Wednesday, April 30, 2008


CBS goes after the people who are bringing this country down.
The CBS newscast that carries her name recently aired a one-sided and inaccurate report about illegal immigrant women who give birth to their children in the United States.

They don't need to air stories like these to get better ratings. Frankly, I think they would be in better shape if they hadn't cancelled Matlock.


Ship of fools

How does the city (of Laredo) secretary defend superimposing an employee's face on a picture of a scantily-clad woman? He focuses on the positive.
For his part, a nervous-looking Guevara, who could be seen fidgeting with his hands and paperwork on a table during much of the deposition, said, "it was a work of art" he created to showcase his graphic art skills.

We can establish by his remark that he's paying too much for legal advice. That, or the guy is just a major league idiot.
But wait, there's more!
Negrete eventually complained to then-city attorney Jaime Flores after she walked into Guevara's office and saw him showing the then-fire and police chiefs a pornographic image.

Now really! This man is the city secretary. Does he really have the time to be opening spam?
These obscene messages/pictures don't happen by accident. They get passed around by buddies who enjoy this sort of thing. I sure hope his computer was taken away. His graphic skills are a liability.
Here's a song to mark the occasion.

Monday, April 28, 2008


I thought it was just my tia who did this. Anyway, eww.


Texas hasn't been the same since you left.

Here's a thought

About this whole Hannah Montana photo thing......
...her audience doesn't buy/read Vanity Fair. Move on.

Running for office

In the future, I'd like to see local candidates take this kind of approach when running for city council, or other office. It would give me the impression that they are in touch with the community, and that they take quality-of-life seriously, instead of just using it as a tag line.

No more shots of them with their kids, or shaking hands with elderly people.
I want someone to run down La Sanbe, starting near Calton Rd, and finishing at Bridge II.
That could be the race!!! First one to reach the finish line wins.
Just picture it - a leaner, more mobile council.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

High times

Kids are getting high on salvia. I wouldn't worry. It's not like teens could get their hands on it here on the border.

Paint it red

The owners of this "Lunch Box" purposely painted it red to take your attention away from that inconveniently-placed hydrant.

LareDOS "new" site

LareDOS got a makeover. Nice.
Go to our Other Sites list and check it out.

A friend pointed me to the story on page 21.
Apparently, scholarship selection committee members are handing scholarships to their own sons.
Isn't that special.

Summer blockbusters are coming

Memorial Day is weeks away; the first day of Summer isn't until June, but that doesn't mean anything to the movie studios. The long-awaited (We all wait for them, right?) Summer blockbuster movies are about to rear their ugly heads.

First off we have "Iron Man", making its debut this Friday, May 2nd. Robert Downey, Jr. as the superhero?...who knew?!

The following Friday, May 9th, we have the much anticipated "Speed Racer". (I personally want to see it for Racer X...Yes, Mr. Matthew Fox once again living up to his name.)

May 22nd brings us possibly the Summer's longest movie title: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", making it Indy's 4th installment. With Steven Spielberg once again at the helm, it should deliver the goods.

The ladies from New York make it to the "Big" screen on May 30 when the much-hyped "Sex in the City" movie comes on board. La Sanbe is betting it's much ado about nothing.

The movies I'm waiting for are M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" and the new "The Incredible Hulk" movie, both coming out on June 13...Friday the 13th! Wooohooo! (Edward Norton's hulk vs. Tim Roth as the villian? Oh, baby! Can't go wrong there.)

And where my X-philes out there at???? "X-Files: I Want To Believe" FINALLY comes to the screen on July 25th, a mere decade after the first X-Files film. Mulder!!! Scully!!! It's about time!

See you at the movies.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lucha Libre - Exotico Style

Panties, thongs, minis, gimps, codpieces & pink mohawks.. This is not your parent's 'secret' drawer. No ladies & gentlemen, this would be the latest trend in Lucha Libre (i.e. Mexican wrestling). Check it out..

El Maximo is on 'it'.

Turf wars

How was your weekend?
At one point, the suspected drug traffickers shot at one another as their sport utility vehicles sped down a busy six-lane boulevard.

It's hard out there for a pimp.



Friday, April 25, 2008

The courts

A local businessman was found guilty of rape yesterday. Tonight, KGNS is reporting that the jury gave him probation, a fine, and he must register himself as a sex offender.

Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes is going to the clink for three years for tax evasion.
Don't eff with the IRS. I'm just saying.

Dust cloud blogging

Visit beautiful Laredo.


What the hell is this?!!!
Crude prices rose on initial reports that a U.S. ship had fired on two Iranian boats; the news raised concerns that a conflict between the U.S. and Iranian forces could cut supplies from the region.

That's all we need -- another "conflict."
We shouldn't even be giving anybody funny looks, much less firing on boats.
And expect no reaction from chief chucklenuts and his administration. There will be no apology , no diplomacy, no use of oil reserves.
De que chingados nos va servir el stimulus check?

JP Liendo gets a scolding for drinking and driving.
The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has publicly admonished Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Hector Liendo, who was arrested in September 2006 by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer.

How is one rewarded for setting a bad example? Well, in Liendo's case, you win another term with a majority of the vote, and you get an overpass named after you. Now, the overpass (pictured) is located on the west side of town, so I don't think it qualifies as an honor.

(IT'S A JOKE!!!)

I kid the west side.
Anyway, some locals were upset that Liendo got a public structure named after him. But I wonder if they have seen the size of the plaque bolted on the bridge. It's so small that you can barely make out the wording as you drive by.
Laredo is cash-strapped but this is ridiculous. Could they have made it any smaller?
Or perhaps city officials felt embarrassed by their decision that they thought of detracting from the honor by intentionally placing a little metal square on top of the bridge.

Council discussion: put it on top, maybe a gust of wind will blow it away, or somebody will throw a coke bottle out the window and knock it down; they'll forget it ever happened.

Who knows, with this council.
Be safe out there. Don't drink and drive.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Cowboy fan is not too happy with this development.
But as of Thursday night, Cowboys and Titans were just hashing out a few minor details in the contract for Pacman Jones before he is traded to Dallas.

Jerry Jones knows how to keep his team relevant.

Never at a loss for tacos

Remember, Saturday is from 8 - 2:30.


Ralph Nader has picked Matt GONZALEZ as his running mate. Good. Get a leg up on the competition.

Now that only leaves McCain, and Obama to pick theirs.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Let's start using canvas bags!

Another update

I posted an update on the proposed Slaughter Park a while back. Word from the parks/rec. department back then was that construction would start in December.
Here we are at the end of April and the only thing out there are some wooden markers. I contacted the department again, via email, the other day. Response: an irrigation system for the soccer fields will be installed early May. (paraphrasing)

Soccer fields would be nice. And a well-defined walking trail. And some basketball courts. I don't ask for much.

Travis Barker Soulja Boy Remix

Travis Barker smash up for your ringing ears.

Laredo arena

I was excited when Laredo supported the construction of a brand new, state-of-the-art arena. Great, I thought. Rock acts will come to Laredo; I won't have to drive 150 miles to see a show.
The first band to be booked was Tool. My wife and I couldn't believe it. One of our favorite bands was coming to play in our backyard. Other (older) acts followed.
Nowadays, the city and arena management are bickering over money.
Jones said it is important to note that while the total annual contribution from the city appears to be $421,000, the city is not cutting a check for anywhere near that amount.

Ms. Jones should be more focused on selling the arena, and Laredo, to promoters than worrying about subsidies. In television interviews, she has always stated that Laredoans are late ticket-buyers, and that Laredo's southmost location doesn't sit well with promoters. Then how do you explain Hidalgo, TX hosting Avril Lavigne, and Kid Rock?
Like the LEC, which has the Bucks, the Dodge Arena has athletic teams that are anchor tenants. In addition to that, Bricker said about 30 concerts per year are held at the arena.

No announcement has been made of any upcoming concert here, so I can imagine that summer in Laredo is going to be very subdued.
At some point, Ms. Jones is going to have to stop making excuses, and figure out a way to meet the needs of local concert goers.

UPDATE on 5/25/2016: courtesy photo.  Arena seen from Loop 20.  No other structures around it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008



Luis Uranga. Enjoy.

Love her or leave her

Hillary Clinton is going to beat Barack Obama by about ten percentage points in the Pennsylvania primary. I've been critical of her, but never in a crass or mean-spirited way. See here to get a sample of how low some will stoop. (scroll down to see the picture)

Earth Day

Muscle-powered mowing. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Monday, April 21, 2008


John McCain gets help from a Laredo banker.

Convent and Zaragoza

Bush dog

I didn't know Henry Cuellar had an audience. But when you vote against holding Bushies accountable for disobeying Congressional subpoenas, you're bound to get some attention.
Voted for all the bad stuff in his first term including the Military Commission's Act (torture Ok), the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act and the extension of Bush's tax cuts.

The only thing Laredoans know about Cuellar is that he delivers money to local agencies. As long as that occurs, everyone's happy; nevermind how he votes up in Washington. Laredo is not about to pay attention to Cuellar's roll call votes -- we barely go out to the polls ourselves. People here take a certain pride in the fact that we have one of our own in D.C.
And he'll win another term, as long as he keeps showing up to photo-ops with those giant foamboard checks.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Drawn like moths we drift into the city

The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night

Neil Peart

Saturday night was alive with the aroma of picadillo con papas. At least for me it was.

Some customers were "dining in" and enjoying a soccer game on the outdoor patio T.V.


This music will never make it to the local airwaves.

All your party needs

And pvc piping too.

Die MexEMO, Die!

With the advent of rising wealth, comes disposable income & restless youth. Alas, the rise of Punketos, Raperos and (Mex)EMOs down South. As the infinite struggle for finite resources rolls on - one of these has to go. In this case, it would seem that the meek EMOtionals would go down without a fight, but they are fighting back.

Exhibit A for your consideration..

This is in response to a couple of EMO beatings going on south of the border..

For the uninitiated, these beat downs have sprung up 'flash mob' style recently. Postings such as this friendly little gem started the whole thing..

This issue has gained wide coverage outside of Mexico with coverage in Time, U.K.'s Guardian & USA Today.

The struggle continues. As a parting observation, it is important to note that the name mEMO has Emo in it - coincidence?

Friday, April 18, 2008

What's for dinner?

Living in the Chacon neighborhood has its perks: my mailbox is located right in front of my house, I can put up a satellite dish if I want to without first checking with a homeowner's association, and raspa trucks pass by on a daily basis.

But I've never seen any taco trucks in my neighborhood, or the city for that matter. I have seen some smaller Mexican restaurants set up 'soda-vending vehicles' in their parking lot to sell tacos. Could mobile restaurants be far behind? Gawd I hope so.
Many restaurants are forced to close their doors because they cannot compete with a catering truck's prices.

No longer would I have to pay eight dollars for enchiladas poblanas. Could it be?

Record Store Day

Celebrate independent record stores tomorrow.

Danny Federici

En paz descanse.

I turned on the radio for a while. Not one Bruce Springsteen song came on. Radio sucks like that.


I know what I'm doing this weekend.
Laser Retro celebrates the New Wave era of the 1980s when it dominated the dance club scene - when the airwaves were buzzing with previously unheard musical energy.

The Planetarium also has a Pink Floyd show. I really should check that out. It's the closest I'll come to a rock concert experience this year.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eres o te pareces?

Question: what does it take to put the last nail on Rock & Roll's coffin?

Answer: put Walter on VH1.


Votes canvassed

Election chief Oscar Villarreal, the media, and the Democratic chair all gathered today to make the runoff results official. Rick Flores however was a no-show. He had the chance to ask for a recount. But fear not. Rick has until Monday afternoon to put in his request.

But this is odd. We've never known Rick to shy away from the spotlight. His absence from today's media event could be taken several ways. Perhaps he doesn't want to seem desperate. Or it could be that he's out raising the six grand to pay for the recount.

Anyway, I was disappointed by a rick-less newscast. I was kinda hoping for another "lost by the skin of our chinny chin chin" line from him.
There's always tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


An extended version of this routine can be seen on this blog.


South Laredo voters kept Ruben Reyes as their constable.


It's understandable that Rick Flores would be upset about last week's runoff election results, but to have a couple of his employees follow an election contractor around is just looking for trouble.
"(The individual) had been driving her vehicle, and two employees of the sheriff's department in plain clothes and driving their private cars had honked at her and had cornered her on a cul-de-sac or some road," Lopez said.

I was expecting some follow-up to this story on the ten o'clock news but nada. And Rick Flores could've easily gone down to the KGNS studios to deny any involvement in this incident. But he didn't. Where's the outrage?
Local officials should be reminded that we are paying attention.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Hour

Laredo is home to many a cramped, decrepit bars. They're great if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle that everyday life throws at you.
There's no dress code, and the atmosphere is relaxed. And most Laredoans wouldn't even know where these places are. You could just go hide, and drown your sorrows for a while. Most people are too busy visiting "hipper" bars located in the north part of town anyhow.
For the record, these places are not violence-free. But no Laredo bar is.
Bars that have an advertising budget are also prone to fights, stabbings, and even shootings. The only thing working against these smaller places is the choice of music. Let me just say that I'm no music snob. I'll listen to anything - for a short while. I just prefer some good old-fashioned rock and roll when I'm sipping on a tall cool one. But who can complain about the choice of music when you're getting more beer for your buck, all without the attitude, vanity, and role play that goes on at other establishments.
Laredo cantinas. Gotta love 'em.

Enough with "Reality" TV

We all remember the writers' strike that affected so many TV shows, right? Of course we do. Well the 3-month long strike ended in February, and new episodes of some hit shows are finally coming back: The Office, 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives,The Ghost Whisperer, and House, among several others.

The show I've been lost without. though, is none other than Lost! Lost's 4th season, which began on January 31st with a blockbuster episode every week, has been in a short hiatus and returns next week. (Enter sigh of relief here.) I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I need a new dose of the Lost men: Jack, Desmond, and the ever-so-hot Sawyer! I'm racking my brain over how all the twists and turns and coincidences are going to connect. And how 'bout the so-called "Oceanic 6": Why and how did THEY survive? How do the others meet their demise? "Sawyer! You can't DIE!" Oh! I cannot wait.

But I digress....Sadly, some newbie shows from the 2007-2008 season that will now forever RIP include Journeyman, Big Shots, and La Sanbe's cult favorite: Cavemen (which only aired 6 out of the 13 episodes that were in the can)! It wasn't a good sign when Cavemen kept getting pre-empted during the holidays by all the Charlie Brown specials. At least we still have those Geico commercials.

I know there are a myriad more important things to discuss, but sabes que? My name is Piper and I'm a pop culture addict.

So.......what are YOU watching?

Monday, April 14, 2008


Which side is Cuellar on exactly?
...from going against the grain on my "no" vote for the border fence and standing in favor of trade.

Democrat my arse.


It's not what you wear, but how you wear it.

Border life

Life on the border has its unique qualities.
The banner appeared over the weekend in Nuevo Laredo near the border with Texas: "Operative group 'The Zetas' wants you, soldier or ex-soldier. We offer a good salary, food and benefits for your family. Don't suffer anymore mistreatment and don't go hungry."

Unnerving. Regular folk however go on about their business on both sides of the border.

See the banner here.


The owner of the Steelers is endorsing Barack Obama.
That's great. But football season is a mere four months away. Happy happy, joy joy.

BTW, Memorial M.S. now has artificial turf.

Saturday, April 12, 2008



This is old but still worth noting:
Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas is the first Democrat to receive an endorsement from the Club for Growth which champions free trade, school choice and other issues dear to many Republicans.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Aguas con los kids

I could go for a raspa right now. (Give it about fifteen seconds to load)

Local radio blows

Tax deadline

People complain that undocumented immigrants don't follow the rules of this land.
"It's a mistake to think that no illegal immigrants pay taxes. They definitely do," said Martha Pantoja, who has been helping Hispanic immigrants this tax season as an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer for the nonprofit Nashville Wealth Building Coalition.

If given the chance to pay taxes, learn English, and contribute to society, immigrants would surely abide.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Either the hole is the shape of a star, or the inhabitants are big fans of the Dallas Cowboys.

Gone fishing

Dick Cheney
"Clearly the picture shows a hand casting a rod."

Is that what they call it now?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Weekend almost here

Time to do laundry.

Political ABCs

I have to hand it to people who enter the political arena. The task of running for office is not a simple one. They're out there raising money, kissing babies, and making their case to an electorate that mostly doesn't care. A politician has to be on top of his/her game all the time. Nevertheless mistakes do happen.

Let's take, for instance, grammar. We featured one candidate's sign that had a misspelled word. You might just roll your eyes and move along, while others point to it as proof of the candidate's incompetence. Frank Sciaraffa was criticized for airing a commercial that contained an error - the word precinct was missing the second c.
It could be the fault of the campaign, or the company that produces the ads. You be the judge.

But before you hand down a verdict, let's look at another ad mistake - a commercial by John McCain. In it, John is spelled JOHM. Now, he's 71, a veteran, and probably tired from counting all of his wife's cash, so I'll cut him some slack. Maybe not. After all, he's running for the most powerful position on the planet. (so they say)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The incumbent wins

"We came out with 60% of the vote from south Laredo. I want to thank precinct 1 for their support, thank my family, supporters; precinct 1, today is your day. ..........the 5th bridge.......the railroad district........and moving forward with alternatives for our children."

I should've closed the door to get better audio. My bad.
Anyway, congratulations Frank Sciaraffa.

Sheriff's race

Martin Cuellar is on KGNS right now.

Results: martin cuellar 50.1% 13,333 votes
rick flores 49.9% 13,285 votes

take it in!


The polls should be closed now.  I'll try to fish around for updates.  Stay tuned.

Monday, April 7, 2008


50 Best Jokes.
I was watching Gene Simmons' TV show, "Family Jewels." Or as it's known in the business, "'The Osbournes' Without the Talented Father."

Love it.


Juanes was here last night. His picture was on the front page of the Laredo Times with the caption: the Laredo Entertainment Center on Sunday night before a partially-filled house.

Apparently, promoters don't book more musical acts in Laredo because the public doesn't buy tickets in a timely manner. Meanwhile, the arena is losing money big time.
Somehow, Juanes, Mana, and George Lopez manage to make it down here.

Hot enough fer ya?

This summer is going to be a scorcher. Somebody told my wife that it was going to reach 130 degrees. NAMBRE!!!
It was quite toasty today; it reached 100.
The good thing is that the Palo Verde trees are in bloom. They add a touch of color to an otherwise drab city.

Entertainment wrap-up

Piper Maru here...cruising on La Sanbe!

#1 at the box office this weekend for the 2nd week in a row is the casino movie "21" starring Kevin Spacey, beating out George Clooney's comedy "Leatherheads", which came in at #3.

#1 on Billboard's Hot 100 is Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body". I haven't heard the song, but from that title it seems Mariah has found some new musical territory to claim.

Couple's news: Jay-Z and Beyonce tied the knot last Friday in NYC. Hope it's not all downhill from there.

In memoriam: Actor Charlton Heston died at the age of 84 this weekend. The NRA won't be the same without him.

And finally some of this week's upcoming DVD releases:

"There Will Be Blood"
starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in a powerhouse performance (The soundtrack can be a little jarring at times).

For you Tom Cruise fans out there, "Lions for Lambs"...didn't fair so well at the box office, but it's worth a view.

Also, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story", not for the faint of heart.

Until next week....tada tada ta daaaaaaaaaa.......

Sunday, April 6, 2008

North Laredo

This is the first picture I've posted of a landmark north of Calton Rd. I don't think I'll find signs with mispelled words, or stores selling Xango Juice in this part of town, but this is Laredo - anything's possible.

Don't try this at home

The medical establishment does not recommend you do the following:
  • Ear candling
  • Whiskey for a teething baby
  • Butter for a burn
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Home Colon Cleansing
I saw a man smear mustard on his entire chest and abdomen because he got splashed with hot water or something. He was a big guy; where he got all that mustard is something I thought was insignificant at the time.
Home Colon Cleansing? No, thank you.

The Sabbath

As soon as this gentleman saw me trying to take a picture of his cart, he did me the favor of holding up the flag. A tip of the hat to you, sir.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

All the right moves

Man coaches team -- some players upset -- players egg coach's house -- coach suspends deviants.
"All The Right Moves" came out in '83. These players were probably born in 1991. As punishment, they must watch all of Tom Cruise's movies from the 80's, including "Endless Love".


Get thee out to a park today.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April 3, 1968

"I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy tonight; I'm not worried about anything, I'm not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." MLK

Show me to the dance floor

Paula Abdul constantly cried out how much she worked her ass off. Whatever. That would be true if her name was Madonna. Madge has a new video out. She looks great. When I see celebrities strut their package out in public, I usually attribute their goods looks to plastic surgery. But those delts she's rockin' don't belong to no couch potato. Unless the new thing is cosmetics is delt implants. Long live the Material Girl.

Get on the bus!

According to the Laredo Times today, rick raised $61,760 as of March 31. Facil he's getting a new Stetson. And some of the cash obviously went towards his new ride. Check it out. If anyone needs a ride to the polls, just dial 727-big-ego.

Anyway, that's quite a bit of cash at his disposal. But money is no object when you've got friends watching your back. "El Longhorn" tipped me off to a website that adores rick and his mission statement: protect the border from evildoers.

His campaign staff hasn't bugged me with phone calls or pamplets lately, but I'm guessing I'll be seeing this RV cruising down my street, honking the tune of "Gunsmoke" at every corner.
April 8 can't come soon enough.

Adult supervision

I start to freak out when I lose sight of my son (8) at Peter Piper's Pizza. The idea that someone's abducted him runs through my mind. Once I catch a glimpse of him, I exhale and sit back down. Letting him ride El Metro by himself is something I'm not about to permit - not just yet. So the thought of a 9-year-old boy riding the subway in New York just boggles my mind. Sure fear should not rule our lives, but all the what-ifs would make my head explode.
Eventually, I'll let go -- say 10 years from now.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Manuel hits the road

Laredo native Memo got dismissed from Top Chef tonight. He was criticized for not being more of a leader. Anyhow, it was fun while it lasted.
If we're ever in New York, we'll look you up.

Street art

LCC will soon become a tourist attraction. On campus, you'll be able to tour what used to be Fort McIntosh, and the environmental center which is home to turtles, iguanas, and other little creatures.

But Laredo also has some nice murals to see.
You've got the Selena mural across the street from the Main Boys Club. The birds on a wall on Clark St. The Azteca mural which includes a policeman, a fireman, and Cesar Chavez. And this one (pictured) which appears to be a work in progress.
I say more wall art around Laredo. It might take focus away from all the plastic bags laying around.

Nine lives

"Friday Night Lights" just can't seem to go away. Well, not entirely. The series is going to make the jump from NBC to Direct TV. Bummer because we don't have satellite tv. But it's good news for my better half cuz the show lives on. The new episodes will eventually make their way to NBC.
Now if I can only call on ABC to do the same with "Cavemen."

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Carlito's towel

Truckers ponder strike

Some have tossed around the idea of boycotting oil companies due to the high price of gasoline. It wouldn't work because Americans love the privacy, and convenience of their cars. And how could you possibly get the masses to follow through on such a grand scheme? People would sooner cut off their pinky than have to use public transportation.

But truck drivers are talking about parking their trucks for a week. I don't know if that would bring down the price of diesel, but it's worth a shot.
Would HEB trucks stop also?
I can see it now: people fighting over broccoli, and asparagus.