Reid Says, “I Look To The Sky — Do I Try, Or Simply Fly Away With The Bird.”

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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That might be what Senator Harry Reid is thinking when pictured as he tries to look earnest.  Images displayed of our President and the Senator who happens to try to lead the Senate often look heavenward as though they have a meeting with the Man upstairs.  Perhaps they do, or perhaps they have a short meeting with the destiny of political life.  Either way, this article is about Harry Reid, the bird flipper and his latest promise to pass an immigration bill during the lame-duck prelude to the swearing-in of a new Congress.  Think of it as Reid’s “Duck Bill” if he manages to convince enough Senators to follow his folly.  An article in today’s edition of The Washington Times by their reporter, Stephen Dinan, has said:

Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat who is in a desperate battle to keep his Senate seat, told Univision’s “Al Punto,” a Sunday political talk show, that he has the right as majority leader to decide what legislation reaches the floor, and said he is “a believer in needing to do something” on immigration.

Ever the demagogue himself, Mr. Reid resorts to hauling-out  the old words Democrats and Progressives love to use to denigrate Republicans and Conservatives.  Of course Reid neglects placing the blame for the immigrants plight where it belongs … squarely in the immigrants’ camp(no pun intended)  in their home countries that have no path to success for the poor and at his and other ineffectual liberal’s feet:

“I just need a handful of Republicans. I would settle for two or three Republicans to join with me on the Dream Act and comprehensive immigration reform, but they have not been willing to step forward,” Mr. Reid said. “They want to keep talking about this issue, and I say [it] is demagoguery in its worst fashion and is unfair to the Hispanic community.”

Reid is attempting, with his last-minute rounds of Hispanic media outlets, to ride the tired old pony of undeserved amnesty to an election victory which will allow his continued forced legislation and friendship with his political cronies.

In September, just before Congress adjourned for two months, Mr. Reid tried to attach the Dream Act to the annual defense policy bill, which already was loaded down with language laying out a path for gays to serve openly in the military. But Republicans blocked the defense bill, arguing that Mr. Reid was playing politics just before the election.

The immigration issue has been dominant in the Nevada Senate race, which pits Mr. Reid against Republican nominee Sharron Angle, who has been running ads accusing Mr. Reid of being a friend of illegal immigrants.

You can read a surprise ending (at least somewhat) to Mr. Dinan’s story, and other information not covered in this post, by clicking right here.

Thanks and a flap of the cap to The Washington Times and Mr. Dinan.

Whoppers And Fact Loppers

 

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Winding down to a final count, or at least all the last poll closings on the evening of November 2nd, we find lies and pruning of the truth from the tree of knowledge by both major parties.

Again FactCheck.org pays more than enough attention to put together two or more podcasts that call both Republicans and Democrats to task while managing to judge a few judges across the nation.

I have provided access for FactCheck’s information from a link set below:

FactCheck Link For Podcasts

The rest is up to you.  Just click on the links to which you are directed to listen to all the podcasts.

A Billion Paid To Dead Folk

 

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Our dear government has paid out cash, or rather other coin of the realm, such as warrants, direct deposits or purchased equipment  over the previous ten years.  I assume the congressman who is reporting the information did not go back past the preceding decade, or we would surely know the real extent of our collective victimization.  The Washington Times in a story by Stephen Dinan reports:

The federal government has paid out more than $1 billion in checks to dead people over a decade, according to a new report by the top Republican on the Senate’s investigative panel.

All told, the government has paid out funds to some 250,000 dead people, said Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations.

“Washington paid for dead people’s prescriptions and wheelchairs, subsidized their farms, helped pay their rent, and even chipped in for their heating and air conditioning bills,” Mr. Coburn’s report said.

There must be an explanation for this particular brand of waste.  Maybe it is ineptitude, plain intentional acts of fraud or just pure unqualified personnel acting like the ignoramuses they strive to emulate.  Whatever the reasons or excuses, they come at a time when the country should have a handle on this type of activity.  Of course, we have to have qualified employees AND qualified managers supervising the qualified employees.  Otherwise, there is no solution to the issues … just more of the same.  What makes this all the more difficult to swallow is the bitter pill which consists of the stimulus funds which were supposed to resolve problems and grow the economy.  The have instead been used to pay for some of the ill-gotten gains paid to “undeserving” dead people. (;>)  Such as the following:

Among the payments to dead people were $18 million in stimulus funds from Social Security, $92 million in Medicare claims paid for treatments prescribed by dead doctors and $8.2 million for medical supplies prescribed for dead patients.

President Obama took steps in June to try to rein in those types of mistakes by issuing a memo asking that payments be checked against the Social Security Administration‘s Death Master File, though Mr. Coburn said that won’t find of the errors.

So, just keep in mind what is said above as you read the next excerpts from the article.  See if there is any likelihood that blame tailoring follows in the information found immediately below:

White House acting budget director Jeffrey Zients said in a blog post on the White House website Friday that payments to the dead are one example of the broader trend of erroneous payments, which he said totaled $110 billion last year.

He said Mr. Obama takes the issue seriously, and has set a goal of eliminating $50 billion in improper payments between 2010 and the end of fiscal year 2012.

Set your eyes on the $110 billion of erroneous payments and the inadequate goal of eliminating just $50 billion in payments made in error over the almost two years until the end of fiscal 2012.  Why do our leaders set goals that do not reach the extent of the waste and instead pretend that less than half of the problem is real progress.  What follows borders on negligence of the criminal sort

For his part, Mr. Coburn blamed Congress as much as the administration, arguing lawmakers have been lax in overseeing payments and in some cases have failed to give agencies the means to correct payment errors. For example, Congress failed to give Social Security the ability to rescind electronic payments in the stimulus bill, which means the government has only been able to recoup 52 percent of the $18 million in payments to 71,688 dead people.

What follows to the end of the report borders on criminal negligence by our Congress and this administration … not that we haven’t had copycat ignorance in the past, it just seems so magnified due to the state of our economy:

Mr. Coburn also said Congress is to blame for rules that required dead farmers to receive benefits — more than $1 billion, sent to nearly 173,000 deceased farmers over seven years. Of that, nearly a fifth of the money went to farmers who had been dead at least seven years.

You can read the story as it is found by clicking here.  Be sure to use any links found below.

Thanks and a flap of the cap to The Washington Times and Stephen Dinan

Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast (10.29.10)

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ECOCFRIDAY BLAST
October 29, 2010

 


Annual Banquet – TONIGHT! 

The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce Masquerade Extraordinaire isTONIGHT!
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Remember, you can use the swimming pool and other activities (except the Wellness center)beginning at 2 pm! You’ll be able to shower and dress there, just be sure to bring towels and toiletries!

maskChair massage will be available beginning at 2 pm.(gratuities appreciated.)

Silent Auction and bar opens at 5 pm.

For the Silent and Live Auctions we have a GIANT TV, computer, beautiful jewelry, auto services, restaurant packages and MUCH more….that doesn’t even mention the great door prizes. Retail values range from $5 to $1800. Door prize tickets will be $1 or 6 for $5. You won’t want to miss out! Be sure to bring cash, checks, or credit cards.

Be a good sport and dress up! We’ll have a prize for best Masque and best Costume. When you arrive, be prepared to be photographed. You’ll have opportunity to purchase prints to benefit the Chamber as well.

For those of you who have contributed….THANK YOU! We’ll have a list of all donors in next week’s blast!


BOARD POSITION NOMINATIONS 

Two board positions will open on December 1. We will take nominations to fill these positions through the luncheon on November 10. The board will vote to fill these positions from the nominations received at the regular monthly board meeting on November 17. You may contact the office at 505-286-2577 or send an email with your nomination.


The Holidays are Coming – Shop Local! 

3/50Do you want to help save OUR local economy?
Consider participating in “the3/50 project”. We’ll share more about it over the next few weeks, but you can check out the website…click the picture!

2011 Schedule 

LuncheonsWe need to get these scheduled! We need volunteers! This is your opportunity to plan to speak up and share what YOUR BUSINESS has to offer to your fellow Chamber Members and Community. Remember we meet second Wednesday of each month. (January through April are spoken for!)

Please send an email to let us know the month you would like to share as well as your topic so we can set the calendar!

Mixers – We will also need sponsors for the mixers that take place third Thursday of each month! This is a time and place for us to mix and mingle and learn about each other’s business, as well as to just relax a bit!

Send an email with the month you would like to host along with the location.


Upcoming Member Events 

Fall Extravaganza at Wildlife West Nature Park – TOMORROW – Saturday October 30th from 12:00 to 6:00, all for FREE!  There will be games of chance like Bingo, a blast from the past with kid carnival games.  Tickets will be sold for these for a very small fee. JR’S BBQ is supplying the food, Wal-Mart is giving candy for little trick or treaters. CALL ROGER IF YOU CAN HELP OUT! 505-281-7655.

Halloween Spooktacular – Sunday October 31 2-5 pm at My Happy Place Children’s Center. Free for kids 1-10. 48 Horton Road located just west of Wildlife West Nature Park on the frontage road in Edgewood. Space is limited. To reserve your child for this event please call 505-286-4077. See attached flyer.

TRICK-OR-TREAT Trailer to Trailer at RV Sales in Moriarty October 31 5:30 – 7:30 pm! There is an entry fee of $1 or a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Bethel Storehouse. To give last minute donations, call 832-2400 for details or to get on the list to dress up and pass out candy.

Wildlife West Pronghorn Run – Saturday, November 6 – If you are a runner and want to join in, contact Roger at 505-281-7655.



Little John’s Towing 

  • Pull Outs: mud & snow
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Vehicle Transport
  • Lock-out Service
  • Large Vehicle Towing
  • Vehicle Storage
  • Passenger Transport
  • Much more!

Save our number in your phone!
505.259.7744
View our Website

Would you like YOUR information to be in front of everyone that searches for business in Edgewood? 

How about your logo on your directory listing?

We have a variety of plans that can work for you…check out the ads currently ON the websiteand call the office (505-286-2577) or send an email to request details

Mountain Bee Man Honey Farm 

Nothing like the taste of fresh local honey…like it came out of your own back yard!bees

We sell large and small containers, as well as adorable packs to simplify your gift giving for the holiday or just because!

Call Dennis at 505-977-9547 or send an email



“Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.”

B.C. Forbes – Founder & Publisher of Forbes Magazine
1880-1954


Valley View Christian Church Annual Arts & Crafts Fair (11.13.10)

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Valley View Christian Church Annual

Arts and Crafts Fair

Saturday November 13, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Great gifts, food, raffle prizes and fun

@ Valley View Christian Church

170 State Rd. 344 in Edgewood

(North of Wall-Mart and across from Edgewood Elementary school)

Contact 350-8017 for more info.


Santa Fe County Seeks Ethics Board Members

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Santa Fe County Seeks Ethics Board Members

Santa Fe – October 28, 2010 – Santa Fe County is seeking individuals to serve as volunteer members on its new Ethics Board.  The Ethics Board is being created as a result of the County Board of Commissioners’ passage of a comprehensive Ethics Ordinance enacting a Santa Fe County Code of Conduct Ordinance 2010-12 at its September 28, 2010 commission meeting.

The Ethics Board will consist of three members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, including at least one citizen member.   Each member will serve a two-year term, and be subject to reappointment after the completion of that term.

The Ethics Board will have the power to issue administrative subpoenas compelling the attendance of witnesses at hearings and production of documents, as well as the authority to seek enforcement of those subpoenas by the First Judicial District Court.

If the Board finds an elected or appointed official or County volunteer violated any provision of the Ordinance, it can impose penalties including a civil fine of as much as $300, a written censure, or refer its findings to the County Manager or District Attorney for further action.

Anyone interested in serving on the Santa Fe County Ethics Board should submit a resume, a letter of interest and a statement of any affiliation with Santa Fe County by Friday, November 5, 2010 to:

ATTN: Julia Valdez

Javaldez@santafecounty.org

Fax (505) 995-2740

102 Grant Avenue

Santa Fe, NM 87501

For more information about the Ethics Ordinance, individuals can visit:

http://www.santafecounty.org/documents/ordinances/Ordinance2010-12.pdf

Not April Fools Day, But Still … A Liberal From Genetics?

 

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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In an online article San Diego NBC television reports scientists (my emphasis) at Harvard and University of California at San Diego have reported the discovery of a Liberal gene. Now, I have often pondered the amazement of it all; that is, why anyone would choose  a Liberal conscience.  Now science purports to provide me an explanation to the puzzle and the Liberals an excuse for being.  Eric S. Page in his reports says:

Researchers have determined that genetics could matter when it comes to some adults’ political leanings.

According to scientists at UC San Diego and Harvard University, “ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4.” That and how many friends you had during high school.

Looking at the last sentence just above, I have to admit that not all the young women in my high school class asked me to escort then to the prom (in fact none did) and I never was placed in the role of a hero, mentor or good-time Charlie by my male counter-parts.  But, I was well-liked and respected most of the time, so I have to take exception to the sentence.  Although I am not a trained scientist, I am a trained country boy  and I have to say this finding is complete and utter (possibly udder) bull butter.  In my mind there is simply no valid excuse for anyone to be a cited as a Liberal or Progressive.  I do not believe, and my mind is closed to the possibility that our Creator would be so cruel as to make a Liberal on purpose.  It could be that the scientists aren’t blaming the Creator or even giving Him a role in the Liberals’ manufacture or heaven forbid, even know Him.  Yet, one of the scientists has the following to say:

“It is the crucial interaction of two factors — the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence — that is associated with being more liberal,” according to the study.
Look, it is hard enough for me to accept anthropological (anthropogenic, as my scientist friend corrects) climate change/global warming and I sure have difficulty accepting this report as anywhere close to valid.  What I do count it as is a monumental waste of your and my money.  I wonder how much was spent on the study?  We know a penny would have been too extravagant.  Here’s the last paragraph of Mr. Page’s story:

“These findings suggest that political affiliation is not based solely on the kind of social environment people experience,” said Fowler, who is a professor of political science and medical genetics.

The researchers also said their findings held true no matter what the ethnicity, culture, sex or age of the subjects were.

I keep waiting for someone to slap me to wake me from this horrible dream.  So much for that, it’s not going to happen.

Thanks and a flap of the cap to Mr. Page and NBC San Diego.  Read the complete story here.  And follow the Fox News link below for a broader story.

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Edgewood Library News

 

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NEW MEXICO STORIES

The Edgewood Community Library presents “Strange but True Tales of New Mexico” told by story teller Mary Mortensen Diecker.  A native New Mexican, Ms. Diecker will spin a collection of stories that display the people and culture of our state.  Some of the stories are holiday-oriented, other stories are funny or poignant.  WHERE:  Edgewood Community Center.  WHEN:  Saturday, November 13, 2010, 3:30 pm.  Refreshments served after program.  This FREE program is made possible with a grant from the NM Humanities Council.  For more information, contact the library at 281-0138.

LIBRARY WEBSITE NOW AVAILABLE

The Edgewood Community Library now has its own website!  Information on the library may be found at www.edgewoodlibrary.com.  The site, although under construction, still contains a wealth of resources to the reader.   Among the site links are:   Location, About Us, Services, Calendar of Events, and Photo Gallery.  The hours of operation are listed, along with a “Location” map to the library.  Patrons who are interested in the library history will enjoy reading the “About Us” page.  We offer valuable “Services” to the community, many of which are free.  The “Calendar of Events” includes current and upcoming programs and other happenings.  The past two years have been full of fun and activities, of which may be viewed in the “Photo Gallery”.   A link to the library collection is not available at this time.  The library plans to include that link in the future.  Special thanks go to John and Monica Suda and also to Andrea Corvin, library assistant, for their wonderful contributions to the website.  We are very proud of the website and the wonderful service it provides for the community.

Peggy Martinez, Librarian

Edgewood Community Library

#95 Hwy 344 North

PO Box 1134

Edgewood, NM  87015

(505) 281-0138

pmartinez@edgewood-nm.gov


Susan G. Komen For The Cure — Cancer Awareness And Fundraising

 

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IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, PINK IS THE COLOR USED FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. THE FOLLOWING IS POSTED AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

The narrative just below was received from a local friend who asked that I and others spread the word.

Hi Everyone,

A good friend of mine is a former cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles (for those outside of the US , that is one of our NFL football teams ).  About 136 former cheerleaders got together to do a dance routine to benefit “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” (Breast Cancer).  Each time someone views the video, United Healthcare will make a donation to the Komen organization.  Their goal is to get a million hits, which will lead to $100K raised.

Please can you take a moment to watch the video – and,  just as important,  pass this link on to your network of friends,  family and colleagues.  It benefits a very important cause!

Take care,