ON THESE DANGERS WHICH ARE NOW SPREADING TO OUR TEENS? - DEMANDING MORE BIKE TRAILS.  I AM NOT AGAINST BIKE TRAILS - I AM AGAINST SILENCE
 
THE CHARLIE SHEEN STORY

Sheen is saying that he finally had to set the facts straight because of the public lies.  He denies having AIDS.  I know a lot of men who have had HIV for over 20 years who never developed AIDS.  If you take your medicine and stop engaging in dangerous behavior, the virus actually becomes undetectable.  Sheen claims that once he told his close friends some turned on him and demanded money to remain silent.  Sheen finally had enough and came forward to tell his story.

He cannot go backwards for his mistakes - but straight men contract HIV all of the time.  Sheen claims he does not know the source of his HIV. 

The sexual spectrum is very complex and getting more complex every day.  There are sexual acts I find just out there - but that does not mean they are not natural - but because we must remain silent in discussing the issue people remain uneducated.  This closet world of the sexual spectrum is a primary force behind the spread of HIV, and other STD's

In the UK a couple came out because a video was released somehow.  They are married - have children - and love one another very much.  They were lucky to find one another.  She enjoys being on top so to speak and he enjoys being on bottom so to speak.  I'm being delicate.  They have both decided to explore their entire sexual spectrum and found happiness.   Until we all embrace ourselves for who we are, STD's will continue to spread, and our children will remain uneducated about the dangers of STDs, and the reality of the entire evolving sexual spectrum.

I favor putting in the boy's locker-room pictures of naked men with their genitalia rotting off from STD's - The boys will get the message. This is how I learned about STD's and those imagines are permanently embedded in my brain.
 
WHEN WILL CONGRESSMAN VELA STAND ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND HUMILIATE HIS PEERS INTO FUNDING OUR VA SYSTEM?
 
The entire thing is a joke beyond comprehension.  I have four specialist confirming the diaphragm spasms and related respiratory problems which are getting worse by the day. Funding for outside specialists has come to a standstill.  Millions are owed so some doctors are now refusing to see veterans.  The VA like any other government agency has pots of money.  So they turned to a program called Vets Choice which is really to only be used when regular vouchers are not an option for any number of reasons.  Regular vouchers are hard to come by because there is no money to pay the doctor who accepts the voucher. 
 
Because of the way the VA is using Vets Choice, the vet actually has no choice in their doctor.  The medicine I am taking for the diaphragm spasms works, but only lasts about two hours. On Friday when I see the non-VA specialist I will see about increasing the dosage.  What the medication has confirmed in the spasms are impairing my breathing.  When the medicine wears off, my chest goes tight, my breathing goes shallow and the pain gets intense.  It woke me this morning when I got the phone call.
 
They now know the lungs are impaired.  This has been confirmed by a CT scan.  My PCP wants me to go to the ER, but I refuse.  You do not go to Valley Baptist ER unless it is your specialist having you admitted.  Otherwise they choose your doctor, and deny your specialist access to you, unless the doctor they chose allows for it.
 
So we are now two weeks since my PCP's nurse called me and said a request for a regular voucher has been put in for Dr. Jairo Rodriguez.  Three times now the VA has called me to inform me they will not accept the request of my doctor.  I have to go through Vets Choice first which requires I be seen by the VA internal pulmonologist.  That is not going to happen.  He has a medical license because the state of Texas does not give a crap.  A previous incident is why I am allowed to see an outside pulmonologist.  A simple thoracic CT scan proved the VA pulmonologist wrong and we finally had a diagnosis, a diagnosis which is part of the problem with the diaphragm.
 
THERE IS NO MONEY FOR THE VA KNOWN AS COASTAL BEND WHICH GOES FROM CORPUS DOWN THE COAST AND OVER TO LAREDO
 
The issue of the lack of funding is not even on the table with Congress.  There is no movement by Congress to fix the problem. Compounding the problem we have Congressman Vela supporting the medical school which will eat up VA money which our system does not even have.  Medical schools tied to the VA use VA money for doctor training.  The VA does not have money to pay the doctors, or allow for further outside care, but Vela wants the VA to budget the money it does not have to subsidize a UT Medical school.
 
I am so tired of these lying thieving politicians. 
 
I will see what my specialist has to say on Friday.  He is not a pulmonologist, but he can have me admitted for the part of the problem his team is handling and then add Dr. Jairo Rodriguez to consult.  I do not think that is going to happen.  So long as the anti-spasm medicine works - he is going to continue advanced testing which will be discussed with me Friday.  Only once the advanced testing done will a possible surgery be discussed.
 
But for now I will continue to wake up in the middle of the night not breathing.  Our government is beyond broken.  There is money for me to go to the ER to be assigned a doctor who is not part of my team, but no money to send me to the doctor who is part of my team.
 
IT IS LONG PAST THE  TIME FOR CONGRESSMAN VELA TO STAND ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND HUMILIATE HIS PEERS INTO SUBMISSION TO FUND THE COASTAL BEND VA SYSTEM

Do not hold your breath my friends - Vela wants to stay tight with the corporatists in Congress so he will not rock the boat.  He will continue to attend functions praising vets while ignoring the problem.  It is not complex - Stand on the House Floor and Humiliate Your Peers into Funding Coastal Bend VA.

Monday, November 16, 2015



AWESOME
 
WE CAN ONLY DO THIS TOGETHER

 
HARVESTING MY MEYERS LEMONS

These things are like large oranges.  I have about 500 on two trees.  Today friends came over and I am down about a hundred between what my friends took and those I delivered to some seniors I know who love them.  They are super, super juicy.  They have a very mild sweetness to them.  It will take a month to harvest them all because some are still green and growing.  I wish I got more than one harvest a year, but I will take what I can get.

Until they are all done, I will have lemonade every day.  They also make my blueberry pies better.


 
TOP SOIL FOR SALE
 
Several readers have been asking if I found someone who sells top soil or filler.  This company normally only delivers 14 yards at a time, but depending on where you live he will deliver just a yard.  I've got to finish some cement work before I order mine and then I will regrade the west side of my house where the water came up the side of the house.
 
I am also finding a lot of Small sink holes around my backyard.  Also the 2" PVC pipe which was buried three inches underground is now above the ground.  I have no idea how this is happening.  But I am putting in two more drainage systems to move the water away from the back yard.


Here is a great video to teach you how to regrade the soil around your house.



We know the city is not going to address the drainage problems.  It is our responsibility as homeowners to invest in the protection of our homes.  Good luck with your projects
 
MY FAMOUS ITALIAN COOK
 
Pictured is my sister in law, her sister and their mom Jean.  Jean lives next door to my brother and sister in law and just down the block from my sister.  I love going next door for coffee and Danish.  When Jean knows I am coming she will always have a large bag of frozen meatballs for me to bring back.  Her parents were right off the boat from Italy so she knows how to cook Italian.  My sister in law is also an excellent Italian cook. Both sets of grandparents were right off the boat from Italy.
 
I have known Jean since maybe age 10.  She was a wonderful friend to my mom and provider her so much moral support as a widow raising 7 kids.  She is one of those devote Catholics who judges no one and loves everyone.  My sister's mother in law Betty is the same - a devote Catholic who loves everyone and judges no one.  Both Jean and Betty were both great friends to mom.  I guess that is why I am so close to both.  Both are in their 90's. Imagine, Nicaraguan, Italian and Irish women all best friends.  It happens when all three base their love without judgment.
 
Getting old is funny.  There was a time when I lived in Dallas I went to NY every month.  I miss those long weekends.  My family is tight and nearly every weekend there is some gathering by all or a smaller subgroup.  Where they all live you cannot even get a shack for under $400,000.  Maybe some day if I win the lottery I can go home.  Life is funny.  We are all tight and love doing things together.  I am so ready to move back - but the cost of living is way out of my range.  Everyone is a two family income.  I am one.  Not even cancer can stop you from working.  My sister is doing awesome after her lung cancer and continues to work at age 65, and her husband at 67 continues to work while undergoing chemo.  NY is expensive.  Cancer treatment is not a basis to stop working.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

 
TENASKA NATURAL GAS GENERATING PLANT APPEARS TO BE ON INDEFINITE HOLD

The Herald is reporting the development of the Tenaska plant is on an indefinite hold.  The reason, falling fuel prices has made Tenaska less competitive,  thereby leaving insufficient buyers to buy the power generated, not already committed to Brownsville.

You will never move forward if you fail to take a chance.  The world energy market while good for the consumer - mostly - has been a disaster for producers. 

So now the question becomes, if Tenaska cannot commit to a time frame for development of the plant because it has no buyers for the electricity, how much longer must BPUB rate payers have to pay a higher rate to fund the non-existent plant? 

The city commission needs to take a serious look at this issue.  The problem is, five years from now the price of fossil fuels could double and the cost of natural gas electricity could be a steal - but the plant was never built. 

But the city and BPUB needs to sit down with Tenaska and get a straight answer. Do they or do they not have a consumer base to buy the 600 megawatts they need to sell before they build the plant.  If they cannot make the commitment then within the terms of the agreement the BPUB Board needs to pull out of the deal and begin the process of lowering the rates the people pay.

There was no con here.  There was basically dead silence when President Obama stopped the Keystone pipeline.  Why?  The U.S. fossil fuel industry is overwhelmed with fossil fuel which originates in the U.S. and do not want our limited facilities used by the Canadians.  The market is already flooded without adding more Canadian product.

No one predicted what is happening world wide with the glut of fossil fuels.  Venezuela with the largest reserves in the world is bankrupt as a consequence of the fossil fuel glut and incredibly stupid economic policies.

My BPUB bill has consistently gone down since the rate increases because I have taken action.  This month's bill is $60.00 less than last years for the same time period.  I am saving on the AC and water efficient toilets for which the BPUB pays a $50.00 rebate, which is half the cost of the toilet.

But while I agree a change in the supply of fossil fuels world wide has brought down the cost of generating electricity, I cannot support consumers of the BPUB continuing to pay higher rates to fund the construction of a natural gas plant, which by all indications seems to no longer be an option.

To the extent without penalty the BPUB can cancel the contract so as to be able to lower rates until such time as Tenaska can sell its 600 megawatts, the BPUB needs to end its association with Tenaska.

It is no one's fault.  Every fossil fuel producing country is feeling the effects of the over production of fossil fuels. The fact the Republicans did not declare the end of humanity as we know it when President Obama ended the Keystone pipeline proves even the U.S. fossil fuel companies saw the Keystone pipeline as bad business for the U.S. based companies.

The plan was good, but overproduction killed it.  It is time to put Tenaska to bed and for the BPUB to lower rates. I know it is futile for the city and the BPUB to investigate whether Tenaska oversold its market base through fraud, but I believe the representations made by Tenasks need to be revisited.  But in the end what has happened to the price of fuel was not predictable.  It is time we accept the new reality and move on from Tenaska to the extent our contract with Tenaska allows for the BPUB to back out of the deal. 

When the price of fuel goes back up, and it will then the BPUB can reenter a new agreement with Tenaska.

A SIDE NOTE ON AIRLINES

The airlines are saving a fortune on fuel, but continue to raise the cost of flying.  Three months out from Christmas I could not get a good fair.  I could not even cash in 25,000 miles for a ticket.  Hell I cannot even cash in 25,000 for NY for March for my birthday.  I refuse to spend 50,000 miles, so I am going to pay cash for March.  The price of the ticket with lower fuel costs is about $50.00 more than last year.

The airline industry suffered losses for years.  The low cost of fuel with higher fairs is allowing the airlines to build their reserves.  For the industry this is good, but bad for the consumer.  Airline tickets is the one place consumers have not benefited from the lower cost of fuel.

BE WARNED OF AIRLINE CREDIT CARD SCAM

The other night I found an AA fair of $566 with good arrival and departure times.  Since September United arrival times to NY and departure times back to Brownsville have been horrible.  They just were not an option.

So I decided on the American ticket because they were running an ad that if I applied for AA Advantage when I booked I would get a $100 off.  So I chose the flights with good times and then followed the directions for applying for the AA Advantage Card.  They approve me for $4000.  But then they tell you, you cannot use the card for 10 days until you receive it in the mail.  Well by then there will no longer be a ticket for $566,  AA blamed Citibank and Citibank blamed AA for putting up a misleading ad.  I cancelled the card.  Christmas will be in Brownsville, but my B-Day will be in New York.

JUDGE RENE DE COSS V. GLORIA RINCONES

This post is not to be interpreted as an endorsement of one candidate over another. I am simply opening a discussion.  Here is a hard core reality - Rene de Coss cannot win as a Republican.  As of this moment that leaves Gloria Rincones unchallenged for the 445th judicial district court.  To be honest based on an internet search it is not clear to me de Coss is even running for the position.

While some attorneys have told me de Coss is a good judge to be fair it is too early to know if he is a good or bad judge.  But to also be fair I have not heard one bad thing about his performance to date.

When lawyers speak of Gloria Rincones they say she is smart and qualified for the job in terms of knowledge of the law and experience.

The problem is the same lawyers say as to temperament she gets a big "F".  Being competent in the law will never overcome bad judicial temperament.

THE DILEMMA FACING THE CAMERON COUNTY LAWYERS

They know de Coss cannot win as a Republican. This is a presidential election.  Probably half the county is just going to fill in the all Democrat box.  The ballot is going to be double sided with a possible third page for BISD.  Voters are just not going to go through that many options - hence it is just easier to mark straight Democrat.

Many lawyers have been asked to challenge Rincones - not because of her competence in the law, but because of her temperament.  Believe it or not most lawyers just want to go to court and just have a fair shot for their client.  When the other side cheats they want the judges to handle it instead of getting on the attorney who is pointing out the unethical conduct of the other lawyer.  Most lawyers do not want to worry about a judge with a bad temperament.  It makes it a challenge to represent your client.

Even though the lawyers who have been asked to run against Rincones know de Coss cannot win, they do not want to run against someone they respect.

THE PROBLEM

Federal Judge Rolando Olvera, ran as a Republican after being appointed by Governor Perry.  He lost.  With no hard feelings the controlling Republicans released him to run as a Democrat so he could win.  They cared more about Judge Olvera bringing his sense of justice to the bench, than the label under which he ran for office.

When the time came, Republican U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz went to President Obama and pursuant to senatorial courtesy asked that the President nominate Rolando Olvera to be a federal judge.  Judge Olvera had a good record, and President Obama nominated him to be a federal judge where he now serves.  The Republicans did not hold his switch in party labels against him.

René de Coss needs to consider the path of Rolando Olvera and run as a Democrat.  Governor Abbott already anointed him as a trustworthy jurists.  This is what Governor Abbott cares about.

THE OSCAR GARCIA FACTOR

Unlike Rolando Olvera who proved himself as honorable over and over again, Oscar Garcia proved himself a liar and pathologically lying attack dog.  He undid himself through poor character.  Had he taken the path of Rolando Olvera he may still be on the bench, but he instead chose questionable tactics which have permanently cost him support by either Democrats of Republicans.

DE COSS NEEDS TO RUN AS A DEMOCRAT IF HE WANTS TO WIN

I am not saying he is the better choice.  The lawyers need more time to determine if he will be a good judge.  But the lawyers fund the campaigns.  If they like him they will fund him against Gloria Rincones. De Coss needs to decide if he intends to take the path of Rolando Olvera or Oscar Garcia.  His time is short.  But a Democratic Primary of Rincones v. de Coss is de Coss' best chance at retaining his position as judge of the 445th Judicial District Court.
 
LINDSEY GRAHAM BRINGS RATIONAL DISCUSSION TO PARIS ATTACK
 
I cannot get an embedded link so you have to click on the CNN link.  I hate how the Republican Party has been taken over by so many Sharia law fake Christians and hate mongers.  It makes it hard for Independents to listen to rational ideas when put forward by Republicans.  I do not disagree with one word by Senator Graham as to his response to the Paris attack.  I am listening to the substance of his words without allowing myself to be biased by his party affiliation or policy positions on other issues.  On ISIL as he calls them he is spot on.

 
ANOTHER KILLING FIELDS OR END ISIS

When we ignore history we tend to repeat it. The historical documents prove FDR and his administration were fully aware of the slaughter of millions of Jews, and others and chose to do nothing.  We knew about the killing fields in Cambodia and chose to do nothing until millions were dead.

Now the same people in mind who advocated for doing nothing as millions died in German gas chambers and millions died in Cambodia are blaming the French for trying to stop the slaughter by radicalized Muslims in the Middle East.

According to the people blaming France for the attacks the following is okay.

" The attacks were carried out by militants who some suspect are linked to the Islamic State.
Marchers in Kabul on Wednesday walked for almost four hours with the coffins of the victims, which included the body of Shukria, a 9-year-old girl,"

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I have two grand nephews who have seen up close the collateral damage done by the U.S. to children, but they have also seen the collateral damage done to children by the radicalized Muslims.  They can get the images of the soldiers out of their heads, but the children are a different story.

Every day woman are stoned to death or beheaded.  Entire ethnic groups, which ISIS or one of the many other groups with similar Sharia law values, are put to death every day.  Hundreds of thousands have died and fled their homes.  Europe is facing a refugee crisis.  There is no place to put all of the refugees.  They are not fleeing their home countries because of the collateral damage by U.S. and other country drone attacks, they are fleeing the radicalized Muslims.  They know if the U.S. fails their lives are over.

So yes, the U.S., France and others are killing innocent men, women and children as part of the collateral damage.  But if you for one second think ISIS attacked Paris because of the dead children you are beyond ignorant.  They attacked Paris because they are counting on those blaming France for the attacks to convince the West to pull out and allow ISIS to turn the Middle East into another Killing Fields or Auschwitz until those in charge believe the entire Middle East is cleansed of those they deem to be heretics.

When they killed a Jordanian pilot by beheading the King of Jordon sent a strong message of resistance.  We need to triple up on the drone strikes.  We need to do a better job in getting these towns evacuated ahead of the attacks.  [correction from informed reader "They killed the pilot by locking him in a cage, splashing him with flammable liquid and igniting it. Beheading would have been merciful." ]  This is when the BV works best - thanks for the professional manner in which you presented the important correction.

We cannot avoid collateral deaths of innocents, but we can avoid the cleansing of the Middle East of all so called heretics which will certainly be in the millions.  As cleansing continues Europe will continue to be flooded with refugees, and refugees by the thousands will die at sea.  Somehow this seems to be a viable option for those who blame France.

We sat back as thousands of Jews and others went to gas showers and then the ovens.  We sat back as the Cambodian cities were emptied and millions died.  The question is do we sit back again and claim clean hands by avoiding several thousand innocent dead caused by collateral damage, or do we accept the several thousand innocent dead by collateral damage in order to save millions?

Humanity does the latter - those who love to repeat failed history do the former.