Friday, October 29, 2010

I Vote Do You? Helps Attract Voters in Hidalgo County

Sofia tells us about I Vote Do You?, a non-partisan effort by Hidalgo Vote 2010, to mobilize Hidalgo County's 30,000 registered voters to turn out for early vote and on election day. We meet up outside a polling location at the University of Texas Pan American. You can find out more about the effort by visiting

Gopedicabs of McAllen Texas Brings In UTPA Votes

GOpedicabs, a business from McAllen, Texas that offers rides in the historic 17th Street district is helping bring in the vote at the University of Texas Pan American by giving rides to students to the voting booths.

Free Taco-N-Madre Tacos at UTPA

There are tacos, hot dogs, drinks, and other items available at the UTPA polling locations. There are also pedicabs on the way to offer rides.

This is the last day to vote for early vote. Come on out and be counted.

STRATFOR Dispatch: Drug Politics in Mexico

RGV Ghost Unit teaser trailer for Jose Fernandez Building

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pharr Chamber Scruffy2Fluffy Howl-O-Ween Contest

Scruffy2Fluffy  to host Howl-O-Ween contest on Sunday, Oct 31st  
Attention Chamber Members and Community Associates

Scruffy2Fluffy is one of our October's new Chamber Members and they are inviting everyone to their 1st Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest on Sunday, October 31st, from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at 600 E. Ferguson St., Suite E in Pharr, Texas. All leashed pets in costumes welcomed. Prizes awarded to several categories. Activities to include pet photos and more!



Eddie Rodriguez, Owner
600 E. Ferguson Street, Suite E (495 Plaza)
Pharr, Texas 78577
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308 W. Park
Pharr, TX 78577

Monday, October 25, 2010

USA La Feminil Women-Only Bicycle Tour in Brownsville, Texas

NOVEMBER 7, 2010
Join us for a ride as we "Salute to Women's Health".
Open to all levels of riders and types of bikes.
We encourage you to bring a friend, family member, or co-worker!

T-shirts to the first 100, Goody Bags, Water Stops, yummy food
from the newly remodeled Umix Frozen Yogurt, Self-Service Bike Station, Nutritional info, Raffles, and


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La lucha del Ejército Mexicano contra Zetas y Cartel del Golfo en Tamaul...

Should have bought sugar

Although sugar isn't necessary in one's diet, it makes things more edible.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shopping for the Texas Food Stamps Challenge

Tonight, I went shopping for groceries in anticipation of the Texas Food Stamp Challenge. The budget for the week is $20. Tonight's shopping came in at under $10. I held back so I could have extra money to adjust my meals. I bought the following:
  • Nescafe Clasico (instant coffee, gotta have coffee)
  • Moms Oats (cholesterol thing)
  • Parade Hot Sauce (anything that tastes bad can be improved with hot sauce)
  • Carrots (for snacking between meals)
  • Whitehall Specialties Jalapeno Cheese slices (cholesterol free)
  • Chicken bologna
  • Riceland Rice
  • Bimbo soft wheat bread
  • 2 lb bulk pinto beans
  • 2 garlic bulbs
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
The plan is:
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and coffee
  • Lunch: Sandwich with rice or beans (alternating)
  • Dinner: Rice and beans, beans and rice (Dave Ramsey Diet)
  • Snacks: Carrot sticks
Tonight, I cooked some rice with cilantro for flavor. This gives me three bowls. It's a bit late for cooking beans, so I'll leave that for tomorrow evening. 

I considered buying potatoes. I could always pop one in the microwave or boil it. I also considered a can of mixed vegetables, milk, and cereal. I'm also thinking cabbage might serve well for soup with the carrots and garlic. Depending on cost, I might buy zucchini, yellow squash, or cucumbers for a nice soup with a bouillon cube. Or, I might throw in a ramen soup. I may need more rice. I really considered a pack of tortillas. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Join the Texas Food Stamp Challenge

The Texas Food Bank Network is organizing the Texas Food Stamps Challenge, an event geared to raising awareness of potential cut in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The event challenges participants to restrict their diet to an average "food stamps diet" for five days. The Challenge's limitation is that participants only spend $4.50 on meals each day, which is the current average benefit. Then, on the final two days of the challenge, the budget is decreased to $3.70 to reflect the impact of budget cuts. You can read the full details here.

My dear friend Ruby Martinez of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley naturally thought of me and some other friends as the perfect victims to volunteer for the challenge.

Of course, misery loves company, so I invite you to take the challenge with us by signing up for the Texas Food Stamp Challenge.

I'll be writing some follow-up posts on the challenge to explore some of the major hurdles that this challenge poses. On the surface, it seems that living on an extremely tight budget can be accomplished; but, there's more to it. We'll explore those additional considerations in upcoming posts.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

RGV Life Show 10/21/2010

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Quick introduction and hashing out of some ideas of what is to come at RGV Life.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Groupon is Coming to McAllen

Do you like getting good deals?

What if there were a way to get alerts for deals every day?

Well, there is some good news, Groupon is moving into the McAllen, Texas market to offer locals great bargains at our favorite shopping locations. Watch this video to learn more about Groupon.

Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.

Of course, the success of Groupon in McAllen all depends on getting local businesses to participate. So, let your favorite shops, restaurants, and service providers know that they have a way to generate a guaranteed amount of sales if they provide a discount. If you have any suggestions or own a business and are interested, send a tweet to @GrouponMCAshley.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Alleged Pirate Story of Falcon Lake

By this time, most of us have heard about the Mexican bandits shooting David Hartley on his jet ski as he and his wife Tiffany tried to get away. She returned for him amidst the gunfire; but was unable to pull his body up on her jet ski. She further related that as the bandits grew nearer, she feared for her own life, left her husband behind, and went to seek help from the U.S. side.

According to the press, the story would read something like:
The American couple, knowing full well that it is dangerous to visit Mexico, disregarded all warnings for a sight-seeing tour. Tiffany Hartley returned by herself because she and her husband were allegedly ambushed and fired upon by Mexican "pirates". All the facts point to her coming back without her husband with no witnesses to confirm her alleged story. It is well known that criminal enterprises operate in the area, so it would be very easy to commit a crime and blame the poor, innocent pirates.

I embellished a bit to make a point. The word, "alleged" started being used in news as a de rigeur word in criminal cases, even when the person under investigation or indictment publicly committed a crime with many witnesses. This is because the person has not been convicted of a crime. Writers use "allegedly" up to the point where the criminal is convicted. Most importantly, it protects the news outlet from being sued for defamation by implying that somebody was guilty of a crime before being tried in court. At that point, the suspect becomes a convicted criminal or found not guilty.

In the case of the Hartleys, there is no trial. Mrs. Hartley is not under investigation or suspicion. We can't prosecute the Mexican bandits who committed the crime. And, it is unlikely the criminals who did it will sue any news outlet for defamation. In other words, other than what she says, there is no story. We can't seek justice for what happened in another country. The ball is in Mexico's court.

When you use "allegedly" in a story that is not justiciable, you are effectively saying that you doubt the story of the witness, whose only desire, at this point, is to retrieve her husband's body. It appears is that the press is jaded; they obviously don't believe her story and are afraid to outright say it. It is much easier to throw in an "alleged" or "allegedly" to cast doubt on the victim.

Think of it this way:
Fred liked to climb up the sides of buildings without safety gear. On October 1st, 200 onlookers state that he allegedly climbed up a building and fell off to his death as he neared the top.

How is that alleged? Fred can't be prosecuted. The incident can be investigated; but, it's not justiciable. He's definitely not going to sue for defamation. Furthermore, the witnesses all agree on what happened.

Yes, there is always a possibility that the Hartley story was made up; however, law enforcement has not made any indications that they consider Tiffany a suspect. Until that happens, all these implied allegations have no basis. Furthermore, it detracts from the urgency of finding David Hartley's body and bringing him home. It's looking for a story where none exists yet.

If there is a story, it will come out. Be patient. Until then, using "alleged" for this story makes you an ass for piling on and for not putting real thought into your choice of words.

Immigration Enforcement Results for ICE for 2010

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Alton Firefighter Bash

Alton Fire Fighters have organized a bash for Oct. 2, 2010 from Noon to midnight. There will be entertainment for the entire family, including Tejano group La Mafia. The event is set up behind city hall.

Weslaco Chamber Nominations for Business & Persons of the Year

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Nomination forms for Outstanding Citizen, Man or Woman of the Year and Business of the Year are now available

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Annual Awards. All entries must be submitted to the Weslaco Chamber by 5 pm on Friday, October 8, 2010.

The "Outstanding Citizen" award is presented annually to a Weslaco citizen who has served the community unselfishly over a period of years. The "Man or Woman of the Year" recognizes a Weslaco citizen who has served the community over the last three years. Nominations for these two awards must be comprehensive and should focus on the service and accomplishments of the individual.

The "Business of the Year" award recognizes a business for its service and contributions in the Weslaco community. A committee composed of directors of the chamber board will judge this award. The Awards Selection Committee for selecting the "Outstanding Citizen" award and the "Man or Woman of the Year" is composed of former award recipients.

The announcement and presentation of awards will be made at the Weslaco Chamber Annual Awards Luncheon, Thursday, October 21, 2010, at the Weslaco Business Visitor Center located at 301 W. Railroad Dr.

A complete set of guidelines and nominations forms for each category are available at the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 W. Railroad St., corner of Business 83 and Texas Blvd. Please call (956) 968-2102 for additional information.

Download "OUTSTANDING MAN & WOMAN" Application Here

Download "OUTSTANDING CITIZEN" Application Here

Download "OUTSTANDING BUSINESS" Application Here

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce 

Annual Awards Luncheon

 October 21 - 12 noon
Business Visitor Center
Chamber Open House to follow luncheon

Call 968-2102 to RSVP for Awards Luncheon

Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax
Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce | 301 W. Railroad St. | Weslaco | TX | 78596

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