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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

[LPNM] Supporting Future Candidates

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:17 PM (23:17)

I think that for next year’s State Convention, I will sponsor a resolution that for the LPNM to consider endorsing any presidential candidate(s), that those candidate(s) must first have attended two (2) Libertarian Party events within the last calendar year.

UPDATE 1 — also include vice-presidential candidate(s).

UPDATE 2

For presidential and VP candidates, 2 LP events in general.

For statewide candidates in New Mexico, LPNM events.

Even if it doesn’t pass, that’s one thing I’ll be looking at as a criterion.

UPDATE 3

Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:17 PM:

What constitutes an event? Showing up at national and having a pow-wow with the big boys over drinks or what? Showing up at a bake sale by an LP group somewhere in the US?

I would say that any public event should qualify.

Also who will be in charge of gathering the information and from whom? How do we verify it? Do we always even have access to the candidates before the convention to ask them these questions?

I would think that the candidate in question would want such contact with the party “insiders” to be public knowledge, so the candidate would probably publicize that attendance. Thus it should be easily findable using a simple web search or two.

If it comes into question, then the burden of proof should be on that candidate’s supporters, in my opinion.

I think if the majority of the caucus wants to endorse a presidential candidate, that should honestly be enough..no purging or hurdles necessary.

Shouldn’t we want people who are involved in the party more than a month before the nomination?

Nominating people who can’t be bothered to show up until nomination weekend is a recipe for disaster.

Seriously — if someone can’t be bothered to attend two (2) LP events somewhere in the United States within a year, chances are that they’re not a serious candidate for a nationwide office.


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[LPNM] 2017 Annual State Convention [1]

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:32 PM (13:32)

I think that for next year’s State Convention, I will sponsor a resolution that for the LPNM to consider endorsing any presidential candidate(s), that those candidate(s) must first have attended two (2) Libertarian Party events within the last calendar year.

UPDATE 1 — also include vice-presidential candidate(s).


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Friday, 19 August 2016

[LPNM] Resolution: Right to Self-Defense and to Firearms

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:32 AM (05:32)

WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent and unalienable human right; and

WHEREAS, the Platforms of the National Libertarian Party (LNC) and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition; and

WHEREAS, the Platforms of the LNC and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico affirm the right of due process, and deny the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”; and

WHEREAS, the government has steadily encroached upon these rights by illegitimately regulating and restricting access for firearms and ammunition, and may further seek to deprive people, who have been convicted of no crime, of their inherent right to full self-defense by denying their civil and inherent rights to obtain firearms and ammunition; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person solely for being placed on any government watch or no-fly list, and reaffirms its call to repeal and oppose any existing or proposed firearm and ammunition regulations.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –

    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [ page, profile ] / Liberty.Me [ blog, profile ] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com

    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group

      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Obama: “It’s easier to get a Glock than a book . . . .”

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:25 AM (05:25)

When addressing the assembled mourners in Dallas, Barry Obama said the following[1]:

It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than a computer . . . or even a book.

First, there’s these places called libraries that will let you read books without going through any paperwork at all. Quite a few of these . . . libraries . . . will let you check out books and — wait for it — take them home without so much as a simple background check.

Nor do the librarians make you fill out federally-mandated paperwork asking you if you’re a convicted felon, fugitve from justice, illegal immigrant, been dishonorably discharged from the military, have been adjudicated as mentally unfit to read, have any domestic violence convictions, or if you’ve renounced your U.S. citizenship.

And if you want to keep the book, you don’t go to a library, but to another place called a bookstore, where you can hand over some of your cash and take the book home with you. No background check, no waiting period, just pay for your book, take it and go. Nor do you have to be at least 21 years old to purchase small, easily-carried books.

Why, they even let you buy or borrow multiple books without additional paperwork. WOW!

Nor do the feds require bookstore owners to get a federal license to sell books across state lines.

Now, what about prices?

Let’s see:

A mass-market paperback of the kind that I bought most of my books as ran at 2.50 (plus tax) back in the early 1980s. Now they’re up to ∅7.99-8.99.

Trade paperbacks in the 6″ x 9″ format usually run ∅9.99-19.99, depending on how many pages, the publisher, etc.

Hardbacks are pricier — they’re usually over ∅20, most likely in the ∅22-27 range (it does pay at times to check the remainder tables!).

How about computers, then?

You can get a used desktop (such as the one I’m typing this article on) for about ∅100-200 (I paid ∅90 to a place that was going out of business).

Used laptops are in the same price range.

And as with books, there’s no need to fill out any federally-mandated paperwork, no waiting periods, no required background check, no age requirement. You can get a computer, even a brand-new one, even if you’re a convicted felon, messed up between the ears, been dishonorably discharged, etc., etc.

As for the Glock, though, that’s a bit different. Brand-new, a Glock will run you about ∅500. Used, they can go for more or less, depending on condition and after-market modifications. A factory-model Glock in decent condition will cost you about ∅300.

On top of that, if you’re a convicted felon, don’t get caught possessing that Glock by the cops — the feds love to throw people in prison for ten-year stretches for that.

That federally-mandated paperwork and background check I linked to above? That’s the sort of thing you have to go through to purchase a firearms from a federally-licensed dealer. In order to sell firearms across state lines and on any sort of commercial basis, the feds require that the dealer get a Federal Firearms License [FFL].

So much for Obama’s comment in Dallas.

Here’s the really bad part about Obama’s comment:

He’s got advisors from the Cabinet secretaries and agency directors on down who could have offered up the correct information for his Dallas speech. It’s already bad taste to use a memorial service to score political points. On top of that, he used nonsensical comments to score those points? Come one, now.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ixquick search / DuckDuckGo search / Startpage search / Qwant search / Encrypted Google search

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.2

  2. Published in The Libertarian Enterprise#882 : 24 July 2016
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Galaxy2 / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com

    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group

      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor

  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7

  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus here and here / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com

    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group

      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Random Shots for Sunday, 10 July 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    “One step further, and I know this will upet some, what can we do to finally get a reasonable gun control law passed.”

    Since by “reasonable,” you mean that you dictate and I surrender liberty and property upon demand, you just did your part in killing that “ongoing national discussion” from the start.

    I didn’t kill anyone in Dallas, Minneapolis, California, Chicago, or Orlando, so I have ZERO intention of supporting what you call “compromise,” but would really be nothing more than partial surrender on my part.

  2. Posted to Facebook here and here

    Larken Rose

    To all those who scoff at the idea of a population armed merely with rifles being able to resist the all-knowing, all-powerful “government,” I would like to point you to….. Dallas. Whatever you think of the morality of the sniper’s actions, all by himself he took out a bunch of cops, made a hell of a lot more of them hide, and kept it going until they eventually sent a robot after him, because they didn’t dare to go after him themselves. If you think the control freaks laugh at the idea of a population armed with rifles, you know nothing about military history or tactics.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    The control freaks might *publicly* laugh at the idea of an armed population resisting domestic tyranny, but *privately*, they’re scared out of their minds.

    If they truly thought that the notion was ludicrous, why would they be so hell-bent on getting those rifles and pistols away from us?

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. IDW Publishing – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fool’s Gold

  2. The Fifth Column NewsCycle of Insurgency: What an insurgency in the US would look like by Justin King
  3. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 880, 10 July 2016
  4. Mountain Guerrilla by John Mosby – Skull-Stomping Sacred Cows: Sun Tzu on Dallas, Cowardice, and Training
  5. ReasonThe Libertarian Party Moment by Matt Welch
  6. Military TimesU.S. approves UN use of force to protect civilians in conflict

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Random Shots for Saturday, 9 July 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook and Twitter

    BCSO DWI checkpoint on westbound Montgomery east of Carlisle in ABQ.

  2. Posted to Facebook here and here

    http://asp.tacticalgear.com/whos-to-blame/

  3. Posted to Facebook here and here

  4. Posted to Facebook

    It’s about two years old. They since made the video clip on YouTube private, but I grabbed a copy beforehand.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. A Soldier's PerspectiveWho’s To Blame? by CJ Grisham

  2. Science Channel – How the Universe Works
  3. HypelineFacebook Censorship of Libertarian Page by Nathan Williamson
  4. IndependentSuper-private social network launched to take on Facebook with support of Anonymous by Andrew Griffin
  5. The American ConservativeWho’s the Libertarian Now? by Justin Raimondo
  6. Nevada County ScooperArmed Patriots Raid Suspected Terrorist Training Camp in Virginia by Rex Kramer

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Random Shots for Friday, 8 July 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook here and here

    Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)

    Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

    H/T Seth Anderson Bailey
    https://facebook.com/sabailey1/posts/10208628825930390

    http://in.techspot.com/news/security/nsa-classifies-linux-journal-readers-tor-and-tails-linux-users-as-extremists/articleshow/47743699.cms

  2. Posted to Facebook

    According to the article, Weld didn’t explicitly say that he would support Hillzilla.

    Still, this praise and excuse-making for the Clintons from Johnson and Weld is absolutely nauseating.

    Doesn’t matter if Hillzabeast had criminal intent, as Johnson says she didn’t — plenty of other people have gone to prison for less without having criminal intent. For what it’s worth, I would like to know what Hitlery has done in the last 20 years WITHOUT some form of criminal intent.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    That works for me — let’s make it reality: west half of New Mexico goes to Arizona, east half to Texas. And have the Legislature visit Wood Chipper (Chipper isn’t limited to the executive branch, as the picture suggests. Chipper is an equal-opportunity chipper.).

    https://facebook.com/Wood-Chipper-1781920312039765/

  4. Posted to Facebook

    I would prefer that both Johnson and Weld stop praising Hilzabeast entirely and stop making excuses for Hillzilla entirely and stick to promoting libertarianism.

  5. Posted to Facebook

    Every time Gary or Weld praises or makes excuses for Hillary or Obama, they’re driving a potential Libertarian voter to support Trump.

  6. Posted to Facebook

    Gary Johnson and Weld stumping for Hillary and Obama is just as bad as Wayne Allyn Root stumping for Romney, Ryan, etc. in 2012, if not worse.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Techspot India by Times Global Partners — NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists” by Himanshu Arora

  2. GawkerWhat I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings by D. Brian Burghart
  3. Dirt Road Economist [DRE] by Dennis Linthicum — Cultivate Liberty
  4. Free KeeneVideo of Jim Babb’s Epic Rant on Porcfest’s Schism by Ian Freeman
  5. Rolling StoneThe Oath Keeper Who Wants to Arm Black Lives Matter by Alan Feuer
  6. The Firearm Blog [TFB] — Rikers Island Guards Issued Kel-Tec Shotguns by Nicholas C
  7. Daily MailLibertarian presidential candidate says he’d ‘lose no sleep’ over being a ‘spoiler’ – though his running mate says he’ll vote for Hillary if Donald doesn’t behave by Nikki Schwab
  8. Business Insider [BI] — The Great Recession was much, much worse for African Americans by Shane Ferro

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Happy Independence Day — From a 21st Century Tory

Filed under: Correspondence, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:18 PM (18:18)

My inbox is always bursting with spam —

From: Michelle Lujan Grisham via bounce.bluestatedigital.com
To: Mike Blessing
Date: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM
Subject: Happy Independence Day!

What’s amusing about this is that Michelle Lujan Grisham is the 21st century New Mexico equivalent of an 18th century British Tory.

A little histoy lesson here — the Tories were the British political party who were opposed to the American Revolution of 1776. They were whom the Declaration of Independence was a series of complaints against when it was signed at Independence Hall (then the Pennsylvania State House).

In short, they were the Big Government party of the United Kingdom of the 1760s and 1770s.

Doesn’t Big Government neatly summarize the political career of Michelle Lujan Grisham? When has she EVER supported making government smaller, less intrusive, less expensive? Not much that we here in New Mexico have seen.

Grisham has little to no respect for the individual right to own and carry weapons, she’s always in favor of expanding the welfare state, and she signs off on Democrat-sponsored corporate welfare while complaining about corporations being under-regulated. If you’re a farmer or rancher, she doesn’t seem to care if your land is seized out from under you by the BLM, Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife, EPA, or whoever else, just so long as it fits the current Democrat narrative.

What’s also amusing is that today’s British Tories (the Conservative Party, by their own name) are the “across-the-pond” equivalent of America’s Republicans — they advertise themselves as moderate libertarians during the campaign season, then govern as moderate Democrats (Labour Party for the UK Conservatives).

If you want the real deal, then go with actual, brand-name Libertarians here in the States. For the UK, I would suggest either the Libertarian Party UK [LPUK] or UK Independence Party [UKIP]


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 22.2

  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com

    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group

      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Random Shots for Saturday, 2 July 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Quora

    Save yourself the keystrokes and buy a one-way plane ticket to the UK, Japan, the Peoples’ Republic of China, or Australia. They already have the gun laws you want in place — why piss off us Americans who do own guns and support the Second Amendment if you don’t have to? After all, in your mind, we’re all criminals, psychopaths, terrorists and idiots, who will shoot you and everyone else in the vicinity at the drop of a hat.

    As a bonus, those countries have some sort of “universal health care” scheme in place, so you can get “free” medical care after you get shot by one of the local criminals who somehow failed to obey those gun laws you love so much.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    My version of this:

    https://quora.com/What-do-we-US-Citizens-have-to-do-to-get-tighter-gun-laws-in-this-country-USA/answer/Mike-Blessing-1

    Save yourself the keystrokes and buy a one-way plane ticket to the UK, Japan, the Peoples’ Republic of China, or Australia. They already have the gun laws you want in place — why piss off us Americans who do own guns and support the Second Amendment if you don’t have to? After all, in your mind, we’re all criminals, psychopaths, terrorists and idiots, who will shoot you and everyone else in the vicinity at the drop of a hat.

    As a bonus, those countries have some sort of “universal health care” scheme in place, so you can get “free” medical care after you get shot by one of the local criminals who somehow failed to obey those gun laws you love so much.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    Probably so about Farmers Only, but I doubt it in the case of vegansinglesonly.com — the name of this game is in no way, shape or form equality as we understand it between segments of society, it’s about making sure that those segments deemed to be worthy of legal protections get them, while everyone who isn’t on the favored list gets to twist in the wind.

  4. Posted to Facebook

    Another thing that “we’re not looking to repeal” ?

  5. Posted to Facebook

    And how much of that ill-gotten gain will end up in Gary’s pocket? Or is Gary just being used as a stage prop?

  6. Posted to Facebook

    It seems Matisyahu only supports self-defense (and by extension, self-determination) when it’s convenient — he signed Billboard’s “An open letter to Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now”

    http://billboard.com/open-letter/

  7. Posted to Facebook

    Who’s got what it takes to bring me down?

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Independent Journal Review Opinon [IJR] — Gun Rights Advocates Have A Devastating New Argument Against Gun Control. Here It Is. by Kurt Schlichter

  2. Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld
  3. Centauri Dreams by the Tau Zero FoundationInterstellar Comparisons by Adam Crowl (posted by Paul Gilster)
  4. Liberty Viral“Go F**k Yourself You Communist Turd” Senator Says To Anti-Free Speech Democrat
  5. Sen. David Leyonhjelm Maiden Speech (July 9, 2014)
  6. The AntiMediaAmerica’s Female Prison Population Has Grown 800% and Nobody Is Talking About It by Clarice Palmer
  7. Gary Johnson on Bill Maher
  8. New York PostElite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist by Paul Sperry
  9. The Washington TimesChristianMingle loses lawsuit, must now include gay singles by Jessica Chasmar
  10. Clovis News Journal [CNJ] — McManigal: Only intelligent choice is no vote by Kent McManigal (Posted by Malinda Montgomery)

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