Morning Rant

The clock is ticking.

Yesterday at 11 am a group of Caravaners, escorted by Tijuana police presented the US Consulate in Tijuana a demand, answer due tomorrow at 11 am.

The demand is that the US either give them Amnesty, or pay them $50,000 each to go home.

I suspect your attitude is similar to mine.

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Months ago I knew what the Congress is apparently learning today, that Google is a bad actor in cyberspace, putting their thumbs on the scale in favor of Democrats, immigrants and Democrats.

Google has 76% of all searches so their coffers are being filled by advertisers. Even if you use #2, it is a Chinese search engine! For months I have used Duck Duck Go. It is a decent search engine, but sometimes I backslide and use Google, but I hate myself in the morning.

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A usual, it seems scheduled break in a Tijuana sewer pipe has sent six millions of gallons of raw sewerage onto San Diego beaches each day since Monday. All beaches to the south of Coronado are closed.

This has gone on for many decades and although it is an international problem, our government has done nothing about it.

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San Diego now has a Republican Mayor but a City Council with enough Democrats to override him. We are slouching our way to being Baltimore or Newark.

Never thought I would see the day! The Council President identifies herself as a “Queer Latina” and three of the Council seats are held by the LGBTQ community.

Go figure.

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Chaos

I am not certain who will be the next sacrificial lamb to be the Presidential Chief Of Staff now that the Adult Supervisor has left the room, but the White House appears to be in some turmoil.

After denying payments to a couple of women, Trump now says yes he directed the payments but since they were from his checkbook, they were not campaign contributions. The question, of course is: Were the payments designed to further Trump’s presidential campaign?

Then Tillerson remarked that the president tried to do illegal things in foreign policy, and the president called Tillerson, Trump’s personal selection to be SecState, “dumb as a box of rocks” which begs the question, why would Trump pick someone as dumb as a box of rocks to be Secretary of State? And, is someone who was international CEO of Exxon/Mobile, a much bigger and more international than Trump ever ran, really dumb?

Trump, we are reliably informed, loves chaos. He must be very happy, but the question is, should the rest of us who are not in on the joke, be equally happy?

I know I’m not! Because of my personal history, my North Star is North Korea, and that is a complete “Fail.”

Uptick?

On a normal day, 120 illegal aliens are captured in the San Diego Area, which includes 60 linear miles of fence lines. The morning report is that there has been an “uptick” in arrests, primarily by those purposely surrendering in order to hopefully apply for asylum. Whether they may do so is unknown.

Our storm was particularly long and hard for San Diego, and the most recent eight hours were particularly hard on South Bay and Tijuana. The news has had nothing on the Caravan, and I suspect there is little to tell. Cold and wet has no doubt cooled that ardor. We are suddenly above our normal rainfall, which is good news, unless you are trying to jump the Border fence.

The Grapevine was closed for snow. Certainly the Tijuana River is choked with sewage from a failed Tijuana sewage plant, although the news hasn’t covered that. It happens every rain, so it is not news, although it has been happening for at least 40 years, and Tijuana sewage closes our beaches.

The Desert Sun newspaper has a great article today on the New River in Calixico, which is even more polluted than even the Tijuana River, but it notes “Millions of gallons of sewage have continued to spill into the Pacific Ocean from the Tijuana River, fouling San Diego beaches.”

https://www.desertsun.com/in-depth/news/environment/border-pollution/poisoned-cities/2018/12/05/toxic-new-river-long-neglect-mexico-border-calexico-mexicali/1381599002

Rain, The Caravan Will Suffer

Rain.

Cold rain, at least cold to someone from Honduras. Those who remained at the encampment by the Border must be miserable, but those who moved to indoor facilities seven miles from the Border are more comfortable.

Apparently not comfortable enough, because busses leave for Honduras daily, returning those who had swallowed the rumor that California was a Sanctuary State so they could simply cross into California. Too late they discovered reality.

More have applied to Mexico for work permits while they hold out hope for acceptance into the US, but they need to buy a few items in the meanwhile. A few take a bus into Tijuana and buy cigarettes or fruit for resale.

You could say the Caravan has dissolved, or it is dissolving. A few, a very few take busses to Tecate, or even to Arizona seeking an easier way through the Border. Each night a handful climb the fence, or try to swim around the sea end, but the Border Patrol Is virtually shoulder to shoulder awaiting them.

The driver of the vehicle who killed three of his illegals in a chase last week is a 20 something US citizen who lives in Tijuana. He is being held on $3 million bond and has been charged with three counts of murder and a boatload of lesser charges. He will probably be in prison for the rest of his life.

Weekend Rush?

There is a Rush being planned this weekend, the announced purpose of which is to embarrass the incoming Mexican President. The Rush is being organized by a group called By All Means Necessary.

We had a truck carrying eight illegals run over a spike trip, overturn and the driver was hospitalized along with five of his illegal load, where they will be treated at taxpayer’s expense. Three were killed in the turnover.

An illegal was caught trying to cross the Border East of San Diego who had been released from a Honduras prison after serving a term for murder. He was arrested with two other illegals.

These data points are just designed to indicate that just before the Caravan has been stopped at the Border, individual members are not stopped and many individuals will try. The Caravan is a ready pool from which Coyotes will recruit.

The Caravan has been moved to better and indoor quarters, to avoid the inclement (Yes, that’s the correct spelling) weather. Many did not wish to leave the first camp because it is closer to the Border, and they could at least see the Border even if it was unsanitary. One third of the Caravan has medical problems according to the medical staff from Mexico. The ailments include HIV and TB.

You may think that TB has been virtually eradicated, but we see it regularly in San Diego including just a week ago at Southwest College. That college is the one nearest the Border

Caravan

8,700 souls of Caravaners in Tijuana as of last night, and the need for policing the Caravan has strained the Tijuana police resources. The Tijuana police arrested 39 Caravaners who tried to rush the Border Wall, and the Border Patrol arrested 42 mostly men who breached the wall into the US in the rush.

On Monday, there were 25 murders in Tijuana, a number described as a “spike” in violence. I don’t know what a normal Monday would be, but the need to administer to the Caravan has obviously caused a problem in addition to feeding and sanitation.

The INS has said that the wait for Amnesty seekers must wait four to six weeks before getting a hearing. Thursday we have a cold rain coming just to add to the misery of those huddled under tents. Many, reportedly hundreds have surrendered themselves to Mexican authorities, to be sent by plane back to their home country.

Several Caravaners interviewed by local stations admitted they were returning to their home countries because they did not realize how difficult it would be to gain entry into the United States. Once the cold rains come, more may abandon their quest, and who knows about other Caravans, which may also get discouraged.

It would be nice to imagine that Caravans in Central America might get discouraged before they even form. Certainly that is the plan!

Meanwhile the economic impact of closing the lanes for five hours Sunday was felt locally. There is a huge mall in San Ysidro, and wealthy Tijuana residents (Yes, many exist) come across for shopping at that mall. The mall has 150 businesses, and cumulatively, they lost $1 million AN HOUR while the Border was shut! Shutting the Border has real economic impact on both sides, but it appears to have had great psychological impact on the Caravan, and this morning there are 22 lanes of traffic open for cars.

That indicates the intelligence in the Caravan says there is zero current interest is rushing the Border and Coyotes are no doubt recruiting among those able to pay $6,000 or more to be led across the Arizona Border.

We Are Being Manipulated

Close your eyes and imagine the Border and I’ll bet a woman’s photo pulling her children up the berm toward the Border Wall will come to mind. It is a Washington Post photo.

Oh, to be certain, she is a genuine Caravan member, but 95% of those rushing the Border yesterday were males, age 16-25.

She was the one put in front to be the sympathetic face, and every news organization jumped to fall in place.

We are being manipulated.

The discussion on the TV last night on ABC, CBS, and PBS was all about the use of tear gas on the approaching hoard at the Border, although the instructions on the use of tear gas at the Border are Obama era administrations instructions, and Obama used tear gas at the Border regularly. Breitbart says Obama administration says at least 80 times since 2010.