Motherhood is Political

Dana Loesch
Pulaski note: Happy Mother's Day to all of our mothers, especially those who are politically active. From -Why have so many mothers become so active? Because motherhood is political. I have two sons. One day they may hear the call of duty and enlist to fight for our liberty. One day they may be called upon to defend America’s shores. They may decide to enter business or take up a trade. They may decide to have families of their own someday. I want them to have every opportunity available to them and I will stand against that which impedes on their rights. It’s instinctual: my job as a mother is to raise up, nurture, and protect my children, to protect their interests, to protect the interests of my family. In a society where my first line of defense, my husband, has been compromised by the self-victimization of the female sex, I’ve volunteered to go to the front lines of this ideological battle and I do it for my children. I’m not the only one. More News New Mexico


Survey: 66% of Juarez Residents in Favor of International Intervention to Stop Drug Cartel Violence

Latin American Herald Tribune - CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Nearly all (93 percent) of the inhabitants of this violent Mexican border city say they feel insecure and 71 percent of them reject the presence of the Federal Police, according to a survey published by a local university. The 2nd Citizen Crime Perception Survey was presented Friday by the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez’s Social Research Center, which noted that there was slight improvement compared to the 2009 poll, when 96 percent of residents said they felt unsafe. According to the poll, 25 percent of those surveyed said they had been the victim of some type of police abuse in the past year. The survey also revealed that 66 percent of the residents of that Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, would be in favor of an intervention by international forces to solve the violent-crime problems.
Socorro Velazquez, head of the Social Research Center, said at a press conference that the survey shows “there are no safe places” in the city. “Six out of 10 say they feel ‘completely insecure’ in this border city. Then if we add the 33 percent of the population that say they feel ‘not very secure’ we have 93 percent of Juarez residents over the age of 18 who perceive the city to be unsafe,” Velazquez said. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Hayes: It is Simplistic and Childlike to Think of al-Queada and bin Laden as "Bad Guys"

Christopher Hayes
The Nation - A major victory has been scored by the good guys against the baddest of the bad guys.” —Geraldo Rivera on Fox News, announcing Osama bin Laden’s death. In the wake of 9/11, the phrase “bad guys” infiltrated our national conversation, and its continued prevalence serves as a testament to the ways the trauma has warped our national character. In the days after the attack, Dick Cheney warned the world that “people have to choose between the US and the bad guys.” Tom Friedman’s columns from that fall repeatedly invoke the term. “From here forward,” he wrote on September 28, 2001, “it’s the bad guys who need to be afraid every waking moment. The more frightened our enemies are today, the fewer we will have to fight tomorrow.” But the term outlived the immediate aftermath. As Iraq descended into insurgency and civil war, Newt Gingrich said that the “key to defeating the bad guys is having enough good guys who are Iraqis.”
Fireman at WTC

Everyone from Madeleine Albright to John Kerry to Joe Biden adopted the term as well. In a 2009 appearance on Face the Nation Defense Secretary Gates talked of choking off “potential recruits for the bad guys.” And last summer General Petraeus told a Congressional hearing that “you have to have contact with bad guys to get intelligence on bad guys.” When President Obama announced the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” he quoted a Special Forces soldier, who described a fellow soldier this way: “He’s big. He’s mean. He kills lots of bad guys. No one cared that he was gay.” Understandably, the line got lots of laughs. The source of the humor was the confounding of stereotypes, but it was the invocation of “bad guys,” with its blunt simplicity, that made the joke work. The phrase is self-consciously playful but also insidious. An adult who invokes it is expressing a layered set of propositions.
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 What “bad guys” says, roughly, is this: “I’m an adult who has considered the nature of the moral universe we live in and concluded that it really is black and white. I’ve decided that my earliest, most childlike conception of heroes and villains is indeed the accurate one, which only later came to be occluded by nuance and wishy-washy, bleeding-heart self-doubt. I reject that more complicated, mature conception as false. I embrace the child’s vision of the world.” “Bad guys” was a phrase that channeled our rawest emotions in the wake of 9/11, emotions that we collectively mythologize. Read full column here: News New Mexico


Free The Federal Lands for States to Develop

From -When the United States was formed the Congress owned no lands. It is time to establish the right of land ownership for every state in the union. The best and most comprehensive way economic initiative can be returned to the states has to do with control of the land within each state, which bears directly on oil and gas exploration and drilling. Recognition of the sovereign right of each state to control the use of lands within its borders would result in an incredible increase in exploration and drilling, the creation of jobs both within and alongside that activity, and would quickly reduce our dependence on OPEC and non-friendly sources of oil and gas. Just the declared intention to do so would by itself dramatically impact world oil prices. Consider the tremendous economic activity and the attending prosperity that is now occurring in North Dakota (population less than 700,000). The key is that oil and gas drilling and related business development are under the mandate of North Dakota, not Washington, DC. More News New Mexico

Happy Mother's Day!

To all mom's, especially Rachel Pulaski and Janice Arnold-Jones and all the moms of the News New Mexico team members:




Sowards Senate Campaign Gearing Up

Greg Sowards
Las Cruces, NM - Republican Greg Sowards, a southern New Mexico businessman, announced he has retained the services of a group of seasoned professionals from prominent firms to consult on his U.S.Senate campaign."Success of our campaign is largely dependent upon two things - our ability to raise money and the solicitation of the grassroots. I flew to Washington, D.C. and interviewed potential consultants in order to pick the perfect team for this race,"said Sowards. "The strategic advice and professionalism this team brings to the race elevates our campaign to the next level, and gives us the edge against our more liberal competition." The Sowards campaign has retained Tyler Harber and Kurt Luidhardt from the Prosper Group for general consulting, online fund raising, and telephone voter contact. The Prosper Group counts dozens of well- known and underdog campaigns as clients, including Scott Brown (MA-Sen), Pat Toomey (PA-Sen), Dan Coats (IN-Sen), Allen West (FL-22), Michael Grimm (NY-13), Quico Canseco (TX-23) and Larry Buschon (IN8). Darcie Johnston of Johnston Consulting, and Paul Hatch of 101 Strategy Partners will serve as the campaign's finance consultants, focusing on national major donor operations and campaign finance strategies.
The duo also has an impressive catalogue of clients, including Sharon Angle for Senate (NV), Romney for President, Republican Governor's Association, Mike Leavitt (UT-Gov), Republican National Committee, Sean Bielat for Congress (MA-4), and Mike Lee (UT-Sen). Sowards reported raising $152,035 in the first quarter and retains over $150,000 cash on-hand according to the most recent financial filing, dated April 15th, with the Federal Election Commission. "Conservatives, Tea Party members and voters in general are looking for a well-funded, well-organized alternative to Liberal Republican Heather Wilson," said Sowards. "I am happy that a growing number of people believe that I am that candidate, who has the credentials and values to wage a winning campaign for this open U.S. Senate seat in 2012." "Voters rejected Heather Wilson in a primary four years ago for the same reason they will reject her this time," continued Sowards. "We will wage a creative campaign that will have the strength and message necessary to win, as the candidate that stands with integrity, while defending firm Constitutional principles."
Greg Sowards is an inventor and entrepreneur with 5 U.S. Patents. He is a commercial contractor and owner of Kid's Kountry Child Care Centers a business with 70 employees. Sowards has been married 37 years. The Sowards have 6 married children and 17 grandchildren. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, 1/70 - 9/72 and a graduate of Brigham Young University.

Truthers, Birthers, and Newters

Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Newsnm note - (Spence) We ran across this column and after reading it felt it was important to post it. Like so many others we had been mis-informed in a vague sort of way about some of the personal aspects of the life of Newt Gingrich. We thought we would share it here. It comes from Gingrich's daughter Jackie. It would seem in addition to the terms "Birthers" and "Truthers" we can add the term "Newters."
Newt Gingrich
Townhall - My father, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has been in politics as long as I can remember. And as long as I can remember, media coverage about him has contained misstatements of facts. The vast majority are simple mistakes that are easily corrected, understood and rewoven into an ongoing storyline. But one of them seems to have taken on a life of its own, and simple corrections have not sufficed to set the record straight. Why does this happen? I can't be sure, but I suspect that the narrative created by these untruths proves to be so much more compelling and more dramatic than what actually happened that it proves irresistible. I'm talking about the story of my father's visit to my mother while she was in the hospital in 1980. Read full column here: News New Mexico


Zito: Will Medi-SCARE Tactic Work Politically?

Salena Zito
Townhall - With the 2012 election approaching, you wouldn’t expect to hear one of Washington’s savviest Democratic strategists praise Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., for his budget plan on Medicare. “Any time you hand your opponent a club, knowing full well he is going to beat you over the head with it for 18 long months, that is courageous,” the strategist says. Democrats’ 2012 slogan will be that Ryan – and everyone else with “Republican” attached to their names – is taking Medicare from seniors.
Kathleen Sebelius
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius began late last week, saying that Ryan’s proposal will lead to early deaths among seniors. One Republican strategist says his party can’t allow Democrats to “get away with the fundamental dishonesty” of frightening “every senior on Medicare today” because “they know darned well the program will remain unchanged for anyone 55 or older.” Yet “Medi-scare” is a strategy that worked for Democrats before. Will it work again? Read full column here: News New Mexico


O'Reilly: Truth versus Ideology

Bill O'Reilly
Townhall - Frustrating! That's the appropriate word for what is happening in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid. Besides the precision of the Navy SEALs, the big story to emerge from the action is that coerced interrogation gave the CIA vital information used to track bin Laden to his lair. Current CIA Chief Leon Panetta has confirmed that. Of course, that exposition is embarrassing to the left, including President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton, who are all on record as saying coerced interrogation does not work. Apparently, they were wrong in a big way. The nails-on-the-blackboard part of this story is that some liberal pundits are trying to deny the undeniable. The spin they are using is that a "mosaic" of intelligence led the CIA to bin Laden. It was not just waterboarding or whatever. To paraphrase Panetta: We'll never know if we could have gotten the same intel without the water. That's true, but who cares? It is the duty of the federal government to protect Americans from harm. And that's what the Bush administration did when it signed off on coercive questioning. Read full story here: News New Mexico