New Mexico

Border rancher: ‘We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal’

Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels. The mats are pieces of carpet that those of the Muslim faith kneel on as they worship. “There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico,” the rancher said. “People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.” The rancher, who lives with her family in a remote, southwestern part of the state, said the discoveries raise questions about how many people who illegally entered the U.S. in Hidalgo County, N.M., traveled thousands of miles from overseas to sneak across the southern border. She is one of just a few hundred residents of Animas, N.M., a tiny town that sits between the international border and the Border Patrol’s Lordsburg Station, which is 95 miles north of the boundary. The few hundred residents have no local police department. They rely on the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Border Patrol to help when they need it, but otherwise count on tips and support from one another because of the 40 miles that separate the community from the county headquarters in Lordsburg. The rancher and six other residents of Animus told Washington Examiner this week that migrants from places other than Mexico and Central America are arriving. “I’ve talked to several agents that I trust. There’s not a lot that I do trust, but the ones I do trust, I talk to them,” she said during a tour of her property. “What Border Patrol classifies as OTMs [other than Mexicans] has really increased in the last couple years, but drastically within the last six months. Chinese, Germans, Russians, a lot of Middle Easterners. Those Czechoslovakians they caught over on our neighbor’s just last summer.” Billy Darnell, a cattle rancher in Animus, said his neighbor had 18 women and children from the Philippines show up on his property last year. Border Patrol was called to the scene and took the group in. Government data indicates six known or suspected terrorists were caught trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico from Oct. 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. However, the Trump administration has stated on several occasions that 3,700 people who were identified as coming from countries with terrorism problems have also been apprehended at that border. “We’ve talked about the thousands — the thousands of terror watch list individuals who traveled through our hemisphere last year,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Fox News this month. “To pretend there’s not a danger on an unsecured border, on an open border, is just ridiculous. It belies common sense.”

Agreed…  These are the stories that CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream media don’t want you to hear because it undermines their narrative that the only reason Trump, and many Republicans, want to build the wall…is to keep “brown” people out.  In other words, they’re playing the race card, and it’s shameful.  A country without borders is not a country.  It’s that simple.  And, we’re experiencing an invasion coming across our southern border.  It is WAY past time that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!  We’ve been calling for here at The Daily Buzz for years; long before Trump even ran for President.  Write your member of Congress and BOTH U.S. Senators and tell them to get off their ass and support Trump’s wall!

Thousands of acres ablaze in Colorado, New Mexico

Massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico have torched thousands of acres and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. A blaze known as the 416 Fire in Colorado’s La Plata County has burned 1,100 acres, US Forest Service spokesman Jim Mackensen told CNN on Saturday. The fire, about 15 miles outside the town of Durango, is 0% contained and has forced the evacuations of 1,500 residents, Mackensen said. No structures have been destroyed, he added. By Friday evening, the blaze had prompted La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina to declare a state of local disaster. Grass, brush and timber continued to fuel the fire on Saturday morning. The fire broke out on the west side of US 550, according to a Forest Service update posted on InciWeb, a government-operated multiagency fire response site. That highway is closed as firefighters work to prevent the fire from crossing it. About 825 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders Saturday, and another 760 were under a pre-evacuation notice. Residents were told to be ready to leave if necessary. Temperatures in the area were still high, Mackensen said, adding the forecast for Sunday shows a 50% chance of thunderstorms. It should help, he said, but “being that they are thunderstorms, they could cause another fire.” And a massive fire in Colfax County, New Mexico, had grown to 27,290 acres by Saturday morning and was 0% contained, according to InciWeb. Nearly 450 personnel were battling that fire. A mandatory evacuation order was in place for the town of Cimarron, where 296 structures were threatened by the blaze, called the Ute Park Fire, InciWeb said.

This story is developing…

Surveillance Video: Armed Suspects Flee Foiled Home Invasion

Surveillance video from a home in Alamogordo, New Mexico, shows three armed suspects fleeing the front of a residence after a foiled home invasion. The incident occurred Thursday night around 9 pm. According to KOB 4, Alamogordo Police says “three armed men and a woman [tried] to break into a home.” The woman knocked on the door and the three men approached with weapons once the resident opened it. The homeowner closed the door when the men approached and the men tried to open it, only to look through the glass and see something that set them to flight. In the video, one of the suspects can be seen holding a handgun and another can be seen holding an AR-15 style rifle. Alamogordo Deputy Chief Roger Schoolcraft said the suspects “headed south on foot” and are currently being sought.Surveillance video from a home in Alamogordo, New Mexico, shows three armed suspects fleeing the front of a residence after a foiled home invasion. The incident occurred Thursday night around 9 pm. According to KOB 4, Alamogordo Police says “three armed men and a woman [tried] to break into a home.” The woman knocked on the door and the three men approached with weapons once the resident opened it. The homeowner closed the door when the men approached and the men tried to open it, only to look through the glass and see something that set them to flight. In the video, one of the suspects can be seen holding a handgun and another can be seen holding an AR-15 style rifle. Alamogordo Deputy Chief Roger Schoolcraft said the suspects “headed south on foot” and are currently being sought.

For more on this story, and to see the security cam video, click on the text above.  If you don’t have one, invest in a firearm for your own self protection.  Something scared off these losers, and I’m sure it wasn’t the lock on the front door.  Just sayin…

Court rules for New Mexico middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest

A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Monday ruled that the officer and educators named in the lawsuit were entitled to immunity, and the arrest was justified under a New Mexico law that prohibits anyone from interfering in the education process. The student was a seventh-grader at Albuquerque’s Cleveland Middle School at the time of the May 2011 arrest. He is not named in court documents. His mother, who also isn’t named, filed the lawsuit against the then 13-year-old’s principals and the police officer who escorted him to his patrol car before patting him down, cuffing him and taking him to a juvenile detention center. He was held for an hour before his mother arrived. She argued her son’s arrest was unlawful and resulted in excessive force. “At worst, (the boy) was being a class-clown and engaged in behavior that would have subjected generations of school boys to an after-school detention, writing lines, or a call to his parents,” a complaint filed by her attorneys said. According to the school, the boy was in physical education class when his teacher said he began making other students laugh with fake burps. The teacher sent him to the hallway, where he continued burping and leaning into the entranceway to the classroom so the students could hear. That’s when Officer Arthur Acosta, assigned to the middle school as its resource officer, was called to the hallway where the boy was seated, according to court documents. The boy disputed the version of events provided to the officer by his teacher Margaret Mines-Hornbeck before the officer led him away from the classroom, and took him first to the school’s administrative office and then the juvenile detention center. The boy was suspended for the remainder of the school year. The appeals court also ruled Monday on a separate complaint brought by the boy’s mother stemming from a school official’s decision to search the boy in the November after the burp-related arrest. Court documents show the assistant principal who suspected the teen may have been involved in a marijuana transaction asked him to remove his shoes and jeans, and flip the waistband of a pair of shorts he was wearing under his jeans. The boy was wearing several more layers of clothing under the jeans. The search turned up a red bandanna, a belt buckle with the image of a marijuana leaf and other items but no drugs. The mother argued the school official engaged in an unlawful strip search of the boy. But the court found the use of the term “strip search” was a stretch and did not violate the boy’s constitutional rights.

No. You’re not reading The Onion.   An excellent ruling in both cases.  It’s sad that such things actually go to the courts. And shame on these parents trying to excuse away their obnoxious and delinquent kids in the court of law.  At least, in these two instances, the courts slapped them down.

Man Breaks Into Ex-Girlfriend’s Home, Is Shot Several Times By Her Father

A man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home was shot several times by her elderly father who shares the home with her. The incident occurred early Thursday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to KRQE, 40-year-old Lee Brandenburg “was armed and [attempted] to gain entry into the home of his ex-girlfriend and her 76-year-old father by breaking the front window to the living room.” Albuquerque police said “the 76-year-old shot Brandenburg several times out of fear for him and his daughter’s safety.” Police also said “Brandenburg had a history of making threats to his ex-girlfriend,” which is what motivated her to move into the home with her father to begin with. KOB 4 reports: Brandenburg was arrested on a battery against a household member charge on April 16 after he allegedly punched the woman, who was his girlfriend at the time, in the head during an argument. Brandenburg never showed up to court for that case, so a warrant for his arrest was issued in May. Brandenburg will be charged with “aggravated battery” upon his release from the hospital. Police said the 76-year-old father will face no charges.

Excellent!! THIS is why we have the “right to keep and bear arms.” Of course, this loser should be charged with far more than simple “aggravated battery.” How about breaking and entering? How about using a firearm in the commission of _____?

Border Crime Taking A Toll On Residents In Southwest New Mexico, Arizona

Residents of New Mexico’s Bootheel and parts of southern Arizona say human smuggling and drug trafficking is taking its toll on the region. The Deming Headlight reports that residents are scheduled Thursday to express their concerns to federal officials during a meeting at the Animas Community Center in Animas, New Mexico. Judy Keeler, a longtime resident of the rural border region, says her home was recently burglarized and it’s not an unusual episode for other residents. Residents have said state Highway 80 has become a favorite for Mexican cartel drug runners who manage to navigate out of the Peloncillo Mountains along the Arizona-New Mexico border. They want an even more increased presence from the U.S. Border Patrol.

I bet they do!  Can’t blame them one bit!  Those of us here in sunny Colorado, which borders New Mexico, are also very concerned about this crime spilling over from Mexico…especially when you states like California issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens, further exacerbating the problem.  From day one here at The Daily Buzz, we’ve been calling on federally elected officials in Washington, D.C. to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!….and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico; not back 40 miles as has been the case.  I’m often asked why the Army National Guard and not regular U.S. Army troops?  That’s simple.  The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits our regular military from doing such things.  BUT, the Army National Guard is allowed to.  There is a legal loophole there.  So, all one needs to do is activate Army Guard troops in the affected states (i.e. CA, AZ, TX, etc.), and put them on long-term “orders” (i.e. active duty).  Then, those Army Guard troops need to stay on the border until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long it takes.  Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegal aliens by the hundreds of thousands (and yes you read that correctly)….paying particular attention to known gang members, already convicted criminal aliens, and those who have already been determined by an immigration judge to be deported.  To do anything less is incredibly foolish, and not in our country’s national security,. and economic, interests.  We have between 12-22 MILLION illegal aliens already here in America, and it’s getting worse by the day.  And, that’s before you start throwing the flood of Cubans and Syrian so-called “refugees” into the mix.  By any definition, we’re being invaded and our country’s infrastructure (i.e. courts, law enforcement, hospitals, etc.)  cannot take it.  Enough is enough!  If you haven’t already, email and/or call your member of Congress and both of your U.S. Senators, and tell them to put and end illegal immigration, and to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!

Locals fume as EPA reveals Gold King mine spill much worse than initially stated

The disclosure that the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic spill at an old gold mine in Colorado was far worse than previously stated has unleashed a flood of anger at the agency, which was already facing numerous lawsuits from states and individuals along the affected waterways. On Thursday, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a damning report on the EPA and its handling of the Gold King Mine disaster last August. The report detailed how the EPA and the Department of the Interior were inaccurate and misleading in their conflicting accounts of the wastewater spill, which the EPA said last week released 880,000 pounds of toxic metals. “When government actions result in harm, it’s our duty to know who was responsible and why decisions failed. They haven’t been forthcoming in this regard,” Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said in a released statement. “This report peels back one more layer in what many increasingly view as a pattern of deception on the part of EPA and DOI. “The agencies continue to withhold information requested by the Committee,” Bishop’s statement continued. “They need to come clean and produce the missing documents.” The committee’s findings support recent claims made by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn, who recently asked members of the House agriculture committee to get behind a proposal that calls for a long-term water monitoring plan. Flynn also said before the committee that federal officials are downplaying the effects of the spill. “The EPA is saying one thing and their own experts say another,” Flynn told “Once the color returned to normal [in the rivers], there were those in the EPA that were hoping that this would be swept under the rug.” New Mexico last month announced its intent to sue the EPA over the spill, in which agency contract workers caused a massive release of toxic wastewater into the Animas while attempting to mitigate pollutants from the shuttered mine. Some of the metals in the wastewater reached the San Juan River, which the Animas joins in New Mexico, but most settled into the Animas riverbed before that, the EPA said in a preliminary report on the metals. Utah officials have said some contaminants reached their state, but Friday’s report didn’t address that. Metals released in the spill are believed to include cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc. Tests done after the spill also found arsenic and lead in the wastewater. Flynn and others in the Land of Enchantment are concerned about metal levels in the Animas River in the northern part of the state that shares its border with Colorado. The region’s watershed is connected to the Gold King site in Silverton, but New Mexico has more residents living along the Animas, which is used for crops through irrigation ditches, ranching, and even for home use by residents. “This river literally feeds us and helps the economy in this region,” Flynn says. Flynn said field-level EPA officials have been helpful, but said “something gets lost in translation once it gets to the leadership level. They would be happy to see this just all go away.” When reached for comment regarding the matter, EPA spokeswoman Nancy Grantham said in a written statement: “We’re going to take a look at the report and will respond appropriately.” The EPA says it won’t consider the site for Superfund status without the support of state and local officials.

This is beyond outrageous.  If you’ve forgotten the orange Animas River in Colorado, click on the text above for a reminder.  The EPA really screwed this one up BAD.  And, as of this date, NOBODY has been held to account.  Had this been a private company, or “evil” corporation that had done this, the EPA would have probably had the company shut down, it’s officers arrested, and fines in the MILLIONS..  But, hey..  It’s the Obama Administration, and it’s darling EPA which can do no wrong.  As we’ve been saying from day one here at The Daily Buzz..  Congress simply needs to defund the EPA entirely..and then ultimately disband it.  The EPA has done NOTHING for the betterment of our environment.  At best, it’s done significant damage.  All the EPA does is bully individuals and businesses, and infringe on our rights….before sending us the bill.  Enough is enough.  Let’s get rid of the EPA!!  Scroll down to see a related article on the EPA’s unconstitutional, and illegal, land-grabs.

Army preps for missile launch to spur calls across Southwest

An early morning missile test over a remote part of New Mexico is expected to produce a contrail that will be visible across the Southwest on Thursday, and authorities says they’re preparing for a flood of phone calls and emails from curious onlookers. The unarmed Juno target missile will be launched between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. MST from an old military depot in western New Mexico. The destination is White Sands Missile Range, some 215 miles away. On its way to White Sands, the missile will drop a booster into a safety zone on private and national forest land north of Datil, New Mexico. Roadblocks have been set up in the area. A similar launch in 2012 created a buzz when reports flooded in about a colorful contrail that was visible from southern Colorado west to Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Las Vegas. This time, officials are sharing information about the launch with communities as far away as Palm Springs, California. It’s the contrail that causes the commotion. “It’s hard to describe, but it’s very unusual so that’s why we get the calls,” White Sands spokeswoman Cammy Montoya said Wednesday. “People want to know: What happened, is it a UFO, what’s going on?” How spectacular the show will be depends on the conditions at the time of the launch. For example, the rising sun has to illuminate the twisting cloud-like formation in just the right way. Then the amount of crystallization of water vapor in the atmosphere is another factor that can affect color. The contrail could last up to 45 minutes, but officials say that also depends on atmospheric conditions. White Sands officials said the airspace over Fort Wingate, the site of the launch, and the drop zone for the booster will be restricted for several hours Thursday. The airspace over White Sands is already a restricted zone. Since 1997, there have been 14 target missions from Fort Wingate to White Sands. The last one was in September 2012.

Very cool!!  See it if ya can!   🙂

Sex Offender Apprehended Illegally Re-entering U.S.

Border Patrol agents in New Mexico are holding an illegal immigrant sex offender after he illegally reentered the U.S. across the southern border. Customs and Border Protection revealed Friday that earlier this week Border Patrol Agents from the Santa Teresa Station intercepted five individuals climbing through a hole in the border fence. The agents chased the five subjects, finding them as they tried to hide in desert brush. One of the five illegal immigrants was Mario Perez-Contrera who had, what CBP described as, an “extensive criminal history.” Perez-Contrera’s criminal history included a felony “Distributing via Electronic Communication Material Relates/Describes Sexual Conduct to a Child” and a prior conviction for sexual assault in Hastings, Minnesota. Both took place in 2012. “This incident demonstrates how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond is combating the furtherance of dangerous criminals into our community, while keeping our nation’s borders safe,” CBP added in a release. According to CBP, Perez-Contreras is being prosecuted for illegal reentry. The apprehension comes the same week Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would, in part, have upped the penalty for illegal reentry. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96% , also a GOP candidate for president, reintroduced the “Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015” Wednesday. “This ought to be a clear choice: With whom do you stand? I hope my colleagues in the Senate will support this bill and stand with the American people – the people we should be protecting – rather than convicted felons like the murderer of Kate Steinle,” Cruz said Thursday, referencing the Kathryn Steinle, who was murdered in July by an illegal immigrant criminal who had been deported at least five times.

New Mexico town fights to keep Nativity scene

For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of Belen, New Mexico. Now Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep the Nativity scene on city property and officials may even sell the land to a private owner in order to preserve the iconic art. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wants Belen to remove the images and is threatening legal action if it’s not removed from public land. “The position of the city is that the Nativity scene will stay right where it is. Period,” Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova told The Associated Press. “I know within the city itself almost everyone supports the Nativity scene.” Still, Cordova said the city has weighed options like selling the property to moving it to another location. Cordova said those who oppose the Nativity scene are “outsiders” who don’t understand the history and culture of New Mexico — a former Spanish territory with deep Hispanic and spiritual Catholic ties. Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said Belen is violating the U.S. Constitution by having the religious art on city property and the city is discriminating against nonbelievers who likely won’t speak out. “It’s absurd to say because the town’s name is Belen they should be allowed to have a Nativity scene,” Gaylor said. “There a Mecca, California. So what?” She says if Belen puts the property up for sale, her foundation will make sure the city follows state bidding law. The foundation may even bid on the property and would replace the art with a monument to nonbelievers, Gaylor said. The artwork honors a late artist who used to erect a Nativity scene on the site each year. There are no religious references next to it, no mention of Jesus. The recognizable image of a baby in a manger surrounded by a mother, father and animals lets viewers know it’s a Nativity scene. Above it are the words: Bethlehem Belen. Andrew Chesnut, the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the Freedom From Religion Foundation is part of a growing movement of mainly atheists and agnostics that challenges purported violations of the separation of church and state. “These groups have become emboldened with the rapid growth of religious “nones” who now outnumber Roman Catholics in the country,” he said. Chesnut said the Nativity scene is part of the city’s Spanish Catholic heritage. The small town of 7,000 people is nearly 70 percent Latino and is one of many New Mexico municipalities with Catholic and Christian images on public lands, largely due to their historic significance. Las Cruces, New Mexico, for example, is Spanish for “The Crosses” and contains three crosses on its city seal. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the seal 10 years ago. The New Mexico State Capitol also contains of a number of Hispanic Catholic art pieces on its walls. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D- Belen, said he supports Belen’s efforts to keep the Nativity scene and hopes the city doesn’t sell the property. “I think that group doesn’t understand our culture and our traditions in New Mexico,” Sanchez said. “It’s never been a problem before.” Oscar Ponce, Jr., 23, who runs a Herbalife shop near the Nativity scene, said he believes the piece should be left alone. “No one who lives here wants it remove,” Ponce said. “It seems to me to be a bullying-type situation. It’s not going to work.”

Good for these people in Belen!  By standing up to the bullying tactics of the FFRF, they are an inspiration to others who are threatened by these anti-Christian bigots and atheist fascists, who hate the founding of our great country.  After all, freedom OF religion does NOT mean freedom FROM religion…nor did our founders intend for things like nativity scenes to be wiped from the village square.  The good people of Belen understand this…and we at The Daily Buzz salute their courage.