Thursday, December 30, 2021

Por Eso Estamos Como Estamos: Omicron Variant


It was sort of a holiday miracle yesterday when city officials teleconferenced with Ruben Villarreal of KGNS for another installment of MEDIA BRIEFING!!!  This kind of Facebook face timing had not happened since October.  The pressing matter up for discussion was the rise in Covid-19 cases and the urgent need for testing.

The first to present was code-switching extraordinaire Guillermo Heard, Chief of the Laredo Fire Department.  He said we should be concerned with the Omicron strain of Covid-19, which is transmitted more easily.  Chief Heard, however, stressed that now is not the time to panic.  Local emergency rooms are seeing more people with flu-like/Covid-like symptoms but the majority of enfermos are not serious enough to be admitted to the hospital.  We can thank the great number of Laredoans who are vaccinated against Coronavirus, apparently.  

Chief Heard said that Laredo currently has 8 testing sites in operation.  3 will be added next week to meet the demand.  

Director of the Laredo Health Department who wore a chin strap to the online meeting Dr. Chamberlain (pictured above) reported there being 529 active cases of Covid-19 in Laredo.  85 of those were classified as breakthrough cases.  

Taking on a more serious tone was Dr. Victor Trevino.  (He's an actual medical doctor and better at speaking bilingually.)  He started by reporting 3 new deaths in the community attributed to Covid-19.  Resources to combat the current crisis are limited, he said, one being hospital personnel.  Dr. Trevino recommended that we wear masks when indoors at public places.  He also pushed for people to get vaccinated if they hadn't done so already.  

I just got my booster shot (Moderna) last week, days before the Christmas holiday.  On the 24th I visited my in-laws for a short while.  I felt like a schmuck, being the only one at the gathering who was wearing a face mask.  (My wife & son kept theirs on at times.)  I felt so awkward, wondering if my extended family was silently dissing my PPE move.  Well, wouldn't you know it, yesterday I learned that four people who visited my suegra over the Xmas weekend tested POSITIVE for Covid-19.  

And suddenly I was vindicated.  My anxiety towards a house full of family paid off.  I was right to keep my mask on during my Christmas Eve drop-in.  

Thankfully my in-laws are all vaccinated and those who came down with Covid have had mild symptoms.  Needless to say, a New Year's Eve gathering has been canceled.  I still want to see my suegra this weekend, but the visit will be brief and every necessary precaution will be taken.  What I'm waiting to see are the photos that my cuniados will post on social media.  I'm counting on them posting pics with a ton of unmasked people at their own houses.  

There's a reason things ARE like they are right now.  And there is blame to go all around.  The CDC recently updated their guidelines for Covid-positive persons who are asymptomatic: quarantine for 5 days instead of ten.  Local officials, however, want to keep the ten-day recommendation in place.  Reason for that, according to Dr. Victor Trevino, is our lack of resources to fight Covid-19.  I would add to that that we've let our guard down.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been a Godsend.  But they can't be our sole source of protection, not yet.      

I left out the mayor's rambling input during the media briefing.  You're welcome. 


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Manchin Manchando Y Cuellar LLorando

Senator Joe Manchin, of no-chingues-Juan-Dominguez fame, told a Fox News bobblehead today that he was not supporting the Democrats' Build Back Better bill.  The bill included money for universal preschool, care for the elderly, and taco stands on every corner.  The whole Build Back Better saga has been in a sort of limbo because of the likes of Sen. Manchin.  Apparently the bill was monetarily bloated and would severely add to the deficit.  Moot points since the bill was supposedly paid for and because no one bats an eye when they approve of the generous defense budget every year.  

Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have been thorns in the side of Democrats recently.  These two knuckleheads have been impediments for such things as BBB and voting rights legislation.  Henry Cuellar, however, doesn't mind calling Manchin a friend and posing too close for pics with Sinema.

    (courtesy photo that I could've done without)

The House of Reps passed Build Back Better with a vote along party lines, of course.  And Enrique (Henry) Cuellar was counting on the federal money reaching his district.  It would've given his campaign more animo until March 1, 2022, the date of the primaries, where he is being challenged by two females. 

Hank had already posted campaign fliers for Build Back Better.  That's unfortunate. 


With BBB being kaput, kway-ARE will have to go back to pontificating about supplying bulletproof vests for county law enforcement officials and speechifying against immigrants from Central America.  There is no time to think about what could've been, with only 72 days till the finish line. 

The game plan will have to keep its course: go negative against your opponent. 

Cuellar has been running an aggressive campaign.  He senses that his political future is in jeopardy.  The electorate has probably caught on to his cynical ways and outdated thinking.  Personally, I think he's overstayed his welcome.  The baggy pant punieta needs to be shown the door.  

His gall at calling his opponent, Jessica Cisneros, a socialist is priceless.  Cuellar's whole M.O. is propping up his so-called record of awarding grant money to local agencies.  Cuellar is an anti-abortion, pro-law enforcement, pro-NRA jerk.  That his BBB claim to fame is being squashed by another corporate shill makes for sweet justice.  One lives and dies by their own conservative mamadas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

It And The Theater


The Movies 12 Theater along Santa Maria Ave., next to Kohl's, has been shuttered.  There is no word on it reopening. 

The Alamo Drafthouse Theater re-opened on Friday, December 10.  It and the theater at Mall del Norte are the only movie houses left in town. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Evelyn Motel's Days Are Numbered


Rooms of the Evelyn Motor Inn, as seen from San Agustin Ave.  Fencing has been placed around the motel in preparation for demolition.  

I took these photos yesterday.