Check it out

Check it out

There are 7 comments on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram story from Oct 6, 2006, titled Check it out. In it, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that:

Whoever set up Hurst's system of extensive background checks on people who use city services has an excellent chance of winning the Bonehead of the Year award.

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oh well

United States

#1 Oct 22, 2006
Just sounds like another attorney who is looking to make a name for himself and destroy others. This stems back from his humilating defeat in 2002. Way to go Mikey!
oh well

United States

#2 Oct 22, 2006
Oh, and lets not forget, let me get a bib and a blankey.
Mike Rivera Ortega

United States

#3 Mar 24, 2007
You obviously don’t get it. Government agencies from the city level all the way up to the federal level violate people’s civil rights all the time. Many people choose not to fight back because they lack the time, knowledge or inclination. I received numerous emails and phone calls from people thanking me for doing something they never did. They had issues with this city government as well as others regarding the denial of legitimate open records requests, etc. What good is my knowledge of the law if I choose to ignore a blatant civil rights violation?

As for your claim about my suffering a humiliating defeat in 2002, I think not. We knew before we started our campaign that there was no way to defeat Martin Frost because of the way the 24th congressional district was drawn in 2002. Most analysts predicted that we would not receive more than 15-20% of the vote. Our sole objective was to force Frost to spend his campaign dollars so that these funds would not be available in his 2004 campaign. Our mission was accomplished in that Frost spent more than $1.5 million dollars versus our $35,000. Even so, we were able to garner almost 35 % of the vote without the benefit of neither name recognition nor campaign funding. Not bad for a campaign against a senior ranking incumbent who had been a congressman for over 20 years. Further, our campaign helped set up a redrawn district in which Frost was easily defeated in 2004.

If anyone suffered a humiliating defeat it was Frost in 2004. He was soundly defeated and has gone into obscurity. I suppose that pains you since you were probably one of his supporters or on his staff and now you are out of a job. I guess you wore out your “bib and blankey” back then, didn’t you?

Your statement that I am an attorney seeking to make a name for myself and destroy others is asinine. I am retired from the active practice of law and am thoroughly trying to enjoy watching my daughters grow up. Spending my time fighting city hall is the last item on my list of things I would rather be doing. Further, I seriously doubt any single person can destroy a government bureaucracy. However, if I can force them to follow the rules in the future for the benefit of other private citizens, my time is well spent.

It never ceases to amaze me how people like you sit on the sidelines and criticize others yet you most likely never enter the game. It is easy to criticize when you can post anonymously, isn’t it? I have accomplished a lot of things in my life. I graduated Salutatorian of my high school class, with merit from the United States Naval Academy, flew in the F-4S Phantom II as a flight officer in the Marine Corps and received top aviation ratings, selected Order of Barristers upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and am a licensed commercial and instrument rated multi-engine pilot and a certified divemaster. However, none of these accomplishments comes even close to how proud I am of my family. If my daughters learn nothing else from me, I will at least make sure that they learn never to criticize others, especially when cloaked with the veil of anonymity.

Mike Rivera Ortega
Mike Rivera Ortega

United States

#4 Mar 24, 2007
You obviously don’t get it. Government agencies from the city level all the way up to the federal level violate people’s civil rights all the time. Many people choose not to fight back because they lack the time, knowledge or inclination. I received numerous emails and phone calls from people thanking me for doing something they never did. They had issues with this city government as well as others regarding the denial of legitimate open records requests, etc. What good is my knowledge of the law if I choose to ignore a blatant civil rights violation?

As for your claim about my suffering a humiliating defeat in 2002, I think not. We knew before we started our campaign that there was no way to defeat Martin Frost because of the way the 24th congressional district was drawn in 2002. Most analysts predicted that we would not receive more than 15-20% of the vote. Our sole objective was to force Frost to spend his campaign dollars so that these funds would not be available in his 2004 campaign. Our mission was accomplished in that Frost spent more than 1.5 million dollars versus our $35,000. Even so, we were able to garner almost 35% of the vote without the benefit of neither name recognition nor campaign funding. Not bad for a campaign against a senior ranking incumbent who had been a congressman for over 20 years. Further, our campaign helped set up a redrawn district in which Frost was easily defeated in 2004.

If anyone suffered a humiliating defeat it was Frost in 2004. He was soundly defeated and has gone into obscurity. I suppose that pains you since you were probably one of his supporters or on his staff and now you are out of a job. I guess you wore out your “bib and blankey” back then, didn’t you?

Your statement that I am an attorney seeking to make a name for myself and destroy others is asinine. I am retired from the active practice of law and am thoroughly trying to enjoy watching my daughters grow up. Spending my time fighting city hall is the last item on my list of things I would rather be doing. Further, I seriously doubt any single person can destroy a government bureaucracy. However, if I can force them to follow the rules in the future for the benefit of other private citizens, my time is well spent.

It never ceases to amaze me how people like you sit on the sidelines and criticize others yet you most likely never enter the game. It is easy to criticize when you can post anonymously, isn’t it? I have accomplished a lot of things in my life. I graduated Salutatorian of my high school class, with merit from the United States Naval Academy, flew in the F-4S Phantom II as a flight officer in the Marine Corps and received top aviation ratings, selected Order of Barristers upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and am a licensed commercial and instrument rated multi-engine pilot and a certified divemaster. However, none of these accomplishments comes even close to how proud I am of my family. If my daughters learn nothing else from me, I will at least make sure that they learn never to criticize others, especially when cloaked with the veil of anonymity.

Mike Rivera Ortega
Mae

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Aug 3, 2007
Well Mike Ortega you really have had great things happen to you. But no one really cares about these things.
Check it out

Arlington, TX

#6 Oct 8, 2009
No one cares about you. As for the Blankey and a bib, you should all well know what that is about. Just a constant cry baby. Anyway, another chapter closed and another opened. Glory days for you? I think not. Truth be told, you doing now what you have done in the past........Just being a complete baby that hides behind the cloaked veil of just being an ass
We Should Care

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Oct 19, 2009
“Check it out”, your post makes no sense. If you don’t care why are you posting more than 3 years after the incident? Indeed, this chapter was closed a long time ago when Mike forced a city government to stop doing unethical and illegal background searches on private citizens. Did you just wake up from a 3 year drunken stupor? Yes, you opened a new chapter by continuing to cry and whine about it 3 years after the fact. Everyone else, especially Mike, has moved on with their lives. Someone give “check it out” a bib and blankey.“Check it out” also needs a pacifier. It appears that you are jealous of and resent Mike’s success or are one of those “do nothing” government officials or politicians Mike has called out in the past.

“Mae”, why are you posting if you don’t care? You don’t even live in Texas. Seems like your state of California has had enough problems of its own.

“Oh well”, you don’t even live in the county in which the incident occurred. You do indeed sound like a disgruntled Frost campaign worker.

I have known Mike for over 15 years. He is an outstanding and honest individual whose only fault is speaking the truth. This is probably one of the reasons he didn’t get elected when he ran for Congress. I remember he was one of the very few people campaigning in 2002 who expressed that in his opinion, Iraq did not possess WMD’s. That was not too popular for a person running as a Republican in 2002. Now we all know that he was correct.

Too bad Mike didn’t get elected because he also saw what was coming regarding the state of our economy today as early as 2004. Those who listened to him are far better off today financially. I am glad I listened. Unlike our current members of Congress, Mike would have shouted from the rooftops that our economy was a fraudulent house of cards. Call that what you want, but I call that someone speaking truthfully from knowledge gained through his own research and intuition. The only ones privy to his foresight were his closest friends. Again, it turns out Mike was right about the current economic meltdown that he called back in 2004 and stated would happen within a few years if our country continued on its path of economic irresponsibility.

Unfortunately, instead of electing great leaders like Mike we will continue to elect people that will lead us into further economic misery.

We should all care that intelligent, thoughtful, and insightful people like Mike aren’t involved in politics anymore. Our Congress and country would be much better off with more people like Mike in office because he cares deeply about our country, has a strong work ethic and has the ability to get things done.

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