Saturday, February 17, 2018


It would have been there for the taking, an easy slam.

Had the Parkland massacre occurred during the Republican primary in 2016, Trump might have hinted that the little fart who killed 17 students in Florida's Broward County, Nikolas Cruz, was somehow related to Senator Ted Cruz.

It would have been a more believable story than the one Trump told during the campaign, alleging that Ted Cruz's dad was involved in the Kennedy assassination, a little tid bit Trump gleaned from the National Enquirer and revealed in an interview with Fox News: 

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”

“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

In any other year or any other campaign, Trump would have been laughed off the political stage, instantly disqualified, unfit for office, but truth, facts, even slander are viewed differently now.

"It was social media," explained Diego Lee Rot, 46, someone from a different generation than mine.  

"People got accustomed to reading and believing fabricated reports and running with them as gospel," Rot explained.

The strangest and most obvious hypocrisy is the support Trump gets from the religious right.  They could not care less about Trump's lifestyle or constant lying as long as he appoints judges who will oppose abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control.

As one teacher explained it:  "We elected a president, not a pastor."

Even some of the most religious women in our community are dyed-in-the-wool Trumpites.  We include this quote from a 2016 Brownsville Observer article:

It just seems odd, incongruous, that professedly Christian women, who would not tolerate a Playboy magazine in their house or apartment, read the Bible daily and pray nightly, would unhesitatingly identify themselves with a man so openly disrespectful of women, minorities, the disabled and even war heroes like John McCain.

Letty Garzoria-Perez
Among others, my friend, Letty Perez-Garzoria, comes to mind. Letty plays piano for weekly services at the West Brownsville Iglesia Bautista, knows the Word like the back of her hand and would take a nickel found in an H.E.B. parking lot to the store office. In other words, Ms. Garzoria, a widow, is the epitome of Biblical morality.

Yet, the virtuous Garzoria posts daily timelines on Facebook extolling the virtues of Trump, many being articles from the online vehicle, Liberty Writers News.

Jessica Puente-Bradshaw
Another friend, Jessica Puente-Bradshaw, once named as one of the
"Hottest Republican Politicians in the U.S.," a former congressional opponent of Filemon Vela and a candidate for several other local offices, like Ms. Garzoria, pushes daily the Trump candidacy.

Bradshaw, who would slap the shit out of Trump if he tried to grab anything, is a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Diego Lee Rot Eating Chips
After imbibing one and one half cups of hard cider at Diego Lee Rot's West Brownsville abode, my lap top fingers were a-twitching to write something about the Parkland shooting.

This article's headline, written before the article, in defiance of Journalism 101, is illogically optimistic, calling the school massacre our country's "last."

The truth is that there will likely be many more school massacres utilizing an AR 15 assault weapon,  or worse, as long as President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio continue to wear N.R.A., National Rifle Association monogrammed silk panties.

Trump, receiving a $30,000,000 contribution from the N.R.A. for his 2016 presidential run, also sports a matching 48B brassiere, he proudly wore while tweeting in response to the Parkland shooting:  

"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

The silk-pantied Donald is right.  Neighbors and classmates are responsible for the shooting by not reporting the mentally disturbed person, not the president who opposes ANY restriction on the sale of weapons, even automatic ones to eighteen year olds.

VP Mike Pence, Mrs. Pence, Senator Cruz
Disembarking at McAllen's Miller Airport
There was no reported "pantie check" at McAllen's Miller Airport Friday as Vice-President Mike Pence, Mrs. Pence and Senator Ted Cruz disembarked.  We suspect N.R.A. silk for Cruz and possibly matching N.R.A. boxer shorts for the Pences.

All oppose any restrictions on automatic weapons no matter how many school kids get slaughtered.

One of may Parkland parents and students speaking out, Lori Alhadeff, mother of 14 year old Alyssa Alhadeff, killed in the shooting:

“President Trump, you say, ‘What can you do?’
Lori Alhadeff, Mother of Alyssa Alhadeff
You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands. Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot. This is not fair to our families. That our children go to school and have to get killed. . . . . . . I just spent the last two hours putting the burial arrangements for my daughter’s funeral who is fourteen. President Trump, please do something. Do something. Action, action, action. We need it now. These kids need safety now.”

Mrs. Alhadeff lost her daughter Alyssa in Thursday's school massacre.
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Now that the Eagles have dispatched the Patriots, we're reminded of Brownsville's emotional Super Bowl, what to do with the Confederate Monument in Washington Park.

"It's not a monument!" claims Diego Lee Rot, music writer for the Brownsville Observer.

"It's a heavy roadside marker, an ugly one at that," Diego continued.

"Put the thing back at Elizabeth and Palm so drivers will know they're entering the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway and, if they veer off the road at that point, they will total their car."

"I'm not sure that was ever the start of the highway," I responded.

"The original plan for the highway was to start at Arlington, Virginia, the home of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery," I continued, displaying knowledge gleaned from wikipedia.

Civil Rights March Near Selma, Alabama c. 1965
"The plan was to go south from Arlington, through Florida and across the South, ending at San Diego, California," I continued.

It's true.  Brownsville is not part of the original highway, just part of a extreme south spur.  There are actually about twenty of these roadside markers across the state and many others in Alabama and Louisiana.  My home state of Washington had several, but they've been removed or placed in museums.

The war of words continues in Brownsville, recently spilling over into my Facebook page.

It seems to have gotten personal between Javier R. Garcia and Rafael Collado.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The 9/11 Attack Turned the Super Bowl into a Sacred, Patriotic Event

On September 11, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the attacks.

Americans clutched their kids, buried their dead and built monuments on the Twin Towers grounds.  Mike Moran, a New York firefighter, spoke for all Americans at a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden when he shouted:  

"Osama bin Laden you can kiss my royal Irish ass!"

Many countrymen said:

"If we act scared, the terrorists win!"

So Americans pretended not to be scared, continued to populate rock concerts, football games and, of course, the Super Bowl, every event with tightened security and a sense of patriotism.

I had watched the first two Super Bowls, or NFL-AFL World Championships as then advertised, with a certain young arrogance. 

"How could an AFL team beat the Green Bay Packers" I asked, along with millions of others. 

They couldn't.  Green Bay kicked ass in both games against Kansas City and Oakland.

In 1969 Joe Willie Namath of Beaver Falls, PA and the University of Alabama led the New York Jets into Super Bowl III against the favored Baltimore Colts.  Most sports fans viewed the Jets' chances as dismal as they viewed Cassius Clay's years before against Sonny Liston.
Joe Namath

Selling thousands more copies of the New York Times, Namath cockily "guaranteed" victory and delivered on the promise.

The following year, 1970, the NFL and AFL merged into the current league.

Fast forward nearly fifty years and the National Football League faces its biggest challenge; the longterm health of its players.

The average lifespan of an NFL player is considerably shorter than the norm.  Players take hits to their head from the Pee Wee League to the NFL and it adds up to permanent damage.

Nena reminds me of these reports.  Bob Costas, one of my favorite broadcasters, no longer works the Super Bowl with his views on the game's permanent head injuries well known.

"Do you want your grandson playing football?" Nena asks.

Like a hypocrite, I still watch.  

At halftime, it's Philadelphia 22, New England 12.

Stay tuned!


District Judge Rudy Delgado,
Arrested by FBI Friday in Edinburg
Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado was arrested at his home in Edinburg Friday by the F.B.I. with nothing revealed yet as to charges.

In 2010-11, Delgado, a crony of the ultra-slimy Gilberto Hinojosa, was selected as a substitute judge in the Ernie Hernandez-Ruben Pena voter fraud trial.

At the time, this blog reported two distinct incidents during the trial, both weakly handled by Delgado, allowing the status quo on the use of politiqueras and the mishandling of mail-in ballots to continue.  Here is a snippet from our 2012 report:

"Four prominent Brownville politiqueras were identified and received trial subpoenas: Norma Hernandez(Ernie's wife), Herminia Becerra, Amadeo Rodriguez and Margarita Ozuna (not to be confused with political activist Maggie Ozuna). All four went into hiding! Three process servers and one detective could not locate the witnesses so critical to the trial.

Ruben Pena

Here are Ruben Pena's discouraging opening remarks at the trial:

'Herminia Becerra, Norma Hernandez, Amadeo Rodriguez and Margarita Ozuna. . . . we immediately issued out trial subpoenas for them, and through today we have not been able to find a single one of them They are not to be found. They, as I predicted, are hiding . . . . . . These individuals are very critical to this case. They are the individuals who, for the most part, obtained almost a majority of the mail-in ballots, along with the applications. Without their presence, without their testimony, our case is going to be very hampered and very limited.'
Of course, these four can be seen around town prominently at many political events. Certainly, Ernie Hernandez knew where his wife was. But, the four politiqueras had no interest in the truth or having their day in court and cowardly went into hiding. In a way, it made perfect sense. If you have absolutely no respect for the election process, why would you respect the judicial process?"

Not only did the four politiqueras, including Ernie Hernandez's wife Norma, make themselves scarce for the trial, witnesses willing to testify about the mishandling of their mail-in ballots were surreptitiously sent home early.  Here is more from our 2012 report:
Sylvia Garza-Perez

"Then, during a break in the trial, Ernie Hernandez sympathizer Sylvia Garza-Perez, it is alleged, sent home the critically needed voters waiting to testify about their stolen votes. Delgado stated in his ruling that, while he believed those who had testified, the sheer numbers were not enough to overturn the election. Of course! The needed witnesses had been sent home! A missed opportunity to right the Cameron County electoral ship!"

Epilogue:  As we hear the actual charges against Judge Rudy Delgado today, we can recall the role he played in Brownsville and Cameron County in fostering a continued environment for voter fraud.

FWIW, we heard later that the four politiqueras, including Ernie's wife Norma, were holed up in a condo on S.P.I. during the trial.\


Friday, February 2, 2018

John McCain: "We're Doing Putin's Job for Him"

From the editor:  While gutless wonders House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lift their petticoats to dance to the Trump polka, Senator John McCain, one of the few real men in Congress, trashes the White House-orchestrated Nunes memo.

We share his statement below:

Senator John McCain

"In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him."

Thursday, February 1, 2018


From the editor:  We received an anonymous email comment at 1:13 AM concerning our report that the Galonsky-owned property at 1203 E. Washington Street was being remodeled by City Commissioner Ben Neece without permits.

We'd also reported that the remodeling was being performed in lieu of paying rent on the property.

We reprint the comment below:

"Jim: If you would, actually, check on the rumors being fed to you, you'd see that 1203 E Washington is registered at the City Engineer's office, a permit was issued for remodeling, a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for a Commercial/Residential Use and Abraham Galonsky doesn't own the property. Just saying, Mr. Rumor Control."

Actually, we did not rely on rumors in reporting that no permits had been issued by the City of Brownsville for the remodel at 1203 E. Washington Street.  We sent a Public Information Request to City Secretary Griselda Rosas on December 22, 2017, receiving an answer on January 5, 2018.

We post the city's response below:

Public Information 2017-694    January 5, 2018

Good Morning Mr. Barton,

This message is a response to your request listed below. The report was asked from the Building Department, they report no permits were issued.

Thank you

Juan Carlos (Johnny) Gutierrez

Records Management Specialist

City of Brownsville | Office of the City Secretary
1034 E. Levee St. | P.O. Box 911 | Brownsville, TX 78520

Tel: 956/548-6067 | Fax: 956/546-2130 |

P Go Green! Please do not print this e-mail unless completely necessary.

From: Jim Barton []
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2017 1:47 PM
To: public request <>
Subject: Public Information Request

Please show any and all permits during 2017 for 1203 E. Washington Street.

Jim Barton

First of all, who sent this anonymous comment?  It could have been sent by Ben Neece, although Ben typically communicates directly, signing his name.

Nurith Galonsky
It could also have been sent by Nurith Galonsky, Abraham's daughter.  Nurith, with a law degree from SMU, has recently been appointed to a couple city boards.  It's possible that Nurith, not Abraham, actually owns the property now identified as 1203 E. Washington Street.

The Public Information Request above shows we were not relying on mere rumors in our report.  We did our due diligence.

Notice that the anonymous comment did not say WHEN 1203 E. Washington Street was permitted.  It's entirely possible that permit was issued AFTER our Public Information Request was received and shared in our report.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Jay Z's Super Cockroach Analogy

Jay Z, black entrepreneur, billionaire, doesn't think removing Trump from office will turn the racist tide in America.

He equates getting rid of Trump with spraying scented Raid on cockroaches.  

"You spray perfumed roach spray on the trash can and the cockroaches all go back into their holes.  They become resistant to the spray and become Super Cockroaches."

Jay Z was referring to prominent, silver-tongued racists as the cockroaches seeking safe haven.

"Look at Donald Sterling," Jay Z explained.  He lost his team, but all that did is make the other cockroaches go back into their holes."

"It might be better just to talk."

I'm a bit older that Jay Z.  I've seen smooth-tongued devils like racist George Wallace tone down their racist rhetoric, becoming populist.

And David Duke.  No one talked racism more smoothly in the 80's than David Duke, sprayed and scented, but still unequivocally racist.

Yet, I see his point.  Trump has been sprayed again and again and is now resistant to insecticide.


"He that is faithful in the least is faithful also in much; 
and he that is unrighteous in the least is unrighteous also in much."

St. Luke, Chapter 16, Verse 10

Mayor Tony Martinez
An ethical public servant does not use his office for personal gain, advantage or to circumvent the rules and regulations that apply to all.

Mayor Tony Martinez, who owns several adjoining businesses on Palm Blvd., including Lola's Bakery and Bistro, Spanky's Burgers and Bates Cleaners, did just that when he walked across the street, purchased The 1848 BBQ from Abe Avila, remodeling the entire building without permits during the fall of 2017.

The Public Information Request response from City Secretary Griselda Rosas revealed only one permit issued during 2017, that being a permit for rooftop air conditioning paid for by Barrera AC.

Put yourself in the mayor's place for a second.  The money for building permits is not an issue, simply a matter of writing a check.  One would think that the mayor would gladly write that check while being curious about the level of proficiency within the City of Brownsville's much-maligned Permitting Department, headed for decades by Evaristo "Mordida" Gamez, Jr.

Certainly, Gamez or any other inspector will not "jack around" the mayor with respect to permits or inspections as other city taxpayers have alleged in their remodels.  It was the proverbial "win-win" for Mayor Martinez.

Thus, it's obvious the mayor simply CHOSE not to apply for permits.  Arrogance, a general lack of ethics, even a criminal mind may have come into play.  

The point Jesus Christ made above, carefully chronicled by Luke, is that, if Mayor Martinez is willing to act unethically in a minor matter like permits, he will also "be unrighteous in much."

Brownsville has witnessed it.

Using his law partner, Horacio Barrera, to "negotiate" the purchase ofLa Casa del Nylon for triple its value, $2,300,000, likely splitting the commission, allowing Abraham Galonsky to sit in on the executive session involving transfer of property, personally spending the $3,060,000 AEP Texas refund on pet projects, until stopped by the city commission, etc., all clear no-brainer violations of ethics and in harmony with Christ's stated principle quoted above.  

There are similar ethical issues associated with City Commissioner Ben Neece and newly appointed Zoning and Planning Board member Abraham Galonsky.

Commissioner Neece is overseeing the remodel of 1203 E. Washington, the home of his night club, The Spanish Moon, and his alternate residence.  The building is said to be owned by Abraham Galonsky, who is allowing Neece to remodel in lieu of paying rent.

Ben Neece, Caricature by Diego Lee Rot
As in Mayor Martinez's case, in remodeling The 1848 BBQ at 5 Avalon Drive, no permits have been issued for the extensive remodel at 1203 E. Washington, neither to the tenant, Ben Neece, or the owner, Abraham Galonsky.

Galonsky,  publicly reticent, but a heavy contributor to local political races, was recently appointed to the city's Zoning and Planning Commission.  

The hasty appointment, after nomination by Commissioner Cesar de Leon, seconded by Commissioner Neece, was not in the best interest of Brownsville's hardworking taxpayers.

Galonsky deposited something close to $2,300,000, after "negotiation fees" were deducted for the Martinez-Barrera Law Firm, for the dilapidated La Casa del Nylon in 2012.

Abraham Galonsky
With buildings and properties scattered around town, Galonsky is in a position to further enrich himself by "zoning" and "planning" in a self-serving way.

"He would never do that!" a righteously indignant Nurith Galonsky might say.

Yet, in 2014, the soft spoken Galonsky was one of only 2 or 3 out of 400 to speak out FOR the conveyance of Lincoln Park to the UT system.  

Why?  Galonsky owns a 30 acre tract adjacent to the land near the sewer plant in Southmost where the city proposed the "replacement" Lincoln Park be built.  Galonsky spoke up for the transfer while salivating for the money he would make on yet another sale of property to the city.

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Van Jones

VAN JONES, CNN: We have a President that comes and says every African country is a ‘shithole country,’ how does that land with you as a dad?
Jay Z

SHAWN "JAY-Z" CARTER: It is disappointing and it’s hurtful. It really is hurtful, more than so … everyone feels anger but after the anger, it’s real hurtful.

Because it’s looking down at a whole population of people and it’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people and beautiful everything. This is the leader of the free world speaking like this.

On the other side, this has been going on. This is how people talk, this is how people talk behind closed doors. There was a moment when Donald Sterling had been exposed as a racist on this private phone conversation he was having and they took the team from him. Okay, that is one way to do it. But another way to do it is let him have his team and then let's talk about it together, maybe some penalties.

Because once you do that, all the other closest racists run back in the hole. You haven’t fixed anything. What you’ve done is spray perfume on the trashcan. What you do when you do that is the bugs come and you spray something and you create a superbug. Because you don’t take care of the problem, you don’t take the trash out. You just keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. Then as those things grow, you create a superbug.

And now we have Donald Trump, the superbug. Donald Trump is a human being, too. I just like want you -- I’m being funny, I say that too. But somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him. Something happened to him and he is expressing it in this sort of way.


Keith Wine, a friend and work associate in Little Rock, but also a mentor in music, the history of Motown, the delta Blues, the Black Panthers and racism, introduced me to Hugh Masekela, a South African jazz trumpeter extraordinaire and political activist.

Masekela died January 23 from prostrate cancer.

Nena and I bought and played his records as well as those of his ex-wife, Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  

When Masekela played at Little Rock's Robinson Auditorium in a revue with Chaka Kahn, we bought tickets.(For some reason, many African Americans dislike Chaka Kahn.  Fully a third of the audience departed when she was introduced.)

Paul Simon, in his Graceland Concert, played at Zimbabwe, Africa in 1987, included Masekela, Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, along with numerous African musicians.

Nena's favorite version of Hugh Masekela's Stimela (The Train Song) plays below:

Saturday, January 27, 2018


A. Galonsky
I admit it.  I've not been keeping up with developments in the city.

Catching the 1/16/18 City Commission meeting on Channel 12/Brownsville TV, however, I believe I witnessed history: possibly the quickest appointment to a board in city history.

Businessman/landholder Abraham Galonsky was nominated and assigned to the Planning and Zoning Commission in no more than ten seconds.

Commissioner Neece, quick on the draw
Commissioner Cesar de Leon nominated Galonsky with an immediate second by Commissioner Ben Neece.

Commissioner Rose Gowen added a second nominee, Mayor Tony called for a vote and blitzkrieg, both nominees were approved seconds flat.

Commissioner Rose Gowen
The affluent Galonsky sold the City of Brownsville La Casa del Nylon on Adams Street for triple its value, $2,300,000 in 2012.  That took the building off the city's tax rolls.  The building sits in deterioration as the city has no economical use for it.

Galonsky has other properties and land tracts he would love to unload on the gullible city commission.  His positioning on the Planning and Zoning Commission will only enhance those opportunities.

Commissioner Neece, who so quickly seconded Abraham's nomination to the board, has a clear conflict of interest as Abraham is Ben's landlord for his upstairs apartment and club for which he has assumed a 1203 E. Washington Street address, an address not recognized by the city.  

Commissioner Neece, we've been told, is renovating the Galonsky property in lieu of rent, although a Public Information Request with the city produced no permits for that address. 


It would have been there for the taking, an easy slam. Had the Parkland massacre occurred during the Republican primary in 2016, Trump m...