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  • Feds to build separate detention unit for transgender illegal immigrants

    05/23/2016 7:27:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Andrea Noble
    Federal immigration authorities plan to build a separate unit for transgender detainees in a new facility under construction in Alvarado, Texas .... One other facility in Santa Ana, California also has a separate unit for transgender women and gay men. The Human Rights Watch report notes that transgender women have previously faced violence and been subject to attacks when they were housed alongside men.
  • NM sues EPA for $136 million over mine spill

    05/23/2016 11:51:21 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal | May 23, 2016 | OLLIE REED JR.
    New Mexico today sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the owners of the Gold King Mine for more than $136 million over economic setbacks and environmental damages suffered by the state due to the Aug. 5 dumping of more than 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River. The suit was filed on behalf of the state by Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Environment Department. It demands reimbursement of $889,327 for short-term emergency-response costs paid by the state, more than $6 million to pay for long-term monitoring of the Animas and $130 million for lost...
  • ‘Never Gary Johnson’: He’s Not Conservative and Not Even All That Libertarian

    05/23/2016 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2016 4:00 AM | by JAMES SPILLER
    The assumption is that someone whose label is “Libertarian” has libertarian values and would promote them in office. In the case of Johnson, that notion is absurd. When Johnson took the tiller in New Mexico in 1995, the budget stood at $4.397 billion. When he left in 2003, it had grown to $7.721, an increase of 7.29 percent a year. Of the eleven governors who filed to run for president this year (two Democrats, Johnson, and eight Republicans), only one had a worse record on spending growth.... On civil liberties as with fiscal issues, Johnson’s record is less libertarian than...
  • Missouri plans to seek death penalty for illegal alien accused of gunning down five people

    05/21/2016 6:26:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 20 May 2016 | REGINA F. GRAHAM
    Missouri plans to seek death penalty for illegal alien accused of gunning down five people in two day spree. [ Full title ]. Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, is charged with killing five men. ... Immigration authorities missed two chances to deport Serrano-Vitorino . ... Missouri prosecutors on Friday filed their formal plan to pursue the death penalty against a Mexican national in the shooting death of a man a day after he allegedly killed four people in Kansas. Prosecutors in Montgomery County submitted court papers saying they will seek capital punishment for Pablo Serrano-Vitorino if he's convicted of first-degree murder...
  • David Koch Pledges Millions To Gary Johnson’s Presidential Bid

    05/19/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Drew Johnson
    Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign. Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said. The Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the party’s national convention later this month in Orlando.
  • Report: David Koch Pledges Millions to Fund Spoiler Third Party Run

    05/19/2016 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 May 2016 | Katie McHugh
    Billionaire David Koch will bankroll Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s third party presidential run with tens of millions of dollars, according to a report. The eight-figure sum may help Johnson win the Libertarian Party nomination and break into the mainstream. Johnson also ran for president in 2012 as a third party candidate and won some 1.275 millon votes, 0.99 percent of the popular vote. Libertarian candidates may have cost the GOP several congressional race victories that year. (David Koch himself was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1980 when he and Ed Clark set the...
  • Cashed out: Koch brothers sit on wallets in '16 (Deny funding Libertarian)

    05/20/2016 8:13:18 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 10 replies
    AOL News ^ | 05/20/16 | Gabrielle Levy
    David and Charles Koch, the wealthy brothers whose donor network has given hundreds of millions to Republican causes and candidates in the past, aren't going to pour cash into the third-party bid of Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson – and reportedly won't spend a dime on GOP candidates in 2016. A spokesman for the Kochs on Thursday contradicted a report by The Daily Caller – citing a source within the Johnson campaign – that they planned to spend "tens of millions of dollars" to support Johnson, who is all but assured to win the Libertarian presidential nomination.
  • Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson Chooses Former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld as His VP

    05/19/2016 3:05:01 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 23 replies
    NBC ^ | May 18 2016 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has agreed to join forces with former Massachusetts Governor William Weld for the Libertarian Party's nomination. Weld will run for the party's vice presidential slot, possibly bolstering the third party's appeal to general election voters. Weld was a popular governor in the 1990s with crossover appeal and could boost the legitimacy of a third-party option for voters disgruntled by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "It brings an enormous amount of credibility to what it is I'm doing," Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, said in a statement....
  • Border Patrol Union Chief: Obama’s Policies Are Helping Bankroll Drug Cartels

    05/19/2016 12:24:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/19/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The president of the National Border Patrol Council testified in the Senate Thursday that the Obama administration’s loose immigration policy is the biggest factor driving illegal immigration into the United States, which in turn helps fund Mexican drug cartels. “Most illegal immigrants believe that they will either not be caught, or even if they are caught, they will not be deported back to their home country. Most believe that they will simply be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and will be released,” Brandon Judd said before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. “Candidly, they are not...
  • Clarence Thomas tells graduates to simply be good citizens

    05/16/2016 5:25:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 16,2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas urged college graduates who seek to "preserve liberty" to do so by fulfilling the duties of their daily vocations rather than attempting to achieve sweeping political goals. "At the risk of understating what is necessary to preserve liberty in our form of government, I think more and more that it depends on good citizens, discharging their daily duties in their daily obligations," Thomas said Saturday during a commencement address at Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan.
  • CBS2 Exclusive: Driver Speaks After Recording Horrific Truck Accident On Tappan Zee

    05/15/2016 7:35:19 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    CBS2 NY ^ | 5/15/16
    A driver spoke out Sunday evening, two days after recording a truck hauling scrap metal as it tipped over and lost some of its wheels on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The crash happened around 9 a.m. Friday on the northbound side of the bridge. Images from the scene showed the overturned truck with pieces of scrap metal and debris all over the roadway, and the video showed truck sending debris and two wheels flying across the road. The trailer and flying debris narrowly missed the car behind it. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported exclusively, Qing Chang of Ardsley was driving...
  • Whoa! A Former GOP Competitor Just Endorsed Trump For President!

    05/15/2016 6:52:40 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 49 replies
    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who also once ran the RNC, was one of the original candidates running against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Now, Gilmore has a major announcement to make: He is officially endorsing Donald Trump for President! While Gilmore’s campaign never gained traction, he is popular in the key state of Virginia and could be helpful with working with the Republican establishment to help bring them on board during these critical weeks before the RNC convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Appearing on “CNN Newsroom” With Brooke Baldwin, Gilmore said that part of Trump’s appeal has been...
  • US man admits to ripping off woman's hijab on flight

    05/15/2016 8:30:10 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 63 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | May 15, 2016 | Agencies
    A 37-year-old man has admitted in court that he ripped off a woman's hijab on board a flight in the US after screaming "Take it off! This is America!". Gill Parker Payne of Gastonia, from North Carolina, pleaded guilty in a New Mexico federal court to a misdemeanour hate crime charge of using force to intentionally obstruct the woman's free exercise of her religious beliefs. Seated a few rows in front of him was a woman he had never met before. She was wearing a hijab, which Payne recognised as a Muslim practice. He stood up, walked down the aisle...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • Navajo Nation In Crisis As EPA Tries To Shutter The West’s Largest Coal Plant

    05/04/2016 9:23:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/4/2016 | Joseph Hammond
    The Navajo residents of Page, Ariz., have gotten to the point where they openly worry their modest rush hour may end altogether. The rush hour consists of only a few hundred cars carrying 520 people out to the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), heading down a windy road to the coal-fired power plant, which is dramatically positioned on a ridge a mile from the shores of Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States. The Navajo coal plant’s lease is set to expire in 2019, pending complex negotiations aimed at extending operations until 2044. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
  • Details of 11-year-old’s killing released in criminal complaint (NM Navajo girl raped, killed)

    05/04/2016 11:48:10 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 54 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 4, 2016 | Elise Kaplan
    A criminal complaint filed in federal court Wednesday offers new details about the kidnapping and killing of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. Authorities were led to Tom Begaye, 27, by a tip from one of his neighbors, according to the indictment. Begaye told authorities he was looking for a child to have sex with Monday afternoon and picked up Ashlynne and Ian Mike, who were playing in a ditch near their home. Ashlynne had injured her foot and agreed to get in Begaye’s car to get a ride. He took her to a desolate dirt road near the Ship Rock pinnacle, where...
  • FBI arrests man in abduction, killing of 11-year-old (NM Navajo girl)

    05/03/2016 9:57:40 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 3, 2016 | Nicole Perez and Robert Browman
    When 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother stepped into a stranger’s van after being dropped off by a school bus Monday, they likely believed they were heading to see a movie. The stranger, it seems, had a more sinister plan. According to authorities, he abducted the children, and in a crime that shocked the entire Navajo Nation and surrounding communities, killed Ashlynne, leaving her body along a desolate dirt road that cuts through the desert near the towering rock monument that overlooks the town of Shiprock. Late Tuesday, the FBI arrested 27-year-old Tom Begaye, of Waterflow, N.M., in connection...
  • Behold the Nominee: Will the GOP Embrace Its Trump Nightmare or Walk Away?

    05/03/2016 7:04:11 PM PDT · by Milhous · 64 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 3, 2016 9:09 p.m. | Ed Kilgore
    Well, so much for suspense. The networks called Indiana for Donald Trump about five seconds after the polls closed, and within two hours Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign. Trump is winning a majority of the vote and will likely win all 57 delegates. Even if a few delegates stray back across the line, this win clinched the nomination for Trump. He will now have well over 1,000 bound delegates, which is less than 200 from what he needs to make it a lock. And that's without the unbound delegates he definitely has in Pennsylvania and is sure...
  • Heinrich seeks to boost border security across NM’s Bootheel

    05/03/2016 1:56:43 PM PDT · by Tammy8 · 11 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 2, 2016 | Lauren Villagran
    Remote, rugged terrain. That is the phrase used over and over to describe New Mexico’s Bootheel by the people who live there, the agents who guard the border and the politicians who say they are trying to figure out how to fill gaps in resources to get that job done. Making those words understood in Washington, D.C., has been no easy task. “We need more focus in Washington, D.C., on these remote areas,” Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, told me Monday. Heinrich spent the weekend touring the Bootheel with the Border Patrol and visiting with ranchers. Last month, Sen. Tom Udall,...
  • Obama Appoints La Raza Radical to Control Domestic Policy

    05/02/2016 5:52:42 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 39 replies
    TownHall ^ | January 10, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama has appointed open border/amnesty advocate Cecilia Munoz...as the head of the Domestic Policy Council. Munoz, a strong supporter of the failed DREAM Act, is the former senior VP for the radical open-border National Council of La Raza. Muñoz is now serving as the White House's director of intergovernmental affairs and is in charge of outreach to state and local governments.... Muñoz is an immigration expert who worked for the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, until she joined the administration in 2009. The group works to improve...
  • Awash in Mexican heroin

    04/29/2016 1:43:38 AM PDT · by blueplum · 53 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 24 April 2016 | Mike Gallagher
    When federal officials talk about a flood of heroin entering the country, they are not exaggerating. In recent years the amount of heroin produced in Mexico has more than doubled – from less than 60 tons to more than 140 tons last year. It’s cheap. It’s plentiful. And all of it is destined for buyers in the United States. [snip]New Mexico, as a border state, is a transit state for all drugs coming north from Mexico, whether the drugs are smuggled into California, Arizona or through the ports of entry in southern New Mexico or El Paso.
  • Forest plan renews old fight in northern New Mexico

    05/02/2016 4:56:28 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 15 and May 1, 2016 | T. S. Last
    On June 5, 1967, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes – which translates to Federal Land Grant Alliance – led by Reies Lopez Tijerina stormed the courthouse in Tierra Amarilla with the intention of freeing nearly a dozen members of their group who had been arrested two days earlier and to make a citizens’ arrest of prosecuting District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez. The two-hour confrontation resulted in a prison guard being shot through the cheek and a sheriff’s deputy severely beaten. It ended when the 20 or so raiders escaped with two hostages. The famous raid was inspired in part by ill...
  • Eddy County Employees Have Second Amendment Rights Restored

    04/30/2016 5:13:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Across the United States, government employees’ right to bear arms while working is being restored.  One of the pernicious erosions of the right to bear arms that occurred over the last 50 years is the right of government employees to bear arms while employed.  At the start of the progressive era, government employees were considered part of the elite, and could bear arms when and where others could not.In the first laws adopted by the new state of Oklahoma, statutes were adopted en masse from other states.  One of them exempted “public officials” from a ban on carrying weapons,...
  • The EPA Stashes BILLIONS In Slush Fund-Like Accounts

    04/30/2016 8:12:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/30/2016 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have accumulated at least $6.3 billion in more than 1,300 obscure spending accounts akin to slush funds that are essentially beyond congressional, media and public scrutiny. The accounts – which were created through EPA’s Superfund program – are not technically secret because the agency officially acknowledges their existence. But getting concrete details about deposits and expenditures is extremely difficult. The EPA deposited more than $6.3 billion into an estimated 1,308 special accounts between 1990 and 2015, according to the agency’s website, and has spent more than half of the total. The agency doesn’t publicly report...
  • EPA slammed after refusing to cover Colorado county’s costs from toxic spill

    04/28/2016 3:23:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after an official said the agency would not fully cover a Colorado county’s expenses stemming from the EPA-caused toxic wastewater spill at the Gold King Mine. Colorado Republicans blasted the agency after the Durango Herald reported that an EPA official nixed some of La Plata County’s proposed cooperative agreement for $2.4 million in spill-related costs over 10 years at a Wednesday board of county commissioners meeting. Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, described the report as “outrageous” and “yet another example of the Washington double standard,” adding that he would work...
  • Chevron Plans to Invest Billions in Permian Basin

    04/26/2016 9:21:08 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    CBS7 ^ | 4/26/16 | Alexa Dunson
    PERMIAN BASIN In the midst of a downturn in the oil industry, Chevron is set to invest billions. According to a report by the Hobbs News-Sun, Chevron is planning on bringing massive, billion-dollar oil and gas projects to West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Chevron CEO John Watson announced the company will put more of its budget in the Permian Basin while cutting costs elsewhere. During an annual analyst meeting Watson predicted by 2020 Chevron could pump 350,000 barrels a day in West Texas which is almost triple their current 125,000 barrels a day.
  • Life Behind the Tortilla Curtain

    04/25/2016 4:41:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/25/2016 | Leo W. Banks
    Those who live close to the Mexican border in Arizona and New Mexico consistently express two sentiments. First, the number of illegals crossing the line has plunged from a flood to a trickle in most places. The feds and the political spinners love that because it allows them to say, with some truth, that the border is as secure as it's ever been. But they leave out the second part. The worst of the worst, the drug smugglers, vagabond bad guys, and mulitiple deports who use the border as a turnstyle are still out there, as dangerous as ever, as...
  • Cruz campaign announces they're focusing on Indiana and clearing a path for Kasich

    04/24/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 146 replies
    Cruz campaign announces they're focusing on Indiana and clearing a path for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico.
  • Days after barring city employee travel to anti-LGBT states, Santa Fe mayor (D) to travel to Qatar

    04/14/2016 3:43:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    KOB Channel 4 News ^ | April 12, 2016 | Blair Miller
    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will travel this week to Qatar, and the trip is drawing criticism that the mayor is breaking his own directives. Qatar is known for its anti-LGBT laws, and Gonzales' trip was announced just days after the mayor reaffirmed Santa Fe's ban on city employee travel to states that have passed what advocates say are discrimination laws against the LGBT community.
  • Bowie deal falls apart in implosion ( War on Coal : Colorado )

    04/14/2016 7:31:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | April 13, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resources Partners’ purchase of Peabody Energy Corp.‘s Twentymile Mine in Routt County has fallen through, and Peabody has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Peabody, the world’s largest privately owned producer of coal, joins other major coal companies including Arch Coal, owner of the West Elk Mine in the North Fork Valley, in going bankrupt. Arch Coal also is in Chapter 11 reorganization. Bowie, owner of the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia, had agreed to buy Twentymile and two mine properties in New Mexico for $358 million. But Peabody previously had said Bowie was still trying to find...
  • ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

    04/14/2016 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 110 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 4/14/2016 | Judicial Watch
    ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable...
  • Days after barring city employee travel to anti-LGBT states, Santa Fe mayor to travel to Qatar

    04/13/2016 12:02:23 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 52 replies
    KOB 4 News ^ | April 13, 2016 | KOB 4
    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will travel this week to Qatar, and the trip is drawing criticism that the mayor is breaking his own directives. Qatar is known for its anti-LGBT laws, and Gonzales' trip was announced just days after the mayor reaffirmed Santa Fe's ban on city employee travel to states that have passed what advocates say are discrimination laws against the LGBT community.
  • Navajo artists express experience with Gold Mine spill

    04/11/2016 9:02:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 10, 2016 | Jonathan Romeo
    New exhibition shows how tribe dealt with blowout last August. Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. It means “Water is Life,” and for the indigenous tribes affected by the mine blowout in August, the words sum up months of confusion, fear and sadness surrounding the health of critical southwest waterways. On Aug. 5, the Environmental Protection Agency breached the portal of the mine north of Silverton, sending an estimated...
  • Your utility bill is safe, for now ( EPA )

    04/09/2016 10:11:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 12, 2016 | Greg Walcher
    the U.S. Supreme Court .. issued an injunction blocking the EPA from implementing its Clean Power Plan, which would end America’s use of coal, its cheapest and most abundant source of electricity. ... Western Colorado’s economy is so dependent on coal. It employs more than 2,000 people and generates $58 million in federal and state royalties, $28 million in private landowner royalties, $4.5 million in reclamation funds, and pays $28 million in property, severance, and sales taxes — all of it on the Western Slope. EPA has never tried anything so unpopular in its 45-year history, and that is saying...
  • Forest Service hosts Peruvian officials to learn natural resource management

    04/08/2016 7:13:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Summit Daily ^ | August 27, 2015 | Alli Langley
    Peruvian natural resource managers have questions about how to protect their country’s forests, and they came to Summit County for answers. A U.S. Forest Service division called International Programs, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in foreign countries, brought top-level Peruvian officials for an educational tour that started Monday in Washington D.C. and ends Friday in Denver. ... In 2009, a U.S-Peru free trade agreement stipulated that Peru must curtail illegal logging, which undercuts the U.S. timber sector, and sustainably manage natural resources, said Erin Carey, who worked with the Forest Service International Programs for the last five...
  • 16 Democrat AGs Begin Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’

    04/04/2016 9:02:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/4/16 | Hans von Spakovsky. Cole Wintheiser
    Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail sentences, property confiscation, fines, and in severe cases, torture, and execution. One of the lasting results of the Spanish Inquisition was a stifling of speech, thought, and scientific debate throughout Spain. By treating one set of scientific views as absolute, infallible, and above...
  • Plutonium from Japan to be disposed of underground in New Mexico

    04/04/2016 10:42:11 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 02 April 2016
    U.S.-bound plutonium that has recently been shipped out of Japan will be disposed of at a nuclear waste repository in New Mexico after being processed at the Savannah River Site facility in South Carolina, according to an official of the National Nuclear Security Administration. “The plutonium will be diluted into a less sensitive form at the SRS and then transported to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for permanent disposal deep underground,” said Ross Matzkin-Bridger, who is in charge of the operation at the NNSA, a nuclear wing of the Department of Energy. The official made the remarks ahead of...
  • Locals march to honor Cesar Chavez and bring social justice

    04/03/2016 5:55:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    KION ^ | Apr 03, 2016 | Maya Holmes
    "He gave his life for the field worker," said Adan Ramirez.
  • Many Western states seek ways to lower high suicide rates [gun-grab pretext redux]

    04/02/2016 9:14:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 12:05 AM EDT | David Crary
    Throughout the interior West, states in a belt from Montana to New Mexico are looking for ways to lower their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates, although gun-specific initiatives are a touchy topic. In Montana, with the highest rate, suicide prevention coordinator Karl Rosston acknowledges some frustration as the toll rises, including the recent deaths of several teenagers who used guns from their own homes. “People are afraid we’re trying to take away guns, which is not the case,” Rosston said. “I understand the sensitivity of it, but I’ve got to ask the questions when we have kids who shoot themselves.” …
  • Special Agent in Charge of Oregon Standoff Linked to Bundy Ranch Lead Agent & Wrongful Deaths

    04/01/2016 7:08:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 31, 2016 | Tim Brown
    Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing has been providing press conferences in the wake of the Oregon standoff and the murder of LaVoy Finicum. However, it has come to my attention that Mr. Bretzing has also been linked to the lead agent at Bundy Ranch, as well as wrongful deaths related to a 2009 Indian Artifact Investigation. The Los Angeles Times has the complete story of what took place in Utah during the artifact investigation. It's a horrible story of entrapment that led to several suicides, including Dr. James Redd and an undercover agent. ... the wrongful death suit that...
  • Exclusive: EPA Dumps 880,000 Lbs Of Toxic Metal Into River, Won’t Answer Any Questions

    03/31/2016 9:48:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/31/16 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials refuse to answer two questions surrounding the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill that would help resolve issues uncovered by a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. TheDCNF reported numerous contradictions in the EPA’s explanation of how and why it intentionally breached Colorado’s Gold King Mine, releasing 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals and mining waste into drinking water for three states and the Navajo Nation. Yet, the EPA refused to clarify those contradictions and instead disregarded TheDCNF’s findings and clung to its original story. First, the EPA ignored the conflicts of interest surrounding the “independent” investigation...
  • National Border Patrol Council Endorses Trump for President

    03/30/2016 4:58:21 AM PDT · by jpsb · 11 replies
    breitbart, texas ^ | March 30,2016 | Brandon Darby & Ildefonso Ortiz
    In an official statement first obtained by Breitbart Texas, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States. The unusually bold statement comes just days after a senior policy adviser for Trump made clear that future U.S. border security policy would be largely determined by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who are actual agents protecting the border and not by politically-appointed bureaucrats
  • Job totals trail pre-recession levels in 10 US states

    03/25/2016 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2016 12:18 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains. […] Wyoming had 3 percent fewer jobs last month than it did in December 2007, when the recession began, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the biggest percentage decline among the states. Alabama's job total trails its pre-recession level by 2.7 percent, followed by New Mexico, where job totals are 2.6 percent lower. Some larger states are also still behind. New Jersey has nearly 1 percent...
  • From the border: ‘We think they got the message’ (NM Ranchers)

    03/19/2016 3:44:19 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 17, 2016 | Lauren Villagran
    After ranchers came out in force last week to voice concerns about border security, New Mexico’s political representatives in Washington say they are pushing for changes in strategy on everything from patrols to hiring, and deploying more boots on the border. About 600 people, residents and ranchers, packed a school meeting room in Animas last Thursday to express their concerns about the lack of security at the border. The New Mexico delegation is proposing, by turn, changes in hiring procedure that could attract more locals to Border Patrol ranks; hardship pay for agents who agree to work the remote region;...
  • EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident

    03/14/2016 12:55:06 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 93 replies
    /dailycaller ^ | 03/14/2016 | Michael Bastasch and Ethan Barton
    Obama administration officials called the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado an “accident,” but an analysis of government documents and public statements makes clear the disaster was anything but accidental. The Environmental Protection Agency intentionally opened up the abandoned mine, which unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic waste into nearby rivers that residents of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation depend upon for drinking water. Agency administrator Gina McCarthy even called the mine spill an “unfortunate accident” in an Aug. 11, 2015, speech on the matter, but EPA officials have since been more cautious in describing the event....
  • Message from border: ‘We got problems here’

    03/11/2016 7:58:39 AM PST · by AuntB · 26 replies
    Abqjournal ^ | Mar. 10, 2016 | Lauren Villagran
    Several hundred ranchers gathered at a small-town high school in the Bootheel on Thursday to rally against what they described as a broken border. Ranchers here have been steaming over the reported kidnapping of a ranch hand in December, when drug runners allegedly hijacked the man’s vehicle, loaded it with narcotics and drove him to Arizona. He came home “roughed up,” Concerns about border security have simmered for years for those who live among the region’s sprawling ranches and rugged mountain ranges. Sometimes, fears boil over, such as after the unsolved 2010 murder of southern Arizona rancher Robert Krentz.. Representatives...
  • NM ranchers outraged by lack of security at border (and article commenters are angry)

    03/07/2016 11:56:16 AM PST · by CedarDave · 40 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 7, 2016 | Lauren Villagran
    The story goes like this: A ranch hand working in New Mexico’s Bootheel stumbles upon men and two or three vehicles stranded in remote cattle country. They turn out to be drug runners from Mexico who take him hostage, load his vehicle with narcotics and force him to drive to Willcox, Ariz., where they leave him alive but warn him not to go to the police. They would be watching. That alleged incident and a host of recent break-ins have ranchers across Hidalgo County and in southeastern Arizona outraged about what they say is a decline in border security. The...
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 7:41:31 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party's most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump's candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/04/2016 7:45:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 92 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/4/16 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 5:22:56 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016March 5, 2016 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt over the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....