Pupfish banned from Alamogordo restaurant

(NewsNM - Swickard) Shuckins, at first I thought they were talking real Pupfish... good with Teriyaki Sauce. From the Alamogordo Daily News - The Alamogordo Department of Public Safety issued the White Sands Pupfish a no-trespass order early Tuesday morning after responding to a fight call at Applebee's restaurant. Officers responded to a fight in progress at 12:35 a.m. According to ADPS officers, "several members of the Pupfish Team instigated a fight with a few members of a local men's softball team." The report did not identify individual participants from either side in the scuffle. The ADPS report also did not give further details other than to say the investigation is ongoing and that all members of the Pupfish Team "have been trespassed" from the restaurant. Read more

St. Vincent Med. Center Workers Prepare to Go on Strike

Newsnm note - Are going on strike AND receiving health care rights? KOB - TV - Workers at Christus Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe have given a 10-day notice about a possible strike. The local hospital and health care employees union voted in favor of the move Monday night. Nurses and technical workers want to negotiate staffing and working conditions. A 10-day notice is needed so the hospital can figure out how to cover for striking workers. If a strike happens, it will begin July 1. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Santa Fe Vet's post on poisoning coyote raises ire

(NewsNM - Swickard) Lots of cats and dogs go missing every day. Culprit? Coyotes, Owls and Eagles. After a majestic animal eats your best friend you may not admire them so much, eh? From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - by Staci Matlock - A Santa Fe veterinarian drew a firestorm of protest from local animal lovers for trying to poison a coyote she believes killed Nina, her barn cat, and writing about it on Facebook last weekend. Several people called or emailed the state veterinary board to lodge complaints against Joan Moreau, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Wellness Center. Moreau declined to comment on the reaction. Her Facebook postings, initially open to the public, were restricted to friends only by Tuesday. Moreau has been a veterinarian for more than three decades. Sometime over the weekend, she posted a message saying she had gotten Nina's ashes back and was waiting for the stone memorial to bury the cat in her rose garden. Then she wrote, "The coyote that killed her will die I think in 5-7 days after it ate the beef broth basted rat poison I put out on the game trail I found. It will die minus the trauma I found on my cat ..." Read more

Politicking is part of the process for becoming a judge

From NM Politics.net - By Heath Haussamen - Indicted District Judge Mike Murphy allegedly told one judicial hopeful she had to give money to the local Democratic Party if she wanted the party’s support for her candidacy. New Mexico’s system for appointing district, appellate and Supreme Court judges is designed to reduce, but not eliminate, politics. When a position is vacant, a bipartisan commission of attorneys and others considers applications, interviews candidates, and recommends finalists to the governor. That process is almost entirely public. The governor then makes an appointment from among the candidates recommended. In some instances, the governor can reject the finalists and ask the commission to go back to the drawing board. Read more

Monahan: Sanchez did not go to college... problem?

(NewsNM - Swickard) Political Wall-leaner Joe Monahan had an interesting question today in his blog (New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan)
THE DEGREE - Both Heinrich and Balderas are college educated and so is former Rep. Heather Wilson who is seeking the GOP Senate nod. But her challenger, Lt Gov. John Sanchez, did not attend college. How rare would it be for a person without a college degree to win a US Senate seat? Take a look:About one in four of the nearly 7,400 elected representatives across the country do not possess a four-year college degree, according to a report released Sunday evening by The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington. That compares with 6 percent of members of Congress, and 72 percent of adults nationwide, said the report, which is based primarily on the officials’ self-reported biographical information....Only 6 percent of congressmen and senators have no college degree, so a Senator Sanchez--sans a degree--would be a member of a rather exclusive club within a 100 member exclusive club. Read more

Arizona official says ethnic studies violates law

From the El Paso Times - by AMANDA LEE MYERS,Associated Press - PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona state schools chief said Wednesday that an ethnic studies program in Tucson is violating a new state law by advocating ethnic solidarity among Latinos and promoting resentment toward white people. Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal's decision gives the Tucson Unified School District two months to comply with the law or face losing 10 percent of its annual state funding - or about $15 million. "This is not rocket science. This is fundamental," Huppenthal said at a news conference at his Phoenix office. "They have gotten themselves in a very tight corner. The ball is back in their court." Huppenthal ordered a review of the program when he took office in January after his predecessor, Tom Horne, said that the Mexican-American Studies program violated state law and that Huppenthal would have to decide whether to withhold funding. Supporters of the program have criticized challenges as an attack against Arizona's Hispanic population. Read more

Media Bias: Dennis Kucinich's "Reporter" Daughter Offers First Hatchet Job on Bachmann

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin made a big splash on the political scene in the summer of 2008 with an electrifying speech at the GOP convention. It was immediately clear that Palin had instantly catapulted herself onto the national political stage. What exactly was it that Palin said that resonated? She simply pointed out that the U.S. continues to export hundreds of billions of dollars of our wealth to nations that hate Americans in exchange for oil we could produce ourselves. In doing this, Palin was the only candidate on either ticket who seemed to actually understand why an intelligent energy policy was the key to jobs and prosperity in America.
What followed was fairly predictable. Democrats saw danger in a message that so clearly explained why the U.S. should actually access its own traditional energy reserves to create jobs, revenue, and propel growth. And within 36 hours of the Palin speech, an obsession with destroying the Alaskan governor was well underway. With the help of many of the members in the national media who identify themselves as Democrats (85%), the barrage on Palin’s integrity, intellect, and character has been unlike anything ever seen in any era of politics. As bad a candidate as John McCain was to begin with, the relentless assault on Palin was probably quite unnecessary. And though the White House changed hands thirty-one months ago, the obsession with "getting" Sarah Palin continues. These days an increasingly combative Palin does little to divert the attention of those who hate her.
Michelle Bachmann
Now comes Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota to the national stage. Though the New Hampshire debate on CNN on Monday could hardly be treated as “electrifying,” there is little doubt that the remarkable personal charisma of Bachmann along with her compelling personal story instantly catapulted her into contention. Bachmann connected with viewers based on a few common sense observations on the obvious direction of leadership that will be required to the right the American ship. That's a red flag for the mainstream media.
Jackie Kucinich
It came as no surprise that already a commentator disguised as a "reporter," Jackie Kucinich, (yes she is daughter of long time Progressive Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich) has already published the first news media hatchet job on Bachmann. The assault in the ever shrinking USA Today, came within a 48 hours of Bachmann’s impressive entry on the national stage. Observers can expect more of this to follow because there is a clear pattern here. Any attractive candidate emerging in opposition to the philosophical leanings of 85% of the mainstream media (Fox News is the exception of course) can expect to be torched by those (like Dennis Kucinich’s daughter) who would be thrilled to see Greek style socialism dominate public policy in America.


Williams: Our Moral Dilemma

Walter Williams
Townhall - Most of our nation's problems are a direct result of our being immune, hostile or indifferent to several moral questions. Let's start out with the simple and move to the more complex. Or, stated another way, let's begin with questions that generate the least hostility, moving to those that generate the greatest. If a person benefits from a hamburger, a suit of clothing, an apartment or an education, who should be forced to pay for it? I believe the question has only one moral answer, namely the person who benefits from a good or service should be forced to pay for it, that's if we wish to distinguish ourselves from thieves who only care about enjoying something and who pays is irrelevant. Aside from the moral question is the economic efficiency question. If the user of something isn't paying, it's a good chance that he'll overuse and waste it. Our country's problem is that too many Americans want to benefit from things for which they expect other Americans to be taxed. Read full column here: News New Mexico

Squier: "We Don't Have Time to Waste"

Sidonie Squier
Capitol Report New Mexico - It’s going to be an uphill climb to overcome the bureaucratic hurdles — not to mention opposition from a number of patients and interest groups — but the state’s Human Services Department (HSD) is attempting to make some major changes to New Mexico’s Medicaid system. The HSD’s secretary, Sidonie (pronounced “Sidney”) Squier, says changes must be made because “we don’t have time to waste.” Squier told members of the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday (June 14) that “we need to get moving” because the Medicaid system is unsustainable, pointing to statistics showing that Medicaid spending will rise to 16 percent of the entire state budget in fiscal year 2012. She want on to say that with health care reform scheduled to go into effect, the HSD estimates that 130,000 to 175,000 new recipients will be added to the state’s Medicaid rolls between 2014 and 2019, which equates to $300 million to $600 million in costs. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Gross: U.S. Worse Shape Than Greece

Bill Gross
Bloomberg - When adding in all of the money owed to cover future liabilities in entitlement programs the US is actually in worse financial shape than Greece and other debt-laden European countries, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC Monday. Much of the public focus is on the nation's public debt, which is $14.3 trillion. But that doesn't include money guaranteed for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which comes to close to $50 trillion, according to government figures. The government also is on the hook for other debts such as the programs related to the bailout of the financial system following the crisis of 2008 and 2009, government figures show. Taken together, Gross puts the total at "nearly $100 trillion," that while perhaps a bit on the high side, places the country in a highly unenviable fiscal position that he said won't find a solution overnight. Read full story and watch video here: News New Mexico

NM Receives $27M Grant for Low Income Housing

From therepublic.com - The state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque are getting $27 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced the funding Tuesday, saying it will help the state meet the housing needs of some of its most vulnerable citizens. The bulk of the money is for state and local government programs for developing low-income housing. More News New Mexico