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After killing over 40% of NM small businesses, MLG celebrates ‘Small Business Saturday’

On Saturday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham celebrated the “Small Business Saturday” tax holiday, in which Americans saved the tax when shopping on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. 

“It’s #SmallBusinessSaturday, and in New Mexico that means a tax holiday for shoppers! Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and it’s more important than ever to to #shopsmall and #buylocal. Save money and support a New Mexico small business today!” wrote the embattled Governor. 

The holiday was first created by American Express, which partnered with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Roslindale Village Main Street in 2010. 

However, in New Mexico, Lujan Grisham is responsible for killing at least 40% of New Mexico’s small businesses with her harsh lockdowns and mandates that forced many small businesses into failure. Her lockdowns included a months-long blackout of what she claimed to be “non-essential” businesses, forcing them to stop opening their doors. 

As well, her clampdown on small businesses included allowing Big Box stores to open while mom-and-pop groceries and convenience stores were shuttered. Restaurants and hotels may have been the hardest hit, with out-of-state travel being prohibited with forced testing at hotels and restaurants either completely closed or allowing only outdoor dining, with businesses especially hit hard over the 2020 winter. 

During the holidays, Lujan Grisham forced New Mexicans to stand in cold breadlines to buy food and basic goods, with elderly, disabled, and children forced to face the cold while the Governor feasted on taxpayer-funded $200/lb Wagyu steaks and skirted her pandemic orders to buy luxury jewelry.

The few businesses and religious organizations that defied Lujan Grisham were plunged into even further financial ruin with fines of up to $60,000 and State Police ordered to shut businesses down.

At the time that the Governor was killing jobs and it was revealed 40% of New Mexico small businesses had died, the owner of Nob Hill bar Happy Accidents in Albuquerque told KRQE 13 News, “My industry means everything to me.” She said, “Knowing independent businesses are suffering kills us.”

While ruling during the pandemic, Lujan Grisham constantly bashed people across the state, even publicly shaming people in places like Española and Hobbs who she saw did not wear masks driving or eating at a restaurant.

However, now Lujan Grisham would like New Mexicans to forget how she treated citizens and how she continues to belittle with an election right around the corner in November 2022. But it is unlikely that New Mexicans will forget what happened to them, especially in the heat of the pandemic, with countless small businesses dying forever. 

Far-left ABQ City Council candidate whines about pastor endorsing opponent

A far-left Albuquerque City Council candidate in the December 7 runoff election is crying to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Attorney General Hector Balderas because her opponent was endorsed by a local pastor. 

Tammy Fiebelkorn, the leftist candidate whined, “I have always been told that nonprofit 501(c)(3)s are not supposed to engage in political discourse.” She added, “I really hope that the AG and the IRS look into this and see if what he did violated the church’s nonprofit status. More importantly, I really hope that the District 7 voters get out and make their voices heard.”

Her desperate comments came after Albuquerque pastor from Legacy Church, Steve Smothermon, said in a November 16 video, “We need people like her (Robertson) on the City Council to make sure this crazy guy they call mayor doesn’t continue to push his agenda,” referring to the Republican candidate, Lori Robertson.

Apparently, to Fiebelkorn, she thinks Pastor Smothermon no longer has the right to the First Amendment and is demanding bureaucrats investigate him for merely having an opinion. 

Responding on Wednesday, Robertson said, “My opponent is trying to fabricate a scandal that does not exist.”

“What I can say is I appreciated the opportunity to share my faith and to meet with voters and discuss my solutions for our city’s problems,” Robertson said to the Albuquerque Journal.

“Separation of church and state was originally intended to protect the church from government persecution. Indeed this country was in great part founded by those seeking religious freedom,” Pastor Smothermon said.

But despite the crying from Fiebelkorn, the AG’s office has not received a complaint from her and the IRS said it does not comment on individuals or organizations, according to the Journal.

Fiebelkorn is endorsed by scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a far-left extremist. She also has the endorsements of Sen. Martin Heinrich, Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torres, and socialist Mayor Tim Keller.

The December 7 runoff will also take place in District 9, where Republican Renee Grout and Democrat Rob Grilley are vying for the seat. Early voting ends on December 4.

Thanks to Biden, Lujan Grisham, the average price per gallon of gas in NM hits $3.35

In Joe Biden’s America and in Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico, Democrat socialism is costing citizens where it hurts — their pocketbooks.

As the holidays arrive, and families look to save their money for presents to fill their loved ones’ Christmas with cheer, it is a lot direr in New Mexico, one of the most heavily impoverished states in the nation. Thanks to Lujan Grisham’s strict lockdowns, 40% of New Mexico’s small businesses are gone. 

And at the pump in MLG’s New Mexico, due to anti-energy policies instituted in the state like the “Green New Deal,” as well as the Biden regime’s job-killing edicts, gas prices are soaring to record levels we haven’t seen since the devastating Obama years.

The lowest average gas price in New Mexico right now, according to AAA is $3.20 in Quay County. However, in places like Harding and Catron Counties, New Mexicans can expect an average gas price that is much steeper. For Catron, an average gallon of gas will cost $3.89, while in Harding County, it will cost $3.71. 

This makes the average gas price in New Mexico, according to AAA’s figures, $3.35. Joe Biden and Michelle Lujan Grisham did that. 

And Lujan Grisham’s allies in the Legislature this year proposed a bill that would result in a 20 cent per gallon gas tax that would hurt the poorest New Mexicans. Thankfully, the bill died due to public outrage, including that of the Piñon Post. However, far-left legislators have promised to bring the bill back in the 2022 Legislative Session, if not the 2021 Special Session rumored to begin on December 6, 2021.

As families hurt during the holidays, Gov. Lujan Grisham, an alleged serial groper, and Joe Biden, a failed political hack, are living large while New Mexicans and all Americans suffer under their dictatorial reign.

America’s first Thanksgiving actually took place near New Mexico

Although Thanksgiving is a holiday most think of in regard to the pilgrims and the Indians joining together in Plymouth, Massachusetts to feast in the fall of 1621, a year after the new settlers landed in America, Thanksgiving happened a lot earlier and in the Southwest.

Aaccording to historians, the first Thanksgiving actually took place near New Mexico in the city of San Elizario, Texas, just south of El Paso. 

Ana Pacheco, the City Historian of Santa Fe writes:

According to American history, the founding at Plymouth Rock in 1620 is the oldest colony in the country. The reality is that the first European settlement in the United States occurred 22 years earlier. In 1598 the Spanish explorer, Don Juan de Oñate, and his army established the first colony in north America. The settlement was located at San Gabriel near Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, 30 miles north of Santa Fe.

On April 30, 1598 this nation’s first Thanksgiving took place. The event occurred near San Elizario, Texas. Oñate, and his contingent of soldiers, Franciscan missionaries and colonists celebrated their safe arrival. They had spent almost two months on a lengthy trek through the treacherous-desert terrain. The heroic expedition suffered from the elements marching from Santa Barbara, Mexico. Finally, they were able to take refuge at the northern boundary of the Rio Grande near El Paso.

The historical account of the first settlement was recorded as La Historia de Nuevo Mexico. It was written by the soldier/scribe Gaspar Perez de Villagra. It’s the only epic and historical book narrating the first European settlement of any state in the U.S. That is the true history of America’s first Thanksgiving.

According to History.com

A second Texas town claims to have been the real site of the first Thanksgiving in America. In 1598, a wealthy Spanish dignitary named Juan de Oñate was granted lands among the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest. He decided to blaze a new path directly across the Chihuahua Desert to reach the Rio Grande. Oñate’s party of 500 soldiers, women and children barely survived the harrowing journey, nearly dying of thirst and exhaustion when they reached the river. (Two horses reportedly drank so much water that their stomachs burst.)

After 10 days of rest and recuperation near modern-day San Elizario, Texas, Oñate ordered a feast of thanksgiving, which one of his men described in his journal:“We built a great bonfire and roasted the meat and fish, and then all sat down to a repast the like of which we had never enjoyed before…We were happy that our trials were over; as happy as were the passengers in the Ark when they saw the dove returning with the olive branch in his beak, bringing tidings that the deluge had subsided.”

Thanksgiving’s rich traditions across our nation may now hit harder here in the Land of Enchantment, with the men and women who founded our beautiful state helped make the first Thanksgiving following a long and treacherous journey through the Chihuahuan Desert to discover what we are blessed to call New Mexico today.

Although others may claim the “first Thanksgiving” took place in another part of Texas, and some even claim since settlers arrived earlier in St. Augustine, Florida that those were the first Thanksgiving, it is not true. There are documented accounts that Oñate’s Thanksgiving feast was the first.

ABQ pro-lifers to hold Dec. 1 ‘OverturnRoe’ rally as SCOTUS considers pivotal case

To commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on the case Dobbs v. Jackson, which is “​​the most significant challenge to Roe v. Wade to rise up in the courts in more than a decade,” pro-lifers in Albuquerque are joining a national movement started by OverturnRoe.org

The group is a national coalition of pro-lifers voicing their encouragements to overturn the rabidly pro-abortion 1973 ruling that legalized abortion on demand in the U.S. 

On December 1, citizens will gather to rally at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque to urge the repeal of abortion on demand in America.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT: OverturnRoe Rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico

WHEN: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 10 a.m. (Mountain)

WHERE: Tiguex Park, 1800 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/YeMSUBaFuQPCJoHy6

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: https://overturnroe.org/blog/site/tiguex-park/ 

Roe v. Wade is outdated, it’s bad law, and it’s been responsible for the ‘legal’ murder of more than sixty-two million children,” explained Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League and a key coordinator with the OverturnRoe.org coalition, according to Patch.

A final ruling in the Dobbs case is expected in Spring 2022.

Totalitarian rule at the Roundhouse: Jabs, masks required for the public

In a move to further keep the public away from the Roundhouse during the Special Session of the Legislature rumored for December 6, “proof of full vaccination will be required for any member of the public to enter the Capitol building in Santa Fe during the upcoming special session and regular session,” according to KOB 4.  The reconvening of the Legislature is meant for redistricting, which is done every ten years following the Census.

Despite scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham claiming “fully vaccinated” is “three shots” — two regular shots and a booster — the Piñon Post has learned from the Legislative Council Service (LCS) that they are going by CDC guidelines. CDC guidelines define“fully vaccinated” as two weeks following the second Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 shot. It will not require a COVID booster shot.

Raúl Burciaga, director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service said, “Given the high number of COVID-19 cases across the state and the strain this continues to put on state resources, it is incumbent on us to protect everyone in the Capitol complex while conducting the state’s business,” He added, “I believe the measures being taken for the special and regular sessions will allow for the work to get done while greatly minimizing the risk for COVID spread.”

The new rules according to KOB:

  • The Roundhouse will remain open to members of the public for the special and regular sessions.
  • Proof of full vaccination will be required for any member of the public to enter the Capitol.
  • The Rotunda will not be used for displays, booths, presentations, special days, etc.
  • Pages will not be used by the House or Senate. 
  • No tours will be conducted or allowed in the Capitol. 
  • Masks will continue to be required throughout the Capitol Complex. 

As well as the extreme “COVID” mandates at the Roundhouse, leftist legislators rammed through a gun ban on most firearms at the Capitol, which can be read more about here.

According to the LCS, the special session will be held both in-person and virtually.

Do not applaud MLG throwing crumbs to the peasantry

Scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Michelle Lujan Grisham believes she is so generous, so magnanimous, and oh so kind to us peasants who live under her rule. 

After raiding the permanent fund for her extremist socialist policies, crippling the oil and gas industry at the knees with the passage of her “Green New Deal,” shuttering 40% of New Mexico small businesses with her pandemic orders, forcing New Mexicans to stand in breadlines over the holidays last year, and the constant abuse she has delved out to New Mexicans from Española to Hobbs, now she is ready to throw us some crumbs.

Crumbs that come in the form of one of the most insignificant, insulting “tax cuts” that would make Marie Antoinette faint. 

Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to give us New Mexicans a whole 0.25% decrease in gross receipts tax. That means our already mammoth 5.125% tax rate would fall to 4.875% if passed by the Legislature.

A vote against this bill is cheap and easy political fodder to claim Republicans who oppose it “voted against tax cuts,” even though the Lujan Grisham regime has raised taxes far above 0.25% with her policies. Have you checked your gas bill recently? Yeah, it’s bad.

And it being an election year, Lujan Grisham thinks she can steal another term as governor by throwing crumbs at you and me. Pardon my French, but as the old saying goes, “don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” 

MLG must think we are all a bunch of idiots who will simply ignore her payments of $150,000 to an ex-staffer who claims she groped his crotch. She thinks these crumbs will make us forget she munched on $200/lb Wagyu beef steaks, whiskey, and fine wine while New Mexicans waited in bone-chilling temperatures outside the local Walmart to get bread and milk. 

Lujan Grisham thinks New Mexicans will simply forget her belittling of citizens over supposed lack of mask-wearing, her mocking of people living in Deming, her displacement of elderly folks living in nursing homes during the pandemic, her mishandling of $250 million in federal funds that suddenly went “missing” from the Department of Workforce Solutions, and the countless scandals Lujan Grisham has racked up.

The Governor’s insulting supposed “tax cut” she wants to throw at us New Mexicans as some idiotic form of “charity” shows she truly thinks we are some of the dumbest, easily manipulatable people on Earth. If she really wanted to boost economic development, maybe she shouldn’t displace oil workers with her evil policies, such as those who live in the Navajo Nation and in southern New Mexico in the oil patch.

If MLG was truly serious about helping hurting families in New Mexico, DO AWAY WITH THE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX ALTOGETHER! 

At least for me, I refuse to forget MLG’s years of abuse, and I will be doing everything I can, from my local neighborhood meeting to the voting booth, to kick her to the curb, whether she wants to throw crumbs at me or not. What about you?

Republican jumps into 2022 BernCo sheriff race

On Monday, Republican Joshua James Ryan Lawrence posted that he had announced over the weekend that he will be running for sheriff in Bernalillo County in 2022.

“As a Constitutionally Bonded Sheriff, I will be Constitutionally putting the Constitutional authority back in the hands of ‘We The People’,” he declared.

“Under my supervision, Bernalillo County will have a forensic audit of our votes, we will be auditing the financial books, and will be cleaning house of all unnecessary spending in the BCSO. There will be no more corruption in Bernalillo County so long as the people put me Constitutionally in charge.”

From Joshua James’ announcement:

From the time I take my constitutional oath, and then bond that oath per the constitution of New Mexico Article 22 Section 19, we will have a 30-day countdown from the time every elected candidate takes their Oath of Office, any candidate that fails to bond their oath, they will be forfeiting their elected office, and the Bernalillo Sheriff’s department will be escorting those people out of that office, and we will hold a protected special election to Constitutionally fill those seats. Also, we will have paper [ballots], and no DOMINION cheating machines.

All Vets/LEOS will be constitutionally guaranteed a job with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s department per the Constitution, and I highly suggest all constitutional Americans here in Bernalillo County come get vetted and deputized as a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy in order to protect your neighborhoods. All deputies/police will be designated to the neighborhoods/vicinity where they live. It’s vital LEOS know their neighbors, fore they are the jury of your peers.

Sheriff is also the head officer of the Courts, so no more games.

ALL Covid mandates and restrictions will be eliminated completely. There will be no more violations of our Bill of Rights, and we will only Enforce The Constitution.

I will work with all Bonded Sheriff’s in the State to make Constitutional corrections collectively.

Note to APD, the Mayor will no longer be your Police Chief, fore your authority comes from the County Sheriff, and we will hire a Constitutionally Bonded Police/Patrol Chief. We will make the Constitution precedent again. May God bless us all through this journey, we will bring God back to New Mexico, and our Local Government.

Lawrence, who goes just by“Joshua James,” has long been an advocate for Constitutional rights and has shown up at many pro-freedom rallies across New Mexico, including at the Roundhouse against the Governor’s Green New Deal, in Alamogordo for a“33 Counties” rally, among other places. With his conservative credentials, he will be a frontrunner in the Republican primary.

The announcement comes as Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales failed in his run for mayor against socialist Mayor Tim Keller. His seat appears to be open unless Gonzales once again seeks the Democrat nomination for the seat.

NM Senate bully targets another senator in apparent vindictive rage

Over the weekend, far-left Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo), who has not always towed the party line and gone along with the Senate Democrats’ wishes, is being targeted by the Senate bully, Pro-Tem Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo), according to his tweets.

Candelaria wrote, “Have been informed that Sen Mimi  Stewart will remove me from Senate Finance Committee, on account of my opposition to Gov control over federal ARPA funds.” 

In a subsequent tweet, he wrote, “This move will require full senate approval before final, let’s see if Mimi can pull it off. One things [sic] for sure though—Mimi Stewart is not morally or ethically fit to lead the Senate. Our legislature needs better and actual leaders.”

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “But Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, says that’s not true. She said if she removes Jacob Candelaria, who also represents Albuquerque, from that position, it will be because he has pulled away from his party and no longer caucuses with other members.”

“It’s no big surprise to me that this is coming on the heels of the decision of the Supreme Court on Wednesday,” Candelaria said. “This in no way has dampened my spirits. If leadership wants to act in this sort of retaliatory fashion, that’s their decision, just as it will be the Senate’s decision as to whether it will go along with this childish behavior.”

“He’s completely wrong. What he did this week [before the Supreme Court] has nothing to do with what I might have to do,” Stewart countered. While she said it is “possible” she may move to remove him from that committee, “it will have nothing to do with his great performance in front of the Supreme Court.”

Stewart has long bullied other members she disagrees with, including many in her own party. She bullied Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo) in committee hearings, then subsequently refused to answer Ivey-Soto’s questions on the Senate floor on a bill she sponsored. Because she refused to answer, she claimed Ivey-Soto was being “sexist.”

In a previous committee hearing, Ivey-Soto claimed “leadership” (meaning Stewart) told him he could no longer debate on House bills, so he left the meeting and claimed he would not hear House bills in his Senate Rules Committee for the foreseeable future. This came after Stewart accused Ivey-Soto of not emailing her the proper bill, which he countered with a time and date the bill was sent to her email.

In committee hearings, Stewart bashed the public who had concerns over her extremist bill that would add on at least 20 a cent per gallon of gas tax that would harm poor New Mexicans the most.

“Two cents a year — That is nothing,” she said, claiming, “I am not concerned about that because I do believe this is kind of fear-mongering…. I want to answer honestly because that’s how I feel about it.”  

Stewart clapped back at concerns with her bill, “I don’t have concerns. I’m certainly proud that you all are concerned about low income. I don’t think it’s going to impact us,” she said, adding, “We’ve got two years to phase this in. We’re going to do it right.”

Stewart’s spat with Candelaria appears to be her latest move in her nasty tirades against other members of the Legislature, both Republican and Democrat.

ACLU threatens Estancia with lawsuit over ‘legally armed’ town meetings

Following the assault at the New Mexico Capitol against the Second Amendment, where nearly all firearms are banned from the premises, the town of Estancia in Torrance County is fighting back by holding town meetings where recipients are required to be “legally armed.”

“‘Legally armed’ is everything from showing up with the knowledge, willing to fight. The pen is mightier than the sword – to actually carrying, open-armed. Or, concealed carry,” Estancia Mayor Nathan Dial explained.

However, the far-left dark money group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has blackmailed Dial and the Town of Estancia with a hostage letter “demanding they rescind a town rule that requires individuals to be armed in order to attend a council meeting or conduct business in a town building.”

The fringe group claimed, “The rule will create a chilling effect on the exercise of their fundamental rights under the First Amendment. The ACLU-NM is prepared to intervene if they do not rescind it.”

However, the rule does not require anyone to physically carry a firearm into the town meeting. But the ACLU appears to have misinterpreted the rule, as it has done in other municipalities to strong-arm local officials.

“We are a Second Amendment city within a Second Amendment county,” Dial said.

“It’s not designed for someone to have to have a firearm. It’s designed to tell the state that, ‘No, what you did unconstitutionally at the state level will not come down in the municipality of Estancia,’” Dial added, according to KRQE 13.

Previously, the ACLU has threatened municipalities such as the Alamogordo Public School (APS) Board of Education with a lawsuit over a proposed piece of legislation to ban transgenders from school sports. The APS Board, which is run by a majority of leftists, caved to the ACLU and the bill was taken off the agenda. 

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