Sunday, February 28, 2010
And another thing: if 90 percent of schoolkids are going to be kept home in Nuevo Laredo, perhaps we should stop using the word 'rumor.' Violence is happening, and sometimes against children, and it's no rumor.
I find it curious that JUDGE DANNY VALDEZ!!! and the rest of commissioners court "balanced" the budget by cutting ten percent from each department's budget, but they have the expenditures available to donate half a million bucks to UISD.
This must be a real morale booster for employees and department directors.
And isn't it funny that the only Webb County officials that come out in the picture are the ones that are running for re-election? This gives me more reason not to vote for these people.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
What rhymes with Valdez? Otra vez; caldo de res; fin del mez.
This is a cute little tribute to Mr. Valdez; and it would be appropriate if this was Santo Poco. Come to think of it, with the low voter turnout, and the way some campaigns are run, this could very well be our very own Santo Poco.
Perhaps the commercial would've worked if Danny didn't come out at the end with a suit and tie, and some type of stuffing added for effect. Seriously, what's up with the Pumping Iron physique? He is mas macho, and he's got the padding to prove it.
He's portrayed as a man of the people and he comes out in full politico garb. Not good. In any event, we'll see if his plan pans out come Tuesday. For now we'll go between Olympic 2010 footage and this little ditty on our teevees.
We know that our city leaders have to put on a good face for our cities, like when our own mayor, Raul Salinas, says that Laredo is a beautiful city. I kid the mayor. But how long can Ramon Garza Barrios keep up his charade?
Even federal authorities are not straying too much from the current line of reports. Miguel Timoshenikov (Laredo Times) reports:
There were no details on time elements or the number of injured and/or deceased,
although hospital officials have confirmed they treated soldiers for gunshot
wounds that night.
Other border city battles have been reported along the valley, and just today, reports come in that The United States Consulate has closed its office temporarily in the Mexican city of Reynosa. Something is apparently going on; we're just not being told everything.
The media has been called out for not reporting what's really going on south of the border, but maybe this statement can offer some insight for the lack of information.
"I know there is no cure," she said. "All of Mexico has this cancer.
There is no corner of the country that is sane. Now it is not fear any
more. It's terror."
At this point, it's a wonder why local authorities would hold back on information. I know it's bad for business and we have to make a good impression for new friends, but they could at least try to reassure us that they're on top of things.
It's easy for me to sit here and criticize those in power. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes right now. Their silence might be part of some law enforcement protocol, but the least they could do is stick their heads out of the sand.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
But no, we're expected to endure that which is dished out by well-off individuals in spruced-up hair telling us how special our community is supposed to be. It's funny to see this little concrete jungle we call Laredo being invaded by people who are tweaking history. It all doesn't mean anything. Just like next week's election won't mean anything, at least for those 66 percent of registered voters who'll stay home.
But at least we can take comfort in the fact that some guy named Apollo has a ton of medals. Seriously, somebody needs to tell him to shave that stupid little fuzz on his chin so we can focus on stimulating topics like health care reform; That is if we can break away from staring at golfers who go on t.v. and bore us to death.
February is practically in the books and March will probably bring us nothing but runoff races that'll only continue the mundaneness of it all.
This post did nothing for me if not force me to compose a thread with the most links ever.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Nick Georgiou (LMT) reports:
has repeatedly engaged in unprofessional behavior and created a hostile work
environment through the use of profanity and derogatory remarks aimed at his
That passage is taken from a letter that was written by the employees. They go on to point out more nasty behavior from Mr. Salazar, and even mention smelling alcohol on his breath.
He still gets to keep his job but he's walking on thin ice. One more slip up could be the end of him. I wonder how awkward it must be to be working with him now.
But what was Tony Kornheiser thinking when he insulted Hannah Storm? What possesses old men to act like this?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I've been told that another shootout took place this morning, which was even more violent than what happened on Friday. Also, several students were held hostage for some time. Claims of cars being taken by force, and used for cover have also been made.
One acquaintance has reported that fatalities have been many. Of course, no photographic evidence has been documented, but locals are being told by their families from across the Rio Grande not to travel to Nuevo Laredo.
Heavily-armed federal soldiers have been spotted making vehicle inspections in broad daylight.
For now, we'll have to depend on unofficial accounts and hope that some type of evidence comes forth to confirm what's really going on in our sister city.
Que Fregados has been writing about this since the beginning. And Bordertown Blues has word on it as well.
Vice President Biden Calls Mayor Salinas
Telephone conference focuses on local success of stimulus package
Earlier today, City of Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas was part of an hour-long phone call with Vice-President Joe Biden, in what Salinas described as a “candid, open-dialogue, with real purpose,” discussing, the local success of the stimulus package, and opportunities for improvement.
Biden, who hosts weekly calls with mayors across the country, hopes that these weekly calls will help with his genuine efforts to help cities across America, establishing direct communication between the White House and cities.
Salinas was quick to point out the immediate impact of stimulus dollars for Laredo: approximately 800 jobs have been created from the $110 million the City of Laredo has received; specifically for three major projects: Cuatro Vientos ($36 million), Jefferson Water Treatment Plant ($48 million) and the Laredo International Airport ($20.5 million).
“These projects are significant, because they will help infuse our local economy with a continuous ripple effect: local vendors, supplies, and contractors are benefitting from these jobs, as are the local restaurants and non-related businesses that get impacted by these dollars,” said Salinas. “The stimulus package really helps to promote the buy local, buy American angle. Additionally, once these projects are completed, especially the Cuatro Vientos mobility project will help lead to additional economic development in those areas,” he said.
However, Salinas also highlighted the City of Laredo’s disappointment at receiving zero dollars for homeland security; specifically, the COPS program, which would have allowed for additional police personnel to be hired, or to work overtime, keeping Laredo, and the country safe.
“I told him that if homeland security really is a priority for this administration, then they need to take a look at the current formula funding mechanism and improve that, because Laredo police officers are truly America’s first line of defense. Aside from doing hometown security, Laredo police officers are homeland security.” Salinas highlighted that as the nation’s number one inland port, this community needs additional dollars for security. He also mentioned a discussion he had with Alan Bersin, Commissioner-Designate of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, who is aware of the importance of border security for Laredo. Biden promised to look into the issue, as he was the original author of the COPS program.
Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessor on private
planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers
Big spender, he is. But Laredo has its own.
Joe Rutland's Coffee Talk reminded us yesterday that even though the March primary is almost here, we're still not going to be rid of debating politicians. The mayor's race is sure to get testy, and one point of contention that might arise is the money used for meals at city council.
As for the meals at City Council meetings, however, most are realizing catered
meals that include appetizers, New York strip steaks, prime rib
Even if none of the challengers (Belmares, Valdez) bring up the issue, it'll certainly come up. Debate panelists might focus more on topics of infrastructure, or safety, but a viewer might submit this little nugget into the debate just to throw the contestants off a bit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Come meet this year’s honorees and find out more about what they have done for Laredo. This year’s class includes:
Arts: Gayle A. Rodriguez
Business: Laura Silva Quesada
Civic/Volunteer: Juanita Martinez
Communications: Veronica Castillon
Education: Marian A. Aguilar
Environment: Elizabeth J. Gil
Family: Imelda M. Gonzalez
Government: Graciela M. Medina
(I'll let you all help me out with the N and the C.)
So anyway, I was watching some very talented and attractive athletes during the Olympics telecast, when the commercial above comes on.
What? "...Get back to where you once belonged." Geezus! Did the Beatles really allow the use of this song for this purpose?
All I could think of was "Oh good, another way to dis Conan!" No tact whatsoever by this network or Jay.
I found a spoof of one of these commercials already on YouTube. A more appropriate song is used!
(On the bright side seems like Jay's bandleader is getting the big picture at long last. Jay will never get it.)
The polling station that used to be available at the mall is no longer there. That could explain the mark being missed. Another reason could be that none of the candidates have what it takes to draw people to the polls, even though they run around with their entourages, and sell themselves with nothing but nicknames like "Wawi" and "Keko."
Perhaps 8,682 is a reflection of how much effort the candidates have put in to their campaigns. Of the four men who are running for county judge, only one has had his people come knock on my door. And I've seen a handful of commercials on t.v. even though there are approximately 19 people running for different seats.
I dare suggest that the idea of voter apathy might have more to do with candidate complacency.
Capt. Sully was also called a hero, and rightly so.
Me thinks I have to take flying lessons to even be considered a contender.
UPDATE: Vernon Hunter is the man who died while working in the IRS building.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Congratulations go out to Kevin and Victor from Martin H.S. for making the All-State Band.
Kevin (sophomore clarinetist) made the All-State Band last year. He told me that he hasn't fixed on what to do after high school, but that a career in music seems like a viable option.
Kevin is two-for-two and a legend.
Victor (senior trumpeter) had an "awesome" time performing with high-caliber musicians. He lamented the fact that the experience had to end. Victor plans on continuing his musical education at Texas A&M Kingsville.
Way to go guys!
UPDATE: Kevin made 8th chair (out of 28 Bb clarinets) in the Symphonic Band, and Victor made 2nd chair (out of 17 trumpets) in the Concert Band.
I might actually join them next year. Everybody did pretty much the same thing this time for the parade. There were kids in costumes, marching bands, and old men in little cars. But one thing that stuck out was an Elvis impersonator in cahoots with a Mexican Drum and Bugle Corps. What was that all about?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
That makes sense. If an ambulance is making a run out in Oilton, it won't be available to respond to a 911 call in town. But in order for the argument to carry more weight, EMS staff is going to have to provide us with statistics, and not just hypotheticals.
Example: Here's a response that LMT reporter Zach Lindsey received from David Gonzalez, the local Firefighters Association President.
"How often does Katrina happen?" Gonzalez said.
"Once every 100 years, but are you willing to risk it? It's an odds game."
Friday, February 19, 2010
The Que Pasa section of the LMT gets some help from a local dentist, Dr. Alessandro Vallone, in putting together a list of his favorite songs.
Without knowing the author, you can tell the list was put together by a man, with choices like Neil Young, and John Coltrane. The list is composed of nothing but deep tracks from some of music's heavyweights. I like it. If only local radio would take this approach, life would be so much better.
One DJ recently told me that Laredoans don't really dig The Talking Heads, but I think this disproves his comment. Enjoy.
Laredoans have already set up their chairs, tents, and trucks along San Bernardo Ave. in anticipation of the city's most gloooooooooooorious free event, the parade sponsored by beer makers.
The parade is set to start at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and I'll be present in the parking lot to document what goes on behind the scenes, i.e. the Civic Center parking lot.
With so many more schools taking part in this event than in the past, and people making extra efforts to stake their own spot along the route, it makes me wonder if parade officials have considered adding some length to the route so we could avoid this sort of behavior and actually give more people a chance to watch the parade.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
"Any public transportation agency in the United States would give theirSo why did he bring up a recommendation to cut daily routes by 35 hours?
right arm to be able to average 20 boardings per hour," Lyle said.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
the models of the vehicles taken were not specified, according to preliminary
Apparently, salespeople were too embarrassed with the lineup of unrefined cars that they refused to give details about which cars were stolen.
One police spokesperson is asking for assistance from the public in catching these uninspired crooks. "If you see anybody contently driving a late model Chevy, please call authorities. They're not so satisfied with owning a Chevy, as much as they think that they've gotten away with a crime."
There you have it, LaSanbe readers: your assignment is to weed out these lovers of homely vehicles.
(Quote courtesy of Laredo's last bastion of journalistic integrity, The Laredo Times.
The Laredo Times: Our stuff is in English.)
But I've been really disappointed with what the LMT and Pro8news have to offer online. 'Less is more' seems to be their motto. On second thought, perhaps I should just make a clean break from the LMT.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"The minute they see a police officer on the curb already giving a citation,
they think this gives them a chance to speed up a little bit."
If I see somebody getting a ticket, I'll keep my slow pace because you never know if another asshole cop is going to pop out in front of you.
Monday, February 15, 2010
These cabinet makers at the corner of Corpus Christi (no, really), and Meadow Ave. used to have some religious icons on display on the big window of this building. Now they went all out and gave the place a fresh coat of paint, and a mural to boot.
I love the humility in this town.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
This song has been covered by other groups lately, but The Cure had the original song from 1989!
I remember watching this video on MTV back then. My mom would walk by and catch a glimpse of singer Robert Smith and say "Que feisimo!" I could never make her understand his beauty. :)
On this Valentine's Day I send it out to the world for a listen and dedicate it to my better half. To quote Lenny Kravitz: "One love..."
What you see pictured is a receipt from one of Laredo's most reputable cake makers.
My surname is usually butchered when we order food from Whataburger, but it seems that this particular spelling has caught on.
What kind of legacy am I leaving behind when people can't even spell my name?
they were able to get almost 90 million dollars in funds for the Camino Cuatro Vientos
It's the perfect day, really, because it's President's Day tomorrow and City Hall will be closed, so they'll get a chance to dance the night away and sleep in tomorrow.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
She also claimed Guevara made unwelcome advances towards, her even pretended to
mount a female intern like a horse when she bent down to pick up some disks.
With the City of Laredo thinking about an appeal in this sexual harrassment case, they appear just as creepy as Mr. Guevara.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Point is, the streets of Laredo are safe. It's not like suckers are being taken out left and right. Oh sure, Que Fregados writes about coming within inches of reckless high school students, and we've talked about the dangers of being a pedestrian on these fair streets, but I can assure you, you can take a walk without being concerned about being roadkill.
Just look both ways before you cross the street and always use your crosswalks. Now get to steppin'.
Apart from the transfers to her friends, Villarreal also used some of the money
to pay for cars, a boat and a condominium in South Padre Island
One instance of stolen funds outlined in the suit occurred Oct. 22, when a
$300,000 transfer was made. The same day, a $261,832 wire was given to
Ferrari and Maserati of San Diego.
When I worked at McDonald's, I made sure I was placed at the cash register.I guess taking money out of the cookie jar does entitle you to fast cars. Now excuse me while I go put all my money under my mattress.
How else was I going to get paid?!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
But it's funny how every sitting candidate that's running for re-election is taking credit for it. Money was supposed to come from Obama's stimulus package where shovel-ready projects were going to get preference. However, the money was going to be used elsewhere. It took our state representatives going to Austin to ask for the funding.
They too, Raymond and Zaffirini, will surely take credit for the Cuatro Vientos project. It's inevitable.
Patricia Barrera once said that being investigated for selling raffle tickets was like "being raped."
I'm all for using hyperbole but these people need to get a grip.
Given that it is not football on display, what else for a camera guy to do but to pan the audience for hot chicks. Such is the case with Longhorn Girl. The UT math major was spotted during a recent basketball game and became an instant Internet sensation. I do recall Pamela getting discovered in a similar fashion. We here at LaSanbe will do our part in this and offer Longhorn Girl her first ever interview with Laredo's Most Imposing Blog. Give us a call girl, holla.
The County Clerk said that the average number of licenses issued per monthI actually got married February 7, 1998 but that's because we needed to get a fix on a date. We were engaged for a little more than a year. During that time we planned and paid for the whole affair.
in this office is 135 but in February it rises to over 170 and even about
We made it a point not to get married on Valentine's Day, because it seemed so sappy to do so. My wife points to the benefit of the weather. February in Laredo is usually cool and mild. That helps when the church turns on the A.C. one minute before the ceremony so they can save a nickel on their light bill.
It could be that a lot of people who are getting married are thinking along the same line as we did. Or it could be that they are just a bunch of sentimental fools.
How could anyone get married now when we have to celebrate George Washington?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A friend who has been involved with local political campaigns told me that loopholes exist and people take advantage of them.
First there's the issue of getting several hundred signatures if you decide not to submit a filing fee for office. A candidate still has to obtain signatures if he/she pays the filing fee, but the number is significantly less. Those petitions are then handed over to the party chair. The party chair may, or may not, go through every signature on the list.
Next, there's this little thing of voter ID cards (color-coded) being mailed out even after people have died. Several people have shared this occurrence with me. How prevalent this is is unknown. However, the local elections office does have a means of figuring this out. They should get detailed information about who is eligible to vote, but again, oversight might be lacking.
One current candidate stated that some people who are running for office show up at funerals to pay their respects. So some are definitely keeping track of people who die, but whether they would take advantage of such a situation might seem a little far-fetched. Nevertheless, the doubt exists.
Then there's the actual voting site where an ID is not necessarily needed. People might vote with their driver's license. Or they might take their voter ID card and not need to present a picture ID (think dead people). Or they could vote without presenting anything at all, but instead, they could fill out and sign an affidavit (again, think dead people) that states that all the information they have given is legit.
Proving that these tactics will be employed by current candidates is tough, but as my source said, those currently running for office will do everything they can to reach their goal.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The commissioner is denying these allegations, and says that it's all part of a smear campaign. She maintains, however, that she will not take part in these dirty political games. She is urging people to study the video footage at the courthouse, or bring forth witnesses to test the validity of these claims.
There was a lot of verbal stumbling, accusations, and head shaking throughout the event. And it sounded like their mouths were getting ahead of their thoughts. They seemed so anxious to respond, and wanted to put out as much information out there, but in trying to do so, they were just tripping on their own tongues.
One funny comeback that Martinez uttered was, "it's like Christmas around here; everybody wants to build a new jail, golf course, etc....." And when the issue of Martinez' odd behavior in the commissioners court came up, Chavez implied that controversy followed Mtz. around. He brought up the instance where Mtz. threw money at Delia Perales during a meeting; the time when he threatened a painter for an unfinished campaign sign; and even mentioned Mtz. assaulting his own daughter.
All in all, Martinez was playing defense, Chavez provided short responses, and Canales was out to draw blood. I'll post some video of the debate later tonight.
In an earlier post, They Make It Easy For Me, I was called sexist for criticizing Sylvia Palumbo's decision for not including her age in the LMT Election Guide. Now, for the record, I am not a sexist person, but I do play one on this blog. But I kid. Or do I?
Calling me out as sexist in Ms. Palumbo's case is debatable, but that doesn't mean I don't have sexist tendencies. I am sexist on some level. It's not something that I do consciously but this flaw exists in me. For instance, a picture of Katy Perry in a bikini was included recently on this site. I could've deleted the post, but I didn't. People post the comment, "vieja caliente" and I don't take it down. And I criticize Danny Valdez for having perfect blow-dried hair, and being soft with his gavel. Surely there are more glaring instances of sexism on this site. I might judge them as harmless, but that only damages my credibility.
I could blame the culture for making me sexist, but I would just be stooping to Patricia Barrera's level. (Sorry, I had to throw that jab in there) The timing of my little introspective exercise couldn't be more appropriate since we just finished enjoying the most sexist event of the year: the Superbowl. I must admit, sometimes the examples are so obvious but I might not give them a second thought. In the tire commercial, where the driver gives up his wife in exchange for keeping his tires, I see a play on a old joke. But it reality it's the acting out of our preconceived notions about what roles we're supposed to own. It's telling me that I won't be happy unless I have kickass tires.
Men don't need to prove themselves with rugged attire. And if they want to spend time on their hair and gets manicures, that's fine. After all, we put the man in manicure. Bad joke.
If Ms. Palumbo doesn't want to include her age, that's her business. But be warned, I do have the tendency to nitpick (and be sexist). I think that's obvious by now. I will continue to take local "celebrities" to task, be it male or female, but I'll keep in mind not to make it personal. It's not my intention to demean anyone. That might not be entirely true. Anyway, if anyone wants to call us out on anything, I welcome it. Just try to keep it clean.
Monday, February 8, 2010
As I left the city limits, I thought I'd see a plethora of "creative" campaign signs littering the landscape from here to South Highway 77. I was wrong.
The only one I thought was different was this green one (pictured) with a cyclist on it somewhere in Falfurrias. I take it the candidate is a cyclist. And he needs the picture to drive the "Vamos con Ramos" point across.
In the race for Justice of the Peace Pct.2, two candidates decided not to take part in the interview process: Santos Benavides, and Victor M. Schunior. They did not respond to the Times' three-question questionnaire. Whether these two have decided to throw in the towel early, or partake in some sort of unorthodox campaign strategy, is unknown.
That leaves Ramiro Veliz Jr. (wearing cowboy hat in Election Guide picture); Daniel Dominguez III; and Ricardo Urdiales. I'm not a fan of the cowboy hat, so my pick is down to two gentlemen. This is going to be easy.
In the District Clerk race, Ms. Sylvia Palumbo did not provide her age. Strike!!!
he expects about 36,000 to 38,000 residents to vote in the March 2 Democratic
and Republican primary elections.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
El Metro planning drastic cut in bus service; City Council must act now
On Feb 22, 2010, El Metro Transit passengers will be faced with the reality of a drastic reduction in bus service.
Most bus routes will end from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This means the last time you may board a bus to take you home will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
For example, the last San Bernardo bus will leave downtown at 7:30 p.m.
The last Santa Rita bus will leave downtown at 7:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the reduction in hours of operation is even more drastic.
The last Convent bus on Sundays will leave downtown at 2:30 p.m.
The last Springfield bus leaves downtown on Sundays at 3:27 p.m.
For a town that props up its logistics prowess, it's doing a shitty job of providing transportation for the public. El Metro just recently raised rates for passengers, much to the chagrin of riders. Now one Letter To The Editor, written by Jose G. Arce, lets us know that routes are going to be whittled away.
To be fair, the evening buses do tend to be empty. Once I was riding on the Corpus Christi bus heading South and the driver deviated from the route thinking that there was nobody else on the bus. It looked like he was heading back to the docking station. I asked him if he could drop me off nearby. He agreed and apologized for his oversight.
Still, these early cutoff times do seem a bit drastic. The Santa Rita route is the one that goes farthest South, if I'm not mistaken. Could the 7:00 time slot be omitted and replaced with an 8:30 takeoff, so as to serve those that might be running late?
Much fuss was made of the only corporate bookstore closing last month. But what of the water main leaks that go unattended for weeks, and the disappearing bus service? Basic services are sorely lacking and delusional politicians focus on I-didn't-raise-taxes talking points.
I criticize all sitting politicians. But quite frankly, I don't see how any of them could be voted in again with the way things are going.
One of the things I did notice is that they have campaign signs up all over town, but I didn't see one that included somebody's nickname. Weird.
Anyway, it's good to be back and what better way to be welcomed back than to find out that Bordertown Blues is back in the saddle again. (I heard that song along on the road) Yay!
Yay for Bordertown Blues, not yay for the song.
BTB is a really great blog; Not the most imposing (LaSanbe) but great nonetheless. Welcome back, sir. We look forward to your take on the whole WBCA mess.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
"Ms. Barrera acknowledges that the selling of raffle tickets by countyYeah, you think? It's been a little more than two years since state officials launched an investigation into the alleged gambling activity going on at the tax assessor's office. As of today, a settlement of over $900,000 has been handed out, thanks to the county's insurance policy, and Barrera will be watched closely for the next year. In all, look for her to be re-elected with no problem whatsoever.
employees is a violation of the gambling laws of the State of Texas...
Quote courtesy of the LMT.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Unfortunately (or fortunately for news media) it's in California. It will surely turn into another 3-ring circus a la O.J. Simpson trial.
All the cast of characters are there, but this time the victim is the most famous. We'll just have to wait and see (if you choose to).
The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Mitch, the next-door neighbor.
Before she says a word, Mitch says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'
After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Mitch. After a few seconds, Mitch hands her $800 and leaves.
The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, ' Who was that?'
'It was Mitch, the next door neighbor,' she replies.
'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'
Salinas compared him to the outsider campaign her husband ran to be Laredo mayor
- one that depended on volunteers and free chicken dinners to attract
Is that something to highlight: luring people in with free food? I know it's done all the time, but do you want it to be known as your campaign strategy?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tijerina arrived with an entourage that disembarked from a large white bus
marked with Wawi Tijerina bumperstickers. The individuals wore Wawi caps
and t-shirts and filled the center to standing room only.
Incumbent commissioner Rosaura (won't call her wawi) Tijerina chartered a bus, filled with supporters, to the event. That's rich. But how else was she supposed to get there? We can't expect her to drive her shiny black Mercedes to the colonia, not with all that dust and humility to confront. No sir.
She did what any red-blooded Laredo jerk politician would've done: gone in with a bus. But those that have pulled this stunt have not fared well in the past. So look for an upset in this race.
LPD makes arrest at bar
By César G. Rodriguez
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Laredo Police Department officers responded to a fight in progress call at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rumors, 9803 McPherson Road, and Mario Perez II, 25, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
Investigator Joe E. Baeza, LPD spokesman, said when officers arrived at the location, the two men were fighting in the parking lot.
“One of the males had the other male in a guillotine chokehold,” Baeza said.
Officers separated and detained the men, identified as Perez and Jose Gonzalez, 36.
Baeza said that allegedly Perez struck Gonzalez with a beer bottle after some altercation.
No! Not the guillotine chokehold!!!
Yes. The guillotine chokehold.
I wonder if police officers get ticked off for having to respond to these type of disputes. I'm sure it's not a treat having to haul in drunkards who all of a sudden think they're ultimate fighters. Even Cesar Rodriguez from the LMT seems annoyed. That first sentence in the story has a hint of sarcasm.
But who could blame him. The bar hoppers are 36, out late on a school night. At that age, you need to be at home, and in bed. You're approaching middle age. Like Prince said, "act your age, not your shoe size."
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
But authorities say it's all a hoax. Fictitious restaurant names are used by those who put out the message, and the story has played itself out in other Mexican cities.
However, it's been raining straight since last night, so the top story on KGNS will surely be the weather. Odds are 100 to 1 on that bet.
Undoubtedly, Gerardo "CACHETES" Castillo will go away for a long time.
Nevertheless, the weather will take priority over our need to learn more about Gerardo "CACHETES" Castillo.
May gawd be with Gerardo "CACHETES" Castillo.
(Keyrose wonders why Tim Gutierrez says Rosaura "Wawi" Tijerina all the time, but never says Gerardo "CACHETES" Castillo.)
But this is not the first time deLaredo has brought up the 80s. Last year, he posted a story about the 1983 flick, Eddie Macon's Run. That led to me seeking out the movie (on VHS) and featuring it in LaSanbe's first-ever luncheon, which was a huge success if I do say so myself.
Anyway, one of the first posts that the new blog features is the movie Rad. It was the only movie, if memory serves, that focused entirely on BMX racing and freestyling. Quicksilver, and Pretty In Pink had a scene each where bike tricks (freestyling) were also included.
The only reason I know this is because my brother and I, and all our friends in the Puente Blanco neighborhood, were deep into the whole BMX scene. We knew names like Martin Aparijio, and Ceppie Mays. We scoured the city to see where we could get our hands on a pair of Z-Rims, colored fiberglass-like rims that if bent out of shape from too much BMXing, could be brought back to its original form by putting them in the freezer. We thought we were all that because we rode around in name brand bikes like Hutch, GT, and Haro.
Ah, the things we bought into.
Where all that stuff is now is beyond me. Although, there might be an old bike frame still hanging around at my mom's house. We owe her so much for helping us keep up with 80s fads.
And we owe a debt of gratitude to The Rad 80s for helping us relive the "awesome" decade.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It's shameful how some people easily tire of old shopping carts and resort to abandoning them on the streets near Guadalupe Church. These poor four-wheeled creatures have to fend for themselves on the drab, apathetic environs of central Laredo where their only companion is loneliness.
Who could be so cold? I ask, do they not feel?
WHEN & Thursday, February 4, 2010 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Laredo Civic Center Auditorium, 2400 San Bernardo Avenue
WHY: “We have seen the entire country mobilized to offer money and supplies to the people of Haiti,” said Mayor Salinas. “However, we do not want to overlook the most powerful support we can give to the suffering in Haiti: our prayers.”
“We have tried to include as many faiths as possible. What a beautiful service it will be to have Catholic and Jewish, Buddhist and Baptist, Mormons, Episcopalians, Christians, all children of God on the same stage, praying together, in English, Spanish, Hebrew or whatever tongue, demonstrating the strong spirituality of our Laredo community,” Salinas continued.
The weather has been kinda mild around here, so I don't buy this whole "six more weeks of Winter" deal. Then again, 60-degree weather could be considered Winter in Laredo. Maybe our furry friend is on to something there.
By the way, Laredo does have its own version of the groundhog. If it sees its shadow, it drops dead.
He wants those who are going to be selling Valentine's Day baskets to get the appropriate permits to avoid a fine of $500. And he foresees some type of agreement being reached between El Metro and Mall del Norte in the next couple of weeks.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Finally! LOST is back and all new. The 6th and (sadly) final season will begin tonight at 7pm with an hour-long review special, followed by a TWO HOUR season premiere!
I know the show has a lot of haters, but it really can suck you in if you give it a chance. It's astonishing how so many details are connected! Mind-boggling!...but in a good way.
Clue: "Only the dead have seen the end of war."