Thursday, August 31, 2017


HURRICANE IRMA CHANGES COURSE TWICE TODAY AND NOW APPEARS HEADED OUT TO ATLANTIC

According to the National Hurricane Center hurricanes which form this far out rarely hit the continental US, but if they do it is bad.  But as you can see the extended cone flipped from going south by southwest to north by northwest.  I've seen these before and it would not shock me if it turns back into the Atlantic and heads north to Canada, Iceland or Greenland.

There is another storm which just formed off the coast of Africa,  It could be a week or longer before we see a cone.


100 EMPTY SANDBAGS FOR $28.00 AT AMAZON

This is where I got mine originally.  Now I will tell you these  bags if left outside breakdown.  The new ones will be stored in my garage.  At this point it could be 10 years before Brownsville gets hit again.  The point is, the County and or City cannot provide enough sandbags to make a difference.  It is your home, you should be willing to invest a bit to protect it.

IRMA should be a hurricane by tomorrow.  The cone still shows it heading into the Caribbean, but there has been a small northward movement,  If you follow these storms like I have for 13 years you see patterns.  With the right weather patterns it could turn north after entering the Caribbean.  The storm is way too unpredictable at this point.

I only mention Irma so we pay attention well in advance.  But I caution there is zero evidence at this time it will for sure enter the Gulf.  It is so far out any number of changes in weather patterns can change its course in hours.


BROWNSVILLE GIVES TO HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

For the record the picture is not from Brownsville.  I was so pleased with what I saw at the Central Library yesterday, it did not occur to me to take a picture.

I was actually in a line of cars waiting to drop off several boxes of dried goods.  A line is a good sign that Brownsville is giving.

But the country is giving also.  A business I know of in Denver matched $10,000 in cash donations. In NY Townships are organizing collections in several locations.

This is not going to be resolved by tomorrow.  Hurricane Sandy hit NY/NJ in 2012, and they are still rebuilding infrastructure and cleaning up.  When Texas Senators refused to vote for the funding, recovery was slow.  NY and NJ Senators have made it known, Texas will not be treated like NY was treated by Texas Senators.


CHEMICAL PLANT IN HOUSTON SUFFERS EXPLOSIONS

Yesterday in expectation of the explosions, Harris County evacuated everyone within a mile and a 1/2 radius of the plant.  The plant stores chemicals which require refrigeration.  They lost their electricity, and back up generators, leaving the chemicals exposed to explosion.  Well it has happened.

"The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, was the site of a fire and chemical releases Thursday, confirming worries about volatile organic peroxides that had forced the evacuation of the surrounding community over fears that they could explode.

Due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the plant lost power — and the ability to safely store chemicals that can explode and cause intense fires.
Early Thursday, Arkema said that two explosions were reported at the plant northeast of Houston, adding that the Harris County Emergency Operations Center had also told it black smoke was rising from the plant"
... .
""What will happen with these containers that are inside these box vans is, they will pop. And they will heat up, and they will catch on fire. And as such, they will burn with intensity until the fuel is consumed — and then they will die down again."
Royall and Gonzalez refused to call the incident an explosion — a distinction that drew questions from reporters at a dawn briefing in Crosby.
Okay, whether containers popped, or exploded, it is a difference without meaning. The chemicals were released and are burning.  
A LESSON FROM HARVEY
Here is the deal.  What do we have at the port?  What do we have planned for the port?  Can our port handle the loss of electricity without compromising chemicals being stored or processed at the port?  Our port commissioners owe us assurances as to what is currently at the port and what they are planning on bringing into the port.
I am already preparing for hurricane Irma.  It will be a week before it enters the Caribbean.  From there it is any one's guess from hitting South America, Central America, Mexico or the US.  I know this, being 20 miles inland if we get hit by a Harvey my house is gone.  I am getting 50 sandbags ready and will store them for future use.  For me this is a two week process.  The reality is I need 100 bags to even have a chance to keep the water out.   It could be years before I use them, but you do not wait until 3 days before a storm to get ready.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


FEDERAL JUDGE ENJOINS TEXAS FROM ENFORCING ANTI-SANCTUARY CITY LAW

"A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday blocked Texas from enforcing its ban on so-called sanctuary cities, questioning the constitutionality of a law that has pitted Republican state leaders against several Democratic-leaning cities.

The judge’s ruling was only temporary, and prevents the law from taking effect on Friday while a suit against it goes forward. But the decision, which Texas said it would appeal, served as a legal blow to one of the toughest state-issued immigration laws in the country and puts the brakes on a measure backed by the Trump administration that critics had called anti-Latino. "
Source NYT

IRMA HEADING INTO CARIBBEAN 

This storm can go away, head into Central America,  Southern Mexico, U.S. Gulf Coast.  But we are pretty sure it is not heading up the East Coast. We are nearly a week away from a cone which will give us a clue.  For now, we just sit back and wait.

BUSING THREE YEAR OLD, BISD MAKING EXCUSES

I have a lot on my desk,  and with only a few functional hours a day it is hard to get to much of anything, including the house.  Side note, on Monday the first day the mail person would have used the new mailbox, the bees were gone.  Now I have two mailboxes.  The old one is coming down because the queen could still be inside or come back.

BISD distracted me on my research by telling me 3 year old need to be accompanied by an adult.  So I finally did the research, false.


"Guideline for the Safe Transportation of
Pre-school Age Children in School Buses
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PRE-SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL BUSES
When pre-school age children are transported in a school bus, NHTSA recommends these guidelines be followed:
(1) Each child should be transported in a Child Safety Restraint System (suitable for the child's weight and age) that meets applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs).
(2) Each child should be properly secured in the Child Safety Restraint System.
(3) The Child Safety Restraint System should be properly secured to the school bus seat, using anchorages that meet FMVSSs.

Child Safety Restraint System Defined

A Child Safety Restraint System is any device (except a passenger system lap seat belt or lap/shoulder seat belt), designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position a child who weighs less than 50 pounds.


A review of 3 year old programs does indicate busing is not provided for three year old.  I obviously have not researched every school district in the country.  But this is the trend.

But the reason is cost to make the buses regulation ready for the children.  I am putting word out to parents to try and get me pictures of the bus seats for children under 50 pounds to determine if BISD is in compliance.

Cost would be considered a neutral factor.  But this does not change the fact because BISD will not fit the buses to accommodate 3 year old the poorest of the poor three year old are being denied access to the program.

BISD just needs to admit it is unwilling to spend the money to make transportation accessible to three year old instead of outright lying as to the reason.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017



THE REAL HEROES NEVER SELF PROMOTE THEMSELVES AND ARE THE ONES WHO DO MOST

Irene Sendler went unknown for her selfless rescuing over of 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto, during WWII.  My mentor tells the story of how he would see the Nazi's slam the heads of the children against the curb if they got caught leaving the ghetto through the sewer lines.  He was about 16, at the time.  He lost his mother and grandmother to the Nazi's for hiding Jews.  He joined the underground and eventually fought with the British.

I warms my heart that she was rediscovered by high school children working on an amazing project.

Remember, the real heroes do what needs to get done without self promoting themselves.

You must watch this entire short.

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CREATED A NON-EXISTENT CRISIS

Yesterday the first false story I saw was an alleged picture for Houston International under water with only the top of the planes visible.  The picture was from a service paid years ago to show the effect of a sea rise of 27 feet along the Atlantic cost.  The picture was a depiction of what LaGuardia would look like.

Yesterday morning the only gas station I saw without gas along Boca Chica has gas this morning.  They got a  delivery last night and are expecting another by this afternoon.  A regional manager was in the store explaining the problem is panic buying and not a shortage.  For the area they only have 50 drivers and cannot move the gas into the area fast enough because of the unnecessary panic.  All 50 drivers are working maximum hours.

The price of their gas this morning was $2.16. same as yesterday.

This panic buying problem is found everywhere dependent on the refineries along the coast.  Texas has numerous inland refineries.  It is not limited to the LRGV as the typing monkey alleges.

The BV has done stories about how tankers sit out in the gulf waiting to unload because the storage areas and processed gasoline tanks are all full, and the refineries are at near maximum capacity.

To be fair this made up crisis is also being fueled by speculators on oil futures.  Well yesterday once everything settled down the price of oil was actually down.  We have a glut of oil waiting to be refined.

People again, I tell you to stop reading social media.  Valero as of right now will have no problem getting in enough gas if we just stop panic buying.

Do you really believe these  billion dollar companies do not have their own people on the ground restoring the electricity, which is the primary problem?  

If you notice on on my page I allow you to follow the price of oil.  I read this type information every day.  It is called taking the time to get informed from primary sources, instead of a blogger who wants to be the first to post a misleading story based on a misleading picture.

Texas exports gasoline to other countries.  There is no gasoline shortage.  Once the electricity is running again the gas will flow with no problem.

I just checked , all futures on oil are down as of this moment.



Monday, August 28, 2017



IF THINGS WERE SO SIMPLE, HOW BISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAVE ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF ALL OF THE KIDS

When you have a limited budget priorities come first. The number one priority is the safety and welfare of the kids, then a good teaching environment, but sports is not a priority at the same level as the first two.  I am not against sports.  I know full well sports help some kids stay in school.  But priorities are still priorities.

The BISD Board of Trustees in their annual budget never budget for the type classroom supplies which keep the kids from spreading germs.  I do not care if it is for a second grader or a child in the 3 year old program, when you include the sanitation supplies needed by the teacher to allow the kids to wash their hands, sanitize their hands, clean up the classroom, it is $80.00 a child.  While buying for several kids, I heard parents telling their kids they will not buy the classroom supplies.  I do not blame them.  Poor kids are more likely to feel bad if they show up at school without all of the supplies requested by the teacher.

So if the parents were to just refuse to stock the classroom with the supplies which keep their kids healthy, what would happen?  They would get sick and attendance would go down.  That would not help the budget.  It also puts the child in danger.  It puts all of the kids in danger.

But alas our school board has never cared about the kids.  Keeping them safe is not their job.  There is not a school board member I would vote for.

If they cannot understand something as simple as keeping the kids safe and healthy, then they cannot understand anything related to being a school board trustee.


YOU KNOW WHAT IS SAD IS, WHILE THIS IS FUNNY IT WILL CHANGE NO ONE'S OPINION. I CAN EASILY SEE TRUMP GETTING REELECTED IN 2020 BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CHANGED NOTHING ABOUT THEMSELVES AND HAVE NO CONCRETE IDEAS ABOUT ANYTHING

Trump may be comfounded by science, but the Democrats are comfounded about people and meaningful policies.

Sunday, August 27, 2017



I AM POSTING THIS VIDEO FOR SEVERAL REASONS [1] TO SHOW HOW DANGEROUS CARPENTER BEES CAN BE IN A REGULAR NEIGHBORHOOD, [2] TO SHOW SOME OF WHAT THE POSTER SAID UNDER THE COFFEE CUP IS TRUE, [3] AND TO SHOW SINCE I AM THE ONE DEALING WITH THEM, MAYBE I KNOW A BIT MORE

I google everything before I form my options. What confused me when I looked up different type bees and the carpenter bee stood out, where was the wood in a brick mailbox? Well I learned that it is not unusual for the mailbox to be framed in wood before the bricks are put on.  I found my wood.

What I knew for sure is, they do not have stingers because they were all over my face and arms while I was trying to seal any openings.  One actually flew into my eye. Nothing.

Next, and I just went out to check this, they have white heads and black bellies with a little yellow on top.  I saw enough pictures to form an opinion..

But as I noted because of the wood issue, these are bad for neighborhoods.  They are the termites of bees.

The bottom line is they have to go.  But I will do everything possible to save  the queen so she can be released on a farm.  The males die off anyway.

A COFFEE CUP FOR EVERY TEACHER

UPDATE BEES:

I have done a lot of research.  I have read a lot of articles written by university professors and watched numerous educational videos.  These bees can get into the attic because they love wood. They are the terminate of bees.

I have lots of beehives and care for them.  I keep them protected.  But these bees have to go.  The university professors whose articles I have read are correct.  They are a major challenge.  When I open the mailbox if the queen gets away she could just nest through an opening to my attack, and then I have a real mess.

I can tell you nothing kills them.  Also so long as the queen bee remains inside the brick mailbox, nothing keeps her from reproducing more male bees.

So I have to wait until winter when most of the male bees will be dead.  Allowing the queen to go free solves nothing, and can actually make my situation worse.  This morning after last night's last effort, there are at least a 100 bees flying around the outside of the mailbox.   Unless I work on killing them every day, I could have a 1000 bees flying around the mailbox.  So it will be a daily challenge until winter.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


AND THE WINNER IS, THE BEES


Once bees nest in a hollow brick mailbox, you are doomed.  After realizing trying to seal ever crack I could find and they still existed in the hundreds, I had no choice but to try and kill them.  I can assure you I have bought every product at Home Depot which claims to kill bees, and they do not work.

Upon more research, I learned it is hopeless.  Tomorrow a temporary new mailbox is going up.  The recommendation is to wait until winter and after 5 days of not seeing any bees, to knock down the mailbox and be prepared to throw a lot of poison into the hollow mailbox.  If you do not kill the queen she will come right back as you are building the new mailbox.  Depending on how cold it gets the males will die and it will only be the queen and her eggs left in the mailbox.


Thursday, August 24, 2017


ANTONIO GARZA JR., FORMER CAMERON COUNTY JUDGE AND TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE - OPINES ON THE BORDER WALL AND LNG, AND IS NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE - OH LET'S NOT FORGET FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO

Updated: 5:21 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 |  Posted: 2:14 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017

It looks to be construction season in South Texas. Along this stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border, 31 miles of wall may soon be going up, and companies are wading through the final paperwork for building liquefied natural gas export terminals in the Port of Brownsville.
At first glance, these two major projects may not seem to be related beyond dominating local news and promising dramatic results in either the region’s security or economy. Yet, both of these projects will affect the Valley’s economic, landowner and environmental interests — and locals concerns have been largely given short shrift.
Along the border, the construction push has picked up momentum in recent months and attracted its share of controversy. Beyond opposition surrounding the border wall for political or fiscal reasons, this particular stretch of land slices through some of South Texas’ most cherished sites, including the 2,088-acre renowned Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge that is home to more than 400 bird species and also a sanctuary for monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico. The border wall’s logistics have been largely settled as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement shifted around its budget to find funding and initial preparations appear to be already beginning.
Meanwhile, along the Port of Brownsville, three companies are moving through the final regulatory stages for constructing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals that would load the gas onto tankers and ship it out to all corners of the world. These export terminals have been moving through the regulatory process for years, after the shale boom pushed companies to look toward exporting rather than importing natural gas.
Both projects, however, come with costs and controversies. For the border wall, Valley residents — as well as all Americans— are quite literally paying for the construction with their taxpayer dollars. Yet, many residents are also paying the cost of having the barrier built atop their private land and shouldering the burden of fighting the government for fair compensation. There are also the economic consequences for local shops, restaurants and hotels that come when tourists, scientists and bird watchers stop making the trip to these wildlife refuges to look for rare migratory birds or observe the butterflies.
The LNG terminals also bring their own concerns. Ironically, for a project that promises an abundance of high-tech jobs, the project’s biggest risk appears to be destroying other jobs in the process. Commercial fishing and shrimpers, as well as beach tourism, stand to be hit the hardest.
For example, Brownsville’s shrimp trawlers take in 13 to 15 million pounds of shrimp every year. Shrimpers have complained that the LNG terminals’ construction into the marshes and wetlands could endanger their economic livelihood. This is compounded by concerns from commercial fisherman and shrimpers that movement around the port will be restricted as LNG export terminals receive up to 10 tankers a week, with each boat blocking port traffic for around three hours.
Securing our borders and supporting economic development are important priorities — but for projects of this magnitude there should be a robust and transparent local, state and national debate. We should not get caught up in thinking that a wall is the only way to secure our borderlands — as Reps. Will Hurd and Henry Cuellar and Sen. John Cornyn have persuasively argued in recent days — given the less-intrusive, technological options that also could do the job. Nor should we greenlight LNG terminals just because there are possible energy jobs hanging in the balance, since they could have repercussions across unrelated sectors.
These are complicated decisions that deserve to be treated as such, with residents and their representatives clearly and publicly weighing in on both the short-term and long term benefits and costs. Whether its local residents who are learning more about the projects or regulators in Austin and Washington, D.C., who are reviewing the projects, the time to be asking the tough questions is now.


RAIN OR SHINE EXCEPT BEES

Because I love my bees I let this get out of hand,  Yesterday the postal lady gave me notice if I do not kill the hive she will not leave my mail.

They are getting in between the brick and the mailbox.  I will not kill them.  I cannot get to the hive.  So I used a light spray of water to the back which also has an opening, and boy did they exit.  But the second I pulled the water back, they went right back in.

So I left an opening in the back where they could get out and then proceeded to use a rubber type cement you use on bricks.  Yea the opening in the front is too big.  Then I had a left over can from the plumbers of the foam you use to fill gaps in the wall where the pipes come out.  The handle broke and that was the end of that.

I get the postal worker does not want to deal with bees.  But I am telling you I had maybe 10 at one time on my face and not one stink.  They were all over my arms.  These bees do not sting.  But I get her point, and will comply.

I am surprised she dropped my mail through the gate near the front door.  There is a beehive approaching the size of a soccer ball.

The challenge is to save as many as possible while sealing the area.   Which brings me to mosquitoes.


THE RAIN MEANS MOSQUITOES

I have many beehives, which proves my care for the bees.  I know where each one is.  It is not for the city to come spray your yard or business after the rains.  I am ready.  It is best to spray at dusk. Make sure there is no wind.  I know where all my beehives are and would never spray near any of them.  I am also very protective of my bats because they help with the bugs.  My two 40 foot palms have bats.

So if you have to spray for mosquitoes try not to hurt the bees.  Bees are our friends and feed us.  Also the two beehives I have out front are bees which do not sting. Not all bees are stingers.



BETTER ADVICE AND COMMENTARY THAN YOU WILL EVER HEAR ON TV OR READ IN A PAPER OR BLOG - THE TRUTH AS SEEN THOUGH HER EYES

BLOGGING SLOW - JOURNALISM SLOW

When I look at CNN's headlines, the stories which follow do not really reflect the headline.  I will go days without looking at their web page.  The NYT has become more about pontificating to humanity their sense of morals and spin on lose facts, than actual journalism.  

Growing up we had two papers on Long Island  - The Press and Newsday.  The former was Republican in slant and the latter Democrat.  Well the Press died and Newsday took the helm, to eventually even make headway into the city, where commuters cared more about Newsday than the NYT.

In the 80's we saw newspapers drop like flies.  Journalists being self anointed purveyors of nothing are impossible to work with.  They  think the term journalist means something.  Especially in today's world, it means nothing. 

Think about how many reporters are on CNN's payroll and how few stories they have.  The same for Fox and MSNBC.

Today editors think nothing about killing a story because it may offend the wrong people.  Not a standard for free speech.  The only time I can see an editor legitimately hold a story is if the government asks them to because of proven national security issues.  Why this may not happen often the press seems to work well with the government within reason.

YESTERDAYS CNN CON

The morning began with an oped piece from a fired MSNBC commentator claiming the subpoena on Trump's campaign manager's home meant the end of Trump's presidency.  Why?  Not a CNN requirement.  Proof?  Not a CNN requirement.  Then in the afternoon they broke a story about some no so clear email to a Trump campaign official from someone in West Virgina, they assume, concerning a meeting with Putin.  The entire story is very cursory and extremely short of facts. What happens is people who consider CNN or any other gossip network credible will combine the stories and assume the email was found in the home of the former campaign manager.  But even if they do not form that opinion, they will assume it is a smoking gun thereby giving credibility to the oped piece the Trump's presidency is over.

THE DEMOCRATS

What a complete joke.  At least  there is a group of bipartisan governors getting ready to deliver to Congress a Bill which fixes the problems with Obamacare.  Will someone please shut up Hillary and Pelosi.  They are the biggest weapon the Republicans have against the Democrats.  Also are the Democrats proposing anything?  Nope.  They are counting on Trump to shut down the government so they can blame the Republicans and then win the midterm elections.  They just do not get it.  We want to see legislation with solutions, even if they cannot get it through the Congress.

BLOGGING

I started blogging long before any platforms existed.  I had to code my own web page.  It went national and I was very pleased with the readership.  The time needed for good research became too burdensome so I let it go.

Today sources in blogging have become a joke.  With rare exception, the sources are demanding you print their stories without an ounce of proof.  I send them on their way.  Commentary is not enough for good blogging or journalism.  You need to break stories, or at least propose viable solutions to problems.  Like draining the resacas before the rain comes.

THE FOURTH ESTATE

The press has always been key to honest and successful government.  With the death of the Fourth Estate, that key check on government is gone.

What I hear more than anything else about blogging is that it is endless rumors with few facts to back it up.  My more true progressive friends fear the fake left more than the White Supremacists because the White Supremacists will always be shot down, but the fake left will always have a strong voice.

God save us if the fake left ever gets a hold of government, because we will be missing the days of corporatism and hate by the Republicans.  I will not be voting for Congressman Vela.  He is a joke and uses veterans as place mats at his events.  No, I will not be voting Republican either.




HURRICANE HARVEY TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE

The models on Hurricane Harvey ranger from  coming in at Brownsville and then passing into the Mexican mountains, to Corpus.  I will give this another 24 hours before deciding if it will be wind and rain or just rain.  All models give Brownsville potentially three days of heavy rain.  The city is on notice to start lowering the resacas to handle the drainage.  Let's see if they even know of Harvey's existence.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


CURRENTLY A TROPICAL DEPRESSION, BROWNSVILLE UNDER A HURRICANE WATCH AS OF FRIDAY MORNING

I just corrected the date from tomorrow morning to Friday morning.  My head is killing me.  So I am calling my help and telling them to hold off until tomorrow.  These storms tend to move north over time, so with two days, I see it coming in north of Brownsville.

ORIGINAL POST

I'm in bed, having lost another two pounds yesterday, and with head ready to explode.  I have people coming over later to help me secure the outside of anything the wind can pick up. The cone is big, so we may get nothing.  But the smart move is for the city to start lowering the water in the resacas which are used for drainage. It would also me smart for every one in the city to secure anything which can be blown away by the wind.

I am back in bed until my help gets here.  I am not going to wait to see what is happening once it gets dark to make a decision.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


CURRENT PROJECTIONS HAVE THE STORM OVER SOUTHERN MEXICO COMING IN, IN NORTHERN MEXICO OR SOUTH TEXAS.  - WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS

As we get closer to a more accurate prediction the city needs to consider lowering the resacas used to catch the run-off.

ME:

Still here - trying to get caught up.  It is hard.  Washington is now guiding my healthcare with the VA. I am now waiting on going outside the area for a brain neurosurgeon and a spine neurosurgeon.. I've lost 12 pounds in a week.  Just hanging in there.  I finally got the new medicine ordered by Washington.

Sunday was awesome with my roommate and his 7 grandchildren.  Watching the two year old jump in and swim to the steps with a small life vest on is amazing.  The three year old now only uses floaties on his arms, jumps in and swims to the deep end.  Yea that is where I stop him.  He loves swimming under water.  His son's two sons 4 and 5 swim like fish.  And Bela this year has blown me away.  She no longer uses any vest and swims the short length of the pool under water.  She loves diving down in the three foot end to retrieve the goggles her brother keeps on throwing in the pool.

It brings me great joy to see how well they are all swimming.

Friday, August 18, 2017



WE MUST FIGHT THEM BY EXPOSING THEIR WORDS, AND NOT BY REMOVING STATUTES

Removing a statute will do nothing to educate people on the danger these non-humans represent.  Here is a fact the Alt anti-Fact fake liberals hate.  It was our Founding Fathers who we celebrate who put in the Constitution that blacks were only 3/5ths of a person.  This provision was included at the demand of the northern colonies.  The southern colonies wanted them counted as 100% persons.  The north wanted to deny the south equal representation and an equal share of federal revenues.  

In Dred Scott the Chief Justice was bound by what was in the Constitution as to the 3/5ths rule and for following the the clear language in the Constitution as written by the northern colonies, his statute was removed last night.

I agree the Dred Scott opinion is shocking.  But why is the Chief Justice blamed and not the Founding Fathers of the northern colonies?  I will be laughed out of town if I were to suggest we  remove all of the statutes of the Founding Fathers who supported the 3/5ths rule.

What angers me so much is our selective indignation as to who we will hold accountable for a history created by our Founding Fathers, many of whom were slave holders.

My issue is, lets make this video go viral so people see the truth by the words of these non-humans and get away from the statutes.

6 MORE SENATE VOTES, AND THERE WILL BE ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR REMOVAL OF TRUMP

Impeachment is a two step process.  First the House must draw up Articles of Impeachment and send them to the Senate for trial.  No one is suggesting we are even close to the House drawing up the Articles of Impeachment.  But according to Newsweek 12 Republican Senators are hinting if the evidence is there they will vote for conviction on the Article of Impeachment.

"Following impeachment in the House, a trial takes place in the Senate. Conviction requires two-thirds of the Senate and by my count there are already twelve senators who have shown a willingness to take on the president when they believe he is in the wrong.

If you add that to the forty-eight Democrats in the Senate (who have shown no inclination to work with this President), Donald Trump could be six votes away from conviction in the Senate."
Now do I think it will happen.  No. Personally, I think it would be bad for the nation and the world for the US to remove a president for being an ass and a bigot. 
But as the numbers move more and more, the Republican Congress is going to have to move forward in compromise with the Democrats, and this will be good. The president will be powerless for all practical purposes.  If this becomes a reality, Trump will resign rather than being a body filling a seat in the Oval Office.
The best way to rid this country of Trump is to use his weakness against him, namely his ego.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Memes.com

IT IS TIME WE CHANGE THE NAME OF THE CAPITAL OF TEXAS

I do not care what you call yourself, if you are advocating for the violent overthrow of our country, civil unrest, or illegally stock piling weapons, I fear you and want you in jail.  The words of Stephen F. Austin justified the endless lynching of black men.  What kind of state celebrates such a man.  It is not the statute which offends, it is his words.

These words were said by the Father of Texas long before the Civil War. They have nothing to do with the confederacy. They emulate the pure and unadulterated hate used throughout this country for centuries, including the north. They are the justification for lynching black men. It was not too long ago a black man was lynched in East Texas, where Stephen F. Austin university is based. This is pure hate with no excuses. Will Texas change the name of its capital? No. Will they change the name of the university? No. Will the Democrats speak up on the issue? No. But odd, we ignore words of such extreme ignorance and hate, but a mere statute is what really offends. I am ashamed of Texas and have been for a long time.

My time in Texas is very short.  Once my brother and Buster are gone, I am gone.  I am looking at being an ex patriot in Peru or Ecuador, or a resident of Raleigh Durham. 

Now I challenge my readers to send this to Oliviera, and the Lucios and see what they say.  Hell even Congressman vela the fake Democrat will ignore it.  He would prefer these words go unchallenged than offend the sensibilities of the ignorant.

i researched this quote and found it in many sources.  Fake memes are a dime a dozen which is why I always verify the quote before I share or create one.

AFTER INVESTMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY, BPUB BILL DOWN $80, FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR

When people looking to buy a home come to me for help, I always tell them to tell the sellers you want to see the BPUB bills from June through September.  That house next door may be a bit more expensive but if their BPUB bill is a $100-$200 less a month, it is actually cheaper.

I will note the energy surcharge is no longer on the bill.  So that would be part of my savings.

CORRECTION:

When I started the above sentence, I was going to complain about the energy surcharge and then I thought I better go back and check the bill.  I did not see the energy surcharge which was added when the cost of fuel was over the top, as opposed to the now record lows.  So it occurred to me maybe it is in the part on the electric summary.  There it was $56.53. This is an outright theft by BPUB.  The reason given to the city commission to justify the surcharge no longer exists.  So why do we pay it?  Theft.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


HOW AN ALL AMERICAN EVIL HAS FLIPPED POLITICS ON SOCIAL ISSUES - THE BATHROOM BILL- AND ON TRUMP

Trump has ended most of his councils because no one will serve.  The resignations were coming so fast he could not keep up.  The number of Republicans fleeing Trump has reached a number I have lost count.  Former Presidents Bush I and Bush II have issued a joint statement on the hate issue implying Trump has failed the nation.

Generals have publicly come out and made clear there is no room for hate.  They will never support Trump on removing Transgender soldiers.  The military needs unity to work not division, something lost on Trump.

Corporations are pushing money dependent Republicans away from Trump.  The midterms are coming with many Republican districts up in the air because of court rulings.  The Republicans are cornered.

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment should not be treated lightly.  I have not done a count but I am assuming maybe a 1/3 of the Republicans along with all Democrats can remove the president in the two step process which seems an impossibility.

If a real movement emerges and the numbers are close many Republicans will look to corporate American and their money and wishes and do as they are told.

It just intrigues me how this all American evil relationship between corporations and government is now working to stand with the American people, well except with deregulation and other such matters.

CORPORATE PROFIT DECIDES TEXAS BATHROOM BILL - IT FAILS AGAIN

"A special legislative session in Texas drew to a close late Tuesday without passing a bill to limit transgender people's access to bathrooms. The now-dead bill had the support of the state's governor and Senate, but was opposed by powerful business interests and the Republican House Speaker."

I think sooner than later the radical right, especially the religious right, will die.  The Republicans need corporate money to survive.  So in the case of the bathroom bill, the corporations won and the Bill died.  

Corporations care more about profits than who uses which bathroom.  Maybe now some city in Texas will have a chance at the new Toyota plant.  Now Brownsville will not be in the mix because we have no leadership who understands you cannot recruit manufacturing jobs without trained workers.  Brownsville is a perfect fit for Toyota.  We can ship the cars/trucks on barges up to Chicago and elsewhere.  We have rail and an interstate highway.  But we have no leadership.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I VOTE ELOTE MAN - OUR PRIORITIES ARE ALL WRONG - WE MUST END HOME GROWN TERRORISM

I do not care if you are ALT Left or ALT Right or a clown, if you are breaking the law in a way which substantively hurts society, and not merely being a refugee, or seeking to overthrow our country I want you in jail.  For the latter I want life in prison without the possibility of parole.

EAT CORN AND MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN




SUSAN BRO MOTHER TO HEATHER HEYER WHO DIED IN VIRGINIA SHOWS WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE A PATRIOTIC AMERICAN

Heather Heyer's mother, a true American who speaks for her daughter. You will never convince me the Alt Left was 100% innocent in the mayhem. I am not smart enough to view all of the video and assess % of blame, but I will concede the White Supremacits appear to be the primary agitators. 

But listen to this beautiful women. She actually has empathy for the mother of the man who killed her daughter. This is who we need to become as a nation. Her daughter was an innocent victim for her empathy for the other side by asking, why? instead of just yelling. Yelling solves nothing. Heather Heyer and her mom are the kind of Americans we need to move forward and end hate. In my book Heather Heyer and her mom Susan Bro are true American heroes. Stop yelling, ask questions, and try to get educated.

THE CANDIDATE'S FOLLY WITH THE BLOGS

First the readership.  When someone Google's a subject and by chance they are connected to your blog, they are not a reader.  They are someone doing research who by chance came onto your blog through a google search.  While the BV gets a lot of hits from outside the US and one time hits from other states, the BV  does not consider those page views.  They are like false positives.  The BV has three regular readers popping up from other countries.  I suspect they are from Brownsville working or studying abroad and are just trying to keep up with the local scene.  The rest the BV does not count as readers. No honest blogger posts page views as evidence of readership.  I have a service which breaks down my readership by page views and individual IP hits.  IP hits are only counted once as individual readers, but the number of times that IP address hits the BV on any given day is recorded in the data I receive.  This is how I know the same people view the BV as many as 4-10 times a day.

My data shows most readers click on the BV 4-10 times a day.  Those will show as  page views, when in fact it is a lot lower as to individuals actually looking at the BV.  My individual hits are smaller than my page views.

Even on individual hits you cannot rely on that data. People look at the BV at work, on their phone and at home.  Each will record as an individual hit because of different IP addresses, but they are the same person looking at the BV from different mediums.

So when someone says they have 4000 page views, that by itself is a deception to play candidates into a major folly and for money. Once you divide the 4000 by the average number of times individuals look at the page, and minus the false positive individual page hits by people who accidentally clicked on the blog based on a google search, you are down to maybe 300-500 actual people reading the blog, and then how many are trolls who do not even vote?

ALEX DOMINGUEZ HAS MADE A MESS FOR HIMSELF

By paying for publicity on a blog while Rigo Bocanegra appears to be running for Alex Dominguez's elective office, Alex has made a folly of his campaign to the extent he even has one.

No one at this time has the money or skill set to beat Rene Oliviera.  A handful of trolls posting vulgarities against Rene on blogs which for all practical purposes do not exist as far as the voters of Cameron County know, does nothing to help Alex.  Bought and paid for publicity diminishes Alex's credibility while his hack approves the vulgarities against Rene without proof.  I am speaking to the vulgarities and not all of the comments.  Some are actually true and have been proven as same.

The reality is no one knows what position Alex is running for, and Rigo Bocanegra polluting the district with his signs is only adding more confusion to the mess.  Alex Dominguez's folly in this campaign will cost him elective office unless everyone running for his position withdraws, or Rene Oliviera retires.

CARLOS CASCOS- POLITICS MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Because I actually meet with people and gather first hand information, I need not speculate about why Carlos Cascos is speaking out on issues of the day.

First as to Carlos becoming as Democrat again, Carlos told me to my face he would never kiss the ring of Gilberto Hinojosa, so I do not see them ever working together since Gilbert is the State Party Chair of the Democratic Party.  But I will say politics makes strange bedfellows.  But given the fact at this late stage Cascos cannot raise the money to run against Governor Abbott, such claims are the worst form of unsubstantiated rumors I have seen.

Now while this is just my speculation I could see Cascos running against Filamon Vela, but I am not saying he is, or speculating.  I am just putting out a scenario and how it would work..  He can run as a Republican and win if the Republicans come to his aid.  This is how such campaigns work.  Cascos puts his name out their on issues important to Vela's Congressional District.  He is creating name recognition and speaking to issues.

The Party money people will investigate Cascos chances of beating Vela.  If they conclude Vela can be beat by Cascos, the money will flow.  Unlike Dominguez Cascos has strong ties at the state level.

So for now, he can just speak to issues without running for anything. If he can prove his name has catched on in Vela's district and he can win, Republican money will flow his way.  He is not the first Republican County Judge who went on to Secretary of State to be currently speaking to important issues to the border area without actually running for anything.

The Honorable former US Ambassador to Mexico, Antonio Garza, a very moderate Republican speaks every day through news letters and oped pieces in many countries concerning any number of issues impacting the border, such as the wall, trade, NAFTA etc. and no one would ever speculate he is running for anything.



BUSTER IS OFFICIALLY 15 TODAY - SHE STILL RUNS, SCRATCHES HER BACK ON THE LAWN, SHE NEVER HAS AN ACCIDENT IN THE HOUSE, AND SHE IS GREAT WITH KIDS - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUSTER

Monday, August 14, 2017


WHO REMEMBERS OKLAHOMA?

Does any one remember Oklahoma? We did nothing about that domestic terrorism. 165 dead including 15 children. We have done nothing about the attacks on Muslims, blacks, and innocent black children killed in their beds. We have done nothing about the murder of transgender Americans. 

Trump and Texas Governor Abbott are promoting hate against the LGBTQ community. But someone raises the Nazi flag and now it matters? Stop with the false indignation and really care. It is truly a myth the people care about hate. In Spanish we say cuando me convience - basically when it suits me, or is convenient for me

. These hatemongers are building their militias with lots of guns, and Trump and the Republicans want a worthless wall. Read the Preamble or Our Constitution and tell me we are not a Failed State wherein the government no longer meets its most basic function. .

 "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

In three days Virginia will be yesterdays news, just like Oklahoma. You either believe in fighting for liberty and equality full time or do not believe in it at all.


TRUMP MOCKS ONLY BLACK PERSON ON HIS MANUFACTURING COUNCIL AFTER HE RESIGNS OVER TRUMP'S REFUSAL TO DENOUNCE WHITE SUPREMACISTS

In response, Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Frazier would now have "more time to lower rip off drug prices".

Where is the indignation by the fake Republican Prophets and fake press for that matter who denounced Trump for not denouncing the White Supremacists? How is this attack on Merck CEO Frazier not an attack on a black man the same as White Supremacists attacking blacks. The Republicans are dead silent. Trump's response to the attacks on his failure to denounce White Supremacists is to mock a black CEO.  Where is the outrage by the press for this obvious correlation between the two? Dead silent.