Monday, November 30, 2009
There are no small stories, just big egos.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
UPDATE: 10:57 - Game went into overtime and the "rookie" QB threw an interception at the most inopportune time. Ravens win it with a field goal.
the owners must pay a 365 dollar fee, 80 to 90 dollars for towing the vehicle and 10 dollars per day for the time the car is confined
According to Ornelas, the only ones that benefit from this ordinance are the towing companies. They sell the cars at auction if they're not recovered by their owners.
For all the hot air that city hall puts out about helping people, it really comes across as the bad guy on this one.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
And don't come down too hard on El Metro administrators for denying a few people a ride on Christmas. After all, city officials are to blame for this change. Right?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Nice finish line. The clock is clearly visible.
Apparently all the participants were treated to an early dinner the day before the race. Apart from the pasta and salad, pizza was also made available. Good for them.
UPDATE: I uploaded three pictures with this post earlier but two people have told me that they can't view them. Will get assistance tomorrow. Sorry.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
After the grievance hearing, Guajardo's attorney, Mark Robinett, said he and his client will discuss possible further action, such as appealing the board's decision to the Texas commissioner of education or filing a lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
And now there's a Steeler fan who killed a puppy because the dog was acting up before a game.
This season hasn't been all that consistent for Pitt. but the fans are coming through with a fresh brand of crazy.
Yesterday we had J. Lo fall during her performance at the American Music Awards.
Then Chicago Bear Devin Hester had his gluteus maximus exposed because of a "tackle" from a defending Philadelphia Eagle.
And while having lunch with some friends, I sneezed so violently that my toupee landed on my friend's enchilada plate. With my rug gone, you could totally see the delineation of my facial bronzer. Uggghhhhhh!!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
the heavy influx of Mexican shoppers brings fairly substantial register rings
They are not coming to shop for books, sir. The writer goes on to say:
parking lots on any day may have as many Mexican license plates as Texan
Again, when we see Mexican shoppers out and about, they usually stock up on things other than books. B. Dalton didn't exactly cater to the Spanish-speaking population either.
Laredo's literacy rate was 47 percent, according to the 2000 census, the lowest of cities surveyed
It just could be that we're not into the whole reading thing. Sure there are some out there, readers I mean; But I can't recall the last time I talked to someone about a specific book during some informal conversation.
It's going to take one of us to open up an independent bookstore in Laredo and I don't see that happening. Our appetites lean more towards the gastronomical, not the intellectual.
And here I thought downtown wasn't all that animated. (Keyrose will take the Book of Numbers for 200)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
There's no turning back. I am registered for the 30th Guajolote 10K and I have a t-shirt to prove it. This year's shirt logo has a more patriotic theme, with turkeys. And can you tell that it's sponsored by HAMILTON TROPHIES AND JEWELRY?
It was a bit foggy at the beginning of last year's race (see picture). I only hope it doesn't rain this time. I will be interviewing people afterwards so runners be warned. See you all there.
Baeza said Gonzalez then went to his vehicle, parked on Juarez Avenue and
Matamoros Street, to get a handgun and later went back to the plaza to shoot
76 years old! I know older men can be quite stubborn but for this gentleman, and I use that word loosely, to go out of his way like that is just crazy. It's ten dollars for crissakes.
This situation would've been a perfect case for civil court, and maybe even The People's Court, but being that the suspect is 76, time is a luxury he can't afford. At this age, one can't spend precious moments on the technicalities of the judicial system. Too bad he wasn't better at eluding authorities. That's OK; He's 76!
Friday, November 20, 2009
It used to be that the City of Laredo and Webb County were at odds over the proposed construction of a new international bridge. Nowadays, it's about who is going to build the better golf course.
the county will have to compete with the city's golf course already in the works
Suddenly links are in vogue and our inability to diversify is in plain view. Our fair city is saturated with wrought iron art, and corn-in-a-cup vendors. Soon the same will be said of golfing acreage. However, demand for golf carts remains to be seen.
In the end, Laredo's priveleged will secure their legacy with one more notch in their banking ledger. Our complacent culture will carry on. And non-natives will bypass this town because of the lack of variety. Golf courses are nice, but they can't be our only asset.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
However, here in Laredo we had a hotel occupancy rate greater than 90 percent over the weekend thanks to tourists from Mexico.
The increase in traffic does annoy us to some degree but it's because of them that Laredo remains relevant.
Or people could drive by Slaughter Park which used to grow produce. Or they could see the tail end of the Chacon Creek.
I'm sure every neighborhood has a story to tell.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
San Antonio's mayor held the first-ever virtual town hall meeting. The public was able to send in questions via e-mail. Nice.
Most politicians are also setting up Facebook pages, posting on YouTube, going on Twitter.....
But not here. No, we don't have the luxury of harassing our politicos from the comfort of our own nest. We have to do it the old fashioned way (see picture).
I think I'm going to start scanning whole stories from their hard copy and posting them on this site. Maybe then I'll get their attention.
I'm just a regular person and all I want is my french fried potatoes.
Then I had to explain my new shirt to my wife. I tried to tell her that I've always dressed with certain tastes in mind, and that comes with a hefty price. She wasn't buying it. Is it my fault if I want to look good on my birthday?
The tipping point came when my boss castigated me for turning in a report with no cover sheet. Oohhhhhhh!!! I didn't know that was a rule around here!!!
I'm a little on edge, as you can see. I'm running the Guajolote Race next week and if a picture of me in running shorts shows up on some local daily, heads are going to roll.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A LaSanbe reader sent in this entry. Muchos thank yous. Enjoy.
An anonymous reader of this blog has been trying to have this photo added. But due to KeyRose's err, technical difficulties, it has been unsuccessful until now.
That's the cavalry charge you just heard.
Nevertheless, readers sent it to BT Blues only to have it bounce back here because, after all, this is Laredo's Most Imposing Blog.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Service, however, will continue to be subpar. And the powers that be will focus on water parks, convention centers, and re-election campaigns instead of creating a centralized transit hub that would be more efficient and beneficial for the public.
Riders will have to pay more because they have no other option, and city officials are all too aware of this. No apology will be forthcoming as it would clash with their self-aggrandizement this coming election year.
I never would have imagined that Phoenix would be a hotbed for social strife.
Hopefully these people will realize that they have more in common with Nazis than democrats do.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
"the sentence did not meet the crime."
Quote courtesy of the LMT.
At first it looks like he's falling asleep but the "money shot" comes at the :40 mark. Wait for it. Wait for it.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I wonder if the rest of them know what Twitter is.
The Laredo Housing Authority has not been charging Head Start officials for rent even though portables sit on LHA property. But as Zach Lindsey (LMT) writes, now they want their share because of the ailing economy and because Head Start is paying the City of Laredo rent for other locations.
"They're paying the city, who has millions of dollars; they're paying private property owners, who are making a profit, and we're a not-for-profit organization,"
Executive Director for the LHA, Laura Llanes, went on to say that Head Start serves a small percentage of kids that actually live in housing authority property.
OK, there are two things with that statement. First, housing students make up a small percentage of the total count at Head Start because there might not be enough kids to go around to qualify for the services due to age restrictions. Secondly, if an older child is enrolled in the public school system, their younger siblings will most likely be enrolled there as well to save on morning commutes.
According to the story, Head Start has occupied space on LHA land for twenty years. And all of a sudden they have to pay up. The Head Start Director stated that they will eventually move to other locations. Good luck to them.
And we'll keep an eye out as to what becomes of the vacated property on LHA land. In these tough times, people need help and the housing authority will hopefully someday step in. It's just that right now they sound like petty little bastards.
When: Monday, November 16, 2009
1:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo-Webb County
111 N. Merida
Laredo, TX 78043
Background: The Amerigroup Foundation will present its “Champion for Children” award to Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini on Monday, November 16, 2009.
Sen. Zaffirini is being recognized for her outstanding leadership in the Texas Senate on issues of importance to children on many policy fronts—from education to health care. The award presentation includes a contribution from the Amerigroup Foundation to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Laredo-Webb County on behalf of Sen. Zaffirini’s work.
The “Champion for Children” award is part of a national program by the Amerigroup Foundation to recognize outstanding public advocacy efforts by government and community leaders in improving the health and well-being of children in Texas and nationwide.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Barrera said she supported Malakoff and that the County Attorney's Office has been "very combative" on the issue.
I'd be pretty combative too if we had to defend her and have the taxpayers pay for it.
In this video the county attorney explains how Mr. Malakoff is charging for time that he didn't actually put in. Mr. Malakoff is the one wearing the Beatles tie. That's suspicious in itself.
As far as I know, these obituraries are paid notices for public viewing. LMT now has the indecency to charge the public (including out of town relatives and loved ones) for these viewings. To hell with you LMT. Going broke is the least your worries.
Feel free to contact LMT's editor (small e) Diana Fuentes over at firstname.lastname@example.org or 956 728 2581 if you have something to add to this..
Students, staff, and faculty of Daiches Elementary honored our veterans yesterday. The event was sponsored by the fourth graders.
Special attention was given to Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez, a former student, who was killed in the line of duty in the current fight in the Middle East. (parents pictured)
Mayor Raul Salinas made an appearance to say a few words about those who have worn the uniform.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Satan refused to say exactly what if any punishment he had in mind for the
Goldman Sachs chief
I'm not suggesting that he be exiled to the Netherworld, but he surely needs to be slapped upside the head a little.
Monday, November 9, 2009
UPDATE: Game over. Steelers 28-10.
Kansas City Chief running back Larry Johnson was released from the team today. There was speculation that Pittsburgh might pick him up because of Larry's interest in the team. But Pitt's running game doesn't seem to be hurting.
Now, the local Univision (KLDO) news station did report on the civil suit filed against the CEO, but it doesn't count because competing news anchor Tim Gutierrez says that KGNS is the "Most Watched Newscast" in town. KLDO is just no match for Tim's alto-voiced prowess. LareDOS, a monthly publication, also reported on the extortion scheme but they don't charge for their work. Once they start charging for their online content will they be considered a legitimate news source like the Laredo Times.
So we've got a media blackout, the possibility of more corruption, and anti-intelectualism on our hands. "Rediscover Our Flavor" suddenly takes on a whole different meaning. But let's get back to the CEO story.
Here we have an event that is the stuff of 60 Minutes. It's a story that's bound for national attention and the Laredo Times, which employs Mr. Rutland, has nothing to say on the matter. Our image is in the care of those whose professional credibility is shot. My brain can only take so much irony. Seriously, how can we improve our image when our own media outlets can't follow through with what they're charged with -- reporting the news.
It's this false pretense we want to convey to people. By not reporting on this, we want to make people believe that Laredo is some border oasis with upstanding citizens, when in fact it's just another sleepy town, a pit stop on someone's itinerary.
The veil is lifted, and all we discover is that we're just as corrupt and complacent as the next guy. We purport to be a tight-knit community anchored in family values but the recounting of cops convicted of taking bribes from 8-liner businesses a few years back is a tale that just keeps repeating itself. Our family values are constantly being put to the test, and as of late our darker side is prevailing.
How one goes about improving this town's image is beyond me. Laredo is a concrete jungle with little going for itself. Sure I could entertain a visitor with a viewing of a movie at the Border Heritage Museum featuring El Santo. Or I could take him/her to a hockey game, but that can get old pretty quick. After that, there's not much left except the nachos.
Palin is outraged that the words "In God We Trust" on coins should not be meddled with. Her following will surely take it to heart.
Meanwhile, fans at a Spears concert demanded their money back because her lyrics were not live.
It seems to me that people should've walked out on Palin and not the other way around.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Earlier this week we heard of the shooting at Ft. Hood. Question: Couldn't authorities find some other footage of the suspected shooter besides the one of him buying a Slurpee at Circle-K.
In today's Lifestyle section of the Laredo Times, mention was made of a boy who recently celebrated his fifth birthday. The heading read: Cincoanero. OK, whoever made that up, cut it out.
So Shakira is on the cover of Rolling Stone and she's going to conquer the world? Whatever.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
“As the House nears a vote on health care reform, I continue to read and evaluate the final changes and I am deeply encouraged by what I read. From the beginning, I’ve supported health care reform, asking serious questions about what it would cost, while advocating on behalf of the needs of both the uninsured and insured.
“I share in a fundamental belief that all Americans should be treated with dignity when it comes to securing their health, and no American should be put in a position where they have nowhere to turn for health care. This is why I support reforming the private health insurance system and why I support health insurance options to improve coverage for those who have it and to provide choices for those who don’t.
“I will continue to read the final version of the House health care reform plan because it is the responsible thing for a member of Congress to do. This is a historic piece of legislation and I will consider how it answers the needs of my constituents. I will carry their concerns with me to the House floor when I vote.”
Thursday, November 5, 2009
They think that's it's unjust that customers have to walk two blocks from the bus stop while big delivery trucks can freely go on about their business. They dare suggest this with a straight face as if those delivery trucks have no financial stake in the upkeep of the facility. Currently the elderly can be dropped off at the door with the help of El Lift. And if the city wants to help more of its riders, it should tweak the bus routes. All this can be done and the city won't have to provide financial assistance to maintain the roads on mall property.
But no, we have to endure city hall's impotent outrage so they can appear empathetic to the public. They call this an unfair tactic by the mall even after bus fees were raised in recent weeks. If fare increases can be justified, passing on the cost of operation to the public, then the same can be said of mall ownership wanting the public to pay a little more -- in this case, having them walk a little extra to get to the door.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
"This is a great opportunity for us in terms of bringing in ready-made
business. There's people who are willing to do business with us
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
it may be possible for publishers in isolated markets to execute a strategy that
retards the shrinkage of their print readership until the last generation of
print-oriented readers dies off
The manner in which the news is presented to the public in Laredo has changed in the last couple of years. Improvements have been made; charging for online content is not one of them.
an entire generation of those under the age of 30 has been conditioned to expect
the news to be free
Monday, November 2, 2009
But opponents were quick to note of an 8-liner business in north Laredo that was just busted for handing out illegal cash rewards. They also questioned the rationale of having 40 parking spaces for a place that would house 100+ machines. Neighboring business owners cautioned that patrons would spill over into their properties.
The Planning and Zoning Committee had denied the request for the permit, and city hall agreed to uphold the decision at tonight's council meeting.
My question is: when did 8-liners become the lowest common denominator in the business community? Once all business ideas fail, the go-to venture seems to be a slot machine haven. Many businesses that were turned into gambling spots saw some success in the past -- the old Pic and Pac Store on Saunders; The Pelican's Wharf; The Mystic (raided this weekend); and the list goes on.
Our misguided approval of these places speaks volumes of what we've become: indolent pawns amused by the flashing colors, bells, and whistles. Little effort is necessary, much less brain power. And those who watch from the sidelines allow it, telling themselves that nobody is getting hurt. Even the proprietors don't have to do a lot of heavy lifting. These places practically sell themselves. The only ones that are being strained are the undercover investigators who have to work a site for months on end hoping to make a bust.
Our intellectual brain trust (if Laredo ever had one) slowly erodes with the inauguration of another 8-liner business. We can't find the means to support one book store, but we'll rationalize the opening of a mini casino till we're blue in the face.
Quality of life offerings are few to come by in the Gateway City. It's a consequence of our complacent character. As long as we allow these businesses to thrive, we'll have nothing to show for ourselves and this town.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I posted about my experience with a Pizza Hut employee several days ago. A LaSanbe reader suggested that I place my orders online to avoid any confusion with multiple topping requests.
Anyway, after I gave the person my phone number he asked if my name was "queros." I agreed in order to end the back-and-forth. Lo and behold, my name appears as "QUEROS" on the receipt. My surname can be so much fun.
I'm Keyrose and I'm out.