Saturday, January 28, 2006


Here we are on the mesa outside of Albuquerque. We are going to blow up some guns. Yes, we have a compressor in town and this week we have squeezed hundreds of guns into scrap metal. But with all of the gun confiscations of late, we are behind, and need to blow up a lot of guns. These are guns which we are legally obligated to return to the ones from whom we took them [inmost instances], but those people are too ignorant or frightened to make a claim. We could bring an action to permit the police to sell the guns at auction, one at a time or en masse, as we do wallets, briefcases, tools, etc., that we have seized. Then why are we blowing up these guns or squeezing them into metal paperweights?

Chief Schultz said blow them up. The Chief is answerable to Mayor Martin Chavez, you say. Well, Mayor Chavez is in charge, but it appears that he approves of the blow up.

This action does not make sense. Hundreds of thousands of handguns are imported, and domestic manufacturers make more. If the gun is workable, it is the product of someone's labor. If it is not contrababnd, such as heroin, why crush the firearm into a paperweight? Why blow it up?

This is like that deal where the police used a chain saw to cut down the trees near an apartment complex, because dope pushers might stand behind a tree to make a sale.

Bottom line. Let us say that someone unlawfully carries (say into a bar) in Albuquerque. The offender is arrested, the firearm is taken for evidence, or even if it is forfeited, what then? Do we punish that firearm by crushing it or blowing it up? Does that make sense? What explains this, in a State where any adult, trained or not, experienced or not, has the absolute right to strap a six-gun on exposed, and walk down the street [yes, certain places excepted]?

Bottom line. New police officer, get ready for the real world. You may be ordered to cut down a bunch of trees next to an apartment complex [to keep drug pushers from hiding behind the trees]. You may be ordered to close that bar, because the police have received too many calls about illegal activity. What, do you suggest that the Chief put more resources out there where the crooks are? That is not how we operate.

So you would like to get some overtime? You have heard that some officers, just as you, same badge, same uniform, same car, earn (?) $30,000 to $40,000 overtime each year? Your turn will come. It is called “Chief’s Overtime.” When the public, such as “BigTime Subdivision” gets fed up with all of the crime in the neighborhood, they talk to the powers in the police department and decide to hire off-duty officers, at time and a half, with the same uniform, same badge, same gun, same car, to do what the police are obligated already to do.

Welcome to the Albuquerque Police Department, the thin blue line. This is said sincerely. You can make a difference. It does not have to be the way it has been. The people will be with you when you ask why? The people want to have a “thin blue line,” and the people admire and respect your service. Do not be disheartened. Leadership is needed. Maybe the Mayor should appoint a Police Commissioner, and see if she can bring the police administration (brass) in line.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Here is a suggestion for the powers that be in New Mexico government. Prioritize. Let us put something ahead of the grandiose schemes to invest the public money [taken by taxes]in this enterprise or that. Why take my money from me in the form of taxes and use it to "invest" in any "enterprise"?

Eclipse may get off the ground, with the taxpayers’ help. Why not issue bonds [not backed by New Mexico taxpayers] and see who will buy Eclipse bonds? Spaceport may get off the earth with taxpayers’help. Why not issue bonds for the spaceport [not backed by NM taxpayers]and the sky is the limit! Why not have Intel issue bonds and raise the money it needs, rather than grant it a tax relief of over $200 million per year for decades [keep in mind that $10 million is the annual operating cost of the train to the taxpayers]. Meanwhile, how about addressing ourselves to a more mundane but more important problem.

According to Sen. Tim Jennings of Roswell, we should have a law that imposes a tax to be used by the New Mexico government under Governor Bill Richardson, to pay for screening for breast cancer for low income women. His wife has been diagnosed with cancer after an MRI and we approach this subject with due respect for the feelings of his family and loved ones.

But now this has been put in the newspaper. So we have a right to comment. Why are not all New Mexicans entitled as a matter of right, to preventative, diagnostic medical tests? What is so magical about an MRI? Is it a good diagnostic tool? Do we want to use it, if it gives us bad news? Jennings as much as says that the mamogram, which his wife took every quarter, was not as useful as the MRI. Incidentally, why take a mammogram every quarter, when the doctors say every year or two or five (are the doctors counting the beans?)

Why not use the MRI machine and test everybody, for everything wrong? Every quarter or every month. If you answer anything except “money,” please say what. Money. The greatest nation on earth, in history, cannot provide [by confiscatory taxes] the money to check its citizens to see if they are invaded by the germ enemy (cancer). In years past the military provided examinations for certain diseases, and who complained that it was socialized medicine?

Part of the problem is cost. We hire a brain surgeon to lance a boil. That is not accurate, we give in to the trade union element of the American Medical Association which controls, and says if you New Mexicans want a boil lanced, you must hire a brain surgeon.

Hey. Let’s talk about a spaceport. A train.