Thursday, June 30, 2016


This is the 3rd highest prize in its history.  Experience teaches us that by tonight the number will go up as people rush to buy tickets.  We will see another jump tomorrow as the deadline to buy a ticket rises.  $450 million is an easy prediction.  But depending on the frenzy it could easily hit $500 million.


If I am to believe the chatter there are a million good stories out there.  The problem is there is no evidence to support any of the stories.

There is one story which a key fact can be verified by everyone with very little effort.  The question the fact raises would cause a storm of chatter.  But until the story is ready I have promised the source to not even ask the question based on the 100% verifiable fact.


I have not hid the fact I support the removal of all 4 Trustees up for reelection.  Unfortunately I am convinced some of the same people who cannot win and are spoilers will announce.  This will only benefit the incumbents.

OP10.33 is in love with Desesperanza Zendejas so it will back Jose Chirinos to protect her.  Carlos Marin and Cata Presas-Garcia are friends, so Marin will make sure OP10.33 does nothing to hurt her.  I have no idea where Otis Powers stands in all of this.  I do know the majority want Minerva Peña gone so we can expect OP10.33 to go after her - but some say things may have changed on this once she made it to United Brownsville.

Mike Hernandez made a big mistake by going public he was going to clean house of the bad politicians.  Which incumbents are going to work with him if they believe he will target them?  The ones doing his bidding that's who.  You either do Mike Hernandez bidding or face a challenger.

BISD will remain the largest bastion of corruption in Brownsville because  the spoilers will help the incumbents win.  You bring in OP10.33, and the candidates which may actually care will not have a fighting chance.

There are ton of names out their, but the BV will not  name any of them until they themselves formally announce.

The Internet chatter in Brownsville only serves to hurt Brownsville.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I know a lot of my readers find my faith to be boring.   I am not imposing anything on you.  You must find your own way and have faith in it.  There is not one path.  The only correct path is the one which sustains you.  If you have not found one, I pray some day you will.

These posts are giving me the strength I need.  If I could I would take every ounce of pain my sister is feeling,  She and her husband had a great retirement planned.  They were bringing their three daughters. son in laws and endless grandchildren to SPI this summer.  I hope my sister will have the strength to still come if her husband passes.  I know Kenny, it is what he would want.  It was their plan.  It saddens me to know how hard they both worked for a great retirement with their children and grandchildren and now it appears gone.  My sister loves her granddaughters,  Her one grandson will graduate next year and probably go Navy.  But she will spend endless hours teaching her granddaughters how to sew and cook and do crafts.  In time she will be fine.

I close this with Psalm 23


Sorry for no post on Tuesday - I was sick in bed all day.  Imagine not being able to breath and it feels like your lungs are being squeezed.  It leaves me in bed.  Wednesday I have another thoracic CAT scan.  They are scheduled every 6 months to monitor the situation.

I do not believe in death, only passing.  I do not believe Joshua aka Jesus believed in the Judeo/Christian/Islamic god of hate and judgment.  I believe a careful reading of his words shows he believed we all as a group form God, and our power is in our faith in what we each have inside of us.

The day I lose this faith, I will give up.

This is the year of passing.  I am on hold to leave for NY.  This year both my sister and brother in law underwent cancer treatment and surgery.  It was my sister's second cancer surgery.  She is doing fine as to her health,  Compared to me she is a bull.  She is strong beyond human comprehension.

Her husband was declared clear of esophageal cancer a few months ago, after two separate hospitalizations lasting over two months.  Well he collapsed last week and learned today he has inoperable brain cancer.

They can give him radiation treatment to shrink the tumor enough to relieve the pain, but not to cure it.  My sister is an optimist and still hopes once he it no longer in the horrible pain he will gain the strength to fight this.  The doctors have been wrong so many times, what the future holds is anyone's guess.

Earlier in the year after surviving two different cancers my brother in law died at age 94.  I still consider it a gift that I was given the power to order the end of his life support.  He was ready and I gave him what he wanted.

Then my friend's granddaughter died after 18 hours of life.

My eldest brother is dying a horrible death and the scumbag state of Texas has found he has no right to a guardian, an attorney or access to his money.  His insurance pays 100% of his nursing home so the government has no right to take his money.  It is going to the lawyer friends of the judge.  I have it stopped for now.

For a variety of reasons I have found standing and jurisdiction to sue Texas in federal court to force the appointment of a guardian.  They have him in a cesspool of a nursing home in a city where he has no family.  The neglect of the nursing home killed his wife.  The state has investigated and found nothing wrong with their refusal to feed him - he has no use of his hands.  He has lost well over 70 pounds.  He broke his hip after falling out of bed repeatedly.  The state of Texas found this to not be neglect.  Our family has been told the state will hold unto his money and no guardian will be appointed,  We cannot even communicate with him out of fear the court will hold us in contempt for trying to scare him.  He has no idea what is happening, He cannot comprehend his wife has died.

But I spend money I do not have because I promised to care for him as my brother.

Financially the last thirty days have been bad.  I had to buy a new car.  The Home Warranty Insurance company refused to honor the warranty so that cost me $900 for a new hot water heater.  After waiting since February for my new three outside French doors I finally have them but the man who agreed to install them has disappeared. It has to be someone who understands the windstorm requirements,

Mike's Plumbing and Electrical is refusing to comply with the permit and inspection rules for Brownsville and the Permit office refuses to help.  He wants me to pay for his code violations.  It is not going to happen.

But I still have my faith.  I will find the money I need to get my brother's case into federal court against the State of Texas.  I would never give a nickel to any veterans organization.  I have looked for help all over the state and country and all any of them want donations,.  Guardianship advocacy groups will tell you they cannot help but then endlessly email you for money.  The entire thing is a joke.

My brother did 25 years in the Army with two tours in Vietnam.  Between the insurance, his monthly income, and and money in the bank he can afford $10.000 a month for a nursing home and will still be leaving his son a nice inheritance.  One of the best specialists in the US in Houston is prepared to treat the lesions on his brain caused by the neurofibroma but the scumbag Republican judges have said no - the money is going to their lawyer friends and he must die in a cesspool of a nursing home without any family around to help him, or access to the specialist.

But I still have my faith.  How I will meet July's bills without having to pay penalties to dip into my retirement I do not know.  But I will.  A last minute ticket to NY is going to kill me financially, but I will be there for my sister,

My faith will sustain me and get me through this.  And for the record there is no prayer to God for help.  God knows what I need and he will make sure I get what I need, and if that means digging into my retirement I am cool with that.  God will have his reasons.

My faith will sustain me.  Hopefully the worst of this year is behind my family,

Let's face reality, I have no problems compared to all of the children dying of starvation and war. Compared to them I am the luckiest person on the planet.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Monday, June 27, 2016


With TSC, the City of Brownsville, and Commissioners Court all feckless when it comes to job creation, our Republican Governor and his administration worked to get SATA an Italian manufacturing firm to come to Brownsville.  While our local yokels did nothing, it was a Republican Texas Administration who made this happen.

Part of the deal is a work force training center which will be on IH69, and not SH550 as desired by Carlos Marin and Mike Hernandez.

Long before anyone heard of Mike Hernandez this deal along with the work force training center were moving forward with the assistance of Texas A & M.  Mike Hernandez showed up just in time to say he would make this happen, even though it was already a done deal.  Also Texas rejected Marin's and Hernandez desire to build the work force training center on land they chose on SH 550.


If I were the Cameron County Republican Party I would be taking out full page ads in Sunday's paper touting how it took a Republican governor and his staff to bring a major manufacturing company to Brownsville along with a new jobs training center.  This is how you build the Party and get the independents to vote Republican along with the disheartened Democrats.

There are two basic truisms in politics - all politics is local, and bread and butter issues trump all other issues.

At a national level the Republican Party is in big trouble.  There is no contribution to our economy they can take credit for, and they are running like hell from the religious right.

But locally where local issues really matter, Governor Abbott delivered to the people of Brownsville on a key bread and butter issue.

But alas, the local Republican Party is too fractured and ignorant of how politics work to use Governor Abbot's success to their advantage.

The BV reports the good, the bad, and the ugly.  It would be dishonest to always be trashing the Republicans, when the facts show a Republican Texas Administration is doing for Brownsville and Cameron county what the Democrats have failed to do for decades.

You have to give credit where credit is due.  The good news for the Democrats is, the local Republicans have no idea how to use this accomplishment to their advantage.  Locally no one really cares about the social issues.  Local is bread and butter, and Governor Abbott has delivered both.


Considering there are 50 states it is amazing three opinion would come down involving Texas in two weeks.  I have not seen the final number but I expect it will show there were only 70-80 opinions this term.  In addition to these three there were others from Texas.

First we saw the immigration order from Judge Hanen effectively affirmed because of a tie vote thereby leaving the Court of Appeals decision intact.  This will change after the election, assuming Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

The Court then affirmed as constitutional the admission process at U.T. in which an Anglo plaintiff claimed it was discriminatory against Anglos.

Today the Court in a 5/3 decision found Texas' new restrictive abortion unconstitutional.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Christians as a group tend to be intolerant.  There is no doubt in my mind the more hateful Catholics are going to react very negatively to the following statements by Pope Francis.  Is it any wonder Joshua has never returned.  

"Aboard a flight home from Armenia, Pope Francis fielded a pointed question from reporters: Did he agree with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, said gays deserve an apology from the Church?

His answer was frank.
"I believe that the Church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," the Pope told reporters, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons."

"The Church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times — when I say 'the Church,' I mean we Christians because the Church is holy; we are the sinners," the Pope said. "We Christians must say we are sorry."
Marx, a close adviser to Pope Francis, had told a conference in Dublin that the Church must apologize for having consistently marginalized gay people in the course of its history. At the mention of the Orlando shooting, theCatholic News Service reports the Pope closed his eyes as if in pain — then expanded on Marx's comments.
Source NPR


The Columbian Exchange brought peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and corn to the world.  All of these are now basic staples in international cuisine.  Without our cultures constantly meshing, we would still be in the dark ages, and Europe would have died of starvation a long time ago.

Friday, June 24, 2016


The primary problem with journalism is the need to be first and headlines which make good copy.  In today's world of cheap journalism and blogging there is no time for research.  

Before the election of Tony Zavaleta the four votes were there to end Lily Tercero's employment at TSC. Ed Rivera and Kiko Rendon knew once they left Lily would have been pushed out had they not put the contract extension on the agenda while they still had a vote.  This is the type good government Mike Hernandez wants to push on Brownsville and Cameron county.

I have said this before, since day one Lily Tercero was working in a mine field.  She was up against a staff all upset with the changes which she had nothing to do with, but came with the separation from UTB.  She had the pro UTB people within TSC and in the community doing everything they could to undermine her efforts.  She had a dysfunctional Board unable to come to a meeting of the minds as to how best proceed.  Then when Adela Garza was not voted Board President she went on the attack putting out endless lies and disinformation about the accreditation process - a process which UTB tried to undermine.

Dr. Tercero quickly realized she had no cohesiveness in her staff or Board, and had to become a micro-manager.  This angered the staff who then complained to Board members.  Her choice was to do nothing, because the staff if left to their means were determined to make her life hell, or to take the bull by the horns for forced changes.  Well the latter never works.

Long before the election the BV discussed this issue and the fact I was pulling my support from Ed Rivera and Kiko Rendon because they were the two telling Dr. Tercero to not worry and do as she pleased.  When you are at war with your staff your organization will fail.  Had Ed Rivera and Kiko Rendon worked with the other Board members to try and fix the discord, things may have gone differently.

I asked a source why the person who was responsible for keeping track of the windstorm insurance still had a job and the answer was they did not know.  Upon discovery of the mistake Dr. Tercero should have fired this person right away.

Texas A & M is trying real hard to help us, but apparently Dr. Tercero does not understand she has to be leading TSC on this issue.  The damage she has inflicted upon herself with the help of Ed Rivera and Kiko Rendon has now gone too far.

TSC is not BISD.  An independent lawyer will review everything and based on her written contract and mistakes a legal opinion will be rendered.  In my opinion she should just leave.  In Laredo she was ranked 4th among the candidates for the community college.  She is going to have to accept a high level administrators job somewhere if she expects to find a job.

If independent counsel can find within her contract a way to remove her without a lawsuit to follow, her time at TSC has come to an end.


It is a foregone conclusion Adela Garza is going to become the Board President.  The Board needs to make clear to her if she cannot behave they will remove her real fast.  This Board needs to unify and fast.  They need to find a president who understands the past mistakes and who understands the importance of the Texas A & M relationship.

My prediction on Adela Garza is simple - she will fail and then we the community need to hold the Board Members accountable for voting her in.  They know she will fail, but are simply hoping to shut her up by voting her in.  No guys - let her whine and vote someone in who can unite the Board and help guild the Board to hire a new president.  But I know politics - Adela will get the job and then all the Board members will lie and claim shock when she fails.  They know she tried to hurt the TSC brand by putting out false information about the accreditation process.  You do not reward this behavior. 

This Board messed up big time when they adopted the instructor baby-sitter method of teaching.  Technology is good but not when used as a substitute for real instruction.  

History and Political Science are two of the courses where the nursing students should be developing their critical thinking skills.  The Board by adopting the baby sitting method of instruction using technology, took away from the nursing students the critical thinking courses which prep them for nursing.  

The CEO at Valley Baptist personally told me the nursing students today just do not care.   They are in it for the money.  From first hand knowledge I can tell you they have no problem solving skills and they really do not care.  

Until TSC returns to traditional teaching methods while incorporating technology where appropriate such as the Smart Board, or a study hall with computer programs which help the students through their math problems while still getting traditional instruction in the classroom I would tell everyone - do not send your children to TSC.

While working on my Masters in Education at UT Arlington, about half of my classes were on line.  I do not study well with others.  My learning methods are different so it is a waste of time for me to work in a group.  But I know based on speaking with the other students they would sit in groups and take the tests on line all together while looking up the answers. never having actually read the material.  Online courses promote cheating.  You have preprogrammed tests graded by a computer with no human involvement by an instructor.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016



I thought she was going to be 15 come August but based on older posts it appears she is only going to be 14.  She is doing very well for her age.  She is a bit demanding when she wants something.  She knows to demand what she wants when the phone rings, I am in the kitchen or speaking with a guest or my roommate.  You either give her two treats of put her outside.

Health wise she is doing great.  Her leg tumor surgery has not slowed her down one bit.  She sleeps late which I like.  She goes outside when I wake up does her business and then sits around the pool, unless I close the door.  Then she demands to come in.  Then she demands to go out.  We go one round and she knows she has to make a decision.  Most of the time she just gives in and allows me to close the door until it gets too hot and she wants to come in.

She is still great with the kids and anyone who comes into the house.  I tell her time for a bath and she walks into my large walk in shower with no fight.  She likes being clean and the shower massage. 

Well I have a very busy day - if a story breaks I will be back.


The court split 4/4 which means the court of appeals decision to uphold Hanen's order remains in place.  There is still time for the Obama Administration to file a Motion for Rehearing, and have a new 9 member Supreme Court actually decide the case.  This case will come down to who wins the White House in November.

The decision to not actually decide the case only means pro immigration activists are only going to work harder to register Latino voters and get the Latino vote out for the Democrats.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016



The BV is the only blog which promotes Brownsville in its logo and the only blog which promotes solutions.  After nearly a decade of calling for TSC to create a program for robotics training, Texas A & M is teaming up with the State to make it a reality.  I have spent a decade explaining why we need to expand the runway.  It is being worked on.  I can go on and on.  No other blogger has used their blog to promote Brownsville for its potential why analyzing the core problems facing Brownsville.

Jim Barton lies and creates bogus conspiracy theories because he can.  He can count on the trolls who have nothing better to do to than post pathetic nasty comments to his blog.  If you challenge Jim's integrity his response is always the same - a meltdown - post lies about his wife - dead silence.  What a man.

My claim that Mike Hernandez supports Tad Hasse in his efforts was a copy and past from Mike Hernandez OP10.33 FB page.  But you would not know that  from Barton's lies.

"In his latest diatribe, Bobby, after chastising local bloggers for engaging in conspiracy theories, comes out next sentence with a doozy of his own; that Tad Hasse is now being supported by Mike Hernandez III's OP 10.33 in his efforts to see to it that the public, not the County Commissioner's Court, names our next tax assessor"

The following are Mike Hernandez words not mine. "We believe that it is imperative to have new leadership in the County Tax Assessor – Collector position. We fully support Mr. Hasse's efforts supporting full transparency in local government."  

They are readily found on his FB page.  Tad posted a thank you in response.  You really need help Jimbo.  People attack your wife and as the pathetic husband you are you remain silent.  People call you out as the con artist you are and you have a meltdown.

What is beyond bizarre is Barton then actually quotes me wherein I clearly say there is no conspiracy with Mike Hernandez, and that the only reason the bloggers are not making one up which would be a lie is because Hasse is protected from their lies.

""Now the only reason you are not reading claims by Montoya and Barton that Hasse is now taking money from Hernandez is because Tad Hasse is protected from their made up conspiracy theories.

Barton certainly knows when I say made up I mean there is no conspiracy, but he has to attack with lies because once again he was called out for what he is, a con artist, he had no choice


I called him out on his bogus conspiracy theory based on the fact Eddie Lucio III was hired long before any OP10.33 signs went up.

Unwilling to admit he had his facts wrong again he posted the following:

"As for the timing of Eddie III's hire by Mike III, that's less relevant than it's ongoing nature."  If this were true Jimbo why did you do an entire post claiming Mike is not going away and the proof is he has brought on Lucio III?  

Jim you have no sources which is why you tell people to not speak with me.  The majority of elected officials and their staff readily feed me information.  Why?  Because they know I can be trusted. You have no idea what i do and how I help so many of our elected officials.   I did not approach Mike.  Mike was told to call me on a belief I would protect him.  He like you is an idiot.  You claim I protected him and supported him.  No Jimbo I refuted your lies, Montoya's lies, and McHale's lies. You got Mike to call me because of my willingness to call out your lies.  Without you, Montoya and McHale he never would have called me.  

Pay attention Jimbo because we all know you have no intellect - refuting lies against someone is not the same as supporting them.  It's called believing in the truth.  

You hate I report the good the bad and the ugly.  You proved with your boy toy Roman Perez even when he lies to you about an email to protect him you will continue to attack his victim based solely on your hatred of Rick Longoria.  That is sick boy - get help.


Tad Hasse posted a thank you to Mike for his support.  Call Tad and see if he tells you the truth.  i also made it clear I would form no opinions about the relationship between Mike and Tad until I see campaign finance reports.  Unlike you with no evidence you with one of your bogus conspiracy theories claimed Evelyn Cantu was being financed by Mike Hernandez. The fact she had no campaign which meant no money meant nothing to you.  You knew your ignorant troll readers would not care about the obvious lack of evidence. 

Like i said I will form my opinion once the campaign finance reports are out.  I expect I will find nothing.  My sources within Mike's organization have told me he researched Tad Hasse and wants nothing to do with him.  He found out Tad has failed at every political endeavor he has engaged in.  Mike also was not well received by Commissioners court.  If Mike works with Tad it will be to use him and given Tad's ego Tad will take the bait.

You might get sources Jim then you will not have to make up bogus conspiracy theories.  


Mike Hernandez officially announced OP10.33's censorship rules.  This is what Mike calls transparency.  His rules now include blocking anyone you reports negatively on his activity.

"Strict Code of Honor:
* HONESTY - Freedom from deceit or fraud
* HONOR - Complete fairness and integrity in one's actions
* JUSTICE - Moral principle determining just conduct with others
* CHARITY - Act of giving without the prospect of personal gain
* OPPORTUNITY - Condition favorable for attainment of one's goals
Op10.33 will monitor and review all comments and posts to ensure that they comply with our rules. We reserve the right to delete comments or posts that we deem are abusive, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate. Repeat offenders will be banned from our Facebook page".

Mike demanded proof that Eddie Lucio III is dishonest.  I posted a Herald article to show Lucio III's history of dishonesty.  I then gave him a list of names of people who have been charged by Saenz and found not guilty or had the charges dropped.  Mike Hernandez unable to defend his indefensible position deleted all of the exchanges and then posted this laughable policy.
Mike Hernandez may think pissing on the graves of all those who have died in service to this country is funny, but it is not. Tony Yzaguirre is innocent until proven guilty and getting on a mob bandwagon to convince people Tony is guilty so a write in candidate can win is a slap in the face to everyone who ever died in service to this country.  No matter how much Mike hates it I will stand on one of the most fundamental rights we have "innocent until proven guilty."
Instead of admitting he messed up again by aligning again with the wrong person he censors those who speak the truth.  The man knows nothing about transparency.
 I will stand and defend our right to speak out against his tactics, which now include censorship, and claiming honesty means deleting factual claims which do not serve his staff of con artists.
I have never met a man so determined at self destruction.  


I was looking at OP10.33's FB when I saw this.

We believe that it is imperative to have new leadership in the County Tax Assessor – Collector position. We fully support Mr. Hasse's efforts supporting full transparency in local government."
Now the only reason you are not reading claims by Montoya and Barton that Hasse is now taking money from Hernandez is because Tad Hasse is protected from their made up conspiracy theories.
Someone I have never heard of and was not at Tad Hasse's event I believe was claiming an interest in running for Tax Assessor as a write in and was taking Hernandez to task for associating with Eddie Lucio III.  
Hernandez demanded proof that Lucio III was bad.  I sent him an article from the Herald which Hernandez termed gossip and should be posted on the blog and not on his FB page.

From the Herald Article:
"Lucio III and Isbell said the loan guarantee does not guarantee favors from the would-be legislator, and both pointed to their longtime friendship.

Lucio Sr. has lead the way to make it easier for the owners of these bingo parlors to make money on proceeds which are to go to charity.  Isbell's organization was in trouble and the Texas Lottery commission was ready to pull many of their bingo operating permits.  Then the Lucio's got involved and all was resolved.

Nearly two years an investigator with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission found Isbell was illegally selling beer without a license and to minors but refused to issue a citation because as the investigator told me, DA Saenz will not prosecute Isbell and he is protected.  The minor while driving his mother's car from International Bingo drunk as a skunk caused property damage to other vehicles.  The insurance paid.


After he called the story gossip for the blogs - no Mike the entire matter was investigated by the Herald and American Statesman and the connection to the Lucios, I went after Mike for defending the indefensible.

I noted he opposes gossip but is ready to throw our constitution to the wind and find Tony Yzaguirre guilty before a trial by endorsing Tad Hasse's efforts.   I noted to Mike that being charged is not the same as being guilty.  I gave him specific cases - Manuel Velez released from death row after Saenz's bogus conviction of Velez.  I noted Judge Chew dismissed the case against Sonny Pedraza after DA Saenz failed to put on any evidence during the trial that Pedraza committed any crime.  I noted the case of Josefina Fisher who Saenz charged with obscene language for calling Yolanda Begum a fake - a charge which an honest judge dismissed for what it was political.

I'm going to wait for a jury to review the evidence and respect their findings before I destroy Tony Yzaguirre based on an allegation.  This lynch mob mentality has to stop.  But Gonzalez wants power so if you are charged you are guilty - no trial - no due process - nothing - the great Mike Hernandez gets to declare you guilty.


Once Mike could not defend himself he did what all small minded men do, he deleted all of the exchanges.

This was Mike not Carlos Marin - Mike has now defined himself.  He is going to try and quiet anyone who will not get in line with his con jobs.  


Will the bloggers go after Tad Hasse if there is evidence of an influx of money to help him with the write in candidate idea ?- which will fail such as every other political endeavor tried by Hasse.  But Mike Hernandez sees a chance to influence the process and praises Hasse.  The palanca vote has this election sealed.  It is a presidential race year.  The ballot is large.  Long term Democrats are going to just mark Democrat and be done with it.  I do not.  There are a lot of Third Party candidates running for statewide office where there are no Democrats on the ballot.  Because I support the idea of Third Parties I always vote for the Third Party Candidate before I will vote Republican.  The vote matters because it helps the Third Parties remain on the statewide ballot.

Again Mike Hernandez did no research and just went with it. He wants power and the harder he works at it the worse he looks.

His money will be all over the BISD election and so long as the candidates are willing to pay Montoya and McHale they will not care the money comes from Mike Hernandez - they will take it and change their story on Mike.

Do we really want someone who favors censorship and refuses straight answers to the people influencing our elections?  Well our opinion will not matter  - Mike knows McHale and Montoya are for sale and if need be he will make sure money goes their way.  He will not research who they are  - it's not Mikes style.


Mike claims to want to work with all of Cameron county to pull us out of poverty created by his compadres' corruption.  He says he supports transparency - but censors those of us exposing his con.  Now here is the deal, he says he supports Tad Hasse's efforts at a write in candidate to replace Tony Yzaguirre even though he has been found guilty of nothing, and in effect declares Commissioners Court not trustworthy in selecting a replacement for Yzaguirre if it comes to that. If he is announcing up front he does not trust Commissioners court to do the right thing, how does he expect to work with them?

The following quote from Casa Blanca best describes Mike Hernandez:

“You know how you sound…? Like a man who’s trying to convince himself of something he doesn’t believe in his heart.”

I have more to say, but I have work - so maybe tomorrow.

Monday, June 20, 2016


I could not afford my home if I had to pay someone to do every repair or remodel. I still need a lot of lessons.  Every trip to NY I enjoy when he drags me to his summer home to do work.  Last March we installed a new hot water heater in the basement.  The hard part was getting the old one back up the stairs. I learned a lot about installing a natural gas hot water heater.  

I was told I was lucky that this time he turned off the gas first before he turned on the torch.  It is just a flash, but to the inexperienced it could be nerve racking. 

Everyone must learn to use their mind and hands.  It is sad our schools no longer mandate shop.  I learned a lot in shop.  Woodwork is still my favorite thing to do.  But I can do basic plumbing, electrical, and drywall.  In fact after two plumbers could not stop my garbage disposal from busting open at the pipe connection, I finally measured the pipe and realized it was an inch too short which is why it kept on pulling out.  I just bought a new pipe.  I should have trusted my skills and just done it myself from day one.
Posted by Jessica yesterday.

"First week on the job and our city now has an additional ambulance serving our city. Excellent job, Chief Carlos Elizondo Melguizo"

Jessica fails to understand anyone can capture anything she posts on her FB and send it to me.  But yet she continues to censor anyone who speaks the truth about her.

If you are to believe Jessica without any contract bidding, Carlos Elizondo in one week used city money to buy a new fire engine.  This fire engine was bid on and bought months ago - but with Jessica she cannot help but mislead people and lie.


Freedom of speech is about more than to speak your mind.  It only serves the people if it is honest and based on no sacred cows.  I do not care the profession - everything has become a con.  I do not know who is worse the judges who engage in the corruption or those who remain silent about the truth because they fear the consequences.  One way or the other neither are meeting their oath of office.


Bert Ogden had the nerve to call me to drive and hour and a half round trip to pick up the wrong new plates because they messed up, and then have me wait an hour at the tax office to try an convince them to give me the $80.00 Bert Ogden paid them for the wrong plates, and to reissue the correct plates.

I am tire of this new business model - we pay for the service and then have to do their job.  Bert Ogden is going to have their employee drive to Brownsville and fix the problem or we are going to have problems.  I have my plates - I signed the forms to transfer them to the new car, they messed up not me.  They are going to fix it not me.


When I started to have problems with this computer, HP tried to fix the hard drive and after two failed attempts finally sent a new hard drive.  It came over night.  I got it on Friday - the tech just left with the new hard drive installed.  During round one the attempted fix and insurance cost me about $140.  I think maybe only $120.  HP honored their agreement no questions asked.  Why has this become such a difficult problem for corporate America?


I use to trust NPR and the NYT, but have now seen enough biased articles that I trust neither.  The Washington Post is somewhat reliable, but at times is overtly biased.  When these major news organizations cannot be trusted, it reflects on our nation and its values.  I get they need to make money, but today based on the corporate model running these organizations there would be no Watergate or Pentagon Papers.

Blogging as a hobby is not easy because it takes time, costs money if you are going to do the research properly, and pays nothing unless you are bought.

Mike Hernandez's biggest mistake was not putting money on the table for McHale and Montoya.  Had he paid them Mike Hernandez would have been painted as the second coming and the elections may have gone the other way.

Carlos Marin is the enemy not because of what he has done wrong, which is plenty, but because he will not pay McHale and Montoya.  But they both take Marin's money indirectly by backing candidates for money who take Marin's money.

Marin is going to help fund Cata Presas-Garcia's campaign and both will take her money for ads without blinking an eye.

The blogs have not become what they can become because educated people see then as bought and paid for whores to the highest bidder.

Educated people do not want to see the endless insults so they do not read or trust the blogs.

I can honestly say I hate the blogs and go days without reading them.  Most stories are half ass without any interest in getting the full story.  It is about good copy and not facts.

For all of the money Evelyn Cantu got from Mike Hernandez where was it spent?   There were no mailers - nothing.  The so called library conspiracy was based on nothing more than a hatred for Tony Martinez.  All any blogger had to do was go to the library to see the space was being used - but facts do not make good copy - only bogus conspiracy theories make good copy

This was my post today, but I decided the issue of the blogs needed to be added to put this into context.  Every person seeking to run as a write in has zero respect for our constitution.  Everyone of them would be yelling from the hill top Innocent Until Prove Guilty is they were the ones being charged.  But they are not so they are yelling guilty because Tony has been charged.  Sorry guys, not a one of you are fit to hold public office if you cannot respect such a fundamental concept of Innocent Until Proven Guilty. Each of your are nothing but an opportunist without any regard for our constitution.
Our constitution matters or it does not.  I was very uncomfortable with the idea of a write in based solely on the fact Tony Yzaguirre has been charged with a crime.  People are found innocent all of the time.  Do we forget that for money Saenz charged Josefina Fisher with obscene language for calling Yolanda Begum a fake, only to have an honest judge dismiss the charges for what they were - politically motivated.
You may see me blogging a lot less.  I have no interest in the BISD election.  It is already so corrupted there is no chance of an honest person being elected.  Even if an honest person were to run and be able to raise the money, McHale and Montoya will go on the attack unless they pay, and the fools will believe McHale's bogus polls and bogus proclamations of his non-existent news organization for South Texas.
I have one story left in me.  I am working on it.  Until I have the documents to prove the claim the story is going nowhere. I am disgusted with the blogs and feel dirty to be a blogger in Brownsville.  Trust me, Carlos Marin's candidates would have done a lot better had he just paid Montoya and McHale - it is not about what is best for the people, but what is best for the bloggers pockets. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Saturday, June 18, 2016




Zavaleta 902

Cantu 404


Zavaleta  1287

Cantu        547

A TSC representative must be present before early voting can be released.  I am told the TSC representative has promised to be at the election's office before 7 p.m.  We might see the early voting returns by 7:05 to 7:10 p.m.

Early voting returns and mail ballots should be posted by 7:15 p.m. or a bit earlier.

Click for returns once posted.

Click for returns posted on TSC web page


There is a lot of concern coming from several individuals that the mail ballot count is too high.  Under current law, the Elections Office must send out mail ballots for every election to anyone who registered for the year.  You register for mail ballots once a year - then in every election after that whether you intend to vote or not you will still get a mail ballot.


Zavaleta 249

Cantu      133

There are currently 219 mail ballots received - this could change with the afternoon mail and any walk in mail ballots before 7:00 p.m.

In Round One there were 498 mail ballots.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


With the TSC election about to be over, rumors are running wild as to who is running and who is not running for BISD. I  have not hidden my belief that Cata Presas-Garcia, Otis Powers, Minerva Peña and Jose Chirinos have to go. I could be wrong but all 4 are up for reelection.

I am not going to print rumors as to who is and is not going to run.  Once someone announces the BV will cover their announcement.

This is going to be a difficult election.  Mike Hernandez of OP10.33 thinks Desesperanza Zendejas is the best thing to happen to BISD.  This means Mike will be backing at least Cata Presas-Garcia because she has Carlos Marin's backing, and Jose Chirinos because he is part of Zendejas protection.  Now with Presas-Garcia hating Minerva Peña Carlos Marin may be able to get Mike Hernandez to back a candidate against Minerva.  The problem then becomes, if Mike goes after Minerva, which I think would be a good thing because like I said all 4 have to go, people will back Minerva rather than give Mike an in at BISD.

I have no idea where Otis Powers stands in this mix.

Desesperanza Zendejas and Joe Rodriguez are tight.  They will protect Jose Chirinos so we can expect OP10.33 to fund Chirinos.  If for some reason Mike Hernandez finally sees the light and backs a challenger to Chirinos that could hurt the candidate.  The best we can hope for is Mike Hernandez  just completely staying out of the BISD election. The problem is Carlos Marin will back his puppets and that will reflect on Mike Hernandez and OP10.33 and there is nothing Mike Hernandez can do to stop it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


To be fair the demise of consumer rights began with Democrat Dan Morales who eventually did prison time for corruption related to the tobacco settlement.


I am beyond steamed that the Democrats yesterday disrupted the House over the Orlando killing to push gun control.  Guns do not kill people, deranged people kill people.  The evidence which has come out clearly shows this man was filled with hate towards the gay community, hate fueled by the Republicans and religious zealots of all religions.  and their fanatical supporters.  Not one word from the elected Democrats on how hate speech fuels this kind of violence.   Yes we need a few more regulations of guns, but yesterday was not the day to use for political agenda - Yesterday was the day to speak to hate speech and its consequences.


When Jim Mattox was the AG Texas was considered the most favorable state for consumers.  We had strong laws against deceptive trade practices, and an AG willing to enforce the law.

As I type I am one week without hot water.  The new one is being installed as I type.  I have home warranty insurance.  Tomorrow the Insurance DTPA letter will go out once I have all the final bills.

I have home warranty insurance for these type matters.  It has a $60 deductible.  The insurance company promised the plumber was coming last Tuesday night.  He never showed or called.  The next morning he called to say he was on his way - he never showed - this went on all day until about 5:15 p.m.

When he got here after looking into the utility closet he said it would be $375, plus the $60 deductible.  He said there were code violations and I had to pay for those.  One problem the day before the city inspector for plumbing had just cleared all of the plumbing in the utility closet including the hot water heater.  That is when we saw it was leaking.

I threw him out.  This was the second time my insurance company sent the same thieving plumber.  Last time they put me in collections even though I had proof the deductible check had cleared already.  They threatened to cancel the policy.  I had to pay a second time.  Eventually their lawyers ordered a refund.  In that case I had to pay the plumber $150 to move the AC drainage pipe to a different PVC pipe to drain it.

I called the insurance company and offered to send them the report showing no code violations.  They offered $365 for me to find my own plumber.  You cannot buy a new hot-water heater and install it for $365.


These plumbers they hire get paid nearly nothing so they have to find problems not covered by the insurance in order to make money.  Well I had written proof of no code violations.  I demanded they send a new plumber and they refused.

So they will pay the $900 I am paying for the job, or in two months we will be in court and they will pay their attorney $30,000 or more.  And they will - why? because for every 20,000 or so people they try and cheat only one will sue, so it is still to their advantage to engage in deceptive trade practices.

Since the Republicans took control of the state government over 20 years ago, consumer laws have been destroyed.  This is why it is so easy for companies to cheat us.  Perry Homes owns the Texas Supreme Court which is why it is nearly impossible for a homeowner to win a lawsuit for a poorly constructed home.

Monday, June 13, 2016


I am limited in what I can say because I believe if I say what I was told, my source would be exposed.  But a very high level administrator within the city told me the city commission is 100% on board with giving/exchanging Lincoln Park with UT.

It will eventually be voted on, if it has not already been voted on during the illegal discussions during executive session.

Also a city commissioner is challenging me to secure tapes of executive session for specific dates wherein we will hear discussion of legal issues even though they were not listed on the Public Agenda.  In fact I was told it is now common practice for the commissioners to discuss any number of things not on the agenda during executive session and then take informal and formal votes so when the issue is formally put on the agenda the contract is done before the people know what is happening.  I am told that they have taken votes during public session simply saying they are affirming what was recommended by the city attorney even though there was nothing on the agenda.

This entire city commission must be voted out of office.


The ragman was a man of mystery and intrigue.  He roamed southern Spain upon returning from the Crusades in 1190, until he met a woman of extreme grace in Almería, Spain.  Her name was Alicia.  His name was Abu Calif. He learn from a mystic while in Jerusalem fighting the Christians how to turn metal into gold by polishing it with rags from Spanish nobility. The mystic told him to move to southern Spain controlled by the Mores to practice his craft.  

In Almería the people just knew him as the man who bought rags from the Spanish nobility.  They knew nothing about where he got the gold.  It was rumored he brought it back from Jerusalem.

Alicia blessed him with two beautiful children.  The mystic blessed his hands with the power to turn metal into gold using the rags of Spanish nobility.  He would spend his days seeking out the most splendid rages before returning to polish metal into gold.  The bankers were all too willing to accept his gold, which he used to destroy Spanish nobility.

He became greedy and bored with his wife of 30 years and found his children to be a burden.  One day while drinking beer, without regard for his faith, he met a beer wench who fled a land which bordered modern day France and Germany.  She knew the Jews, Christians and Mores were all living in peace in southern Spain.   Abu Calif liked the care the girl 30 years his junior put into polishing the beer mugs and asked if she would come work for him polishing his metal.  After a night of sinful drinking and fornication with a married man the beer wench named Donzelle, went to work for Abu Calif the ragman. 

Donzelle quickly learned that so long as she kept Abu Calif happy with afternoon fornication and fellatio, he would pay her well for her work. 

Upon learning Donzelle was pregnant in 1220, Abul Calif’s wife Alicia went to the town priest and asked that her marriage be annulled.  The priest having verified Donzelle was pregnant with the married Abu Calif’s child, the annulment was granted after the birth of Donzelle’s child.  Donzelle then married Abu Calif 30 years her senior and flaunted all of the gold she wanted.

She used the gold to buy influence with the local el representante de la corona, and became his private confident.  She used her influence to bully anyone who saw through her evil ways.
Soon the sorters of the rags were cheated their wages thereby forcing the local judge to force her to pay the wages.  This proved a great humiliation to local el representante de la corona.

In time the Spanish royalty realized their problems were being cause by Abul Calif and Donzelle.   El representante de la corona, was exiled to Morocco and the new el representante de la corona, brought an end to Donzelle reign of terror on her workers and the people of Almería.

Abul Calif was charged with adultery, drunkenness and insulting Allah by his actions.  He was exiled back to modern day Palestine where he could no longer make gold of metal, for abandoning his original children and insulting Allah with his sinful ways.  Donzelle was forever known thereafter as the whore of Almería who was abandoned by her children upon learning the truth about their parents.
Unable to use the rags of the Spanish nobility to turn metal into gold, she fixed the rags and wore them to appear to be nobility when in fact she was forever thereafter known as the whore of Almería.

Abul Calif died a poor man, never repenting for his sins of the flesh. Donelle died in the sewer from which she came after she could not even earn a living as a wench.