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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Quote of the Day for Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Quote of the Day, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:38 PM (17:38)

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.

James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

H/T Michael G. Spivey


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
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    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Public Protesting Has Limits

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:01 PM (18:01)

In a recent article on NMPolitics.net, Heath Haussamen reported about a protest event at the Las Cruces Border Patrol station, where protestors were blocking the accessways in and out of the station.

The part that set me off was this snippet here —

“Midway through the protest about two dozen people, including Delgado-Martinez, blocked both entrances to the gated parking lot for employees at the Border Patrol station, preventing anyone from entering or leaving.”

For anyone other than sworn law enforcement, stopping someone from leaving a location without first having personally witnessed that person committing a felony is itself a felony crime —

30-4-3. False imprisonment.

False imprisonment consists of intentionally confining or restraining another person without his consent and with knowledge that he has no lawful authority to do so.

Whoever commits false imprisonment is guilty of a fourth degree felony.

http://tinyurl.com/NMSA-30-4-3

What is a felony as per New Mexico law, you might ask?

30-1-6. Classified crimes defined.

  1. A crime is a felony if it is so designated by law or if upon conviction thereof a sentence of death or of imprisonment for a term of one year or more is authorized.
  2. A crime is a misdemeanor if it is so designated by law or if upon conviction thereof a sentence of imprisonment in excess of six months but less than one year is authorized.
  3. A crime is a petty misdemeanor if it is so designated by law or if upon conviction thereof a sentence of imprisonment for six months or less is authorized.

http://tinyurl.com/NMSA-30-1-6

31-4-14. Arrest without a warrant.

The arrest of a person may be lawfully made also by any peace officer or a private person without a warrant upon reasonable information that the accused stands charged in the courts of a state with a crime punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, but when so arrested the accused must be taken before a judge or magistrate with all practicable speed and complaint must be made against him under oath setting forth the ground for the arrest as in the preceding section [31-4-13 NMSA 1978]; and thereafter his answer shall be heard as if he had been arrested on a warrant.

http://tinyurl.com/NMSA-31-4-14

It gets even better — apparently State Representative Bill McCamley (D – Las Cruces) joined Mr. Delgado-Martinez in committing felony-level obstruction of the accessways —

Later at that entrance, state Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, sat with other protesters blocking the entrance. When a man in a white pickup tried to leave, McCamley, wearing a black suit and red tie, stared him down. Delgado-Martinez sat next to him.

The man got out of his car. “I can’t leave?” he asked. He told the protesters he could arrest them before getting back in his truck and returning to the lot.

Here’s the YouTube clip embedded in the article —

Libertarians have learned over the years that you just can’t do whatever you feel like, at least without some sorts of consequences.

For example, we don’t block the entrances of post offices or other buildings while we’re gathering petition signatures or passing out literature.

And, as I’ve noted above, stopping people from leaving a building — unless you personally witness them committing a felony — is a felony crime itself.

Frankly, if I’m going to get a felony conviction, I want it to be for a damned good reason.

Still, this right in line with what we can expect from the “left” — they think that they can do unto others as they see fit.

NO, you can’t simply stop people from leaving a facility just because you feel like it.

NO, you can’t smash storefront windows and set cars on fire just because you feel like it.

NO, you can’t block traffic on the interstate by forming a human chain across the roadway just because you feel like it.

And there are potential consequences besides the legal ones — standing or sitting in front of moving vehicles just might piss off the drivers enough that they might run you over. There are YouTube clips available of Black Lives Matter protestors being run over while they were blocking a given interstate.

What if you’re blocking an ambulance carrying a patient who’s just suffered a stroke or a heart-attack? What will you tell them — “At least you have health coverage due to Obama” ?

I surmise that this is a big part of why elements of the “left” want to do away with the right to own and carry weapons, by hook or by crook — they want to be free to smash your storefront, set your car on fire or stop you from going about your business for whatever reason, without fear of consequences.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 921, 7 May 2017
  2. Approximate reading level — 13.2
  3. Reposted —
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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Just Say No 2017-2018 v1

Filed under: Politics, Media, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:21 AM (05:21)

“After Albuquerque mayoral candidate Brian Colón filed his first campaign finance report, he issued a statement touting the $357,000 he raised and the support he received from ‘some of the area’s key stakeholders.’

“But Colón has returned $5,150 to one of those key stakeholders — Attorney General Hector Balderas — after the Secretary of State’s Office determined that the contribution wasn’t legal because it was made through Balderas’ campaign fund.”
Albuquerque Journal: Mayoral candidates forced to return some contributions, by Martin Salazar, Journal Staff Writer

Shouldn’t Balderas as the sitting State Attorney General have been aware that he was about to make an illegal campaign contribution and thus refrained from doing so?

Of all people, the State Attorney General should expected to know the current law and stick to it.

If Balderas is going to use the line “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” against others, then he shouldn’t be breaking the law himself.

Likewise, Colón, being a practicing attorney and member of the NM Bar Association himself, should also have known the law and not accepted the 5,150 from Balderas.

At any rate, I will be scratching Balderas’ name off of my list of acceptable gubernatorial candidates at this point.

Nor will I be supporting Richard Berry’s 2018 gubernatorial bid.

Likewise, I will not be supporting either Brian Colón or Dan Lewis to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque.

Aside from the mayoral candidacy of Wayne Johnson, I’ll be supporting either Dumpster Fire or Cthulhu for mayor.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    7. New Mexico for Liberty Facebook group
    8. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Monkeys Humping Sporting Goods

Filed under: Dark Side, Fun, Humor, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:32 PM (21:32)

Over on Facebook, the proverbial football-humping monkey was invoked —

Just for grins and giggles, I ran a YouTube search for monkeys fucking footballs . . .

. . . but all I found was a monkey humping a basketball

. . . and another monkey humping a bowling ball.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Darth Mike – Facebook / WordPress

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

[LTE – ABQ Journal] Spare us the crocodile platitudes

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:45 PM (20:45)

In Friday’s “Up Front” column “Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action,'” Joline Gutierrez Krueger writes that she and her fellow members of “Everytown for Gun Safety” don’t want to infringe anyone’s liberty:

“How do we keep strengthening gun laws without weakening Second Amendment rights?”

“. . . though Everytown’s members stress that they support keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.”

If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they helping fund firearms safety training, as does their “archnemesis,” the National Rifle Association?

Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the State and U.S. Constitutions.

As for the phrase “gun violence” —

Why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence” ?

Why are hit and run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence” ?

Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence” ?

So please, Ms. Krueger, Ms. Brulé, spare us the crocodile platitudes about “respecting rights.”

Submitted to the Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 17 April 2017.


As published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday, 22 April 2017 —

Guns are not only tool for violence

   In (APRIL 14)’s “Up Front” column “Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action,'” Joline Gutierrez Krueger writes that she and her fellow members of “Everytown for Gun Safety” don’t want to infringe anyone’s liberty:
   “How do we keep strengthening gun laws without weakening Second Amendment rights?”
   “. . . though Everytown’s members stress that they support keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.”
   If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they helping fund firearms safety training, as does their “archnemesis,” the National Rifle Association?
   Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the State and U.S. Constitutions.
   As for the phrase “gun violence,” why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence”? Why are hit-and-run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence”? Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence”?
   So please, Ms. Krueger, Ms. Brulé, spare us the crocodile platitudes about “respecting rights.”

MIKE BLESSING

Albuquerque


Related comment —

Albuquerque Journal: Re: Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action’

If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they chipping in towards firearms safety training, as does the group they list as their archnemesis, the National Rifle Association?

Why is it that not only is “Everytown for Gun Safety” not supporting gun safety training as the National Rifle Association does, its principals are actively working against such training by lobbying to have the places where most of that training would take place — shooting ranges — shut down using “nuisance” laws and zoning codes?

If Michael Bloomberg and the other multi-millionaires behind “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about gun safety, they would put their millions behind the construction of MORE shooting ranges, and the maintenance of existing ones. They would chip in for the creation of DVDs and online video shows that provide instruction on the safe and proficient handling of firearms.

Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico.

As for the phrase “gun violence” —

Why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence” ?

Why are hit and run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence” ?

Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence” ?

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NOTES

  1. Published at the Albuquerque JournalSaturday, 22 April 2017, Rio West, p.3, Opinion – Letters: “Guns are not only tool for violence
  2. Approximate reading level – 13.2
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico Facebook page
    7. “New Mexico Libertarians” Facebook group
    8. “New Mexico Gun Rights” Facebook group
    9. “Pink Pistols — Albuquerque” Facebook group
    10. “Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico” Facebook page
    11. “New Mexico for Liberty” Facebook group
    12. “Libertarian Party USA (Unofficial)” Facebook group
    13. “GONM” Facebook group

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

[LTE – Alibi] Berry and ART — The Best and the Worst

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:23 AM (03:23)

Speaking as a long-time reader of the Alibi and resident of Albuquerque, I find it rather hilarious that Richard Berry wins both the “Best City Politician to Get a Pat on the Back” and the “Best City Politician to Get a Punch in the Nose” awards in the 2017 Best of Burque poll.

(If it matters to anyone, I would have supported him for the latter prize.)

On top of that, Berry’s inane make-work destruction of Central Ave (some call it “ART” for “Albuquerque Rapid Transit”) won both awards for “Best Use of City Money” and “Best Waste of City Money” simultaneously.

How is something a good use of public funds and also a waste of those same funds?

Schizophrenic the body politic is here in Albuquerque, that’s for sure.

What this tells me is that Burquenos want their elephante blanco projects, just so long as those projects aren’t “too” disruptive of the daily ebb and flow, meaning that they aren’t personally inconvenienced by these boondoggles.

What people don’t seem to get too well is that these projects almost always do more harm than good — most of the jobs created by them end when the project is finished (that’s the nature of the construction industry), and the tourism business that they bring in almost always falls short of projections that are hailed as Holy Scripture by the projects’ backers.

So what will happen when the Berry Runner is completed? Which of the businesses currently trying to stay afloat along its route will still be in business when it’s completed?

How many of Burquenos who currently support the Berry Runner will actually ride it after it’s done?

Time will tell, but I’m not optimistic on this one.

Submitted to The Weekly Alibi on Tuesday, 18 April 2017


FURTHER READING

  1. The Weekly Alibi — “Best of Burque 2017: Civic Duty”

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 18.1

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

[LPNM] Resolution Condemning Cuban Arrest of U.H. Hernandez and M.V. Visea

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:35 AM (01:35)

Given that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico exists to promote liberty together with the Libertarian Party of the United States and the Libertarian Parties of all the several states, and the International Libertarian movement;

And,

Given that the political climate in the United States and in other countries has become increasingly authoritarian;

Be it resolved that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico joins the Libertarian Party of Nevada and the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire by condemning the Communist government of Cuba for the political arrest and detention of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velasquez Visea that took place on February 2, 2017. These men were specifically targeted for their peaceful promotion of limited government and free markets. We call upon Libertarians and liberty-minded people in these United States and free people across the world to join us in condemning the immoral arrest and detention of individuals for exercising their natural and human rights. May tyrants be destroyed and liberty reign among all of the peoples throughout the world.

Resolved by the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico on Monday, February 20, 2017.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Mises WireCastro Regime Arrests Member of Mises Cuba by Tho Bishop

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
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    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

[FB] A Leash Has Two Ends, by Kyle Bennett

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:07 AM (01:07)

A leash has two ends.

If this article resonates with you, then you can relate to why I am an anarchist. Not that this kind of thing is the fundamental reason, but the fact is that when you couple everyone’s well-being, autonomy, values, prosperity, whatever so closely together, every individual is always at risk of theirs being steamrolled by a faceless horde they never wanted to have anything to do with.

You, who feel this way now, have most likely been on the front lines of strengthening that coupling. When you thought you had enough power to remain the steamroller instead of the flattened victim, you had no qualms about imposing it on everyone from your neighbors to people you never have and never will meet, people you only know through stereotypes.

Now you’re on the receiving end, and you’re suddenly calling it unfair, oppressive, a moral outrage. If the only outcome of this election was to rub your face in that lesson, so you could not ignore it, it was worth it.

For me, I’m of the same view I have held for many years. Break that kind of coupling, at a deep, fundamental level. While it exists, something close to half the population will find it unbearable. Now that it is your half, maybe you see it too, but if your answer is further imposition aimed at making sure the roles never get reversed again (like undoing the electoral college), you are not only missing the point, you’re driving people toward solutions even more drastic and unbearable.

I know this is not going to turn you anarchist overnight, but maybe you at least get a glimpse of the value of federalism, state’s rights, tenth amendment, etc. If you refuse to see it, prepare for this kind of thing, or worse, to keep happening for the rest of your life. The gloves are off, and the barriers to how far down into your lives it can reach have been dropping like flies for generations, mostly at your vehement insistence.

Brother, you asked for it.

The Hill: America is held hostage by flyover states, by Duane Thompson


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.4
  2. Original article
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Grassfire / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    7. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Just How Stupid Are They?!

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:26 AM (00:26)

While browsing the gold mine of information that is publicintelligence.net, I came across this gem

Here’s the PDF version, for grins and giggles.

The absolutely hilarious part about it is this line in bold-type red ALL-CAPS across the bottom —

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT USE ONLY – NOT TO BE FURTHER DISSEMINATED WITHOUT ATF PERMISSION

Seriously, folks?

The technology depicted on the poster has been around for over one hundred years before the poster was published (April, 2006).

This sort of information has been in the public domain since the 1950s – that’s over fifty years.

Yet this agency still thinks that this is on the level of “TOP SECRET” ?

No wonder we refer to them as “the F-Troop” – the moniker is definitely hard-earned in their case.


NOTES

  1. Published elsewhere
    1. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 901, 4 December 2016
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Darth Mike Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    4. Wood Chipper Facebook page

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Does Trump Arouse You?

Filed under: Dark Side, Fun, Humor, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:59 AM (00:59)

No, Trump doesn’t arouse me in any way, but apparently he does get those who claim to hate and fear him a bit on the frisky side, as evidenced by this letter to Dan Savage’s Savage Love column —

I’m a longtime fan – reader and listener – and part of the 47 percent of white women who did NOT vote for Donald Trump. To say I’m disappointed, horrified, scared, and mad about the election is woefully insufficient. I donated $100 to Planned Parenthood this morning because I honestly felt like there was nothing else I could do. That being said, I wanted to share that I had one of the most weirdly charged, hottest, and sexiest orgasms. A little buzzed (dealing with those election results) and sad, my boyfriend and I turned to each other for consolation. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, we were fucking as Trump came on the TV to give his acceptance speech. As that orange blowhard spewed more bullshit about being our president, I rode my boyfriend’s big, beautiful dick until I came. It was the perfect way to say, “Fuck this. Now fuck me.” I encourage all your readers to fuck out the stress from this election. Yes, we should donate and volunteer and speak up and protest and vote and not give up hope, but we should also keep doing it and taking care of each other. Because love trumps hate, and fucking trumps . . . well, I’m not sure what fucking trumps. But it sure makes life better.

– Justifiably Unsettled Lass Intensely Emoting

And then Savage doubles down on the lust born from hate or fear of Trump, as demonstrated by “JULIE” —

It’s important to practice good self-care in the wake of a traumatic event – the election qualifies as a traumatic event – and going by the definition of self-care at GoodTherapy.org, fucking the living shit out of someone qualifies as self-care: “Actions that an individual might take in order to reach optimal physical and mental health . . . Self-care [includes] activities that an individual engages in to relax or attain emotional well-being, such as meditating, journaling, or visiting a counselor.”

They’re too polite over at GoodTherapy.org to include “fucking the shit out of someone” on their list of examples, JULIE, but what you did on election night – which just so happens to be the exact same thing I did on election night – certainly meets all the criteria.

And if anyone out there who did the same on election night – fucked the shit out of someone – is feeling the least bit guilty, please know that millions of Americans did the exact same thing after 9/11. We used a different term to describe all that post-9/11 fucking: “terror-sex,” which New York magazine defined as “urgent, unguarded, end-of-the-world coitus inspired by that day’s sudden jolt of uncertainty and fear.”

I want to thank you for writing, JULIE, and I want to second your recommendation: Sex, partnered or solo, makes life better – and people shouldn’t feel guilty about fucking someone else and / or fucking / jacking / dildo-ing themselves at this uncertain and fearful moment in our nation’s history. Yes, we must donate and volunteer and protest and vote, all while reminding ourselves daily that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. And we must commit to defending our friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are immigrants (documented or not), Muslims (American born, immigrants, or refugees), people of color, women seeking reproductive health care, trans men and women seeking safety, lesbian and gay men seeking to protect their families, and everyone and everything else Trump has threatened to harm, up to and including the planet we all live on.

But we must make time for joy and pleasure and laughter and friends and food and art and music and sex. During the darkest days of the HIV / AIDS epidemic, when Republicans and religious conservatives controlled the federal government and were doing everything in their power to harm the sick and dying, queers organized and protested and volunteered and mourned. We also made music and theater and art. We took care of each other, and we danced and loved and fucked. Embracing joy and art and sex in the face of fear and uncertainty made us feel better – it kept us sane – and it had the added benefit of driving our enemies crazy. They couldn’t understand how we could be anything but miserable, given the challenges we faced – their greed, their indifference, their bigotry – but we created and experienced joy despite their hatred and despite this awful disease. We turned to each other – we turned to our lovers and friends and sometimes strangers – and said, “Fuck them. Now fuck me.”

We didn’t eradicate HIV / AIDS, the disease that was sickening us then, but we fought it to a standstill and we may defeat it yet. The disease that now sickens our nation is different. We may never eradicate racism and sexism and hatred. But fight it we will. And don’t listen to anyone who tells you that music and dance and art and sex and joy are a distraction from the fight. They are a part of the fight.

So why aren’t there any blog posts from conservative or libertarians expounding on their fear or hate of Hillary Clinton making them horny?


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / FetLife / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Darth Mike Facebook page
    3. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group
    7. The Coiled Serpent: A Virtual Tavern Facebook group

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