Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I spent New Year's Eve with my cousins. They're a lively bunch. If anyone enjoys life, it's them.
Last year it got a bit out of hand I'm told. They lit a couch on fire - on purpose. I left right after midnight and I can tell you that there was no ceremonial couch immolation. Thank gawd.
We all went inside as soon as we heard gun shots at midnight.
Gotta love the holidays.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Unlike last year's choice, Rick kept his nose clean throughout his highly publicized one-term career. But ruffle some feathers he did and 2008 was no different.
What was supposed to be his re-election year, instead turned out to be a drawn out, irritating episode of Laredo's own version of "Wyatt Earp."
All of Rick's bravado, self-promotion, and diplomas could not help him garner the needed votes to avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary. When he lost his position in a head-to-head match to a former law enforcement official, he was quick to take the low road by disparaging his opponent's brother and the Webb County Elections Administrator. The courteous hat tip that was a staple of his commercials turned out to be a disingenuous gesture.
The tactful, educated administrator was replaced by a two-bit, sniveling egomaniac unwilling to let go of his throne.
Election adversity will do that to a man, but his was as undignified a performance as any.
As the appeals process ran its course, Rick slowly faded away. No longer was he on T.V. brandishing a Stetson and pretending to be Laredo's lone watchman. All comments concerning the sheriff's department would now go through spokespeople.
Eventually no new election would be granted. It was the end of the road for Rick. But for a finale, he tried to spend as much of the department's budget and forfeiture funds as he could to leave the incoming administration empty-handed. He was stopped by the sheriff-elect's restraining order. One final rebuke for a fallen man.
Rick tried to convince us that he was the best man for the job, but in questioning other people's honor we quickly realized that he was the one without honor.
He tried to come across as superior to the masses but all we saw was a showman with no depth or maturity.
In his future endeavors we can only hope that he meets them with a newfound grace and humility.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I took a stroll down Stone St. to see the progress of the 30-acre park being built near my house. I came across this simple display of turf pride.
The Border Patrol is frequently seen patrolling the area. Their presence might deter gangs and graffiti from taking over the park, but who knows. La Sanbe is going to have to form a neighborhood watch.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
"So Christmas happens to fall on average within the coldest portion of the year, but this year will be a little milder than average," he said.
It will be cloudy this morning with possible fog, but the sun should burn through the clouds by the afternoon and heat things up, Berler said.
Our new sheriff will be sworn in a week from today. I'll be there for the ceremony at the County Courthouse. Feel free to join me.
In this video, I ask Mr. Cuellar about monies that the current sheriff was spending, hoping to leave the new administration with little to no budget.
While running errands this week, I noticed a bunch of dogs just wandering the streets of Laredo. Alex has talked about this before. This is not odd for Laredo. It's just that I've noticed more of them recently.
These pics were taken in the central part of the city, near older neighborhoods.
If you happen to visit our fair city, keep an eye out for our four-legged friends.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I traveled ten miles south this morning to Rio Bravo to see the unveiling of their new fire engine. They acquired this new rig through a grant from the Dept. of Homeland Security.
Chief Javier Estrada, in white shirt, said that they started out in 1995 with a pick-up truck and a large water container to put out fires for the community.
Now they'll be better equipped to put out fires in Rio Bravo, as well as the neighboring town of El Cenizo, and areas along Highway 83.
Also pictured are: Sheriff-elect Martin Cuellar, volunteer fire department staff, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, and Rio Bravo Mayor Juan Gonzalez.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
UPDATE: It's 7-6 at 8:15.
UPDATE: It's Ravens with the lead, 9-7.
UPDATE: Ravens just scored late in the 3rd quarter. It's now Ravens 16-7. The 'boys are getting killed softly.
UPDATE: 19-10 Ravens in the 4th. The end is near.
Final - Ravens 33-24. Goodbye Texas Stadium.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
George Bush and the republicans have to stop patting themselves on the back by saying that this country hasn't been attacked since Sept. 11, 2001. The GOP does not do national security well; Sept. 11 happened on their watch.
The media, especially Matt Lauer, has to stop using the words Ponzi scheme. It sounds so cheap and unsophisticated. It sounds like a scam that took place in alleys, with an accomplice named Ratso Rizo. Enough with Ponzi. Instead, call it a pyramid scheme or the AIG shuffle.
Instead of using "an historic event" writers will now have to use the better-sounding 'a historic event.'
I've had it with tacky Christmas light displays. (scroll down)
Hats should not be worn indoors. Jobsanger agrees.
It is considered respectful to remove your hat
I'm talking to all of you Laredo Randy Travis wannabees out there. (rick flores)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
He's really no different than any religious man out there. What bothers me is that this guy makes money peddling this crap.
I'd rather there'd be no invocation at all.
Obama will make more sour choices. It's inevitable.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I went over to ask him if he worked for the City of Laredo, or was hired by anyone to do this. He told me that he was doing this just for the hell of it.
His name is Luis Vega.
He said he did this before but city staff erased his work by doing their routine mowing. I was amazed when he told me that he did this freehand, so to speak.
Some people spread their message with cardboard; Luis does it with an edger.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Keep Laredo Beautiful Executive Director, Lynne Nava, said Girl Scout Madie Simms was instrumental in coordinating this effort.
La Sanbe gives props to all those who took time this weekend to make Laredo a better place. Volunteers include: Alexander H.S. Honors Program, Nixon H.S. Honors Program, Girl Scouts, Jerry Resendez (contractor), and Nick Benavidez (landscaper).
The City of Laredo Parks and Leisure, and Water Utilities staff was also in the mix.
Lynne Nava talks about the landscaping at Las Brisas.
And Henry Mejia talks about the park at Andrew Lane that should be completed in 48 hours.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I flew solo tonight at one of Laredo's well-known dive bars. This place used to be called Las Palmas many moons ago.
There wasn't much of a crowd out tonight. I saw several people come in, have a couple of beers, and leave. Inside, the bar is well-kept, but the lighting didn't allow me to get a good shot. One of the flat screen TVs had Mission Impossible on. I didn't know that the girl from Felicity was in the movie.
I decided to check out the patio. A TV out there was tuned in to ESPN; that's where I learned of the new Heisman winner. Sorry Colt. Anywho, beer is $2.25 at this joint. Stay sleepy Laredo.
He alleged Sheriff Flores was spending outside the scope of what state law allows.
Flores fired back and called Cuellar's case frivolous.
"I don't have a checkbook and I don't spend money like a drunken sailor," Flores said.
Cuellar will now have $1.52 million at his disposal when he takes office next month.
I don't know if Flores could've burned through that much money in his final days as sheriff but it has been done before by other county officials.
Here I speak to Keko Martinez, County Commissioner for Pct. 4 (El Chacon!), about some colonia projects he's working on and he brings up the fact (@ 2:22 in video) that he started out with no funds when he took office. Take a look.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tomorrow night, we'll find out if La Sanbe favorite, Tim Tebow, wins the Heisman again.
And Cuadro Cafe will host an independent film festival Sunday, featuring local filmmakers. That might be something worthwhile.
Today, La Sanbe's part-time reporter, Luis Uranga, brings us news of a new restaurant that just opened near the Chacon neighborhood, Taquitos Ravi. This restaurant, like La Manzana de Guillermo, El Rancho, and Tacos El Popo, got its start in Nuevo Laredo but has moved to our fine city because of the decreased tourism south of the border. Mr. Uranga highly recommends the tacos al pastor. I'm more partial to the flautas de pollo. Happy eating.
It begins and ends at San Agustin Plaza with cyclists trekking up and down San
This is good. Organizers have come up with an idea to get Laredoans up and about. But why they decided to name it "Tour de Taco" is beyond me. It could be a way of celebrating our culture, or just a way of enticing people to ride their bikes: Forget the carrot stick, we've got tacos at the finish line!
A cookoff follows the parade
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Journey's Stone in Love has a similar part that comes in at 2:33.
And the Oooooooo'ed melody of Level 42's Something About You also sounds a bit familiar.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Pomar Electronics is located about four houses down from the corner. In the mid nineties, I visited them to inquire about radio transmitters hoping to someday have my very own radio station.
I still remember what the guy told me: I can sell you the 100-watt transmitter but you WILL get caught if you use it.
That quickly dashed my dreams of ever having my own call letters.
Me and my crazy dreams.
It is alleged that 26-year-old Madrigal had a sexual relationship with a
If that wasn't enough, the shame keeps piling up for this man.
Madrigal's father, was arrested at the same time for $11,000 in outstanding
municipal court fines
Jesse must now fight sex offender charges, deal with an outlaw father, and bow his head at the fact that he lives with his parents, at the age of 26.
If cleared of the felony charges, he could still be shamed out of town. If so, he would have to explain to people that he is originally from Laredo, sending what little self-esteem he has left into a tailspin.
Gay-rights activists are encouraging people to "call in gay" to work todayStories are starting to come in to La Sanbe headquarters that all employees have shown up to work today.
to demonstrate how integral gay people are to American society.
In an effort to fend off any suspicion of homosexual tendencies, or distance themselves from behavior that goes against their Catholic teachings, all men and women in Laredo arrived at work early, and have been toiling at their work stations efficiently, and with a surprising, newfound work ethic. People have also been careful not to talk about today's protest, or the upcoming LEC Broadway shows, Cats, Hairspray, and Lord of the Dance.
Local employers have never seen anything like this. A supervisor at a bottling company said that even sick employees came in to work, and have not taken any breaks. However, he added, a weird sense of insecurity filled the air.
We'll bring you more as this story develops.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Martin Tigers and the Nixon Mustangs are the granddaddy of
all rivalries in Laredo.Since 1964, the year the Mustangs opened their doors,
they became instant rivals. Martin had been a staple for Laredo since 1937,
and the newest school in town (Nixon) offered another option for the expanding
- Juan Rodriguez got into some trouble again.
- I'm worried about Jennifer. She's slowly going the way of Karen Carpenter.
- People give chucklenuts too much credit because he supposedly "kept the American people safe" after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... Thing is, his administration started nine months earlier. And then there's this little thing called the August 6 PDB. It contained this: FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings... Huh?
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Now that De La Hoya has laid waste to his own legacy, we take a look back to recent interview leading up to big fight yesterday. In this pre-fight segment, De La Hoya interviews himself and discusses his 'walk in the park' preparation and strategies for using his experience, reach & weight advantage. Kenny Rogers once pontificated: "You got to know when to fold em, know when to walk away and know when to run". Some people ignore these words. Instead, they stand still and get their ass kicked.
It is currently windy, with single-digit wind chill conditions, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Demarcus Ware might not play because the weather might affect his knee.
My wife is baking a football-shaped cake as we speak. And I have my yellow towel ready to go.
UPDATE: The cake is ready! Now we wait...
Thursday, December 4, 2008
- DeLaredo offers up a suggestion about how to spend two dollars.
- Rapper T.I. is coming to Laredo. I'm happy for local rap fans.
- owner of Marti's, a high-end arts and crafts gallery on Guerrero Avenue in Nuevo Laredo, refuses to let his kids come home to work in the business
- Walsh on Bush: What a cowardly, buck-passing answer. Love it.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
"But if you come in between that door frame of my home, I am going to kill
you. Hands down."
I love these numbskulls who tell us that they own guns and aren't afraid to take someone's life if somebody trespasses on their property. Because it's not enough to just say you own a gun, you have to eloquently state your intention of using it in the most fatal fashion possible.
I'm not totally against guns, it's just that comments like "I am going to kill you" sound so ridiculous. It almost sounds like a dare. And I doubt this guy is going to be standing watch over his home 24/7 with an itchy trigger finger. He has to go play football eventually.
What's more ridiculous is that they utter these words to people who pose no threat whatsoever. Basically what they're doing is crotch-grabbing/posturing. They're so proud of their gun, their mad shooting skills, and the element of surprise. The trouble is, the element of surprise might favor the intruder.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
In it, she'll get Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Keanu Reeves (anything).
I'll get a personal favorite, Jennifer Connelly (whose birthday is actually Dec. 12), Kathy Bates, and some scary robot named Gort.
According to Castillo, based on last year's increase of $12 per credit hour,
this year's designated tuition increase of $5 is not that high
In other words, you're welcome Laredo.
Mr. Castillo goes on to defend the price hikes by comparing TAMIU to other universities.
we are still cheaper than Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Kingsville and UTSA
That's stupid because TAMIU isn't even in the same league as the other colleges.
He's trying to sell the university by saying, hey we're cheaper, when in reality the slogan should be: hey, we're closer.
UPDATE on 5/10/2016: photo
Monday, December 1, 2008
Zaffirini said she reluctantly voted for it
Tuition and fees go up.
Public hearings regarding proposed increases in tuition and fees at Texas
A&M International University for 2010 (fall 2009 - summer 2010) have been
A college education gets pricier so politicos must act: propose tax-free books.
"The costs associated with higher education are becoming increasinglyIf the bill is passed, students will see a savings of $50 - 100 on books per semester. Nice.
burdensome," Zaffirini said in a statement.
But fees, on services students don't use, will go up. Damn.