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*This* cannot be allowed to stand

Posted on: December 18, 2018


Border Patrol agent pours out bottles of water left for immigrants trying to cross


Good day Widdershins!

MB is away for the rest of the week so I’m taking her Tuesday post, one day late.

With all of the news concerning tRump, Cohen, Flynn and the rest of the corrupt tRump tribe, it’s amazing this story has already fallen by the wayside. However, that’s the nature of the news cycle I suppose.

We already know the basics of the story.

Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz were picked up in a group of over a hundred migrants in a portion of desert in New Mexico near a Port of Entry at Antelope Wells.

DHS *said* “Border Patrol agents screened the migrants to identify any health or safety concerns.”.  Snort!  I just really have to wonder about that statement.  I dunno.

“The initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues,” the DHS statement released Friday said. “During the screening, the father denied that either he or his daughter were ill.”

Authorities said the denial was recorded on a federal form signed by Caal, who speaks an indigenous dialect.(Bolding, italics mine)

“At this time, they were offered water and food and had access to restrooms,” DHS said.

So was there someone there with CPB that spoke this “indigenous dialect” to make sure the father understood?

Then they were prepared to be transported to a Border Patrol station near Lordsburg New Mexico. This was by bus and was done in two trips.  Jakelin and her father were in the second group to be transported.  When they arrived 90 minutes later at Lordsburg, the father told officials his daughter had stopped breathing.

Border Patrol emergency medical technicians began administering medical care and called an ambulance, according to DHS.

“At this point her temperature was 105.9 degrees,” the DHS said. “Agents providing medical care revived the child twice.”

I’m sorry but we’ve seen and heard too many things about DHS and CPB (Customs and Border Protection) so I take anything they say with one.big.grain.of.salt.

She was flown by helicopter to Providence Children’s Hospital, and Border Patrol took Caal there by vehicle, a drive of more than four hours.

DHS said Jakelin was first taken to the emergency room and then transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit. She died at 12:35 a.m. on Dec. 8.

The hospital said their initial impression was that Jakelin died of sepsis.  And as the article states:

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an existing infection somewhere in the body that can lead to rapid organ failure and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Okay.  I’m not a doctor or nurse, nor do I play one on the teevee and I haven’t stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.  But I have to believe that she had to be showing some type of symptoms of this at the initial intake.  At the least it would seem her temp would have been elevated.  Perhaps our medical and scientific Widdershins can share their knowledge. And again, see my statement above about believing anything from DHS or CPB.

And for another kick in the pants, there’s this:

Congress told it can’t interview agents who detained 7-year-old migrant girl who died


Some members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were going to tour the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station and wanted to speak to the agents involved in this.  DHS said nope, nahgonnahappen.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday are scheduled to tour the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico, where agents took Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The members had requested a chance to speak directly with the Border Patrol agents who arrested, detained and transported the girl and her father before she was flown to a children’s hospital and died.


“While DHS respects the oversight role of Congress, it is important to allow the review process occur unimpeded by politics,” spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement. “It is important to preserve the legitimacy of a fair and impartial process out of respect to the agents’ lifesaving mission and the family of the deceased.”

Unimpeded by politics.  Yeah right!  Glad we’re gonna have a new Congress in January.

Open thread of course.


95 Responses to "*This* cannot be allowed to stand"

Great. So Congress is full of (elected) politicians, who the Constitution says must maintain oversight, but they’re politicians, so anything out of Congress is “political,” and oversight can’t be “political,” so Congress may not maintain oversight.

Man. Some days I get real close to starting to think, “Kill them all. Let God sort them out.”

@1: Some days I get real close to starting to think, “Kill them all. Let God sort them out.”

Yep, just start over. LOL

Temp of 105.9. Sweet goddess. That’s brain-boiling. Children can spike dangerously high temps yet survive them, but excellent and prompt care is crucial. There’s so much that’s odd about the official narrative that I don’t know where to start. The child was revived *twice*? Was she anoxic during those attempts for long enough to suffer brainstem damage? Hell, we’ll never know and the etiology all comes down to vile, abusive, and cruel treatment.

Fredster, thanks for doing this post. This story needs to be kept alive.

From last thread:

Space force? Reminds me of when Shrub directed there to be a space initiative to go to Mars, which produced a rash of jokes about sending Bush to Mars.

Pelosi demonstrated a strength that is “rare for women in Washington”? *eyeroll* Yes, Pelosi should be commended for her strength, but she’s not the only one, and HRC is a splendid exemplar.

Oh, and I don’t like gratingly in-your-face. I do like forthright tenacity and not suffering fools, gladly or otherwise.

Yes, things really are that bad.

This is bizarre. Who would do something so hinky as chain two turtles together?

@3: Luna, I wonder if she had an elevated temp at that initial intake? As you said, and I said, I just have my doubts about the offishul story.

@8: That’s awful.

Good post, Fredster. Thank you. We as a people get angry-rightfully so-when someone leaves a poor dog in a locked and heated car, but too many of us shrug at the terrible death of seven year old Jakelyn.

Look at the heart-mark on his nose!

Uh, here’s the tweet of the doggo.

Damn, I thought the tweet picture would be of the worm with Trump’s “hair” instead of the Orange Caligula himself. Sorry that it has the grifter’s face.

@12: And you know what? I didn’t see one thing about that in the local newsrag.

@12: Mandeville is on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across the lake as they say. Lots of repubs there. They helped to give us lil Bobby Jindal and Steve Scalise. Thank you so much North Shore.

@11: Thanks Sue. I just cannot believe the CPB story on this young girl.

Remember the woman candidate who wanted to use some campaign funds for child care and got turned down? She’s asking the Ethics Board to reconsider that.

@23, a salt tasting! Hahaha! Sounds like something the Amazon techprogboys and the Microsofties would do. $25 per.

@24 That’s about what I thought of. Hee-hee!

@23, LOLOL!

Did you know there are day spas that have salt rooms, rooms where the floor is covered with that pink Himalayan salt, like sand on the floor. The spas charge a fee and people go and relax on lounges on the salt for an hour. They say its good for allergies or asthma and who knows what else…it probably stops the aging process too! Ah, California!

Can’t wait to hear what Luna and Quixote have to say about that!

Omg! This is true! Magats giving their own money to some guy to fund the wall. I hope you’ll click on this and read my own response below:

Salt tasting…and pink salt on the floor of a spa.

People must be bored to death…

GoFundMe for the wall. I hope lots of the deplorables fall for this and empty their pockets, or maybe it will end up in their deal leader’s bank account.

29 socalannie

That is the sweetest little farm crew I have ever seen.

deal dear leader’s

Deplorables passed 1/2 mil for their dear leader’s wall…

$5,143,002 of $1.0B goal
Raised by 84,414 people in 3 days

Christmas ❤ from Puttie to his little Dumpster…

Putin voices support for Trump and Brexit

@26: P.T. Barnum is supposed to have said there’s one born every minute. LOL

@33: I saw something about that. Question: who gets the money?

With a high wind warning for the area, a local met. shares the trashcan forecast.

Trump’s giving Putin presents to get back cuddly with him after being displaced by MBS.

@38: Will there be makeup sex?

They are opening their wallets…haha, fine, let THEM pay for the wall.

$7,011,016 of $1.0B goal
Raised by 114,748 people in 3 days

@42: As I asked: who gets the money? Making a check out to U.S. Treasury or to Donald J. Trump?

$7,700,575 of $1.0B goal

Pink salt? I really like the stuff. I mean, it’s pink! Who knew salt could be pink? I’d be willing to bet the farm that if you’re blindfolded you can’t tell the difference between that and Morton’s.

But spreading it on the floor? Criminal waste. And how much of this stuff is there? At the rate us fancy pants types are using it, I’d expect the Himalaya to be pretty well flat by now.

Next we’ll find out the Pakistanis are adding just a pinch of FDC Red #2 per truckload, and the hipsters in the salt spas will break out in hives.

The deplorables want to prove their love to their orange Dumpster. They don’t care if he pockets most of the money or not.

@45: q, check ur email.

If the pink salt stuff was brown, would they like it? Would it be in all the spas? How about lima bean color or baby puke color?

Humans are just plain weird.

Quixote @45, Right on! LOL at Pakistani’s adding red food color!

Looks like Jim Mattis has had with dump over pulling out of Syria:

Shadow @48, good point about the color!

@52: Wish lightening had struck him right then and there.

@52, I bet if they’re speaking to Trump it starts with “Cadet Bone Spurs!” and then gets unprintable real fast, LOL!

You’all have heard of the Gingerbread MAN brou-ha-ha? These may be just the ticket:

We’re going to have to pass a 1000 laws to keep this shit from happening again. What am I saying? Trump’s already broken a ton of laws and no one is doing anything about it. Well, except for lawsuits that are finally being brought against him. But those could be drawn out for years.

@58 Gingerbread daddies! LOL! That guy is talented.

@39, yewwww!

@59, I’ll take one of each!

Eating those gingerbread daddies would be a fraught event. For me. When I was a kid — and remember, I’ve always been crazy about chocolate — I’d feel bad about eating the chocolate Easter bunnies. I think I’m fully past that now, thank you for asking, but these gingerbread dads are dredging up the whole issue all over again!

Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad

“Mattis was the last man standing for what had been U.S. foreign policy since World War II,” said Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. “With him gone, this really marks a juncture in the Trump presidency. Now we have an unrestrained Trump, which is a dangerous signal for the year ahead.”

“A morning of alarm in Europe” was how Carl Bildt, co-chairman of the European Council on Foreign Relations and formerly prime minister of Sweden, described the reaction to news of the defense secretary’s exit.

The Deplorables are really giving back some of their tax cut money to build part of the ‘slats’. Oh how they love their Dumpster.

$12,053,148 of $1.0B goal
Raised by 197,712 people in 4 days

Average donation is $60.96.

Oh no…RBG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Mazie Hirono from Hawaii calls it like it is.

Of course I never watch Chris Hayes.

contrask: I’ve got the Okie State bowl game bookmarked to watch. Go cowboys!

@70 Hilarious! I love the ‘Mad dog 20 20 and vodka – Order it, drink it, and leave’!

Those drink names are cute. I’m glad RBG was able/allowed to vote from the hospital.

Here’s a clever pup:

@75 That’s Hope For Paws out of LA. I’ve followed them for years. That dog was in pretty good shape (and easy) compared to most they rescue. It’s hard to watch, but the transformation in their videos is amazing.

Here’s Fiona that Hope for Paws rescued. Believe it or not they’ve rescued dogs in much worse shape than her.

Debbie Downer reporting for duty. Just couldn’t help thinking that it’s a measure of our depressing times (as in clinical definition of depressing) that we can’t rescue the children the post is about. All we can do is our best for (some) dogs.

Which is at least something. But how horrible is that?

And a Merry Ho-Ho to you too quixote.

Oh let’s go all the way the joyful holiday theme.

Fredster @79. Yeah. Srsly.

@81: LOL, just wanted to use my sad Santa picsl 😉

Got a text last night from a good friend here. Her mom either fell or fainted and hit her head on the floor, then started having a convulsion. (seizure?) Her dad called 911 and she was taken to the e.r. and then admitted. Her white cell count was sky-high and they have two antibiotics going in.

Just texted her a short time ago to get an update.

And…her daughter, son-in-law and kids from Mobile were coming in plus the s-i-l’s parents from Hawaii to stay with my friend. Bet there’s gonna be a lot of self-service at that house for the holidays.

Wrong time to have that happen! Although, any time would be the wrong time, really. I just came back to say that after checking the LATimes headlines for the first time in a while, I realized that the “2018 Year In Review” BS will start any minute now.


All I want to do is forget.

Focus on hoping 2019 will be a turning point upward!

@84: All I want to do is forget.

Focus on hoping 2019 will be a turning point upward!

Amen sister, amen!

Have you all seen this? Via Dan Drezner, quoting M Haberman who I boycott except that this is too weird for words.

“Trump is watching more TV, but the TV is almost always on even during meetings in the Oval Office dining room where he keeps one ear attuned to what’s happening and stops discussion if he hears his name mentioned.”

I know he’s a goofdump. So why am I still amazed when he turns out to be a Big goofdump?

Gang, I’ve got a music post scheduled for 1 pm Sunday, but I won’t be around until later in the day. We’re cooking for a crew. So just… do your thang.

@88: Okay that was a good one with Haberman and I don’t read or follow her either.

It’s getting to the point that someone on the Repub side is going to have to give serious consideration to that 25th amendment section 4

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

@89: Thanks GAgal, we will gallantly carry on until your return.

@ 91 *snicker*

The problem with the 25th is it requires cabinet members. Trump keeps shuffling them, they get pushed out as grifters, or they quit. He’s created such chaos, we don’t know who’s going to be a cabinet member from one day to the next. Okay, you’ve got two months Mattis. Make it happen. Then we’ll deal with religious nutjob Pence.

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