Archive for July 20th, 2009
Thomas Dorman, an El Pasoan whose open records request of the Central Appraisal District led to the mistaken release of the names and addresses of a category of people such as law enforcement, the judiciary and crime victims who signed forms stating they wanted to keep the information confidential, appeared at El Paso County Commissioners’ Court this morning to speak his piece about the episode.
The information was on a disc loaded with about 4 gigabytes of data given to Dorman in response to his request, which was
for “documentation, e-mails, memos, and any other documents or information pertaining to operational, data entry, errors generated and other problems with the newly implemented software used by the CAD in the calculation or evaluation of property appraisals in the County of El Paso, Texas.”
He ended up giving the disc to the FBI, one of multiple law enforcement agencies that became more and more concerned as they realized what was on the disc.
Toward the end of his presentation, he said he wanted to take the disc to the El Paso Police Department, and wished that the FBI had not been “sicced” on him.
Commissioner Dan Haggerty, who rarely resists the urge for a one-liner, jumped in.
“Don’t you hate it when that happens?” he said.
To which El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, a known target of the FBI public corruption investigation, responded.
“It happens,” he said.
You got to love a politician who maintains a sense of humor under duress.
– Sito Negron
For context on this item, check this posting, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul pushing to open up the Fed, claims majority support in Congress.
Thank you for contacting me about the Federal Reserve. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue, and thank you for taking an interest in your government.
Since 1913, the Federal Reserve System has served as the central bank for the United States and acts as a lender to financial institutions during times of economic crisis. As you know, in the fall of 2008, the ability to access funds from capital markets was restricted for many financial institutions, causing a “liquidity crunch” and sharpened the economic downtown. To ensure banking operations across the country continued, the Federal Reserve expanded its balance sheet by purchasing assets from private financial institutions and added over one trillion dollars to the financial system.
E-mail received in the NPT inbox:
Now is the time we need your help. Congress will be voting on the Health Care Bill this week which could have a tremendous impact on the El Paso community. Health Care Reform is needed in the United States, but not at the expense of the American Taxpayer. Under the proposed legislation, every individual will be required to have health insurance and if you choose not to have health insurance coverage you will pay a 2.5% tax penalty; if you make over $350,000 per year you will pay a health insurance tax of 5.4%. Employers would be required to provide health insurance to their employees, or they will face a penalty of 8% of payroll greater than $500,000 per year.
The proposed Health Care Reform will only increase the federal budget deficit, and increase taxes on small businesses and individuals. The type of health care plan will no longer be a matter of choice – government health care will be mandated. This significant expansion of government passed out of a Senate committee this week. With the Obama Administration actively pushing Congress to have the health care legislation passed before their August recess, we have only two weeks to let Representative Reyes know that we do not support the proposed health care bill.
Help us get the message to Representative Reyes and forward this email, call your friends and family and let them know to join us in calling his office! We must call his office locally and in Washington, and for those of you who want to talk to him in person we encourage you to make an appointment to do so. Make your voices heard!
Conservative Grass Roots
Representative Silvestre Reyes
310 N. Mesa Ste 400
El Paso, TX 79901
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