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Sunday, 19 November 2017

The “Keller Defense”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:17 AM (07:17)

People — pardon me, journalists and politicians — have often accused me of believing that I’m above the law. And yet, who isn’t? Everywhere you prod it, even with the shortest stick, the established system isn’t simply corrupt, it’s unequivocally putrsecent. The law is created by demonstrable criminals, enforced by demonstrable criminals, interpreted by demonstrable criminals, all for demonstrably criminal purposes. Of course I’m above the law. And so are you.
— William Wilde Curringer, in Pallas by L. Neil Smith, p. 301 [see here also]

On Monday, 13 November 2017, the Albuquerque Journal ran an article by Journal Staff Writer Martin Salazar titled Board finds Keller violated ethics code

That was the eleventh-hour decision made Monday by the city’s Board of Ethics & Campaign Practices, which found that mayoral candidate and state Auditor Tim Keller violated the City Charter’s Elections Code and the Open and Ethical Elections Code.

But the board opted not to issue a reprimand or a fine in the case, determining that Keller “acted in good faith and did not intend to violate” the rules.

Naturally, Keller denies any deliberate intent to violate the law —

“Though our opponents have used trumped up terms like dishonest, ‘money laundering’ and ‘cash under the table,’ those assertions were always baseless and the board’s ruling confirmed that today,” Keller said in a statement. “That came out loud and clear in today’s ruling which emphatically notes our good faith efforts.”

Maybe We The Great Unwashed can use this defense when accused of wrongdoing?

Let’s give that a try, hypothetically speaking, right here —

Traffic cop: Can I see your license, insurance, and registration?

Me (or you): What’s this all about, officer?

Traffic cop: You do realize that you were doing 50 in a 30?

Me (or you): But officer, I acted in good faith and did not intend to violate the rules . . . .

Maybe the IRS agent who shows up at your door to audit you or your business might be more sympathetic to you? Who wants to give that one a “good faith” run up the flagpole?

Apparently, Keller is considered to be above the law. Again, from the Journal

. . . . the board opted not to issue a reprimand or a fine in the case . . . .

So while We The Little People would be told “tough apples, pay the fine” upon citing mens rea for a similar “offense,” Keller gets to skate away scot free on this one.

Still, Keller isn’t completely out of the woods just yet —

Two other complaints against Keller are still pending, one that alleges that his campaign is illegally coordinating with a political action committee supporting him and another alleging that he broke the rules by failing to report the attorney fees he has incurred defending himself against the ethics complaints.

So is Albuquerque’s Board of Ethics & Campaign Practices going to invalidate the election results, considering that the winner cheated to get that victory?

Don’t hold your breath.

For decades, Democrats such as Keller have complained about “dirty campaigning” and “dirty money” as a reason that “more regulations are necessary.”

In that light, instead of saying “Thank you for a clear mandate,” he should apologize to Albuquerque’s voters and citizens for being a hypocrite, and then decline to actually take office.

Again, don’t hold your breath.

The least that the Board could do is require Keller to return the “public campaign money” (read welfare for politicians) that he received from the City coffers — all 362,000 of it.

If the Board doesn’t have the courage and integrity to do that, it’s a sham at best, and at worst it furthers corruption on the Albuquerque political scene. And the City’s “Open and Ethical Elections Code” won’t be worth the paper on which it’s printed.

Seriously, Keller should have to walk door to door, by himself, personally knocking on doors and asking residents for cash until he raises enough to pay back every penny of his “public campaign financing.”


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 23, 1 March 1997: Down By Law by Victor Milán

NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EntepriseNumber 949 – 19 November 2017
  2. Approximate reading level – 11.8
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. KCUF Media Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    6. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    7. Vote the Air Facebook page
    8. Vote the Air NM Facebook page
    9. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    10. Wood Chipper Facebook page
    11. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    12. , Independent Insights Facebook group
    13. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    14. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    15. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Stupidity, Insanity and Evil in LP Land, Part the Nth

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:23 PM (17:23)

Recently, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown (D-KKKalifornia) signed a bill making it no longer a felony to knowingly infect someone with HIV [1].

Whatever happened to government being the defender of our lives, liberties, properties and pursuits of happiness[2]?

Instead, government is becoming more and more a plunderer and pillager of that which it’s supposed to protect[3].

What particularly irks me about this is that there are some who call themselves “libertarians” who prefer to let the State (in this case, Moonbeam Brown) not only define their ethics and morality, but then insist that they’re the ones abiding by the Zero Aggression Principle

I guess this is what you get when you lower your standards and insist that “everyone is a Libertarian, they just don’t know it yet.”


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Los Angeles Times — Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California by Patrick McGreevy

    CNN — California lowers penalty for knowingly exposing partners to HIV by Alaa Elassar and Laura Diaz-Zuniga

  2. The Declaration of Independence
  3. The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat

Saturday, 14 October 2017

[CTB-NM] Another Judge in Hot Water

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:18 AM (08:18)

It seems like we’re on a roll here with Clear the Bench New Mexico — already we’ve found a second judge in hot water.

This story comes to us from the Carlsbad Current-Argus.

It seems that Eddy County Magistrate Court Judge Henry Castaneda was playing on the internet using State-owned equipment (reading and forwarding
emails with “‘offensive, degrading, pornographic, racist and sexist’ content”), got busted, and now the NM Judicial Standards Commission wants him bounced from the bench.

Aren’t Democrats supposed to be the ones who are against racism, sexism, and Islamophobia?

If Castaneda had read and forwarded those emails on — get this radical, whacked-out concept — a PERSONALLY-OWNED computer instead of one
issued to him by the State of New Mexico, this most likely would not have happened.

  1. The Los Alamos MonitorEddy County magistrate judge removal sought over emails
  2. Carlsbad Current-ArgusNM Judicial Standards Commission recommends removal of Judge Henry Castañeda by DeJanay Booth
  3. KOB 4 Eyewitness News — Petition filed to remove Carlsbad judge from the bench
  4. U.S. News & World ReportEddy County Magistrate Judge Removal Sought Over Emails

Friday, 13 October 2017

[CTBNM] One Down, So Many Left to Go . . .

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:40 AM (07:40)

One down already, before CTBNM has raised any money, set up a real website, or anything!

While Judge Pamela Smith wasn’t even on the list of targeted judges, and it didn’t involve an election, as CTB-Colorado, which we’re hoping can serve as a template for CTB-NM, has been using, it still works — one judge using her position to screw people out of their stuff is now off the bench.

And what was she doing moonlighting at the Office of the Medical Investigator while serving as a judge? Isn’t that a bit of a conflict of interest?

Friday, 13 October 2017 —

  1. From KRQE News 13 — New Mexico judge resigns after allegedly stealing from a dead man by KRQE News 13 and Rebecca Atkins
  2. From the Albuquerque JournalProbate judge resigns to avoid state discipline by Katy Barnitz, Journal Staff Writer

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. The CTBNM Facebook page
  2. Introductory blog post

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Arson at Australian Bank, but At Least No One Was Shot

Filed under: Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:55 PM (23:55)

Yesterday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC] reported that a court in Melbourne released a video from CCTV archives of an asylum seeker from Myanmar setting fire to a Springvale branch of the Commonwealth Bank.

Apparently, the guy in question, 22-year-old Nur Islam, allegedly got pissed off because he had to stand in line to make his withdrawl, so he left the bank, went to a nearby gas station, then returned to the bank with a 1/3-full gas can.

Mr. Islam then allegedly proceeds to dump a bit of the petrol on the bank’s floor by the customer entrance, and light it with a cigarette lighter.

It seems that Mr. Islam wasn’t a very good alleged arsonist, as he was reported to have been hospitalized with burns over sixty percent of his body.

Watch the video clip above again — the big fireball heading towards the camera is allegedly Mr. Islam, post-ignition.

But . . . but . . . Australia has #gunsense, so no one was shot by an unsanctioned person carrying a firearm, and that’s what’s important to the oppressives and regressives.

So while no one was shot by Mr. Islam, no one else was able to use a firearm (or any other sort of weapon, it seems) to stop Mr. Islam’s alleged amateurish attempt at arson.

H/T Mark Quon


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC] –
    1. Springvale bank fire: CCTV shows ‘pandemonium’ as customers flee arson attack by Emma Younger
    2. Bank fire: Dozens injured, two critical, after man allegedly sets fire to Springvale CBA

NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 941, 24 September 2017
  2. Approximate reading level – 9.1
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Al Gore’s “Predictions” About the “Melting Ice Caps”

Filed under: Science — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:16 AM (00:16)


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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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

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
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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

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
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Monday, 7 November 2016

Friday’s Bizarre Phone Call

Filed under: Fun, Humor, Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:02 PM (19:02)

Friday afternoon (4 November 2016), I received a call from a Hillary Clinton supporter (calling from a private number) who complained about a robocall from the Gary Johnson campaign. The caller then proceeded to ramble on for 57 minutes about Gary being too stoned and narcissistic to be a good little Buddhist Democrat, that Gary was “stealing votes” from Hillzilla, along with side rants about Susana Martinez, Trump, the GOP in general, the Albuquerque Journal, and Ralph Nader (for “stealing votes” from Gore in 2000).

The caller also stated that Gary didn’t climb Mt. Everest as he said he did (and took pictures from the summit), that he was a lousy governor of New Mexico, didn’t do anything but say “no” to well-meaning “progressive” legislation that was “for the children,” that no one pays any attention to her “because I’m white,” that Susana Martinez was elected as Governor in 2010 solely on the strength of her last name, among other things.

I have the app “Automatic Call Recorder” installed on my LG K7, but it turns out that the app is the app equivalent of dogshit, as I discovered when I tried to copy the saved call from my phone to Facebook, WordPress or my laptop’s hard drive.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit and Notepad++.

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