Saturday, March 6, 2021

Brooks & Capehart On the Covid Relief "Debate" & the Political Divide On Voting Rights - William Rivers Pitt On "Neanderthal Thinking " - What's A Matter With You ? - Excellent Chicken Soup Recipe Coming Up

Or should I have said the Republicans are acting out like spoiled brats and there seems to be trend to return to Jim Crowism ? In case you might have missed them (and we do miss Mark Shields who retired) here is tonight's Brooks & Capehart hitting the highlights:




 ~  From Truthout:

 Reckless Governors are Lobbing a Hand Grenade Into Biden's COVID Plan 



" To “step on a rake” is a euphemism for inflicting pain and damage upon yourself. The imagery is straightforward: You’re walking through a yard, accidentally step on the head of a rake, and the handle whips up and smacks you on the bean. Sideshow Bob of The Simpsons perfected the art.

This week, a number of Republican officials across the country abruptly decided COVID was done, in defiance of all present evidence, and set about tap-dancing on a whole pile of rakes. It would be funny in a sad clown kind of way, but for this: When people like that step on rakes like these, COVID swoops in and kills thousands. It has happened already this year, and if these fellows get their way, it is about to happen again.

I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%,” Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott tweeted out of the clear blue sky of Tuesday afternoon. “EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.” 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, the Costello to Abbott’s Abbott, immediately followed suit. “Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules,” Reeves tweeted. “Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!”

This folly is not simply a regional affair. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, whose state was one of the first and worst COVID hotspots at the outset of the pandemic, is looking to step on his own chowdah-flavored rake. Starting on Monday, Massachusetts will allow significant capacity increases in restaurants and bars, theaters, indoor concert halls and stadiums.

Baker’s decision is not being greeted with the resounding cheers he was hoping for. “I’d say, ‘Charlie, you’re making a big mistake,’” Robert Horsburgh, a Boston University professor of epidemiology, told The Boston Globe. “Opening up these restaurants is going to prolong the epidemic, and increase the number of Massachusetts residents that die.”

The timing of this sudden outburst of COVID tommyrot could not be worse. A robust national vaccination program is well underway, but is only a fraction completed, and is currently in a footrace with several COVID variants that have proven far more infective than the original. The longer this virus is allowed to fester and spread, the more likely new variants will rise that could weaken the effectiveness of the vaccines. Any actions taken that might cause this must be avoided at all costs.

While the nation has certainly moved past the gruesome winter explosion of new cases that saw the death toll surpass half a million people, we are far from being free and clear. The U.S. saw 65,000 cases a day each day last week, a still-horrific number that shows the pandemic is nowhere near under control.

Last week, new cases in Texas rose 27 percent. New cases in Mississippi rose by 62 percent in the same time frame. The daily average of new cases increased in eight other states last week besides Texas and Mississippi. In Europe, a six-week decline in new cases came to an abrupt end with a 9 percent increase, and World Health Organization (WHO) officials fear another spike may be underway.

Back in April 2020, Governor Abbott got out over his skis and announced a lethally early reopening of Texas. “Every recommendation, every action by the governor will be informed and based on hard data and the expertise of our chief medical advisers,” Abbott adviser James Huffines told the press at the time. Thousands upon thousands of Texans died.

This time, Abbott isn’t even bothering: Three of his four official COVID experts were not consulted before this reopening decision was made.

“I don’t think this is the right time,” said Abbott COVID adviser Mark McClellan, one of the three who was not consulted. “Texas has been making some real progress, but it’s too soon for full reopening and to stop masking around others.”

McClellan is not alone in his concerns. “Some of Texas’ top doctors warned Wednesday that Gov. Greg Abbott’s sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid-19 infections and deaths,” reports NBC News. “And while they now have enough masks, ventilators and emergency room space to treat a new wave of patients, they say there is an acute shortage of staffers who aren’t already stressed out and exhausted from battling the pandemic for more than a year.”

The problem, of course, is that what happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas. Neighboring New Mexico, a favorite vacation destination for many Texans, has spent months struggling to deal with Texas tourists who flout COVID safety rules because freedom, or something. Now, with pandemic matters finally beginning to come under some semblance of control, the idea of pulling back on COVID restrictions is terrifyingly irresponsible.

The editorial board of The Santa Fe New Mexican made a particularly barbed point on Tuesday: “Texas still is digging out of the crisis that erupted when the state’s energy grid crashed during a spell of frigid weather. Some cities still are having problems with their water supplies — news website Vox reported Monday that 390,000 Texans still lack drinking water. Surely, Texas doesn’t need another coronavirus outbreak on top of what state residents have named ‘SNOVID.’ One crisis at a time, please.”

At the federal level of government, “concerns” are being raised by Republicans about the size of President Biden’s latest stimulus package. Things aren’t that bad anymore, they argue, so let’s give the people less. As with all things COVID, however, the formula holds true: If you think you have a lid on this thing, wait a week.

Only when a significant majority of the population has been vaccinated will there be any kind of true daylight, and we may wind up having to endure one more winter of masks and social distancing before that happy moment comes to pass. The stimulus is merely adequate to the task, and much more remains to be done.

The United States has handled COVID about as poorly as anything could be handled over the last year, and more than half a million people are dead because of it. With the final scourging of Trumpism from the White House, an effective fight against the pandemic is finally underway. Now, reckless governors are lobbing a hand grenade into that clockwork.

I pray the good people of Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts and, well, everywhere take stock of what they have sacrificed over this long year, and choose to ignore their state and local leaders when they are invited to fling themselves off a cliff.

We are not out of this yet, and every greedy capitalism-driven push to pretend otherwise only serves to extend the timeline and prolong the agony. It sucks. The alternative is worse."



 ~  From Forbes: (More reports on the link)


As States Drop Covid Restrictions, CDC Study Shows Resumption of In-Person Dining Linked to More Cases and Deaths 


By,  Alison Durkee


So these acting out antics by Republican sore losers got me to thinking of that old song you might remember ...'what's a matter with you...shutupa your face !' which  I considered trying to find and put up, but it was too nice and too funny; there is nothing funny about any of this.

 Someone really needs to ask these lame brain neanderthals..."What's A Matter With You ?"

 The chicken soup to die for recipe is coming up ...stay safe everyone.




Killer Chicken Soup


Sorry I'm late on this. This is the original recipe so you will need to double it to make it last two nights, it's even better the second night.  I buy the boneless breast at Sprouts, so they are large. The original recipe calls for you to cut the chicken breast(s) into small squares prior to frying it in the olive oil. I do it a bit different, I cook the entire breast(s) about 15 minutes a side in the olive oil, take it out and let it cool then I cut it, but my pieces aren't little squares, they are larger. Also, for the spices, do heaping teaspoons full but don't OD.  Serve with a nice crisp salad  if you want and warmed up Ciabatta bread loaf  for sure- you can also get those at Sprouts & warm them in the oven.  I use all organic veggies. The garbanzo beans are optional, if you use them make sure you drain and rinse them first.

3 heaping tablespoons of olive oil

1# boneless chicken breast, cut into large-ish cubes

2-3 carrots chunky sliced and quartered

1 very large onion, diced

3-4 celery stalks, diced

1 -2 zuccini squash, thick cut and quartered don't peel it

2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic, more if you like

1/2 heaping teaspoon dried basil

1/4 heaping teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 heaping teaspoon thyme 

6 cups chicken broth (48 oz.)

2 largest cans of petite diced tomatoes with juice  ( 1 large can = 28 ounces)

1 can drained and rinsed garbanzo beans actually you can buy organic garbanzo beans at Walmart- again, more if you want.

1 (9 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini - more if you want

2 cups baby spinach leaves - more if you want

garnish with grated parmesan cheese & parsley

1.  Heat olive oil in fry pan, season chicken with salt & pepper, saute until brownish (5-10 minutes) remove chicken from pan.

2.  To pan oils add carrots, onion & celery saute 10 minutes.

3. To large pot, put in chicken chunks, carrots, celery & onion, the zuccini, canned petite tomatoes, 

garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and the chicken broth and drained garbanzo beans if you want them.  Bring to a boil.

4.  Add the tortellini, reduce the heat and simmer  about 15 minutes.  Add the spinach leaves, simmer about 10 minutes more.

5. Season with salt & pepper - I use the pink Himalayan salt and coarse pepper.

6. Voila ! Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and parsley

7. Practice saying "what's a matta with you ?" 

This is really yummy, good luck !



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CPAC Wrap Up From Juan Cole - Under Pressure: Sharing the Vaccine & The Migrantes (Just for Starters)

Hooray ! We made it through the second Moderna shot; Mike experienced a headache , soreness, a slightly elevated temperature & tiredness. I was just wiped out tired for two days. I figured I better get over here, tomorrow heavy rains so the electricity will probably go out. Thursday, Paris will get a special baby bath at her "spa".  Must be nice.

Have you been paying attention to  CPAC ? Nobody says it better:

 ~ From Informed Comment: (with bonus video on the link)



The 7 Deadly Sins of Today's Conservatives


 "Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – That someone at the conservative political convention, CPAC, thought it a good idea to put up a gilded statue of the odious Trump says it all. Today’s conservatives are literally worshiping a gold calf, for all the world like straying children of Israel who lapsed from their devotion to God.

Contemporary conservatism has fallen into the seven deadly sins of pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. This listing of faults originated with Evagrius the Solitary, a fourth-century monk from what is now Turkey. His original list had eight sins, but both pride and vainglory were on it, and subsequent authors collapsed them into seven.

I have never found conservatism an interesting ideology, and it seems to me patently false. Its exponents seem to believe that the rich are rich because they are more capable than others and the poor are poor because they are lazy. They decry the role of government in the economy but no one manipulates the government for the benefit of their social class (typically the owners of businesses) more than they do. They believe that there are social hierarchies and that these are a good thing. I once heard William Buckley on the radio insisting that the lives of the blind are obviously less full than the lives of the sighted. The crass and embarrassingly glib argument seems to me to sum up the conservative obsession with some people being innately better than others.

Even Buckley, however, would be embarrassed by today’s conservatives, who have devolved into glassy-eyed cultists. They dance around denying reality, imputing the Capitol insurrection to “antifa” in contrast to FBI findings and the evidence of our own eyes. They insisted Joe Biden isn’t really the president. Making sure that the rich are not regulated or taxed in the interests of the public good, the old conservative objective personified by Mitch McConnell, is tame stuff by comparison.

Conservatism has become so prideful as to be narcissistic. Refusing to acknowledge that you lost an election fair and square is pride. This sin of pride led dozens of sitting congressmen to vote against certifying Joe Biden’s triumph. They were too full of pride to accept that they had been whupped. In fact, conservatism today cannot accept any criticism, any defeat on any issue at all. If they appear to lose, it is because of a conspiracy. Their increasing loss of touch with reality is driven by pride. They are constructing a fantasyland in which they always prove victorious. Their pride in being white Christians is also to the point of sin. They seem to have lost sight of that charity and humility business, and seem not to realize that the founders of Christianity were not “white” but brown Palestinian Jews.

The notion that people are rich because they are better than others also displays the sin of pride. Obviously, the rich are often capable people. Economist and former labor secretary Robert Reich points out, however, that most billionaires get to be that way through 5 techniques.

1. Exploit a monopoly
2. Insider trading
3. Buy off politicians
4. Extort investors into giving you a golden parachute
5. Inherit a sh*t-load of money

All five of these ways to get super-rich exhibit the sin of greed. Monopoly practices harm the public weal, and entrepreneurs who wield them are taking advantage of people while benefiting enormously themselves. Likewise, insider trading (which even some in Congress engage in) is a form of theft. Corrupting the political system the way Koch does, buying off politicians to lower his taxes, is also nothing but greedy. Greed is the desire to have and hoard a lot of something (in this case, money). The greedy don’t want to consume their gains, necessarily. Nor could they. Having a billion dollars is after all notional. You don’t actually have it. Most of it is directed by other people. The rich can only own so many appliances or eat so many meals. Most of their money is socked away in investments and does them no particular good as persons.

The Trumpist form of contemporary conservatism is all about wrath. Trump wants to punish those Republicans who voted to impeach him. He didn’t get animated at CPAC until he got to his enemies list. Conservatives are angry. Life isn’t fair to them (even though they are the richest and most privileged people on earth). They are angry at minorities for asking for equality under the law and eroding their white privilege. They are angry about polite requests that they help pay for the government services and infrastructure that allow their businesses to turn a profit.

Today’s conservatives are envious of the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left. These movements made it indelicate to express racist ideas publicly. They robbed conservatism of the racial epithets whereby they had kept some populations voiceless. That is why they keep crying reverse racism against whites. They have minority envy. They wish they could have the validation that comes with being oppressed. Hence, they imply, Jewish Americans are making a war on Christmas to the point where you have to say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas. Christianity, the religion of 85% of the population, is being discriminated against. They don’t understand that activism on the part of the Establishment is not like activism on the part of the truly oppressed.

Conservatives don’t have a monopoly on lust. But the Trumpian brand that has taken over is ostentatious in its claims on white male privilege to sexually harass women. Trump himself is a notorious grabber of pudenda and a philanderer against whom many claims of sexual abuse have been filed. His brand of conservatism entails push-back against women’s desires to be treated like human beings instead of pleasurable objects. It seems clear from Rowan Farrow’s brave reporting that lust of this sort is common in corporate boardrooms, and its practitioners no doubt applaud Trump for parading it and trying to normalize it.

Gluttony is another sin of conservatism. It is the desire to consume as opposed to hoarding. Ted Cruz’s abandonment of Texas for Cancun was gluttony. He wanted to consume some nice weather and some leisure while the Texans he supposedly represents were shivering without heat or electricity in an ice storm. Trump is a notorious glutton, which can easily be seen in his girth. Many of the industries championed by conservatives involve gluttony. Flat top coal mining consumes the natural landscape, leaving only the husk behind. Likewise fracking. Promoting fossil fuels is a way of eating the earth right up. Belch.

The conservative approach to the pandemic last year was slothful. Trump and Republican governors just decided to let half a million people die rather than to take the needed actions. Indeed, Neoliberalism in general is slothful, consisting often in no more than a hope and a prayer that the market will swing into action and solve all problems. The market is, however, merely an artifact of social engineering and not a magic hand. Trump came into office promising to fix all those falling-down bridges and dilapidated airports. He never did. He was too lazy, as was his majority in Congress. They passed a tax cut on billionaires instead. The country is falling down around our ears because deregulating corporations and cutting their taxes are the primary goals of conservatives, not burnishing America’s assets."



  To Share Or Not to Share, That Is The Question....

Up until I read this recent report from Reuters, I thought the answer to AMLO's request for vaccine from the U.S. was "no".  Apparently not:


 ~ From Reuters:

Mexico Pins Hope On U.S. Vaccine Sharing After Biden's 100-Day Target

3 Min Read




An exciting approach:

 ~ From Foreign Policy: 

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production 


Monday, February 22, 2021

Extreme Waits At San Ysidro and Otay POE's: Misinformation Swirling Down Here Regarding Biden's Immigation Policy - UPDATES 02/22 : Fact Checking Joe - Trump's Taxes - Watsonville - Biden's Immigration Plan - UPDATES 02/24: Juan Cole - Chicken Pie - Marjorie Taylor Green (aka HORSEFACE) Back In the News Get Lost MTG ! - Adding U2

 I have been treating all of the inside wrought iron around here for days and days and packing up stuff for the Red Cross..the rust is a problem. Also, had Manny and Moe spade  and their shots so now there is Rubio, Totsie, Squirt, Manny & Moe and I cannot keep doing this ! Manny & Moe have to live outside except in inclement weather, Squirt has been caught sleeping with Totsie, Rubio and Paris. So, I haven't been here at all. But here's some news in case you are headed up to the States which you may already be aware of (we have to go up twice for the second Moderna shots this if you don't have a Sentri and even there, prepare to wait although not as long as the regular lines.) Give yourself some leeway so you don't miss your appointments.

Backup to last Friday:


Asylum seekers waited in Tijuana, Mexico, on Friday to see if they would be among the few allowed to cross.

Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg News



 ~ From the Wall Street Journal :


Migrants Crowd Border Crossing As Biden Administration Begins Undoing Trump Policy 

 By, Alicia A. Caldwell and Michelle Hackman 

Updated Feb. 19, 2021 6:30 pm ET

"TIJUANA, Mexico—Hundreds of migrants crowded the pedestrian border crossing with the U.S. here Friday morning as the Biden administration let in the first handful who had been forced to wait in Mexico for their asylum claims to be resolved under Trump administration policy.

Biden administration officials had stressed in English and Spanish communications that only people contacted ahead of time would be allowed in Friday while others needed to register online and wait. A San Diego aid group working with the returning migrants said they received a total of 25 people Friday.

The admissions are part of President Biden’s reversal of the Trump policy officially called Migrant Protection Protocols but generally known as Remain in Mexico. It required migrants seeking asylum, many of them families, to wait in Mexican border cities for their claims to be resolved, rather than in the U.S. as had previously been the case.

The waits have been prolonged by the Covid-19 pandemic that closed immigration courts handling their claims.

The administration announced last week that, beginning Friday, it would start allowing some migrants in the program to enter the U.S. The government said it is moving slowly because allowing in large numbers of people could pose a public-health risk.

But the message received in Tijuana and other Mexican border cities was simpler: Joe Biden was now letting people in.

“The news said they were going to reopen and let 300 people in,” said Carina Rivas, a 27-year-old mother from El Salvador, who has been waiting in Mexico with her family for nearly two years.

A line of about a hundred migrants, mostly from Central America, with several from African countries, began forming Thursday night outside the border crossing across from San Isidro, Calif.

Cristian Antonio Reyes Flores slept on the sidewalk with his wife and four children. The Honduran family has been in Tijuana for four months, waiting for the border to reopen. He said there were rumors in the plaza overnight that some people would be allowed to cross, so he said he and his family will continue to wait, just in case.

“We had to leave—it wasn’t safe in my country,” Mr. Reyes, 30, said. “It’s not safe here either. We can’t stay. It is very hard to live here.”

Some migrants, the majority of whom wore masks, said they had been waiting for more than a year for their turn to be called to walk into the U.S. and ask for asylum.

The Trump administration created the MPP program because it believed that allowing migrants to live and work in the U.S. while waiting for their cases to be resolved incentivized migrants without a valid asylum claim to make one anyway. 

The success rate for asylum seekers who waited in the U.S. for their cases to be resolved was about 30% in the federal fiscal year that ended in September 2019. For people in the MPP program, it was only about 1% as of last spring.

Biden administration officials, working with nonprofit aid organizations in Mexico, selected migrants they deemed particularly vulnerable to have the first chance, and set up a process to make sure the migrants could be tested for Covid-19 before entering the country.

Michael Hopkins, chief executive of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, a charity that helps migrants, said his group received about 25 migrants on Friday, a mix of families and single adults. Jewish Family Service will help the migrants to quarantine at hotels before sending them elsewhere in the U.S. to join family and friends.

After quarantining, they will be allowed to wait anywhere in the U.S. for their cases to be adjudicated, a process that in the past has taken months or even years due to court backlogs.

Alexis Lilibert Robles was put into the Remain in Mexico program with her two children about a year and a half ago and was sent to Mexicali, across the border from Calexico, Calif. The family, originally from Honduras, attended two court hearings in San Diego before the pandemic shut down courts along the border. They have been waiting in Mexicali ever since, moving west to Tijuana after her 17-year-old son was robbed and had his arm broken last month.

“I pray to God,” Ms. Robles said of her hope to be allowed into the U.S. on Friday."

Write to Alicia A. Caldwell at and Michelle Hackman at

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Appeared in the February 20, 2021, print edition as 'Migrants Crowd Border Crossing.'



I am unaware of which news sources down here were spreading misinformation, more likely this bad information came from the polleros - or smugglers . Next, the past two days  at the POE's could have been a reaction to what happened on Friday. Also on the link, there will be another tightening up at the POE's in March, and do not miss the podcast of the drug trafficking in the Valley de Guadalupe (Ruta de Vino, Ensenada). Noticias del Dia will bring you uptodate on drug wars activities - it's been typically bloody, we are over 100 executions again this month.


 ~ From Zeta:

Mas de 7 Kilometros de Fila Para Cruzar Las Garitas Por Tijuana



"Once again, there are long lines to cross into the United States through the Tijuana booths. To enter San Ysidro the line is 7 kilometers long and the delay exceeds 5 hours and through Otay it is 3 kilometers  long and the line is longer than 4 hours of waiting. Although motorists presume that the wait is "normal" but the traffic congestion on the eastern expressway and on the Airport Highway is notorious.

It was in August 2020 that there was a change in strategies at the checkpoints as Border Protection realized that three out of every five crossings were not essential. In other words, American citizens and legal residents of the United States crossed the border into Mexico for leisure.

“US Customs and Border Protection recently surveyed 100,000 travelers and found that more than 60 percent of border travel by US Citizens and Permanent Residents was for reasons considered nonessential. In response to the health crisis and to protect border communities, CBP is taking steps to discourage unnecessary crossings of travelers to and from Mexico, ”CBP stated at the express question of ZETA in August 2020.

Between Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February 2021, the lines were maintained with a similar length: 7 kilometers, to the Black Bridge for access to the San Ysidro checkpoint and 3 kilometers, from Plaza Alameda, for access to the Otay sentry box.

Officially, CBP does not support a special program at the border crossing, so there is still no explanation for the long lines to cross the border crossing through Tijuana."


Late here, so tomorrow when I can I'll be adding more information on the Biden Administrations Immigration Plans...which he is going to have a difficult time selling to the GOP and the activists have already been saying it is just not enough.

It is also a wonder that more people did not die during the Arctic Freeze-out in Texas, unbelievable.

Take care. 




Update/edit 02/22: Fact Checking Joe, Watsonville,Trump Forced to Release His Taxes, Biden's Immigration Plans.....


Just wondering how the air quality is with all of the agriculture in Watsonville


For sale in Watsonville - Built in 1922 - Needs Pool & Some Work



Not many folks are making a big deal out of this one, which soured things for me like the facts that Linda Mar beach in Pacifica is contaminated along with many of the beaches in Santa Cruz (not to mention sharky). Well, there's always Watsonville, a designated Sanctuary City with adorable old 1920-1930 houses, clean as a whistle, low crime (sort of) and good temperatures. La Selva beach and thereabouts (Manresa) are also sharky. My problem is that I am searching for the old Steinbeck California, and it simply does not exist anymore. Sigh. Yikes, avoid Castroville like the plague -  haunted by bad vibes due to horrid history of abuse towards the Chinese and Japanese and most likely Mexican farmworkers.


Back to Joe : Que Paso Joe? Here is Joe's Townhall from several days back:


 Watch the Entire CNN Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden 

Updated 12:16 AM ET, Wed February 17, 2021



Oops, now read the fact checks from the Whiz Kid:


 Fact Check: Biden Makes at Least Four False Statistical Claims At CNN Town Hall


Updated 4:10 PM ET, Wed February 17, 202




 I think Joe should pepper up his presentations with full on press calls .  The only thing that is saving me today is that Mike is making machaca tonight so I don't have to cook.  I'll be back with the info on Joe's Immigration Plans. Ah yes, Trump has to release his taxes.  Hardy har har.


Oh please Lord, this could be the final curtain for Trump.....


Rundown on the Biden Immigraion Plan:

 ~ From Vox:

The New Biden-Backed Immigration Bill, Explained 

Democrats are pushing a comprehensive approach to immigration reform — for now.

Friday, February 12, 2021

He Is Going To Walk & Get Away with Murder...And He Will Be Back

 The past two days we have seen and heard undeniable evidence that Donald Trump incited the riot which shook Democracy to the core on January the Sixth in Washington D.C. As shown by the Impeachment Managers, this carnage was well planned, far in advance; but I wish someone could go back even further...say to when Barack O'bama was elected President, or even prior to that.

It would be interesting if we could be privy to the Trump gangster conversations at the clubhouse, on private golf courses, private planes,billion dollar homes, yachts and beaches. Gangster conversations with the elite like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn , Steve Bannon to name a few of the  criminal masterminds. Of course, these conversations would be rife with racism but the pressing debate seems to me would have been the attainment of permanent political power.

As we speak, Trump is living it up with really not a care in the world since he already knows he has the GOP by the balls and most likely he will not be convicted of anything. He is already making plans for a comeback along with his gangster amigos. It will indeed happen again.

Highlights from the past two days:


 ~ From PBS:


Highlights From Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial - Day 2 : 


 ~ From CNN:


Trump's Second Impeachment Trial: Day 2 


 By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:41 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021



 Trump's Second Impeachment Trial: Day 3 


 By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 6:00 PM ET, Thu February 11, 2021

Next couple of days will be Trump's defense team...wake me up when it's over...what an embarrassment, the whole world is watching and will know without a doubt when Trump is not held accountable, the USA is a bunch of wimps and Democracy has taken a dump.

Stay Safe.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

"The Putsch of January 6, 2021"


Where They Wanted To Hang Mike Pence

I haven't had a chance to see what the local updates are (if any) on Day One of the Impeachment of Donald Trump. Mostly we were lucky to be able to listen to the NPR coverage on our way up for my knee shot and several stops after that, including the powerful speech by Rep. Raskin. In between times, listening to the GOP rambling rebuttals and Trump's attorney responses sickened us both. The only salvation is knowing that history will record any merits of these fools (and of course there are none and there will be none) in addition to categorizing them for exactly what they are - cowards.


A special piece from a couple of days ago from a special place: 


 ~ From (With more reports on the link)

 The Putsch of January 6,2021 




"The rioters who assaulted the Capitol on January 6 were better organized than the police who were charged with protecting the imposing building, which Biden called the “citadel of liberty.”

These were not just a group of people who happened to be in Washington that day to protest Biden’s victory. There was the woman named Elizabeth from Knoxville, her eyes smarting from mace, who said she came as part of the “revolution.” There was Jake Angeli of Arizona, an actor and singer, both a QAnon and Trump supporter, carrying a bullhorn and an American flag, who, in 39-degree weather, appeared inside the building shirtless and tattooed, wearing a horned helmet and red, white and blue face paint. There was the other bearded rioter wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the chilling rubric, “Camp Auschwitz, Work Brings Freedom,” the nazi slogan that greeted arrivals at the death camp.  There was a fair share of white supremacists and racists. Someone erected a gallows with a noose in front of the Capitol Building. 

This was not a demonstration; it was a desecration of our sacred democracy, a violent insurrection, aided and abetted by Trump and certain of his enablers.  Five people died as a result of the assault. 

This was a well-planned enterprise. Who financed these people? Was it Trump’s “Stop the Steal” PAC? Who paid their travel expenses, their hotel expense, their sustenance? Who were the organizers? Who assembled the small group that would storm the building, scale its hallowed walls and invade its chambers where the laws that rule us are made? Who instructed the trespassers on how to do it, and where to go? Many carried or wore Trump or QAnon paraphernalia. “Trump 2020” banners  or MAGA hats, the uniforms of their seditious enterprise. Few of the male rioters were clean shaven. Was this planned also to make identification more difficult? 

There is more to this than Trump’s incendiary innuendo in front of the White House exhorting the mob: “You will never take our country with weakness.” There is more to it than Trump saying to the mob of criminals, “We love you, you’re very special.”

Or Donald Trump, Jr. warning Republican members of Congress who were deserting the ship, “We’re coming for you.” Or Rudy Giuliani demanding of the same crowd “trial by combat” to settle the election. 

True, Trump Jr., Giuliani, and Ivanka Trump, who had previously tweeted that the  mob were  “patriots,” denounced the violence. But all that was too little too late. It was moving a log after they had poured gasoline on the fire. 

Who put up the crusty Congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert, to start the frivolous and almost unimaginable lawsuit against Mike Pence seeking to empower him to throw the election Trump’s way? Who crafted the wild Ted Cruz scenario to advocate a special commission to investigate an election where countless lawsuits, recounts and challenges had unearthed no evidence of the “massive fraud” Trump falsely claimed had vitiated the election? The enablers like Cruz and Josh Hawley, the pallid senator from Missouri who wants to be president, know it is not true. Joe Biden won in a fair election. The American people rejected Donald Trump. How long do they intend to perpetuate this falsehood?

And what of our security forces? Why was the National Guard so late to the party? The DC and Capitol police were no match for the rioters. One of their number posed for a selfie with the mob; another escorted an intruder down the steps of the Capitol; a third ran from them, not even ordering them to leave the building. And these are but a few egregious examples. Thugs bearing flagpoles, and undoubtedly concealed weapons, breached the security of the building without serious challenge. The officers involved from the top down who were derelict in their duty must be held fully accountable. 

Someone must investigate the riots and find out who was behind it, who organized and financed it and who plotted to launch this shameful attack on the institutions of our democracy—perhaps more fragile than anyone ever thought.

Is this the end? Are we to assume that the buffoons and domestic terrorists looking more like Visigoths than civilized human beings have had their fun and will now go home from their all-expense paid trip to Washington? Or will they be back? 

Something like this happened not too long ago, in 1923 in Munich. It was called the “Beer Hall Putsch,” an attempted coup d’état by Hitler and his followers, which was calculated to seize the power of the Bavarian state government (and thereby launch a larger “national revolution” against the democratically elected Weimar Republic). The attempted coup failed after four police officers and 16 nazis were killed. Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for “high treason,” but was out with a pardon after less than a year. In jail, he wrote Mein Kampf. The next time round, Hitler sought election to the chancellorship. He lost, but became chancellor anyway, and the rest is history.

So what have we here? Another Beer Hall Putsch? To paraphrase Churchill, is this end of the beginning of the hooliganism and thuggery we saw in Washington, or are we in the twilight of our democracy — the beginning of the end?   

We have a rule of law in this country on which we pride ourselves. Serious crimes were committed here, and they merit vigorous investigation and prosecution. Title 18 United States Code §1752, among other things, makes criminal disorderly or disruptive conduct with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business in any building where a person entitled top Secret Service protection is visiting…when or so that such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions. The penalty is severe, up to 10 years imprisonment. There are other more draconian criminal statutes that may be applicable as well.

But so far, relatively few of the putschists have been arrested. The new Attorney General, the distinguished jurist Merrick Garland, has vast experience prosecuting domestic terrorism cases. When he was in the Justice Department years ago, he supervised the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing case.

There must be full accountability for all those responsible for this day, like another in American history, “which will live in infamy.”

James D. Zirin

James D. Zirin, a lawyer, is the author of the recently published book, “Plaintiff in Chief, -A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits.”



Meanwhile, links and videos:


 ~ From CNN: 


  ~  Donald Trump's Second Impeachment Trial - 16 Videos


 ~ Trump's Second Impeachment Trial : Day 1

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:30 p.m. ET, February 9, 2021
 ~  From the New York Times:



Democracy Now !



Meanwhile, double up on your masks everyone.


Mary Wilson is gone... 

The Supremes - Our Day Will Come (1965) [lead vocals: Mary Wilson]

Saturday, February 6, 2021

No, Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Not Going Away Or Gone...and....Yes, They've Been Studying COVID Variants in Mexico for Months


Non-Apologetic Horseface Psycho Weirdo

Initially I was hoping to put up some excellente reports on MTG which will have to wait for a few days, because I fell onto some important research papers that might interest you and I am booked for the next two days.  But I do wonder if the Republicans had unified to censure the whacko, do you think she might have resigned out of pure humiliation ? Gawd, what a terrifying woman. Just be gone MTG, real real gone.

Meanwhile, here's what I found.  The first study was published last July: 


 ~ From: American Society For Microbiology|Journal Of Virology 


Published 07/08/2020 :


1. Geonomic Analysis of Early SARS-COV-2 Variants Introduced to Mexico 


Blanca Taboada, Joel Armando Vazquez-Perez, José Esteban Muñoz-Medina, Pilar Ramos-Cervantes, Marina Escalera-Zamudio, Celia Boukadida, Alejandro Sanchez-Flores, Pavel Isa, Edgar Mendieta-Condado, José A. Martínez-Orozco, Eduardo Becerril-Vargas, Jorge Salas-Hernández, Ricardo Grande, Carolina González-Torres, Francisco Javier Gaytán-Cervantes, Gloria Vazquez, Francisco Pulido, Adnan Araiza-Rodríguez, Fabiola Garcés-Ayala, Cesar Raúl González-Bonilla, Concepción Grajales-Muñiz, Víctor Hugo Borja-Aburto, Gisela Barrera-Badillo, Susana López, Lucía Hernández-Rivas, Rogelio Perez-Padilla, Irma López-Martínez, Santiago Ávila-Ríos, Guillermo Ruiz-Palacios, José Ernesto Ramírez-González, Carlos F. Arias

Julie K. Pfeiffer, Editor


On both of these studies, you can hit "Check for Updates" For updates.


Published  October 13, 2020:


2.  Analysis of SARS-COV-2 Mutations In Mexico, Belize, and Isolated Regions of Guatemala and iIs Implications In the Diagnosis




 The Good News....
 ~ From AA:
Muhammad Mussa   | 06.02.2021
Update/edit 02/07:  Okay adding a little more information re the findings of the Oxford-Astrazeneca's reported protection from the South African Variant, NOT the British Variant:
 ~ From the Washington Post via MSN:

 ~ From Reuters - almost a month ago:

"MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The new variant of the coronavirus first detected in Britain has been confirmed in northern Mexico, health officials said on Sunday, adding a new layer of concern to an already severe national outbreak.

The confirmation of the especially contagious new variant of the virus marks the first time it has been found in Mexico, home to the pandemic’s forth-highest death toll globally.

A 56-year-old British man who flew on Dec. 29 from Mexico City to the city of Matamoros, just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, tested positive for the new strain, both state and national health officials said on Sunday.

The man arrived to the Mexican capital a day earlier on a flight from Amsterdam, said Jose Luis Alomia, the head of epidemiology for the national health ministry, at a regular government news conference.

The official explained that upon arriving in Matamoros, the man did not show any symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. But he nonetheless tested positive again after a second test was administered to him on Dec. 31.

Alomia stressed that while the new variant has been detected, it is not believed to be circulating on any significant scale among the population.

A dozen passengers on the same Mexico City-Matamoros flight have not yet been identified, officials said, while the rest of the 45-passenger flight have all tested negative, including the plane’s crew.

The British man remains hospitalized in Matamoros, and was placed on a ventilator on Saturday.

Officials did not say that any form of contact tracing or testing had been conducted on passengers on the Amsterdam-Mexico City flight.

The fast-spreading new strain of the virus has also been found in South Africa and Australia, prompting authorities to take more aggressive action to prevent even greater contagion as countries across the globe struggle to contain the pandemic."




I am not sure - maybe some of you may know - if this next event has anything to do with Mexico's current delay in supply problem:


  ~ From Reuters:


 Countdown to  'Catastrophe:' Inside Europe's Fight For COVID Shots


 By ,



  ~ From Zeta: (don't miss all the news)



 Toca Refuerzo de Vacunas COVID-19; No Hay 

Por,   viernes, 5 febrero, 2021 4:22pm


" The Federal Government did not deliver a percentage of vaccines that are kept in safekeeping for reinforcement to front-line personnel who were vaccinated on January 13 in Baja California, as it is waiting for the pharmaceutical company to send more doses, despite the fact that 9,750 health workers should be immunized on February 3"

 The 21 days to receive the booster of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine  to the front-line personnel who were vaccinated during the first shipment were completed on February 3, and until Thursday 4, there is no agreed date for the immunization to reach the State . 

Alonso Pérez Rico, Secretary of Health in Baja California, assured on several occasions that the Federation had a reserve (despite the fact that, due to the ultra-freezing conditions, the doses must be supplied in a matter of days and therefore cannot be stored ) to guarantee the application of the reinforcement, but after more than 21 days, little has been said about its shipment or the amount that will be taken to the different states of the Mexican Republic.

Through a statement, the Federal Government reported that the Pfizer company specified that the recommended time to apply the booster was between 21 and 28 days after the first dose, however, there were up to 42 days for it to be applied without lose effectiveness.

Given this, the state official stressed that the third shipment of vaccines will arrive between February 14 and 16, that is, between 30 and 32 days after the first application to the 9,750 health workers, considering that it does arrive on that date.

"They are the second doses for those of us who vaccinate in the first line, the 9,750 colleagues from the Health Sector, precisely to reinforce the dose from day zero until the day of the second dose," he said.

 Pérez Rico told ZETA that the Federation will notify him between four and seven days before when and how many doses of the vaccine will arrive so that they can put together their vaccination strategy, so ensuring that it will arrive between February 14 and 16 is also a gamble, since it depends directly on the disposition of the pharmaceutical company for its distribution.

Little has been said about the reserve that the Federal Government has and the amount that would correspond to Baja California, meanwhile, health personnel are waiting for what the pharmaceutical company distributes and the Federation sends.

“They haven't told us anything so far. Today it was the turn of many colleagues to reinforce and were not notified. It is only known that they have not reached Tijuana until now, ”said an employee of the General Hospital who is waiting for the reinforcement.

Likewise, health personnel in general feel vulnerable, since daily they see that the population is increasingly neglected, and despite the fact that the indicators have decreased, "the virus is still latent, and lowering our guard in various ways puts in endangers everyone's health ”.

Regarding the vaccine, he commented: "We know that it will arrive, that it should arrive, what we do not know is when," which generates uncertainty among colleagues, as there is controversy regarding the effectiveness of the biological and its arrival.

For his part, Pérez Rico affirmed that the first dose will not be lost, since the reinforcement will be applied to 100% of those vaccinated in the first line of battle in the first shipment and, as of February 14, delivery will be restarted. of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines every Tuesday, although there is no certainty that this will be the case.

He also pointed out that 12 front-line workers from the Ministry of Health are missing to receive the first dose of the vaccine, while ISSSTE and Issstecali are covered, however, the number of missing employees by Social Security is unknown.

“They haven't told us anything, they say they are going to talk to us and that the vaccination is at (Clinic) 20, but that it will only be the respiratory filter personnel. They say that according to there is a list, but that magic list we do not know where it came from, ” a doctor from the institution told ZETA .

“At the end of the day, I cannot compete with the pharmaceutical capacity that the United States has, nor with the distribution of that country. I have to be very clear, the vaccine that is arriving was not bought by the State Government, it was bought by the Federal Government and bought for everyone. So the scenario is that if it is going to reach us, do not despair, ”said Pérez Rico.

The head of Health in the State insisted that Pfizer / BioNTech will send to Mexico all the vaccines that it did not send in the consequent shipment, so it was likely that the 17 thousand doses missing for January in Baja California -30 thousand were estimated and arrived just under 13 thousand - will arrive in just one. But the entity does not have the ultra-cold storage network, essential to keep the vaccine at minus 70 degrees Celsius, so it expected the dose to be distributed little by little.


On January 29, through the video transmission of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez, it was announced that as of Monday, February 1, a link would be enabled on the page of the Ministry of Health to begin the registration of older adults, as a result of that calls were made by Servants of the Nation, where in addition to asking if the older adult wanted to be vaccinated, he scheduled an appointment to be immunized and asked personal information.

Given this, Alonso Pérez Rico detailed to ZETA that there was a lot of confusion among those interviewed, since only 25% said that they did want to receive the vaccine, because there was mistrust due to the number of personal questions, so it was decided to create the state link.

Likewise, on Tuesday, February 2, in  El Pulso de la Salud , of the daily conferences of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the creation of the portal was announced  to register older adults of all the country and count the amount of vaccines that would be required.

Although it is not mandatory that they register on both platforms, it is the most recommended, since the federal -and official- is to count them, and the state, is to locate the neighborhoods where there is more need, as well as the comorbidities that are affecting them said the head of Health.

Pérez Rico stressed that the link that must be promoted is the federal one, in which they only ask for name, zip code and if they want to be vaccinated or not, in order to count how many vaccines will be necessary for older adults.

In the case of the local platform, information is requested such as address, email, telephone, indicate if you have any rights (IMSS, ISSSTE, Issstecali), if there is any comorbidity or allergy and if you have received the vaccine a month ago .

“The page of the Federal Government is for Mexico to tell us how many vaccines they take; The platform that we have in the State is to help us be more accurate and more equitable in who is going to be vaccinated first and how ”, he specified, this because the Federation cannot tell the State how to distribute the vaccine, if not they know in which areas more is needed or who are more vulnerable than others.


On February 2, during The Health Pulse of the daily conference at the National Palace -now led by the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero-, the Undersecretary of Health Promotion and Prevention, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, emphasized that no local platform was valid.

“We know that some platforms have been announced locally in the states. There is no platform other than the one presented below for Mexico's vaccination program. So don't be confused with other platforms. The platform of the Government of Mexico, of the Federal Government, is the platform that will take you to receive your vaccine against COVID-19 if you are an adult over 60 years old, ”the federal official would report.

Meanwhile, Alonso Pérez Rico emphasized in this regard: “I know that the platform is federal, but if today I ask the Federation 'please tell me, of those who interviewed on the platform in Baja California, over 80 years old, how many diabetics want to be vaccinated 'They will not be able to tell me that information, because they are not asking for it ”.

Even so, he affirmed that the federal platform is not deficient, but that the state platform complements the first in terms of qualitative information, since it will be used for future programs.

"We are not competing, this is not a beauty pageant or a competition, this is a medical technical situation," he concluded.


Scientists will take weeks to confirm coronavirus mutation in Jalisco


After four cases of a variant of the SAR-CoV-2 virus were detected in the Emerging and Reemerging Research Laboratory of the University Center for Health Sciences (CUCS) of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), scientists will take several weeks to determine if it is a new strain or indeed, a variant.

Clinical authorities clarified that it is not about any of the coronavirus strains discovered during 2020 and colloquially known as the South African, British or Brazilian, but that it is not yet possible to speak of a new strain.

The finding of the mutation is known as E484K, with a higher transmission power than the common SARS-CoV-2.

It was on January 29 when, at a press conference, the governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, reported that four cases of what was thought to be a variant of the aforementioned strains were being followed. He warned that "it was not a minor matter", but that, due to the transmissibility of the virus, "it could be more contagious."

The Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference is already investigating the mutation detected in the four patients, who did not leave Jalisco or were in contact with foreigners. Three of the people live in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and one more in Puerto Vallarta.

Scientists from the UdeG are working to identify the importance of the changes in the virus (mutation called E484K), which could be a local variant. According to what has been revealed so far, the mutation of the virus occurs in a small particle known as the gesticulate protein, which modifies its structure and allows a greater transmission of the disease and the number of infections.

Héctor Raúl Pérez Gómez, infectologist and member of the UdeG situation room for monitoring COVID-19, affirmed that for now there is only talk of a mutation and not a new strain, since in the cases of the British and South African they present, the first, eight different mutations, and the second, at least nine.

The former director of the Civil Hospitals of Guadalajara explained that there is no precise time to know the result of the studies that are already being carried out on the E484K mutation, since the frequency of the mutation of circulating viruses in Jalisco must be determined and requires to know new cases.

For now, the samples are subjected to genomic sequencing in molecular biology or molecular virology laboratories to dismember all the segments of the viral genome, which is complex and will require several weeks, obtaining multiple more samples to analyze.

For his part, the epidemiologist and specialist in Public Health, Carlos Alonso Reynoso, assured that if confirmed, it is a variant or new strain of SAR-COV-2 and the authorities would have to act at airports and perform PCR tests on the travelers or request them prepared in a time not exceeding 72 hours.

It should be remembered that on January 4, in Tamaulipas, a 56-year-old patient tested positive for the new variant of the virus, which appeared in the United Kingdom. The man, who had been in Holland, was asymptomatic during the first days, but seven days later he worsened and was intubated.


Platforms fail on the first day of registration for COVID vaccine


Barely a few minutes passed since the local platform was enabled to register older adults to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and it collapsed without giving a chance to anything. Situation that was replicated the next day with the federal link.
In the live broadcast of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez, corresponding to January 29, the Secretary of Health in Baja California, Alonso Pérez Rico, announced that during the broadcast on Monday, February 1, the page would be activated  / vaccinacovid19 / to start the registration. But it was not like that. It had to wait until noon for it to be enabled and, after the first few minutes, it thundered. That is, it was impossible to enter, it marked an error or simply "the page takes time to load."

Although on the afternoon of the same Monday, some fortunate ones were able to register or register their elderly, the page crashed on several occasions, although there was already a little lighter traffic on Tuesday.

ZETA was present at the registry of an older adult on the state platform, in which the Unique Population Registry Code (CURP) was entered and a questionnaire related to chronic-degenerative diseases, allergies, COVID-19 and application of the flu vaccine.

After capturing the data, an attempt had to be made to save the information for an hour, since the page would remain static; Later, it gave the opportunity to move forward and begin to provide an address, email, cell phone, indicate if he had any rights and if he could go by his own means to the vaccination center that is installed.

After filling in the fields, the attempt had to be made for another half hour to save the information, in doing so, it was necessary to once again place the CURP and move forward to receive the PDF file with the receipt.

But this did not happen with the federal link  h ttps: // , since from the Tuesday that it was enabled, until the closing of this edition (February 4), it was not possible to advance in the registry , because when entering the CURP, the legend appeared "The hours of operation are from 8 in the morning to 12 at night from Monday to Sunday."

On the same Tuesday it was not possible to enter "Guide to Register in Mivacuna", but as of Thursday, the link sends to a downloadable PDF file, in which the instructions for registration are given.

Social media users have shown confusion about which platform to use. In this regard, Alonso Pérez Rico stressed that both are viable, however, the federal is the one that should be promoted."




Well, don't feel too bad, it was not peaches and cream in the States either, we just happened to get lucky as did some of our neighbors. Maybe we will all be more prepared for the next pandemic, which reminds me...months ago I was in Sprouts - this was before people were wearing masks  and not really social distancing (except I was wearing gloves) and this man said to me, "You think this is bad? Wait for the next one."

And, another thing about MTGreen - she needs to keep a mask on, no one wants to look at her horse face.

I was going to use "Real Real Gone " for MTG by Van Morrison, but I'm completely disappointed in him (where I had always adored him), but distraught at how he was so anti-lockdown during this crises.


Take care, stay safe and get your back in a couple of days....


Take it away Randy ! BTW, I don't know how or who chooses the videos which come up after the initial video, but do check out John Batiste's I Need You, completely cool. (; In case something weird happens and it is superceded by something else, go here, fantastic, he is brilliant !