Friday, July 20, 2018


Bobby Wightman-Cervantes!  Read my lips!  I wasn't in Judge Sorolla's courtroom period.  Not only did I not answer my cellphone in his court, I wasn't there.  

I did not go to the lobby to deal with a child causing a disturbance, because I wasn't there!

Bobby, Bobby:  I WASN'T THERE!  You obviously mistook some old white guy for me because I wasn't there!  

OK. .Repetition for emphasis:  I wasn't in Judge Sorolla's court.  I wasn't there!

"Repetition is the mother of retention."  


Thursday, July 19, 2018


Bobby Wightman-Cervantes, with a Light
Dusting of Baby Powder or Powdered Sugar
Before Retiring for the Night
Brownsville's bloggers and blog readers love Bobby Wightman-Cervantes, well aware that there are, actually, two Bobbys, "Good Bobby" and "Bad Bobby."

Both Bobbys, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as it were, were on display in yesterday's column of the BROWNSVILLE VOICE, written by Bobby Wightman-Cervantes.

First, "Good Bobby" did a feel-good story about the "soft opening" of Dodici Pizza at 1204 E. Adams Street, downtown Brownsville, owned by Trey Mendez with partner/operator Dante Alighieri.

Bobby described ordering a 12 inch Classico, tasting the "airy crust" and the "hint of fat" from the mozzarella, describing a "genius" complementary salad of "cucumber, watermelon, mint, feta cheese, a hint of lime and maybe something else."

Damn!  Is this really Bobby or some con·nois·seur
sent from food heaven?

Cervantes was not done.  There was this little matter of "the wine."  In typical "Good Bobby" eloquence, he said: 

" I had a red Chianti. I enjoyed it. It was very refreshing with the pizza."

Thank you, "Good Bobby."  That was great.  We consider Trey Mendez a friend, although we were not, like you,  invited to the soft or hard opening of Dodici.

But, suddenly, black cumulonimbus clouds appeared accompanied by the sound of thunder. The sky darkened.  

The thunder and lightning were nature's announcement that Bobby Wightman-Cervantes was morphing into "Bad Bobby!"

In a millisecond, Cervantes turned from condescending foodie to disbarred lawyer, yes becoming "Bad Bobby" as he played footloose and fancy free with the facts in his gavel to gavel coverage of the TRO with respect to the hiring of Mario Lozoya as Executive Director of the GBIC.

Bobby's court commentary obviously included ludicrous, bizzarro, insane attacks on me and my grandson Jack.  Notice this excerpt from Bobby's BROWNSVILLE VOICE:

Sorola showed extreme bias for Mike Hernandez's side. He looked Barton straight in the face when his phone rang and he answered it in the courtroom. Barton then left the courtroom. Any other judge would have ordered Barton's phone confiscated. Twice Barton had to leave to control some out of control child in the hall making a ton of noise disrupting the proceedings. In both cases Sorola did nothing.

"Barton?"  That's me, just as "Montoya" is Juan and "McHale" is Jerry in Bobby's writings.  

Did my cellphone ring in Judge Sorolla's courtroom?  Did I answer it as Bobby suggested, then go deal with an unruly child in the lobby?

Hell no!  I was not even there!  Bobby is delusional, pulling shit out from between his ass cheeks.

Grandson Jack,  Was He Out of Control, Making a Ton 
of Noise in the Lobby Outside Judge Sorolla's Courtroom?
Many in town know that my grandson Jack accompanies me to meetings at the MPO, the Airport Advisory Board, the BCIC, the GBIC.

During the Marisa Goveal trial in the hit-and-run death of Mary Tipton, Jack was not allowed in the court room because he was under age.  He sat quietly for hours every day in the lobby with his grandma Nena. 

Even before Nena's death, he became the camera person for the Brownsville Observer, an absolutely "one take" guy.

Jack simply asks "what do you want in the picture?"  He walks over and takes it.

He has acted like a perfect little gentleman at every meeting, never disruptive or loud as implied by Wightman's column.

Of course, in the case of the TRO hearing with respect to the hiring of Mario Lozoya, Jack and I were not there, despite the reporting by the fact-challenged, disbarred lawyer, Bobby Wightman-Cervantes.

"Bad Bobby" simply makes shit up!

"Jack, do you want to sue Bobby Wightman-Cervantes for defamation?  He implied you acted badly outside Judge Sorolla's courtroom," I asked.

"No, I don't care about that," Jack answered, barely looking up from his I-pad.

"Grandpa, do you want to see the new drum machine I made on Minecraft?  I added some reverb and echo."

"Sure, Jack," I replied.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. H. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersets he'll undertake on solid ground
Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. H. is topping the bill

"For the Benefit of Mr. Kite(paraphrased)"


We live in a political world
Turning and a-thrashing about
As soon as you’re awake, you’re trained to take
What looks like the easy way out

"Political World"
Bob Dylan
Copyright © 1989 

North Cameron County Republican Club

For a second, I thought I'd walked into my high school reunion, not a standing room only audience of the North Cameron County Republican Club.  The small meeting room on New Hampshire Road in Harlingen was packed with folks somewhere near my age bracket, eager to hear from candidates Greg Perkes, Dr. Rey Gonzalez, Tad Hasse, but hanging on every word of their beloved Carlos Cascos, the former Secretary of State, now running to reclaim his former office of County Judge.

Carlos Cascos

Cascos, fit and a bit feisty, shared the sobering reality with his audience:

"To be successful, you need three things; a fire within, a platform and money.  We have two of those things, the fire and the platform.  We need money."

The candidate for county judge reminded the group that they were the minority party in the county, encouraging them to focus more on the quality of people, not party affiliation.

"I don't care if you're Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or vegetarian," he said at one point.

"We feel empowered in this room, but we don't control things in Cameron County," Cascos stated.

Cascos estimated the Republican base in the county at 32%, "because that's what Trump got in 2016."

"So, we need that other 19% to cross over from the Democrats," he added.

Eager to clear up speculation that his departure from his position as Secretary of State was less than amicable, Cascos held up his cell phone to play a recorded message from Governor Abbot aide John Jackson who said the governor was endorsing Cascos in his current run for County Judge.

Cascos stated that he and the governor had a "good relationship," but disagreed on some things, particularly "about the border."

He hopes the governor will attend his $140 per plate fundraiser planned for the Alonso Building, featuring 80's cover band the Spadtastics.

"That's the only fundraiser I will have," Cascos told the group.

In private conversation after the meeting, Cascos said he favored a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization over three small MPO's, feels the second causeway to South Padre Island and the West Rail Project are currently in "limbo," does not feel LNG plants can be "stopped" if they meet EPA requirements and clear other governmental hurdles, but does not favor giving abatements to corporations "already coming."

Tad Hasse, Candidate for State Board of Education
Dr. Rey Gonzalez, Candidate for U.S. Congress

Greg Perkes, Candidate for 13th Court of Appeals

Sunday, July 15, 2018


"And God saw that the wickedness of man 
was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart 
was only evil continually."
Genesis 6:5, KJV

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes, the finest legal mind in Texas, editor of the BROWNSVILLE VOICE,
Bobby Wightman-Cervantes
the only unbought blog in Brownsville, saw through my self-serving, evil plan.  

Bobby proved false my frequent refrain that he "can find the dots, but cant' connect them."

Inspector Bobbie uncovered my greedy scheme to slant my blog in such a way that Mike Hernandez  would reward me monetarily. 

But, let the super sleuth, Bobby Wightman-Cervantes speak for himself: 

"There is no doubt in my mind Jim Barton is now begging Mike Hernandez to be on his payroll or is already on his payroll. Jim is either attacking me, Mike's nemesis, or backing Mike's machinations. Mike Hernandez is incredibly adept at picking losers."

Mike Hernandez
Anyone still reading this confession of wrongdoing may ask:  "Who the hell is Mike Hernandez?"

Well, he's the last guy that checked out El Jardin Hotel with some public words about renovation, a big-time car leaser in Metroplex, Texas.

Still don't know who I'm talking about?  Does the cryptic phrase OP 10.33 ring a bell?

Maybe this:  Pledged $2,000,000 to the now defunct United Brownsville. 


Spent $140,000 on candidates for Texas Southmost College and the Port of Brownsville, losing 5 out of 6 races.(A last minute contribution to Trey Mendez kept him from going 0-6)

OK, my last clue:  He's a close relative of Robert Sanchez AKA "Captain Bob?"(Notice the reference, Robert?  A free shrimp plate, maybe?)

Since Bobby's onto me, this might be the appropriate time to 'fess up to other shameful examples of my acting out with ulterior motives.

Tony Martinez, do you remember when I held the door open for you for a TSC event?  I was hoping for some free carrot cake from Lola's Bake Shop or some beef brisket from 1848 BBQ.

Trey Mendez, I was so jealous when Bobby got a free piece of Dodici pizza and I didn't.

Whew!  Now, I feel better.  Confession is good for the soul?  Tell me about it!

Saturday, July 14, 2018


Nurith Galonsky
Rightly or wrongly, thanks to Tony Martinez, the name Galonsky will always be associated with corrupt politics in Brownsville, inside dealing, defrauding the hardworking taxpayers in the poorest region in the U.S.

Abraham Galonsky came to Brownsville c.1972, became a downtown merchant selling never used, but dated merchandise, much of it still in original packaging at La Casa del Nylon at 1304 E. Adams Street.

We don't know how profitable that enterprise was.  In recent years, no customers were in the store when we stopped in, but Galonsky, much like Bill Hudson, was active in the local real estate market, acquiring downtown buildings and tracts of land outside the city's center.  La Casa del Nylon had a "For Sale" sign on it for many years.

Tony Martinez Caricature
by Nena
In 2012, Galonsky's long on the market property got a bite.  Newly-elected Mayor Tony Martinez, desperate to keep Juliet Garcia University (UTB) in town, sent his doofus law partner, Horacio Barrera, to "negotiate" with Abraham Galonsky for a purchase price.  The two men agreed on a purchase price of $2,300,000, three times the building's appraised value, all to be paid for by Brownsville's uninformed taxpayers.  We don't know what Barrera's commission was on the sale or whether or not he divided it with Tony, but the city, the taxpayers, lost on this deal.

For the last six years the building sits decaying, off the tax rolls, while Brownsville's hardworking taxpayers pay for it.  

OK.  That is a brief synopsis of the elder Galonsky's political defecation on Brownsville.  Now, enter daughter Nurith Galonsky, a non-practicing lawyer, her legal degree coming from SMU in 2001.

We first knew there was a Galonsky daughter in 2013, when she became a member of the P.U.B. board, shortly after Tony, Horacio and Abraham fleeced the taxpayers.  We wrongly reported her name as "Lourdes Galonsky," writing this response in 2013:

I received a call today from a "friend of the family" of Brownsville resident, Lourdes Galonsky, stating that she was NOT a recent appointee to the P.U.B. Board as I had reported in an August 29,2013 Mean Mister Brownsville article. The "friend," a male, indicated not only had Lourdes not been appointed to a board, she was not politically-oriented, a stay-at-home mom and did not know Deborah Portillo, the City Commissioner making the swing vote in the appointment. In a friendly way, the caller asked if I was familiar with a lawsuit filed by the wife of BISD School Board trustee Otis Powers, where he claimed she recovered $75,000 for being wrongly identified in a published article. I apologize to Lourdes and family for any stress created by my error.

No, it was not Lourdes Galonsky, but Nurith Galonsky who joined the P.U.B. board in 2013, along with Mayor Tony Martinez,  having a hand in orchestrating the $100,000,000 increase in utility rates for Brownsville to build the Tenaska Power Plant.

That power plant has not been built, but the taxpayer money has not been recovered.  Nurith may have never tried a case as a practicing attorney, but she, along with our corrupt mayor, has severely tried the citizens of Brownsville with this boondoggle.


 I think I'm going down to the well tonight

And I'm gonna drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it
But I probably will

"Glory Days"
Bruce Springstein

Cameron County Republican Chair Morgan Cisneros Graham

When we posted a Facebook discussion among local Republicans about trading support for the party's candidates for a job, County Chair Morgan Graham suggested "we (Republicans) have to entertain you to some degree."

She later clarified that comment by saying: "I was referring to how some of us act when given a little anonymity."

Morgan is correct. I do lower my bucket down into the local Republican well on occasion because those stories typically generate interest disproportionate to the actual size and influence of the local G.O.P.

A small feisty group of mature females (blue hairs?), Bible thumpers and young gadflies, county Republicans and former Republicans are ever present as anonymous commenters, some say trolls. No matter what we post about them, we can count on post comments to vastly outnumber their strength and relevance in local politics.

Catching our attention currently is a post yesterday by the Cameron County Republican Party calling for "solidarity" behind the party's nominee for County Judge, Carlos Cascos posted below:


Pretty innocuous, innocent. Cameron County Trumpers want tangible social media support for former county judge Carlos Cascos. You may recall, when Cascos aborted his last term as County Judge shortly after his election for a position in state government, Cascos anointed an unelected bureaucrat from the toll road authority to replace him. Now, Trump Republicans in Cameron County want him to get his old job back with the substantial salary.

But wait! There is a potential legal problem with the graphic used in the call to arms, referring to Carlos Cascos as "County Judge," a position he does not currently hold. Eddie Trevino is County Judge.

The Texas Election Code explicitly covers candidates under Chapter 255.006 “Misleading Use of Office Title.” Each offense is a Class A Misdemeanor. (
Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

Yet, it was not Carlos Cascos or his campaign who posted the cover photo. Were the Brownsville Observer to offer a position on whether or not the local party, not the candidate, could legally describe a mere candidate for county judge as "county judge," blogger Bobby Wightman-Cervantes would go bat shit crazy as Bobby alone, in this blogosphere, is allowed to make a comment even hinting at a legal matter.

Paraphrasing Morgan Graham, such a display of bat shit craziness would "entertain" us all "to some degree."

Friday, July 13, 2018


Fred Rendon, Jr.
Fred Rendon, Jr., a local Republican, openly wants to use his longtime service to the party and potential support of a party candidate to gain a position in that candidate's department once elected.

Note Fred's comments to Morgan Graham, currently the Cameron County Republican Chair:

Cameron County Republican Chair Graham

Chairman Graham's reply:

Carlos Cascos, currently a candidate for Cameron County Judge also weighed in:

For the record, I did not refer to him as a grouchy old man...but that is the least of the issues. The wanting to have a position created or replacing an existing employee, whom I believe is doing a good job for veterans, in exchange for support is just wrong. I trust that those people that support me do not expect anything in return other than open, transparent, efficient & effective government.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


The Children's Museum of Brownsville, an amusement park of creative stations in Dean Porter Park, was full of kids today and parents peering under wooden boats and around support pillars to check on their young ones.

Jack and I were originally headed to the kid pool, but when I asked Jack about going to the museum first, he responded:  

"That's a great idea, grandpa!"

We ended up staying all day until the museum closed its doors at 5:00 PM, shopping at a pretend H.E.B. with an actual scanner that read the UPC symbol to charge a price, standing like Tim Smith in front of a Newscenter 5 weather screen featuring a map of south Texas with summer temperatures, even a construction center with hard hats, goggles and Klein tools furnished the young builders.

An art class, bubble making, story time and face painting broke up the day.

Jack ran and skipped from exhibit to exhibit, twice running to the bench I was sitting on to give me an appreciative hug.

Walking out of the museum over six hours after walking in,  holding his art work, Jack was now ready for the pool.  Grandpa not so much.

"Jack it's late.  Your dad is probably home already.  Can we go to the pool tomorrow?"

Two "shoppers" at "H.E.B."
Jack Playing the "Griffin"


Rep. Rene Oliveira
Let's not be dumb or even self-righteous about this.  

Rene drinks.  He's noted for that in his 35+ years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

His campaign financial reports reflect expenditures for food and drink in the tens of thousands of dollars.

While his income with the Texas House is miniscule, his retainer for Linebarger, Inc. is not, easily in the $200,000 range, not to mention his legal fees on the BISD legal team.

Rene Oliveira had the wherewithal to hire a designated driver for his excursions to Cobbleheads or wherever.  Hell, he had Lorrie Sanchez, his mistress, following him in another vehicle the night of the accident. 

Rene CHOSE to act irresponsibly as he has several times in the past with respect to imbibing and driving.

As Mark Reagan of the Brownsville Herald reported Wednesday:

"However, court records do show that Oliveira is being charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent, which is nearly double the legal limit in Texas of 0.08 percent.

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1199, which created stricter penalties for people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content that is greater than 0.15 percent. Oliveira voted in support of that legislation, Texas Legislature records show."

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


After Nena's army stint(1963-66), she worked at Model Laundry on Elizabeth Street as a secretary.  We were well aware of each other, but I was shocked one day when she handed me the gift of a  tie tack you can see in the picture at the left taken over 50 years ago.

One day we found ourselves alone at my mom's house on the resaca on Hackberry Lane.  I had made coffee, not in a Mr. Coffee, but in the stainless steel percolaters we used back then. 

Three hours later, Nena and I had consumed all eight cups from the percolater, just talking.

Talking.  That's something Nena and I always had.  I've known several brilliant people in my life, but none whose opinion I valued more than hers.  She had an intuitive skill to cut through the bull shit.

When later I asked Nena to go with me to lunch at Papagayos in Matamoros, she wanted to know:  "What does this mean?"

I didn't answer, but she went anyway.

I always ordered bistec con papas fritas at Papagayos for 8 pesos, 64 cents.  With the meal you got a stack of tortillas and a side dish of beans.  A Bohemia from the refrigerated case was another 4 pesos, 32 cents.  


Bobby Wightman-Cervantes!  Read my lips!  I wasn't in Judge Sorolla's courtroom period.  Not only did I not answer my cellphone in h...