Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What We Want For Christmas

Did you get what you wanted under your tree this year? Did you get the latest video game console, the newest camera, cell phone, MP3 player or any other multimedia gadget? Many people are so worried about giving and receiving insignificant gifts that they forget that there are people out there that ask for little things that most of us just take for granted.

Take little Alex for example. Alex Cisneros is the 5 year old little boy I wrote about a few months back who had a rare case of leukemia. He had asked to meet Shakira when she was in El Paso for a concert. Little Alex was not able to meet Shakira. He was out of town in a hospital receiving a bone marrow transplant the week of her concert.

It has now been about 77 days since Alex received the transplant. Doctors had originally told his parents that he would have to stay for at least 100 days so they could monitor him and make sure there were no complications.

This Christmas was different for Alex and his family since they are so far from home. Yet the family couldn't be happier because Alex has another chance at life. Alex didn't ask Santa Clause for a new bike or any toys this year. Alex told his father that he was going to ask Santa to let him go home.

Alex's transplant has gone so well that he is down to one visit to the clinic a week instead of the two visits the doctors had originally scheduled him for. He is full of energy and it seems nothing could stop him. The doctor's have told his parents that it looks like they will not need to stay the 100 days after all. I guess St. Nick came through once again. He is a very busy man and tends to come through on special cases like this.

So if you know someone who is complaining that they didn't get what they wanted for Christmas please share this with them. And remind them that there are many more stories like Alex's out there. Stories of people who ask for the simplest things like being able to go home and sleeping in their own bed.

This Holiday Season I ask that you please keep Alex and his family in your prayers.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's Already Wednesday......

I was notified that a faithful reader, who I can't really consider a fan, decided to critique my post on El Paso being named the safest city on another blog. The Strezlin forum to be exact. I think that's great. You can find it under "El Paso Conservative Writers Overwhelm". We should all be able to engage in constructive conversation without resorting to name calling. Unfortunately that didn't happen. He made a pretty big deal about me saying that El Paso was on the safest cities list along with Philadelphia and Washington DC. Now they were on the same list, considering there are only 34 "big cities" on CQ Press' list, but they were not on the top ten as I may have led people to believe. My mistake, I take the hit for that.

But what he didn't question or critique was my comments on the actions against Police Chief Greg Allen. I went on the record and said that I believed that Sheriff Richard Wiles and the powers that be were trying to make Allen seem like he was an incompetent leader due to all the allegations his officers are racking up and ending up on the 10 o'clock news. They figure all the bad press would make people believe that consolidating the county and city law enforcement agencies would save money, solve the discipline problem and most importantly help Wiles become the supreme law enforcement agent in El Paso County like he has planned to be since his run for sheriff back in 2008. Those are some pretty bold allegations if you ask me yet the person did not even make  a slight remark about them. Why didn't he? Wiles has two years before he is up for re-election and I can see him being strategic in his every move. Wiles is the type of person that will bring somebody down to help himself rise. But I'll tell you what. I will be as relentless as his goons have been on me for the last three years. The tables are turned and the truth will come out. It is time that somebody takes out the "mighty" Richard Wiles. The media wanted nothing to do with this story, so I guess it's just me against Goliath. LET'S DO THIS!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

El Paso Is Named "Safest City" Yet Chief Allen Tired Of Playing The Game

El Paso was named the safest city with a population of 500,00 or more by CQ Press for 2010. On the outside this sounds like a huge accomplishment. But is it really? El Paso has been ranked second or third safest city for the last few years but was able to squeeze by other cities this year even though we are a skip, hop and a jump away from the world's deadliest city. El Paso was joined on the top ten list by cities we all know like Detroit, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Really? Those cities just don't scream out safe to me, or do they? I think this award is like naming El Paso the prettiest girl in an ugly girl contest. I also think it gives El Pasoan's a false sense of security and will cause people to walk around with their guards down

This list seems to be nothing but a public relations campaign for cities to improve their image and improve city official's chances of re-election or advancement. Don't get me wrong, I would love to live in the nation's safest city. But I want to feel that I am living there and not just told I am by some publication. Like I always say, show me don't tell me. Now a days people will say anything to make you feel better or to get you to buy their books.

Originally officials had said that Chief Allen was proud to announce the ranking. But in an interview with the local NBC affiliate in El Paso Chief Allen made a comment that might make people think that everything is not as good as our city government leads us to believe.
"I'm tired of playing the game and painting the picture that everything is under control,"
What does that really mean? In a meeting that will be held on a monthly basis Chief Allen said that he needs 300-400 and said that until the city start backing him things are going to start getting bad. Allen also said that the meetings were Wilson's idea.
"I'm just pushing for what I think we need. If I didn't do this I think I would be irresponsible in my duty as Chief of Police.
 The extra police officers would cost up to $50 million. Not something taxpayers want to hear right now. But our safety is at jeopardy. One of the local news stations got a comment from City Manager Joyce Wilson where she said that the Police Chief always wants more. I see the relationship between Chief Allen and the City Manager start to deteriorate. I like most El Pasoans don't want to see a tax increase but want to make sure we have enough police officers to keep us safe. So what can we do to get the police officers we need and not raise taxes? Easy........we can start by getting rid of the City Manager and her deputies. Why do we need a Mayor, eight City Representatives, a City Manager and four deputies? Now I don't have the exact numbers in front of me and I don't think we pay the City manager and her Deputies $50 million but there salaries could pay for many much needed officers.

Going out on a limb:

Joyce Wilson is used to dealing with a "yes ma'am" kind of police chief. As many people know former police chief and current El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles had a very good working relationship with Wilson. Too good if you ask me. Wilson is not used to dealing with someone who actually stands up for what he thinks is right. Now if you remember Richard Wiles came up with all sorts of certifications and awards for the police department just before he retired. He knew he was running for sheriff so he decided to fatten his resume to make his run for sheriff more appealing. As a candidate he ran on the idea of consolidating both the Sheriff and Police Departments. Wiles is a control freak and nothing would please him more than being the supreme law enforcement agent in El Paso. Now Wiles is getting help from all over the place for his run for complete supremacy. Chief Allen has only been in his current position for two years yet the media has attacked him and his department relentlessly. They want to paint Allen as incompetent to pave the way for Wiles to take over both the city and county law enforcement. But you have to remember, most of the officers you see on the ten o'clock news have been working for the department for over 2 years. Yeah, they worked for Richard Wiles. You will find that many of the accusations on the officers took place under Wiles' watch.

Let's go back to Wiles' run for Sheriff. He claimed that the number of complaints against police officers and the number of police officers fired had gone down under his watch. Yet he also cut the Internal Affairs department to save the city money at the same time. Why is that bad you ask? It sounds like a good thing on the surface. Doesn't it? For many years people have complained that IA had not investigated reports against officers properly. I can attest to that myself. Maybe cutting the department had something to do with that?

Many reports were "lost" and people would just get frustrated and not go back because they would loose faith in the system. Then there were people who were persistent and would do what ever it took to get the report filed properly. IA would find a way to not find enough evidence to charge the officer and drop the investigation. Fortunately the accusations would stay on the officers records. After a while the accusations would add up to the point where the police department could not afford keep the officer. Did they fire the officer? No, why would they? They would force the officer to resign. Doing that would allow the number of police officers fired to remain low and would allow the bad officer to apply at another law enforcement agency. It was a win win situation. This practice is commonly known as the El Paso shuffle. If Richard Wiles had done his job properly then we wouldn't see as many police officers on the ten o'clock news. I'm not saying he should have fired all the police officers, that would have only put us in a worse position, but if he would have been a good leader he would have had better control over his officers. Better training and stricter disciplinary actions would have kept the officers in line and would not have allowed them to get to the point where they had to steal from a wedding party or shoot an innocent man after a minor fender bender. Its called policing your own.

I'm calling it right now. Joyce Wilson and the powers that be will do what ever it takes to continue making chief Allen like he is incompetent so Richard Wiles could just come in with his consolidation plans and take over as the head law enforcement agent in El County. Call me crazy but just keep and eye and an ear out on what goes on with this. You will see that I am pretty darn close. I have dealt first hand with Richard Wiles and know what he is capable of.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Judge Finds Obamacare Unconstitutional, I Find It Un-American

A Virgina judge has ruled that the new health care law is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson gave conservative Americans a small victory on Monday. Two other judges, a federal judge in Michigan and a federal judge in West Virginia had ruled in favor of the current administration's healthcare law. A federal judge in Pensacola Florida is set to hear a case filed by 20 attorney generals. That will be the biggest challenge to Obamacare.

That is why I say it is a small victory. Liberals still have two judges on our one. Hopefully that will change. Now liberals are probably asking themselves. What kind of judge would rule that Obamacare, the healthcare plan that is supposed to  save all and cure all, yet words like "doughnut" hole are used to describe its so called universal coverage, was unconstitutional?

I'll tell you what kind of judge would do that. One of those darn crazy judges who actually believes in this old piece of paper that our country was founded on. That old piece of paper that gives the power to the people. The piece of paper that allows the people to get rid of the government if they deem the government has too much power. 

Let's Break It Down:

What does UNCONSTITUTIONAL mean.  Maybe if we understand what unconstitutional means then we can see how this healthcare law is in fact unconstitutional. Let me break it down a little for those in the class who may not understand. The rest of you please be patient. Un- means the opposite of; contrary to. Constitution means the fundamental law: law determining the fundamental political principles of a government, both definitions according to Those Princeton people might know a thing or two. Now defines unconstitutional as not in accord with the principles set forth in the constitution of a nation or state. Either way you look at it both describe Obamacare. It just goes against the principles of this country.

Now most liberals might say, well its in everybody's best interest. Really? Is the doughnut hole just something "truthers" are just making up? Or does it leave some people out? Is Obama care going to cover those who are struggling to pay their mortgages so they can't afford the coverage? Or will they be punished with a  "tax" because federal law penalizes those who do not purchase the product? Is that in their best interest?

Don't get me wrong. Something had to be done about the out of control healthcare system here in the US but socialized medicine was not the answer. Regulating medical malpractice pay outs would help make healthcare affordable for more Americans , eliminating the miles and miles of billing paperwork would help, regulating what doctors and hospitals could charge for an Asprin would help, eliminating billing fraud would go a long way and some agents might not want to hear this but regulating, not limiting commissions would also help make coverage affordable. Health Insurance is a very lucrative business. Liberals are jumping up right now and blaming it and everything that is wrong with this world on capitalism. They must think that the lab tops and smart phones they are reading this on are all thanks to socialism. Oh wait. Let me say it right. Thanks to social programs. 

After it is all said and done I like many others find that forcing people to participate in socialized medicine is just plain Un-American. There is nothing that resembles apple pie about it. Obamacare is more like a mud pie and we are all getting our faces shoved in it.

Rep. Norma Chavez Sends Out A Dedication

Outgoing State Representative Norma Chavez was on KHRO 1150 yesterday on the Hector H. Lopez show. For those of you who may live under a rock, Rep. Chavez lost to Representative elect Naomi Gonzalez in an all out cat fight in the valley known as District 76. The race was very close and went into a run off where Gonzalez was able to unseat the long time incumbent.

Chavez was known if not infamous for being on two specific shows on KHRO 1150. But with the departure of Paul Strelzin and her recent fall out with Jaime Abeytia you would think she would hang up her talk radio shoes. That wasn't the case as she decided to take over the Hector H. Lopez show. Maybe she is looking for a career in radio now that she has some free time starting January 1st. Why not? Barbara Perez was on the same station. Maybe she can take her old time slot since management is making so many changes.

Now I didn't catch the whole show as I was in and out of my vehicle trying to make a living. For those who are wondering, yes I can hear AM stations in my vehicle now. But I did get to hear her talk about "a radio host". She didn't mention any names but she did say he was on in the morning and that he should check his facts before he talks about her. Now KHRO 1150 is a Talk Radio station. Music is not normally heard but on this day Norma Chavez played this song and only dedicated it to "you know who you are". You have to love the politics involved with talk radio!

But to be honest, I would like to see these two kiss and make up. How can they go from 60 to zero in less than 3.2 seconds? It just doesn't make any sense.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Need Wikileaks

Does anyone know if Wikileaks is for hire?

Julian Assange of Wikileaks has created such a stir recently that some people have called for his assassination, have threatened to charge him with treason, claim he is putting our troops lives in danger while others defend his actions and say that he is only releasing documents he had been authorized to release and releasing information that people need to know.

Wikileaks recently released some information about the Mexican government and their ongoing battle with the drug cartels. So that means Mr. Assange has some pull all over the world. My question is. If this guy is so good, can he get the audio of convicted Judge Manuel Barraza being offered a bribe and sex for favorable rulings? Or can he get the video of the money transaction itself? I'm just asking. So many people claim that he is innocent and will be vindicated one day. This would just finally put this issue to rest.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

LNRC of Texas Press Release

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2010

Statement on Proposed Tax Deal

The Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas (LNRC) applauds the work of Congressional Republicans in reaching a proposed deal with President Obama that will extend the Bush era tax cuts to all levels of income, a reduction in the payroll tax, and a cut in the estate tax.

“I am appreciative that an agreement has been reached concerning the tax cuts. I’m certain these cuts will have a positive impact on our economy and will prove to be of great help as working families and small businesses all across our country breathe a sigh of relief,” said Eric Garza, Vice Chairman.

In return for this deal, the president will receive a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits. Chairman Artemio Muniz said, “While I commend the work Republicans have undertaken I am doubtful that extending unemployment benefits, during these difficult times, will do anything to boost our economic growth or create jobs. This is just bad policy.”

The LNRC is a nonprofit organization and an official auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas.


Media Contact:

Eric Garza, Vice Chairman
(956) 465-8499

Adryana Boyne, National Committeewoman
(979) 450-9238

Ivan Andarza, National Committeeman
(512) 775-3958

Bush Era Tax Cuts

Lets just clear something up real quick about these "tax cuts". First of all no one is getting a tax cut. By extending the Bush Era Tax Cuts neither the middle class or "the rich" will get tax cuts. They are just not going to have their taxes raised. So nobody will have more or less money in their pockets at the end of the tax year. Everything will stay the same. It is just amazing to hear those on the left get mad because they say "the rich" will be getting a tax cut.

Liberals being Liberals 

What bothers me is to hear liberals say things like "I could give a damn if the rich get a tax break" or  "all we care about is the middle class" on different media outlets. Now lets turn the tables around. What do you think would happen if someone who was considered to be a part of "the rich" went on FOX News and said "I could give a damn if the middle class gets a tax break" or "all we care about are those who make $250K or more a year"? The liberals would blow a fuse, start calling people dirty names, organize a protest and have fifty people in front of cameras shedding a tear as they tell their sob story.

What happened to equality? Does the equality card only kick in when the upper class has the upper hand on the middle or lower class? I thought equality meant equal, for all and not just for certain groups.

Democrats are upset that the President compromised with Republicans and extended the Bush Era Tax Breaks for one year. Republicans didn't get anything more for "the rich". All Republicans did was fight to keep things the way they were for everyone. Can you imagine what would happen if they acted like the Democrats and tried to keep the Bush Era Tax Cuts from being extended to the middle class and extended only for those who made $250k or more?

That's the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats only want what is best for a certain group when Republicans want what is best for everyone.