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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

LPNM 2013 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:51 PM (12:51)

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2013 Annual State Convention

Theme: The Way Forward – Rebuilding

Venue: Quarters BBQ – 3700 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-249-1248

Friday, 19 April 2013

Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the Quarters BBQ bar area at about 6:00 PM for an informal dinner / discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

11:00 AM – Registration and pay-as-you-go lunch
  • Order off the menu for lunch. Registration fees are Ø50 per person (Ø40 if paid before 1 April 2013), to include dinner in the evening.
1:00 PM – LPNM Business Meeting [no charge for anyone attending ONLY the business meeting]
  • All who are registered with the State of New Mexico as Libertarians (“LIB” on the voter registration card) can vote during nominations for public office.
  • Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM business and internal LPNM elections.
  • Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities.
  • Central Committee meeting after close of the LPNM Business Meeting.
  • See below the schedule for more details.
3:00 PM – Speaker [To be announced]
4:00 PM – Speaker [To be announced]
5:00 PM – Break [so Quarters can prepare for the dinner]
6:00 PM – Family-style dnner [included in the registration fee]
  • Includes BBQ chicken, ribs, sliced beef brisket, sliced pork brisket, hot links, with various sides, and includes your choice of iced tea, coffee, or soda [other beverages are pay-as-you-go].
7:00 PM – Keynote Speaker – [To be announced]
8:00 PM – LPNM Fundraiser Auction [Bring items to donate]

9:00 PM – Convention [and Quarters] closes

Speakers and Candidates Addressing the Convention Membership

Speakers will have 30–45 minutes to make their case, then should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

Handouts for Distribution

The LPNM membership reserves the right to disavow any handouts (handbills, brochures, CDs, DVDs, etc.) offered for distribution to convention membership, as well as the person(s) doing the distributing.

Nominations for Candidates for Public Office

As per the New Mexico State Constitution, all of the municipal elections scheduled to take place in 2013 will be “non-partisan” – the candidates’ partisan affiliations will not be listed on the ballot, but anyone who can get by with Google or Bing can find out how these folks are registered and affiliated with a few keystrokes and mouseclicks. Still, the NMSA (“State law”) doesn’t forbid the LPNM membership from talking to any particular candidate. Nor does the NMSA forbid the LPNM from inviting any candidates to speak to us. If you know of any that might be of interest to us, let us know.

Becoming an LPNM Candidate for Public Office

Anyone wanting to be a candidate for public office on the LPNM’s ballot line needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the Governor’s Election Proclamation for 2012 comes out. Usually this Proclamation is put out on the last Tuesday of January. A safe bet is to get this done at least two weeks before the Proclamation is released by the Governor’s Office.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Get nominated by your peers at the State Convention (or a County Convention for offices contained entirely in one county).
  4. Download and thoroughly read the candidate guides available from the Secretary of State’s office, as they contain all of the details required by the State of New Mexico – filing dates, signature requirements, etc. See here for the guides – http://www.sos.state.nm.us/2012CandidateGuideInfo.html
  5. Read the Run for Office page at lp.org
  6. If you’re seeking one of the LPNM’s nominations, it helps a bit if you introduce yourself to your fellow New Mexico Libertarians in person a bit before the State Convention – show up at some of our county-level meet-and-greet supper clubs, that sort of thing.

Participating in LPNM Internal Business

All you have to do to participate in the LPNM’s internal business (changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, internal nominations, etc.) is to do the following (both steps are necessary, regardless of order completed):

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” so that your voter registration card reads “LIB” in the spot marked “PARTY” (lower right-hand corner).
  2. Sign up as what the LPNM refers to as a “Caucus Member.” Basically, this means that you’ve signed the Non-Aggression Pledge and paid $25 in dues. You can do this at the Convention itself, as we’ll have the necessary paperwork on hand.
  3. Pay the required amount for a convention membership (separate from LPNM membership dues).
  4. Anyone seeking a spot on the Central Committee or as an officer of a county affiliate needs to be a Caucus member.
  5. If you’re seeking one of these spots, it helps a bit if you introduce yourself to your fellow New Mexico Libertarians in person a bit before the State Convention – show up at some of our county-level meet-and-greet supper clubs, that sort of thing.

Out-of-State Visitors

  1. All national-level candidates (for President, National Chair, LNC spots, etc.) are responsible for covering their own expenses, including but not limited to travel, meals, and lodging. They are, of course, free to solicit financial or other support from individual LPNM members, but the LPNM will not expend organizational resources for this purpose.
  2. The LPNM as an organization will NOT endorse candidates for any office until they have been officially nominated by an accredited affiliate of the Libertarian Party.

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Results from the 9 October UNM Rally

Current mood: excited

For those wondering how the Gary Johnson UNM Rally for Jobs, Opportunity and Diversity on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 went, here’s some of the details:

I arrived right at about 5:25 PM, after spending about ten minutes looking for a parking lot – the “A” lot was packed. I ended up paying the 7.00 for a spot in the parking structure next to the square by the SUB.

Upon arriving at the ballroom, I dropped off my plastic milk crate full of brochures at the LPNM table manned by Mark Curtis, Ron Bjornstad, Elizabeth Honce, Elisheva Levin, and others.

After dropping off the supplies (it was a bit painful to carry that crate from the parking structure to the ballroom), I met Tom Mahon and Todd Myers where “Jack Gault” was parked. They had a spare Sharpie marker-pen on hand, so I signed the van on the front of the hood – dead-center, right above the edge where the latch is located.

At the same time, I made contact with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative and made myself available for my speaking slot.

While waiting for my speaking time, I went to the “green room” and had my picture taken with Gary Johnson.

So I presented my speech, came in at 6:20 – 1:20 longer than the 5 minutes I had planned for. While I didn’t get the standing ovations that later speakers got, several people came up to me afterwards and complimented me on my bit.

Next up for the podium was the Independent American Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Barrie. If Jon wasn’t running, I suspect many New Mexico Libertarians would be casting blanks come their time at the ballot “box.” Jon talked for about ten minutes, mentioned that the politicians had their chance (too many chances to be forgiven come the election) to fix things, and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.

Following Jon Barrie was Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s only think-tank that supports what the Tea Party claims to support – free-market economics, public-sector fiscal restraint, individual rights and Constitutionally-limited government. Paul talked about what New Mexico needs to prosper as a state.

After Paul, Jim Villanucci of 770 KKOB-AM spoke about how much crap listeners were giving him about his not supporting Mittens. After all, it’s either “you’re for Romney or you’re for Obama,” correct? Not even close – and with that, Jim introduced Gary Johnson as the only candidate in the presidential race worthy of libertarians’ support.

Here’s the video clip on YouTube of Gary’s speech – http://youtu.be/bInmA5MhXTg

What did Gary discuss? First, he talked about his business background – he started Big J Enterprises on his own out of college, built it to 1,000 employees, then sold it in 1999 without having to fire anyone. He said that his business career is just a testament to showing up on time and doing what you say you’ll do for people, maybe a little more.

His unsolicited advice to the audience? Go into business for yourself as opposed to punching someone else’s time-clock – you’ll find it much more rewarding. This dovetails with what I’ve heard from other libertarian entrepreneurs . . . .

Here’s some of his talking points:

  • With everything that you do in life, there are obstacles – you just have to keep going.
  • When he first ran for office (1994), the GOP leadership blew him off as “unelectable,” but he ended up winning the general election.
  • While serving as Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed 750 pieces of legislation – more than the other 49 governors in the country put together. He had thousands of line-item vetoes, taking it to a new level – only two were overridden.
  • With those vetoes, he saved up a few dumptrucks-full of ∅∅∅∅∅∅∅ by cutting out unnecessary spending and blocking regulations that weren’t going to make us the slightest bit safer.
  • The powers-that-be predicted imminent disaster after Johnson’s vetoes, which didn’t happen. Also, he was an equal-opportunity vetoer – he vetoed bad bills from Republicans
  • Of all of the presidential candidates for the 2012 election season, he’s the only one viewed favorably in his home state – “people wave at me with all five fingers, not just one.”
  • Of all the presidential candidates, he had the best record on job creation, except that he didn’t create any jobs as governor – any jobs created were created by the private sector. There was certainty in New Mexico’s regulatory environment, and that makes it easier for the private sector to create jobs.
  • Out of all of the presidential candidates, he has the most “Liberty Torches” from the ACLU (21 out of 24).
  • He’s the only candidate who doesn’t want to bomb or use sanctions against Iran. Iran isn’t the threat to America or anyone else that the hairspray-heads supporting the Imperial District make it out to be.
  • China isn’t a threat to America due to the way the two countries trade with each other.
  • Bring the troops home from Afghanistan now.
  • Military interventions around the world mostly create more enemies for America.
  • Marriage equality is a federal issue and constitutionally guaranteed.
  • He’s the only presidential candidate who wants to end the drug wars now. Over fifty percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Ninety percent of the drug problem is prohibition-related, not user-related.
  • If he had been president after “9/11,” hw would have vetoed the USA-PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the NDAA-2012. “Homeland Security” is incredibly redundant. Let’s leave airport security to the airports, airlines, cities, etc.
  • We need to balance the federal budget now – he promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress for 2013. Otherwise, with the current out-of-control Federal Reserve, we’re looking at a monetary collapse at some point in the future. What we need is a 43 % cut in spending across the board.
  • When someone complains about the idea of a 43 % cut in Medicare spending, the alternative is NO Medicare. (Same goes for the rest of the welfare state, too – tighten the belt or lose your shirt.)
  • Cut military spending by 43 % too – the operative word there is “defense,” not “offense,” not “nation-building.”
  • The current spending situation is the biggest threat to our national security.
  • He’s the only candidate who wants to dump the income tax, corporate tax and replace them with one consumption tax – the “Fair Tax.”
  • He’s the only candidate that would shut down the Federal Reserve.

Notes and recollections from the event:

  • The estimated total attendance was around 500 people.
  • Cleanup was rather easy – it mostly consisted of policing up unused campaign supplies that were left behind by attendees.
  • I was expecting someone from the GOP to attempt some sort of disruption – bringing in signs for Romney or Wilson, that sort of thing. Luckily, nothing of the sort happened that I saw.
  • I found some campaign cards from three Republicans running for State-level judgeships on the floor in the seating area – Miles Hanisee, David Standridge, and Samuel Winder. It was also reported to me by event staff that Judge Winder himself had been in the audience.
  • Someone (ID unknown) had apparently issued invitations to both Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson to appear on the speakers’ list. After all, it’s a non-partisan event, due to SAE being a 501-C-3 entity and all. I was told that while Heinrich declined immediately, Wilson dithered and vacillated around about it for two weeks, declining for sure on the Monday before (8 October).
  • About 60 percent of the brochures that I brought with me were picked up by attendees and passerby – which helped a lot on the way back to the parking structure. (Note to self: get a hand-truck for next time!)

All in all, this was the best-attended LPNM event I’ve seen yet in my 18 years with the organization. Thanks to all who made it possible:

The UNM Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Jon Barrie
Ron Bjornstad
Chris Chase
Mark Curtis
Paul Gessing
Susan Ann Holland
Elizabeth Honce
Melanie Hyland
Gary Johnson
Bruce Levin
Elisheva Levin
Tom Mahon
Sean Mallory
Todd Myers
Reviva
Kyle Ruggles
Jim Villanucci
Bob Walsh

Apologies to anyone I’ve omitted – the fault there is entirely mine.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter / Xanga
    2. Personal blogs – Blogspot / Xanga
    3. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    4. The Weekly Sedition
    5. Duke City Fix / NMPolitics.org

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Sunday, 30 September 2012

STAIF-II — 16-18 April 2013, ABQ, NM

Filed under: Education, Events, Friends — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:10 PM (12:10)

Current mood: excited

The Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF) II

MCM Eleganté
2020 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque NM 87107
Tuesday, 16 April – Thursday, 18 April 2013

Announcing a science conference, STAIF II, to happen in Albuquerque on April 16-18, 2013. The conference will present peer-reviewed scientific papers on physics, exotic propulsion concepts, discoveries about Mars and the use of science to remediate problems here on Earth. The conference will be held at the MCM Eleganté. Senior, student and day rates will be available.

The purpose of this conference is to enable highly qualified scientists to present ideas that are far in advance of mainstream thinking.

This conference is intended to appeal to people who want to get off the planet. It’s not about not liking Earth; it’s about looking at the stars and feeling in your gut that we need to be there. We can get there. This conference is about making it happen.


Keep in mind Clarke’s Three Laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

About that third law – once you’ve got the concept of technology down, the notion of “magic” as some unexplainable, supernatural force can be put aside and the term relegated to stage shows in Las Vegas.

Some details –


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and sites – Facebook / Google Plus / Hunch / Xanga / Yahoo! email archive
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga / Yahoo! email archive / Yahoo! Upcoming
    3. Duke City Fix


Copyright © 2012 STAIF II Inc. and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Albuquerque Liberty Forum — September 2012

Filed under: Events, Food and Drink, Networking, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:56 AM (00:56)

Albuquerque Liberty Forum is a no-host dinner, with discussion of issues important to libertarians, capitalists (anarcho- and otherwise), objectivists, extropians, Tea Partiers and Constitutionalists.

We’re currently meeting at the Frontier Restaurant at 2400 Central Ave SE, in Albuquerque, on Thursday, 13 September from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The Frontier does NOT serve alcohol. As such, this will be an open-carry-friendly event (concealed and Constitutional carriers are welcome, too!)

Suggestions for speakers are welcome – let us know in advance if you want to address the group, so we can promote you!

Scheduled speakers will have thirty (30) minutes to make their case, then should be open to questions from the audience.

Unscheduled speakers wanting to address the group will have five (5) minutes to make their case at the chair’s discretion, then should be open to questions from the audience.

Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, and for public distribution of those recordings (YouTube, etc.).

Handouts are welcome and encouraged. Assume that any printed material handed out is for public distribution.

Agenda for this event

  1. Round-robin introductions (if needed)
  2. Updates, notices about upcoming events
  3. Speakers wanting to address the group as a whole
  4. General discussion

Reposted around the webBackpage / Craigslist / Duke City Fix / Facebook / FreedomConnect / FreedomTorch / Google Plus / NMPolitics.org


NOTES

  1. Original article

  2. Reposted –
    1. The Weekly Sedition
    2. Sixth Column

Copyright © 2012 Libertarian Party of New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Krueger Lacks True Common Sense (and Balance)

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:53 AM (00:53)

Current mood: cynical

This was originally posted as a letter to the editor to The Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 30 July 2012.

In her “Up Front” column “Add Common Sense to Gun Law Arsenal” from 27 July, Joline Gutierrez Krueger attempts to stand atop the dead and injured of the Aurora movie shooting. The sad part is that in attempting just that, she stumbles from lack of balance – and common sense.

For example, she insinuates that higher crime rates in New Mexico are due to lenient gun laws (no supporting data was provided) – what does she say to those of us who say that the crime rate is due more to the something-for-nothing welfare state and Drug Prohibition?

What about Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, where people can carry concealed weapons without a permit? Why is it that crime rates per capita are lower in those states than in states with more restrictive gun laws?

She goes on to parrot a comment from Obama, who never understood the true purpose of the Second Amendment:

“I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms . . . . But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

Remember that when Obama refers to guns “on the streets of our cities,” he’s really talking about the ones in your private possession. In the end, it doesn’t matter to him whether you’ve committed any sort of violent act or not.

When they wrote the Constitution and Bill of rights, both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists commented explicitly that they wanted the civilian population to have access to the military arms of the day. Back then, that was muzzle-loading flintlocks. Now it’s the Glock pistol, the AK-47, the M4 carbine, the MP-5 subgun and the MP7A1 PDW.

In much the same sense, the Founders never envisioned radio, television and the internet when they wrote the First Amendment, allegedly guaranteeing our rights to free speech and freedom of the press that Krueger uses for these columns. Should Krueger surrender her “assault keyboard” lest she write something that incites someone to commit a violent act? After all, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Finally, if Krueger’s point – “guns cause crime” – were true, then why don’t we hear about bloodbaths of the kind we saw in Aurora, at Fort Hood and Virginia Tech at gun shows and shooting ranges? Why don’t we see hunters killing each other over that perfect tree stand or duck blind?



Mike Blessing
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
505-515-7015 / http://lpnm.us


Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress


Copyright © 2012 Libertarian Party of New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Krueger Lacks True Common Sense (and Balance)

Current mood: cynical

This was originally posted as a letter to the editor to The Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 30 July 2012.

In her “Up Front” column “Add Common Sense to Gun Law Arsenal” from 27 July, Joline Gutierrez Krueger attempts to stand atop the dead and injured of the Aurora movie shooting. The sad part is that in attempting just that, she stumbles from lack of balance – and common sense.

For example, she insinuates that higher crime rates in New Mexico are due to lenient gun laws (no supporting data was provided) – what does she say to those of us who say that the crime rate is due more to the something-for-nothing welfare state and Drug Prohibition?

What about Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, where people can carry concealed weapons without a permit? Why is it that crime rates per capita are lower in those states than in states with more restrictive gun laws?

She goes on to parrot a comment from Obama, who never understood the true purpose of the Second Amendment:

“I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms . . . . But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

Remember that when Obama refers to guns “on the streets of our cities,” he’s really talking about the ones in your private possession. In the end, it doesn’t matter to him whether you’ve committed any sort of violent act or not.

When they wrote the Constitution and Bill of rights, both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists commented explicitly that they wanted the civilian population to have access to the military arms of the day. Back then, that was muzzle-loading flintlocks. Now it’s the Glock pistol, the AK-47, the M4 carbine, the MP-5 subgun and the MP7A1 PDW.

In much the same sense, the Founders never envisioned radio, television and the internet when they wrote the First Amendment, allegedly guaranteeing our rights to free speech and freedom of the press that Krueger uses for these columns. Should Krueger surrender her “assault keyboard” lest she write something that incites someone to commit a violent act? After all, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Finally, if Krueger’s point – “guns cause crime” – were true, then why don’t we hear about bloodbaths of the kind we saw in Aurora, at Fort Hood and Virginia Tech at gun shows and shooting ranges? Why don’t we see hunters killing each other over that perfect tree stand or duck blind?


Mike Blessing
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
505-515-7015 / http://lpnm.us

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress
    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress

Copyright © 2012 Libertarian Party of New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
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Monday, 2 January 2012

Jury Summons — My Questionnaire Answers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:08 AM (03:08)

Current mood: amused

The day before Christmas Eve (23 December 2011), I received a jury summons in the mail. Here’s most of the questionnaire that was included.

Page 1 of the questionnaire —

  1. Do you want to be paid for your mileage from your home to the courthouse? [X] Yes [ ] No

  2. Are you employed by the public schools, local government or the State of New Mexico? [ ] Yes [X] No

  3. Of which New Mexico county are you a resident? Bernalillo

  4. Are you a United States Citizen? [X] Yes [ ] No

  5. Do you read, speak and understand English? [X] Yes [ ] No

  6. In the past 3 years, were you summoned for jury duty? [ ] Yes [X] No

  7. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? [ ] Yes [X] No

Page 2 of the questionnaire —

  1. Name: Michael Blessing

  2. Gender: [X] Male [ ] Female

  3. Date of Birth:  02 / xx / 1971 : Birth place (city and state; country if outside U.S.):  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  4. How long have you lived in New Mexico?  17 years

  5. In which New Mexico county do you live?  Bernalillo  How long?  17 years

  6. What town / city do you live in?  Albuquerque  Neighborhood?  Ladera Heights
    What major intersection is closest to your home?  Coors and St. Josephs NW

  7. Where else have you lived (city, state, country)?  Philadelphia, PA, USA

  8. What is your martial status: [X] Single [ ] Married [ ] Separated [ ] Divorced [ ] Widowed

  9. What is your ethnic background?  Polish / German

  10. Your home:  do you [ ] own [X] rent?

  11. Your occupation:  retail
    (If retired or unemployed, please state, and also state your previous occupation.)

  12. If employed please state
    Name of employer and place of work:  Burlington Coat Factory – Albuquerque NM
    Job title and duties:  Loss Prevention Associate Time worked there?  6 years
    Normal working hours:  1 – 10 PM How many hours per week do you work?  15 – 20

  13. Do you have a second job? [] Yes [X] No

  14. What other jobs have you had as an adult?  Security Officer, retail, office temp

  15. How many years of schooling do you have?  15 +
    Highest level completed? [X] High School / GED [ ] Associates [ ] Bachelor [ ] Master [ ] Ph.D. [ ] M.D. [ ] J.D.
    Major areas of study:  Photonics / astrophysics

  16. Have you served in the military? [X] Yes [ ] No   Highest rank?  E-4 Specialist in Army Reserve / National Guard

  17. Do you belong to or participate in any religious, civic, social, union, professional, fraternal, political, or recreational organizations?
    [X] Yes [ ] No Organzation:  Libertarian Party : Office held?  State Chair

  18. Current voter registration:          Democrat        Republican        Not registered        No party selected
    Other, please specify:  Libertarian

  19. If you are married, please provide spouse’s full name:                          and spouse’s occupation:                         

  20. Do you have any children or step children? [ ] Yes [X] No

  21. Have you ever been a witness in a court proceeding? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, was it a: [X] civil [X] criminal case?
    What were the circumstances?  Shoplifting / malicious prosecution (CV-2009-12562)

  22. Have you ever served as a juror? [ ] Yes [X] No

  23. Have you ever had an injury that required hospitalization or extended medical care? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, what was the injury?  Broke my arm at age 5 /6
    Did the injury cause you to lose time from work? [ ] Yes [X] No

  24. Have you or any member of your family ever filed a civil suit gainst anyone?: [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, please explain:  Counter-suit in CV-2009-12562

  25. Have you or any member of your family ever been sued? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, please explain:  Traffic accident (1996) / malicious prosecution (CV-2009-12562)

  26. Have you or an immediate family member ever been an agent, employee or representative of an insurance company? [ ] Yes [X] No

  27. Have you or any member of your immediate family been the victim of a crime? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, who was the victim?  Me  What crime?  Assault and battery / credit card fraud
    When?  12/2010, 2003  Was an arrest made?  [ ] Yes [X] No

  28. Have you or an immediate family member been a defendant in a criminal case? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, who and relationship to you:  Me
    Crime accused of committing:  Unlicensed CCW   Was there a conviction? [ ] Yes [X] No

  29. Have you, any family member or close friend ever been employed or volunteered for any federal, state or local law enforcement agency or a jail, prison or detention center? [ ] Yes [X] No

  30. Have you, any family member or close friend ever worked for a district attorney or other prosecuting Attorney’s office? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, who?  [Redacted – MWB]  Relationship to you?  friend / professor at CNM  
    Position held  Assistant district attorney  Dates of employment  Unknown
    Name of attorney and office  2nd Judicial District – Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office

  31. Have you or any family member ever worked for any other attorney? [ ] Yes [X] No

  32. Have you or any family member ever been represented by an attorney or law office? [X] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, name of attorney and office  [Redacted – MWB] (CV-2009-12562)

  33. Do you have a physical disability of which we need to be aware? [ ] Yes [X] No

  34. Are you presently taking any medication which may affect your ability to serve as a juror? [ ] Yes [X] No

  35. Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror? [ ] Yes [X] No

  36. Use this space for any additional comments:  I understand that I have the right and duty to judge the law as well as the facts of the case.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Completed Survey about “ABQ the Plan”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:24 PM (12:24)

Current mood: cynical

My completed survey from the City of Albuquerque about “ABQ the Plan,” as formulated by Mayor R.J. Berry:

Mayor Richard J. Berry's plan for the future of Albuquerque.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on ABQ the PLAN.

Your opinion will help shape Mayor Berry’s presentation during the 2011 State of the City address to Albuquerque.

Working together, we can make Albuquerque an even better city.

Summary of Response

Should we invest in our future?

No

Bus Rapid Transit & Route 66 Improvements

Not Important

EXPO New Mexico (State Fairgrounds)

Not Important

Convention Center

Not Important

Civic Plaza

Not Important

4th Street Pedestrian Mall

Not Important

Rail Yards

Not Important

ABQ Culture Trail

Not Important

Balloon Fiesta Sports Park

Not Important

98th Street Sports Park with APS

Not Important

Mesa del Sol Sports Park

Not Important

50-Mile Bike Loop

Not Important

Rio Grande Enhancements

Not Important

Paseo del Norte & I-25 Interchange Improvements

Not Important

Other Project Ideas

Take any money left over from this year’s budget (if any) and either give it back as a tax return or set it aside for next year. Or put it towards repayment of some of the city’s existing bond expenditures.

Get over it – this schtick about "there’s nothing to do" in Albuquerque is bunk. Take a look at the local newspapers – Alibi, Local iQ, the Journal, etc. – and you’ll see plenty of things to do listed.

If you really want to "invest in the future," cut taxes, cut regulations on business, and cut regulations on private property. Let us in the private sector grow the economy by getting government out of the way.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blog
    2. KCUF Media
    3. The Weekly Sedition


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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Local iQ Takes the Plunge

Filed under: Humor, Media, Politics, Reading — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 1:30 AM (01:30)

Well, folks, it seems as though Albuquerque’s local weekly “alternative” paper, The Weekly Alibi, is getting a competitor for its audience of “leftist” oppressive and regressive types (also known as “Obamatons”).

In the current edition of Local iQ, there’s an op-ed piece titled “EPA’s efforts have made Earth a better place.” (Local iQ, V.6 I.3 10-23 February 2011, p.15[1])

This is something of a departure from what I had previously thought of as a non-political publication. Indeed, Local iQ used to be just about Albuquerque- and Rio Rancho-area nightlife, book clubs, recipes and such. And they do a decent job there, even if some of their picks are a bit on the pricey side.

Now I’m sure that the paper’s editorial staff and publishers will contend that the article I’ve mentioned here is not in any way politically-intended commentary, and that they printed it as a form of “public service,” like those “public service” TV spots telling kids to avoid (illegal) drugs.

Yeah, right.

The fact remains that all of the EPA’s “achievements” listed in the article were (and still are, in some cases) politically-contentious issues, such as “secondhand smoke,” banning DDT and now “climate change.”

I’m also sure that when this point is brought to the attention of the paper’s staff, they’ll blow it off with an elitist, snobby comment like “We ran that article because we care about the Earth. Don’t you care?

I can only wonder if they’ll offer space for letters to the editor, so that opposing viewpoints can get an occasional airing.

It would seem the logical thing for “Albuquerque’s Intelligent Alternative” to do – give the readers both sides, and let them make up their own minds.

But if they don’t, that’s OK, too – it’s their paper, and they have the right to print (and not print) the articles, columns and such as they see fit.

Just remember that an alternative exists in the New Mexico Breeze.


NOTES

  1. I scanned the article and posted the resulting picture, as the paper’s staff didn’t post it to the web as of this time. After a Google search, I found the original article at the site of E – The Environmental Magazine“40th Anniversary for EPA”.
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty

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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Weekly Sedition Returns to ABQ Ch.27

Filed under: Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:31 PM (12:31)

Starting Thursday, July 1st, at 8PM, The Weekly Sedition returns to Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27.

Your cordial host will be myself, Mike Blessing, with Bill Koehler behind the camera running the technical side of things.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. KCUF Media — Blogspot / Myspace / Xanga
    2. New Mexico Liberty / The BTPNM Blog / The LPNM Blog / Mike Blessing for State Representative

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