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LeftInTX

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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Member since: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:45 AM
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About Me

Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann, husband test positive for coronavirus

The former Tarrant County jurist calls her COVID-19 infection ‘very perplexing,’ coming as it did after two months of being ‘extremely careful.’ (hmmm..if you read the article, you see that she wasn't)

AUSTIN — Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann said Thursday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first high-ranking state official with a known case of COVID-19.

Lehrmann and her husband, Greg, suffered fevers and body aches early last week before getting swabbed at an Austin drive-through testing center, she said.

Their Houston lawyer son, Jonathan, his wife Sarah and their six-month-old son Jack abruptly ended their visit at the elder Lehrmanns’ Austin residence. Though testing hasn’t confirmed it, the three Houston Lehrmanns also are believed to have been infected, Debra Lehrmann said.

“We have strictly adhered to the stay-at-home order since early March,” she said.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2020/05/21/texas-supreme-court-justice-debra-lehrmann-husband-test-positive-for-coronavirus/


Will they have any empathy towards Texas voters??? That is my question

Free cool, music documentaries: Wrecking Crew and Muscle Shoals

I finally watched the Wrecking Crew last night. What a fascinating, fun, cool documentary!!!
(Both documentaries are also on Tubi TV)



Six candidates, including two well-known Democrats, file in special Texas Senate election to replace



Six candidates, including two well-known Democrats, file in special Texas Senate election to replace Kirk Watson


by Cassandra Pollock
May 13, 2020

Six candidates, including some well-known Austin-area politicians, have filed to run for the July 14 special election to replace retired Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.

Candidates had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file to run for the seat.

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, a longtime Austin Democrat, and former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt are widely considered the two most prominent candidates for Texas Senate District 14, a historically Democratic seat that covers Bastrop County and parts of Travis County.

Rodriguez has served in the House since 2003 and has support from most of Travis County’s state House delegation. And Eckhardt, whose last day as county judge was Tuesday, has helped to oversee the community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Two Republicans are also running for the Senate seat: Don Zimmerman, a former Austin City Council member, and Waller Thomas Burns II, who initially filed as an independent.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/13/texas-2020-election-senate-district-14-kirk-watson-austin-replacement/


Dang...I must have been asleep at the wheel..Special election......

Texas Attorney General Asks Supreme Court to Weigh in on Voting by Mail


We all knew Paxton was gonna pull a fast one!



by Alexa Ura,
The Texas Tribune May 13, 2020
In a bit of judicial leapfrog, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on his interpretation of how voters can qualify for absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

Various lawsuits are pending over whether eligibility for mail-in ballots can be expanded to voters who risk contracting the virus by voting in person. Paxton believes it can’t, and Wednesday asked the state’s highest civil court to issue a relatively rare writ of mandamus preventing local election officials from doing so.

In a motion filed Wednesday, the Republican attorney general asked the Texas Supreme Court to order election officials in some of the biggest, largely Democratic counties in the state to follow his reading of existing eligibility requirements for absentee voting, arguing the court must step in quickly because those county officials intend to apply an “incorrect reading” of state law.

Federal and state courts are considering legal challenges to the state’s rules for voting by mail that seek to extend eligibility to voters who lack immunity to the new coronavirus. Primary runoff elections are set for July, and new ground rules could also come into play for the November general election.

https://therivardreport.com/texas-attorney-general-asks-supreme-court-to-weigh-in-on-voting-by-mail/

I think Trump and Pence are getting antibody serum as a prevention

So, I think it's wishful thinking on our part that Trump gets Covid 19. Both Trump and Pence probably have an elite, expensive immunity.

Human's exposed to rabies receive rabies immunoglobulin. Hence antibody serums are a temporary form of immunization. Of course, the MAGATS and underlings don't have immunity.

I could be wrong, but his cavalier behavior indicates he is not worried about catching it.

Rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) is a medication made up of antibodies against the rabies virus.[1] It is used to prevent rabies following exposure.[1] It is given after the wound is cleaned with soap and water or povidone-iodine and is followed by a course of rabies vaccine.[1] It is given by injection into the site of the wound and into a muscle.[1] It is not needed in people who have been previously vaccinated against rabies.[2]

Common side effects include pain at the site of injection, fever, and headache.[1] Severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis may rarely occur.[3] Use during pregnancy is not known to harm the baby.[1] It works by binding to the rabies virus before it can enter nerve tissue.[1] After the virus has entered the central nervous system, rabies immunoglobulin is no longer useful.[1]

The use of rabies immunoglobulin in the form of blood serum dates from 1891.[4] Use become common within medicine in the 1950s.[5] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.[6] Rabies immunoglobulin is expensive and hard to come by in the developing world.[7] In the United States it is estimated to be more than 1,000.00 USD per dose.[8] It is made from the blood plasma of people or horses who have high levels of the antibody in their blood.[1][8] The horse version is less expensive but has a higher rate of side effects.[8][5]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabies_immunoglobulin


The use of convalescent plasma collected from previously infected individuals to passively-transfer antibodies in order to protect or treat humans dates back almost 100 years, with some evidence for benefit against rabies, hepatitis B, polio, measles, influenza, Ebola and other pathogens1,2. Results from small case series during the prior MERS and SARS coronavirus outbreaks documented safety and faster viral clearance following convalescent plasma administration, particularly when given early in the disease course.

https://www.hematology.org/covid-19/covid-19-and-convalescent-plasma

quarantine life

Today marks about 6 weeks of quarantine. I’ve been running 2.5 miles everyday, drinking 2 gallons of water. I cut out ALL meat, sugar, dairy and flour. I feel fantastic! Zero alcohol, a healthy vegan diet, gluten free, caffeine free, sugar free and a 30 minute home workout each day.

I have no idea whose post this is, but it said copy & paste it as my status. So I did.

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Probably funnier when people know the real you! I found this on Facebook

How does India, a country of 1.3 billion people, have around 1,000 coronavirus deaths?

Very interesting article. It sounds like things are really working in India. Well, you know how they always say negative things about India? Take this all the way to the bank Trump!

(In India only 4% of tests are positive. There is no general increase in deaths from nonspecific causes. The United States is average 17% positive.)

As of Tuesday, India had reported 31,360 coronavirus cases and 1,008 deaths, or about 0.76 deaths per million. Compare that to the United States, where the number of deaths per million is more than 175.

Some experts say that India's relatively positive numbers suggest the country's nationwide lockdown to halt the spread of Covid-19 could be working -- for now."India didn't wait for the problem to escalate," India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on April 14, as he extended the country's 21-day nationwide lockdown until May 3. "Instead, as soon as the problem appeared, we tried to stop it by making swift decisions. I can't imagine what the situation would have been had such quick decisions not been taken."

But the reality behind India's numbers is more complicated -- and experts caution that it is too early for India to congratulate itself.
"At least in this round, it appears that the virus has not been able to damage as much as been feared," Srinath Reddy, the president of the Public Health Foundation of India, a non-profit that works on training, research and policy development. "I don't think we can say that we have completely closed the book on this."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/india/india-coronavirus-outbreak-explained-intl-hnk/index.html

Hotel bedbugs face severe food shortage



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Hotel occupancy rates have dropped by 50% to 80% around the country. Many hotels have shut down completely during the pandemic. This is bad news not only for hoteliers but for bedbugs, which depend on a human blood to stay alive. According to the travel website Your Mileage May Vary, young bedbugs start to die off if they don't eat in 20 days. Older bedbugs can survive between 2 to 3 months, and in some cases up to six months. If hotels stay closed longer than six months it will be the most expensive bedbug eradication procedure in history.

https://boingboing.net/2020/04/23/hotel-bedbugs-face-severe-food.html

Does anyone's inbox look like this????

Republicans keep spamming me. They also keep calling the house.

From 3:22 pm - 9:20 pm, I get emails from:
Newt Gingrich
Team Mitch
Steve Scalise
Dan Crenshaw
Republican Merchandise
Steve Scalise
Mitch McConnell
NRCC
Mitch McConnell
Trump Founding Membership
Donald Trump Jr

They have been spamming me for over a year.
I have no idea why.


Some malls/stores are opening for retail-to-go Friday. Here's how it will work.

Sorry about the local article(s), but I assume this is how it will work throughout the state:

Under state guidelines, customers can’t go inside stores and employees must be screened for COVID-19, wear face coverings and stay at least 6 feet apart. Payments should be made online or over the phone.

When customers drive up for an order, employees should put their items in the backseat or trunk to minimize contact, and wash or sanitize their hands and any items a customer touched afterward.

As for delivery, items should be dropped off on a customer’s doorstep by an employee or third-party carrier, who should not go inside the patron’s house or business, the guidelines state.

https://www.expressnews.com/business/local/article/Texas-retailers-can-start-offering-curbside-15221624.php


Two San Antonio malls are preparing to offer to-go services Friday after shuttering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

North Star Mall and The Shops at La Cantera will be open for curbside service, according to Rachel Wille, a representative for Brookfield Properties.

The company will post a list of participating retailers on each mall's website before the properties open at 11 a.m.
https://www.expressnews.com/business/article/Two-San-Antonio-malls-are-opening-for-15221924.php


After coronavirus shut down malls, five in the Houston area are preparing to offer to-go services from select retailers in each mall starting April 24.

Brookfield Properties is opening its five malls in the Houston area, which includes Baybrook Mall, Deerbrook Mall, First Colony Mall, Willowbrook Mall and The Woodlands.

The company is still finalizing which retailers will participate in the to-go program, but will release more information on each mall's site as it becomes available, according to Rachel Wille, a representative for Brookfield Properties.

https://www.expressnews.com/coronavirus/article/Five-Houston-area-malls-are-opening-for-15219412.php?source=nlp


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Houston-stores-prepare-for-retail-to-go-curbside-15216705.php (Paywall)




As an aside, I purchased curbside from Kohl's a few weeks ago. The store was closed. Also at that time, Sally's Beauty was also closed, but some locations offered curbside.
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