Couple forced to prove that New Mexico is a state, while applying for marriage license in Washington, D.C

(ABOVE – – Gavin Clarkson, a recent Republican candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State)

by Diana M. Alba-Soular, LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS, November 29, 2018


LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, experienced a one-of-our-50-is-missing moment earlier this month when applying for a marriage license in the nation’s capital.

Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license.

But, once there, the couple encountered a small problem, Clarkson said.  The clerk wouldn’t accept Clarkson’s driver’s license — from New Mexico — as proof of his identity.  Rather, the clerk, who mistakenly believed Clarkson was a foreign citizen — said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.

After Clarkson objected, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who confirmed Clarkson would need a passport.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses.  Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson posted on Facebook recently.


Speaking with the SUN-NEWS about the incident, Clarkson said the clerk went back to check a second time about whether she could accept a New Mexico driver’s license as proof of identify.  After that, the personnel finally concluded New Mexico was in fact a U.S. state and accepted his driver’s license along with the application.

Clarkson, who has called New Mexico home since 2012, said he’s heard about the state’s residents experiencing such incidents when traveling, but “it was the first time it happened to me.”

“She thought New Mexico was a foreign country,” he said of the clerk.  “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.”

Clarkson’s wife, Marina, immigrated from Argentina in the 1990s, becoming a legal permanent resident and then a naturalized U.S. citizen.  She speaks English fluently, though she has a slight accent.  But the clerk complimented Clarkson, not Marina, on how well he spoke the language.  He said his wife was in disbelief, wondering: “Why are you complimenting him on his English?


The incident took about 20 minutes altogether, and the clerk kindly apologized for the error, Clarkson said.  While it was an annoyance at the time, looking back, he and his wife see the humor in it.  The couple’s wedding ceremony — which also took place in Washington, D.C., where his wife lives — took place without any problems.

“Everything else went fine, but it was a comical moment in the whole process,” he said.

Notably, Clarkson is also an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation.  If he’d shown that ID to the marriage bureau, he said, it could have cleared up the confusion over his identity.

“Apparently it would have been easier if I’d shown her my tribal ID,” he said.

The D.C. courts system acknowledged the staff error in response to a call from the SUN-NEWS.

“We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state,” said Leah H. Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, in an email.  “We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.”

New Mexico gained statehood on Jan. 6, 1912.


Clarkson is not alone in his experience applying for a marriage license.  In a regular feature dubbed “One of Our 50 is Missing,” New Mexico Magazine for years has documented with comedic flair New Mexicans’ frustrations and trials in trying to persuade non-New Mexicans across the country — and sometimes the world — that New Mexico is in fact one of the 50 U.S. states.

The Clarksons have since celebrated their wedding with a reception in Texas, where Marina’s family live; they plan to also have a reception in New Mexico.

Since the Nov. 6 election, Clarkson, who was the GOP’s nominee for New Mexico secretary of state, said he’s been in “recovery mode,” but he’s keeping his options open about what he’ll do next.  He does plan to stay in New Mexico.




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When you move into New Mexico, USA, you must learn these expressions – – it’s a MUST

by Zoe Baillargeon, March 12, 2018 – – MATADOR NETWORK


YES, we may be right above Mexico and are frequently confused for being part of Mexico, but New Mexico is its own separate entity – – including our language.  New Mexicans use a colorful lexicon of Spanglish terms and expressions (some of which we don’t even fully understand), but one thing’s for sure:  if you know these 18 expressions when you come to visit, it’s gonna be “all sick, huh?”


  1. I know, huh?

We say this at the end of sentences all the time.  It means exactly what it sounds like, but must be delivered in a monotone voice.


  1. Orale wey…”

This expression (which we usually say at the beginning of a sentence) could mean literally anything.  Seriously.  Even we couldn’t explain it if you asked.


  1. Eeeeee…

Feel free to use this interjection liberally to express fear, excitement, disappointment, agreement, whatever.  “Eeee, I just got off work.”  “Eeee, this green chile is so good!”


  1. …or what?

Tack this onto the end of any question for that little extra bit of frustrated emphasis.  “Are we going to Blake’s or what?”  “Will you marry me or what?”  “Can we leave now or what?”


  1. It’s all sick, huh?

Oh yeah, we’re all about this dated ’80s slang.


  1. Red, green, or Christmas?

If you’re asked this in a restaurant, no, Santa is not about to jump out.  We mean do you want red chile, green chile, or both (Christmas) on your meal (and if you want neither, get out).


  1. Do you want a Coke?

By this, we mean literally any kind of soft drink.


  1. Welcome to the Land of Entrapment.”

Tourists call it the land of Enchantment, we call it the land of Entrapment because we can never leave (not that we really want to.  I mean, where else are we gonna get Hatch chile?)


  1. Welcome to the Land of Enhancement.”

Once you see all the never-ending road work, you’ll understand.


  1. “What are the New Mexican vowels?   E, I, O, U, A.”

Probably one of our all-time favorite jokes.  (EeeeI owe you, eh?  We have definitive vowel preferences.


  1. A la maquina!

A handy term to use in place of an expletive when trying to express astonishment.


  1. Land of mañana

If we can do it tomorrow (even if we can’t), we will.


  1. …eh

Ah, the quintessential end of sentence modifier.  Think like Canadians, but sans Canadian accent.  “We’re heading to the movies, eh.”


  1. Duke City”       “Burque

We mean Albuquerque.


  1. ABQ

Because Albuquerque is a pain in the ass to spell.


  1. Fanta Se” or “The Fe

We mean our hippy town extraordinaire, Santa Fe.


  1. Tamalewood

Our personal version of Hollywood.


  1. ’Topes

The slang term for our only minor league baseball team.  “Orale, you want to go to a ‘Topes game?”




Adding an assuring “or what,” “or no,” or “huh,” to the end of a question, is fairly common.

Likewise, ‘you know’ can sometimes be added in the middle of sentences.

These are used in a similar manner to the Canadian English “eh,” in the sense that it’s a reassurance to getting an answer.

A confirmation with a simple ‘I know’ , or even combining with an assuring ‘I know, huh’, is a simple agreement similar to ‘I agree’ or ‘I concur’.

Another popular example is “bueno bye” (with the “b” in bueno being very subtley pronounced), which is used at the end of conversations, especially at the end of a phone call.

The partial pronunciation of certain words, most obviously with the word “crayon”, pronounced with a single syllable as cran, whereas in standard American English, it is pronounced with two syllables as cray-on.

This can be exaggerated in certain situations, though it doesn’t occur quite as often, including pronouncing ‘remember’ as ‘member’ and ‘especially’ as ‘specially’.  Such pronunciation creates obvious homophones.

Many unique context-sensitive interjections exist, including; ‘Oo ee’ as a fear based interjection, a long “e” (Eeee) is an exclamation of bewilderment, and the trepidatious usage of the word ‘omber’.

A la” short for the curse term “a la maquina” is fairly common as well.

Pípíhearted, a combination of the Spanish term “pío” (as in pío-pío, which is an onomatopoeia from the sound of a baby bird or chick) and the English terms “chicken-hearted” or “broken-hearted”, is a slang expression used to tell someone to not be distressed or offended at a prior remark or situation.

Other popular New Mexico English words or expressions:

shut the light, for “turn off the light”

malk, for “milk”

hemburger, for hamburger

sangwich, for sandwich

get down from the car, for get off the car

heng on, for “hang on”

anyways, for anyway

mira look, for “look”

drawling, for “drawing”

pallow, for “pillow”

Sav’n Elav’n, for Seven Eleven

Ombers, an interjection commonly used to express playful disapproval or shaming of another


Of course, this all depends on where in New Mexico you grew up, as well as what part of the community you grew up in.  LOL !!

New Mexico slangs, Lesson 1:

New Mexico slangs, Lesson 2:






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Every evening before you go to sleep, repeat to yourself how fortunate you are !!

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Full moon over the Sandia Mountains, taken in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a few years ago)



There is absolutely nothing in this world worth worrying about because the most important thing in this life is the fact that you are still alive!!

Every evening before you go to sleep, repeat to yourself how fortunate you are that:

You can breathe – – Thank God for it because if you can’t you won’t be here

You can see – – some people can’t

You can hear – – some people can’t

You can feel – – some people can’t

You can touch – – some people can’t or won’t

You can move – – some people can’t

You can walk – – some people can’t

You can smell – – some people can’t

You can taste – – some people can’t

You can eat – – if you can’t you won’t be here soon

You can drink – – if you can’t you won’t be here soon

You can think – – some people can’t or won’t

You can learn – – some people can’t or won’t

You can love – – some people can’t or won’t

You can forgive – – some people can’t or won’t

If you can do all this, what more can you ask for !!!



We must never forget to look beyond others’ faults and see their need, just as God looked beyond our faults and saw our need.

We must ask God for forgiveness constantly, since we may have offended God as well as others in ways which we may not realize.

And we must forgive others constantly, just as much as we would want others to forgive us for what we may have done to others, whether we know it or not.

We must forgive others for hurting us physically or otherwise, no matter what.   Yes, being humans, it is extremely difficult to do so.  But we must.   Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues given by God to us.

“Forgive and forget” should be the motto of each of us.

There are some who can forgive others immediately, no matter what they have done to us.  Those are rare folks.  However, for many of us it takes times to forgive and forget.   Perhaps for some, it may take several years to completely do so.    Perhaps for some, it may take even many, many years to do so.    But we must forgive.

Forgiving others will bring about special blessings in our lives in some special ways that we may not realize.



We must also think about life and death, and death and life.

They are inter-connected.

Let us begin with death, a subject matter that most people do not want to discuss.

Did you know that death actually begins the moment we are born?

It’s a slow process.

The moment we are born we are immersed into this physical world and begin to experience sickness and disease and finally we die a physical death.

For some it could be very short.

For others death may come in an unexpected way before sickness and disease take over.

There is no guarantee at all if you will still be alive in the next few years, or in the next few months, or in the next few hours or even in the next few minutes.

We all have an appointed time for death.

This thought sounds rather morbid but let’s face it.

This is a fact.

We need to thank God for every new breath that we can continue to breathe while on earth, even if we may be so sick in bed and are faced with death.

Yes, many times we may feel that it is extremely difficult to do, but we must try.



There may be a reason for everything that happened so far in our personal lives.

Moreover, we do make many mistakes and made bad decisions.

There’s no turning back the clock to change the events that happened in our lives.

We can only learn from the past mistakes and ask for forgiveness for our mistakes.

Many times we question God why certain things, especially “bad things”, happen in our lives.

But we must bear in mind that God never wishes “bad things” in our lives.

God never creates “bad things”.

God is not the creator of evil.

Often times we have tragic moments in our lives which are beyond our doing.

At the time of the tragic event, we tend to question God and even complain to Him why the tragedy happened.

But later on, as the years go by, we come to a point and realize that had it not been for that tragedy in the past that I would not be here where I am, not only physically, mentally but above all and most importantly, spiritually.

We didn’t see it right then before.

As they say, “all things work out for the good for those who love and trust Him”.

Lastly, together with this thought, we can rest assured that God answers all our sincere prayers.

There are only three ways that God answers our prayers.

That is: YES, NO or NOT NOW.

When we ask God for a certain thing:

1) God can respond and say “YES”. “You will get your wish right away” (as long as your wish is not for selfish reasons).

2) God can respond and say “NO”.

(God knows exactly what is good for you).

When God says “NO”, He will give you an alternative to your request.

He will say “NO, but I will give you something that is even better for you, and you will know the reason why later on, in due time”.

and finally,

3) God can respond and say “YES, but not now, you will just have to wait patiently and then it will be granted. Now is not the right time, but it will be granted at the most appropriate time for you.”




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Two things Japan should do immediately, if it wants to remain a great nation

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Photo taken by yours truly when my wife and I visited Tokyo in 1916 to see her relatives)

by Norio Hayakawa – – July 14, 2019

Two things Japan should do immediately, if it wants to remain a great nation

Japan is a peaceful, prosperous, beautiful and ultra-modern country, one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world today.   It is blessed with rich, ancient cultural traditions that blend harmoniously with the modern.

Japan is also becoming the most popular travel destination among millions of people around the world.  The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020.

I am proud of having been born and raised in Japan.

But does it mean Japan is truly a great nation?  Some people may question this.

But I believe that it can be.  However, it could even be greater only if it accomplishes the following:


1) Japan should unconditionally sign the long-overdue Peace Treaty with Russia, i.e., without expecting the return of any of the 4 “Northern Islands”  (the southern Kuril Islands)  taken by Russia towards the close of WW2.  Signing the Peace Treaty unconditionally will economically benefit both Japan and Russia.   It will play a major role in the complete development of Russia’s Far East region and Siberia.   Millions of jobs will be created, benefiting both the Russians and the Japanese.

2) Japan as a nation should officially and publicly apologize and give at least $20,000 individually to each of the surviving Korean victims who were forced to work in Japan during WW2, including the Korean “comfort women” who were abused and victimized by the Japanese military.

The apology should officially come not only from Prime Minister Abe but also from the present symbolic head, Emperor Naruhito, who just recently acceded to the throne.

(In 2015 Japan had already given $10 million to a South Korean organization for the purpose of dispersing $10,000 each to the known, surviving victims who were categorized as “comfort women” – – this was done by the organization that was set up by Korea and Japan, not by Japan directly to the individual victims)

There are endless things Japan could do in order to completely correct the wrong it committed during WW2 and even before.  But it is endless and impossible to satisfy everyone who were victimized by the horror of war.

Even though Japan had already apologized for what it had done in WW2 and has made numerous Post-war reparations to Asian nations  (as well as other nations)  that were brutally victimized by its imperialistic militarism of the past, such apologies in the past did not seem to have been genuinely felt by the victimized nations.

The heinous crimes committed by Japan will never be forgotten by those nations.

(The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Bataan march, massacre of the Chinese people in Nanking, China, annexation of the Korean Peninsula and subsequent oppression of the Korean people, annexation of Taiwan, etc. etc. – – the list is endless)

Money will never resolve what Japan did.  Japan is still hated by those nations.  I don‘t blame them.  It will take more than several hundred years or even more before those nations would eventually forgive Japan’s past atrocities.

It’s about time that Japan learned from the United States which admitted in 1988 that it unjustly had incarcerated Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WW2.  I am proud to be a naturalized citizen of the United States, a nation that is not afraid to correct the wrong, a nation that believes in doing the right thing, in righting the wrong to the best of its abilities.

The United States gave each of the Japanese-American internees a sum of $20,000 In 1988.  Of course money alone was never enough.  But what was so important was the United States’ symbolic gesture of admittance of its error.  Action spoke louder than words.  I truly commend the United States on this matter.

Why can’t Japan do the same for the surviving Korean victims of War crimes commited by Japan?  $20,000 will never suffice, but it will be a tremendous symbolic action for Japan and may become a step towards eventual lessening of hatred by those Asian nations (as well as other nations or people who still have hatred or animosity towards Japan).

Japan can still be a great nation, but it can be greater if it will do these things.  But I doubt that it will.

Prime Minister Abe will be too afraid to delve into these matters and will never let it happen.

By the way, the greatest crisis Japan is facing now is the growing labor shortage.

By 2030 or perhaps even earlier, 60% to 65% of the population of Japan will be 65 years or older.   In order to alleviate this dire situation, Japan will have no choice other than to hire foreign workers, the vast majority of which would come from other Asian nations.

Today’s younger generation of Japan does not seem to be interested that much in procreation.  Japan must therefore show more tolerance and acceptance of those from these Asian nations that it needs.  That’s the only way Japan can even become a true leader of Asia.

Japan is a great nation.  It will even be greater if Japan can change its “island” mentality.  I am a firm supporter of immigration reform in Japan.  (I am not talking about indiscriminate mass immigration.  I am talking about selective but compassionate immigration policies).

I also believe that eventually Japan should abolish the Imperial household.

Ordinary citizens’ hard earned tax dollars  (i.e. the yen)  should not go into many of the so-called imperial household’s sometimes lavish and unnecessary expenditures.



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An excellent commentary on the UFO phenomenon, citing the 1994 Ruwa, Zimbabwe case

by UFO phenomenon commentator David L. – – November 12, 2018


On one hand, I have decided, largely based on the 1994 Ruwa, Zimbabwe UFO report  (craft landing and occupants disembarking)  witness claims, that we are being visited by another civilization with nuts and bolts craft.

Given that, perhaps said craft and beings can at least appear to us as such; manifesting in our physical reality through unfathomable means of manipulation of the physics of time and space as we understand it.

That said, my competing  (or at least co-existing belief as a Christian)  is that some, if not all sightings and experiences could be demonically produced to confound and deceive.*

(*David’s use of “some” is quite significant because it is in line with many Christian researchers, like myself, who maintain that only a third of the entire cosmic entities are in this category, i.e., the fallen or malevolent ones while two thirds are benevolent ones commonly known as benevolent angelic entities – – NH)

Either way, in both scenarios I am speaking hypothetically about cases that unequivocally can not be attributed to having earthly origins.

In this second hypothesis, the phenomenon operates in a spiritual realm and may only appear as hardware, but in fact are not and therefore incapable of becoming so, much less ever leaving behind physical evidence.

One would have to come from an Abrahamic world view to accept this of course, which has its own “show-me-the-evidence” challenges, particularly in the UFO community it seems.

Referring back to my Christian world view, I can accept the nuts-and-bolts hypothesis coexisting with my eschatological beliefs for a couple of reasons.

First, there is no claim in the Bible that man is the only intelligent, sentient being in the universe.  The Christian message is, as you know, that there is a plan for the culmination of human history as we know it.  There is no mention that this plan includes all possible life forms that may potentially be inhabiting other parts of the universe created by God.



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UFOs – – the bottom line, as far as I am concerned

My appearance on the Tracie Austin paranormal talk show on Sunday, November 11, 2018:

UFOs, Aliens & Underground Bases

Like the overwhelming majority of the world’s astronomers and scientists, I do not discount the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, even though we still have no definite evidence for it.

At the same time, however, the overwhelming, vast majority in the scientific community have been skeptical when it comes to UFOs as conclusive evidence that we have been (or are being) visited by physical aliens in physical alien spacecraft of any kind.  As far as I am concerned, the bottom line is that we have not yet been presented with any single globally accepted physical, tangible, solid, as well as irrefutable documentary evidence of such, so far.

And yet the UFO phenomenon seems to be real, according to researchers such as Dr. Jacques Vallee.

This is why I believe that the study of the UFO phenomenon definitely seems to have some intrinsic value.  Ufology is an important study and will continue to be so as long as the “UFO phenomenon” is not conclusively solved.

As I have stated time and time again, the subject of “UFOs” is the most important subject matter that I can think of because it involves everything and even seems to affect one’s worldview.

It is a fascinating study about human psychology and the role of “beliefs” that poses the question “what is reality?

Yes, “UFOs” have become a social, cultural and psychological phenomenon.  Some even say that such beliefs are much needed for some folks who may feel the urge to believe in something or something that gives them a sense of “hope” (in tandem with religious beliefs), especially in these troubling, uncertain age of global economic, social and political crises.

Add to all this the role of the Internet.

The Internet has revolutionized how information as well as misinformation can be accessed instantaneously.

For many folks among a segment of the society, the Internet has become a cesspool of totally unfounded “facts” created by hucksters and hoaxters so much so that even college-educated folks seem to fall into it.  Such hucksters and hoaxsters have become so skillful in their “art forms” that it is becoming harder and harder for many folks to distinguish what is true information and what is misinformation.



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Important information update on flying your drone around Area 51 – – October, 2018


There is some confusion about the legality of drones around Area 51.

Joerg Arnu in this following article tries to clarify a few points as he understands them as of this writing in October of 2018.  He is the proprietor of the world’s largest public information site on Area 51.

It is by no means intended to be legal advice.

Fly your drone at your own risk.

It is your responsiblity to fully understand the law.  Click the following and read Joerg Arnu’s important article:



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