Finally Some Spicy Food!

No it wasn’t Mexican food. It was American eclectic food. We went to Yellow Dog Eats, an interesting take on food. The place is quaint and unique. It is definitely not some box-cutter franchise chain restaurant found in most corners of the world. According to the restaurant’s back-story, it used to be a country store… Read More Finally Some Spicy Food!

The trouble with politicians is their actions: Beto O’Rourke exemplifies

Former city representative Beto O’Rourke recently confirmed that he will be challenging US Representative Silvestre Reyes in the March Democratic Primary. Although recently confirmed, there have been months of speculation on his intent to seek the 16th Congressional seat. Both the incumbent and the challenger have plenty of actions to create the necessary record for… Read More The trouble with politicians is their actions: Beto O’Rourke exemplifies

Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. Author’s note: This article is also published on new2orlando.com. I was enjoying… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. I was enjoying my Cuban sandwich under a cloudy wonderful Orlando afternoon… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change

Blogging and Personal Responsibility; Flights of fancy should be ignored

“I am David Karlsruher. Some time ago, I wrote a blog about Stuart L. Leeds wherein I made statements regarding him which were inaccurate and which I should not have made. I publicaly (sic) apologize to Stuart L. Leeds for having done so.” A public apology, by a local blogger, for words written in defiance… Read More Blogging and Personal Responsibility; Flights of fancy should be ignored

Texas Governor Right about Veto to Driving and Texting

Texas Governor Perry is absolutely correct in exercising his veto power over the driving and texting bill presented to him by the Texas Legislature. It comes down to the simple notion of personal responsibility. Unfortunately, many legislators are intent on protecting the community against itself in the mistaken belief that the government’s job is to… Read More Texas Governor Right about Veto to Driving and Texting

Epitome of Arrogance: Byrd, Cook, Quintana, O’Rourke and Ortega

On, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Mayor John Cook, Representatives Susie Byrd, Rachel Quintana, Beto O’Rourke and Steve Ortega have decided that there is no place for Democracy in El Paso. In 2009, city council decided to extend domestic health benefits to unmarried couples. Shortly after that, a citizen driven referendum was initiated whereby citizens of… Read More Epitome of Arrogance: Byrd, Cook, Quintana, O’Rourke and Ortega

Analysis: Political Posturing in the mayoral race

Although still a couple of years to go until the city’s next mayoral race, political posturing is starting to materialize as to whom the contenders might be. The nexus driving the posturing within the city’s political circles is the perceived re-materialization of the Ray Caballero centric politics of the “progressive” mentality of reinventing the city… Read More Analysis: Political Posturing in the mayoral race

Domestic Partner Benefits back on Agenda: Possible city subterfuge?

The partner benefits issue is back at city council. On tomorrow’s city council (June 7, 2011) agenda, item 8F, “an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 017456”, was put on the agenda by Mayor John Cook. Ordinance No. 017456 is the result of a November 2, 2010 election where El Paso voters voted to eliminate health care… Read More Domestic Partner Benefits back on Agenda: Possible city subterfuge?

Are there Honduran anti-tank weapons and grenades in Cd. Juarez?

According to an October 2, 2008 US Diplomatic Cable recently released by WikiLeaks (08STATE105491), at least 16 American made light anti-tank weapons (LAWs) are unaccounted for. The US government has acknowledged that at least one was recovered in Cd. Juárez, from the original 26 that went missing in Honduras. The light anti-tank weapon, also known… Read More Are there Honduran anti-tank weapons and grenades in Cd. Juarez?

Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

Freedom of speech, more specifically the ability that denies the government the right to keep certain things secret, is sacrosanct to a free democracy. The Internet has given the people new tools by which to limit the government’s ability to keep secrets meant for public consumption. And this power has many governments looking for ways… Read More Commentary: Freedom of speech and the Internet – Twitter & the UK

Commentary: Judge Montalvo rules city expanded intent of voters

On May 20, 2011, Judge Montalvo ruled that the citizen mounted petition denying taxpayer funded health benefits to domestic partners must be honored. In his ruling, Montalvo wrote that the city took it upon itself to expand the intent of the voter. Montalvo wrote, “[o]nce the Ordinance passed, the City, however interpreted the statue to… Read More Commentary: Judge Montalvo rules city expanded intent of voters

Commentary: Abysmal voter numbers is a reflection of government indifference

The recent municipal elections once again displayed a complete lack of community involvement in the electoral process. Government and political pundits decry the low voter turnout and pontificate new and improved plans to engage the voter. But, I think they secretly congratulate themselves in the manipulation of low voter participation to further their goals. Of… Read More Commentary: Abysmal voter numbers is a reflection of government indifference

Commentary: Mediocrity is the way to go according to the El Paso Times

On May 17, 2011 the El Paso Times editorial board stated through their newspaper that Arditti’s defense team was an embarrassment to El Paso. According to their reasoning, the actions of the Caballero-Leeds team in zealously defending their client before a tribunal that can deprive Arditti of her freedom is somehow an aberration and an… Read More Commentary: Mediocrity is the way to go according to the El Paso Times

Commentary: Bill Clinton’s internet agency is a real bad idea

Fox News reported on May 14, 2011 that former president Bill Clinton would like to see an Internet agency under the hospices of the United States or the United Nations to control “malicious rumors”. According to the news report, Clinton foresees an agency, with “transparent” funding, and if under the umbrella of the United States… Read More Commentary: Bill Clinton’s internet agency is a real bad idea

El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

The El Paso News Organization is dedicated to becoming the alternative news vehicle for El Paso and the surrounding area. As we strive to reach that goal we are looking for writers interested in writing news items, investigative reports or analysis and commentary on the issues facing our community. For anyone interested in getting published… Read More El Paso News Organization to offer $50 stipends for published work

State, Defense Rest Cases

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against accused Judge Regina Arditti, who has been indicted on allegations she used her position as an elected official to benefit herself, her family and others. Defense attorneys, after returning from a lunch break, promptly rested their case without calling a single witness. The defense has repeatedly turned prosecution witnesses… Read More State, Defense Rest Cases