Thoughts on Viernes…Cinco De Mayo ’12 Edition

Happy Meow’r, Anyone?

Best Cinco Event Award Goes To…

It’s not everyday one sees a pet adoption event with a holiday ring to it. What holiday? Well, Cinco de Meow.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions will reduce cat adoption prices to $5 from Friday, May 4 to Tuesday, May 15. This “Cinco de Meow” event allows Houstonians to adopt a new feline friend for a fraction of what it normally costs to adopt from BARC, with all the benefits of a full-price adoption.

Available cats range from only a few weeks old to seniors. The adoption fee covers services including spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, City licensing, microchip and much more.  BARC’s adoption package could cost up to $850 if purchased through certain breeders or veterinarians; the BARC adoption fee remains the best value and lowest price in the City of Houston.

For more info, go to their website.

VotoLatino’s Survey

I was just notified that the VotoLatino survey they put out is quite flawed. One has no choice but to answer this question:

13. If you were to vote for a Republican candidate; who of the four would you vote for?

Unless one of the answers to the favorite GOP candidate is “Ninguno de estos pendejos racistas,” then I ain’t answering it. So, I guess I’m disqualified from the sweepstakes. Oh, freakin’ well. 

The Ambulance Fee…

Looks like Houston City Council approved a $13 a mile fee for ambulance rides, which I posted about this week.  So, along with the base fee, the average price for a ride will increase by $71. The main reason is to ensure Medicaid reimbursements are collected–to the tune of $2.7 million. I’d like to figure out the actual math, but I already have a headache.

INBOX: From Congressman Sylvestre Reyes

On Saturday May 5, 2012, the United States Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship the USNS Cesar Chavez, during a ceremony at the shipyard in San Diego. In their tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navy’s newest ship recognizes Mexican-American civil rights activist and World War II veteran Cesar Chavez (1927-1993).

“I am extremely pleased that the Navy is honoring an important Hispanic American. Paying tribute to Cesar Chavez both as a sailor and as a civil rights leader is a fitting tribute to his service to our nation.  An advocate for social justice, Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to giving voice to those who couldn’t speak for themselves.  He was a tireless advocate for strong health care and for good-paying jobs so all people could share in the American dream,” noted Congressman Reyes.

Cesar Chavez volunteered for service in the United States Navy at age 17. He later referred to his time in the segregated military as the worst two years of his life, and he carried that experience, along with his childhood spent as the son of a migrant farm worker, with him as he began his lifelong quest to improve rights for farm workers and Mexican Americans. As a leader in the American labor movement, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers, and his slogan, “Si, se puede” continues to inspire new generations of activists who seek to better themselves and their communities.

Cinco de Mayo Parade on Sabado

LULAC will hold the 19th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade this Saturday in Downtown. Starting at 10AM at Minute Maid Park, the parade goes on for a couple of rides and has 100 or so floats. Should be colorful and fun.

Enjoy the Weekend!

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