News of the day

Photo from seven years back, standing in the kitchen one evening.

This photo sat hidden on my computer. I’m sharing it with you. It’s a chilly morning today. On Friday it snowed in Chihuahua, way north of here, and this morning there were weird, front-type clouds in our sky. Winter is on the way.

Winter is always a challenge due to the Hacienda’s lack of adequate heating, so we bundle up. It won’t be long before I don my thermal underwear which I will keep on till Springtime. Perhaps we’ll light the fireplaces on occasion, but we rarely do that. I still have lots of firewood that I brought here 17 years ago from our previous home.

We rely more on portable gas heaters, two downstairs and one upstairs.

Mostly, we just bundle up with extra layers.


The trains are running again

After a lengthy, silent lapse, railroading continues down the tracks just a block away, providing us night music of a rumbling nature.

One or more of the teacher unions, in cahoots with ever-radical “student teachers,” had the tracks, which are a major commercial link to the port of Lázaro Cárdenas on the Pacific coast, barricaded for two months to protest some nonsense or other.

The government stood idly by, as it always does if possible, till commercial interests finally forced action, and the government came to some agreement with the trouble-makers and the tracks were cleared. Among the common demands of “student teachers” and their union cronies is guaranteed employment after graduation. That’s right, guaranteed.


Elections coming up

Mexico has elections next year, not a presidential vote though so many of us would love to get rid of our demagogic doofus, but we’re stuck with him for another four years. No, the elections are lower ones, especially congressional spots.

The three traditional and long-running parties, the leftist PRD, the rightist PAN and the whatever-works PRI, are joining in an odd alliance to support common candidates against Morena, the party of the presidential clown. I wish them luck.

Morena is a new party formed by the doofus when no other party would have him.

In Mexico, people must have laminated IDs to vote, and you have to prove citizenship to get one. And you can’t (insert laugh track) mail it in. You go to the polling place and stand in line. The United States could learn a thing or two from us.

Speaking of elections and mail-in votes, I leave you with the following:

24 thoughts on “News of the day

  1. I fear what we may face in the next four years, especially if we lose the Georgia Senate races. We may never have another honest election in this country. The Democrats are on their way to turn our country into a one-party kleptocracy and a client state of China.

    I fear for my children and grandchildren.

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  2. Trump will not go away. He has the financial ability to jet around the country to rallies, and he will ghost haunt the Democrats for the next four years.
    I fear the Democrats will ruin the U.S. dollar with all their insane plans. Times will get tough, and in 2024 their chickens will come home to roost.

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  3. I miss going down to the local elementary school a bit to cast my vote along with my neighbors, but on the other hand there’s no excuse for having to stand in line for hours to vote.

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    1. Creigh: Standing in line for hours to vote means more polling places are needed. Not rocket science. Here in Mexico, we have lots of polling places on election day. I’ve never stood in line more than a couple of minutes. Sometimes, not at all. So this is another example of how Mexico does it better.

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      1. You are correct about requirements to vote here, especially having to present your INE credential. But in many places around the republic and besides being quite tedious to acquire the credential, in many smaller municipalities teams INE processing teams only visit once or twice a year. So if you aren’t able to apply for your INE at that time, you will not be able to recieve your credential. For many low income people this also means losing a day or two of work. Something many cannot afford.

        Also we have what is called “voto a distancia” for eligible citizens to vote from abroad. It also takes some time and motivation to go through the process.

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        1. Antonio: I do not favor universal suffrage. I think plenty of people are so ignorant they have no business voting. I have no problem with making voting difficult to do.

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          1. Very interesting viewpoint. The thing is, who sets the criteria for ignorance? People who see the world as you? How is that done and still having a democracy?

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            1. Antonio: People who see the world as I do are, by default, smart people who would vote intelligently. Aside from that, I also favor certain requirements for voting. Many of these requirements existed in the past in some countries. Being a property owner is good. Having a certain level of formal education is good. Perhaps being over 30 would be a nice idea because young people tend to be idealistic ignoramuses.

              Actually, I am not a fan of democracy at all but, unfortunately, a better option has not been found. I gravitate toward Enlightened Monarchy, but the serious issue with that is how to guarantee the enlightened part beyond one generation.

              We live in a challenging world.

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              1. I am not a citizen of your country and have no say in its politics. But I am an intelligent person, I spent some time in Arizona at Taliesen West and one year internship with Zaha Hadid in London so I have a high level of education. I see the world quite differently than you. I lived through much of the PRI’s dictatorship here and would never accept going back to a time where anyone is excluded from the political process. You, on the other hand cannot rely upon that experience in order to form your view of the political reality here. You retain your america-centric point of view. So applying your own criteria of ignorance, should you be allowed to vote in our elections?

                Respectfully

                Antonio Díaz Corona

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                1. Antonio: You are not a citizen of my country? My country is Mexico, so I think you are. I also, of course, am a citizen of GringoLandia. As for your seeing the world differently than I do, well, sure you do. That’s normal. I think I understand political reality here well. The PRI ruled the roost until the 2000 election. Since then, elections have been going well and honestly for the most part, I think. My PAN guys have not always won, but that’s how it works.

                  That AMLO won by such a huge margin demonstrates really well why universal suffrage is a bad idea. The ignorant, of whom we have many here in Mexico, are easily duped. Thankfully, AMLO’s support has fallen precipitously in the last two years though he denies that, claiming to have his “otros datos.”

                  As for my being allowed to vote in our elections, I am a Mexican citizen, so I have that right. I like to think my vote, and that of my wife, lends just a whiff of intelligence to our voting process.

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      2. Long lines strongly suggest that more polling places are needed. But it may also mean that Repubs have eliminated polling places to suppress voting. That has occurred in Houston as well as many other Republican-controlled states. We had that problem here in Ohio as well.

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  4. Railroads blocked to make a social point. Even that would not happen up here NOB, at least not for long.

    Teacher students guaranteed a job. What’s next.

    IDs to vote. Seems a no-brainer. ID to buy a beer, a gun, a cigar and so on.

    January should be an interesting month. Perhaps it will match the 2020 that was.

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    1. Ricardo: I don’t think it’s so much social points people are seeking when they block railroads, highways and city streets here. It’s tangible things like guaranteed jobs, more money, getting someone they like out of jail, etc. It happens a lot in Mexico, and the government, more often than not, looks the other way, which just emboldens protesters. They’re like children who know their parents won’t spank them. This cowardice began, I think, with the government attack in Mexico City on students in 1968 that became known as the Tlatelolco Massacre. That took place during the presidential administration of the thug President Gustavo Dias Ordaz. The national and international blowback from that event was so extreme, rightly so, that subsequent governments — federal, state, local — have been very hesitant to push back against protests, especially when done by “students,” real or pretend. “Students” and teacher unions now do pretty much whatever they want to do. Not good.

      As for voter IDs, of course, it’s a no-brainer. In the U.S., it’s the Democrats who oppose it, naturally. Voter IDs make election fraud more difficult.

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  5. I don’t get being cold in Mexico. I come here to escape the cold in Canada. If it wasn’t warm enough I’d go farther south. I get it though. You live in the mountains. Beautiful and romantic, but put on two sweaters. I’ll refrain from making any political comments except I thought Donald Trump was at his best in Georgia last night. Hopefully, things will work out for the best, but given the election I’m about 50/50 on that.

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    1. Brent: Folks who spent most of their lives in northern climes, especially Canada, seem to prefer coastal areas of Mexico where it’s anything but cold. However, I spent 95 percent of my life in the sweltering zones of the United States. I loathe heat and sweating. So I am where I am. Yes, it gets a tad chilly at times, mostly in January and February, but the rest of the year is ideal for me.

      And I too hope for the best in the U.S. and that the Democrats’ voter fraud will bite them on their keisters … or worse.

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  6. Seems to me there are three possible solutions for the unemployed students. You could maintain them in idleness at public expense, you could employ them for public purposes at public expense (as the U.S. did at a moderate scale during the Great Depression, and at a massive scale during WWII), or you could hope for them to slink off somewhere and starve to death quietly. Am I right that you’re picking Door Number 3?

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    1. Creigh: Instead I opt for Door Number 4, which you neglected to mention, the best option of all. They graduate from school, and if a job is not available in their preferred field, they find other work until a job in their preferred field is available. If that never happens, they either retrain or simply find some other form of work, leaving the government out of it altogether.

      I graduated about 500 years ago with a BA in History, about as useless a degree as one can imagine. Well, back then it was. Now even more useless degrees are available like Gender Studies and Black History. I vaguely intended to continue on to graduate school and be a professor. Never happened because real life intervened, wife, a kid, so I opted for Door Number 4. I worked in the insurance field, the loan industry, as a cabbie and finally I snagged a job in a newspaper, which suited me, so I stayed. The government never had anything to do with any of it.

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  7. I am not sure about your excluding the ignorant and uninformed from the voting process. They may not agree with some of the results, and then would they abide by it?

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  8. I understand that your house gets chilly in the winter. But I am annually perplexed that you don’t do anything more energetic than complain and don long underwear. Surely you could afford some beefier, furnace-like contraption.

    Here in Boston it’s genuinely cold (25°F this morning, warming to a relatively balmy 35°F later), and on its way to getting MUCH colder in a few weeks. When I bought the house, it was uninsulated, and worse, there was literally a 2″ gap above the back door admitting God-only-knows how much cold air. So I replaced the back door, had insulation blown into the walls, laid 12″ of insulation into the attic, replaced a half-dozen windows, and sealed up the rest with temporary caulk, which can be peeled off in the spring. After that the house became much more livable. And almost every fall I tweak the insulation, or add weatherstripping, or something similar.

    Anyway, my point is that surely there are things you could do to be more comfortable. So buy some more heaters, caulk up the windows, and put some weatherstripping on the doors. You’ll be glad you did.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I’m toying with the idea of stuffing some more insulation along the edges of the foundation.

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    1. Kim: The chilly times just last about eight-to-ten weeks, and it’s only at night and the early mornings. When the sun gets out, there is no problem. All of which is to say it’s not bad enough to warrant effort and cash to do something else. Better just to don thermal underpants and slip on a coat, gloves and scarf.

      It toughens me up.

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