UNM Hires Former Notre Dame Coach

From KOAT-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico has hired former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to head up its troubled football team. Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced the appointment Wednesday. UNM has scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon to introduce Davie, who will become the university's 31st head coach. The terms of Davie's contract haven't been released. As head coach at Notre Dame, Davie went 35-25 and advanced to three bowls, including one BCS bowl (the 2001 Fiesta Bowl). Davie also spent 20 years as an assistant, including three at Notre Dame as defensive coordinator, and nine at Texas A&M. The Lobos' last bowl appearance was a victory in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl. Read more

New York City braces for 'tens of thousands' of protesters set to march on Financial District

From the NY Post - The occupation at Zuccotti Park may be over, but wary city officials are bracing for trouble tomorrow when a mob of that could number in the “tens of thousands” is expected to answer Occupy Wall Street’s call to shut down the Financial District. “Everything that we have seen and heard suggests that we may have tens of thousands of people tomorrow protesting. The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told reporters this afternoon. Read more

Welcome to a new era of democracy

From NM Politics.net - The Internet makes democracy possible in a way the world has never before seen. The challenge for movements like the Tea Party and Occupy is to rise above division and work together to change the world. I believe the primary reason is the Internet, which makes democracy possible in a way our world has never before seen. People without money or influence over our decision-makers can organize on Facebook and Twitter in spite of efforts to stop them. They can show the world what’s happening on YouTube and blogs. The voice of the people can’t be silenced. Read column

Mexican Governors to Meet With Gov. Martinez

Gov. Martinez
From therepublic.com -Martinez said Wednesday that she will host a meeting Jan. 12 of governors from the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Zacatecas and Nayarit. Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte said in a statement the leaders hope to develop a new economic and tourism strategy.  More News New Mexico

Feds Looking at Richardson Again

Bill Richardson
From nmpolitics.net -A federal grand jury is investigating potential “financial irregularities” related to former Gov. Bill Richardson’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting. According to the Journal, the investigation “involves several other matters tied together by potential election law violations, including possible coordination between so-called ‘soft money’ from political action committees and the campaign.”  More News New Mexico

N.M. Regulators Approve Dairy Settlement

From cbsnews.com -New Mexico water regulators on Wednesday adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over the regulation of millions of tons of waste produced each year by the state's $2.6 billion dairy industry. The dairy rule was first approved by the commission last year in the final month of former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration. It was meant to protect New Mexico's groundwater from dairy discharges, but the industry appealed and months of negotiations ensued.  More News New Mexico

Harbison: Election by Apathy

Jim Harbison
Well we have experienced another City election and the Progressive movement has taken firm and total control over the City Council. Now there isn’t even a token conservative on the Council to speak for the conservative community. Mayor Miyagishima proudly proclaimed his election by a significant majority. I would contend that he and this Council were elected by a landside - a landslide of apathy since he was elected by about 11% of the eligible voters. More than 80% of the registered voters failed to vote for him or participate in the one of the most sacred rights of our American form of government - the right to vote. Failure to vote does not indicate support for the direction the City Council has taken in the past any more than it indicates disappointment. It just reflects a serious apathy and that the public doesn’t care one way or the other. It could also indicate that the public feels so disenfranchised that voting no longer matters. Implementation of unpopular programs like mandatory recycling certainly leads to this sense of futility. During this campaign cycle candidates knocked on doors to discuss their position with the public only to be told “I don’t vote in City elections because it doesn’t matter. Our elected officials don’t pay any attention to what the public wants”. What a sad commentary.
Yes, elections do have consequences and obviously, I am very disappointed with the outcome of this election. However, everyone needs to accept the fact that this is our electoral process and the citizens (at least some of them) have spoken and have elected an anti-business, anti-growth City Council. I also realize that all of the citizens of Las Cruces of all political orientations need to be represented fairly and equally and hope this Council will keep that in mind as they govern for the next two years.
As we know, there are those who are convinced that “government” knows what is best for each of us and that government must intervene in our daily lives to “protect” us from ourselves. It is those with this belief that are now in control of the City Council. As a result we can anticipate seeing an increased amount of social programs and government intervention in our daily lives. After all, Progressives are convinced that their values are superior and everyone must live by their value system. They have never advocated allowing individual freedom of choice but rather dictating how everyone else is supposed to live and limit or direct what they can or cannot do.
The saddest part of this election may be the fact that the number of registered voters for each party, as well as independents had shown a significant increase since the last election. And yet, the actual number and percentage of those who voted in this election were considerably lower than the last Mayoral election. Successful and prosperous cities require citizen involvement. Not just the involvement of the activists or special interest groups but the citizenry as a whole.
Las Cruces is a great city and it has lured or inspired many people to move here. What draws people to make the commitment to move into a community and then dampens their interest in selecting its leaders for the future? It would seem that they should have a significant vested interest in the future direction of the city they had chosen to live in no matter if they moved here to work or retire. Many claim they don’t know enough about what is going on in the city to make a decision about political races even though they have lived here for several years. They should because policies of any city determine the quality of life they will experience and the amount of individual freedoms they will retain.
Las Cruces City Hall
From my perspective, those of you who failed to vote have forfeited your right to be heard. This applies to all political parties or groups as well. You have demonstrated that you have no concern about the future of the City or your individual rights and freedoms. You have also failed to confirm or reject the policies of the City Council or help them with its future direction. Every time a public policy requires a private citizen to ask government for permission, another freedom is lost. There are many policies the City is proposing that will require you to ask for their permission so it is imperative you become responsible citizens and get involved.


NM Foreclosures Up 75%

From durangoherald.com -Initial foreclosure actions filed in New Mexico district courts against homeowners jumped 75 percent last month, according to new data released last week. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said initial foreclosure filings rose from 350 in September to 611 in October. Still, the pace of these initial filings was down from the 663 reported statewide in October 2010.  More News New Mexico

Obama Administration Pushing Hunters Off Public Lands

Hat Tip Tracy From usnews.com -Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department, the first major move by the Obama administration to impose limits on firearms. Officials say the administration is concerned about the potential clash between gun owners and encroaching urban populations who like to use same land for hiking and dog walking.  More News New Mexico

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Obama's Union Backers Also "Occupy" Backers

AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka
Washington Times - Some of the country’s biggest and most powerful unions are providing the infrastructure and amenities to keep the Occupy D.C. encampment fortified going into the winter. The camp’s portable toilets are being provided by the Service Employees International Union, the 2.1-million-member union that helped elected President Obama and recently backed his re-election bid. The estimated 100 demonstrators staying each night in McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House, can take a hot shower at the AFL-CIO headquarters on 16th Street Northwest. “We happen to have a few showers associated with our small gym. From [10 a.m. to noon] we make those showers available,” said Jeff Hauser, spokesman for the AFL-CIO, the international labor union with more than 12 million members. “It happened kind of naturally. We’ve talked with them about the needs they’ve expressed. This really helps them, and it’s not a heavy lift on our part.” A demonstrator said the encampment has designated a “shower coordinator” who takes Occupy D.C.-ers to the union’s gym showers. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Sowards: An Ounce of Prevention

Greg Sowards
By U.S. Senate Candidate Greg Sowards - I have always been an advocate for maintaining the rule of law in America. There are many laws at the federal level that are currently unenforced, particularly in the southern states that border Mexico. When it comes to illegal immigration, I believe the federal government should enforce the laws that are on the books or hand authority and the grants necessary for the states to enforce the laws, that they might rise as effective partners with Washington. Most Americans have heard the old adage by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A recent article entitled “Predator Use Soars at U.S.-Mexico Border” pointed out the power of prevention when it comes to supporting our uniformed guards at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
According to the article by Christopher Sherman of the Associated Press, a Predator B surveillance aircraft, equipped with infrared and thermal imaging cameras was able to help a border patrol find two illegal immigrants that the naked eye could not find.
What shocked me is that the Predator B that was added to the Border Patrol arsenal was only the fifth drone that the force was utilizing and that a sixth drone was slated to be added in Arizona at the year's end. At a cost of $18.5 million, the Predator systems – the plane, control consoles, and sensors – are a bargain when compared to the price of physical barriers. In roughly 10,000 hours of operation, they have helped the border patrol apprehend 7,500 people and intercept over 23 tons of illegal drugs.
Two controllers – a pilot and a sensor operator – man each drone. They operate out of trailers and the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is constantly criticized for its high cost. Really? Let's compare the cost of the UAS at $18.5 million to the U.S. Government loan to Solyndra at $535 million. Apples to oranges? Maybe. However, the Obama Administration's agenda of killing the fossil fuels industry in America may have clouded the primary purpose of government which is to defend our sovereign borders.
Solyndra, then, a failing company that was propped up by the U.S. taxpayers and then went belly up was given a loan which could have been spent to buy 28 Predator B drones to give to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This amount of unmanned aerial vehicles would have expanded the fleet by a factor of seven and would have provided California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas with the tools necessary to monitor our borders, maximizing the efficiency of our current boots on the ground in apprehending and immediately deporting immigrants crossing into America illegally.
President Obama's decision to focus on deporting only those illegal immigrants that have committed felonies, due the high cost of apprehending and deporting non-violent undocumented souls, weakens the rule of law in this country. The Predator drone is a force multiplier. The American people deserve to know that their government is intent on protecting the borders of the nation and enforcing the rule of law. Maximizing the number and presence of unmanned surveillance aircraft in our southern border fleet is a solution whose time has come. It is time for Washington to consider adding an ounce of prevention to the forces defending our southern flank. I believe that completing the construction of a physical barrier on our southern border is necessary to demarcate our nation’s sovereign limits; beefing up our reconnaissance capacity with UAVs is both an interim and long-term homeland security solution that should be implemented without fail in the near term.


Pearce: It is Time for Eric Holder to Resign

Steve Pearce
Washington, DC (November 15, 2011) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. During Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allowed weapons to enter Mexico. Multiple ATF agents have testified that they were ordered to let the weapons go, even though they requested permission to seize them. Last week, the former US Attorney for Arizona admitted that he leaked confidential information to the press about ATF agents who blew the whistle on the failed gun running operation.
Eric Holder

“Attorney General Eric Holder was not forthright in his previous testimony before Congress, and continues to raise far more questions than he has answers,” said Pearce. “He provides contradicting statements on what he knew and when he knew it about ‘Operation Fast and Furious.’ Before the House Judiciary Committee in May, he claimed he only learned of the operation’s existence ‘in the last few weeks.’ In reality, he received briefings on the details of the program as early as July 2010.”
“Despite a subpoena, the Attorney General is uncooperative with investigators,” Pearce continued. “Documents are heavily redacted, and his testimony is totally inconsistent with the evidence that we have already seen.
Brian Terry
Plus, he arrogantly asserts that more gun restrictions would solve the problem, and then refuses to apologize to the family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent slain by guns that his Department of Justice allowed to ‘walk’ into Mexico. This is an example of why Americans are losing faith in their government. High-level officials should be held accountable for their actions, and must show respect for the people and the Congress. Mr. Holder has proven he is incapable of performing his duties. He should resign immediately.”


OccuFail:7 of the Top 10 Wealthiest Members of Congress Are Dems

From pjmedia.com - Yes America, there is a wealth gap. Seven of the top ten wealthiest members in Congress are Democrats. If Rep. Jane Harmon (D-CA) had not abruptly resigned from Congress last year after winning re-election, eight of the ten wealthiest members of Congress would be from the common man’s party. The results are based on a new study released today by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Center did an analysis of the financial statements filed by members of Congress for 2010 income and net worth.  This revelation of extreme wealth by Democratic of course is completely contrary to the image of the Democratic Party.  The issue of the Democratic Party as the millionaire party has not yet made it into the mainstream media. But the facts are indisputable. Democratic members of Congress tend to be wealthier than their Republican counterparts.  More News New Mexico

NM Gains 23,167 People From Other States in 2010

New Mexico Business Journal - New Mexico had a net influx of 23,167 people from other states in 2010, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. During the year, 73,605 people moved to the state, while 50,438 left for other states, the Census Bureau said. The largest influx of new residents came from Texas, 18,511; California, 6,547; Arizona, 6,117; Nevada, 4,192; and Florida, 3,259. New Mexico lost 11,725 residents to Texas; 4,632 to California; Arizona, 4,419; Colorado, 3,921; and Oklahoma, 2,723. According to the Census Bureau, 11.6 percent, or 45.3 million, of the nation’s population moved into a different residence in 2010, the lowest rate since it began keeping the data in 1948. Read full story here: News New Mexico

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