Tuesday, June 30, 2020


CAMERON COUNTY 103 NEW CASES WITH 68 IN BROWNSVILLE, 200 NURSES BROUGHT IN TO HELP WITH CRISIS

"Health officials in Cameron County confirmed 103 more people tested positive on Tuesday for the coronavirus — bringing its total number of known cases to 2,399.
According to a news release from the county, among the new patients is an 11-day-old infant from Brownsville.
Of the total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Cameron County, 1,539 have reportedly recovered."
DO NOTE THE 11 DAY YEAR OLD INFANT - click on news release for ages - you youngins are not getting the message
Tomorrow the definitive argument for why Adela Garza should lose the election an in fact just resign.  But alas she has no opponent who knows how to use the verifiable facts to unseat her so she will win

HIDALGO COUNTY 440 NEW CASES 11 DEAD


These numbers are frightening even give the fact Hidalgo County is population is twice  that of Cameron County.


EARLY VOTING WAY DOWN, WILL NOT BE MADE UP WITH MAIL BALLOTS

Concerning November, people are not going to stand there and participate in the BISD, TSC and BND elections.  It is simply too many ballots.  Those elections will be based 100% on who gets out the vote.  If the palanca lawsuit prevails people are going to walk in and mark Democrat, place  their ballot and walk out. 

2020 day two 1431, total to date 2967
2016 day two 2059, total to date 4313

Once we are done with the run-off we will begin to work on mail ballots for November.  Gilbert Hinojosa and his incompetent lawyers cannot be trusted to fight for us.  We will need private lawyers representing individuals.

The numbers are moving away from going to the polls and we need real attorneys who can actually use the wording in the Texas Supreme Court case to justify mass mail ballots.  If we go to 100,000 new cases a day, there will be no mass gatherings to include voting.  But we need  competent attorneys and Gilbert Hinojosa does not understand the law well enough to hire the right people.

TRI-STATE AREA EXPANDS TRAVEL BAN, AND DR. FAUCI PREDICTS 100,000 NEW CASES A DAY WITH 5,000 DEATHS

California expands travel ban to now include NY and others.  Reports have airlines parking more planes in NY as flights are  cancelled.

"As of Tuesday, the Democratic governors from the tri-state area are requiring self-quarantine for travelers from: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. The requirement was first announced for eight states last week."

BASED ON WHAT DR. FAUCI IS NOW PREDICTING, AND TODAY'S NEAR 7,000 NEW CASES IN TEXAS, I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY MY SAN DIEGO TRIP WILL BE CANCELLED

Dr. Fauci is now predicting up to 100,000 new cases a day with a 5% mortality rate once hospitalizations catch up with the positivity rate.  The hospitals cannot handle the surge.

I WILL TELL YOU WITH 100% CONFIDENCE, DRS. ARE TURNING AWAY PATIENTS WHO THEY BELIEVE CAN SURVIVE COVID, AND IN FACT SENDING THEM BACK TO WORK

I am working to get tested a young man turned away even though he has no taste or smell, and congestion.  Doctors are making calls as to who needs immediate care and who can roll the dice.  Fine, but do not send them back to work when they have no smell or taste.

I am not judging the doctors.  There are no beds, and testing is overwhelmed.  The doctors are at a loss as to what to do.

ON MAYOR MENDEZ, IF THE HERALD PUT HIS QUOTE AGAINST THE GOVERNOR ON THE AP WIRE, IT WILL BE PICKED UP BY THE NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA IN A FEW DAYS

NATIONALLY EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR GUIDANCE ON WHAT TO DO IF AN EMPLOYEE COMES UP POSITIVE

This is not the time to punish or hurt employers, unless they punish any worker for reporting they are covid positive or they have coworkers who are covid positive.  Now is the time for the city, county and state to educate employers how to proceed.

"The employer should contact directly each co-worker identified by the employee and each co-worker who worked in any identified areas of the workplace and advise that a person with whom they have been in recent contact and/or with whom they recently shared a common work area has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Instruct them that, out of an abundance of caution, the employer is requesting that they remain out of the office for at least 14 days since the last point of contact (or such greater period of time that may be recommended by their health care provider) and to work remotely, if possible.  The co-workers should be encouraged to self-isolate and seek all medical care and testing that they feel may be appropriate. The co-workers should also be reminded that discrimination or retaliation against individuals that are suspected to have tested positive for, or been exposed to, COVID-19 (or any other illness) is strictly prohibited."




MONTOYA GOES FOR THE MONEY - DOES HE KNOW THE MEANING OF GONADS?

TREY MENDEZ SITS AND DOES NOTHING AS HE CLAIMS TO TRASH THE GOVERNOR

I hear from a lot of people and I know my posts on Trey Mendez and Eddie Treviño are hitting home.  Trey proved it with the following statement after actually doing nothing to protect the people from our inept governor.

"“It’s time for us to stand up to the governor and let him know that we are taking control of our local community to protect our citizens because it is what is necessary right now. We can no longer put Brownsville citizens at risk by not enforcing the measures that need to be enforced,” Mendez said.

To understand he did nothing all you have to do is read the quote from our police chief.  They have no enforcement authority because Trey is too much of a coward to stand up to the governor and include an enforcement provision.  So what did he stand up to?  Nothing

"Although Brownsville police don’t have the power to enforce curfews because of previous orders signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, they will continue to work with the community and educate them on the importance of curfews, Police Chief Felix Sauceda said"

HERALD

The problem with the problem people is they are laughing at Trey Mendez and  the city commission because it is now published in the paper  the police cannot enforce anything which contradicts the governor because Trey Mendez and the city commission failed to give them that authority. 

On Trey Mendez FB you see his desperation in not only repeating the governor's ineffective orders, but taking credit for them.

AGAIN IF THERE IS NO ENFORCEMENT HOW DID HE STAND UP TO THE GOVERNOR?  HOW DID HE TAKE THINGS INTO THE HANDS OF THE CITY WHICH I HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FOR MONTHS?  HE DID NOT


1. A curfew was imposed to mirror the one issued by the county earlier today.
•For all people that are 18 or older, the curfew will be from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless an emergency occurs, or they are essential employees.
•For all people that are 17 or under, the curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
2. Gatherings of ten or more people are prohibited
3. No outdoor public gatherings of more than 100 people are allowed
4. A limit of 10 people in salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors etc, not including staff
5. Temporary stop to elective surgical, elective medical and elective dental procedures. Medical providers may determine what is non elective.
6. We will be allowing for temporary emergency ambulance licenses
7. City parks and pools will close. Trails will remain open.
8. Tennis center and municipal golf course will be closed
9. Mandatory facial coverings in public settings
10. Indoor and outdoor flea markets are closed until further notice

FIRST TO UNDERSTAND BASED ON THE PUBLISHED INFORMATION AND QUOTE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF THERE IS NO ENFORCEMENT PROVISION FOR ANY OF THIS.  SO THE FACT OF  THE MATTER IS TREY IS LYING OUT OF DESPERATION

The medical community is in disbelief based on number 5,  Even though it is not enforceable, Governor Abbott did not go so far.

While I have heard nothing about PPE's in the LRGV [protective gear] so long as they are available there is no justification to  stop elective procedures.  Governor Abbott already did this  for the LRGV.  Trey Mendez and the city commission knew yesterday the governor was formally signing the order this morning. So what did Trey do?, announce it a day ahead of the governor?

As written, it is not enforceable.  The governor only stopped elective surgeries at Chapter 241 hospitals, which means hospitals with overnight stays.  All elective surgeries under the governor's order at days surgery facilities are a go.  Also just like the governor Trey Mendez left to the doctor to decide what is and is not elective.  

As to city facilities, the city can do what it wants without the governor's consent.  They are city facilities.  They question is why did it take them so long to act on city facilities over which the governor has no legal authority.

But on matters of substance where did Trey Mendez stand up to governor Abbott?  He did not.  The curfew and outdoor facial coverings are unenforceable because the city failed to give the police enforcement authority.  That is how you stand up to the governor and he did not.

IF TREY MENDEZ IS PARTY TO MCHALE'S AND MONTOYA'S LITTLE GAME WHICH IS COMPROMISING OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY HE WILL LEARN SOON ENOUGH HE HAS NO SUPPORT LEFT

THE MCHALE MONTOYA MO - THREATEN THE POLITICO WITH BAD COVERAGE OF LIE TO PROTECT THEM AND THEN ASK FOR MONEY FOR PROTECTION

Chief Saucedo verified in the story Montoya's claim of Mendez finding gonads is false.  The Chief made clear Mendez still has not done what needs to get done, give him enforcement authority.

On the hospitals the governor already decided and in fact issued the order ending elective surgeries in Chapter 241 hospitals, to include the LRGV

So Montoya went from whining the drunks were being blamed for the spread, which is a lie by Abbott and others, and attacking Trey Mendez and Eddie Treviño to running cover for Trey Mendez with a lie the Chief of police verifies is a lie.



Then McHale not to be outdone and wanting to make sure he can get his share of the money for protection claims I am being attacked by people who have not said one negative word about my coverage.

THESE TWO VERY SICK PUPPIES SEE A CHANCE TO MAKE MONEY ON PEOPLE DYING - SHAME ON ANYONE WHO ASSOCIATES WITH THEM

I WAS ASLEEP WHEN I GOT A CALL ABOUT THIS VILE GAME BEING PLAYED BY MONTOYA AND MCHALE.  THE DOCTOR WAS PISSED.

MY NUMBER ONE CALL IS FROM SMALL BUSINESSES ON WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS SILENT ON THE $29 MILLION THE CITY IS SITTING ON AND NOT USING TO BUY RAPID TESTING MACHINES OR HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES.

PEOPLE ALSO ASK ABOUT WHY NOTHING IS BEING DONE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS WITH THEIR UTILITY BILLS OR ENDING THE FUEL SURCHARGE.

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE.  SOMEONE ON THE CITY COMMISSION IS PAYING MCHALE AND MONTOYA TO HIDE THE STORY ON THE TENASKA MONEY THE CITY IS SITTING ON

IF TREY THINKS HE CAN SAVE HIS  REPUTATION ON THE WORDS OF A DRUG ADDICTED PORNOGRAPHER AND A DRUNK IT TELLS YOU JUST HOW FAR HE HAS FALLEN FROM THE GRACE OF THE POWER BROKERS

MY SOURCE ARE  TELLING ME MAYOR MENDEZ WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH EITHER MCHALE OR MONTOYA





EU JUST BANNED TRAVEL FROM THE U.S. 

Why not, a bit of levity.



200 GYM MEMBERS PUT INTO ISOLATION AFTER EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE

"More than 200 gym-goers in West Virginia are being urged to quarantine after a Planet Fitness client tested positive for Covid-19, health officials say.
"Anyone who was at Planet Fitness between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 should stay at home for 14 days since being exposed, which would be until Wednesday, July 8," a statement by the Monongalia County Health Department says, adding that "about 205" people were at the gym during that window of time."
This is not being stupid, it is caving in to greed.  If there is any place where people are going to spew large amounts of droplets it is a gym.  In a gym it will be forceful.  We know droplets get out of the side of the mask.
Other than politicos caving into greed there is no reason for a gym to be open.

MAIL BALLOTS IN CAMERON COUNTY WAY UP

Compared to the original primary there are about 1000 more mail ballot requests.  Currently those returned so far are just under the number cast during the primaries.  The Elections Office is expecting about 700 ballots between today and election day. This could make up the lack of early voting.

FRAUD DURING COVID

I just cannot image politiqueras going door to door stealing ballots and chancing jail during Covid.  

HOW A MAIL BALLOT WORKS

When you apply for the mail ballot you sign the application.  I suggest you take a picture of your signature if yours changes like mine.  

When you return your ballot on the back of the envelope you sign again.  Your signature must match.  This is an important protection against fraud.


68 NEW CASES IN BROWNSVILLE WITH 113 IN CAMERON COUNTY
BEYOND A NATIONAL DROP IN THE DEATH RATE, THERE IS NO GOOD NEWS

The good news is only 2 of the 68 new cases in Brownsville are over 60. Click for summary - I direct all you young people to look at the ages

The bad news is the hospitalizations are way up and people in need of true emergency care are not getting it.  Whereas in the past a doctor would have sent a senior  to the ER today they are sending them home.

YES IT IS TRUE, WE ARE GETTING BETTER AT TREATING COVID SO FEWER PEOPLE ARE DYING, BUT THEY ARE STILL OVERWHELMING OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

UTRGV reported it can now get a test result within 24 hours after testing.  The problem is, with 10,000 calls a day people are not getting tested.  UTRGV says it has enough tests to increase  testing, it just does not have the personnel to handle the phone calls, and online applications.  How is this possible? Beyond be.  They have the proper testing system and plenty of tests, but no personnel to handle the demand.  We are so screwed.

Also two local testing centers are closing.  Someone has to pay for it and the funding has dried up.

PAY ATTENTION - ACCORDING TO DR. FAUCI AND POLLING EVEN WITH A VACCINE 143.5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL STILL REMAIN EXPOSED TO COVID

Without daily rapid testing for a lot more people than we are currently serving we have zero chance of stopping the spread.

I will be back, but my next post should scare the shit out of you.  We still do not get it.  Gyms and large gathering areas must all be closed. 

HHS SECRETARY AZAR GIVES DESPERATE WARNING

"Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that time was running out for the U.S. to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise across the country, particularly in the American South and West"


Guys that window has closed.  We remain in denial about the need for urgent rapid testing done daily in significantly larger numbers so we can isolate the infected.  In the worst hit areas we are at 25% positivity.  Those people are walking around spreading  the virus.  They spend days or even weeks trying to get tested.

In the event you have any hopes of Congress sending more help to anyone forget it.  They are tired and are leaving Washington for a 10 day vacation. 

HUNKER DOWN PEOPLE YOU ARE YOUR BEST DEFENSE BECAUSE NO HELP IS COMING



Monday, June 29, 2020


FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING DOWN FROM 2016

In 2016 it was 2254- click for returns
In 2020 day one is 1536 click for returns

Mail Ballots are still coming in so they could make up the difference


COUNTY JUDGE ISSUES EMPTY ORDER ON FACIAL COVERINGS, WHILE MANDATING THEM HE MAKES CLEAR THERE WILL BE NO ENFORCEMENT

The good news is, all county beaches are closed and a curfew will begin starting tomorrow at 11 p.m.

The order on the facial masks only made him look weaker.  What is the point of issuing the order and then expressly stating there will be no enforcement.  The published message is, he is not serious.  Such an order by all accounts is reckless, because now people will say they do not have to wear facial coverings and the county is powerless.  Good Job Eddie.

Click for Order

DID SAENZ'S PULL HIS MOTION TO SUSPEND, FOR NOW?

UPDATE:

There Herald is reporting that whatever restrictions were imposed in federal court the evidence showed Sylvia Atkinson on issues of policy is still in communication with BISD, but not necessarily with Board Members.    This makes the quo warranto petition moot. 

Through no one's fault what else happened is not clear.  These Zoom hearings can cut people off, and Baltazar Salazar was unable to respond to an issue.  But the  Board Secretary did verify Dr. Atkinson is in communication with administration and asking policy questions.

The matter is now continued until August 14, 2020, after the federal criminal trial.  This is assuming jury trials are available by that time.  My prediction is they will not be.  

I  have been monitoring the docket sheet all day.  Saenz had a flurry of filings.  There is still no docket entry by Justice Hinojosa, but at about 4:30 p.m. the  following popped up on the docket sheet. I have no idea what this means. Maybe Justice Hinojosa proceeded on the discovery motions or quo warranto.  Until there is a written docket entry by the judge I cannot tell you for sure what this means.

6/29/2020 E-Filed Order 

Comment

Order Continuing The State of Texas's Motion to Suspend"



THE FALLACY BEHIND A VACCINE STOPPING THE SPREAD - USING CONSERVATIVE NUMBERS FROM DR. FAUCI 143.5 MILLION AMERICANS WILL EITHER NOT BE PROTECTED EVEN WITH A VACCINE OR WILL NOT GET THE VACCINE

Dr. Fauci puts the effective rate of a vaccine at 70-75%.  For my math to be conservative I went with the 75.00%.  National polling shows up to 30% of the people will not get the vaccine.  In my math I will be conservative and use 25%.  I think over time people who initially do not get the vaccine will get it.  I think people do not trust it because of the rush.


THE MATH AND HOW I GOT TO 143.5 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NOT BE PROTECTED

Our estimated population is 328 million.  If 25% do not accept the vaccine that is 82 million Americans remaining unprotected.  The polling shows 30% not taking the vaccine, but I am going conservative.

Dr. Fauci says the effective rate of the vaccine will be somewhere between 70-75%.  Again going conservative with 25% still getting the virus, that is another 61.5 million Americans who can still be exposed.

Total number of Americans who can still get exposed is 143.5 million.

Good luck controlling the spread with those numbers.  It is time we get draconian in isolating people and using rapid testing at the national level.  It is our only hope at slowing the spread. You must get draconian in our willingness to isolate people.

RUNNING THE NUMBERS FOR CAMERON COUNTY

We have an estimated population of 423,163.  Using the 25% number even with a vaccine 185,133 people in Cameron County will not be protected from Covid 19.  

You are delusional if you think you can control the spread with those kind of numbers without massive quarantines.  

We all know that will not happen.  So let's sit back and watch.






LOCAL CONGRESSMEN DEMAND GOVERNOR ABBOTT BRING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TO HELP WITH COVID HOSPITAL CRISIS
"U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela and Congressman Vicente Gonzalez urged Governor Greg Abbott to immediately assign National Guard forces to the Rio Grande Valley to address the spiraling COVID-19 crisis in the region.
The congressmen say demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds has surpassed capacity in counties on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lacking space for COVID-19 patients in ICUs, emergency rooms across the Lower Rio Grande Valley are forced to continue to care for those who need intensive treatment even as new patients arrive at higher and higher rates."
MEANWHILE LOCALLY OUR INEPT POLITICOS


ATKINSON HEARINGS A GO  FOR 1:30 VIA ZOOM - AS SOON AS I LEARN SOMETHING I WILL REPORT - WE HAVE TO WAIT ON THE JUDGE TO MAKE A DOCKET ENTRY

I have no idea what evidence will be presented.  I have no idea how the case will interact with the federal criminal case.  There are so many motions pending, it is going to be a long hearing unless Justice Hinojosa orders mediation or simply rules only on essential motions, such as discovery.



MONTOYA'S GRAPHIC HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, LOCALLY

I want to be clear on two issues.  I have lost all respect for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.  This morning she is on CNN self quarantined at home because a staff member has tested positive.  She continues to whine her hands are tied on facial coverings. She blames Governor Abbott and not her lack of leadership. 

I had high hopes of her beating Ted Cruz for the Senate in 2024.  Not now.  Leaders lead.  Leaders fight to protect the people they represent.  Such as nearly every mayor and country judge in Texas Lina Hidalgo is cowering to Greg Abbott, blaming him for the disaster in her county, and  refusing to take on the governor. She should resign in favor of someone who will fight for the life and welfare of the people of Harris County.

ALSO AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, FACIAL COVERINGS ARE TOO LATE AS THE KEY PROPHYLACTIC TO STOP THE SPREAD

Locally, and in Harris County, Covid is spreading because of the delay from contracting the virus, to being tested to getting the test results.

Until our city uses the Tenaska money to buy rapid testing equipment the spread will not stop. Nothing but choice by our inept leaders keep them from doing this.  They cannot blame Abbott on this one.  Every medical expert agrees the time to use facial covering as a prophylactic has passed.  Isolation is essential and we are not doing it because our city commission will not use the Tenaska money  for rapid testing equipment.  This is the only way we are going to slow the spread.  

FACT:  IN HOUSTON 25% OF ALL HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE AGE 20-29.


JUAN MONTOYA IS BACK WITH AN IN YOUR FACE ATTACK ON MAYOR TREY MENDEZ AND COUNTY JUDGE EDDIE TREVINO ON THEIR FAILURE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE

First I want to say I dropped my story on a particular male 17 year old who died of Covid 19 because I decided human decency trumps the hard core reality of a parent's neglect.  The BV has been out front on this issue and has been attacked.  McHale while he whines about his son possibly being exposed to Covid runs cover for Mayor Mendez and Eddie Treviño with his hand out offering protection from mean old Bobby.  

Had the mayor and county judge of Travis County done their job his son may not have become exposed to Covid 19 - but let me warn the story of the 17 year old I dropped out of human  decency, never left his home. When he did drop he tested negative for covid.  The late 17 year old has two siblings with Covid 19 and the mother is a nurse, who according to the report was not seeking a test.  

My point is, you can be 17 and stay home, but if someone brings it into the house you die. No one is getting into my home unless I have no choice, such as a stove repair.  If you come into my home you will wear a facial covering.

I CAN FIND NO AUTHORITY WHICH ALLOWS GOVERNOR ABBOTT TO OVERRULE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OR STATUTORY AUTHORITY OF MUNICIPALITIES TO ENACT PUBLIC HEALTH ORDINANCES UNDER THEIR POLICE POWERS AS CONFERRED BY THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION

My point is, Governor Abbott has zero chance of winning a lawsuit against any municipality which enforces facial coverings with heavy fines.

FROM THE TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

"Once a general law city reaches the 5,001 inhabitants mark, it is authorized by Article XI, section 5 of the Texas Constitution to hold an election to adopt a home rule charter. Once a home rule charter is adopted, a city thereafter has the full power of local self-government, the power to govern itself so long as charter provisions or ordinances are not inconsistent with state or federal law. TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 51.072. Home rule cities derive their power from the Constitution and look to the Legislature only as a limit on that authority and may do anything that is not specifically prohibited by state law. Both general law and home rule cities are granted implied powers under the Local Government Code. Section 51.001 states that “the governing body of a municipality may 3 BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY 1097 (6th ed. 1990). 6 adopt, publish, amend, or repeal an ordinance, rule, or police regulation that is for the good government, peace, or order of the municipality…and is necessary or proper for carrying out a power granted by law to the municipality or to an office or department of the municipality.”





EARLY VOTING AND MAIL BALLOTS

YOUR DEADLINE TO HAVE YOUR MAIL BALLOT APPLICATION FILED IS JULY 2ND - THE HOW AND WHO QUALIFIED -
CLICK FOR APPLICATION TO VOTE BY MAIL

WARNINGS

YOU MAY NOT REQUEST A MAIL BALLOT BASED ON DISABILITY BASED ON FEAR OF CONTRACTING COVID -19 - BUT OTHER FACTORS DO APPLY
YOU MAY NOT REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IF YOU WILL BE IN TOWN FROM TODAY THROUGH ELECTION DAY
IT IS A CRIME TO VOTE BY MAIL WHEN YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR A MAIL BALLOT
HOW TO LEGALLY SECURE A MAIL BALLOT
THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT HAS FOUND THE FOLLOWING

What I am reporting is for the primary run-off.   A separate request will need to be made for the November general election.  The BISD, TSC, and BND part of the November election may be a bust as people refuse to stand there and complete that many ballots

The Application only asks that you check the box disability.

The Elections Administrator or the State CANNOT ask you the nature of your disability.

The Elections Administrator or the State CANNOT request you produce proof of your disability.

SO ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT HOW CAN COVID-19 MIXED IN WITH OTHER FACTORS QUALIFY YOU FOR A MAIL BALLOT?

I POST THIS UNDER THREAT OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FROM AG PAXTON

"The letter goes on to threaten criminal sanctions against anyone providing “misleading information” to prospective voters, and against voters who “submit false information” on a ballot application (“depending on the facts and circumstances of the individual case”)." 

I highly recommend you do not "submit false information," but the fact of  the matter is by law as delineated by the Texas Supreme Court the state cannot inquire about the nature of your disability.  The threat on that part is empty and a clear attempt at voter suppression.  AG Paxton may want to rethink his threats or potentially face criminal prosecution for voter intimidation

BUT FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE HECHT ACTUALLY FOUND THE FOLLOWING WHICH THE EVIDENCE SHOWS IS JUST NUTTY PROFESSOR SCIENCE

"JUSTICE BOYD and JUSTICE BLAND would hold that a lack of immunity to COVID-19 is a “physical condition” under § 82.002(a), though a voter would not be entitled to vote by mail without a “likelihood” that voting in person would injure the voter’s health. We all agree that “likelihood” means a probability. But for the population overall, contracting COVID-19 in general is highly improbable. " p. 21 - see opinion below.

Given the absurdity of this finding by the Texas Supreme Court it only goes to show just how much Gilbert Hinojosa and his team messed up by not taking the Texas Supreme Court case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The numbers show they were wrong.  It is time the lawsuit is refiled given the current scientific facts.

THE COURT FOUND THE VOTER CAN CONSIDER OTHER FACTS ALONG WITH COVID 19

"We agree, of course, that a voter can take into consideration aspects of his health and his health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability. We disagree that lack of immunity, by itself, is one of them. As we have said, the decision to apply to vote by mail based on a disability is the voter’s, subject to a correct understanding of the statutory definition of “disability”.

"The State has conceded that “Respondents have no discretion to do anything but determine whether the voter is entitled to vote by mail and process the application accordingly.” The State acknowledges that the Election Code does not require election clerks to “investigate each applicant’s disability.”64 Indeed, the Legislature rejected the requirement of a physician’s proof of disability for mail-in voting applications when it amended the Election Code in 1981.'

"The voter is not instructed to declare the nature of the underlying disability. 67 The elected officials have placed in the hands of the voter the determination of whether in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury due to a physical condition. "

The underlying conditions which expose you to injury based on Covid changes daily.  The science changes daily.

We have 17 years dropping and dying because they are unaware they have an underlying condition.

Neither I nor the state can tell you if you have a condition which will cause you an injury if you go to the polls.

This is not stopping.  Think about November, which concerns me more.  How long will people be willing to stand there to complete the general ballot and the ballots for the BISD, TSC and BND.  Your chances for exposure to Covid 19 and becoming ill because of a known or unknown underlying condition goes up exponentially.

Click for Opinion

JUSTICE BLAND'S CONCURRING OPINION SUGGESTS COVID 19 MAY BE A CONDITION DEPENDING ON THE COUNTY

"A local community containing a high number of people with active infection of a contagious virus presents a health risk for some voters—specifically, those who lack immunity and have health histories or physical attributes that make them susceptible to the worst effects of the disease. But not all areas of Texas are affected—or are affected to the same degree"

Click for concurring Opinion

There you have it.  The decision to check disability on the application is yours, and no one can question you.  Justice Bland's concurring opinion opened the door to just about everyone in high exposure rate counties to apply for mail ballots.

THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS TO FILE AN EMERGENCY MANDAMUS WITH THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT TO RECONSIDER ITS OPINION IN LIGHT OF THE NEW EXPOSURE RATE

Sunday, June 28, 2020


COB TO CALL AN URGENT MEETING FOR TUESDAY - WILL BROWNSVILLE BE THE FIRST CITY TO TAKE ON GOVERNOR ABBOTT BY MANDATING FACIAL COVERINGS

FROM MAYOR MENDEZ

"I was on the phone last night and most of today with ER docs and the CEOs of both Brownsville hospitals. The ICUs are currently full, the rate of people testing positive is high, and medical staffs are tired. Thank you to all frontline medical personnel. Let’s keep them all in our prayers.
The City is putting together draft orders with stricter measures and will have a special meeting no later than Tuesday.

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Positive."

I believe Brownsville and Cameron county can still bring this under control.  It is going to take mandated facial coverings and rapid testing machines.

I agree the governor is going to sue if the city issues a stronger order mandating facial coverings.  But maybe not, but so  what if he does.

With Texas in play for the White House and John Cornyn in fear of losing his senate seat, does Governor Abbott want to be on record in court he opposes counties and cities exercising their police powers to protect the public health?  Does he want the moniker of Big Brother telling local officials they cannot protect themselves? Such a message would hit the core Republican Party hard.  It goes against everything they  claim they believe in.
THE HISTORY OF POLICE POWERS
"Ever since Chief Justice John Marshall coined the term in Brown v. Mmyland in 1827, the police power has been a pivot of American constitutional thinking. As recently as 1991 the Supreme Court spoke in Barnes v. Glen Theatre of "[t] he traditional police power of the States" as one which "we have upheld [as] a basis for legislation"; this plurality opinion of the Court defined it as "the authority to provide for the public health, safety, and morals."2 "
I can assure you if Governor Abbott sues Brownsville over the policy Trey Mendez will be on CNN faster than he knows what hit him and the Republicans even nationally will find themselves scrambling to explain why Governor Abbott is using a Big Government policy to regulate public health, especially in a way which bans regulations.
Tell me I am wrong.  Are not Republican Governors all over the US refusing to mandate facial coverings claiming it is a local issue?  Why is Governor  Abbott being given a pass on his big government approach to this.
Governor Abbott will cave under national pressure.  So what if the city is sued?  It is sued all of the time.  At least this time it is to protect the people and not a contract buddy of a city commissioner.

RAPID TESTING - FACIAL COVERINGS BY THEMSELVES ARE TOO LATE
This is not politics.  It is simple science.  You cannot have as many asymptomatic people and symptomatic people spreading the virus for 2-3 weeks before they find out they need to self isolate and expect to control the spread..

The only solution is the rapid testing system.  There are different ones.  The one hour one would do a lot for us.  The hospitals can do a better job in immediately identifying people who are positive, and with the machines running all night we can identify every positive within 24 hours and get them off the street.
Until we do this all the orders in the world will not slow the spread.



"DOCTOR SLEEP" A GOOD MOVIE AS WE SHUTTER IN

It is kind of eerie when a particular character tells you to sleep.  This is the sequel to the 1980 film 'The Shining."  I have seen snippets of "The Shining" but never actually saw it.  1980 was my UTEP graduation year.  I then spent months travelling in Mexico and Central America.  It was not a year when I went to the movies.

I will tell you "Doctor Sleep" is a great film.  There is some needless nudity, but other than two scenes from a distance there is nothing to see.

In the sequel Jack Nicholson's son Dan is now an adult and picks up the story.  It is very well done, and better develops the entire story and gives context to the original film "The Shining."  I think the reason I have only seen snippets of the original film is there was never context.  But now I have to look for the original and watch it.

WHAT MAKES THIS INTERESTING

I cannot speak to the specifics of this film in terms of reality.  But I can tell you it is real people speak to each other from great distances.  My grandmother and I use to do it and it would make my mom mad when I would tell her Doña Panchita wanted her to call and my mom would call and my grandmother would ask her if I told her to call.

My grandmother's grandfather on her mother's side, Teadora Gomez, was a Nicaro shaman.  It comes through him.  My grandmother would tell us amazing stories about him and his abilities. So I know some of this is real.

GUYS STAY HOME, GET YARD WORK DONE, READ BOOKS OR WATCH MOVIES - BUT STAY HOME

There will be no local numbers today because Eddie Treviño gives Covid off on Sunday - you know that of rest.

I will be back later, but here is hint.  Two 17 year old teens dead from Covid




Saturday, June 27, 2020


THE SPREAD WILL CONTINUE INDEFINITELY

Sorry for the repeat on the graphic, but at this time I think it is the most accurate graphic to describe the situation.
NEW NUMBERS
98 CASES CAMERON COUNTY, 58 IN BROWNSVILLE
Weekend numbers reflect limited reporting, and remember there is no reporting on Sunday.
"The grim reality of the novel coronavirus continued to batter the United States this weekend, with a record 44,782 new cases reported Saturday, the second day in a row that new cases have risen above 40,000 and the fifth consecutive day setting a single-day record for cases."
I have one friend who now has three employees out sick at work, and no word as to why. He was told the original worker who has been out for 10 days now tested negative for Covid, but is still too sick to return to work. The other two are just out sick. Now it is possible people are just using their sick time. Who knows?
THE SPREAD IS NOT GOING AWAY
Medical experts now agree in the surge states mere facial coverings will not stop the spread. The cat is out of the bag. They also agree the delay in testing and getting results is spreading the virus.
YESTERDAY THE US HAD OVER 40,000 NEW CASES - THEY ALL WERE SPREADING THE VIRUS
TEXAS TODAY IS REPORTING 5747 NEW CASES - ALL SPREADING THE VIRUS
FLORIDA NEW CASES AGAIN ARE OVER 9000 WITH 9548
I AM A HUGE SUPPORTER OF HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE HIDALGO, BUT I HAVE TO SAY SHE BLEW IT ALONG WITH ALL THE COUNTY JUDGES AND MAYORS IN TEXAS

She is complaining the Republicans are moving forward with their State Convention in Houston.  Well do something.  Issue an order to stop it and then let the Republicans and the State sue. But lead and do something and stop complaining.

HARRIS COUNTY HAS ALL THE PUBLIC HEALTH FACTORS IN PLACE TO JUSTIFY DEFYING GOVERNOR ABBOTT

Their hospitals are in crisis mode, they have a high African American and Latino community which are more susceptible to the virus than others.  Let Governor Abbott go into court and tell the entire state, the entire country and the entire world he will not tolerate local officials issuing local health orders.  Let him go on record that Texas is a Big Government state.  Trust me that moniker on the Texas Republican Party would play poorly throughout the entire state, and country.

BUT NO - I AM SO TIRED OF ALL THESE BIG CITY DEMOCRATS BLAMING TRUMP AND ABBOTT BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO COWARDLY TO DO THEIR JOB