Monday, March 31, 2008

Early voting shenanigans


KGNS ran a story tonight in which a private investigator alleged that elderly people are being taken advantage of.
The gist of it is: an elderly man is being escorted by a woman wearing a rick flores button. The gentleman is asked if he was told who to vote for. The elderly man tries to show the investigator the sample ballot in his shirt pocket, but the woman stops him.

Did I mention she was wearing a rick flores button?
This doesn't look good for rick.

Opening Day

Justin Timberlake swings a bat in Corpus Christi.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nature and nurture


The tree next to HEB looks horrible. I don't know who to blame -- the person who planted it, or the one who butchered it. And this is no isolated incident. You find Y-shaped trees all over Laredo. That's why it gives me great joy when I see a full grown tree with plenty of space to mature and thrive. This oak at the Civic Center is one of my favorites. Kudos to the people who take the time to take care of it.
What can I say, I'm a tree hugger.

Relentless

Two men drove up to my house in an old, red Jeep Cherokee today. The driver honks. One asks for my support during early voting, which starts Monday.
I ask him if they've come across any possums (raising my eyebrows) in the neighborhood. The man doesn't flinch.
Ooooh, they're good; got their poker face and all.
They thank me for my time and drive away.
So they're playing like that, huh?
Anyway, I got this handout. Unfortunately, I don't have a birdcage.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

El Memo

Manuel (of Laredo) hasn't been voted off of Top Chef yet. Yay for him.

The guy who got booted out tonight made this comment: "Mexican and fine dining don't go together."
Neither do you and the Top Chef championship round bavoso!

Coincidence?

I've been critical of Rick Flores, as evidenced by yesterday's post. But I walk out of my house this morning and what do I find? A dead possum in my front yard.
I thought it was just sleeping.
Anyway, the garbage man is going to get a treat tomorrow.
Now I'm not saying this is the work of rick and his compadres, but it's kind of peculiar that the taquache picked my pad to die.
Any act of foul play cannot be confirmed or dismissed at this point.
Stay tuned.

Richie Sambora

Pendejo.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ambling downtown


Scarface merchandise on Convent Ave.

April 8 runoff

I got a call from the "Rick Flores for Sheriff" campaign during Spring Break. The caller was urging me to vote for the Stetson-wearing urban cowboy. No thanks I said. I'm voting for the other guy.
Anyway, I get this letter in the mail today, and it goes like this:
We understand you're looking to consider Sheriff Flores' opponent in the upcoming runoff and we respectfullly ask you to reconsider the sheriff's proven and outstanding record.

In his TV ads, rick always ends with the "respectfully ask for you vote" line. Now I know somebody wrote that for him.
For example, Sheriff Flores is in the National Future Leaders Hall of Fame and has many awards in the field of criminal justice.

I didn't know THAT kind of Hall of Fame existed. Wow. Anyway, yadda, yadda, yadda...
The truth is, Sheriff Flores has done so much that there just isn't space in this letter to give the full picture of his success, before AND after he became sheriff. That's why we urge you to log on to rickflores2008.com for the Sheriff's whole story.
Then we're sure you'll agree, Sheriff Flores is the right man for the job.....

I appreciate the letter, well, not really. Nevertheless, could rick be getting a little nervous? Or is he just respectfully covering his bases?
This is just weird. When I tell someone that I'm not voting for their guy, they usually leave me alone afterwards. I guess rick has figured out some new campaign strategy: bug 'em with phone calls, and if that doesn't work, send 'em junk mail.
Color me annoyed.

Middle East Tour


This is my brother-in-law. He's on a 13-month "assignment" in Afghanistan.
A couple of friends of mine from high school are in his unit.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mos Def

I like him too.

Two weeks to go


We'll know soon if Rick Flores is keeping his job as Webb County Sheriff. He and Martin Cuellar have hit the TV with new campaign ads.
May the best man win, and please, no wagering.

Wow

Roger Waters is still at it. He'll perform "Dark Side of the Moon" April 27 at Coachella.

Dave Edmunds

Bill Richardson is backing Obama. That only leaves John Edwards to make a move.
Anyway, this song's for you Hillary.

Unsexiest

"Sara Jessica Parker is a real woman."
Actually, a lot of the women I know look nothing like SJP. They don't wear small clothes and small shoes, and they aren't married to Ferris Bueller.

Critical Condition

Emilio Navaira suffered a head injury; might not make it.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Queta Coqueta

The City of Laredo had free food, games, an egg hunt, and music at the Civic Center today. This female clown tried to do something with a handkerchief, then decided to go into "Goldie Locks and The Three Bears."

Appropriate. If they didn't fall asleep with that dance routine, they will with the story.

Touchy

In the NY Times:
"Mr. Richardson's endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic," Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

Judas. hahahahaha
paque tenojas?!

Viva la justicia!


Viva!
People marched today to honor Cesar Chavez.
Started at St. Peter's Plaza and ended at San Agustin.

Police brutality

......at its funniest. Think of the children!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Get your Easter eggs


Camionetas

Trucks are popular in Laredo.
Muchos texanos tienen una extrana fasinacion por las comionetas de gran tamano.........desafortunadamente, tambien estan en el gusto de los ladrones.

Ala.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good Friday is here


Enjoy your tuna patties.

Racism

A writer for the Rio Grande Guardian doesn't think Obama is genuine enough.
Obama is too busy trying to prove that he is not what he has spent his life being. I don't buy it. We need a president who can bring all of the races together.

I guess what we need is a rich, white person to bring us together.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dreary

The Coke sign really cheers things up.

Perhaps downtown could be revitalized with a fresh coat of paint - more Andy Warhol, and less Joe Versus The Volcano.

Dry and windy


Firefighters have been battling fires all week. This one is somewhere on the west side of Santa Maria Ave., near the river.
By the way, I'm parked outside Sears.

Consolidation has its negatives

LISD Trustee Jesus Justo Guerra stated his case against the consolidation of local school districts in the Letters to the Editor section of the LMT. He went over 14 points that MAY prove his case, but I won't go over them. Instead, I'll focus on his intro and outro and his use of exclamation points.
"Spring Break 2008 - yes, it is here! As sure as the March winds that prevail during its arrival and the Lenten season is commercialized by the "Bunny Rabbit," it is here!
All in all, it is a time to relax, reflect, re-energize and rest from the day-to-day regimens of work and/or study."

Could it be that he's really against consolidation because he would somehow lose his position as Vice-President, Laredo ISD, Board of Trustees, District 7? (that's how he signed off)
Anyway, I'll close with this.
"While the advocates for consolidation are prompt to say the opposite, I would ask of them to please contemplate the few and yet more issues that are very germane to this issue of "To consolidate or not to consolidate." Or as, Shakespeare wrote in his very famous question: "To be or not to be."
Enjoy your Spring Break whatever you may be doing! While the latter might be the easiest to do, then what the aforementioned said and stated can be done!"

Mr. Guerra - doing it for the children!

Weather permitting

Visit Laredo with your family and your kite. It can be gobs of fun.

Counting buses

I got this footage Sunday. People from Mexico were waiting to get cleared by U.S. Customs at Bridge II.
Semana Santa bringing the tourists to stimulate the economy. Love it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Slow week

Fire up

Alex brought up a good point about smoke plumes around the city. For all you visitors to the Gateway City, don't be alarmed by the haze that hovers in and around neighborhoods.
What you are seeing is the result of animal meat being grilled over mesquite wood, and not the work of foreign evildoers.
This happens on a daily basis in Laredo. Easter, the 4th of July, and the Superbowl are dates when the most parillas are hard at work.
For visiting vegetarians, we apologize for the debauchery.
Now pass the beans.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I wanna be your PAL

As a Proud Ambassador of Laredo (hehe), I'm here to let you know that Laredo is one of the fastest-growing cities, and we have plenty of stores to take your hard-earned money. Please visit us.

Also, Laredo is brutally hot but you can cool down at........one of our movie theaters, or at the mall. And the mall is FREE. You can take advantage of the comfortable seating and stare at the Mexican tourists with bags and bags of merchandise.
I'd show you our botanical garden but we don't have one. We barely have parks.
But if it's Tex-Mex cuisine your looking to sample, what better place to go than Laredo! Where else can you get chorizo con huevo 24 hours a day? Not Encinal.

Let's not forget Blockbuster Wednesdays -- you get two movies for the price of one!
But you probably won't be here that long. Nevermind.
Enjoy your stay in our sleepy little town, and tell your friends.
Laredo, it's like Cleveland without the glitz.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Advertising

The Laredo Chameleon has a new look, and a banner in the barrio to spread the message.
One suggestion: add a chameleon to the banner.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Warpaint

The new Black Crowes cd gets reviewed by LMT's Julian Aguilar. It's good to know that the locals are listening to something other than cumbias.

Brush early and brush often

Lubbock is rated poorly when it comes to dental hygiene.

I say come to Nuevo Laredo. You can get a new set of teeth dirt cheap.

Friday, March 14, 2008

TGI Spring Break


Record-setting 103 degrees today.

El Portal at Bridge 1

A duty-free retail store is in the works for a part of the old Riverdrive Mall.
"We don't want to sell stuff they normally sell downtown. We want it to be luxury."

It looks like they want to cater to the tourists from Mexico who come over and shell out wads of cash. More power to them.
Now they need to figure out how to cater to me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pecan tree

Saturday Night Live

Mariah Carey will take Janet Jackson's place this weekend on SNL.
Mariah's new album, "E=MC2", is coming out soon. hehe.

Genesis - Man On the Corner

Spring forward tomorrow.

Breaking news

Spitzer?!
I didn't even kiss her!

Downtown Laredo

Talk about revitalizing the downtown area has resurfaced.
I'm all for bringing life to the area, but we've been through this before.

Downtown has a bunch of clothing stores, but Laredoans don't want to hassle with the parking situation.
You could find a good deal on jewelry, or perfumes along Zaragosa St.
Toy stores are plentiful, if you don't mind knockoff versions.
Restaurants? You've got Popeye's, Burger King, La Roca, the Rialto Cafe, and Danny's. yay.

If Les Norton and Co. haven't figured out a way to awaken downtown, it's not going to happen.
And nobody really knows what the city wants to achieve with revitalization.
Is the "Main Street" project aimed at bringing in more traffic for Sulak's, and Siro's? Or is it looking to become the next Sixth Street?
Who are we looking to cater to? Mexican tourists, or Laredoans?

Torture veto stands

The U.S. House failed to overturn W's torture bill veto.
I wonder how Henry Cuellar voted.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Martin H.S. and Christen M.S.


A bunch of trees were removed from Martin's campus. I can only guess that the area will eventually be used for employee parking.

Let's look back a bit

Is an experienced President a good President?

This puts Obama in a whole new light.
But Laredo could care less. Henry Cuellar loves the Clintons and so should we.

Actors

There was Ronald Reagan, Arnold S............., Jesse Ventura, Clint Eastwood, Fred Thompson, Sonny Bono, and soon, maybe Al Franken.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The weekend starts and ends with longing

"The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath, and there's a persistent wail all night along the north shore." The Great Gatsby

I bought the book for .50 at a church book sale.

Also watched "American Splendor" today.

It's a good thing I didn't listen to the Cure; then I'd REALLY be down in the dumps.

Emptying the pot

All undocumented immigrants commit crimes, and are a drain on America. Really?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring forward

Don't forget to change the hour tonight.

El Memo on Top Chef

Watch Manuel bring the spice this Wednesday on Top Chef.
There's a video link below his picture.
Suerte Manuel.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Gotta love them fans

Ben Roethlisberger signed a contract for $100 mill.
Brett Favre finally retired.
The Falcons cleaned house.
And Tony Romo has loyal fans in Laredo.

$5 a gallon

People in California are paying quite a bit for gasoline.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Patrick Swayze

I didn't know the guy was sick.
Our thoughts and prayers...

Wednesday


I'm planning to get some pics in Nuevo Laredo as soon as I get a birth certificate.
Stay tuned.

Low standards

Felon wins another term as constable.
This story featured on South Texas Chisme.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Election 2008

View the unofficial vote count for Webb County here.

Runoffs

Looks like Rick Flores and Martin Cuellar are going to be in a runoff for sheriff.
And Isidro Alaniz and Maria Elena Morales will face off again in a runoff for D.A.

Lady with Obama sign

Apparently, Laredo doesn't know how to caucus. One lady had a couple of forms for people to sign up at my caucus location. She was a Clinton supporter, and thought that those forms were only for Hillary's followers.
We later found out from the local Democratic Chair that each precinct was given only 2-3 sheets to fill out, and that ANY democrat could sign in to be considered a delegate.
Thankfully things didn't get out of hand.
Hillary got 71% of Webb County's votes.
That means something.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Before and after


The Riverdrive Mall once bristled with life. Now, not so much.

Indigo

I won't believe it till I see it.
...while defense contracts got more generous and health insurance companies got stingier, Texas held its breath -- and began to turn blue.

If it does happen, I guess we can thank W. and McCain for the flip.
Let me be the first to say, thank you rich white old men.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Last day of early voting

Local candidates and their supporters ask passing motorists for their votes on Friday, outside Cigarroa H.S. These people have been out here on a daily basis this week.
Tuesday can't come soon enough. I predict we won't have a clear winner in the sheriff's race, but at least we won't have Hillary and Barack bombarding us with mailings, rallies, and commercials. Let me put it this way, we'll have less candidates to deal with.
May the best suit win.

Congrats to the couple

J. Lo and Marc named their babies Max, and Emme. Tilt head and sigh.