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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

'She Was An American Girl', She Went Down Fighting and Boy I'm Sure Glad I Don't Live In Wyoming - Updates From Zeta re Our Region - Check Out the Travel Warnings From State Department: 08/17


Courtesy Slate

Including myself, no one I knew trusted or even liked her Dad, in fact some of these same people browbeat and berated Liz to death at the start of the Congressional Hearings on Jan.6, constantly reminding me that the apple does not fall  far from the tree. But I persevered and ended up being one her biggest fans, Republican or not. Neo-con or not.

So, although we knew it was going to be rough, today's news affected me deeply. How can this happen? This downward spiral to hell with Trump's people accepting every word he utters as the truth and entering our halls of government on all levels is just plain scary. They are not going away. 

Here are some of the facts:

 Liz took this race last time around by 72%; this time around, a huge defeat:


District -
Leading candidate(s) -
% -
WY 1 -

Hageman -


Cheney          28.9%


Who is Hageman?     


 ~ From The New York Times:   

Lawyer Who Defeated Cheney Spent Career Fighting Environmental Rules

Aug. 16, 2022

 "Representative Liz Cheney has drawn most of the attention in the race for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat thanks to her vocal denunciations of former President Donald J. Trump and what she describes as the threats to democracy posed by his far-right followers.

But the challenger who unseated her in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Harriet Hageman, has a track record in Wyoming of fierce advocacy on issues particularly relevant to the state’s ranchers, energy and mining interests.

She spent decades as a trial lawyer fighting environmentalists in America’s least populated state and opposing federal rules protecting land, water and endangered species. Her most far-reaching case was a successful challenge of Clinton-era federal regulations to protect millions of acres of National Forests from road-building, mining and other development. A federal judge placed an injunction on the regulations in 2003.

Ms. Hageman also represented groups that sought to remove protections for the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act and allow the state to manage hunting. As an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2018, she suggested transferring one million acres of federal land to the state, which opponents warned would have led to selling off prized hunting, fishing and hiking areas.

“She has a long reputation among the conservation and sportsman groups of being an anti-federalist, particularly when it comes to ownership of land,” said Dan Smitherman, the Wyoming state director at the Wilderness Society. “Most of the main conservation groups and probably 50 to 60 percent of the sportsman groups assume we’ll be playing defense against her when it comes to public land issues and perhaps some issues like wolves and bears.”

At a luncheon last week for the Chamber of Commerce of Rock Springs, a community built on fossil-fuel extraction, Ms. Hageman promised to be a champion in Washington for those industries if elected.

“I think we need to make the federal government largely irrelevant to our everyday lives,” Ms. Hageman told the audience.

And she warned that Democrats’ climate and tax bill would be “devastating” to Wyoming, after stating that coal was an “affordable, clean, acceptable resource that we all should be using.”

Before the primary on Tuesday, Ms. Hageman, 59, had a lead of nearly 30 points in recent polls, a reflection of the Republican loyalty to Mr. Trump in a state he won with 70 percent of the vote in 2020.

Ms. Cheney, 56, has infuriated the former president and much of her party’s base by serving as co-chairwoman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol. Of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump for inciting the mob that day, she was the last to face primary voters. Four of the 10 House Republicans who voted against the former president retired, four including Ms. Cheney lost their primaries and two survived to make it to the general election this fall.

“We’re fed up with the Jan. 6 committee,” Ms. Hageman said at a rally in Casper in late May that Mr. Trump headlined. “And we’re fed up with Liz Cheney.”

It wasn’t always so. Ms. Hageman is a former close ally of Ms. Cheney’s. She introduced Ms. Cheney at a state party convention in 2016 as a “courageous constitutional conservative.” That year, Ms. Hageman also called Mr. Trump “racist and xenophobic.”

But, like many officials and aspiring candidates in the Republican Party, Ms. Hageman experienced a conversion in which she came to support Mr. Trump enthusiastically. By 2020, when she campaigned in and won an internal party race to be one of Wyoming’s members of the National Republican Committee, Ms. Hageman openly supported Mr. Trump. She explained that she had been misled earlier by “lies the Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media” told about Mr. Trump.

As her campaign gained momentum this year, she grew bolder in embracing Mr. Trump’s false claims that he was robbed of re-election. “Absolutely the election was rigged,” Ms. Hageman said recently at a forum in Casper. “What happened in 2020 is a travesty.” (There is no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020.)

At the single debate of the campaign, in June, Ms. Hageman bristled after the first two questions zeroed in on Mr. Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol, the subject of the House investigation whose prime-time hearings have prominently featured Ms. Cheney.

“The J-6 situation,” as Ms. Hageman called it, is “not what the people in Wyoming are talking about.” She added: “What they’re talking about is the gas crisis. They’re talking about food prices.”

In traveling thousands of miles around Wyoming, Ms. Hageman broadened her message, seeking to make the race less of a referendum on Mr. Trump than a choice between whether she or Ms. Cheney more faithfully represented the state’s core traditions.

She introduced herself as a “fourth-generation Wyomingite.” She described her upbringing on a ranch near Fort Laramie, where she learned the value of “riding for the brand” — that is, she explained, “loyalty to the outfit you’re working for.”

Despite Ms. Cheney’s own Wyoming roots — her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and her mother, Lynne, were high school sweethearts in Casper — Ms. Hageman portrayed her rival, a three-term congresswoman, as a disloyal outsider and a captive of Washington.

“I am going to reclaim Wyoming’s lone congressional seat from that Virginian who currently holds it,” she said at the rally with Mr. Trump.

Ms. Hageman, the daughter of a longtime member of the State Legislature, earned her law degree from the University of Wyoming. She became active in the Laramie County G.O.P. and was a delegate at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016. There, she was part of a last-ditch effort by supporters of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to stop the nomination of Mr. Trump, whom she called “the weakest” candidate Republicans could nominate.

Two years later, Ms. Hageman ran for governor of Wyoming, never mentioning Mr. Trump in her TV advertising. She finished third in the primary.

Eleven months ago, Mr. Trump endorsed Ms. Hageman after interviewing and vetting potential candidates at his golf club in New Jersey. By then, she had completed her full reversal on Mr. Trump’s fitness for office, declaring him “the greatest president of my lifetime.”


How scary it that?


Locally, please check the Zeta Reports : there have been more car/bus burnings in Mexicali since the last update and now in Ensenada down to  Maneadero and Santo Tomas - so for the time being at least, I would avoid those areas, especially en la noche. More executions and attempted executions in Tijuana; Rosarito has been mostly quiet. Mike was in around dusk reporting no evident police or Army activity, small amount of people on the street and light traffic. 

Zeta has noted the numbers of troops in Tijuana:

 "March 21: 400 reinforcement troops, total of 2,500 soldiers.

March 30: total of 4 thousand soldiers.

April 26: 300 reinforcements, total of 3,700 soldiers.

May 10: 200 reinforcement troops, total of 3 thousand soldiers.

May 21: 200 reinforcement troops, total of 2,400 soldiers.

August 13, 350 reinforcement troops, total of 2,800 soldiers.

August 16: 300 reinforcement troops, total of 3,100 soldiers."


So actually there were more in Tij at the end of April.

I have to go soak my knee.

Go here for the latest:

Zeta Tijuana 

And, stay safe y'all.


Update/edit - 08/17: I'm running (limping) out the door, but here are the latest travel warnings:

EU Pide a Ciudadanos, "No Viajar" a Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa y Tamaulipas, Por Violencia 

Destacados miércoles, 17 agosto, 2022 - 9:48 AM


"The Department of State of the Government of the United States issued, on August 17, 2017, its travel recommendation rating for Mexico, in which it asked its citizens "not to travel" to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, due to the high crime and kidnapping rates they register. Likewise, the US government urged to reconsider visiting Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos and Sonora.

“Under the Bicentennial Framework, the US and Mexico commit to deepen cooperation to combat transnational crime that fuels violence in both countries to improve citizen security and achieve more peaceful and prosperous communities. #SharedSecurity,” said Keneth Lee Salazar, head of the US Embassy in the Mexican Republic, in a series of posts on the social network Twitter.

On the other hand, the US diplomat highlighted that three other Mexican entities -Nayarit, the State of Mexico and Coahuila-, improved their level of Travel Alert, based on the annual comprehensive review of crime and security in Mexico, for which he congratulated to said state governments “for focusing on protecting the safety of residents and visitors.”

“There is no higher priority for the US Department of State than the safety of US citizens abroad and I am pleased to see progress in these states to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors,” he tweeted, on the other hand, the main diplomatic representative of the United States in Mexico.

“Violent crimes, such as homicides, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies, are widespread and common in Mexico. The US Government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by US Government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside of the state capital or major cities," the State Department noted in its "Country Brief."

“U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to the U.S. Government employee travel restrictions. State-specific restrictions are listed in the individual state advisories below. US Government employees cannot travel between cities after dark, cannot hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber and regulated taxi stands.” 

“US Government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas. Employees of the US Government may not drive from the US-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico, except for daytime travel within Baja California and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D , and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D”, insisted the US State Department."


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 Here's Liz - and apparently they blasted Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" after her speech...well you know what here's another one too for Liz, truly a case of profiles in courage. Damn. "God, it's so painful when something that's so close is still so far out of reach." 


 08/18: Adding this: I spoke with several people today up in SD who wanted to know if I regret supporting Liz with her known record of neo-conism and her reinforcement of Trumpism prior to 01/06/22.

 It wasn't easy or comfortable at first, it never was easy but I decided to overlook her past due to her courage. And, you never know...maybe we'll see Liz change in other ways, too. Maybe not. A lot of people are pissed off at me for being in her corner...oh well nothing new there, I'm eventually always on someone's shitlist. 😏😏😏 Haha, take care.