Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chaco astronomy festival slated for equinox

When the people of the Chaco Wash were building in what is now northwestern New Mexico the ancestors of the Lakota were living in post-archaic North Carolina.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bison still at large on Red Rock Road

Yes, you’re not crazy. That’s a bison at large on Red Rock Road. He's probably a refugee from the Rancho de Chavez. He has been hanging around the casita because there's water up there. With some luck he got his picture taken by the trail cam at the windmill.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Buy your guns then apply for a cannabis card

Still believe the Second Amendment is absolute? Think again.
While more than 16,000 Nevadans still hold state-issued medical cards, that number has dropped by nearly 12,000 in 15 months since recreational marijuana sales began. Industry members and patients have complained the state medical cards, which cost $100 for two years and require a doctor’s note as part of the application, are not incentivized enough under the current tax model. State medical cardholders pay 10 percent less taxes than recreational customers, meaning cardholding patients would have to buy $2,000 to $2,500 worth in product to account for the cost of doctor’s fees and state licensing. Medical marijuana patients with state-issued cards are banned from owning firearms, and in some cases, lose benefits as military veterans. [‘I’m alive again’: Las Vegas marijuana patients celebrate plant’s life-changing role]
Republican-glutted states are the drunkest, kill the most kids, are the most obese and most addicted to opioids. States with the most alcohol-impaired driving deaths are Montana, South Carolina, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming so the idea that legal cannabis drives violence is more than laughable; but, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will make sure you lose your Second Amendment rights if you admit to ingesting cannabis or even if you are a patient being treated under the care of a doctor.

New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program is nearing 60,000 patients.

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, another state where cannabis has been legalized, has teamed up with Colorado congress member, Jared Polis and introduced legislation that would end the federal prohibition on cardholders buying firearms.

The Democratic National Committee has approved a party platform plank calling for cannabis law reform.

Prohibition isn't working. Eliminate the nanny state cannabis restriction on firearm ownership, levy hefty transaction taxes on the sales and gifting of semi-automatic rifles, handguns, their ammo and extended clips on Senator Diane Feinstein's list then tag the revenue for Medicaid expansion.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rand Paul stiffs fellow GOPer, endorses Gary Johnson

In 1995, Bob Newland, South Dakota cannabis activist and founding principal in the state's Libertarian Party, registered me as a member.
Former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson picked up the endorsement of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday in his effort to unseat an incumbent Democrat. Paul shunned Republican nominee Mick Rich, an Albuquerque construction contractor and newcomer to politics, in favor of Johnson, who was elected governor of New Mexico twice as a Republican before running for president in 2012 and 2016 on the Libertarian ticket. Rich seized on the endorsement from Paul to highlight Johnson's support for recreational marijuana and to voice concern about hardline fiscal conservatism. [Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Candidate in New Mexico]
Born in Minot, North Dakota Johnson also suffered through several Aberdeen winters as a kid.

Having won 9.34% of the 2016 vote in New Mexico Johnson still enjoys pretty good support in the state and has just given $100,000 to his long shot campaign to unseat Democrat Martin Heinrich. Some analysts say Johnson's name on the ballot in Colorado won that state for Hillary Clinton. Both having fled the Republican Party Johnson and his running mate former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, campaigned in South Dakota during the tainted, likely illegitimate 2016 election. Weld talked in Spearditch as part of his whirlwind tour and Gov. Johnson did very well in Lawrence County - 7.9% was the best in the whole state.

Recognizing that maintaining 900+ known and covert US military installations is obscene I self-identify as a progressive Democrat with civil libertarian leanings. Confident Secretary Clinton would win New Mexico in 2016 Gary Johnson got my early vote for president at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds despite this blog's view he was out of his depth in 2016, often seemed poorly advised on current events even lost in the weeds during the campaign. He has told supporters he won't run for president in 2020.

An interview with Johnson aired on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio.