Thursday, February 19, 2015


It was no surprise that the rightwing editorial page of the Journal would endorse a longer general election campaign by moving the primary election to an earlier date.  Of course this would give the likes of Koch brothers more time to spend more money in our state's elections.  This editorial appeared in the same issue as Winthrop Quigley's thoughtful Upfront column on the front page that shows data that business special interest groups donate 15 times as much money to campaigns as do public interest groups.  The upshot is that the so called Right to Work legislation in Santa Fe means to widen that gap even more.  His column is really worth a read.

SciFi author and futurist David Brin has a good blog today on how pessimists actually stop change that they want.  He may be talking about the rest of us bloggers.  Despite all of my grousing I do understand  that most things today are better than ever.  I will be attending a lecture at the Unitarian Church on Carlisle NE.  Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer will speak on his new book,
"The Moral Arc: How Science Leads Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom."  It should be fun.


Anonymous said...

The Journal's support of moving New Mexico's primary up had more to do with Jay McClusky and the Journal's hopes that Suszana Martinez will be on the Republican National ticket than it had to do with just making New Mexico more relevant. To make Suzana more viable and attractive as a national candidate, New Mexico has to be viewed into play in the primary and especially in the general. The goal of the Republicans is to turn New Mexico into a red state. Martinez will also be pushing to keep the NM House Republican with an outside shot of taking over the NM Senate.
It was interesting to see Dan Lewis not at the meeting to vote on the delay of the Mayor's Bosque plan. It is no secret that Lewis wants to run for Mayor and for that reason alone he may show a little backbone and vote to override Berry's likely veto in order to garner Democrat support.

Anonymous said...


The following comes from an online announcement of Shermer's lecture published by APS. Check out the time:

Feb 21, 2015
from 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Methinks someone in APS needs a refresher course on the 24-hour clock.

Old drill instructors will not be pleased.

Anonymous said...

Michael Shermer is a "libertarian" (conservative) who believes that markets have magical properties that evil gov't destroys. He is just another ideologue who claims "skepticism" to sell books.
Also, too, the ladies;
Just because someone rejects one superstition doesn't mean they can't find another self-serving ideology.