Bear found downtown near Santa Fe River

NewsNM Swickard - sorry to ruin the fantasy, but wherever they drop the bear will already be a bear and those two will fight to the death according to Rink Summerday, a wildlife expert. Take the bear to a zoo or put it down. From the Santa Fe New Mexican - There must have been moments on Monday when Guadalupe the bear felt she was the star of a reality-television show. And yet all the the roughly 200-pound, adult female black bear did was mostly nap on the rocky riverbed of the Santa Fe River from about 10 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. — which is when game wardens from the state’s Department of Game and Fish tranquilized her to ensure that neither she nor any nearby humans got hurt. And there were a lot of nearby humans, many of whom lined up to catch a glimpse of the downtown bear as early as 10 a.m. — about 15 minutes after Santa Fe police Lt. Louis Carlos first spotted “Guadalupe,” as some were calling her, in the river near the Santuario de Guadalupe. “Hey, Boo Boo!” one man said, referring to the cartoon-character sidekick of Yogi Bear. Sure enough, not long afterward a nearby woman said, “Yogi’s sleeping.”Just past 1 p.m., Game and Fish area assistant chief Robert Livingston arrived. He dropped a rock in the brush above Guadalupe to check her reflexes. She lifted her head and her ears sprung to attention as she reacted to the rolling rock. “Don’t hurt the bear! Don’t hurt the bear!” one concerned woman pleaded. At 1:20 p.m., Livingston fired a tranquilizer dart into Guadalupe’s hind quarters. Around 1:35 p.m., a collective of officers from Game and Fish, Animal Control, the Santa Fe Police Department and the Santa Fe Fire Department descended the slope, rolled Guadalupe onto a tarp, and carefully carried her up the hill to the approving applause of the audience surrounding the spectacle. Within a few minutes they loaded Guadalupe into the nearby bear cage. The crowd began to thin. Castell said Game and Fish will first check the bear out to make sure she is not ill or hurt. If she is healthy, the officers plan to release her into an undisclosed region of the wilderness. Read more

Martinez Plans Economic Summit

Susana Martinez at RNC Last Week
KOB - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans a summit in October to gather recommendations for boosting New Mexico's economy. The Economic Development Department is organizing the "New Century Economic Summit" in Albuquerque on Oct. 2 to hear from community and business leaders and educators.
Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela said policy recommendations may be incorporated into legislative proposals and the agency's long-term strategic plan for expanding the economy. Barela said the summit needs to consider New Mexico's tax system, infrastructure, economic development incentives and educational programs for preparing a competitive workforce. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Gingrich: Media Replete with "Racially Fixated Minds"

Newt Gingrich
Commentary by Newt Gingrich - The Washington media reached new levels of absurdity in its coverage of the Republican convention in Tampa this past week. That's how we know it was a success.Completely at a loss for truthful or substantive criticism yet determined to derail the Romney-Ryan ticket, they resorted to accusations of imagined racism. To listen to some TV commentators, you'd think that conservatives oppose President Obama out of prejudice. Indeed, the charge that Republicans were using their convention to race-bait was leveled again and again and again through the week.
I doubt these attacks will work with voters, since no reasonable person watching the convention could possibly have seen what these media personalities claimed to perceive.
But the charges were all the more outrageous when you looked at the figures appearing on stage.
Now, the media commentators could be forgiven for having missed former Representative and former Democrat Artur Davis--the African American Congressman who submitted Barack Obama's name in nomination four years ago--since MSNBC didn't even air his amazing speech (undoubtedly afraid it would embarrass their commentators and their candidate). 
Artur Davis - Nominated Barack Obama in 2008
But these highly nuanced and racially-fixated minds surely must have noticed that, beside Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the faces of the party they were accusing of race-baiting were Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ted Cruz, Susana Martinez, and Luis Fortuño. 
These people are the stars of the Republican Party. And they're stars not because of their race or their gender, but because they're some of the best, most intelligent, most innovative, most persuasive leaders anywhere in the country.
It must drive the elite media nuts, since they're intent on fabricating racial excuses for the nation's disappointment in its president. In some cases, it literally did drive them nuts.
When I appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews earlier in the week, he was eager to discuss a litany of conjured-up charges of racism.
Each was more absurd than the last.
I was race-baiting because I've pointed out that more Americans have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than under any president in American history.
Mitt Romney was race-baiting because he denounced the President's gutting of the welfare work requirement.
Ronald Reagan was race-baiting because he spoke
Chris was not exactly feeling a thrill with my response.
pointed out to him his own prejudiced thinking: the vast majority of people on food stamps and welfare are white. To assume that anyone talking about those services is speaking in racial code is to hold a racial stereotype of those groups yourself, not the other way around.
Ronald Reagan's welfare queen was *committing fraud against the taxpayers*. He never said she was African American. But rather than acknowledging that Reagan was offering an example of welfare fraud which we know was *in fact a real problem*, Matthews tries to excuse the behavior just as he excuses President Obama's failure: by trumping up charges of racism to distract from the important issues at hand.


Housing Bubble Blood Soiled Obama's Litigation Hands

Daily Caller - President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices.
As few as 19 of those 186 clients still own homes with clean credit ratings, following a decade in which Obama and other progressives pushed banks to provide mortgages to poor African Americans.
The startling failure rate among Obama’s private sector clients was discovered during The Daily Caller’s review of previously unpublished court information from the lawsuit that a young Obama helmed as the lead plaintiff’s attorney. [RELATED: Learn about the 186 class action plaintiffs]
Since the mortgage bubble burst, some of his former clients are calling for a policy reversal.
“If you see some people don’t make enough money to afford the mortgage, why would you give them a loan?” asked Obama client John Buchanan. “There should be some type of regulation against giving people loans they can’t afford.”
Banks “were too eager to lend to many who didn’t qualify,” said Don Byas, another client who saw banks lurch from caution to bubble-inflating recklessness. [RELATED: Obama's Citibank plaintiffs hit hard when housing bubble burst] “I don’t care what race you are. … You need to keep financial wisdom [separate] from trying to help your people,” said Byas, an autoworker. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Muslim Brotherhood Government in Egypt To Get Debt Foregiveness From Obama Administration

New York Times - Nearly 16 months after first pledging to help Egypt’s failing economy, the Obama administration is nearing an agreement with the country’s new government to relieve $1 billion of its debt as part of an American and international assistance package intended to bolster its transition to democracy, administration officials said.

The administration’s efforts, delayed by Egypt’s political turmoil and by wariness in Washington about new leaders emerging from its first free elections, gained new urgency in recent weeks, even as the United States risks losing influence and investment opportunities to countries like China. President Mohamed Morsi chose China for his first official visit outside of the Middle East. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Noon: How Is It Healthier to be Unemployed?

Marita Noon
Townhall - The Republican National Convention in Tampa displayed a large “debt clock” that ticked away at a rate of $10 million a minute, keeping the nation’s dire financial straits front and center. Had there been a companion counter with a chit mark for each time the word “jobs” was mentioned from the main stage, it likely would have clicked on at a similar pace.

This week, at the Democratic National Convention the word “jobs” is sure to, once again, be a popular topic.
As Vice President Biden famously said, referencing the number one issue facing the middle class, “it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S.”
That “three-letter word” may be the only thing the two parties agree on—and how each would get there is totally different.
In Tampa, Romney said: “What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn't take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs. … I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon. And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps. First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.” (Italics added.) The Romney plan starts with another word we are hearing, and will continue to hear, a lot of: “energy.” Read full column here: News New Mexico

Hmmmm - Photo ID Required at DNC Convention

According to the Obama administration, requiring photo identification of voters is "racist" because it disenfranchises minorities. The administration says requiring proper ID is clearly a form of suppression. Accordingly, the president has authorized Attorney General Eric Holder to sue numerous states over their voter ID laws; the most recent being the state of Texas.
Low and behold we found a very troubling page on the Democratic National Convention website. It requires all people to register for the convention. OK that is fair enough. But get this......the page reveals an interesting policy: “All pickup persons must have a state-issued ID that matches the name submitted.”
Finally we have a complete understanding of the principle of requiring photo identification. When Democrats require photo identification it is perfectly normal. The reason is simple. All citizens are required to provide photo ID’s for various reasons during the normal course of day-to-day activities. However, when Republicans support rules requiring voters to provide photo ID's to protect legitimate voters from having their votes cancelled out by fraudulently cast votes, is because of ………… ........... "racism."


Red Dots of Reality

Below is a chart the Obama Administration produced to sell the massive government stimulus plan to the American public. The dark blue line depicts the administration's projection of the unemployment rate with the passage of its stimulus package. The light blue line shows the admnistration's projections without the stimulus.
The red dotted line shows the ACTUAL unemployment rate after the Obama stimulus package was passed by super majorities in both the House and the Senate and the federal government borrowed $800 billion.


Ooops! Upon Further Reflection O'Malley Retracts "NO" Response to "Are You Better Off?"

Hotair - What a difference a day makes … twenty-four little hours … Why, just yesterday all was doom and gloom for Maryland’s Democratic governor, Martin O’Malley, who admitted to Bob Schieffer yesterday that he couldn’t say that people are better off now than four years ago, although he rushed to add, “but that’s not the question for this election.”
Martin O'Malley

One day later — and presumably, one Cory Booker-esque call from Team Obama — suddenly the world looks a lot rosier to Governor O’Malley: A day after saying, no, the country was not better off than it was four years ago, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley reversed course on Monday and said, yes, indeed it was.
“We are clearly better of as a country because we’re now creating jobs rathare than losing them,” O’Malley, a Democrat, said on CNN’s Starting Point. “But we have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.”
He then motioned to a panel that included Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, among others. “Is there anyone on this panel that thinks we’ve recovered all we lost in the Bush recession? Clearly we’re moving forward, we’re creating jobs, unemployment is down, job creation is up. And that job creation would not happen without the president’s leadership.” Read full story here: News New Mexico


Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley Admits We Are NOT Better Off After Four Years of Obama

Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, finally admitted what everyone else already knows. O'Malley contradicted other Obama supporters making the rounds on the Sunday political talk show circuit when he openly conceded that the country was not better off now than it was four years ago.
Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked O'Malley: “Can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?”
O’Malley's reply was as follows: “No, but that's not the question of this election. The question, without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars -- charged for the first time to credit cards, the national credit card.” Apparently even Democratic sympathizer Schieffer was not impressed. Rather than immediately ask another question he told O'Malley, “George Bush is not on the ballots.”