Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UTEP For 13th Straight Victory In I-10 Series Report

A couple of big point runs by the Aggies resulted in the team's 13th straight victory over their I-10 rivals, the UTEP Miners, on Tuesday night in El Paso. Kayleigh Giddens paced the Aggies with 15 kills and the Aggies committed just 11 attack errors on the night in the victory. "We did a pretty good job from the service line," said head coach Mike Jordan. "We served it fairly tough at times."

The first set saw the Aggies jump out to a quick 3-1 lead before the Miners would tie things up at 3-3. The set would remain tied at 7-7 and then again at 9-9 when the Aggies would go on the first of their two big runs in the match. The Aggies would reel off eight consecutive points behind tough serving by sophomore libero Ellen Miks. The Agies would get a kill by Whitney Woods followed by a block by Stephanie Ziegler and Kelsey Brennan. After a double contact was called on the Miners, Miks would deliver a service ace to put the Aggies up 13-9. A kill by Kayleigh Giddens would force the Miners to call a timeout down 14-9. The timeout wasn't effective as the Aggies continued their point run as back-to-back-to-back hitting errors by UTEP's Jacque Cason and Jeane Horton would give the Aggies a 17-9 lead. The Miners would finally end the Aggies' point run scoring a point off as Ellen Miks was unable to come up with a dig on an attack by Jacque Cason.

The Aggies would score five of the next six points to push their lead out to 12 points at 23-11. The Miners would score four of the next five points to cut the Aggies' lead to 24-15 but a kill by Aggie middle blocker Michelle Kuester would end the set 25-15. The Aggies hit .393 in the set while holding UTEP to a .176 hitting percentage. The Miners committed eight attack errors in the set. Read More


Pressure rises on pastor who wants to burn Quran

NewsNM rejects hate of religion as an American trait. Take crazy somewhere else, Rev. Jones.

From - MIAMI — The government turned up the pressure Tuesday on the head of a small Florida church who plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, warning him that doing so could endanger U.S. troops and Americans everywhere. But the Rev. Terry Jones insisted he would go ahead with his plans, despite criticism from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, the White House and the State Department, as well as a host of religious leaders. Jones, who is known for posting signs proclaiming that Islam is the devil's religion, says the Constitution gives him the right to publicly set fire to the book that Muslims consider the word of God. Read more


Las Cruces City Council - Anti-Business "Double Standards"

Sierra Luna Road
News New Mexico's photos tell a terrible story of an anti-business, double standard at city council that is causing serious economic damage to the Las Cruces area. The first photo depicts a well-engineered road that leads to a stranded golf course in the north east section of the city. This road was actually intended to be a secondary road that leads directly to the site of the proposed golf clubhouse. The development company that built this road also maintains the golf course. The development company was told by city staffers (under orders from meddling councilors) that NO occupational permit should be allowed for the golf clubhouse until the development company also built "another access road." The other access road was to be located just 1/3rd of mile east of this road. The "other" road, the main road, was actually to become a major arterial roadway, complete with street lights, multiple use paths, bike lanes etc. for the area. Even when the development company asked for the secondary road (above) to be used simply as access for golfers headed out to play the golf course earlier this summer, two of the seven city councilors (Olga Pedroza and Nathan Small) voted to continue to render this road (and the golf course) useless.
Stranded Golf Course
Let's fast forward to the present and see what has happened to the lofty standards. Let's have a look at site where the base course is now being laid on the "temporary" road on North Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. Somehow, with approval of our same city councilors this "temporary" road has been substitued for the "major arterial" roadway demanded from the development company. Sadly, it is obvious even to an untrained naked eye that this "temporary" road will suffer constantly from poor drainage. In fact, unlike the well-designed secondary road above, this temporary road will be a maintenance nightmare Take particular note of the elevation of dirt mounds on the sides of this hastily built temporary road. What will be the immediate use of this road, that is now being laid on the same pathway that the city had told the development company MUST be constructed as a major arterial thoroughfare? It will used for access each day by school buses and parents taking children to the brand new multi-million dollar Monte Vista Elementary School. The road may also be used by emergency vehicles in the event the other narrow road (Jornada) is impassible. 
Temporary Road on N. Sonoma Ranch Boulevard
Many serious questions arise regarding the council's double dealing and double standards. Did the acceptability of this temporary road come before council for a vote? We doubt it. We suspect staffers quietly signed off. Were city and LCPS staff and planners pleased to make rapid plans for LCPS to pay for this temporary road when $10 million in New Mexico Finance Authority funds were available to build a first class four lane thoroughfare by the development company? Not hardly. Is this temporary road what parents of children attending Las Cruces Public Schools would find acceptable, given all the facts? Not at all. Does this ill-conceived temporary road reflect in any way, shape, or form the stringent demands made on and met by the development company? No way.

Monte Vista Elementary School
Does LCPS pay any gross receipts tax to the city to construct roads. Nope. Will the development company have to rip this collosal waste of taxpayers money right back out of the ground and cover it up with 90 thousand cubic yards of dirt fill when the permanent roadway is built? You bet. Through the actions of meddling, anti-business councilors, are local taxpayers seeing more than $1 million of their money squandered on a sub par temporary road to a school? Absolutely. Will LCPS receive $1 million from the development company for their infrastrcuture contributions in the area? Not now. Was the proposed four-lane road to be built by the develoment company, with all the extra amenities, going to cost taxpayers a dime? Not one red cent. Does this dubious result constitute "getting it right the first time" as described by Councilors Dolores Conner and Sharon Thomas in their recent op-ed pieces in the local newspapers, after they were challenged on the wisdom of reneging on their original votes for NMFA funds (along with all other councilors EXCEPT Mayor Ken Miyagishima). Surely you jest. Is this any way for reliable councilors to act when their duty is to serve as stewards of the public trust? We suggest everyone drive out to this area of town and decide for yourself how badly city council has botched this deal. 


Kudlow: Last Minute 100% Write-off a Idea Good

Larry Kudlow
It’s all midterm-election politics, but Obama’s last-minute idea for 100 percent tax write-offs for corporate investment is, in fact, a good idea. He proposes a two-year window to incentivize businesses to bring forward their investments. From the standpoint of investment, it’s the right way to go. Perhaps Larry Summers now thinks tax cuts are the right way to go, too. CEOs like Fred Smith of FedEx have argued for full cash expensing for many years, along with a big drop in the corporate tax rate itself. This is what Team Obama should have done in the first place: Slash business tax rates and accelerate investment-depreciation schedules. Read more here:

Thomas Sowell - Political Fables

Thomas Sowell
President Barack Obama boldly proclaims, "The buck stops here!" But, whenever his policies are criticized, he acts as if the buck stopped with George W. Bush. The party line that we are likely to be hearing from now until the November elections is that Obama "inherited" the big federal budget deficits and that he has to "clean up the mess" left in the economy by the Republicans. This may convince those who want to be convinced, but it will not stand up under scrutiny. No President of the United States can create either a budget deficit or a budget surplus. All spending bills originate in the House of Representatives and all taxes are voted into law by Congress. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress before Barack Obama became president. The deficit he inherited was created by the Congressional Democrats, including Senator Barack Obama, who did absolutely nothing to oppose the runaway spending. He was one of the biggest of the big spenders. Read more here:

Aggie Volleyball Heads for UTEP

Mike Jordan
NMSU Volleyball heads to UTEP tonight for a 7:00pm match against I-10 rival University of Texas-El Paso. The Aggies swept UTEP 25-15, 25-23, 25-13 in their first meeting at the Pan American Center Friday night.
News New Mexico sports editor Kyle Doperalski will have the call of the game on KSNM AM-570. Head Coach Mike Jordan takes his 4-1 Aggie Squad into hostile territory looking for his 271st career victory.


Ethics Course for Elected Officials?

Nathan Cote
Lawmakers heading back to the Capitol will soon have to take a course on public-sector ethics under a measure approved earlier this year. A memorial by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, led to the development of the course in collaboration with New Mexico State University. A task force is currently putting together a syllabus for the class. "This task force will design and implement an ethics education/training program for public officials to adhere to the public trust and stewardship of the common good of the community," Cote said in a statement. "Ethics training should clarify and reinforce the understanding of a person's ethical compass," he said. "Those of us in public service should always understand and be prepared to do what is right and what is expected of us regardless of the situation we find ourselves in." Read more here:

Suspects in Mexico Migrant Massacre Found Dead

From the Las Cruces Sun News - MEXICO CITY-The bodies of three men suspected of participating in the massacre of 72 migrants last month were found by the side of a road in northern Mexico after an anonymous caller told authorities where to find the cadavers, federal officials said Monday. Prosecutors' spokesman Ricardo Najera said authorities have no information on who made the call, but in the past suspects in especially brutal killings that draw too much attention to Mexico's drug gangs have been "handed over" to authorities. Federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said the bodies of the three men-along with two women not identified as culprits-were found by marines last week after an anonymous caller on Aug. 30 tipped authorities off to the presence of the bodies in Tamaulipas state. It was unclear why authorities waited almost a week to announce the discovery. Read more here:

Boise State - Relentless in Victory Over Va. Tech

LANDOVER, Md. -- Win two Fiesta Bowls and begin the season with a No. 3 ranking. Check. Concoct the worst kind of neutral-site-in-name-only situation you can think of, like a New York lawyer in a Mississippi courtroom. Check. Blow a 17-0 lead, fall behind 30-26, then win the game with the kind of two-minute touchdown drive that would make Peyton Manning get off the couch and bow with respect. Check. Check. And check out Boise State. The Broncos faced down Virginia Tech, winning 33-30 when Kellen Moore threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 to play before 86,587 mostly hostile fans at FedEx Field. Chris Petersen won't let this victory go to the heads of his Broncos players. It was a game that exceeded the months of hype that preceded it, a game filled with early-season mistakes that could not defuse the kind of tension usually reserved for November. That's because Boise State is ranked No. 3 in the nation and, at 1-0, has plowed through the toughest part of its schedule. With this victory, the Broncos bought themselves national attention that will last as long as they keep winning. When Boise State coach Chris Petersen hears such talk, it's all he can do to keep from putting his fingers in his ears. Read more here:

Fear Grips Social Fabric of Ciudad Juarez

From the Dallas Morning News - CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – Social worker Graciela de León spends her days crisscrossing this death-marred city alone, bringing health services to women in poor neighborhoods notorious for drug and gang violence. Graciela de León, undeterred by drug and gang violence, is determined to provide health services to poor neighborhoods. Not even the carnage that has gripped this city on the border with El Paso has deterred de León from her mission of combating another killer: cervical cancer, the No. 1 killer of Mexican women in their reproductive years and the cause of about 4,000 deaths each year – 12 women daily, according to Mexico's Health Ministry. "We spend all day in the street, and we go around afraid," de León said as she drove alongside the railroad tracks that famously divide the city's prosperous and poor areas. "But we don't stop doing our job – of course we don't." De León is one of the 1 million or so Juárez residents who haven't fled to Texas or elsewhere to escape the violence. Since January 2008, drug-related violence has killed more than 6,000 people in Juárez, including dozens of innocent people unconnected to the warring criminal organizations in the city. Read more here:

4 Dead Monday - All Women

From the El Paso Times - Four women were killed in three incidents as the violence continued Monday in Juárez. The first case was about 3 a.m. when the body of an unidentified woman was found wrapped in a bedcover in an industrial park, Chihuahua state police said. There were no visible injuries. The cause of death had not been determined, but the case was labeled a homicide. Just before 6 a.m., two women were shot to death at the intersection of 15 de Septiembre and Monte de las Cruces streets in west Juárez, state police said.Police said the women had not been identified but appeared to be in their 20s. Five 9 mm bullet casings were found at the scene. Read more here:

David Corn - Capitol Hill Growing Impatient

Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . . That's the sound of a time bomb on Capitol Hill that may soon explode. As the final stretch of the 2010 congressional elections is about to start -- Labor Day weekend is the traditional kickoff for campaign season -- Democrats are increasingly upset at the Obama White House. For weeks, President Obama, whether on vacation or not, has been not been publicly focusing on the only issue congressional Democrats care about: jobs. This week, Obama devoted most of his time to Iraq and the Middle East process. "None of that is going to drive our base to the polls in two months or convince independents to vote D," a senior House Democratic aide complains.
"We grudgingly said okay to Iraq, we grudgingly said okay to the Middle East stuff; it's all important," says a top Democratic Senate strategist. "But if the president doesn't turn to the economy like a laser beam next week, we're going to go wild." Read more here: