Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Nightmare Before New Years

I can not imagine what went through former Mayor Marty Chavez's mind when he was informed his live in girl friend was involved in a $3.5 million dollar alleged rip off of the Christus St. Vincent's hospital in Santa Fe.  These nightmare developments develop in every single campaign for office and many sleepless nights are endured trying to figure out what to do about it.  As campaign nightmares go, this is a pretty major one.  It doesn't matter that Chavez had nothing to do with this situation because he is now on the front page of the newspapers as being close to it.

I think this may possibly sink his candidacy for a congressional seat.  That might be unfair but folks might not understand why his girlfriend of several years made him look so gullible.  Also, those religious folks won't understand him 'living in sin.'

It will be interesting to see how Chavez's opponents, Eric Griego and Michelle Grisham, will handle this.  Probably they will use their heads and just let this thing continue to stew.  It will also be interesting to see how long the media stays on the story.  If this were Bill Richardson the Albuquerque Journal would rewrite the story one hundred times on the front page.

If, however, the media plays this out for just a few days then Marty still has a fighting chance five months from now of winning this primary.  Then, if he wins, you can be sure a republican opponent would have a bonanza for a negative ad campaign.  That is the danger for democrats holding on to this seat.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Sometimes things make no sense to me.  As I understand it the nation's Catholic Bishops are complaining that their constitutional rights to pursue their religious beliefs are being violated because they are being denied federal funds because they refuse to assist gay people wanting to adopt kids through Catholic Charities.  So, they are being discriminated against because they are not being allowed to discriminate against others?  It is kind of hard to wrap your head around that logic.  As I posted yesterday, I still think the Church will leave all this gay phobia behind in a few years.  Meanwhile they are closing some of their centers for helping the poor in order to get even with the policy.  What would Jesus do?

I for one will miss the New Mexico float in the Rose Bowl Parade.  The curmudgeon Martinez administration won't fund the enterprise any longer.  Governor Richardson started the tradition and the State's floats always won awards for their imagination.  I can understand opting out for a few years because of economic concerns, but as usual, Governor Martinez seems to be killing it because it was Big Bill's idea.

My wife Bobbi went with others to work on the float construction.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Charge the Media

It was a surreal thing watching the so called 'Newscasts' last night.  Every one of the stations mirrored the others on the lame news front.  The big story of the day, again, was the story of the guy who shot his brother in law with a cross bow.  There were some video of bloody rags.  Of course the real reason for this repetitive news was the new extreme poor quality video of this guy being arraigned.  The stations are doing this kind of thing more and more where they have the government to provide video their shows.  Next story up was a 911 call audio of someone reporting a child abuse case.  Another easy picking that requires little effort on the journalism front.  I am beginning to think that local government should charge a stringer fee every time they provide video and audio for a news cast.

The Albuquerque Journal is no different.  Today they opine that they should get video of that meltdown by Rep. Stapleton a few weeks ago.  Apparently there was a security camera nearby.  The Journal editors are upset that the Legislative Council won't release it.  Now, they can't throw the whole embarrassing incident on their website in order to attract a few more hits.  And then the Journal today provides us with dark humor in running another pro oil and gas piece from the much discredited Rio Grande Foundation.  They are trying to say fracking is good and harmless.

It really might be time for some brave legislators to pass that much threatened bill that would make the Journal pay gross receipts taxes on the sales of their paper like every other business does on the sale of their products. I am pretty sure the TV stations do so.

We can only dream.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rich Man Poor Man

There is nothing wrong with very rich people serving in congress.  Of the 535 congressmen and senators over 250 of them are millionaires. That is a very big number though. Senator Bingaman and Senator Udall are listed as millionaires.  Congressmen Martin Heinrich and Ben Lujan Jr. are amongst the poorest in the congress.  I am glad they are there but also wish they were doing better.  But at least they know what it is like to struggle as folks with little assets have to do.  Sure, they have good salaries at $174K a year.  But running two households on that is not easy.  $500K won't buy much in DC when looking for a  home.  It would not be a problem for the oil and gas mascot Steve Pearce.  He is worth up to $30 million and really doesn't need a congressional salary.

All of this spills over into campaigning and politics.  The very rich are essentially self funded by themselves.  They can pursue their own self interests without worrying about stepping on donor's toes. The poor must spend every breathing moment on the phone raising money for the next election cycle.  This puts them under the thumb of their contributors.

Unless this nation changes its approach to campaign funding then we will continue down a slippery slope of the rich running everything.  Think about the basic fact that close to 50% of our elected officials in DC are millionaires.  And think about the percentage of rank and file Americans that are millionaires.  Something needs to change.

Monday, December 26, 2011


The big question for me today is whether to reuse my luminara bags for another year.  The ones that burned brightly on Christmas Eve have been  used for the last three years.  I usually just empty them out.  Separate the wax and sand and them fold them up and insert them into a grocery bag.  A few get trashed, but not many.  This is one sign of frugality in my otherwise less disciplined spending habits.  I even use the same sand every year from a little pile in the back yard.  I really started recycling the bags because I am so worthless at folding them every year with out tearing them.

Not as many neighbors put up the farolitos this year.  Maybe it is a sign of the general funk of the economy.  There seemed to be a slight lack of energy in this holiday season around here.  Probably because we are a year older and none of the kids were around.  Wait until next year!

Friday, December 23, 2011


We are going to have a subdued Holiday this year.  None our our kids will be here nor will by brother Tom's.  It is the first time ever I can remember that happening.  But thank the digital gurus for inventing Skype!  We will be able to see them all and the grandkids on real time computer screens.  They just won't be able to sample the posole and tamales this year.  Too bad.

Not a lot of gifts exchanging hands this year.  We find that young couples need a nice check in the mail to get what they need, rather than what we think they need.  We used to do a gift exchange drawing at Thanksgiving where every one reached into a hat full of names and then bought a small gift for the person they drew.  We don't do that anymore since we never seem to be all in one place at the same time.  Times change.  Time certainly marches on.

Here are some gifts I think need to be handed out to well known people or groups.  I hope they get them.

  1. A sense that environmental issues that affect us all on the planet are important for President Obama.
  2. A realization that the GOP needs to shed its 'crazy' wing nuts who seem to be running the party so it can be a respected political group again.
  3. A show of courage and new leadership to the democrats in congress in fighting those crazies.
  4. A resolve on Governor Susanna Martinez's part that she will no longer listen to those who feel that demonizing undocumented workers is a good thing.
  5. A realization by the fossil fuels industry that they should no longer try and run our nation with political donations and that they use their business expertise to develop renewables in a profitable way.
  6. A happier outlook on life to bloggers who whine in 90% of their blogs.  
Happy Holidays to you all! Peace on Earth!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More Alike?

I have always wondered how the country of North Korea functions in the face of a national ongoing case of dementia.  How can it be that a even a minority of the population can not see clearly enough to know that their leaders are all major Bozo crazy?  I guess brainwashing really does work but I never thought everyone in a country could be had.

Then I look at our U.S. House of Representatives and the GOP majority that is also Bozo crazy and I wonder if we are moving closer to the North Korean way of thinking.  Which is not thinking at all.  (At least we have electricity.)  Could it be that the House GOP folks are pushing this country towards another term for President Obama?  I think so.  And even after all of my disappointments with his administration I can say that would be a good thing.  He may be a wuss, but he is not living as a crazy person like most of his opponents.

Having said that I get the feeling that the republicans will reelect more of their reps than most people think.  I see their base turning out stronger than Obama's.  I read somewhere that if Obama were to run against a 2008 version of himself he would lose.  I think that is true.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Alright, snow storms are news.  But watching TV last night you would have thought that after dedicating 11 minutes to watching reporters bend over and scoop up snow from a two inch drift that maybe they could get to the real news of the day.  Those news directors just love sending out their toothy reporters in the satellite trucks to cavort in the snow.

Actually, the big news of the day is that I took Hermes and Ajax to the vet for their Rabies shot and they are both healthy.  I was worried they might run into Representative Stapleton when they were out catting around.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Get ready for the onslaught of disgusting and trashy political commercials after the first of the year.  Given the republican dominated supreme court's decision on corporate and special interest spending in political races we may be in for the worst ration of political bottom dwelling in our life times.  Think of the movie "The Exorcist" and the little girl's ability to spew!

Of course the winners will be the TV stations and media outlets that will run this stuff.

However, I had an interesting conversation with some people who are knowledgeable about how this will work.  These special committees that will be spending the money will need to pay top dollar for their commercial time, unlike a candidate's campaign who gets the lowest rates.  Also, the special committees will not be able to use outright fabrications and lies in their ads, or they are liable to be denied air time.  A candidate campaign can lie but a special committee can not.  Weird.  There may be a real effort on the media's part, for their own good, to use some editorial prerogatives on what gets aired and what doesn't.  Let's hope so.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Some one needs to explain to me the calculus used by the Obama Interior Secretary on leaving New Mexico's beautiful Dona Ana County lands out of a bill that would protect wilderness jewels in this country.  Wilderness is a difficult issue at any time because of the influence of the fossil fuels and livestock lobby.  But this state currently has two democratic United States Senators, two democratic congressmen and one lonely republican representative who is a mascot for the oil and gas industry.  And he wins.  No protection for beautiful landscapes in Dona Ana County.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

Heaven is where : 
• the police are British,
• the cooks are French,
• the mechanics are German,
• the lovers are Italian,
• and all is organized by the Swiss.
Hell is where :
• the police are German,
• the cooks are British,
• the mechanics are French,
• the lovers are Swiss,
• and all is organized by the Italians !

Easy Date

I think the oil and gas industry has found that Obama is an 'easy date'.   They just got their planet killing tar sands pipe line from Canada to Houston on the fast track decision process in return for a two month extension of the payroll tax deduction extension for working Americans.  For the last few weeks Obama had vowed not to let that happen.  He weakly says now after another capitulation that it might make it easier for him to deny the pipe line.  Fat Chance!

I am beginning to think the Obama administration, on environmental matters, is one of those cosmic jokes that come around every now and then.  Those things that defy rationality and that are totally unexplainable.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Coffee Chatter

My friend Arturo and I were bemused this morning over the flap of Legislative Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton's racist rant against the Governor.  She called Martinez the 'mexican on the fourth floor.'  She gave an apology yesterday at a news conference but did not invite Channel 13 news who have been after her for taking a salary from APS while serving on committees and during the sessions.  She showed her vindictiveness has not lessened.  At the same time it is humorous and the Governor and her right wing handlers, Pat Rogers, Mickey Barnett, and Jay McClesky have not apologized for demonizing undocumented Mexican workers in our communities who legally applied for and received state driver's licenses.  I think it would be fitting for the Governor to do that now.  Don't hold your breath.

We also talked a little about the Bernalillo County Commission's lack of comment on the tax money being offered to Lowe's Home Improvement Center to locate a call center here.  Given Lowe's proven bigotry against Muslim Americans they should at least state what their position is on continuing this funding.  Why has the Albuquerque Journal not asked this question?  Or any other news media?  Sure, these meager paying jobs look good right now, but at what cost to American ideals?

We also lamented the passing of Lisa Breeden, former journalist and aide to Pete Domenici.  Lisa always had a smile and a wink on every thing she worked on.  She died from lung cancer at the age of 56.  Way to soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


No one is saying the word victory or win as we pull out of Iraq.  If we won, what did we win?  I think bush/cheney really need to explain the carnage to us and what good it all was.  Nine years of death, profit for defense contractors, and economic wreckage.  Not a great result.

Timing is everything.  Just as news of Representative Sheryl Williams Stapelton's racist rant against the Governor hits, the NAACP files a civil rights suit against the city of Albuquerque alleging racism in hiring and promotion actions.  Stapleton, an African American, accused a fellow legislator of 'carrying water for the Mexican upstairs."  She should resign her seat now.

Of course the Albuquerque Journal tried to implicate all democrats in this with a headline that said, "Democratic leader calls Governor a Mexican."  First, Stapleton is a minor leader.  Second the bigotry shown by the Journal is as bad as Stapleton's.   Third, the editor at the Journal should resign too.

The Journal must be collecting money somehow from the oil and gas industry.  Today they opined that the planned tar sand pipeline from Canada to Houston should be approved as a part of a tax bill that will keep payroll taxes low.  Usually they hate this kind of tactic, but now its okay.

The silence out of the County Commission and City who are helping to fund a new call center for Lowe's in Albuquerque is deafening.  Following on the heels of Lowe's decision to pull advertising from a reality show about American Muslims you would think maybe someone would express disappointment.  The bigoted action certainly should make us wonder if we want to be support such a company with tax dollars.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gerry Mander R.I.P.

The process of reapportioning political districts in New Mexico is entering its second year.  The once a decade process usually ends up with a huge amount of gerrymandering and shifting of political tides.  This decade's process is turning into a funeral for gerrymandering.  As I read about the efforts all over the state the flavor of this decade seem to be 'least change', despite the fact that the state's growth pattern demands otherwise. Although one could argue that is a stealth form of manipulation.

It is typical that any incumbent congressman, legislator, city councillor, county commissioner or school board member would want things to stay pretty much the same as when they were elected.  But the idea of this task is to make things fair.  Why would we want depopulating areas in the oil and gas patch to keep their political power when that power should really shift to urban areas that have grown strongly since the year 2000?

At the end of the day this is all an inside game.  The public doesn't care.  It is meaningless to them.  As the lawsuits drag on at great cost to the taxpayer the only interested folks are the ones who are making money out of this.  The lawyers that is.  And the politicos who want to hang on to their little fiefdoms.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


We were at breakfast this morning and my friend Rodger wondered aloud when New Mexico's Presidential Primary election would be held.  Last time around it got moved up when Bill Richardson was running in the Primary.  It was thought an earlier primary would give him a leg up in the race.  It turned out to have no impact whatsoever.  I asked my magic new iPhone when the state would hold its primary.  Sure enough it is next June.  That was a one time deal for the Governor.

The media is now talking about Richardson again.  He bought a summer home in Cape Cod for $1.5 million.  It seems to me the story was built around the price of the house.  Not so much the location.  And the media is giddy with talking about an alleged affair the Governor had that ended up with $250,000 in hush money being paid to the woman.  It seems the crime here was that the Governor's supporters raised the money for him which the US Attorney thinks is a crime.  I think it would be if campaign funds were used but apparently it was not done through the campaign.  Is this a crime? Or is it another attempt to indict Richardson no matter how silly the attempt?  We will find out soon enough I guess.

If anyone could find out the connection between the oil and gas industry and the Albuquerque Journal I would take them to dinner.  First they opine that subsidies for oil and gas are necessary and  good.  Then they run a right wing article today from the Hoover Institute that says things have never been better in this country because of all the oil and gas they are finding.  So, why do they need subsidies?   And could they at least mention climate change as a reason not to rely on more oil and gas?  I also have a suggestion.  The editors and columnists who push this dogma should be forced to drink water for two years from homes near fracking operations that are polluting ground water.  Make their families drink it too and then if they agree I will give them the benefit of the doubt on fracking's safety.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Some Truth

There may be some truth in this lengthy article.  Worth a read.


It has been the "Year of Idiocy" as far as I am concerned.  Just putting up with the flavor of the month in the republican presidential primary would cinch that title for sure.  But corporate America is doing their part.  First there was the banks trying to charge a $5 fee for using ones debit cards.  Only idiots could try and foist that onto their customers, or victims as I call them.

Now comes along Lowe's Home Improvement Centers.  I am a frequent customer of Lowes.  They are just a half a mile away and I probably spent $400 there in the last week converting my house to LED lights.  I guess I should be happy I am not a muslim though.  Lowes just pulled their TV commercials from a Muslim reality show because a wacko christian fundamentalist group insisted they do so.

I wonder how much this will cost Lowes.  Millions and millions I hope until their CEO and his minions are fired for bald faced bigotry.  That is the only thing that will get me back into a Lowes store.  I am serious.

This all traces back to the state of religion in this country.  The fanatics are winning while the rest of the good folks that are believers just sit back and watch it happen.  Shameful.

Friday, December 09, 2011


Yesterday my cellphone disappeared.  Today, my email was hacked.  I wonder if the two are connected.  All my friends got emails today about the wonders of Viagra.  Now I am trying to figure out how to stop all of this.  I am a luddite when it comes to this.  New dangers in a modern world I guess.  Plus, now I need to get a new phone.  Maybe a new Apple that helps me remember things.  That would be useful.  A nagging device that speaks to me about my upcoming appointments.  A backup memory.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Worth Some Time

The Albuquerque Journal picked up this essay from the Los Angeles Times.  It is worth reading.  I have felt this way too.

The Governor

I have to say the Governor is doing a good thing in pushing this additional support for reading instruction for young children.  It really works!  We did this same thing when I served as Mayor and it upped reading proficiency in kids who were lagging.  They all came out a least one year ahead of their peers after just six weeks of intense help during the summer.  The parents had to sign on to the effort and help the kids in the evenings.  I can't think of a better thing to do for children than to give them the power to read well.

Being There

One of my commenter's has stated I am overly leftist on the decision in which the White House over ruled the Federal Drug Administration Scientists and said Plan B morning after birth control could not be made available to those under 17 years of age with out a prescription.  Certainly, I don't like the idea of 14 year olds getting this over the counter, but when I look at the problem of teenage single mothers I think it makes sense.  If the parents of these boys and girls don't do their job on instruction for use of contraceptives then we end up paying the freight on unwanted kids.

This is the second time that the Obama White House has told scientists and experts to go screw them selves in the name of electoral calculations. Think of the clean air regulations that Obama halted from going into effect.  Whats a little global warming compared to electoral votes?  It makes one wonder what motivates the Cabinet Secretaries to stay on.  Both Lisa Jackson of the EPA and now Ms. Sebilius of of Health and Human Services have been gutted by the campaign managers for Obama.

During my tenure as a Senate confirmed appointee in the first Clinton Administration it became apparent to me that for the most part, people who took those positions really wanted to just be there.  It over rode their own best instincts and they were willing to do anything to hang on to their jobs.  I quit my job after having around in DC for about 18 months because of Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt's continual caving in to the oil, gas, and livestock industries.  What was the point of sticking around?  I think I was the only one who did this at Interior.  Clinton's White House did some good things in the second term but none of it meant stepping on the fossil fuel industries feet or messing with the cowboys.

Maybe one just feels better in being there, but I can guarantee you that it isn't all that it is cracked up to be.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


I had been hopeful that the Obama administration had a Plan B.  I just didn't know it would still require a prescription!  This was a White House call completely and another huge disappointing sell out to fundamentalism.


I got a surly note from the New Mexico State University Foundation about its acting as a pass through for the Domenici Institute.  They said my answers would be found in a large list of news releases they provided.  Period.  They could not take the time to provide me with just a link to the specific document.  I found it easily though.  My suspicions were confirmed that Yates Petroleum was the source of a $500,000 gift to the Domenici Institute.  The money was given to the Foundation directly and they were instructed to send it on to the institute.  Why not just give it to the  institute?  Of course the Institute is supposed to do oil and gas economic studies and it might have been embarrassing to easily find out the studies are being funded by the oil and gas industry.  And why didn't the institute give me the information instead of saying they were not allowed to do so.  If there was a press release why camouflage the funding?  One can only wonder if this is the just part of the story.

Since the NMSU Foundation did a news release back in 2008 they were not being secretive.  If anyone ever wrote a story about this I never saw it and I looked into a few archives to find it.

The Albuquerque Journal's Thomas Cole this morning did a piece on where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senator are getting their money.  That is fair game.  He says it indicates how they might govern.  But when a U.S. Senator's legacy institute gets a huge donation from an industry he carried water for, you hear little about it.  Domenici gets a free ride on this one.  Maybe because he is a republican?

I can not imagine what kind of press there would be if former Governor Bill Richardson's favorite institute were to collect half a million bucks after leaving office from the operators of the racino at the New Mexico Expo.  It would run on the front page of the Journal for years.

I don't disrespect Pete Domenici.  I disagreed with his energy policies and blind support of the military industrial complex.  He did good things too.  Like his concern for mental health issues.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


It was very cold out on the Bosque today.  These tumbleweeds have probably tumbled their last after the big wind last week.  They blew into the Rio Grande and stuck!  They look homeless and huddled.  It will have to blow even harder to get them out of their watery grave.

The Bosque looks devoid of life, except for a fat coyote that didn't stop for a picture taking session.  I much prefer it in the fall when there is color.

Who needs Excellence?

It is just amazing to me that the media and a majority of the business community do not see any advantage to showing leadership and vision in the Land of Enchantment.  All we hear about is that trying to achieve excellence in the fields of energy conservation and protection of the planet will do nothing but cost jobs.

Currently, the home builders are trying to get Albuquerque's forward looking energy efficient building codes eradicated.  Why?  Because it will add to the cost of housing.  The costs of housing have already dropped pretty dramatically due to the financial meltdown caused by, well housing and mortgages.

And then there is the Governor and her minions in the oil, gas and coal industry trying to take apart New Mexico's national leadership in climate change management.  After all, why would we want to keep our air clean, water clean and landscapes in pristine condition.  Oh, thats right, it might cause a drop in the fossil fuel industry profit levels.

It just wouldn't do to have us looked at as a progressive, smart, ready for the future state.  We will be happy just following the lemmings over the cliff.  That is the kind of leadership we have in New Mexico right now on the state and local levels.  Even some of our smart democratic congressional delegation still believes in tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  Makes one want to register and an independent.  But that would just cost the ability to vote in a primary.

P.S.   It has been two weeks since the New Mexico State University Foundation said they would get back to me on who is funding the Pete Domenici Institute on the school's campus.  The foundation is beginning to look like a money launderer if they fail to provide us with that information.  If it didn't involve state tax dollars in supporting the institute in it's studies then I would not care.  But it does.

Monday, December 05, 2011


We didn't get a real flake of snow at our home in the North Valley last night.  Other parts of Albuquerque were under a nice blanket of snow.  Apparently the flakes destined for us were blown away by canyon winds blowing into the center of the city.

Speaking of flakes, Newt Gingrich is the flake of the month for the GOP.  Flakes flitter back and forth.  Just last summer Newt's open accounts at Tiffany's in New York blew him back into the clouds but he is now floating down around our necks again.  His supporters call him a great idea man.  He had an idea he could be a high priced lobbyist earning millions from the healthcare conglomerates, but all the while calling  him self a citizen who just helps people.  He is an evil man.

I will soon think the editors at the Journal are flakes if they don't look into Mickey Barnett and Pat Rodgers influence on the Martinez administration and their connections to the recently rushed through lease for the racino at the Fair Grounds.  These two extreme right wing GOP operatives seem to be mostly invisible to the media.  They are running the show for Susanna Martinez and ought to be profiled.  When this racino at the Expo was nurtured by the Richardson administration there was no lack of coverage.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Double Standard

On Page B-1 of he Albuquerque Journal today is a story about how our Congressional Delegation supports continued subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  They cite the need to help out the little independent producers.  That would be the guys that donate a lot of money on a state level to politics.

On Page E-1 there is a story about the shortage of food assistance for the poor and homeless because the Congress is cutting back food aid programs.  These are the poor folks who can not donate a lot of money to state level politicians.

On Page A-1 there is an excellent story on a rightwing mega church pastor who uses the pulpit to endorse candidates but whose church pays no taxes even though this endorsement process is illegal for non profit entities.  The County of Bernalillo should immediately put this church on the tax rolls and the IRS should start collecting income taxes.

Leslie Lithicum's column on how the police have treated the "Occupy" movement versus the "Tea Party" movement was right on.  One of her best ever.  I have opined ad nausea on the police being trained like Marines rather than public servants.

The Journal had a good day and deserves a pat on the back for some good journalism.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

SiriusXM Corporate Assholes Update

After using up an hour of my time I finally cancelled our SiriusXM service.  They turned of our radios immediately even though we had several weeks left on our subscription.  They did this so I might call again and get hammered with special deals to enroll again.

A note to our Congressional delegation.  Any business in the US that provides account services through the internet must provide the ability to cancel such services in a simple and effective way.  Introduce that bill and win thousands of votes.

Friday, December 02, 2011


I am sitting on the phone waiting to cancel my Sirius XM satellite service to our two cars.  The prices seem to have doubled from last year with no explanation.  You can do everything you want online except cancel service and I have been shuttled back and forth in my efforts to do that on the phone.  I have turned from a customer into a victim once again by corporate America.  I like the radio service with no commercials.  Now I will just download podcasts to play in the car via blue tooth.

It is like Comcast.  It seems every time I get a bill from them it goes up.  It is time for the city of Albuquerque to allow a new franchisee into the mix.  My son has a choice of providers in upstate New York and his fees are much lower. And he has fiber optics right up to the home.  If I have any regrets from my term as Mayor in Albuquerque it is that I did not try harder to have the city council, a very reluctant group who got freebies from Comcast, to do it.

That wind yesterday in Albuquerque was tremendous.  It blew a nice tiled name plate that sat over our porch for seventeen years right off its hooks.  The only tile that survived was the B for Baca.  Strangely, the piles of leaves in the front yard disappeared and it now looks to be manicured.  Those leaves and many more ended up in the back yard and the currents caused a three foot high pile on our porch blocking access to the hot tub.  I had to cut a pathway in order to take my early morning soak.

Thursday, December 01, 2011


The Big Lie has always amazed me.  Newt Gingrich says he was acting as a citizen and not a lobbyist when putting  the corporate health care crowd together with the congress.  His company made millions doing it.  And he thinks he is just a citizen.  Sometimes the Big Lie can work.  Gingrich is following the lead of Herman Cain.  He didn't do anything with that woman he saw for thirteen years in a long drawn out relationship.  He was just trying to help her financially.  It seems to me the GOP candidates for President are trying to see who can tell the biggest lie and get a way with it.  Clowns.

The Albuquerque Police Department and Mayor Berry want the public to vote on the new color of police cars.  Any thing for them to ignore the real issues of police violence and lack of jobs in this community.  I vote to keep the cars in the red, white and blue configuration.  The black and white looks a little sinister and are harder to see.  The Mayor is following the lead of Governor Martinez in trying to distract folks from real problems.

The Governor makes a big deal out of saving money on cars and cell phones but never says anything about jobs.  The only things she seems to talk about positively now is the movie industry and the Space Port in our state.  Both of those were created by Bill Richardson.  Last night on the SciFi Channel the Space Port and New Mexico had great exposure on a biography of Arthur C. Clarke.  He was a visionary and author.  His book Childhood's End is the first SciFi book I ever read.  It is a Masterpiece.