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New Mexico counties declare themselves "2nd amendment sanctuaries"

While the New Mexico state legislature works to do what the federal government has failed to do - implement tighter gun control by expanding background check requirements – sheriffs within the state are asking their counties to declare themselves “2nd Amendment Sanctuaries” where only federal gun laws that they deem constitutional would be enforced.

Grant County, home to historic Silver City and portions of two wilderness areas, recently joined about 15 other New Mexico counties in passing such resolutions. At last Thursday’s county commission meeting, two resolutions, brought by Sheriff Frank Gomez (elected as a Democrat) were discussed and voted on.

No. R-19-23 was in support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and declaring Grant County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

No. R-19-24 was a resolution opposing legislation that would impose rules, regulations and restrictions exceeding federal law on all private firearm transfers between individuals, and referred to a bill requiring background checks for gun show sales.

Sheriff Gomez also opposes HB 87, which is intended to give law enforcement court-ordered authority to remove firearms from the homes of individuals deemed a potential high risk of violence, and is directed toward people involved in domestic violence and situations involving mental instability. (added edit)

Grant County is overwhelmingly Blue, but because supporters of the resolution had “packed the house”, the crowd was not representative of the majority of residents.

Opening of the news story in the online Grant County Beat by editor Mary Alice Murphy:

“Proud Americans stood, hands on hearts, and proclaimed: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…" About 1,000 of them stood in the large conference room and in the halls of the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. The sound filled the room and grew, phrase by phrase in unison, with a crescendo to "with liberty and justice for all."”


Impressive prose, perhaps even worthy of a Bulwer-Lytton Award. However, other attendees, including this resident of the Mimbres Valley, saw things a little differently:

"I attended the Grant County NM Commission meeting on Feb. 21, 2019 and witnessed the Trump base froth generated by emails from the local Chamber of Commerce CEO, Scott Terry, and NM District 38 Representative, Rebecca Dow (and possibly also the NRA?). It was not only ugly, it was scary. Some in the camo-wearing, mining company orange-vest crowd made 'almost threats' (e.g., "You try to get my gun and I'll come get you!" against the two liberal Commissioners and the 4 liberal speakers."


Another attendee commented,

“I think it is worth noting that those supporting these anti-background-check Resolutions had organized to completely fill the hall to SRO over an hour before the scheduled meeting leaving another large crowd of would be speakers outside, many of whom would have spoken against them.

It also seems relevant that the comments of these folks over that 4 hours were less about the proposed background checks and more about "Don't take my guns," the right to sell their property to their grandchild, and "creeping regulations," ignoring the facts of the legislative bills with which they did not seem familiar.”

The resolutions were brought to a vote and passed 3-2. Democrats Javier Salas and Chris Ponce voted in favor, along with Republican Billy Billings. Democrats Edwards and Browne voted against.

Granted, they’re resolutions, not laws, but why did our “Democratic” sheriff and “Democratic” majority on the county commission suddenly defy the will of those who elected them?

How many counties in other states are enacting these resolutions?

What is behind these actions by county sheriffs here in New Mexico and in other states? It may well be connected to the philosophy of the Constitutional Sheriffs Association. According to politico.com:

“The strange idea that unites all members of this movement is that a sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer within a county’s borders—superior not only to local police, but also to officers and agents of the federal government.”]

Conspicuous members of this group include former Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke and Joe Arpaio, convicted of violating a federal court order and pardoned by trump.

But the question remains: Why would law enforcement officers want fewer restrictions on the possession of guns that might end up pointed at THEM?

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NM's big loser bids to chair the party of... losers!

New Mexico went entirely blue in ALL federal and statewide races!

steve pearce (R-NM-02) who was soundly trounced (by 14 points) in his bid for governor has thrown his hat into the ring to chair the New Mexico republican party. His press release reads:

“I seek the Chairmanship of the Republican Party of New Mexico not for the title, but instead for the opportunity to help create a new beginning for our party and a path to prosperity for our state.”

I’m not sure how a trump-kissing member of the Freedom Caucus is going to create a “new beginning” But I’m going to laugh my ass off when he loses this one as well.

Voted yesterday - straight Democratic - here's why:

Quite simply, as far as I'm concerned, any candidate who declares as republican is also tacitly declaring support for trump and his agenda of greed and hate.

Irish Bacon - The Recipe

Just about everyone likes bacon, but buying bacon is kind of a crapshoot; will it cook up brown and tasty, or yellow-beige and tasteless? I've found that a package with little or no liquid in it is more likely to cook up nicely. But then I've also gotten blah bacon from the butcher counter. I usually chop, cook, drain and freeze bacon to sprinkle on omelets, pizza, or whatever.

Now for the good stuff:

Irish bacon is completely different from "American" bacon. It's back bacon, made from lean pork loin instead of fatty pork belly.

Irish Bacon

½ heaping tablespoon peppercorns
2 bay Leaves
½ tablespoon honey
½ heaping tablespoon juniper berries
¾ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt (or any non-iodized salt)
2-3 whole Cloves
2 quarts cold water
1/2 Tablespoon Pink curing salt #1

In a small saucepan combine:
The rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the pink curing salt
Heat the mixture to a boil and then simmer 5-10 minutes.
While the infusion is simmering, add ½ Tablespoon of pink curing salt to the reserved water.
Remove the tea from the stove and pour into the reserved water.
This will cure 5 to 6 pounds of pork loin. Place 1 lb sections of pork loin in plastic zipper bags. A gallon bag will hold 3 pounds. Pour in the curing liquid and seal the bags, squeezing out the air to make sure the meat is completely covered. Refrigerate for one week.
After 1 week, remove the meat from the brine and place in on a rack over a pan or foil in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.
Smoke the meat to an internal temp of 150-160 F. Use the wood of your choice. If you smoke on a Weber or other grill, do not use briquettes, only hardwood lump charcoal.
If you do not want to smoke, roast at a low temperature to the above temp.
Wrap and refrigerate or freeze.

To serve, slice thin and brown lightly in a pan over medium heat. You might put a bit of butter or “American” bacon fat in the pan (if you've cooked and drained any good bacon).

Here are some links to other recipes; the above recipe is based on the wild boar recipe.




And one for American-style belly bacon:

Irish Bacon

We went to Ireland a couple of years ago, and in addition to the fantastic seafood and delicious lamb, there was the "full Irish" breakfast that included back bacon. It's loin, rather than the American pork belly.

I'm still fine-tuning the recipe - a little more brown sugar and a little less smoke. It's a wet or Wiltshire cure, marinated for a week, dried for a day, then smoked. Slice it up and lightly brown in a pan.

This is also a good way to use the full pork loin that is sometimes on sale at a very reasonable price, but as a roast, tends to come out dry.


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pearce locks out constituents

5 constituents and a photographer from @American_Bridge were locked out of steve pearce's (R-NM-02) meet & greet in Mimbres. Why? We carried signs and expressed contrary opinions. We were non-confrontational, did not attempt to bring signs in.

We attempted to enter the community center and found the door locked. Eventually, pearce's bouncer came to the door to let others in but would not let us in. We said that we were constituents who wanted to talk to pearce.

He replied that we were just going to make trouble. I said " We're not going to make trouble, just want to ask some questions." He replied, "Yeah, right." I attempted to hold onto the doorknob and he became a bit menacing. Decided not to create an incident.

Photographer recorded statements from us; hopefully will appear on @American_Bridge later this week. Meeting was poorly attended, 20-25 people including a few Democrats who got in. Contact inside reported typical pearce evasiveness and his supporters poorly informed.

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