N.M. fire marshal could close the UNM Basketball Arena

From KRQE.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite a $60 million facelift, the University of New Mexico's arena still isn't up to fire code, and a frustrated fire marshal says if something is not done soon, he may have to shut it down. Part of the problem is with the arena's ventilation system. If a fire broke out, State Fire Marshal John Standefer said there would be no way to clear the smoke so people could exit safely, and that's just one of the issues. "Unfortunately as we got into the season they did a miserable job of doing that," Standefer said. "We found oftentimes their safety people were not in place. They were late arriving or they left their post and went to other parts of the building. "We even found on two occasions that those individuals were asleep." All cooking at The Pit has been banned while crowds are present, and there must be extra fire extinguishers, more kitchen staff and additional crowd control present during any events at the arena. UNM officials agreed to voluntarily close The Pit if the ventilation system isn't in place by Jan. 31. If The Pit doesn't meet its deadline the Fire Marshal's Office could be forced to red-tag the building. The Pit would shut its doors. Read more

Time Mag Headline: "Holiday Blizzard, More Signs of Global Warming"

From time.com — It’s become as much a winter tradition as eggnog at Christmas and champagne on New Year’s Eve the first major snowstorm of the year bringing out the climate-change skeptics. And the bona fide blizzard that has frozen much of the Northeast just a few days after winter officially began definitely qualifies as major. But while piles of snow blocking your driveway hardly conjure images of a dangerously warming world, it doesn’t mean that climate change is a myth. The World Meteorological Organization recently reported that 2010 is almost certainly going to be one of the three warmest years on record, while 2001 to 2010 is already the hottest decade in recorded history. Indeed, according to some scientists, all of these events may actually be connected. One theory is that a warmer Arctic may actually lead to colder and snowier winters in the northern mid-latitudes. Even as countries like Britain — suffering through the coldest December on record — deal with low temperatures and unusual snow, the Arctic has kept on warming, with Greenland and Arctic Canada experiencing the hottest year on record. Temperatures in that region have been 5.4°F to 7.2°F (3°C to 4°C) above normal in 2010. As a result, the Arctic sea-ice cover has continued to shrink; this September, the minimum summer sea-ice extent was more than 770,000 sq. mi. (2 million sq km) below the long-term average, and the third-smallest on record. Snow may be piling up in midtown Manhattan, but the Arctic is continuing its long-term meltdown More here

Pigford Reparations Hearing Announced in New Congress

Lamar Smith
From hillbuzz.com -The real question with the Pig Black Reparations is whether or not the public at large can understand the scam Obama pulled off, or see that it was done 100% for his political benefit.  Pigford was a massive bribe, in the billions of dollars, to blacks to support Obama and remain loyal Democrats.  It’s “Obama money” given to them as the reparations the Left tried to gin up in the 1970s and 80s. But, so far all material related to Pigford has been too dense for most regular, non-politics focused Americans to easily follow.  It’s like Watergate that way, only in a world where the media had no interest at all in reporting on Watergate, and instead worked overtime to protect Richard Nixon and make sure no one said a bad word about him or anything he did…calling all of his critics RAAACIST! whenever he broke the law and did anything unsavory. Obama, our black Nixon, looted the Treasury to hand out massive infusions of cash to his black supporters.  That’s what Pigford is all about. Will someone find the magic key that unlocks all this for the public? Video here

How Not to Help Blacks Find Employment:Anti-Background Checks

From americanthinker.com -As of November 2010, the overall unemployment rate for whites was 9.2%, but for African Americans, it was 16.0%.  Among those aged 16 to 19, the difference (including both males and females) was significantly larger -- 20.9% for young whites versus 46.5% for young blacks.  In job-rich Manhattan, only one in four young (16-24) black males was employed in 2010.  What is especially remarkable about these statistics is their intractability.  Since the 1960s and the War on Poverty, Washington has spent billions -- everything from job training programs to tax incentives to anti-discrimination laws -- to eradicate this gap, all to no avail.  Given a half-century of failure, efforts to narrow differences have grown increasingly desperate.  The latest is the federal government's attempt to equalize how black and white job candidates appear to prospective employers even if they differ substantially -- just ban employers from checking credit and criminal histories so as not to "unreasonably" disadvantage black job applicants.  More here


111th Congress/White House Borrowed $10,429.64....................PER CITIZEN

(CNSNews.com) - The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury. That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census. The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States. Read full story here:

Martinez Administration Taking Shape

Susana Martinez
Santa Fe New Mexican - While much of the public attention on the administration of Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has focused on her choices to fill Cabinet posts, she also has been assembling a group of behind-the-scenes people who are just as important to the inner workings of state government. So far, her executive team includes two former state lawmakers, a former legislative aide, two lawyers, a small-business vice president and a spokesman. Several worked on the Las Cruces Republican's successful campaign. However, some just met her during the job-interview process. The average age of the team members is 36.2. Read full story here: