to the point mick richMick Rich will provide articles once or twice a week. Some will address New Mexico issues and some will talk about national issues. 

Bernalillo County District Attorney's Actions Fuel Violent Crime Wave

Soros DA Raúl Torrez AKA Bernalillo County DA Torrez puts criminals in our neighborhoods,

Not in our jails.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez was swept into office with the support of Billionaire George Soros and his justice reform political action committee. Torrez and Soros both have demonstrated criminals do not belong in jail but in our neighborhoods. Soros and Torrez have contributed to Albuquerque being listed in the top ten Most Dangerous Cities in the nation.

In the spring of 2021, a young woman escaped an assailant that broke through the narrow window next to her front door. The assailant ended the chase when the woman sought refuge in the neighbor's home. Despite fingerprints, DNA evidence, and the AFD treating the assailant a block away from the crime, there have been no arrests or prosecution.

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APD Waits Until 11 People Are Stabbed to Respond

The Albuquerque Police Department was notified in early November 2021 that Tobias Gutierrez was wielding a knife and threatening to kill people in downtown Albuquerque. Ninety days later, APD received 911 calls that a man on a bicycle was stabbing people. APD followed a trail of bloody victims that led them to Tobias Gutierrez.

apd mick richMan wielding a knife on Central Avenue in November 2021, identified himself as Tobias Gutierrez

In early November of 2021, Michael McCutcheon and a female passenger were sitting in their vehicle filming drug trafficking at Sixth Street and Central Avenue, when a man approached their vehicle. The man began yelling, told them to leave, and threatened to kill them with his large knife. To defuse the situation she responded, “I think I know you, what is your name?”. The man responded, “Tobias Gutierrez and I don’t know you”. He then hopped on his bicycle and peddled away. She called 911 only to be told that this was a non-emergency. She then called the non-emergency number and was informed since it was only a knife, and no one was stabbed they would not respond.

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Small Business Owners Keep America Running

We need small business owners as State Legislators and Members of Congress.

The biggest challenges that small business owners face were created by national and local governments. These challenges include our broken justice system, unsafe neighborhoods, the homeless crisis, a failed education system, an ill-equipped healthcare system, a convoluted tax code, burdensome regulations, out-of-control inflation, and worker shortages. Despite the challenges, few small business owners would go back to punching a time clock.

Criminals prey upon small businesses without fear of prosecution. Our firm has had over $100,000 worth of trucks and equipment stolen. Despite some of the thieves being caught by the police with the stolen equipment, the district attorney never prosecuted the criminals. Today police are just the first step in filing an insurance loss form, not the first step in prosecuting the criminals.

Police have left small businesses to defend themselves. Our firm, like many others, spends thousands of dollars on security monitoring systems with an armed response capability, security cameras, and tracking devices for equipment and vehicles. This week Albuquerque small business owner Sihui Fang died alone in a hail of bullets defending her small business from armed criminals.

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Union Teacher Legislators Recognized for Self-Serving Accomplishments

stapletonmimi stewartIt should be against the law for legislators to vote on legislation that enriches themselves and their public employee unions

The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a major contributor to union teachers running for state legislatures, applauded the great success NM Representative Majority Leader Stapleton and NM Senate President Pro Tem Stewart have had in New Mexico. Obviously, this fundraising piece was written before Stapleton was arrested for corruption.

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2021 Ended Far from Where It Started

I was surprised by the end of 2021; my business was finally on the mend from the US Senate campaign in 2018 and our construction project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. At the beginning of 2021, I finally became a good television host of, "To the Point with Mick Rich" only to have it end. Months later I began writing articles for "To The point with Mick Rich". I have always been committed to making a difference, only how I will make that difference has changed.

You helped me to make a difference. One reader wrote me to say, good ideas awful writing please get someone to proof your writing. I did. Another reader wrote that I was incorrect on how to repeal bail bond reform, he was correct but did not need to be insulting. I am more careful now. One comment I received, good points and arguments but I do not agree with you. I can appreciate that.

I learned a few surprising lessons. A national publication rejected my article because I included an unsubstantiated idea in the article. I was admonished by American Thinker when they published my article, and it was also published in the Grant County Beat. Discovered Grant County and San Francisco are not far apart on the web. An editor took the time to explain what makes for a great article, solid title, strong first paragraph, get it done between 400 and 800 words.

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Spaceport America: The Fleecing of New Mexico


 Image by Film Las Cruces

No wonder the Democrat Leaders in Santa Fe won't let New Mexicans see Spaceport America.

Bill Richardson announced in December of 2006 New Mexico would lead the country into Space with Spaceport America. Santa Fe Democrats greeted the news with jubilation. Today Spaceport America is behind locked gates and Santa Fe Democrats are silent. They are hoping New Mexicans don't discover what they know; Spaceport America is a Catastrophic Failure. A Catastrophic Failure is not a result of one single event but a cascading of one failure after another where recovery is not possible. For Spaceport America those cascading events are as follows:

Without an economic or feasibility study, how did Bill Richardson know it was a good bet for New Mexico? Without an economic and feasibility study, Richardson gambled our money on his Spaceport America.

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Spinlaunch : Should be a MythBuster Episode

Who would think it could be so much fun separating the wealthy from their money

By Mick Rich

Slinglaunch is a high-tech company that is attempting to modernize that biblical weapon, the sling. The Brothers Yaney are marketing Slinglaunch as the most efficient means to sling small satellites into orbit. The physics are straightforward, the mechanics are anything but, and the financial rewards for The Brothers Yaney are out of this world. Who would think, separating the wealthy from their money could be so much fun, and no that is not the tag line to the movie The Brothers Bloom

The physics of the Slinglaunch are simple, spin the launch vehicle faster and faster in a vacuum (to eliminate friction) then release the launch vehicle. The momentum at the point of release will be sufficient for the launch vehicle to a height of 200 miles above the earth.

Spinlaunch's vacuum-enclosed prototype centrifuge (located at the New Mexico Spaceport) is three hundred feet across. The full-scale vacuum-enclosed centrifuge will be nine hundred feet across making it the world's largest vacuum structure. If it does not collapse under the weight of gravity, it will collapse under the pull of the vacuum. (Vacuum Collapses a Steel Railroad Tank).

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New Mexico Republicans Ride for the Brand

Stop Supporting Unelectable Moderate Democrats

Mick Rich
Nov 18
Virginia Republicans in early fall caught a mighty wind from the Atlantic that swept almost all the state-wide candidates into office on November 4. While in New Mexico, it was more like a dust devil of swirling wind with no direction. Democrats easily won the biggest races, the mayoral races in Albuquerque and Santa Fe; however, the races for city council and school board indicate a shifting wind is coming.

In Albuquerque, the Republican McCleskey machine ran Democrat Gonzales's campaign to unseat the incumbent Democrat Mayor Keller. The Santa Fe New Mexican article dated 10.17.2021 stated, "The county Republican Party did not back a candidate in the mayor's race" despite a qualified Republican in the race. In both mayoral races, many Republicans leaders endorsed the Democrat candidate instead of candidates of their own party. Ironically, some of these same Republican backers of Democrat candidates are now queuing up to run in statewide elections fully expecting GOP support and commitment to their campaign efforts.

This sends a message to the voters, there is no difference between a Republican or Democrat candidate. The message to Republican candidates is that they cannot depend on support from the Republican leadership. The message to the rank-and-file Republicans is their party principals are no longer valued. The result is a fractured Republican party.

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