Unbeknownst to many, there is a legal principal known as the “Passive Personality Principle” that some countries have begun to apply as a result of worldwide problems of terrorism and transnational criminal organizations. A few weeks ago, the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s highest court, indirectly applied this doctrine in ruling that Google… Read More What Google Teaches Us About The Dangers of Passive Personality Principle
Many of you still believe the lie being perpetuated by the community’s elite that El Paso is the safest city in the nation. Although I have already pointed out that the FBI discourages the use of their data to rank cities and that other news outlets have pointed out the fallacy of the rankings the… Read More Barrio Aztecas and the Safest City Lie
One of the largest criticisms that I receive is that I’m always pointing out El Paso’ rampant corruption while ignoring the city’s “safest city” designation. The criticisms center on the notion that I hate El Paso. The truth is that I’m angry about what I see as rampant corruption while the city leaders and politicians… Read More The US Attorney and El Paso Public Corruption
There is a reason why “idiots” is part of the phrase: useful idiots. It is because although “useful” they are also idiots. MaxPowers epitomizes useful idiots because although he considers himself intelligent and even witty he is nothing more than a thug serving his masters. The thing about liars is that eventually the truth leaks… Read More The Idiot in Useful Idiots: The MaxPower Story
Yesterday I revealed to you more information about The Forma Group. I consider the information to be sufficiently concerning that I would suspect that any politician using their services sets a dangerous precedent. After all, in a city mired in public corruption I would argue that any candidate running for office would consider whom they… Read More Candidates Using The Forma Group in 2014
Almost everyone understands that far from being over corruption continues to permeate the city. In the latest election cycle, instead of transparency and although politicians continue to proclaim they are far from the corruptors that have been identified to date, some of them accept political contributions with strings attached. It’s not just The Forma Group… Read More Ethics and The Forma Group
The city once again proclaims itself one of the safest cities in the nation this time touting its first place listing. The complicit news media regurgitates the press release not once asking itself where the data comes from and what methodology was used for the designation. In other words the news media is just a… Read More The Safest City in the Nation, Just Another Lie
Now that Anthony Cobos and Lorenzo Aguilar have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the public corruption cases, leaving only Tony Dill to be sentenced, many in the community are beginning to think that the city’s public corruption is at an end. Unfortunately as much as the corruptors wish for this notion to… Read More How Many More Criminals are in Office or Running for Office?
Before anything else and on whatever side of the political spectrum you are on please note that I wish you and your families the very best in 2014. That said it is now time for me to share with you my plans for my blog in 2014. As with any blog, the subjects I choose… Read More What’s Up for 2014
As we come to the end of 2013, I believe it is important to review the biggest issues facing the community. As we enter 2014, the community of El Paso will immediately be faced with an election that will determine whether the political corruption will continue or will the electorate further regain control of their… Read More Review of 2013
In yesterday’s post I had to pretend to be a news reporter in order to bring you up to date on the latest in regards to the Stephanie Townsend Allala’s open records request. Many of you complain about my constant criticism of the El Paso local news media outlets, however political commentary is about discussing… Read More More On El Paso Media Incompetence
As you all remember the El Paso Crime Lab was put on probation on June 24, 2011. The irony of the raging drug war going on in El Paso’s sister city, Cd. Juárez, at that time was not lost in me especially when subsequent to the city being put on probation county commissioner Willie Gandara… Read More Corruption Laden and Drug Gateway El Paso to Revisit Drug Lab
Anybody interested in government transparency at the City of El Paso should take a moment to read my experience with the open records process at the city. And, no this is not about David Karlsruher. His parent’s company just happened to be the mechanism that led me to question the city’s competence and sincerity when… Read More El Paso Open Records: City Incompetence or More?
From the first moment I was notified by the city that my money order was not acceptable for the open records request I had submitted looking for images of Steve Ortega I knew something was wrong. At first it seemed like a simple attempt at delaying or discouraging me from pursuing my quest for information… Read More The Money Order Conspiracy
One of the problems with the political process is that many people live in a culture of fear that allows other people to manipulate them. Living within the culture of fear does not allow an individual to decide on their own on how to handle a given situation because other people are advising them on… Read More Lily Limon Silence Only Serves To Keep the Public in the Dark
It all started out as a simple attempt to confirm whether a rumor that Steve Ortega may have used city property to run his mayoral campaign was true or not. The sixty-three day odyssey turned into a search for an elusive picture of a city representative and the County Judge that when I finally got… Read More Is The City Hiding Public Records?
Yesterday, at approximately 5:30 El Paso time I received four images of Steve Ortega and Veronica Escobar pursuant to my open records request. My receipt of these images has now reinforced my belief that there are some serious problems with how the city has handled my open records requests. For those who might be anxiously… Read More Open Records Process Update
One of the things about commenting on the political scene is the fact that in a Democracy the human factor is still very much in play. I believe that most everyone would agree that the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) is so corrupted that to allow any of the elected officials to remain in… Read More EPISD Board of Managers
The trouble with liars is that they become so accustomed to lying that they completely lose understanding the difference between right and wrong. Since a liar doesn’t understand between right and wrong their own actions eventually expose them for the corrupt individuals that they are. David Karlsruher has been exposed not only for outright lying,… Read More Bloggers That Lie Could Easily End Up in Jail
As many of you already know last Tuesday city council discussed the city’s process for open records. Lilly Limon put item 14B on the agenda for discussion. The item was posted as “Discussion and action on the process used to provide open records requests.” As I have stated numerous times before; I have never had… Read More Open Records Request and Money Orders Update
As you may remember, on October 9, 2013 I posted “Is the City Playing Games with Open Records?” In that post, and the previous one; “Money Orders and the City of El Paso” I described the two issues I was having with the city in fulfilling my open records requests. The first issue is that… Read More Open Records Request Update
Of all the people that read my blog, it is David Karlsruher that finally made me understand why the local media is such a disaster. We have all figured out why the management types at the local media allow mediocrity, or in the case of the El Paso Times masquerading as a newspaper outright create… Read More David Karlsruher Makes My Point About the Local Media
Frankly, I’m confused. I while back I submitted an open records request that resulted in a substantial amount of data. The city sent me an invoice for a little over $100. According to the invoice, the city accepts cash, checks or credit cards. Being over 1,700 miles away I wasn’t about to mail cash. I… Read More Money Order No Good For Open Records Requests at City
I have been a critic of the local news media for too many years, more than I can count. Even with that, the latest malfeasance of the El Paso news media is such that I’m at a loss of words to express my disgust. Disgust is not even strong enough to describe the utter stomach-sickening… Read More The Malfeasance of the News Media
As usual, the local English media does not completely inform the community about the ongoing issues at city hall. Even issues that are controversial and important to the community go unreported because the local reporters are too lazy to sit through the city representatives’ meeting to properly inform the taxpayers. Last Tuesday, September 10, 2013,… Read More Another Example of El Paso News Media Incompetence
As a blogger, I’m well aware of the opportunity blogging has given to those intent on manipulating political outcomes and how they abuse the blogging community in order to fulfill their agendas. Blogging has evolved into a platform from where political operatives create political undercurrent from where they create and manipulate public perception. For the… Read More How Useful Idiots Manipulate Public Perception: Case Study David Karlsruher and MaxPowers
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
I have been noticing lately that as Facebook continues to implement its revenue model the content that is generated by us, the bloggers is being pushed away from your news feeds. Although I try to keep you abreast of new posts, I notice that my posts do not usually show up on your feeds. In… Read More Facebook Not a Good Way to Keep Up with El Paso News
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
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?
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
This morning a bipartisan senate committee, led in part by Senators Chuck Schumer (D), John McCain (R), Dick Durbin (D), Lindsey Graham (R), Robert Menendez (D), Marco Rubio (R), Michael Bennet (D) and Jeff Flake (R) released a statement that they have preliminary support for a senate led immigration reform framework. This initiative comes one… Read More Immigration Reform Week: Immigrants stand up and be noticed
Politics makes for strange bedfellows, todays amigos are tomorrow’s enemies. Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. My enemy’s enemy is my friend. I could go on and on with clichés that all end up with the fact that politics is just about the dirtiest and grimiest endeavor anyone can get involved in.… Read More The El Paso Forum is Back!
On January 24, 2012, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate and a similar bill is pending before the House of Representatives. Both, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and PROTECT-IP (PIPA) in the Senate are misguided attempts to deal with online intellectual property theft. Unfortunately their approach is draconian… Read More Tomorrow is a Day of Action for all those that oppose censorship; SOPA is censorship
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
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
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
How you get your news is exponentially changing on a daily basis. This change threatens traditional news outlets while making access to the news that interests you better. As Napster changed the music industry, FaceBook and Twitter are forcing the news media to change or be left behind. President Obama’s announcement that the United States… Read More Social Media challenges traditional news organizations
If you’re a news junkie, like us, earlier this year you watched right along with us while history unfolded as the Egyptian revolution captured the world’s attention. The dominant story—how a citizenry came together to overthrow a leader which has now shifted power throughout the Arab world—made headlines across the globe, but beyond the core… Read More Citizen Reporters: Activist Journalism
Author: Martin Paredes Greg Freyermuth, on his radio talk show, KTSM 690AM brought up a novel approach to taking back control of local government. Today is the 3rd day of early voting for the November 5 elections and it is still not to late to take control of future politics in El Paso. Freyermuth’s solution… Read More A Resounding NO to Briones