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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tim Keller’s Mayoral Theme Song?

Filed under: Listening, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:38 PM (20:38)

That song, of course, should be “Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest.

But hey, “he acted in good faith” so it doesn’t really matter, does it?


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Albuquerque JournalBoard finds Keller violated ethics code by Martin Salazar

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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

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

[CTB-NM] Two down, another pending

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:45 PM (22:45)

From the The Los Alamos Monitor

New Mexico Supreme Court ousts Aztec magistrate from office

SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has removed Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston from office for misconduct that a state commission said included dishonesty, surreptitious recording of private conversations in the courthouse and abuse of her judicial power of contempt.

The high court’s order issued its order Monday following a hearing on the Judicial Standards Commission’s April 10 petition seeking removal of Johnston from office.

Her term was set to end in December of 2018.

The commission’s petition cited Johnston’s “dishonesty shown in committing various acts of willful misconduct and throughout the commission’s proceedings, including her false statements under oath as well as her concealment of surreptitious recordings that she was ordered to disclose but kept secret until midtrial when she perceived a personal advantage to disclosure.”

(The first judge to go since we started this campaign was Pamela Smith from Sierra County.)

From The Carlsbad Current-Argus

IPRA request revealed explicit emails on judge’s account by DeJanay Booth

It would seem that the New Mexico judicial system isn’t exempt from the Inspection of Public Records Act [IPRA].

The NM Foundation for Open Government [NMFOG] has the details on how to submit an IPRA request, including a sample request in PDF format.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. CTB-NM Main Page
  2. The CTBNM Facebook page — like it, share it, spread it around.
  3. Ballotpedia page about New Mexico Courts
  4. Ballotpedia page about New Mexico judicial elections
  5. National Council for State Courts — Judicial Selection in the States: New Mexico

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

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Clearing the Bench New Mexico

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics, Principles, Resistance — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:56 PM (23:56)

Getting tired of judges who view the federal and State Constitutions as their personal Charmin rolls where your liberty and property are concerned?

In New Mexico, if a judge seeking to be retained during an election receives less than 57 % of the votes cast in his / her retention race, than the judge in question loses his / her spot on the bench, and returns to the private sector.

Q: What, exactly, did they do to need cleared?[1]

A: What have they done to warrant retention?

The burden of proof isn’t upon us, We The People, to prove that they warrant removal, it’s upon them to prove that they warrant retention.

The intent here with Clear the Bench New Mexico is to develop something along the lines of Clear the Bench Colorado (CTBC)

Facebook page for Clear the Bench New Mexico — feel free to share the page with friends, family, whoever!


NOTE — This is a TENTATIVE list being posted here:

State Supreme Court — Charles W. Daniels, Petra Jimenez Maes

NM Court of Appeals — Henry Bohnhoff, Emil J Kiehne, Stephen French

2nd Judicial District (Bernalillo), Division XXV, Albuquerque — Jane Levy

3rd Judicial District (Dona Ana), Division III, Las Cruces — Conrad F. Perea

5th Judicial District (Chaves, Eddy and Lea), Division X, Roswell — Dustin K. Hunter

6th Judicial District (Grant, Hidalgo & Luna), Division I, Silver City — Timothy Aldrich

7th Judicial District (Catron, Sierra, Socorro & Torrance), Division III, Estancia — Shannon Murdock

Reference: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/2017-state-of-new-mexico-roster-revised-09-27-17.pdf


NOTES

  1. Question originally posed by Jennifer Sensiba here
  2. Approximate reading level – 15.4
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Wood Chipper Facebook page
    4. Vote the Air Facebook page
    5. Vote the Air NM Facebook page
    6. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    7. KCUF Media Facebook page
    8. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    9. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    10. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page

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

Just Say “NO!” to Tim Keller

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:44 AM (04:44)

Why should I support Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque?

I don’t.

Allow me some space to list some reasons —

OK, that’s enough. He wants any more publicity from me, he can send me a check for it. Because I’ve already paid for it, to a degree — see the bit above about tax-funded campaigning.


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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