Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bar semicolon grill

We made a couple of stops downtown to see the Cowboys game. In true Laredo style this bar completed the football experience with an outdoor cookout. The bar's supply of crime scene tape came in handy to cordon off the dive's prime parking spot. Cheers tio!

Sheriff's debate at LCC

From left you have: Flores, Ortiz, Carmona, Paez, Salinas, and Cuellar. Carmona did manage to slip in the "Just Do It" line. And a couple of them did mention the Glen Beck situation. But for the most part, they all agreed that it's important to work with other law enforcement agencies to get the job done. Yawn.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Afghanistan bound




The local National Guard unit was honored at Shirley Field today. Friends and family came out to support the troops before they ship out to the Middle East.

Nothing to fear

Rick Flores needs to stop talking about drug cartels aiding terrorists across the border.

This is something

Someone needs to tell city council that this could create jobs in Laredo.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Blame it on the rain

Monday night's game brought us the return of Ricky Williams and his bald head. He left the game right before halftime due to an arm injury. Anyway, the Steelers beat the Dolphins, 3-0. That's as depressing as this picture.

Follow the money

Eight-liner machines are not going anywhere, especially when Laredo officials are dumbfounded as to how to regulate them.
Legislators in Austin defend these contraptions, saying that they will generate revenue for Texas schools, and create new jobs. But Laredo has seen the havoc these machines can bring. And this is just the beginning.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Glenn Beck: Texas Sheriff vs Scumbag Congressman

Pensativo.

America's Most Obese Cities

1. Memphis
2. Birmingham
3. San Antonio
4. Riverside
5. Detroit

Walk it off

Tim Tebow, QB of the Florida Gators, broke a bone in his non-throwing hand in the game against Florida St.
He stayed in the game. The Gators won.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A taste of Laredo

Mr. Gerardo Carmona goes for broke in his quest to be known this political season. I could be getting punked with this sign since it doesn't state what office he is seeking. I'm gonna look like a real doofus showing up at the polls with my big red pen, ready to fill in the square box.
At any rate, Mr. Carmona makes good use of his nickname (why?), uses Nike's three-word slogan, and to top it all off, quotes the Bible. The only thing that's missing is the "once a tiger, always a tiger" line. I don't know if he went to Martin HS; I'm just going with the color of the billboard. Nevertheless, could Phil 4:13 be a sign of things to come in political billboards?

Look!


Don't blink or else you'll miss his last 400 days in office.

Friday, November 23, 2007

NFL Network dilemma

I still don't know if I'm going to see the game between the Packers and the Cowboys. I've heard of some place that's going to charge a $20 cover for the event. If anyone's going to host a backyard shindig, let me know.

Black Friday

Laredo is bustling with activity. Be careful out there.

First debate for candidates

Only two candidates have confirmed to appear at the debate next week at LCC.

I wonder if Rick Flores will bring up the fact that the Sheriff's Department has evidence that the Zetas were teaming up with Guatemalan jungle fighters.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Glen Beck talks the truth about Laredo

What is wrong with this story?

Early birds

Several stores are opening at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning. Crazy. Could this be a way to avert any brawls between customers? Stay tuned to see if this ploy will thin out the waiting lines on Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Those less fortunate

Mary Kate Olsen will not be smirking for the cameras anytime soon. She is taking care of her infected kidney. Send your thoughts and prayers in her direction this turkey day.

Men are pigs.

There's a time and place for everything, but this is ridiculous.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Drive safely

This scene looks peaceful, unlike the road leading to Bridge 2. The end of I-35, Santa Ursula, and even La Sanbe are jam-packed with cars. Police are working overtime to direct traffic going to Mexico.

Really?!

In the Really? department tonight, we focus on Michael Vick and City Council.
How can you not know that dog fighting would get you in trouble; I mean really!
And you really thought that Laredo wouldn't mind if you accepted a $250K donation from the Geo Group? Really?

I was going to title this entry as "no manches", but I hate the word manches. Peace out.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A T.O. KO performance

The Cowboys are still sitting pretty in their division. Laredo saluted them with countless barbecue smoke plumes.

Que relaje

Don't blame Glen Beck for giving Laredo a bad name.

Commissioner David Cortez pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of bribery.
City of Laredo employees were discovered tapping into water lines illegally.
Two police officers were nabbed for taking bribes from 8-liner establishments.
The police chief, Agustin Dovalina, turned himself in on bribery charges also.
A veteran 911 operator was found to be laundering money through some trucking business.
And two JPs, Rangel and Liendo, are on probation for DWI charges. These two JPs still have their jobs.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Good for them

A judge has ruled that Britney Spears cannot drive while her kids are in the car. Maybe they can take the bus. And let this be a warning to all Laredo drivers: Don't drive with your kid on your lap.

K.I.S.S.

Man I hate the Patriots.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Look busy

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is coming to Laredo this Saturday.
I wonder if someone will tell her that the local National Guard unit is shipping off to Afghanistan later this month.
Here's hoping that Congress doesn't cave in handing Bush a war spending bill with timelines for pullout.

I'll take lobbyists for 250

This from the Laredo Morning Times, May 17, 2007:
The Geo Group came to Laredo on Wednesday bearing cash for both the City of Laredo and Webb County. ....George Zoley, Geo CEO and founder, doubled the amount he planned to give the entities from $125,000 each to $250,000 each in general funds.

And now - Laredo Morning Times, November 14, 2007:
Webb County Commissioners Court unanimously voted Tuesday against accepting a $250,000 donation from Geo Group - a company contracting with the federal government to build a jail in southern Webb County. The vote followed public comment when the money was characterized as "dirty" by attorneys who represent the family of an inmate killed inside one of the company's privately owned prisons.
Pct. 4 commissioner Sergio Martinez was more blunt. "I see this money as something to buy our influence," he said. "I think it's inappropriate."

Yeah, you think?
Amazing what a little public pressure and city-wide scandals can do.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Audacity


Patricia Barrera campaign signs have infiltrated the barrio. She is obviously unfazed by the whole attorney general investigation her office is confronting. I'll be plenty surprised if she goes neck and neck with her challenger.

Picks of the Week

Time selected Matt Damon as the Sexiest Man Alive.
Oprah's book pick is "The Pillars of the Earth."
And Heidi Klum and co. chose Simone LeBlanc as the first person to be aufed from Project Runway.

Our pick for Classy Laredoan goes to Rick Flores for describing the 'north side rapist' as a "scumbag."
Those are the picks of the week.

Get 'em while they're hot

Tony Romo jerseys are selling like hotcakes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Different strokes...


The Confederate Flag is still displayed at our local airport, and at the Civic Center. It doesn't really bother Laredoans much. But to others, it rears up painful memories.

World's shortest psychiatric joke

A man walks into a psychiatrist's office wearing only underwear made of Saran Wrap.
The psychiatrist says, "well...I can clearly see your nuts."

Thank you Alex A. and Albert C. for that submission.

Monday, November 12, 2007

He's not gonna take it anymore

Mayor Raul Salinas is upset at the way Glen Beck is portraying Laredo. He is so incensed that he is personally going to write a letter to Beck, asking for an apology. Good luck.

It's Monday


No garbage pick-up today.
10 days till Thanksgiving and I haven't bought my canned cranberry sauce.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What a difference a year makes

From the Laredo Morning Times - Nov. 23, 2006
The sheriff, however, praised Congressman Henry Cuellar's efforts to bolster law enforcement in the community. The $1.6 million that the sheriffs department received was used for buying equipment and funding more than 2,000 overtime hours, Flores said, a clear positive for the community.

Y ahora, porque se le subio la azucar?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

21-12


Nixon beat Martin for anyone who cares. No word yet on how many times the Mustang Band played the horse song.
In other football news, number one Ohio State lost.
Texas was at home.
And the Dolphins are figuring out how to lose another game.

The Comeback Kid

Michael Jackson might work on a new album with Kanye West.

"You want what you create to live, and I give my all in my work because I want it to live."


This just in - Jackson apparently released an album in 2001 titled "Invincible".

Friday, November 9, 2007

Are you going to trash that?

I've seen a bunch of plastic bags filled with leaves by the curbside. We (the royal we) would like to take those bags off your hands. Gimme those oak, palo blanco, or ash leaves so I can add 'em to my compost pile.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Get down tonight

KC and the Sunshine Band played at the LEC tonight. But the story of the evening is the little spat between Sheriff Rick Flores and Henry Cuellar on Glen Beck's show. Both Beck and Flores piled on Cuellar, accusing him that he has done little to find the twelve Americans kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo.
I'll try to post a video link tomorrow.

Keeping up with the Gonzalezes eses sssss

Someone took notice of our flags.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Give till it hurts


The Martin-Nixon game is taking place this Saturday at 3 p.m. A steak plate sale is being held at the Civic Center parking lot before the game (11-1pm). Proceeds will help cover medical costs for a former NHS quarterback's father. Thanks.

Details details

We fret over our tax dollars being misspent. But really, what's ten billion between friends? It's not like anyone's keeping count or anything.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Say it ain't so


Britney's new album might come out on top of Billboard's list tomorrow. Let me get this straight. She bombs at the MTV awards show. She loses custody of her kids to K-Fed. And she can't sing worth a damn. Nevertheless, she's still relevant enough to move cd's off the shelves.
Who's buying these things, besides DJs who work in a gentleman's bar.

Change in the weather

It was cool, windy, and cloudy today. People comment: it's beautiful outside.
Actually, it's kinda gloomy, and depressing.
Laredo is dull and grey as it is.

ooooooooo that smell

The water coming out of our tap smells a bit bleachy. What's going on?

Monday, November 5, 2007

No right turn on red


Yeah, whatever. Laredoans are not known for following directions when driving. This area will be bustling with holiday visitors in a couple of weeks. Do yourself a favor and stay home.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Half a season in the books

Someone neglected to tell Peyton Manning that he wasn't filming a commercial.
Here's a priceless tip for you: don't throw interceptions - at home - against the Patriots!

Cuatro de Noviembre


I hope everyone enjoyed a piece of 'pan de muerto'.
This morning, Ohio St. is still No. 1.
The Cowboys play tonight so the fajitas will be flying off the weight scales.
And there's this game that's been hyped up between the Pats and Colts.
Where will I find the time to cut the grass?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Presidential candidate in Laredo

Bill Richardson was in town today to raise awareness ($$) about his bid for the White House. He told KGNS that he will win the Hispanic vote once people learn that he is Latino. (No mention was made of changing his name to something other than Bill Richardson)
He made an appearance at the Palenque Grill, just like Bill Clinton a couple of months ago.
No confirmation yet as to whether he ordered the enchiladas poblanas to go with his 10% poll number.

Park update


The proposed park that will sit two blocks from my house has been delayed - since April 2006. Parks and Rec. Director Mike Pescador recently said that the contractor's bid was over by a million bucks. His department will now try to draw new plans, and put them out for bid, so they can get started on the 30-acre green space.

Trique Trique

The candies are all gone. And now we can get on to the business of walking off all those carbs. For the more athletic types, the 28th Annual Guajolote 10K is a short 21 days away. Let November reign.