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VictoriaAdvocateStaffSomeone once said, when you find yourself digging a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging. Try as you may to tar my comments by trying to discredit me by identifying me as being associated with the DA's office is an exercise in futility. You are on a fool's errand. You have inferred that before, that I have DA connections, you may actually believe that for all I know. However, your belief that I am in "any" way connected to the DA's office, whether official or in his circle of friends, is a reflection of your paranoia.
As for looking in the mirror, you might find it instructional to take your own advice. You mock my credibility while you shamelessly promote your own personal vendetta against anyone having the audasity to challenge anything you say. The difference between your editorial and your news coverage of "Law and Disorder" is a difference without a distinction. Some of us believe you belong in The Guiness Book of World Records for the longest running editorial in history. An editorial that began in your office so long ago continues to this day and you apparently have no notion of letting it die a natural death. Perhaps it sells papers, but then so too does accusing the Spanish of sinking the Maine.
As to what the FBI might investigate you inquire? Well, for starters, let's just check the deck to see if there were any marked cards or other illegal cheating devices that were used in the game.
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My advice to the editorial board, the people behind the curtain (yes, we know exactly who you are), is to leave sleeping dogs lay. By taunting a defeated enemy you have slain by unethical and illegal measures is at it's best unbecoming rude behavior and at it's worst it is folly and an open invitation to your opponent to press on the battle using guerrilla tactics to match your uncouth and unprofessional behavior. By your really unwise boasting, you further stir the pot of corruption you are a part of, and someone like the FBI just may come along and lift the kimono on the corrupt way justice is dispensed in Victoria. If you really think you have the power of persuasion you once had, you are sadly mistaken. You are no longer the keeper of the keys as you once were. Today, you are but a faint shadow of what you once were. Taunting your enemy is just plain bad, period! Taunting your enemy when you barely cling to power is idiotic. We are just short of our own Tahrir Square here in Victoria. More and more, Victorian's have the new technology to topple you from your precarious perch, it won't take much.
This story clearly should be filed in the travel and entertainment section of the paper, because it is so wrong, on so many levels, that it needs a complete and total rewrite in regards to sovereign currency. It is a complete and total fallacy that the US or the European Union, can simply "print" money. The US can borrow money, but it cannot, and more importantly, the US does not print money it doesn't have. Many countries a la Argentina, have done so in the past, but not the US. The US Treasury is not authorized, to "print" money or monetize our debt with fiat currency. The price of a Big Mac in Spain has far more to do with their government and the cost of living there, than it does with currency conversion. Spain, along with Portugal, Greece, Italy and Ireland are in dire financial straits. Greece and Ireland have both technically defaulted on their sovereign debt. The EU has temporarily come their rescue because they are tied to the Euro. The fat lady has not sung yet, but these countries have been temporarily reprieved by Germany. So, the take away here is, if you want to have an adult conversation about the devalued dollar, learn a little bit about international currency before you go open a Forex trading account.
The entire sorted events of this affair, from it's very beginning at the offices of the Victoria Advocate, has made this a very black chapter in the history of Victoria. This entire episode, from beginning to what for now is the end, has made a mockery of the rule of law. Hopefully, a federal investigation will be opened to determine who done what to whom, and the chips fall where they may, and the results be know publicly. All parties to this circus, without exception, are on trial before the court of public opinion. Those on trial before the court of public opinion include all the parties, The Victoria Advocate, DA Steve Tyler, Mayor Armstrong, Ex-Chief Ure, Ex-City Attorney Smith, Leutienant Buentello, Special Prosecutor Terry McDonald and District Judge Stephen Williams. If it is determined that justice is for sale in Victoria, it has come at a terrible cost to this community. There is a stinch about the entire proceedings that can be smelled all the way to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that in Victoria, a cabal of bad actors has subverted the Rule of Law and the System of Justice. Whether it is a case of judicial activism, power politics, petty grievances gone awry, a vendetta, or prosecutorial misconduct, we all deserve to know the truth about how this terrible legal monster happened. My impression, for what it is worth, is that there are many with blood on their hands.
It's good to be king! Above the law and beyond it's reach.
We need the oil and gas industry and we need all the oil and gas we can produce domestically. We also need for oil and gas operators to have to operate under the same laws the rest of us are required to abide by. If they have nothing to hide in regards to facking polluting ground water, then they should tell us the chemicals they are using to frac the wells.
Oil and gas operators have a special knack for going into communities and spreading around a little cash and making landowners believe they will get rich. They pay landowners a mere token of what their minerals is worth. Operators make good use of their stringy philanthropy to buy themselves a good corporate image by buying a calf at the FHA show or donate a couple of thousand dollars to the museum. All local politicians love to rub elbows and kowtow to them. The true nature of how they often rape the land, leave landowners with empty promises, and when the oil is gone, they are too, and only then is the carnage of what they perpetrated becomes fully evident. Oil and gas operators are exempt from environmental laws the rest of business has to abide. The Texas Railroad Commission is a wholly owned subsidiary of the big oil and gas operators. It's a pretty complex scam they perpetrate on the citizens.
I saw pictures of the wrecked patrol car on tv. It looked like a really, really minor collision to me. It was hard to see how anyone could have been injured. Of course if I crashed a car and was worried I might get blamed, why not go to the hospital to take some of the heat off my butt.
Don Martín de León was a man of great vision, and at the time of the Texas revolution, his family was one of the wealthiest families in South Texas. The De León family also became one of the most influential backers of the Texas Revolution against Mexico. The De León family bought $35,000.00 worth of supplies and ammunitions to fight the war. They also supplied many of the men to fight in the war, including all the De León men and all the husbands of the De León women. After the war for Texas Independence the De León family was subjected to horrible injustices. As one historian put it "They became the victims of the most unjust discrimination ever known in Texas". The family had been robbed of their dignity and all of their lands. They did not even have monies to pay for tombstones for their dead. The De León family suffered one tragedy after another at the hands of the Texans, who had fought Santa Anna and his cruel form of government. So ask yourself this question, was this new government any different than the old government or could it be that now the new government was in control. Mabry "Mustang" Gray, a known outlaw, who was called a cowboy, murdered Agapito. This Bandit was never brought to justice. Why? Silvestre was ambushed and robbed on a return trip to New Orleans to sell stock. The outlaws were not brought to justice either. Could it have been the same so-called "cowboys" ambushed Silvestre and his two companions? Fernando who had been appointed Aide-de-Camp during the revolution, served with honor and distinction. He would be wounded by one of the "cowboys", a man named Brantley. He too was subjected to great unjust discriminations. He died a poor man. Félix and his famity had to leave Victoria and move to Louisiana to survive from all the hatred and killings that were launched against them. http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewi...
The original Victoria Riverwalk idea and plans was a pipe dream, and the plan never amounted to more than a fantasy of a few individuals with property in the immediate area. However, a successful Victoria riverwalk would be possible in Riverside Park by leasing and using the river bank property near the Pump House. Restaurants and bars could be built on stilts there above the flood level. By establishing and adhering to a strick entertainment district code, that riverside flood prone land could and would be developed, putting Victoria squarely on the unique riverwalk map. Of course, this idea won't happen either because the people who run things around here don't have any real vision, they all wear bifocals and are blind to things that really work. Unless they can find a way for themselves or their buddies to profit from an idea, an idea doesn't have merit around here. Mr. Semenza, while you are resurecting old ideas, you might look into what happened to the plans for a Don Martin DeLeon statue on DeLeon Plaza. That idea made the rounds years back too. The statue idea might have gotten off the ground were it not for the fact that the founder of Victoria was a Mexican. You can bet your bottom dollar there would be a statue to the founder of Victoria today had he been Anglo. In a pique of setting the historical record straight, the Advocate ran a editorial the other day relating the graphic accounts of Colonel Fannin and his men at Goliad. The graphic account of what happened to the DeLeon family right here in Victoria after the battle of San Jacinto deserves to be told as well.