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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

New Mexico's Legislative Democrat Sh*t Show

Above, New Mexico Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties in green.

The 2023 New Mexico legislative session is really turning into a Democrat sh*t show. So far.

Far left Democrats are passing anti-Second Amendment bills in their controlled committees while tabling Republican-sponsored anti-crime bills without the benefit of hearing the merits or discussion. Those bills would be far more effective in battling crime. But they aren't interested in that, they are only hell-bent on letting felons get off Scott-free, while at the same time, turning responsible gun owners into felons. 

From the Republican Party of New Mexico:

House Republicans put out a statement saying, "The Democrat lawmakers persistently moved to “table” (or blocked) every Republican crime bill, sometimes before any lawmaker or member of the public had a chance to digest the legislation, ask questions, or make comment on the proposed legislation.

Rep. John Block:

Dems just killed a bunch of bills in House Consumer and Public Affairs to stop the crime/fentanyl problem seemingly just because they were sponsored by a Republican. Criminals are laughing at us.

Remember, over half of New Mexico counties have declared themselves a "Sanctuary County" against Democrat sh*t show anti-Second Amendment laws. 

This is a clear example that stupid people should not be allowed to vote. They are trying to turn New Mexico into a one-party state like Commiefornia. 

They are flooding this session with a slew of bad bills. Go here to see how bad things are.

Lunatic voters elected these idiots. 

Republican Party of New Mexico Legislative Update

 RPNM Legislative Update 1/31/23:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
 
Stay engaged and ready to take action! 
Tuesday January 31, 2023
These included:
HB 57 - TORT IMMUNITY FOR SHOPLIFTER APPREHENSION
HB 58 - ADDITIONAL VIOLENT FELONIES
HB 59 - UNLAWFUL FIREARMS WHILE TRAFFICKING
HB 60 - ENHANCED SENTENCING FOR FENTANYL
HB 61 - FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM PENALTY
  • House Republicans put out a statement saying, "The Democrat lawmakers persistently moved to “table” (or blocked) every Republican crime bill, sometimes before any lawmaker or member of the public had a chance to digest the legislation, ask questions, or make comment on the proposed legislation.
Click on image above to watch the video of Rebecca Dow's interview
  • WATCH: Rebecca Dow explains the anti-life bill, HB 7, which would create a prohibition against local pro-life ordinances and force teachers, doctors, and public employees to facilitate elective abortions & transgender surgeries for school kids. She also talks about the many pro-life bills presented in this session. 
  • HB 7 is Scheduled for House Health & Human Services committee on Friday, 2/3/2023 at 8:30 am (Room 307). 
Make comments during the Zoom meeting:
Webinar ID: 842 6613 7922
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84266137922
Or One tap mobile : US: +16699009128, 84266137922# or +17193594580, 84266137922

Contact the House Health & Human Services and ask them to oppose HB 7:
 
Representative Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson - (D)
liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov | 986-4425
Representative Pamelya Herndon - (D)
pamelya.herndon@nmlegis.gov | 986-4248
Representative Jenifer Jones - (R)
Jenifer.Jones@nmlegis.gov | 986-4227
Representative Kathleen Cates - (D)
Kathleen.Cates@nmlegis.gov | 986-4254
Representative Eleanor Chávez - (D)
 Eleanor.Chavez@nmlegis.gov | 986-4242
Representative Joanne J. Ferrary - (D)
joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov | 986-4844
Representative Tara Jaramillo - (D)
Tara.Jaramillo@nmlegis.gov | 986-4255
Representative Stefani Lord - (R)
stefani.lord@nmlegis.gov | 986-4453
Representative Reena Szczepanski - (D)
reena.szczepanski@nmlegis.gov | 986-4777
Representative Harlan Vincent - (R)
Harlan.Vincent@nmlegis.gov |  986-4467
 
  • Senator Craig Brandt’s Education Freedom Act will be heard tomorrow, 2/1/23, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 311 in Senate Education Committee.
  • SB 109 would give parents an "education freedom account" to pay to send their children to private school and pay for other eligible expenses. If you believe parents should be able to make the best decisions for their children, be sure to attend the committee tomorrow or voice your support on Zoom.
Join the committee meeting on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6057087163
Meeting ID: 605 708 7163
or via telephone at 1 719 359 4580
Bill schedule
Contact the committees and make your voices heard
Daily Session Calendar (nmlegis.gov)
⬆Click on the House or Senate Committee daily schedules for links to Zoom meetings and more. 
⬇To watch this week:
HJR 9 - Bail reform bill to end the revolving door of crime -HJR09 (nmlegis.gov)
Scheduled for House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee on 2/1/2023

HB 163 - Provides a 25% GRT tax reduction for certain small businesses -HB0163 (nmlegis.gov)
Scheduled for House Commerce & Economic Development Committee on 2/1/2023

HB 162 - Prohibits any regulation that prohibits the use of personnel or resources to the enforce the border -HB0162 (nmlegis.gov) 
Scheduled for House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee on 2/1/2023
 
Republican Bills to Watch
Keep checking in!
HB 80 - Termination of governor's emergency powers after 90 days - HB0080 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 164 - Constitutional carry bill - HB0164 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 128 - Chemical castration for sex offenders of children - HB0128 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 55 - Penalties for organized retail crime - HB0055 (nmlegis.gov)
HJR 3 - A state of emergency enacted by the governor would terminate after 90 days and have to go through the legislature to be renewed -HJR03 (nmlegis.gov)
HJR 9 - Bail reform bill to end the revolving door of crime -HJR09 (nmlegis.gov)
 
SB 65 - Changes to emergency code to limit governor's unchecked power - SB0065 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 28 - School supplies bought by teachers can be tax deductible - SB0028 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 54 - Income tax cut for Armed force veterans to be made permanent - SB0054 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 71 - Glory's Law, forbids discrimination against people based on physical or mental disabilities regarding organ transplants. - SB0071 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 32 - Prohibit political groups from automatically receiving your personal voting info- SB0032 (nmlegis.gov)
Anti-2A bills
Be aware and be prepared to take action
HB 9 - Mandatory Firearm Lockup - HB0009 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 50 - 10 Round Magazine Ban - HB0050 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 72 - Bumpstock Ban - HB0072 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 100 - 14 Day Wait For Firearm Sale - HB0100 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 101 - Banning Certain Semi-Auto Rifles & Magazine Capacity - HB0101 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 116 - Bar anyone 18-20 from purchasing or owning any Semi-Automatic firearm SB0116 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 44 - Prohibit firearms at polling places - SB0044 (nmlegis.gov)
SB 171 - Ban on sale of Semi-Automatic rifles - SB0171 (nmlegis.gov)
More Bad Bills
Be aware and be prepared to take action
SB 77 - Will mandate that all new residential homes include a photovoltaic system for charging electric vehicles and using solar panels - SB0077 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 25 - Increasing minimum wage to $16+ an hour - HB0025 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 4 - Mail-in ballots, easy ballot harvesting, permanent drop boxes and voting rights to felons who are on parole - HB0004 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 7 - Prohibits local pro-life ordinances and forces NM teachers, and public employees to facilitate elective abortions & transgender surgeries for school kids - HB0007 (nmlegis.gov)
HB 134 - Would use tax dollars to require feminine products, such as tampons, to be put in at least one boys' bathroom in school  - HB0134 (nmlegis.gov)
Attend Legislative Meetings
Stream online or attend in person
Watch the Livestream
Attend in person:
New Mexico State Capitol
490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
For more information:
nmlegis.gov

Bump Stock and Binary Trigger Ban To Be Heard Friday

 From Zac Fort of the NMSSA:

On Friday, February 3rd, HB72, the proposed ban on bump stocks, binary triggers, and anything else that "increases the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm," will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. The committee will be meet starting at 1:30pm in room 309 (Zoom Link). This bill would make it a felony to possess a bump stock or binary trigger. But the language of the bill is so broad, it could make it a felony to own a rubber-band. The bill even includes a $1.5 million appropriation to "carry out the provisions of this act." At the bottom of this email is the contact info for the members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Tomorrow, February 1st, SB44, the ban on carrying firearms within 100ft of a polling station while voting is taking place will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee. The ban would apply to both open and concealed carry. The meeting will be in room 321 at 9:00am (Zoom Link). The committee schedule was only released this evening.

Another bill we are watching was filed yesterday. HB238 would make it a felony to "discharge a firearm in a densely populated area." However, the bill makes no provisions for indoor shooting ranges within cities, nor does it make any provisions for an act of self-defense. The bill does not define a "densely populated area."

HB9, the gun owner liability bill, could be heard on the floor of the house any day now. Working with our partners at Better Together NM, we put together this easy tool to help you contact your state representative to tell them to OPPOSE HB9 - it takes less than a minute of your time.

House Judiciary Committee

Representative Christine Chandler - (D) christine.chandler@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4411

Representative Andrea Romero - (D) andrea@andrearomero.com 505-986-4243

Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm - (R) bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4214

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon - (D) eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4416

Representative Gail Chasey - (D) gail@gailchasey.com 505-986-4777

Representative T. Ryan Lane - (R) RYAN@LANEFORLIBERTY.COM 505-986-4758

Representative Javier Martínez - (D) javier.martinez@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4782

Representative Matthew McQueen - (D) matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4423

Representative Greg Nibert - (R) greg.nibert@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4211

Representative Andrea Reeb - (R) Andrea.Reeb@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4215

Representative Reena Szczepanski - (D) reena.szczepanski@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4777

Dollar At ¥130.20 In Tokyo Trading

Today starts a new month and it is time to take a look at how the U.S. dollar is performing in Tokyo foreign exchange with the Japanese yen.

According to Jiji Press:

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--The dollar was little changed near 130.20 yen in late Tokyo trading Wednesday as investors took to the sidelines prior to the release of a monetary policy decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve later in the day.

At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at 130.17-18 yen, against 130.14-15 yen at the same time Tuesday.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Comet Shoot

Early tomorrow morning, I am going to attempt taking some photos of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) with my Canon Revel T5i. I have never taken time exposures with a digital SLR, so this will be a new experience for me.

I am in the perfect area for astro-photography as the Milky Way is very spectacular on clear nights.

Above, Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I did take some time exposures of Comet Hale-Bopp back in 1997. I was using my Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR film camera. A neighbor and I went to Acton, California to do the photography, where it was nice and dark between the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale. I was pleased with the results I got. 

Right now, I am charging the camera's battery. I just hope I can accomplish this even though it will be bone-chilling cold.

UPDATE (2/2/23):

I decided to skip going out to shoot the comet (with the camera). It is 14° outside and I found that extremely cold temperatures wreak havoc with digital cameras. Plus, there are some clouds.

Took A Spill

Above, the Stetson that kept me from getting a head injury or worse. 

It took five years, but it finally happened.

I have some black ice on a walkway between the house and garage. I slipped on it and landed on my shoulders and back. The walkway just looked wet, but it had a layer of ice on it.

Thanks to my Stetson, I would have hit my head, but didn't. The Stetson stopped my head from hitting the walkway. 

This happened an hour and a half ago after getting back home from our coffee/breakfast at Denny's in the Flying J. Right now, my shoulders and back are sore. 

I've had some close calls before, but this was the first time I actually went down from slipping on ice. 

Ammo Shortage Is Easing, But...

We are still in an ammo shortage. However, it is not as bad as in the previous two years (during the pandemic). 

I did an inventory of the ammunition that I have and found that I have plenty of 30-30 Winchester, 9mm Luger, .22 Long Rifle and .25 ACP.

I recently went to Cabela's in Albuquerque and the ammunition shelves were fully stocked. There were some calibers that were scarcer than others. There was plenty of 9mm, but hardly any .38 Special or .357 Magnum. There were also plenty of .22 LR and .380 as well. I did pick up a box of .9mm Luger.

Above, the ammo shelves at the Albuquerque Cabela's a year ago. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I was looking for either .38 Special or .357 Magnum (my revolver uses either) in hollowpoint. There were some full metal jacketed roundnose, but no hollowpoint. I have about a dozen rounds left, but they're old (probably dating from the late 1990s). So, I had to check around online and I found some and ordered. It took me a while to find some for the right price. I refuse to overpay on ammo. Also, if I can't get what I want, I won't buy.

The Gun Zone posted the following earlier this month:

Challenges are ahead! The ammo shortage currently affecting U.S. shooters is not going to disappear anytime soon. This is having a serious issue for those who buy new, off-the-shelf cartridges, but they are not alone. Firearm enthusiasts who prefer to reload their own ammo are also being impacted.

There are a variety of reasons for this dire situation which I will be covering in this article. While it is difficult to see any light at the end of this tunnel, two factors should never be underestimated:

First comes the determination and resilience of the shooting community. It is our right to bear arms, and as such, this right must be allowed to flourish. Secondly, comes the value this market is worth to major ammo manufacturers, suppliers, and the American economy as a whole.

So, let’s get down to some bare bones truth about these shortages. From there, some concise tips will be given on how gun owners can secure that much needed ammunition.

All one can do these days is to keep looking around. There are some scarce calibers, but they can be found if one tries hard enough. 

To read more, go here.

NMSSA Legislative Alert 1/30/23

 News from Zac Fort from the NMSSA:

In two committee meetings today, two gun control measures advanced onwards. The House Judiciary Committee passed HB9, the firearm owner liability bill on a party-line vote of 7-4. The bill creates a new class of criminal charge in New Mexico where you could be criminally charged for the acts of a third-party. If any minor uses your firearm to threaten someone or hurt someone else or themselves, you would be charged criminally. If a third-party provides your firearm to a minor who uses it to commit a crime, you as the gun owner would still be charged criminally. The next stop for HB9 is the House Floor to be voted on by all members of the House. We urge you to contact your state representative now to tell them to vote NO on HB9.

In the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, SB116, the under-21 semiautomatic firearm and magazine ban, was passed on a 6-3 party-line vote. The bill bans anyone under 21 from purchasing or possessing any semiautomatic firearm. Those under the age of 21 who currently own a semiautomatic firearm would have to sell or transfer their gun by June 16th of this year, or they could be charged with a crime. The bill also bans them from owning or purchasing a magazine that holds more than 9 rounds, or a firearm with a fixed magazine that holds more than 9 rounds. The next stop for the bill is the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We are tracking numerous bills right now, and we will keep you apprised on what is happening in Santa Fe. HB9 could be voted on by the House this week, so please don't hesitate to contact your state representative today.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Cindy Williams Dies At 75

Above, actress Cindy Williams.

Jeez, what is going on here? Celebrities seem to be dying in rapid succession 

The latest is actress Cindy Williams, one of the stars of the Laverne & Shirley television show of the 1970s and of the movie, American Graffiti.

The Associated Press reported:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cindy Williams, who played Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her family said Monday.

Williams died in Los Angeles at age 75 on Wednesday after a brief illness, her children, Zak and Emily Hudson, said in a statement released through family spokeswoman Liza Cranis.

“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the statement said. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”

I didn't think Williams was that old. She played Ron Howard's girlfriend in American Graffiti and he is a month younger than me. I assumed she was around our age (68). 

To read more, go here.

The Hill: 10 Reasons To Take UFOs Seriously

Above, an alien autopsy display at the Roswell International UFO Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For years, official Washington purportedly did not take UFOs (or flying saucers) very seriously. They even scoffed at the Roswell Incident of July 1947.

That turned out to be not the case as recent reports indicate that UFOs were (and are) taken very seriously and are considered possible national security threats.

An opinion piece was posted January 19 at The Hill giving 10 reasons why UFOs should be taken seriously.

It begins with:

In recent years, military aviators frequently encountered mysterious objects in tightly controlled training airspace. According to eyewitness accounts and leaked sensor data, the craft appeared to exhibit flight dynamics that bent – if not shattered – the laws of physics. In the most notable incidents, objects appeared to maneuver and move through the air without wings or discernible means of propulsion.

The years since these encounters became public have seen numerous developments that should prompt us to take UFOs seriously.  

To read more, go here

Did Russia Really Shoot Down A UFO?

Above, a "dead alien" display at the Roswell International UFO Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It was reported earlier this month that Russian anti-aircraft weapons shot down a "ball-shaped" UFO.

The EurAsian Times reported:

On January 3, a mysterious object that multiple news sources called a “UFO” was taken down by the Russian anti-aircraft weapons in the Rostov region of southern Russia.

The UFO, which witnesses defined as a “small-size object in the shape of a ball,” was spotted flying over the village of Sultan Sala at a distance of roughly one and a half miles.

Vasily Golubev, the governor of Rostov Oblast, first announced the news on his Telegram channel. 

That's all we need. Russia, if this is true, could start a inter-planetary war and have Earth vaporized. 

To read more, go here.

UFO Investigator Says Aliens Not Coming In Peace

Above, an alien on display at the Roswell International UFO Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A top UFO investigator says aliens "have an agenda" and are not coming here in peace.

The Mirror (U.K.) reported:

A leading UFO expert has warned that aliens “don't come in peace” after spending 45 years investigating potential extraterrestrial sightings.

Malcolm Robinson has written 10 books on aliens and described what he thinks they look like.

One of the UK's leading extraterrestrial specialists, Robinson has researched dozens of alien incidents over the decades and claims they have carried out abductions.

Although many sightings are explainable, he says that there are also several incidents over the years that are still not fully understood.

And Robinson has warned that aliens “have an agenda”, although it is not yet clear what it is.

Keep watching the skies!

To read more, go here

Snow Showers Tomorrow Morning (Maybe)

Above, Barking Spider Acre is still covered with snow. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It looks like we may get some scattered snow showers tomorrow morning. Other than that, the rest of the week appears to be clear of any other chances of precipitation.

At least, that's what the National Weather Service has forecast. We shall see. Right now, it feels like we are having temperatures in the mid-40s.

Here's what they're saying.

This Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind around 15 mph.
Tonight
Increasing clouds, with a low around 19. South wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday
Scattered snow showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 41.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 13.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 49.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 52.

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