Apr 232014

Those who were out to destroy the government 50 years ago pale in comparison to those who are out to destroy the government today. The Radical Left was outside. The Radical Right is deep inside. Violence? Somehow it was avoided in Nevada, where the loonies claim to own public land. However, I’d like someone to compare the body count for the Weathermen vs the anti-abortion zealots. Meanwhile, no 60s radical has made it onto the Supreme Court, which every day serves the agenda of the Koch Brothers, ad nauseum.

Webber support from ex-radical slammed | Albuquerque Journal News

By James Monteleone / Journal Staff Writer
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:46 am

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber is drawing criticism from Republicans after a news report that the Santa Fe entrepreneur’s campaign is backed by a former member of the Vietnam-era radical leftist group Weather Underground.

RUDD: Renounced Weather Underground role long ago

Mark Rudd, a longtime Albuquerque-area resident and retired instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, was a co-founder of the group, known for bombing dozens of government buildings and banks across the country during the late ’60s and early ’70s in protest of the Vietnam War. Rudd years ago renounced his involvement in the Weather Underground.

Rudd, in a telephone interview Tuesday, said he endorsed Webber in the New Mexico governor’s race after hearing the candidate speak during a fundraiser hosted by his wife, Marla Painter, at the couple’s South Valley home on April 12. The event raised about $1,100 for Webber’s campaign, currently against four Democratic opponents.

Webber, in a prepared statement this week on Rudd’s endorsement, said: “I just met Mark Rudd. Of course I denounce terrorism and understand Mark Rudd regrets his involvement with the radical anti-government group from the 1960s. For over three decades Mark Rudd has been a teacher at CNM, a community activist, and an advocate of nonviolence. If Gov. Martinez wants to discuss her supporters, she should start with the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin.”

Webber support from ex-radical slammed | Albuquerque Journal News

Kudos to Webber for that last remark.

 Posted by at 9:53 am on Wed 04/23/14
Apr 192014

My thanks to Chas CIfton (Southern Rockies Nature Blog) for emphasizing the Massacre at Ludlow. Although I think Labor earned some disrepute, there is no doubt that the Rich and Corporations have worked tirelessly for their own profit and gain to discredit Labor. Now, the massacres take place behind closed doors.

Ludlow Massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Ludlow Massacre was a watershed moment in American labor relations. Historian Howard Zinn described the Ludlow Massacre as “the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history”.[4] Congress responded to public outcry by directing the House Committee on Mines and Mining to investigate the incident.[5] Its report, published in 1915, was influential in promoting child labor laws and an eight-hour work day.

The Ludlow site, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Trinidad, Colorado, is now a ghost town. The massacre site is owned by the UMWA, which erected a granite monument in memory of the miners and their families who died that day.[6] The Ludlow Tent Colony Site was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 16, 2009, and dedicated on June 28, 2009.[6] Modern archeological investigation largely supports the strikers’ reports of the event.[7]

Ludlow Massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Posted by at 10:51 am on Sat 04/19/14
Apr 182014

Southern Rockies Nature Blog: Why I Would Not Man the Barricades for Cliven Bundy by Chas Clifton

In my opinion, here we have a patriarchal Mormon who thinks that God gave the land to him to abuse however he chooses. Range management? Heck no! Habitat protection? Heck no! Paying the Animal Unit Month fees? Heck no!

Southern Rockies Nature Blog: Why I Would Not Man the Barricades for Cliven Bundy

Has everyone forgotten that DUHbya created Free Speech Zones (cages miles from an activity)?

 Posted by at 7:02 am on Fri 04/18/14
Apr 042014

Capitalism will sell you a poison, sell you an antidote, sell you a funeral, and sell your survivors commemorative plates upon which they will find their poison. And the profiteer at the top will use the money to make sure no one changes the system.

 Posted by at 3:34 pm on Fri 04/04/14
Apr 042014

I’m sure they’ll be rewarded. Now, the Koch Brothers, ad nauseum, can profit from “the general gratitude” of every single member of Congress. I hope to live long enough to piss on Roberts’ grave.

Supreme Court says political influence isn’t corruption | Albuquerque Journal News By Thomas Cole / Of the Journal, PUBLISHED: Friday, April 4, 2014

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

“In a series of cases over the past 40 years, we have spelled out how to draw the constitutional line between the permissible goal of avoiding corruption in the political process and the impermissible desire simply to limit political speech. We have said that government regulation may not target the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford.”

Roberts also wrote, “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects.” …

Campaign finance restrictions should be seen as a means to strengthen the First Amendment, rather than weaken it, the [Justice Breyer] wrote. “Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard,” he said.

Breyer also said:

“Taken together with Citizens United … today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

Supreme Court says political influence isn’t corruption | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 8:05 am on Fri 04/04/14
Mar 262014

This is not the first time our city police force has shot and killed a suspect. Certainly not the first time this year, maybe not the first time this month. Too many people have been killed by APD. We need to investigate non-lethal tools.

Blame the War on Drugs and, especially, the War on Terror for turning our police into soldiers with an occupation force mentality. The cop on the beat and the soldier overseas look exactly a like.

Kudos to the Mayor for showing his humanity and shame on our brand-new police chief showing his lack thereof.

Photos and video at the link.

Mayor calls APD shooting ‘horrific … unsettling’ | ABQJournal Online

Mayor Richard Berry called it “horrific” and “unsettling.”

Several city councilors – on both sides of the aisle – said they were disturbed by what they saw.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a former district judge and the governor also weighed in.

Each called for a thorough, independent investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department’s shooting of a mentally ill homeless man, James M. Boyd, who was caught illegally camping in the Sandia foothills last week.

Video released by APD on Friday showed officers firing at the man, who was armed with two knives but appeared to be turning away from officers when shots rang out.

Debate over the shooting didn’t end at the New Mexico line, either, as the video attracted national attention. Viewers from across the nation commented on the video, which was picked up by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News and other news organizations.

Mayor calls APD shooting ‘horrific … unsettling’ | ABQJournal Online

 Posted by at 9:03 am on Wed 03/26/14
Jan 242014

This is nauseating. We sell our vistas cheap to scoundrels who profit at our expense while sticking needles in our eyes. It is shameful. BAN ALL BILLBOARDS EVERYWHERE! I’d like to know who paid whom for this sweet deal.

NM officials to allow digital signs along highways | ABQJournal Online

By Associated Press | Posted: 6:44 am

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials will allow digital billboards along interstate highways and other federal routes in New Mexico.

The state Transportation Commission on Thursday approved rule changes that will legalize electronic billboards.

The current rules hadn’t been revised since being adopted in 1998.

The commission approved an amendment that requires off-premises digital billboards to be spaced at least 1,000 feet apart regardless of face orientation.

The state Department of Transportation and representatives of Scenic America and the outdoor advertising industry also agreed to an amendment to restrict off-premises digital billboards to municipalities, towns and villages.

Outdoor advertisers already use digital signs in some places in New Mexico, including within the city of Albuquerque.

Critics say the signs are visual blight that damage the night sky, but outdoor advertising companies deny that claim.

NM officials to allow digital signs along highways | ABQJournal Online

Note that you can place 5 of these signs within one mile. Are you surprised that the Industry denies the claim that these are a blight? They LIE for profit. How long before they demand we pay for power out to any remote stretch? Once the power is there, how long before someone says, Hey, let’s sell liquor and lottery tickets here. How long before billboards flash “liquor and lottery tickets ahead” every 1000 feet for a hundred miles. Shut it down NOW while you can.

 Posted by at 11:26 am on Fri 01/24/14