By Marc Campos

Crackdowns, 1836, Ed Lowdown, No Green Latinos

The folks over at Homeland Security botched responding to a hurricane, we really don't trust them on making us safer, so now they are rounding up paperless folks - way to go. Ahem, a couple of weeks after massive protests and rallies, ahem. That fella Chertoff, who shouldn't be in the bigs, is going after the pallet makers - pallet makers? I'll be impressed when he goes after the highway contractors, especially the ones in the districts of the members of congress that want to build a border fence - I-10 anyone?

On this day in 1836, Sam Houston and his army whupped up on the Mexicans down the street where I was raised. Hey, can I say 1836 without upsetting the members of the Local Latino Political Correctness Patrol. Wonder if the LLPCP celebrates San Jacinto Day - think I'll order a Corona at the yard tonight when Peeetsburgh comes to visit. Speaking of the yard, Lyle Lovett, Julia's ex, is singing on "The Today Show" this morning, when the yard (Enron back then) first opened in 2000, Lovett was the first to sing our national anthem - bet you didn't know that.

In today's Austin American Statesman, there's a good story about Vince Young and what the NFL big shots think about Vince. My question is this - who are todays great QBs? The guy from New England, the Manning fella - even though he hasn't gone to the Super Bowl, the Green Bay guy, but he may not ever play again - who else? Enough said, errr, for today.

Tired of the partisan takes on public ed, get the lowdown on the real deal. Friends of Texas Public Schools and Houston A+ Challenge are hosting a series of public forums on public education. While we have heard a lot about the proposed tax reforms, these public forums will put the proposed tax reforms into the context of school finance and will also discuss the education reforms that are being considered. The forums will be held at three locations around the Houston area. Attendance is free. An RSVP is required: email Houston A+ Challenge at rsvp@houstonaplus.org with your name(s), phone number and address and which forum you plan to attend.

Monday, April 24, 2006 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. San Jacinto Community College North, Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde.

Tuesday, April 25, 2004 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy.

Tuesday, April 25th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (box lunch will be served) Federal Reserve Building, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston.

Featured Speakers are Mike Moses, Former Texas Education Commissioner, and attorney David Thompson, an expert on school finance, who will discuss public school successes to date; challenges to school funding; and what education reforms are being discussed. Chron E-Board member James Campbell, will moderate the discussion.

The folks at Rice University are sponsoring a conference on the environment this Saturday. I checked out the list of panelists, oops, no Latinos. Just another oversight.

April 21, 2006, 9:00AM

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