LEANING TOWER OF SAN FRANCISCO

History repeats itself.

Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in 1173. Its compatriot is the Leaning Tower of San Francisco which opened 2009.

Six hundred forty five feet tall. Fifty eight stories high. Designated the Millennium Tower. A glitzy residential building.

The Millenium is tilting at the rate of 3 inches per year. Total tilt so far 24 inches. As the building tilts, it sinks sideways into the ground. Thus far 17-18 inches.

Engineering experts project that when the tilt gets to 40 inches, parts of the building will cease functioning. Elevators and plumbing will not work.

The Millenium tilted all of 10 inches in one year when steps were taken to stop the tilting. Four days work resulted in the additional 10 inches. The effort experienced limited success.

A solution has been accepted. Work to stop the tilting will begin in the fall. Required will be 18 foot steel pipes installed in bedrock 250 feet under the tower.

Wow!

Hope all works well!

A citizen has spoken again. In yesterday’s Citizens’ Voice: “If parents were only half concerned about keeping assault weapons out of schools as they are about keeping masks out of schools…..”

I was not a fan of Neil Gorsuch when he was nominated for the Supreme Court. My feelings have not changed since he became a Justice.

Gorsuch’s conduct on the bench since last friday justify my thoughts concerning the man.

Gorsuch has sat on the bench hearing oral arguments during that time while not wearing a mask. All other Justices did.

Justices Sotomayor and Breyer have not appeared on the bench during the time. They have sat in their private chambers appearing remotely on the bench.

The Court advised all Justices have received their vaccinations.

Sotomayor has diabetes. Makes her more susceptible to COVID. Her seat on the bench is directly next to Gorsuch’s. Beyer’s next to Sotomayor’s. The man is 83. I am 86. I can appreciate his concerns.

Why can’t Gorsuch appreciate their concerns? Be a good neighbor? A gentleman, considerate of others?

I have studied Gorsuch since he was nominated by Trump. He has turned out as I suspected. A far right conservative. A know it all. Similar to those on the streets and in school board meetings who argue against the masks. He thinks he is special.

Again, I cannot understand why he would insult his fellow Justices and himself by failing to wear a mask. Also in sending the wrong message to the American public.

Several years ago I wrote several articles re the desperate need for body parts. So few available that a market had developed for the sale of body parts. A profitable one.

For example, kidneys were going for $150,000-$200,000. The Chinese found body parts a money maker. They were removing them from their long term prisoners and selling them worldwide.

The story of a U.S. surgeon replacing a human heart with a pig’s hit the newstands last saturday. I intentionally did not write about it at the time. My primary concern was to see if the patient survived. So far he has.

The surgery/transplant a wonderous thing! Doctor’s believe it will only take a short time to do the necessary modifications so animal parts can be used on everyone. No more waiting in line hoping an organ is available. No more paying an exorbitant price if a person is able to purchase the necessary organ.

The key is the elimination of rejection.

Note that the patient in this successful story had been deemed ineligible for a heart transplant. His doctor told him his only chance was a new theory using a pig’s heart. The patient went for it!

The word is out. Home office has announced Key West’s K-Mart is closing in mid March.

Enjoy your day!

 

SUPREME COURT 007 IN DISGUISE RE LICENSE TO KILL

The Supreme Court is 007 in disguise. Except it needs no type firearm. The stroke of the pen suffices.

Insanity in one form or another prevails at all levels of government. Power not being properly exercised.

Proof is the Supreme Court decision yesterday which blocked Biden’s virus mandate for large employers. The mandate applying to employers of 100 employees or more regarding vaccine or testing of employees.

The majority decided against mandates based on their belief Congress had not authorized the Executive Branch to take sweeping actions under the authority of OSHA to address the continuing health crisis.

The majority wrote, the use of OSHA was “a significant encroachment in the lives and health of a vast number of employees.”

The vote was 6-3 with the far right conservative majority controlling.

The three dissenting liberal Justices wrote, the majority frustrated “the federal government’s ability to counter the unparalleled threat that COVID-19 poses to our nation’s workers.”

The dissent further went on to point out the decision could have gone either way depending on which solution the majority selected. The majority could have recognized the Court’s RESPONSIBILITY to safeguard lives. Instead the conservative six did what has come to be expected. Rendered a decision detrimental to the people, the little guy.

The nation is sick of the virus. The decision exemplifies the sickness which permeates many levels of government.

The number of new COVID cases will go crazy over the next year. Businesses will shut down because of the lack of employees. Hospitals and doctors will be underfunded because of lack of health insurance. Etc.

Not intending to be dramatic, blood will be on the hands of the courts also, the Supreme Court especially.

Query: How does the nation protect itself against a surging COVID?

I am beginning to wonder if the country can save itself from all the dangers besetting it if most in control don’t seem to care. If most who should care do not.

Another part of the decision involved the mandate as it applied to health care workers. The Court decided such mandates ok because they apply to workers at hospitals and other healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

An added personal observation. There is no happy uplifting song applicable to the decision. Only a requiem song for the dead. The Court’s decision guarantees hundreds of thousand deaths that did not have to occur.

The Court has given itself a license to kill.

So bad the decision, I cannot even advise my usual enjoy your day concluding statement.

COVID…..THE PAIN, SUFFERING AND FEAR THAT COMES WITH IT

With the advent of omicron, the number of virus cases seems to have increased. Especially in the Key West area. The stories close friends share are unbelievable.

Recent friends inflicted include frequent visitor Don from Syracuse, Donna and Terri, and now Jean and Joe Thornton. Interestingly all had the two shots plus the booster.

Don got COVID for a second time. The second worse than the first.

Donna and Terri suffered through it. I only communicated with Donna. By telephone. She sounded horrible.

Last night, I found out Jean and Joe were hit hard. They have been in Key West for a few weeks. So the virus had to get them while here.

I spoke with Jean by phone last night. She says she is on the mend. She sounded terrible! Totally exhausted. Like each word was an effort to articulate.

She told me Joe was even worse. Scary worse. I am not even going to try to describe what he has been experiencing. Just horrible!

Jean said Joe was better yesterday. Not close yet to a recovery.

My admonition: Get vaccinated and boostered if you have not, wear a mask, and exercise social distancing. Better yet, stay home!

I recall my Catholic high school teaching by the good nuns: Stay away from the near occasions of sin. Re COVID, stay away from places where the virus has to be. We are all big people and know right from wrong.

Speaking of masks, we are now told to get better masks. I received my KN95s a few days ago.

Soon COVID could bring happy times with it. Sounds crazy, I know. However, it was announced yesterday a new study indicates cannabis could help in preventing the virus.

If so, think of what life may be. First, throw off your masks. Smoke pot, get high, and by so doing protect yourself from the COVID virus.

We will be dancing in the streets.

What a world it will be!

Tennis star Novac Djokovic should not be allowed to play in Australia. As a guest especially. Australia has rules to protect its people. They were hard hit.

Djokovic comes in to play in a tournament to begin soon and lies. He had the virus, did not report it, and did not do the required 10 or 14 day quarantine. Lied orally and in writing.

He still wants to play in the tournament. He’s #1 in the world. He should not be allowed. Everyone must follow the rules. Failing to do so, such persons must suffer the consequences. It’s like Commit the crime, do the time.

Last COVID item this morning. The virus has been affecting Army recruiting. Fewer are enlisting. The Army has increased the enlistment bonus from $40,000 to $50,000. A new requirement however: The enlistee must serve 6 years.

My grandson Robert. Continues to make me proud.

He is a senior due to graduate later this term. His classmates voted him the “Best All Around Personality.”

That’s Robert. Not surprising.

He continues to impress me. A top student, great tennis player, involved in all kinds of broadcasting activities. Everyone loves him!

I gave him a lecture last night. A grandfather’s prerogative. I told him he is the All American boy. People see it in him and respect him. I advised he must work to always be that type individual. I have seen too many reach their 30’s and 40’s and change.

News from the university and college level. Undergraduate enrollments are falling. Since the fall 2021 enrollments, the number is less 465,300. Yes, that number fewer students in one year.

The number is expected to continue dropping with the fall 2022 enrollments.

The decline since 2019 is 6.6 percent.

Universities/colleges are alarmed. The statistics indicate more than 1 million fewer students since 2019. The schools suffer. Dormitories and classroom buildings go empty with such a drop in enrollments.

I saw it happen in the 1980’s when I was Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the Syracuse Law School. The Chancellor put me on a special committee to find out why, what could be done, etc.

One discovery involved students from Jewish families on Long Island. A huge entering block each year. The economy prevented the families from sending their children to Syracuse. They did not have the money. Instead the kids went to community colleges near home on the Island.

Empty dormitories were a dime a dozen. The central administration wanted the law school to rent or buy one for law students. The law school is technically separate from the University, runs itself as a separate business.

Perhaps the law school was more frugal. Whatever, it had money.

The negotiation wasn’t difficult. The law school refused to buy or rent a dormitory. The University ended up giving a dormitory building to the law school for nothing.

Why are fewer persons enrolling? Two things. The pandemic. Jobs hard to come by. The other, the past decade has shown there is little value in a college degree these days. The wages paid to college grads are considerably less than they used to be. Ergo, why waste money going to college.

Ronnie Specter died yesterday at the age of 78. A singing icon from the 1960’s. She was lead in a three female group called the Rosettes.

They brought an “edge” to “girl group sound” at the time. Be My Baby their hit that introduced it.

Everything is up.  Consumer prices are experiencing their biggest rise in nearly 40 years. Inflation is up 7 percent. The rise has resulted in higher rents, food more expensive, and an increase in gas prices.

None good. Many economists are saying things will soon get better. I do not believe them. They will only get dramatically worse before turning to the better.

Enjoy your day!

 

DYSFUNCTION, DEATH AND DESPAIR…..MODERN DAY THREE HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

The world is turning black. We are living in a dark time. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are returning. This time three: Dysfunction, Death and Despair.

They bring with them high prices for basics such as food and gas, drums of war in the Ukraine, COVID, people disrespecting rules/mandates to control the virus, a screwed up Congress (especially the Senate), America on the verge of a revolution, and more.

The plate is full.

We start with Atlanta today. President Biden is speaking re the voting problem. He is being insulted by some of his purported close supporters. They won’t be there.

Stacey Abrams the prime example. She has a “scheduling conflict.” No, she is saying to Biden screw you! You are not producing what I want.

Important voting groups have also announced they will not be attending. Voting coalitions. Black Voters Matter, Asian American Advocacy Fund, GALEO Impact Fund, and the New Georgia Project Action Fund.

What bothers me the most is those upset with Biden are “hanging their dirty wash out.” My Mother taught me family problems remain in the house. They are not for outsiders to hear.

Omicron continues to move fast. Canada now surging big time. Canadian hospitals reaching the breaking point. A day or two more and the problem will be as acute as that in the U.S.

The U.S. has declared a “very high risk” for travel exists. It has issued a “Do Not Travel” warning.

A Florida update.

Yesterday 125,996 new cases and 182 new deaths.

The numbers keep climbing. They will continue to do so. Many Floridians and tourists do not believe there is a virus problem. They are encouraged by Florida’s Gov. DeSantis who continues to govern with his head up his ass.

Food is in increasing short supply. Recall in history class we learned of the Irish potato famine. There is a new potato famine. A growing potato shortage.

The shortage affects french fries especially from Japan to Kenya. The planet is addicted to french fries and potato chips. Demand always high.

Cream cheese part of the potato problem. One of the Publix pics yesterday was of the freezer where cream cheese is stored for sale. Not one package of cream cheese was evident. Publix had none in stock.

McDonald’s in Japan has cut from the menu large and medium size french fries.

Japan is the U.S.’s largest overseas market for potatoes. Over 3,000 McDonald franchises.

Shipping a problem. Flying potatoes to Japan is under consideration.

South Africa is the world’s leading maker of potato chips. Potatoes are in short supply following a bad frost and excessive rains.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is having problems in Kenya. French fries are known as “chips.” Chips have been removed from Kentucky Fried Chicken menus.

Revolution possible in the U.S. Who would have thought?

We live in times similar to the 1850’s which lead to the Civil War. There will be one difference this time. The war will not be between the North and South. It will be between neighbors.

The real Joe Manchin continues to be revealed. His word not dependable. He lies, cares only for himself and his pocketbook.

He constantly tells us he is following the dictates of West Virginia coal miners. They are his people. He stands with them.

Sounds good. Would be good if it were true.

His “good friends” the West Virginia coal miners just made his life a lot harder.

The coal miners’ union has redoubled its efforts to get Manchin to support Biden’s agenda. Especially, Build Back America.

Turns out Manchin really has not been supporting the miners as he consistently professes. If the union is to be believed, Manchin is supporting the “mine owners.” Mine owners who vehemently oppose Build Back Better.

The why simple. Hits one in the face. Build Back America provides for a transition to clean energy. Bad for the coal business. Bad for mine owners. The owners are hell bent on squeezing every last penny out of coal before it goes away.

Remember pillow magnate Mike Lindell. He became a major Trump supporter. Seemed to have easy access to Trump. The White House appeared to always be open to him.

Mike Lindell has started an election “hub.” It is run by two January 6 female riot attendees. Aske Epp and Holly Kasun. The hub’s purpose is to support a host of groups and right wing activists. In simpler practical terms, to support an array of like minded individuals and causes fueled by Trump’s “Big Lie.”

Lindell claims the hub thing is costing him $1 million a month.

Lindell has also started a new election conspiracy group known as Cause of America. He claims Cause of America is costing him another quarter of a million dollars a month.

A million here, a million there. What’s the difference! Only money!

I don’t know if the news releases are accurate. Lindell sounds like a mad man.

If he has that kind of money to throw around, his pillow business has to be a gigantic success.

Great football game last night. Georgia/Alabama for the College Championship. Georgia won 33-19.

I was especially impressed by Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett. A spectacular player! He started at Georgia as a walk on.

NO BLOG TOMORROW. Doctor day. An office visit at 9:30. A test at 11:30.

Enjoy your day!

 

THE CUPBOARD IS BARE

We begin with a coronavirus update.

The U.S. has hit another high. Seventy new cases per day. Dr. Fauci believes the number may hit 1 million by the end of the month.

Extreme stress for hospitals and staff the result.

First as to hospitals. The capacity crunch has or is reaching what many believed could not happen. Some hospitals are closing or refusing further COVID cases. Lack of space and staff the reason.

A no room at the inn situation.

As to staff, COVID proliferation cases have reached the breaking point. Too much work for too few persons. Nurses, doctors and technicians experiencing growing shortages in their ranks.

The cupboard is bare.

It is expected hospital space and staff problems will only get worse in the near weeks to come.

An administrator with the University of Kansas Health System said the “crisis standard of care” is being reached. Means too many sick with too few to care for them.

Staff will be required to decide “who lives or dies.” A decision lifesavers should not have imposed upon them.

Prominent elected officials preach safe COVID practices yet fail to adhere to the dictates themselves.

The most recent example Rep. Alexandra Casio-Cortez. It was announced yesterday she has become victim to the virus and is recovering at home.

Her fault. She vacationed in Miami over the holidays. Photos on the internet reveal her partying wearing no mask.

She became infected in spite of having received the full vaccination package in the fall. Two shots plus the booster shot.

Pure unadulterated negligence on her part.

It only gets worse.

Cyprus announced 20 cases of a new variant. A combination of Delta and omicron. The new variant has been labeled “Deltacron.”

Bad news deserves something uplifting in return.

Yesterday, I ran photos of Publix’s bare shelves. Today, I return to the supermarket. To the video I named Grocery Store several months ago. I ran it twice here. I run it again this morning. The time perfect. We need “a pause that refreshes.”

Do not leave when it is done. More of the blog follows.

 

Back to a non Covid issue. One I find distressing.

A new New York City law allows non-citizens to vote. Only as to New York City matters.

I find it amazing that at a time voting rights across the country are being diminished and destroyed, the door is being open to giving non-citizens the right.

Unless a court blocks the law, New York will be the first U.S. “city” to enfranchise non-citizens.

The New York City Council last month passed the bill giving the vote to non-citizens automatically. New York’s new Mayor Eric Adams could have vetoed it. He opted not. The bill became law yesterday.

The right to vote is dependent on the non-citizen having lived in New York for 1 month. The vote goes into effect next year.

New York is the first city to have given the vote to non citizens. It is not the first time it has occurred in the U.S. In the other places, all were towns. Maryland have 11 towns  and Vermont 2 that permit non-citizens to vote.

The U.S. is being driven in opposite directions. Those already entitled to the vote are being deprived of it whereas those not entitled by birth or act of citizenship are given it.

We continue to be a screwed up country.

Great football tonight! The College Championship Game. Alabama and Georgia. Should be one of the best games ever.

Enjoy your day!

HAD TO SEE TO BELIEVE

I have not seen the inside of Publix in roughly three years. The last time was just before I started my first quarantine. The one that lasted 432 days.

I have been using a shopper all this time.

Media news keeps telling me there is a supply shortage. Turned out I did not appreciate the severity of the situation until I saw something with my own eyes.

I have been sort of berating my shopper. Every week more and more items I ordered were not available. Finally, she realized to get herself off the hook and me off her back she had to do something. She did. She sent me the following photos.

As the saying goes, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” I now understand.


 

The U.S. national debt stands around $30 trillion today. There was a time when the national debt was zero dollars. Only one time. January 8, 1835.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases involving Biden’s vaccine mandates friday. Observers believe the Court will rule against the mandates.

A bad move. One not necessarily required.

The conservative side of the court will dot the i’s and cross the t’s and rule against Biden’s decisions. Not because the Justices are conservative. Rather because as smart as they supposedly are they fail to recognize there are circumstances when the Court has to revert to the thinking of another day.

What is more important? The legality of the mandate and use of OSHA or addressing hard the COVID issue.

People keep getting sick, many dying. From my perspective, “mandates” are required to bring the virus under control. Not legal technicalities.

The issue as I see it involves the rights of society as opposed to those of the individual. There was a time in in the mid 1900s when the rights of society were paramount to those of the individual. World War II being an example and even for years afterwards.

Then the drift came to individual rights. Nothing wrong with such. However there are cases and instances where the old rule involving societal rights has to be looked at again.

The two mandate cases heard friday are such.

It will not happen unfortunately.

As I continue to advise, the judicial system is screwed up. Antiquated rules (not precedent decisions) and time factors result in rendering  justice negatively.

The mandate cases an example. More important the millions of lives involved rather than interpretation of words.

America is dying. The courts are the last bastion of hope. I fear they will fail the American people.

Christopher Columbus had his days!

One was January 9, 1493. Columbus was sailing near what today is the Dominican Republic. He saw three “mermaids.” In reality, manatees.

He sensed something was wrong. He described the “mermaids” as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.”

Syracuse lost another close one yesterday. To Wake Forest 77-74.

There continues to be no joy in Mudville as “Mighty Casey” continues “to strike out!”

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

A DIFFICULT FOE…..THOSE WILLING TO DIE FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN

Another QAnon star who said only “idiots” get vaccinated died of COVID.

Cirsten Weldon told her fans not to get vaccinated and wanted Dr. Anthony Fauci executed. She died as a result of COVID thursday.

Weldon was a leading QAnon promoter. She told her followers and strangers on the street not to get vaccinated.

Weldon had tens of thousands of followers across right wing social media networks. Her screen name “Cirsten W.”

Re Dr. Fauci, she said he “needs to be hung from a rope.”

Her favorite rant: “Vaccines kill, don’t get it.” She described those getting vaccinated as “gullible. “Weldon started showing COVID symptoms late in December.

Her last video was made December 28. She “struggled” through her remarks about the coming overthrow of the U.S. government, coughing and complaining she was exhausted.

Three days later, she was hospitalized.

She posted a picture to Instagram of herself wearing an oxygen mask. She claimed at the time she had “bacterial symptoms”. She refused to take the COVID treatment remdesivir.

Other “believers” have died refusing COVID treatment. Friends and supporters allege dead QAnon figures are being “murdered” because they were refused ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine. The cause of death includes a new cry also” Anthrax attacks.

When Weldon died, certain of her QAnon supporters proposed “the hospital staff be sentenced to death, or be murdered in vigilante violence.”

Forget not one of the lessons of history. People willing to die for a cause are difficult to defeat.

On one of the MSNBC talk shows yesterday, an interesting factor was revealed. Not all the January insurrectionists were members of QAnon or some other terrorist organization. The number of persons  part of organized groups relatively small in comparison to those not. It was agreed by those on the panel that 4 out of 5 of the January 6 attackers were not part of any formal group.

Investigation has revealed they came because “the President asked them.” They thought they were being good citizens. Many considered themselves “part of 1776.”

Solitary citizens not connected to any terrorist group will be hard to beat, also. “Good citizens” heeding their President’s call a mighty group unto themselves.

Key West’s Mayor Johnston delivered this year’s State of the City message tuesday. Her plate was full. She detailed each plan nevertheless.

One of the items she discussed “touched me.” Something I was not aware of.

Key West has many homeless. That I knew. What I did not know was 51 died last year, 5 of whom were infants.

As the Mayor said, “We can do better.”

The main story front page in yesterday’s Key West Citizen had to do with the violation of the Southernmost Point Buoy.The two suspects will be surrendering.

They had been identified: David Perkins, 21, Leesburg, Florida and Skylar Rae Jacobson, 21, Henrietta, Texas.

There are “silent rumblings” that Biden was behind the uprising in Kazakhstan. The action was recommended in the 2019 Rand Report financed by the Pentagon. The purpose was to “unbalance the adversary” should the Ukraine be threatened.

Putin is reported to be upset. He never saw the rebellion coming. His thoughts were 100 percent on the Ukraine. Russia is not prepared to fight two wars at one time.

Enjoy your day!

FEMALE TERRORIST GROUP BOMBED CAPITOL AND PLOTTED HENRY KISSINGER’S MURDER

An all female terrorist group bombed the Capitol and plotted Henry Kissinger’s murder. America’s first and only all female terrorist group. A sisterhood of bomb and gun.

The ladies participated in various anti-war and civil rights activities beginning in the 1970’s. They continued to operate into the mid 1980’s. They developed into openly advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government through armed struggle and the use of violence.

Initially, the ladies were part of the M-19 Communist Organization. At some time, branched out on their own.

The day of the bombing November 7, 1983. The northern part of the Capitol building. A Republican cloak area. Damage $1 million. In today’s money, $3 million.

The women a small knit group. Never more than 12 at any one time.

They were essentially middle class, well educated, white people who made the journey from anti-war and civil rights protest to terrorism.

Over a 20 year period, the ladies robbed armored trucks, abetted prison breaks, bombed an FBI office, Israeli Aircraft industrial building, the South African Consulate in New York City, Washington D.C.’s Fort McNair, and on 2 occasions a Naval yard.

In the 1970’s, a new cigarette hit the market. Sales directed at women. Name of the cigarettes Virginia Slims. Its advertising slogan: “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!”

The female terrorist group certainly did.

Whereas most illegal and unsavory terrorists acts today come from the far right, back in the time of the female group’s terrorist activities, it came from the far left.

At some point, all of the female terrorists were caught, except for two. Those caught received extremely long jail sentences. The two not apprehended are thought to have escaped to Cuba.

Another thank you in order for Florida’s Governor DeSantis. He has done it again. A major screw up.

COVID-19 tests have been in great demand the past few weeks. Not enough available.

It was reported yesterday 800,000 to 1 million expired while sitting in a Florida warehouse. DeSantis announced the faux pas at the same time he announced a plan to send up to a million COVID tests to nursing homes, long term care facilities, and other residences with high numbers of seniors.

A DeSantis aide blamed the “expiration” of the tests on a “gaffe.”

COVID numbers have positively jumped in the Keys. Highest ever in Monroe County, the home of the Keys.

Dr. Mark Whiteside said, “Stay home!” It will help cut down the transmission.

The surge obvious. From 12/24 – 12/30, 951 new cases. In the two weeks prior, only 106 new cases.

At this time, 1 out of 3 persons in Monroe County are testing positive.

The entire state is in a surge, also.

It was reported omicron is different from the initial coronavirus attack and the Delta variant one. Though increased in number of infections, omicron has not resulted in a surge of cases in hospitals or deaths. The statement applies to those who have been vaccinated. The unvaccinated continue to fill hospital beds with a number dying.

A recent Danish study revealed some interesting facts. The study involved 12,000 households.

The result revealed omicron spreads faster than Delta among those who are fully vaccinated, and even higher among those who have received the booster shot. Speed the significant item.

The result is evidence of omicron’s “immune evasiveness.” It was reported omicron is three to six times as infectious as previous variants.

The omicron virus is rapid in movement. Jumps readily from one person to another. The Danes tested for omicron’s “doubling time.” The numbers vary worldwide, though all are close.

In the U.S., 2 days, the U.K. 1.8 days, Denmark 1.6 days, Scotland 2.4 days.

The report advised improved vaccines are required.

Some observations/criticisms of President Biden’s address to the nation yesterday.

Overall, good job!

The room was too large. Biden should have made the speech from his desk in the Oval Office. The size of the room created an atmosphere of no one is listening to me.

Vice President Harris was not needed. Biden is President. He needs no one to introduce him.

Harris no longer moves me. She is not the type VP I thought she would be. I suspect many think as I do in this regard.

Moving on to Attorney General Garland and Biden. I hope Garland does his job as he should. I am increasingly uncomfortable with him. If Garland fails, he will do irreparable damage to Biden, the Democratic Party and the nation.

Love the rebellion in Kazakhstan. Adds to Putin’s burdens. Relieves the Ukraine pressure.

I read yesterday Kazakhstan was part of a plan to meet Putin’s thrust should he play games with the Ukraine again.

The Pentagon in 2019 financed a RAND plan for a “soft attack” on Russia in the event. A 200 page report. The purpose to unbalance Russia.

Good show!

Key West has had so many very successful enterprises over the years. Few survive. Perhaps none. However while active, big dollars. Another interesting observation is that as one type business fades out, another is there to replace it.

One of Key West’s most successful industries was the manufacture of cigars. No longer here. However when it was cigar making time, the numbers off the wall. Unbelievable. In 1922 for example, 49,396,675 cigars were manufactured in Key West.

I am a great fan of Nicholas Kristof, the former New York Times columnist. His articles always right on, supported by facts. He did his home work.

Several months ago, Kristof announced he was leaving the Times. He was going to run for Governor of Oregon.

Oregon’s Secretary of State yesterday announced Kristof was not qualified under Oregon law to run. He failed the 3 year residency requirement.

Kristof’s intends to appeal the ruling.

I find it hard to believe a person of Kristof’s stature and attention to detail would screw up re a basic such as residency. There has to be more to it.

Syracuse/Miami this past wednesday. Syracuse lost by one point:  88-87.

That makes for something like 7 losses so far this season for Syracuse. My recollection is Miami has only lost 1 game so far. Whatever, Syracuse must have played well to have lost by 1 point.

Something is wrong. Syracuse keeps losing. What I consider the best Syracuse team in more than 20 years is not doing the job. I am not wrong. They are the best in every regard, except winning.

I know that is what it is all about.

It hurts!

Just announced. Sidney Poitier died. Ninety four years old. A great actor. One of my favorites. May he rest in peace.

Enjoy your day!

 

ONE YEAR LATER…..ANNIVERSARY OF A REBELLION

The U.S.is a nation in transition.We will never be the same. Regardless of which side wins.

Biden speaks at 9 this morning. An address before Congress. The Chamber defiled by dissidents one year ago.

Biden will be taking the fight directly to Trump. He will say Trump holds “singular responsibility” for the “chaos and carnage.”

How will Congressional Republicans react? Many have opted not to attend. Will be out of town for one reason or another.

Late last night, I viewed a long and eye opening video. I can’t find it this morning. Search for it. You must view.

It is the story of West Virginia. The transition accomplished. Trump country. Dissident country. Most persons rebellious.

The video made me understand for the first time what Joe Manchin is doing. He sees where his state has gone. He does not intend being left behind. He is going with them.

Manchin knows exactly what he is doing. He has jumped the fence.

Recall yesterday’s blog where I reported a January 6 comment uttered by many of the young insurrectionists: The Founding Fathers would be proud.

These people are going to be hard to beat. They believe they are the Boston Tea Party’s Sons of Liberty and the Patriots at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

How did this all come to be? Why didn’t enough see it coming?

One of the West Virginia January 6 insurrectionists considers himself a warrior. He has 2 young children. He believes when they are older, January 6 will be in the history books and they will know their father was there. Proudly said by him.

Merrick Garland addressed the nation yesterday. I was not impressed. My thoughts from day one continue to be the same. I hope I am wrong.

My sense he and Justice are doing little if anything to pursue the big guys involved in the planning and financing of January 8. For no other reason, it is the nature of the man. His judge years are directing him rather than those of a hard assed prosecutor.

Arianna. George Floyd’s 4 year old niece shot yesterday at 3 am in her bed at home by bullets from a car driving by. Seriously injured.

More disturbing news has come forth. 911 was called at 3 am. The police did not arrive till 4 hours later at 7 am. Arianna’s parents drove her to the hospital. Probably saved her life by so doing.

Arianna’s family believes they were “targeted” because of their involvement in the Floyd protests.

What goes around, comes around. Putin overnight has major problems. Sufficiently extreme that the Ukraine will quietly slide into silence for the time being. Putin cannot fight two wars at one time.

One of Russia’s neighbors is Kazakhstan. While Putin was playing games with the Ukraine, Kazakhstan has gone into rebellion.  Moscow is in a frenzy. Putin never saw it coming.

Putin announced he was leading in sending Russian troops and those from 6 other former Soviet countries into Kazakhstan. He calls the group assembled “peacekeeping troops.”

Putin’s problem consistent with the old saying that while the cat’s away, the mice will play. Putin deserving of what is happening.

Enjoy your day!

 

GASOLINE PRICE GOUGING IN KEY WEST

The topic familiar to those who live in Key West: The community gets ripped off at the gas pump.

Two comments in this morning’s Citizens’ Voice evidence what Key Westers know only too well.

“Current gas prices: Florida City $3.19, Largo-Islamorada $3.29, Big Pine-Summerland $3.59, Key West $4.25. In 50 miles the price goes up by almost $1/gallon…..A text book example of price gouging.”

“Key West gas stations what is your excuse for your fuel prices when just a very short drive will save you $.50 a gallon and a little longer drive will save over $1 a gallon? I smell something fishy! Shame on you!”

The United Way of Collier and the Keys issued a housing report. Spells out something we already knew. The price of housing is in the stratosphere. Way above reasonable.

The average needed to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in Key West is $33.54 per hour.

How many Key Westers make that kind of money?

Key Westers live in the most unaffordable area in the state.

About 7 last night, good Gov. DeSantis appeared (finally) and issued a statement. He urged Floridians to forego COVID testing even as the omicron case count skyrockets.

The man is Donald Trump reincarnated.

This is a sick story. A very sick one.

George Floyd’s 4 year old niece was shot while sleeping in her bed in her  Houston home. Her name Arianna. The shooting took place at 3 in the morning.

A group drove by and “bombarded the house with bullets.”

Arianna was taken to emergency surgery at once. A lung and her liver were punctured, 3 ribs broken.

She is in stable condition.

The police are investigating.

A tale involving MAGA supporters. Amanda Moore went undercover for a year with the far right groups working to take down the U.S. Her findings amazing. Her activities and findings published in the Daily Beast 1/5.

She claims the rise in right wing populism is primarily among the under 30 crowd. Those who participated in the 1/6 insurrection are proud of their part in it: “We did it. That was us…..It would have been cool had we gotten further…..The Founding Fathers would have been proud of us.”

Various group members are practicing an increasingly popular form of harassment. Against local moderate GOP officials.

Many attend “superspreader events” and as a result become infected with COVID. Many die “preaching to the very last breath – like, don’t get the vaccine.”

Amanda revealed that many of their messages make it to the West Wing.

She said, “Let’s go Brandon” is now passe. She advised to get ready for “Mass Formation Psychosis.” Whatever that means.

Cher appeared on The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell show last night.

She spoke her mind.

She trashed Trump and tried to fire up Democrats.

Re the Democrats, she indicated they have to start moving their asses. The Party needs to “go on full tilt…..times a-wasting guys, and somebody’s got to light a fire.”

The Virginia I-95 tragedy has ended. Some were out on the road for 36 hours. Even when I-95 began moving, the side roads were full adding hours to the delay.

The cause appears to have started when two tractor trailers had an accident. The highway was extremely icy. There were other tractor trailer and automobile accidents thereafter along the way.

The situation horrible in itself. The failure of Virginia to offer ready assistance a disgrace. Heads will roll at some point.

Senator Tim Kaine was stopped on I-95 for hours. Somewhere in the teens. All he had to “eat” was an orange and a 16 ounce bottle of Dr. Pepper.

It was reported a mother had her children with her. She ran out of gas. No heat. She was walking the highway begging people in heated cars to take her children.

Ayn Rand was a world famous author. Also, a flaming nut.

Aaron Rodgers is the Green Bay Packers super star quarterback. He continues to draw fits among leftists far and wide.

Leftists lost it after he answered in an interview: “Atlas Shrugged is on my bookshelf.” Also “a lot of French poetry.”

The militant left totally disagree with Rand’s philosophy that the individual comes first. Screw the masses. Described as a “me-first” ideology. Those who are Rand followers believe her writings inspire and uphold individual freedom.

Rodgers is not the most popular of sport stars. Some are not fans of his way of thinking. He already once has been NFL MVP. Could be again this season. Probably not, however. One of the voters said, “He’s the biggest jerk in the league.”

I was a similar “jerk” in my younger days. About 2 years out of law school, I discovered Ayn Rand and The Fountainhead. Her book blew my mind. She was what I had sought not knowing I did. I became an immediate follower.

The Fountainhead pushed individualism and asked raised many questions. Rand answered those questions in her next book Atlas Shrugged. The one Rodgers had in his library.

It was at this time I became aware Rand published a weekly newspaper. I subscribed immediately.

The newspaper cured my newly ill begotten thoughts. Her newspaper writings made clear Rand was off her rocker. Crazy.

It was announced yesterday that Turkey’s rate of inflation is 36.1 percent. Turkey’s biggest in 19 years.

Off the wall! Inflation in my lifetime was the highest when Jimmy Carter was President. Hit 22 percent. It was tough economically. If you needed to borrow from a bank, the interest rate was 22 percent plus.

Turkey’s food and transportation prices/expenses rose last year. Even faster than the rate of inflation.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the January 6 Committee at 2:30 this afternoon to speak with how his investigation, if any, is coming re January 6.

I fear what he may say.

When Garland was nominated, I wrote a lengthy blog advising I did not consider him a proper person for the position. He had been a federal judge for 20 plus years. Too long in that job. His thinking fixated.

A good judge does not necessarily make for a good prosecutor. Prosecutors go for the jugular. Kill the battle cry. If all the t’s are not crossed and i’s dotted, they care not. All will fall into place as time progresses. Whereas, a judge is concerned with the nitty gritty. Decision making slow and deliberate. His thinking changes, facilitates.

Garland has to move his ass. He has had close to a year. What has been his progress? What he has done is required to be silent. Unrevealing till generally indictment time.

The U.S. may not have much time in this case. If the Republicans take over the House in November, the January 6 Committee will be no more.

Do not misunderstand me. Garland is a good man. In my opinion however, the wrong man for the job.

Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou last night. Did a different type show format wise. Devoted the entire show to COVID. Properly so. It is the biggest item in the news. In the U.S. and world wide.

I mixed it up. Always stayed with the issue, however. Thought it went well. Look forward to the comments. May do a similar type show in the future re another topic.

Enjoy your day!