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  • Again, the isolationist smear

     

    It doesn’t take much to be smeared as an isolationist by leading Republicans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who appears to be running for president again, and former vice president Dick Cheney — not to mention Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris Christie and other members of the GOP establishment — can always be counted on to drag out that insult whenever they sense a threat from anyone not as hawkish as they are. 

    If they thought that 30,000 U.S. troops should be sent somewhere, and someone recommended sending only 10,000, we could count on Perry, Cheney, et al., to condemn the other person as an appeasing isolationist.

    Let’s be clear: Someone who simply doesn’t want Americans draw into foreign conflicts is not an isolationist. The proper word is “noninterventionist.” “Isolationism” suggests withdrawal from the world. But noninterventionists don’t seek that. 

  • Today in history July 19
  • Interest rate limits needed to protect borrowers

    Getting a small loan license in New Mexico is a cinch. Just pay a $1,500 fee to the Department of Regulation and Licensing, show you have $30,000 in capital and a reasonably clean criminal record and you are in. There were 656 small loan operators in the state at the close of 2013.
    The powers that come with a license are astonishing. Outside of a very narrow product area technically defined as Payday Loans, licensees can charge any interest rate over any period of time with almost any loan terms they choose on amounts of $2,500 or less. Small lenders routinely burden unsophisticated borrowers with interest rates of anywhere between 200-600 percent and sometimes more than 1,000 percent. In the process, they often point to the license on their wall claiming their products are “state approved.” That license is, in fact, their license to steal.

  • The bloodstained banner

    Once again, the Confederate flag is in the news. Washington and Lee University recently announced it would take down the Confederate flags, which had been displayed next to the university’s statue of Robert E. Lee.
    Twelve African American law students protested the display as being “hate symbols representative of slavery and racism.”
    Supporters of displaying the flag countered that “the Confederate flag honors freedom-loving Americans who fought against Northern tyranny” and that removing the flag “besmirched Lee’s military honor.”
    You do have to respect freedom-loving people who owned slaves. I suppose they’re also proud that the university owned about 80 slaves who were used to build dormitories in the early 1800s.
    The university’s website states, “The Washington and Lee University community thrives on an ethic of honor and civility.”
    I’m sure that’s exactly how their slaves viewed it.
    The university’s President Kenneth Ruscio did remove the flags, but refused to apologize for Lee’s actions during the Civil War. Ruscio said, “Lee was an imperfect individual living in imperfect times.”

  • Baseball gears up for 2nd half of year

    Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.
    Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night.
    Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.
    The A’s bearded collection of shaggy misfits and stars is looking for the franchise’s first World Series title in 25 years. Sensing an opportunity, general manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4.
    The blockbuster trade created an awkward scene at the All-Star game, where Samardzija was introduced with the NL reserves and then joined his new teammates in the AL dugout.

  • Snow is winner on Tuesday

    Mary Snow was the big winner in this week’s Pace Race.
    Snow had the top prediction in Tuesday’s race, which was hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. She finished with a  prediction error of just 8 seconds, which was 5 seconds better than runner-up Ted Romero.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race started at the ski lodge at Pajarito Mountain. There were several courses participants could choose from.
    On the 1-mile trail course, Bob Weeks finished in a time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds, while Artemia Rojas finished in 12:36 on the 1-mile road course.
    Inez Ross was the top finisher on the 2-mile road course with her time of 37:13. On the 2-mile trail course, Melina Burnside was the fastest finisher (21:09).
    Romero (23:33) and Roxana Candia (27:21) had the best finishes on the 3-mile course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the picnic grounds on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Licenses still available for elk, deer and javelina

    SANTA FE — The 2014-2015 hunting season is fast approaching, and hunters still have the opportunity to buy a hunting license in New Mexico.
    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish still has more than 1,000 deer hunting licenses and nearly 500 javelina licenses for sale that were leftover from the annual hunt drawing.
    More than 1,000 youth encouragement hunting licenses for antlerless elk are also still available. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of the leftover deer and javelina licenses are for muzzleloader or archery hunts, but there are a few youth only rifle hunts.
    The sale is open to everyone, regardless of residency. The youth encouragement elk license sale is open only to eligible New Mexico youths who successfully applied but did not draw a deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx or bighorn sheep license this year.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the sale will open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency and whether they applied for the draw or not.
    Hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.
    To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account.
    For more information about available licenses, hunting in New Mexico or for help logging in, call at 888-248-6866.

  • Fishing Report 07-18-14

    Northwest

  • A Kiss For Luck

    Los Alamos’ Police Department held a promotion ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

  • Medical chopper crashes, 3 dead

    edical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.
    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.
    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.
    Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.
    “It crashed and burned,” said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. “No survivors .... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail.”
    Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn’t know what it was.
    “When he got up he could see the flames,” Bidegain said.
    Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed.
    Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the CareFirst crew was well-known at the hospital.