Veterans Day

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So, do you say “happy Veterans Day” ?
Is it really a happy day? It is in one sense because those of us that actually survived, are still here to “Celebrate”, what ever that means. Perhaps to say we are celebrating is a stretch. I for one don’t celebrate war, but do recognize and honor my fellow veterans from all branches, in all times, war or peacetime, for serving this country.
It is my prayer that we as a nation “Celebrate” by ending the need for war and a huge defense effort that is so draining financially, politically, and emotionally . It has been the source of great unity and great polarity even among veterans. I for one pledge to live out the rest of my life in the quest for peace, and still honor those who have so bravely served.
I hope you have an insightful Veterans day this year, and truly reflect on its meaning.



•August 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I am wondering if Facebook is becoming way too problematic for me since I seem to somehow manage to set people off..My opinions about border issues, my political views,some of my suggested links  incite some kind of response, so frankly I’m feeling I may just have to recoil and perhaps even re visit my Facebook page in general. I have friends of many kinds, some with differing views and I don’t defend or condemn any of them including you for thier opinions that may or may not be consistent with other people’s ..doesn’t mean I agree or disagree, but I don’t have any right to censor people’s remarks un less they are blatantly hateful, predjudice, or intentionally harmful to others. Many of us say things that were not necessarily meant to harm but do..Just my opinion.

•August 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hi, I’m sending this email to ask for your input on testimony to the NM Environmental Improvement Board that I’ve been asked to give on behalf of the local Green Chamber of Commerce regarding a petition to cap CO2 emissions in the state. I’ve been asked to provide comment on how global warming and greenhouse gas emissions will impact this part of the state, and also to “outline the benefits of a greenhouse cap”. I’m told that there’s probably going to be some level of national media attention on this event, as we are talking about getting out ahead of the Federal government on the issue.

I’ve had a couple of days since confirmation that I would be testifying to bone up on local climate change effects and CO2 emissions caps, which is a woefully inadequate timeframe to become completely well-versed in the current science and politics of the two subjects. I’ve burned up the phone lines (and have talked to a few of you already) and nearly melted down my USB cellular modem trying to get up to speed. I’d like to have the facts down as best as possible, but also would like to represent the interests and opinions of the community as fully and farily as possible. So I’m asking for input, advice, and ideas.

I’ve attached the following, FYI:
1. A New Mexico Independent article on the hearings themselves

2. An NM State Government interagency report on the effects of climate change in New Mexico

3. A Carbon Tax Center article on carbon tax schemes

4. A web page summary of Sen. Maria Cantwell’s CLEAR Act ( a cap and dividend strategy, as opposed to cap and trade)

5. Rebuttal testimony of Steve Michel (an environmental lawyer) on behalf of New Energy Economy in support of their CO2 emissions cap petition

6. Finally a draft outline of what I’ve come up with so far ( I think the effects portion is pretty good, but not complete, implications/consequences are fair, and I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the conclusions are right)

Also, here’s a pretty good link to the most straightforward criticisms of cap and trade that I’ve come across so far:


I apologize for the 11th hour appeal, but I hope to hear from you (and understand if I don’t)!


Chuck Fuller, M.S. ChE
Fuller Enterprises

24 Fuller Dr., Hwy 15
Silver City, NM 88061

Mobile Tel.: (575) 313-0020
Office/Fax: (575) 538-2455

Military Pay Raise

•July 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment
This  Cindy Williams is NOT the “Laverne & Shirley” Cindy Williams.  She is a Assistant Director  for national Security in the Congressional Budget Office……

Military Pay

This is an Airman’s  response to Cindy Williams’ editorial piece in the Washington Times  about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America

Ms. Cindy Williams wrote a piece for the Washington Times,  denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members’ way this year citing  that she stated 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.

A  young airman from Hill   AFB responds to her  article below. He ought to get a bonus for this.

“Ms Williams:  I just had the pleasure of reading your column, “Our GIs earn enough” and  I am a bit confused. Frankly, I’m wondering where this vaunted overpayment  is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between  DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account.  Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before  taxes per month. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through  the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before  taxes, and $10,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network  Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host  computer network I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically  with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs For Network  Technicians in the Washington ,   D.C. Area reveals a  position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job.  Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being  offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum……….. I’m sure you can draw  the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would  assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her  armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate  congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the  military’s lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that  you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN ; I leave the  choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt  for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible  time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full “deployment  experience.”

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure  to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved  ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how  they’ll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone  obviously they’ve been squandering the “vast” piles of cash the government  has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday;  Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites.. And  when you’re actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against  the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren’t  enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade  whatever MRE (meal-ready- to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle  casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything.  This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you  are permitted; it won’t nearly be long enough or often enough, but take  what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the  fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened  piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL , I will defend  to the death your right to say it.

You see, I am an American  fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other  right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers  worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective  nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under  conditions that would make most people cringe We hemorrhage our best and  brightest into the private sector because we can’t offer the stability and  pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to  say that we make more than we deserve? You can kiss my royal red a**!!!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC



Another point of view

•July 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment


•July 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Thanks for the feedback. I want to make sure I’m not coming across as some rabid blabbermouth from out in left field. This is truly an excersise in acceptance and balance, and on one level seperates the wheat from the chafe. As I said before, there are those that really know my heart and that’s what matters most to me..Thank you my dear friends for accepting me as I am.

A response

•July 17, 2010 • 3 Comments

I heard from one former “Facebook friend” pointing out to me what the problem is.

I am sorry that what I tried to present was misinterpreted as being a means of diminishing another point of view, since I tried to be as careful as possible to not offend or diminish anyone. I would be curious to hera from anyone else that flt personally offended, or concurs with this assesment of my postings.  I thing my posts seem to be pretty broad and far reaching for the most part, and if it seems I am posting too much about Vets, well, perhaps that’s because I am one and have a personal preference at this particular point in time since there aren’t a lot of people advocating for them. I surely wasn’t inferring that this person didn’t care about vets, because I know they do, and realy  was a total misinterpretation of my motivaion for posting the border issues to begin with. so here is part of the response.

“Presenting other views is fine, but when I presented the view that the returning vet and immigrating Mexican (that you said was less important) derive their positions from the same root cause, and even under scored that by saying ALL humans deserved consideration and compassion, you negated that, essentially, by inferring that I did not care about the poor and hungry woman in West Virginia. You chose not to examine the thesis that there was a shared cause and put forth an opinion responding to that, but instead accused me of not caring about a person who you some how did not include in the category I mentioned of “all humans”.

Then you posted your blog link on FB which basically said no one was responding because you slammed us with facts.

No; I (and at least one other person, who mentioned it to me in person) gave up on explaining why all those who suffer economic/environmental/political injustice, from Vets to Immigrants to the miner’s wife are part of the same system.

You could very easily have posted the story about the vet with words from your heart about the outrageous treatment of vets without ragging on the border issue. Saying that one human injustice is more important than another is devisive, especially at a time when human survival depends on realizing that all injustice hurts all of us, and that we all will flounder or flourish together.

I ‘unfriended’ because the endless shouting about Vets without really considering the responses got old, and defeats the purpose, for me, of sharing information. ”

So, what do you think? Honestly! If I have offended someone please tell me. I can see where things can easily be misconstrued and perhaps even taken as a personal affront, when it was never intended that way.