Ted Cruz and Immigration

The problem with pandering to the lowest common denominator is that the inconvenient truth eventually emerges. And such was the case recently for Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, US Senator for the State of Texas. You see Ted Cruz has an inconvenient truth that makes his arguments about immigration reform null and void. The problem with… Read More Ted Cruz and Immigration

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Texas Leadership Group Held Quarterly Meeting on August 8 in Marfa

The Texas Lyceum, a self-styled association of Texans who, according to their literature “identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in the State of Texas” held their quarterly meeting in Marfa a few weeks ago. Their literature states that the “Lyceum acts as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to… Read More Texas Leadership Group Held Quarterly Meeting on August 8 in Marfa

City Council Releases Emails and Asks Ortega For His Emails

After an approximate one and a half hour executive session, city council voted unanimously to release the previously unreleased emails that were collected pursuant to Stephanie Townsend Allala’s open records request. They also voted to have the Public Information Officer formally request that those current, and immediate past city representatives that have not already given… Read More City Council Releases Emails and Asks Ortega For His Emails

City Council Revisits the Emails and Here’s What Standard & Poor’s Thinks of the El Paso Ballpark Bonds

Today, city council is once again expected to revisit the continued saga of their refusal to release the emails requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala. As is normal for the city, who continues to ignore the will of the voters, the session will both be behind closed doors, in Executive Session, and it will cost the… Read More City Council Revisits the Emails and Here’s What Standard & Poor’s Thinks of the El Paso Ballpark Bonds

City Tells Investors It Needs to Offset HOT Tax and Team Payments Shortfalls

As you will recall, in a previous post I attempted to dissect the city’s bond documents called the “Preliminary Official Statement”. This document, basically, is a loan document explaining to the investors how they will be paid by the city. As you will also remember, the city had to go back to city council and… Read More City Tells Investors It Needs to Offset HOT Tax and Team Payments Shortfalls

Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Correction, August 18, 2013 at 9:00am: Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I had inadvertently removed some journalists from the discussion thread during my transcription. It was also pointed out to me that the executive session was called by Dee Margo based on “personnel matters”, which is a permissible use of the executive… Read More Open Meetings; Bob Moore and Journalistic Ethics, and, oh yea Susie Byrd Did the Right Thing

Orlando’s Soccer Stadium, A Comparison to El Paso Baseball Stadium Fiasco

Last Friday, August 9, 2013; Orlando business owners’ email boxes received an email from Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer regarding a deal he had worked out with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to fund a soccer stadium for Orlando. As a relative new resident to the Orlando area, having arrived about two years ago, I do… Read More Orlando’s Soccer Stadium, A Comparison to El Paso Baseball Stadium Fiasco

Update on Email Gate

Yesterday, city council discussed the ongoing withholding of emails in executive session. As you may remember, the city, under the John Cook administration decided to sue the Texas Attorney General’s office because the State Attorney had directed the city to release the emails under the open records law as requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala. For… Read More Update on Email Gate

FX’s The Bridge is Developing a Good Indicator of the El Paso Undercurrent

Like many people I have been watching The Bridge and like many who have lived and experienced El Paso there are many things in the television show that are obviously literary licenses taken by the network. But there is also much underlining truth that many in El Paso ignore, or conveniently turn a blind eye… Read More FX’s The Bridge is Developing a Good Indicator of the El Paso Undercurrent

Hash tags and URL Shortening, Oh My What Does all this have to do with Activism?

As you may have noticed, in the last few weeks I have made some changes to my blog. I have introduced new features that I will describe later in this blog post. But first I want to discuss two Internet technologies that are powerful tools for activism, information sharing and organizing. They are hash tags… Read More Hash tags and URL Shortening, Oh My What Does all this have to do with Activism?

El Paso Times Continues to Fail: How Public Perception is Wrong Because of the Daily

Last week’s trial for Billy Abraham on his accident and subsequent conviction on driving under the influence demonstrates how community perception is misguided by the failure of the El Paso Times to adequately and professional inform the community. On July 27, 2012, the El Paso Times ran “Billy Abraham not guilty of intoxicated manslaughter; guilty… Read More El Paso Times Continues to Fail: How Public Perception is Wrong Because of the Daily

New Batch of John Cook Emails Show More Uncertainty Over Ballpark Deal

Mona, a member of the Quality of Life Voters for Democracy group, forwarded me the following three email exchanges between herself and John Cook. She contacted me via the El Paso News Facebook page after reading the John Cook open records requests that I posted last week. As you read these three email exchanges you… Read More New Batch of John Cook Emails Show More Uncertainty Over Ballpark Deal

Presumption of Innocence is a Fallacy in American Jurisprudence: The Aaron Hernandez Case

One of the things that has always bothered me about the American jurisprudence system is the notion that the accused are presumed innocent. The fallacy of this notion starts from the moment the accused is chained from hands to ankles, like a criminal, and made to stagger into the court room. The recent events surrounding… Read More Presumption of Innocence is a Fallacy in American Jurisprudence: The Aaron Hernandez Case

John Cook’s Request for Legal Expenses Reimbursement and El Paso Times Incompetence

As most of you already know, on Tuesday, July 23, 2012, city council voted unanimously to deny John Cook’s claim for his legal fees. As is the process when filing a claim against the municipality, John Cook now has the option to file a lawsuit against the city. As part of my questions with John… Read More John Cook’s Request for Legal Expenses Reimbursement and El Paso Times Incompetence

John Cook Answers Questions on Benefits Lawsuit and Ballpark

Yesterday, July 23, 2013 I asked John Cook via email to answer twelve questions about his benefits’ referendum lawsuit and the demolition of city hall. He answered all of my questions. I am reproducing the original questions and his answers without editing or corrections, except for the following four edits I made for readability purposes.… Read More John Cook Answers Questions on Benefits Lawsuit and Ballpark

Where Are Steve Ortega’s Emails and Why Answer Tough Questions Verbally?

In reviewing the recently released emails I came across an exchange between John Cook and Joyce Wilson where the notion that the process needed to be rushed was questioned by both. I discussed that in yesterday’s post. Today, I focus on an exchange between Emma Acosta and Dan Barrett. This exchange provides an insight on… Read More Where Are Steve Ortega’s Emails and Why Answer Tough Questions Verbally?

John Cook and Joyce Wilson Questioned the Rush to Vote for the Ballpark

Reviewing the recently released emails from the private email boxes of Emma Acosta, Susie Byrd, John Cook, Ann Lilly and Joyce Wilson provides more evidence that the ballpark negotiations were designed to keep public commentary out of the process. Although there are no “smoking guns” and this does not surprise me because the horde is… Read More John Cook and Joyce Wilson Questioned the Rush to Vote for the Ballpark

Information Alert: Batch of Private Emails Released

Today, I received the first batch of emails from my Open Records Request requesting the records of certain government officials from their personal email accounts and the ballpark ownership group. My original request was; “Please provide copies of the text messages, and/or emails that discuss the downtown ballpark from:  the personal email account, and or… Read More Information Alert: Batch of Private Emails Released

Open Records Confusion and is the City About to Release the Private Emails?

Later today, city council is expected to discuss the status of the lawsuit the City of El Paso filed against the Texas Attorney General’s Office after it opined that the city should release the private emails requested by Stephanie Townsend Allala and others. There is no question that the Chucoleaks website has provided enlightening information… Read More Open Records Confusion and is the City About to Release the Private Emails?

The Horde Propaganda, A Case Study and Naming the Team the Desert Gators

It is more than likely that the baseball team will be named the Desert Gators. Here is why. The invading horde’s naming the team scam gives the illusion that El Paso is solidly behind the ballpark fiasco. This scheme gives us an opportunity to see how a full-court public relations blitz, also known as propaganda… Read More The Horde Propaganda, A Case Study and Naming the Team the Desert Gators

El Paso’s Visionaries Mantra of Not Willing to Take Risks and Investing

The so-called El Paso visionaries always rely on the notion of the community’s unwillingness to “invest” in itself and “take risks” to make El Paso a better city. In fact the whole public debate about the fiasco that is the ballpark is centered on the notion that the community must “invest” in itself and if… Read More El Paso’s Visionaries Mantra of Not Willing to Take Risks and Investing

What Ronald Reagan Knew About Immigration Reform

Once again immigration reform in the United States gets lost in the political posturing of party politics. It is unfortunate that the speechifying about economic and political consequences dominates the discussion and therefore immigration reform in the US will once again be nothing more but another layer of a perpetuating bureaucratic mess that will keep… Read More What Ronald Reagan Knew About Immigration Reform

The Snowden Affair: Arrogance, Propaganda, Power and Stupidity

The Edward Snowden disclosure of US secret data has given me an opportunity to discuss the arrogance of international diplomacy, or lack thereof; the news media’s complicity in propaganda, the ability to use power to control a country’s destiny and the stupidity that allows a person like Edward Snowden to become a cause célèbre. On… Read More The Snowden Affair: Arrogance, Propaganda, Power and Stupidity

Niland Posturing for an Election and the Fantasy of Raising Millions

On July 2, 2013, Representative Niland tasked Mayor Leeser with implementing an infrastructure fee at the Bridge of the Americas in order to reduce air quality problems, reduce traffic congestion and increase trade. She alluded to Beto O’Rourke’s leadership at the federal level as spearheading this initiative. The motion passed six to one, with Representative… Read More Niland Posturing for an Election and the Fantasy of Raising Millions