Before everyone gets mad at me, consider the following. Stratfor, along with other so-called intelligence think tanks asserted that Mexico was becoming a failed state because of the rising drug violence. In 2008, and then again on April 6, 2010, George Friedman argued that Mexico was “nearing the status of a failed state”. In the… Read More Is the US a Failed State?
My last few articles on the Poisoned Pawns Operation has raised many questions about how I arrived at who and what I linked on my link charts and who I listed as being involved. Some of you wrote to tell me I missed others. Some of you commented and filled in missing pieces. Others of… Read More I Need Your Help Finding Documents
The City announced earlier today the four finalists for the city manager position. Two are from El Paso and two are from Fort Worth. The two from El Paso are both current city employees. David Almonte is the current Deputy City Manager. The city’s Chief Financial Officer, Carmen Arietta-Candelaria is also a finalist for the… Read More City Manager Candidate Finalists 2014
As you might remember, on August 28, 2013 I posted a blog titled “How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers”. In my blog post, I shared with you an example of how political operatives are used to manipulate public perception in order to control an outcome. As you probably also… Read More Texas Tribune, Ballpark and Email Gate: Money Talks, Bullshit Walks
I am sure most of you noticed something that struck me interesting when I was putting together the various Poisoned Pawns links charts, the absence of the City of El Paso. With the various controversies involving the ballpark and the other hullabaloos surrounding the public agenda policy initiated by Ray Caballero I found it curious… Read More Where is the City?
Operation Poisoned Pawns is an FBI investigation into public corruption in El Paso Texas that began around 2004. The FBI nationally began focusing on public corruption cases around 2004 as it shifted its focus from terrorism after 9/11 towards political crimes. Several search warrants were served on El Paso officials on May 2007 at their… Read More Poisoned Pawns Convicts and Named Individuals
(broken links corrected on July 28, 2018) As I wrote yesterday, I have been developing a link chart of everyone involved in the Poisoned Pawns public corruption investigation. Because many of the court records remain sealed I have had to plug in names on a “best guess” basis. As you can see from the chart,… Read More Poisoned Pawns Link Chart
As many of you already know I have been working on connecting the dots between many individuals, the public corruption scandals and the drug violence in Juárez for many years. I have been creating a time line of events going as far back as the 1960’s. I have also been creating many link charts of… Read More Poisoned Pawns Investigation into Public Corruption: Three Part Series
The Third Court of Appeals has scheduled a hearing to determine whether Stephanie Townsend Allala’s request for Steve Ortega’s emails will go forward. The appeals court has scheduled a hearing on the case for May 22, 2014. As usual, you won’t be reading about this important issue anywhere else because apparently the local new media… Read More Third Court of Appeals Schedules Email Hearing
As some of you may have noticed, I have been working on infographics lately. Today I offer you the first in a series of The Economics of El Paso – It’s All Good. I hope you realize that “it’s all good” is a play on the city’s marketing slogan because the reality is that El… Read More A Look at El Paso’s Economy
As you all know by now, El Paso’s largest school district is facing budget woes because of a decline in student enrollments. You also know that the trustees of the El Paso Independent School District were disbanded and a board of managers were installed because of the cheating scandal led by Lorenzo Garcia. The school… Read More Are EPISD Budget Woes the Vanguard to an Economic Tsunami?
As predicted by many, the investigation into an allegation of a second assault by Ann Morgan Lilly has seemingly disappeared into oblivion never to be spoken of again. You might remember that back in October I alleged that the El Paso Police Department keeps a special police unit to protect certain individuals from public scrutiny. You… Read More Where is the Ann Morgan Lilly Police Report?
According to an April 3, 2014 (actually it is dated 2012 but I assume that was a typo) request for a Texas Attorney General Opinion submitted by Jo Anne Bernal, the County has been advised that “some local school board trustees do not want to disclose financial information as required of state officers by the… Read More School Board Members Intend to Resign December 31 to Avoid Financial Disclosure
I sometimes wonder if I’m wrong that the public perception of issues are distorted in the general population. Jeb Bush’s recent comments reaffirmed for me that the reality is often obscured by the rhetoric and the misinformation perpetuated by the news media. What Jeb Bush said about immigration really should not surprise anyone that has… Read More Surprised by Jeb Bush, why? The Republicans Have Done More for Immigration than the Democrats
Some of you may be aware that David Crowder has been reporting on the case of Emily Garcia, the former El Paso Boys and Girls Club executive director who is currently in jail. What initially caught my attention about the case was that David Crowder asked Luis Aguilar about the status of the case shortly… Read More Luis Aguilar, the El Paso Highfaluting and Bumbling Idiots
One of the things that politicians, like Veronica Escobar and her cohorts, use to hoodwink the community is the news media’s inability to provide you with current, relevant and context-based news. This is because of the nature of the ever changing news media personalities that report the news to you. It takes years of understanding… Read More The Children’s Hospital, UMC and the Ballpark
Just when I think that government cannot get any stupider, some government bureaucrat once again proves me wrong. Politics makes for stupidity as evidence by NASA’s latest reaction to a directive from the Obama administration. As you all know, the US government has proclaimed that Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine is not conducive to Russian-US… Read More US Political Stupidity on Ukraine Crisis
As you may already know, KVIA has been reporting about the financial woes of The El Paso Children’s Hospital. Although we do not yet know the full extent of their financial troubles we can infer that it will ultimately involve the taxpayers’ monies. One thing that is clearly developing is how this, is yet, another… Read More Tax Increase in the Works for Children’s Hospital
I have been completely wrong! This morning I realized that I have been wrong about the ballpark, and everything else. What’s even worse is that I have been wrong about Susie Byrd, Beto O’Rourke, Steve Ortega, and Joyce Wilson. As if that wasn’t enough, I have been wrong about Foster and Hunt. Oh, and I… Read More All of These Years I Have Been A Fool
Last week I wrote about how the City of El Paso was forced to move monies around on its budget and postpone certain services in order to shore up its budget deficits. The deficit is the result of lower than budgeted sales taxes and other revenues. After that we found out that home foreclosures doubled… Read More El Paso’s Economy is Tanking
In the last couple of weeks, buried deep in the news, there have been a few reports about a radiation leak that occurred in New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Two radiation releases have been acknowledged by officials as of yesterday. Mexican officials are expected to meet with a team of US Department… Read More Carlsbad Radiation Reminds Juarez Residents of Yonke Fenix
And so it begins. Since the ballpark fiasco hit the airwaves, many of those opposed to the ballpark argued that the revenue projections produced by the city were too optimistic. In essence, many of us argued that the taxpayers would end up paying for the ballpark and not the hotel occupants as the city and… Read More City Council Moving Monies to Pay Off Debt
Ever since the Internet started changing how news is delivered to us the news media has been trying to adapt. The coverage of the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight clearly shows that the news media has a long way to go. The Internet has become the delivery vehicle for on-demand and up-to-the-minute news cycle that many… Read More News Media Fails Malaysia MH370
For a while now I have been giving you many examples of the nexus of drug trafficking and El Paso’s rampant corruption. In yesterday’s newspaper there was a story by Vic Kolenc titled; “El Paso branch is Wells Fargo’s busiest in the world”. Kolenc’s article adds another significant data point to my argument that the… Read More Another Example of the El Paso Drug Plaza
It has been twelve days since Malaysian Flight MH370 disappeared along with 239 souls on board. Like everyone else I am wondering what happened. As a pilot, I am curious as to what led to the aircraft’s demise. Unfortunately, without finding the aircraft it is very difficult to ascertain what led to its disappearance. The… Read More Malaysian Airlines MH370: The Human Loss
Last Monday, the City of El Paso through its outside law firm, filed another brief with the Third Court of Appeals asking that Townsend Allala’s quest for the release of emails through her open records request be dismissed by the court. The city, through the taxpayer-funded lawsuit being handled by Denton Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde… Read More Latest City Filing Against Stephanie Townsend Allala
Regardless of what side you are on the issue there is no question that the most recent controversial thing in El Paso has been the ballpark. The largest point of contention has been the destruction of the city hall building. Yet, the horde behind the fiasco that is the ballpark has decided to rub some… Read More We Get No Respect: City Hall Grill
How is it that those involved in the ballpark debacle seem to be able to land lucrative jobs in government work even after bungling their previous job? Last week, the city announced the appointment of Veronica Soto as the new Community Development Director. The city issued a press release announcing the appointment. I immediately posted… Read More Veronica Soto’s Appointment: Bungle One Job and Get Another?
I finally pulled the plug on XM radio. It wasn’t easy because I had gotten used to the commercial free programming and access to unique programming. However, business ethics made me take the drastic step of shutting down a service I really wanted. Treating all customers equally and fairly should be the cornerstone of all… Read More The Unethical Business Practices of Sirius XM Radio
One of the biggest gripes that I have about the news media, in general, is the overuse of the so-called “experts” on issues that are nothing more than self-serving self-promoting talking heads. The self-proclaimed “experts” seldom provide unbiased expertise on a topic. It’s not their fault as their goal is to sell their “expertise” to… Read More The Tradition of Self-Defense Groups in Mexico
The last few weeks I have been organizing my financial transactions for last year in preparation for filing my tax returns. In so doing I looked at what it cost me in 2013 to file open records requests with various government agencies for my blogging activities. I spent $784.39 in direct expenses for filing open… Read More The Cost of Transparency
The games of political “scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours” continue in El Paso. Today’s installment is the ongoing Jaime Abeytia saga at the expense of the taxpayers. Apparently, the rampant corruption isn’t enough for certain political figures in El Paso. As of today, not only is Abeytia still under indictment for showing inappropriate images to his daughter he is… Read More Jaime Abeytia and the Cycle of Corruption
The ongoing saga between the city and Stephanie Townsend Allala continues to cost the taxpayers of the community. As you all know the issue revolves around the city’s insistence that it has complied with the Texas Public Information laws by releasing all of the emails between city officials and Mountain Star officials in regards to… Read More Townsend-Allala Open Records is Proof that Democracy is Dead
As you can probably already tell, I’ve been on an infographics kick lately. Contrary to what some bloggers and newspaper reporters think, I have to create to pay my bills. That is what I do for a living, I create content in its many forms. My blogging generates enough through advertising to let me enjoy… Read More County Judge Election 2014 by the Numbers
Now that Election Day is over with there is going to be much discussion about what the causes were of the election outcomes for the various races. Likewise, next election cycle the same “experts” will again pontificate for the local paper about what the outcome will be or what the polls mean when in reality… Read More County Judge Election Analysis
Yesterday I pointed out how the local paper reported on two recent complaints filed against Frank Montalvo, the judge presiding over the public corruption cases. What the paper neglected to offer you was a detailed look into the reasons behind the complaints and how they are important to El Paso. Pointing out that complaints were… Read More Frank Montalvo and Sealed Court Records
Recently the local newspaper has published two articles regarding Frank Montalovo, the judge overseeing the public corruption cases in El Paso. As is usual with the local paper, the articles are nothing more than press releases or regurgitated articles submitted by others for publication. The January 30 article by Daniel Borunda was about Dallas attorney… Read More Questions About the Judge Overseeing the Corruption Trials
A failed state read the headlines. Doom and gloom, Mexico was about to implode led the news cycles starting around 2008. A revolution as about to start south of the US border, it was just a matter of days. Fast forward to today and the notion that Mexico is on the verge of becoming a… Read More George Friedman: Mexico is not a Failed State
What if I told you that I had assembled a voter list of technology advocates, who happen to be voters, in El Paso numbering about 5,000 members? Let’s assume I assembled this group of individuals under the auspices of “A Greater Technology El Paso”. The only requirement for membership in my group is that I… Read More Voter Fraud and EPISO
With the primary elections less than seven days away, we will soon know who the next county judge will be. Will the incumbent, Veronica Escobar remain in office or will someone new take over? As there is no Republican candidate in the race the primary will determine the next county judge. Many political pundits are… Read More County Judge 2014 Election Posturing