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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
As is typical with the local El Paso media, today’s reporting about the ongoing release of emails is incomplete and haphazard leaving the community with incomplete or erroneous information. As I am out of town I rely on the media’s online presence in order to remain informed of the ongoing political shenanigans in El Paso.… Read More Typically the News Media Gets it Wrong Again
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?
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
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
The jury has spoken. George Zimmerman is not guilty. The media frenzy and the special interests groups have distorted the fact that George Zimmerman needed to be tried by his peers. Although “peers”, as in a six-woman jury, is not exactly reflective of what would normally be considered Zimmerman’s peers; the fact is that a jury… Read More Why the George Zimmerman Trial Was Needed
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 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
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
Yesterday’s city council meeting was nothing more than an exercise in bureaucratic smoke-and-mirrors by Oscar Leeser and Joyce Wilson. As excited as many were about the two items; 1A and 1B, in the Additions to the Agenda that basically added Oscar Leeser to the workflow in authorizing additional rental, and or purchases for city hall… Read More Mayor Leeser: Smoke and Mirrors
The untimely death of County Commissioner Dan Haggerty has opened up an opportunity for Veronica Escobar to fulfill her public policy agenda. In 2008, Veronica Escobar, then a County Commissioner, asked then County Attorney Jose Rodriguez for a legal opinion on the process for filling a County Court vacancy. At that time, Veronica Escobar was… Read More Steve Ortega to Fill County Vacancy?
As much as I was hoping that the new city administration would have the courage to put a pause on the fiasco of the baseball arena, the reality is that the powers-that-be have entrenched themselves so well that the new city administration is powerless to do anything about it. At least that is the latest… Read More Typical City Council: Pontificating and Nothing Else
The MountainStar Group is playing El Paso for fools. As if the whole fleecing of the El Paso taxpayers wasn’t enough, the MountainStar Group is playing El Pasoans for fools with the “naming” of the team. The Aardvarks, the Buckaroos, The Chihuahuas, the Desert Gators and the Sun Dogs are just further proof that MountainStar… Read More You Are All Being Played for Fools
As the Steve Ortega for Mayor shellacking winds down it is time to tie up some loose ends. I’ll take them one at a time and reveal who I really think is leading the cultural annihilation of the essence of El Paso and it’s rich history. But first a few loose ends. The Forma Group… Read More Tying Up Some Loose Ends
In a corrupt-ridden city like El Paso the ability to attain the highest levels of shamefulness is extremely difficult, yet the following outgoing elected officials were able to attain the highest levels of infamy reserved for very few. The Shameful Trio held their last meeting yesterday but their actions and inaction will hurt the city… Read More The Legacy of Shame
The voters have clearly spoken and given Oscar Leeser a mandate. Although it is extremely difficult to jump from being a candidate to actually assuming office, unfortunately the new administration has to immediately take action to both allay the fears of the electorate and restore trust in the city government. As difficult as it may… Read More Three Items for the New City Council
There is no two ways about it, El Paso voters clearly do not want Steve Ortega’s brand of a new El Paso. Much will be debated in the coming days about what the results actually mean. What we do know, by the May results, was that the electorate was angry. This was surely a surprise… Read More Clearly The Voters are Angry
Many individuals commented to me that I was completely delusional about my belief that the up-and-coming Newspaper Tree was going to be nothing more than a propaganda outlet for Woody Hunt and his friends: Paul Foster, Bill Sanders and the other proponents of the destruction of El Paso. My blog post of March 7, 2013 described… Read More Newspaper Tree: The propaganda machine for the cabal
The El Paso Times saw fit to make an issue of a $25 campaign contribution to the Oscar Leeser Campaign from Fernando Parra who has pled guilty to public corruption in today’s edition. But as is the modus-operandi of the local paper masquerading, as a newspaper, it has neglected to point out questionable characters donating… Read More Steve Ortega Returns Campaign Contribution and Other Questionable Characters Contribute
And there you have it; the “crazies” weren’t so crazy after all. First in The El Paso Inc., on Sunday, June 9, 2013 and then the next day on KVIA, outgoing mayor John Cook clearly lays out the conspiracy to keep the El Paso electorate from deciding whether they wanted city hall demolished or not. In… Read More Ballpark Back Door Dealing
Reviewing Steve Ortega’s campaign finance reports I noticed that Steve Ortega has paid a company named The Forma Group almost $200,000 since 2012. So who is The Forma Group I pondered. As with everything political in El Paso tracking down information about political linkages is like searching for the ever illusive winning lottery ticket, you… Read More Who is The Forma Group?
Years ago I was tasked with helping a team, working on a threat analysis, develop and implement a pattern analysis matrix. Although I was only involved in a very small component of the overall threat analysis I quickly realized how powerful a properly developed pattern analysis matrix is. For those that do not know, a… Read More Lee County and Joyce Wilson
Watching El Paso politics for the last 14 years I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all. And lo-and-behold a new politician steps up and leaves me dumbfounded once again. The latest political idiocy is Courtney Niland. I guess one requirement for El Paso politics is to forgo common decency in the quest to serve… Read More Courtney Niland Makes A Move, Media Manipulation and the Cabal’s Useful Idiots
On Thursday, May 23, 2013 the mayor’s office issued a press release to the media advising the community that he has unilaterally decided that Joyce Wilson will not get the performance review she had requested. Two things immediately stand out and they both demand further citizen scrutiny. The first is that the mayor, through his… Read More In Other Words: Mayor Cook’s Press Release Regarding Joyce Wilson
El Paso government officials decided that the city needs a quality of life center for El Paso’s future. They allocated over a million dollars to fund the project and they started to build the structure. The voters of the community said, hold on for a moment, why didn’t we get a say in this? The… Read More One El Paso Boondoggle
I have to give credit where credit is due. Steve Ortega hates the essence of El Paso. Unlike Susie Byrd who embraces her El Paso heritage publically but turns around and votes against it, Steve Ortega has consistently been open about his disgust for his El Paso heritage. In a paper Steve Ortega presented to… Read More Steve Ortega Hates El Paso
Something has been bothering me about the Steve Ortega campaign finance reports. They just do not add up. As I sat down to review them, I wanted to check my numbers once again so I went to the Municipal Clerk’s office and lo-and-behold Steve Ortega had filed not one, but two amendments to his initial… Read More Steve Ortega Under reported $40K
On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair
Let’s get this out of the way from the onset; the only way Steve Ortega is elected mayor in June is when pigs fly. The mathematics of last Saturday’s election clearly spells this out, contrary to UTEP political pundits that clearly have no basic understanding of basic mathematics. For clarity, so that the El Paso… Read More Cold Hard Facts for Steve Ortega
When I first stumbled across a campaign contribution from Bain Construction to Steve Ortega while reviewing Ortega’s financial disclosure it stood out to me for three reasons. First, it was because instead of an individual’s name it was a company’s name. Second because it did not have the standard “LLC” of a company that is… Read More Bain Construction and Steve Ortega Campaign Contributions
You won’t be reading about this in the El Paso Times because it involves Bob Moore’s favorite golden boy; Steve Ortega. Had this been any other mayoral candidate you can expect it would have made front-page, above the fold “breaking news”, a few days before the election. But alas it involves Steve Ortega and there… Read More Did Steve Ortega Accept an Illegal Contribution?
Last Sunday, as I prepared to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, far from my beloved Mexico, I took some time to contemplate the Cinco de Mayo holiday. I have always argued that the fascination with Cinco de Mayo in the United States derives from a clever beer marketing gimmick that was used to market beer sales… Read More Cinco de Mayo and El Paso Downtown Redevelopment