Santa Fe County Kicks Off New Summer DWI Programs

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Santa Fe County Kicks Off New Summer DWI Programs

Seal of Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Seal of Santa Fe County, New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia


Santa Fe, NM – June 28, 2012– Santa Fe County kicks off several new programs aimed at reducing DWI in Santa Fe County during the summer months.  The summer program kickoff includes:

  • A new campaign to increase public awareness about Santa Fe’s vehicle forfeiture program
  • Publicize recently made changes to the Santa Fe County Chauffer and Designated Driver (CADDy) program
  • Increase summer efforts to conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and mystery shopper operations with licensed liquor establishments and in coordination with local law enforcement and the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance

Vehicle Forfeiture Awareness

Funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation the new public awareness efforts are designed to enhance public knowledge of City and County vehicle forfeiture efforts.  The Campaign will feature bus wraps, Johnny Boards, bar coasters, rack cards, movie trailers, and radio Public Service Announcements (PSA’s). The ads and announcements will warn repeat drunk drivers that they may lose their vehicle as a result of drunk driving in Santa Fe County.   In 2011, City and County efforts combined resulted in the seizure of over 500 vehicles and the forfeiture of another 50.

CADDy Program

Santa Fe County recently made changes to Santa Fe County’s CADDy program to reduce the ride cost and increase the ridership.  Beginning July 1 through September 30, 2012 the CADDy program will offer $1 rides home from any licensed liquor establishment or drinking location.   Bar table tops and coasters will be distributed throughout the City and County encouraging patrons to take advantage of the reduced rate during the summer months.

“The program funded over 13,000 rides in 2011 and this summer we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to get a safe ride home,” stated Health and Human Services Division Director, Rachel O’Connor.

Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance

Lastly, the County is working with local law enforcement and the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance to boost enforcement throughout the County for the summer months.   Santa Fe County funded the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance to conduct “mystery shopper” activities designed to monitor and reduce sales to intoxicated patrons. Santa Fe County also provided funding for electronic law enforcement signs designed to increase the visibility of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols held this summer.

“Drunk driving tends to increase in the summer months and we want to offer a variety of solutions to keep Santa Fe County safe,” said Santa Fe County DWI Coordinator Lupe Sanchez.

For more information contact Rachel O’Connor at (505) 917-1131.


Caucus Alternative Definition: A Group Of Disrespectful Nimwits

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Meeting with other disrespectful nitwits. This amply describes the body of the Congressional Black Caucus and their lockstep marching with a United States Attorney General who has managed to thumb his nose at Congress while hampering the investigation of Fast and Furious.

Lockstep Disrespect

Let’s not forget Queen Pelosi and Steny Hoyer joined the badly executed group walkout.

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Declaration Of Independence Reading (July 4th, 2012)


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Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) were all of British descent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I sent the following message to the National Tea Party website and hope that you will join me in the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Dear Fellow Patriots
Today, the US Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare.  While I do not agree with the ruling, I as a former legal student can understand it.  However, Chief Justice Roberts, was able to show that the mandate provision was a tax.  I applaud this statement as it means our taxes, under King Obama will increase if he is reelected.
I am urging you to contact your fellow patriots and supporters to use the 4th of July to honor our founding fathers by publicly reading the Declaration of Independence.  I believe this will refresh the spirit and determination of all freedom loving Americans.  It should also begin galvanizing these same people into becoming politically active and insuring a climate for changes to our current socialistic leaning congress.
I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and am trying to contact our local Tea Parties here to join me on July 4th, at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza, at 9:00AM, for the public reading of our  founding document.
Thank you for your kind attention.
                                                                                                                 Robert Bradshaw
                                                                                                                 10821 Fairbanks Rd. NE
                                                                                                                  Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112
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Obama: “It’s Not A Tax.” — SCOTUS: “Yes It Is.”

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English: The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2009. Top row (left to right): Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Bottom row (left to right): Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia, and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back in September 2009, Obama argued and flat-out stated that the ObamaCare mandate was not a tax.  Of course, he wasn’t by himself in that contention, there were more Demos spouting the same screeds … many more than grubs in a cow pie. Plink the link just below to hear and see Obama spread the butter.

Obama: Mandate Is Not A Tax

SCOTUS has  disputed Obama and his fellow progressives and magically made the ObamaCare “mandate,” a tax if he and the Demos can keep it beyond another court challenge or beyond November when the presidential seat will dump Obama and install Romney.  But, beyond the above, others have come forth with articles with suppositions offering hope for the future  Copied below is such an article.

As you have no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court largely upheld Obamacare with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority 5 to 4 decision.  Even Justice Kennedy called for the whole law to be thrown out, but John Roberts saved it.

Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points. John Roberts is playing at a different game than the rest of us. We’re on poker. He’s on chess.

First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above the partisan fray and damaging the reputation of the Court long term. It seems to me the left was smart to make a full frontal assault on the Court as it persuaded Roberts.

Second, in writing his opinion, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. In the past twenty years, Republicans have punted a number of issues to the Supreme Court asking the Court to save us from ourselves. They can’t do that with Roberts. They tried with McCain-Feingold, which was originally upheld. This case is a timely reminder to the GOP that five votes are not a sure thing.

Third, while Roberts has expanded the taxation power, which I don’t really think is a massive expansion from what it was, Roberts has curtailed the commerce clause as an avenue for Congressional overreach. In so doing, he has affirmed the Democrats are massive taxers. In fact, I would argue that this may prevent future mandates in that no one is going to go around campaigning on new massive tax increases. On the upside, I guess we can tax the hell out of abortion now. Likewise, in a 7 to 2 decision, the Court shows a strong majority still recognize the concept of federalism and the restrains of Congress in forcing states to adhere to the whims of the federal government.

Fourth, in forcing us to deal with this politically, the Democrats are going to have a hard time running to November claiming the American people need to vote for them to preserve Obamacare. It remains deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people. If they want to make a vote for them a vote for keeping a massive tax increase, let them try.

Fifth, the decision totally removes a growing left-wing talking point that suddenly they must vote for Obama because of judges. The Supreme Court as a November issue for the left is gone. For the right? That sound you hear is the marching of libertarians into Camp Romney, with noses held, knowing that the libertarian and conservative coalitions must unite to defeat Obama and Obamacare.

Finally, while I am not down on John Roberts like many of you are today, i will be very down on Congressional Republicans if they do not now try to shut down the individual mandate. Force the Democrats on the record about the mandate. Defund Obamacare. This now, by necessity, is a political fight and the GOP sure as hell should fight.

60% of Americans agree with them on the issue. And guess what? The Democrats have been saying for a while that individual pieces of Obamacare are quite popular. With John Roberts’ opinion, the repeal fight takes place on GOP turf, not Democrat turf. The all or nothing repeal has always been better ground for the GOP and now John Roberts has forced everyone onto that ground.

It seems very, very clear to me in reviewing John Roberts’ decision that he is playing a much longer game than us and can afford to with a life tenure. And he probably just handed Mitt Romney the White House.

*A friend points out one other thing — go back to 2009. Olympia Snowe was the deciding vote to get Obamacare out of the Senate Committee. Had she voted no, we’d not be here now.

Read my full thoughts here.

Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson

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Born To Run 2012 (9-29-2012)


Click here Born To Run or here Active for more informatio and read below for the story of the birth of Born To Run:

Viva Life June 2012

The Birth of ‘Born To Run’

Every year since 2002, you’ve read about Born to Run in the Viva Life! newsletter. Many of you have generously donated money and time to make this event a mainstay for the Right To Life Committee of New Mexico’s Educational Trust Fund. Have you ever stopped to wonder how the race originally got started? The following article, penned by Beth Chavez, tells an inspiring story.

It’s good to know that God’s spirit of unselfishness and His will for us to speak out against wrongdoing is alive and well, especially in the heart of Leroy Chavez.

The sight that lit a spark into this God-fearing man was a simple headstone dedicated to the unborn – one that the Knights of Columbus Council in Glasgow, Montana erected well over 15 years ago. Saddened by the loss of so many lives, Leroy wondered what more could be done to shed light on this ‘politically incorrect’ topic. What could one man do for the helpless?

As a Special Agent for the federal government, one must keep fit. Thus,on one of Leroy’s many runs the idea hit him like a brick: A run to save lives, not for animals, not for research, but for the least of these, the unborn, was conceived.

With no previous racing experience, Leroy researched the many facets of coordinating a race and discovered it would take much more than one man could accomplish. He would need much more support bodily and financially. Who could he turn to in order to achieve his goal? Who had the same drive and belief that abortion was indeed wrong and people needed to be educated? Who was themselves speaking out against it publicly? The Right To Life Committee of New Mexico was the public voice he heard, and thus, in 2001 he proposed the idea to the RTLCNM state board.

Born To Run, rooted in the will to educate society, was itself born in the fall of 2002. The wish to make it a reputable race, one that would grow throughout the years, drove the Born To Run committee to lay the groundwork for a family themed race. Games, prizes, race awards, guest speaker, face painters, race coordinator, timing chips, balloon jump, and DJ were all part of the plan.

The race has grown through the years and has changed its venue as well. It started out with a 5k and a 1-mile run/walk and has now evolved to a 10k, 5k run/walk, 1mile run/walk and a toddler trot. Kit Carson Park and Tingley Beach was the original location for Born To Run. Balloon Fiesta Park was the second site chosen for the race, and the third and favorite site is along the Bosque beginning at Sagebrush Church. The scenic fall leaves and the cool shade they provide are a runner’s delight.

Today, ten years from its beginnings, Born To Run, has maintained that family centered theme and remains a well-organized race. The stakes are, however, about to be raised. This year the Born To Run committee has a goal of 1,000 runners and $20,000 in sponsor donations. This goal has not been taken lightly, and the push to educate the public about the birth options available is the strongest in the ten-year history. There are several groups registered for tables at the race to give out information about these choices, including Birthright, The Gabriel Project, Project Defending Life, and many more.

The dream of one man, one child of God, has become a reality. Ten years and many countless hours dedicated to helpless infants has produced good fruit. We are all called do our part to help the least of these. One man answered the call. You, too, can do great things.

Can we count you among those called to action to support this Pro-Life event and its message? There are many ways you can participate: by donating, volunteering at the event, participating, and spreading the word about this event to friends and family. Visit our website at to hear the story, register to run/walk, volunteer, or donate. We look forward to your participation!

Radical “O”

Stanley Kurtz  and Peter Robinson discuss the radicalization and present socialist form of Barack Obama in this video titled, Radical In Chief.  Stanley Kurtz take the helm to prove the label.

In this video presentation separated into segments you find the ribbon, the string, the wrapping paper and the box, but you’ll not find kid gloves:…

Radical “O”

Visit The Hoover Institution and Uncommon Knowledge

Hoover Institution
Hoover Institution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to find other fascinating subjects presented factually by reasoned individuals.

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