Sunday, May 31, 2009
First, the DJs all have deep voices. Radio voices. Not like all the nasally, bumbling, dorky personalities we've got in town.
Radio Stations in larger cities give away cool prizes like concert tickets, vacation getaways, etc. Here, lucky callers win burger combos from Wendy's.
And in other radio stations, the playlists are a bit more varied.
While driving back from San Antonio yesterday, I heard AC/DC's "Soul Stripper." I had never heard that song. What caught my attention was the claves. It might be the only hard rock song with claves included. Anyway, I like listening to KZEP in S.A. 'cause they always surprise me with a deep track. Gotta love 'em.
Take a listen and enjoy. (claves come in at the :42 mark)
That said, the Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.
It takes about 15 seconds to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing.
Please click, share, save an animal! www.theanimalrescuesite.com
A Laredo Times story is highlighting a cleanup event for the Gateway City that consisted of people dropping off large items and hazardous waste at the Metro Park and Ride.
As an added incentive, people were encouraged to bring in their old tires and they would receive 50 cents per tire (a max limit of 8, of course).
Its about time, you can't walk or drive more than a few blocks in South or West Laredo without coming across old tires on the side of the road.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
(AUSTIN) — Expanding pre-kindergarten programs from half-day to full-day with state grants soon will help prepare thousands of Texas children for academic success.
House Bill (HB) 130, developed by Senator Judith Zaffirini, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and Representative Diane Patrick, authorizes $25 million for a new pre-kindergarten grant program and empowers Commissioner Robert Scott to avoid
phasing-out funds for the Early Start Grant Program that was established in 2000.
The bill provides state grants to allow districts voluntarily to expand their half-day pre-kindergarten programs to full-day in partnership with local Head Start or licensed child care providers. The full-day programs would be implemented with quality standards related to class size, teacher-student ratios, highly qualified teachers, approved curricula and school readiness components.
State formula funding currently is available only for half-day programs, forcing districts to rely on local funds or secure other grants to offer full-day pre-kindergarten programs. Recent changes in the Texas Education Agency's Early Start grant rules, however, phased-out many previous recipients, while hundreds of other districts were ineligible for it.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The City of Laredo hosted a public meeting tonight to discuss plans for the Chacon Creek Trail. The project will cost an estimated $32 million and connect TAMIU (upper left of rendering) with Laredo Community College in south Laredo.
The trail will consist of a ten-foot-wide paved track, complete with shaded areas, gathering places, and lighting fixtures along the way.
Phase 1 will be completed April 2010. It will include the James and Maria L. Haynes Health & Wellness Center. The center, which will sit behind the Target on Loop 20, will provide recreational facilities for the public, including those with special needs. A drive-thru recycling area, greenhouses, and plots for community farming will be added features of this state-of-the-art facility.
I tried to get an estimated completion date for this project but couldn't get a definite answer. Phase 8 is the one that interests me because that's the one I'll take advantage of more often. Too bad it's at the tail end of the plan.
For now, La Sanbe will look forward to the first part's completion and hope that I'll still have energy to bike this sucker when it's done.
"A" over at Bordertown Blues guano, stray dogs, and boobie traps on his latest run.
With La Sanbe turning two years old in the Fall, a televised special might be in order.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I love to hunt and hunting is an important part of the Texas economy and plays an integral role in the management of Texas wildlife populations. With more than 913,000 hunters, Texas ranks second in the nation for number of people engaged in hunting. Many Texans will tell you, if you want something to eat ... go shoot it yourself and I went to the Laguna ranch just north of the Rio Grande outside Laredo. This 12-thousand acre cattle ranch is a hunter's paradise. My guide was master outdoorsman Jerry Gonzalez of Pedernal Bowhunts, a company that outfits hunts on several ranches here in Deep South Texas. The critter I went on the prowl for was the javelina, a strange-looking critter sometimes referred to as Ranch Rats or Skunk Pigs. Though some people think javelinas are a type of wild pig, they are actually members of the peccary family, a group of hoofed mammals originating from South America. Many people refuse to eat Javelina because they have a musk gland that smells terrible, like rotting garbage, and one butchering or shooting misstep can make the meat taste bad. But if skinned properly, you can remove the gland without ever squeezing or puncturing it and your meat will taste pretty darn good. After the hunt we enjoyed a traditional barbacoa breakfast, a whole cow's head cooked overnight in a pit in the ground. The head was better than the javelina, but it was a great way to end our Texas sized adventure.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Isn't it odd that the network with the most charming, funniest comedy on TV ("30
Rock") would give five hours of prime-time real estate to the least charming,
least funny man on TV (Jay Leno)?
I'm disappointed that "My Name Is Earl" is getting axed. I hope Fox picks it up.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Webb County Commissioner "Keko" has three signs up already. His is a simple nickname drop on city walls. He must think that his stupid alias is enough to lure the masses to the polls.
All of a sudden, this guy thinks he's Seal or something. It'll be interesting to see if the Laredo Times will start to refer to him only as Keko and skip the formality of printing his gawd-given name.
The sign on the far left made me do a double take. The thing that caught my eye is the little frog sitting on the letter "N". That's weird. I've seen signs with flowers, and American flags but never with animals featured. And why a frog? The only reason I can come up with is that he hails from Las Cantaranas neighborhood. But I really don't know. I don't even know what district he represents. The only thing I know about the JPs is the number of DUIs under their belt. Oh, but I kid the JPs. (motioning, as if drinking from a Tall Boy)
Oscar Liendo's brother, Hector, has had a bridge dedicated in his honor and that thing sits smack dab in the Cantaranas hood. So there might be some truth to my assumption.
Whatever the case, I don't like the addition of the froggy. Next thing you'll know we'll start seeing crosses (Las Cruces), and fours (El Cuatro) on political signs.
Grow up gentlemen. And while you're at it, lose the nicknames too.
THIS JUST IN TO THE SANBE WORLD NEWS HEADQUARTERS: Mr. Liendo used to be called La Rana in his youth. This information coming to us courtesy of my father-in-law. And apparently, Liendo used to be something of a stellar athlete. You think you know someone...
Reporting from El Chacon, I'm keyrose and I'm out. C/S!!!!!!!!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
This homestead roots for the Cowboys and the Patriots. They're bipartisan I guess.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Maybe if Rio Bravo wasn't a full five miles south of us, they'd get better billing.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A national PBS documentary will point to Portland as one of three cities
that exemplify how the nation can use transportation infrastructure to fight
sprawl, preserve the environment and promote mass transit.
Pacheco is also a former president of the University of Arizona, the University of Houston-Downtown and Laredo State University. In 2006, he served as interim president of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Our tax assessor-collector seems to be having a glorious time despite the fact that she's been charged with gambling promotion, and faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
In her mug shot, taken last weekend, she looks like she's accepting an award or something. Her carefree attitude, and perception of innocence, makes me wonder if she thinks that she's got this thing beat.
One thing's for sure: she wasn't smiling when the AG's staff raided her office back in 2007.
This picture reminds me of the time Tom Delay was processed. In his mug shot, he too smiled and came across as a jerk. But his smile was probably some political ploy at work.
Advisors urged him to grin so that Democrats won't be able use a dour mug shot in future ad campaigns
This could be the issue with Barrera as well. Or it could just be her self-absorbed inner child shining through. In any case, I don't expect any expression of humility coming from our red-shirted veteran elected official. And that's a damn shame.
When inhaled, ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad
El Manana reported on Laredo's designation today, but made no mention of the particle pollution lists. The Gateway City did not place in this category
It is the most dangerous and deadly of the outdoor air pollutants that are
widespread in America.
Particle pollution is made up of soot, diesel exhaust, chemicals, etc. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
Monday, May 18, 2009
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Once again, the Laredo Morning Times (or "El Empty" as _Ch refers to the paper), is a little slow.
Word out on the coaching street suggests there will be significant turnovers for the 2009-2010 school year.
One of the most notable changes to the coaching ranks includes Martin High School's Volleyball Coach, Carmela Gonzalez. She has decided to retire, according to the rumormill. Coach Gonzalez has been at Tigerland since the mid 1980s.
I can see putting a bunch of apples, or oranges, in a plastic bag, but why lettuce? Or bananas?
Bananas already have their own built-in locking device.
At any rate, this explains why we're given the distinct honor of being named "world's least green consumers."
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Ladies, if you're looking for a Father's Day gift, then look no further than your friendly neighborhood flea market. You'll be sure to find a tee for that special man in your life. Forget that this stuff is not licensed merchandise, or that poor quality went into its manufacturing. The important thing is that your man won't get another tie next month. And he'll be so proud of this gift that he'll wear it every time he visits his mother-in-law, to let her know that you care.
So get those $5 out and head on out to the flea market on Guadalupe. And tell them that La Sanbe sent you. You won't get a discount, but you will help spread our site's name. Thank you and drive safely.
This is a healthy sign - that candidates of any complexion have a chance to lead
Truly a joyous occasion. From this moment on, San Antonio's Hispanic population (58%) can hold its head a little higher. They, along with newly-elected mayor Julian Castro, have made major strides in society. When they make plans for dinner, they won't be embarrassed to mention that they're dining out at Mi Tierra Restaurant. Kids will have someone to look up to - someone more accessible than your Henry Cisneros, or Henry B. Gonzalezes.
Congratulations San Antonio. From this moment on, anything's possible.
But there is still much work to be done. Every step that Castro takes will be put under the microscope. He'll have to be better than those who have come before him. His words will resonate for miles around.
Castro said the political spadework he did after his 2005 loss led to this year's results
Poetry indeed. I for one will look forward to the endless analogies he'll make comparing his new responsibilities with those of dishwashers, and housekeepers.
Si se puede, San Antonio! Si se puede!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
However, she was busy ushering the guests in. My interview would have to wait. Nevermind that she was able to give the Laredo Times' reporter (who was right behind me) the time of day.
Alas, La Sanbe's time has not come. But when it does, the Heritage Foundation will have a prayer.
I would like to thank Ms. Christina Saucedo (pictured) for her hospitality.
When you're seeing millions of dollars being invested when you're only crossing two or three cars, that's insane
The Gateway City, once again, denied its "fair share."
Friday, May 15, 2009
He wrote me a warning, then again reminded me of the watering ban on Sunday in all of Laredo
He laments that private citizens are only permitted to water their yards on certain days while public places are watered at any time. Case in point: Slaughter Park in el Chacon.
I shot this video at 4:00 p.m.; The current temperature is 96 degrees.
In the shot, you can see some water landing on the street. Surely the City of Laredo can do something about this watering regimen. For one, they can water when it's darker so the water won't evaporate as quickly. And they can also add some taller trees to the landscape that'll provide more shade.
The city should lead by example and implement more water-wise practices. And a little xeriscaping wouldn't hurt either.
I'll post more video of the event later today.
the campaign of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, was slapped with a $28,500 fine after an audit showed he failed to disclose information on a $200,000 bank loan
Thursday, May 14, 2009
As the ball gets rolling, I expect Ms. Barrera to go into hiding, avoiding the media at all costs - much like Dick Cheney during the good 'ol days.
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of $13 million to our local schools and our area economy,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Not only will this investment create jobs right away, but it will resonate for years to come as Webb County children grow into better-educated, more productive adults.”
The legislation authorizes $6.4 billion for school facilities projects for FY 2010 to create healthier, safer, and more energy-efficient teaching and learning climates. Research has demonstrated that better school facilities result in improved student achievement and teacher recruitment and retention: 40% of teachers who transferred schools and 39% who left teaching cited the need for significant school repairs as a source of their dissatisfaction.
Also included in the bill are two provisions authored by Congressman Cuellar. The first, coauthored with Congressman Bobby Bright of Alabama, would set aside 5% of the bill’s overall funding – about $320 million – for areas recovering from a natural disaster or suffering severe economic distress.
“As the chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, I’ve seen firsthand how challenging it can be for local governments to rebuild and repair schools after a natural disaster,” Congressman Cuellar said. “No bill can erase the pain and suffering caused by a natural disaster, but this provision will at least ensure that students in disaster areas always have a decent place to learn.”
Congressman Cuellar’s second amendment, a bipartisan provision coauthored with Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee, will study the impact of the bill’s repair and modernization efforts on student performance.
“This amendment provides for an ongoing, in-depth examination of which specific school improvements produce concrete gains in student achievement,” Congressman Cuellar explained. “It will provide a roadmap for future spending to ensure that education dollars are invested as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Detailed estimates of the bill’s impact in Webb County are as follows:
ISD of WEBB COUNTY Estimated Grant Increase
7,329,000 UNITED ISD
5,585,000 WEBB CONSOLIDATED ISD
77,000 TOTAL 12,991,000
Neither the office nor Zaffirini responded to the questions or to the chart
You'd think that with the advent of cell phones and the internets she would be able to give us a comment from time to time. But no.
Complacency rolls on for Laredo.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
My wife took a business card and the lady went on her way.
Then on our answering machine, we had six messages again offering my wife chiropractic treatment.
All this and we haven't even gotten an estimate for the damage.
Gawd bless America.
When people get to my hotel they are frustrated over their bridge crossing
Travelers could be frustrated for having to wait 45 minutes in the heat on the bridge. I know I get chapped up waiting in line, looking at the agents work at a snail's pace inspecting cars.
As for the bridge employees themselves, they might be in a bad mood from inhaling all that carbon monoxide, and having to repeat "U.S. citizen?" time and again.
The family's two dogs were shown wagging their tails and licking one of the
Besides, I'm not a Pit Bull, or Doberman kind of guy. If I bought one, I'd have to get my head buzzed, wear muscle shirts, and let my jeans sag so my boxers would show. No can do. A Pit Bull would clash with my J. Crew chaconero persona.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
By Corrie MacLaggan Monday, May 11, 2009, 03:36 PM
Children under age 8 riding in passenger vehicles would have to sit secured in a booster seat or car seat under a measure the Texas House passed today.
Under current law, children under age 5 and shorter than 36” have to sit in child safety seats. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Allen Vaught, D-Dallas, says that children under age 8 would have to sit in the seats unless they are 4’9” tall.
The House voted 99-44 to give final approval to the bill. The Senate has already passed the measure, Senate Bill 61 by Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. The House made minor changes to the bill, so the differences between its version and the Senate one would have to be worked out before the bill goes to the governor.
Four-time defending national tennis champion Laredo Community College is again
the favorite this week in Plano
I tend not to get too excited about this stuff because most of these guys, if not all, are from far off places. Europe even.
Monday, May 11, 2009
And that's why I'm using this opportunity to announce La Sanbe's new feature for 2009: the Secret Sanbe Cam!
Twice a month I'll bring my readers a taste of what it really means to live in Laredo.
You'll get the aloof cashier at HEB, the burnt-out stocker at Wal-Mart, and the bitter girl at Burger King. This craphole we call the Gateway City is sure to supply us with plenty of material for Secret Sanbe Cam!
That name can be changed by suggestion.
Now all I need is a pair of spy glasses.
Webb County Judge Danny Valdez
Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas
Census Bureau Regional and Local Representatives
WHEN: Today Monday, May 11, 2009
3 p.m. CST
WHERE: Webb County Courthouse
Commissioners Court Room, 2nd Floor
1000 Houston Street
Laredo, TX, 78040
Webb County, and City of Laredo employees will do battle with their counterparts from Nuevo Laredo at Veteran's Field. Proceeds from the event will go to charity.
There is one little rule that will be observed: if you're right-handed, you have to bat left-handed, and vice-versa. The only players who will be allowed to bat "normal" will be the mayors of Laredo, and Nuevo Laredo, and the Webb County Judge. Hiiisssssssssssssssssssssss.
I really don't think that should make a difference. I expect the guys to be swingin' like girls. Also, I'll wait for somebody to throw out their back, some hernias being aggravated, and local leaders bowing out early due to intense heckling from the crowd, in Spanish of course.
Laredo Speaks observation: era gas or electric?
Ay, no es bueno! says Bordertown Blues.
The new postage stamp rates are not that bad considering that I use about two stamps per month, but still, I scoff at the hike.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
we need to strengthen monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for credit card companies that take advantage of ordinary Americans
Obama wants Congress to act on this by Memorial Day. I'll be watching this closely, and I just might ask Henry Cuellar what he thinks about it.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
A confident leader with a proven record of building successful teams, improving
academic performance and working effectively with diverse groups
Must work well with sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebs, and dickheads.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This is the "in thing" nowadays in local political campaigning: dropping the year 2010 along with some anonymous name for all to see.
It's like anticipating a Pixar movie, but instead we'll get all these schmuks running for elected office.
And nothing else is going to happen between now and next May. This is all we'll get. Meanwhile, my VCR will be waiting in the wings for all the goofy commercials to appear.
I'd get my suegra a Sonora Santanera LP but I think she's got 'em all, and Laredo is not exactly flush with vinyl.
For my mom, I might get her a blouse or two. Y para mi vieja, well, I already have something for her. I have a feeling she's going to like it.
Come to think of it, I shouldn't have bought her anything since I got her U2 tickets. Sure, the show is in October, but it still counts.
It can also be referenced as La Sanbe, or La Sambe. I'm sticking with La Sanbe. What say you?
Hide the women and children. It appears that Bikini's Sports Bar, a new franchise posed to knock Hooter's down a peg or two, is making waves in the Alamo City.
Why you ask?
Well it appears that plans to open up a new franchise in S.A. is not being well-received because it is right next to a prep school. WOAI reports:
For more than an hour, the Bikini’s owner Doug Guller listened to parents, church goers, and city leaders who are concerned about drunken behavior, women in bikini tops, and the safety of their children at the school.“I think they are just getting the wrong impression about who we are,” explained Guller. “Because we are a restaurant.”Wow. Obviously this is not going to be easy. Either way, it makes me wonder if the recent openings in Austin and S.A. (tentative), will Laredo be next?
I've decided to make use of this information by applying it to the game of chance we partake in at any convenience store: the Pick 3 lotto. It's easy. I'll pick 3 numbers for you; you go out and pay $1 for your chance to play; and hope that your numbers are called.
So, recently, Customs and Border Protection officials nabbed a person who had 12 bags of currency totaling $302,875.
Alrighty then, you're numbers are: 3-0-2 and 8-7-5
Pick either set or both. Good luck.
Who knows, someday I might have my own show like Walter Mercado, or Bertha Benedict (for those of you who remember).
WHITES: go to the wedding AND the reception. MEXICANS: just go to the reception
A great majority of Laredoans are guilty of fitting in to this "Mexican" stereotype. And it's really a shocker considering how devoutly religious our community considers itself to be.
I recall helping my wife plan our wedding, and suggesting that we only include the time and date of the church ceremony on the invitation. If our guests wanted to go to the reception, they would learn about it at the church. My rationale was: if they want to get a free dinner, they should at least catch the nuptials. Needless to say, my better half nixed that thought right off. And it's probably a good idea that she did. We sent out about 200 invitations. If all those people didn't go to the actuall wedding (as they're prone to do), we would've been stuck with a ton of chicken parmigiana. But I digress.
Lately, I have found Laredo wedding receptions to be annoying, and uninspired. They're pretty similar to your run-of-the-mill quinceanera, employee Christmas party, or class reunion dinner in that they serve the same salisbury steak with veggies and a roll, and provide the same ol' tired Tejano music that I don't listen to on a regular basis. And to top it all off, I'll still be hungry after the party.
Now, I'm not knocking t.v. dinners, and Tex-Mex tunes, but if you've seen one wedding reception, you've seen 'em all. And my time would be better spent catching up on the list of "100 Movies You Should See Before You Die" in the comfort on my own home. I'm just sayin'.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It is no secret that La Sanbe founder, architect, brains, Key Rose, is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Nevertheless, I ran across a Steelers-related video on Youtube that can make Steelers' fans blush (with envy).
It features a gynecologist from Pittsburgh, Dr. Michael Bummer, who appeared on The Price is Right donning a crudely "personalized" Steelers jersey. To make matters
Sadly--in the context of comedy, of course--Dr. Bummer did not perform a quick checkup on the pregnant model (formerly known as "Barker's Beauties") who appeared onstage during the bidding.
And it you thought "One for the Thumb" was not enough of a reason to hate on the Steelers, here ya go.
Also, the city made a motion to include tasks and funding for a new Laredo Film
Commission to the coming year's budget process
Why don't we just get everybody in Laredo to write a letter to the Coen Brothers, and ask them to think about filming their next movie here.
There. That's the task. Get busy.
Even though Chicago Cubs pitcher, Carlos Zambrano, is of Venezuelan descent, it did not stop some
Monday, May 4, 2009
One of Maher's guests, Fareed Zakaria, said that people probably do that to appear "ethnically cool." He added, people don't say Italia (eee-taw-leeaahh), or France (frrrr-onnnzzz).
This is precisely what's bugged me for a long time. And I've brought it up to one of my friends who now lives in San Antonio. You see, he has a (nasty) habit of saying, we'll be in Laredo (Laredo in spanish accent only) for the holidays.
I really don't see the point in italicizing speech, especially when that speech has never been used before. Anyway, I thank Bill, and Fareed for bringing that up.
By the way, a lot of people around here do the same thing, especially if they're named Mayor Raul Salinas.
On my way to work this morning I noticed that several cops had pulled over motorists on south Meadow, and Zapata Highway. I wondered if it was some special occasion for Laredo's finest to be hassling people, and I was right.
From now on, if you're caught driving without insurance, your car will be towed.
My mother doesn't think it's right that this lady takes advantage of the system, but like most people, she won't do anything about it, just like I won't do anything about educated, working people I know who have taken advantage of the system as well.
The only way I tried to justify the neighbor's actions is by saying that Gawd told her to do it. Gawd wants her to have those SS benefits, so then we shouldn't question her actions.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Andy Garcia, a year out of Alexander High, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. The Times story is here.
The reporter mentions that Garcia comes from an athletic family. Sure enough, his mom is a marathoner extraordinaire and the subject of a lengthy Times piece in August of 2008. (see below.)
The LMT story on the Garcias. Photo courtesy of the LMT.
Unlike LaSanbe's founder, KeyRose, it is probable that there are no sore big toes for the Garcia clan.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Concert organizers didn't want litter scattered all over the place, as you can see by the plethora of trash bins. And a concert in Laredo wouldn't be complete without a plug for some candidate. Apparently somebody named Rico is running for office next year and he/she's got friends. Nice.