Hot dog vendor faces felony charges for attacking rival

From - By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - There is a wiener war steaming up between rival hot dog vendors in downtown Albuquerque, and it boiled over into violence Monday. The front lines are the sidewalks in front of Metro Court. The business is hot dogs. The trade is highly competitive. Police said Eric Kilmer rammed his hot dog cart into a rival vendor and ran over his legs and feet. Kilmer is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon - a felony. He was not at work Wednesday morning, but one of his employees stuck up for him. "See, I respect him, dude, I respect him a lot and I don't care what anyone says, dude, that's how I feel, dude," the employee said, adding that what happened was really an accident that got blown out of proportion. "Like you know I'm a family man, dude, you know, I got a little girl and I'm trying to make my money, dude, and it's just an accident that came out of proportion, dude. That's all I'm gonna say." Vincent Montoya, the victim in the case, didn't  Other vendors said they are mortified about the attack, and worried about the impact on their businesses. Read more

The Democrats’ "Occupy" guru has an interest-free student loan

Elizabeth Warren
From Human Events - by John Hayward - The ideological guru of the “Occupy” movement is Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a leftist hard enough to cut glass with her ideology. Her big contribution to the “income inequality” debate was arguing, in a famous viral video, that since no one can prosper without using public resources, the State rightfully owns all wealth and property. Rich people benefitted disproportionately from those public resources, so there is no morally defensible upper limit to what the State can decide to take from them. It was soon discovered that Warren is yet another liberal blowhard who doesn’t “walk the walk,” Warren is stumping for President Obama’s new “student loan initiative,” in which a self-destructing bill written and passed by Democrats in 2007 – without the vote of Senator Barack Obama, who didn’t bother to show up when it was being voted on – would be extended to keep student loans at an artificially low rate of 3.4 percent. Right on cue, Warren’s opponent, incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, noticed that Warren herself has an interest-free student loan from Harvard. As reported in the Boston Herald: Warren disclosed the 20-year interest free loan from Harvard, which lent her between $15,000 and $50,000 in 1996, in financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate last September. “Let me get this straight: struggling students and families pay more, so multi-millionaire Warren can pay nothing? This sweetheart deal adds insult to injury for the students whose high tuition costs have already made Warren a wealthy one-percenter, and reveals yet again Professor Warren’s hypocritical idea of fairness,” wrote Brown’s campaign manager Jim Barnett. Read column


Farming in the past for real ‘down-home’ taste

Mischa Popoff
From - Commentary by   - As a former organic farmer, take my advice and DO NOT buy anything from any farmer who claims to use horses. A horse is less than a hundredth as efficient as the smallest diesel tractor. A horse releases more pollution into the atmosphere because it eats, farts and poops all year long while a tractor is shut off when the work is done. Growing feed for horses requires more farmland, which means less natural habitat and yet more pollution. Old-timers can attest that almost half of all farmland used to be set aside just to grow feed for horses. What’s so green about that? We now basically use 100 percent of our arable farmland to feed humans, and that’s a huge leap forward that we simply cannot afford to take back! There are many examples of such modern-day Luddites masquerading as valiant organic protectors. The worst are those who not only brag about using horses, which they claim cut down on fuel, but who also believe windmills and solar panels have a place in the business of producing food. I have just one question for these people: Are you all nuts? Read column


Report: Sante Fe Cleanest Air in the Country, Las Cruces One of the Worst

From -A new report shows Santa Fe has the cleanest air in the nation but Las Cruces has joined the 25 worst-polluted cities. Santa Fe came in with the purest air in all three categories of the yearly American Lung Association report released Wednesday. The categories include particle pollution, short-term particle pollution and ozone pollution. Albuquerque made the list of the 25 cleanest cities for both short-term and annual particle pollution. 

TX Man Ordered to Pay $2.7M for Starting NM Wildfire

From -A Texas man has been ordered to pay $2.7 million in restitution for burning used toilet paper that sparked a wildfire, scorching nearly 83 square miles of a national forest in New Mexico.  Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso also was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Ulloa-Esquivel, 30, in October pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the April 2011 wildfire. Two other charges in an indictment were dismissed in the deal. The fire started when Ulloa-Esquivel was with friends near a campsite, and he lit some used toilet paper on fire to keep from leaving behind litter. High winds sent sparks from the burning paper into nearby brush, and Ulloa-Esquivel and his friends were unable to control the fire in the area known as the Guadalupe Ranger District.  More New Mexico

Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

Daily Caller - A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.” “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.” The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course. Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good. “The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson. Read More News New Mexico