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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 20 July 2017

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 4:07 AM (04:07)

It is my contention that this concept of spontaneous order is the central idea of the enlightenment, brought to a pinnacle nine years later by Adam Smith with his invisible hand and applied to life itself by Charles Darwin some decades later. If the English language can get along without a government, why do we so quickly assume that English society cannot organise itself?

To labour the point, today in London roughly 10 million people ate lunch. Working out just how much of each type of food to have available in the right places at the right time to ensure that this happened was a problem of mind-boggling complexity, made all the harder by the fact people made up their mind what to eat mostly at the last minute.

Who was in charge of this astonishing feat? Who is London’s lunch commissioner and why does he get so little credit? Why is this system not subsidised? How can it be so lightly regulated?

The protesters who gather to criticise free enterprise from time to time use Facebook and iPhones to arrange their protest, drink Starbucks and eat Pret, wear shirts and shoes, in some cases even use toothpaste and shampoo before setting out. They swim where they wish to in a sea of possibilities provided by free enterprise.

— Matt Ridley, Free Markets are Revolutionary, Liberating, and Democratic (Foundation for Economic Education [FEE])


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Trump and Jefferson Tag-Team the Lamestream Snoozemedia

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:59 AM (06:59)

Much has been made lately from a 38-second YouTube clip in which Donald Trump knocks “CNN” to the floor at WrestleMania 23.

In particular, the CNN staff seem to view this as an existential threat.

If the talking heads and executives at CNN took a look back to history, they would find that The Donald isn’t the first First Executive to disparage theit profession. For example, the following quote —

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807)


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ixquick search — Thomas Jefferson newspaper
  2. Intellectual Takeout: Thomas Jefferson Had Some Issues with Newspapers by Daniel Lattier
  3. The Washington PostThe Fix: Memo to Donald Trump: Thomas Jefferson invented hating the media by Lindsey Bever

NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 930, Sunday, 9 July 2017
  2. Reposted –
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    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Egg McMuffin for President Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page

Friday, 7 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Friday, 7 July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 8:48 PM (20:48)

“You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause is improperly administered.”

— Lyndon Baines Johnson


Thursday, 15 June 2017

[LPNM] Policy Proposals 2017 v.1

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:53 PM (15:53)

Right to Own and Carry Weapons — “Gun Control is Using Both Hands” — “Molon Labe” (title cribbed from Joe Nichols)

  1. The LPNM calls for an amendment to the State Constitution changing Article II, Section 6 from

    “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.”

    to this —

    “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.”

  2. Call for legislative repeal or judicial overturning of NMSA:
    1. 30-7-2 prohibition against concealed weapons
    2. 30-7-8 prohibition against switchblades
    3. 3. 30-7-13 prohibition against carrying weapons on a bus

Or just call for the repeal or overturning of NMSA 30-7 in its entirety.

Here’s a partial list of my preferences for electoral policy[1]

  1. Enact uniform signature requirements for all candidates, regardless of partisan affiliation, or lack thereof. Every candidate for a given office should have to get the same number of signatures, and any registered voter should be able to sign any candidate’s nominating petition. No more of this bit about having to get signatures from only people registered with one party. End the current rule that if you sign more than one candidate’s petition, all of your nominating signatures are invalidated.
  2. End the practice of using tax dollars to fund the conventions and primaries of the “major party” organizations. Let parties pick their candidates however they choose.
  3. Leave the straight-party voting option off the ballot. If it does get put back on, then put straight “YES” and “NO” options for the bond issues and judicial retention spots on the ballot.
  4. Explicitly allow ballot selfies — basically, repeal NMSA 3-8-50 (A)(1).
  5. Eliminate all forms of public campaign financing. If you really want a form of candidate subsidies in place, let the parties do it themselves. Or set up a domestic non-profit LLC (something like a 501-c-3 under the current federal tax code). Make sure that its charter forbids its officers from lobbying the Roundhouse or any other governmental body, or from accepting any money from the public treasury. While you’re at it, make sure its charter also forbids its officers from making statements on any other issue while representing the organization.
  6. If you seriously want to give the candidates a hard time about campaign finance, don’t limit how much they can take from any one donor.
  7. I support electoral fusion — if someone can get nominated by both the LP and GOP, CP, whatever, more power to them.
  8. Parties should also have the discretion and right to reject prospective candidates based upon their stated principles, bylaws, whatever.

My position on eminent domain is that “just compensation” should be strictly defined as the property owner’s asking price. Otherwise it’s a no-go.

Monetary policy? I’m OK for you accepting whatever medium of exchange you want. If you want to play the currency speculation game, that’s cool, too, just don’t defraud anyone.

Other positions of mine — see here for examples

I think that further codification of the Dallas Accord is in order as a catch-all, something like this —

The Libertarian Party of New Mexico, its officers, its candidates, and its spokespeople, as well its affiliate organizations, their officers, candidates and spokespeople, shall refrain from calling for, endorsing or otherwise supporting any expansion of government at all levels, including but not limited to its expense, its intrusiveness, or its reach and power over the private sector.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Libertarian Solutions to Closed, Non-Competitive Elections

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Yours Truly Listed on LPedia

Filed under: Life, Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:15 AM (02:15)

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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

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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: Media, Politics, 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 –
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    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
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    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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