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Memorial Day

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead."  

Why Must We Remember?

A day to remember the price of freedom.  Freedom is not free.  Freedom is lost when people think it is free.  Although reports of recent losses are the most poignant, we do well to reflect on all who sacrificed to protect our nation.  Memorials to unknown soldiers around the world remind us of the lives invested into our freedom today.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

We all have a tendency to forget. I think that may be why God repeats important truths to us.

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 


ESL Teachers Needed

Are you interested in teaching Englsih as a Second Language (ESL)? New World Tutoring is making ESL CDs for distribution to ESL students in far away lands. Presently we serve students in four countries. We need people to do dialogue for conversational pieces for adults and kids. We are looking for vibrant and caring people to help with this project. Monetary compensation may be available for the right candidate.  If you are interested in this project please contact:
Mark,, 917-5455


NM Primary Election, Tue, Jun 1

Early Voting, May 15-29
98th & Central Shopping Center  120 98th St NW, Suite B-5
Alameda West Shopping Center 10131 Coors Blvd NW, Suite B-1
Caracol Plaza Shopping Center 12500 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite 101
Coors Plaza  3200 Coors NW, Suite A
Daskalos Shopping Center  5339 & 5339A Menaul NE
Goff Plaza  1720 Bridge SW, Suite G-1
Los Ranchos Villa  6601 4th St NW, Suites A, B, C
Mission Square Shopping Center 1331 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Suite 2M
Montgomery Assets Shopping Center 6910 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite C
Montgomery Crossing 8510 Montgomery Blvd NE
Paseo Crossing Shopping Center 8000 Paseo Del Norte NE, Suite B9
Petroglyph Plaza Shopping Center 8201 Golf Course Rd NW, Suite C4B
Rio Bravo Senior Meal Site 3910 Isleta SW
Siesta Hills Shopping Center  5405 Gibson SE
Tijeras City Hall  12 Camino Municipal - Tijeras
University of New Mexico  Student Union Building
Dates and Hours of Operation
Saturday May 15:  8:00am – 8:00pm
Monday May 17 – Saturday May 22: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Monday May 24 – Saturday May 29: 8:00am – 8:00pm



Eugenics: The Dark Side of Darwinism - Part 1
by Joe Renick
Intelligent Design Network New Mexico Division

It was in 1859 that Charles Darwin, in his famous work On the Origin of Species, introduced the world to his theory of natural selection, the force, he claimed, that drives biological evolution. Through the process of the sampling of life's random variations - as the story goes - nature, over and over and over again, picked the "fittest" of those variations and in so doing, slowly transformed the "simple" single-celled organisms that existed a billion years ago into the complex and wondrous creatures of today's world.

Of course at that time, no one…including Darwin…had any idea as to the actual complexity of even the simplest single-cell organism. The truth of the matter is that Darwin's theory was largely based on ignorance, had no real convincing evidence in its support and was of little or no practical use. Its real value lay in its ability to provide the basis for a new secular religion. Consequently, today, in spite of its inability to provide anything more than content for "just-so" Darwinian fairy tales, neo-Darwinism reigns…not as science but as materialistic ideology.

Darwin's intent in publishing Origins was that his theory be accepted, not just by the scientific world, but by the masses. However, he had a problem. It was one thing to say that the birds of the air and the beasts of the field evolved but it was another thing altogether to say that the same was true for mankind. This would surely offend the Christian ladies and gentleman of Victorian England who believed that their existence was the result of the special creative work of God. Darwin thought it best to let everyone get a little more comfortable with these ideas before exposing them to the disconcerting truth about the origin of mankind much less its dark and troubling implications. All of this would have to wait till later.

Thus, in writing Origins, Darwin reluctantly stopped short of claiming that mankind was also the product of natural selection…though that was his ultimate intent.

Now Charles Darwin had a cousin, Francis Galton. Galton had an excellent understanding of Darwin's work but he had little concern about British sensibilities. In 1869 Galton published a book, Hereditary Genius, based on Darwin's Origins where he not only made it clear that mankind descended from lower forms but he also foresaw the emergence of a new science based on Darwin's theory.

Galton was well aware that one of Darwin's strongest arguments supporting natural selection had to do with domestic breeding. He reasoned that these same principles could be applied to human populations for the purpose of eliminating undesirable traits in those populations just like breeders did with domestic animals. This reasoning provided the basis for a new social science which Galton called "Eugenics".

In Hereditary Genius Galton "cleared the decks" for Darwin with respect to any remaining issues thus within a couple of years later Darwin published his second work, The Descent of Man. It was in this book that Darwin laid out the foundations of Eugenics. Darwin writes…

With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health…We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick;… and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment….Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one…will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man.

If…various checks…do not prevent the reckless, the vicious and otherwise inferior members of society from increasing at a quicker rate than the better class of men, the nation will retrograde, as has occurred too often in the history of the world.

In Origins, Darwin introduced his theory of natural selection. In Descent, he provided the scientific basis for eugenics. At the end of the nineteenth century utopian thinking was "in the air" in Europe and America. This combination of ideas set the stage for the twentieth century and some of mankind's darkest times.

We generally think about the "Holocaust" as being the result of what happens when a mad man like Hitler comes to power. But it is not that simple. In the next segment, Part 2, we look at the connection between Darwin and Hitler, examine the shameful role that the U.S. played in the eugenics movement and show that you should never let "eugenicists" and "utopians" play together.

Next meeting of the NM IDNet will be May 25 at 7-9 PM in rm 2405 of the UNM Law school.  The topics will be i) a critique of the multiple universes explanation of the anthropic coincidences,  ii) review of Steve Meyer's recent book "Signature in the Cell", and iii) modeling the DNA polymerase.

Update on Preschool/Childcare Licensing

Senator Dianna Duran asked me to invite you to a meeting in Albuquerque next week (TBA) with the CYFD Secretary & Legislators regarding any concerns you have regarding proposed licensing changes.        
Senator Duran has already contacted and heard from legislators in both parties about licensing concerns.  (Thanks to those who helped contact your representatives so quickly).  Senator Duran has been arranging a meeting with the CYFD Secretary, Dorian Dodson.  This meeting will likely occur toward the end of next week, probably next Friday, May 21 in Albuquerque.  Since there was limited time to act, this week and central location was chosen.  Most representatives can't attend the CYFD hearing on June 1st in Santa Fe as it is election day.  Since it is our representatives job to support citizens and the job of CYFD to reflect the concerns of the department, having our State representatives informed or present is obviously helpful for those who still have concerns.  The latest draft of licensing changes was recently posted on 
You are still welcome to invite your representatives or any support that you may wish to attend this meeting.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so Senator Duran can have a room arranged.  If you can't come, but still wish for State representatives to hear your concerns, please send a copy of your concerns to this email.  All written comments will be submitted to those  Representatives present and to Secretary Dodson at the meeting.  You may contact Senator Duran or send RSVP's to this email, and I will send the tally to her.
As always, please feel free to share this news with other Preschools, Child Care programs, homes or families that will be impacted by new licensing changes.  It is important that everyone have the chance to impact this important process.
Caren Blackstone, Director
Cornerstone C.D.C. in Alamogordo, NM
(575) 437-8610 or (575) 434-0106

Become a Child Ambassador

Now over 600 members strong, Child Ambassadors across the country are shining the love of Christ in their communities by encouraging others to sponsor a child and answer God's call to end poverty.

When you become a Child Ambassador you will have a unique opportunity to earn an overseas trip to see firsthand how sponsorship changes children's lives.

Being a Child Ambassador is easy and extremely rewarding. As a Child Ambassador, you will:

  • Receive specialized training.
  • Become a member of a local and national family of Child Ambassadors.
  • Receive personal support.
  • Experience the joy of finding sponsors for more children.
  • Earn an overseas trip and see World Vision's work when you find sponsors for 100 children or more.

Become a Child Ambassador today! Go to to learn more, or give us a call at 1.800.478.5289.

Wings Ministry

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

15th Anniversary Celebration Banquet

Friday —  July 16, 2010

St. John’s United Methodist Church

2626 Arizona St. NE Albuquerque 

1 block N of Menaul—1 block E of San Pedro



Silent Auction Starts at 5:00     Dinner 6:30 pm

Donations are appreciated for the Silent & Live Auction. 

Ideas: Time-share vacations, river rafting, tickets to events (sports, theatre, entertainment), pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts, paintings, clothing, books, or gift certificates (hotels, restaurants,  beauty salons, etc.).


Banquet Sponsors—Gold $1,000; Silver $500; Bronze $300

Dinner Tickets $25 each

Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz, VP of Ministries—Guideposts

Purchase tickets for yourself or sponsor seating for inmate family members.

You do not have to attend to be a banquet sponsor.

Please call Ann to reserve your tickets.  505-291-6412

Bible Alive Theater

The Woman at the Well June

John the Baptizer July

Ruth, the Redeemer’s Bride August

Hannah’s Song September

Mary of Magdala October

 Esther the Brave Queen November

   Mary’s Christmas Story  December


May God bless you & vaya con Dios!

Clif & Myra Green

40 Days for Life 

Would you like some information about 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign?  This is an ecumenical movement to bring awareness to the sanctity of life and to gather together as public prayer witnesses outside Planned Parenthood where abortions are taking place six days a week.  If you would like to know more, call Sandy Azevedo @ 604-2977. 

Vacation Bible School

Check with your local church regarding dates and availability for Vacation Bible School.


Hiking Adventures in the Sandias

Sandia Mountains day-hikes scheduled for:

·         Sat, Jun 19 – TWA Canyon

·         Sat, Jul 17 – Bear Canyon

·         Sat, Aug 14 – Hondo Canyon

·         Sat, Sep 18 – North Mystery Trail

·         Sat, Oct 16 – Tres Pistoles

More details at: (RSVP)


Summer Activities in Albuquerque


No need to be bored! 



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