Friday, September 11, 2015

Ellen Tyma Calls Out Local Blogger and No-LNG Folk

Ellen Tyma
After our article sharing some details about the Cameron County Commissioners Court meeting held Thursday morning, Ellen Tyma, a local Republican with a Confederate flag as her Facebook cover photo, blasted me as a "yokel" and chastised the movement against the five proposed liquefied natural gas plants to be placed from the Port of Brownsville to the city limits of Port Isabel.

Here's Mrs. Tyma's comment in full:


"I don't understand why the anti's have to make personal attacks about a persons dress or demeanor. It only cheapens your image. Bring cold hard facts to your discussion, not suppositions and the chicken little the sky is falling to your argument and you might be taken seriously. The word yokel comes to mind when petty shallow comments are made about a person's attire."

Since I'm the person Mrs. Tyma calls a yokel, I submit this definition of the term:  "an uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside"

That fits, Ellen, except that I lack the survival skills normally associated with country people.  I was born in Renton, the home of Boeing, a suburb indistinguishable from Seattle to those not living there.  To be more precise, my earliest years were spent in Highland Park, a poorer community made up of WWII barracks rented out as duplexes.  Our annual thrill was the Gold Cup, a race of unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington.  I always rooted for Bill Muncey, the driver of Miss Thriftway.  Occasionally, he won, but, more often than not, his boat had engine trouble, being lapped repeatedly at the back of the pack.  But, enough about my lack of education and sophistication.

Josh Ballenger During Public Comment
The comment Mrs. Tyma objected to was my reference to the public commenter pictured on the left.  My notes referred to him as "the young man in the ill-fitting suit," but I later learned his name, Josh Ballenger.  Mr. Ballenger is quite an accomplished young man.  His Facebook page declares him the Southern Regional Director of Texas Young Republicans.  During public comment he was seated in the front right quadrant of the court room, along with other suits from Annova LNG.

As for "cold hard facts," those have been difficult to come by with respect to Annova LNG and its parent company, Exelon.  While they made claims that the proposed Port of Brownsville LNG plant would produce 165 jobs paying an average of $70,000 per year, their application committed only to 10 jobs paying $36,197 per year.  The company's claims of having a "near perfect" safety record were contradicted by reports in the Chicago Tribune of 22 leaks, settlements for ground water contamination of $1,000,000 and $11,500,000.  

Commissioner David Garza stated about Annova's request for tax abatement:  “I’ve looked at the details, and I’m still not satisfied with what I’ve seen.”

A More Dapper Josh, Along with the Governor
BTW, we took the liberty of perusing Josh Ballenger's Facebook page, finding this more dapper pic with Governor Greg Abbott.   We're not quite ready to join Josh and Governor Abbott in giving the LNG plants a "thumbs up."  We suspect twenty years from now, when Josh and his future children make the drive from the Port of Brownsville to Port Isabel, passing the discarded scrap metal of abandoned LNG plants, likely containing hazardous waste, he will understand the concerns of the "No-LNG" folk of 2015.



16 comments:

  1. I'm sorry Ms Tyma, Jim has more class and common sense than most people I've ever met. He is not a "yokel". You may be confusing him with one of your confederate friends.

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  2. Inevitably, people who display the confederate flat will deny being racist. They may not be racist but they like to display racist symbols.

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  3. Considering her recent comment diarrhea personally attacking everybody who shares her views politically, it's pretty safe to say she doesn't get along with anybody and shoots herself in her mean feet. I mean, the woman admitted voting for and supporting things without understanding them or later disagreeing with them. So really, her "pro" becomes a good "anti" argument.

    And way to name call after getting sanctimonious about personal attacks.

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  4. Thank goodness the younger generation of Republicans are coming out and up.

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  5. She's as unsophisticated as they come. Her photo could be next to the word "yokel."

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  6. Jim is not a "yokel" , but Ellen sure is!!

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  7. I was HORRIFIED at her behavior during the meeting for city commision candidates by the republican club. does this yokel Tyma support gay rights? She was defending a candidate who treated a young republican very badly for being gay. Now she supports confederates? Gross.

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    1. Yokels do what yokels do.

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    2. She is buddies with the guy who wanted the gay man fired. It's no secret. She was up in Morgan's face for denouncing his actions. The same Morgan she was slamming all over a recent post. Birds of a feather.

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    3. Oh beloved sock, how I longed to feel your fungi crimped apparel again in the blogs. I've missed our long talks as we finger dance this game of footsie.

      Until the sunrise kisses your threads again, my darling Fruit of the Loone!

      Wovenly Made in Costa Rica for your pleasure,
      Crippled Sock

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    4. Keep supporting your Manchurian Candidate. Morgan is the kindest, bravest, warmest most wonderful human being ever.

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    5. Next to you she is. Manchurian Candidate? Lady you need to take that tin foil hat off. Don't yokels use it to line their trailer windows?

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  8. Gee, Nena made me famous! Thanks! As for the yokel comment it was in reference to the anti's own comments calling themselves local yokels. This after they blasted everything that the LNG folks were wearing and how they were sweating in the heat. As if they don't sweat? I'm a proud Maryland native and worked in Northern Virginia for 30 years. I display my flags as heritage just as I do my Gonzales flag. I personally don't care for the rainbow flag and think it should be taken down post haste after the gay man shot the reporter in Roanoke and her cameraman, he too wanted a race war. Winifred and Morgan keep hiding behind anonymous posts. All of you hiding behind anonymous posts are cowards. And yes I know it is you two because only you were present when certain comments were made. At least I sign my name.

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    1. Wrong again. I was at that forum too and you can't blame anybody else for you getting what you dish out. There were over hundred people there not to mention the county meeting. It doesn't take much to figure you out. But now I guess accusing people of thing I know they aren't doing gets added to the list of dumb crap you say. Ha!

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    2. And now the truth is out there she is desperate for attention. Que famous. Jajajajaja bet she looks for poor Mexicans to lecture on speakin murrrrrican

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  9. Jim, do you think I could get a signed copy of my caricature?

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