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Friday, January 18, 2019

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

If you read this post, you will see that the new left-wing regime of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrats in the New Mexico legislature are trying to pass new gun control laws that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of New Mexico citizens.

To help counter them, I have joined the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association. The NMSSA is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. They are our voice for protecting our Second Amendment rights in New Mexico.

If you are concerned about protecting your Second Amendment rights in New Mexico, I would urge you to join the NMSSA.

To access the New Mexico Shooting Sports Associated, go here.

NRA-ILA: Governor Lujan Grisham Pushing Gun Control

NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action

New Mexico: Governor Lujan Grisham Highlights Gun Control In Opening Day Speech

Anti-Gun Lawmakers Respond By Considering Restrictive Firearm Bills As Early As Next Thursday

In her opening day speech to state lawmakers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on them to pass various gun control proposals that she supported on the campaign trail and which have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature.  She stated that “hunters, sportsmen and responsible gun owners also recognize the need for New Mexico to take steps toward smart, effective gun violence prevention...”, implying that the gun community supports the restrictive measures outlined below.
While nobody is more adamant about preventing violent crime than gun owners and sportsmen, we know that the way to accomplish this is not through intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control schemes.  NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Lujan Grisham and tell her that you OPPOSE the bills listed below.
In response to the governor's call-to-action, the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee is expected to hold public hearings on the following gun control measures on Thursday, January 24, at 1:30pm in Room 317 of the State Capitol.  (Note: committee agendas have not been officially posted and we will notify you of any changes in scheduling.)
House Bill 8, so-called "universal background check" legislation sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners will be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. This proposal will have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration. 
House Bill 35, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require federal firearm licensed dealers to pay the state $200 annually to establish a system for the Department of Public Safety to run stolen gun checks on any used firearm an FFL purchases.  While FFLs and gun owners support getting stolen firearms off the street, a functional process that allows them to conduct such checks in real time needs to be worked out in advance of any such mandate.  And the state, rather than small business owners, should finance such a public safety initiative.
House Bill 40, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require criminal records checks on private firearms sales at gun shows – a perennial target of the gun control crowd, even though studies show that these events are not a source of crime guns. 
House Bill 83, extreme risk protection order or "red flag" legislation sponsored by Representative Damon Ely, would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding -- prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence -- would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person's home and confiscate their private property.
House Bill 87by Representative Deborah Armstrong expands the state’s “prohibited person” firearm law by purportedly incorporating federal firearm disqualifications. The bill would prohibit individuals convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanor crimes or who are subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing or possessing a firearm, with violations being a criminal offense. However, the bill goes beyond the prohibited categories in federal law in several significant ways. The state law definition of “household member” – unlike federal law – specifically includes a person who is or has been a continuing personal relationship, which applies to dating or intimate partners who have never lived together. The bill would include, as firearm-prohibiting offenses, nonviolent misdemeanors with no physical contact between the parties (like harassment by telephone or email, or criminal damage to the property or jointly owned property of a “household member”). Unlike federal law, this bill would require anyone subject to a protective order to surrender any firearms they own, possess, or control to law enforcement within 48 hours of the order. Not only does this bill impose a mandatory surrender, it authorizes law enforcement to seize any guns that are in plain sight or are discovered pursuant to a lawful search. Similar legislation had passed the Legislature in 2017 but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Significantly, the 2017 legislation contained other options for affected parties to comply with the firearm surrender requirement, including storing their guns with licensed firearm dealers, or transferring the guns to a qualified third party. These key alternatives are not contained in this bill.
House Bill 130, sponsored by Representative Linda Trujillo, would make gun owners criminally and civilly liable if a child gains unsupervised access to an unsecured firearm.  New Mexico already has a first degree felony child abuse statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children's lives or health at risk in any manner. The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases. Education is the key to protecting gun owners and their kids, not a state mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.
Please make plans to attend Thursday's hearing to speak out against these misguided bills and contact committee members to urge them to OPPOSE these measures.

Durango and Colorado Planning Starts

Above, a Durango train leaving Durango, Colorado in 1983. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After getting the new Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide in the mail today, I was perusing it to see what campgrounds are available in Colorado for this summer.

My former roommate Jessica will be coming over and we already discussed going up to Durango to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. She had never been there before and I haven't since 1987.

Above, yours truly with the Durango train in Cascade Canyon in 1984.

While in Colorado, we may as well do some more exploring. Some of the places I'd like to see are Ridgway, where True Grit (1969) had some location filming done; Ouray; Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (I've never been there); and, perhaps, on the way back, Mesa Verde National Park.

Colorado is a great state to camp out in and explore.

The Storm Done Departed

Above, the front yard after some shoveling. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It is now sunny out with a few clouds.

Above, the snow has already has melted off the mesas. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The storm that left about a half inch of white stuff has left the area and already the snow is melting. I just finished shoveling parts of the deck and the walkways. It is actually nice outside and in the upper 30s.

Since the storm only left about a half inch, I went to Denny's at the Flying J to meet up with the gang.

Above, the new Good Sam directory. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I am actually glad I went as the 2019 Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide was waiting for me at the post office.

Above, before shoveling the walkways. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The next possible precipitation event will be this coming Monday, if at all.

The Storm Hath Arrived

Above, minutes ago, a view of the front yard. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Just as forecast, the storm has arrived.

Above, the deck and patio furniture. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I woke up this morning, it was sprinkling rain. But now, it is snowing. It has been snowing for about a half hour and now it is coming down pretty hard and, so far, it has dumped about a half inch.

Above, everything is getting covered. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Looking outside right now as I am writing this, it looks like a blizzard. It is currently 34° outside, but the temperature is going to drop to freezing. 

Getting To Shinjuku From Narita International Airport

Above, Shinjuku's "goodwill ambassador" peers over a building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

There are several ways of getting from Narita International Airport to Tokyo, but how about getting to Shinjuku specifically?

Fortunately, Tokyo Cheapo has an article on the best ways to travel from Narita International Airport to Shinjuku.

A reminder: Shinjuku is the home of the giant Godzilla that peers over a building near the Hotel Gracery.

They begin with:
Shinjuku is a non-stop shopping and entertainment district in central Tokyo that also happens to be a jumping-off point to many other parts of the prefecture. There are lots of ways to get from Narita to Shinjuku, but these are our top picks.

To read more, go here

2019 Roswell UFO Festival July 5-7

Above, you know you've reached Roswell when you see this sign. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since we're now in a new year, the year's events are starting to shape up.

Once such event takes place in Roswell, New Mexico, and that is the 2019 Roswell UFO Festival.

Above, the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I attended last year's UFO Festival and had a good time, although since many of the attractions at the festival are scattered around town, I did a lot of walking. To be prepared to walk your feet off.

Above, yours truly with a couple of friends.

The highlight of the festival, for me, was touring the International UFO Museum and Research Center. The museum had many exhibits, including one of The Day The Earth Stood Still with a full-sized Gort.

According to MainStreet Roswell:
Thousands of aliens, humans and pets are expected to invade Roswell, New Mexico to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the UFO crash, better known as the ‘Roswell Incident’. The 24th annual event takes place July 5-7, 2019. Roswell welcomes UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of the much-debated 1947 incident that many believe involved a UFO crashing on a ranch near Roswell. 
Several of the most popular and well-attended events include the Alien Human/Pet Costume Contests (which also includes Cosplay this year) Electric Light Parade, world-renowned speakers and UFOlogists,  Dr. Robert H. Goddard Planetarium Laser Light Shows, crash site tours, Mars 2147 attraction, and much more! 
For those in search of musical entertainment, the Festival will not disappoint! Be on the look out for aliens, magicians, comedians… 
The event is also host to many free, family friendly activities that include alien hat making, crazy alien hair, alien masks. Be sure to get a fun selfie at many of our step-and-repeat scenes!
As if to reenact the storm that brought down the flying saucer in 1947, we were treated to a couple of electrical storms during the festival.

To read more, go here

Gillette = Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Wikipedia

What was the name of the company who put out an ad decrying "toxic masculinity"?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Before The Storm

Above, the view from the deck this evening. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It was a nice peaceful evening in Jamestown tonight. The clouds are moving in and the tranquility will likely end tonight as a storm is moving in and will "likely" provide us with snow showers overnight and into tomorrow.

According to the National Weather Service:

This Afternoon
A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 41. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
A chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Snow showers likely before 11am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Nancy Pelosi’s Costly Junkets at Taxpayer Expense Exposed

Judicial Watch Exposes the Full Facts About Frequent Flyer 
Nancy Pelosi’s Costly Junkets at Taxpayer Expense
Dear Editor/Broadcaster,

President Trump has now shut down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s costly attempt to use a military aircraft for a “public relations event.”

And this is not the first time, Ms Pelosi has been caught attempting such flagrant and costly shenanigans.

As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton wrote in a 2010 (yes, that far back!) “Weekly Update”:

Talk about arrogance. Even in the face of a Judicial Watch investigation spotlighting Nancy Pelosi’s abuse of military air craft, the House Speaker shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Speaker Pelosi may have set a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel.

We recently obtained new documents from the United States Air Force detailing Speaker Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force aircraft between March 2009 and June 2010. And they pretty much tell the same, outrageous story as previous documents we’ve uncovered and released.

Here are the highlights from the newest batch of documents, which we obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on January 25, 2009:
  • Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips, covering 206,264 miles, from March 2, 2009 through June 7, 2010. Pelosi, her guests and Air Force personnel logged a total of 428.6 hours on these flights.
  • Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights. On June 20, 2009, Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joined a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco International Air Port. That flight included $143 in on-flight expenses for food and other items. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took her grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, which is northeast of San Francisco.
As regular readers of the Update may recall, according to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. Seriously, review these documents for yourself and you can see that Nancy Pelosi repeatedly turned indispensable Air Force aircraft into congressional party planes.

For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense (DOD) email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the Speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes.

For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?… [T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’….” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”

(By the way, you may remember that Judicial Watch also uncovered a scandal at the Pentagon related to investigations into congressional military travel. According to documents we uncovered, Pentagon officials were colluding with congressional members, including staff at Pelosi’s office, prior to releasing documents related to military travel. Click here to read more.)

All of the documents uncovered by Judicial Watch lead to one conclusion: Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force.

In January 2011Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles exposed Pelosi’s use of taxpayer dollars on an extravagant family farewell getaway to an exotic resort in Hawaii masked as an official trip. And, in July 2011, Judicial Watch detailed the high expenses of several other questionable trips at taxpayer expense.

In short, whey it comes to accumulating frequent flyer miles, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi owes the American taxpayer a massive debt of gratitude.


Carter L. Clews
Director of Communications


Today's Stroll

Above, the back part of the property and Barking Spider Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today was the first day since the New Year's blizzard that I walked deep into the Barking Spider Acre.

It still has some snow on the ground and other areas were very muddy. I used the snow to clean off my boots before heading back to the house.

Of course, I had a camera with me and took some photos. I didn't see any evidence of critters (coyotes, deer, elk, etc.) during my walk.

We're supposed to get some snow showers starting tonight.


Above, the mesas across the valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Barking Spider Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, looking east from the GOCO Beast Barn front. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, looking east from the GOCO Beast Barn rear. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast and house from Barking Spider Acre. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast in front of the house. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, looking north. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Barking Spider Acre. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the GOCO Beast Barn and the "Wall of Kong" in the distance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Barking Spider Road and GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Barking Spider Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, The Beast. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

President Trump Postpones Pelosi's Junket Trip

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How can Pelosi participate in negotiations to end the shutdown if she's junketing around the world?

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Ford Transit Class C Motorhomes At The Flying J

Above, two Coachmen Class C RVs on Ford Transit chassis. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After pulling into the parking lot at the Flying J this morning, I spotted two Class C RVs on Ford Transit chassis.

There were two of them parked next to each other. They were Coachmen Class C motorhomes. Since these were the first ones I've seen, I took some photos of them. They were in transit from the factory in Elkhart, Indiana.

Above, a side view of the Ford Transit chassis Class C. Photo byArmand Vaquer.

As it happened, the transport drivers (a man and a woman) were seated at the table next to ours and we struck up a conversation about the Ford Transit chassis.

The drivers like the economy of them and how they handled on the road. They said they are very comfortable and have "plenty of cubbyholes" for storage. They're taking them to the Port Hueneme, California to be shipped to Korea for the European market. That seems to be "the long way around the barn".

Above, another view of the two Class C RVs. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The only complaint one of the drivers had was the sink and faucet is right next to the corner queen bed. There's no barrier to keep water from splashing on the blankets at the foot of the bed. At least the Minnie Winnie 22r has the stove/oven and refrigerator/freezer in-between the faucet and the bed.

The Transit chassis is not as big as the E-350 (what I have) and the E-450 Ford chassis. There's not as much "drag" against the wind as are with the Class Cs on E-350/E-450, they said. 

RVing 101 For Beginners

Above, The Beast at the Lava Hot Springs City Center KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Recently, I joined the RV Advisor and occasionally I receive email updates on different aspects of RVing.

Today, I received one on "RVing 101 Beginners Course" with a lot of useful tips.

They begin it with:
New to RVing? No problem we are here to help! Check out this quick tips to becoming an expert in no time.
For me, a lot of is is "old hat", but for some who are reading this, it may be a big help in getting familiar with operating your RV and enjoying the RV lifestyle.

To read it, go here.

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