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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:31am
Former EPISD administrator (allegedly) writes letter of apology to a teacher who was brutally retaliated against.

Dateline El Paso

You read it right folks. A former administrator (and rumors are that more letters were sent by others) wrote a letter of apology to a classroom teacher for retaliation. I wasn't asked my opinion, but my guess is that this came down from EPISD management in trying to minimize the damage of faking attendance records. Of course this letter could be because the admins are now facing their own prosecution for misdeeds and they were advised to do so by a lawyer. The letter seemed insincere to me so I would guess it was made under duress. I think EPISD has to be behind it because they are desperate to end the bad news and try and get the taxpayer to vote for a bond.

Back to the fraud.....This resulted in EPISD illegally (allegedly) taking federal "day" money for students that were marked absent by the classroom instructor only to have management jump in and change the records submitted to uncle sucker. The FBI has (hopefully) realized this is more than Dr. Infidelity and his roving penis. This has to do with fraud and obtaining federal monies for average daily attendance by means of wire fraud...allegedly. Also, changing these records made it possible for kids who missed too many classes to qualify for graduation which helped said administrators make their bonus goals...allegedly. The administrators in question falsified records (allegedly) to that state saying that the child had met all requirements for graduation, that was a lie(allegedly) , but in Texas it won't matter, the hayseeds will never prosecute. Luckily the feds seem to have realized that federal cash was involved. A complete miracle if you ask me as the federal investigation and prosecution into EPISD has been superficial at best.

As for my advice to the teacher who got the letter, send one back telling the author to fuck off and die in prison. (allegedly)

Have a nice day, allegedly.

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dust storm in the pandhandle produced our low visibility in fine dust and haze

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:00pm
Gage Oklahoma

Yesterday afternoon
KGAG 182153Z AUTO 29029G35KT 4SM HZ BKN035 OVC042 17/M08 A2964 RMK AO2 PK WND 29035/2152 SLP027 T01721078 TSNO..winds to 35 knots producing "clouds" that really was just dust the automated sensor picked up.

Amarillo Texas

Yesterday afternoon
KAMA 182351Z 34028G37KT 1/2SM R04/5000VP6000FT HZ BLDU VV019 10/M08 A2987 RMK AO2 PK WND 35041/2327 SFC VIS 1 PRESRR..winds to 37 knots and the tower personnel called it haze and blowing dust...likely just blowing dust. visibility to 1/2 mile

Lubbock Texas

Yesterday eveningKLBB 190034Z 02024G30KT 1SM R17R/P6000FT BLDU BKN000 OVC300 17/M13 A2983 RMK AO2 PK WND 36030/0031 PRESRR VIS SE-SW 9 BLDU BKN000 T01671133...1 mile in blowing dust winds to 30 knots

KLBB 190031Z COR 36022G30KT 8SM FEW000 OVC300 18/M16 A2983 RMK AO2 PK WND 36030/0031 LARGE AREA OF BLDU NW-NE OF AP MOVING S RAPIDLY VIS N-NE 3 FEW000 BLDU ..... incoming! remarks tell us that dust is coming in.

Midland Texas

Midnight last night....
KMAF 190619Z AUTO 02019G28KT 1 3/4SM HZ BLDU OVC020 11/M07 A3001 RMK AO2 PK WND 04030/0607 T01061072 TSNO...winds slacken to gust 28 knots....vis to 1 3/4 miles in blowing dust and haze

Carlsbad New Mexico

Midnight last night
KCNM 190609Z AUTO 04015KT 1 3/4SM HZ OVC022 10/M09 A3006 RMK AO2 T01001089 TSNO..winds only at 15 knots vis down to 1 3/4 in "haze" which is just a default present wx type at automated sites. Likely just Haze and Fine Dust or just fine dust.

Clovis New Mexico

Yesterday evening....KCVS 190058Z 04021KT 3SM BLDU FEW025 11/M10 A2989 RMK AO2A PK WND 04027/41 SLP099 T01111103 $....winds at 21 knots sustained...blowing dust and a fake "cloud" layer at 2,500 feet...likely just automated sky that was partly obscured in falling fine dust.

Roswell New Mexico

Last night at midnight
KROW 190559Z AUTO 05012KT 2 1/2SM HZ OVC023 07/M08 A3010 RMK AO2 T00671078..winds at 12 knots...visibility at 2 1/2  miles in "haze" more likely just fine dust, but this is an automated site and thus a default present wx type of haze is disseminated.

This morning around sunrise up through the noon hour.
winds here at KELP were light..under 10 knots from the northeast and east bringing in the fine dust behind the weak front. Visibility down as low as 3 miles or so in fine dust. West of here in Deming, no restrictions to visibility as the dust settles to the surface between KELP and deming.

In the dust got farther from the "source" in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle the dust became more fine and so even with less wind we still had visibility restrictions in here in the borderland.

Have a good day and watch the weather on TV tonight to see if any of them give you as good a explanation as I did concerning our Fine Dust and Haze day.

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More SCUM patrolling the border

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:50pm

As if migrants didnt have enough to worry about. The border patrol guy was dumb to kill himself....some self hating all brown jury would have acquitted.


Esteban Manzanares was working his regular day shift as a U.S. Border Patrol agent along the busiest stretch of Mexican border when a trio of Honduran immigrants spotted him and offered to surrender.A woman, her teenage daughter and a teenage family friend later told authorities they were taken into custody and driven away from a popular county park just north of the Rio Grande and upriver to a more remote, scrub brush-filled area. It was there, in this rugged no-man's land between the river and a stretch of rust-covered steel border fence, that the older woman says the group was assaulted by a man wearing green fatigues who left the area with one of the girls.
Based on the woman's description of the attacker's clothing and his vehicle, investigators quickly concluded the suspect was likely a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according a federal law enforcement official.
More than seven hours after the older woman was first spotted Wednesday, her wrists cut and bloodied, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement found Manzanares dead in his apartment from what investigators have described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The missing teenager was there, too, bound and naked.
Manzanares' family has no idea what could have led the Border Patrol agent to his apparent suicide. They said allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted the women were even harder to comprehend."Honestly, I don't know," Manzanares' ex-wife, Susana Manzanares said Sunday. "It's really hard to believe."
She and Esteban Manzanares met online about 10 years ago. She described him as a sweet, kind-hearted man who helped strangers. They married in 2006.
The pair divorced earlier this year, but Susana Manzanares, 30, said they remained friendly and spoke often, usually about their 6-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter, both of whom have cystic fibrosis."What surprises me is that he would leave his children," she said as she watched her daughter, Artemis, toddle around the living room of her apartment.
Manzaneres, 32, was originally from the McAllen area and he had been with the Border Patrol since 2008, serving at a checkpoint further away from the border before transferring to a station along the border to be closer to his children, his ex-wife said. Before joining the Border Patrol he worked as a local jailer and served in the Army National Guard, she said.
The day the FBI said Manzanares kidnapped and assaulted the immigrants, he and Susana Manzanares texted each other about the kids. In his last message to her, about 3:15 p.m., he said he wanted to help with the kids.
"I want to help in any way I can but I am very limited," he wrote.
Susana Manzanares said she sent him another message at 5:23 p.m. to chat about plans to swap sofas. By then, according to officials who discussed the case with The Associated Press, Manzanares had left the border with the teenage girl. At some point, he dropped off his patrol truck at the nearby station in McAllen, a border city about 350 miles south of Houston. He never responded to his ex-wife's message.
The details of what happened between the time other border patrol agents found the older woman near the border fence in a place called Abram and when investigators heard a single gunshot inside his first-floor apartment remain unclear.
The FBI has declined to discuss specifics of the case. The Homeland Security Department has referred questions about Esteban Manzanares' shift and activities that day to the FBI.
The federal law enforcement official and a border patrol agent who helped in the search for the missing girl told the AP previously that the woman was spotted on a border camera shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Agents made it to the area within about 10 minutes and started searching for the teenagers. Both the official and the agent spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the case being investigated by the FBI.
Esteban Manzanares' day shift was ending as the search started. If he had his radio on as he left the border, he likely would have heard his colleagues start the search for him and the missing girl.Investigators narrowed in on Manzanares hours later after finding blood and remnants of duct tape inside the vehicle he had been assigned for that day's shift, the federal law enforcement official said.As authorities approached his apartment sometime after midnight Thursday they heard a gunshot.Since the attack the women have received medical attention for what the law enforcement official described this week as non-life threatening injuries. Their exact whereabouts have not been released, but ICE said Friday the group was not in its custody.
Their future remains uncertain. Immigrant victims of crime can be eligible for a special visa that allows them to stay in the country to help authorities investigate a crime.
Bryan Johnson, an immigration attorney in New York, said the teens may also be eligible for green cards, depending on the circumstances of their home life in Honduras.
After the attack, the new Customs and Border Protection commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, apologized for the incident.
"I want you to know that I consider these actions, if true, to be reprehensible and I know they are not representative of the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol," Kerlikowske said. "I am deeply sorry that this incident occurred and am committed to doing everything in my power to prevent incidents like this from occurring again."
Susana Manzanares' sister, Nelly Ceniceros, said the family just wants to know what happened."We want the truth, even if the truth is something my sister and I and everybody else doesn't want to hear," said Ceniceros, an Army soldier who drove to the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso, Texas, after hearing about her former brother-in-law's death.———
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More time????

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:33am
El Paso County asks for additional time to respond to NM woman's body cavity lawsuitWoman, county engaged in "preliminary discussions" to settle suitBy Adriana M. Chavez @AChavezEPTimes on Twitter
Posted:   03/17/2014 10:53:32 AM MDT
read it here border goons

Adriana M. Chávez may be reached at 546-6117. =========================================More time? Really? Do citizens get more time when it comes to paying up our taxes? In the immortal words of Paul Cicero from Goodfellas..."Fuck you, Pay me!!" This story makes me sick. Not only do I see no ongoing criminal investigation. This is only a civil matter. How sad that our local prosecutors just lay around doing nothing while the citizens are abused by the local law enforcement community. This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last.  The county hospital which is run via county government is a complete disgrace. What kind of ethics would lead a doctor to perform such invasive procedures against a fellow human being? Oh I know, some doctor who couldn't cut it back in the homeland and came here. A doctor with no idea of the rights of the individual. What kind of nurse would chain a person against her will just because some border goon said so? ANSWER....One that should be practicing nursing in a 3rd world county. I remember a story about our third world friends...Mexico....where a woman had a baby on the lawn of a hospital because she couldn't afford to pay. Classy eh? Get used to it, because we are headed in the same direction.  Great job of the County (political) Judge Veronica Escobarbarian and the rest of the goofs at County commissioner court on running the county hospital. Will anyone stand up and take responsibility for this incident? It's El of course not. They will settle using gobs of taxpayer cash and a no fault agreement. Everyone from the doctors, nurses, border goons, hospital management, hospital board, and elected officials all get a free pass and guess who pays? That's  
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58am

Well the C-USA tournament is officially a disaster. UTEP going out in the quarterfinals guarantees weak crowds for the semi's tonight and the final on Saturday. I guess that means we the taxpayer are on the hook for whatever guarantees were given to C-USA. The TV will be embarrassing with a more two thirds empty arena tonight...and maybe worse than that.... and similar for the finals. Speaking of C-USA most of these teams have no history in basketball. LA Tech the number one seed was known for it's lady hoops back in the 1980s and of course Karl Malone. Where have they been since the Malone days? I have no idea. Middle Tennessee? Tulsa has been ok in the past. Southern Miss?

This league is downright ugly in terms of athletics. I thinks it's sad that when the promoters of this thing said that over 3k people are coming from out of town. Well, yeah, the band, cheerleaders etc. Do they even count? How many real fans came? My guess is less than 250.

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Conference USA Hoops Tournament

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:22pm

Have any of you people attended any of the sessions as of yet? I was wanting to go tonight but I cant find anyone to go with me. As a hoops junkie I love tournament hoops, awesome way to kill 5 hours and usually a good time.

Those that go please leave a trip report in comments. I hope this event is a success for El Paso.

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Who said it and other things.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:16pm
 Quote one........"It is extremely shameful- yet so many people who push for corporate welfare are the same passing judgment on the human beings that are in need of help for basic necessities like food."  =========================brownfield: I find this statement extremely hypocritical. Her daddy was the lawyer/owner behind the doubletree hotel corporate welfare package.  The was and is...corporate welfare. Guess it's  ok when daddy does it. ============================ Quote two....." It is sad that for some people wealth and power become an obsession forgetting what Jesus said "It is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a Camel to pass thru the eye of a needle". There are consequences for their actions and the way they choose to exploit others!" =======================brownfield:I wonder what the chances of a congressman going to heaven that made operation hold the line a reality while a big shot at the border patrol? A reality that caused thousands to people to die the worst death possible...that of exposure in the desert. =============================================== Quote one was from Maxey Scheer who ran for US senate in the democratic primary recently. ===============================================================Quote two was from our former congressman Silvestre Reyes.  ===========================

Other things......

I see that some of the blogs are now going after a huge democratic donor (A Houston Lawyer)  who is trying to "turn Texas Blue." Good points made about it, but sadly they think it's perfectly OK for big money to keep Texas Red or get sweet corporate welfare deals. Why is one side ok and not the other? Oh yeah, never mind.

Speaking of big money buying elections and elected officials. Why do they hate Norma Chavez? She has taken no money from anyone yet she is Satan if you read some of the blog posts and comments. My question to her would be "if elected will you refuse PAC money of any kind and limit individual donations to say 100 dollars?" My guess is no, because the cost of being in perpetual campaign mode is just too expensive.

Free trade, why is it ok for goods to be able to cross borders in order for corporations to see the best deal (IE cheap labor and zero pollution standards), yet labor is prohibited to cross borders in order to seek the best working conditions? The border is littered with dead bodies who were seeking better pay and benefits for themselves, yet they died committing a criminal act. Hardly seems free or fair.

As always, Thank You for reading my blog.

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Gone but not forgotten

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:36am

The other day I was on my computer doing my usual quality control stuff for the multiple companies that pay me to do so. Usually I have some music on in the background and it happened to be Pink Floyd on this day. It reminded me of Jim Gamble who used to work with me out at the airport, he died about 19 months ago and that was his favorite group. I had to stop my work and just listen, shedding a few tears (ok more than a few) while remembering my friend. What a great guy he was.

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How was your weekend?

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 8:57am
Mine sucked. Once again the rumor mill is flowing with info that El Paso amongst 39 other sites in the USA will close due to budget cuts. Keep in mind that last year was the worst threat ever and 13 sites (not ELP) did close....for a day....before funding was found to keep them operating. I get so bone weary tired from all this and it really takes a toll on me both physically and mentally. The good news is that brownfield haters can rejoice in the fact I am once again in fear for my job.

Hopefully this too will blow over. How would you like to be in the situation where about 67 percent of your income is constantly up in the air? Makes it hard to take a vacation, buy things or really do much of anything because always in the back of my mind is this stuff.

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Talk Radio

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:54pm
Saturday on "The Show" with Hector & Abel on Fox 1150 Oldies we'll discuss the March 4 election with our wunnerful listeners. The big story continues to be the disgraceful and dismal low voter turnout of about 6%, which we were discussing l...ast week even before the election. No elected official should feel smug or that they have a mandate with so few members of the community fulfilling their role in the democratic process. On the other hand, one wonders if those who brag that they don't vote because they have no faith in the system and elected officials may be right. Call 915-880-4376 and help us try to convince everyone otherwise. There is still a run-off election coming up. We'll have a major announcement concerning the future of "The Show." Like us on facebook at The Fox 1150 Oldies. You may also listen online at ======================================= I guess they only want callers that are against those of us who "brag" we didn't vote because we have no faith in the system and elected officials? Why is that? Why is our point of view summarily dismissed?
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In response to Max Powers

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:02pm
Read Max here max Read that, including the founders (Bernie Sanders) and current members (no Beto). As for LBJ I qualified my statement with "when he was advocating for the great society".  It's ok tho. You are free to twist what I said however you like.  Yes Bernie is a Democratic Socialist. I am a libertarian socialist. I am a progressive and so is he. He is not a member of the democratic party and neither am I. Plenty of progressives are members of the democratic party. Why are they democrats? I have no idea to be honest with you since the democrat party is just as corporate as the republicans.  As for your comment about not being invited to parties you are so right. In fact let me tell you all a little story as to the magnitude of my "loserness". Senior year me and my family are home eating dinner together as we always did. The phone rings and my mother answers it....she smiles "Billy it's for you, it's a girl!"  So I walk over and its this cute girl who is student body president and my hopes are sky high....... then she says she is calling about my senior photo and if I want to make an appointment at the studio she works at. It was a sales call. I felt embarrassed for me, but more so for my parents. After that trip down memory lane I need to shoot some Heroin, I will settle for a smoke.  Best regards W.R. "Billy" Brownfield aka Loser   
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Progressive and the misuse of the term locally

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:18am

Can we stop calling any El Paso elected official a progressive? Most especially the corporate welfare lovers that like to shift tax dollars into the pockets of millionaires and billionaires? It's pretty simple...FDR was a progressive, so was LBJ when he was advocating for the great society. A current example of a progressive is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Calling Vero, Beto or anyone else a progressive is an insult to real progressives who take the vitriol of being labeled communists and fascists. The truth is that the corporate welfare types who favor the merging of state and corporate power (the very definition of fascism) are the real dangers to the free market.

Speaking of the free market let's talk trade. I know most of you guys love NAFTA because you love Bill Clinton who took your decent American jobs and sent them into Mexico so workers there could live on top of a sand dune in a tarpaper shack with dirt floors and pirated power, oh yah and no running water. If you truly want free trade, then labor must be free to move as well. However since the fascists wrote the law we have labor trapped in places mired in low wages, no unions, and no government regulation.

Have a crappy day, I know I will.

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About last night.....................

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:05pm
Ok...So I am getting off of work and have nothing to do since the wife is out with some work friends having a dinner that started earlier. I decide to drop by Whataburger and have dinner in my car listening to satellite radio. Anyway this Whataburger is near Airway and Edgemere, I see that Norma has her campaign office open and decide to drop in and wish her luck. Amazingly she was there, keep in mind this is like 30 mins til the polls close and the early voting results are released. She actually remembered me which is quite astonishing since we only met one time prior to last night. Anyway I was sorta shocked when she invited me to her watch party. I decided to go.

The event was held at a restaurant on Montana Street near Airway called Dominics Italian. Nice joint and they had a live band going...although not sure if that was a regular thing or something Norma paid for. Anyway, they were good. I didn't eat since I had already scarfed down my Whataburger in the car but the spread looked mighty good and I think the wife and I will check it out this weekend. As a smoker I sure enjoyed the patio which was really nice and a great place to smoke a few. I met a nice lady who was in charge of I think the AFL-CIO local union dealio which was kind of cool. As a member of PATCO myself I found out that if we are under AFL-CIO we can actually get a delegate to go to the meetings. I told her that I thought we were under AFL-CIO but we are not, we are AFSCME. So, I am now unsure if I can be appointed a delegate or not. Oh well. Anyway I introduced myself with my real name and said I am a blogger in town and as it turns out she reads my blog. Shocking. She gave me a thumbs up on the blog, double shocking. I asked her why she was at this event considered all the other candidates running in all the other races. She said Norma was a loyal friend of labor and she felt it was important to be there. I was a little surprised by her answer as I had assumed that most of the people who go to these things are personal friends of the candidate. I headed out to the patio for a smoke.

At the patio I saw two guys talking and looking at some kind of electronic device. I asked them if they had the early voting numbers and they said yeah and we started talking. The first guy I think his name was Luis is a artist and I asked him why he supported Norma (he was wearing a Norma T shirt) and he said that Norma was a big supporter of the arts and that was why he had volunteered for her and was there that night for the watch party. I was shocked, not a personal friend? Actually had an issue/agenda item as a reason to support her? What the heck is going on here? The other guy talking had a camera around his neck and was a photographer named Mark (I think) who works for the paper. Really nice guy, very interesting person to talk to. We had a nice chat and he was telling me his assignment was to get pics of all 3 candidates for the district 76 race. He was waiting for Norma to arrive so he could get some pics and move on to the next party so he could meet his deadline. We hear a cheer go up from inside.

Back inside Norma has arrived and just finished a TV interview. I was able to speak with her briefly and she was very nice. I have to admit that as a human being I like her. I watched her work the room, two guys dressed in suits in the back were feverishly clicking update on the county election website and she was greeting people, having her picture taken and very gracious to all that were there. I was rather surprised by this. If it had been me, I would be feverishly trying to get updates while hunkered down in private. I have to give her credit, she was able to be very polite, friendly, and engaging with all the people there, and yet casual about checking with her "suits".

I had to leave at about half past 8 because I don't carry a cell phone and had no way to tell my wife I was going to be late. I have to admit the watch party is kinda fun, its like a football but for politics. You sorta get wrapped up in the scores and of course the analysis, where are the votes coming from? What areas have been counted, which ones are still out?

In the end Norma finished 2nd which was good enough to make the run-off in May. I have to give Norma credit, I have pulled no punches when commenting on her over the years and yet she still was very polite and kind to me. I have to admit.... I admire her.

Oh and she asked me a question. "What name are you posting under?" I was like well Brownfield and I have my own blog. She said " I thought maybe you were Rotten Peppers" . I am like uhh no, I post under my name only these days. I don't know if she believed me or not, I was sorta hurt by the Rotten Peppers remark only because that person has made some really ugly remarks are how candidates look physically, and if you have seen me, you would know there aint a chance in the world I would go there with ANYBODY.

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Kiss my ass!!!

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:10pm

So, it seems some of you want to call me out for being a know it all etc. Let me tell you something. I had no in politics until I moved here. Why? Because my kids went to a school that was infested with black mold and nobody and I mean nobody in power wanted to help. The EPISD board, the newspaper, other elected officials, people in EPISD, nobody. My wife and 2 other mothers went on a crucade and eventually got the issue fixed. In doing so the biggest turnover in EPISD board history occurred in that election. Guess what? Nothing changed. That is why voting is pointless. My wife a degreed architect was called a stupid mexican mother by a former EPISD construction dept guy who ended up being a EPISD board member. After the Texas Health Department was through with the investigation the recommendations of my wife were put into action because EPISD was threatened with the Texas (not local) health department going public with the fact the school should be closed due to health concerns. All of a sudden then something happened. My wife on her own time made the effort to contact leading experts in Europe and the USA and telling them the situation here and that brought the Texas health dept into the deal. Keep in mind the local health department gave EPISD a clean bill of health. Sound familiar? Yeah just like the TEA and their rubber stamp of EPISD cheating the TAKS. Only after Dr. Infidelity (EPISD SUPER DR. GARCIA) plead guilty was the TEA inclined to take another look at EPISD TAKS corruption and we got our appointed board who have done nothing, zero, zilch to address the cheating scandal in any meaningful way. Keep mind our newspaper disparaged my wife and her efforts with the mold issue by printing an editorial cartoon depicting a kid claiming the mold ate his homework. Do not forgot the paper's blind support of the EPISD administration under Garcia and then under Dr. terri jordan. The district was a corrupt mess under their watch and the paper actually had an editorial endorsing Dr. Jordan to be named permanent superintendent from her then interim job. Sure I may not have all the answers, never said I did. What I have to contribute is the fact that I was on EPISD's ass from day one. I never believed their lies and cover ups. Well, now 16 years later its been laid bare for all to see. They ought to be prosectued under the RICO statutes since they have been an ongoing crimminal enterprise. I also have complained for a long time about money in politics and we have seen with all the guilty pleas that campaign contributions were indeed bribes. Nobody else here said jack. I was out on my own calling into the strelz show and posting on his forum and various blogs, including my own....speaking badly about local politics and politicians. Now all of a sudden you have awoken to the nightmare and I am supposed to have all the answers? Kiss my ass!!!

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Down ten percent

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 8:05pm
Early voting numbers are in and we are down thirteen percent from four years ago. Professor rocha at
Utep Seems a bit puzzled as to why. Blaming it on voter ID laws and negative campaigns. I call bs, this is about the loss of hope. People are wising up and realize as I do that voting is pointless in a rigged system. Good for you El Paso, good for you.
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Why El Paso pols and big money donors think you are a moron

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:16pm

Looking at some of the local races made me think about strategy. Why would a candidate fighting an incumbent in more than a 2 way race run in the party primary? Why not run in the general election as an independent? It's sorta like making the runoff in the primary anyway.

The answer is the same reason that Republican money plays such a huge role in the democratic party primary. People here are so dumb that many of them vote straight ticket and thus an independent candidate cannot overcome the one punch and out voter. So.... the repubs have to run faux "democratic" candidates in the democratic primary because the republicans cannot run out in the open due to the one punch voter and "indies" are dead in the water for the same reason.

In the doesnt matter which party wins anyway, the money party is undefeated. So please do not take this post as supporting either party or blaming one party rule on our misfortune. The system is what is killing us and nobody talks about that because it goes beyond talking about people and personalities and that is sadly what the locals like to discuss.

One thing I found interesting in the local news coverage of elections is that candidates pay for polling data and campaign advice. I am left to wonder.....why? If I was running I wouldnt care if my message resonated with voters. I have an opinion on things, like it or dont like it. Vote for me or not. The candidates tell you that they stand for nothing when they use these kinds of services. They tell candidates how not to answer questions. The candidate gives a one minute answer, saying nothing and people applaud like trained seals. Why?

The candidates only want to win, they dont care what they have to say in order to do it. That makes them dangerous because they stand for nothing.

One example I like to cite is Ron Paul when running for the Republican Nomination. He was in Miami in front of a big Cuban Ex-Pat population and was asked about ending the embargo with Cuba. He said he was ok with it, of course making enemies by saying that. I disagree with most of his agenda, but I admire him for telling the truth when asked, even in a hostile enviornment.

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Whatever happend to Jose Maria Guardia?

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:53pm

Reading the article about Hardrick Crawford written by Martin Parades recently reminded me of my interaction with our former FBI local chief. It was a hot summer night and I was invited over to the Juarez Racetrack as I had written some articles for a greyhound website about the track re-opening about 10 years ago. I was invited to a dinner hosted by the owner of the track a Mr. Jose Maria Guardia. Several people introduced themselves as USA custom officials, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford were there among others. It was an interersting night that lead the wife and I to head out after the races for some drinking and dancing with Mr. Guardia and his entourage. Fun was had by all, and I was and still am left to wonder how Mr. Guardia just seemed to vanish once Mr. Crawford went to federal prison.

As some of you may know Mr. Guardia owned the racetrack and several race and sports books in Juarez and elsewhere in the state of Chihuahua. All the books closed as well as the racetrack and Mr. Guardia just disappeared. Well, it turns out Mr. Guardia is back in town and throwing around lots of money once again. I suspected and still do that he was an agent for our government. Mr. Guardia had all kinds of interesting links, to bishops high up in the Roman Catholic Church, a personal friend of Fidel Castro and a mega donor AKA a pioneer in the W Bush fundraising for president of the USA. He had pictures and invitiations up on the walls of the track for all to see, it was no secret. He was very nice and hospitble to me and my wife, but I am left to wonder who and what he really represented?  Maybe we will find out in the coming months as it seems he has made a return to Juarez. Where he has been all these years is still a mystery to me.

Will any real reporters follow up? Does anyone care, except me?
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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:38pm

The dummies at EPISD headquarters are now talking land deals. The first one is moving the hq into NE El Paso and the other is moving Jefferson and/or Bowie or both into a combined High School. The first one they have no choice as the airport wants them out and the  second one  is a little less clear. My concern is over number 2 as I bet this has little to do with the budget or education and more to do with land speculation/development. Juan Cabrera our new superintendent has not impressed me at all and his town hall    meetings were nothing short of a disaster and that was with EPISD only accepting approved questions from the audience. God help us if he is doing the negotiations with El Paso's powerful elite on a real estate deal.

Keep your eyes peeled on this issue. It should be funny at least.
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No big deal

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:57am
I caught this story in the Los Angeles Times radiation leak at WIPP 

I thought it was interesting.

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People in El Paso voting with their feet

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:53am

The wife and I went out shopping for furniture and spent most of Saturday out at different furniture stores. We stopped by one fancy joint and the sales lady knew my wife from her architect days in Mexico. She told us quite a bit about how bad things are here in El Paso for honest people. She said that she has worked with many of the people indicted/convicted/sentenced under the public corruption investigation. Her opinion was that corruption was so common in the construction/architecture world that it was impossible to make an honest living here. Now that her kids have graduated college and moved on, she is leaving for Houston because many El Paso Ex's have told her Houston is the place to be with her education and experience.

I guess more people than I realized see that voting is a waste of time and they vote with their feet. I think the elected officials of El Paso should take a bow for the envirnment they have helped foster.
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