Thursday, April 23, 2015

Good News?



The following comment from today on the weblog.

Anonymous said...
PICK UP A COPY OF TODAY'S COMET - ALL GOOD NEWS ABOUT RATON - PLEASE, PLEASE PUT SOME OF THE GOOD STUFF ON YOUR BLOG.

It was not in red, but that is the comment.

The week before the front page of the Raton Comet was about a life size colon..... Yikes, good news like that I do not need.

And life is not all about good news either.
Here are some "bad" news:

The Bears are back out, look in your alley.
The feral cats are all over.
Herds of deer roaming the streets.
The city council is doing nothing, Nothing with a capitol N.
The Mayor loves her job but is doing nothing.
The New City Manager seems to be falling into the nothing trap.
Have not heard a peep from our County Sheriff, not one peep.

Here is the good news:

Not so many dogs this spring, thanks to the dog catcher.
No life size colon on the front page of the Raton Comet this week
The "economic development" folks doing a good job.
Have not heard a peep from our County Sheriff, not one peep.

Nor sure if good or bad news:

Who put a gate on Gardner Road restricting access? Isn't that a county road? Why did they do it?




Monday, April 20, 2015

Raton Police Dog Dies, Gets The Funeral Of The Century. At Least As Far As Raton, New Mexico Goes....

A big procession today April 20, 2015 for the Raton Police dog that died. We have had many dignitaries pass and nothing like the procession for the police dog, not even close. Every siren in town was wailing away, every church bell ringing. Accompanying him to doggy heaven.
I guess I am just jealous, when I go, if I do go, it will be a quiet affair. Some mourning and some smiling and some rejoicing. But no huge procession down 2nd street in Raton.

I was in a business as the procession drove by, it was impressive and 1/2 of us in the building did not know what was going on.
May he rest in peace, I hope St. Peter was there opening the gates for him. That is if he was not a crooked police dog like some of our human cops.

Tiptoeing thru the tulips up there with all flavors of Kibbles and Bits there for him

Friday, April 17, 2015

Looks Like D.A. Donald Gallegos Was Right

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Screen grab pilfered from today's (April 17/2015) Albuquerque Journal.


Read the whole article here:


The "Board" recommends dismissal of misconduct charges against D.A. Donald Gallegos. The D.A. seems to have been right about the outcome after the charges were initially made known.  Some bit if trust should be restored to the Law Enforcement community starting here. We thought this needed highlighting as much as the initial charge needed exposing. 

Our original post on this matter is here. Check it out. It got a lot of attention when the charges were first leveled, hopefully the same type of coverage will be available now..... I doubt it, the initial charges could have been political.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New..... From Ace Reporter Ward.

Ward Shrake said...



I just got in a forwarded e-mail from my favorite ABQ-area media contact. The US Attorney's office, apparently, sent it to various members of the media as a press release or whatever; and it then got passed to me. In other words: this info below is as official as it gets. The subject line of the original e-mail was as follows:


"FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT AGAINST FORMER COLFAX COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY"

(Note the part about "former".)


Here's the three-page PDF file I was given, about Vidal Sandoval.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82186958/temp/Sandoval-Superseding-Indictment.pdf


I gotta wonder what the Grand Jury has up their sleeve for an encore. Other names have gotta come up ...

More info here at the Raton Comet.


http://sangrechronicle.com/news/article_e26ea298-e39f-11e4-a1d6-176d4f70cb97.html

Monday, April 13, 2015

Destroying The Neighborhoods

Destroying the neighborhoods, devaluing the properties. The individual who "prunes" trees, tops trees and removes trees. The individual operating in Raton does more to devalue property and destroy views in Raton than all of the vandals put together. AND he gets paid by ignorant homeowners to boot.
Topping and improper pruning like in the picture above does a lot in devaluing property.
These are all bad examples of tree pruning and topping. I do not know how the individual doing this all over town in Raton gets away with it, much less gets paid for doing so. He knows how to operate a chainsaw, but that is the extent of it. The advice he gives homeowners is horrible. The blind leading the blind here, destroying the community one tree at a time.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Colfax County Law Enforcement

Are they working for the citizens who pay their wages to protect us? Are they working for themselves thieving and extorting like a bunch of common criminals? Will they actually turn on the citizens like the Albuquerque Police Department did with District Attorney Kari Brandburg? Are the police departments turning into gangs of thugs who the citizens pay and provide for?

The person in South Carolina who videotaped the policeman there murdering the guy who ran away from him had to get the video out in a hurry, he was afraid for his life. The Albuquerque Police Department started harassing the district attorney there when she started looking into the allegations of wrongdoing in that department.

It begs the question what will happen in Colfax County as the investigation into the Sheriff's Department goes further. The Sheriff's Department has been wallowing in the cesspool for a while now. The last Sheriff was incompetent and I am not sure the fellow we have now is any different. Will the DA get involved? Will the Sheriff respond? What will the Raton City Council do? Will the City Council ask the Chief to look into his own department?

The City Council is responsible for the Raton Police Department..... I am not sure who oversees the Sheriff's Department. Not sure how much the County Commission has to do with it other than financing the outfit. But they cannot just look the other way.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Verifying Colfax County Sheriff's Officers Loyalties?

How do citizens verify that the Colfax County Sheriff''s Department is working for the citizens instead of for themselves or worse yet for some criminal element? How about the Raton City Police Department? These are legitimate questions for both departments. They need to clean up their own houses.

Something needs to be done so the community feels like it is being protected instead of being a potential target in one form or another. It may be harsh of me to insinuate this, but it is the truth. The current and former sheriffs need to do this. Did the former sheriff escape by being "termed" out of office? Will the new sheriff be up to the task of reassuring citizens and cleaning up the cesspool he now leads.

What about the Raton City Department? What about the State Police? What about the the port of entry officers? Whose side are they on?

There are many questions, the credibility of the law enforcement community is close to zero.
This picture represents the citizens of the county as we contemplate our police officers.......

The letter below courtesy of Ward Shrake and the Colfax County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Protection From The People We Count On To Protect Us

The video at the web-link below is disturbing, very disturbing. Especially when we see what has been happening here in New Mexico with the police killing of the mentally ill man on the Sandia Mountains foothills. Especially when we see/read about the situation associated with Ex Sheriffs Deputy Vidal Sandoval.

https://news.yahoo.com/protest-planned-white-sc-officer-charged-murder-092432016.html

The video in the link above is cold blooded, no other term for this. Makes one wonder how many of these clod blooded murders have happened in the past. We would never have heard of this one or the one in Albuquerque if it were not for video cams.

I wonder what was going through the man's mind as he ran? I wonder why the policeman felt the need to kill him?

I hope the average citizen does not need protection from the protectors.

I hope we are not in a situation like the image below.

Friday, April 3, 2015

At Least One Another Ex Policeman, Maybe More, Maybe Many More Involved In Drug Scam In Colfax County. UPDATED!UPDATED

There is more than one law enforcement officer involved, Vidal Sandoval was not acting alone. How many other folks were in on the illegal action. How long has this been going on. Where was Vidal Sandoval getting the bracelets of the "saint". The good cops need to put the pressure on Vidal so he will sing like a canary, he will, they all do. There are some in the area sweating their status right now.

Today's Albuquerque Journal has additional information on the Colfax County Police and their involvement in confiscation drugs and money from traffickers for their own enrichment. They need to ferret these rotten apples from the police force. The current police officers need to be involved in this expose or they will have lost whatever credibility they ever had.

The new county sheriff, the county old sheriff, the new county under sheriff, the new Raton police chief the old Raton police chief. Thy either knew or had suspicions or had heard rumors. Even crooked cops are stupid and cannot keep a secret.

Read all about it here

Their families must be horribly disappointed.

They must be made to pay. Innocent police officers now operate under a cloud of suspicion.

From  KOAT-TV via Ward Shrake
  • Official said that instead, Sandoval called the former Springer police chief Leon Herrera to help him pretend to be working with the Drug Enforcement Agency. They said Sandoval took the undercover agents’ money, and then turned off the recorder on his uniform and in his car.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

From The National Scene

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Funny, not sure if it is good or bad?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

County Clerk Being Investigated By Attorney Generals Office

Is this right, Freda Baca's Colfax County Clerk's office being investigated? More on this right here real soon. Stay posted.

In the March 26, 2015 edition of the Huerfano World it states that the Attorney General will be looking into a complaint filed by Robert Gonzales, a write in candidate for the school board. On 30 January 2015 his wife Eileen Gonzales also filed  a complaint. Both complaints were filed with the NM Secretary of State, Diana Duran.

Duran is a right wing Republican always on the lookout for headlines. Freda Baca was elected a Democrat, but her son Leonard ran with Republican Rick Sinclair for Sheriff of the county and won. I am not real sure if the Baca Clan are still Democrats or not. Either way, they are not acting like Democrats.

To complicate matters further, our former County Clerk Rayeta Trujillo is the Chief Deputy in the office. It is known that she was a supporter of Republican Diana Duran. Now Ms. Trujillo knows the procedure, the hoops that need to be jumped through. She has been through several elections.

Now the Secretary of State handed the ball to new Attorney General Hector Balderas. Hector is as close as we get with elected officicla here in Colfax County, he is from Wagon Mound. Hector may be the only good guy here having been handed the bag of over ripe cabbage to handle.

Ms. Baca is specifically looking at a complaint that she violated 3 different state statutes as related to the Raton School Board election.

This is bye bye for Ms. Freda Baca, even if she survives the investigation. The Democrats need to start looking for someone to run in her place. She needs to either step aside or at least make sure she does not run again.The Republicans already have their candidate sitting on the sidelines like the Turkey Vultures that just arrived back in Raton here lately. One way or another it will be interesting.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amtrak: Chief will keep rolling through New Mexico

Read all about it here at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

I never thought they would keep the route. Back to eating crow.... developing a taste for the bird.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Raton Public Service Management Organization, Who Are The Masked Men?

Who are they? Who is the Raton Public Service? I am told that they are a city owns subsidiary but that the city cannot manage or give direction of the Raton Public Service. Who represents the citizen of Raton as related to the RPS? Do they have "secret identities"?

Who manages RPS on a day to day basis? Who hires the manager? Who does the manager work for?

It is my understanding that there is a  five member "Board of Directors" who appoint them selves and who in turn have to OK the two members from "recommended" by city commission and who are city commissioners. This seems ass backwards to me. Is there a Raton Public Service Commission?

Is there another board or body associated with the Raton Public Service?

Now who sets the guidance for the outfit? Who has the final word as to goings on at RPS? Who handles the millions of dollars stashed who knows where by RPS? I checked all over the internet and could come up with nothing. Maybe Ward Shrake wants to look into this, might be a challenge for his sleuthing skills.

There were some questions before the last city election and Mayor Mantz had already indicated she would not interfere with the operation of RPS. The two new city commissioners, Ronald Chavez and Donald Giacomo also indicated that they would not interfere with RPS. So that leaves us with the brand new commissioner Lindy Schuster and Neil Segotta who may be "neutral" as related to RPS.

Anyone care to enlighten me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nitpicking The Raton Comet Reporter And Editor

To the Raton Comet reporter, Michelle Duregger, and the editor Ellen Miller-Goins. The Raton Comet is a newspaper, not a weblog. So check your facts and your spellings. If the reporter does not do it then the editor ought to catch it.

In this weeks edition, Volume 3, Number 12 for the dates March 19 - 25. 2015 there is an article about a 101 year old woman. The article states she was born on "January 18, 1914, the year New Mexico became a state". WHAT?  New Mexico became a state in 1912! Where did Michelle Duregger get the idea we became a state in 1914?

Abiquiu not Abique! In the same article the writer spells Abiquiu as Abique. The person(s) writing/editing the newspaper must be from somewhere else other than New Mexico. Good thing she did not have to spell Manco Burro Pass, or worse yet Cuyamungue, who knows how that would have come out?

Also the original Dick Wooten (Uncle Dick) died on 22 August of 1893 in Trinidad, Colorado, the "Dick Wooten" mentioned in the article must be his son. This should have been explained so I did not have to rush to Wikipedia to check facts.

No Lois Lane from the Daily Planet would have done this, neither would have Sweet Polly Purebred, ace reporter .

Note: Other than that, it was a great article.

P.S. Check out Manco Burro Pass and/or Cuyamungue too, try Google Earth? Sooner or later the information will come in handy.

To the Raton Comet: You are welcome.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Think He Only Did It Once? Or Twice? Or Three Times? Or How Many Times?

The current situation within the Colfax County Sheriff's office reminds me of the Dukes of Hazzard TV show of a few years back. A Boss Hogg outfit if I ever saw one. It probably has been like this for a while and I do not know that there are not more bad apples within that organization.

Do you think Sheriff's Deputy Vidal Sandoval only did this a few times? Want to bet he had been doing it for quite a while and he was just unlucky these idiots got stopped twice on a single day in the same state.

This is disgusting, no other word for it. He was being paid to protect the citizens of the county and he took advantage of the situation to enrich himself. He let the citizens of the county down, he let his family down and he let his friends down.

The investigation that is sure to follow will reveal what a low life Mr. Vidal Sandoval really was. He has been at this for a while now, maybe we will never ever really know when he started. But we do know he did it at least 3 times since June of 2014.

Information from KOB TV here. Lots of information.

More information from the Raton Comet here.

Former Sheriff Casias and current Colfax County Sheriff Rick Sinclair have some explaining to do. They can't, either of them, claim ignorance of this. Someone had to know something or they were not doing their jobs.

St. Patrick's Day

The whole world is Irish today
Have a safe one, remember all of our Irish friends. The wearing of a green is a must today.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jesus H Christ! What Next?

He ran in the primary for County Sheriff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2015
COLFAX COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED
ON FEDERAL NARCOTICS CHARGE

            ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Pete N. Kassetas of the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) announced today that Vidal Sandoval, 45, a Deputy of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office who resides in Cimarron, N.M., has been indicted for aiding and abetting a drug trafficking crime.  Sandoval made his initial appearance on the indictment in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., this afternoon, and was remanded into federal custody pending an arraignment and detention hearing which is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2015.

            Sandoval is charged in an indictment that was filed under seal on March 10, 2015, and was unsealed earlier today after he was arrested by the FBI and NMSP.  The indictment alleges that on Feb. 28, 2015, Sandoval aided and abetted an attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in Colfax County, N.M.  The indictment includes forfeiture provisions seeking a money judgment in the amount of at least $19,500.00, the proceeds Sandoval allegedly obtained as a result of his unlawful conduct.

            According to affidavits submitted in support of court-approved search warrants that were executed following Sandoval’s arrest, the investigation into Sandoval began in summer 2014, after two men reported to the NMSP that a law enforcement officer allegedly seized marijuana and cash from them during a traffic stop without giving them a receipt for the marijuana or money.  Investigation by the NMSP identified Sandoval as the officer allegedly involved in the traffic stop.

The affidavits allege that from Dec. 2014 through Feb. 2015, the FBI and NMSP deployed undercover agents into areas of Colfax County that Sandoval was known to patrol.  During that time, Sandoval allegedly conducted traffic stops on the undercover agents’ vehicles on three occasions during which he allegedly offered to escort the undercover agents through Colfax County with drugs and currency in exchange for a portion of their drug profits.  In Feb. 2015, Sandoval allegedly agreed to escort an undercover agent with a load of drugs through Colfax County.  On Feb. 28, 2015, Sandoval allegedly accepted cash for escorting the undercover agent, who was driving a vehicle containing cocaine, from Colfax County to the New Mexico/Colorado border.

If convicted of the offense charged in the indictment, Sandoval faces a mandatory minimum five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.  Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Santa Fe and Albuquerque offices of the FBI and the New Mexico State Police, and the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating in the ongoing investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean J. Sullivan is prosecuting the case.

Additional information here, and also on the Raton Comet web site here.

Chickens, Then And Now

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Chicken technology going crazy. This from an article at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Raton Needs A leader.....



Dr. David Ivan spoke to a crowd of about 150 people Monday night in Raton at the Raton Convention Center about how a small community can be a cool community. There ia a good article on what Dr. Ivan had to say at the KRTN website.

What Raton needs is inspired leadership! I Don't know when we last had it but I can tell you we do not have it now. Sure we have people leading the community but we do not have inspired leadership. No one on the Raton City Commission, surely not Mayor Mantz. I am sure all are interested in the well being of the community but none are community leaders. The closest we have had in the last few years is the last City Manager, Butch McGowen. If the new city manager is up to the task is yet to be seen. Regardless of what his detractors say, P.J. Mileta was the type of leader we need today. He led the city when things were tough and not only held it together but moved us forward.

He got caught in the hysteria we had and quit. our loss. We have gone through a few of them since, acting and otherwise. By the same token we have been through a whole slew of city commissioners and mayors. Yet the leadership we need during these tough economic times is nowhere in sight. I am sure the commission we now have can keep body and soul together, but we need more. We need a leader.
 There are plenty of volunteers around, lots of them everywhere you look. Maybe not enough, but they are there. And they need to know that their efforts are appreciated. The folks I know understand that the efforts of volunteers keep us going here in Raton. The community leadership is what is lacking and I am not sure we can find it in small town America when times are as tough as they are now.

But Raton has a lot going for it, I know. And I dare say a lot of folks know. We, as a community may shrink some more, but Raton will survive. The coal mines are gone, the race track is gone, the whole country is trying to get out of this decade long slump we find ourselves in. 

Maybe if we stop spending trillions on wars and forign aid the country as a whole can come back.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Where Will The Turkey Vultures Roost This Summer

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These trees at a property on the NW corner of South 5th and Pecos is where the vultures used to roost. They are gone now, the owner finally got tired of having them there and cut the evergreens and pruned back the cottonwood.

The vultures come back to Raton on the 21 or 22 of March every year, just like clockwork. They are the first in a long line of avian migrants to come to or pass through Raton each year.

I need to be specific as to the words I use or I may be misunderstood. I mean Turkey Vultures, not the lawyer kind and I mean bird migrants not any other kind. I do not want to cause anxiety in the vultures that reside here year round.
Anyway, back to the Turkey Vulture.... Where will they roost now that these trees have been cut and removed? The vultures have been using them as roosting trees for over 30 years that I recall. Where will they go? My guess is they will go to the trees which are in the drainage ditch behind the place where they had been roosting previously. If they need conifers to roost in then it is my guess they will choose the closest ones to the ones cut down.

Keep an eye out for them on the 21st and the 22nd of this month and welcome our friends back for 2015. I love to see them soar, for they really do not fly, they soar. They are ugly as sin, but they soar like no other creature can.

You can watch them soaring here.
© All rights reserved. Just kidding.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Yikes! From the Albuquerque Journal

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Not In My Back Yard, Not Now And Not Ever

The "high end assisted living" business proposed for the Gardner Road and Turnesia Street area in Raton is drawing the anticipated responses from the anticipated quarters. The home owners concerns are expected and as usual, unreasonable. The real estate and lawyer types are in their usual vulture like posture. A feeding frenzy type posture. All of this was and will be predictable as the lawyers and real estate folks milk the situation for all it is worth.
Check out our previous post on the subject here:

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-business-for-raton.html

Check out the whole article here:

http://krtnradio.com/2015/02/26/country-club-property-owners-upset-with-commission-decision/

Good coverage by KRTN.
Looks like, from the report on KRTN that the city council backed up the ok for the assisted living structure/business from the Planning and Zoning Commission. If you view the KRTN video you will see lawyer and former city commission member issuing a thickly veiled threat at the commission as related to issuing any "permits" as they, the ambiguous they, will proceed to "exercise their right".

One thing that was "proposed" was a good idea, that was to put the facility where the old El Portal was. It would enhance the downtown area in several ways. But the location chioce belongs to the folks building the facility, not the homeowners in the proposed area or the city council.

This will be a goldmine, an absolute goldmine for lawyers and real estate agents. They are probably shaking, their toes tingling with anticipation of the business/cash possibilities this presents them with.
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Thanks to a viewer (comment) for information on the matter

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The City And RPS, Who Is In Charge?

In the last post on this weblog someone asked the question:

"Does anyone know why the city and/or RPS are apparently being sued by the Hartford Steam Boiler specialty insurance company?"

I for one will say that I do not know what is going on there. Maybe some other readers can enlighten us on the matter. Maybe this suit will shed some light on the incestuous relationship. Aside from that, there is no news on either the City of Raton or the Raton Public Service. I have always been uncomfortable with the "relationship" between the Raton Public Service and the City of Raton. The relationship seems incestuous, too cozy between them and RPS. And RPS is the one in the drivers seat. Ms. McQueary is the one driving this relationship and there is something going on. The relationship does not pass the smell test. Sometime in the future it, whatever it is,  will  all come out.

Maybe the Raton Comet and/or Ward Shrake will start asking questions and looking into it. Make some calls, open the cellar door, shed some light on the matter.

And what about the Raton City Commission? What is going on there? What is the difference between this city commission and the others we have had? Mayor Mantz quit grandstanding for sure. That is the only difference I can see,

And we know that there is a minimum of a 3-2 vote in favor of what Ms. McQueary wants/tells the commission to do. So there will be no change there. Both Mr. Giacomo and Mr. Chavez will vote with Mayor Mantz on that.

I think it is time to start asking questions about the Raton Public Service  (RPS) and the City of Raton as well.

Someone explain the relationship. Why is RPS, a city owned utility, in the drivers seat?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Reenactment

From the KRTN web page - "The public is invited to participate in a filming reenactment of the most important historical event to ever take place at the Colfax County Courthouse in Springer, New Mexico on March 15 and 16, 1885." 

Read all about it at the URL below:

http://krtnradio.com/2015/02/16/call-for-reenactment-participants-colfax-county-ten-year-war/

I will venture a guess that they will have an abundance of hero cowboys and cowboy wannabes and very few women dressed in "period dress". Women were still expected to stay at home and take care of the household and their dress was for the most part very drab. I will also guess the the men will be dressed like Roy Rogers or John Wayne with an over abundance of fire arms.
Who wants to bet?

The New Mexico magazine better keep a lid on this "event" or they will end up with a bunch of right wing gun nuts armed to the teeth just to prove a point.

It has the potential to be a fun event if some of these nuts who live in our midst do not show up, but this will be seen as an opportunity to have another type of event.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Interesting Map

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Interesting Article on AMTRAK

Here is a slightly different view on the Amtrak question from the folks in Texas. Sort of interesting read.

http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-02-09/dont-expect-amtrak-stop-amarillos-santa-fe-depot#.VN4XB8J0zIU

I still do not see the current route survive. The Kansas and Colorado politicians are behind it but Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Republicans are not behind the idea of New Mexico spending taxpayer dollars on this.

New Mexico Republicans seem to be after "hot button" issues that appeal to their base on the right of the spectrum.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Something We Can All Relate To

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A great new piece of art by Carl Swanson at Raton City Hall. Raton has some great art pieces, especially at the library, the art gallery, some places of business in town and the Raton Civic Center. Mr. Swanson is good at scenes depicting the local area.

Local New Mexican scenes where you can identify the landmarks in the artwork is great. Personally I love it.

Like some folks would say "que viva el artwork".

Friday, February 6, 2015

The "Hero Wannabe" Bug

The hero wannabe bug bit Brian Williams of NBC news. It bit him bad and he will pay the price for it. This is a very virulent strain that attacks a good portion of the American society. Everyone wants to be known as a hero or heroine. If they can't be one, they dress like one or they join a police department or "posse", a fire department or volunteer. There are many among us who have caught this bug.

Two local cases come to mind. One a guy who worked the NM Boys School and retired from there but wanted to be remembered as a cowboy on the TO Ranch where he had worked for a short time. His picture and "story" were on the front page of one of the local free papers a few years ago. He looked at cowboys as heroes and he put on a hat and got on a horse to be seen as one.

Another was a woman who sold everything she had back east and bought a house just the other side of the Raton Pass so she could fight the wildfires that have become more and more common in the area. She was overweight, unemployed and untrained and ended up losing everything because of her need to be a heroine. She figured she had a chance if she came "west" and fought forest fires.

There are people and groups who understand this need to be a hero or heroine by some in society and they take advantage of their need to take them for a ride or to further their own need to be seen as a hero.

You can see them out there, you can also see those who take advantage of them or use them to further their needs. Sortta funny if it was not so pitiful.

Sports draw a lot of these poor souls, as do the police and fire departments and the military. And today with the 24/7/365 news cycle looking for heroes many go overboard to get to hero hood. It seems to give these hero wanna be's purpose. They need to be acknowledged as heroes....

Former Raton mayor Charles Starkovich and Mayor wannabe Charles "Chuck" Henry fit this syndrome to a T here in Raton. Current mayor Mantz seems to have have reached her goal as she quit grandstanding. She is sitting on the hero chair with the gavel. Happy, happy.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Water and Wasting Money in Raton


Raton has some of the best water in the country. Thanks to all of the folks who came before us and planned for this day. The water tastes good, there is plenty of it and it is worth it's weight in gold.

Yet you see people spending hundreds of dollars on bottled water. What gives? Do they mistrust the city water? What did they drink before bottled water became a multi billion dollar industry? They must not have anything better to do with their money.

We blogged yesterday of money, or lack thereof, in Raton. Well a whole slew of folks are dumping theirs on stuff that is available for free..... Like bottled water. It seems like a waste to me, I am not sure what others think.

Snake oil salesmen are gone, but there is always bottled water on the shelves at most stores. Wanna waste your money?

Some well intended advice to Ratonions, stop wasting your money

Friday, January 23, 2015

Feel Good Charity(s)

There is an over abundance of feel good charities and charity causes out there. Thousands upon thousands of sites, churches, organizations etc., looking for your money and other "things" ranging from coats to toys for the needy. They are especially prevalent at Christmas, Thanksgiving and after some type of disaster. You see them everywhere, on television, most local churches and in front of Walmart ringing bells and asking for your money. The bottom line is they want your money and in return you can pretend you "helped".

They are great at soothing the need on the part of some people to help out those most in need. The people/organizations know of this need on your part and the knowledge also exists on their part that they can use it to part you from your money.
These charities take advantage of both the needy and the folks who like to give a buck or two or a coat or toy. Do you know what they get? They get you and whoever contributes to their causes. They get you to watch their channel and they get you to attend their church. Anyway, that is the reason for their charity. They don't give a damn about the status of society at large. Their end goal is money in the collection box, viewers or readers which increase their revenues.

But they do very little when you look at the scope of the problem. They do very little for the root causes of the many problems. Those can only be addressed by governments who have no ulterior motives, whose motives are to help all of their citizens.

The problem can best be addressed by the city, county, state and federal governments. But do you think this will actually ever happen? No, no it won't, the very same people searching for money and those giving refuse to pay a few extra bucks in taxes to help their neighbors.

Giving a coat or toy or a five dollar bill will have to suffice.

The commercials dealing with some of these charities are despicable. Here are some from the weblog "Only in New Mexico".

Some redneck crooner is telling us to give money to the Wounded Warriors charity.  Another commercial is from a large law firm that want to represent the veterans who want disability payments.  A TV News story features a charity run by a priest that makes veterans into bakery cooks.

What is missing here?  Any explanation on how the United States was able to spend one trillion on a war with out spending adequately on returning human wreckage from the 'war for profit.'  Why is the government relying on charity to take care of veterans?  Because spending money on that doesn't give wartime profits to the defense industry and the likes of Blackstone mercenaries.