Friday, July 23, 2021

La Cagaron Con El Agua

 


This newspaper clipping appeared in the Laredo Times on Sunday, July 4, 2021.  It was the day before that the city posted the alert on their social media feed.  I found it peculiar that it was my neighborhood that was being singled out.  I thought that the city was getting back at me since I tweeted my concern for crews flushing the lines and there being low levels of chlorine in the system.  Alas, it's not always about me and my paranoid delusions.  It turns out that the resident who summoned TCEQ about the water's integrity also lives in my area.  Go figure.  


It was a private citizen who found the problem, again.  Like in 2019, he found some sort of slime building up in his home filters.  Being the thoughtful person he is, he called on TCEQ to look into the matter.  His initiative put the wheels in motion, and ultimately the entire city was placed on a boil water notice.  


City officials, including District 3 Councilmember Mercurio Martinez helped to pass out bottled water to the public in the days following the boil water alert.  Unfortunately, people like Martinez turned that into a photo op.  As far as I know, he never reached out to the person who found the problem with the drinking water, even though the neighborhood that Martinez represents was the first to be put on alert. 

In investigating the matter, city staff dismissed two employees at the water plant on Jefferson.  The city manager and the utilities department director both offered their mea culpa.  The public, however, has asked for City Manager Robert Eads to resign.  

The public was told that there was no bacteria in the water.  But we were advised to boil water, meant for consumption, for two minutes.  Doing that is a nuisance in itself, but for businesses that depend on water for their beverages, they had to adjust more than we did.  Fast food establishments were not serving fountain drinks or coffee.  At a couple of places, patrons were served canned soda with their meals.  

I'm pretty sure we'll see another event like this in the future.  Laredo has a way of not learning from its mistakes.     

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Site On Saunders Is Down


 

The abandoned Whataburger building on Saunders and Bartlett finally came down.  The above photo is from May 21, 2021.  Today the site is all clear of debris.  Commercial spaces are planned for this spot, including a Starbucks shop. 


This image I got from an online source. 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Bien Pesudo El


 Mission CISD receives $76M from Congressman Henry Cuellar, so they say.

This game that Enrique Cuellar and the media play is tired.  He doesn't have his own treasure chest from which to distribute at his discretion.  Cuellar has to protect his phoney baloney* job as congressman and doing so requires orchestrating photo ops like this. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Lost Cause Zaffirini

Judith Zaffirini's statement on the Texas House Democrats who fled to D.C. to break quorum in the special session:

Each legislator must determine how to best represent his or her district. I believe the most effective way to represent my constituents is by staying in Austin to vehemently oppose Senate Bill (SB) 1, which, unfortunately, and inevitably, will pass—whether during this special session or the next. I proposed five amendments and co-authored another one that would eliminate some of the most egregious provisions in SB 1 and would mitigate its detrimental effect on persons with disabilities and persons of color, who would be impacted disproportionately by banning 24-hour and drive-through voting and by placing unnecessary restrictions on persons who assist curbside voters.

The amendment that I co-authored with Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, clarifies mail-in vote identification requirements and was adopted unanimously. The following, however, were rejected along party lines, 4-18, with all Republicans opposing them:

• Rescinding the ban on drive-through voting

• Making curbside voting easier

• Rescinding the ban on 24-hour voting

• Requiring poll watchers to be experienced election officials

• Removing ambiguous language from the voter assistant’s oath that could result in well-meaning persons being charged with a crime.

I remain committed to protecting every Texan’s sacrosanct right to vote and to supporting the practices that have enabled Texas to successfully administer fair, honest and secure elections.

Accordingly, I stayed in Texas to represent my constituents at the Capitol and to strongly support my colleagues who chose to voice their opposition to this restrictive voting bill by leaving the state. Although the party in power has the votes to pass SB 1, I will continue to work to improve it and to oppose its final passage.


Someone on Twitter said that Texas Senators may flee the state to break quorum if Governor Abbot calls a second special session.  A tag-you're-it maneuver for TX Democrats, if you will, to prevent the GOP's ultra-conservative policies from passing. 

But Zaffirini would rather use her oratory prowess to counter any proposal from Abbot and company, even if it would all be for nothing.  

In 2003, Judith Zaffirini joined TX senators by going to New Mexico to fight an onerous redistricting agenda.  The lady doesn't have that kind of fight in her anymore.  

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Things We Cherish


 

Graduate took photo with her parents to honor them and their unyielding support.


Graduates showed pride for their heritage by displaying a Mexican flag during the cap and gown ceremony. 


In Laredo, teenagers co-opt a culture they know nothing about and their families spend untold dollars in the process. 


There is no humility in what the WBCA promotes.  It's all about class and privilege.  

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Pocha Skinhead Racist At It Again

 


Laredo influencer, Priscilla Villarreal, made another hate-filled video entry into her Facebook feed.  This time to bash immigrants.  

She starts out by taking credit for organizing the protest in front of the fire station on Del Mar Boulevard on Thursday.  There, people took issue with county officials setting up tents at the L.I.F.E. grounds to house immigrants.  She, of course, did not attend the event because she developed an eye ailment so severe that she had to go to an eye specialist that same day.  Naturally, like any other person would do, she got in her car afterwards to drive on a busy interstate and proceed to record another podcast.  

This is what she had to say:   

No es que uno sea racista; yo no soy racista.  Y yo no tengo ningún problema con los inmigrantes.  O sea, uno como raza, como hispano, como latino, dices tu, pues va entrando gente Mexicana.  Y dices tu, la cultura de nosotros la entendemos perfectamente.  Cada uno de nosotros que vive en una frontera entiende una persona inmigrante que es latina, mexicana. 

Pero cuando entre estos inmigrantes que van llegando a nuestra ciudad son de africa, son de haiti, son militia, no saben ustedes el pedo que estamos metiendo a nuestra ciudad.  Yo no digo que todos son malos, claro que no.  Pero lo que ustedes tienen que entender - que si nosotros estamos peliando para que no pongan estas tents - los inmigrantes de nuestra ciudad, que con todos estos inmigrantes, no nomas vienen mexicanos.  Vienen todos estas gentes que les estoy diciendo.  Crecieron con otras costumbres. Ellos no saben la cultura de nosotros.  

La gente que viene de la militia saben matar a machetazos; tienen otras costumbres que nosotros no estamos acostumbrados.  Mi preocupación es la siguiente: me mandaron mensaje gentes que viven en Carrizo (Springs), donde en ese mismo lugar en Carrizo Springs estan las mismas tent cities que quieren hacer en laredo.  Todos los días personas huyen de estas facilidades.  No hay suficiente seguridad.  Lo que pasa es que esta gente anda caminando las calles de estos pueblitos alrededores, pidiendo dinero, positivos con Covid.  Y lo que no entienden es que no nomas Covid es el problema.  Vienen con otras enfermedades que tenemos anos, décadas de no oir de ellas. 

El problema son las personas que trabajan en estas carpas: nomas se toma una persona que se infecte para que toda la ciudad valga verga.  La verdad.  No se trata que uno quiera ser racista, claro que no.  I'm all about helping the community, being a humanitarian; I'm all about that, and you know that.  But it's also about protecting our city -- proteger a nuestra ciudad, nuestros ciudadanos, proteger a la gente.  Por si orita es un problema, en un mes va ser una crisis. 

In her speech, Villarreal has trouble with the Spanish words for tents, Democrats and facilities.  For someone who bases her whole persona on having street cred, she sure is a fuckup when it comes to language.  This girl is a flake who has used racial stereotypes before.  Worse here is that she ascribes inflammatory language to describe people coming from countries other than Mexico.  

This girl is a racist.  Y esa es la verdad. 


  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Actual Scenery In Laredo

 


I took these photos on May 7, 2021, after I noticed that someone had turned the four city blocks between the I-35 terminus and bridge 2 into wildflower meadows.  While there, I noticed a bunch of flying insects enjoying the new digs.  This has turned into an actual destination in our expansive concrete jungle.  Kudos to the gardeners who made this happen. 


UPDATE: June 15, 2021: the people in charge of tending these city blocks recently mowed everything down.  I'll check in periodically to see if any of the wildflowers rise again during the summer months. 


UPDATE: June 28, 2021: I took a walk at the downtown grassland blocks (coining that name) and noticed that the flowers are coming back, thanks to the irrigation system.  Some flowers are even settling in through the cracks in the cement.