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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Chillin' In Albuquerque

Above, The Beast at the Route 66 RV Resort. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This morning, I made it to the Route 66 Casino Hotel RV Resort in Albuquerque for an overnighter.

I need to get a haircut and unlike a few months ago, where the only barbers open could be found in Arizona, Michelle, my regular hair-cutter in Albuquerque, is available.

So I headed to Albuquerque. It would be the third overnighter in the RV this year. The first was in Santa Fe, New Mexico in January. The second was at Ashurst Lake in Arizona last month. It is nice to get out of the house for a while, even to just get a haircut. That's my usual routine.

Above, 66 Pit Stop across Interstate 40 where Laguna Burgers are sold. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

People have been recommending the Laguna Burger almost since I moved to New Mexico, so I may try one. It is a half pound hamburger with green chiles. 66 Pit Stop is across Interstate 40 from the Route 66 Casino Hotel and their shuttle, I found, takes visitors there. Now that I don't have to unhook the RV and drive over, I will likely give the Laguna Burger a try.

Above, the view from my site. The hotel and casino is at right. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In the meantime, I am just relaxing in the RV with the air conditioning on. I might use the pool later. It is presently 93° in Albuquerque, according to the National Weather Service.

After the haircut tomorrow, I'll be heading back home.

NM Extraordinary Session Needed To Curb Governor's Abuse

Dear Friend, 
I wanted to bring to your attention some very important news. 
In response to the overreach of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham during the COVID pandemic, there is now an effort to reign in her emergency powers. 
As you know, during the last three months, Governor Grisham has targeted Southeast New Mexico for unfair and unjust treatment. 
She has singled out our area of the state. She has chastised us publicly, criticized our local officials, and punished our businesses who are trying to make an honest living during this incredibly tough time. 
This is not leadership. It is an abuse of her executive emergency powers. 
Emergency power has specific provisions within the New Mexico Constitution and is not meant to be abused nor applied capriciously. It is especially not meant to be used as a political weapon against one’s political opponents. 
This abuse must stop, and it must stop now. This is a bi-partisan issue that affects us all and is not limited to one party. 
The state legislature is the constitutional check on the Governor’s powers. It falls to us, as Representatives and Senators, to check her abuse of emergency power. 
I along with other members of the House and Senate are calling for an “Extraordinary Session” of the state legislature for the express purpose of limiting her emergency power. 
As prescribed by the state constitution, 3/5ths of the legislature (42 members of the House and 26 members of the Senate) can join together in calling for a session for this purpose. Upon reaching those numbers the legislature will be compelled to meet to curtail her emergency power. 
I am asking you to make other concerned citizens aware of this effort. More information can be found here: www.NMExtraordinarySession.com 
Now, I need to ask you for a favor. 
If you have friends and family in other parts of the state, please share this information and encourage them to contact their elected officials and lend their voice to this cause.
Your help is essential in getting the word out as far and wide as possible. 
We have allowed her abuse of power to continue long enough. Now we must act.
Please help us spread the word about this effort today. 
Rep. David Gallegos
Republican Nominee for State Senate, District 4

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Nagasaki Marks 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing

Above, the monument that marks ground zero of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan and the city is memorializing the event that led to the end of World War II.

Japan Today reported:
TOKYO - The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday. 
It was the second nuclear bomb dropped by the U.S. three days after the attack on Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II and nearly a half-century aggression against its Asian neighbors. 
Dwindling survivors, whose average age exceeds 83, increasingly worry about passing their lessons on to younger generations. 
Nagasaki's sky was also hazy, but visibility briefly cleared. At 11:02 a.m., the Bockscar dropped a 4.5-ton plutonium bomb dubbed “Fat Man” from 31,500 feet (9,600 meters). About 30 seconds later, the bomb exploded at 1,640 feet (500 meters) above a tennis court, hitting the mostly civilian district. Under the mushroom cloud that rose as high as 52,500 feet (16,000 meters), the blast destroyed about 70% of the city. Seconds later, the temperature at ground zero rose to 4,000 degrees Celsius (7,200 degrees Fahrenheit). All wooden houses within one kilometer of ground zero were destroyed by the blast and firestorm. About 20 minutes later, “black rain” of highly radioactive particles started falling onto the city, causing additional radiation exposure.
Above, a replica of "Fat Man" atomic bomb at the National Museum of Nuclear
 Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To read more, go here

Rep. Ben Ray "Bennie Lu-lu" Lujan Is Worried

The campaign between Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Yvette Herrell may be pivotal to the political fortunes of Rep. Ben Ray "Benny Lu-lu" Lujan and Mark Ronchetti in their race for the U.S. senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Udall. It is the race between the meteorologist (Ronchetti) and the ex-blackjack dealer (Lujan).

Lujan has been Nancy Pelosi's "right arm" in the House. He has accomplished nothing for New Mexico.

A recent "campaign call" was reported by the Piñon Post:
In a campaign call for Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s U.S. Senate race titled “When We Vote, We Win! A Women for Ben Roundtable,” joined by Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, many topics were covered. The call was attended by many Democrat Party insiders, including State Auditor Brian Colón, former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, former Secretary of State Clara Padilla Andrews, multiple state representatives, candidates, and Democrat party officials.  
While speaking about Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, Luján made a point to speak of her race being rated “the most competitive race in the U.S. House of Representatives,” going on to say that if Torres Small is not re-elected, it could affect his race, as well as that of other Democrats in the state. Luján claimed, “it could jeopardize many of our races here in New Mexico.” Torres Small is running against former New Mexico state Representative Yvette Herrell, who was declared the winner of the 2nd Congressional Race on election night 2018, however, absentee ballots came in swinging the election in Torres Small’s favor.

If Torres Small should lose, it is because she lied to the voters about her positions on issues in 2018 and has been a reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi.

It should be pointed out that the absentee ballots were suspicious.

Above, Xochitl Torres Small's voting record belied her 2018 campaign statements, particularly on the Second Amendment.

According to the Daily Signal:
The roughly 3,500-vote victory for Torres Small—out of about 200,000 cast in the southern New Mexico district—relied heavily on absentee ballots from Doña Ana County, the largest county in the district, including the Las Cruces area. 
A new audit report obtained by The Daily Signal alleges a “concerted effort” to push for absentee votes where New Mexico voter ID laws are not enforced. It also points to potential fraud in applying for absentee ballots, and says a significant number of absentee ballots were time-stamped after the 7 p.m. deadline election night.
Shades of Tammany Hall!

Benny Lu-lu is worried, and for good reason. The New Mexico Republican Party is onto the Democrats' fraudulent tactics and will be prepared this time.

To read the Daily Signal article, go here.

To read the Piñon Post article, go here.

New Mexico Businesses Sue Governor and State Over Health Orders

"Actions have consequences", as the old saying goes.

Several businesses around the state of New Mexico hope that Gov. "Malevolent Michelle" Lujan Grisham and her administration are made to compensate businesses that were forced to close by her health orders. Several lawsuits have been filed in different jurisdictions.

According to the Carlsbad Current Argus:
A group of New Mexico businesses from around the state sued Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her administration for compensation for lost business resulting in the State’s public health orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Lujan Grisham enacted several executive orders throughout the pandemic restricting large gatherings and business activities deemed “non-essential,” hoping to slow the spread of the virus. 
This led to the temporary closure of multiple business sectors throughout New Mexico as owners grappled with losses in revenue and potentially permanent closures. .
Albuquerque-based attorney Blair Dunn represented each of the businesses in separate suits filed in district courts around New Mexico. 
He said the purpose of the cases is gain financial reparations for the business owners from the State after they were forced to close, and to hold the governor and her administration accountable for the costs inflicted on the New Mexico business community in enacted the health orders.
Good! I hope they prevail in their lawsuits.

To read more, go here

James Woods Zings CNN's Jim Acosta

A nice way to start off the day!

Actor James Woods gave CNN "reporter" Jim Acosta in a response to a Tweet by Acosta.

Here it is:

Next Rain Chance Is Friday

Above, the GOCO Beast Barn after mowing the yard this week. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In contrast to two weeks ago, this past week was relatively dry with very scant rainfall in Jamestown, New Mexico.

Next week, it will be much the same. The next chance of rain (so far) is Friday (20%).

Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the evening.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the evening.
Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunny, with a high near 87.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunny, with a high near 86.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren In A Pagan Ritual

The Looney Left Report

Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have ended her presidential campaign, but she is still a thorn in the U.S. Senate.

However, leave it to actor James Woods to unearth a photo of Warren taken during a college "pagan ritual" and post it on Twitter.

As Woods said in his Twitter Tweet, it's a real "feather in her cap". 

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