John Stossel - Telling Like It Is

Columnist John Stossel says trial lawyers do not make life better they make life worse. He cites several personal experiences to explain. Unidentified tort lawyers (photo left) would disagree. Read Stossel's ideas here:

Aggie Shortstop Aguayo to Play in All-Star Game

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The California Collegiate League recentlty announced its all-star game line-up that included New Mexico State shortstop Ryan Aguayo. The CCL All-Star Game is slated for a 7p.m. (CT) start, Wednesday, July 14 in Compton, Calif. The game is scheduled to air on Fox Sports West. Read more here:

Mayor to Appear on News New Mexico

Updated post: in an earlier post we referred to the new Las Cruces Public Schools elementary school incorrectly. It is Monte Vista Elementary.
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima will appear as a guest on News New Mexico this morning at 8:00AM. We will discuss the actions of council at the latest City Council meeting yesterday.

We will also delve into the council's votes cast back in January and April related to a Special Assessment District. A YES vote by the council would have secured $10 million in road building funds from the New Mexico Finance Authority for our area. The money could have provided a second access road to Monte Vista Elementary School and a second access road to the stranded golf course north of the city. The mayor cast the only vote in favor of the project. We will ask him why he thinks the rest of the council voted NO.


Obama's agenda: Overwhelm the system

Commentary by Wayne Allyn Root in the Las Vegas Review-Journal - Rahm Emanuel cynically said, "You never want a crisis to go to waste." It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama's presidency. Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within. Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Read more


Designing the Perfect Drug Smuggling Corridor

From the People for Preserving Our Western Heritage - There are several key characteristics that, when combined, produce an ideal drug and human smuggling corridor. Our wilderness, national wildlife refuges, monuments and other federal lands along the Arizona border are becoming havens for criminal activity due to drug and human smuggling cartels that now “own” these areas. Law enforcement is minimal due to environmental laws and regulations. Despite the dangerous situation in Arizona that has resulted from wilderness designation along the border, Senator Bingaman continues to support S.1689. This legislation would introduce wilderness legislation in close proximity to the southern border in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, and would add to the existing conditions resulting in a perfect smuggling corridor.

East Coast Heat Wave Continues

The recent summer heat wave on the east coast of the U.S. will continue. Near record temperatures are plaguing the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, putting strain on electrical generating capacity of the region. Forecasts call for some moderation in temperatures by the weekend. However, for the next few days it looks like more of the same. Read more here:

NPR - Impartial or Partisan?

Columnist Ken Blackwell exposes National Public Radio for its partisan activities. NPR, the cherished radio home for many actually stakes out positions that enable it to become a mouthpiece for its friends in public office, friends that funnel a share of the treasury in its direction. Read the details here:

Sen. Bingaman’s wilderness bill makes the border safer

An interesting Column by Nick Voges in NM But what Tom Cooper said is not refuted in the second statement by Richard Cordero "... if there is any danger or pursuit..." What about routine patrols? - MS

Nick Voges - It has been annoying to watch the preservation of the most diverse and beautiful land in Dona Ana County be hijacked by the canard that our safety and the security along our border with Mexico will be threatened, especial since passage of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act would make our borders safer... From rancher Tom Cooper’s recent op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun-News: “Border Patrol and all law enforcement would be denied access for routine patrol in all of the wilderness areas, a primary factor causing the literally out-of-control conditions in Arizona.” Cooper’s assertion is troubling – and blatantly incorrect. As reported in the Las Cruces Sun-News, Border Patrol will have complete – and enhanced – access to patrol the border within the proposed wilderness areas. To that end, here’s what Border Patrol spokesman Richard Cordero had to say about law enforcement’s access to wilderness: “We’re still allowed to patrol anywhere… if there’s any danger or pursuit, we’re not going to stop. There’s no truth that we cannot go in.” Unless we are doubting the credibility and integrity of Cordero, and the Border Patrol on whose behalf he speaks, it would seem Mr. Cooper doesn’t have his facts straight. Read more
Nick Voges authors the blog Zeitgeist. He also works for a progressive consulting firm in Southern New Mexico and teaches rhetoric at New Mexico State University.

Is America Really Free, If A Privately-Owned Central Bank Controls Our Currency And Runs Our Economy?

By Michael Synder in Business Insider - This weekend we celebrated America's Independence Day. But are we really a free nation? The truth is that it is really hard to argue that we are "free" when our currency system and our economy are run by an unelected privately-owned central bank. You see, the truth is that the U.S. government does not "print money" whenever it wants. Under the current system, in order to get more U.S. currency, the U.S. government has to borrow it. The Federal Reserve creates the new currency out of thin air and then either keeps the "U.S. Treasury bonds" they get in return from the U.S. government or they sell them off to others. But what kind of sense does that make? Why does a "free government" have to go into debt to print its own currency? It is the U.S. government that should be printing U.S. currency - not a privately-owned bank called the Federal Reserve. The truth is that the Federal Reserve is about as "federal" as Federal Express is. And no unelected private central bank should be "running" our economy. Actually the free market should be running our economy, but if anyone is going to run it, it should at least be the government that we have elected. But instead we have a group of unelected bureaucrats making our interest rate decisions, determining our money supply levels and deciding which of their friends get big bailouts. That isn't the American Dream! What kind of "democracy" and "freedom" is that? The sad truth is that as long as we allow an unelected privately-owned central bank to run our economy we will not be truly free. Read more:

The Denunciatory Ethic Part III - The Greater Good

This is the third part of this series. See part 1 and See part 2
    The noble motive of seeking the “greater good” seems to be at the heart of the denouncer’s philosophical approach. However, in the world view of Americans who embrace the "Denunciatory Ethic," (Reverend Jeremiah Wright above left) economic solutions to America’s problems cannot simply be confined to championing the causes of those who truly require a social safety net. Instead, the denouncer begins the viewpoint with openly advocating a divide of the country into two groups of citizens….. “haves and have-nots.” Included in the have-nots is everyone but the top 5% of income earners in the U.S.
    Denouncers routinely ignore the teaching of John Wooden (right)  who once asked, “Why is it so hard to realize that winners are usually the ones who work harder, work longer, and as a result, perform better?”
    Denouncers demand equal “results” not just equal opportunities. Their world view of haves and have-nots extends to nations. In the end, the earnings of a nation’s achievers or even nations themselves, are coveted and targeted for redistribution by denouncer’s.
    Denouncer’s only see America as “just” when the rate of government confiscation of private income is increased. And those that oppose the increased seizing of individual earnings and assets are universally denounced as “selfish.”
    Simplistic rationalizations of the denouncer’s approach are offered. Here again denouncers ignore the teachings of John Wooden, who once said, “Why can’t we realize that it only weakens those we want to help when we do things for them that they should do for themselves?” History is littered with the unintended consequences of the denouncer’s redistribution schemes.
    Denouncers adopt individuals that make poor life decisions and nations that make poor choices. Cast as “victims of society or victims of international bullies” Denouncers routinely blame America and America’s achievers for the troubles of all have-nots. There is considerable passion involved in their denigration of the more industrious members of society. Frequently denouncers categorize achievers efforts and accomplishments as undeserved ill-gotten gains. Their view is the greater good is best served when America’s achievers are typecast as successful because they are “greedy.” Contrary to those that embrace the Denunciatory Ethic, most Americans continue to hold the basic belief that despite all its obvious flaws, America is a generous and worthy global citizen. Most Americans still want to live in a place where hard work and effort are fundamental virtues that pay off. It is the embracer of the Denunciation Ethic that views self-reliance as an inoperative cliché that should be traded for the European Union style of entitlement-driven public policy. Hence the denouncer is comfortable piling on while in the company of those who openly criticize America.


Eric Holder Borrows Money to Sue Arizona

Eric Holder (left) the chief law enforcement officer in the United States has made an executive decision. He has looked over the fiscal situation in America, looked at the border security issues in the southwest, and decided to borrow money to sue the State of Arizona for passing a law that says its law enforcement officers can enforce federal immigration laws. Read the details here:

Joseph Phillips - Independence & Private Property

Columnist Joseph Phillips discusses the importance of private property rights in America and the link between these right and our nation's independence. Read his ideas here: