Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Few Additional Details About Mark Sossi's Firing

For the past six years this blog has relentlessly pushed for the termination of City Attorney Mark Sossi, not based on any personality clash, but simply on his obvious lack of ethics.  

"Brownsville deserves better!" we kept intimating.

On Tuesday August 15, Sossi was terminated.  

The reported vote was 5-2, but that is not possible. The City Charter only allows for the mayor to vote in the case of a tie.  There was no tie, thus 4-2.

Commissioner Rick Longoria's "no" vote to terminate was not surprising.  When has Rick ever stood up for Brownsville's interests or Southmost's?  He was more than willing to relinquish his district's precious Lincoln Park to the ultra-rich University of Texas, moving his constituents to frolick, barbecue and play in a "new" park next to a smelly sewer plant.  P.U.B. allowed D.J. Rick to provide audio for their propaganda video about the miraculous new chemicals that would dissipate the sewer stench for Southmost residents.

New Commissioner Joe Munguia also voted "no!" Young Joe let Brownsville down with this vote to retain someone with such obvious ethical challenges.  We will not enumerate those for Joe in this article.  He can educate himself by typing "Sossi" in this blog's search feature.

As Montoya reported, after the vote to terminate, Sossi was escorted out of the commission chambers by an officer from the Brownsville Police Department.  

What I've not seen reported is that another officer was guarding Sossi's former office as the computer he has used for City of Brownsville business was confiscated.  It remains to be seen if some sort of charges will be filed against Sossi.

Tax Assessor Tony Yzaguirre Getting Tough with Delinquent Cameron County Taxpayers

Tony Yzaquirre with Rep. Oliveira
A decade ago or so, our son, Diego Lee Rot, was looking for a house.  Since he's able to make any sort of house repair, we decided on a plan: Drive around Brownsville looking for apparently unoccupied houses that appeared structurally sound, then check out the tax records for ownership, delinquent taxes, liens, etc.  

He eventually found a home on which the taxes had not been paid for nine years and we negotiated a deal with the owner, then living in a nursing home in West Hollywood, CA and paid the delinquent taxes, and, as the paperwork came back, filed the deed.
Diego Lee Rot

Our house search, though, uncovered several homes in Brownsville, 8-10 years delinquent in property taxes, not yet on the Linebarger law firm's lists for tax recovery.

It seemed odd to us that a county strapped for revenue would be so lax in tax collection.

Just this month, Tony YzaguirreCameron County Tax Assessor-Collector has announced a tightening up in tax collection.

Yzaguirre announced that 350 businesses will be served with warrants to recover $1,037,800 in back taxes.

300 residential taxpayers, also delinquent in payment, swell the total delinquency in Cameron County to over $2.4 million, according to Yzaguirre:

“When some taxpayers don’t pay their fair share, it puts tremendous strain on local governments trying to provide police and fire protection, street maintenance, public schools and library services. It affects everyone,” he said.

Property tax bills are sent out each year on October 1, becoming delinquent, if not paid by April 1.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Sunrise Mall security noticed a man in the mall's concourse after the mall had closed, and carefully monitored his actions, until they observed him stealing bottles of perfume from a vendor kiosk.

Mall security quickly called 911 and  Brownsville Police Department officers apprehended Jose Ruben Ortega, 46, ascertaining that Ortega had several theft warrants pending.  
Jose Ruben Ortega

The Brownsville Police Department Facebook page declared that the "subject (Ortega) was charged accordingly," likely with burglary.

On the same day the Brownsville Police Department compiled a police report based on information received from the Brownsville Firefighters Association claiming "theft by public servant," charging that Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo had stolen $8,000 from the association's political action committee.

Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo from his Facebook page.
The photo is self-titled:  "I just became a HERO!"
This theft story, involving Elizondo, appeared today(8/16/17) in Juan Montoya's El Rrun Rrun blog.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

" I say it is time for us to come together as one united people." Donald Trump

Understanding the Fears of White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis, the KKK


White pride You're an American
I'm gonna hide Anywhere I can

We don't believe there's a possibility
Well you just wait and see
We're gonna be white minority

White pride You're an American
White pride Anywhere I can?

Gonna be a white minority
There's gonna be large cavity Within my new territory
We're all gonna die

lyrics by Black Flag, 1980

Diego Lee Rot
In conversation about the white supremacists with my son, Diego Lee Rot, he reminded me of one of his 8-tracks by Black Flag Nena and I had thrown away many years ago.  He referred me to the lyrics above in the song White Minority.

The song seems to refer to the fears of poor whites who felt and still feel threatened by minorities and the inevitable day ahead when they themselves will be in the minority.


You can see it and hear it if you look and listen carefully.  Poor whites have long been insecurely afraid of the black man taking their jobs, their women and imposing black culture on their kids.  

Nearly simultaneously, upwardly mobile, educated Hispanics are finally getting their share, adding to the insecurity of poor white folk in the rural Old South.

"Boat People" from Viet Nam, 1975
It was the well-to-do, who could actually afford the fare, who emigrated on boats to the U.S. after the fall of Saigon in 1975.  These emigrants, once on U.S. soil, relied on the values and work ethic developed in Viet Nam, emphasizing education and hard work to their children.

Anecdotally, I recall a Vietnamese child winning the state spelling bee in Arkansas 12 years in a row, an accomplishment hard to fathom by Arkansas' native English speakers, albeit poor.

White Supremacists, Charlottesville, VA
The KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists have long fed into those fears. I recall seeing a stack of pamphlets on the back of a gas station commode in El Dorado, Arkansas c. 1974 with a headline in bold type:  "IF YOUR PARENTS HADN'T PRACTICED SEGREGATION, YOU WOULDN'T BE WHITE TODAY!"  

That reasoning may still seem logical to the fearful followers of white supremacist racist groups today. Remember, they are motivated by fear, feelings of inferiority, not simply hate.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Will Mark Sossi Finally Be Terminated by the City Commission at the August 15 City Commission Meeting?

City Attorney Mark Sossi
City Attorney Mark "It's Legal" Sossi, the proverbial "cat with nine lives," may have reached the end of his employment with the City of Brownsville.  Of course, that rumor has circulated before.

An action item on the agenda for the August 15 City Commission meeting opens the way for a vote on Sossi's continued employment with the city:

C) Consideration and ACTION to evaluate the City Attorney and Legal Services of the City of Brownsville and to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee. (Commissioners J. Tetreau/B. Neece)

Never a good hire by the City of Brownsville, Sossi's resume' is littered with theft, malpractice and incompetence, including a $167,363 judgement for pocketing funds intended for his previous employer, the Willette & Guerra Law Firm, stealing another $20,711.66 from the Texas Workforce, intended for employee unemployment benefits, a $100,000 tax lien from the I.R.S. as well as two malpractice lawsuits from Brownsville residents who thought retaining the City Attorney in private practice might be a good idea.

Sossi's magnum opus, however, has to be his highschoolish power point, at Mayor Martinez behest, against the broadcast of the public comment of Brownsville taxpayers at City Commission meetings. Sossi, perhaps possessed by some despot's demon, argued that blocking the broadcast of public comment would lead to a greater diversity of commenters. Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler all applauded from their graves!

Mr. Sossi, an ill-advised hire during Pat Ahumada's last term as mayor, has proved to be the gift that keeps on taking, blocking governmental tranparency at every possible turn, resisting democratic principles as if they were carriers of the Zika virus. Sossi has morphed into the city's enabler, including the unethical mayor, certain city commissioners and the challenged, but overpaid, city manager.

The recent brouhaha over an ambulance service operating within the city, allegedly without proper licensing, may, finally, be Sossi's undoing.

Theoretically, if Commissioners De Leon, Neece, Tetreau and Munguia vote to terminate Sossi, a tie-breaking vote by Mayor Martinez will be unnecessary.  In that scenario, Commissioner Gowen may choose to simply side with the majority so as not to be linked with Sossi's shenanigans in perpetuity.

Personal issues could indeed make Commissioner Longoria the lone holdout, or not.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Viagra Fails Representative Rene Oliveira

Hapless State Representative Rene Oliveira
His erectile dysfunction is legendary, his affinity for the bottle, well known.  None of that matters to Brownsville, Cameron County, whose voters value name recognition above actual performance, giving the inept Oliveira 33 years to screw, if not satisfy, his district.

Oliveira's real employer, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP, assessed him as a drunken little pawn that could generate more income for the statewide tax recovery law firm. Oliveira, in a brief moment of sobriety, orchestrated a single bill through the Texas House of Representatives, increasing Linebarger's take on the collection of delinquent taxes by 2.5%.  

"Damn, Rene!  You're good!" stated Linebarger on the way to the bank.

"Oh, but Representative Oliveira has done so much for Brownsville," an elderly lady with the same surname interjects.

"Yes.  You are correct.  We must not forget Oliveira's treacherous attempt to effectively nullify the 4-3 vote to preserve Texas Southmost College. Rene totally misrepresented the will of the people, trying to overturn that vote with a house bill essentially for unification."

History shows Rene has tried to screw Brownsville, screw TSC.  He just can't get it up.   

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Carlos Cascos for Governor? The Tea Party Is Saying "No!"

Former Secretary of State, Cameron
County Judge, Carlos Cascos
Carlos Cascos has not written a "tell-all" book about his tenure as Secretary of State under Governor Greg Abbott.  If he had philosophical differences with Abbott, he never stated those differences.

But, there are rumblings, likely fueled by what Cascos' supporters would like to see happen, not initiated by Cascos himself.

Former Union Pacific Right of Way in West Brownsville
Some assume Cascos will simply try to recapture his old job, Cameron County Judge, from Eddie Trevino.  Trevino likely won a narrow victory over Dan Sanchez because of his stated opposition to a West Rail Road along the 100 foot right of way/easement of the old Union Pacific tracks.

But, the conversation on Facebook has not been about Cascos running for County Judge, but about a race for the governorship.  Some local Republicans, also in the Tea Party movement do not see Cascos as their ideal candidate.

The pragmatic Cascos, considering the Tea Party drama, may simply decide to run for County Judge, a decision his local supporters could easily embrace.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Did A "Fast and Furious" Gun Kill Jaime Zapata?----Borderland Beat

Jaime Zapata killed with a gun from operation fast and furious

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article

Subject Matter: Jaime Zapata, Los Zetas
Recommendation: Read this article by BB Founder Buggs

Today a Judge in the United States found guilty two members of Los Zetas for the death of the frontier agent.

El Piolin confessed that the assassination of Agent Jamie Zapata was a mistake
This Thursday a Federal Judge found guilty two members of a narco trafficking cartel from Mexico involved in the assassination of an agent in the service of Immigration and Customs in the United States in February of 2011.

A communication from the Prosecutor reported that Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, 36 years of age, and Jesus Ivan Quezada Pina, 29 years of age, both members of Los Zetas cartel, were declared guilty at a Federal trial in Washington for murder and intent to murder a Federal agent and weapons charges.

They were sentenced for the shootout that occurred on the 15th of February of 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where they killed agent Jaime Zapata and wounded another agent.

The date of sentencing was not announced, but the next appearance before the Judge is programmed for the 29th of August. Both face life sentences. The authorities reported that another five Mexican nationals who were also extradited, pleaded guilty earlier on Federal charges in the case.

Agent Jaime Zapata
"With the guilty ruling today, a total of seven members of the violent Mexican cartel of Los Zetas have been brought to justice for the ruthless ambush that lead to the death of Zapata and the wounds that could have killed agent Victor Avila", said Channing D Phillips, Prosecutor for the District of Columbia in a statement.

He explained that 22 witnesses, including agent Avila, who survived the attack, testified at a trial that began on July 10th.

"Drug cartels bring death and destruction across the southern border and sell drugs that ruin lives in all of the United States", said the Attorney Jeff Sessions.

"The ruling today against two member of the cartel for the horrific death of agent Jaime Zapata is one step in the efforts of the Department of Justice to dismantle the cartels and bring them to justice", said the official.

"It is considered that the ruling is testimony to the enormous resources dedicated to this case by the institutions of order in the United States and Mexico".

Attorney Phillips said in his statement that researchers presented evidence that Garcia Sota and Quezada Pina were Los Zetas sicarios in the trial, and on the day of the shooting were on a mission to steal vehicles in order to give them to the criminal groups operations.

He explained that both men were in a group of sicarios that fired at the Chevrolet Suburban carrying diplomatic plates, which was being driven by Zapata on a busy highway south of the city of San Luis Potosi.

The criminals used semi-automatic assault weapons including rifles and pistols. Experts found 90 spent cartridge cases at the scene of the shooting.

Original article in Spanish at El Debate


  1. Overall a disaster but what the hell are feds doing on foreign soil ?


    1. There's active US federal agents and Marshals in every country. Especially those in service of Immigration and Customs
    2. Americans on other countries just go there to fack'em up, usually. Kiki Camarena went to do a good Honorable Job in Mexico, and his own government chose to abduct, torture him for 3 days and murder his ass, and still choses to cover it up
  2. Yada yada yada ... “dismantle the cartels and bring them to justice“ ... yada yada yada.

    Keeping drugs illegal kills people WTF do they ecpect?


    1. Legalize drugs and no more cartels? Yeah right!
    2. 3:05 You got it buddy . One simple answer . But wait ! Maybe its not about drugs , maybe its about greed. When the Spanish invaded the Americas and slaughtered thousands upon thousands in the name of god , what was the main thing they were after to take back to Spain ? GOLD ! You think you have a simple answer to a complicated situation . The reality is evil criminals are going to be evil criminals drugs to fight over and sell or not . I am curios though , what the vacuum would create if suddenly drugs were decriminalize .
    3. Well he kind of has a point there
  3. “enormous resources dedicated to this case“ = taxpayer money = government careers and government suppliers pockets


    1. And your point is? That's why Mexico is so screwed up crime wise. Mostly, only the murders of the elite and politicians are brought to light, if you are a nobody your case is swept under the carpet and no one hears about it.
    2. Dude just like the article I'm referring to the US. My point is our government officials and their suppliers love the WoD because it (like all wars) require big governments!
  4. Lamb to be slaughtered.
  5. What about bringing those federal agents who put those "Fast and Furious"guns that killed innocent people to justice?


    1. They have eric holder received millions in severance an pensions!
      Plus health care for life! No Obama fraud for that black dude!
      too funny !!
    2. The govt uses its trump card , no pun intended, "national security"
  6. The guys who supplied the guns (government) are just as guilty. They can act innocent all they want. But they consciously knew they were going to eventually kill someone.
  7. Forgot the fast and furious part. Shouldn't American agents be held responsible somehow too, afterall...the put the guns out there? Wasn't a zeta just sentenced for supplying & transporting weapons for them? Why not American agents then whenever they discover one of their guns has come back to haunt them? Isn't that supplying too??? American soldiers aren't that jnnicent...what goes on down there, happens to a different degree here too, just perspective on how it's told.


    1. Don't Mexico have a extradition treaty with the USA . Why don't Mexico put charges against those responsible here in the USA and demand extradition to mexico ? It was very much a illegal act on both sides of the border .
    2. Don't blame the agents .Blame Obama’s US attorney general who was in charge.NO, he was protected by Obama and the US media ignored the whole story.
  8. Killed by his own government should be the headline. These is just one among other crimes that the US does, like corrupt BP agents becoming informants to cartel members for bribes or their dirty deals with the CDS to capture its rivals and turning a blind eye.
  9. ADX Florence in Colorado awaits...
  10. Too much money and power for the governments to allow drugs to be legal. This is all just part of the game played by both countries on their people. Make all drugs legal and tax the hell out of them. Let the weak minded use all they want. The problem will solve itself. Right now this is just a game being run by both governments for money and power.


    1. 3:55 taxing the hell out of drugs does not "solve" anything, more sales are required and soon the people are living on the street, homeless, jobless and unemployable, legal drug trafficking creates problems all the taxes in the world will not fix, ask the chinese. Legalization is a trap to fack up the US.
  11. After the Z filled the vehicle with 90 round what good would it be to anyone?
    'Hey z40 look we brought you a Swiss cheese SUV.' "Way to go boys!"


    1. Funniest comment ive seen on BB in awhile

  12. Good story but don't forget to tell us what the punishment will be after they are sentenced. Death penalty for capital murder I hope. Oh wait, I forgot Mexican nationals are exempt from the death penalty due to Mexico's constitution.
  13. Undertrained and over worked
    This guy had 2 years in service and was sent abroad
    Might have Hispanic surnames but the agents had no clue what they were getting Into they
    Had never been to mexico


    1. Andaban de perros goliendole la cola a los mexicanos hasta que se les apareció la mano pachona, andele güey.
  14. At least they don't supply weapons to isis and lkda! That's hilarious!


    1. 4:43 th US supplied ISIS AND REBELS, sometimes by mistakenly delivering supplies by parachute othr times because ISIS POSED as "Rebels from los Angeles against Assad"