Aggie Soccer Battles NAU to a Draw

Aggie forward Yolanda McMillion had a chance for another game winning goal in the final seconds of regulation in front of open net, but her shot ricocheted off the cross bar, sending the match into overtime that eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

The teams battled through two scoreless overtimes. NMSU had to work extra hard in the extra sessions. Six minutes into the first overtime, Nina Yanes received her second yellow card on a foul called against her which resulted in a red card and thus ejection. For the remainder of the game, the Aggies had to play a man down. Playing ten-on-eleven altered the strategy for NMSU.
“At that point of the game, the second foul on Nina was a smart foul on her part,” NMSU Head Coach Mike Needham said. “Playing a man down changed the way we played from that point on, playing with four defenders, four midfielders and one forward. We just tried to batten down the hatches and not let anything get through.”
With the ejection in overtime coupled with the fact that NAU defeated the Aggies last year, Needham was pleased with the game ending in a draw.
“It is a good result for us,” Needham said. “NAU was in the NCAA Tournament last year, and that is where we want to be. We played good soccer, especially in the first half. We created chances that were dangerous offensively and we played well in the back.”
The scoring opened up with :17 seconds remaining in the 1st half as Lumberjack junior Carolyn Savage scored to give Northern Arizona a 1-0 lead going into halftime. It came following a free kick that Kristi Andreassen booted 60 yards into the box to give Savage the opportunity.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Aggies rallied. McMillion scored in the 65th minute on a shot over NAU goal keeper Lauren Weaver to tie the game at 1-1. Setting up McMillion for her sixth goal of the season was teammate Crystal Burns. It was Burns’ third assist of the season.
“That goal was good soccer because of the way it was played,” Needham said. “NAU plays a high back line, almost forcing you to play the ball over the top. It is tricky to get the ball past them on the ground, especially on our field because it is so fast. It was took a good pass to get it into her.”
The Aggies move to 2-1-2 and will face North Dakota in Aggie Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Northern Arizona goes to 0-2-2 and travels to a tournament at the University of Southern California next week.


KUHNER: Mr. Obama has betrayed the American people. Impeachment is the only answer.

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner- The Washington Times - President Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and misdemeanors. The Democratic majority in Congress is in peril as Americans reject his agenda. Yet more must be done: Mr. Obama should be impeached. He is slowly - piece by painful piece - erecting a socialist dictatorship. We are not there - yet. But he is putting America on that dangerous path. He is undermining our constitutional system of checks and balances; subverting democratic procedures and the rule of law; presiding over a corrupt, gangster regime; and assaulting the very pillars of traditional capitalism. Like Venezuela's leftist strongman, Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama is bent on imposing a revolution from above - one that is polarizing America along racial, political and ideological lines. Mr. Obama is the most divisive president since Richard Nixon. His policies are Balkanizing the country. It's time for him to go. Read more

Investing in Wind Power Is Smart — But Not How We’re Doing It

From Wired Magazine - by Marc Gunther - You’re probably a fan of wind power. It provides a limitless supply of clean energy. The turbines are manufactured primarily in the rust belt, creating much-ballyhooed green jobs for unemployed factory workers. Wind farms generate profits for local utilities, alternative energy companies, farmers, and ranchers, not to mention manufacturers like General Electric. What’s not to like? Well, there’s this: The US is building generating capacity in places that don’t need the electricity. Most wind farms are located in rural areas, where there’s plenty of land and a pragmatic attitude that welcomes wind turbines as a new “cash crop.” Indeed, Texas and Iowa recently surpassed California as the top wind energy states. But the transmission infrastructure to carry that power to cities is missing. Wind farms rely on big tax breaks to be competitive, and right now that money is being wasted. When more people catch wind of that fact, this promising form of alt energy could be labeled a boondoggle for farm states, as corn ethanol has been. For evidence of how ass-backward things have become, consider the curious phenomenon of negative electricity prices. These are just what they sound like: Because of the peculiarities of the energy market, producers of electricity sometimes pay grid operators to take the power they make. In sparsely populated west Texas, where the wind business is booming, the wholesale price of electricity was negative for about 1,100 hours—more than a month—in 2008 and more than 700 hours in 2009. How could this happen? Well, currently, only about half of the cash flow generated by a typical wind farm comes from selling electricity; the rest comes out of government coffers. And government subsidies keep the turbines spinning relentlessly whether they are needed or not. Along with a federal production tax credit of about $20 per megawatt-hour based on after-tax income, state-based renewable energy credits provide $5 to $50 per megawatt-hour to generators, according to analysts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read more

Woolner: Las Cruces Born Terrorist Targeted by U.S.

Ann Woolner
If any American deserves to be killed by his own government when far away from a traditional battlefield, it is the U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, assuming certain allegations are true. Known for English-language Internet sermons urging jihad on Americans, al-Awlaki has crossed the line from propagandist to become a leading al-Qaeda operative, authorities say. They see his hand in the failed airline bombing in Detroit last Christmas and in the murderous shootings six weeks earlier at Fort Hood in Texas. They have linked him to the would-be Times Square bomber and say he advised and helped 9/11 hijackers get money and shelter. “Mr. Awlaki is a terrorist who’s declared war on the United States,” CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a television interview in June. President Barack Obama’s administration earlier this year authorized his killing, according to news reports, by adding his name to a secret list of military enemies of the U.S.
Anwar al-Awlaki
He is one of the first if not the first American citizen to make the list. So somewhere over remote areas of Yemen, where he is believed to be hiding, U.S. Predator drones are searching for al-Awlaki, an American born in New Mexico. The U.S. Constitution grants citizens certain rights including one so essential it shouldn’t need repeating: officials can’t take your life without first charging and trying you. Do all constitutional rights follow you wherever you go, whatever you do? Some do, some don’t. Read more here:


China and India - Competing Asian Behemoths

A HUNDRED years ago it was perhaps already possible to discern the rising powers whose interaction and competition would shape the 20th century. The sun that shone on the British empire had passed midday. Vigorous new forces were flexing their muscles on the global stage, notably America, Japan and Germany. Their emergence brought undreamed-of prosperity; but also carnage on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Now digest the main historical event of this week: China has officially become the world’s second-biggest economy, overtaking Japan.
In the West this has prompted concerns about China overtaking the United States sooner than previously thought. But stand back a little farther, apply a more Asian perspective, and China’s longer-term contest is with that other recovering economic behemoth: India. These two Asian giants, which until 1800 used to make up half the world economy, are not, like Japan and Germany, mere nation states. In terms of size and population, each is a continent—and for all the glittering growth rates, a poor one. Read more here:


Politics May Cause Tax Increases To Go on Hold

HOW dramatically the pendulum of fear has swung in the past year—from worries about the fragile recovery, to panic about the level of the national debt, and back to anxiety about growth again. Swinging along with it has been the fate of George Bush’s tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of this year. Democratic Party leaders had hoped to make political capital, just before the mid-term elections in November, from the extension of the cuts for households earning less than $250,000 ($200,000 for single earners). At the same time, they hoped to paint the Republicans as hypocrites for moaning about the deficit while fighting to keep low taxes for the very rich. But these hopes, like the recovery, have withered away. Read more here:

Hostage Taker Wanted More Global Warming Programs

James J. Lee
MARYLAND - An update on Wednesday's hostage situation near DC. After a night searching for explosives the all clear's been given at the Discovery Channel building in Maryland. Police found 4 bombs including two made with propane. They're also gathering evidence from when gunman James Lee stormed into the building and took three of 1,900 workers hostage.During the ordeal.... Lee ended up on the phone with an NBC producer. Lee talked to the producer for about 10 minutes. Read more here:

Ken Blackwell - Upcoming Obama Veto?

Ken Blackwell
Americans might soon have another reason to ask themselves: “What is the president thinking?” With the flourish of a veto pen, President Obama is likely to disappoint and confuse both friends and some foes this fall; an interesting choice given his approval-rating challenges. How will President Obama manage to infuriate some conservatives and many liberals all at once? By vetoing a defense spending bill – a bill that would please some national defense conservatives by supporting our troops and please liberals by foolishly ending the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. So why would he miss what some political observers call a win-win opportunity? Read more here:

Hill: Obama's Problem........Wolves and Coyotes

Austin Hill
How did President Barack Obama go from a sixty-nine percent approval rating in January of 2009, to being declared “Mr. Unpopular” in Time Magazine last week? Well, in the context of a succinct, roughly 3000 word editorial, Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer successfully ignored a couple of key words that can help explain the President’s downfall - “wolves,” and “coyotes.” And if wolves and coyotes are in the mix, then the problem must be somewhere far outside the beltway, likely among the rural Western states, in a place that is either ignored or regarded with contempt by liberal media and Washington bureaucrats – some we can ignore -right?
Indeed the problems are in the West – in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Arizona – and while the problems are region-specific, they point to a broader crisis for the Obama Administration, and illustrate why President Obama continues to offend the moral sensibilities of the American people. First, let’s look at Arizona. Read more here:

Experimenting to Continue

Christine Romer
President Barack Obama promised to roll out “new ideas” to boost growth and spur hiring this week as he embarks on economy-focused trips to the Midwest with less than two months until congressional elections. Armed with what he called “positive news” on the jobs front after the Labor Department reported last week that private payrolls climbed 67,000 in August, more than forecast, the president will travel to Wisconsin and Ohio to promote his economic policies, which Republicans argue are ineffective and have added to record budget deficits. “I will be addressing a broader package of new ideas next week,” Obama said Sept. 3 at the White House. The economy is moving in “the right direction; we just have to speed it up.” The hiring by companies eased concerns that the world’s largest economy is sliding back into a recession. The Labor Department report showed overall employment fell 54,000 for a second month and the unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent as more people looked for work. “We can rule out a double-dip” recession, Christina Romer, who is leaving as Obama’s chief economist, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. Read more here:


Self-Employment at Eight Year Low

The number of Americans who were self-employed dropped in August to the lowest level in eight years, showing the economic recovery is not strong enough to nurture new businesses. There were 8.68 million people working for themselves last month, the fewest since January 2002, according to Labor Department data released today. That’s down 13 percent from a record 9.98 million reached in December 2006, 12 months before the latest recession began. Self-employment tends to increase during and immediately following economic slumps as tight labor markets prompt recently fired workers to venture out on their own, said Scott Shane, a professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The data this time is testament to the lack of credit and a slump in demand that is choking small businesses, he said. Read more here:

UTEP Overpowers Arkansas Pine Bluff 31-10

Mike Price - UTEP
UTEP has been rather inconsistent in its openers under Mike Price, but there has been a common thread in those seven games -- when the Miners outclass their opponent, they muddle through. A Donald Buckram-less UTEP certainly didn't outclass the FCS's Arkansas-Pine Bluff as badly as it hoped Saturday, but the Miners' superior talent and numbers finally wore down the feisty Golden Lions for a 31-10 victory. Price improved to 4-3 in openers in front of 30,029 fans and UTEP came away with a list of things to fix. "It was a good way we won it. It was a little bit frustrating at times, a lot of opportunities blown, particularly the first half. But we stuck together and that's good," Price said. "It was a good win because we're not fat and sassy. We've got a lot of work to do and the kids know that." The new 4-3 defense, after giving up an embarrassing 80-yard touchdown drive to UAPB to start the game, was resilient the rest of the night, though not overwhelming against an offense that won't be as good as most UTEP will face. Read more here:

Update: Make it 30 Dead Instead of 25 Dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Mexican soldiers killed at least 30 suspected cartel members in two shootouts near the U.S. border in a region that has become one of biggest battlegrounds in the country's drug war, authorities said Friday. Twenty-five of the suspects were killed Thursday during a raid on a building in Ciudad Mier in Tamaulipas state. The other five were killed Friday in neighboring Nuevo Leon state, during a shootout on a highway leading to the border, the Mexican Defense Department said in a statement. All 30 gunmen were believed to belong to the Zetas gang - the group suspected of killing 72 migrants nearly two weeks ago in what could be Mexico's biggest cartel massacre to date. Violence along Mexico's northeastern border with Texas has reached warlike proportions amid fighting between security forces and two feuding drug gangs - the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, former allies who split this year and started a vicious battle for trafficking routes in the area. Read more here:

Progressive Magazine - Longing for Saddam

To call the U.S. invasion and occupation “this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq,” as Obama did, is to really cake on the makeup. Yeah, I watched Obama’s speech on Iraq, and I can’t say I was blown away. First of all, to call the U.S. invasion and occupation “this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq,” as Obama did, is to really cake on the makeup. And was it “a war to disarm a state,” as he asserted, or was it, instead, a war to secure oil, or a war to project U.S. power, or a war not of necessity and not of choice but of therapy for George Bush to overcome his Oedipal complex? By the way, I could have lived without Obama’s saluting of his predecessor, who should be brought before the international criminal court for launching this war of aggression. Read more here:

Denish and Martinez Spar over Malott Scandal

Bruce Malott
The fall from grace of another Richardson insider hijacked center stage of the New Mexico governor’s race Thursday. The campaigns of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez found themselves trading accusations over the abrupt resignation of Bruce Malott as chairman of the Educational Retirement Board (ERB). Malott admitted to borrowing $350,000 from the father of a man who had shared in $22 million in so-called third-party marketing fees, the Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday. The fees are part of an ongoing federal criminal investigation and came from dozens of investment deals involving the State Investment Council and the ERB, which Malott helped to oversee as chairman. “It is clear that the culture of corruption is deeply rooted in the Richardson/Denish Administration and we are finding more conflicts and wrongdoing every day,” Martinez’s campaign manager, Ryan Cangliosi, said. Read more here:

Progressive Take on Glenn Beck Rally

Glenn Beck’s got me worried again about fascism in America. His so-called restoring honor rally last weekend assumed that somehow America has been dishonored, and that is a classic trope of fascists. Nor was I comforted by all talk from Beck about “America today begins to turn back to God.” Nor was I comforted by the full-throated and repeated chants of “USA, USA.” Nor by Sarah Palin having the gall to claim “we feel the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King,” this just 10 days after she told Dr. Laura to “reload,” after the talk show host said the N word 11 times in five minutes.

As if the rally wasn’t enough, Beck continued on his crusade during the week. Check this comment out: Beck said, “There are a lot of universities that are as dangerous with the indoctrination of the children as terrorists are in Iran or North Korea.” The irony is that Ahmadinejad has actually denounced the universities in Iran with similar disdain. One year into his first term, he asked scornfully “why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities." He and Beck see eye to eye on that one. Read more here: