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GOP Gov. Susana Martinez "can be nasty, juvenile, vindictive, appears ignorant about basic policy"

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"Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard."

Yes, New Mexico's GOP Susana Martinez laughs and played along as an aide says that about Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan).

ProgressNow reminds us that Governor Martinez has "actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. 'Retard' as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate." How's that GOP outreach workin' for ya, Sue?

Mother Jones posted a whopper of a story about a side of Susana Martinez we haven't seen. And by whopper I mean, ouch! Apparently the private Susana Martinez differs from the public Susana Martinez. And as you may recall, public Susana Martinez has been the darling of many a Republican, not to mention a possible 2016 contender.

That may change:

No wonder, then, that many see Martinez, who turns 55 in July, as the party's future. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren touts her "great resume": America's first Latina governor. Former district attorney of a border county. Guardian of her mentally disabled sister. Tax cutter, gun owner, daughter of a sheriff's deputy. The Koch brothers invited her to speak at one of their secretive donor enclaves. Karl Rove singled her out in Time's list of last year's 100 most influential people as a "reform-minded conservative Republican." The Washington Post put her at the top of a list of likely 2016 vice presidential candidates; Romney has boosted her as a presidential contender.... In the media, Martinez is often compared to Sarah Palin [...]

Internal campaign records and interviews with former aides suggest that she didn't dig too deeply into the details of her own proposals: "Aren't we the ONLY state in the US that provides a NM drivers license to illegal aliens?" she asked in a November 24, 2009, email. (At the time, seven other states had similar policies.) [...]

Listening to recordings of Martinez talking with her aides is like watching an episode of HBO's Veep, with over-the-top backroom banter full of pique, self-regard, and vindictiveness. As Martinez and her campaign staff rewatched a recent televised debate, Martinez referred to Denish, her opponent, as "that little bitch." After Denish noted that the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce had given her an award, McCleskey snapped, "That's why we're not meeting with those fuckers." [...]

A major postelection interview with Latina magazine became a punch line after Martinez asked her interviewer to "remind me" what the DREAM Act was.

As ProgressNow notes, Susana Martinez has no problem with references to Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards.” There is more audio at that link.

If this is the real Susana Martinez, if this represents what she really thinks about teachers, women, the mentally disabled, and Hispanic business, she's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

There's a lot more where that came from.

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Overnight: Taos, New Mexico

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Images from Taos, New Mexico

From the 'About' section on YouTube:

"Taos, New Mexico, has always been a unique place.
It appeals to people who have an independent spirit.
It appeals to those who seek the different."

It is home to those who value diversity, history, and privacy, combined with unsurpassed wild and architectural beauty, cultural offerings, "challenging thought, and a constant element of surprise."

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Voters In Albuquerque Abort Anti-Abortion Bill

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Albuquerque New Mexico is a small sample, when you look at the nation as a whole. Yesterday it became the center of the world for the Women's Rights movement. A very strict anti-abortion bill was on their municipal voting ballot. This bill, if passed, would have banned late term abortions and set the limit for receiving the legal procedure at 20 weeks -- a restriction beyond the Roe v. Wade finding.

TPM news reports:

Albuquerque became the focus of the latest anti-abortion campaign because it is home to Southwestern Women's Options, one of just a handful of clinics in the country that perform late-term abortions. The proposal would have banned abortions after 20 weeks except to save the mother's life.

Twenty week limitations are being fast-tracked across the nation. States are trying to flex their legislative muscle and Republican led bias in state houses where the GOP holds majorities. But this particular vote was brought to the people, bypassing the monkey court-like grandstanding in some heavily populated GOP-governed states. Granted, this one vote was on the local level, and only effects those within the boundaries of the most populous city in New Mexico. But it's a start. And it's an important vote. It's the first of many baby steps it's going to require to curtail the Republican plot to shut down's women's rights to control their own bodies.

Perhaps the most surprising observation is that the vote wasn't even close.

Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.

A coalition of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood, called the results a huge victory for Albuquerque women and families.

Make no mistake, this was only a wake-up call to all the anti-women's legislators around the country, especially in the Red States. You must respect a woman's right to choice. It's proper, it's demanded and it's the federal law. Try to take that away, and the voters are going to stalk your re-election campaigns and mow you down with their votes.

Voting is the power all of us have and elected officials know that. That's why so many repressive Red states are trying to challenge our right to exercise our vote. They conveniently forget that voting is a right, not a privilege. We can't let that happen or we'll be enslaved forever. The men and women of Albuquerque have shown us the light. We must join with them and Howard Beale from Network in saying, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

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GOP Refuses To Pay Government Shutdown Costs

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Well, Utah is unhappy with the Obama Administration, the department of the Interior specifically. So are the states of  Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, New York and Tennessee.

But their anger is actually misplaced. Their problem is actually with the GOP and the House of Representatives. They're the ones who voted to defund the government, not the Department of the Interior.

Each of these states makes millions every year from revenues derived directly or indirectly (tourism related) from their federally maintained national parks. Parks like the Grand Canyon and Zion National park.

In the past shutdowns, these states were actually rewarded with money paid post-shutdown, to make up for their losses. Well, it seems the Republicans on the Hill this year have decided not to do that this time

So the next place the states took their demand was the Department of Interior. And they're saying no dice. Due to the sequester, they don't have the funds. They had gone to Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell who had told them in the past her department had been authorized to make that repayment for direct lost revenues. But that money came as part of "post shutdown funding bills" voted on by the Congress. She herself could not guarantee that money, but suggested that if past history was any indication, the state should lend their parks the money to stay open. When the shutdown was over, Congress would authorize funding for them to be repaid.

Seems the GOP  turned their backs on these states, once again.

Grand Canyon

Well, when Utah and the other states DEMANDED the repayment of the money they loaned their own parks, it fell on deaf GOP-led Congressional ears. The Representatives voted to repay furloughed workers but not the parks.

So, now it's up to the Republicans to clean up their spilled milk. Two GOP bills have been proposed, one to repay the states for this past government shutdown and another to force them to pay in case of another closure. According to the Hill:

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) is pushing a bill aimed at ensuring national parks remain open in the event that the government someday closes down again.

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) has another bill that would require states to be repaid for expenses within 90 days after a shutdown ends. The House committee will consider it on Wednesday as well, and there is a companion bill in the Senate.

Sadly for the states, it doesn't seem that the congressional leadership is in any hurry to see these bills happen.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) does not yet have plans to bring either bill to the floor, his office said.

So much for the Republicans caring about the damage they've done. They're trying to put the blame on the Department of Interior as if they have extra money sitting around since the sequester. This is just another example of the Republican passing the buck tactics and their true lack of compassion. They're bulls in a china shop and they refuse to pay for what they've broken. Let's see how long these Red states take to become purple -- with rage, now that they've been stiffed.

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Cops Force Medical Anal Rape Upon Suspects - Three Separate Cases

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What is it with New Mexico? THE DAILY BEAST:

Horrific as the story is, it is not unique. In fact, it is one of three anal probing lawsuits to make headlines out of New Mexico this week. Each case has the same elements: an alert from a trained detector dog (in two of the same cases, the same dog, Leo), followed by an invasive cavity search and, ultimately, a complete lack of any found drugs. Attorneys and civil-rights activists are appalled. And in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision mandating that alerts from trained detector dogs be “probable cause” that narcotics are present, the litigation has put new scrutiny on the reliability of drug-sniffing dogs.

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about this before the latest case surfaced. You can check the shocking video out here. In that case the  police medically raped an innocent man, expose him to dangerous radiation, humiliating anal finger and foreign object probes, a surgical procedure and multiple forced enemas. Ultimately the accused was found to be clean -- in more ways than one. He had done nothing wrong but roll through a stop sign. That made him a victim of medical anal rape.

Now comes this case. A New Mexico resident, (see the connection there) a US citizen, was returning home through El Paso from a shopping day trip in Mexico. A drug sniffing dog indicated the women might be carrying drugs. That's the last sane part of this story.

She was stripped naked, asked to spread her genitalia, and cough.Federal agents pressed their fingers in her vagina and anus,” says Laura Schauer Ives, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico who is now representing the woman in a case that will be formally filed in the next few weeks. Despite the fact that nothing was revealed, and in the absence of a search warrant, the officials continued their search. The woman was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, where authorities subjected her to a bio-manual cavity search of her anus and vagina, an extensive search of her bowel movement, and eventually, a CT scan.

Hello! Is this America?

First off, we have rights. If the police think there's a violation of the law, then within reason, they can search you. But after that, they need to justify anything more. How humiliating this must have been for this woman as well as the two men in the previous other cases to be medically, anally raped. And how illegal all of this must be for the federal agents. I hope they get their asses handed to them -- after they've been passed around for everyone else to probe.

This "forced" sh** has got to stop.

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New Mexico Police Can't Butt Out. Sodomize Stop Sign Violator Rather Than Give Ticket

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So you think you had it bad today. Here's a guy, David Eckert, who's day turned literally into a major pain in the ass.

What do you call it when against your permission you're stripped naked in front of mixed company, your anal opening is publicly visually checked, you're sodomized by multiple strangers' fingers, forced to undergo a surgical procedure despite the doctors refusal of it's ethical usage, put under full anesthesia, subjected to radiation and then billed for all of this? In New Mexico it's called standard police procedure.

Stopped for a routine traffic violation in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming, David Eckert's nightmare began. He was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign. We've all done it. But aren't we glad we weren't here:

Now, you have to be scratching your head and shifting your butt cheeks in discomfort over this story. Just what could the police have thought this guy had stuck up his backside that warrants this kind of treatment? How much dope could he have stashed inside his body cavity. I  mean, this doesn't even border on cruel and inhuman punishment. It's torture and brutality. I'll even go so far as to say rape.

Recap:

Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures.  He protested at each step. None of these medical procedures were done with his approval. A review of Eckert's medical records, which he released to KOB-TV, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:

1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.

2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

5. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a second time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

6. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a third time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.  

8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert's anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines.  No narcotics were found.  

Where are this man's civil rights? Where's common sense? Where's justice?

Hopefully with this case reaching federal court, there will be some review and restitution. New policies will be put into place, restitution will be made to the innocent Mr. Eckert and new people will fill the jobs of the currently accused. Those defendents, according to KOB-TV are:

The City of Deming and Deming Police Officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez and Officer Hernandez.

Eckert is also suing Hidalgo County Hidalgo County Deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Green.

Eckert is also suing Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty and the Gila Regional Medical Center including Robert Wilcox, M.D and Okay Odocha, M.D.

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VIDEO: Trick or treat! Kids get anti-abortion propaganda in their Halloween bags

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Dear Trick or Treaters,

Here is a bonus trick for you! A little something that Mommy and Daddy can read to you at bedtime:

"I am a human being.”

“53 million killed.”

There now, isn't that special?

Trick or treat, Albuquerque children! Message courtesy of cards from the Right to Life movement.

More like Right to Propagandize, Right to Politicize Halloween, or Right to Traumatize unsuspecting, impressionable little kids.

Via KRQE News 13:

“I am not a clump of cells," the card with an image of a fetus proclaims. Another one asks “Am I not human?”

We just noticed these cards attached to certain candies and started pulling them off, and we were pretty shocked to see that kind of stuff targeted at kids,” one parent, Frank Valdez, told local news affiliate KRQE News 13. “They’re forcing an agenda on little kids, pretty much.”

Think Progress has more.

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