We're not talking about the closet here folks! Rumor on the street is that come Monday someone who was supposed to be in... won't be.
No big deal. They were going to lose big time anyway.
Our Bum Steer lifetime achievement award winner, Norma Chavez, has spent the day trying to post on the El Paso Times forum that I yell at my wife in public restaurants. She has nothing better to do than that?
I know it's her because the names she uses are consistent and I've been in contact with folks who run the sites where those names pop up. All of the aliases defend Norma and attack those who criticize here. Some of the aliases use wording that is identical to emails sent to members of the press. Those members of the press who read this blog have asked me about those curiosities. After looking at IP addresses, we found out that all of the people are one in the same! Who would have thunk it?
Nice try, Norma. I don't yell at my wife in restaurants. If anything she gives me the business for eating like a slob. It never happened.
I expected her to start this, so I'll just play along so we don't upset Norma anymore than we already have. On planet Norma this is perfectly acceptable behavior.
She's desperate and it's obvious. She shouldn't be focusing on me. She should be trying not to lose her seat, which is a very good possibility at this time. Her money train has come to a halt. Let's see how she does!
By the way, Norma, if you saw me yelling at my wife in a restaurant; were you the one talking to yourself in the corner that same night?
Grow up Norma. If you want to accuse someone of something, use your own name.
I hate MSNBC, but was forwarded a pretty good article from them by a friend. You can read it HERE.
A lot of the financial problems Americans face individually are not caused by some big government conspiracy. Although, the government's actions haven't helped. The article actually talks about something I didn't take into account - Americans are bad at math.
While it was irresponsible for lenders to lend money to home buyers without properly qualifying them, a lot of the blame has to be placed on the home buyers who asked for loans with payments much to large for their income. It's a two way street and you as the consumer can't assume someone else is always looking out for you in a business transaction. Had many of these buyers really done the math, they would have never signed the dotted line. Of course, had they been smart enough to do the math, they wouldn't have even asked for such a large loan in the first place.
Because we can't do math on the fly, we make lots of minor financial errors that lead to one major problem in the end. That's on top of that stupid mortgage we took out on that house that's now worth half of what we bought it for. We've become a nation of people who tell the dealer to hit our 19 when he's showing a six (blackjack people get that) because we're ballsy and stupid. That's a bad combination.
I have hurt myself financially in the past, and not because I can't add. I flat out ignored math all together! I accrued debt through a system of ignoring my actions. Talk about dumb. I learned my lesson and now have zero access to the tools used to build debt skyscrapers. The amount of money I wasted on credit card interest is astounding and embarrassing. There's no lesson like a lesson in humility.
The good news is that there are ways for you and every other American to dig themselves out of bad situations concerning finances. Ever since the government started handing our hard earned cash to the credit card companies to bail them out, I've been doing research.
If you're in over your head and can't make your payments for more than a month or two - it's time to exercise your right to file for bankruptcy protection.
Bankruptcy is a near yearly activity for thousands of businesses in the United States, but something the financial in dusty wishes the individual citizen knew nothing about. For the most part they have done a good job of turning something simple and legal into a stigma equal to being labeled a sex offender. The truth is that the protection was put there for YOUR benefit!
Before we asked the British to go home at gun point in the late 1700s, an outstanding debt could mean life in prison for a person. If you didn't have anyone to pay your debt, you rotted in debtors prison for life. Our founding fathers didn't feel that that practice should continue. Bankruptcy, they figured, would let both parties walk away hurt, but not dead. Nothing was being solved by banishing one party to death while the other went unpaid.
The truth is that once you've missed a few payments or even made "short payments" on a debt, your credit score is toast. They may tell you otherwise, but the truth is in the pudding and you can watch your pudding deflate rather quickly. The practice of letting you "renegotiate" your payments in order to preserve your credit status is a flat out lie. Once you are behind you are behind until you are square every penny you owe. Your credit score will continue to plummet even if you "renegotiate" and start paying the new, lower amount. They tell you this lie so you won't do what I suggest you do next.
Credit card companies make zero dollars on your principal. They make 100 percent of their profit on the interest. No matter how much you renegotiate your payment, they are still collecting interest on your principal. They'll always make you pay the interest first and the balance second. Look at how your mortgage company structures your payments.
When you file for bankruptcy protection the interest stops accruing immediately. All of a sudden the credit card company's future earnings on your balance is stopped dead in its tracks. This makes them very very very mad. Your wise decision to help yourself out really hurts them. Your stupid behavior once you're behind on a payment is the key to their profits. The last thing they want you to do is get all greedy and START THINKING ABOUT YOURSELF! That's why they have made bankruptcy such a bad thing. They will do whatever it takes to convince you to make bad decisions for yourself that make them profit. Your ignorance is their business plan.
The same company that tells you that bankruptcy is the worse thing you could do other than murder a puppy in front of handicapped kids, is the same company that doesn't think twice about filling for bankruptcy anytime they don't feel like paying back their own creditors. The hypocrisy gets no worse.
I suggest to anyone who asks that Chapter 13 is the best way to go. You won't be cleared of all your debt automatically like Chapter seven allows. However, your debts will be matched against your income and necessities and a settlement amount will be reached. You will be required to pay that amount monthly to an arbiter for the next 60 months (five years). The credit card companies will have negotiated what they take from the payment with the court. Sometimes they'll get every dime you owe them and other times they'll only get a percentage. Most of the time you pay a good portion of what you owe. The good news is that there is not interest accruing while you pay off your debt. If you work hard and save, you can pay it off early and be clear of it in no time.
I know what you are saying - "what about my credit score? I'm screwed for seven years!" Don't worry, you were screwed the second month you missed a payment. The drop from an 800 to a 550 happens faster than you can imagine. By the time you've missed three payments you're a fool if you think you'll repair your credit score to its former health in seven years - it simply doesn't happen that way. Barring a financial windfall that clears all of your debt and puts tens of thousands of dollars in the bank, you're going to have a low score for a while so you might as well save yourself some money and declare Chapter 13.
Here's the sobering news for you. A good credit score is what got you in trouble in the first place. The last thing you need is access to thousands of dollars in unsecured credit to start your next plunge into debt. A low credit score doesn't mean that you can't get credit. In fact, a low credit score due to a bankruptcy declaration will make you a prime target for the same credit card companies you just shafted. You can only declare bankruptcy once every seven years. If they can lure you back into your old bad habits they can really put the screws to you this time because you can't declare bankruptcy again - you're stuck. The bankruptcy attorneys I have talked to told me that their clients have received credit card offers by the ton only weeks after their settlement was final.
You can still buy a house or a car. These are considered examples of "secured debt." Basically that means if you can't pay, they can come take it back. It's an easy way of ridding yourself, and them, of the problem of you having no money. The catch is that you will have to pay a higher interest rate than the guy with a good credit score. But that's not always the case. If you have a crappy credit score and you want an interest rate like the guy with a great credit score, all you have to do is have a big down-payment on that car or house. Not only do you cut the amount of principal you'll be paying on with a big down-payment (a good idea for anyone buying a house or car regardless of credit score), but you get the lower interest rate as well. Having a lower credit score will make you start practicing healthy financial activities like saving for what you want and financing smaller amounts of money.
There are worse things than having a bad credit score for seven years. Every attorney I talked told me that a bankruptcy declaration was the thing that turned some of their clients lives around. They went from careless spenders who had nothing to show for all the cash they blew to wealthy individuals whose credit score is meaningless because there's nothing they want they can't write a check for.
Don't be a fool when it comes to your finances. If you listen to the people whose job it is to separate you from your money on financial affairs, you're never going to help anyone but them. Go to a source that has your best interest in mind when making these decisions. The first thing you can do is go to the YWCA Credit Counseling program. They are non-profit and have lots of information for you. If you think your beyond credit counseling find a bankruptcy attorney. No matter what, use your protections under the law!
Or you could not get into debt! That would be too easy, wouldn't it?
Looks like the forecasters got it wrong this time. Our inches of snow have turned out to be a mix of nothing and not much. I'm glad everybody in the public sector got to sleep in today. I know this week is a longer one than usual, so it's good they got the extra time.
I'm not a meteorologist, but I do know at what temperature snow sticks. We weren't even close to that number last night. Maybe they should have revised their forecast. Then again, it's easier to draw viewers all the way through your newscast with exciting snow news than it is with non-exciting rain news.
I'm starting to learn a lot about county judge candidate Sergio Coronado. You loyal readers seem to know everything about this guy.
We now know that he has had lots of family working for district clerk Gilbert Sanchez. It's an odd pattern that I'm sure is pure coincidence. A nice coincidence for a lawyer like Coronado to have access to. Not that he would ever ask for any favors. We know that doesn't happen in El Paso.
When Sanchez isn't hiring the Coronado clan, he's spending quality time with Coronado directly. Nothing says real friendship like escorting your indicted buddy to FBI headquarters to try on matching bracelets. I'm sure when they're not hanging around the corruption investigation unit at the FBI, they're playing catch in the park and enjoying lazy Sunday afternoons talking about their hopes and dreams over slurpees.
A completely unfounded, but juicy rumor has Coronado cozying up to some spanish language media types hoping for some good publicity. The completely unfounded and totally untrue rumor also says he may be offering his services as a top notch lawyer with connections at the courthouse (clerk department) to help one media type battle some legal trouble. Again, that's all unfounded and completely untrue. I just wanted to clarify the situation.
Then there's the telling article in the El Paso Times about the Canutillo school board woes and how Mr. Coronado has managed to help stall that whole district for years. His leadership has led to bickering, arguing and bitter disagreement. I can't imagine why he'd want to spread that kind of success to a bigger body of government that claims public corruption as its best accomplishment in the past ten years. I guess some people just feel at home in certain kinds of environments.
The other county judge candidate, Scary Larry recorded a holiday greeting for all El Pasoans. His buddy Paul Strelzin claims there's nothing political about his radio commercial. That makes me wonder why Scary Larry didn't record the same message in years he wasn't running for office.
I think there are people who swear the average El Pasoan is pretty darn stupid. I'm willing to guess they are wrong about most of us. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't think what Larry did was a blatant campaign move. A move by the way, as old as campaigning itself.
Just for clarification - My wish that you have a happy holiday season is implied unless otherwise noted. If you were waiting on pins and needles for my granting of holiday wishes directly to you - get a life.
In my quest to prove how conservative Commissioner Dan Haggerty is, I have found next to nothing helping his cause. I checked my notes and found that it wasn't long ago that he voted to approve Commissioner Escobar's socialized medicine resolution.
Out of the two issues that a conservative can count as "sure-fire" for their constituency, defeating socialized health care is one of them. Haggerty managed to get that one wrong leaving taxes as his only hope.
Too bad he's let bond money for his district sit in an account racking up interest for the past couple of years because he can't manage to find a place to put the northwest annex. Rumor has it that the northeast annex was built so quickly because he had a buddy who needed to dump some land and he was more than happy to help that friend out. That piece of land has cost taxpayers quite a bit of dough since Mr. Haggerty purchased it. However, Haggerty came out pretty good on the deal.
So I guess zero for two on the core conservative values. If he could only vote against the second amendment and start collecting taxes to pay for abortions, he'd be a perfect zero on all core conservative issues.
I talked with some folks in the know in Austin and they laughed at the idea that El Paso would gain an entire congressional seat in redistricting. While Texas stands to gain five seats if the experts projections are right, El Paso stands to gain none.
Congressional districts have plus or minus 735,000 people in each of them. Unless El Paso magically doubled its population in ten years, we're still going to have Reyes' primary district and a sliver of east El Paso in another district. There's simply not enough people to constitute two local representatives.
Most likely the legislature (Republican) will try to snap a district together between El Paso and San Antonio diluting the border democrat vote with communities that run heavy Republican like San Angelo.
The idea that Bum Steer lifetime achievement award winner, Norma Chavez, might use her seniority to cut herself a congressional district is insane. She might not make it to the session if her election goes the way some people are say it will go.
She's cozied up to Reyes and I can't figure out why. Beto O'Rourke's scare showed many in town just how vulnerable Reyes is. She should be focusing on her individuality at this point and step away from anything that could make her bad image worse.
I don't have a clear temperature in the Margo vs. Diaz vs. Kleberg race. I know Kleberg is beating down voter's door in a district that isn't traditionally responsive to candidates walking (it's a valley thing to be honest). Margo has been making the rounds with civic groups as he usually does. I haven't heard much about Diaz.
The official start is Jan. 5th, so we'll see how everyone comes out then.
Jaime O. Perez thinks I'm running for congress and wants to talk issues. I'm not running for congress and I don't want to talk issues with him.
I will spend my time talking the issues with voters on the northeast and the westside. I'm prepared to push an agenda that features lower taxes through consolidation of services and bigger tax breaks earlier for retirees (turn 55 and like El Paso? How about a tax freeze as encouragement to stay?) Not to mention a close look at procurement practices so that corruption is stomped out for good.
Sorry Jaime, I'm going to skip the invitation to waste my time and go talk to those who count.
I'm looking for folks willing to help me run. If your interested and want to be a part of something that could help turn the city around - let me know.
I don't talk sports on this blog because I don't want to confuse my readers. However, I do write for several outlets about sports from time to time. As a guy who grew up playing a lot of different sports and eventually playing baseball to a high level, I'm naturally still interested in many of those sports. My interests has waned tremendously in the past year, though.
This past Sunday the Indianapolis Colts threw away a chance at a perfect season in order to make sure their stars were saved for their inevitable post season run. Many people understood the move, but were upset that they wouldn't be able to experience all the hoopla and drama surrounding the possible perfect season. If you remember back when the Patriots had a perfect season minus the Super Bowl, it was quite an ordeal. Their last few games and their playoff performances became must see occasions. Even fans of teams that didn't make the playoffs watched with more interest than they usually would. What they did for fans was something that doesn't happen often enough in our modern era - they did something for the fans.
The Colts move to bench their stars smells of a new era in sports that I'm not happy to usher in. The focus on the game has given way to focusing on the season. No longer are decisions made with winning that day's game in mind. Strategic moves are made to exact outcomes months down the road.
You can see this with baseball and basketball teams that start off badly and scatter what stars they do have to the wind. Making room for salary caps and insuring high draft picks in what they deem a
rebuilding year" is just another way of saying, "we've quit already, see you next season." Gone are the days that a team stumbles in the beginning, but goes on to grind out a championship through perseverance. I know there are exceptions to that rule, but for the most part sports franchises have become about seasons and not the games.
The amount of money at stake for Super Bowl champions is an ungodly sum. The grins on the player's faces are propped half up by their pride in accomplishment and half by the amount in bonuses they stand to receive. If the average fan knew exactly what the incentives were to win a championship, they might view the sport and its player's much differently. Of course, maybe the average fan does know and that's why we seem to be more in love with the corporate aspect of the sports than anything else.
There was a time when I believed coaches and players when they would proclaim in interviews that they're only worried about the next game and nothing else. Now, with teams pulling their best players with the game on the line, you have to wonder if they're telling you the truth when they say that. The Colts showed that not only were they not worried about Sunday's game, but not worried about the next regular season game as well. Their fans can enjoy two throw-away losses so that the best players can be ready for the post season. That leads me to question why they even play the game if the fans are only going to get a half-assed effort from the team. Who wants to go see the second string play in December?
We've taken these sports and turned them away from the game itself and focused more on the outcomes of seasons. Just watch any sports show and count how often they talk about technique and individual performances versus how much someone is getting paid and why that makes sense from the business end or even how franchises go about running themselves into the ground because they want a better stadium in a new city. We've got analyst now that do nothing but crunch salary cap numbers and they consider themselves "sports commentators." They sound more like accountants to me.
Even as I look at the many lists they have put out detailing the best sports moments of the past decade, I'm still reminded by the authors of those list about how much money was involved with each great play. Left off the list are individual accomplishments in games where no money was at stake - just pride. For example, not on any list was the effort by a fullback from Wisconsin who had to take over the duties of running-back early in a game a few years back. The young man whose previous duties included mainly blocking and the occasional very short yardage situation, had to step in and change his game. The kid ran for 150 yards and looked as about as awkward as you can imagine a huge fullback looking running sweep plays. The kid was in the game to win that game. No other game mattered. The coach put a guy in the game because he wanted to win. The coach could have easily thrown the ball on every down, but he knew his running game was the key to winning so he plugged in the best available option even if it risked him losing yet another back. We saw the reverse of that on Sunday. The Colts' coach took out all the elements that would allow him to win that game in order to prepare for a game more than three weeks away. BS.
I personally like to look at each game as its own universe. All that matters is the game at hand. Winning the game you're playing is always more important than preparing for a game you're not currently playing.
I blame this new era on the plethora of sports geeks who never played sports, but are now experts on them. The only edge these sports geeks ever had on actual athletes was the time to sit around and calculate the financial outcomes of someone else's athletic performances. While I was out there working on hitting a curve ball these guys were sitting around thinking about how much I should be paid to hit that curve ball. The national conversation about sports went from Mickey Mantle's switch hitting prowess to Sammy Sosa's economic impact on a team that already had a high payroll. When I find myself around other athletes we rarely talk money. We talk about how people play the game. I'm a lot more interested in how T.O. runs his routes than what his financial worth to a certain team is.
Maybe I didn't explain this well. I was just thinking about it and wanted to write something down.
Bottom line - not every team is going out to play to win and that's terrible.
I know Lionstar unloaded a bunch of stuff on you and you're all excited, but you need to settle down.
1. Chavez may not even win her house seat much less a seat in congress.
2. Holguin is fine.
3. Reyes is extremely unpopular if you believe the poll numbers I saw today. In fact, I saw two other names along with Beto O'Rourke's, that would beat Reyes in primary. And I'm not talking about a few percentage points - I'm talking three points outside the margin of error. That's pretty damn good considering we're talking plus or minus four.
4. No, I have no idea where NPT is going or if Sito and Crowder are back on the beat. I do know that one bidder has no clue what it costs to run a paper and will fold within months. The other bidder knows the cost and won't hire Crowder or Negron unless they can get them sponsored.
Just heard that there's a Christmas day article in the Houston Chronicle on Jaime O. Perez. Apparently he's selling tamales to support his run for the Republican nomination for congress.
Something tells me that they missed the real story behind Jaime O. They did call his boss, Judge Cobos, "embattled." I guess that's somewhat accurate.
Norma got another bum steer award this year. I can't believe one person can receive that honor so frequently and not believe for a moment that they have severe personality disorder.
There were two other El Pasoans mentioned in the awards this year. Neither were elected folks. Both were criminals doing very stupid things. That's the kind of company they put Chavez in... telling.
I pulled up the El Paso Times web page this morning just to see what the news would be for Christmas Eve. The headline that first caught my eye... shocked and depressed me at the same time.
72 percent of El Pasoans believe in Santa Claus. Better yet, the El Paso Times spent the money and took the time to call 500 El Pasoans to obtain that statistic. Wow... are you kidding me? This is what we ask El Pasoans when get them on the phone? "Do you believe in Santa?"
I'm seriously conflicted about which part of this story is worse. The 72 percent of grown adults who believe in a clearly fictitious character who is now used primarily to turn our children (of any faith) into materialistic little monsters. Or the fact they had the ganas to ask that question instead of one about the economy, employment, social or political issues, income, debt owed, taxes, shopping habits - something useful!
I can't imagine there's some CEO out there doing research on El Paso who says, "72 percent of the people in El Paso believe in some one who is as fictitious as the Easter Bunny - I can't wait to move my headquarters there and hire these people when I move my Fortune 500 company there!" I'm sure the CEO says "what in the hell is wrong with these people?"
If another adult asks you if you believe in Santa Claus and answer in the affirmative; do not be upset if they do not trust you to care for their pet rock. You obviously have mental issues far beyond the threshold of usefulness for society.
It's okay to say, "I haven't told the children. I'm waiting for them to figure it out on their own." It's not okay to put yourself in the position of a four year old watching a Christmas cartoon.
Sometimes I don't think El Pasoans understand why the are looked upon the way they are - this is one of those reasons.
There's also blame to be placed with the El Paso Times for pursuing a poll that is news to toddlers and embarrassmentto adults. They could at least try to bring a certain degree of professionalism to our small town paper that would help move the rest of the population in that same direction. Instead they go with some campy story that reads more like a town that has seen Big Foot behind the local Wal-Mart than a city that still plays along with Christmas traditions.
Wow... just wow. We need to be image conscious if want to make the next step as a society. I'm saying you can't have Christmas, I'm just saying that it's important make a distinction between fact and fiction.
These guys that put this report together called the presidential election down to the percentage point. They know what they are doing.
With all this talk about how great Reyes is, I think this link will help you understand what I've said all along - Reyes is worthless to us.
So, either Larry Medina's camp or Sergio Coronado's camp has already resorted to starting nasty rumors about Veronica Escobar and the filing period hasn't even expired. We're not even into official campaign season yet, but Scary Larry and Sergio "Gilbert's Boy" Coronado have already veered from talking about the issues and started talking trash.
Guys like Larry, Sergio, Cobos, Lozano and Augilar don't have much to share with the public in the way of legislative outlook. They do, however, have the art of spreading nasty rumors down pat. Saying that someone has had a DWI when they haven't or having an affair when they're not, is something that group has engaged in for years. Never strong on the issues, they've had to play to their strength - making up crap about their opponents.
I know who has been posting the misleading comments about Escobar, because like every other single comments section on the internet, I can see the IP address of the commenter. It's kind of stupid to assume that in this day and age that you can just post lies anonymously on the internet and nobody will figure out who you are.
I encourage people to comment here. I encourage you to give your opinions. I do not, however, want to read your desperate lies aimed at damaging someone's personal life.
Grow up and talk about the issues. Talk about your platform. Raise the level of conversation.
In the rumors category we have Commissioner Escobar addressing the Northeast Civic Association. I would not give her much of a chance in front of the group given that they strike me as conservative and she's obviously a democrat. I guess their differences didn't matter. I hear she was applauded loudly for her consolidation of services efforts. Interesting.
I saw some Sergio Coronado folks holding signs over at the Sunland Park mall today. Early efforts to improve name ID could pay off. However, when people start to recognize your name, they might figure out who you hang out with. Mr. Coronado can't seem to register the common sense idea that hanging out with people under indictment is a bad thing for your reputation. I don't give a damn whether or not they're guilty or not, you don't hang out with indicted folks. It's just good campaign strategy to stay away from the indicted.
And don't give me your "innocent until proven guilty" speech. That only applies to the law, not your opinion of the indicted. The majority of Americans believe that any guy in handcuffs probably did something to get in them. Whether it's right or wrong, it's reality.
Sergio would do himself some good to distance himself from the colorful Gilbert Sanchez.
My spy told me that Scary Larry has procured the services of several welders and ASARCO's smelter to help him build his colossal Conquistador award.
I'd like to thank Scary Larry for avoiding me the other day at city council. It's probably easier on both of us if I don't have to tell him what I think of him face to face - it reduces the chances of someone being offended by the other's bad breath.
The rumors you hear are true. Interested in helping?
We'll soon move on from the excitement afforded to us via the prospect of an O'Rourke vs. Reyes showdown. The big loser in the end is Reyes. He found out just how unpopular he is and I'm not sure he had a clue before last week.
While O'Rourke admitted that a lot of people contacted his city council office trying to offer help, he was a little less than honest. A person inside the city told me that it was an avalanche of calls, emails and faxes.
With a record number of Republicans running for office and a whole host of Shapleigh Campers assuming spots on the democrat side, it seems as if Reyes is fading away.
It's sprint to the halfway point Starting January 5, 2010. It's a short amount time for challengers to define incumbents and it's not a coincidence. Would you believe that a bunch of elected officials got together a long time ago and tried to figure out how to hold elections where the incumbent is favored. I'm pretty shocked by it myself.
The good news for the challengers in some races is that the incumbent may have worn his or her welcome out. Two months is about seven weeks five days too long to define some incumbents who have made it clear that they support public corruption.
I've been working on somethings I need to get done before a certain date and it has left me without much time to post.
However, I did see Scary Larry Medina at the city council meeting on Tuesday. Walt Phillips was awarded the Conquistador award - rightfully so. Walt is a great guy.
I saw Larry talking to Walt and I think he was trying to get Walt to give him his Conquistador award. The rumor is that Larry is going melt down all 100 of his Conquistador awards and make one 20 foot tall, 10,000 lbs. Conquistador award that he will transport around town on a big trailer. It may just be a rumor, but you never know with Larry.
Beto is out. Reyes remains in. At least in the democratic primary. He'll face at least one challenger in the general election.
So what happened?
I'm the wrong guy to ask. I'm not on the inside of anyone's campaign and have no access to the inner-workings of the democrat factions here in town.
There are several possibilities... Several scenarios...
1. Beto simply didn't really want to be a congressman when it was all said and done. It's not a simple job to have. There's lots of travel involved and he's got a young family. The prospect of winning such a race does make one wonder what being a congressman entails. If you've never worked in DC, it can be quite a daunting picture. Congress is like city council with only a few minor differences. They meet three to four days a week more than 1,000 miles from your home and there are 434 fellow city council members to deal with. The job is not for the squeamish.
2. Maybe he cut a deal. I wouldn't put it past Reyes to call him and make a deal to have Beto serve on some kind of border relations committee. Maybe Reyes told Beto he'd endorse him after he retires from the seat. It's plausible that they decided to work out a plan where they both get what they want.
Maybe the deal is with the mayor. The mayor would run against Reyes and then Beto would run for mayor. It's not out of the question.
3. Beto could have been afraid of losing. There's a chance he didn't want to ruin his perfect election record. If he leaves after his term is up, he leaves on top. If he loses a primary battle, he loses.. Maybe he doesn't want to lose.
4. He felt he had too many important things to finish on council. That's plausible. Those who have recently cut their terms short to run for higher office haven't fared well in their elections or in public opinion.
I can't really say because I don't really know. I do know that he was at some point serious enough to set up a series of administrative necessities for a for congress. What made him not go ahead with the venture is something we may never know.
There are plenty of other races out there to keep your attention, so don't fret. It's all just getting stated.
I talked to David Thackston over at Republican Party headquarters and asked him about filing for office. He sent me a reply that is posted below.
If you feel like running - give David a call and see what you need to do. There's no shame in putting your values out there for referendum. Lincoln lost a lot of elections before was elected president - we're glad he didn't give up. You never know, YOU might be the next Lincoln.
David, all they need to do is fill out the filing form, which we have at our office, pay the filing fee or gather the appropriate number of signatures on a petition in lieu of a filing fee and give them to El Paso County Republican Party County Chairman, Michael Moore or Myself, as Secretary/Primary Election Administrator. Our office is at 6006 N. Mesa suite 216 at the Coronado Tower. The phone number is (915) 842-4255 or Michael's cell 269-8670 or mine 479-4467. The paperwork needs to be notarized, but I am a Notary Public and will notarize any candidate's signature on their filing form for free. Thanks for your interest and assistance. The filing deadline is January 4, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
I've been eagerly listening to the conversations around town about the probable contest between the two democrats. I have to admit that I do enjoy seeing democrats fight. It proves to me that somewhere in their party that issues take a back seat to egos and possession of power.
My first question for those who say O'Rourke doesn't have the support of the party is this - Where's the support for Reyes from the party? I haven't seen anywhere where an elected democrat has come out screaming for O'Rourke to stand down. You'd think that if the party was so solidly behind Reyes, they'd be freaking out right now. Apparently that isn't the case so far.
I seem to remember a large outcry for Rep. Marisa Marquez to back out of the race against former Rep. Paul Moreno. It wasn't too long after her declaration to run that a large majority of local democrats gathered for a photo op showing their overwhelming support for the long-time representative from the Barrio. Where's the photo op this time?
Even if Reyes did get a decent amount of support from currently elected democrats, the Moreno coup proves that the stalwarts can be beat. I should also point out that when Moreno was challenged the local democrats swore that his seniority would garner dump-trucks full of cash and support from around the state. We all know that what was promised (threatened) didn't come through. Moreno's seniority and influence weren't enough to keep him from succumbing to the voter's wish to have some new blood in the seat. That very predictable voting block did something nobody predicted - put the fresh face in office. Who is to say O'Rourke can't inspire the same reaction?
There's also this idea that O'Rourke has only 45 days to establish himself as a candidate and make a run at Reyes. I see it the other way around. Reyes has 45 days to make amends with any and everybody he's alienated in the past 16 years.
O'Rourke's name isn't something new in El Paso County. He comes from a political family with a storied past here in El Paso. Making O'Rourke out to be some kind of political newcomer with no established reputation is wrong. Everybody knows who O'Rourke is and they know why they know who he is. Let's not mistake O'Rourke for a one term Justice of the Peace candidate seeking the office of the President of the United States.
Reyes has been caught on his heels and has only a very short time to raise money and make party regulars happy with him once again. He must work hard to fix his reputation as a guy who speaks to no constituents and refers all communication to staffers. I've asked anyone who'll answer for the last three plus years whether or not they knew someone who had access to Reyes directly. Not one person has told me they knew someone who could pick up the phone and call the guy without first enduring a never ending phone tree involving his staff.
I tend to gauge public opinion by the letters to the editor in local papers. Reyes' endures a near daily beating from writers in El Paso. One has to wonder if he's past the point of no return with the average voter.
Of course, there's the fact that voters aren't as dumb as you think. Reyes' wins an election and we don't see hide nor hair of him until the next election. People start to understand that their input is never sought, but their vote is. That's a bad trade for the voters. I can imagine a bunch of El Pasoans seeing a Reyes commercial pleading for their support answering with a collective, "now you need us?"
I also think the more you hear from certain opinion leaders who exclaim that the race is lost for O'Rourke, the more the people will start to root for the underdog. The masses eventually get tired of being told how it's going to be and to shut up and go home. Eventually they don't shut up and they don't go home. That's when a guy like Reyes loses a reelection race.
I'm not interested in backing either guy. I'd rather we have a Republican representing us in this seat. It would work wonders for our future. The one thing that ties pretty much every single productive, successful and desirable congressional district is a republican congressman. Look at the district make up for each member of congress and then tell me I'm wrong.
Beto is an interesting fellow, but I don't think he has my ideals when it comes to how this country's government should act. And I purposely didn't write "how this country should be run." Members of congress do not run the country - We run the country and the represent our ideals when voting on our behalf. If you think someone else other than the everyday citizen should be running this country, get yourself a plane ticket to Venezuela and see how your fare there.
Jaime Abeytia knows that I'm not happy with Commissioner Haggerty's job performance or his worship of other politicos fingered in the public corruption scandal. He also knows that I've questioned Haggerty's claim that he is a Republican. That's why when Jaime was at the Democrat Hall of Fame Dinner last night, he snapped a picture of Haggerty who was in attendance. Yes, our only Republican elected official attends the Democrat Hall of Fame Dinner... here's the picture:
I have no idea who the guy on the right is, but the guy on the left has said it's lonely being the only Republican on commissioners court. I guess he got so lonely that he turned himself into a democrat and a Bill White for governor supporter as well.
Is Haggerty going to run as a democrat? It would fit his political outlook.
If I were the Republican Party in this town, I'd be livid.
I read the El Paso Times' piece on City Councilman Beto O'Rourke's possible run for Congressman Reyes' seat. I'd like to say I've read a more misinformed, poorly researched and glowingly idiotic piece on local politics before, but I can't. The whole thing reads like they wanted their integrity and reporting skills to be torn apart by the average citizen who knows their ass from a ballot box - something the El Paso Times apparently doesn't.
Of course, what can you expect from the Times' editor Chris Lopez - a guy who is rumored to be in a relationship with a person who might cloud his view on O'Rourke. He's allegedly (there's no hard evidence other than the Times' coverage of this person's issues recently) seeing someone that would shock you to the core and make you want to never read the EP Times again. Since everybody is lawsuit happy - I'll leave it at that. You can figure it out if you think about it. Although, all the rumors and inuendo are completely unfounded and totally not true.
Here's how Chris Lopez and Ramon Bracamontes regressed in ink today -
1. The El Paso Times asserts that Reyes has a huge war chest with a little less than $83,000 in it. Their assertion comes from the fact that he's a high ranking Democrat in a Democrat controlled congress. They act is if $83,000 is a big sum for a congressman to have on hand to ward off any potential challenger. I call bullshit on their assertion and I also call bullshit on their ability to research the cash on hand for members of congress.
Let's take a relatively unknown Texas congressman, who happens to be a Republican, Ted Poe. Let's also see what he has for cash on hand so we can measure how effective Reyes' fund raising has been with his high ranking position within the ruling party.
Reyes cash on hand: $107,354 (Opensecrets.org has a different number than EP Times)
Poe cash on hand: $825,079
EIGHT TIMES MORE MONEY THAN REYES!
Oops... Looks like the El Pas0 Times didn't take a look at what the average member of congress keeps on hand before writing something down and looking like a bunch of idiots. It turns out that Reyes has very little money compared to the average Republican who've you've never heard of. What a sign of strength and power!
What the Times doesn't realize is that Dee Margo raised and spent more money than that defeating Pat Haggerty two years ago. Hell, Margo vs. Shapleigh was a million dollar race. Why in the hell would they think that $83,000 is a large sum of money for a guy who is supposedly the most powerful congressman in Texas?
Cash for Democrats is funneling into districts where Republicans are making serious challenges to the incumbent. There will be little or no money for a guy like Reyes. He's facing another Democrat in a short primary - he will be ignored. Anybody who has ever worked on one congressional election will tell you as much. The national party lets the local party sort out these fights.
2. The El Paso Times' couldn't have found two worse elections experts. There are plenty of people who have done their research on local politics and can speak quite informatively about the lay of the land. Asking someone like that would have not only provided the EP Times some great local election insight, but it would have also given them accurate and credible guesses on the possible outcome of the race.
First, they talked to some guy named Chris Bell who doesn't show up when googled. They claim he's a national political expert, but I can't find a reference to him anywhere. You have to be one particularly shitty political expert to not even show up in a simple google search. Even I come up!
Not only does Chris Bell show that he knows nothing of the El Paso political landscape, he makes us question whether or not he understands the congressional seniority policy at all. I guess the EP Times has to really dig in the trash to find someone who would back their incorrect assertions on this race.
Not being satisfied using an out of town nobody for a source on local politics, they dig up Tom Diamond who admits that he hasn't dabbled in politics in more than 20 years! There's nothing like asking an expert on mid-70s El Paso politics about what's going on today in local politics.
Could they not find Dr. Rocha? I'm not saying he's the best, but at least he's current and local.
What kind of half ass reporter gets those kind of sources?
3. The El Paso Times really has no idea how vulnerable Reyes actually is. A quick look at his past election numbers will yield some very interesting questions:
- Why does Reyes always have so many undervotes? (because people do not like him and that includes a lot of people in his own party. Undervotes come from people who won't vote for the guy running on their party's ticket, but won't vote for other party's guy either - they just leave it blank. Any amateur political analyst knows that a large number of undervotes always indicates a conflicted electorate in the politico's own party)
- How in the hell do no-named Libertarians and Republicans get so many votes against him? (A look back at the numbers show that Libertarians and Republicans who literally raised no money and did no campaigning put up 20 percent and 30 percent against Reyes in the past. That is a red flag for any candidate! How many votes would they have garnered if they actually tried campaigning?)
The numbers show that Reyes always wins by a large margin. However, the fact that so many people undervote and that his opponents are generally not known in the public should tip off even the most casual observer that there's something wrong there.
For the first time in quite a while (or ever) there are at least two Republicans running for the chance to face Reyes. There's also a guy out there planning on making a run as an independent. And now we have O'Rourke thinking about putting his hat in the ring. All that opposition comes from the perception of vulnerability. And that perception was probably gleaned from the public's constant displeasure of Reyes' performance as shown in the letters to the editor in the EP Times. Even an out of town moron like Chris Bell could surmise that Reyes is having popularity problems if he was to go back an read the letters to the editor over the past six months.
4. The El Paso Times also fails to properly frame O'Rourke's and Reyes' political network. It's as if they've been completely asleep since the corruption scandal erupted a few years back.
Reyes has been relegated to making alliances with local Democrats like County Judge Anthony Cobos and Representative Norma Chavez. Neither of which are very popular county wide and both serve as huge liabilities when you carry them around as friends.
Instead of running away from those with the moniker of "corrupt," Reyes embraced them. At one point Reyes was allegedly trying to get Cobos a presidential appointment! I see that as a huge liability for Reyes within the Democrat party among other indiscretions.
The paper mentions that Democratic Party Chair, Danny Anchando is a big supporter of Reyes... Wow - Anchondo got himself in hot water with the Democrats during the 2008 primaries and he has yet to exit that boiling pot of hate. With rumors flying around about his sordid past, who would want his seal of approval? The El Paso Times missed the fact that Anchando isn't someone you want holding your sign on election day. And get this - Chavez and Anchondo hate each other!
I understand that they have to mention Jaime Esparza as a supporter of Reyes, but it's not as if he can go out there and campaign his ass off for any candidate. He's in a delicate position as district attorney and will not Jeopardize that for anyone. Besides, Teresa Caballero put up 40 percent against him just two years ago. It's not like he holds the golden endorsement either.
On the other side of the race, O'Rourke's network of Democrats have enjoyed a near perfect record when it comes to recent elections. Jimmy Suerken is the only candidate from that stable to lose in quite a while. If anything, the paper should have lamented the fact that O'Rourke and friends are on quite a roll when it comes to election-night results. The momentum and support from the voters have swung toward the camp O'Rourke is a part of - the Shapleigh Campers. Although, I think Shapleigh's role in that faction has been greatly reduced.
I could go on forever... The bottom line is that the Times completely missed the facts with the political networks along with every other item I posted above. They did a terrible job of laying out this race and should be embarrassed for their effort.
My parting shot is this. Since the rumors went flying early last week, I've heard from a large amount of my conservative buddies... They're all crossing over to vote for O'Rourke if he runs. They are dead serious and are willing to go the extra mile to get Reyes out and put O'Rourke in. That's some serious weight.
I'd also like to point out that on the same page where the El Paso Times explains that O'Rourke has no shot and can't win, they have a poll. O'Rourke is stomping Reyes in that poll. It must be embarrassing to provide a mechanism within the article to prove you don't know what the hell you are talking about!
Sorry if there's lots of errors, but had to type fast! Heading out to spend day with the wife!!
I read in today's El Paso Times an editorial lauding a summit held to discuss the consolidation of services and facilities between the city and county - what a great idea. Not a new idea, but a great one.
If you've ever done any work with the city and county, you know they have very similar departments doing very similar things. You pay for those redundant services with your tax dollars. The wonderful truth is that there is a lot of money to be saved in consolidation and I'm glad someone is continue to talk about it.
Some of the efforts to consolidate are as easy to execute as an interlocal agreement. Other things will take some legislative action in Austin. If our delegation can get together on this issue of city/county consolidation, they'd have friends in other city/counties that have our unique situation - a city that is almost the entire county. To get relief to the taxpayers in the ultimate fashion, we'd need the Texas legislature to change some rules. It can be done.
So who's idea was it to have a summit to discuss saving taxpayer's money? Was it the only Republican on the commissioner court, Dan Haggerty? Was it self proclaimed tax buster Judge Cobos? NOPE. It was democrat and shapleigh camper Veronica Escobar (of all people). I'm as shocked as you are... I know.
How come Haggerty didn't come up with this idea? Probably because he's a republican, not a conservative. This single idea is the one that would prove someone is really serious about saving taxpayers money.
No wonder our Republican party in town is so weak - the only locally elected republican is having his conservative values stomped on by a liberal democrat! Of course, Haggerty also thinks Judge Cobos (a democrat) is a great county judge and isn't afraid to tell the newspaper that. Something strikes me odd about a republican endorsing a democrat who is accused of fraud.
Let's hope there are some real moves toward consolidation in our future. We could use the money!
I'm actually kidding about most of that title. It's up to you to figure out which part.
I didn't want to talk about this at all, but it has hit a state of frenzy beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I try to be fair with my personal position that I don't take positions on other people's sexual positions... er preferences. Of course, if someone's sexual preference is children - I'll comment about it. Almost everything else is none of my business.
Tiger is now being dropped by Gatorade and I'm sure a whole host of American-centric companies will dump him as well. We'll get to why the foreigners and companies with foreign markets will not only keep him, but pay him more. The real issue is deciphering between interest and outrage. Gatorade is assuming there's a lot of outrage out there and have acted accordingly. I disagree with them.
I think there is a tremendous amount of interest in Tiger Wood's seemingly human behavior. Are we really that outraged by adultery these days? No. However, we are immensely interested in it. Just check the subtopics of all the major network TV shows and you'll see that the subject of adultery is everywhere. We're interested in the subject to begin with and once you mix in an iconic sports figure with a nearly spotless image, we're captive.
We know what he did. We know why he did it. We know how he did it. We know with whom he did it. We have an idea of where he did it as well. There's no mystery left in the story; yet it gets bigger every day. People are interested in infidelity!
What people say out loud about their interest in the story may be a lot different from what they are actually thinking. Obviously, you won't have guys running around saying, "Look at that gaggle of hot women this guy bedded! What it would be to be Tiger Woods!" And some women are probably secretly thinking, "What would it be like to be the other woman of the richest sports star on the planet? What would it be like to be the one girl besides his wife that he wanted?" I think there's a lot of those thoughts running around behind that wall of righteous indignation you put up shortly after hearing the story.
Again, the tone around the nation is one of interest, not anger. You really can't say that you lost anything personally after finding out the ugly truth. For some of you, it may even be the sexy truth and it will serve as validation for something that you may be doing behind your spouse's back.
It's very clear that nobody is calling for Tiger's head. Nobody has said they're going to stop watching golf, driving Buicks and forgo Nike clothing (let's be honest, nobody liked Buicks before this scandal broke). You surely don't look at a bottle of Gatorade and feel anger and disgust (that part comese when you taste it). What's the real temperature here?
The real loser in this will be the other PGA tour players. There's an old saying that I just made up - "If a golf tournament is played and Tiger wasn't there, how would anyone know a golf tournament actually took place?" You can quote me on that.
Moving past my terrible attempt at the adaptation of the "tree in the forest" proverb/trivia question/annoying phrase used by people you wish would die... Let's examine what happens to the guys on tour. We all know that when he was injured a while back that TV ratings dipped, purse totals dropped and the overall interest in the sport waned. It's a measurable fact. Those in the industry talked about it endlessly while it was happening.
If Tiger stops playing to hide from this scandal (I don't know why it's a "scandal," there's no mystery left in the story - It's an "ordeal" now), the PGA has another huge problem. The guy made an unwatchable sport - watchable. Our first interest in him was his God-like prowess with a golf club. Before he was a famous adulterer, he was our golf hero. Has what he done changed that at all? Does it change the fact that you want to see Tiger play on Sunday at the Masters when he's two shots down with three holes to go? It doesn't. The only thing that changes now is that instead of knowing that Tiger is sleeping with one chick hotter than you can ever imagine, you now know he's sleeping with nine of them.
If he does go underground after this ordeal and never plays again he will do more damage to you and others than his philandering ever did. We'll be left to watch Phil Mickelson choke away victory at majors over and over again while John Daly does his best to ruin what's left of Arkansas' reputation. That doesn't sound like a good trade for me. I'd be perfectly happy forgetting about his little urge control problem in exchange for another 20 years of watching this guy do what he does best - play golf ("golfing" is not a word unless you want to call what Brett Favre does "footballing"). He may do something better than play golf, however, I don't think that activity is something appropriate for Sunday afternoon television. Besides, who wants two white dudes whispering in the background when you're trying to make beautiful love to a D-list reality personality while your supermodel wife is at home raising your children? Not me.
If you think all of his sponsors will leave him - you're wrong. Tiger's biggest fan base isn't even in the United States. He's world wide. In most of the countries overseas where he's more popular than even David Hasselhoff (he's pretty popular), his taking of mistresses is not only something that's not a big deal, it's encouraged. It shows you're a man! If anything he's improved his image with his foreign fans. I'm willing to bet that the five Japanese guys who weren't Tiger fans a week ago are now decked out head to toe in Tiger endorsed products today. In many cultures adultery is the mark of a successful man. Just ask Bill Clinton (you knew it was coming).
He may take further damage here in the States in the way of loss endorsement deals, but that won't last long if he plays golf again soon and wins. His libido and our fascination with it will never go away, however, it will become less of a fixation as time goes on. He's a man who literally has tens of thousands of women who want to sleep with him - what do you expect? Your deadbeat husband/brother/cousin/guy you work with can't say no to the one girl in the entire world who wants to sleep with him, so give Tiger a break. The fact that his mistress bus only had nine riders is amazing considering it could hold about 9,000.
Do I feel bad for his wife? No, it's not my job. Maybe I'd consider feeling bad for her if she would consider feeling bad for me. I know that sounds insensitive, but I'm pretty sure that Mrs. Woods has a lot more important things to worry about than David K's sympathetic pain. I'm sure she'll be fine.
Let's just hope we haven't lost our future interest in Golf for good.
A few months ago the El Paso Times did a terrible piece on the subject of health insurance. They gathered a few different El Pasoans without insurance and tweaked their story in a way that would have you believe that they were being screwed by "the man."
I wrote about the piece and had specific thoughts for one person they profiled - Ms. Miramontes of Access Remodeling. Her heartbreaking story of how health insurance was just too costly to provide for her employees didn't ring well with those of us who know the truth. I pointed out that they had millions in government contracts and lots of personal wealth - providing health insurance for employees was easily within reach for her.
In El Paso Inc.'s "whispers" column this weekend my accusations were confirmed. It seems as if Ms. Miramontes and Access Remodeling have enough cash in a down economy to move their headquarters to an 18,000 square foot building while opening new offices in New Orleans and New Mexico. However, it's unclear if this model employer provides health insurance for her employees yet.
This lady has been the darling of both the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. I have to question the integrity of both of those entities when it's revealed that their championed local business doesn't even provide health insurance for their employees. A good relationship between the employer and employees is tantamount to any other factor when rating a business.
Here again in this town we champion someone without doing all the homework first. Soon we'll be let down again by yet another false idol.
I'm glad Bob Sumrall was found. I hope he pulls through. If they find the dog too it will be a big happy ending to a story that should have never happened.
I know Bob Sumrall. Years ago he hunted frequently with my dad and I. Bob is an interesting character, but a little much to handle in large doses. What I know about Bob should really be told here.
I know the local media wants to make this out to be the greatest story of survival every told and that Bob is a survivor of an ordeal that was completely out of his control. The truth is nowhere near that.
This wasn't the first time Bob had to be rescued. A few years back he had to be rescued right here in El Paso on the mountain just behind his house. Anybody who knows Bob, knows this is a pattern. He gets himself into trouble by making stupid decisions. He's a stubborn guy who does things his way and his way only. Unfortunately that gets him into trouble sometimes.
A day hike in the Gila after August requires a few basic things:
1. A partner - never hike alone. You have no idea what can happen to you while out there and having another human there to help will increase your odds off living tremendously. I've been hunting, fishing and hiking my entire life and have learned the hard way that being alone puts you at a huge disadvantage against Mother Nature. The dog does not count as a partner. If you don't believe me, please read "To Build a Fire" by Jack London (story HERE). The dog is instinctual - you are not.
2. Preparation - you can never be over-prepared. Anytime after August in the Gila you have a chance at severe weather changes that involve tremendous drops in temperature. Getting caught in the rain in July is one thing; getting caught in a snowstorm in September is another thing and not unheard of for that part of the country. One must always be prepared to for the situation where a day hike turns into an overnighter. Layers of clothes and a backpack with emergency supplies is a must for event he most mundane hikes in remote places like the Gila. Since his hike took place in November, it's beyond me why he wasn't prepared for the circumstances.
3. Leave details behind as to where you are going and when you expect to be back. Some people will leave these in their car or with a family member. Once you leave the detailed itinerary behind, do not deviate. Bob may have left an idea of where he was going, but eventually deviated from those plans either on purpose or out of confusion brought on by whatever held him up. I suggest letting park rangers know where you're going to be and for how long in the Gila. You'll be amazed at how much easier it is for them to keep track of people when they've had contact with them in the park just before they embark on their journey. A park ranger could have warned Bob about the weather to come and encouraged him to make different plans. At the least, the ranger would have known his car was supposed to be gone by nightfall and they would have started the search that day.
When I heard Bob was lost, I wasn't surprised. Neither were many other people who know him. He had been journeying out like this for years and it finally caught up to him... again.
I can't believe the guy was in a cabin at one point and left. Once you find a place of shelter when you are lost - STAY THERE! Bob should have known this. Leaving that cabin almost cost him his life.
I hope the media will do the right thing and close this story by educating people on the need to be careful when enjoying the outdoors. They must let people know that accidents don't happen randomly. Accidents that take place outdoors are most often set into action before you even leave your house. The things you do before you get to the trail will almost always be the things that decide whether or not you leave the wilderness dead or alive.
Is there a happy way to deliver bad news? I'm learning that there is in fact a way to turn something awful into a positive - it's all about the package you deliver it in.
Read this Yahoo report on the November job losses - Yahoo Job Loss Article.
If that isn't the worst kind of dancing around I've ever seen in publication, I don't know what is.
That's like telling a mother she's going to save a lot of money by not having to pay for her son's college tuition because he's dead. Yeah, it doesn't really roll of the tongue as well when you change the severity of the news. Of course, those without jobs in this country might find their predicament to be as serious as the one I used as my example.
My wife happens to be one of those people out of the job and I can tell you that it's not a happy thing for her. We're financially stressed to the max and we don't take the news as Yahoo would like us to. We think negative job flow numbers suck.
However, if she was related to Congressman Reyes... Six figure jobs would be falling out of the sky like rain. How many of his family members are having a hard time in these hard times?
And don't think I'm just picking on Yahoo, all the other news sites regurgitated Obama's talking points.
I have a conspiracy theory!
This Tigua Alvidrez guy who's not running for the senate was working with Norma Chavez to give her an easy reason to save face and not run for the senate seat.
I'm hearing more and more discontent from people who have to work with the upper levels of EPISD management. They say that the district is very stubborn when it comes to certain issues and they are tired of it.
Big taxer in big trouble?
Needy kids need food, clothes and education items. Toys are a luxury. All of these toy drives irk me. Nothing says "Christmas" like a naked, cold, hungry kid playing with a $50 remote control truck.
And we wonder why kids grow up to be materiliastic and make bad choices like buying a brand new cell phone every month instead of buying health insurance. When they were young and needed CARE, they got TOYS.
On the same note... Coat drives should be held in the spring and summer. Collecting coats after it's already cold is not efficient. Fans for the summer should be collected in winter and spring before it gets hot.
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I'm not understanding why candidates feel it's necessary to make appearances on local talk radio, Especially KHRO 1150.
THERE'S NOTHING TO GAIN BY BEING ON THE RADIO!
Nobody listens to the local talk station - NOBODY. The same 15 morons call the same four shows every day so they can hear themselves blab. The ratings are crap because the audience is nonexistent.
Each host has their own personal agenda that they set out each day to promote. They are playing to their buddies and that's about it.
As a candidate your time is better spent waving a sign on the corner of a busy intersection than it is sitting there while Strelzin interviews himself. You have zero to gain by appealing to an audience that is not only tiny, but not interested in learning about any new candidates. The 15 people who listen to that station have already made up their mind about who they will support.
No candidate has ever won a campaign because of their time on that station. Especially republicans. Ask Pat Haggerty what being on Strelzin's show 15 times does for you - LOSE PRIMARY.
No candidate has ever gone on one of those shows and said "I'm glad I did that, it was good for my reputation!" Norma Chavez and Larry Medina own every host on that station and they come off as morons when they are on the air.
Candidates need to find better things to do than have the nobodies on KHRO ruin their reputations.
If advertisers don't think their audience is worth a shit, why should you?
Maximize your efforts and minimize your exposure to bad situations.
I've been sitting back and listening to democrats in this town lay out their strategies for the upcoming election. They've made it easy to see what they are doing given that they have made all these plans out in the public. They are very careful to make sure that everything they do is properly leaked to the media types here in town and reported widely. It's an odd way of intimidating opponents and advertising their receptiveness to new support coalitions.
The one theme I see all the time from the local democrat followers is the insistence that all Republicans are DOA in local elections. That's an interesting attitude to have considering the turn out of the Tea Parties and the health care town halls.
A conservative grassroots effort has formed in less than year and rivals anything I have seen turnout wise from the liberals in town. They've raised money, put together seminars and have plans for more events in the coming months. Never in the history of El Paso have conservatives gathered in these numbers.
With an unpopular President, a bad economy and the stage set for 1994 all over again, it pains me to see the democrats not learning from history.
The El Paso Times had an editorial today lauding the city for selling some bonds to for storm water projects. I think it was a good idea too. However....
We have to pay that money back at a price. It would be nice to have a few thousand more houses on the tax rolls to help us pay that debt off. Too bad the anti-growth/business council has put a stop to all new development with the draconian impact fees they passed earlier this year.
Instead of spreading the tax burden to new homeowners whose houses will be properly assessed by the CAD, the rest of are going to be paying through the nose (alone) because our properties have to be over-valued to pay for our aging infrastructure. While you bitch about paying for new growth, you forget that new growth instantly starts paying for the maintenance of existing infrastructure.
Never mind, don't listen to me. All I'm trying to do is save you some money.
I've been watching the story on the couple who allegedly crashed a party at the White House. People never cease to amaze me, but they aren't the first to pull this trick.
The funny thing is that I have actually casually met them through a charity polo event my roommate was once involved in. Needless to say, that event ran for a couple of years and was mired in all kinds of legal trouble when one of the executive directors allegedly raided the bank account and put the money in his campaign fund for a New York state house seat. The ensuing fight over control of the charity was played out on the society pages of the Washington Post.
It seems to me that their mission was to prove to Bravo producers that they would make the perfect couple for the popular show "The Real Housewives..." The show follows rich women and their husbands around while they make asses out of themselves. It looks like this couple would be perfect!
It's interesting that the show would want to do a DC edition. I think it would be very hard for them to have cameras following these people into these events given that it's a big taboo to do so and has been for quite some time. No politician or appointed big wig is going to want cameras hovering around their social events. The unwritten code in DC is that you keep what you see at events to yourself and that part of the deal with your access, is your silence.
It will be interesting to see how the show does given how DC's unwritten rules work.
By no means is this a new thing. Having had a White House Aide-de-camp (Air Force) as a roommate, I heard lots of stories of people trying to weasel their way into the Bush White House. The idea being that access was a road to some kind of future success in business, lobbying or otherwise. President Bush had lots of "friends" who were "mistakenly left off of the list."
I think the Obama camp is handling this well by distancing themselves from a couple of loony toons looking to make a buck. The sad part is that it's taking attention away from the many important issues facing the White House right now.