Saturday, May 31, 2008
Giving a four-wheel drive Tahoe a gas-electric hybrid engine raises fuel economy for city driving to 20 miles a gallon from 14.
Wow. 6 extra miles per gallon. GM has got some ambitious engineers working full-time over there. They're giving consumers one free ride to work with every fill-up.
We're not worthy of such generosity.
But to get the better mileage, consumers pay a higher price: $53,000, at least $4,000 more than a conventional Tahoe.
Why bother. Just get the regular Tahoe.
What GM doesn't understand is that people are leaving their vehicles at home to save money to pay for other expensive things, like food.
Their half-assed attempt at going greener is doing no one any favors.
Friday, May 30, 2008
In his truck, the police found 2,500 gallons of used fryer grease, indicating that the Burger King had not been his first fast-food craving of the day.
That haul is worth more than $6,000. Wow. It gives me new perspective on the week-old grease that Church's Fried Chicken uses.
"I thought erroneously that the neighbors, with a little bit of patience for a month, would have been satisfied with the end result of the house," he said. "There was no attempt on my part to put a shoddy part out there."
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is strange to say the least.
Somebody moved this decaying house to one of Laredo's "better" neighborhoods.
Part of me thinks this is a prank. But why go through the trouble and expense.
The area where the house sits on doesn't look like a house lot. Perhaps the truck driver had technical difficulties and left it there.
Whatever the case, the villagers are not happy. This will not stand!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This is in regard to the Houston Chronicle editorial, "Environment suffers at Bush Hands" that was published in Laredo Morning Times on May 24, 2008, that discussed the saintly polar bear.
I would like to offer the following: Let the polar bear go extinct. If this stupid animal cannot adapt to its "changing environment," then it is just wasting "precious" resources. I thought that these neo-pagan environ-Mentals loved the Theory of Evolution. What happened to survival of the fittest or natural selection? The environmental movement is just the modern-day home of the communist anti-capitalist movement. It is not about "saving" the polar bear but instead about controlling human behavior like all good commies love to do.
These environmentalists want to be able to regulate carbon dioxide emissions by arguing the polar bear habitat is being destroyed due to global warming. If they can get an activist judge to give them what they want, energy consumption will be regulated like never before. Just look at the current price of gasoline to understand what happens under these type of kook (ethanol, boutiquette gasoline, no drilling in Alaska-ANWAR, no drilling off the continental shelf of USA, etc...) regulations.
If you want to pay more for energy, save the polar bear. if you want cheap energy and gasoline, then exploit the planet.
Remember, mankind was given dominion (Genesis 2:26) over the planet. Let us not feel guilty about human progress nor let us be intimidated by the environmental and animal-loving pagans. Reject and ignore them because that will help the poor gain access to cheap energy, which is one of the best way to achieve upward mobility in the modern world.
Let us impeach activist judges, who assault the constitution. Let us deprive the political left of any power in our country and instead embrace free market capitalism and live in one nation under God instead of one nation under a bureaucrat.
Omar W. Cantu
This nutjob installment was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood tree-loving pagan, Hecubus Quiroz
Keep it crazy Laredo.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Because all LISD students are classified as "educationally disadvantaged," in which all are covered under the free/reduced lunch program, LISD would be required to provide at least one uniform voucher per student per year, by state law. "Currently, because of our finances, we can't do that," Arce said of LISD's budget squeeze.
So they'll recommend a dress code and pass on the cost to the parents.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Now 77 years old, she believes the Virgin Mary has appeared in the bark of the tree to help her with her health problems.
They reach tall heights once fully grown also.
Pruning is a bee-otch.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Apparently, conducting a background check to sell a gun is not necessary if you sell it from your personal stash.
Texas has been the No. 1 source of firearms recovered in Mexico and submitted to U.S. authorities for tracing the past three fiscal years.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
In the past, Salinas said he has also gone on a private jet chartered by the owner of Taco Palenque to travel to Monterrey to promote that business.
Since when does Taco Palenque need any help with marketing? The food sells itself.
And now he takes another trip to Mexico City to promote the city.
He tries to reassure us that no conflict of interest exists.
It just looks like it.
Air America's Randi Rhodes would often explain that people run for Congress to find out where the expressways are going to be built, and then they'll know where to build the Burger Kings.
Thinking that Salinas is eventually going to profit from this trip is just my inner cynic thinking out loud.
Honestly. What business could Salinas possibly attract that will be Laredo's godsend?
If he wants us to believe him, he's going to have to give us a lot more information and not just say that he's there to "promote the business" of Laredo.
Friday, May 23, 2008
"(Citizens) should have faith in voting because these guys know what they're doing."
I'm glad someone still trusts the work of the elections office staff.
And what did the Webb County Elections Administrator have to say?
"We like it when we match exactly," Villarreal said. "This pretty much vindicates our office."
The only thing this proves is that the office does better with smaller races. Come Monday, our attention will again focus on the sheriff's contest where I predict Rick Flores will not show up in court to agree to another recount. At which point, Martin Cuellar and his attorneys will have to prove their case to a judge.
We'll have all summer to think about this botched race.
Mr. Villarreal, you're not out of the woods just yet. Patting yourself on the back is a bit premature.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
And what do I see near the checkout stand? The front pages of our local newspapers.
One in particular showed an extremely graphic image.(Click at your discretion)
What bothered me was that this picture was in plain sight for anyone, especially young children, to see.
Let's recap the race for Webb County Sheriff.
Rick Flores and Martin Cuellar faced off in a runoff election April 8. Cuellar won with 37 votes. Then Flores asked for a recount, and won with a 133 vote margin. And that brings us to now - political theater, Laredo-style.
Flores is the one with the sunglasses and cowboy hat (rock star). Cuellar is the one wearing the red tie. Enjoy.
Footage from KGNS (www.pro8news.com)
It was horrible, but hey you know me, I can't complain.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The construction of this park is barely getting under way. It will be situated approximately four blocks south of the Market Street tennis courts, and two blocks from my house.
City Councilman, Dr. Landeck, was at Daiches Elementary to listen to our concerns. And he got an earful.
One gentleman at tonight's town hall meeting said that the park should not have three whole soccer fields. A lady added, "The only ones who take advantage of fields are people from Nuevo Laredo. My kids would benefit more from a skate park."
Dr. Landeck said that other amenities, such as a skate park, and swings could be added in the second phase of construction, and placed along the adult softball field.
An older lady was obviously upset that she had to pay so much in city taxes and unable to take advantage of recreation centers, and parks. According to her, she and her friends work two jobs and never have the time to take part in leisure activities. At one point she actually said, "I never had any of this when I was growing up." OK. So because you had it bad, then everybody should suffer. I didn't see her walk in carrying a cross, but I could've missed it.
Anyway, Dr. Landeck was grilled about other issues such as: police presence, lack of sidewalks, the old Mercy Hospital, the 5th bridge, etc.
A tote bag can be one more status symbol for accessory-loving Laredoans. You can add bling to a tote bag. You can put your surname on it! A tote over your shoulder tells everyone you have places to go, and money to spend. Mp3 players, and bluetooth devices are so last year. The tote is here and now.
I'm personalizing mine with: "Count Natas says Hi."
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My son made his First Holy Communion yesterday at San Luis Rey Church. The house was packed, and everybody was dressed sharply.
Anyway, the priest went into his sermon during the mass, which was bilingual. He likened the acceptance of the Host to eating at Burger King - both done as a family. He's a good orator. He always keeps me attentive during his lively talks. But yesterday was different. In his talk, he managed to sneak in this line in Spanish: if a Democrat makes it to the White House this November, we can forget about the concept of family. (paraphrasing) I was sour from that point on. How could he say that? What did that comment have to do with these children's first Communion? After all, Laredo does vote predominantly Democrat.
I don't care if he is a Republican, or vouches for the GOP, but this day was about the kids and their Communion, not about political agendas. That remark was so stupid. To think that democrats don't care about intact families is ludicrous. I don't think it's kosher to call a man of the cloth an ***hole, but that statement sure was an ***hole thing to say. (lightning strikes writer here)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
"The alleged Recount is defective and does not reflect the true outcome of the election because at least 64 votes were unlawfully changed by Recount officials during the alleged Recount in the optical scan election day ballots," the petition reads.
The capital Rs are not mine. Could Rick Flores have had a hand in this? We could call him to confirm if he inserted capital Rs in this story but you know the drill.
Flores did not return phone calls seeking comment Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
In the picture to the left, next to the tractor's boom arm you can see Mr. Santos' name in what appears to be a store bulletin.
Ask any middle-aged west-sider Laredoan if they remember the Alfredo Santos store, and they'll probably have a story or two. Some locals, however, mistakenly pair this store with the Santos Department Store located at the Riverdrive Mall. The two were actually independent of each other. I vaguely remember the Santos store at the downtown mall having a food counter with bar stool seating.
DeLaredo has some interesting before-and-after photos of the Alfredo Santos store. Early on in my blog's history, I also took notice of the lonely locale.
The following photo was submitted to the LMT for a story on the late Arnulfo Santos:
This last photo belongs with the one at the top posted back in 2008 by yours truly. (The original post only included of the demolition scenes with the fence blocking the facility.)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The stadium proposed includes 3,500 chair-back seats, and premium boxI wasn't aware that the Broncos had outgrown the field they currently use, Veterans Field.
seating and would be built on 25 acres near the Laredo Entertainment
Center. The Broncos, Texas A&M International University and Laredo
Community College would all be able to use the field; as would high school,
little league and youth soccer teams.
Concerts, boxing matches and family shows also could be hosted at the
stadium, the proposal states.
And the stadium is going to have premium box seating. That's code for: city officials need a place to take VIP visitors to "unwind."
This place is going to host concerts, and boxing matches? I thought that was what the Laredo Entertainment Center was for.
Please excuse my cynicism, but I've heard this "if you build it, they will come" line before.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I had never heard of this. But it makes sense. Kids are growing up faster these days. Birthday parties are getting more extravagant. Limo rides and expensive gifts are now the norm. And celebrating a child's youth in style might be a way of making sure daddy's little girl has her special day. The fairytale quinceanera, or wedding might never come.
Or perhaps people want to shower their kids with more things than they had growing up.
One thing's for certain, we're spending more on parties.
Found some pictures of a "cincoanera."
Anyway, let's do some summer reading. La Sanbe recommends "Once Upon a Quinceanera" by Julia Alvarez.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
...sticking their surname on their car's rear windshield. Why? Because a three-ton SUV just doesn't have that certain flare. We want to stand out among the sea of consumers that go on about their daily lives in bland-looking cars.
But perhaps this pride is more superficial than I realize. Why not a tattoo? Instead of branding their car with their last name, they should put it on their body. But that's a big step. After all, once you put your last name on your neck, arm, or chest, it's pretty permanent. That's a big commitment. I KNOW!!! I'll put it on my car!
I won't have to deal with the pain, or the plastic surgery afterwards. But when I want to sell my car, I'll have to find a buyer with the same name as mine.
Nada que ver.
I won't have to worry about wearing a long-sleeved shirt all the time. And management won't give me dirty looks because I have Gonzalez scrawled on my nape.
I wear my heart on my car.
My name is Quintanilla - I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and goshdarnit, people like me.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
One more month of campaigning for Sabas Zapata and Juan Narvaez.
Juan Jose "Johnny" Rendon kept the District V seat with 77% of the vote.
Jose Valdez Jr. got his old seat back with 53 % of the vote. (will serve two years)
And congratulations to Cindy Liendo Espinoza. She will represent District VIII.
He was told he couldn't run again because he had already served two terms. Not so, said Valdez and his lawyer. Because he didn't finish out his second term, he thought he was eligible to run again. And a judge agreed with him. But the judge ruled that, if he wins, he can serve only two years.
Another chapter in Laredo politics.
Early voting results should be available at 7 p.m. Stay tuned.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Green, D-Houston, Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Reyes, D-El Paso, argued that the former first lady is "the strongest possible nominee to lead our ticket against John McCain and the Republicans in November."
Strongest possible? She can't even run a decent campaign.
And John McCain will be his own worst enemy.
Video tapes sent to the NFL from a former Patriots video assistant included a tape of the team taping their opponents' offensive signals, ESPN reported Friday.
That's it, the Patriots have to return one of their championship trophies.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
We Laredoans can deal with the heat. All we have to do is stay indoors all day with the AC full blast.
One thing we have trouble with, however, is coping with a lot of rain. Roads become ponds, houses flood, and on occasion, cars float away. Enjoy.
Flood coverage brought to us by our local NBC affiliate, KGNS Channel 10.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Mayor Raul Salinas held a State of the City Address this evening. He talked about Laredo's economy, public services, and plans for the future.
As far as job creation, he mentioned the El Portal project, and the retail shopping center going up across from the airport. It seems like these two ventures have stalled somewhat. Not that I really care; I hate to go shopping.
Anyway, Mayor Salinas mentioned the Slaughter Park by name, and said that it should be completed by the end of this year. The word that I've gotten in the past from the Parks and Rec. Dept. is that the park was going to be completed in stages over several years.
Regardless, I'm happy to see some work being done. Mostly because I live two blocks from this patch of land. It'll be very convenient for my son and I. And I'm sure people will take advantage of the green space to keep fit.
I am actually excited now. El Chacon is getting a park!
If anyone has any say as to the construction of this park, I have one suggestion: olympic-style pool.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
What is noteworthy is that this same guy was the would-be heir apparant to one Vince Young at the University of Texas. He was penciled-in as head of the next recruiting class going to Austin in 2005. At the last minute the guy pulls a switcharoo and winds up at LSU instead of Texas. Texas went on to win the National Championship the following year and Vince Young decided to cash it in after his junior year. The result, Texas was left with a country bumpkin originally penciled-in as back-up named Colt McCoy as starter. This didn't turn out to be such a bad deal after all.
Bye-bye Mr. Perrilloux.
Adios - idiot.
Crews are working to make the park a reality. A Parks and Rec. Dept. employee told me that a soccer field irrigation system was the first thing to be installed early May. Kudos to them for getting something started, on a Saturday no less.
I'm assuming the bulldozer is carving out the area where the soccer field will sit.
Friday, May 2, 2008
First Laredoan to film parkour vid in and around Laredo and send to Mr. Quiroz gets $100 American dollars.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Now, I applaud people for staying in touch with their culture, history, etc... but I really don't see the point in this. Sure Laredo has its quirks such as mariachis (instead of tacos, or taquitos), jalapenos with your double-meat Whataburger, or driving around with no liability insurance, but pronouncing it differently is really unnecessary.
We no longer "cure" our kids with an egg. We don't talk about "La Llorona" anymore. And we don't use ruedes to go shopping.
We cheer for a hockey team (Laredo Bucks), watch "American Idol," and name our kids Jason or Amber.
Stop pronouncing Laredo Laredo; you're impressing no one.