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Adam Kokesh 'runs' for Congress; is an antiwar activist seeking to return Ben Lujan to the House?
911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | March 3, 2010 | Tim Sumner

Posted on 03/03/2010 6:53:10 AM PST by Sergeant Tim

Ben Lujan (D) -- Tom Mullins (R) -- Adam Kokesh (?)

Incumbent U.S. Congressman Ben Lujan (D-NM, 3) was once considered 'safe' to win reelection to Congress. Yet Lujan voted for bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed here for federal trial, the health care bill, Cap and Trade, and the TARP bailout. In the only recent poll, a Democrat pollster now finds Lujan's lead over main Republican rival Tom Mullins has narrowed to within the margin of error, 40 to 36.

Adam Kokesh running as a Republican in the primary against Mullins and his trailing Lujan only 40 to 32 are both far harder to explain.

Is Kokesh a grass roots fiscal conservative or an antiwar activist masquerading as a conservative-libertarian to deceive the people of New Mexico? Before voters there decide, perhaps they should review his multiple arrests -- including for smuggling home a firearm -- in addition to his anti-war protests while in uniform, anti-military recruitment actions, and travel to an allied nation to encourage U.S. soldiers stationed there to go AWOL.

According to the Washington Examiner, Kokesh was busted after his tour in Iraq;

He was supposed to go to Iraq a second time, but was demoted from sergeant to corporal and not allowed to return after it was learned that he brought a pistol back after his first tour in 2004. [Hat tip to This Ain't Hell.]

On September 1, 2007, Kokesh called for help from Veterans For Peace with an upcoming antiwar "die-in" in Washington, D.C. Kokesh was arrested there on September 6, 2007 for defacing public property (here is the video). On September 15, while 10,000 of so A.N.S.W.E.R.-led students "died" on the Capitol's west lawn, Kokesh was again arrested when he, Code Pink, and perhaps thirty more crossed the police line.

In mid-May 2007, Kokesh traveled to Germany where he and another Inactive Reservist brought an unauthorized civilian onto a U.S. military base. He then entered a crowded dining facility. Kokesh himself recounted the "IVAW German Expeditionary Team ... base action" and his reading aloud a letter from "the people of Ansbach" to soldiers there, many of whom would soon to deploy to Iraq:

If any of you should decide to leave the Army while in Germany and throw down your arms, the people of Ansbach will support you and do our best to provide you with aid, comfort, and sanctuary. We wish to build a new relationship between the people of Germany and the people of America on the basis of peace, reconciliation, and understanding. [Unfortunately, someone at IVAW no longer wants New Mexico to see the video they once so proudly posted on YouTube. Kokesh's Iraq Veterans Against the War post is reprinted here, his original post is here, and I have the screen shots just in case they decide to hide it as well.]

Two weeks later, Kokesh was back in D.C. acting nothing like a new-age founding father:

[T]he Marines have launched investigations of three inactive reservists for wearing their uniforms during antiwar protests and allegedly making statements characterized as "disrespectful" or "disloyal." Two of them were part of the guerrilla theater squad of 13 Iraq Veterans Against the War who roamed Capitol Hill and downtown Washington in March, clad in camouflage and carrying imaginary weapons, to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. A Washington Post story about that protest is part of the evidence gathered by Marine lawyers. ... Upon learning he was being investigated for wearing his uniform during the mock patrol, Kokesh wrote an e-mail to the investigating officer, Maj. John Whyte. The combat veteran discussed his service and his critique of the war, and asked this officer assigned to look into his "possible violation" of wearing his uniform: "We're at war. Are you doing all you can?" He concluded with an obscene recommendation about what Whyte should go do. This earned him the count for a "disrespectful statement." [Kokesh was discharged 'under general conditions'.]

Over the Columbus Day weekend 2007, Kokesh and six other students tacked up racist anti-Islamic posters around the campus of George Washington University with "Brought to you by Students for Conservativo-Fascism Awareness" across the bottom. GWU was "dismayed" at the "satire" to mock the sponsors of Conservative Awareness Week 2007.

Band of Mothers founder and Blue Star mom Bev Perlson has witnessed Kokesh's anti-recruiting and antiwar efforts:

I remember Kokesh when he brought a whole busload of members of World Can't Wait, ANSWER, SDS, to disrupt the recruiting station at 14th & I Street in Washington, DC. They ran around in circles out in front of the recruiting station that day yelling silly slogans against our Soldiers and the War. Their antics caused about 7 members of the Metro Police to have to stand guard out in front of the station for hours. How's that for how he disrupts the recruiters, the city and wastes our tax dollars. I remember Kokesh when he tried to stage a re-enactment of the Winter Soldier testimony of the traitor John Kerry days! We disrupted both of these events and the Winter Soldier nonsense was a debacle. Adam Kokesh is a phony who reinvents himself yearly.

Ron Paul can't let a denouncement of Kokesh by a Tea Party group go unanswered:

Adam Kokesh under fire on Glenn Beck's 9/12 site (updated)

Liberty candidates are under fire on all fronts. Even from groups that claim to be for liberty and the Constitution. On the main page of the 9/12 Project's website, and again in its New Mexico forum are topics named "A Traitor in Sheep's clothing trying to deceive the Voters" ... This is a hit piece on Adam Kokesh and needs to be slapped down. The thread on the New Mexico is worse than the one on the front page, but they both need to be countered. Update: For those that want to see what the attack is before going to the site, here it is.

We are writing to you to express our grave concerns about Adam Kokesh, who is aspiring to become the Republican nominee for US Congress from New Mexico’s 3rd district. Mr. Kokesh has an extensive, and well-documented history of affiliations with radical leftist groups. In concert with these groups he has engaged in numerous anti-America and anti-military demonstrations and protests. Moreover, Mr. Kokesh does not appear to have any personal qualifications that would recommend him for serious consideration as a candidate for the Republican Party. He has a significant history suggestive of poor character and judgment, and he has notable incidents of direct activism against Republican office holders. [READ THE REST yet note The Daily Paul re-posted it from 9/12's site forum. The original is here.]

Retired U.S. Army senior NCO and combat infantry veteran John Lilyea writes, "I'm not sure that Kokesh doesn't think he's a Republican. The Paulians are convinced that they can change the party and I think that's what his real goal is." Makes perfect sense to me. Yet even if Kokesh loses the June 1 primary, he can register as an independent candidate, be on the ballot in November, and attempt to bleed support away from Tom Mullins so Ben Lujan returns to Congress.

I don't know Mullins from Adam yet perhaps voters in New Mexico's 3rd District will soon sort out the saints from the sinners in that race.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 111th; 912; beck; congress; democrats; eaglesup; elections; goe; ivaw; kokesh; lujan; mullins; paul; politics; republicans; ronpaul; teaparty

1 posted on 03/03/2010 6:53:10 AM PST by Sergeant Tim
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To: sneakers; SoCalPol; sofaman; sofas dad; soloNYer; sono; Sparko; Springman; SRJeff; StarFan; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/03/2010 6:58:00 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: Sergeant Tim

Do you know how they discovered he brought back an illegal weapon from Iraq?

He got caught with it on a University Campus.

Adam Kokesh is a Charles Whitman in waiting.


3 posted on 03/03/2010 6:59:24 AM PST by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: Sergeant Tim
Kokesh called for help from Veterans For Peace with an upcoming antiwar "die-in" in Washington, D.C.

"anti-war", my arse! These people aren't "anti-war". They're pro-communist, anti-Capitalist, anti-US military! They love war and violence when it involves a communist overthrow or revolt. Their heroes are monsters like Mao, Che, Castro and Stalin!

4 posted on 03/03/2010 7:03:16 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: usmcobra

I know that yet could not locate the link I have to support it. If you have it, please add it as a comment.


5 posted on 03/03/2010 7:05:56 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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"Veterans For Peace" is closely linked with the Stalinist Workers World Party!

Here are some other so-called "anti-war" activists...

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Cindy Sheehan, Jodie Evans, Hugo Chavez,
Medea Benjamin [co-founder Code Pink]

Code Pink 'Bundles' for Barack, 4/14/2008

"The co-founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink [Jodie Evans] has “bundled” more than $50,000 for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and pro-troops groups are demanding that he return the money."

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25997

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REVOLUTION: Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA [Maoist]

Revolution interview with ("Peace Mom") Cindy Sheehan: October 29, 2005:
['Revolution' is the official newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party]
http://rwor.org/a/021/cindy-sheehan-interview.htm
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From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5729764
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From CBS-News, July 29, 2006:

Chavez Vows To 'Stand By Iran'
After Oil Talks In Tehran, Venezuelan Leader Called 'Brother' By Ahmedinejad

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"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/29/world/main1847331.shtml
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Code Pink's Jodie Evans embraces Jane Fonda

6 posted on 03/03/2010 7:07:48 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I know. I was there. The photo linked to the “dead” I took.


7 posted on 03/03/2010 7:07:49 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: Sergeant Tim

Jonn, TSO, and the rest of the gang at This Ain’t Hell have done yeoman’s work in pointing out the sheer volume of evidence that this guy shouldn’t even be elected dogcather in Bloomfield, let alone be the GOP nominee for the 3rd CD seat. He can TRY to pull the wool over the eyes of the powers that be in the NM GOP, but as a former Farmington resident, I can tell you from conversations I’ve had with folks there that they’re not buying it.


8 posted on 03/03/2010 7:09:15 AM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

Jonn was extremely helpful and supportive in putting together this post.


9 posted on 03/03/2010 7:11:37 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: Sergeant Tim

I’m just getting tired of these traitors always being portrayed as being “anti-war”, as if they are pacifists opposed to violence and bloodshed when they are anything but.

Thanks a million for your brave and honorable service!


10 posted on 03/03/2010 7:13:14 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sergeant Tim

The author has a poor grasp of Northern New Mexico politics. It’s a perennial Dim stronghold, and Lujan is the son of the NM Speaker of the House, so the patronage is in place.

Kokesh hasn’t made much of a blip on the local political radar except as being one of those “characters” NM produces... and is pretty much being ignored except in small liberal bastions (like the UNM area, which isn’t in the 3rd district)

I’m surprised by the amount of print he’s been getting outside NM. His chances of having much of an effect on the race are about zero IMO.


11 posted on 03/03/2010 7:13:54 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: usmcobra

I met this clown and his merry band of cowards in Kennebunk,Maine back in ‘07. They led ANSWER’s march on Bush’s house. When they crested a ridge on the parade route to see our banner “TRAITORS GO TO HELL”, he went ape-sh*t. He charged a small senior veteran and tried to intimidate him. The old man stood his ground. Fortunately the Kennebunk Police Chief was 20 yards away and defused the situation.


12 posted on 03/03/2010 7:16:21 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: Sergeant Tim
Kokesh called for help from Veterans For Peace with an upcoming antiwar "die-in" in Washington, D.C.

Check out these Yahoo search results for "Veterans For Peace" and "Workers World Party":
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22Veterans+For+Peace%22%22workers+world%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=yff35ck
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From Workers World Party:

"Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il...

With his leadership [Kim Il Sung], the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine. ...

Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. ..."

With comradely solidarity, Sam Marcy Chairperson, Workers World Party" (1994):
http://www.workers.org/marcy/cd/sam94/1994html/s940721.htm
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Workers World
55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011
Email: ww@workers.org
Subscribe wwnews-subscribe@workersworld.net
Support independent news
http://www.workers.org/orders/donate.php

Troops Out Now Coalition
55 W. 17th St. #5C
NY NY 10011
www.TroopsOutNow.org
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Note: the page (on the Workers World Party website) with this photo has recently been removed.

But here's other evidence of his speaking at the event:

"Among the many speakers were elected representatives—U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and New York City Council members Charles Barron and Margarita Lopez—who have bucked their party to come out against the war. Barron has also introduced a Troops Out Now resolution in the City Council."--Workers World Party

Workers World Party: From Harlem to mayor’s mansion, marchers say, ''Bring the troops home now!'
http://www.workers.org/ww/2005/us/harlem-march-0331/index.html

13 posted on 03/03/2010 7:21:14 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
What's the population of Santa Fe now?

I went to the College of Santa Fe back in the 60’s when it was called St Michael's and had no women.

14 posted on 03/03/2010 7:24:21 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 134)
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To: maine yankee
I met this clown and his merry band of cowards in Kennebunk,Maine back in ‘07. They led ANSWER’s march on Bush’s house.

ANSWER, of course, was formed by the Workers World Party and Ramsey Clark's International Action Center. Their latest "anti-war" front group is "Troops Out Now". ANSWER is now officially controlled by "The Party for Socialism and Liberation". The PSL is an offshoot of WWP.

15 posted on 03/03/2010 7:24:31 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Recon Dad

Probably around 150-160K. The College of Santa Fe closed temporarily last year due to budget issues, it’s back up and running on a limited basis.

It’s pretty much gone the the way of most small colleges in liberal towns.


16 posted on 03/03/2010 7:28:02 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Bingo, Tijeras. There’s a few folks in San Juan County who might care about Kokesh, but those are fairly few, considering Mullins is also from that area, IIRC. Yeah, when most of 3rd CD includes places like Taos and Santa Fe, even Farmington’s conservative bent isn’t going to come anywhere near overcoming that. Bill Redmond was the last Republican to hold that seat, and IIRC, that was only for one term. Before that was Richardson, if that tells people outside NM anything.


17 posted on 03/03/2010 7:29:12 AM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: Sergeant Tim
Here is the best I can find, apparently it happened after he confessed to putting up racist posters to slander (libel) conservative groups at George Washington University, possibly leading campus police to search his car.

Which to me seems odd unto itself, I thought DC had gun control laws at the time....

18 posted on 03/03/2010 7:31:40 AM PST by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I know who both Lujan’s and Kokesh’s fathers are. No offense, yet you need to look at that poll again.

Between Paul’s magic money machine and daddy, Kokesh will have campaign cash through Election Day. Kokesh is a anarchist leftist so he stills wins if Mullins loses on November 2. He’ll make a difference in the race if enough grass roots New Mexicans remain fooled.


19 posted on 03/03/2010 7:32:15 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: OCCASparky

I don’t see Kokesh playing well in Tierra Amarilla unless he gets the Reyes Tijerina endorsement. ;)


20 posted on 03/03/2010 7:33:37 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: usmcobra

Kokesh has friends in high places and his dad has bucks...


21 posted on 03/03/2010 7:34:00 AM PST by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: Sergeant Tim

I’m just saying that district is a real uphill climb for any republican even without this traitor stirring the pot.

We’ll see. After inflicting Bill Richardson on the world, who knows what northern NM is capable of?


22 posted on 03/03/2010 7:37:49 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Oh, snap! I haven’t lived there for a few years, but I remember the story behind that...


23 posted on 03/03/2010 7:38:51 AM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: Sergeant Tim
Kokesh has friends in high places and his dad has bucks...

So typical of these spoiled brat commies.

24 posted on 03/03/2010 7:47:57 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sergeant Tim

Great post Tim.

I was just posting on another thread about this Marxist, Adam Kokesh and one of his major supporters, Ron Paul.

Some people need to get a clue.


25 posted on 03/03/2010 1:22:39 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Recon Dad

Santa Fe City has 72,000 as of 2008. The County has 144,000 (but that’s a large area, and a lot of it is spillover growth from ABQ).


26 posted on 03/03/2010 1:38:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thanks, especially considering the county extends down to Edgewood area.


27 posted on 03/03/2010 2:38:55 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Yup. I always thought that is weird when you head east on I-40 out of ABQ that you pass through that short stretch of Santa Fe County.


28 posted on 03/03/2010 2:58:22 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

When I was there it was under 40,000 and they were not looking to grow.


29 posted on 03/03/2010 3:47:31 PM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 134)
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To: Recon Dad

It was 40k back in 1970. The county itself has added 40k just since 1990.


30 posted on 03/03/2010 5:55:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I attended the College of Santa Fe in 1965 and 1966. I was back in Santa Fe about 8 years ago and did notice growth out by the college and noticed the college had grown some.
31 posted on 03/03/2010 7:02:04 PM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 134)
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To: Recon Dad

My grandparents lived there during the ‘60s, but alas, sold their house around ‘71 before the property values skyrocketed. They ended up buying a similar-sized home in a quiet neighborhood in Albuquerque. 25 years later down there, it was a war zone/slum for Hispanic gangbangers. My grandparents are now buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.


32 posted on 03/03/2010 7:15:24 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I liked New Mexico a lot after I became acclimated. I was 18 and boarded a plane in New York City and the next thing I knew I was getting off the airplane at the Albuquerque airport. In 1965 it was not the airport of today. They drove us up to Santa Fe on a bus and you could imagine the state of shock I was in. In the morning I was viewing the New York skyline in the evening..you get the picture.
It took about 6 months to grow to like the place.
33 posted on 03/03/2010 7:34:33 PM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 134)
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To: Recon Dad

Santa Fe is a nice place to visit for a few days, but, alas, like so many “nice” places, it’s been taken over by the superwealthy extreme left New Age fringe. It’s funny that (despite the growth) a lot of the gov’t workers can’t afford to live there and have to schlep the hour drive up I-25 from ABQ 5 days a week. Not a place for folks of modest means or those who are in the political mainstream.


34 posted on 03/03/2010 7:43:46 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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