Where is New Mexico and who knows it

Sometimes it is difficult to tell if publishers, other government entities and ordinary citizens really know or care where New Mexico is located.  As an almost life-long citizen of this high desert place,  I can provide solid reasons for my having the effrontery to ask such a question.  But first a question.  What significance does the image below have to or for the State of New Mexico:

Saguaro Cactus

The image is, of course, that of a Saguaro Cactus.  Native to Arizona, the Saguaro in the image above, reminds one of the motto of Ferguson, Missouri protestors … “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”  What happened in Ferguson was traumatic to many people and there is no intent on our part to diminish that trauma.  We are trying to fix something in the minds of errant users of the Saguaro to help them remember the Saguaro does not grow in New Mexico. Unless a Saguaro is transferred here by some cactus rustler for transplanting atome millionaire’s mansion or ranch, you should never see one in New Mexico in a state of growth.

You will see the Saguaro used in New Mexico for many forms of advertising; including magazines, small and medium signs, storefronts, billboards, t-shirts, and other locations wherever folks might be in the business of promoting or selling.  Many of the examples of such uses can be attributed to ignorance (not stupidity) or just plain shoddy research.  Advertisers from other states and countries are the chief perpetrators and guilty parties in using the Saguaro to advertise for all things New Mexico.  Such use is doubly sad, whether accounted to ignorance or laziness, and the Saguaro is likely used more than any other icon to advertise in New Mexico.  This use is especially bad since New Mexico has a native cactus which is both stately and beautiful.  Besides, it has the distinction of being the state flower of New Mexico. Below is an example of our state flower:

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Nice and handsome and it goes with the terrain, unlike the silly Saguaro (sorry Arizonians) which just stands with its arms in the air and its nose misplaced.  Anyway I want to show you another egregious use of the Saguaro in advertising New Mexico.

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Some of you may be familiar with Dossier, a supplement to United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres.  The supplement in this case, contains many nice photographs and accurate articles about New Mexico and its growth and advantages for business, living and tourism.  They certainly deserve accolades for what they got right, but they deserve a flat of raspberries for what they got wrong.  Wrong is the twenty-eight Saguaro cacti ensconced on the cover of the above issue.

Whether New Mexico paid for any part of the advertising in the supplement or everything was gratis, courtesy of United Airlines, I won’t speculate.  It is a nice effort with lessons to be learned by advertising executives and their sales staff.

This Is How Police Are Able to “Harass”

Christmas with Chula vista Police

This is humor about something police get accused of frequently.  I have no idea if the story is true or if it belongs to the urban legend repository.  None-the-less it certainly could be true and it could give us pause to reflect when we pile on the police for undeserved reasons.

Date: Thu, 11 Dec Police Harassment

Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, “Community Policing.” One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:

“I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?” From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:
“First of all, let me tell you this…it’s not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people.

Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as “patrol”) where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents.

At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty.

So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents. When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day. Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass.

This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring.

What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass. The tools available to us are as follow: PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment.

“My neighbor is beating his wife” is a code phrase used often. This means we’ll come out and give somebody some special harassment. Another popular one: “There’s a guy breaking into a house.” The harassment team is then put into action. CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver’s licenses and the like.

It’s lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light.

Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file. RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours to determine why they didn’t want to talk to us. STATUTES: When we don’t have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called “Statutes”; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc…They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people.

After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there’s this book we have that says that’s not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It’s a really cool system that we’ve set up, and it works pretty well.

We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they
pay us to “harass” some people. Next time you are in my town, give me the old “single finger wave.” That’s another one of those codes. It means, “You can’t harass me.” It’s one of our favorites.

Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we harass the good citizens of Chula Vista.

 

Chuck’s Note:  I’m pretty sure this is an urban legend because I found reference to it back to 2008 after which I quit looking.  Incidently, the “single finger wave,” has been ruled to be a form of speech and not a violation of law.

Stuck Between ObamaCare And A Republican Congress

If you are a fan of ObamaCare, you can keep it, if you can afford it. If you like the Republican congress that just helped insure amnesty and ObamaCare is with us, at least for the short-run, you are stuck with them for at least two or more years.

If you read the article following the link pasted below, you may decide your Ocare is not be so wonderful. I’m sad to say, “Merry Christmas, anyway.” No really; “Merry Christmas,” and follow the link below for your lump of coal.

The article you will access comes from Hillsdale College‘s house organ, Imprimis. You’ll need to click twice.

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December 7, 1941 … Never Forget

December 7, 1941 — Never Forget

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Seventy – three years past on this day, America’s mettle, and that of her fighting men and women was tested, perhaps as never before.  The day we commemorate as Pearl Harbor Day was confusing and most surprising as Japan sought to begin the destruction of our country.

 

Many events have since transpired which have also tested our resolve, but this action, at its beginning would test us in a severe way.  Just a few veterans remain that saw  “a date which will live in infamy.”  But, a nation remains to remember those that died and to give continuing thanks to those remaining.

Listen closely to FDR’s speech to hear that he does not say “day,”  as many still report;  his reference is to a particular day (December 7, 1941) but he says, “date.”

 

The video and poster available below, each speak to our commitment in the past, and for the future.  Click on the link for the video and stay on the channel for a high resolution version of President Roosevelt’s declaration of war, along with other famous speeches:

 

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Trey Gowdy just spanked another one

This congressman from South Carolina has little tolerance for fools and liars.  This is why most of his involvement in investigations of wrongdoing by powerful politicians and government administrators, who claim power they do not have, is a real pleasure to see and hear.

See and hear an example from a Western Journalism article:

Watch: Trey Gowdy Absolutely Schools Liberal Trying To Play Race Card On Republicans
“Let me offer another explanation to you, okay?”

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration this past Tuesday to examine the constitutional questions surrounding this unprecedented power grab. The Committee heard from several legal scholars on the President’s unilateral actions, including Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

Hincapie suggested at the congressional hearing that Republicans are opposing the president’s amnesty executive order because he is black. Congressman Gowdy confronted the NILC Director to get clarification on her response to an earlier question

Follow the link below to watch and hear the video:
http://www.westernjournalism.com/trey-gowdy-schools-immigration-hack-accusing-republicans-racist/#ZzWhzmfVWEdzLEiH.99

 

Sessions: Republicans on verge of breaking campaign pledges

From: National Review

That’s on amnesty, as we might suspect, given the house and senate leadership which is, and is to be.  It is sad when the only clue you or we might have on our congress’s  ability to keep a promise is mostly null and void.  Other reports have the dems and progressives laughing their ample tails off over the potential of Republicans not keeping their word.

Here’s what Session’s has to say:

Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, judging by the legislative text currently being circulated.

Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders.

“The executive amnesty language is substantially weaker than the language the House adopted this summer, and does not reject the central tenets of the President’s plan: work permits, Social Security and Medicare to 5 million illegal immigrants — reducing wages, jobs and benefits for Americans,” Sessions said in the statement expressing his dissatisfaction with the results of a House Republican conference meeting today.

In the meeting, “the lawmakers began coalescing around a two-part plan that would allow a symbolic vote to show their frustration with President Obama’s executive action on immigration, before funding the government ahead of a Dec. 11 deadline,” according to the New York Times.

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Slow as molasses on a cold winter’s day

You can be sure Holder would not allow an ordinary citizen to delay as he has

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Who does; boycott Wal-Mart?

From:  National Review Online

 

Who does boycott Wal-Mart … Really?  It may be, in small numbers, people duped by the educated that will never set foot in a Wal-Mart or similar retail establishment.  If you buy the unions’ tales and the professionally produced picket signs of others aligned with them, it is the poor and downtrodden, forced as slaves might be, to work their fingers to the bone with no hope of reasonable salaries or “upward-mobility.”

The truth is far from the stories told by those who favor closing Wal-Marts over seeing the middle-class and the poor have the opportunity to purchase food, clothing and other needs at prices they can afford.

We invite you to read the following and then chase the posted the link for the rest of the story:

Who Boycotts Wal-Mart?
Social-justice warriors who are too enlightened to let their poor neighbors pay lower prices.

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Columbia County, Ark. — There’s no sign of it here in Magnolia, Ark., but the boycott season is upon us, and graduates of Princeton and Bryn Mawr are demanding “justice” from Wal-Mart, which is not in the justice business but in the groceries, clothes, and car-batteries business. It is easy to scoff, but I am ready to start taking the social-justice warriors’ insipid rhetoric seriously — as soon as two things happen: First, I want to hear from the Wal-Mart-protesting riffraff a definition of “justice” that is something that does not boil down to “I Get What I Want, Irrespective of Other Concerns.”

Second, I want to turn on the radio and hear Jay-Z boasting about his new Timex.

It is remarkable that Wal-Mart, a company that makes a modest profit margin (typically between 3 percent and 3.5 percent) selling ordinary people ordinary goods at low prices, is the great hate totem for the well-heeled Left, whose best-known celebrity spokesclowns would not be caught so much as downwind from a Supercenter, while at the same time, nobody is out with placards and illiterate slogans and generally risible moral posturing in front of boutiques dealing in Rolex, Prada, Hermès, et al. It’s almost as if there is a motive at work here other than that which is stated by our big-box-bashing friends on the left and their A-list human bullhorns.

 

The Peril of the nation by our pearl of a President

 

 

Obama’s Ferguson Sellout

The president’s irresponsible statements will make a bad situation worse.

25 November 2014

President Obama betrayed the nation last night. Even as he went on national television to respond to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, the vicious violence that would destroy businesses and livelihoods over the next several hours was underway. Obama had one job and one job only last night: to defend the workings of the criminal-justice system and the rule of law. Instead, he turned his talk into a primer on police racism and criminal-justice bias. In so doing, he perverted his role as the leader of all Americans and as the country’s most visible symbol of the primacy of the law.

Obama gestured wanly toward the need to respect the grand jury’s decision and to protest peacefully. “We are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” he said. But his tone of voice and body language unmistakably conveyed his disagreement, if not disgust, with that decision. “There are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction,” he said.

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