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Saturday, 18 July 2020

We The People Rally at 1 Civic Plaza [Thursday, 16 July 2020 at Albuquerque, New Mexico]

Filed under: Life, Politics, Events, Networking, Organizing — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:24 AM (05:24)

On Thursday, 16 July 2020, I went to the Protest For Freedom — New Mexico rally sponsored by We The People Of New Mexico at 1 Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Details and pictures follow. All pictures are by myself, unless otherwise noted.

At least 1 x New Mexico State Police [NMSP] officer was patrolling around Civic Plaza in a marked unit (doing laps?).

Several uniformed Albuquerque Police Department [APD] officers were present, watching the event from near the east entrance of the City Hall building

Couy Griffin and the Cowboys for Trump [C4T] “color guard” rode around Civic Plaza on horseback for at least one lap.

Several New Mexico Civil Guard [NMCG] personnel were present on stage, as well as in the crowd.

A camera operator from KRQE 13 News was present and set up his equipment about 15 feet from the center front of the stage steps.

A partial list of speakers follows (apologies if I missed anyone) —

Louie Sanchez, owner of Calibers, was the second speaker (I didn’t get any good pictures of the first, an African-American gym owner) and spoke about the Second Amendment.

Hailey Bradford (sp?)

Local pastor Steve Smothermon led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Greg Baca, Republican State Senator from District 29

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, head of Cowboys for Trump [C4T]

David C. Chavez started his speech with the beginning of “Eye of the Tiger”.

The officially-booked speakers concluded the We The People program at 6:45 PM. The stage was handed off to others for the next 15 minutes —

Audrey Trujillo (no pictures available)

Scott Chandler, Republican candidate for House District 32 (no pictures available)

Sergeant Major Hawkins of the NM Civil Guard said that he’s running for Bernalillo County Sheriff in 2022 (he’s got my vote at this point). He also talked about the Lujan connetion to slavery — Don Pedro Leon Lujan was arrested by the Utah militia in 1851 for slave trading.

Dinah Vargas, Republican candidate for House District 10

Mary Ingham, Republican candidate for NM Senate District 14 (no pictures available)

Stephen Cecco, Republican candidate for New Mexico House District 19 [1].

Mike Cordova, current LPNM Bernalillo County Chair, made contact with me towards the end as I was taking notes — he said Elisheva Levin mentioned me to him.

The crowd started dispersing at 7 PM after the event’s end was announced from the podium.

NOTES FROM THE EVENT:

  1. There was a visible law enforcement presence from at least two agencies — APD and NMSP. During the 90 minutes that I was on the scene, I observed NO altercations between law enforcement and ANYONE — attendees, counter-protestors, the NM Civil Guard personnel, ANYONE. So maybe all cops aren’t evil? Better to simply deal with them as you deal with everyone else — as individuals.
  2. Whatever counter-protest group(s) that were there weren’t violent at all, and didn’t seem to have much of a presence. (I didn’t see any, but the article in the Albuquerque Journal said that there were some there, so whatever.)
  3. It started raining (slight drizzle, actually — nothing more) at about 6:19 PM, and stopped by 6:50 PM.
  4. All of the speakers stuck to the general message of “Michelle Lujan Grisham is abusing her powers as Governor” — that’s a good thing. No one went off on conspiracy theories, or called for government to be made more intrusive, more expensive or more powerful.
  5. I didn’t see piles of trash of the sort found after lefty-fascists events (water bottles, fast-food drink cups, aluminum cans, snack wrappers and bags, etc.) left on the ground after the event.
  6. The Facebook page set up for the event advised attendees to bring their own water. I would suggest that for future events, vendors such as food trucks be invited, and that arrangements made for restroom access (there didn’t seem to be any for this event).

NOTES

  1. Mark Curtis is the Libertarian nominee for NM House, District 19. Mark is a good guy.
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Diaspora* / Facebook / Friendica / Liberty.me / Minds / Twitter / VK

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Wes Milliken, “Libertarian” Victim Disarmer and Hoplophobe

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:50 PM (23:50)

While scrolling through my “News Feed” on Facebook, I found this little “gem” attached as a “comment” to a post by Danny Bedwell —

https://facebook.com/danny.bedwell.587/posts/10211219478122893?comment_id=10211219639566929

Following the post back to Milliken’s profile, I found that Milliken says he’s in the business of “. . . spreading libertarian ideals of peace, freedom, and prosperity . . . .” :

  

A casual scroll-through of Milliken’s “Timeline” reveals even more such “goodness” of the kind that Milliken posted to Mr. Bedwell’s Facebook post —

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2471548212902041

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2470721239651405

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2470518809671648

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2470339666356229

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2470078179715711

https://facebook.com/wes.milliken/posts/2469999329723596

I was going to add a comment or two under each of the above pictures, but that would be superfluous, in my opinion.

Also in my opinion, libertarianism without a healthy, expanding gun culture to back it up isn’t much more than an intellectual exercise at best, and wishful fantasizing at worst.

This sort of thing is what you get when a movement’s advocates value “diversity” and “inclusiveness” over principles.

For those of you in the “Libertarian” Party of New Mexico who in 2017 signed off on the notion that everyone before the Johnson / Weld 2016 exercise in serial treason against both the organization and its professed principles was “good on the Second Amendment, but not much else,” I cordially invite you to anally self-fornicate with a plugged-in curling iron, or a lit stick of dynamite. My sincere regret is that I am unable to supply the latter for any of you.


Saturday, 8 June 2019

Caryn Ann Harlos’ Ode to Mr. Bill the Original Weldist

Filed under: Humor, Media, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:28 AM (01:28)


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Arvin Vohra and Tiffany Diaz De Leon on Education

Filed under: Education, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:09 PM (21:09)

Arvin Vohra
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:42am

Education doesn’t have to be welfare. It doesn’t have to be paid for by taxes, or administered by government.

As an educator, I consider education to be the second most important part of life. The most important part is food. What if we treated education like food?

Some people would choose to provide education at home, just as today many people prepare meals at home. Some might use prepackaged curricula, like the Ron Paul Curriculum – just as today some people like prepared meals.

Others might find deep interest and passion in education, just as some people love exploring new recipes at home. Others might choose to use private schools, just as today people go to private restaurants. Some might have in-home tutors, just as today some people hire caterers.

Most people would probably use a mix – just as today, most people sometimes cook at home, sometimes microwave prepared meals, and sometimes eat at restaurants.

Separating education from the welfare state will give more choices, better quality, and lower taxes. If elected, I will do everything I can to end all government funded, subsidized, or managed education.

Respectfully,

Arvin Vohra
Candidate for U.S. Senate

Let’s go a bit further here —

Tiffany Diaz De Leon
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

Great Post.

In Washington State, our Dollar Stores are pretty high speed — fresh produce, dairy, lunch meat, aisles and aisles of crackers, noodles, condiments, soda.

Could a poor person survive on dollar store food only? Yes.

May not like it all of the time, but if you are poor what choice do you have?

Moving up the food/grocery ladder . . .

* Big Lots — discount store, some grocery
* Walmart
* Sam’s Club
* Costco
* Cash and Carry
* Standard grocery stores such as Safeway, Albertsons
* Wholefoods and PCC
* Small yuppie, posh grocery stores in smaller yuppie posh neighborhoods such as Harbor Greens with custom meat, expensive dressings, and overpriced olive bars.

Then onto higher-priced foods such as crab legs, lobster bisques, prime rib

– Sprinkle in, as above, (range of) restaurants and/or home delivered meals.

But instead of being food. Above could be education. Yes, Dollar Store – education. Yes, olive bar – education. Yes, home delivery — education.

Maybe parents can only afford dollar store food — to send their child to ‘Wholefoods’ – level education.

Answer is always the same = Subsidize Nothing.

Answer is always the same = Free Markets.

Food, education, dry-cleaning, medical care, socks, birth control, no matter = free market.

At least with education, the Internet (modem dinging sound effect) has leveled the playing field tremendously 🙂

#UberizeEducation
#AlacarteEducation
#DollarStoreEducation
#NotMyKid

So instead of Uberizing education, you would prefer to keep your kids in the government-owned and -operated indoctrination and daycare centers public schools

  • Where your kids can sample all of the latest drugs, both recreational and officially-sanctioned?
  • Where your kids can get alcohol?
  • Where your kids can have sex with their peers (or teachers, or the janitor, or the “school resource officer”)?
  • Where your kids can go through metal detectors and / or get wand-raped before entering the building?
  • Where your kids can get their officially-issued ID card with embedded RFID chip (biometrics coming soon!)?
  • Where your kids can know that they’re safe because someone affixed a sign saying “NO WEAPONS ALLOWED” sign to a post on the property boundary?
  • Where your kids can be taught that a mile is a shorter distance than a kilometer?
  • Where your kids can be tasered, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed for the offense of “being out of line” ?

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Thanks, APS, For These Results

NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Freedom Vine / Friendica / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. KCUF Media Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    4. A Bias Towards Liberty Facebook group
    5. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    6. , Independent Insights Facebook group
    7. Lets Talk Politics Facebook group
    8. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    9. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Friday, 17 November 2017

Kokesh for Not-President Event in ABQ

Filed under: Events, Friends, Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:01 AM (06:01)

Last night (Thursday, 16 November 2017), I attended Adam Kokesh’s TaxationIsTheft — Albuquerque event at Cervantes Restaurant and Lounge (5801 Gibson SE) in Albuquerque, where he spelled out his campaign for “Not President” for 2020.

Also attending were Adam’s Not Campaign Manager Ben Farmer, along with local libertarian luminaries Bill Koehler, Frank Martin and Robert Kruger.

Click the picture to see the full-size version

Ben Farmer warming up the crowd

Click the picture to see the full-size version

Adam speaks!

For what it’s worth, I volunteered to be the New Mexico State Coordinator for the Not Campaign.

I first met Adam in June 2009 at a planning meeting for his campaign for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, and have been impressed with him ever since.

Afterwards, we went to his new touring RV, which the team had decided to name “No Force One.” He seemed a bit disappointed when I told him that this wasn’t the first vehicle with the moniker (one of Harry Browne’s campaigns had access to a small aircraft with the same name).


USEFUL LINKS

Kokesh for Not-President site

Kokesh for Not-President Facebook page

Twitter / Instagram / YouTube channel / Steemit

Military for Kokesh Facebook group


NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EntepriseNumber 949 – 19 November 2017
  2. Approximate reading level – 13.5
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    6. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    7. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    8. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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

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)

Click the picture to go to the page that screenshot was taken from


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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 –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Craigslist / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Twitter / WordPress.com
    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

Copyright © 2017 Libertarian Party of New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

Friday, 11 November 2016

An Idiot Demands a Paycheck from Me

Filed under: Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:27 PM (20:27)

On Facebook, I recently unfriended and blocked one Mr. Michael Thompson due to an exchange

Michael Thompson Who ever made this post originally is uneducated.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 2 ⋅ November 6 at 9:24pm

Mike Blessing How so?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:24pm

Michael Thompson He was arrested and convicted
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:26pm

Mike Blessing “He was arrested and convicted”

Read the text above the picture.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:27pm

Matt Owens He did read the text above it. Thats why Michael said “originally “
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 7 at 5:53am

Michael Thompson And he was never arrested nor convicted post WW2 because he was dead. Mike, I never missed your shows on public access channel 27. But your act has grown old and the NM Libertarian Party is stale.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:30pm

Mike Blessing Show me how to do it better then.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:31pm

Michael Thompson The party can’t afford me.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:34pm

Mike Blessing Oh?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:34pm

Michael Thompson Yes
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:36pm

Mike Blessing What would you bring to the table that the party can’t afford?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:37pm

Michael Thompson Does the state party have any staff on salary?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:40pm

Mike Blessing Not yet. Still, what do you bring to the table?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:41pm

Michael Thompson Yet? LOL. NEVER!
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:43pm

Mike Blessing You didn’t answer the question:

What would you bring to the table that the party can’t afford?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:43pm

Michael Thompson I’m not discussing my qualifications and background on a public forum as Facebook.
Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:48pm

Mike Blessing Ah, OK.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:49pm

Michael Thompson You can send a private message of you really want to know and include the yearly salary.
Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:51pm

Elizabeth Honce You’re such a dedicated libertarian you only work for pay. Sounds to me like you’re a hack.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 2 ⋅ November 7 at 7:38am

Michael Thompson I was and proud of it.
Reply ⋅ November 7 at 12:21pm

This was followed by an exchange of private messages on Facebook at about 2:45 – 3:00 PM today —

Michael Thompson 2:45pm

I never received that message about salary lol

Mike Blessing 2:46pm

What stopped you from sending me a resume or CV via private message?

Michael Thompson 2:49pm

U didn’t ask for a resume. What’s the salary? Like you have any say in those matters. What is the state party’s long and short term fundraising plan? How do I locate the party fiscal status?

Mike Blessing 2:54pm

I publicly asked you what your qualifications are.

As for salary, that’s dependent on the experience, talents, etc., as well as Party’s finances.

Without seeing a resume or CV from you, the salary is ZERO.

As for the Party’s fundraising plans and fiscal status, I’m not at liberty to disclose that to anyone who isn’t a full dues-paying, pledge-signing member in good standing.

Michael Thompson 2:57pm

I do not discuss my professional qualifications over a social media site. How unprofessional of you to even ask. Never mind about the finances. I can find it on my own. It is public record.

Mike Blessing 3:02pm

OK, have a nice life then.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Darth Mike Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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