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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

McConnell Warns His Troops: "Democrats Are On Fire !" Another Wrap Up Monday

 Hooray, the computer is working. In a synoptic nutshell:


 ~ From CNN: (videos enclosed on the links)


Trump Mocks Virus As He Launches Potential Superspreader Sprint To Win Reelection 

Updated 12:39 AM ET, Tue October 13, 2020


"CNN)Donald Trump on Monday launched a three-week quest to save his presidency, behaving as though the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans was already a memory in front of a packed-in crowd -- even amid chilling new warnings about the resurgent virus.

In his first rally since his own bout with Covid-19, Trump painted a deeply dishonest picture of the nation's battle with the disease, mocked Biden over social distancing and vowed victory on November 3 as he began a frantic push to Election Day, marked by multiple rallies a day that could act as superspreader events.
"I feel so powerful, I'll walk into that audience. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience," Trump said in Sanford, Florida, showing his illness did not teach him to respect his own government's pandemic guidelines. "I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women and the -- everybody. I'll just give everybody a big, fat kiss."
The President's return to the campaign trail coincided with rising alarm among Republicans about Trump's sliding poll numbers and after CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently warned Democrats are "on fire." Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday seized on the start of confirmation hearings from Trump's Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett to warn that the GOP was ramming through the nomination in a last ditch bid to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
At his Florida rally, Trump fed off the large crowd's energy during his hour-long performance and ran through his demagogic list of favored political attacks, from law and order to his false claims of voting irregularities. He took the stage hours after the White House physician said he posted negative Covid-19 tests in consecutive days.
"(Biden) may be the worst presidential candidate in history and I got him," Trump said, despite a flurry of recent polls showing him down by double digits to the former vice president and trailing in most swing states.
Biden campaigned Monday in Ohio, a state once seen as a sure fire bet for Trump that Democrats think is now in play, and synchronized his message with Capitol Hill colleagues using the Barrett nomination to supercharge claims that she would be a vessel to finally kill off Obamacare, which faces its next date with destiny in the court a week after the election.
"In the middle of this pandemic, why do Republicans have time to hold a hearing on the Supreme Court instead of providing the significant economic need for localities?" Biden asked. "I'll tell you why. It's about finally getting his wish to wipe out the Affordable Care Act."
Biden also rebuked Trump for his "reckless" conduct since his diagnosis, saying: "The longer Donald Trump is president the more reckless he seems to get."

Trump says his crowds are 'the real polls'

Taken in isolation, Trump's rally looked like any other big campaign event three weeks before an Election Day. While some supporters wore masks behind him in the camera shot, many people in the big, outdoor crowd did not.
And despite presiding over a botched pandemic response, Trump claimed he had saved millions of lives. After turning his White House into a superspreader that caused multiple infections, the President also criticized Biden for holding socially distanced events in which attendees sit in designated circles.
"They only have the circles because that's the only way they can fill up the room," the President said, before gazing out at his own large and raucous crowd that contravenes every government recommendation on combating the virus and saying: "These are the real polls."
But medical experts expressed despair at Trump's decision to gather huge crowds during a worsening pandemic, ahead of a swing that Trump aides said Monday would involve multiple rallies each day in the coming weeks.
"I promise you, the virus is there, whether it is an indoor event or an outdoor event in these large gatherings," said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of health policy and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront," who added that the images of Trump's rally made him "weep."
"Some of those people will become sick, they will spread it to others when they get home and they will become sick. These are accelerator events that promote the distribution of the virus," Schaffner said.
Trump's mockery of his own government's recommendations -- his rallies are almost the only mass participation events taking place in the world right now -- came amid fast darkening warnings about the months ahead.
The government's top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that rallies like the one Trump held on Monday night are "asking for trouble."
"Because when you look at what is going on in the United States, it is really very troublesome," Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper.
Later, Fauci delivered an even more dire warning about a pandemic that is seeing rising cases in 31 one states as a fall spike -- that is effectively being ignored by a negligent White House -- begins to gather pace.
"I think we're facing a whole lot of trouble," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referring to coronavirus infections which have recently climbed back above 50,000 a day.
"That's a bad place to be when you're going into the cooler weather of the fall and the colder weather of the winter," Fauci said.

US doing worse that other nations in virus deaths

Trump's claim to have saved millions of lives is based on the presumption that there would have been many more deaths had no counter-measures been taken against the disease -- a scenario no one was seriously advocating.
New research on Monday exposed the President's misinformation and showed in staggering clarity how the US has done far worse than many other industrialized nations in saving lives during the pandemic. After May 10, the US had more deaths per 100,000 people than other high mortality countries featured in a study published in the medical journal JAMA.
Countries including South Korea, Japan and Australia recorded fewer than five deaths per 100,000 people. If the US had comparable death rates to Australia since the beginning of the pandemic, it would have had 187,661 fewer deaths, according to the study conducted by Alyssa Bilinski, a PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives and professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
If the US had comparable death rates to Canada it would have had 117,622 fewer deaths. And it would have recorded 96,763 fewer deaths if it had comparable death rates to France.

GOP alarm over Trump's prospects

In the CNN Poll of Polls on Monday, Biden led Trump by 11 points. Fresh New York Times/Siena surveys in battlegrounds Michigan and Wisconsin released Monday showed the Democrat up 6 points and 10 points, respectively.
Trump is hoping to use his return to the campaign trail to portray himself as triumphing over Covid-19 and to solidify his assurances to Americans there is nothing to fear from the disease, despite its rising nationwide threat.
The President -- who has rarely tried to reach beyond his political base -- is counting on a massive turnout not just from his 2016 supporters but also from new working class white voters who identify with him culturally but who have rarely cast a vote in previous elections. Trump's rally on Monday was for instance peppered with comments about the "Panhandle," the portion of northern Florida where he performed especially strongly in 2016.
CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak reported Monday that Trump is pressing his advisers to organize multiple rallies in the next few weeks as he tries to unleash a late wave of momentum to overhaul Biden.
The President is pining for two and three events a day -- which in the circumstances could turn into multiple superspreader events -- to revive the spirit of his push up to his shock victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago.
But there are signs that the GOP hierarchy in Washington is not seeing the similarities with 2016, with some seeing Trump's antics, including a boorish performance at the first presidential debate, as giving Democrats a golden opportunity to grab both the White House and Senate.
McConnell delivered his warning about Democrats being "on fire" in a call with lobbyists recently, according to someone familiar with the remarks.
Senate Republicans who never expected to have a serious challenge, such as Lindsey Graham in South Carolina and Joni Ernst in Iowa, are at serious risk. Graham, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is leading the Barrett hearings, is facing a challenger, Jaime Harrison, who just shattered the single quarter fundraising record for a Senate race with $57 million.
And Trump's itinerary for later this week also indicates a campaign playing defense as he travels to Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina -- all states he won four years ago and where he is in danger of losing now."



 Everyone knows we're going to lose this round to Amy Coney Barrett, but the tickle will be if Lindsay Graham loses his Senate seat and is sent back to the Plantation; that upset and a few more will put us in the position to override the arch conservative votes of the Supreme Court, right ?

So hang on to yer seats and stay calm (if you can).  Vons has this great organic popcorn with white cheddar cheese, check it out, you may need it.

Lots more here, including the confirmation hearings:

Democracy Now !



The " Democrats are on fire !"


They're waitin for ya Mitch...


So says the Turtleman; but not  in the sense of burning up and burning out as Trump is doing.  More like gaining momentum at a rapid and feverish pace in every possible direction.

There are so many "fire" songs...I thought this one was the best  -  Scorcese used it in one of his scenes as background for his frenetic anti-hero with helicopters flying overhead (hilarious) and it's very hyper. When I hear it I envision lots of energy with thousands of robust and pissed off donkeys on a stampede chasing Mitch The Turtleman out of the Senate chamber from all, I must need sleep. 

 Anyway, Nilsson was a completely cool guy might remember him from years ago on the Smothers Brothers. This is the longer version.

Stay Safe Y'all !


Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Few Things We Can Count On From the Trump Indoor Rally Today In Nevada: He and Most Of His Cultists Will Not Be Wearing Masks Or Practising Social Distancing, He Will Lie About Everything, and He Will Not Be Talking About the Environment - Tijuana Month of September = 58 Executions; YTD Total For Tijuana = 1,412 Dead; Ensenada High Numbers of Executions - UPDATE 09/14: Execution Numbers Increase - Current BC COVID19 Stats -Willy Nelson !

I should have added (but I thought the title was getting kind of long) he might even reveal that he thinks Joe Biden is taking drugs.

 Of course, he won't be speaking about the Republicans who are blocking the Virus Aide and millions of Americans are unemployed, broke, hungry, losing their homes or rentals and scared to death. But then again he could mention  he received the Bay of Pigs award.

One thing we know for certain, people will be crammed in like sardines to the inside event, most not wearing masks and not a soul practising social distancing.

  ~ From CNN:

 Trump To Hold First Entirely Indoor Rally In nearly Three Months

Updated 1:25 AM ET, Mon September 14, 2020


This BTW was from last week, and if you listened to the Trump speech, comparing himself to FDR and Churchhill  as we did, you probably  were astounded-left speechless as we were to say the least. Goes to show Trump knows nothing about history, not one thing, bombastic ! 

Trump Twists History of Churchill and FDR To Cover Up Pandemic Denialism

Updated 7:35 AM ET, Fri September 11, 2020

"Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – It is astonishing to me that we still have 287 million gasoline vehicles on our roads and that 20 percent of our electricity comes from burning dirty coal. We just go on blithely pumping over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a powerful and dangerous heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere annually. It is like setting off atomic bombs in the atmosphere. We know this. And yet as a society we are virtually paralyzed. Our Neanderthal-in-chief actually promotes coal burning, and the Republican Party is a Siamese twin with Big Oil.

The presidential candidates aren’t even talking about it much, and it was an issue largely excluded by the corporate press and the party machines from the primary debates.

While individuals with the resources can cut down on their carbon footprints with solar panels and electric cars (they are a good combination), the problem can’t be tackled effectively without government action. And there, the United States has failed. It has been made to fail by Big Carbon and greedy politicians and ignorant journalists and an apathetic public that apparently doesn’t care if their children or grandchildren face a choice of being burned up or drowning.

If you go back and look at the predictions of climate scientists about 2020, you’ll see that they gave a range, of best- and worst-case scenarios. In every instance, it is the worst case scenario that has come to pass. Even the most jaded and alarmed scientists in 2000 were not pessimistic enough.

Mother Nature is trying to tell us something but we are not listening.

Diana Leonard and Andrew Freedman at WaPo write, “These wildfires are what is known as a compound disaster, in which more than one extreme event takes place at the same time, across a varied geography. While climate scientists have been warning that compound disasters are an inevitable result of human-caused climate change, a spate of simultaneously burning, rapidly expanding fires spanning the entire West Coast was not expected for several more decades if greenhouse gas emissions remain high.”

1. 3.1 million acres of California have been scorched this year by wildfires, the largest number in recorded history, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. Some 200,000 are going without electricity in a bid to stop more fires. Christina Walker at CNN reports that California wildfires have increased 8x in size since 1970, and the number of acres burned is up 500%.

CNN quotes Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research: “climate change has not just made the extreme heat waves that coincided with the fires worse. The bigger effect is the more subtle, long-term warming,” he said. “That couple of degrees of (average) warming over decades … you don’t notice it as much, but it’s still there lurking in the background, sucking extra moisture out of the vegetation and the soil.”

A study has just demonstrated that the number of extreme-danger fire days has doubled since 1980 in California because of global heating.

2. Wildfires have burned a million acres in Oregon, and Timothy Bella, Marisa Iati and Hannah Knowles at WaPo report that state officials are worried about a “mass fatality incident” that will overwhelm local health care facilities. Fully 10 percent of the state’s population, some 500,000 people, have been ordered evacuated.

3. Joseph O’Sullivan reports at the Seattle Times that Washington state has seen over 600,000 acres burned. It is also part of the expanding Compound Disaster. This is the most acreage burnt in recorded history except for 2015. Governor Jay Inslee, in keeping with the spirit of Compound Disaster, is trying to provide shelter to some of the 500,000 fleeing Oregonians.

4. Nature is not disconnected from human society or from the economy, as Trump and his ilk imagine. Jeff Dukes writes in the Chicago Tribune about the effect of global heating on the Midwest:

    “In the Midwest, we regularly see crops ruined by droughts or floods. We expect wetter springs, bigger downpours and more variable precipitation during hotter summers to crash yields more often. The agricultural banks that many farmers depend on for credit are typically small and disproportionately exposed to these regional extreme weather events.”

The Midwest is facing the opposite problem from the West, of increased downpours and crop damage. What we seldom stop to think about is the rolling farm bankruptcies it will produce and hence the rolling bank failures.

5. Hurricane Laura visited devastation on Louisiana and struck up to Arkansas. It landed as nearly a Category 4 Hurricane, and if it had hit more populous areas it would have been an even bigger disaster. Sarah Gibbons at National Geographic lays out the dangers of such enormous storms. They are causing coastal erosion, literally just taking away the state’s land. As the icecaps melt, the Gulf of Mexico is rising (and the water is heating, so it expands). That sea level rise is exacerbating the sinking of the Delta because levees no longer let the Mississippi lay down silt.

Hot sea water and extra moisture in the air from heat-driven evaporation is fueling super-hurricanes in the Gulf that are more powerful and cause more downpours than anything in recorded history. This heating is from us driving our cars and burning our coal and other ways we generate heat-trapping gases."


Local Drug War & COVID Stats:


Before I get so far behind, here are some stats:



58 executions so far this month of September in Tijuana, leaving a YTD total of 1,412 dead. Check  out Noticias del Dia for more reports on all of these.

 ~ From Zeta:

Ola de Violencia en Tijuana: 10 Homicidios en Las Ultimas Horas, Suman 1,412 en 2020

Por, Julieta Aragon 

"From 5 a.m. on Saturday, September 12 to noon this Sunday, in Tijuana there were ten homicides. With this, they add 58 murders so far in September, and in the accumulated of 2020, 1,412.

In the most recent violent events, the multi-homicide of three men stands out during the early hours of this September 13, when in the first minutes of the day, officials of the State Investigation Agency located the three bodies on the old highway to Tecate, on one side from number 105, in the Colonia Vivienda Magisterial 37, in the Los Pinos delegation. The victims - who remain unidentified - have gunshot wounds.

At noon today, in the same district of Los Pinos, a man was shot to death while walking on the main avenue of the Puerta Plata subdivision, located on one side of Bulevard 2000.

Municipal police officers and Red Cross rescuers arrived at the scene and attended to the victim, but the victim no longer had vital signs and the man was declared dead at the scene. The area was cordoned off waiting for agents of the State Attorney General's Office to carry out the corresponding proceedings.

Regarding the homicides reported on Saturday, September 12, at the stroke of midnight, Valentín Reyes Rosa and Alberto Audeves Mercado were found dead inside a house in the private San Jorge, in the Villa del Álamo subdivision, in the delegation The pines. Both bodies show traces of strangulation.

At 11:40 p.m. yesterday, the assassination of J. Nicolás Martínez Monroy, 55, was reported. The corpse of the man -which showed gunshots- was found inside a green and cream public transport vehicle on Mixtla street, in front of number 14912, in the Sánchez Taboada Produtsa neighborhood, in the Sánchez Taboada delegation .

Hours before, at 6:30 p.m., officials of the State Investigation Agency located a gray truck, parked on Constitución avenue, between Second and Third streets, in front of number 616, in the Zona Centro neighborhood, in the Centro delegation .

In the passenger seat was Geovany Zepeda, 32, whose body had gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

Minutes earlier, on Avenida Ferrocarril -on one side of the train tracks-, in the Zermeño Mérida neighborhood, in the Los Pinos delegation, the body of a man, between 20 and 25 years old, was found. The body had a head wound and 3 more to the thorax produced by a firearm projectile. So far the identity of the victim is unknown.

In the early hours of Saturday, at 5:25 a.m., the body of a man, between 45 and 50 years old, was found on the free highway Mexicali-Tijuana, at kilometer 159 + 100, in the Presa Rural delegation The body had two injuries to the head and one more to the thorax, caused by a firearm."


UPDATE/edit 09/14:

The execution numbers according to Zeta have increased. I'm adding this because maybe you might be thinking, well, it is just more people being shot. No, this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as cruelty Is concerned...and it happens all of time, it is savage here up and down the coast:

Dejan Cabeza Humana En Cubeta, Cuerpo En Tambo y Narcomensaje En La Altamira: 

 "The violence in Tijuana continues. This morning of Monday, September 14, the severed head of a person was found inside a plastic bucket, a body inside a tambo, as well as a drug message. The discovery occurred in the vicinity of the Altamira neighborhood.

With this fact, the number of intentional homicides rises to 63 victims in September, and 1,416 so far in 2020.

Information obtained by ZETA, refers that around 06:29 hours it was reported that in Lucrecia Toriz Street and Second Street at the height of the stairs that lead to a private university there was a black and white plastic drum, which was he managed to appreciate the lower extremities, which were tied with a piece of black cloth, wrapped in a brown and beige blanket.

In addition, 20 meters from the first site, a white plastic bucket was found, and inside a human head. On one side was a piece of canvas with a legend that read: “ALINIENSE BALL OF DOGS FROM INDEPE TO VAN A RODAR CHOMPAS. YOU FOLLOW YOUR LUIZ GÁMEZ OR THE (LUISILLO) ATORALE BY DAY CRISTALON IN ONE. ATT EL KINDER NG ”.

In other violent events, four murders were recorded on Sunday, September 13.

The first occurred at 6:10 a.m. at an address at number 96 Lázaro Cárdenas street, Alfonso Garzón neighborhood, where a 20-year-old male who went by the name of Yamil Ramos Ramírez was murdered.

Later, another young man identified, Gerardo García Mora, 24, was found dead on Titanio Street in the Puerta de Plata neighborhood. The victim had reddish-brown spots.

Also on Sunday on Abedul Street in front of the address of Lot 11, Block 27, Valle Imperial neighborhood, a male was found dead with visible traces of violence, until now unidentified. Two casings were found at the site.

Finally, at 9:40 p.m., a young man between the ages of 25 and 30 was shot to death when he was on Hacienda las Arboledas Street, in the Terrazas del Valle II section.

In none of the cases are detained persons reported."


end edit.




You wouldn't know Ensenada  is more or less a battleground, not only in the drug war related deaths but the COVID debacle by reading the reports of tourists flocking to the Municipality. Marco Flores writes that a YTD tally would exceed 265 deaths in Ensenada by execution.  Here is the link to Ensenada from Zeta; you can scroll through - don't miss the two gringos down in San Quintin at El Socorro.  Back in the early 80's Socorro used to be one of our favorite places to camp & surf.

 ~ From Zeta:



Sospechan que Restos Encontrados en Fosa de SQ sean de Pareja Norteamericana 

Por, Lorena Lamas 

"The State Attorney General's Office (FGE) suspects that the North American couple who is missing in Baja California are inside a grave in the town of El Socorrito in San Quintín, south of Ensenada.

They are a retired couple identified by the media from San Diego, California, as Ian Hirschsohn, 78, of Solana Beach and Kathy Harvey, 73, of Tierrasanta.

Both traveled frequently to the area where they rented a home, although they intended to return to the United States on August 31. Relatives of the couple had no further news of them so they notified the police corporations.

The San Diego Police Department confirmed on Friday that the bodies were found, however, according to Ensenada officials working on the case, they reported that they are not sure because they have three days trying to extract the remains from a grave, or well, six meters deep.

Since the discovery last Thursday, September 3, a delegation was formed between agents and rescue elements from the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as volunteers.

On Saturday night the rescuers deserted the operation due to the risk, on Saturday morning they began the work but so far they have not been able to extract the remains.

El Socorrito is located about four kilometers from the Transpeninsular highway, and the closest to the place of the discovery is a rehabilitation center for addicts."


The COVID-19 Stats:

 ~ From Zeta:

 Muertes Por COVID-19 Suman 3 Mil 304 en BC

Por, Julieta Aragon  - 09/13/20



"The number of deaths caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) amounted to 3,330 in Baja California, with which the entity remains in fifth place nationally. More than half of the deaths (58.8%) from March to September 12, 2020 were registered with the Mexican Institute of Social Security.

While 37.4% in the hospitals of the Ministry of Health and 3.75% in the rest of institutions, said the Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, this Sunday during the message of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez, on Facebook.

In the last report (of September 12) the entity reported 20 new deaths: 12 in Tijuana, 3 in Ensenada, 3 in Mexicali, and 2 in Tecate.

Regarding the number of accumulated cases of coronavirus, in Baja California there are 18 thousand 324. Of which, the Ministry of Health registered 7 thousand 108; IMSS, 9,753; IMSS Wellbeing 209; ISSSTE, 440; ISSSTECALI, 662; Sedena, 37; Semar, 47 and private hospitals, 68.

According to the official, 24 new cases were reported on September 12. Fifteen in Ensenada, to add 2 thousand 905. Eight in Mexicali, bringing the total to 8 thousand 778 accumulated. Five in Tijuana, to reach 5,841 accumulated cases of coronavirus. Rosarito one, with a total of 323. While Tecate had no new cases, although it registers 477 accumulated cases.

As of yesterday's cut, active cases in the entity decreased from 675 to 601. Tijuana went from having 317 cases to 278, which left the top 20 municipalities with the most active cases, ranking 25th.

Mexicali also decreased the number of active cases, from 144 to 125. Ensenada, went from 162 to 157. Tecate dropped 10 active cases, from 26 to 16. Rosarito also reduced one active case, bringing it to 25.

Pérez Rico added that hospital occupancy is 28.16% in the SSA; 73.68% in Social Security; 87% in the ISSSTE; 63.82% in the ISSSTECALI; and 21.36% in Sedena."


UPDATE/edit: 09/14

Current COVID-19 stats:


Perez Rico Reporta Solo 17 casos Nuevo COVID19 en BC

Por, Uriel Saucedo 


"The city of Tijuana in Baja California reported 229 active cases of COVID-19, on the morning of Monday, September 14, the highest figure in the five municipalities, which together accumulate 501 patients with the active SARS-CoV-2 virus . Of the accumulated cases since the beginning of the pandemic, there are 18 thousand 341 and three thousand 319 deaths, reported the head of the Ministry of Health (SS), Alonso Pérez Rico.

Although active cases decreased by 100 cases compared to the previous day, the state remains above 500 patients with the active virus. Tijuana reports 229, Mexicali 103, Ensenada 100, Playas de Rosarito 24, Tecate 11 and the towns of San Quintín and San Felipe have 32 and two cases respectively.

In contrast to the more than 100 new cases to COVID-19 registered in recent days, this Monday there were only 17 new cases. Tijuana (5,851 confirmed) accumulated 10 cases; Ensenada (2 thousand 364) added three cases; Mexicali (8 thousand 484) accumulated two cases; Tecate (478) had a new case as well as the town of San Quintín (545). Only Playas de Rosarito (323) and the town of San Felipe (296) remained without incident.

Of the confirmed accumulated, 387 are people ranging from 0 to 20 years old, but the group with the most cases is that of people 30 to 34 years old who report 2,274 COVID patients. Of the patients that are still alive, 14,848 have been outpatients and 173 have been hospitalized, 3,319 have lost their lives.

Pérez Rico reported that of the 15 recent deaths, Tijuana had the highest number, with 7 deaths reaching 1,352 deaths; Mexicali accumulated 1,498 with five deceased persons; Tecate with two reached 103 deaths and Ensenada with one case rose to 327 deaths. The localities without increases are Playas de Rosarito, which maintains 18 deaths, the town of San Quintín has 19 and San Felipe has two.

By age groups, the highest number of deaths has occurred in people aged 64 to 69, 427 to date; It is followed by the groups of 60 to 64 years that register 414 deaths and that of 55 to 59 years has 413 deaths. Those recovered are 10,380 in the entire state.

In the SS, hospital occupancy is 28 percent with 110 beds occupied and 60 ventilators in use. The General Hospital of Mexicali is at 29 percent occupancy; the General de Tijuana at 32 percent and the General Hospital of Ensenada at 24 percent occupancy.

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) is 74 percent occupied in the state with 149 hospitalized patients and 29 connected to a ventilator. Mexicali has an occupation of 78 percent in the General Hospital of Zone 30; Tijuana is 73 percent in the Regional Hospital 1 and Ensenada works at 73 percent occupancy in the General Hospital of Zone 8."


end edit.





I saw this report a few days back and thought it might work on the blog...but I was torn, especially after viewing the Ensenada report from Zeta (above) and of course the drug violence which surrounds us in Tijuana.

However , I am a Jimmy Carter fan... and I needed a tune for the blog.

Here then,

 ~ From the Hill via MSN:

"Jimmy Carter Says His Son Smoked Pot With Willie Nelson On White House Roof"

By, John Bowden -

"Former President Jimmy Carter reveals in a new documentary that his son James Earl "Chip" Carter sat on the roof of the White House and smoked marijuana with country music legend Willie Nelson.

People magazine reports that Carter made the admission in a new documentary, "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President." Carter confirmed the anecdote described in Nelson's autobiography, though Nelson had hid the identity of Carter's son in the book in which he referred to his companion as a "servant" in the White House.

"When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House one night when he was spending the night with me," Carter says, according to People. "And he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants in the White House. That is not exactly true - it actually was one of my sons, which he didn't want to categorize as a pot-smoker like him."

Carter famously made political alliances with many well-known musicians during his White House tenure, including Nelson and the Allman Brothers. In the documentary, he reportedly also dismissed criticism of his meetings with musical groups, pointing to the influence such groups had over their fans.

"I was doing what I really believed, and the response I think from the followers of those musicians was much more influential than the people who thought [of] that being inappropriate for a president," Carter says, according to People.

Nelson is an outspoken advocate for left-leaning causes and in 2018 supported former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) in his Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)."


Rolling Stone covered this same material back in 2019:

"Sixty-five years after he smoked his first joint, Willie Nelson is America’s most legendary stoner and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life" 



Friday, June 12, 2020

Top General Turns On Trump - Trump Stands Beside The Confederacy: He Has Been Overheard Whistling 'Carry Me Back To Ole Virginny' In Between Wolfing Down Big Macs With Double Processed Cheese and Fries !

Actually Trump is so stupid whilst he is whistling he doesn't even realize that the song he is whistling was written by James Bland, a black composer.

Meanwhile, it's pretty touchy right now between the Pentagon and the White House; the question is, will Trump fire General Milley? Then what?  And, will he attempt to move the Confederate statues to the Rose Garden?



 ~ From Slate:

The Generals Are Turning on Trump

Mark Milley’s apology for the church photo-op is a major escalation.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet, Tijuana - Think You Have Problems? Check Out The Deniers (Los Imbeciles) - Link to William Rivers Pitt's "Florida, Georgia and Trump Are Lying. COVID Is Far From Over"

From CNN: Crowds In Indiana

Memorial Day came and went...but wait for the aftermath.  Zeta reported there were problemas with mask wearing and social distancing in our neck of the woods., however I can tell you that Rosarito gets an "A+". Mike picked up Luis to look at the old volvo, both wore masks and gloves.  The tow truck driver also wore a mask and gloves, town was clean with people adhering to the rules.  We even stopped at the Home Depot to look at more wash machines, everyone was compliant.  We're going to cancel the wash machine up in the States because it won't be here until the 6th and I cannot wait that long. Found a GE with great warranty coverage down here and I can have it in three days.

 ~ From Zeta:

Tijuanenses "Retan" al COVID-19; Salwen a Playas, Parques y Sobreruedas Sin Sana Distancia
Por, Uriel Saucedo 

"On Saturday, May 23, it was two months since the social distancing program began and preventive measures were applied to avoid raising the contagion curve in Mexico. However, the “stay at home” phrase repeated by federal and local authorities has not been effective, at least not in Tijuana, where people continue on the streets without taking preventive measures, despite being the second city in Baja California in number of infections by COVID-19 and first municipality in deaths at the state level.

Two months after the closure of beaches, shopping malls, parks, stores and non-essential companies, Tijuana is home to 1,822 COVID-19 infected patients and 451 deaths, in addition, the hospitals have 50 percent capacity, according to official information, but it is known that the lack of beds is a constant problem, so it has been necessary to open a space in a basketball stadium to attend to non-serious patients.

Non-essential companies have had to close under the health agreement and tourism has been reduced to a minimum; the health sector, for its part, has denounced shortages in the supplies received, and they were seen standing in long lines to buy the material to protect themselves from their own pocket, a situation that was not enough and has taken its toll on the health of doctors, nurses and hospital staff, who have tested positive for the pathogen.

All of the above has been evidenced both in the media and on social networks, and in some cases confirmed in the video conferences of Governor Jaime Bonilla in which he is accompanied by the head of the Ministry of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico.

But this climate of alert has not been enough to raise awareness in the population of Tijuana, who today went out on the streets for a walk. In a tour carried out by Semanario Zeta, in the market on wheels of the Tomás Aquino neighborhood, a significant influx of people was identified, some accompanied by their families, the elderly and minors. Not everyone covered their faces with a face mask, some did wear it, but as it has been found, most used it incorrectly.

The issue of overcrowding in crowded markets has been constant, each week the Inspection and Verification department has carried out operations to prevent them. This Saturday, its director, Adolfo García Dworak, reported that they visited 20 markets and made 29 administrative minutes to non-essential positions, in addition to removing 230 positions with turns not allowed at this stage of the pandemic.

At the Otay gate the crossing to the United States was constant, with up to 300 vehicles on the Sentri line and another 200 on the Ready Lane, the crossing to Mexico through that gate was smooth. Through San Ysidro, long lines were also present, in this area of ​​the city, 8 traveling vendors were fined for not having corresponding permits.

Although the non-essential stores were mostly closed, convenience stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and food outlets remained open. The points where there were more people gathered, were again the Coppel and Elektra stores, just outside these stores there were long lines of customers waiting to enter, not all to make payments, some came out with shopping bags.

Stores such as Dax and Waldos, maintained a constant visit of customers, in some cases without distance measures, so several people were observed inside both stores.

Although the Directorate of Inspection reported that a car wash premises in the Libertad neighborhood was closed because it was not an essential activity, it was detected that in the Buena Vista neighborhood, there are establishments of this type that continue to work regularly, without any sanction.

In Playas de Tijuana the situation is worsening, since the number of people entering the beach is more and more frequent, although the passage is prohibited; On Saturday morning, elements of the Municipal Police reported having withdrawn a group of people who were walking on the sand. This Weekly was able to verify the easy access to the boardwalk, since several areas do not have protective tape.

Whole families roam the Pacific Avenue, few of them with a face mask, they took advantage of the fact that the locals were open to buy snacks and drinks, without queuing, standing close to each other, as if there were no series of infections in the city rising. In the Parque México the scenario was similar, parents with their children sitting on benches and on the grass, couples walking, street vendors with customers gathered around them, without taking the four-meter distance recommended in public spaces.

In the Central Zone, as every day the assistance to the Teniente Guerrero Park does not end, it does not matter that there is yellow tape around prohibiting the passage, it has not been a barrier to take a few hours of rest under the trees of the emblematic park. In the Plaza Santa Cecilia all the kiosks are open, the souvenir vendors are waiting for a tourist. 

In Tijuana, unlike Mexicali, the mandatory use of mouth covers has not been determined nor has social mobility been limited."


I know, it is bad - but look at what's happened in the U.S.:

 ~ From CNN:

Full video coverage, you have to watch these and gasp:

CNN Reporter Debunks Beachgoers' Coronavirus Theories 

Can you believe that?



Photos Show Plenty of People Flocked To Beaches, But Not a Lot Of Social Distancing or Masks
By, Hollie Silverman 


And now, for a comparison my amigos.  A fine example of leadership vs. crapola from numbnuts:


Canada Wants National Sick Leave plan In Place For Second Wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic
By, Paula Newton and Madeline Holcombe 

"Ottawa, Canada (CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is trying to give all workers a minimum of 10 days paid sick leave per year as Canada starts to prepare for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills. Just like nobody should have to choose between staying home with Covid-19 symptoms or being able to afford rent or groceries," Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa Monday.
As of Monday, Canada has reported more than 85,000 cases of coronavirus and 6,545 related deaths.
For those infected, sick leave is usually a provincial jurisdiction, which complicates the national effort.

Trudeau said putting the necessary mechanisms in place for a national paid sick leave program would be challenging, but his government and the provinces are determined to try.

"When the Fall comes and flu season starts up we don't want people who develop a sniffle to suddenly worry that while they really shouldn't go into work but they can't afford to not go into work and therefore the risk of contributing to a wave significantly, could be a real problem," Trudeau said.

Canada's top doctor repeated her assertion Monday that a second wave of the virus could be worse than the first and encouraged public health officials to build up capacity for testing, hospital beds and personal protective equipment in order to prepare.

Canada's top doctor repeated her assertion Monday that a second wave of the virus could be worse than the first and encouraged public health officials to build up capacity for testing, hospital beds and personal protective equipment in order to prepare.

"I think you can never be overly prepared and we have to just keep going with some of these capacity developments and that goes for lab testing as well," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer during a press conference Monday.

In hopes of managing the spread of the virus into the country, Trudeau announced last week that the border with the United States will continue to be closed until at least June 21. Trudeau called the border, which has been closed since March 21, a clear point of "vulnerability" for Canada.

The prohibition of international travelers and quarantine of returning Canadians is the only thing that has allowed Canada to manage its first wave of coronavirus, Tam said."

Crapola From Numbnuts, Marvelously Penned by Stephen Collinson:

By, Stephen Collinson 


To sum it up....please don't miss this piece: (I was only finally just opening email and there this was, so I didn't have time to ask permission to republish - Pitt is fantastico !!)

By, William Rivers Pitt
Of course....


Locally the numbers are steadily increasing in virus and drug war related deaths, I don't have to cook tomorrow, so I'll be back with those grim reports .

And, you are welcome to request any music you want, just drop a line - how about that ?

Take care everyone and stay safe.