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Friday, 7 February 2020

Please Vote “NO!” on SB 5 (the “red flag” bill)

Filed under: Self-Defense, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:59 AM (08:59)

From: Mike Blessing
Date: Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 08:59
Subject: Please Vote “NO!” on SB 5 (the “red flag” bill)
To: John Arthur Smith <john.smith@nmlegis.gov>,
     Mary Kay Papen <marykay.papen@nmlegis.gov>,
     John Sapien <john.sapien@nmlegis.gov>,
     Pete Campos <pete.campos@nmlegis.gov>,
     Benny Shendo <benny.shendo@nmlegis.gov>,
     Gabriel Ramos <gabriel.ramos@nmlegis.gov>,
     Richard Martinez <richard.martinez@nmlegis.gov>,
     Roberto Gonzales <roberto.gonzales@nmlegis.gov>,
     Shannon Pinto <shannon.pinto@nmlegis.gov>,
     Clemente Sanchez <clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.gov>

Dear Senators,

I am writing to thank Senator Richard Martinez for voting against SB 5 in the previous committees, the “red flag” bill, and to urge the rest this committee and the State Senate to vote likewise against this atrocious, anti-freedom piece of legislation.

SB 5 tramples the freedoms that are supposed to be protected by the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments, as follows:

* It allows for the forcible disarmament of people who need to have firearms the most — the five-foot, 100-pound woman being stalked by a deranged, six-foot, 200-pound ex-boyfriend who calls law enforcement and tells them that she’s “suicidal.”

* The bill allows for ex parte proceedings to take place, where the respondent is not only denied the right to offer a defense to the court, but the respondent is not even aware that the proceedings are taking place. Thus the respondent is denied the chance to confront his or her accuser, or to call witnesses in his or her defense.

Thank you for listening to my views.

Mike Blessing
Albuquerque, New Mexico


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. New Mexico State Legislature, 2020 Regular Session: SB 5 Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

Monday, 20 January 2020

Politicians Need to Follow the Law, Too [ABQ Journal — Letter to the Editor]

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:00 PM (20:00)

In today’s Journal, I read an letter to the editor by Quay County Attorney Warren F. Frost [1] saying that the 29 county sheriffs who prefer their constituents’ individual liberty over Bloomberg-financed victim disarmament dictats from Santa Fe should resign or face the possibility of removal should they refuse to follow those dictats.

Frost cites Article XX, Section 1 of the New Mexico State Constitution [2] as his rationale on this —

Every person elected or appointed to any office shall, before entering upon his duties, take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation that he will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution and laws of this state, and that he will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his office to the best of his ability.

Where in that clause do public officials, elected or appointed, reserve the right to blow off parts of the State Constitution that they don’t care for, as if those parts don’t exist?

In this case, I’m referring to willful disregard for Article II, Section 6, as repeatedly displayed by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and the Legislature.

Article II, Section 6 reads as follows —

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. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.)

If the 29 of 33 county sheriffs who are opposed to the Bloomberg-financed victim disarmament campaign are subject to removal for refusing to follow its dictats, then why are Lujan-Grisham and her fellow victim disarmers in the Legislature not subject to removal for their refusal to abide by Article II, Section 6?


AS PUBLISHED

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020 A11

LEGISLATURE 2020

RED FLAG DEBATE

Look who’s blowing off the Constitution now

  IN (THE Jan.12) Journal, I read an letter to the editor by Quay County Attorney Warren F. Frost saying that the 29 county sheriffs who prefer their constituents’ individual liberty over Bloomberg-financed victim disarmament dictats from Santa Fe should resign or face the possibility of removal should they refuse to follow those dictats.

  Frost cites Article XX, Section 1 of the New Mexico State Constitution as his rationale on this.

  Article XX Miscellaneous, Section 1 Oath of officer reads that: “Every person elected or appointed to any office shall, before entering upon his duties, take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation that he will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution and laws of this state, and that he will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his office to the best of his ability.

  Where in that clause do public officials, elected or appointed, reserve the right to blow off parts of the State Constitution that they don’t care for, as if those parts don’t exist?

  In this case, I’m referring to the willful disregard for Article II, Section 6, as repeatedly displayed by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and the Legislature.

  Article II, Section 6 reads as follows: “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. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.)

  If the 29 of 33 county sheriffs who are opposed to the Bloomberg-financed victim disarmament campaign are subject to removal for refusing to follow its dictats, then why are Lujan Grisham and her fellow victim disarmers in the Legislature not subject to removal for their refusal to abide by Article II, Section 6?

MIKE BLESSING
Albuquerque


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. If you can’t enforce the law, resign by Warren F. Frost, Quay County Attorney (Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, 12 January 2020, page A11)
  2. Article XX Miscellaneous, Section 1 Oath of officer

NOTES

  1. Published in Albuquerque JournalMonday, 20 January 2020, p. A11 (as “Look who’s blowing off the Constitution now”) [scanned from paper copy]
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook: page, profile / Flote / Gab / Liberty.me / Minds / Spreely: page, profile / Twitter / VK
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Spreely / Twitter / WordPress

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Snow Again in Albuquerque

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:56 PM (20:56)

  

  

  


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Flote / Gab / Minds / Spreely / Twitter / VK

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

First Snow of the Season for Thanksgiving

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:17 PM (22:17)

Here’s some pictures from the first snow of the 2019 autumn / winter season.

To date (Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 9:16 PM MST), we’ve gotten about 1.5 inches (3.75 cm) of snow.

   

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All pictures taken with the 5-megapixel camera built into my LG Aristo 3.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Flote / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

I Voted “NO” Today

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:00 PM (19:00)

   

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

“Working for Workers” is Really Working AGAINST Workers

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:36 AM (01:36)

From: Representative Debra Haaland <NM01DH@mail.house.gov>
Date: Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Working for Workers

News from Representative Haaland

August 29, 2019

Dear Mr. Blessing,

Happy Labor Day! Every year we celebrate the contribution of unions and the labor movement to our country. Unions built the American middle class. We owe the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and child labor laws all to the work of organized labor and unions. They are a force against income inequality and we need them now more than ever.

As a member of the Labor and Working Families Caucus and a former member of the Teamsters Union, I am fighting for you every day. I am proud to be a cosponsor of The Protecting the Right to Organize Act to expand protections for workers who exercise their right to unionize. I also voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade.

Sincerely,
Image
Member of Congress

Of course, here’s my answer to her “survey” —


NOTES

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

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Letter to Congress

Filed under: Correspondence, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:38 AM (01:38)

Here is the text of the email (?) that I sent to Deb Haaland via the 4-page contact form on her Congressional website —

As a tax-paying resident of the 1st District for 25 years, I am writing to you to stand firm against anti-liberty measures routinely introduced in Congress, usually calls for “gun control,” more properly called victim disarmament or civilian disarmament, such as “red flag” confiscation bills, ‘Minority Report’-style precrime measures like the TAPS Act.

This past weekend, we saw more than one evil man go to a gun-free VICTIM DISARMAMENT ZONE, and kill numerous people. The vultures whom you work with will call for various acts of tyranny, from sundry measures to restrict lawful firearms owners’ rights, to banning certain types of firearms magazines, and other accessories; even outright gun confiscation. Others will renew calls for wholly unconstitutional measures like the proposed TAPS Act.

I ask that you go another way: Push for a national Constitutional Carry Act, restoring the intent of the 2nd Amendment that law-abiding citizens be able to resist any enemy, foreign or domestic, that threatens life, liberty, and domestic tranquility. Push for a national repeal / moratorium of unconstitutional gun-free VICTIM DISARMAMENT Zones. Push for a ban on media glorification of mass killers; these psychopaths revel in gaining their 15 minutes of infamy! We MUST deny them their motive and their reward, but media companies insist on being irresponsible. They must be held accountable for their criminal negligence.

Be mindful, please. We The People own over 400 million firearms in the hands of over 110 million lawful gun owners. We will not disarm. We will not surrender essential liberty or property. America has tried gun control for over 50 years now and all it has done is bring more violence, so clearly this is not working. It’s time to go the other way: full-bore freedom! It is time to abolish all gun controls. Author Robert A. Heinlein summed it up best: “An armed society is a POLITE society”.

H/T William Flatt


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.


Friday, 12 July 2019

Blackout Time (Again)

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:00 PM (16:00)

At about 10:11 PM last night, power went out on West Side of Albuquerque.

At 11:53 PM, I checked the sites for KRQE, KOAT and KOB — no mention of the blackout whatsoever.

At 12:02 AM, I checked the PNM site — no mention of the outage, but I submitted an outage report using my phone.

At 12:04 AM, I checked the Albuquerque Journal site — no mention of the blackout whatsoever.

At 12:24 AM, I improvised an alcohol lamp using a glass pickle jar, a glass horseradish jar and rubbing alcohol (70 % isopropyl alcohol)

With flash (to show the internals)

Without flash

At 12:55 AM, the power came back on, just as suddenly as it went out.

All during the blackout, I could hear rotor blades going by overhead, at what sounded like 200 feet above the ground. The only helicopters permitted to fly at night or during cloudy weather (that I know of) are government agencies. In this case, it was most likely either the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

And local lamestream snoozemedia was of no use during the blackout — while this was going on, it seemed like they made no effort whatsoever to cover it, but top of all of their websites was “popular” New Mexico singer fatally shot in downtown Santa Fe.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Bernalillo County DA Raul Torrez, Idiot or Liar?

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:50 PM (15:50)

In light of the past six months, I think that it’s rather obvious that Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez is functioning as a rhetorical sock puppet for the Big Victim Disarmament machine, with the hands of George Soros and Michael Bloomberg up his rear making his lips move —

Sock puppets — which one is Raúl Torrez?

On Monday, 10 June 2019, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office posted a bit of idiocy or fearmongering on Facebook —

Monday, 10 June 2019 at 1:16 PM

An Albuquerque teen arrested for selling the deadly drug fentanyl and military grade weapons on social media now being prosecuted federally.

Here are some photos from that post, with my own commentary in red.

Kid with FRNs fanned

Here El Chapo Jr shows off the fruits of his alleged business activities.

Oh, my — pills!

Beretta 92 type pistol with magazines

Yes, the M9 was and is patterned after the Beretta 92 series of pistols. That’s because Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta introduced it into the U.S. Armed Forces’ trials to replace the M1911, and the M9 was selected in 1985 as the winner of those trials.

Never mind that the Beretta 92 series has been available on the American civilian market since it was first made available by Beretta in 1975. And also disregard the non-Beretta clones of the Model 92 series available to American civilians — the Taurus PT-92, for example.

Similarly, there have been numerous civilian clones of the M1911 available on the American market for decades.

And recently, the SIG Sauer P320 was adopted as the U.S. military’s M17, with a civilian version of the M17 (“SIG Sauer P320 M17”) being offered by SIG Sauer.

And of course there’s the Glock, which gained notoriety after being adopted by the Austrian military and police as their service pistol in 1982, and has been subsequently adopted by quite a few other military and law enforcement agencies. (Disclaimer — I own two (2) Glocks myself, a G17 and a G22)

But wait, there’s more! (Apologies to Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan) — Torrez & Co. want us to follow them deeper down their taxpayer-subsidized, Bloomberg- and Soros-directed rathole and swim with them in their sewer of hoplophobic insanity and idiocy: here’s more “evidence” of “military grade” “assault weapons” “on the street” —

Pic from behind AR-15 pistol (blurry)

My request for clear, in-focus pictures, of course, appears to have gone unheeded.

AR-15 pistol with drum mag in car (dated Wednesday, 5 June)

Here’s a picture from the related press conference, dated Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 12:28 PM

Of course, the Albuquerque Journal added its no-charge PR help reporting (the KRQE “News” “team” was also complicit) of Torrez’s rhetorical regurgitation —

“Make no mistake about it, this young man had in his possession a weapon of war,” Torrez stated. The AR-15 pistol is small enough to be concealed on a person’s body and can be fired with just one hand.

But “seriously” (as if these idiots and liars should actually be taken seriously?!) — “weapon of war” ?

Maybe Torrez mistook the AR-15 pistol pictured here for an M231 Firing Point Weapon[1] . . . ?

Maybe the next item on El Chapo Jr’s shopping list was a Bradley Fighting Vehicle of some sort?

But seriously (for real, this time) —

What military or law-enforcement agency actually uses AR-15 pistols as pictured above?

Why would they use such neutered knock-offs when they can get AR-15-pattern weapons with similar-length barrels (this one appears to be about 10 inches) AND attached shoulder stocks (suppressors, too!) without having to fill out any Form 4s or pay the 200-per-weapon transfer tax.

That’s what the AR-15 pistols with exposed buffer tubes like that are — neutered knock-offs.

They’re marketed to those who want an AR-15 with a barrel shorter than 16 inches without having to complete a Form 4, pay the transfer tax, get fingerprinted and photographed, then wait six months to a year wondering if their federal weapon permit will be approved.

What Torrez and his fellow Political Classholes need is a reminder that the Founders wanted America’s private-sector civilians to have actual weapons of war in their personal possession, as opposed to neutered knock-offs —

The power of the sword, say the minority . . . , is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
Tench Coxe, Letter to the Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788

What Torrez and others of his ilk either forget or willfully disregard is that the Founders wanted America’s civilian population to have at least military parity with, if not supremacy over, the federal government, and probably the state governments, as well.

What is the specific war that we need such military weapons for, exactly?

Why, it’s the perpetual war for human freedom, of course.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons on the M231 Firing Point Weapon — Website / YouTube

    Wikipedia — M231 Firing Point Weapon

    Soldier Systems — “M231 Firing Port Weapon”

NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,025: 16 June 2019
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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