Romney to Obama: “You Pick the Losers”

Marita Noon
Marita Noon - Mitt Romney’s comment about President Obama’s acumen as a public equity investor: “You pick the losers,” has put Obama’s failed green energy emphasis under the microscope, bringing into question: have any been a success? Well, some haven’t failed, yet.
In our last report, Obama Never Admits Green Energy Failure, we profiled 15 companies that each received funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the stimulus—and have gone bankrupt. In Wednesday’s debate, Romney listed two of our “bankrupt” list: Solyndra, the best known, and Ener1, now known thanks to Romney; and two that haven’t failed, yet: Fisker and Tesla—both electric vehicle manufacturers.
Fisker and Tesla received their funding from the Advanced Technologies Vehicle Manufacturing Program (ATVM), but they are not the only two green energy stimulus-funded projects that are troubled. Here, in this report, we will profile twenty different companies/projects that received funding from various loan guarantee programs (LGP), grants, and tax incentives. These are projects that are still functioning, but are facing difficulties. Read More News New Mexico


Spence: Pop culture is going into shock

Commentary by Jim Spence - You can learn a lot about media bias in America by spending just a few minutes a week watching NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, Bloomberg, Free Speech Television, Link Television, Comedy Central, and Current Television.
Jim Spence
If you want to supplement your understanding of forces fomenting America’s cultural biases against business people, just watch a few minutes of David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, and Jon Stewart. (I’ll exclude Jay Leno from this list for it seems he has discovered our emperor has no clothes).
Do you think as a collection of voices these entities don’t represent a powerful drumbeat? Think again. Behind these news outlets and comedy shows is an army of staffers. And what do they have in common? They share the same delusions about the existence of Barack Obama’s management skills.
Day after day, week after week, month after month, and now year after year, these networks and comedians have provided incredible cover for the fact that a man in America managed to get himself elected president of the country.....before he actually accomplished much of anything.
Last Wednesday night in just ninety short minutes pop culture in America got jolted. Sixty-seven million people watched the reality of our poor choice four years ago. Ouch!
When it was over the progressives were wetting their pants. “What was he doing?" screamed Chris Matthews. “He should watch MSNBC,” Matthews suggested. “We’ve got our knives out.”
What did Matthews mean by that? He essentially was admitting what I asserted in line one of this column. NBC and its sister networks are no longer news organizations. Instead, they are nothing more than part of the DNC re-election campaign support system.
What sixty-seven million Americans got to see last Wednesday night was a person who has been coddled and comforted by news people and pop culture icons who don't think about America's problems.
What a shame. Suddenly, someone was asking the CEO of the federal government some tough questions. Read rest of column here: News New Mexico


District Attorney debate on KRWG-TV

Amy Orlando
The candidates running to be the next District Attorney for Dona Ana County debate Monday at KRWG-TV. 
 Republican incumbent District Attorney Amy Orlando and Democrat Mark D’Antonio will face off in a live debate Monday  at 7pm at KRWG-TV studios.  The questions will be posed by College Democrats and Republicans from New Mexico State University.
It’s the first of two debates this week featuring local students.  On Thursday at 9pm, KRWG-TV presents the 2nd Congressional District debate on public television stations across the state.  Republican incumbent Steve Pearce and Democrat Evelyn Madrid Erhard will face questions from students in NMSU’s government department.


ABQ considers change for impact fees

The Albuquerque City Council is considering whether to abandon a key principle behind the city's current impact-fee system and instead simplify the way City Hall determines how much to charge developers for the parks, roads and other infrastructure needed to accommodate new growth.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a proposal that's headed to the City Council this month would do away with the principle that it should cost more to build in newly developing areas.
Under the proposal, the city would, for the most part, go to one standard fee for new development without regard to whether it's happening on Albuquerque's outskirts or in the urban core.
Under the current system, the fees vary widely depending on where the home or business is built. 


Skydiver eyes record-breaking jump over Roswell

Felix Baumgartner
Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he doesn't, a tragic fall could be live-streamed on the Internet for the world to see.
Rigged with cameras, the 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles near Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles. Kittinger's speed of 614 mph was just shy of breaking the sound barrier at that height.
Baumgartner, who has been preparing for the jump for five years, has made two practice runs from the Roswell area, from 15 miles high in March and 18 miles in July.
And while he and his team of experts recognize the worst-case scenarios - including "boiling" blood and exploding lungs - they have confidence in their built-in solutions. Those solutions are something NASA is watching closely. The space agency is interested in the potential for escape systems on future rocket ships.
Baumgartner's top medical man is Dr. Jonathan Clark, a former NASA flight surgeon whose wife, astronaut Laurel Clark, died in the space shuttle Columbia accident in 2003. Clark is dedicated to improving astronauts' chances of survival in a
high-altitude disaster.
The No. 1 fear is a breach of Baumgartner's suit, which could cause potentially lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids, a condition known as boiling blood. There are also risks he could spin out of control, causing other problems.
This death-defying venture is being sponsored by energy drink maker, Red Bull, which has funded other extreme athletic events. The project's team of experts has a plan for almost every contingency. The spacesuit and capsule were tested in the early skydiving practice runs. The company won't say how much the project, called Stratos for stratosphere, is costing...


UNM Cancer Center gets new equipment

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center has received a new piece of equipment that will allow researchers to do cancer research that wasn’t possible five years ago. 

The Cancer Center’s new flow cytometer uses five lasers and 16 detectors to analyze cancers at the rate of 50,000 to 70,000 cells per second. The cytometer will allow researchers to do cancer stem cell investigations. 

The cytometer cost $550,000 and was purchased with funds from the Cancer Center and other UNM Health Sciences Center departments. 

The cytometer was installed Sept. 12.


FAA awards funds to Taos airport for cultural sites

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $1 million to help design a new runway at the airport in Taos and install a system to monitor over flights of cultural sites in the area. 
The money from the FAA's airport improvement program will be used to begin designs for a new 8,000 foot crosswind runway at Taos Regional Airport
The FAA says the runway project is expected to cost $20 million and will be eligible for more federal funding. It's expected to open in 2015.
 The monitoring system is part of environmental measures designed to address concerns about aircraft flying over the Taos Pueblo's traditional cultural sites.
 It should be operational late next year.


Feds reject subspecies wolf listing

Environmentalists are blasting a federal government decision not to list the Mexican gray wolf as a separate subspecies under the Endangered Species Act. 
The group WildEarth Guardians says Friday's decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service means efforts to help the wolf population recover will be hurt. 
WildEarth Guardians petitioned to relist the Mexican wolf as a separate subspecies in 2009. 
Mexican wolves are a subspecies of the gray wolf. They were first added to the endangered species list in 1976. 
A reintroduction effort along the New Mexico-Arizona border began in 1998. 


Balloon fiesta a success despite delayed start

Hundreds of balloons took to the skies above Albuquerque in a mass launch at the annual hot-air balloon festival.  
Sunday morning's launches at the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta came a day later than expected because high winds grounded flights on Saturday. 
Early "dawn patrol" launches were followed by two waves of mass ascensions. Traditional balloons were joined by others shaped like Darth Vader, Cosmo the Astronaut and superheros. 
Fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity says nearly 500 balloons floated north and east of the west Albuquerque event site. The last were landing at about 10 a.m.


Your right to resell your own stuff may be peril

Market Watch - Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s busy agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4. 
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.
Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale. Read More News New Mexico