Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
IS THE CRISIS REALLY OVER: I don't think so. I'm starting this blog talking about the recent oil spill in the Gulf. The well has been capped and plugged. No more oil is spilling into the waters of the Gulf. The crisis is over. Uh! no. Not really. Scientists are still finding oil deep within the ocean waters. Tar balls are still washing up on beaches. The shores are still polluted. Fisherman still can't go back to work fishing. I saw one news report from Alaska, where it was shown that just by digging down a foot or so on the beach's there was still oil pooled up there. After all these years. I think the Gulf will suffer for many years to come from this pollution. Not only the waters and the land, but tourists will be slow to return, fishing will be slow to resume, and people will be uncertain if the fish is safe to eat. Won't bother me, as I eat very little fish anyway. But I am just one person, so the economic impact from my non fish eating will be as nothing. Not even a drop to start concentric rings moving across the water. How will it affect BP. I can't even begin to guess, but the impact on those who actually make a living from the gulf and fishing will be devastating.
Now, a little side trip. Did you see the news article about the people of Bell, California becoming upset with the tics that was running that city. They had voted themselves incomes of hundreds of thousands of $'s. And they got caught. Literally. They are now in jail, unless they have bailed themselves out. The people of the city, and the their attorneys, have charged these officials with fraud, and corruption. And they have the proof. So they swept them out of office. Wouldn't it be funny ( read, good for the country ) if that was just the ringing of the starting bell, there in Bell, for the sweeping out of office of all corrupt politicians, going from there up and down the coast, then heading East sweeping out all of the corrupt tics before the broom of justice. Don't forget to make a big sweep right here in New Mexico as the broom goes by. If this was done, clear to the Atlantic ocean, when all these corrupt tics were swept into the ocean, the BP oil spill would be hardly a blip on the radar in comparison to the pollution that would then take place. While that would not be good for the Ocean waters, it would sure nuff be good for the land. And that's The View From The Ditch Bank.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sometimes it seems we make our lives too complicated. And That's The View From The Ditch Bank
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Now for the local political scene. Slick Bill just returned from a trip to Cuba, and is now in Spain. Why Spain??? Well, he says it is to help people in New Mexico find jobs. And help the State economically. Oh! Well then, if that is what he is doing, then good for him. Unfortunately it is not why he is there. So why is he there. Cause he can and cause he is Bill Richardson, and cause he likes the national and international limelight. That's why. It would help the New Mexico economics if he would stay home and govern.
Now, to the ladies who would replace him. They have finally agreed on something. They both want something better for New Mexico. They disagree on how to bring this about. They both agree on the fact that they want to fund education, they disagree on just how to do this. What they don't say is that whatever they want to do, they have to convince the legislature to pass the necessary bills to bring that about. I assume they know that, they just don't say that. According to the polls, ( who can really believe a poll of 1000 people or less, when there are 1000's of voters ) Republican Susana Martinez is several points ahead of Diane Denish. Now, the past legislature abolished the death penalty in New Mexico. Mrs. Denish wants to keep it that way. Mrs. Martinez wants to return it back to the State Judicial system. According to the polls ( see above statement) the majority of the people in the State want the death penalty back. Including me. The Richardson administration, which includes Mrs. Denish, has given around 50,000 illegal immigrants drivers licences. While Mrs. Denish wants to rework the law, she thinks giving these licenses is OK. Mrs. Martinez wants to abolish the law, and repeal the licenses that have already been issued. One of her ads states that once these illegal people get a license, they then are able to drive any where in the states, with documentation. Maybe she has something there that we need to think about. In a serious manner. One last thing. The legislature, under Slick Bill's governance, passed a law to make medical marijuana legal. It is still against Federal law. Mrs. Denish supports that law. Mrs. Martinez does not. I am against the law. A point of view, from a Doctor friend of mine, who happens to belong to the same faith I do, has stated that Marijuana is similar to booze, and we have legal booze, so we can legalize marijuana, and collect the taxes from it, just like the state does from alcohol. A point to think about. But perhaps the Federal Government needs to do the same. time will tell. Wait and see. And that's the View From The Ditch Bank