What law?

April 20, 2018

From what we can see our local central appraisal district is the only local government that obeys this Texas law:





Sec. 2265.001. RECORDING AND REPORTING OF ELECTRICITY, WATER, AND NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION.  (a) In this section, “governmental entity” means:

(1) a board, commission, or department of the state or a political subdivision of the state, including a municipality, a county, or any kind of district; or

(2) an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, a governmental entity responsible for payments for electric, water, or natural gas utility services shall record in an electronic repository the governmental entity’s metered amount of electricity, water, or natural gas consumed for which it is responsible to pay and the aggregate costs for those utility services. The governmental entity shall report the recorded information on a publicly accessible Internet website with an interface designed for ease of navigation if available, or at another publicly accessible location.

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Free-range parenting

April 19, 2018

We have evidently reached the point where we have to have a “free-range parenting law” to keep from getting arrested for letting our children learn about life.

WebMD has a post about it if you are not familiar with the issue.

How far will we go to get in the middle of a parent’s rights and responsibilities to raise their child?

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Population change?

April 18, 2018

The chart below comes from this report published by Texas Tech University

Elrichboy over at elchuqueno.com nailed it recently when he wrote “The Long Goodbye”.  He pointed out that people are fleeing El Paso.

The chart above is also disturbing.  It was published by The Office of the State Demographer for the State of Texas.

The state thinks that the group they labeled “anglo” will flee the fastest.

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Running business out of town

April 17, 2018

I was saddened to hear yet another El Paso businessperson say last week that he was considering leaving town and moving elsewhere in Texas.

Evidently after recently having gone through a process that led to new regulations from the city (that control his industry) he had just learned that the city was starting a new effort to impose more regulations.

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Border controversy

April 16, 2018

Recently the president of Mexico was quoted as saying ““If your recent declarations are due to frustration over issues to do with internal policy, your laws, or your Congress, direct yourself to them, not to Mexicans” in response to the United States president announcing plans to send national guard troops to help patrol our border with Mexico.

Personally I think that the Mexican president would have a point if President Trump’s actions were based on frustrations over internal American policies.

Instead, the administration is telling us that the moves are designed to stop the illegal immigration that is occurring.

According to a U.S. News and World Report the United States arrested 39,000 people crossing the border illegally in November 2017.

The Epoch Times reported “More than 50,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by Border Patrol agents along the U.S.–Mexico border in March.” (2018).

That’s the number that were caught.  Who knows how many made it through?

The guard will not actually be patrolling the border.  “These service members will provide mission-enhancing capabilities that allow Customs and Border Protection personnel to provide more law enforcement officers to the field,” said an Arizona National Guard statement.”

This is not the first time that guard troops have been used.  According to an ABC News report:

In 2006 the Bush administration deployed 6,000 Guardsmen as part of the border support mission known as Operation Jump Start.

President Barack Obama deployed 1,200 guardsmen in 2010 as part of a similar mission called Operation Phalanx.

Shouldn’t we fix our immigration system?

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EPISD grievance

April 15, 2018

One of the fights over at EPISD seems to be heating up.

Recently one of the board members called for the resignation of the superintendent in a public meeting.

Now the superintendent has filed a grievance complaint against that board member.

It certainly appears that they are not getting along.

The board member wants the complaint to be made available for public review.  The superintendent says that releasing the grievance would “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

The board member in question used to be a city representative.  The district central office staff now includes people who were formerly city employees that appear to be aligned with the board member.

The plot thickens.

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April 14, 2018

This was sent in:

This Sunday, April 15th, local El Paso ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition organizers call for an emergency protest to demand an immediate end to the U.S. war on Syria, and imperialist intervention in the Middle East. The rally will convene at 2:00 PM in Downtown El Paso at San Jacinto Plaza, and will conclude at 4:00 PM.

Questions can be directed to me, Alexander Burnside, at 281.610.0762, or at burnside.am@gmail.com

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