Monday, December 9, 2019

Thank You Linda Ronstadt

Yesterday was supposed to be a fun day out and a special day for Paris...a trip to the Spa at PetCo  in Eastlake as a reward for putting up with the kittens.  It felt Christmassy.  We left here a little late - it was 10:35am. Mike put on an old Aaron Neville Christmas CD , the traffic was heavier than usual with some drizzle but this morning it didn't really bother us.

As we drove up the Avenida International hill moments later we were talking about the all of the landslides around us due to the storms. Then I saw it first out the front window then clearly out my passenger window, close enough to touch, a body of a man thrown to the side of the road, obviously dead. He was wearing a heavy sweater, lying on his side facing the cliff surrounded by rocks and wet debris.

Mike turned the CD off, silence. I guess we thought we could escape it, but we couldn't.  I mentioned that I haven't blogged the latest attack on Zeta for their coverage of corruption in the new Jaime Bonilla regime, Javier Sicilia's latest talk where he blasted AMLO at the Gudalajara Writer/Book Festival, AMLO's latest speeches and promises, Padre Solalinde's current stance on the migrantes (which blew most of us away) or even Anabel Hernandez's new book which throws  light on organized crime's position in present Mexican government at the highest level, or even the number of human rights activists across the nation since the beginning of the year who have been simply, killed. It's raining again right now and the wind is blowing, but it doesn't feel very Christmassy . 

When we came home the electricity was on and I checked the news: El Sol covered the body on Avenida International and I wondered how many hundreds of other people saw it and what their thoughts were. 


The greatest news I thought was this:

 ~ From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
 Washington Post:

Linda Ronstadt Told Pompeo at the Kennedy Center Honors Dinner That He's 'Enabling' Trump

"Singer and Kennedy Center honoree Linda Ronstadt threw a little political shade at the arts center’s annual State Department dinner Saturday night, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced her with what was supposed to be a humorous play on one of her hit songs.

Pompeo congratulated the singer and wondered aloud when he would be loved - a reference to Ronstadt’s hit, “When Will I Be Loved.” According to Sam Greisman, son of actress Sally Field - another of the evening’s honorees - the singer responded, “Maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump.”

The State Department dinner is part of the Honors weekend, an annual event hosted by the Kennedy Center to celebrate the arts. The honorees are presented with their rainbow-ribboned medals and saluted by the nation’s top diplomat at an intimate event attended by the artists and their families.

Sunday’s celebration, which was hosted by LL Cool J, salutes Ronstadt; Field; Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony; the band Earth, Wind & Fire; and “Sesame Street,” the first television show to be honored.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump did not attend Sunday’s performance, marking the third year in a row that they have declined. Previous presidents have typically attended the fundraising celebration since it was launched in 1978."


 Thank You Linda...and you know what, she's still runnin'.

So many songs, I chose this one, the back up band on this album BTW was Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Impeachment: It's A Go and Nancy Hits the Nail On the Head ! El Sol Reports 25+ Executed This Month of December in TIJ - YTD Total = 2,062 in TIJ

Edit: this is a re-write...somehow lost the initial blog hours ago, oh well....

It has been one disaster after the other here, mostly brought on by the six and a half inches of rain in two weeks.  The kind of pricey stove(a LG) we bought last year would not work to cook the turkey on Thanksgiving, we think this is due to the numerous electrical blow outs; the same is happening with the washer. 

Due to the rain here, we had to move the feral kittens inside which has been a complicated ordeal. So far, we've been able to get two of them into the cat carrier and to Dr. Silva's for their operations and shots - six more to go and it looks as if more rain is on the way for this upcoming weekend so they will be nesting in the computer room. All of this is driving Paris crazy, so I scheduled a spa day for her on Sunday. 

Daca Bob who now weighs in at 24 pounds, has been a great asset since the sudden disappearance of the mother, Susan. He is very possessive and protective of the kittens, he cuddles and sleeps with them, eats and plays with them.

The morning of the fires here, William overheard a neighbor showing a picture of a dead cat - seeing it, he thought it was Susan.  The neighbor while showing the picture said that a person who lives here let his dog out again and the dog killed another cat. What kind of an idiot lets their dog out unleashed?  Bob went into almost complete despair and depression over the loss of Susan, his little heart was broken. But now the kittens left behind gather around him and have soothed his hurt.  Three of them we are thinking of keeping (Lila, Rubio & Tomas) but I don't dare just release the others after their operations and shots knowing there is a serial cat killer out there.  I'll still feed them but they have to stay outside. Maybe Mike can devise a little shelter for them.

Next I missed my eye appointment because the car battery died, so with my HMO I'll have to wait another three months for another one, maybe four being partially blind.  We did watch "The Irishman" over four days, it was fabulous.


Some Impeachment Updates:

 ~ From CNN:

Nancy Pelosi Just Wrote Donald Trump's Name In the History Books

Sadly, memes are appearing comparing the Cowardly Lion to Trump, or vice versa.

And, yes Nancy, he, Trump, is a coward.  Noted on tonight's PBS report, they cut that part out of their coverage -  too bad:

Nancy Pelosi To Reporter: "Don't Mess with Me"

More Impeachment Information & Details:

 ~ From Democracy Now!  :

DemocracyNow|Impeachment ~~~


What I do object to are the numerous memes showing up comparing the Cowardly Lion to Trump.  There is no comparison, the Cowardly Lion as we all know had a myriad of redeemable qualities, none of which Donald Trump possesses.  Hopefully someone out there will start a supportive 
#TheCowardlyLion to clear his reputation. 

Speaking of "The Irishman", in the beginning I thought this might be Scorsese's last film and hoped that it would not be at the same time. What I would like to see is him make one of the current organized criminality, the current mob bosses, the current mafiosos who have not only infiltrated elections and government in the United States, but who have taken complete power of the government in the United States to the degree that should the GOP Senate not convict Trump of high crimes and impeach him, it will only be the final nails in the coffin of "Democracy" as we know it.

 The Local Numbers.....

Locally, tons of dope confiscated up and down the coast, which seems to be a pattern here along with a lower number of executions in some of the Municipalities.  No one is saying if some type of a deal has gone down. 

Zeta Tijuana

As for this month of December, El Sol reports there have been 25 so far the first few days of December:

 ~ From El Sol de Tijuana:

Rebasa Diciembre Las 25 Muertes Violento en Tijuana
Por, Juan Miguel Hernandez

"Tijuana.- In just 5 days in December, the number of murders has already reached 25, official figures revealed.

 The last homicide of the count occurred in the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood, where a 44-year-old man was injured with two firearm shells, which caused him an injury in the abdominal region.
The male was transferred to the General Hospital, where he lost his life shortly after 12:55 a.m.
In 2019, the number of murders has already reached 2,062, slightly less than 2,507 last year."


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Impeachment Inquiry: Don't Give Up The Ship ! Aha ! Finally Local Drug War Stats, Can You Believe It ? As of 11/25 /19 10:39 am YTD Baja California Statewide Executions = 2,615: Tijuana @ 2K Executions YTD

Take a hint Republicans

I'm done with vacuuming the walls and ceilings until after Thanksgiving.  I give up. However, the entire inside of the house needs to be re-painted, not to mention the outside of the house which was never finished.  So, providing my knees hold out, those are the next projects.  Tomorrow, I'm cooking all day: pies, cranberries, Waldorf Salad, chopping celery, onion & mushrooms for the dressing, and sliced crunchy raw veggies.  I'm not making the dressing from scratch - cheating using seasoned Mrs. Cubisons.  I've found that if you add about one & 1/2 tablespoon of thyme to the dressing when you are mixing it together plus for liquid one cup of organic milk, it really improves the taste.  I learned that one from Feida Kahlo's cookbook - you might want to try it. And for a little bit extra pizzazz, add one cup chopped walnuts. I use a lot of walnuts; people nowadays joke about Waldorf Salad and say that it is just a hillbillie side dish, but it didn't used to be.  It is true that it has gained popularity in the Deep South and the Carolina's and lost favor in New York City where it was created, but it is so quick and easy ! Make sure you use organic apples & organic grapes and organic celery.  I haven't found any organic walnuts or organic mayonnaise. I didn't have time to bake hippie bread.


What About The Impeachment ?  

I admit, a couple of weeks ago (and even before) I completely had lost my faith that the Republican Senate would vote to Impeach & Remove Trump.  But it wasn't just me, it seemed every person I ran into was feeling the same frustration.  So, I'm changing...and if they don't kick the bum out, I'll cry. Ha ! Let's start thinking positive, and let him be the one left cryin ! It took me awhile but the old karma thinking came back as if in a dream - that you cannot go around torturing and hurting people, or the environment, constantly lying and get away with it, sooner or later it will catch up with you, one way or another. Everyone say OM.  Cry Donald you creep !

Plus there are going to be wild new developments, and I hope they throw the damn book at him for lying to Mueller: 

Recent Impeachment Inquiry Updates:

Update/edit 11/27/19:

 ~ 11/27/19:  Wow, check these out, taking a break - doing the pies, I'm behind:

Trump Contradicts Testimony

Caught In More Lies, Trump and Guiliani Are Digging Their Own Fucking Graves:

end edit.

 ~ From CNN: (11/26/19) And don't miss the sidebar.

The Latest On the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

From 11.25/19 

From 11/24/19 

From 11/23/19 

From 11/22/19 

From 11/21/18 - Outasight Dr. Fiona Hill & Mr. Holmes ! 

From The Guardian -  Fiona Knocks em Dead !


More coverage everywhere, especially here:

Democracy Now ! Watch Dan Ellsberg !

Democracy Now|Impeachment


Finally, thanks to Zeta the most current drug war stats in our region.  You can see there has been a significant drop the last two months, with November clocking in (so far) at 136 executions in Tijuana.  Still, when this report went to press, the overall state of Baja California has reached a YTD level of 2,615 exections/homicidios dolosos. Zeta notes Tijuana's monthly totals:

From Zeta -  lunes, 25 noviembre, 2019 10:39 AM

Liega Tijuana a las 2 Mil Ejecuciones en 2019

"At the state level the figure reached 2 thousand 615 murders

According to statistics from the Attorney General of the State of Baja California, until the early hours of this Monday, November 25, 2 thousand executions have been recorded in Tijuana so far this year. The majority of the victims are due to conflicts between narcomenudistas.
The latest events recorded in different parts of the city are:
At 05:35 hours on Sunday, November 24, a young man, between 20 and 25 years old, hitherto unidentified, was found dead with a shot in the head on the Cancer street corner with Scorpio in the Ejido Matamoros Horoscope colony. State Investigation Agents located a .45 caliber cap at the scene of the crime.

Then, a man identified as José Refugio Pirul González, 40, died yesterday morning at the General Hospital after being the victim of an assault by unknown persons.

Finally, at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Monday 25, a double homicide was registered in the Mesita street of the Cañón de la Raza neighborhood. The victims are a man, between 50 years old, and a woman, apparently 30 years old; they had gunshot head injuries. Until now, the deceased remain unidentified. The expert agents packed 2 9mm caliber caps.

In none of the crimes are detained people reported.

So far in November, 136 malicious killings have been recorded.

Homicides in 2019
Victims Month
January 220
February 145
March 152
April 184
May 193
June 217
July 231
August 198
September 185
October 156"

You can follow the developments here: 

Zeta Tijuana||Noticias Del Dia

More reports on the way, running behind here.


Meanwhile, don't give up the ship... and if you have any good Impeachment memes, send em over !

Happy Thanksgiving To Ya'll !

Monday, November 18, 2019

Looks Like The Senate Republicans Are Madly Practicing the Limbo Rock !! How LOW Can You Go?

I'm still trying to remove the soot & dust from the walls, everything is a disaster! Meanwhile, some updates on the Impeachment Inquiry:

Roger Stone:  The Senate Republicans idea of "Moral Integrity"

 I like David Brooks a lot, even though he is a Republican.  Of course, I love Mark Shields.  Here is last Friday's roundup of the last week's Impeachment Inquiry, and  I agree with David Brooks (and many others including Dan Rather)) that the GOP Senate  will not vote to impeach Trump.  I asked Mike what gives with them?  Why are they sticking to Trump like glue?  He said, "Because they don't have any balls."  Oh, you meant they have no moral integrity?  Eyes Rolling.



From Counterpunch: - 11/18/19

Stefanik Stands By Her Man and Roger Stone Gets Convicted On All Counts: Impeachment Day Two
by, Ron Jacobs 

"The myth that the United States is a nation of laws provides the context for Friday’s hearings, if not for the entire process. The most obvious irony is that this occurs while lawless acts by the president of this nation of laws are being discussed. It is the trumpist belief that Trump either did nothing illegal or that even if he did, it doesn’t matter because he is president, As this process moves forward, it becomes clearer that many trumpists have little understanding of what is illegal. This is more than apparent just in their demands to name the whistleblower, which would be a blatant violation of the law should someone do so. Never mind their obfuscation of the particulars in Trump and Giuliani’s actions. Or, as far as the US government goes, the criminality of its foreign policy. The question in the Capitol is not, nor will it likely ever be, a question of who the nation’s laws serve. However, how those laws are enforced will become clearer as the process continues. If Trump and his co-conspirators get away with this, then it will certainly be clear who the nation’s laws do not apply to.

 Trump, still unable to keep his fingers off his phone, begins the day with a threat to Ambassador Yovanovitch, opening up the possibility of a witness intimidation charge being added to the list the Judiciary committee will ultimately present to the full House. Watching the hearings, Trump’s distaste if not hatred of women who are not only smarter than him, but also willing to oppose him becomes more than just apparent over the course of the day.

The Ambassador herself looks like a twenty-first century Western diplomat. Short hair, conservative but not too conservative clothing. Her demeanor fits the archetype of the professional woman: intelligent, firm in negotiations and diplomatic in every public way. She has a bit of the air of a bureaucrat with essentially no flamboyancy, not even in the manner of George Kent’s bowtie at Wednesday’s hearing. Her approach assumes the correctness of the US involvement in overthrow of the Kiev government in 2014, the rightness of the Ukrainian military’s battle against separatists in the Donbass region of Ukraine, and the assumption that Russia is a greater imperialist nation than the US if only because Washington’s motives are like religious beliefs to her—freedom, justice and the American pursuit of markets. It’s not that those beliefs are unique, certainly not among those in that room in the Capitol Building. After all, it’s not US diplomacy, its motivations or its goals that are in question here. It’s the misuse of US diplomacy for personal gain by one Donald Trump and his co-conspirators that has these folks going at it.

The substance of today’s appearance by Ambassador Yovanovitch is about Trump’s attacks on her professionalism, her career, and her person. The understanding by those who called the hearings is that Trump fired her from her position in Kiev because she would not go along with his attempts to extort the Ukrainian president. In other words, she was blocking his conspiracy to get Kiev’s Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for military aid and a personal invitation to the White House. The trumpists on the congressional committee seem unable to wrap their brains around the connection between her dismissal and Trump’s conspiracy. Then again, there are several things they can’t seem to wrap their brains around. Consequently, their ranting revolves around the right of a US president to reassign diplomats at will. By completely ignoring Trump’s request to Zelensky to join the Trump campaign’s investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and reframing the reassignment of Yovanovitch as part of Trump putting his own stamp on US foreign policy, Jim Jordan and the rest of the GOP trumpist chorus hope to convince their sycophantic, and uncomplicated-minded supporters that there’s nothing to see here. If that fails, the chorus’s constant demand to bring the “whistleblower” to the stand serves to convince those trumpists in the television audience that Trump is being persecuted like the poor little rich man that he thinks he is. I wouldn’t be surprised if that “whistleblower” does appear somewhere down the line either before this committee or the Judiciary Committee after the process moves there. It will be fun to see Jim Jordan and Representative Stefanik sputter, spit and lose the cool they never had on live television. Stefanik, a right-wing lady from upstate New York, ran for election to the right of Donald Trump. Her commercials were a combination of half-truths and pictures of white people going to church, among other such tropes. Her district is known for the Adirondack Forest and big prisons, including Dannemora, the site of an infamous escape that resulted in a television series and involved a female civilian working in the prison helping the two prisoners escape. Watching Stefanik outdo her fellow Republicans on the committee defending Trump, I can’t help thinking she’s doing something similar for Donald Trump as he tries to avoid being kicked out of office. There is a similar sociopathy found in billionaires and murderers.

Speaking of that criminality, Trump took time today to overturn the war crimes convictions of three US troops. Trump’s remarks at his rally in regards to his pardon were, “We train them to kill, then we convict them for killing.” The first part of his sentence is an accurate description of the process. Yet in this supposedly civilized world even the military has some rules when that killing crosses certain lines. Crossing those lines are what we call war crimes. In some parts of the world people get hung for such crimes. In a nation where Lt. Calley was a hero to millions for killing hundreds of Vietnamese civilians while most of his superiors got off scot-free, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump and millions of today’s Americans would have no problem with pardoning convicted war criminals, if only because of the uniform they wear.

Another headline in Friday’s daily crime report concerned a man named Roger Stone–the scumbag who thinks he’s the cleverest man in politics and that he’s in charge–just got convicted on all counts. What more deserving fate than prison can there be for a guy who’s got a Richard Nixon drawing inked between his shoulder blades? There’s that nation of laws thing again. Sometimes writing about these people is just too easy. There’s a truism that smart criminals don’t get caught. That says something about the trumpist gang. Between their arrogance and stupidity, it’s amazing they got this far, unless you consider the trumpist nation. You know, those voters who put him in power and excuse his every insult, abuse, and now his crimes, all because there’s nothing a nation of rubes (thanks Hunter S. Thompson) likes better than a con-man who cons them all. Stone thought he was the guy to do that. So does Trump. One hopes for an ending similar to Stone’s for Mr. Trump."

Ron Jacobs is the author of Daydream Sunset: Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies published by CounterPunch Books. His latest offering is a pamphlet titled Capitalism: Is the Problem.  He lives in Vermont. He can be reached at:


On to the here and near future:

 ~ From CNN:

 Upcoming Testimony - and watch for Sondland (on Wednesday) who has already changed his story twice.
  ~ From CNN:

Latest Impeachment Inquiry Updates 

 ~ Democracy Now|Impeachment 


We finished BBC's Doc Martin and now are starting The Crown  - both are stress reducers.  Locally, TIJ is inching its way up to almost 100 executions this month, Ensenada has surpassed last years figures, AMLO rejects Javier Sicilia, etc.  Back I promise later.  Oh no shit, imagine if you will Mitch the Turtleman doin the Limbo ! No balls, errrr....sorry, no moral integrity.

How Low Can You Go ???


Thursday, November 14, 2019

H2O Situation SADM - Impeachment Links - Proceso On Cartel Children Murder In Mexico - Our Stats Coming Up

I'm completely confused, we're not supposed to have H20, but I just checked a bit after 1:30 pm and I have water, which means I can rinse the clothes and the patio.  Here, maybe you can figure it out.....

 ~ From Zeta:

Aqui El Listado De Colonias De La seccion 3 en Donde CESPY Aplicara Tandeo De Aqua 


Hat tip to "sheislittlebutsheisfierce" of Instagram

 Yesterday on our way up to the states to get my double injection cortisone shots in the knees, we were able to listen to part of Day Numero Uno of the Impeachment Proceedings, and I was awed by 
Ambassador Taylor's statements, as was most of the world who is watching. Here then are the latest updates:

 ~  From CNN: 11/14/19 : with video

The Latest On the Trump Impeachment Inquiry


Brian Stelter points out the opposition's take, which was not to be unexpected  but also notes most western world countries are covering the proceedings - unfortunately, I have not noticed any coverage of these historic events locally, which is a shame - the emphasis here is on the coup against Evo Morales, inspired by the OAS (USA backed) findings on electoral fraud.  And a note that it seems to be mum's the word on Evo in the USA (so far) or USA's involvement in this coup:

 ~ From CNN:

Reliable Sources


Here are some links on where & how to watch/listen to the upcoming events:

 ~ From CNN:

Public Impeachment Hearings Schedule For This week: Here's What You Need to Know 

 ~ From Democracy Now !

WATCH: Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearing 

 ~ From PBS: 

Impeachment Inquiries

Adding more from Counterpunch a bit later.....


 Because the Le Baron Massacre is or should be haunting most of us, here's a little reminder - this is only a clip of the report, you'll have to subscribe to read it in its entirety - but then just think, you'll have an edge on what is really happening down here: 

 ~  From Proceso:

Asesinato De Ninos, Nueva Tactica De Los Carteles Para Sembrar El Terror 
Por, Jose Raul Linares 

"Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries for children, even above nations that have been experiencing declared war situations for years, such as Syria and Iraq. Only in the first 10 months of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has the murder of 796 children and adolescents been reported. According to experts consulted by Proceso , it is a behavior that organized crime began to use notoriously since 2017, to intimidate rival groups or the authority .
CITY OF MEXICO (Proceso) .- During the first 10 months of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador 796 children and adolescents were killed. The figure represents that every six or eight hours on average - according to various sources - the murder of a minor is committed.

Those numbers make Mexico the fifth most dangerous country for children, surpassing nations like Iraq or Syria that have suffered declared war conflicts for years.

According to specialists consulted by Proceso , as well as official statistical analyzes and non-governmental organizations, the recent killing of three women and six children of the LeBarón family in Sonora reflects a constant violent behavior, whose growing spiral of death and terror began in 2017.

 Only as far as the López Obrador administration has been reported between three and four murders and four daily disappearances.

“Homicides of children under 18 have been increasing,” laments the head of protection of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Mexico, Dora Giusti.

“Between 2015 and 2017, the trend was upward drastically and worryingly; It represents an increase of 29.43% that has been maintained since then, ”he says in an interview.

The executive director of the Network for the Defense of Children in Mexico (Redim), Juan Martín Pérez García, warns in an interview that what should be highlighted in the murder of minors is that “criminal groups have adopted this pattern to generate terror in their adversaries: other crime groups and security forces. ”
( Fragment of the special report published in Process 2245, already in circulation )


Locally it is true there was a decline in the overall numbers of executions in Tijuana during October, but Ensenada has increased their numbers.  I'll be back with those stats and recent November numbers ~ we're back to several killings over few hours a day or days, then a lull...same as before.

I'm making Hunter's Chicken, because "...Hunter's always seems to have mushrooms", it's really good and the evenings are chilly.

Wait...let me go check the water.....

At around 2:30 pm City Water is on full force.


Friday, November 8, 2019

I Am Concerned For His Safety

 ~ From Animal Politico:

Con AMLO el pais sufre el mismo dolor y la misma muerte que con Pena y Calderon: Sicilia 

"This government is the same story, repeated, but with euphemisms, of what we have lived with the Peña Nieto and Calderón regime," Sicilia accused.

One day after nine members of the LeBarón family were killed, including six minors, the poet and activist Javier Sicilia criticized that the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador applies the same failed strategy against violence as previous administrations, now with the Army "Disguised as National Guard." 

In an interview with Elisa Alanís, of Milenio TV , Sicily lamented the murder of the relatives of Julián LeBarón, with whom he shared the struggle of the Peace Movement with Justice and Dignity, and accused that with events like that the country is “in the same place where we were standing in 2011 ", the most violent year of Felipe Calderón's six-year term. 

"This government is the same story, repeated, but with euphemisms, of what we have lived with the Peña Nieto and Calderón regime," Sicilia accused. 

"We are facing one more lie, of a new regime, which says that it will change things, which really only accumulates pain, suffering," he added. 

Sicilia insisted that the López Obrador government has tried to “make up” the same strategy, in the face of organized crime and violence, trying to make it look “prettier”, however in essence it remains the same “and the consequences there they are ”, it is “ the same pain, the same death ”. 

López Obrador, Sicilia said, promised to implement a comprehensive transitional justice project, very complex and with the support of the international community, to give a true response to the country, but "betrayed us" and returned to the same strategy. 

"They are reproducing what they hate, what they have hated the most," he said in the interview. 

"Calderón also said that they would respect human rights," he criticized López Obrador's insistence that his government would apply a different strategy, without emphasizing violence, although in his opinion the same results have been observed. 

At what level of horror and horror do we have to descend?

This government, accused Sicilia, has applied with the Peace Movement what Carlos Salinas said, “they neither see us nor hear us”, this is because they have not resumed their proposals to pacify the country.

“That they do not come to us that is the inheritance of the past, this is the inheritance they assumed and that is their responsibility now. Faced with the inheritance of the past and those responsible for the past, there is justice, call them to justice. But with respect to the problem that they have to face and that they inherited, that is what we have to demand from them ”. 

In a letter to Julián LeBarón, Sicily questioned whether after the “horrific massacre” it is not time for the people of Mexico to demand “a true policy of truth, justice and peace, for which you and so many others have fought tirelessly, a policy with which Andrés Manuel committed himself, which over a year of betrayal betrayed and is measured by hundreds of thousands of dead, missing, of which the women and children killed in your community are the new tip of the iceberg". 

“Or at what level of horror and horror do we have to descend so that this country, this town reacts again? Do you and the community of Le Barón have the word to summon the country's moral reserve, that word that 25 years ago had the Zapatismo and 9 years ago the MPJD? 

I do not know. In any case, while I hug you painfully, I keep asking myself, asking you and asking everyone if, after so much pain, after so many children, women, men and elderly people killed and disappeared; if after so much accumulated rage, after saying so much "Enough is enough!", of so much demanding "No more blood", of so much "Being up to the mothers", if it is not already time to put a real stop to so much pain, to so much death, to so much humiliation, to such a lie; if it is not already time that in suffering the heart beats again and the earth can flourish; Time for it to be time. ”


 ~ From Proceso:

Carta de Javier Sicilia a Julian Lebaron 
Por, Javier Sicilia

"Dear Julian, my brother, my friend, my partner:

 I don't know what to say in the face of the horror that ten years after the murder of your brother Benjamin and your brother-in-law Luis Widmar has fallen back on the LeBarón family. The dimension of crime - another that adds to the long chain of horrors that the country does not cease to suffer from - causes language to fail. In front of it I have no other word than my deep, painful hug.

In that hug I remember the month of March 2011 when you came to the Cuernavaca base to hug me, as I do now with my heart from this same state in which ineptitude and crime dominate day by day; I remember the beautiful letter you wrote to my son Juan Francisco, the dignity with which you took your place in the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) and carried the Mexican flag demanding peace and justice. I remember your direct, profound, human word, in each city visited, in each temple raised; I remember your way of facing criminal and political power and remind you of the latter, fundamental truths that you had forgotten and continue to forget.

At that time, dear Julian, we thought we could stop the horror. It was not like that: power, with other faces, with other names, with other ways, continues to lie, covering up reality, consenting to the barbarism that, as we said then, is encysted in the State as a disgusting mud. 

 The horrific massacre that the LeBarón community has just suffered, makes me wonder, if it is not time for the people of Mexico - of which the current President is talking so much now - to congregate to sit in power, not to demand him, but to force him to carry out a true policy of truth, justice and peace, for which you and so many others have fought tirelessly, a policy with which Andrés Manuel committed himself, that over a year of mandate betrayed and that measure with hundreds of thousands of dead, missing, of which the women and children killed in your community are the new tip of the iceberg? Or at what level of horror and horror do we have to descend so that this country, this town reacts again? Do you and the community of the LeBarón have the word to summon the country's moral reserve, that word that 25 years ago had the Zapatismo and 9 years ago the MPJD?

I do not know. In any case, while I hug you painfully, I keep asking myself, asking you and asking everyone if, after so much pain, after so many children, women, men and elderly people killed and disappeared; if after so much rage accumulated, after saying so much "Enough is enough!", of so much demanding "No more blood", of so much "Being until the mothers", if it is not already time to put a real stop to so much pain, to so much death, to so much humiliation, to such a lie; if it is not already time that in suffering the heart beats again and the earth can flourish; Time for it to be time.

 I do not know. What I do know is that in this hug and my questions, I tell you how much I love you, how much your women and children hurt, how much I take you with me, soul mate, partner.

For the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity,
Javier Sicilia"

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Water Situation @ SADM|TIJ - Update: Scheduled Distribution of H20 (and rationing) In TIJ & Rosarito Beach Begins Next Monday

Hands are tied here trying to clean up after the fires, a black soot covers everything inside the house and I mean everything, also trying to get together supplies for the victims of the fires.  Meanwhile I saw this article a few days back which obviously explains the water shut down (at least in SADM) since yesterday.  I told Mike we need to get a hold of a water truck to fill the pila like in the real olden days. Our pila is about 3/4 full at this point. Looks like I can't mop the floors though. BTW, if you don't have a pila, well estas jodido.

~ From Zeta:

Tijuana Se Podria Quedar Sin Agua En Diciembre, continuaran Los Tandeos
Por, Manuel Ayala 

"Rigoberto Laborín, director of the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (Cespt), said this afternoon that there are great chances that Tijuana will run out of water in December, due to the conditions in which the administration left the institution , the lack of payments and the excessive consumption of the citizenship, reasons for which at the moment several colonies are suffering shortage.
After the meeting he held with municipal authorities and residents of the Verona subdivision, he explained that after a review carried out at the institution, they detected that there was “a total neglect” of the aqueduct, which was not invested “a single peso” in maintenance for the past five years.
To this he added that the El Carrizo dam is “at historic levels without water”, below the limits for the water purifier to reach them, in addition that the water pumps 4 and 5 are damaged and that since June it was not paid to Mexicali farmers to pump water to the city.
Given these circumstances and while each of them are being resolved, the official said that at the moment the only immediate solution is that “the Tijuanense be in solidarity” to use less water for a couple of months, that is, not to waste it or be excessive, otherwise the month of December Tijuana would suffer a total shortage.
He stressed that pump 4 has already gone through a series of revisions and repairs, so this afternoon they would be testing to see if its functionality is already in line with what is required, otherwise they will continue with the repairs.
The pump 5 for a year was broken and already tendered, it will be repaired at a cost of 250 thousand dollars, but they have no repair date.
On the water that is intended to buy from farmers is 1.1 cubic meters per second to be able to send to Tijuana the amount that the city requires, with which it intends to return a little to normal in the distribution in the various colonies, for this you have to pay a total of 18 million pesos.
Regarding the awareness of people to not spend too much water but only enough, he shared that it is difficult and there is not too much awareness in it, but they will continue to ask them to do so because “it is a reality that we can run out of water in December".
“The El Carrizo dam is lowering its capacity one meter per month… right now we have below 17 million cubic meters of capacity, being that it should be at 40 million cubic meters, and the last phase is mud, then if that does not exist awareness, and one meter is lowered per month, and we don't get the water or the repair of the pumps we have no capacity for more than two months, ”he said.
Meanwhile, he stressed that during the following months the colonies will continue to be undergoing tanning, therefore everything in the city will be running out of water on certain days of each week, as has been happening for a while since the bombs stopped working.
However, he pledged to publish daily what will be left without the service for the community to prepare."

* Well the last I heard this is November and not December.  Anyways, there it is. 

 ~ Update/edit : Here is the latest update on this situation, our water miraculously came back on around 4:45pm, so I was able to rinse off the patio and do several loads of laundry without depleting the pila; so get ready for rationing:

 ~ From Zeta: 

(VIDEO) Proximo Lunes Inicia Tandeo de Agua; Cada cuatro dias Habra Suspension Por Un Lapso Maximo de 36 Horas:CESPT
Por, Isabel Mercado 

"The scheduled distribution of water for all the colonies of Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito will begin next Monday, November 11, every four days the water supply will be suspended for a maximum period of 36 hours, provided that no contingency occurs, Rigoberto warned Laborín, director of the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT).
To achieve the water levels required in the water treatment plants as well as in the dams, which allows the necessary pumping to supply the population's demand, therefore, it is necessary to carry out these distributions, at least until the month of April 2020, noted the official.
This implies, he explained, interrupting the water supply every four days, alternately, in each of the seven districts into which the drinking water system is divided, an interruption that will take place for a period of 24 hours, leaving 12 more hours for the recovery process, which gives a maximum of 36 hours that users could run out of service.
All districts will restrict water supply at the same time in 20% of their colonies, which they will divide into five zones. The suspension of each area will be announced the day before, for an orderly 

In addition to this measure, the population is required to contribute by reducing the consumption of the vital liquid by up to 50%. With the population in solidarity and these measures are adopted, by the summer of 2020 the problem of shortage will be restored, guaranteed.
He indicated that, as far as possible, the parastatal works to correct and renovate the infrastructure, being the repair of one of the two pumps that are not working, of five that would have to be operating.
In a meeting with managers and representatives of the media, held on the morning of Wednesday, November 6, the new director of the parastatal said that this water crisis is a deliberate problem that was allowed to grow during the last five years to promote construction of the desalination plant.
The neglect of the infrastructure mainly affected the dams in the region, whose vessels store water below their levels, with a deficit of up to 18%, a situation that has triggered a severe impact on the infrastructure of  CESPT, such as the collapse of the two pumps, he detailed.
Finally, the parastatal explained that the water distribution will be scheduled, so that the colonies where there will be shortages will be alerted in time in order for the population to be prepared."

end edit. 


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Will return with Carlos Alvarez's reports on the Le Baron Massacre  who is covering everything on Zeta and our statsAnd some interesting reports from Proceso of past violent conflicts only just a year ago between the LeBarons and the Barzonistas and the Ejidians where people were actually killed.... did not see that one at all in the USMSM.