Monday, June 30, 2008
First my motorcycle just decided to die. This after a two week-old tuneup.
Then I go hand over my hard-earned money to an automobile insurance company, (Don't get me started on insurance companies) and I get the aloof associate paying more attention to Alejandra Guzman's "Hacer El Amor Con Otro" than to me.
And the capper is: yelling into the Popeye's intercom because the employee on the other side doesn't understand what I want.
A SMALL SIERRA MIST!!! (they don't have Sprite)
A SMALL SIERRA MIST!!!
Ah, pasele a la ventana.
Anyway, it's about 105 degrees out, I'm honking at people, they're flipping me off, yadda, yadda.
Next time somebody tells me to have a good weekend, I'm reacting like Holly Hunter when Nicolas Cage comes back empty handed.
So before I cool off, I want to get some things off my shes.
What's up with Bill Clinton?! I used to be a big fan of his until this year. Now he's saying that Barack Obama must kiss his ass to get his support. Bill, I love you but you have to go now.
Next. Free trade and the people who love it. Here's a quote from our mayor.
"In Laredo, we know that free trade means jobs and a job means a betterLovely. The people in Flint, MI must feel the same way. I would keep myself from laughing at the mayor's comment if Laredo high school SAT scores were higher. And the "on which you live" ending, oh gawd.
standard of living, not matter what side of the border on which you live,"
George Carlin? I found him annoying; not that funny.
Overrated: Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, SJP, Pamela Anderson, Olsen twins.
White men with doo rags like Hulk Hogan, and Brett Michaels need an intervention. It's time for a makeover, just as long as you stay away from Billy Ray Cyrus', or Kenny Rogers' stylist.
And white people on T.V. with more than five children are not special. I used to love Eight Is Enough back in the day but I've come to realize that the more children you have, the more of Earth's resources you gobble up. If you're thinking about having a ton of children, I'm sure Oprah will come calling.
Why doesn't cable television do a show about the trials of single women? THAT would be interesting. Maybe it already exists and I don't know it.
Lastly, Creed on the radio - there's no need. That'll be La Sanbe's new credo: Creed, no need.
Look for t-shirts this Fall. (free to all Sanbe regulars)
Thanks for checking in.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
While each city should have enough water through the summer from backup sources and conservation, now is the time to start saving, the release said.
Besides, we already have a water park. It's called the Civic Center Pool.
What this bill does is give immunity to telecom companies for turning over phone "records of millions of innocent Americans to the federal government without proper oversight and without a warrant."
I'm waiting for comment from Henry Cuellar's Laredo office.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Now several years later, construction costs have skyrocketed and LISD trustees
have already used about $14 million of the $60 million 2005 bond issue and $57
million 2006 bond issue to pay for things that weren't part of those bond
Is that legal? ???
"Henry's scheme involving endless court battles and a draw on resources, useRick, you're being forced out of office by the voters.
of the courts and the appeals process, is deja vu in the 2008 sheriff's race and
ironically appears to be the same scenario with the same attorneys, which forced
Congressman Rodriguez out of the race," Flores' statement reads. "That's
not going to happen to us."
Get over it. Your cavalier attitude has worn thin.
And what does the Cuellar camp think of all this?
"It's a desperate act from a desperate man."It's hypocritical, that's what it is. Flores accuses Cuellar of using the court system to get what he wants, but it's been Flores who has been dragging this thing out, and along the way, saying some pretty peculiar things.
Flores also said in his statement, issued Tuesday evening, that the "heatIs he trying to insinuate that Cuellar has something to do with this?
is being turned up in the sheriff's race" and that he received a threat Monday
while in Boston.
Rick, focus. Let's get back to the subject of one of your poll watchers turning the count in your favor by 177 votes - allegedly.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
La Sanbe contributor Piper Maru had jury duty today. She found out something rather interesting. Apparently Laredoans don't know how to pronounce legal terminology.
Case in point: Voir dire.
Instead of saying vwah-deer, we say vor-dyer.
We're a bunch of numbskulls.
The visiting judge had to clarify both pronunciations specifying that "here in South Texas" we do things a little different. The judge was very accomadating. To him, "it's all good."
"That was a horrible thing these guys did, and the city needs to make themI went to a local nursery Friday to check out what they had in stock. I asked the price of a pecan tree that was about 12-15 feet high. The sucker was $500!
pay," he said. "The city needs to better enforce the tree preservation
ordinance or else these builders will keep getting away with this stuff."
I did not ask if labor was included in the price.
Anyway, how much do you think the oak trees were worth?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
He's still got six months to go. What gives?
"I welcome any investigation into the many improprieties that have taken place at the Webb County Elections Administration," Flores said in a prepared statement Friday.
"...the blame for any alleged irregularities would fall squarely on the shoulders of Oscar Villarreal."
Wow. That was a prepared statement. In it he accuses Villarreal of mishandling the election process. Rick likes to flaunt his resume and pass himself off as an educated man but here he manages to talk out of his ass.
Rick, you lost. And the state is now looking into one of your poll watchers turning the race over in your favor. Have some dignity man.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Volunteers will clean smaller trees and lay mulch for the hiking trail, which winds through wooded areas on the parkland's northwest portion.
An irrigation system has been set up for the soccer fields, and an iron fence is in the works along Chacon St.
This whole thing is finally coming along.
La Sanbe will have some pics up tomorrow.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
There's one other delicious irony at work -- don't you find it funny that
McCain, the Republican, is embracing government funding for the election while
Obama, the Democrat, would rather be self-reliant?
I'm looking forward to November's election. It looks to be a historic event. If all goes well, I'll have something significant to tell my grandchildren someday instead of recounting the day O.J. drove down the highway in a white Bronco.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The first recount that was requested by Flores resulted in his "victory" over Cuellar by more than 100 votes....a statistical impossibility (according to Laredo's own "Heatwave" Berler).
Flores was unavailable for comment on the news tonight. That only makes him come across as a sore loser. His past live television interviews have proven that he is seemingly incapable of taking the high road in defeat. Only when he is the winner does he indulge the media with a tip of the hat and a smile.
Congratulations to the Cuellar camp.
Is it really over this time?
It might not be over. Is Rick Flores financially ready to drag this on further?
Wood, Flores' attorney, pointed toward other irregularities in the second
Rick Flores was not in town Tuesday night, but still could've called in to say a few words.
Flores' spokeswoman, Tessie Medina, said earlier in the day that the sheriff
would likely make a statement after the results came in. She could not be
reached late Tuesday.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The Martin Tiger Class of '88 is having their reunion on August 16 at the Gathering Place on Shiloh.
Somebody inquired about the Nixon Mustang reunion. I don't have a date for it but I'll try to get the scoop.
UPDATE: The Nixon reunion will take place August 16 at The Atrium on Jacaman Rd. A TV commercial is in the works.
If anyone knows about the Cigarroa Toro reunion, let me know.
And that goes for United too.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
San Bernardo still bears witness to its glory days as a tourist attraction, including several sustaining examples of early motor inns or tourist courts answering the popularity of family travel by automobile.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Under state law, only certain not-for-profit, religious and student organizations may conduct raffles.
Patricia Barrera, Tax Assessor, sold raffle tickets and football pots to help fund her campaign. Where does that fall under?
Friday, June 13, 2008
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar was in Laredo today to talk about a multi-million dollar grant for the Laredo International Airport.
The grant will be used for rehabilitation and upgrades.
I got a chance to talk to him about some other things.
I need to work on my shaky camera work.
The sheriff's department is using more gasoline this year.
The increase comes despite the department's loss of 11 units from last year's fleet of vehicles, according to figures sent to the Commissioner's Court from the County Auditor Leo Flores' office. Officials with the Sheriff's Department did not respond to reported attempts for a comment.
That's it! Their cell phone privileges should be suspended. One, for using so much gas, and two, for not answering any calls.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"Don't put the burden on the local community. This is clearly theIt's all about compensation.
result of the federal government's policy on the war on drugs."
Laredo officials always talk about working with any agency to ensure the safety, and prosperity of the community, but I wonder how they would react if they were in this position.
What would Rick Flores do?
Veronica Escobar, an El Paso county commissioner who sat in on Tuesday'sYeah, you'd come over too if a target was painted on your back.
closed-door meeting, said earlier in the day that she worries the city is being
used as a safe haven.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Likewise in Austin, Texas, where "some of our operators are telling us that
sometimes the buses are so full that they have to tell passengers to wait for
the next bus," said Misty Whited, a spokeswoman for Capital Metro Transit.
The change is more than quadrupling residents' curbside recyclingMost of Laredo still uses blue plastic bags to round up its recycled products. Those blue bags have to be picked up manually by city employees.
capability - a move the city is embracing because it can sell the paper, plastic
and cans for an average of $52 a ton.
A blue plastic can pilot program is underway in north Laredo.
How long before the blue cans reach the Chacon neighborhood?
The clock starts now.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Nixon and Martin will play August 30.
For those of you unfamiliar with local sports, this is the oldest rivalry in town. It was always the last game of the regular season; the game that was hyped up and well-attended. Now it's the first game because Nixon is now classified as a 4A school. I expect a lot of sloppy playing both from the football players, and the bands.
We'll know August 30 if the game still holds its appeal, especially with alumni who continue to use the motto: Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.
Salinas said he did not want to comment on the issue.Pa que te 'nojas?
"He's the author," Salinas said about San Miguel's letter. "He's the
one that ought to be (commenting)."
It's really easy to push this mayor's buttons it seems. When he was criticized on the cover of LareDos, he ordered someone to remove all copies of the newspaper from plain sight. It's not the removal that bothered me so much, but instead the thin skin, and the act of ordering someone to do away with the LaroDos issues. Can you be more of a lazy ass than that?
It's your pride, you move 'em!
And now he's giving these lame responses to the media. The "my door is always open," and "we wan't to bring transparency" tag lines have gone out the window with this man.
Honestly, you're the mayor of the city with the largest inland port in the nation - start acting like it. The George W. impersonation won't cut it.
You're a big fan of the photo op. We see you alongside city employees paving Meadow Avenue, and you're pictured with the United Longhorn Baseball Team in council chambers, but it's going to take a little more than your mug in the paper to get you re-elected.
Every time you put on your suit and tie, it's time to play grown-up and convince us that everything is on the level. Fake it if you have to, but dump the sulking - it's annoying.
Monday, June 9, 2008
After his arrest, Zuniga told investigators that he was paid $1,200 forWhat a shame. Career, and reputation all down the drain.
each load of illegal immigrants or narcotics he helped get across the border,
the document states.
And yet another young person making bad decisions.
Benson's rocky relationship with the Bears took a turn for the worse whenMake it stop!
he was arrested on a drunken driving charge in Austin, Texas, early Saturday
after failing a field sobriety test.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Solar advocates say high costs, a lack of incentives and resistant homeowners associations are clouding the nascent industry's future in the state.
It would be nice to get a tax break for buying solar panels for my house but that's not going to be a make-or-break thing for me.
A typical solar electric system for a home can cost between $20,000 to $29,000.
That's less than the cost of most cars.
I will go solar, sometime in the near future.
Locally, while the majority of foreclosures are concentrated in south Laredo, more than a handful of foreclosures have been in the north side, with houses in Regency, Alexander Estates and Winfield sold in the June auction.
I'm glad the local media decided to catch up.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
A school in Houston is ordered to close.
The Texas education commissioner ordered Sam Houston High School to close Thursday but in the same breath gave the Houston school district another shot at overhauling the campus, which has not met minimum academic standards for six straight years.
That sounds familiar. Laredo's oldest high school is having troubles of its own.
Preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Education Agency shows that Martin may have slipped into stage 4 federal sanctions, for failing to meet certain federal standards of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills five years in a row.
I wonder if our own superintendent is losing sleep over this. I'd like to get her reaction but she, like other local officials, has a nasty habit of not returning phone calls.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Rutsey played drums with Rush from 1968 to 1974, as well as on the band's eponymous debut album, but departed soon afterwards, apparently due to a lifelong illness stemming from diabetes.
Classic rock radio still plays "Working Man" from Rush's first album. John's drumming was more straightforward than Neil Peart's, but it was perfect for the time and place.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
America's usual answer to traffic congestion has been to add more lanes onLaredo's only transit system, El Metro, is primarily used by those who are severely cash-strapped. And even then, some with no money in their pockets would die before taking the bus.
highways, or more highways, or more bridges and tunnels for more cars.
In recent years, only a few farsighted and ambitious cities, like Portland,
Oregon, have invested in light rail.
I passed on the opportunity because:
1. I'm not a scientist
2. It's not something I've researched and railed about, and
3. I don't think I can convince a Michael Savage fan of global warming.
Anyway, this from the EPA.
The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in 2007 that warming of
the climate system is now "unequivocal," based on observations of increases in
global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice,
and rising global average sea level.
He'd heard that the amount of ice was actually increasing somewhere in the world. I wasn't aware of this, but it's actually true. Nevertherless, it's not something that works in our favor.
The incremental expansion of Antartica's sea ice has coincided with someBy the way, it's 100 degrees in "beautiful" Laredo.
more troubling changes. Four of the continent's largest glaciers are
retreating rapidly, and researchers blame increases in ocean temperature.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Paco Barrientos stated Laredoans should "rededicate ourselves and rediscover
I could treat visitors to Jet Skiing at Lake Casa Blanca. There's only one problem: nobody rents jet skis in town.
We could catch a minor league baseball game at Veterans Field if you don't mind the heckling of opposing players in Spanish.
Other than that, I've got nothing.
Monday, June 2, 2008
The man, described as a Hispanic male in his 40's, sustained five gunshotThis guy must've done something wrong for the suspects to go after him so early on a Sunday morning. They couldn't wait for the lunch rush to start.
wounds to the upper and lower extremities, authorities say.
I'm curious to find out if the restaurant will have security guards patrolling the premises next weekend.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
"Until we enforce our immigration laws equally against both employers and employees who break the law, we will continue to have a problem with immigration," said U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, an Iowa Democrat whose district borders Postville.
I call employers bastards because they hire people who present fraudulent papers, then treat 'em like crap, and in some cases, don't pay them for the work done. And when the fuzz comes down on them, they act like they have no way of finding out if someone is here illegally.
I say: throw 'em in jail.