Bear Trapped in Albuquerque Neighborhood

From the Albuquerque - (note - bear experts say that bears are territorial so releasing a bear into another bear's territory may seem humane but results in at least one bear dying - Michael Swickard)

A 100-pound bear was trapped in the Four Hills neighborhood of Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon. State Game and Fish Department officials said the male bear, probably about 18 months old, was first spotted in someone's back yard and then caught in a tree. The bear will be released in the Manzano Mountains. Read more


Ads attacking Pearce aren’t entirely true or false

From - by Heath Haussamen - Controversy has swirled around two TV ads from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund attacking Republican congressional candidate Steve Pearce, with Pearce and others calling the ads false and misleading and Defenders standing by the accuracy of its ads. The central claim that’s been disputed centers around Pearce twice being named by the left-leaning group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) as one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Regardless of whether the group’s subjective characterization of Pearce as corrupt is fair, it’s accurate to say the group calls him corrupt. But the House committee charged with ruling on ethical issues has rejected the claim at the heart of CREW’s attack on Pearce. Read more

400 Mexican Municipalities Do Not Have Police

From the Latin American Herald - MEXICO CITY – Some 400 municipalities, out of a total of 2,400, lack public safety agencies, while 1,000 others have 30 officers each, a legislative committee said in a report on security in Mexico.Mexico has some 200,000 municipal police officers, many of whom are subject to the drug-trafficking “law” of “bribes or bullets” (cooperate or die), federal officials, who have been trying to clean up those agencies for three years, said. The public safety committee of the lower house of Congress presented a written analysis that officials have developed over the past few years at the federal, state and municipal levels, chiefly to do with the war on organized crime and common crime. Read more

Time for a Constitutional Amendment

All the discussion of BEST PRACTICES keeps leading us back to the concept of incentives. No doubt the framers of our constitution would be horrified if the knew what has happened to the process that used to produce public servants rather than dynastic politicians.
Than can be no greater evidence of the advantages of of incumbency than the careers of Sentators Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd. There is a proposal for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that is worthy of ratifications. Read more here:

Life on the Border: Arizona Rancher Ed Ashurst

Ed Ashurst
From the Federal Observer - I believe story telling to be an art form, certainly verbal record is the oldest form of recording history and recognized by historians worldwide. There is an old adage among those who love to tell a good tale, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” And yet there are times when the truth is even more fantastic than exaggeration. What I write here is the truth, plain and simple. I reside on, and manage a large cattle ranch in the far southeastern corner of Arizona. I’ve been here for 13 years and in that time frame have become far too familiar with the illegal trafficking in human beings, marijuana and other illicit drugs. Some have called it “the wetback culture” or “America’s border problem”. Lately it’s been taking steroids.
The recent murder of Robert Krentz by an illegal alien has received massive amounts of publicity worldwide. I live on the ranch bordering the Krentz ranch to the east and north. I can see the Krentz home looking out of my front door approximately 10 miles away. The day after Rob’s death I was involved in tracking the outlaw into Mexico. I saw the outlaw’s footprints where he crossed the border fence. I mention this to say I feel that I’m qualified to speak about current border issues.
My home has been broken into twice. My son’s home has been broken into also and between us we have had between twenty and thirty thousand dollars worth of stuff stolen from us including two ranch pick-ups, a four wheeler, 9 firearms (including a loaded AK 47) cash, jewelry all of our credit cards, driver’s license, etc. A guest house here on the ranch has been broken into so many times we quit counting… many times we haven’t even called the Sheriff’s dept.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s dept. has no less than fifteen reports on file where I’ve called for assistance dealing with an outlaw illegal alien. Several months ago, not long after Rob Krentz’s death, Fox news (channel 10 in Phoenix AZ) contacted me and expressed interest in coming down and doing a news story about me and the problems myself and other ranchers in this area have had in recent months with illegal outlaws. To prepare for my interview with Fox, I asked for assistance from six other neighboring ranchers and businessmen. All of these men are prominent men in the community, tax payers, business owners and individuals who have the best of reputations. Together we made a map of the area which covered from the southeastern corner of AZ going west about 20 miles to the silver creek area, and going north about 30 miles to the area around the towns of Portal, AZ and Rodeo, N.M. On this map we made marks recording violations to United States law committed by illegal aliens.
We did not use government statistics (we wouldn’t know how to get them) but recorded incidents that we knew had happened first hand, many of which we had witnessed. We tried to record only the incidents that have happened in the last several years.
•The sum total of what we recorded is this:
•The arrest or capture of 40 illegal in one bunch – 40
(we didn’t bother with the countless smaller groups)
•Loads of Marijuana found and captured – 213
•Dangerous encounters with illegal aliens – 132 (assault, burglaries, forced entries, etc.)
•Dead illegal aliens found by civilians – 16
•High speed vehicle chases between dope haulers and law enforcement – 14
•Illegal aliens spotted with firearms – 12
•Fires started by illegal aliens – 9
Over 100,000 acres burned with the cost to taxpayers of $ 40,000,000. One fire near Portal AZ in June of 2010 cost $10,000,000. to fight (forest Service estimate)
•Outlandish incidents – 4
Example: One bachelor in the Portal area was burglarized around 100 times. He finally took all his valuables and put them in a steel vault and welded the door shut. He then moved out of his house into a shed hoping the illegal aliens would leave him alone. They did not and he finally abandoned his property. Another outlandish event was when outlaws stole a brand new Caterpillar motor grader on the Geronimo Trail east of Douglas, AZ and drove south through the border fence never to be seen again. The grader belonged to Cochise County Hwy Dept.
•Financial losses to private sector - $100,000,000.00
(losses in real estate value, personal property, etc., losses in wildlife habitat – immeasurable)
Last but certainly not least, the murder of Rob Krentz, which is right in the center of our map. Let me put this in perspective. The area I’m talking about is an area that covers approximately 17 or 18 townships with only 20 miles being adjacent to the US – Mexico Boundary. Within this area, there is a population of perhaps 600 people, 90% of which reside in Rodeo, N.M. or Portal, AZ, 30 miles or so north of Mexico. No less than 80% of the people in this area have been burglarized or otherwise molested by illegal aliens. This area is about half as big as the Diamond A ranch or Babbitt ranch in northern AZ, both of which I’ve been employed on. I’m sorry to report that this, in my opinion, is the small part of the story. The Mexican-American border has taken a dramatic change for the worse in the last several years. Those of us who live here see it first hand. As early as February of 1999 Sheriff Larry Dever warned me and others at a town hall meeting at the Apache School that the Sinaloa Cartel was moving into the Douglas-Agua Prieta area (Rob Krentz was at this meeting). The cities of Nuevo Laredo, Coahila, Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, and other border towns south of Texas have been controlled by outlaws for years. There is virtually no law enforcement in those places.
The law is the law of the jungle. Until the last two years it seemed that Agua Prieta and Nogales were safer places but that has dramatically changed in recent months. I am personally acquainted with 2 Mexican men, that I know to be honest and trustworthy, who have been involved first hand with Mexican outlaw terrorist acts. One witnessed first hand an execution of several people in broad daylight in Juarez. Several weeks later his daughter witnessed an assassination in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua no more than fifteen feet from where she stood. The other man is a legal Mexican green card holder (who was employed by the Krentz family for years) whose nephew was murdered by cartel members in Sonora. At night people in Douglas are hearing machine gun fire from Agua Prieta south of the border fence. The Sinaloa Cartel is now putting a stranglehold on Agua Prieta. No more than 2 months ago 8 armed Mexicans were confronted by 2, U.S. Border Patrol agents north of the International Boundary in southeast Cochise County disguised as Federalizes. They were in fact cartel employees armed with assault rifles and automatic pistols. Mexican people that know tell me the situation in Agua Prieta has deteriorated dramatically in recent months. The good people are told to look the other way “or else.”
Volumes could be written about this subject alone, but I will move on.
You could ask, “So what does this have to do with us living north of the border fence?” Plenty! The situation on the border isn’t just about a few workers walking north. It has everything to do with big business. Billions of dollars are being made trafficking humans, drugs, and contraband across the International Boundary. The Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Chapo Guzman and others, is reaping huge profits doing business along the border. The average coyote charges $1500 - $2500 to guide an illegal alien north to find work; usually abandoning them a short distance north of the line. A young man willing to pack dope north can make more than a construction worker or a teacher in the U.S. and only work a day or two a week.

  El Chapo Guzman
This is not all south of the line. I could take you and show you businesses where checks and credit cards are not accepted and where very few customers walk through the door, yet the owners live in the largest mansions in town and drive very expensive cars. Could there be some money laundering going on? There are only two industries of any significance in Douglas, AZ: law enforcement (Douglas has one of the largest Border Patrol stations in America), and the illegal trafficking of drugs, people, etc. across the border. These two industries feed on each other, and the powers that be seem happy with the situation. Crooked politicians look good to the public when they clean up drunk driving and prostitution, until you find they own bars and whore houses south of the line. These things have happened!But this, in my opinion, is only the beginning. Chapo Guzman who heads up the Sinaloa Cartel is a multibillionaire. This guy and others like him may be cruel and sinister people but they are also very smart businessmen. They are reaping profits off of the largest tax free unregulated business on the planet. They have so much cash they are befuddled what to do with it all. But they are going to figure it out.There are rumors that Guzman is financing modern, state of the art feedlots and packing houses in Mexico with plans to overtake America as the Western hemisphere’s leading beef producer. This is probably only a small part of his plans. Mexico is a nation rich in natural recourses. Petroleum is abundant and the corrupt Mexican government is in control of all of it. Pemex is the only gas station in town. Pemex, because of the incompetent Mexican government, is broke. Chapo Guzman is at war with the Mexican government and has dreams (not unrealistic) of controlling the entire nation. Think of all of Mexico’s natural resources in the control of Chapo Guzman! He already has the most profitable business in the world - selling Marijuana to your next door neighbor. Think what he could do with a tax free unregulated strangle hold on a nation of poor people begging to work for practically nothing.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Do you think that Chapo Guzman and others like him haven’t thought of all of this? Do you think that Guzman isn’t laughing all the way to the bank as he watches the evening news and hears how the American Government proclaims that the situation on the border is under control? What is going on in northern Mexico is capitalism in its rawest form. They have an untaxed unregulated business making huge profits and they have no plans of closing up shop any time soon. We here in the U.S. are overtaxed, overregulated and being smothered by increasingly intrusive government that makes it hard to do business in a successful manner. You don’t have to be rocket scientist to figure this one out.
This has nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or Latino or White. It has everything to do with being right or wrong. I came from a long line of Democrats. My great uncle was a U.S. Senator for several decades. My grandfather was an attorney, and a Superior Court Judge. I have a 1939 copy of a Time Magazine with his picture when he ran as a Democrat for Congress. The only time in history the U.S deficit was paid off was by a Democrat – Andrew Jackson. John Kennedy announced nearly 50 years ago that America could put a man on the moon and in less than a decade we did it.
HLS Sec. Janet Napolitano
I am now a registered Republican, but I’m not a Democrat hater. But, how can the president of the “can do” nation of Andrew Jackson’s and JFK’s party say we can’t seal the border? We conquered Adolph Hitler in World War II, but can’t seal the border? We put a man on the moon but can’t seal a leaking oil well in less than 90 days? While this is going on we tax and regulate American business with a vengeance that stifles the free market system that has made our country great. While Janet Napolitano announces the border is safer than ever, Chapo Guzman and others pack billions of American dollars south to invest in a tax free market with one of the largest cheap labor force on the planet at his disposal!
Southeastern Arizona Rancher Ed Ashurst
I challenge you to come to Douglas, AZ and drive east on the Geronimo Trail, or northeast on US Hwy 80 to places on the map like Chiracahua and Apache. Or go to Rodeo and Hatchita, NM. Go and search out the 5 biggest cattle ranches in the Apache, AZ area and ask them what they think. Go to Hidalgo County, N.M. and ask the ranchers and cowboys there what they are seeing and hearing. Ask the people who we do business with what they think of our opinions. I challenge you to ask the prominent people in this area, who work hard and pay taxes if they agree with Barack Obama or Ed Ashurst when it comes to what is really going on near the U.S.-Mexican border. Unlike Obama and others I don’t have to be surrounded by sycophants to make a statement. I purposefully left out the names of those who helped me with my map and the data I collected when preparing for the Fox interview.In closing I challenge you to look around to see if what I say is the truth. This isn’t about a few Mexicans wandering around looking for a job. This is about American civilization going into a time of tremendous change – a building has foundations and walls, maybe the foundation of our country is still strong, I don’t know, but the walls have certainly fallen down and the keepers of the house are out to lunch.
July 25, 2010 - Ed Ashurst, Apache Arizona


NMSU Athletic Director Leads Off New Show

8-26-10   LAS CRUCES, N.M. -  "Talkin' Sports" is a new sports talk show airing every Friday from 4p-6p on KSNM AM 570.  Talkin Sports will start Friday, Aug. 27 featuring local, regional and national sports news. 

McKinley Boston
"We will bring on the news makers in the local sports world as we focus on the weekend which is right in front of us," Radio of Las Cruces Program Director Ernesto Garcia said.  "People will be leaving work at that time, getting in their cars and driving home.  We hope they tune in, call in, and have a good time with us."

The first guest on the show is scheduled to be New Mexico State University Athletic Director, Dr. McKinely Boston, followed by NMSU Head Volleyball Coach Mike Jordan along with Las Cruces Sun-News Sports Editor Teddy Feinburg. 

Garcia will serve as the lead host of the show while other local media members will appear as well through the year.


King and Chandler Differ on Driver's License Issuance

Gary King
From the New Mexico Independent - New Mexico should create two types of drivers’ licenses – one for American citizens and another for non-citizens, Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday. New Mexico is one of three states in the U.S. to issue driver’s licenses to non-citizens, a status so controversial that both candidates in the New Mexico governor’s race support stopping the practice.

Matt Chandler
King’s Republican opponent, Matt Chandler, the district attorney in the 9th Judicial District, meanwhile also has come out against the practice, saying that he’d work to repeal it law if elected. But King, who is seeking re-election, struck a middle ground Wednesday, not supporting repeal but acknowledging that the law could be improved, which is where the two-tiered driver’s license idea came in. Read more here:


Joe Miller - We Are Bankrupt

Joe Miller
After driving incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the brink defeat in Tuesday's Alaska primary, dark horse Senate candidate Joe Miller attributed his surprise showing to the "sweat equity" of volunteers and voters' recognition that the United States has already gone bankrupt. He also said the media's depiction of the race as a Murkowski-Palin family feud was a "manufactured story." In an exclusive Newsmax interview, the staunch fiscal conservative laid out one of the key messages of his campaign: that the nation has "gone bankrupt." Read more here:

E.P.A. - Don't Mess With Texas

The state's slogan is "Don't mess with Texas." But the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing just that, and at stake is whether the Obama administration can impose its global-warming agenda without a vote of Congress. President Obama's EPA is already well down the path to regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, something the act was not designed to do. It has a problem, however, because shoehorning greenhouse gases into that 40-year-old law would force churches, schools, warehouses, commercial kitchens and other sources to obtain costly and time-consuming permits. It would grind the economy to a halt, and the likely backlash would doom the whole scheme. The EPA, determined to move forward anyway, is attempting to rewrite the Clean Air Act administratively via a "tailoring rule," which would reduce the number of regulated sources. The problem with that approach? It's illegal. The EPA has no authority to rewrite the law. To pull it off, the EPA needs every state with a State Implementation Plan to rewrite all of its statutory thresholds as well. Read more here:

President to Visit El Paso Tuesday

From the Dallas Morning News - WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will visit troops at Fort Bliss on Tuesday before delivering an Oval Office address to the nation on Iraq that night, a White House official said Wednesday. The trip to the sprawling base in El Paso will be Obama's fourth visit to Texas and the second this month. Last fall, he celebrated volunteerism at Texas A&M University with former President George Bush. He also spoke at a memorial service at Fort Hood, the nation's largest military installation, after a massacre in November. Two weeks ago, he visited Dallas and Austin to raise campaign cash for Democrats. Obama plans a televised address to the nation on Tuesday at 7 p.m. about Iraq, the White House said. The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in recent days, leaving fewer than 50,000 U.S. military personnel – the lowest level since the invasion in 2003. About 600 soldiers from the Bliss-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division have been returning in recent weeks, about 10 months after being deployed. About 1,200 are expected to remain in Iraq through November. Several hundred are in Afghanistan. Read more here:

Competition or Government Price Controls

Price Control Proponent
From the Santa Fe New Mexican - Dozens of self-employed people with Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico individual health plans who showed up for a Wednesday hearing seeking relief from a double-digit rate hike, and a chance to speak, were doubly frustrated. They will have a long wait — more than six weeks — to find out if hearing examiner Alan Seeley finds the increase is warranted. And on Wednesday, they had to wait five and a half hours to offer a comment. More than 100 people, about half of them not attorneys or state staff, packed the Apodaca Hall at the PERA building for the hearing, which began at 9 a.m. Lawyers for the state Attorney General's Office, the insurance company and their witnesses gave testimony first. The public didn't get to talk until 2:30 p.m. By then, about half had left. Several said they had to go to work. Jack Huberman, a Blue Cross Blue Shield member since 1995 who faces the rate hike, stayed to the bitter end. "I'm self-employed," Huberman said, "and being here means I'm not earning money. I'm dismayed by the nature of this hearing. People here have had to sit through a showing of lawyers ... all well-paid to be here. My frustration with this process knows no bounds." Read more here:

Larry Elder - Mistakes Regarding Obama's Religion

Larry Elder
Thirty-one percent of Republicans, according to the Pew Research Center, believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. And more Republicans, 74 percent, than Democrats, 39 percent, oppose the construction of a mosque near ground zero. Thus, goes the argument, opposition to the proposed mosque stems from similar "right-wing" ignorance and Islamophobia. Why do so many people think Obama is a Muslim? Are they lunatics? Perhaps people base their assumption about Obama's religion on what they believe Islam says about the matter. In a New York Times op-ed, Edward Luttwak, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote that Obama "chose to become a Christian." But, Luttwak wrote: "As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright
It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother's Christian background is irrelevant."
Louis Farrakhan
Maybe some follow the lead of Hillary Clinton. When asked on "60 Minutes" whether she believes Obama is a Muslim, then-presidential candidate Clinton said, "Of course not. ... There is no basis for that." She said she goes on "the basis of what he says." But she added, "There is nothing to base that on (SET ITAL) as far as I know (END ITAL)" (emphasis added). She wasn't called anti-Muslim. Perhaps people believe Obama -- who no longer belongs to a church -- is a Muslim because of his 20-year association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Wright's church publication honored the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan as a man who "truly epitomized greatness." Read more here: