Thursday, July 31, 2008
He said the notion that "Miers is absolutely immune from compelledThis judge is a Bush appointee, mind you, so you'd think that the GOP would honor the ruling. Not so fast. Here's what Rep. Boehner of Ohio had to say.
congressional process" is "unprecedented."
"I'm sure it'll be appealed and it'll go into next year and it'll become a moot
issue," he said.
Aaaahhhhh. Apparently the republican motto is "never let 'em see you sweat."
But seriously, the Bush administration has toyed with Congress for the last seven years, what's another five months?
If the House Judiciary Committee decides to arrest Harriet Miers for contempt, it'll be without the help of Henry Cuellar. After all, he was the lone democrat who thought that Miers didn't need to answer to Congress.
In any case, the saga continues.
So, as fate would have it, the new leader of the nation's preeminent college football institution is a Cali-Mex dude (get it - not Tex-Mex) named Mark Sanchez.
He's getting rave reviews, winning the adulation of the California Hispanic community and is featured in the following ESPN article. He even created a bit of controversy during a game by wearing a mouthpiece with the colors of the Mexican flag.
This begs the question: when will a Tex-Mex QB rise from amongst Texas high schools to lead the Texas Longhorns? We wait, we wonder, we can only imagine..
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
My mom faced so much ridicule for her accent growing up, she never taught my sister or me how to speak Spanish properly.
It wasn't exactly proper Spanish we spoke back in the day. A lot of it was profanity.
Before I could respond, she offered that my SAT scores weren't high enough for funding if I was considered white. If I was Hispanic, she predicted, doors would swing open.
But now, being fluent in Spanish can have its benefits. Employers hand out bonuses if you are bilingual. Not so much in Laredo, but in points north.
IF you are at work, or better yet, eating a sandwich during your lunch hour, try this website of "20 ways to Die Trying to Dunk a Basketball" for a few minutes worth of hilarious Youtube videos of people failing miserably, sometimes painfully to dunk a basketball.
Granted, it is never good to laugh at the expense of others, but it is so tempting to do so.
Continuing with the Texas theme.. Turns out not all Texas students are getting wasted. Meet the Texas 4000. This is group of UT volunteer students selected every year to ride their bikes 4,000 miles from Austin, Texas to Sutton, Alaska. That's 69 days of riding. They are currently on day 54 somewhere in Canada.
Why do they do this? To promote awareness and raise money for cancer research. They've raised over $1 Million big ones over the last 5 years. To find out more about this group, track their journey or make a donation, visit www. texas4000.org.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today, however, I give them props for jumping into action.
On Saturday, a hysterical woman holding an unresponsive infant yelled for help. The agents at Bridge I took the child and started CPR. Their efforts proved successful. The baby was alright.
Los oficiales dentro de sus primeros auxilios le suministraron una sustancia que
la hizo reaccionar y poder respirar con mayor facilidad.
Since the American people gave them control of Congress, the Democrats inApart from the last one, which Hillary supported, Henry Cuellar voted in favor of the resolutions. No explanation on these key issues will be forthcoming since he has no challenger, is wildly popular in his hometown of Laredo, TX, and let's the local media in on exactly what he chooses to disclose.
Congress have given the country the following: Unlimited and unconditional
funding for the Iraq war. Vast new warrantless eavesdropping powers and
retroactive amnesty for their telecom donors -- measures the administration
tried, but failed, to obatain from the GOP Congress. The ability to ignore
congressional subpoenas with utter impunity. A resolution formally decreeing
parts of the Iranian government to be a "terrorist organization."
All we know of Cuellar is that he presents big checks to local organizations. We don't know the Cuellar that votes to give those in power free passes. We're oblivious to the fact that he's at odds with the netroots. He calls himself a democrat and that's fine with us.
Now, you'll never catch me calling Henry Cuellar a closet Republican. I'm just saying he never met a free trade agreement he didn't like.
Unseating him is next to impossible. I don't see a republican having a chance against him, especially in south Texas. And any democrat that someday chooses to run against him will have to convince the locals to give up their meal ticket.
Webb County considers itself Democrat, and so does Henry Cuellar. So what if he runs with the blue dogs. Most around here probably don't know the difference.
There should be little doubt that NASCAR is a redneck sport after yesterday's news that the sport is leaving Mexico City after a four-year experiment south of the border failed to elicit huge crowds.
You can insert your own punchline here.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Accompanied by the introduction of the paper's new website, each aspect of Laredo sports world will host its own blog, as supervised by the Times' sports department.
There will be a blog for prep sports. There will be blogs for recreation and college sports.
The bottom line is that Laredo has never seen such definite and aggressive sports coverage as what it is about to see.
Not only will you see a brand new website with a plethora of features never before seen, but you'll also be wandering into amplified coverage of local news and sports that you won't get anywhere else.
Tune into www.lmtonline.com Monday to check it out.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday's incident was the fourth fuel seizure in recent months. Prior to that, Vega couldn't recall authorities ever encountering people illegally storing or selling fuel. "This is something new," he said.
"As both a Congressman representing a border district and a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I am proud to see Operation Stonegarden dollars delivered to our border communities," Congressman Cuellar said. "These funds will support the closer coordination of state and federal enforcement and will help Webb county target additional resources so that our international borders remain secure."
Friday, July 25, 2008
I was a big fan of The X-Files TV series since it began. I have the DVD's; I watch the mini-marathons on the Sci-Fi Channel; I own the Agent Mulder and Agent Scully version of the Ken and Barbie dolls (still in their original box and in mint condish); and I even kept an old poster of Mulder and Scully which was once in my living room, but now in my closet (not to be forgotten). Even my blogname is an ode to the show (a few fun x-phile facts: Piper Maru is the name of the 15th show from Season 3, which originally aired Feb. 1996. It is the name of a French salvage ship on the show, but the writers used the name as a tribute to Gillian Anderson aka Agent Scully. Her daughter, Piper Maru, was born during the first season of the series.)
I still remember that Mulder's apartment number was 42, that Scully was referred to as "Starbuck" by her father, and who could forget the wacky trio The Lone Gunmen. But although I don't remember all the conspiracy theories and the intricate details that I used to, I'm still very much a fan.
The movie plot has been kept under wraps. I hope to be surprised. I'm on my way to the theater now. My review, however biased, to follow.
The truth is out there...
UPDATE: See PIPER's movie review in comments section
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"If they hadn't shot down the fourth plane it would've hit the dome,"I always thought that the plane crashed because of the struggle between the hijackers and passengers. Even the movie depicting the doomed flight doesn't mention anything about fighter jets striking down Flight 93. Interesting.
Stone, a Navy officer, said in his opening remarks.
Yesterday, Barack Obama's campaign released a new Spanish-language ad entitled "Our Own Road."
Obama's ad strives to connect the Deomocratic nominee's background with the life realities of most Latinos/as. Considering his background, it is a fair attempt. From the time Obama made known his mixed race background and his childhood with a single mother, many young Latinos latched onto his candidacy.
However, in Laredo, things will be tough. The Big L can be very inhospitable--and some dare say antagonistic--to African Americans. For instance, check out this story from LareDos in 2002.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
When asked about this nation's efforts to curtail illegal immigration, the good doctor responded by saying that as long as there are Mexican people living in deplorable conditions, you'll continue to see them make every effort to come to America in search of a better life. (Something to that effect)
Alex posted Dr. Q's story two months ago.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Last month, Laredo resident Arturo Ramirez, the 46-year-old owner of Ambush
Exterminators, pleaded guilty to six counts, including conspiring with others to
improperly fumigate plants.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
My brother had a bike like this back in the day. What made it special was the circular chain (link) handlebar.
The thing that used to drive me up the wall was making a turn and having one of the pedals scrape the concrete.
It took a little practice to cruise correctly.
My posture has never been the same.
While some officials said it's time to trim the fat, others said $20 to $40 per person per meal isn't so bad.
The nerve of these people. Some in Laredo are starving right now, but to the City Council, it's quite alright to spend $20 or more on a meal.
"For the most part, I've always considered myself a public servant who's almost volunteering for the job."
In other words, I don't get paid enough for this gig.
We should just go on about our business and leave the council be while they try to do the work of the people, only to be paid with botana platter scraps.
Nearly all of the nine meals from Embassy Suites were ordered with botana platters with appetizers.
If anyone is familiar with Laredo's City Council, it's literally time to trim the fat.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
South Laredo is going to lose out tremendously in the area of overpriced coffee. Once the bigwigs of Starbucks get through with us, we'll only have two (instead of three) places to go buy our latte grandes which make us think we have it better than we actually do.
What will we do when our status symbol is gone? And where will the emo people of the Chacon neighborhood go?
I'll tell you one thing, I'm not going to the north Laredo, Del Mar location. I mean, those people are just stuck up (roll eyes).
Gawd forbid I should walk into their store in flip-flops. They'll look at me as if I just took a dump on their tinted-windowed Ford F-250.
And I'm not about to go to the mall food court location to stand in line next to teenagers in skinny jeans to get my espresso. My teenage years were painful enough. I don't want to relive them, thank you.
In these tough economical times, we're all just going to have to buckle down and take one for the team.
That means buying my coffee and muffin at the H*E*B deli like everyone else south of Hillside Dr.
Godspeed everyone, and tell my mother I love her.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sadly, La Sanbe has to report that Forbes Magazine's latest rankings of the nation's car theft hot spots has Laredo just out of the top five, behind cities like Modesto, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Forbes' article maintains that Laredo's 1,914 thefts give it a per capita theft rate of 820.92, well off Modesto's per capita mark of 1047.99 (based on 5,358 thefts).
This is bittersweet news for La Sanbe since there was a twisted sense of pride in being No. 1.
Friday, July 11, 2008
It could be that one shouldn't put down dirty thoughts on work computers.. Or, for the young ladies, cover up in front of creepy professor dudes..
Thursday, July 10, 2008
"It's a very timely subject, simply because so many persons are impacted,"Yeah, so?
said Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, chair of the Senate subcommittee on higher
education. "We have more students than ever continuing their
Legislators may consider both re-regulating tuition and increasing stateAn interest?
funding, Zaffirini said. "There is interest in both."
What of deregulating tuition?
Zaffirini said she reluctantly voted for it; she hasn't taken a publicInteresting. No stand this time. No rush I guess. The election is only four months away.
stand this time.
And conditions remain safer than those of violent hotspots like Juarez, Tijuana
and Nuevo Laredo.
And if you're in a partying mood...
"On the weekends, there are a lot of people dancing and (having) drinks,"Casa de Nacho. That reminds me of a joke my grandmother used to share with me.
said Jamie Aleman, owner of a curio shop called Casa de Nacho on Calle
It goes something like this:
Border Patrol agent - donde nacho? (where were you born?)
immigrant - no, Nacho ya se fue patras. Yo soy Pepe.
Thank you, I'll be here all week.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
"I certainly know there are lots of people who are withholding theirI'm not expecting Clinton fans to fork over money to another candidate. They surely didn't fund Hillary all that well. She had to loan her campaign some cash a couple of times.
money," she said.
The pouting is getting annoying.
"They need to be wooed. They need to be won over."
They're playing hard-to-get now.
And apparently, Obama is an elitist now.
Personally, I don't see it. I mean he plays basketball, and likes to talk sports with his barber.
And some Clinton backers would rather vote for McCain than for Obama. I call these people racists, but seriously......
Vote for McCain? The man thinks Social Security is a disgrace because workers are being taxed to pay into the system.
And he makes jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes.
Not very presidential.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We're a week away from this fiasco going back to court. Hopefully we'll know who the next sheriff will be before Picnic Day (Australia). But as you can see from this video, both men have made adjustments to their outward appearance.
Rick Flores is no longer wearing the casual Friday attire (jeans with long-sleeved shirt) with a Stetson -- the look he adopted when he became sheriff of Webb County.
And Martin Cuellar is rockin' us with his new Boys of Summer hair, and nicely trimmed 'stache. Interesting.
Tune in July 16 for the next chapter in Border Sheriff: I Got Next.
He was apparently drunk and he is accused of exhibiting a knife to a cousin of
his, but they didn't want to file charges.
Mr Solis was suspended for his actions. No slack was cut for him and his extended 4th of July antics.
Solis, 24, was uncooperative when deputies arrived in answer to the callA party on a Monday at 2 p.m.? Is that right?
around 2 p.m. Monday and officers had to use a Taser before he was arrested,
Please, no "don't tase me, bro" comments. Thank you.
Monday, July 7, 2008
This summer, South Carolina became the first state to bar undocumentedYeah, gawd forbid they should earn a degree, pay taxes, and contribute to Social Security.
students from all public colleges and universities.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Anyway, he says that the Democrats have had control of Congress for more than two years and have done little to help the plight of hard-working Americans.
I would take him seriously if he at least knew when the mid-term elections were held. Hint: it wasn't more than two years ago.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This spot is about a 2 mile hike from nearest road. That means it lies buried behind a snowpack all winter.
Got a chance to visit the First United Methodist Church book sale today. The lady (pictured) is not the only customer they had when I took the photo. Anyway, contrary to popular belief, Laredoans do enjoy a good read every now and then.
I bought two books to keep me busy on my upcoming trip. I got paperback versions of Moby Dick, and A Farewell to Arms. I think the latter is a diet book. (Thank you George Segal)
Rush has been at it for 30+ years, and now RS is "gracious" enough to devote four whole pages to the band. Thank you, Rolling Stone, we are not worthy of your generosity.
I guess they figure that Rush won't move mags off the shelves, nevermind that they consistently pack venues to this day.
If I want to keep up with stories about Kid Rock, or Amy Winehouse, I'll renew my RS subscription. Until then, I'll keep scouring the internets for Rush info.
Valdez said he still needs to hold workshops with the offices of the Webb County Sheriff and District Attorney. It is up to the current office holder, he said, to include the incoming successor in the department's budget hearings.
Rick Flores and Martin Cuellar in the same room working on the budget. I'd pay to see that.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
My better half and I have taken trips into Mexico's interior where we just marvel at how citizens can accomplish the improbable with guts and determination. For instance, there have been a few times where I have been in a nervous awe while driving behind pickup trucks in central Mexico that are stacked to the brim and beyond with cardboard and other items. And just as the truck in question navigates a sharp turn I feel certain that it will totter over the edge of the road. Yet, somehow it manages to circumvent the laws of physics and remain upright until the next harrowing turn.
As the saying goes: poverty is a great motivator.
While there may be something to marvel at Mexico's culture, the story in today's Laredo Times about a Laredoan selling gasoline from his home fails to strike the same chord.
In this case all I could conjure up was, "Wow. I am glad they are not my neighbor."
I guess you could always chalk it up to: "only in Laredo."
Four years later, the Realm of the Bushes is now being described -- in the Wall Street Journal, no less -- as potentially "the next California."
Political scientists are projecting that Bush Country will morph, by 2020, into
the nation's second-largest Democratic state.
Exciting times, dare I say.
The court document indicates Flores' wish to have Peeples declare him theAnd what flavor of cake would the sheriff want with that?
true winner of the election or, "in the alternative find that the true outcome
of the election cannot be determined by the court, void said election and
require that a new election be held as provided by law."
Rick is alleging that 75 people cast ineligible votes.
And I guess he's assuming that all 75 of those people voted for Martin Cuellar.
According to the Flores camp, some people voted twice, were felons, or were not registered properly.
Cuellar's attorneys said the lists are inflated and show how far Flores isTo his office and his cowboy hat.
willing to go to hold on to his office.
Next up: election contest on July 16. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Cortez said the fact that temperatures for most of June was 97 degrees or hotter
and the price of natural gas skyrocketing 60 percent higher than last summer
were big reasons for the high bills.
My bill is $74 more than last month. And my wife starts her month-long summer vacation today, so she and the youngin' will be home all day.
I can handle the price of gasoline by riding my bicycle or motorcycle to work, but it's the light bill hikes, and milk prices that sting. Damnit.