Tuesday, December 12, 2017
In the meantime, they ignored the fact that over 90 people were killed by gunfire in the US yesterday. A major terrorist called the NRA is responsible. And not a word.
Monday, December 11, 2017
After a couple of years of extreme maneuvering, we came up with a reform bill to be introduced to the Legislature. The bill was carried by Senator Les Houston. Les passed away this last week.
The effort he put out to pass the bill was heroic and successful. His astonishing sense of humor carried the day and he beat the liquor lobby into submission.
Most of the reform was killed over the next few terms of office for Governor, but one thing really stuck. And that was Beer and Wine licenses. So the next time you go into a small place for dinner and a brew or glass of red, make a toast to Les Houston.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
My hat is off to the courageous teachers and administrators who work in these kinds of schools They are the bravest people in the school system.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Monday, December 04, 2017
Saturday, December 02, 2017
So how would one go about doing away with a corporation by assassination? Is there a way to do it? I think not unless wholesale slaughter is visited upon the executives, boards, and stockholders. So, is a corporation even a person? Well the GOP thinks so even though there is no way to kill a corporation to protect the public health safety and welfare.
This is where the ultra-rich have taken America.
Friday, December 01, 2017
Editor Karen Moses, Senior Editor Kent Walz and the Lang family have stooped to a new low. That is what is baffling.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Lawrence Rael, who served during my term as Chief Administrative Officer, is back as Chief Operating Officer. He knows where all the money is for sure and is a master at getting it to where it needs to be! And one of the places it doesn't need to be. That would be anything involving the Santolina development west Albuquerque.
Now, Keller takes office in a few hours and the problems will fall into his lap. It is not an easy job but picking the right people to help is paramount. So far he is batting 1000. Next up, a real economic development team and hopefully that will mean new faces.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
If they go ahead and pass this GOP tax cut bill for the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor, then we should make the spitoon even bigger to honor the rest of the GOP. All of these guys and gals names could be engraved, on the inside.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
I think it is really important to take another look at the way the Albuquerque Police Academy is training recruits. I have long maintained they seem to want to turn out Marines instead of public service/police officers. And let's make our force look less like a military assault force and more like a traditional police force. I am really tired of seeing camouflage, armored cars, and wasteful purchase of cast-off military equipment.
I know this sounds corny, but maybe a new uniform for the officers is needed to show that a renewed Police Department is arriving in ABQ.
Monday, November 27, 2017
They have shown their complete lack of political insight in ignoring the potential of the new Mayor, Tim Keller, during his campaign. Now, they will be arriving with hands out like nothing ever happened during the political changeover. It will be interesting to see how Mayor Keller will handle them. You have to work with them but insisting on some new leadership from them would not be out of line.
If you feel a need to get any more angry with the political rightwing bent of the power in America, I would suggest you read a book titled "Democracy in Chains" by Nancy MacLean. I just started it and am convinced more than ever that corporate America needs to be castrated if we are to save our nation. Time is running out.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Those folks who live in the oil patch continually elect legislators with connections to the fossil fuel industry. My suggestion is that they abandon this approach and find some good person who sees more to an economy than exhaust coming out of a tailpipe. The sooner the better.
Monday, November 20, 2017
But the real question is why can't she just pick her own running mate? It makes sense really because you need a number two person, who presides over the Senate, on board with your policies and initiatives. We don't need another situation where a Governor can't leave the state because his or her Lt. Governor will try and issue executive orders to overthrow standing policies.
I remember that some people used to warn Bruce King to never let Roberto Mondragon run the government for even a day. It didn't encourage any kind of solidarity. But really, about the only time this all would matter was if the Governor was incapacitated or dead. The remainder of his term shouldn't end up being needlessly dismantled from a policy perspective by someone who was not on his team in the first place, even though they were forced to run together. Maybe a Governor's candidate should just choose their running mate.
So, the better thing to do is try and get a constitutional amendment passed to change this situation. And if that is attempted, why not just have a constitutional convention to take a long and studied look at New Mexico's Constitution to see if it still works one hundred plus years after it was written.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Now, the dangers are worse than ever with a psychopathic president and GOP Congress, and yet the effectiveness of SUWA still stands. As trump and DOI Secretary zinke attempt to kill new National Monuments in Utah, SUWA stands as a solid line of defense.
Please send some money to this great organization.
Friday, November 17, 2017
When tax reform gives more money to corporate America, it disappears. They put the money in offshore accounts where it just sits and earns interest for the rich. Compounding. The money is doing nothing for America or its people. It is all pretty simple really.
Of course, it is not quite that simple. But mostly it is true.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The urban areas of this state will always be beacons of light, just as in most other areas of the USA. The problem lies in the rural areas where economic stagnation and poor education hold sway. The voters there are suckered by religious, conservative, corporate sponsored hucksterism. Gerrymandering gives them way more power than they deserve, all enabled by Corporate America's money machine.
We can decry right-wing conservatives all day long, but it is Corporate America that is to blame. Don't ever forget that. And in the ABQ's Mayor's race for once they will pay the price. I am thinking the developers of the Santolina sprawl development on the west side here. If I were Keller I would give them an appointment for a sit-down discussion, and then send an intern to the meeting.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
It is the death of a thousand cuts in which you finally just lose all feeling. Bled out! A once decent country turned into a large scale TV reality show. It is unfathomable and the people who support this regime change are truly the stupidest Americans who ever lived. If trump asked them all to cut off their right arms, I think most of them would do it. It would be something to see.
There, my angst is dissipated. Senses returning. Breathing deeply. But the twitch is still there.
The Albuquerque City Council strangely passed an epic rewrite to city development processes on the night before electing a new Mayor. I am not sure if this is a good rewrite or not, but this action just seems suspect. Certainly, there was a need for some revisions but now there will have to be constant rewrites as the new administration sinks its teeth into dealing with it.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Returning to see Tim Keller's strong polling numbers was a good thing. I still believe he could top 60% of the vote. And get a decent city council. And then maybe he can start getting a handle on the horrendous crime and police problems here.
I don't envy the task before him. When I was elected Mayor in 1997 the city economy was in good shape and revenues were curtailed but sufficient. The gross receipts rate was about 5% and it now stands over 7%. That regressive tax simply cannot be raised ever again. So, if new revenue sources are required there is going to be some real innovation needed.
I can't wait to see the almost satanic owners of the Santolina development on ABQ's west side trying to get anything out of the City for their wasteful sprawl development. Residents of Albuquerque will have to shift their focus to Bernalillo County Government to make sure they don't continue to feed that development any perks. If so, it is time for legal action and recalls efforts to start.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
I have always chosen not to hand money out the car window because I give my donations to NGOs who do good work. But I have always admired those street corner alms seekers because they prove the point that hard work isn't difficult for them. If you disagree then try standing out in the summer sun and winter wind for 10 hours a day trying to get enough money for your next meal and narcotic fix.
No, most of these beggars are there out of necessity thanks to Ronald Reagan and the ACLU deciding that these often mentally disturbed people don't belong in institutions where they at least had food and shelter. It is one big black mark against the ACLU in my opinion. Although I still send them money.
I also think for many supporters of this ordinance that they just don't want to see these people. It is hard to watch this suffering really, so let's make them invisible.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Here is another great piece from the NYT this morning.
Read this article from the Times this morning. It will explain it all to you. Read it all the way to the last sentence. Chilling.
Monday, November 06, 2017
A guy named Roberto Aguirre who was found driving my meth-soaked stolen car has been sent away from the Luna County Jail. I was notified of the move, but in order to keep track of him, I need to hear from Luna County about where he was sent. I have called but can get no response. He is a serial criminal who should never be outside a lockup again.
ABQ Police Chief Gordon Eden has retired from a short and disastrous career at APD. All I can say is M'eh.
Friday, November 03, 2017
This is the kind of thing that can start revolutions. Sign me up.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Surely, the first order of business will be the new Mayor putting together a respectable search team for finding a modern and progressive Chief. Give them a deadline of March 1st and let them do their work. Yes, internal candidates should be considered, but most probably we need new blood with great leadership skills. Make sure the background checks are done in a timely manner for all candidates. Then present three finalists for the Mayor to sit down with to see if they are willing to work with him.
This process is not rocket science. It is a simple and effective way of getting this done.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Now it is easy to see how the malignancy in APD works. It flows downhill.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Another therapy is watching Dan Lewis dissolve in front of us as he continues to use trumpian and GOP tactics in trying to upend Tim Keller in the race for ABQ Mayor. At the end of the day, he will be asking himself, "how could I possibly have allowed these people to run my campaign?" Unless he is truly one of them.
But the best therapy of all was what I witnessed while up in Colorado this last weekend. It was a physical therapist teaching my granddaughter Kate how to sit up by her self. She has CP and is getting a lot of help from everyone on both sides of the family. She is a very smart little girl who will need a little help for a short time. And she gets a lot of it from her twin sister Alex pictured on the right.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Once again traveling up to Fort Collins through the Denver area is always an eyeopener as one sees the robust economy in action as evidenced by the countless construction cranes. I am not saying that would be perfect for ABQ, but some level of activity would be nice.
Our new Mayor will have two main things to think about. Police/Crime issues, and economic development that makes ABQ a prosperous urban oasis for NM. That will take putting together a first-class economic development team that can actually deliver. It will be necessary to raise the Chamber of Commerce and others in the business community out of the eight-year coma and get them working again. It just isn't enough to protect what they have, they must look at growing our economy and stopping the young folk's immigration to other regions. Perhaps one of the first things is for the new Mayor to visit with Denver's Mayor and Colorado's Governor. They seem to get it.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
That would be Senator Flake from Arizona who said he wouldn't run for reelection essentially because of the disgrace of the cheeto in the White House. Heinrich and Flake became friends across the aisle. They both were featured in a survival type reality TV show in which they were dumped on an Island and told to survive. I watched it and they barely did so. But they worked together.
Things are in such chaos in DC that one wonders if the GOP is on opioids en masse. They sit by while the cheeto fiddles and burns away American International stature. How sad.
But, where does the real blame belong on our long march into oblivion? I would have to say it lies with corporate America. Period. It is their money that is making this horrible situation possible. They are nothing less than the Harvey Weinsteins and Bill O'Reillys of the world. And I can only hope they will get theirs.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
As I was contemplating on my walk this morning on how a President of the United States could possibly get himself into a situation of insulting a war widow, I realized it was better to take a picture of why I love living in the Valley so much. It is nice to know that gravity still works and water still flows downhill. This at least is something that the great cheeto hasn't attempted to call fake news.
This little lateral in the Thomas Villiage area is typical of the many serene ditch routes throughout the valley areas of Bernalillo County, where most of the money comes from to run the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. It is another way we city slickers subsidize the agricultural sector in the four County District. To me, it is worth the cost.
I was the General Manager of the District for a short time in the early 90's. My grandfather Delfin was a long time Supervisor in the Cochiti District headquartered in Pena Blanca.
Monday, October 23, 2017
I am trying to understand why lewis is trying to make the case for 'breaking up' the Albuquerque School System. Could that be code words for segregation? Put all the poor and brown kids in one district? And, all the white and more affluent kids in another district? Because at the end of the day that is all that would result from the breakup.
It won't save money and it won't improve the overall underfunded education of our kids. Period. Yes, APS needs some reforms, but a dissolution of the system is silly.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
We know that Garrett has been joined in the past by many Attornies at the Rodey Law Firm in funding candidates who favor this horrible development. Are they doing so again? I am talking about John Salazar, Dick Minzner, Justin Horwitz and Robert Lucero. Have they lent their time and money to this dirty campaign on the behalf of dan lewis? Will we ever know? The same goes for the Bohannon Engineering firm. Are they putting their great reputation on the line too?
The only other time I have seen something akin to these attacks is when I ran for Mayor in 1985. Ken Schultz and the Aragon family, that would be Manny and Benny and their ilk, started a rumor campaign all throughout the Hispanic community that my wife Bobbi was a racist because she didn't carry my last name of Baca. They also said my children did not, which was totally false. But the campaign worked for them and he beat me by a couple of thousand votes in the runoff on the strength of those whispers.
So, once again I admonish all voters to get to the polls or we will end up with a christian fundamentalist mayor who lies and cheats through his supporters false TV ads.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Case in point, the runoff election for ABQ's new Mayor. dan lewis has partaken of the fringe flavored Kool-Aid in trying to paint Tim Keller as a supporter of rapists in the new Lewis TV Commercial. I just saw that piece of political fear mongering, and any respect for I had for lewis is gone. I had at one time thought he was a moderate man until the GOP/religious fundamentalism reared its ugly presence and took his decency.
I am hopeful we can prove that this hateful kind of campaigning doesn't work any longer. But, it will have an effect on many voters who are scared of their own shadows these days. So, getting out the vote is really important in this low turnout election.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
It looks like Dan Lewis has joined the trump/bannon brand of political discourse. The account I read of their debate on Sunday made me think that Tim Keller will fight back strongly against silly and specious allegations from the extreme right wing. Good for him. Meanwhile, Lewis has sold his soul to the crowd that loves to hate. So, from now on I will no long capitalize his name. It is lewis from now on.
It was a joy to read that so many people turned out to voice opposition to Governor susana martinez's plan to turn New Mexico's public education science curriculum into a religious fundamentalist wacko inspired school system. The way the hearing was conducted in Santa Fe was amateurish with few people getting into the undersized venue. Thanks to all sane people who trekked up there.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
This latest scandal with another Hollywood mogul, Weinstein, proves the point as NBC has been called on the carpet by independent journalists for continually killing the story of this pervert's sexual predations. How could anyone trust NBC to deliver any worthy journalism from here on out?
It reaches down to our local broadcasters. When was the last time you saw any real investigative work done on anything but the government? Yes, they will parrot some worthy reporting in the ABQ Journal, such as the wonderful work on the rip off industry of elderly guardians, but can you remember one TV news operation really taking on the big guys? I mean corporate monsters. Like Comcast itself?
We can only dream.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Albuquerque Journal's Dan McKay this morning used the term 'left-leaning' to describe some groups opposing attempts by Congressman Steve Pearce's move to gut National Monuments in New Mexico. Yet the people and legislators who are defending the attack on these Monuments are given no label. So much for editorializing in a news story. I thought we had seen that stopped when the last Editor was kicked upstairs.
Meanwhile, the Journal editorial board has wussed out by calling for a ban on bump-stocks for assault weapons. The NRA bait and switch worked. You can still buy assault weapons by the truck load if you wish.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
THE DRONE CIRCLED high above the wreckage of war. A week before, it hadn’t been there. A week before, the Drowned Cities hadn’t been worth mentioning, let alone worth committing drones to overwatch. The Drowned Cities: a coastline swamped by rising sea levels and political hatreds, a place of shattered rubble and eternal gunfire. It had been a proud capital, once, and the people who inhabited its marble corridors had dominated much of the world. But now the place was barely remembered on maps, let alone in places where civilized people gathered. The histories it had dominated, the territories it had controlled, all had been lost as its people descended into civil war—and eventually were forgotten.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Tool of War (Ship Breaker) (pp. 1-2). Kindle Edition.
Monday, October 09, 2017
Besides having to run a campaign against Lewis who will get right wing money from the puppet masters in the GOP, Keller will have to think hard about his top appointments. He will have a few months to fill in department heads after being elected, but his top choice for Chief Administrative Officer has to be solidified almost immediately. And of course shove the APD Chief out the door while putting together a search for a new Chief from outside the Department. And outside the State too.
And on one last note about Vice President Pence wasting money to fly to a walkout at an NFL game, one wishes the money the trip cost should have been spent on genetic engineering to assure fewer religious fundamentalist idiots like him are born.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
The ABQ Free Press has gone the way of so many good and hard hitting news and investigative organizations. They closed down with little fanfare. The fact is that you can not survive as a real news outlet by asking for donations to support you. It is sad but true. And those journalists who worked there can't subsist on minimum or no wages at all.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Any Democratic Senate Candidate, House Candidate or Governor's candidate who does not come out for an outright ban on assault weapons should not be given any support. Every time one of these tragedies occurs they all do a bait and switch by talking about more background checks etc. The problem is assault weapons and bump stocks. We all heard what they can do in the audio of the LV massacre.
I will not send one more dime to any candidate for federal and state office who does not take a pledge to stop the sale of assault weapons and gather in all the existing ones. Anyone who doesn't turn them in gets a year in a federal lockup. Yeah, I know, they will lose votes but taking hard positions is part of the job.
Tim Keller had a killer ground game and was truly the best all around candidate. His message resonated with voters and his nearly 40% share of the vote was astounding. Now, he needs to get an even bigger tent.
The GOP will go all medieval on him. He will face a well funded NRA and anti gay Dan Lewis who is an ordained baptist minister. Look for Koch brother money coming in to the race.
Brian Colon suffered from the curse of being a former Democratic Party Chair. The ability to fund raise and make deals just doesn't translate into charisma for being a successful candidate. His TV commercials were pretty bad. Kellers were pretty good. Colon is a nice guy who needs to get his folks behind Keller.
Wayne Johnson, the anti sanctuary guy can now slink back into the Santolina owned Bernalillo County Commission.
Many Democrats voted against the sick leave issue. It was just a bridge too far after folks tried to read through the ballot language and saw how convoluted it was. The opposition ran a good campaign.
I am all in for Cynthia Borrego in my old home District 5 Council race. The last thing we need is Robert Aragon, another fundamentalist wacko. Read up on his background to see what a disruptive person he can be.
Send money to this PAC that helps Tim Keller. His election will make those clowns at the Santolina development pucker their sphincters.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Tim Keller will slide to a first place in the ABQ Mayor's race tonight after the votes are counted. Then a real donny brook will be set in place for the runoff against a pro NRA and antigay opponent. The money will pour in to his opponent's coffers while Keller's publicly financed campaign will be limited.
State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has decided not to run for Congress. I have a gut feeling there is more to this decision than has been revealed. This Commissioner, who allows leg hold traps on State Lands for the cruel deaths of wildlife, might have been elected to Congress. It is a strange move. I have a gut feeling the fossil fuel boys were against him because of his favoring the livestock industry on contentious issues between the two 'buggy whip' state land users.
Monday, October 02, 2017
So, getting out to vote in the runoff election will be extremely important. I can tell you the NRA and anti gay types will be there. So every other candidate with any morals at all will have to get behind Keller.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
What does seem to work for some candidates is what worked for trump. Get voters who want to hate some group on your side. Appease them by remaining cozy and silent when their xenophobias break out. Dan Lewis, who I have always thought was one of the better city councillors, did just that when his religious supporters went full attack mode on the LGBT community. He gained in the polls. He stooped to the level of County Commissioner Wayne Johnson who went postal on brown people in his anti 'sanctuary' TV commercial.
It will be interesting to watch the sick leave ordinance outcome on the ABQ ballot. I was truly surprised to see it had lost so much ground in the latest Journal poll. The trend shows it could fail. As a progressive, I did vote against it because it was way too complicated. If it goes down then the city council and new Mayor should take a new stab at getting something workable.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
And I can't imagine what his attacks on fellow republican Dan Lewis, a fundamentalist baptist minister, will end up doing to the already damaged GOP brand. They deserve any blow back that occurs.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Also, it is quite likely that someone else might enter the race that would be even better on climate change and renewable energy programs than either of the announced candidates. Then a real division takes place in the march to Primary election day.
It would have made sense for CVNM to play the field a little longer. And other groups like them.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Actually, think a little about Alabama right now and the complete nutcase they just nominated for the US Senate. He is a disgraced state Supreme Court Judge who takes all of his orders from god. Even trump didn't like him.
Governor Martinez is saying all elected officials should be removed from the State Investment Council. That would not be a blow for transparency. Can you imagine leaving the state's billions of dollars in permanent funds under control of only the hedge fund CEOs and Bankers?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Having said all that I want to thank Mayor Berry for his service to the city. It is a tough job and every decision will upset someone. And the criticism is severe since everything is localized. I would say his only huge failure is the Police department.
Its bad enough taking abuse from anyone who hits a new pothole in the road, but to sit there while the parochial City Council endlessly gets away with poor performance is like watching trump give a speech. Endless nausea.
Monday, September 25, 2017
The upcoming danger for Keller is the runoff. That is when an opponent who has unlimited funding options will have some advantages. Who ever runs against Keller, probably Colon, will uncork that money from irresponsible land developers. Colon has been strangely quiet in the scurrilous attacks on Keller by CEO Jeff Garrett at the Santolina development. Profit at any cost. (Please don't forget the County Commissioners who sided with Santolina, but that will be a topic for a future blog.)
Sunday, September 24, 2017
No matter what, Keller is in the runoff.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Your interference in our local politics and your attacks on Tim Keller the front runner has demonstrated a new low in our political scene. And, that is hard to do when we have a Governor like Susana Martinez.
Damn, I could go on forever.
Friday, September 22, 2017
At the very least Santolina has shown themselves to very sophomoric. Why would we want them building anything anywhere near our city?
Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller is like a hurricane, gathering up every group in his path. The fact that the Police Union has endorsed him must hit all the GOP fundamentalist candidates right in the kisser. Those crime all the time types are feeling pretty impotent. When Keller takes office he will have his hands full with the unions and will need some real wisdom in dealing with all of them.
I can't wait to find out who is funding these horrendous ads against Keller accusing him of protecting pedophiles. The real recipients of this campaign are the TV stations and billboard companies. They will do anything for money.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Today I signed up for the VINE program which will notify us when the car thief found driving our meth infused car gets out of the County Jail in Luna County. Supposedly he will be there for another year. He is a repeat offender but a plea bargain got him 18 months and a promise of years in the state prison if he commits any more crimes. I am told the County lockup is worse than the state pen. One can only hope.
The VINE Program is a great tool. When Roberto Aguirre of Albuquerque gets out, at least we will be aware of it.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
And a reinforcing story on the front pages today is the drop in enrollment at UNM. What a tragedy! I am sure there are many reasons for this drought in higher education, including Lottery scholarships waning, but surely if there were more good jobs here the young folks would see more of a reason to enroll.
How does this economic malaise translate into grades for the Mayor and City Council? Probably an F for both. Eight years of almost unmitigated disaster on the job creation front where it seems there was really no effort put forth at all. And our Chamber of Commerce is just as guilty of thumb twiddling. Tired old leadership all the way around.
However, it is not tiredness on the Governor's part. It is just plain old incompetence peppered with nastiness. Have you ever paid attention to the statements coming out of her communications people? And her political consultants? Pretty nasty. Kind of like this blog sometimes, but unfit for a Governor.
Monday, September 18, 2017
If they suffer little damage you can thank Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall for their lobbying to keep them as whole as possible.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
An interesting demographic in the race concerns Brian Colon, former Democratic Party Chair, is that he is losing big time to Keller amongst Democrats. I have referred to him as the "Pelosi" of New Mexico, and that might be showing. Time for new leaders. But, I can't recall any former Chairs of the Party who went on to win elections.
The knives will come out big time in the race now. But where they will be planted is up for grabs. Probably in Colon as the desperate GOP right wing tries to get one of their fundamentalists into the runoff. Meanwhile, will ABQ City Councillor Lewis and County Commissioner Johnson go into war against each other? Who knows.
The voter turn out will be low.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The hunting and fishing part don't bother me much. The trapping is absolutely barbaric. The use of leg hold traps fostered by the Governor and her handpicked right wing Game and Fish Commission is horrendous. Why would anyone want to encourage their children to cause long painful deaths of New Mexico's Wildlife?
I frankly find the judgement of the Game and Fish Director to be poor. To allow such a slogan on all of their trucks is pretty stupid. They have stated on their website that they are looking for a new generation of Game and Fish Officers. If they continue this trapping policy then only psychopaths need apply.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Bobbi and I got up and decided to partake of the green chile fried cheese curds at the New Mexico State Fair. But we had quite a wait. We bought our tickets and then were shown to the security line that had about 500 people in it and more coming every minute. There were more than a few disabled people in the line. There were four ticket sellers and two security guards wanding everyone and looking through bags. They seemed embarrassed. Who can blame them?
This is America today. Paranoia everywhere fed by two bit right wing pols, security consultants and private contractors who make money off of it. And all we wanted was a short munchie visit after a three or four year lapse in attendance.
I called someone after 30 minutes in the hot sun and told them people were pissed! Some one in the chain of command took a look and the security ruse was lifted.
On the menu were the cheese curds. A $4 diet coke in a bottle. And two slices of pie from the Asbury Cafe. Lots of fat and sugar in that repast. A visit to the Fine Arts Center, Natural Resource Center, Indian Arts and a stroll down main street. All very nice.
We then left. The security line was working again, but it was very short.
The 2017 State Fair experience of Jim and Bobbi.
The U.S. Air Force says a lack of funding is seriously harming their ability to carry out their mission. And they are part of the military industrial complex that gets way more than their share of money.
This is all happening for one reason. Corporate America and the one per centers are not paying taxes. They have been enabled by the right wing hatred of all things government related. Oh, except when their red states get devastated by natural disasters and then spending outrageous amounts to rebuild for their confederate flag wavers seems like a good idea. And then it will happen again because these people will rebuild in the flood plain.
And, they want more tax breaks. This is suicidal for a nation. It will catch up to us. Or rather, our grandchildren.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Any Candidate who is a member of a Church that hates gay people but doesn't quit that Church is unfit to be Mayor. That would be Dan Lewis.
Is this all aimed to please the creationists?
Will the media start asking questions of the Governor and her appointee? I know that the organization known as the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education is concerned about these changes. This Albuquerque group is a pretty good watchdog on these matters. Here are their main points.
The People of New Mexico have two National Research Labs. It should not allow such nonsense to be inserted into our schools.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
More cops would help, a little. But in the end a more prosperous economy would help a lot more. It is no accident that Governor Susana's state has about the lowest economic growth in the nation, and one of the largest crime problems. I pin this problem on her complete lack of any economic development program. Oh sure, she wants lower taxes but if gang members are stealing thousands of cars a month then who wants to locate here. And the current Mayor's total lack of a competent police command structure has made ABQ ground zero. I just can't understand how he has put up with this. There must be some reason, right?
I recall that when I worked for Mayor Harry Kinney that the crime rate went down when the police went on strike. A lot of people made it known they were armed and would shoot if they thought a criminal was taking advantage of the police walkout. I hope we don't get to than point. But, it could happen. That whole vigilante thing.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I have often thought of Mayor candidate Brian Colon as the "Pelosi of New Mexico." He is a long time money raiser and political operative who is always on the scene. But from what I read in the Journal this morning he cant live up to Pelosi's toughness on taking a stand. His reported mumbling of support for gun rights during a debate on crimes committed with firearms left me a little confused. Maybe he should clarify his stance.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The Mayor's race here is almost invisible. It is covered up by trump, DACA, a string of hurricanes, and voter apathy. So, the person who wins will be the one who gets his voters out in what could be an all time low turnout if this trend continues.
Now, Keller just needs to do the basics. He needs to address the allegations so there is no where to go for the media. He needs to point out that all of the other candidates are taking in large amounts of money from special interests who are only setting up sweetheart deals with their candidates.
We actually need a Mayor in this city who is more interested in just 'being there.' Keller actually wants to get some things done. The rest of the candidates mostly want to have a title.
Now, read this to see how Susana's state leadership is on display as Amazon looks for a second HQ. Poor NM. Surrounded by potential but left at the altar.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
If you haven't seen the story about the ringer in the wings for being appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seat, then you should read it in the Journal this a.m. This 33 year old mystery gift from trump probably will get no where, but just the fact that he is in the running is pretty scary. This seat on the Court usually goes to a New Mexican. This guy is from DC and has little or no experience in the legal profession.
My feeling is that he is a mascot for the extreme right and fossil fuel boys. But really, who knows? Our delegation will hopefully stand firm against him.
Over the next week I plan on spending a little time on the almost invisible Albuquerque Mayors Race. I am supporting Tim Keller, a guy who actually wants to do things rather that just being there. More later.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sent from my iPad
On May 21, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Jim Baca <email@example.com> wrote:
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From my old friend.
MAY 21, 2017
The leaking of sensitive intelligence is making a lot of news lately. Among the recent reports is the story that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister when they met in the White House. That comes after weeks of controversy over the unmasking of the name of the former national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, in an intelligence report and the leaking of his involvement with the Russian ambassador.
The concern about the president sharing sensitive information with the Russians is that they may be able to figure out how the information was obtained. That could put sources and methods and intelligence cooperation with Israel, the important partner who reportedly provided it, at risk.
It is not certain where the debate about the disclosure regarding Mr. Flynn will lead. For some, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that leak is just as bad as the Russian interference in our election last year. I disagree with Mr. Graham, but his argument is something every American should consider.
A person's views on a subject are always affected by one's own experience, and my view on Mr. Graham's assertion certainly is. I received my first top secret clearance in 1966 as a low-ranking enlisted man in the Naval Reserve. It was not just any top-secret clearance. It permitted me to have access to intelligence similar to the communications intercepts in which Mr. Flynn's name appeared. That clearance came with a long briefing, special caveats that themselves were classified and an oath. The oath, which I was required to sign, said I understood I could go to jail for 10 years and be fined up to $10,000 for revealing the information to which I was about to become able to see.
The briefing recounted how the decoding of intercepted communications of the Japanese and Germans helped the Allies win World War II and saved countless lives. It also stressed that the sources and methods used to obtain that kind of information were incredibly sensitive for, once revealed, the source was lost as the enemy changed its method of encryption and communication. For that reason, every time I read a news story about sensitive intelligence that indicates how it was collected, it makes me cringe.
I had a different reaction, however, when reading about Mr. Flynn. While the details remain uncertain, it appears clear that he took money from the Russians, all of which he did not report, discussed the easing of sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the Trump administration took office and then lied about it to at least the vice president and quite possibly the FBI. On top of all this, according to The New York Times, he told the Trump transition team on Jan. 4 that he was under federal investigation for secretly being on the payroll of the Turkish government.
After Mr. Trump took office, the White House was informed of Mr. Flynn's activities by the acting attorney general, yet no action was taken for 18 days. And then only after the story came out in the press. Mr. Flynn put himself in the position of making it very, very easy for the Russian ambassador, who knew he had lied, to blackmail him. Having worked on the National Security Council, I can assure you that, with the possible exceptions of the secretaries of State and Defense, there is no position in the government more crucial to national security than that of the national security adviser. No official has more access to all the intelligence our government produces.
Someone in our government understood the situation and, seeing the White House doing nothing, decided to violate his or her oath and leak the information on Mr. Flynn to the press. It seems very likely that, if the leak had not happened, he would still be sitting in the White House, given the president's inability to ever admit he made a mistake or to assume responsibility for his own actions.
I therefore came to the conclusion that, while leaking sensitive intelligence is wrong, in this case it was justified and that the leaker was motivated by patriotism despite the risk of a fine and jail time.
Therefore Mr. Graham's argument is absurd. The leaker forced an end to a grave threat to national security. The Russian campaign to discredit one of the candidates in the presidential election with well-timed releases of emails and other information, quite possibly in collusion with the campaign of the other candidate, undermined our democracy because it smeared one side and aided the other. Such interference undoubtedly had an impact given how close the result was.
Would Hillary Clinton have won the election if there had been no Russian meddling? We will never know. One thing is sure — Russia has declared war on our democracy and that of any other country with representative government. But that is not the only threat, according to James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. He told CNN he believes America's institutions are under assault both externally, from the Russians, and internally, by the president. Whether Mr. Trump's supposed sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russians is part of that assault, was just a boastful error or really did not amount to all that much is something else that is still unclear.
Hopefully, it will be clarified soon, as well as the extent of Mr. Flynn's activities. And that is why all Americans should welcome the naming of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. Even in a town as divided as Washington, there is agreement that he is the right man for the job. And if it is one thing America needs at this point, it is unanimity about the extent of Russian interference, the degree of collusion with them and whether the leaks were justified.
Dennis Jett, the former U.S. ambassador to Mozambique (1993-1996) and Peru (1996-1999), is professor of international affairs at Penn State University.