Sunday, May 31, 2009

Trippin' On Good Tunes

One of the things I enjoy when I travel is listening to big market commercial radio. Sure you still get the commercials but the experience is so much more pleasing, and I'll tell you why.

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)

Click to save an animal

LaSanbe likes animals of all kinds including dogs, Lemmy of Motorhead, 12 monkeys, beavers, pussycats and otters.

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

James Caviezel Sighting In Laredo

Cleanup

The Laredo Cleanup Event. Times Photo

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

Pool

Head Start Funding

(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

Give Till It Hurts

David's got a little over a week before he heads out to California. Any donation would help greatly with his endeavor.



Mail donation to:
David Montoya
3309 Nottingham Drive
Laredo, TX 78043

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Just A Hiccup

Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had to call off some tour dates while he tended to the little matter of a bladder tumor. Go Dave!

Trans Am Plus Mustang


What would it be like if Steve McQueen and Burt Reynolds got together for lunch?

Councilman Hector Garcia

I meant to post this last night but the video took longer to process. Mr. Garcia talks about the Chacon Creek Trail. Enjoy.

Tell Us, Karl

Karl Rove questions Sonia Sotomayor's intelligence.
I know lots of stupid people who went to Ivy League schools

Really, Karl? Can you name one? Does anybody come to mind?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Conditions In The Gateway City

We're getting some nice rain, lightning and thunder right now.

Chacon Creek Hike & Bike Trail


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.

La Colonia Guadalupe

Last May Wednesday

All good things must come to an end. Who knows? Greg Ellis might end up in a better place.

"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

The Carvilles Are Coming

James and Mary will be the featured speakers at the South Texas Rising Scholars Extravaganza in October. ?????

Andrew Zimmern In Laredo

Andrew shot a javalina (skunk pig) at Laguna Ranch, north of Laredo. The Travel Channel story included shots around St. Agustin Plaza. Read on.

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.

Salinas

Sonia Sotomayor

Joe Conason talks about Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, and the impending GOP pushback. He asks:
How do you say "bring it" in Spanish?

I would like to offer: dejale caer, ese!

Filling A Need

I always thought my bachelor party was missing a certain something. Now I know: a pinata.

The Most Interesting Man In The World

I could only wish to be this cool.
He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels

Monday, May 25, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance?


We here at LaSanbe don't judge, but we do question why a 'straight' male would go on national television with this act. More power to him, at the same time.. we get the outfits, but the necklaces?

Pigeon Hiding

Storm Coming

The Nuggets are up by double digits, and hail has been reported in the Mines Rd. area.

Will work be cancelled tomorrow?

Monday Memorial Day

Jon and Kate season debut. Fantastic!

Skunk Pig, Anyone?

Laredo might get a mention tomorrow at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. Apparently, Texas is a hotbed for bizarre cuisine and Laredo's offering is something called "skunk pig."

Raymond The Enforcer

Texas House members can no longer "call in" their votes; not if our representative has anything to do with it.
But when Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, asked for strict enforcement, it
meant every member had to personally register his or her vote

Television

I thought I was the only one who felt this way.
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.

Laredo Rio Fest

Get your kayaks ready; the Laredo Rio Fest is coming.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Pow Wow At Laredo Civic Center

More In Laredo Irony

A local group raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by selling plates complete with red meat, and refined carbs.

Por eso estamos como 'stamos.

Riding El Metro In Laredo


The small seats, the flop sweat, paying an extra five cents for a freakin' transfer - it's all so glamorous.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

3 day weekend - let's get Into Action

The Liendos Attack

They're coming. The new batch of political signs are starting to creep up on us and there's nothing we can do but get out of the way.

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!!!!!!!!!

What Would Jesus Twitter?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dallas Cowboy Pride

Just because the NBA playoffs are in full swing doesn't mean we forget about the Cowboys. As you make your way around town you see bumper stickers, jerseys, and the occasional wrought iron tribute to the 'boys.

This homestead roots for the Cowboys and the Patriots. They're bipartisan I guess.

Day Off

I've been running some errands this morning.

I went to the Paul Young dealership to look for a used car. They didn't have anything under 10K.

Will try CarMax.

I did have a nice breakfast, though.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bonnen

That's not nice.

Lakers v. Nuggets Game 2

Denver tied the series 1-1. Yay.

Farewell Ballad

City Hall Opening

The town of Rio Bravo celebrated the opening of their new City Hall yesterday. It's cause for celebration; time to rejoice. But for the Laredo Times, it's just another story worthy of page 10 placement. In Spanish.

Maybe if Rio Bravo wasn't a full five miles south of us, they'd get better billing.

It's All About The Sugar

Have you had a Coca today? Bordertown Blues.

Automobile Thefts

Lock your doors, take your keys, and hide your valuables.
Garcia said the most stolen vehicles in Laredo are Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet trucks

Boxing Gym

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Money Money Money

Cuellar sought out cash for transportation projects.
calling for studies of high-speed rail in the Houston and Laredo areas as
well as a new bus terminal for Roma, Texas

Blueprint America Tonight At 8

This looks interesting. Via Atrios.
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.

Que QUE?!

So the Alamo City is now the border? I need to get out more.
I saw a very unassuming, but clear sign that read "PORT OF SAN
ANTONIO."

Manuel Pacheco - I Don't Know Him

New interim president.

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

Thriving Bush

Lakers v. Nuggets

Denver had a chance but they blew it.

Patricia Barrera's (S)mug Shot


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.

Change Cometh In The Form Of.....



Teabagging.

TJ's Best Lines

I can't stop laughing at this. Hahahahahahahaha.
There's no link between diabetes and diet. That's a white myth, Ken. Like
Larry Bird or Colorado.

Hahahahahahahaha.
You're going to sue me? Who do you think you are, the San Diego zoo?

Zaffirini Vote

The Texas Senate tentatively passed SB 1164 which permits college students to carry concealed firearms on campus. Senator Zaffirini voted against the bill. Good.

Go For It!

The guy at the table is going to throw up!

The Funk Soul Brother

I think the Michael Steeles, Sarah Palins, and Dick Cheneys of the world should stay put on our t.v. screens. They do wonders for the Left.

Clean Air, Dirty Streets

Last month the American Lung Association released its report of cities with the cleanest, and dirtiest air. Laredo ranked in the list of "Cleanest Cities for Ozone Air Pollution."
When inhaled, ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad
sunburn

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

David To Drum With California Drum Corp

David Montoya will be marching with the Mystical Drum Corp this summer, but he needs our help to get there. He needs to raise $1,300 in three weeks. La Sanbe will start off the drive with a $100 donation for this former Nixon HS band member to realize his goal. But first let's take a look at his snare drum prowess.



Any donation will be greatly appreciated. You can send a check to:
David Montoya
3309 Nottingham Drive
Laredo, TX 78043

La Sanbe thanks you for your participation.

Changes

Martin High School volleyball players. Photo courtesy of the LMT

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.

They Hate Thee

Four innocent, upstanding, law-abiding, gawd-fearing, faithful, honest, industrious firefighters were assaulted this weekend. May those who are responsible be held to account for bringing a world of hurt to Laredo's bravest.

Daily Ponder

Trump can't be that rich and have hair like that.
is a wispy-haired goon who may or may not have any money

Another Pulga Pic

Not So Eco Friendly

Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping at H*E*B, I noticed a peculiar thing: somebody selected a head of lettuce (already wrapped in plastic) and put it in another plastic bag.

Why?

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."

New Cases Of H1N1

Pro8news is now reporting that three new cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in Laredo, bringing the total to six. Go to Pro8news.com for the latest.

Suddenly A Strong Contender

With her recent stint in jail, Patricia Barrera is now making a serious run for this year's Person of the Year award. 2007, and 2008 brought us two men with a badge. This could be the year of the woman.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Primo Finds At The Flea Market



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.

Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Hold on to that hand sanitizer, and avoid people who might be sick because we may not have seen the last of H1N1. Basically, do everything you're supposed to do on a regular basis to stay healthy.

Corner Two-Tone

This house is not in the historical district, but it deserves attention.

Santa Maria's Moment To Shine

Not all can rise to the level of Santa Maria Elementary legends.

San Antonio Ready For A Hispanic Mayor - Again

A UTSA political scientist agrees that San Antonio is now more progressive after choosing a Hispanic candidate as its new mayor.
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

Man On The Street

Meaning of Life

Click here for video.

What Do I Do Now?

I was going to watch the local evening news but some jockeys are getting on their horses to run some race on NBC.

UPDATE: The winning horse's trainer, Steve Asmussen, lives in Laredo. Congrats!

Margarita Araiza Snubs La Sanbe

The Webb County Heritage Foundation celebrated the founding of Laredo with a luncheon at TAMIU today. I decided to venture out to the university's ballroom to get a comment from the foundation's executive director.

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.

The Cleto Show

The Cleto Show debuts tonight on Fox at 11:30.

Scenes From Jarvis Plaza

Mayor Salinas On Good Morning America

Our mayor is furious that Laredo isn't getting any stimulus package money for border security. And it seems that others have caught on. In an interview with ABC News, Laredo, and its mayor , doesn't get its due - Mayor Raul Salinas got all of one line for a story on border funding.
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."

Border Inspection Finds

We're number one!
Laredo leads the country in cash seizures

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Weather

It's been raining for the last twenty minutes, and it might get worse.

OMG!!!

Tax Assessor Collector Patricia Barrera is in jail awaiting release. She is facing three charges, one of which is the promotion of gambling. If convicted, she faces up to three years in jail.

Moises Flores Gets Written Up

Mr. Flores writes in to the Times' Opinion Page to voice his displeasure with the City of Laredo's watering restrictions.
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.

Today In Water

We're getting a new water plant to help ease our dependence on the Rio Grande.
It's meant to provide additional fresh water for the 215,000 residents of Laredo

Sanbe or Sanber?

Uh-oh. When blogs attack. (Coming to a Fox station near you.)

From Delaredo:

Taken at the carnival that sets up over by Burlington on Sanber.

Meowrr...

Pics


Having Fun with the Times. Think of your own caption of the photo of Laredo Broncos General Manager Jose Melendez, the day after news of their new $8 million park were released:

National Police Officers Memorial Day - Laredo, TX

President Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 commemorating this day as National Police Officers Memorial Day. Law enforcement officials from Laredo, and Webb County gathered this morning to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.



I'll post more video of the event later today.

Minor Details

Running a campaign must be tough, but after years of practice, you would think Henry Cuellar would have this down pat.
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

The New Baseball Park

Oh, the irony. It hurts. Bordertown Blues:
on the same day that Mayor Raul Salinas appears on national TV asking for more federal stimulus dollars......city leaders are planning to build a $8 million dollar stadium

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gambling In Webb County Office - Allegedly

Tax Office employee Mary Novoa is headed to court to contend charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, and gambling promotion. This all stems from accusations made by former employees noting that raffle tickets and football pots were sold in the office to support Tax Assessor Patricia Barrera's re-election campaign. Nobody, however, came forward to offer a comment concerning this new development, not even Barrera (pictured).

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.

What Say You

Can't wait to get home to watch some public access t.v. The Laredo I.S.D. is tackling two grievances as we speak. Hopefully we'll know the fate of Auditor Elizabeth Henry, and Coach Don Davis tonight.

Endejo(a) Of The Day

Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchinson voted against setting a 15% cap on credit card interest rates.

Que se vayan mucho ala......!

Slow News Day

$6.4 Billion Out Of A $3 Trillion Budget

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar today joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, which makes critical investments to modernize, upgrade, and repair school facilities across the country. The bill authorizes an estimated $569 million in new funding for Texas schools, including $13 million for school districts in Webb County.
“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
LAREDO ISD
7,329,000 UNITED ISD
5,585,000 WEBB CONSOLIDATED ISD
77,000 TOTAL 12,991,000

Judith Zaffirini Not Hip To Technology

I, like the Star Telegram, have had this experience as well.
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.

Shop Laredo

It's not that I don't like shopping in Laredo; it's that San Antonio sometimes makes it easier for me.
La Sanbe's use of a San Antonio graphic design artist goes contrary to the
bordertown's motto: "Shop Laredo First."

This I Like

I'm having a good hair day today, if I do say so myself.

(cross-posted at Twitter)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Top 25 Metal Guitarists

Guitar World 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists Of All Time:

01. Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH)
02. Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (METALLICA)
03. Angus & Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
04. Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE)
05. Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN)
06. Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
07. Dimebag Darrell (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN)

08. Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)  <<<--- LaSanbe comment:  should be top 3 (if not # 1) .....

09. Adam Jones (TOOL)
10. Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER)
11. Dave Murray & Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN)
12. Jimi Hendrix
13. Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST)
14. Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley (KISS)
15. Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
16. Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW)
17. Yngwie Malmsteen
18. Joe Perry & Brad Whitford (AEROSMITH)
19. Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (MEGADETH)
20. Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH)
21. Brian May (QUEEN)
22. Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO)
23. Nigel Tufnel (SPINAL TAP)
24. Jeff Beck
25. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)

Adjustments

My better half was involved in a minor car crash yesterday morning. Thankfully, everyone is O.K. But when my wife got home today, a representative from a chiropractor's clinic was waiting for her. She informed my wife of the services provided, and she even brought up the idea of getting a rental car for us.

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.

Border Crossings

I can recall one incident at Bridge 1 where the Customs and Border Protection officer was a jerk. I'm glad someone else is looking into correcting their jerky behavior.
When people get to my hotel they are frustrated over their bridge crossing
experience

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.

Hi there

I'm actually thinking of getting a job in the downtown area so I can ride the bus to work every day.

B&E

People have recommended that I get a dog when I tell them that my house has been burglarized. But I don't think it's worth the trouble.
The family's two dogs were shown wagging their tails and licking one of the
suspect's faces

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

Urban Marketing

Mayor Raul Salinas On The TeeVee

Our adorable mayor will be on Good Morning America tomorrow talking about border stuff and things.

Judith Zaffirini - Booster Seats

House passes booster seat bill
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.

Mexican Soldiers Held

This information will not bode well for our sister city.
The Mexican Defense Department says it has detained 12 soldiers suspected
in the slayings of three men from the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo

Laredo JuCo Tennis

Go Palominos. The yellow balls will be flying today.
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.

Stabbing

Personally, I always watch Cowboys' games with a Kevlar vest and with a Glock .45 on the end table, just in case my wife ever wants to stab me.

I'm just sayin' . . .

Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mint Green

Customer Service

I had a bad shopping experience at Wal-Mart yesterday. All I wanted was to buy a dvd, but I got the usual act that is far too common in Laredo's service sector: no eye contact, little dialogue, a joke between employees (usually in Spanish), and no appreciation of my patronage.

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.

Mexican Test

Read these 9 Words as fast as you can.

Two, Tennis, Free, Hole, Less, In, Two, Cool, Low.


 
If you understand what that means, You Are a Mexican.

Swine Flu In Laredo

Two cases have been confirmed by state health officials.

Hand sanitizer will still fly off the shelves, our Health Dept. Director will continue to be evasive, and school nurses will continue to be bombarded with calls from parents.

Cuellar Appearance

WHO: Congressman Henry Cuellar
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

B-100

Off To Princeton

Immigrant teen honored by the Border Patrol.

(insert snarky comment below)

Ready For Some Baseball?

If you love heckling people, want to see middle-aged city officials performing badly at sports, and have nothing to do on the 30th of May, then we have something for you.

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.

Rounding Up

Now's your chance to appear in an indie film. See details here.

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

Kim & her Bush





Back in the 70s, the title of 'World's Most Embarrasing Man' was claimed by one Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin thanks to his skin tight pants, gay dancing and over-exposed, vaseline covered belly..   those were the days.  Just when we assumed Tony Romo was set to take over that prestigious crown, along comes new contender - Reggie Bush (thanks to his very hot girlfriend).  We won't cast judgement here at LaSanbe, but we will point you to where you can find additional pictures from the GQ shoot.


Prime Time Sunday

What to watch tonight? - the live Celebrity Apprentice finale, or La Misma Luna on Univision?

Oh, and by the way, the mailman did not pick up the food we left out yesterday. Slacker.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mavs Down Three Games To Zero

It must suck to be a Dallas Maverick right now, especially if your name is Dirk.

Chuck Daly 1930-2009

My wife was a big fan of his commentating.

Credit Card Rates

Sometimes government can be the solution.
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

Serving The Community

Take A Ride

Attorney Jose Tellez

No indictment was handed down for Mr. Tellez' involvement in the sheriff's vote recount last year. He can now go on with his life stress-free, but still guilty.
Not because I believed I was guilty, but because this was hanging over my head

Huh?

Running

Any excuse to stay healthy and fit.

Friday Morning

Off to catch the bus.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Album

One of the many little things that make me jump for joy.

JC Martin

10 A.M. Tomorrow

Washington, DC - Congressman Henry Cuellar, together with officials from Laredo Community College, on Friday will announce more than $196,000 for the expansion and further development of the college’s Import-Export program. Specifically, the money will be used for the purchase of equipment and implementation of the latest technology. The Import-Export program at Laredo Community College graduates approximately 20 students each year and is touted as one of the best of its kind in the region. The Import-Export program graduates and trains students for positions in the trade industry that creates Texas jobs and helps grow the national economy.

One Righteous Dude Or Dudette

If you are unemployed, charismatic, and named Ferris Bueller then the Laredo ISD wants you as its next superintendent.
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.

This Just In

School is back on starting Monday, Pro8news reports.

Finals Week

Our friends over at the 40 Acres have prepared this bit for hard working students around the world during finals week(s).



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

KeyRose 2010


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.

Mother's Day Gift

El Manana conducted a little survey concerning gifts for Mother's Day. Here's a hint: it's not something for the kitchen. Woman want jewelry, clothes, or perfumes. Flowers are also acceptable.

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.

Hey!

Which Is It?

Okay, I've had two jokers write in to my YouTube video to complain that Laredo's main drag is referred to as La Sanber. And yesterday, I heard someone refer to it as La Sanberna.

It can also be referenced as La Sanbe, or La Sambe. I'm sticking with La Sanbe. What say you?

New Restaurant Bar?

Bikini's Sports Bars have opened up in Austin and San Antonio. Will Laredo be next?

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?

Stay tuned.

"El Michoacano"

A Houston boxer died Tuesday.
The last death resulting from a sanctioned boxing event in Texas, she said
occurred on Nov. 15, 1997, when flyweight Ray Hernandez of Laredo died at an
Austin hospital

El Chaconero Says What

On almost a nightly basis, our local news outlets report on bundles of drugs, or money being smuggled across our international bridges. But what has become commonplace has been of no use to me, until now.

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).

Do You Take Thee

Hasta Los Gatos gives us a sample of wedding etiquette between cultures.
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

Martin High Class of '75 Reunion - Laredo, TX

Ms. Yolanda Robbins gives us the scoop on the reunion coming next year.

San Bernardo Arby's

A fire was reported at Arby's this morning.

And a fire damaged a drive-thru beer run establishment last week.

What the hell is going on?

Huevos Rancheros: Shakers

The only huevos rancheros I've ever had are the ones my grandma used to make.

You May Cross

Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers fans rejoice!

It is no secret that La Sanbe founder, architect, brains, Key Rose, is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers thus serving as public enemy number one in the heart of Dallas Cowboy fandom

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 worse funnier, he bids $69--which in itself is classic--and wins a trip onstage with Drew Carey.

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.

Movie Town

I have an idea.
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.

Out And About

People are going on with their daily activities.
"We were more afraid that they were not going to let us cross the border,"
de la Fuente said Monday after returning from a weekend with his family at the
malls in Laredo

Racist T

St. Louis Cardinals fan with racist T shirt. Photo courtesy of Joe Sports Fan.

Even though Chicago Cubs pitcher, Carlos Zambrano, is of Venezuelan descent, it did not stop some idiotic overly-enthusiastic St. Louis Cardinal fans from belittling him with racist stereotypes. Full credit here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Through The Trees

Ethnically Cool

I got a chance to watch the latest episode of Real Time with Bill Maher tonight. Bill brought up the way Barack Obama pronounces Pakistan, and Taliban. Obama will pronounce those two words with an accent. Other people, and their use of speech, were mentioned as well.

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.

Cowboy Colors


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.

Bastards.

Again

Coldplay's Viva La Vida is now being compared to a Cat Stevens song. I can see why people would not like Coldplay but this has got to stop.

WooHoo!

Doctor's Hospital had this little health fair at work about two weeks ago. I just got my results: Glucose 74, and Cholesterol 174. Ajjjuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Piglet


Nothing speaks of the Swine Flu/H1N1 scare more than kids' cartoon characters being hijacked to poke fun at the overreaction attention the pandemic has received.

For full pic/blame, click here.

You're Good You..

Tele-Town Hall

WHO: Congressman Henry Cuellar and Texas 28th District residents
WHAT: Tele-town hall on the first 100 days
WHEN: Monday, May 4, 2009 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. EDT (6:15 to 7:15 p.m. CDT)
WHERE: 540-409-4372 x12844

Diss Them, We Do

I had an interesting talk with my mother the other day. We were discussing the $250 check that veterans, and Social Security recipients are getting in the mail soon. Then she starts complaining about her neighbor (originally from Mexico) who doesn't work, but instead depends on public housing, food stamps, and Social Security checks.

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.

Recession Proof

If they say we're recession proof, then I'll have to take their word for it.
again this month only one showed an expanding economy: Laredo, TX, a
border community energized by trade with Mexico

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Apprentice Finale Next Weekend

Of course they kept Joan Rivers, and Annie what's her face for the finale; it'll make for a tense episode. I still can't stand Trump and the hay sitting on the top of his head.

We Do Rock



Even members of ZZ Top came out to see the show.

Kissing Ass

The Times strokes Judith Zaffirini's ego.

Ode to La Gripa Perfecta

Last Day on Chris Cornell Tour

Sweet Home Laredo

A visitor shares her experience.
Laredo's not the U.S. and it's not Mexico, it's something in between.

Run

Andy Garcia with his family. Photo courtesy of the Laredo Times.

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.

More In Rock



In between sets, music was playing over the PA system. But I have no idea why they didn't turn down the volume. It got a bit annoying, especially since they were playing the same songs over and over. I heard this Foo Fighters song four times.

Sunday Jogging

I went for a three-mile jog this morning, and boy, are my big toes tired.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Made In The USA

Get the Swine Flu! Men's Fitted T-ShirtWho the hell is going to pay money for this crap?

It Was A Clean Event



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.