Friday, August 31, 2007

Have We Lost the Cause on the Border Wall?

Valley Newsline's Ron Whitlock discusses the situation with the construction of a border wall along the Texas-Mexico border.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Valley Newsline Interviews Senator Cornyn About Border Wall

Ron Whitlock interviews Texas Senator John Cornyn about the construction of a wall along the Texas-Mexico border.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

High School Football is On the Way

You know you've been waiting for it. You did not like the way last year turned out. You heard that this year's team is going to really kick butt. High School football is ON!

Football in Texas is a big thing. Rio Grande Valley football is even bigger. I'm a bit torn on this. Many people in the RGV life for football, but our people are small. When they make it to state, they get pounded by the giants who live in San Antonio and Houston. But it's still pretty exciting when an RGV team makes it to state.

If you are a big football fan, I would recommend listening to and interacting with my friend, the C Dogg, Chris Doelle at Lonestar Grid Iron. Raise awareness about RGV football on this popular podcast.

You can also get some local fame by sponsoring the show. Tell Chris that Shaine recommended the show for your ad. The beauty of this show is that you get nationwide exposure. In case you're wondering, don't forget that a big part of our economy is tourism. So, whenever a tourist comes to town, they may very well come to your business because they heard about it on Lonestar Grid Iron.

I'm sure you have your season tickets and a copy of the season games memorized by now. You are just waiting for the weekend. Get ready for a great season! May the best teams win.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Primer Programa de Radio Internet en Español - Frontera Sin Barrera

Esta noche grabe mi primer programa the radio internet en español. Por favor disculpen mi naqueza; hace mucho que no me dedico a hablar español por tanto tiempo a la vez. El tema de este programa is de dejar la frontera sin barrera. El congreso de los EE. UU. han propuesto la construccion de una barrera en la frontera de Tejas y Mexico. Muchos de los que viven aqui se han opuesto y se estan organizando en contra. Espero crear programas mas interesantes en el futuro. Por mientras, si gustan dar su opinion, hagan sus comentarios en este blog.

Haga click aqui para escuchar el programa.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Searching For Mission High School Alumni

I am looking for graduates of Mission High School to join the Mission Eagles Alumni site at

The new site is powered by Ning. Unlike the other reunion sites, this one is free. Jump in, we'd be glad to have you on board.

Visit Mission Eagles

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hurricane Dean on the Way

I've been tracking Hurricane Dean on and off throughout the week. You may recall that there was some concern with Tropical Storm Erin, which completely missed the RGV. Erin headed North of us instead. Earlier in the week, there was concern that Dean was headed straight for the RGV. Now, as Dean approaches, the track seems to take the hurricane south of the Rio Grande Valley.

At the moment, the storm is passing over the island of Jamaica. After that, there will be landfall over the Yucatan peninsula before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. We won't really know what Dean will do at that point. After listening to some meteorologists, they expressed a general rule that once a hurricane reaches category 4 and 5, that it generally goes in a rather straight line. This is what has the weather models predicting that Dean will hit south of us. You also have to keep in mind that the current path is an extrapolation of where the storm has been already. Therefore, any small change now can lead to a big variation on where the storm will eventually end up making landfall. This means that the Rio Grande Valley is not out of the woods yet. We will have a much clearer picture once the hurricane passes over Yucatan.

It is a good idea to casually work on a hurricane preparedness kit just in case. Depending on where you live in the Rio Grande Valley, your needs will differ. Those of us close to the cost will have the most to worry about in terms of damage and water. Those of us further inland still have rain and tornados to watch should the storm pass nearby. You should keep in mind that the northern portion of a hurricane usually dumps the most moisture on the RGV. So, having Dean hit just south of us is worse than having Dean hit just north of us. It seems up until now that Dean will hit south of us, but how far is the question.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Rescheduling Tomorrow's Show

Alma and I are moving up our show to 1 PM instead of 5 PM. We have a family event to attend. Sorry for the late notice. You can stop by BlogTalkRadio to listen.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Border Wall Public Meeting


Wed. Aug 8, 2007
Palmview Community Center

This is just a raw recording of the whole event. It is broken up into parts, so one will end and then another will start in a few moments. In case you missed the meeting, you can listen in on what happened. The event was organized by the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In attendance were Ramon Garcia, Jim Blackburn, Brenda Lee Garza, McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez, Rep. Kino Flores, Rep Gonzales, and County Judge JD Salinas.

This is over an hour long.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

There is right and there is wrong

I was just reading this post over at The Mex Files. It is about a young man who was brought to this country illegally. He volunteered for our military, went to Iraq, and came back. Now, he is being denied citizenship by DHS. I don't think this is right.

Friday, August 03, 2007

An Eco-Wall?

Prickly Cacti
Originally uploaded by WhirlingPhoenix

There has been a lot of talk about building a wall along the border recently.

Congress says, "we're building a wall".

Texas says, "we don't need a wall".

The Governor says, "we need a virtual wall".

Non-border states are crying, "we need a wall!".

Mexico says, "if you build a wall, we'll be offended".

The Texas Border Coalition says, "hell no we don't need a wall".

I was just reading The Mex Files and they say, "what about an eco-wall?"

It kind of makes sense. Instead of building a wall of bricks and mortar (Congress is collectively and individually stupid if they think a chain link fence will do the job), why not make a biological wall? If you line the border with cactus and other nasty vegetation, it would go a long way towards slowing down all but the most determined individuals.
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