2017 James No Bond blogpost archives
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1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5
December 21, 2016
I just put Mayor Leeser, Rep. Jim Tolbert, Rep. Cortney Niland, Rep. Peter Svarzbein, and Rep. Lily Límon on notice...
Ethics and Inertia
December 21, 2016
They want to do what they want, when they want, how they want without the knowledge of those they have been elected to serve...with impunity and an arrogant lack of respect for the laws...
Michiel Noe puts Duranguito back on the chopping block
January 10, 2017
He disappeared, tucked tail and ran, vanished into the ether like a frightened ghost.
A rebel without a vote.
EPISD bond fail
January 13, 2017
This is what happens when you issue a $670,000,000 EPISD bond that does NOTHING to address the QUALITY OF EDUCATION towards El Paso’s unique border students.
El Paso Environmental Disaster
January 14, 2017
Fellow El Pasoans, this is not a Western Refinery incident that we should brush off. Considering the serious health implications to the people in the surrounding Lakeside, Ascarate and Bassett neighborhoods, it seems to be getting scant attention by the media and is being downplayed by Western Refining.
No surprise there.
What is EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera’s reward for passing the MOST EXPENSIVE EPISD BOND ever for El Pasoans?
January 19, 2017
If Cabrera is serving EPISD and El Paso “for the kids” then he should immediately turn down his pay raise and commit wholeheartedly to his position with no respect to his annual salary which is just as unbalanced as bank CEOs salaries are compared to bank employees.
January 21, 2017
Was it ever really for the kids?
From the very day the EPISD bond was made public, it was clear to me that it was never for the kids.
El Paso taxpayers are currently staring down the barrel of a gargantuan school bond
Jud Burgess aka James No Bond and City Council rep Michiel Noe have it out at City Hall
January 24, 2017
Here is a quick breakdown of yesterday’s meeting:
The bulk of the meeting was a mind-numbing, sleep-inducing series of formalities and business items.
This was followed by an indecipherable presentation by an individual explaining the city budget and the fiscal state of El Paso.
Our Choices Define Us
January 25, 2017
As El Pasoans, we will be judged by our ability and desire to protect our city’s most vulnerable citizens.
Our eight city leaders and mayor stand at a moral crossroads where their decisions will affect two opposing groups of El Paso citizens.
The Latino and poor. The disenfranchized and voiceless.
The 1% and powerful. The wealthy and entitled.
EPISD can’t kill Bowie High Pride – Video blogpost
February 6, 2017
Watch video just produced by James No Bond. EPISD transfers BOWIE HIGH PRINCIPAL in the middle of the school year leaving students and teachers VERY UPSET. 6th time in 5 years EPISD does this to Bowie.
Click on the video link above and find out what’s going on with Superintendent Juan Cabrera and board President Dori Fenenbock.
EPISD just can’t give Bowie High a break.
El Paso Environmental Disaster Part 2
February 9, 2017
If you remember, Western Refining originally stated that the release consisted of over 2,000 pounds of what they themselves identified as sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere surrounding the Ascarate, Lakeside and Bassett neighborhoods. By permit, the particular tower the gas escaped from is only allowed to release 1/100 of a pound of sulfur dioxide. That is a fraction of an ounce per hour.
The report states that over 3,300 pounds of matter was released. A 50% increase over their original estimate.
El Trio Frio
February 13, 2017
Claudia Ordaz made it perfectly clear that she has no scruples about choosing the powerful and wealthy downtown property owners and investors while kicking to the curb the marginalized and expendable residents of Duranguito.
And burying El Paso’s oldest living history under hundreds of tons of concrete.
Give her that. At least she doesn’t flip flop.
Support my run for City Council District 2
February 17, 2017
By now you already know me as James No Bond.
You may have heard I am running for a seat on City Council because I want to make a difference in the lives of El Pasoans living within my district and throughout El Paso as a whole.
As a family man with four grown children, I want to help build an El Paso which inspires our kids to put down roots here and raise families of their own.
A second huge pay raise for EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera?
March 2, 2017
EPISD Superintendent Cabrera’s new contract gives him an additional 15 days of paid vacation for a total of 35 (7 weeks paid vacation!) AND a one-time “gift” of 20 additional sick leave days for a total of 40 sick days this year.
IF he wanted to, he could turn any unused sick leave days into his vacation days AND then cash in his unused vacation days for his daily rate of salary which was somewhere near $1,342 per day in the 2015-16 year.
SOS! We’re going to need your $$$ again!
March 12, 2017
EPISD insisted we must act NOW “for the kids” and “to attract and retain the best educators”.
Now has come and gone and El Pasoans are feeling the regret of having passed the bond with the biggest winner to date being Superintendent Cabrera himself, what with that $44,500 pay “bump” and a bonus of 20 sick days and 15 extra vacation days that he can convert into another $46,900+ should be so desire…which he very well may.
Fenenbock and the EPISD board is rewarding Cabrera for passing the short-sighted bond as if he is some kind of Fortune 500 CEO.
2017 El Paso City Council FAIL
March 23, 2017
When you have 6 mayoral candidates grading our current crop of council reps with nothing better than a D then we have a unanimous consensus of mediocrity and abject failure plaguing City Hall.
Ethics issues. A serious lack of fiscal responsibility. A glaring lack of transparency. A continuing lack of communication with their constituents. Division. Petty squabbling. Neglect.
You get the picture.
And it eats our hard-earned dollars
March 29, 2017
There is a two-headed beast roaming around City Hall these days and it’s after our tax dollars.
Dr. Noe and Claudia Ordaz Perez both have an insatiable appetite to “tax and spend” and won’t be satisfied until they’ve gotten their furry little mitts on as much of our money they require to fund their agenda.
This ad promoting El Paso sucks
April 7, 2017
Naturally I wanted to see what amazing ad represented our shining city and lo and behold…
an ad promoting our magnificent Franklin Mountains State Park as an epic challenge for mountain biking enthusiasts…without any visual reference to our majestic mountains. Just some empty, barren, dirt lot with some guys performing some 70s Evel Knievel stunt.
The real reason Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited El Paso last week
April 23, 2017
Sessions had no intention of getting to know El Paso, our people, our businesses and the relationship with our sister city of Juarez.
It was all a photo-op presser designed to feed the prevailing false Trump narrative…you remember…Mexican rapists, criminals, drug dealers.
Riffraff as mayoral hopeful Dee Margo refers to them.
A cautionary tale
May 16, 2017
So here we stand today, it’s come down to a June runoff election between yesterday’s tainted candidate and tomorrow’s blank canvas upstart.
This is a cautionary tale I’m directing to Alexsandra Annello, a contender who, if she has the political spine made of the iron required to stand by her convictions, can rise above this story about antagonists with personal agendas that benefit the few while costing the majority.
As the worm turns
May 23, 2017
If I could choose two words that perfectly describe Superintendent Juan Cabrera and EPISD Board President Dori Fenenbock they would hands down be the words “TONE DEAF”.
They both display a stunning lack of awareness when it comes to how they are perceived by most El Pasoans.
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 1 – Why I am against it
May 30, 2017
City leadership believed it would be a simple cut and dried process—offer the tenants some relocation assistance, pay property owners fair market value, and exercise eminent domain on any holdouts. I’m fairly certain they assured the investors the arena would move forward quickly with no headaches.
Resistance. Backlash. Protests. Neighborhood meetings. Bound and determined abuelitas. Blogposts. Ethics complaints. Texas Rangers. And a slew of other obstacles got in the way.
A fustercluck they could not have imagined.
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 2 – Potential legal issues city leaders are facing
June 1, 2017
The 2012 bond as stated by our city leaders is a binding contract between El Paso taxpayers and the City. El Pasoans agree to fork up X amount of our hard-earned tax dollars in exchange for the City providing us with Quality of Life projects A, B and C.
Have you heard that the City came up short on some of these projects because they were incorrectly quoted (code for under-estimated)?
In other words, they cannot provide us with A, B and C as they agreed to unless they find a way to get more tax dollars to finish the job, preferably without us knowing.
THIS IS A BREACH OF CONTRACT.
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 3 – Some untold costs city leaders conveniently leave out
June 4, 2017
Newly elected Mayor X and Council Y will soon inform us that the 180 million will get us the plain vanilla version that will likely come in over budget, BUT if we issue more bonds—maybe $120,000,000 additional, we can pimp out the arena and be like all the other cities with low self esteem and high property tax rates. After all, we do things right in El Paso, even if it massively costs the masses.
We’ll scrape, cobble, scratch, dig and suck every last penny we don’t have to get what we don’t need.
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 4 – It’s time to kill the sports arena
August 24, 2017
The great and terrible Judge Meachum from the Land of Travis County has spoken.
And she determined the City of El Paso cannot build an arena with the typical apparatus that would allow it to offer larger scale sporting events.
Could this be the last gasp, kiss of death, convulsion moment for the multi-purpose entertainment complex turned sports arena that’s trying to swallow up Duranguito?
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 5 – El Paso’s city leaders eat their own
October 13, 2017
Mayor Dee Margo, who I believe to be a Republican Trojan Horse with the ultimate goal of Republicanizing liberal-leaning El Paso, has always advocated for the destruction of Barrio Duranguito. As a businessman sitting in the mayor’s seat, he is leading the charge to tear it down and begin building the obscene monument to fiscal stupidity and wholesale historical malpractice on behalf of his wealthy downtown property owning friends...
El Paso’s arena fustercluck Part 6 – El Paso city leaders play dirty politics
November 7, 2017
Mayor Margo, city attorney Firth and city council have been pushing the fast track to building the sports arena and demolishing Barrio Duranguito and have left us a trail of mudprints we can follow to see just how dirty their politics are...
A year ago today...
June 12, 2017
a senseless act of hate and terrorism directed at one of America’s most vulnerable communities.
As a proud father of a gay daughter, it saddens me that there is still such ignorance and blind animosity directed towards the LGBTQ community.
Our president refused to acknowledge June as LGBTQ month although he hypocritically declared it a month to enjoy the outdoors and the ocean, right after abandoning the Paris Accord on climate change.
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature are doing everything they can to deny gay rights, taking America years backwards.
Religious institutions continue to live in the Dark Ages when it comes to understanding and accepting gay people.
Parents turn their backs on their gay children, disowning them and forcing them on the streets.
Let’s open our minds and our hearts.
We are all one.
Our people are not disposable and our history is not replaceable. by Senator José Rodriguez
June 18, 2107
James No Bond is re-posting this guest column by Senator José Rodriguez for the El Paso Times. The above graphic editorial by Jud Burgess also printed just below the column, a perfect visual fit for the editorial by Rodriguez.
EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera and his excuses
June 21, 2017
EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera has spent so much of his time jetting all over the country on business that finding him in an actual EPISD school is like spotting Bigfoot at Yosemite.
Speaking of feet, Superintendent Cabrera is using his feet along with his leg as an excuse to possibly break the law in terms of being reimbursed for airfare that he is purchasing on our taxpayer dime.
June 28, 2017
Mayor Margo kicked things off by informing all speakers that rather than speaking the traditional 3 minutes, they would now have to find a way to communicate their statements within 60 SECONDS.
Whether this is the businessman in him or just a factor of his reputation for being somewhat condescending and lacking bedside manner, it managed to catch everyone off guard, including the city council members.
Jud Burgess aka James No Bond gets his 3 minutes with new El Paso mayor Dee Margo
Jud Burgess addresses Mayor Dee Margo and the new city council regarding the mayor’s hamfisted attempt to minimize public comments during meetings.
He also encourages the mayor to learn conversational spanish so he can effectively lead the border city of El Paso.
DINO Dori Fenenbock Part 1 – Exploiting EPISD
July 20, 2017
Dori Fenenbock is a DINO.
A Democrat In Name Only that emerged from a primordial political swamp some time ago and has been on an opportunistic trek across El Paso on her way to possibly winning Beto O’Rourke’s soon to be vacated congressional seat...
Death and Taxes in El Paso
July 23, 2017
Death by a thousand cuts.
That is what the average El Pasoan faces living here on the Southwest border.
I’m talking about relentless taxation.
We are among the highest taxed citizens in America when you consider the amount of property taxes we pay in respect to the average income per person which sits at $20,000, a full $8,500 less than the average Texan...
Here’s what a TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT looks like
July 28, 2017
When I heard John McCain had an aggressive brain tumor removed and was returning to Capital Hill to continue his service as a senator, I figured maybe things might be different.
There’s nothing like the potential death sentence of brain cancer to help refocus and prioritize your life.
I theorized that maybe McCain would reach way down into the same heroic and rebellious nature that has characterized his “maverick” reputation and bring it back to the surface...
DINO Dori Fenenbock Part 2 - Mutually Assured Success with SUPER Juan Cabrera
August 10, 2017
DINO (Democrat In Name Only) Dori Fenenbock and EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera have been parasitically feeding off of each other for some time now, joined at the hip like the Siamese twins Chang and Eng of Guinness Book of World Records fame...
Trump and his terrorists
August 12, 2017
People are dying. People are winding up paralyzed. People are peacefully protesting and paying the ultimate price.
And the blame lays squarely on Donald Trump and his politics of violence. His words of hatred work their way into people and infect them with a caustic vitriol that brings out behavior that can’t be justified...
The Maverick Rides Again #2
August 14, 2017
John McCain continues on his run of political courage in the wake of his brain cancer diagnosis...
Sad animals with big eyes
August 16, 2017
Until further notice James No Bond will be posting images of Sad Animals With Big Eyes and refraining from emotionally draining political posts. Enjoy the sad animals with big eyes...
Two women. Two Confederate flags
August 18, 2017
Brittany "Bree" Newsome, 30, from Charlotte, N.C., and Annie Caddell, 55, from Charleston, S.C., hail from different cities with similar names, but they couldn't be more different in background and perspective.
They share common ground in how the symbolic power of the Confederate flag has shaped their lives...
3 minutes with Mayor Margo and El Paso City Council
August 22, 2017
Jud Burgess / James No Bond gives Mayor Margo and City Council another 3-minute earful on important issues affecting El Pasoans.
1) Calls out Mayor Margo for using bullying tactics to publicly malign historical preservationist Dr. Max Grossman
2) spells out the catastrophic city decisions regarding the controversial arena that continue to cost El Paso taxpayers dearly.
3 minutes of intensity.
Hurricane Harvey: Katrina x 10?
August 27, 2017
Rockport, Texas, a town of 10,000 took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath.
Two days after Harvey made landfall, Rockport is a devastated ghost town. Buildings, businesses and homes have been destroyed by 130+ mile per hour winds followed by flooding.
There has been a complete and utter breakdown of all infrastructure that keeps the town and outlying areas functioning...
Hurricane Harvey and Houston: The devastating impact on homeowners
August 29, 2017
Dams and reservoirs are spilling into neighborhoods that were previously unaffected by the floods.
Nobody, not even the experts, seem to know the psychological, environmental, financial, real estate and longterm impacts that relentless flooding will wreak upon Houstonians...
Don’t believe the arena spin coming from MountainStar Sports Group
September 3, 2017
An advertising blitz battle trying to twist the facts about the SPORTS ARENA is coming your way courtesy of the wealthy folks at MountainStar who want OUR tax dollars to fund THEIR sports playground.
Hunts, Fosters, De La Vegas, Scherr, Margo, The Meyers Group, Sanders, O’Rourkes. They all own properties in downtown El Paso and downtown Juárez and want nothing more than over-taxed El Pasoans to cover their risks while they sit back and sip on their Margaritas.
It’s time we stood up individually and together to let them and city leaders know WE’VE HAD ENOUGH.
Many of these same people funded the $500,000 EPISD PACs that used misinformation and outright lies to get us on the hook for the $670,000,000 bond. Look where Cabrera is today with his continual $$$ hangups and Fenenbock quitting on EPISD after only finishing out half her term.
Meanwhile our schools continue to languish, our students suffer and their educators are neglected.
Let’s not let lightning strike twice in the same place.
Strategies on how you can get involved in fighting this coming your way from several opponents of the arena.
Don’t believe MountainStar Sports full page El Paso Times ad
September 3, 2017
LIE #1 — 100,000 El Pasoans voted based on a ballot that made no mention of sports of any kind. This was an intentional move by the City to maximize the chances of passing the bond measure by eliminating anything that might threaten passage of the bond…like the word “sports”.
Judge Amy Meachum of Travis County in Texas ruled that the city engaged in a deceptive bait-and-switch campaign to affect the outcome of the bond vote...
Don’t get fooled again
September 4, 2017
City leaders have been involved in an orchestrated campaign of deception surrounding the arena and Duranguito since 2012.
And now they have a new BFF in their manipulative efforts to fool El Pasoans — the MountainStar Sports Group.
Remember them? They are the ones who teamed up with city leaders to sneak the baseball stadium past citizens through a variety of backdoor moves...
Is President Trump one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
September 6, 2017
What is it about president Trump’s presidency that seems to create an atmosphere of destruction?
Every time I turn on the news I half expect to hear someone reporting on the the return of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, bursting through the clouds with swords in hand, swinging.
Maybe they’re already here and Donald Trump is one of them...
3 minutes with mayor Margo and El Paso City Council: Killing the arena, saving Duranguito and Judge Amy Meachum’s decision
September 6, 2017
My 3 minutes today included:
1) defended Duranguito against at least 3 pro-sports arena businessmen who also talked to city leadership. Richard Dayoub, Joe Gudenrath, and some other guy.
2) strongly reminded the City that Judge Meachum has made a legal verdict that prohibits building an arena that allows for large scale sporting events
3) gave much better options for the $200,000,000 once we kill the arena
Powerful 14-minute mini-documentary produced by Jud Burgess / James No Bond about Sept. 11-12, two days in the life, death and life of Barrio Duranguito
September 13, 2017
A mini-documentary chronicling 2 days in the life/death/life of El Paso’s oldest historical and cultural neighborhood. It is under siege by spineless local city politicians and the tiny fractional minority of wealthy downtown property owners, real estate investors and special interests who fund their political campaigns and hook them up.
Video film, photography concept and production by Jud Burgess
Jud Burgess sends scathing letter to mayor Margo, all city reps, city attorney Borunda-Firth and city manager regarding the illegal demoliton of Duranguito on September 12
September 13, 2017
Where was the direct condemnation of yesterday’s tragic and violent attempted demolition perpetrated on Barrio Duranguito? This was a crime against everyone who supports it.
Mayor Margo and city attorney Borunda-Firth were hiding behind the safety of a microphone at City Hall while El Paso citizens were calling their names. Afraid of facing an angry and oppressed group of El Paso citizens fighting for our legacy...
Mayor Margo tries to silence Sacred Heart’s Father Garcia at the 3-minute mark for public speakers
September 20, 2017
Remember the religious leaders during Jesus’s time?
Well, Mayor Margo is a modern-day version of a smug Pharisee.
He hides behind the letter of the law, and yesterday at City Hall he nailed himself to the one hour time limit established for public comment...
Remember George Wallace?
September 25, 2017
His presidency is about race and his vain attempts to preserve some long lost ideal of “what made America great” during the days when black, brown, yellow, red and rainbow people were told to stay in their place and not get uppity.
It’s not about whether we stand with a hand over our hearts while the national anthem plays or wear a flag pin on our lapels.
It’s about so much more than that...
When is enough really enough?
October 2, 2017
I wake up Monday morning to the sickening news that fifty plus Americans enjoying a country western concert in Las Vegas have just been shot dead like fish in a bowl. More than 400 have been injured, many critically and hanging on to their breath.
Another day, another American record set for mass murder by the hands of a sick person wielding weapons of mass destruction here in our own backyard...
3 minutes with Mayor Margo and city council. Jud Burgess / James No Bond talks Gringolandia and the hypocrisy of city council regarding racism
October 3, 2017
James No Bond gives Mayor Margo and City Council another 3-minute earful today —
1) call out Mayor Margo for latent racist references to Mexicans and Mexico as mayor of our border city
2) challenged the hypocrisy of Commissioner Vince Perez, Mayor Margo and City Council for the way they attacked enator Rodriguez for his “Gringolandia” metaphor
3) pointed out the extreme racism of the City / PDNG commissioned Glass Beach Study towards El Paso Latinos and Mexicans in downtown
You can’t argue with the NRA and it’s army of gun nuts.
October 4, 2017
Trying to have a sensible discussion on common sense gun law reform with a “gun nut” is a fools errand.
It’s virtually impossible.
And that’s because they aren’t interested in compromise or capable of making an informed and educated argument defending their position.
“You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers” is the mantra mentality that most of these people have...