Tuesday, May 30, 2006
- Better chance of getting interviews through collective influence. If you are looking to share your ideas, it is better to have several bloggers writing about it than having only one.
- The information gathered from the podcast would provide all of us with content for our blogs. We could each ask the guest what interests us and then we could individually write our opinions prior to the release of the podcast. One caveat is that we would need to be nice to our guests to ensure that they return.
- The podcast would raise the bar for blogging in the RGV. A joint podcast would allow us to discuss ideas prior to writing about them so that we are aware of other views in the RGV blogging community and can address them in our writing.
- The podcast would help avoid local "media bias". I've had officials inform me how difficult it is to get press when your critics/opponents are related to the reporters in the paper or TV.
- send me some topic ideas
- send me some guest ideas
- ask me questions
- express any concerns
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Why she decided to go.
Wouldn't she burned out?
Taking our vehicle
Other concerns about the trip
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Date Last Updated:Sun 28 May 2006 08:34:26 PM CDT
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Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
I'll make some phone calls on Friday morning to get more details. The reason why this is significant is that we may be able to have our moving expenses paid. If the lead pans out, we'll get $900 per person. This gave my wife reason to reconsider staying here in the RGV to take classes. She is considering the possibility of going with me to Wisconsin to work. This means that she would get $900 and I would get $900. On top of that, we would be paid for our work. In addition, there is an end of season bonus of roughly $500 and relocation stipend of another $900. Why the generosity? Well, the location happens to be in the middle of nowhere. However, there are migrants there who need to be serviced. Even amongst the social workers, it is preferable to work in the Waushara County area of Wisconsin because there is an established community of immigrants and migrants. When a new location crops up, there is no Hispanic community. At the risk of sounding like a militant Hispanic racist, we would be in an area surrounded by a bunch of white people.
I'll find out the specifics when I make some phone calls today. If it pans out, we have some cash and leisure time. As a Head Start teacher, my wife earns money through the summer. Any work she does is the frosting on the cake. This means, double pay. I am almost certain that she would be hired with her qualifications. I have reasonable certainty to be hired. Even if I'm not, I can still work at one of the plants in the area and earn even more money. The difference for me is to either earn easy money or bust it a little and earn more money. As a family, we can't lose. My wife's participation is not certain yet. She has to clear some things first. Even if she is not able to go, she would be working towards another goal that would result in an $11K raise thanks to the Texas Legislature's $2K raise for teachers. To sum it up, we are in the crap right now, but things for this summer are looking really good.
In my wife's case, she has a Bachelor's degree in History. She later went back to STC for an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Now, she's working to get certified as a teacher. I've been helping her achieve her goals. She still has some ways to go, so I am not free to pursue my goals 100%. Here's the rub. She only needs one class to open a daycare center. We haven't done that because we want to save up enough money to pay for startup costs. For now, if she becomes a public school teacher, it means a $9K raise. With the help of the Texas Legislature, she will have a $2K raise. Teachers make roughly $2K take home pay after taxes and other deductions. Yes, we know that Texas teachers are paid well below the national average. However, keep this in mind. Teachers make about $32K to start. The poverty line is $20K. The most I have earned is $16K. In my wife's job, she will earn $26K this year. Her take home pay after taxes and deductions is $1K. So, we are used to being broke-assed Mexicans. Any gain will go a long way.
Rod Santa Ana, III has it right in his latest article. A college education does make a big difference. He's wrong in only a geographical sense. A college degree makes a big difference only in the Rio Grande Valley. I don't have an explanation for this, believe it or not. I do know that my lack of a college degree has severely limited my options. Even with a Bachelor's degree, my wife had a tough time finding a job. She had to start at Head Start as a bus aid; which is a part-time, minimum wage job. She had to talk her interviewers into giving her a chance to become a teacher aid. Think about it, the arrogance of administrators considering whether a person with a BA in History would be a good TEACHER AID. And it gets better. Hidalgo County only pays teacher aids about $16K. This is one of those WTF moments. But my wife humbled herself and took what they offered in hopes that she could become a teacher. She did. And, due to a transition, she now earns more than most teachers in the Head Start program. She could not have done this without her college degree. Up north, where they need workers, it's easier to find work.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I have come to a sad decision tonight. I am removing Edinburg News from the
front page of SpinRGV and from any links on my sites. I had hoped that the
blog would improve with the passing of the election and actually work to
elevate the Rio Grande Valley in general and Edinburg politics in
particular. It appears that the author(s) have chosen to continue on a path
of character assassination, deception, and innuendo. I've had requests to
remove the site, but have been reluctant in the interest of fairness.
Finally, the blog has reached the point where they are calling the pockets
where they are going to sink their target. I'm afraid I cannot be party to
helping the blog get attention any longer.
A website is successful by two standards, the amount of readers it gets and
the number of sites that link to it. RGV Life and SpinRGV, from this point
on, will no longer link to the site and I will no longer read any more
posts. My previous post is the last of the sort. I still have most of the
site's deleted posts cached for future reference, just in case. I'm not one
to tell my readers what to do as you can make your own decisions. I do
recommend letting that blog wither on the vine. If you give them too much
attention, they may end up targeting you one day. For now, we know that City
of Edinburg employees are facing some tough times ahead as the targets of a
political witch hunt. I suggest you support them whenever you have a chance.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
What do we know about the Director of Solid Waste? Here is my email address. It's firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for anyone that wants to vent out any frustration within city hall. If you think there has been any wrongdoing in this or any other department. If you feel like you have done everything in your power to address the situation to other figure heads. And still nothing has been done about it. Here at Edinburg News we will not try to identify anyone who leaves an email. You can keep it anonymous. Or if you like you can put a name. Doesn't really matter to me. I understand there is a lot of people upset in this department. I'd like to hear from you and to see what you all have to say in a form of an email.Do you believe the gall of this writer to openly solicit any dirt on a public employee? This writer has become emboldened by the triumph of his or her candidate, Joe Ochoa, in winning back the Mayor's office. Obviously, we cannot assume a direct connection between Joe Ochoa and this writer. Ochoa has not officially endorsed, nor has the writer claimed any direct connection with the mayor. However, Edinburg News could have looked for dirt on city employees before Joe Ochoa took office. There was plenty of time to put people in the crosshairs prior to the election. It is reasonable to assume that the writer is emboldened to take down city employees because he/she feels certain that it would now be "actionable" under the current administration. Again, no known ties, but it doesn't put the mayor in a good light when such a staunch supporter of his goes out and starts political assassination of public employees.
It's one thing to support a candidate with great enthusiasm. It's probably passable to dig up dirt on your candidate's opponent or to spin things to make your candidate's opponent look bad. But this, to go out on a fishing expedition for anything that can be used against a public employee, is reprehensible. With the iron fist with which Ochoa is said to run the city, I'm sure he could get rid of anybody he wants out or suspects is questionable. So, why would Edinburg News care so much about the Director of Solid Waste to solicit any leads to oust him? Obviously, somebody wants the Director out.
Maybe the Director of Public Waste is not doing a good job or maybe he's doing a great job. That's not the point. The bigger point is that this may be the modus operandi of getting rid of "troublesome people" in the city's employ. We shall see in time. I suggest City of Edinburg employees be very careful from here on out. There's a character sniper out to get anybody who gets in the way. In the military, a sniper is more of a psychological weapon than a weapon of mass destruction. The aim, no pun intended, is to demoralize the enemy. I think this may very well be what happens to the city, demoralized workers. Way to go Edinburg News, that's a great way to show your love for the City of Edinburg.
Edinburg News has a history of throwing out dirt that is not true. In another post, I point out a major untruth that would undermine the public's faith in the City of Edinburg. The page has since been deleted to cover up the lies, but pages on the internet live in caches.
The average family has a long day at work. They come home turn the
water faucet on to make ice tea or kool aid for the kids. And then later that night someone gets sick. Blame your edinburg city council. On June 9, 2005 the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Fined the City of Edinburg $26,600 for a Violation of Water Quality Regulations. Now do you still feel confident in drinking the water? As for me Im not taking any chances.P.S. Don’t forget the tax freeze on the elderly and disabledThe Palacios Gold MineEver wonder where the Palacios live? Ever seen their homes? Ever wonder how they can afford to live the way they do? But yet it seems like they can’t even find a place to put Nick’s son Joey Palacios to work. So what do they do? We the tax payers are responsible for his check. A 51,000 annual salary to be assistant city manager. With NO EXPERIENCE. Also you think it was luck that the city hired Daniel Rios for city attorney with NO EXPERIENCE making $240,000 a year or $20,000 a month for a part time job. No this is what happens when you work in the same building of Ricky Palacios (Nick’s son). Imagine the yard? I wonder how much they pay the gardener?If you drive down business 281 you will see a lot of signs for Richard Garcia for mayor. And you think wow he has a lot of support.
Well all these properties are owned by you guessed it the Palacios family.Kudos to Gene Espinoza for standing up to Noe Garza when Noe made reference to the restaurants saying “We all know the best restaurants are in Mcallen.” Right away Gene spoke up for this great city. But Gene was the only one. Your mayor Richard Garcia said nada, zip, zero. Way to go Gene!!Again you have Richard coming out with ads in the paper saying how edinburg this and edinburg that but guess what people? The council is still saying NO to the tax freeze for the elderly and disabled. Happy Easter Don’t Eat to Much CandyPSS Don’t forget the tax freeze for the elderly!!!!Tomorrow on Edinburg News: Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia or Edinburg Republican Mayor Richard Garcia stay tuned!!!
posted by Edinburg
News at 7:07
In another post, Edinburg News claims endorsement for the Mayor by an official, who endorsed the opponent. Edinburg News has deleted old posts to avoid being caught in lies, but the pages are still cached. I'll republish it here to preserve the embarrassing history.
The Palacios family seem to be looking for votes outside the city of edinburg. What does that mean? They have decided to give up on Republican Mayor Richard Garcia. And concentrate on getting Omar elected. Can you say I told you so. I told you that if the Palacios feel they are losing a certain race. They would just drop their candidate. So now they will have complete focus on getting Omar elected. Omar carries the Palacios name. And for Omar to lose would be a big blow to the high egos the Palacios family has. It seems like Richard’s legacy will be that he said NO to the tax freeze for the elderly and disabled. Can the Palacios pull it off in getting Omar elected? The way I see it. To close to call!!!Everyone I talked to tells me that the Palacios family are down, depressed and in shock. About the events that have taken place since the election started. Well hopefully I’ve opened the door on how to go after these people. You expose them and there family. Take it from someone that was extremely close to the family. But now with a fall out between me and some of them. Here I am with Edinburg News!!!!State Rep Aaron Pena Jr seems to be endorsing both candidates. I saw a picture with him and Richard. And then I saw a photo with him and Joe. What’s going on? Comments from Aaron endorsing Joe include:Mayor Joe Ochoa has served the citizens of Edinburg with great integrity and foresight, helping to usher in a period of unprecedented economic growth, improved educational opportunities, new infrastructure projects, andlong-awaited family entertainment facilities Rep Aaron PenaHe has played an instrumental role in attracting to the city new family-oriented entertainment venues, including the Edinburg Professional Baseball Stadium, the and Carmike Cinemas 20, the most technically advanced movie theater complex south of San Antonio; moreover, he has helped to raise the stature of the community by twice leading it to a prestigious All-America City award Rep Aaron PenaMayor Ochoa has helped the city to obtain more than $125 million in new state funds to upgrade U.S. Highway 281, which one day will be known as Interstate Highway 69, and to secure many more tens of millions of dollars for the enhancement of major traffic corridors; a strong proponent of higher education, he has worked closely with state officials and University of Texas System regents to dramatically upgrade the facilities at The University of Texas--Pan American in Edinburg and to create The University ofTexas Regional Academic Health Center in Edinburg Rep Aaron PenaMayor Ochoa may reflect with pride on these many outstanding accomplishments, and his future achievements will no doubt continue to add to his already remarkable legacy as a public servant, a legacy that is perhaps best captured by a quotation from the writer George Eliot: "Our deeds still travel with us from afar,And what we have been makes us what we are."; now, therefore, be it Rep Aaron PenaEdinburg News continues to take to the streets of Edinburg. We continue to bring politics to your front door. When all is said and done. Edinburg News will have passed out 20,000 flyers in reference to this election.Don’t forget election day this Saturday at your local precinct. Don’t forget about the tax freeze for the elderly and disabled!!
posted by Edinburg News at 3:44
The Rep. said...
I have but one endorsement for the Mayor of the City of Edinburg and that is Mayor Richard Garcia. Best wishes to Mr. Ochoa and his family, but in my opinion our city's future is best served with our current mayor. That future will require that we all work together and put aside the differences that have developed over the years. I would hope that each of us join in that effort.
Edinburg Committee said...
The Honorable Aaron Pena has put you in place about
where he stands. I hope you respect that.Thank you Representative Pena!Thank you Councilman Gene Espinosa!
EdggNews you're a hack!
E-News!How can you defend Supersplash, Calpine, Los Lagos, Glasscock, giving away streets? You can't, 'cause you benefit directly from Ochoa's largess to his cronies. Look up there are more people in Edinburg than your selfish, greedy group of people.
Richard Garcia had a fun raiser bar be cue last night in Pharr. Hey
mayor what are you doing in Pharr? Arent you running in Edinburg? Or is it that you want to raise money in case if you lose. So you can repay the loan you got out? Or have you lost your close friends of the Palacios?
Thank you Rep. Pena for setting Edinburg News straight. I know you
have been in Austin working for your district, but these are the type of lies we have been reading on this site for the past two months. Also thanks Edinburg Committee for your confidence and support.
I have added a new newsfeed to the front page of SpinRGV. The site is Onward
Into the Fog, based out of Edinburg. The site is maintained by Graham and
Anne Toal. You can visit the site directly at http://www.gtoal.com to see
more than just the headlines. I had removed other blogs recently that did
not post frequently. The Toals have posts going back to 2004, so it's safe
to say that fresh content can be expected.
I expect that many of our less responsible residents who partake in the occasional beer per hour will find them irresistible. For $1.18, you get twice the kick of regular beer. When it comes to alcoholism, efficiency is key. So, while our workforce adjusts to the strength of the new beers, I expect that there my be more alcohol-related incidents on our roads. I suggest driving with caution as the DPS in the RGV focuses on enforcing the speed limit on Hwy 107 between Alton and Edinburg and some other areas where most people don't drive. Beware swerving work pickups and vans.
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Let me know if there are any other beers I ought to test as I head to the land of the Milwaukee Brewers! You haven't lived until you've been to Oktoberfest in Milwaukee. Actually, you may not remember if you did. Mmmm.... brats and beer.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Don't have to migrate
Slow news-politics post elections
Friday, May 19, 2006
For me, I decided to read about the Gnostic Gospels. As you may recall, the Mrs. is a History major; I was able to pick up a book by Elaine Pagels. It's interesting to read about the gnostics. They had a different understanding of the nature of God. I haven't finished the book yet, but it is bringing back memories of the impression I got when I read the bible. Yes, I started at page one and kept going. After graduation from High School, I went to Europe. While in Rome, it seemed like a good idea to buy a bible for myself. A lot of the bible is history. Plenty of begetting going on in the first books; they didn't have cable back then. I especially like the books of Psalms, Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiasticus. Once you get into the New Testament, it's like Groundhog Day. Anyway, reading through Pagels's Gnostic Gospels to the point where I am, chapter 2, I'm reminded of the impression that I get from having read the bible. Now keep in mind that Jesus never read the New Testament. As a rabbi, he would have been familiar with the Old Testament and whatever other works traditional to a good Jewish lad. I think I understand what the gnostics knew. I can't explain it. I recommend you read the bible, either you get it or you don't. It's like Ritalin, it helps or it doesn't. To give you an idea, without any training and without interference from somebody to "help" me interpret, it seemed to me that... this is going to shock you... that the God we are told about is not the God described in the Bible. I get the impression from the good book that God is wisdom.
Try to forget all about your New Testament knowledge. That stuff gets in the way of understanding the God of the Old Testament, Jesus' Heavenly Father. It just seems to me that you could interchange the words God and wisdom all willy-nilly and not lose any meaning whatsoever. The book I am reading tells about "secret knowledge" that Jesus passed on to some of his disciples that was hidden in parables for the general public. While reading, the text seemed to speak to me. God is Wisdom. If you disobey wisdom, you get nailed. I still have some more chapters to read, but I thought I'd share where I am, currently. We have another book about the gnostics when I'm done with this one.
What the whole uproar is about is that the early Catholic Church had to decide what identity it would have. Jesus did not leave any operations manuals, so it was up to his followers to figure out what to do. What may be, understandably, embarassing for the church is that they worked so hard to rid themselves of heretics. Obviously, there may be some criticism about the authority held by the church hierarchy. I don't think that it will affect much. Most people in are in for faith. Those who would criticize the church are protestant or something else. The threat to the church's authority has already occured.