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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Latest Map: New Mexico "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties"

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association posted an updated map of all the counties in New Mexico declaring themselves a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" and "Sanctuary City".

They posted with the map:
More "rogue" territory! 24 Counties and 5 Municipalities! 
If you think we are missing anyone, please let us know.

 I’ve never seen a grassroots movement move so quickly & effectively! That's what happens when a dumb person (or people) kicks a hornets nest!

NM Cibola County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

Another county in New Mexico has joined the ranks of "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties".

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Cibola County has taken a stand for our Second-Amendment rights! 24 Counties!

NM Lea County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

Another New Mexico county has declared itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County".

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Another one! With the addition of Lea County, we are now up to 23!

New Mexico Enemy of Constitutional Rights: John Sapien

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Democrat State Senator John Sapien (505) 986-4301 john.sapien@nmlegis.gov from District 9 which covers part of Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, and Placitas.

- Voted to criminalize private firearm sales
- Won election in 2016 by only 198 votes

Source: New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

"Rogue" New Mexico "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties" Updated Map

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Do you live in "rogue" territory? In addition to the 22 counties shown below: Bosque Farms, Estancia, Cimarron, Espanola and Springer have declared themselves to be 2A "Sanctuary" Cities!

McKinley County "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" News In Gallup Sun

Above, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners yesterday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The passage of a resolution declaring McKinley County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" made the news in the Gallup Sun.

They wrote:
Unanimous decision made during a special meeting

The crowd filled the third floor meeting room of the McKinley County Courthouse on Wednesday to capacity, pouring out into the lobby and first floor rotunda.

People had gathered to hear a reading of and voice either their support or opposition to a resolution presented to the Board of Commissioners that would preserve the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and declare McKinley County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

A Second Amendment Sanctuary County has adopted resolutions to not enforce certain gun control measures that are seen as violating the Second Amendment. San Juan, Eddy, Curry, Quay, Socorro and Union counties are among the New Mexico counties that have adopted these sanctuary resolutions.

McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith presented the resolution to the board Feb. 27.
To read more, go here

Foreign Lodgers In Japan Hit Record 88 Million

Above, Hotel Asia Center of Japan in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Japanese hotel (and other accommodations) industry are very pleased over the record number of foreign lodgers last year.

The Japan Times reported:
The estimated number of foreign guests at hotels and other types of accommodations in the country hit a record 88.59 million in 2018, the Japan Tourism Agency said Thursday. 
The figure surpassed 80 million for the first time as the government steps up efforts to draw foreign visitors for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 
The pace of increase, however, slowed to 11.2 percent from 14.8 percent the previous year, according to the data.

To read more, go here

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Souvenir From McKinley County Commissioners

Xochitl Torres Small Proves To Be An Anti-Gun Leftist

Above, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

Back on October 12, I posted a blog about Xochitl Torres Small  and her phony ad featuring her out bird-hunting in a field wearing tight-fitting jeans and carrying a shotgun. I wrote then that this was all a ruse to bamboozle New Mexico voters in the 2nd Congressional District. To read that blog, go here.

It turns out (no surprise!) that I was right.

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association posted the following today:
Every Sheriff in Congressional District 2, but one, has opposed criminalizing private firearm sales. Nearly every county commission in the district has passed a resolution opposing criminalizing private firearm sales as well. Despite the overwhelming opposition from her district, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small voted today for the same gun control her district is fighting against in Santa Fe. This is a betrayal of the values of the district, and exposes her true character as a puppet of Nancy Pelosi.
Unfortunately, she won the election with slick campaign ads paid for by outside liberal groups.

Sadly, this is a case of, "See? I told you so!" 

NM McKinley County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"!

Above, citizens outside of the Commissioners chambers. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My home county, McKinley County, voted before an overflow crowd to become a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County". The "Prairie Fire" continues!

Above, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

According to the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Two-thirds of New Mexico Counties have declared themselves to be a "Sanctuary" for the Second-Amendment!

This is a big one as the City of Gallup is in the county. The Board of Commissioners made sure that Gallup remains "The Most Patriotic City In America".

Above, interested persons in the Commissioners chambers. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I arrived at the McKinley County Courthouse at 8:30 and the Commissioners chambers was filled to capacity (50 persons), there were about another 50 just outside the chambers in an anteroom and about the same in the main lobby. So, about 150 Second Amendment supporters were in attendance. I remained in the lobby/anteroom during the time I was there.

Unfortunately, the people outside the meeting room were unable to hear the proceedings as the doors were closed and there are no speakers in the lobby or the anteroom. However, sheriff deputies passed around a sign-in sheet for everyone to sign and to indicate if they were for or against the resolution.

About 30 already signed before it got to me and all were for the resolution. Since it was fruitless to not be able to hear anything, I left. I headed off to Harbor Freight to pick up a camping chair that was on sale for $19.99.

A big thank-you to McKinley County!

Over Half of New Mexico Counties Are "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties"

From Hot Air:
But if the Democrats passing these new gun control laws want to be upset about [Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties and Cities], they’re going to have to explain why it’s okay for states and cities to defy federal immigration laws for sanctuary cities and states. If you’re going to pick and choose which laws you will or won’t respect, don’t act surprised when someone else does the same thing.

While on one side of her mouth Governor Grisham screams about "rogue" sheriffs and Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties, she and her Democrat cohorts are considering making New Mexico an immigration "sanctuary state".

She can't have it both ways.

To read more, go here

NM City of Farmington Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary City"

The City of Farmington, New Mexico last night stood up for the Second Amendment rights of citizens.

New Mexico Enemy of Constitutional Rights: Karen Bash

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Democrat State Representative Karen Bash (505) 986-4210 karen.bash@nmlegis.gov from District 68 on Albuquerque's west side.

- Wants to make 21 the minimum age to purchase any firearm
- Voted to criminalize private firearm sales
- Voted to confiscate guns without due process
- Took thousands from Michael Bloomberg

Source: New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

NM City of Espanola Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary City"

The New Mexico City of Espanola has joined the ranks of becoming a "Second Amendment Sanctuary City".

Here's An Updated Map of New Mexico Second Amendment Sancturary Counties

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Associated has posted an updated map showing all of the New Mexico Counties (in green) and municipalities (stars) who have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.

Michelle Lujan Grisham's Benefactor: George Soros

We know why Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrats in the legislature are so intent on imposing gun control and open borders on New Mexico citizens.

Leftist New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has been funneling contributions to the anti-Second Amendment Democrats in the state.

But that's not all:

George Soros is a Hungarian-born billionaire (worth around $8 billion) who funds leftist politicians and promotes left-wing policies.

From National Review:
Because Soros grew to prominence on the U.S. political scene when he spent more than $25 million trying to defeat President Bush in the 2004 election, most members of the media think of him as just another liberal billionaire — Tom Steyer or Michael Bloomberg with a different accent. But his views are genuinely shocking to middle America when they hear them. 
Soros was flatly opposed to the War on Terror after 9/11 and declared the U.S. response to al Qaeda to be morally equivalent to the terrorist attacks: “We abhor terrorists, because they kill innocent people for political goals. But by waging war on terror we are doing the same thing.” 
In 2006, Soros said that “the main obstacle to a stable and just world is the United States.” Not Iran, not Russia, not China, not Islamist terrorist groups, not transnational crime . . . the United States. 
In 2010, he declared that China has “a better functioning government than the United States.” 
He has generously donated to groups that call on governments the world over to sever or downgrade their diplomatic relations with Israel and calls for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. He’s made several comments that some interpreted as blaming Jews for anti-Semitism, such as, “I don’t think that you can ever overcome anti-Semitism if you behave as a tribe . . . the only way you can overcome it is if you give up the tribalness.” 
He wrote in 2007, “I do believe that attitudes toward Israel are influenced by Israel’s policies, and attitudes toward the Jewish community are influenced by the pro-Israel lobby’s success in suppressing divergent views.” 
Soros is not a fan of national borders or border enforcement. When criticizing Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in 2017, Soros said, “[Orban’s] plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.” In many interviews, Soros has decried nationalism and national identity as a menace.
With outsider contributors like Soros and Bloomberg, no wonder Grisham was able to buy so much ad time to air attack smear ads against Steve Pearce last year.

It is clear that New Mexico's Democrats are beholden to people like Soros and Bloomberg. That is why we have to fight even harder against them to keep the state from being turned into the "People's Republic of New Mexico".

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

NM Rio Arriba County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association reported:
Rio Arriba County stands with their Sheriff against the attacks on our rights! 21 Counties!

So far, 21 out of 33 counties!

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's "Hissy Fit"

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham apparently returned from the Governor's Conference in Washington, DC in a foul mood.

She threw what the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association called "a hissy fit."

I just had to respond:

But it's okay for Democrats to declare sanctuary cities and states on immigration?

NM Harding County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association just reported:
Harding County passed their resolution earlier today! This takes us to 20 counties standing up for the rights of their residents!

NM Sierra County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

The majority of New Mexico counties declaring themselves as a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" is still growing.

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Sierra County makes it 19 Counties who have declared themselves to be a "Sanctuary" for the Second-Amendment!

Fodor's 25 Best National Park Campgrounds

Above, The Watchman at Zion National Park. Watchman Campground is nearby behind the trees. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If you're planning to camp at a national park this year, it is always helpful to review "the experts'" opinions on what campgrounds are "the best". Naturally, this is subjective, but it is always good to get recommendations.

Fodor's Travel has a list of 25 best campgrounds at U.S. national parks. I have camped in two of them: Watchman Campground at Zion National Park (1969) and Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park (1966) (this was while Joshua tree was still a national monument).

They begin with:
Not all campgrounds are created equal. Here’s our definitive guide to the best of the best in America’s national parks. 
Even at America’s national parks, where the bar is raised for everything from hiking to views, disappointing campgrounds are more common than one might expect. So what makes a good campground? For some of us, it’s flushing-toilets and RV hookups, while others seek solitude no matter how primitive the facilities. Whatever your preferences, all campers can agree on two things: a good campground should be spacious (no one wants to hear their neighbor snoring) and, of course, scenic. Here are our 25 favorite campgrounds in America’s most spectacular national parks.
To read more, go here

New Mexico Enemy of Constitutional Rights: Melanie Stansbury

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Democrat State Representative Melanie Stansbury (505) 986-4336 melanie.stansbury@nmlegis.gov from District 28 in Albuquerque's north east heights.

- Registered to vote in Washington DC in 2015 and is still registered there
- Voted to criminalize private firearm sales
- Voted to confiscate firearms without due process
- Took thousands from Michael Bloomberg

(Note: Representative Stansbury also has a voter registration on file in New Mexico, but we have documentation of the Washington DC voter registration.)

Source: New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

NM Otero County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
Otero County has voted to become a "Sanctuary County" for the Second-Amendment! This makes it 17 Counties and 3 municipalities who are 2A Sanctuaries, and Curry County who opposes the currently proposed anti-gun legislation.

Happy 100th Birthday, Grand Canyon National Park

Above, the Colorado River continues to carve the Grand Canyon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Grand Canyon has been around for millions of years, but it has been only 100 years since it first became a national park.

Today marks the park's centennial.

From UPI.com:
On Feb. 26, 1919, 37 years after the first bill to establish the Grand Canyon as a national park was introduced, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, bringing the landmark under the protection of the National Park Service, preserving it for future generations.

I have been to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park many times and once to the North Rim. My most recent visit was a little over a year ago.

Above, the South Rim's Grand Canyon Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One does not get tired of visiting national parks as there are new things to discover on each visit. This is especially true of Grand Canyon National Park. If one has never visited it, they should include it in their "bucket list" of places to see.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Create More RV Kitchen Counter Space

Above, the sink cover/cutting board. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If there is one thing I wish I had in my 2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R, it is more counter space.

As the RV is 23' long, space is limited. This is especially noticeable while preparing and cooking meals. But, I eased the problem by adding a sink cutting board cover and a stove top cutting board cover.

Do It Yourself RV has an article with tips on how to create more counter space in your RV. It includes what I just mentioned.

They begin with:
Cooking is not always easy in a small RV kitchen when there is very little counter space to work with. These are some of the simple ways you can get more counter space as needed.

To read more, go here

The Demise of the Airbus A380

Above, the Airbus A380 I flew to Japan in 2015. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The much-ballyhooed Airbus A380 is on its last leg as a passenger airliner. It turned out to be nothing less than a colossal flop.

The American Spectator wrote:
The other week Airbus SE announced the demise of its 380 aircraft, after 13 years in service. Launched with about $4 billion in government developmental aid in 2000, the program was from the start a vanity project, intended to show Americans that Europe could build a commercial aircraft that would be bigger, faster, and better than the Boeing 747, which has been in service for 50 years. 
Indeed, the 380 was the largest airplane in the world, a double decker with 550 seats. So large in fact that airports could not accommodate it without modifying their runways and gates. So large that it became harder and harder to fill as passengers decided they’d rather take direct flights to smaller regional airports rather than having to transfer to a connecting flight at one of the major hubs. 
And it was so impractically designed that the deficiency of passengers on a flight could not be compensated for by taking on more cargo, as is the case with the 747. This lack of foresight also means that these behemoths cannot be repurposed. They must be sold for scrap.

I flew on the Airbus A380 with Singapore Airlines in 2015 to Japan and back. I found the seating in Economy to be sorely lacking in leg room. It was very uncomfortable. I was not impressed. In contrast, I was always comfortable in a Boeing 747.

To read more, go here.

The "Prairie Fire" of New Mexico "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties"

Gun rights, traditionally and constitutionally, are very important to citizens of New Mexico. So much so, over half of the state's counties* have adopted resolutions declaring themselves a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County". More are about to adopt similar resolutions. The "sanctuary county" movement is spreading through the state like a prairie fire.

This is due to the radial left's drive (fueled by money from leftist Michael Bloomberg) to shove gun control legislation down the peoples' throats in the state capital of Santa Fe. 

Basically, county sheriffs and county governing bodies are having none of it and are telling the Democrats in Santa Fe to shove their legislation up their asses.

The Silver City Daily Press wrote:
TUCUMCARI — Back when this Eastern New Mexico town was founded as a tent city in 1901, it was unofficially known as “Ragtown.” Another nickname — “Six Shooter Siding” — later emerged, reportedly because of the large number of gunfights that took place there. 
“Six Shooter Siding” would be used by a saloon on Old Route 66. Today, like many old commercial establishments in Tucumcari, Six Shooter Siding is boarded up. And it’s been at least a century or so since the town was renowned for gun violence. 
Still, firearms and the right to bear them are important to people in the community. 
“It’s a tradition, a way of life,” Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer said in an interview last week. 
With that as the backdrop, it wasn’t very surprising earlier this month when the Quay County Commission voted unanimously for a resolution, requested by Shafer, affirming the right of the sheriff “to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms law against any citizen.” 
The nonbinding resolution — spurred by controversial gun-control legislation making its way through the Legislature — says the commission “will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purposes of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” 
The “Second Amendment sanctuary county” concept, fanned by some sheriffs and spreading to New Mexico county commissions like prairie fire, was borrowed from activists who for several years have convinced some local governments to declare themselves “sanctuary cities” for undocumented immigrants — meaning local law enforcement won’t help federal officers arrest those whose only crime is being in the country illegally.
Although the Democrats have taken control of the governor's office and the state legislature in the last election (the airwaves were flooded with attack smear ads funded by outsider leftist groups), with the exception of metropolitan counties, New Mexico is more of a "purple state" with rural counties having "red state" leanings on issues such a the right to keep and bear arms. 

Unlike California, dubbed Commiefornia by some (including me), New Mexico has a viable opposition to liberal Democrats and their wacko policies. 

To read more, go here.

*As of February 26, 17 Counties and 3 municipalities have become Second Amendment sanctuaries. There are 33 counties in New Mexico.

NM De Baca County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

Another New Mexico county has "flipped the bird" to the state legislature by declaring itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County".

This time, it's De Baca County.

Grand Canyon and Tribes Mark Centennial

Above, the Desert View Watchtower at the eastern part of the South Rim. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This year, Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating its centennial. Prior to the park's formation, it was home to Native Americans. It still is, and while relations between the park and tribes have improved, there is still some tension.

MPR News posted an article on the complicated relationship between Native Americans and the park.

They begin with:
Over the last century the geologic wonder of the Grand Canyon has inspired poets, painters, archaeologists and biologists. This week — on Tuesday, Feb. 26 — the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100 years as a National Park. But long before it became a national park, the Grand Canyon was a place many Native Americans called home. 
That's what Carletta Tilousi still calls it. 
"Most Americans think Native Americans are gone but we're still here," Tilousi says. Tilousi is a Havasupai council member and grew up in the Grand Canyon. 
"This is the home of Native Americans and our stories need to be told," Tilousi says. "I think Havasupai we've been ignored for a long time." 
In the late 1800s the federal government sequestered the Havasupai to a side canyon. It wasn't until 1975 that the tribe was given back some of their ancestral land.
To read more, go here

NM Torrance County Now A "Second Amendment Sanctuary County"

Another New Mexico county has passed a resolution declaring itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County".

Gallup 2019 Visitor's Guide

While at the El Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup to meet on the upcoming Lost Dutchman Chapter No. 5917 + 4, ECV plaque dedication, I managed to get a copy of the Gallup 2019 Visitor's Guide from the hotel's general manager.

I have already put events into my calendar. The first being the nightly Indian dancing at the McKinley County Courthouse square that begins on Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here, different tribes and pueblos are represented.

Above, the high school and junior high school rodeo in 2018. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Next, the first rodeos in Gallup. The NMHSRA and NMJHRA rodeo State finals take place at the Red Rock Park Rodeo Arena on May 24-27. Last year's rodeo was very entertaining!

The rodeo season continues at Red Rock Park Rodeo Arena with the Gallup Lions Club Kids Rodeo on June 12 and then the Gallup Lions Club 71st Annual Open Show Rodeo, also at the Red Rock Park Rodeo Arena on June 12-15.

One other rodeo takes place in June and that is the Bloomers Best of the Best Rodeo on June 25-29. Here, America’s top junior and senior high school rodeo athletes compete for big cash payouts and prizes.

In July, the WildThing Championship Bull Riding takes place on July 12-13.

In August, the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial runs from August 3-11.

Thankfully, I live near a town where there are plenty of activities and events to see and do.

NM Village of Cimarron A "Second Amendment Sanctuary City"

From the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:
We missed one from last week, but we have confirmed that the Village of Cimarron passed a resolution to declare themselves as a "Sanctuary City" for the Second-Amendment!

New Mexico Enemy of Constitutional Rights: Natalie Figueroa

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Democrat State Representative Natalie Figueroa (505) 986-4255 natalie.figueroa@nmlegis.gov from District 30 in Albuquerque's northeast heights.

- Co-sponsor of HB8 to criminalize private firearm sales
- Voted to confiscate firearms without due process
- Took thousands from Michael Bloomberg

Source: New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jessica Patterson Elected California Republican Party Chair

Frankly, I don't know much about Jessica Patterson, but I understand she a Latina who beat three other candidates for the chairmanship of the California Republican Party.

Was she elected to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic or will she be able to revive, restore and grow the California Republican Party? Only time will tell.

I wish her good luck!

To read more, go here.

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Upcoming New Mexico 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County Meetings

In-Flight Entertainment Soon To Disappear?

Above, seat-back screens aboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the past several years, the airline industry has been gouging customers in a number of ways.

Fees are being charged for fuel, luggage, food & drink and seating. Prices have also been rising while service declines. It used to be a luxurious way to travel.

Now there's talk about doing away with in-flight entertainment.

Condé Nast Traveler has posted an article on the arguments, pro and con, about those seat-back screens that provide entertainment to passengers. It is titled, "Why Airlines Should Ditch Seat-Back Screens".

They start it with:
Word at 30,000 feet is that in-flight entertainment systems may be the next casualty of the airline industry. We know. We'll miss the rom-coms too. Blame it on the cost: Ten thousand dollars per seat-back is apparently too much to swing in an era when passengers are increasingly bringing hand-held devices and laptops on board. Travesty? We think so. Well, at least most of us do. Our editors weigh in.

During the past few years, I've noticed that I make less use of the airline-provided entertainment than I used to, with the exception of those long eleven-hour flights to Japan (and the nine-hour return flights). Most of the movies provided are lackluster Hollywood fare (well, at least Korean Air showed Astro Boy cartoons). If anything, if I'm not reading a book or napping, I'll just watch the map of the flight's progress.

To read more, go here.

NM McKinley County Special Meeting On The Second Amendment

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners will be holding a special meeting on making the county a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" in Gallup.

I plan on attending. Show your support for our sheriffs and the Second Amendment by attending this meeting!

Special County Commission Meeting

February 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ County Commission Chambers 3rd floor of The New Courthouse.
McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Among other things the Board of County Commissioners will consider: a resolution opposing house bill 206 creating an extra level of bureaucracy; and a resolution preserving the 2nd Amendment of the U.S Constitution and declaring McKinley County to be a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County.

Here's New Mexico's "Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties"

Thanks to the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, a map of New Mexico with counties who have declared themselves a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County" are shown.

Here's what the map means:
Second-Amendment supporters have made incredible progress so far! Here is a quick map we put together to show our progress. 
Green Counties have declared themselves as "Sanctuary Counties" for the Second-Amendment. These counties are San Juan, Sandoval, Catron, Hidalgo, Grant, Socorro, Valencia, Lincoln, Luna, Union, Quay, Roosevelt, Chaves, and Eddy. 
Yellow Counties have passed a resolution opposing "universal background checks." Curry County is the only one, they have yet to declare themselves as a "Sanctuary County" for the Second-Amendment. 
Green Stars are municipalities that have declared themselves to be "Sanctuary Cities" for the Second-Amendment. The two municipalities so far are Estancia and Bosque Farms.
Here's the map:

McKinley County will be dealing with the issue this coming Wednesday. I plan on attending the Board of Commissioners meeting that starts at 9:00 in the morning.

Today's Exercise

Above, looking back after getting the meter reading. Some other critters walked through. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Well, I got my exercise for today!

I had to trudge in the snow in the Barking Spider Acre to get the electric meter reading to pay my bill.

We have to do this ourselves until April as they are building a new substation and they can't doing from their end now.

The snow was about 6-7 inches deep. If one wants to exercise their legs, walking in snow will do the job. Plus, I am a littled winded. I am sure I burned off some calories in the process.

It was best I do the chore today as the ground got very muddy after the New Year's snow melted. 

Warmer Days Coming

Above, the ol' homestead two days ago. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It appears that we're in for sunny or partially cloudy days this coming week.

According to the National Weather Service, we're to have either and temperatures going up to the 50s. That is most welcome after the snowstorms we had last week.

If the blankets of snow from New Year's are any indication, the snow currently on the ground will last days or even weeks.

That's fine, the plants outside can use the water.

Cheap Hotels Near Tokyo Disneyland

Above, guests enjoying a show at Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Those who are planning a trip to Japan and would like to also stay at a hotel near Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea, you're in luck!

Tokyo Cheapo has a list of "cheap" hotels near the parks.

They begin with:
Recommended hotels near Tokyo Disneyland 
We’ve listed the following hotels in order of their online ratings as of February, 2019. All ranked above 7/10 when we checked. Prices are a guideline only and may vary according to season, demand and events in the area.

To read more, go here

Furor Over Singapore Airlines' Seatback Cameras

Above, inside a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My last trip to Japan (October 2015) was aboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. 

As with all modern airlines, the back of the seat in front of me had an entertainment "center". At the time, I did not notice any cameras peering back. But, apparently others have and raised a "stink" over these cameras.

Japan Today reported:
Singapore Airlines insisted Thursday that cameras on its planes' entertainment systems had been disabled after an outcry online from worried passengers who spotted the tiny lenses peering at them. 
Travellers took to Twitter and other social media to raise the alarm over the cameras at the bottom of seatback screens on a number of the Singapore flag carrier's newer aircraft. 
"Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines. Any expert opinion of whether is a camera?" passenger Vitaly Kamluk tweeted. 
His tweet was accompanied by photos of the monitor with the embedded camera.
The airline confirmed that there are fixed cameras, but they had been "disabled".

To read more, go here.

Now The Mob Left Is Going After The Duke!

The Looney Left Report

First they went after books they don't like from bygone days. Then they went after authors they don't like (like Laura Ingalls Wilder). Then they went after statues of confederates. Now liberals are targeting the Duke.

According to Fox News:
The first shots may have been fired in a war against "The Duke." 
A debate is now underway over whether a Southern California airport should bear the name of screen legend John Wayne, who died nearly 40 years ago at age 72. The discussion stems from the recent social-media uproar that followed the resurfacing of a 1971 Playboy interview in which Wayne made remarks that critics described as racist and homophobic. 
John Wayne Airport is located in Orange County, where Wayne lived for most of his adult life. The airport, previously named Orange County Airport, has been the subject of debate in the past, but mostly over concerns that the Wayne name fails to convey the airstrip's location in Santa Ana. 
The latest calls for changing the name stem from Wayne's remarks, made at age 63, that he believed in “white supremacy,” at least until "irresponsible" black people became more educated, and that Native Americans were “selfishly” trying to keep their land. 
But Wayne’s defenders say it’s unfair to judge the actor on comments from nearly 50 years ago when he is no longer alive to respond to the criticism. 
“Removing his name from Orange County’s airport now only validates what many Americans are coming to believe: You can’t say anything anymore, darn it, without being discovered and punished by the mob,” Madeline Fry wrote in the Washington Examiner.

Gee, how about dishonoring John Lennon for calling Mick Jagger's stage act "fag dancing" while we're at it. By "today's standards" isn't that "homophobic"?

Roscoe Lee Browne co-starred with Wayne in 1971's The Cowboys. He described working with Wayne as "delightful" and said he had "never worked with anyone who was more professional or generous of spirit."

According to IMDb:
Despite their political and social opinion differences, John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne shared a love of poetry. They sometimes quoted their favorite verses between takes.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Drive Up The Hill

Above, a view of the mesas in the distance from upper Whispering Cedars. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For the heck of it, I took a little "road trip" to upper Whispering Cedars to see the area under a blanket of snow. This area got around 15 inches of snow during yesterday's storm.

Above, looking down Whispering Cedars Road. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Unfortunately, unlike lower Whispering Cedars (where I live), the upper area wasn't snow-plowed and the roads were a bit icy. While stopping to shoot some photos of friend Greg's wife Marlo's hogan, I couldn't get enough traction to drive further uphill. So I had to back up a little to turn around in somone's driveway entrance. I thought it best to head back down before I got myself stuck (or worse).

Above, Marlo's hogan. It is still not completed, mainly the interior. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Still, it was a nice little drive. But without the roads being plowed or not having snow chains, I wouldn't attempt it again.

Above, the snow on the driveway in front of the garage. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After getting home, I took some shots of the yard. The snow on the driveway in front of the garage was very smooth. I took a shot of it with the GOCO Beast Barn in the background.

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