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NM responds to ​​Gov. Lujan Grisham declaring a ‘gun violence’ emergency

Far-left Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a “gun violence” “public health emergency” on Thursday, as well as shelling out $750,000 taxpayer dollars on new gun grabs, which she did by the stroke of a pen in an executive order.

The governor used an 11-year-old boy’s tragic murder on the way home from a baseball game as the pretext for her order. 

Here’s how New Mexicans responded to Lujan Grisham’s latest attempt at clinging to more power:

New Mexico House Republican Leader Ryan Lane (R-Aztec) wrote, “It is unfortunate that the Governor has decided to politicize the death of an 11-year-old to push her anti-gun agenda. What’s likewise unfortunate is that with billions in revenue this state has not funded meaningful criminal justice reform including addressing reckless pre-trial release policies and behavioral health rehabilitation. The Democrat’s policies have created and exacerbated the crime crisis that is literally killing New Mexicans daily. It is unacceptable that it has taken this long to notice the number of everyday New Mexicans that are being affected by criminal violence.”

State Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park) wrote on X, “If only @GovMLG cared about the high number of babies and children that have died from Fentanyl overdose in New Mexico.”

“Or cared about the 599 overdose deaths each year, putting New Mexico 45.89% higher than the national average OD death rate. Or if she had pushed for the increased penalty bills for criminals with guns that I cosigned with Rep Bill Rehm. Or pushed for the ‘tough on crime’ bills that we presented.”

She added, “If only she cared enough to look at other states and how they have successfully lowered crime with task forces in high-crime areas that target criminals with guns.”

One person wrote, “What are you going to do to stop violent criminals? Guns are inanimate and in no way, shape, or form commit violent crime. People commit crime and it’s cowardice to blame inanimate objects. Not fooled.”

“This is on YOU.  You have created the crisis. The Constitution CANNOT be suspended because of a State public emergency that you have no authority to initiate & make up based on the policies YOU put into place,” another wrote, adding, “THE CHILD’S BLOOD IS ON YOU & THOSE THAT SUPPORT YOUR INSANITY. OWN IT. Because I guarantee I will let everyone know about throughout NM. You will not be able to escape the truth of what you are responsible for. I will not be silent.” 

“Disregard and flatly ignore NM Executive Order 2023-130,” wrote state Rep. John Block (R-Alamogordo).

The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association wrote, “For years, our Governor has constantly attacked law enforcement and peaceful gun owners while violent crime spiraled out of control. With every legislative measure passed, the problem has only become worse. This only stops when violent criminals are held accountable.”

Here are some other notable replies to Lujan Grisham’s latest order: 

Police raid Hobbs facility linked to disgraced abortionist

In Hobbs, a controversy has erupted surrounding an office space allegedly rented by abortionist Steven Brigham. The office was linked to the Freedom Care abortion facility on the 4th floor of the Turner Street Don Garey Tower office building. This facility was reportedly evicted in July due to unpaid rent, resulting in Brigham’s breach of contract lawsuit against the landlord.

The situation is complicated, with allegations of deceptive practices. According to the landlord’s counterclaim, Brigham misrepresented the purpose of the rented space, initially claiming it was for specialty medical doctors, including cardiologists, without disclosing his true intention of operating an abortion mill. Moreover, Brigham was accused of concealing substantial unpaid liens and judgments.

Steven Brigham has a history of association with multiple abortion facilities across the United States, including the American Women’s Services chain in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia, the Capital Women’s Services in D.C., and the recently closed American Family Planning. His practices have faced scrutiny for various violations, including health and safety issues, abortion-related injuries, and lawsuits. Brigham has also encountered legal troubles, including murder charges related to discovering late-term aborted fetuses in a freezer at one of his facilities.

It is worth noting that Brigham has had his medical license revoked, suspended, or relinquished in multiple states, and he is not licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico.

The registration of the Hobbs facility, referred to as NM Medical Offices, LLC, doing business as Freedom Care, raised questions about its true purpose. According to court documents, the facility’s stated business purpose did not match its activities. The facility planned to offer first-trimester surgical abortions and dispense the abortion pill for pregnancies up to 12 weeks — two weeks longer than the FDA’s approved limit.

Additionally, the facility claimed that clients would meet with female healthcare providers. The controversy surrounding this facility intensified when it was revealed that Steven Brigham had signed the lease initially negotiated in October 2022.

Local pro-life advocates believe that Brigham chose Hobbs due to its proximity to an airport and states with stronger protections for children in the womb, namely Texas. Hobbs residents were working to pass a Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn ordinance when Brigham’s facility entered the community. Based on the federal Comstock Act, the ordinance aimed to prevent the shipping and receiving of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion paraphernalia. Although similar ordinances were passed in other cities and counties in New Mexico, legal challenges have emerged, raising questions about local autonomy and federal law compliance.

Concerns regarding the Hobbs facility arose when pro-life activists discovered its existence. The landlord, who resides in Texas, claimed to have been unaware of Brigham’s involvement and the abortion plans. The landlord took swift action to terminate the lease due to unpaid rent, locking the abortionist out of the property. This move also alleviated concerns about potential criminal liability under Texas’ Heartbeat Law, which allows civil enforcement against individuals aiding and abetting abortions.

Law enforcement is now investigating the situation, with a sealed search warrant executed at the Hobbs facility, according to Live Action. The controversy highlights the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding abortion facilities, deceptive practices, and local ordinances in the United States.

Teacher fumes after NM school bans ‘Pride’ flags, other ‘political messages’

A New Mexico high school teacher is triggered about the Rio Rancho Public School District (RRPSD) decision to ban the display of the Pride flag on classroom safe space signs as part of a policy aimed at eliminating “political messages” from educational spaces and apparently cracking down on grooming children.

The policy came to light when the principal of Cleveland High School sent an email to all teachers instructing them to remove the Pride flag from safe space signs and display only the school logo. This directive aligns with the district’s new guidelines.

Safe space signs, often featuring the Pride flag, are supposedly intended to create “inclusive” and “supportive” environments for “LGBTQ+” students. The anonymous teacher from Cleveland High School expressed confusion and disappointment about the change, telling KOB 4, “I’m not sure where this is coming from. Why did signs have to change or what, like, why they have to be these new signs which completely are inadequate in signaling anything that’s meaningful for students.”

The teacher emphasized the supposed importance of these safe spaces, claiming, “LGBTQ students, the statistics are really clear, they experience more bullying, and as a result, are more likely to experience mental health issues or suicidal ideation. And so safe spaces are places where students feel they can just be themselves.”

In response to the policy change, RRPSD is reportedly instructing teachers to remove pronouns from their email signatures, allowing only their title and name.

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When questioned about the policy shift, RRPSD provided a statement emphasizing its commitment to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students. The statement indicated that the district’s goal is to maintain unity and inclusivity without singling out specific groups.

“We believe that all buildings, classrooms, and playgrounds should be safe zones,” the statement reads. “We are all unified in this effort and chose not to represent one group of students individually from another but rather each school is unified in their support of ALL students regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation, physical or cognitive disability or any other distinguishing characteristic; or on an association with a person, or group with any person, with one or more of the actual or perceived distinguishing characteristics.”

The RRPSD oversees 20 schools and serves approximately 16,000 students. The district’s decision has sparked debate about the balance between promoting inclusivity and preventing perceived political messaging within educational institutions.

NM ranked one of the worst states for money and well-being

New Mexico has found itself among the states ranked as some of the least favorable places to live regarding money and financial well-being — joining other low rankings for the Land of Enchantment. According to a comprehensive analysis by GOBankingRates, factors such as crime rates, property and income taxes, unemployment, and overall cost of living were considered to determine the states where your money may not stretch as far as elsewhere in the country.

The study incorporated data from various trusted sources, ranging from NeighborhoodScout for crime statistics to ATTOM Data for property tax rates. Additionally, data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other reputable sources were included in the assessment.

Hawaii took the unenviable top spot as the worst state for financial well-being. Hawaii’s overall cost of living is a staggering 79 percent higher than the national average, with healthcare and grocery prices soaring 18 percent and 25.6 percent above the norm, respectively. Despite these challenges, Hawaii does boast the lowest average state property tax rate in the country and a relatively lower violent crime rate.

Often seen as a land of rugged beauty, Alaska holds the second position on this list. It has the second-highest violent crime rate in the nation, and its overall cost of living is 24.4 percent higher than the national average, with groceries and healthcare costs soaring 27.4 percent and 49.8 percent above average, respectively. However, Alaska does not impose an income tax, offering some financial relief.

Washington, D.C., while not a state but an influential territory, finds itself in the mix due to concerning statistics across various parameters. D.C. has the highest violent and property crime rates among all 50 states. It also imposes the third-highest average state income tax rate and reports the second-highest unemployment rate at 5.74 percent. Additionally, the cost of living in the nation’s capital is 48.7 percent above the national average.

California, another state with a high cost of living, houses the largest number of unemployed individuals at 1.6 million. It ranks in the top five for unemployment rates in the nation, with an overall cost of living 34.5 percent higher than the national average. The state also grapples with a relatively high debt-to-income ratio.

Unfortunately, New Mexico stands out for having one of the country’s highest violent crime rates and property crime rates. Additionally, it reports the third-highest poverty rate among all U.S. states. While its overall cost of living isn’t significantly above the national average, healthcare costs in New Mexico are nearly on par, at 99.6 percent.

The study also highlighted other states, including Maryland, Louisiana, New York, and South Carolina, for various economic challenges, such as high property tax rates, elevated income tax rates, high crime rates, and significant poverty levels.

While these rankings provide a snapshot of the financial landscape in each state, it’s essential to consider individual circumstances and preferences when evaluating the best places to live based on financial factors.

Hispanic group’s leader savages Santa Fe mayor over monument vandalism

This week, vandals attacked the Kit Carson monument that sits in front of the federal courthouse in Santa Fe, just years after other key monuments have been taken down or destroyed by extremist anti-Hispanic hate groups. 

The Soliders’ Monument that previously sat in the Santa Fe plaza was viciously attacked and destroyed by droves of domestic terrorists, many of whom were from out of state. The leftist Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies gave the attackers a slap on the wrist and no jail time. 

The statue of Don Diego de Vargas, which previously sat in Santa Fe’s Cathedral Park, was removed in the dead of night in 2020 with the help of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

All of these monuments’ removal was advocated for by Santa Fe’s far-left Democrat Mayor Alan Webber.

In 2018, The Red Nation successfully convinced the leftist City of Santa Fe officials and the Fiesta Council to cancel the “Entrada” pageant, re-enacting the peaceful reconquest of Santa Fe by Don Diego de Vargas over 300 years ago.

Now, the Hispanic fraternal group La Union Protectiva’s president, Virgil Vigil, is speaking out after the latest violent attack on yet another monument.

He wrote in a Santa Fe New Mexican letter to the editor, “Just over two years ago, Mayor Alan Webber publicly promised he would remove the Don Diego de Vargas statue, the Soliders’ Monument, and the Kit Carson Monument. The mayor needs to be recognized and congratulated for accomplishing what he set out to do.”

The snarky response lays blame at Webber’s feet for the three iconic monuments’ displacement and/or destruction due to the leftist mayor being the chief supporter of their removal.

Controversial former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson dead at 75

Bill Richardson, the former Democrat New Mexico governor, 2008 presidential candidate, and former diplomat, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his summer residence in Chatham, Massachusetts, at the age of 75.

Mickey Bergman, Vice President of the Richardson Center, announced Richardson’s passing. Bergman praised Richardson’s hand in intervening in international diplomacy far after he left office.

During his years of diplomatic engagements, he held meetings with figures such as Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Hugo Chavez, and even a few Kims from North Korea.

Jon Franks, who collaborated with Richardson on various efforts to secure the release of Americans detained abroad, including Trevor Reed, a former Marine held in Russia in 2019, mourned the passing of his mentor and friend. Richardson’s dedication to the cause of reuniting families separated by unjust detentions left an indelible mark, and his legacy will continue to inspire efforts in the same vein. Richardson is survived by his wife, Barbara.

Far-left Democrat U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez mourned Richardson’s passing, calling him a “titan in New Mexico and abroad.”

Richardson’s controversial tenure as governor left the state with a plethora of new state departments and gave the governorship power over education, which plummeted achievement in the state to be the worst in the nation. 

Richardson was also listed in deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book,” and had many allegations lobbed against him regarding sexual impropriety.

In a 2016 deposition, Virginia Giuffre, an Epstein sex worker claimed she was instructed “to go to (former U.S. Sen.) George Mitchell, (modeling agent) Jean-Luc Brunel, Bill Richardson, another prince that I don’t know his name. A guy that owns a hotel, a really large hotel chain, I can’t remember which hotel it was.” She claims she was told by Epstein and the billionaire’s “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell to give the former governor “erotic massages.” 

Dozens of accusers say they were underage, some as young as 14, when Epstein allegedly sexually abused them. Richardson denied the accusations.

Epstein purchased a secluded, 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch in southern Santa Fe County, which, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “he purchased from former Gov. Bruce King in the early 1990s. On that property is a 26,700-square-foot hilltop mansion as well as a small airplane hangar and airstrip.” 

Epstein called on Richard Branson and Bill Gates to appear alongside him during a 2014 panel about money’s origins at Arizona State University, according to an email from theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss at the time.

According to the Daily Mail, “It was Krauss who revealed this news in a 2013 email to Jim Simons, asking the famed mathematician if he might be interested in a spot on the same panel.

Krauss wrote to Simmons that Epstein was coordinating the panel on the Origins of Money, and said ‘right now he has Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Larry Summers on board.’”

SOS Toulouse Oliver ‘reviewing’ ways Trump could be booted from NM ballot

According to a report by Democrat blogger Joe Monahan, far-left New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office is “reviewing the legal theories” that could boot 45th President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 election ballot.

ABC News reported, “The argument to disqualify Trump from appearing on primary or general election ballots in 2024 boils down to Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which states that an elected official is not eligible to assume public office if that person ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion against’ the United States, or had ‘given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof,’ unless they are granted amnesty by a two-thirds vote of Congress.” 

Despite an extreme amount of exonerating evidence showing that Trump was not guilty of any crimes on January 6, 2021, with explicit directions to rally attendees to be peaceful while calling on then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi for higher security at the U.S. Capitol, Toulouse Oliver is trying to use this trick to keep Trump off of the ballot.

“We’ve been getting inquiries into our office about this. All candidates for [the] 2024 elections are required to file with our office in February 2024. We are aware of and are reviewing the legal theories regarding the 14th Amendment that conclude Donald Trump is ineligible to run for President,” Toulouse Oliver’s office wrote to Monahan.

“If Donald Trump files in New Mexico to run for President, we will make a determination at that time based on our understanding of New Mexico law and the requirements to run for office in New Mexico. Any determination about a specific candidate’s eligibility for the ballot will be made after the candidate filing day in February 2024,” the statement continued.

“Some Dems would relish keeping Trump off of the NM ballot but other more pragmatic ones point out that Biden has already beaten Trump here once and stands a good chance to do so again. That might not be as easy with another GOP presidential nominee, although the Dem would be favored over any R in blue NM,” wrote the blogger.

The news comes days after a poll commissioned for the far-left New Mexico Political Report found the 45th President within single digits of Joe Biden, showing that Trump’s support in the state is significant. 

Santa Fe Kit Carson monument toppled in ‘cowardly act’

In the heart of downtown Santa Fe, the sandstone obelisk that paid tribute to Kit Carson, a renowned 19th-century frontiersman and soldier, suffered partial destruction on Thursday night, marking the second such incident since 2020.

The initial incident took place almost three years ago during Columbus Day when protesters toppled the Soldiers’ Monument located at the Santa Fe Plaza. 

Standing at a height of 20 feet, the Kit Carson monument, adorned with the words “He Led the Way,” had been shielded by a plywood enclosure since 2020, a precautionary measure adopted to prevent a fate similar to that of the Soldiers’ Monument. However, on Thursday night, it was reported that the top portion of the monument situated in front of the U.S. District Courthouse was dismantled, presumably by an individual driving an older white GMC pickup truck, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Around 9:30 p.m., a New Mexican reporter witnessed the truck parked just inches away from the wooden barrier, with fragments of the monument strewn nearby and a cable linking the vehicle to the fallen obelisk.

Democrat Mayor Alan Webber released a statement, saying, “I’m outraged and I want those who did this to be caught and held accountable. Santa Fe Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate this cowardly act. There is no place for this kind of criminal conduct in our community. We should all condemn it.” He previously advocated for the monument’s removal but hit roadblocks due to it being under federal jurisdiction.

The Santa Fe police received the initial call at 8:04 p.m., according to Sgt. Ryan Alire-Maez who noted that federal authorities would take charge of the case due to the courthouse’s federal jurisdiction.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the police continued their search for the suspect or suspects, who appeared to have fled on foot.

An anonymous individual disclosed that he stumbled upon the scene as the monument was being toppled and positioned his truck in front of the suspects’ vehicle, effectively trapping it.

By approximately 9:45 p.m., a small crowd of onlookers had gathered, and the police had cordoned off the streets near the fallen monument. Several law enforcement vehicles, primarily from the Santa Fe police force and one from the federal Department of Homeland Security, were on-site to manage the situation.

The Kit Carson monument had previously suffered acts of vandalism since the 2020 toppling of the Plaza obelisk, including graffiti painted on the sandstone structure and the protective enclosure. In the months leading up to the Indigenous Peoples Day protest, the monument was spray-painted with the words “Stolen Land in red letters near its base.

This latest act of vandalism coincided with the upcoming Fiesta de Santa Fe, an annual celebration of the peaceful Spanish reconquest of the city in 1692. Earlier in the week, the Santa Fe school board narrowly voted to allow the Fiesta Court to continue visiting public schools during school hours. Supporters regarded these visits as a celebration of heritage, while some extremist voices argued that such activities glorify colonialism.

Kit Carson died in Colorado in 1868 and was laid to rest in Taos. The monument dedicated to him was unveiled on Memorial Day in 1885, with approximately 5,000 attendees, including many who had served alongside Carson at the Battle of Valverde in Central New Mexico. On the day of dedication, the obelisk was revealed with a flourish, wrapped in an American flag, while an artillery battery from Fort Marcy fired a resounding salute, as noted by the esteemed New Mexico historian Marc Simmons.

Countless other instances of anti-Hispanic hate have plagued Santa Fe in recent years as extremist hate groups and their members have actively attacked monuments dedicated to Hispanics, such as one monument dedicated to Catholic priest Fray Angélico Chávez and the Cross of the Martyrs dedicated to those who lost their lives at the hands of blood-thirsty domestic terrorist Popé, who led the violent revolt, killing 400 Spaniards.

The cowardly domestic terrorists who toppled the Solders’ Monument were all let off scot-free by the local district attorney, being given a “restorative justice” slap on the wrist with no time in prison.

Judge lets teen accused of killing newborn attend college in person

In a recent virtual court appearance, Alexee Trevizo, a New Mexico teenager accused of murdering her newborn baby in January 2023, discussed trial-related matters. Trevizo allegedly strangled her baby and disposed of the body in a hospital bathroom trashcan. Surprisingly, the story has a twist: despite facing these charges, she could soon be attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) — and in person.

During the virtual hearing, Trevizo’s attorney revealed that she had been attending NMSU online, and they requested permission for her to attend the university in person. Interestingly, a domestic violence prohibition against Trevizo was considered, particularly given that the baby’s father also attends NMSU. The possibility of encountering him prompted discussions between prosecutors and the defense.

The judge strangely ruled in favor of the defense, stating that the domestic violence prohibition would not apply in this situation, and Trevizo would be allowed to attend NMSU in person. This decision has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions about the implications of her attending university while facing horrific allegations of slaughtering her newborn child in the hospital restroom.

It’s important to note that New Mexico has no restrictions on abortion, and this case has reignited conversations about the state’s stance on abortion and its potential connection to cases involving newborn deaths. This lack of abortion restrictions has led to concerns about the encouragement of infanticide and the consequences that might arise from such a legal framework.

Trevizo’s trial is scheduled for October 2, 2023. As the case unfolds, it raises broader questions about the intersection of legal decisions, societal values, and the ongoing discussions surrounding abortion policies in New Mexico.

Woke Bud Light partners with UNM for new Lobo beer packaging

As college football season kicks off, woke Bud Light, which lost billions amid its partnership with radical transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney, is gearing up to celebrate with its highly anticipated limited edition college football team packaging on cans.

Among the array of team-themed designs, the University of New Mexico Lobos will be featured in the Bud Light release, among a few other schools.

Each can within this limited edition collection will have a QR code, allowing fans to scan and participate in an enticing giveaway. Winners can snag exclusive team merchandise and get a flyover in a private jet at a game of their choosing. 

The brand is also about to launch the “Bud Light Backyard Tour: College Edition.” This tour is scheduled to make town stops on the Thursday or Friday nights preceding some of the most exhilarating rivalry gamedays. As part of the event, it will also feature “top DJs.”

The brand is partnering with other universities, including the University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland, and the University of Wyoming, among a few others. This is apparently a new marketing strategy to try and claw back some former customers after they were alienated from the woke Dylan Mulvaney partnership, among other flubs.

UNM itself has gone increasingly woke, with its president, Garnett Stokes, backing the extremist Black Lives Matter cause, while it is offering a “Critical Whiteness Studies” course this fall. Stokes also fumed over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision banning racist affirmative action policies for college admissions.

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