I've got a few things on my mind.
I don't know what happened with Joe Muench, but he's still appearing on Sundays. That's a huge win in his book. I'm thinking the company was ready to pay his retirement instead of his salary and benefits. They likely pay him a good amount to send up Sunday columns. That says to me that he wasn't fired - in fact, quite the opposite. They did what it took to keep him around.
Good for Joe.
I'm a little wary of the payday lending issue. It's not a smart financial decision to make. It's not the fault of the guy offering you a bad deal if you take it. Buying a new car is 10 times the rip-off of a payday loan. Just do the math. Hell, financing a Liberal Arts degree is dumber than taking a payday loan. The list of things worse than a payday loan that are perfectly acceptable because they have a better PR team is rather long. I think we need to preach personal responsibility here.
Payday lenders also crowd out an unregulated part of the loan market - organized crime. When you needed quick cash in the days before payday lenders, you went to the local crime syndicate to get a loan. The interest was high and the failure to pay was painful - literally painful. You could also end up dead. Payday lenders pushed that element out of the market - for the most part. Places like El Paso are prime breeding grounds for organized crime and I don't really have to explain to any of you the reasons why.
If the City of El Paso wants to regulate its citizen's personal financial decisions, I suggest they find a sentence or two in the constitution that allows them that authority first. The constitution was set up to protect an individuals right to make both very smart and very stupid decisions without the interference of government. Remember that.
The Democratic primary campaign for County Judge has issued an APB for Eddie Holguin. If you see him, tell him that he's supposed to be campaigning for that nomination right now.
I think the Shawver park debacle, dreamed up Jaime O. Perez and carried out by Holguin, absolutely killed his chances and I think he knows it. Campaigning outside of direct mail and some minor appearances at forums is worthless. He's now just hoping to run for his council seat again and wants to stay in the trench until the shooting stops.
Holguin's run for County Judge will be a great example for other prospective candidates about misreading the reasons for an outcome of an election and why you shouldn't listen to a guy who has lost every election he's touched in the past decade.
Poor Mrs. Apodaca spent all of her money and energy early trying to keep Holguin out of the race and now she has nothing. I heard poll numbers from late December have her barely registering on the name ID scale. Just because you are the go-to speaker at the local level because there's an incredible lack of speaking talent in your city, doesn't mean you can win an election. You're never as a big of a fish as you think you are - I should know.
Another Miner sports program has brought shame on the university. It's really not worth all the embarrassment UTEP sports bring to the institution given how much they cost. It's about time they stop focusing on what they will never do well and start focusing on the real function of a university - education.
We keep bailing that son of a bitch out of jail and he keeps coming home and punching us in the eye again. It's about time to just leave him behind.
I do appreciate whichever campaign is sending hot young little Latinas my way via unsolicited email appeals for "friendship." Trying to get me to bite on some kind of secret affair over email so you can blackmail me into silence later is quite extraordinary even by El Paso standards. Unfortuately for both of us, my wife reads my email. My wife isn't very good at spotting a lie, but you don't have to be all that good at it when it comes to random women on the internet saying they think I'm cute. I'm not and my wife isn't buying it. Her first question was, "who is putting these women up to this and what do they want?" Not for a second did she think I was capable of wooing the opposite sex in my current pudgy form.
Last election cycle I offered my consulting services to all candidates. I will renew my offer with a lower price this time around. For $5,000 dollars I will advise your campaign on what it should be doing to win. I have a strict policy of NEVER MENTIONING MY CLIENTS ON MY BLOG FOR ANY REASON FOR A YEAR. Some of you may not be interested in my advice, but may love my interest in a client's privacy.
I hope you guys are throwing the same hotties at Max - he can actually do something about it!