Wednesday, October 31, 2007

He's the man


The Dallas Cowboys handed a six-year $67 million contract to Tony Romo on Tuesday.
He's planning on keeping his old apartment, even though he's one of the NFL's highest paid quarterbacks. "I wouldn't have done this if I didn't think he gives us a chance to win Super Bowls." - Jerry Jones.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Not too sexy

Maxim is releasing the list of the most unsexiest celebrities. At No. 1 is Sara Jessica Parker.

Stranger (Live '83)

Happy Birthday Grace Slick. This song rocks but the video reminds me of Spinal Tap. Check out the guitar solo.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Truth or untruth

Two former Laredo police officers and the chief of police are awaiting sentencing for their part in illegal 8-liner transactions. There is word on the street that more people are set to turn themselves in to authorities. One of them is a high-profile figure in Laredo. We'll wait and see to confirm the truthiness in this ongoing saga.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dyslexic advertising


Details, details. Are you going to buy something or what?
Never ones to throw anything away, we put our pride out in full display, where anyone exiting the mall can see.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Newsflash


In a previous post, I wrote about Chief Dovalina's retirement from the Laredo Police Department. I figured he was doing it to spend more time with his family, and get away from the negative press the department has gotten. Apparently, he'll be in the spotlight for some time to come. He pled guilty today to taking bribes from 8-liner establishments. Woe is him.

Mmmmmm Tex-Mex

This story makes me hungry.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Boston rocks

Boston College beat Virginia Tech Thursday night, increasing their chance to eventually play for the national title.
The Red Sox are up 2-1 in game two of the World Series.
And the Patriots have been favored to win the Superbowl.
Will the city survive once the trifecta comes?

Holey Moley


There are 28 days left until the Christmas shopping season officially starts. Let's hope local businesses can give their parking lots a facelift so Mexican tourists can pump an obscene amount of money into Laredo's economy.
Cool gift for 2007: whatever corporate America says i.e. Oprah, Today Show, The View, and on and on.

Cuidado!

A man was hit by a minivan on San Bernardo Ave. Wednesday night. That makes three auto-pedestrian accidents since school started.
I ask a favor of all Laredo drivers - look out for me when I'm walking to the corner store to get my honey bun. Don't hit me!

Plead the 5th, please.

An employee of the tax office was not happy with the way the attorney general's staff treated them. Juan Hernandez wrote in a letter to the editor:

"If tickets or football pots are sold in this office, they happen during break or lunchtime, or sometime when they are not serving the public.......it is the obligation of every employee to be supportive of their office and to be loyal to their boss."


So it's OK to let a bookie take bets at the Webb County Tax Office? Enough with the raffle tickets too. Does anyone win these things? I just recently bought a ticket where first prize is a goat. Just watch me win THAT thing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

An ACL is an ACL is an ACL

Two Miami Dolphins players are out for the season due to injuries.

Meanwhile, Alexander's QB is playing with the same injury on the advice of his parents and a specialist from San Antonio. Perhaps Miami's team should get a second opinion in Texas.

Perhaps Miami should do better against New England next time.

Gone baby gone


Chief Dovalina suddenly up and left his position at the Laredo Police Department. Good luck to him and his family. And just in time. He can spend next Wednesday waiting for the 'Great Pumpkin'.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I thought he was just British

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, announced recently that one of the series' characters, Dumbledore, is gay. What's the point in outing a fictional character, especially now since the books are written and done with (and she's raked in all that cash)?
Next thing you know, George Lucas will be confirming many a Star Wars fan's suspicion about C3PO by acknowledging my favorite robot's preference for showtunes or something to that effect. But since C3PO is one of few who could pull off wearing head-to-toe gold, maybe there is something more to that popular question: Is he gay or just British? Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Laredo freezes over

The fourth week of October brings us cool temperatures and tumbling-tree winds. It all came out of nowhere. This can only mean one thing - the Eagles released a new record. David Fricke of Rolling Stone:

Nothing, of course, is business as usual in the music industry, and the Eagles, now running their own label, have chosen Wal-Mart as the album's exclusive retailer. There is an inevitable contradiction in buying a record that attacks corporate greed and blind consumerism in songs like "Do Something" and "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture" from a superchain with a bleak record on employee rights and health care.


I was never a big fan of the band, but I'm actually thinking of buying the cd. What are the chances that they will play at the LEC in Laredo? I'm guessing none, and none.

And exhale


The Cowboys reassured their fans that all things are not that bad in Big D. Ocho-uno even had some nice catches. Laredo, you can hold your head up high again.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Compost anyone?





Volunteers worked on the mile-long nature trail just north of the main LCC campus on Saturday. The trail does offer some shade while walking. And you can see parts of the Rio Grande along the way. Get to steppin'

Friday, October 19, 2007

Stupid is as stupid does

Alexander's quarterback recently tore his ACL. He should be out for the season, right? Well his coach/dad decided otherwise. Tune in next week when we'll focus on cheerleaders with herniated discs, and volleyballers with rotator cuff damage. 'night.

Buenas tardes


Local business leaders want to be more involved in preparing Laredo students meet the challenges of the outside world. It turns out that most students are ill-equipped to enter the workforce or take college courses. I appreciate the level of concern on their part, which is more than I can say for our precinct's (LISD) board member. He represents all of two schools but I'll bet he has yet to visit either one.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Birthday

Mike Ditka is 68. And Jim McMahon is a motivational speaker. Got problems with your headband? He's your guy.

Veto this

But President Bush's statements about children's health shouldn't be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up. In Iraq, in the United States and in Congress.

Pete Stark on the House floor today.

You'll never catch Henry Cuellar doing this.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Maria Elena Morales

Ms. Morales is one of several candidates looking to become our next district attorney.

Streets of Laredo


Plans are under way to set up a farmers market at Jarvis Plaza. I don't think Laredoans are that big on organic foods. Avocados would be a hot item if you placed them over a tostada with chicken. Corn would do well as long as it is doused with cream, cheese, and chili sauce. I'm on board with the idea, as long as you don't bother the gentlemen playing checkers.

Their eyes met

Governor Rick Perry looked into Rudy Guliani's soul to see if the former mayor was in tune with social conservatives. Rudy assured him that he would appoint justices in the mold of Scalia, Roberts, and Alito. As a result, Perry is now endorsing Guliani to be our next president. Look for the texan to be Rudy's running mate.

Zapata Highway traffic


McDonald's gets points for xeriscaping. Conserve water Laredo. That means you, lady hosing down half the street.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Not in my house

The city banned smoking inside public places, much to the chagrin of bar owners. Now the council is looking at banning the use of plastic bags by local grocers to ease the strain on the environment. Carlos Landin wants to go one step further. In a letter to the LMT editor, he proposes dealing with transients by: having them obtain a permit to ask for donations. Mr. Landin is not happy with the fact that they "do not pay taxes, except on the liquor they buy."

Where's the love?

Running on empty

For the first time in more than 100 years, much of the southeast has reached the most severe category of drought, climatologists said Monday, creating an emergency so serious that some cities are just months away from running out of water.

Brenda Goodman, NY Times

Why councilman Juan Ramirez is fixated on the idea of building a water park in Laredo is beyond me. Even if falling water levels were not an issue, would a water park be a financially viable venture? The thought of a new water treatment plant in north Laredo is being thrown around. Water pipe breaks are a daily occurrence in the city. And a secondary water source is needed to handle demand. More effort needs to be focused on our crumbling infrastructure.

Monday, October 15, 2007

First Transit - Laredo Mayor Upset with First Transit Mgmt.

Mayor Salinas brings the passion when confronting problems with the city. Now if only some of that fire-in-the-belly could rub off on Dr. Landeck so he could complete the Chacon park.

I ran out of Pos-tostis

Don't fret. Stop in at Hardee's for breakfast. Their new breakfast burrito weighs in at 920 calories and 60 grams of fat. The thing is made up of: eggs, bacon, hash brown, cheese, and sausage gravy, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Mmmmm gravy.
Marketing chief Brad Haley said "it makes this big country breakfast portable." Nevermind that you won't be.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cigarroa drumheads


The Toro drumline won best percussion honors at this Saturday's marching festival held at Shirley Field. They are under the direction of Robert Castro. Way to go guys. The south side represents.

Wicked hawd all weekend

Beantown was feeling it last couple of days. Boston College beat Notre Dame. The Red Sox split the first two games with the Indians, playing past midnight Saturday. And New England put the hurt on Dallas. The Cowboys had a chance to win if it wasn't for all the penalties.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Great day in the Gateway City


Nice weather we're having in Laredo. Before you know it, we'll be wearing our winter coats, and calling local schools to check if classes will be cancelled. BBBrrrrrrrrrrrr 72 degrees.

Getting lucky in Kentucky

Kentucky is feeling pretty good about their Wildcats right now. Mention the team's win at any KY restaurant and you get a free Loretta Lynn song download. Sorry LSU. And the Longhorns beat up on Iowa State. Great. Perhaps they can crack the top 20 now.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What?!

In today's televised interview, Patricia Barrera, County Tax Assessor, expressed dismay at the current investigation, and public reaction of her department. She likened this difficult period in her administration to that of "being raped." What? Embarrassing, humiliating, maybe even humbling, but being raped? That is an odd choice of words considering that it appears she brought this upon herself. I'll stay on top of this story. Let's hope she characterizes this event with a bit more restraint, and paints herself as anything but a victim.

Good afternoon


I posted a video below which might be difficult to access from your work computer. Check it out elsewhere if you can; it's funny. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

It's casual Friday

Give thanks and wear your crisply-pressed Wranglers and long-sleeve shirt with pride.

Keep Laredo sleepy

What is up with all this corruption going on? First you had national guard members aiding illegal immigrants across the border. Then there was the case of the two policemen getting kickbacks from 8-liner establishments. And now we have a city water dept. employee tapping into water lines in north Laredo. You would think that THAT was enough. But no! The tax assessor's office was raided by state officials today. Details will follow. But as far as I saw, no deer heads were taken from Ms. Barrera's office as evidence. So I take it no gaming laws were violated.

Nick Winters - Star Wars

Big fan. Tip your waitress.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Up Zacate Creek without a paddle


City employees inadvertently pumped thousands of gallons of sewage into Zacate Creek two months ago. The city crew was trying to repair a line near Dr. Ikes. The waste was supposed to be directed elsewhere but ended up flowing down to the Azteca area (picture), and ultimately into the Rio Grande. Oops! I did not get a whiff of the signature Azteca odor while taking this shot.

Iraq funding vote

90 House members have vowed not to fund the war any further without the condition of withdrawal, when the next supplemental funding bill comes up for a vote. Henry Cuellar's (District 23) name is not on that list of representatives.

That reminds me


Transformers comes out on DVD this Tuesday. You can check it out at the dollar cinema, buy it October 16th - complete with extra features, or go down to the local flea market to get a pirated version for five bucks. The extra features on the illegal version contain: guy eating popcorn very loudly, guy going to the bathroom, and the ever-popular, baby crying. Nice.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Worst ever

Blender magazine will release its list of worst lyricists in next month's issue.
The top 5 are: Sting (mountainous pomposity)
Neil Peart (awful tapestries of fantasy)
Scott Stapp
Noel Gallagher (incapable of following a metaphor through)
Dan Fogelberg
Great. What am I supposed to listen to now?

Monday, October 8, 2007

86 days till Iowa

Looks like Hilary Clinton has the nomination in the bag, despite her faults. A lot of people I've talked to don't like Hilary, but they never tell me exactly what it is that bothers them about her. I have my reasons for not warming up to her. Nevertheless, if she's our gal come January, I'll be the first one writing out a check to her campaign.

Are you kidding me?!!


Let me get this straight - Romo throws five interceptions, T.O. is virtually useless, they're down eight points with two minutes to go, but they manage to eke out a win in Buffalo?! Did Christopher Columbus have something to do with this? Will this have the desired effect going into week 6? Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

As Favre as the Eye Can See

Although Green Bay didn't get a win this week, Brett Favre continued to add to his touchdown record. At 38 years of age he's considered a dinosaur in football standards, and this may be the year he finally decides to "pack" it up. He may not have his old quick step, but Favre still has a lot of talent and a lot of tricks up his sleeve. Win or lose he always does it with class. Better luck next week, and here's to a big finish this year.

D-List Entertainment News

Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson decided to take a big gamble in Vegas this weekend by tying the knot yet again. This time around the lucky groom is fellow sex-tape veteran Rick Salomon of "One Night in Paris" fame. I can't wait for the next Teen Choice Awards to see the three way brawl between Salomon and Pamela's exes, Tommy Lee and Kid Rock...all in her honor. Best wishes you two!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Say what?

On a recent trip to HEB, I scanned the headlines on the current tabloids. OK! Weekly had "Britney Suicide Watch" in response to her recent child custody loss. The magazine in the next slot read "Britney goes tanning after losing her kids." Hmm. I'm getting mixed messages. I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that she's out with her friends, starting a tab at some posh L.A. club.

The downward spiral for UT

The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma 28-21. Can we look to Vince Young to cheer us up? Nevertheless, the loss still hurts. But like one wise man said: at least they're not Notre Dame.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Off to work


Here's a picture of my other car. The bus driver was primping himself up to come out in the shot. Yeah, maybe next time chucho. (Not his real name)

...love it when things move right along

The Indians, Rockies, Red Sox, and Diamond Backs are all up 2-0 in their respective best of five series. Condolences for those who cheer for the other teams.

The clock is ticking

Consumer tax credits ($500) are set to expire December 31, for homeowners who install energy-saving products such as high efficiency furnaces, water heaters, windows, and insulation. The good news is that solar upgrade tax credits ($2000) will be available until December 2008. Question is: why aren't these credits made permanent? Politicians talk a good deal about the environment but don't follow through with incentives for consumers to go green, and for eco-friendly start-ups to flourish. I'm a fan of anything 'old school', but fossil fuels have been done to death. Let's move on.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Weekend's finally here


Eat more fiber.

So crazy it might just work!

Patrick Crayton (WR) is so pumped up that he thinks the Cowboys can rack up 557 points by the end of the season. Is there something awry in this guy's head or does this seem feasible? Stay tuned.

ROTC done good

In their effort to help a Cigarroa High School ROTC student and his family with medical costs, the United ROTC managed to raise approximately $700. This on top of $1000 previously raised by the Cigarroa student body. The teenager is still hospitalized in a San Antonio Hospital. Our thoughts are with him and his family. Props to the youth of Laredo.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fortune cuca

El color de la semana es verde, y tus numeros de suerte son: 3, 7, y 9. Tauro!..........

Oh Gawd!!!



Tonight's environmental disaster comes to us courtesy of the fine folks at Pollo Feliz. As you can see, they couldn't decide whether to go with trees or canopy. My guess is they're trying to pioneer some sort of landscaping technique: turning trees into vines. Perhaps I should give it a chance and dine amid this topiary marvel. Anyway, eat more chicken.

October is perfect

It's so perfect, it was assigned the number 10 on the calendar. Seriously, you've got football, the World Series, NBA trials with accusations of sexual harrassment, and Halloween. What more could one want? Anyway, the Rockies, and Red Sox were victorious tonight. Props to them. Bark at the moon everyone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Uncommon Courtesy

Gone are the days of good manners and politeness. Sadly, courtesy is now a rare thing. Simple acts of kindness are greeted with suspicion and even disbelief. Is it a hardship to give a fellow driver the right-of-way on a busy street? Can students stop yelling obscenities in the stands during the high school football game when their team is losing? Can people PLEASE turn off their precious cell phones and pagers at the movie theater at which I just spent a small fortune to get away for a couple of hours? And I wouldn't mind hearing "excuse me", "please", or "thank you" a little more often. "You're welcome Your Majesty! Sorry I didn't sprinkle any rose petals for ya!"

What?!

"We'd all like to do your husband." That's Barbara Walters addressing Faith Hill on this mornings The View. Shouldn't she just go away?

2007: An art odyssey


You don't have to go far and wide to find these structures. They are located near J.C. Martin Elementary School. That's the school in the distance getting torn down. Click on the picture to get a closer look.

Listen up!

In between sports talk radio segments, I turn to the FM dial. This afternoon I had the choice between Pat Benatar's "We Belong" and Guns and Roses' "November Rain". I went with Benatar, so sue me. Rock on.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Week 4 in the books

Dallas, Green Bay, Indy, and New England remain as the unbeatens. Good news: Dallas has racked up 151 points (league best). More good news: The Patriots only scored 34 points in Monday's game against the Bengals. I think they're starting to crack.

Gone but not forgotten


"This is the story of Johnny Rotten." Actually it's the old Azteca Theater. A new coat of paint would serve it well since it is a historical landmark. Story goes that you could get in for a nickel to watch a movie. Legend has it that an entire quarter would not only get you an entire movie, but also a shave, a haircut, and a bus ride back home! (Insert Little River Band's "Reminiscing" here.)

Senate race 2008

Look for Rick Noriega to get support from the grassroots community. He'll go up against one John Cornyn next year. And by Rick Noriega, I don't mean the guy who used to anchor Laredo news. Stay tuned.