Saturday, January 23, 2021

NM District 2 Representative at odds with Native heritage over border wall

At least two American Indian nations straddle invisible international boundaries – the Mohawks with Canada in the northeast US and the Tohono O’odham Nation with Mexico in the southwest. Etched into the rhyolite on Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park about 800 years ago by the ancestors of the modern-day Tohono O'odham are their petroglyphs and rock art which are probably directions to water sources and hunting. 

Just hours after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden issued the Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction.

Yvette Herrell is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Republican New Mexico Representative from District 2 but her support for Herr Trump's border wall strains her ties with her Indigenous heritage.
According to the Tohono O’odham’s website, the Tohono O’odham Nation is a federally recognized tribe of more than 34,000 tribal members, including more then 2,000 residing in Mexico. When Tohono O’odham members are questioned on their position of the border wall, their first response is, “there is no O’odham word for wall.” Many oppose construction and cite the desecration of sacred sites and the violation of treaties. Herrell’s stance to oppose the halting of the border wall construction also undermines the Cherokee Nation of Mexico, who claim Cherokee descent after many migrated to Mexico during the 19th century. [Native News Online]
Every federal department and agency already recognizes Native America as the 51st State. While the Palestinian homeland looks like holes in the slice of Swiss cheese analogous to the illegal Israeli state, progress toward resolutions of Native trust disputes would have far more political traction after tribes secede from the States in which they reside and then be ratified to form one State, the 51st, sans contiguous borders with two Senators and two House members as there are an estimated 2.5 million Indigenous living on reservations.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

'News of the World' brings tour of Santa Fe County

It's always a blast seeing local scenery in a world class film. Beginning in October, 2019, Tom Hanks, the cast and crew of News of the World spent 53 days shooting in the high desert, forests and mountains surrounding Santa Fe.

The following is an excerpt published in the Abuquerque Journal.
“News of the World” was shot entirely on location in and around Santa Fe. For 53 shooting days, cast and crew touched down at multiple locations, spanning two storied movie ranches, the first Native American-owned film studio, two cultural heritage sites, miles of the breathtaking terrain, and the streets of downtown Santa Fe.
Bonanza Creek Ranch, just outside Santa Fe, has sprawling grounds, a 24-building town and five interior sets, surrounded by an unobstructed 360-degree vista. “If you’ve ever seen a Western,” says location manager and animal wrangler Diego Dominguez, “there’s a good chance it was filmed at Bonanza.” With just four weeks to prepare the location, the challenge was to take one seasoned movie ranch and carve it into four distinct towns fighting their way back from the Civil War. “Bonanza had a lot of character to begin with,” says David Crank, production designer. “So the job was to edit what existed – squashing down the color palette, removing trim and any unnecessary pieces – and making everything feel as real as possible.” Separating the ranch into quadrants, Crank identified distinct characteristics that could serve as visual hallmarks for each town, as well as common pieces that could be reused. Piece-by-piece, Wichita Falls, Red River Station, Dallas and Cranfills Gap began to emerge.
Thirty-five miles from Santa Fe, the team touched down at Cochiti Pueblo, a pristine natural landscape cut through by the Rio Grande. The region proved a versatile stand-in for roads leading to Red River Station and the Red River banks, as well as the Shallow Valley. It is one of the most wooded places the team members found in New Mexico, and they went back several times, as it had so much of what they needed.
An hour’s drive south from Santa Fe revealed true wilderness. Off the grid, ringed by the Cerrillos Hills, and the Ortiz, Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain chains – 81,000 acres deep, and roamed by deer, elk, mountain lions and bears – the San Cristóbal Ranch sits on the Galisteo Basin, where archaeological discoveries dating back thousands of years ago were unearthed. “Paul Greengrass was drawn to locations that had gigantic, epic vistas in the background; that’s everywhere at San Cristóbal,” Crank says. “The scale is immense, and it’s a harder and much more open landscape than any of the other ranches where we filmed. But there was also extraordinary diversity; the terrain goes from wide-open trails to gentle rolling hills and towering cliffs to more enclosed spaces.”
At Eaves Ranch, the filmmakers found everything they needed to bring the dark side of the West to life. A workhorse of a Western town since Hollywood moved in to shoot “The Cheyenne Social Club” in 1969, Eaves Ranch has grown to house more than three dozen buildings, including a main square and a church.
The rustic El Rancho de las Golondrinas became the shooting location for Johanna’s destination: the farm of her aunt and uncle, Anna and Wilhelm. A living history museum just south of Santa Fe, El Rancho de las Golondrinas is on 200 acres of rural farmland. It is punctuated by colonial homes that stretch back to the early 18th century, along with reconstructions of structures from across New Mexico – one of which became the Leonberger compound. “We found a log cabin in this wooded valley that had once been a schoolhouse,” Crank says. “It had a rather rough field across from it and an adobe structure nearby, everything we needed to create the more established, yet hardscrabble farm.”
Pieces of downtown Santa Fe were transformed into Kidd’s hometown, San Antonio – which came to life the Camel Rock Casino backlot, where the market was staged; and two restored centuries-old residences downtown. The filmmakers created Kidd’s San Antonio residence at a 200-year-old home that features Spanish-Pueblo Revival-style adobe architecture, known as El Zaguán. Its adjacent section of Canyon Road was transformed into the dirt-covered side street where we see Kidd’s approach. Another key location was the downtown law office of Kidd’s attorney, Mr. Branholme. This was captured at the 1890-era Delgado House, which, like El Zaguán, had been donated to the Historic Santa Fe Foundation to ensure its preservation. The final location on the schedule was an old school on the outskirts of Santa Fe, which was transformed into the grounds of San Antonio’s famed San Fernando Cathedral.
ip photo: a film crew is setting up for scene shoots last November on the Galisteo Dam Road under a gorgeous New Mexico morning sky. Click on it for a better look.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Mexico governor adds legal cannabis for all adults as legislative priority

Last year the cannabis legalization task force established by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham released details of its discussions to the media. Kelly O’Donnell, an economist and consultant who has studied the market, told participants New Mexico should expect increased tourism especially from red states like Texas and Oklahoma.

It's the view of this interested party that growers should be able to market their product like vineyards have tasting rooms and breweries have tap rooms but allowing state-owned stores will only give the government control over the various strains. 

The State of New Mexico should offer incentives to tribes, pueblos and others for organic cannabis grown with off-grid sources of electricity and rainwater harvest. Also, all grows and product offered for public sale, including cannabidiol or CBD, should be inspected by the state. 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Area bozo caught up in Trump riot

The sovereigns are overwhelmingly white christians using maladapted interpretations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to rationalize its commitment to a pending race war. 

Using links to the federal storming of Ruby Ridge in Idaho and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas culminating in the Oklahoma City bombing the extreme white wing of the Republican Party worships manuscripts like the Turner Diaries as prayers. 

Many are either convicted felons no longer able to vote or have been marginalized by those who believe that the democratic process is ineffective especially since a person of color was President of the United States. The guy who killed some 60 people in Las Vegas was a white supremacist bent on starting a race war
A New Mexico County Commissioner who is no stranger to stirring up controversy is at it again after attending the riot at the U.S. Capitol this week. Now there are calls for his removal because of what he said. “There’s going to be blood running out of that building,” which are the words Couy Griffin is not apologizing for. But he’s getting a lot of backlash about it, even from fellow Republicans and a group who wants him to resign from his elected position. His Cowboys for Trump Twitter page was suspended Friday. [KRQE teevee]
The New Mexico Capitol Roundhouse was also locked down for a time as extremists who idolize Herr Trump demonstrated in Santa Fe.

Recall that during the second Obama term a group of armed thugs, including a retired Air Force master sergeant from South Dakota allied with mormon Cliven Bundy, occupied and ransacked not a courthouse but a national wildlife refuge in none other than Harney County, Oregon. The Ridiculous Right brands Black Lives Matter and Native American protesters unemployed slackers but a horde of Huns that takes over a federal facility to wait out the End Days and terrorizes Congress are called patriots.

In a video posted at his Faceberg account Griffin invoked now dead domestic terrorist Lavoy Finicum who helped vandalize the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

Republican leadership is an oxymoron. The faster all the deplorables taser themselves in the testicles until their myocardias infarct the better.

Above image was lifted from the Cowboys for Trump Faceberg page; Griffin is the clothed deplorable in the photo.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Bullock could stop Keystone XL pipeline

Humans are driving Earth's six mass extinction and are only on historian Christopher Lloyd's list of important species that evolved because of anthropogenic climate change. 

In 2015 the US Department of Transportation swatted ExxonMobil with a million dollar penalty after the Environmental Protection Agency released an overview of cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 breach of the Silvertip pipeline that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River upstream of Billings, Montana. 

Montana and North Dakota have both suffered the effects of man camps that prey on women and girls where rapes and murders committed by white workers have become commonplace. 
In his final days in office, Governor Bullock holds immense power over the future of Montana and our children. His administration could deny the 401 water crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline threatens waterways at more than 770 water crossings along the proposed route through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska — with over 200 water crossings in Montana alone. Governor Bullock has a choice to make. I urge him to please choose well for all Montana families. Please choose to protect our waterways, our communities, our health and our chance for a livable future. I hope he stands up and makes his administration's final act in office the denial of this permit. [column, Winona Bateman]

Nebraska is enduring damaged roads and unsightly pipe yards, too.