WTF?!

May 292014
 

FURG!

‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

By Kimberly Kindy / The Washington Post
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

GOLETA, Calif. – Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his family’s farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal-defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.

Now, Martinez is a grieving father.

He’s asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a (expletive) that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”

Saying that “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ‘Not one more,’ ” he said Tuesday. “People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

Martinez is the latest tragic figure to raise the mantle of gun control. Previous massacres and spasms of violence have produced urgent calls for new restrictions.

But these appeals have failed to translate into action by Washington. Nor have they significantly changed public opinion about further regulation of weapons.

Martinez vowed that he’s not going away.

‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 1:42 pm on Thu 05/29/14
May 252014
 

Public lands belong to all of us. Moreover, those lands belong to future generations and we are obligated to preserve those lands for the future.

Steve Pierce feigns outrage at an imperial president’s “land grab.” Millionaire Pierce is an oil man, as are most of his cronies. They got, get, and stay rich exploiting resources often obtained from public land and selling those resources to the customers they pretend to care deeply about, such as ATV owners. Extraction of oil often destroys the location, as does driving irresponsibly. (I would love to own a silent electric ATV. The infernal combustion engine destroys the peace, just as off-road joy-riding destroys the land we ALL own.)

Securing public land preserves our lands from exploitation and destruction by a few for their own profit or pleasure.

Obama’s land grab a recipe for disaster | Albuquerque Journal News

By U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce / Republican, New Mexico
PUBLISHED: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

I believe that you are the best stewards of the local environment and are far more knowledgeable of the impact our way of life has on the landscape than any agency official, cabinet secretary or president. …

New Mexicans understand what it means to protect the environment. You understand that economic opportunity and a clean place to live are not mutually exclusive.

Obama’s land grab a recipe for disaster | Albuquerque Journal News

Pearce kisses your ass as he picks your pocket and hands your land over to his friends. He also uses FEAR, the only tool Conservatives have left.

 Posted by at 12:05 pm on Sun 05/25/14
May 222014
 

Officer Dear shot a teenage girl last month. His video camera wasn’t on. A year earlier, his video camera wasn’t on when he kneed a speeder in the groin. Last month, a different cop kneed a DWI suspect in the groin so hard the victim lost a testicle.

  • Does the police academy teach officers to knee non-violent citizens in the groin?
  • Has anyone ever been reprimanded at APD for violence against non-violent citizens?

I want to hear from the police academy. I want all of the instructors to stand up and say we NEVER encourage our students to use violence in a non-violent situation and we ALWAYS tell them to use their video cameras. I want to hear that from every single instructor at the police academy. If they can’t all say that honestly, it’s time for heads to roll at the academy. Then, the mayor can fire police supervisors who don’t punish violent cops.

No video of Mary Hawkes shooting, APD says | Albuquerque Journal News

in February 2013, Dear pulled a man over for speeding. The man later filed a citizen complaint, alleging Dear used excessive force by pulling him out of his car, kicking him in the genitals and setting the handcuffs too tight.

Dear denied the excessive force allegations and said his lapel camera died soon after he approached the man. It’s unclear from the file whether he was disciplined.

No video of Mary Hawkes shooting, APD says | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 7:45 am on Thu 05/22/14
May 202014
 

That’s better kicking us in the balls or shooting us in the backs, as they have been doing.

Police shooting contest heads to Albuquerque | Albuquerque Journal News

The National Police Shooting Championships is coming to Albuquerque — a city rocked by angry protests and a U.S. Justice Department probe over 39 police shootings since 2010.

The city of Albuquerque and Albuquerque police are hosting the NRA competition in September ….

Police shooting contest heads to Albuquerque | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 4:47 pm on Tue 05/20/14
May 202014
 

I couldn’t bear to listen to the audio of this. I could barely stomach the video. Note how often the cop positions his body so that the lapel camera won’t capture anything. These guys are intentionally gaming the system.

  1. Homeless guy gunned down by a mob of cops.
  2. Young girl shot in the head by repeat-offender-cop.
  3. Clean-cut young man kicked in balls and Taser-ed.

Our police department is changing from an occupying army to a gang of thugs. Pray you don’t get stopped for any reason.

Video shows arrest before man lost testicle | krqe.com

 Posted by at 1:45 pm on Tue 05/20/14
May 172014
 

Why are there still so many unanswered questions surrounding the shooting death of a teenager running from a SWAT team with dogs?

Woman was shot three times; had meth in system | Albuquerque Journal News By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer

The trajectory of all three bullets that hit Hawkes passed from the left side of her body to the right, and downward, the state Office of the Medical Examiner reported. The bullets entered her left ear, left upper arm and right shoulder.

The OMI also described seven blunt-force injuries on Hawkes’ body, including on each knee, the top of her forehead, each forearm, her chest and back of her right hand.

Police were unable to produce lapel-camera video of the confrontation. Eden has not answered whether Dear neglected to turn it on or if the camera malfunctioned.

Hawkes’ death – APD’s 24th fatal officer-involved shooting since 2010 – prompted protests both at the site of the shooting and in front of APD headquarters. Hawkes was the only woman shot by police during that time period. [mjh: And the only teenager.]

Woman was shot three times; had meth in system | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 4:47 pm on Sat 05/17/14
May 152014
 

The Bing photo of the day brings the dismal fate of axoloti, plus the words neoteny and endorheic lake, to my attention (I’m surrounded by the latter). It’s one thing to be food, another to be poisoned into extinction, but to survive solely to be be mutilated “for science” is tragic [shakes his fist].

Axolotl – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As of 2010, wild axolotls were near extinction due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution. They are currently listed by CITES as an endangered species and by IUCN as critically endangered in the wild, with a decreasing population. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs. Axolotls were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet.

A four month long search in 2013 turned up no surviving individuals in the wild. Previous surveys in 1998, 2003 and 2008 had found 6000, 1000 and 100 axolotls per square kilometer in its Lake Xochimilco habitat, respectively.

Axolotl – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Endorheic basin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New Mexico has a number of desert endorheic basins including:

Endorheic basin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Posted by at 6:54 am on Thu 05/15/14