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

The Legacy of Shame

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

Steve Ortega Returns Campaign Contribution and Other Questionable Characters Contribute

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

Who is The Forma Group?

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?

Courtney Niland Makes A Move, Media Manipulation and the Cabal’s Useful Idiots

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

In Other Words: Mayor Cook’s Press Release Regarding Joyce Wilson

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

The Dee Margo Affair

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