Deming family jailed for Holder's gun crimes

From World Net Daily - by Jeff Knox - Eighteen months after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in Arizona by Mexican bandits using guns purchased through a U.S. government program called Fast and Furious, we still don’t know who within the Department of Justice knew about the program, much less who authorized it. Certainly there has been no serious talk about prosecuting any of the people responsible for assisting in the illegal sales of over 2,000 guns to Mexican arms traffickers – guns that were subsequently involved in the murders of BPA Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, as well as possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens. But while that investigation has dragged on, with Attorney General Eric Holder denying knowledge of the program, denying knowledge of who was involved and denying congressional investigators access to tens of thousands of documents that might answer those questions, New Mexico gun dealer Rick Reese and his two sons Ryin and Remington have sat rotting in separate detention centers, jails and prisons around the state accused of a similar crime involving some 30 guns. The Reese family, including Rick’s wife Terri, ran a gun shop in Deming, N.M., and was arrested in late August of 2011 on charges of knowingly selling guns to Mexican smugglers and various other related charges. The Reeses are scheduled to finally get their day in court in late July, almost a full year after they were arrested and incarcerated. The first of several pre-trial motion hearings was held last week in which the judge heard arguments as to whether the charge of criminal conspiracy should be dropped. The prosecution contends that the Reese family members were all in cahoots in a conspiracy to sell guns to illegal buyers, falsify purchase paperwork, smuggle guns to Mexico and launder the illegal proceeds. The defense contends that the family operated a business buying and selling firearms, ammunition and accessories, and that they made every effort to ensure that every sale they made was legal and properly documented. During this first hearing, we learned several things about the prosecution’s case. For instance, we learned that prosecutors acknowledge that every gun the Reeses sold was properly logged into and out of their store inventory, and that FBI background checks were conducted, and approvals received, for each purchaser. They also agree that all taxes were paid and no money was exchanged “under the table,” nor did any of the family members receive compensation above their normal company paycheck. We learned that Rick Reese also employed retired and off-duty law enforcement officers as part-time help in the shop, and that a substantial portion of the company’s business came from law enforcement officers and agencies. It is worth noting that as HSI progressed in their investigation against the Reese family, they were briefing and receiving guidance from Phoenix ATF Bureau Chief Bill Newell – the man responsible for directly overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. Read more


Swickard: The less than sweet smell of sewage

Commentary by Michael Swickard, Ph.D. - Here is an easy question. Everyone who wants to live next to a sewage plant, raise your hand. Odd, no one raised their hand. It was just as I thought; no one wants to live next to a sewage plant. Now this is not a visual issue, a sewage treatment plant does not look all that bad. And, at times there is no untoward smell. But in my experience it is not if the air will turn into a nasty mist of human waste, it is just when.  In an unscientific poll where I talked to fellow coffee drinkers at the coffee shop, I found everyone wants the smell somewhere else. Consider: everyone wants, or rather, needs to use their toilet, yet many do not want the consequences. Everyone wants the stink to be someone else’s problem. Now I know that you might be eating right now so I will not go more into detail, but it is important to know that at a sewage plant there is the less than sweet smell of sewage. Often the smell is rank and quite offensive. And that is the conflict. It may not be every day, but there will be days with a sewage plant where no one wants it in their backyard. There is a term for this behavior, NIMBY: not in my back yard. Well, that is where the consequences of one person’s action become a problem for another person. Often the NIMBY folks are resisting power transmission lines, roads and nuclear power plants.  But, a sewage plant, whew, that is really a NIMBY moment. I guess those who work this field of sewage treatment may come home smelling like low tide in the swamp. Someone must do it or it will not get done. They may say it is the smell of money, but we know better. Read column


How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires

Michelle Malkin
Commentary by Michelle Malkin - Townhall - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The smell of singed air here is inescapable. Less than 50 miles west of my neighborhood, the latest wildfire has spread across 1,100 acres. It's the fifth active blaze to erupt in our state over the past month. But ashes aren't the only things smoldering. The Obama administration's neglect of the federal government's aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public safety priorities. Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week. But it smacks more of election-year gesture politics: Too little, too late, too fake. Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes. Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country. Last summer, Obama's National Forest Service canceled a key federal contract with Sacramento-based Aero Union just as last season's wildfires were raging. Aero Union had supplied eight vital air tankers to Washington's dwindling aerial firefighting fleet. Two weeks later, the company closed down, and 60 employees lost their jobs. Aero Union had been a leader in the business for a half-century. Why were they grounded? National Forest Service bureaucrats and some media accounts cite "safety" concerns. But as California GOP Rep. Dan Lungren noted in a letter obtained by reporter Audrey Hudson of the conservative D.C. newspaper Human Events last year, a Federal Aviation Administration representative said it was a contractual/compliance matter, not safety, that doomed Aero Union's fleet. "I am deeply troubled by the Forest Service's sudden action," Lungren warned, "particularly as California enters into the fire season. Our aerial firefighting fleet is already seriously undercapitalized." Both the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Department of Agriculture's Inspector General have been critical of the Forest Service's handling of the matter. All of this has been known to the Obama administration since it took the reins in 2009. Nine months after Lungren's warning, the deadly High Park fire in Larimer County, Colo., claimed a grandmother's life, destroyed 189 homes and scorched nearly 60,000 acres. Arizona, New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming also have battled infernos this summer. After months of dire red flags from a diverse group of politicians ranging from Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl to Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, President Obama finally signed emergency legislation last week to expedite the contracting process. Obama will borrow planes from Canada and provide $24 million for new aerial tanker contracts. But the money won't come until next year, and the dog-and-pony rescue moves will not result in any immediate relief. "It's nice, but this problem isn't fixed with a stroke of the pen," former Forest Service official and bomber pilot Tony Kern told the Denver Post this week. "You need to have the airplanes available now." Veteran wildland firefighter and blogger Bill Gabbert of adds: "The USFS should have awarded contracts for at least 20 additional air tankers, not 7." Imagine if Obama's Forest Service had been a private company. White House eco-radicals would be rushing to place their "boots on the necks" of the bureaucrats who made the fateful decision to put an experienced aerial tanker firm out of business as wildfires raged and the available rescue fleet shrunk. "The Obama administration is scrambling now to help ensure the Forest Service has the air assets it needs to fight the ongoing inferno," Colorado free-market environmental watchdog Sean Paige reported at last week. "But the crisis is bound to raise questions not just about whether the cancelled contract created additional weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but about what the administration has been doing over the past three summers to shore-up the service's air fleet." Where there's smoke swirling over Team Obama there are usually flames of incompetence, cronyism and ideological zealotry at the source. The ultimate rescue mission? Evacuating Obama's wrecking crew from the White House permanently. November can't come soon enough. Read column at


Carney Covers for Obama and Holder

Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has a tough job. He has to stand at a podium before reporters almsot every day and make false statements. He did so again on Thursday when he suggested that unanswered subpoenas demanding information on the deaths of two federal law enforcement agents that came as a result of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation is nothing more than “political theater.” 
Brian Terry's casket
In a feeble attempt to explain why President Obama chose to claim “executive privilege” over Justice Department documents sought by Congressional investigators who are trying to determine who actually gave the order to allow guns into the hands of Mexican Drug Cartels, Carney blamed the GOP. As the efforts to obstruct and deceive have escalated, investigators also want to determine what actions taken by the DOJ led Eric Holder to submit a false statement to investigators that he had to later retract.
Jaime Zapata's casket
In a cynical game of political chess the White House has chosen to ignore the fact that the families of both slain officers (Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry) simply want to know how their loved ones could be killed protecting America, while the DOJ was shipping the guns that killed them to Mexican drug cartels.
Comfort offered at the Zapata funeral
Today, Jay Carney rubbed salt into the families wounds when he said Eric Holder has made repeated good-faith efforts to comply with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation. Holder has actually done nothing but make false statements and obstruct justice since the news of Fast and Furious first broke.
Astonishingly, when Carney was asked if he could state categorically that there has been no cover-up by the administration, he replied, “Absolutely.”
One can only wonder how with his role as press secretary Carney could know what will be the final outcome of the investigation of these two murders. He must get around.


King and Martinez Disagree on "Furniture"

Martinez practicing with one of her weapons
KRWG - Attorney General Gary King says the state is responsible for paying to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe. The state Board of Finance is to consider a request Thursday from the 1st Judicial District for a loan of nearly $827,000 for furnishings that court officials say is needed for judges to move into the $60 million courthouse in January.
Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed almost $1.4 million the Legislature approved for courthouse furnishings earlier this year. Martinez contends it's the county's responsibility to provide furniture and other equipment. Read full story here: News New Mexico

More Job Losses in Los Alamos

KOB - Los Alamos National Laboratory is letting go of some of its workers. The Los Alamos Monitor reports lab director Charlie McMillan said 80 contractor positions would be eliminated. McMillan made the announcement Wednesday in a memo sent to all employees. The lab terminated 60 employees in April and 557 others left the lab in March as part of a voluntary separation program. Read full story here: News New Mexico

NM PERA Employees Facing Pension Realities

PERA Building
Albuquerque Journal - The New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association is considering reducing future retirement benefits for more than 54,000 government workers, mostly because of growing concerns about the solvency of the fund. Proposals under consideration represent a seismic policy shift for PERA, which was previously unwilling to consider changes affecting current workers.
Changes could include reducing the annual cost-of-living increases and adjusting the formula that determines the starting size of a retiree’s pension benefits. The retirement program covers state and municipal workers, law enforcement employees and legislators, among others.
Several steps lie ahead, preceding the Legislature’s consideration of the proposed changes in January. A PERA staff recommendation, which is expected to involve a mix of the proposals, will be made to the PERA board at a meeting today in Alamogordo. The board would vote on whether to adopt the recommendation Friday. The plan would then be reviewed by a legislative committee this summer, said new PERA Executive Director Wayne Propst. Read full story here (subscription req'd) News New Mexico

Press lets Fast and Furious hide in plain sight

New York Post - There’s a reason you don’t know much about the complicated and confusing mess known as “Fast and Furious.” The mainstream media have largely ignored this Obama administration scandal, which would have dominated mainstream front pages and homepages and programs for months had it all taken place under a Republican administration.
Something changed yesterday. With his attorney general imminently at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which has happened to administration officials only four times in the past 30 years, the president of the United States moved to claim “executive privilege” in relation to some of the information sought by Congress.
At first glance, this is a perplexing move. Executive privilege is a specific power possessed by the president that allows him to withhold or shield the release of information from Congress because he is its co-equal in power.
But the “Fast and Furious” investigation has to do with the conduct of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder, not the White House or the president.
It has to do with a botched program inside the Justice Department that led to the death of a federal law-enforcement officer.
And, as usually happens in these cases, it has grown to include the way Holder handled the fallout and whether, in an effort to mitigate the political damage, he deliberately misled congressional investigators. The House Oversight Committee claims Holder has improperly withheld more than 100,000 documents from its view. Read rest of story here: News New Mexico

U.S. Economy: More of the Same ... Subpar Growth Projections Lowered

Ben Bernanke
Yahoo News - The Federal Reserve unleashed a fresh wave of economic stimulus Wednesday as it predicted subpar US growth would be even worse this year than thought. After a two-day meeting the Fed doubled down on a program to lower long-term borrowing costs, as it sharply revised down 2012 growth projections to between 1.9 and 2.4 percent.
That was a half point cut from predictions made as recently as April this year, when cautious optimism reigned. With Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke also pointing to slower progress in reducing unemployment and to spillovers from Europe's economic crisis, that optimism has been put to bed.
Instead the Fed's top policy panel -- the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) -- decided to extend a bond-swap program dubbed "Operation Twist" that was to expire at the end of the month. The plan is designed to push down interest rates on long-term bonds, encouraging investors to move money into more neglected securities and lowering costs for borrowers. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Martinez Points to Disaster Relief Sources

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that small businesses that incurred non-structural economic impact from the Little Bear Fire can complete the “Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses” form available to them through their county emergency managers or on the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Website at Upon receipt of at least five qualifying forms, the Governor will be able to request that the Small Business Administration (SBA) make low-interest loans available to businesses that experienced an economic impact from the fire.

“Having spent nearly a week on the ground in Ruidoso as the city was threatened by the Little Bear Fire, I have seen firsthand that there has been a significant economic impact on the community, and that likely includes many small businesses,” said Governor Martinez. “While it appears the worst of the fire is over, the community has a long road ahead to recovery. Businesses that provide jobs and services will be a key to those efforts. Once enough small businesses state their need and ask for help, I will be able to ask for assistance from the Small Business Administration in the form of low-interest loans and we can begin this aspect of the recovery process.”
The Small Business Administration (SBA) makes an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration upon the Governor’s certification that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster and are in need of financial assistance not otherwise available. Upon the approval of the SBA, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) will be available through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
While the completion of the worksheet does not guarantee SBA loans, Governor Martinez is urging affected small businesses to complete the form in order to help provide additional means by which to recover. Small businesses must complete the worksheet within 120 days of the disaster that caused an economic impact.
The Little Bear Fire continues to burn in Lincoln County. It has burned over 41,000 acres and destroyed 254 structures.
Businesses can email or fax the completed worksheet to Nita Taylor, the Lincoln County Manager at or (575) 648-4182.
Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses:
For more information regarding Small Business Administration Disaster loans:


Pearce on Holder: "It's a Sad Day in America"

Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after yesterday’s vote by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Steve Pearce
“It’s a sad day in America when the Attorney General of the United States thinks he is above the law. It shouldn’t have come to Congress voting to hold the Attorney General in contempt, but Mr. Holder is leaving no alternative. He is more concerned with covering up his or high-ranking DOJ officials’ involvement in the Fast and Furious scandal than letting the truth come out.
Murdered BP Agent Brian Terry
“The American people deserve the answers that are found in the documents that Mr. Holder refuses to turn over to investigators. Next week, the full House will finally get a chance to weigh in on this issue. I will vote in favor of the contempt resolution holding Mr. Holder accountable for obstructing a legitimate investigation.”
Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted 23-17 to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce subpoenaed documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Operation Fast and Furious was a program implemented by the Obama Administration in which the Department of Justice allowed weapons, including AK-47 variants, to “walk” into Mexico without being traced. Some of the weapons are now in the hands of drug cartels, and were used to kill hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens and US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.


New Mexico home sales rise 13 percent

New Mexico Business WeeklyWith a 13 percent gain in home sales statewide, real estate executives are asking if this is finally a sign of a turnaround. “There is optimism,” said Debbie Rogers, 2012 President of the REALTORS Association of New Mexico. “Brokers have started seeing multiple offers at list price or higher during the past few weeks. Many distressed properties are still on the market and influence median prices. However, banks are beginning to see the wisdom of short sales over foreclosure, and this is helping our market.” In May, 1,358 sales were reported to RANM, compared to 1,256 in April 2012 and 1,200 in May 2011. The May median price was $170,000, 3 percent higher than the median reported in May 2011. “Short sales and foreclosures throughout the state are reflected in year-to-date median prices — $163,000 — which is just over 1 percent lower than the 2011 January through May median,” said Steven Anaya, RANM executive vice president. “The good news is the number of sales continues to increase. Over 10 percent more sales have been reported to date for 2012.” For the first five months, 5,619 sales were reported, compared to 5,094 sales reported during the same period in 2011. Read More News New Mexico