Sunday, August 31, 2008
The Civic Center hosted a tailgating extravaganza today. The area was fenced off for some reason. Don't ask me why - the event was free.
I saw some people wearing Steelers merch, one guy with an old McNabb jersey, and some Texans followers. But of course, this is Cowboy Country. And apparently, all Dallas fans drive big pick-ups. That means something.
Don't you just love the way the colors liven up the place?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I watched the skies all day hoping that the rain would come another day. It wasn't so much so Laredo's oldest football rivalry could go on without a hitch, but because I knew if it rained, I wouldn't get a refund for my tickets.
Nevertheless, the night held on better than the sod on the field. I think Cigarroa played here in the rain the night before; that explains the condition of the field.
The 100% humidity distracted me from the mosquitoes sucking away at my neck. But the capper was some middle-aged man yelling DE-FENSE! every five minutes. I'm thinking to myself, dude nobody's going to join in, give it up.
Anyway, the Tigers won, 19 - 13. That's good, I guess. But my favorite part was when the Martin Band played Rush's Countdown. I had to confirm with the head band director. Apparently, the song is part of their 2008 halftime show, along with songs by Stereolab, and Kraftwerk. Interesting.
Oh yeah, they also played La Negra. Some things never change. I'll keep a close ear, and camera, on them.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
There are so many ways that you could save money but the word save does notFor once I'd like to read a story where City Council raises taxes, and at the same time, elects to give up its cell phone allowance.
exist in your vocabulary.
Or they hike up garbage fees, and they forgo their mileage.
How I would love to hear that on their next out-of-town conference, councilmen shared a hotel room, instead of getting one room to themselves (and their spouses).
Monday, August 25, 2008
City Council is also seeking to fund construction of a baseball park on theI reckon they think that more people will attend Broncos baseball games if the stadium is closer to the North side of town.
property near LEC, which would be funded by the 0.25 percent sales tax already
The team is in the process of building a fan base since they made their debut a mere couple of years ago. A new stadium would definitely draw some attention. That and drink specials.
I'm just concerned that this venture might turn out to be another money pit like the Laredo Entertainment Center.
"I expect for there to be a shortfall, but I want to make sure that it isOk, I'm sold.
eliminated or kept to a minimum," Villarreal said. "If we can get voter approval
for (maintenance and operation), that would help out."
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Following JJ Binx's lead, I want to talk about our own leader who takes advantage of his position.
Mayor Raul Salinas attended yesterday's event at the Civic Center, along with one hundred other locals.
As you can see, it was raining early on. So what does he do? He parks his car up near the entrance so he doesn't have to walk much.
Que padre ser rey!
It wasn't pretty, winning with nothing but field goals, but it's preseason after all.
Getting together to watch football with my in-laws, who are huge Cowboys fans, is always hyped up. But in the past, my wife and I would be critical of the 'boys when they would go for three, instead of punching it into the end zone.
The Cowboys have been better of late, nevermind that they get ousted early in the playoffs. But the excitement is brewing with only two weeks to go before the season starts. And the Steeler/Cowboy game Dec. 7 will definitely be cause for a carne asada. Football's here!!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
A friend tipped me off to one ladie's 15th birthday party request: a horse-drawn carriage.
The people who rent this buggy out are still trying to get the required permits for the horse. Meanwhile, they just hitch it up to their SUV and take it from there.
Supposedly the birthday girl was transported by carriage from the church ceremony in the Santo Nino neighborhood to a reception hall near the Chacon area (my turf). It wasn't just a prop for pictures at the party; it actually traveled the busy streets of South Laredo. I wanted to get an action shot but a prior engagement got in the way.
Anyway, for those of you in the market for a carriage, contact "Designs With Love" on 3001 So. Buena Vista, Laredo, TX. You can have this puppy for two hours at a cost of $500.
Laredo Democrats convened at the Civic Center this morning to get pumped up about the upcoming General Election. Sergio Mora, Democratic Party Chair, stressed that the community shouldn't take it for granted that Webb County always sways Democrat. Instead, he said we should get out the vote to make it known that Laredo and Webb County do count.
Friday, August 22, 2008
McCain himself isn't actually rich. He just lives off the inherited wealth
of his much younger, former mistress and now-second wife
All of McCain's downsides don't matter because a lot of people have granted him immunity due to his POW credentials. Oh yeah, and he's white too.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Take a good look at this. This is what presidents of Homeowner's Associations use as material to make residents comply with rules and regulations.
"First it's satellite dishes, then old cars parked in the driveway, and next thing you know you have trash all over the street!"
I can't tell if these people are getting a head start on Spring Cleaning 2009, or it's a really bad episode of "Mission Organization." But now I know why Laredoans aren't more fit: it's because of the obstacles in their paths.
Come on Laredo, have some pride for crissakes!
About 200,000 gallons of wastewater poured onto Mines Road on Tuesday and Wednesday after a manhole collapsed several miles away, city officials said.
According to a news release, area residents might want to use only water that has been distilled or boiled for at least one minute to use for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
A Brownsville doctor chimes in about the lack of medical compliance among south Texans.
In Brownsville, where more than 92 percent of the population is Hispanic,
Hussain says this lack of preventive care exacerbates what would be minor
medical conditions, creating tragic consequences.
Diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are very common in our culture. Our eating habits and sedentary lifestyle play a big role in the development of chronic illnesses. For example, look at the plate sale picture below, and the empty track picture below that. Eating carne asada and foregoing the laps do not a healthy lifestyle make.
And I understand that it's tough to give up fajitas, tortillas de harina, barbacoa, beer, etc. but people don't even put up a fight when it comes to their health. They just shrug it off, thinking that illness is a part of life.
Ruiz, 52, said that he sees a specialist for back problems, but isn'tOf course death is a part of life, but nobody develops diabetes and suddenly drops dead. That would be too easy. No, diabetes starts to take over your entire body, and over time you start to notice changes in your skin, your eyesight, and eventually your kidney, or heart function.
concerned about heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Death, he says, is a part of
Sure death, and illness are a part of life, but if more people would take care of themselves, I probably wouldn't have to wait an hour in a doctor's office lobby before being seen. I'm just sayin'.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I attended my 20-year high school reunion this Saturday. Not everyone that I wanted to see showed up, but my better half and I (both Class of '88) had a good time.
It was fun to see people you lost touch with right after graduation. However changed we all looked, we all seemed to pick up where we left off and catch up on the last two decades.
Plans for the 25th Reunion were hinted at with the hopes of more cooperation from the larger group that the Class of '88 was (about 400 members).
One of our former teachers, class sponsor Mary Lara, joined in our celebration and delivered a short speech thanking us for the memories (Ms. Lara pictured above with 5 of the 10 senior class officers: Myrna, Terry, Sarah, Annie, Elsa).
By the way, I'm the one wearing the tie.
"(It's) something new for Laredo," she said, reassuring the brands she carries are the same ones worn by Maddox Jolie-Pitt. "But I think there are moms out there that want their children to look hip."
Ms. Gonzalez is thinking outside the local Z-93 Tejano box. I wish her luck.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Local school district trustee seats are up for grabs this November.
To file for a place on the ballot, applications must be submitted by Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. at the respective school district.
I ran across one campaign sign in South Laredo which left me a bit unsettled. It states, "elect 'Candy' for the kids."
If there's a candidate whose nickname is Candy, do I really want her to sit on the LISD school board.
And the slogan has a weird vibe to it. It has a sort of predatory feel to it.
You be the judge.
The Nixon Class of '88 got together last night at the Atrium in north Laredo. I was lucky enough to gain access to their soiree and see how the other side parties.
I didn't know how they'd react to my presence, being that I'm a graduate from rival Martin H.S. but everybody was really gracious and welcoming.
I gotta hand it to the planning committee (Green balloon picture [L to R]: Jerry Rodriguez, Cindy Cipriano-Macias, Andy Ibarra, Vicki Lugo-Blanco, and Joe Mireles) they picked a really nice place to hold the event. They must've charged a pretty penny for admission, or they must know somebody's uncle. Either way, nice job Mustangs.
I picked up my two plates, hoping to see Rick Flores working the grill, or stirring the beans, or something. Naranjas. It's a shame though; his cowboy hat would've been perfect for a day like this.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
"I believe we would have won Iowa, and Clinton today would therefore have been the nominee," former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson told ABCNews.com. "Our voters and Edwards' voters were the same people," Wolfson said the Clinton polls showed. "They were older, pro-union. Not all, but maybe two-thirds of them would have been for us and we would have barely beaten Obama."
We leave you with this classic bit of 2 ladies fighting over the has-been.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A hardcore free-market believer, Hildreth said immigration policy should be driven by economics and not politics.
Companies are always outsourcing jobs to "stay competetive." But what about those that can't move their operations overseas? Farmers, Wal-Mart, and every hotel in Las Vegas need cheap labor. Why should they be at a disadvantage when Levi's is able to relocate to Mexico?
"We always need more laborers to stay the strongest country in the world," said Hildreth, a former economist with the International Monetary Fund who now directs a private investment firm, mostly focused on Latin America.
I love it when businessmen are honest with us.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Laredo animal shelter leaves much to be desired
My wife and I recently went to the Laredo animal shelter to adopt a pet, and let me tell you that is the most disgusting, filthy, disease-ridden, tick-infested place I have ever seen.
The animals are not properly separated - one little dog was attacked twice by three other dogs while we were there - and the place should be shut down.
It is not a protective society and we should all be ashamed of the way it is run.
Most of the animals will never be adopted or they will be returned because of health or other issues such as the cost of nursing them back to good health and maybe recycled, but they won't be able to fit into a family atmosphere.
I should have followed my first instinct and gone to the Valley or San Antonio where shelters are properly run and animals cared for rather than a holding pen for death.
"It's unfortunate because this is now going to continue on for probably another
nine months," said Doanh "Zone" T. Nguyen, the lead attorney for Hilda Negrete,
the former city secretary employee who filed the original sexual harassment
The city is actually looking past this, and hoping that an Appeals Court rules in their favor.
I'd love to hear Guevara's response, repeated in a San Antonio Appeals Court, concerning Negrete's face superimposed onto a picture of a scantily clad woman. They'll love this.
Guevara said during his deposition testimony the image was a "work of
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
FBI Director Robert Mueller, who also spoke at the border conference
Monday, said the FBI is working directly with Mexican officials as part of an
anti-kidnapping effort in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Arevalo said the man might sit in apartment courtyards, watching for potential
All he wants is the cash. And who has large amounts of cash at home? Answer: immigrants with no bank accounts.
Arevalo said there might have been other robberies that have not been
rported because the victims might fear deportation.
During public comment there were several shots taken at Sheriff FloresRick should know a thing or two about being disgruntled. Rick lost his reelection bid and is currently working on his second appeal, in an effort to keep Martin Cuellar from coming between him and all his starched outfits.
accusing him of abusing his power and firing or demoting employees for reasons
that lay beyond the scope of reason.
Monday, August 11, 2008
"He doesn't recall how it happened," he said. "Family members claim they heard
the gunshot, but they don't know how it happened, either."
C'mon, take a guess.
This goes back to what Alex talked about recently.
Somebody knows something; they're just not talking.
We're close to knowing who Obama's VP choice will be. Bill Richardson's name was thrown around as a possible candidate because of his foreign affairs experience, and his Hispanic roots.
I wasn't too hyped about Richardson. He appeared confused at times. Martin Villaraigosa, I thought, had a better chance of holding higher office - that is, until I learned of his affair. His stock shot down from there.
Another person who could've been a contender is Henry Cisneros. But he too was bitten by the extramarital love bug. If only he hadn't......
Heck of a public servant, Henry, so big-hearted and capable; watching him
work a crowd in San Antonio back in the day, you'd have sworn you were looking
at the future.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
But the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank estimated that Mexican shoppers spend $2.3 billion a year in El Paso, Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville, according to a 2006 study, the most recent data available.
We'd probably have only one Wal-Mart, instead of three.
My wife and I were wakened to the sound of gunfire this morning. This is the third time we've heard blasts coming from the same direction in the last sixty days. I always thought that it was the neighbors shooting into the sky, or playing around with Mexican fireworks (palomas). But a friend recently told me that Nuevo Laredo doesn't allow the sale, or use, of fireworks.
What was different today was that we heard about ten consecutive shots fired. There's no snooze button on that; you are up at that point.
So we peek outside but the streets are desolate. We spot a couple of neighbors outside of their houses, trying to find out what happened. Within five minutes of the shots, police sirens are coming in our direction.
I dare venture out of my house only when I see more people standing outside in their pajamas.
At this point, a cop has blocked the street with his patrol car, and taped off the area with the yellow plastic ribbon that you see in every movie crime scene.
I'm thinking, oh crap, somebody's dead.
A neighbor hails me after he/she gives the officer a statement. There I go, in pajamas, with awesome bedhead, and the sleep still in my eyes, to gossip at dawn.
I excuse myself after a while thinking that Pro8News will be here any second, and catch me in my Sunday's best.
Anyway, word is that someone got grazed by a bullet near the face.
We'll see what becomes of this.
Have a good day y'all.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Those (should I say fortunate ones?) who have lived through these assemblies describe a most exclusive of VIP clubs with 24/7 access to world-class cuisine, Internet & contact info to any of the world's most accomplished athletes. This article describes a day in the life of living in this environment. It sort of paints the picture of a real Sodom and Gomorrah going on over in Beijing about now.
Ciudad Acuna is cracking down on the practice.
...but carrying extra containers home with fuel is a violation of customs and export rules and in some cases is a safety violation.
The Laredo Morning Times reported today that Tycola "Ty" Moses was sworn in as Laredo Police Department's first African American officer.
A recent transplant to Laredo in 2004, Ms. Moses was pinned by her 11-year old son. Diversity is a good thing.
Friday, August 8, 2008
National Enquirer has been running the Edwards affair/lovechild story for a while. My question is: when is the story of W. back on the bottle going to make the nightly news?
"I worked for 44 hours cleaning up hurricane damage in Harlingen and South Padre Island," Daniel Salazar said. "I worked long hours and paid for my own gas, and now I'm getting nothing."
I hope someone is held to account.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, which must approve companies that commission temporary workers, has no record of One Force.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
In order for Texas to go Democratic, we need a very strong showing in South Texas.
I hope we have a strong showing at this function. 10 a.m. on a Saturday? Most Laredoans will be hung over. But I kid.
Seriously, Webb County needs to stand behind Barack Obama. He got about 30% support from the locals in the primary.
But this is about our country, and this is about our party, and we are supporting Obama.
La Sanbe won't live-blog from the Civic Center, but it'll bring you coverage later in the day.
I'll be sure to wear something nice.
He said he is working diligently to get a local or state representative from Obama's campaign to attend, and added that U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and State Sen. Judith Zaffirini will be on hand at the assembly to talk about their campaigns and the party.
New Metallica in stores September 12. Of note here is one of LaSanbe's favorite bassists (Geddy - we didn't say THE, just one of) Roberto Agustín Trujillo is said to be a heavy contributor to this work. Roberto has previously played in Suicidal Tendencies, Black Label Society and with Ozzy. Does this mean a Suicidal influence on Metallica? Mexi-tallica anyone?
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The alarm bells are ringing, and we have a real card in Barack Obama, who can offer real change.
On people who are hired for elections
The same people keep getting hired to work these elections, and if there is a way, I would like to get away from that.
And lastly, on the possibility of a new sheriff's election if Rick Flores' appeal were to go through
If another election were to be called, I think...it would be detrimental to the voters of Webb County, he said. And it would cause an extra strain on the elections office, (which) is gearing up for the November General Election.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
According to the Texas Secretary of State's office, a person cannot participate in the general election, as an Independent or write-in candidate, for the same office he/she lost in the primary.
The local elections office told me that Rick was unable to run again. "He can't" was their response.
So much for that idea.
Don't call Rick a sore loser. It's the integrity of the election that he's trying to uphold here, and not his own agenda.
Flores said he wanted a chance to bring what he called problems with the election process in Webb County to light.
"This isn't about being a sore loser, it's about doing the right thing and making sure that every vote counts," he said.