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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Cash In With “Gun Control” AND Support the Second Amendment

Filed under: Events, Humor, Media, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:20 AM

Every gun should be a happy and wanted gun, adopted by loving owners who will care for it and feed it and make sure that there are plenty of other guns nearby to keep it company.

Still, most of the Political Classholes, along with their flunkies among law enforcement and the media, are working to part you from your firearms by hook, crook, or any other means available to them.

For example, this event in Albuquerque currently scheduled for Saturday, 13 July 2019, as advertised covered by KOB

APD to hold gun buyback event

The event in question isn’t a “buyback” at all, unless the City of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County were at some point in the business of providing firearms to private citizens — the people didn’t get them from the City or County in the first place, so the event organizers are not buying any guns back from anyone.

This is nothing more than a publicly-funded turn-in-your-guns-now-for-a-pittance-so-we-don’t-have-to-red-flag-you-and-maybe-kill-you-later scheme.

Most people don’t realize that this could be a way to make some easy cash at the expense of the victim disarmers and hoplophobes.

Simply shop the plumbing sections of Home Depot or Lowes. A hundred bucks worth of pipe and end-caps can be made into 400-500 worth of 12-gauge zip guns. I doubt that APD will be test-firing them before handing over the cash.

And making those zip guns is completely legal under New Mexico law. Selling them to anyone other than a federally-licensed dealer might put you afoul of federal victim disarmament statutes. Just remember to make sure that the barrel length is at least 18 inches (more like 26 inches, as the overall length of your hypothetical zip gun needs to be 26 inches), per the National Firearms Act of 1934.

(Will the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office be conducting background checks on anyone turning in their guns for pennies on the FRN? Signs point to “no.”)

What else does this bit of do-it-yourself “gunsmithing” do besides add some potential cash to your wallet?

It allows you to illustrate the utter futility and stupidity of victim disarmament statues.

When anyone who paid a bit of attention in high-school shop class (do they still have that in the taxpayer-subsidized, government-owned-and-operated indoctrination and daycare centers public schools any more?) can build themselves a serviceable shotgun for under 50 in about an hour, what does that do to the victim disarmament schemes of the Political Classholes?

Simple — it ensures that at least some segment of the population will almost always be armed, despite what the Classwipes want.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,022: Sunday, 26 May 2019

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

[ABQ Journal] ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:26pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 11:09pm

Mayor Richard Berry’s veto of a marijuana decriminalization bill withstood a challenge from Albuquerque city councilors on Wednesday.

Democrats on the City Council failed to persuade one of their Republican colleagues to change positions and join them in favor of a veto override.

But no one changed positions. The override attempt failed on a 5-4 vote along party lines.

It takes six of nine councilors to override a mayoral veto.

About a half-dozen speakers urged councilors to override the veto and enact the legislation – which called for making it a civil offense, not a criminal violation, under city law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana.

A companion bill sought to make marijuana a low priority for law enforcement.

Berry, a Republican, vetoed both proposals. He said they conflicted with state and federal law.

Councilors Isaac Benton and Rey Garduño, who co-sponsored the legislation, said cities have authority to set their own penalties for marijuana possession. That gives police officers discretion to cite people under either a local ordinance or under state law, they said.

Furthermore, the two argued, local voters already support reducing marijuana penalties.

“We don’t have to wait for the federal government or the state of New Mexico to tell us how to govern our own community, or respond to the voice of the community,” Benton said as he read a joint statement.

About 60 percent of Bernalillo County voters last year expressed support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. That was in response to a nonbinding question on the general-election ballot.

None of the council’s four Republicans spoke about the veto Wednesday. But they’ve previously said they don’t view city government as the right venue for changing drug laws.

That didn’t stop people from trying to change their minds.

Mike Blessing of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico told councilors they were supporting organized crime if they refuse to change the law. Support for an override, however, means “you’re standing up for free markets,” Blessing said.

Other supporters said that a marijuana conviction can make it hard to find a job and that enforcement draws resources away from more-serious crimes.

“The war on drugs has been a terrible failure,” Garduño said. “We know this isn’t working.”

In New Mexico, marijuana use is legal only for medical purposes.

Supporting the override were Benton, Garduño, Ken Sanchez, Diane Gibson and Klarissa Peña, all Democrats.

Republicans Brad Winter, Dan Lewis, Trudy Jones and Don Harris voted “no.”


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. City Council on 2015-10-07 5:00 PM – TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL – FORTY-NINTH MEETING
  2. DPA Statement: Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Veto of Marijuana Decriminalization Lags Behind History and the Public’s Will

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.6
  2. Original article — http://abqjournal.com/656288/news/abq-mayors-marijuana-veto-stands.html
    Archived here — https://archive.is/3NWiF
  3. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 6 April 2015

2015 LPNM Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:32 AM

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2015 Annual State Convention

Venue – UNM School of Law, Room 2403 – 1117 Stanford Street NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10 AM — 5 PM

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-448-9976 for details

A donation of $15 is requested to offset the cost of the use of facilities.

Convention Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration
 
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and Introduction by Mike Blessing, Chair, LPNM
 
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote address by Marita Noon, Energy Makes America Great
 
11:30 – 12:15 Marisa Salazar, New Mexico State Chair at Young Americans for Liberty and Campus Coordinator at Students For Liberty
 
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch Break
 
1:30 – 2:15 Kerry Adams, Mere Liberty, Rio Rancho Observer
 
2:15 – 2:45 Scott Lieberman, Libertarian National Committee
 
2:45 – 4:45 LPNM Business Meeting
 
  • All who are registered to vote 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.
5:00 PM Convention 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

Anyone wanting to vote to nominate candidates for public office needs to make sure that they’re registered to vote as “Libertarian” or “LIB” as the Secretary of State prints on the voter registration cards before they show up for the Convention.

So make sure to bring your voter registration card.

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 (all 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.

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.

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico [LPNM] – Blog / Official Facebook page / Official Facebook group
      2. Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico [LPBCNM] – Blog / Official Facebook page / Official Facebook group
      3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
      4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

LPNM 2014 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:06 PM

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2014 Annual State Convention

Albuquerque Marriott (2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE Albuquerque New Mexico 87110 USA)

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Saturday, 10 May 2014

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-249-1248

Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the bar area of the Marriott at about 8:00 PM for an informal dinner / discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

9:00 – 9:50 AM   Registration (25 per person, 15 for student) and pay-as-you-go no-host breakfast (order off the menu)
 
10:00 – 10:25 AM   Introduction to the convention by Mike Blessing and others
 
10:30 – 11:45 AM   Speech by Penn Pfiffner, Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute
 
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM   No-host Lunch break
 
1:15 – 2:00 PM   Address by Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation
 
2:00 – 2:20 PM   Coffee break
 
2:20 – 2:45 PM   Address by Daniel Moore, President of the Albuquerque Tea Party
 
2:45 – 3:00 PM   Break
 
3:00 – 5:00 PM   LPNM Business Meeting (no charge to participants)
 

  • 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.

5:00 PM   Adjournment, followed by a possible informal dinner or watering-hole gathering

Speakers and Candidates Addressing the Convention Membership

Speakers 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

Anyone wanting to vote to nominate candidates for public office needs to make sure that they’re registered to vote as “Libertarian” or “LIB” as the Secretary of State prints on the voter registration cards before they show up for the Convention.

So make sure to bring your voter registration card.

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.

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/Candidate_And_Pac_Information/

  5. Read the Run for Office page at lp.org

Becoming a Delegate to the National Convention

Anyone wanting to be a delegate from the LPNM to the LP’s 2012 National Convention needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the State Convention.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Show up at this convention and signify willingness to be a delegate.
  4. Sign up as a National member.
  5. Download and read the LP National Bylaws and Convention Rules
  6. Show up at the National Convention.

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.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.2
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    2. Duke City Fix


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Adam’s Back!

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Friday, 29 November 2013

New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:34 PM

New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

by Randy Lynch

Photo credit: Randy Lynch

I’ve always found it refreshing when I see a stereotype blown apart. It’s nice to know that people are not always predictable. I had this happen on November 12 when I had the opportunity to hang for a while with David Clements and some of the closer circle of friends that has been supporting his run for the Senate against Tom Udall here in New Mexico. Clements had spent the previous hour and a half meeting with a large group of Las Crucens at one of the conference rooms at Andele’s Restaurant in Mesilla to talk about his candidacy. Everything I’ve ever seen, heard and read primed me to expect a very prim and proper attitude; a focus on how effective the night was, a breakdown of people’s reactions, talk on strategy and how to adjust the message to appeal to as many people as possible. No, this was more like a bunch of friends hanging out and enjoying each others’ company while winding down. This was a group basking in the feeling of doing a job well . . . of doing something worth the effort.

Of course, they did talk about about the evening and how it seemed to go, people’s reactions and such, like I’d expected, although in a very informal and laid back manner. The idea of adjusting the message, however, wasn’t even an issue, as the message that David Clements is standing up for is not really his own; it’s a message that was first laid out over 200 years ago by the founders of our great nation. It’s not a message that really requires any adjustment. It’s the message of our constitutional liberties and principles. While no event is perfect . . . ever . . . there was much for them to be proud of as they went over the events of the evening.

Right off, they ended up utilizing the entire room when the plan had been to use only half of it. There were easily twice as many people in attendance as were expected. It shouldn’t have been so surprising, though. After all, there are so many people in New Mexico who are sick and tired of the business-as-usual attitude of our politicians; making it constantly clear that we the people are only important to them when they need our vote. The rest of the time, we’re nothing but a distant buzz in the ears of the majority of these people who are supposed to represent us. There really should be nothing unexpected when people sit up and start paying attention when presented to an alternative to the status quo.

Clements started off introducing himself, explaining who he is, where he’s coming from and how he got to this point. He was born into a family of five kids and, after his father lost his job in aerospace in 1990, they traveled across the country to South Carolina with his grandparents, where they ended up with nine people living under one roof. His father found work in a grocery store and his mother worked for K-Mart and Lowes Home Improvement. She still does to this day. When his father retired and moved to New Mexico, Clements moved with them. He slept on the floor of his parents’ apartment while trying to get on his feet. He started getting his life on track, met the woman who would become his wife and became a Christian. He said, “Things started to change. I started looking at others as opposed to just myself and doors started to open.” While he is not looking to push his religious views on others, he also feels it is important for people to understand that his faith is an important part of his life and it goes a long way toward defining who he is; what kind of a person he is and where his strong convictions regarding right and wrong come from.

He talked a little about one of his heroes, William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament who took an unwavering stand in the movement to end slavery after becoming an evangelical Christian. After his conversion, he seriously considered leaving politics to go into the ministry, but a friend encouraged him to treat parliament as his ministry. Wilberforce took the challenge to heart and spent the rest of his life focussed on reforming parliament and ending slavery. He stayed focussed on his mission for the next 30 years no matter what anyone, including those in his own party, said or thought and three days before he died, slavery was abolished in the UK. He became a hero and inspiration to Clements because he was willing to stand by his convictions with no regard for the opposition or even for the final goal.

Clements spoke specifically about the job description for a U.S. Senator. He cited Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the 18 enumerated functions that Congress has authority to legislate. As he pointed out, regulating the size of toilet bowls and light bulbs were not among those 18 functions. Elected officials were originally elected to go to Washington and make sure the federal government did not encroach on the states’ rights, but we’ve gotten away from that, exchanging it for a legislature that wants to take control over every aspect of our lives. Is he looking to run to be a part of that? Truthfully, he says it’s really not a case of wanting to run. The thought of doing something so big is terrifying to him at times, but he is more terrified by the course our country is on and, as he picked up his small son, it became obvious that the thought of leaving this nation to his son in the direction it’s heading terrifies him most of all. So, he’s not looking to run for his own desires and ego. He’s looking at the bigger picture and the welfare of others and he’s not alone. Clements wife, Erin, is right there with him. They feel called to do this because they feel that we’re out of time. He’s 33, turns 34 this January and his assessment is that we can’t put this off any further and, right now, it’s the responsibility of his generation to step up, make a stand and set an example for others.

In 2006, when going to law school he came across Ron Paul and free market economists warning us about the housing bill. They were laughed at but didn’t back down. Clements looked at this from a business point of view as opposed to a political one. He was going to be a business lawyer to serve in Las Cruces, but while he was in law school, the market fell apart. His career path seemed cut off. He heard about the Federal Reserve and the banking industry and their effects on the markets so he dedicated 3 years of his life to studying that side of our economy. He started to realize that a certain point of view gets pushed to the forefront and the naysayers, such as those warning about the housing crisis, weren’t getting their voices heard very well, but they weren’t backing down or giving up. This whole situation specifically caught his attention because it was math; not politics, not right vs. left or one party over another. “This was: How much money do we have? Where does this money come from? How are we paying for all these programs? How come our debt is out of control? What’s the effect of having our debt out of control? And we start talking about this 17 trillion dollar debt we’re kinda getting used to it. What’s the difference between 18 trillion and 17 trillion or do we reassess when we get to a gazillion?” While that narrative may be getting tired with some people, it isn’t with Clements. He sees these numbers and understands just how bad this is for the U.S. It’s just getting scarier and scarier and he see that. He pointed out that each of us is saddled with over $140,000 worth of debt right now. That means all of us, including our children. Clements pointed to his young son, specifically mentioning that this boy with a big smile of his face, enjoying being around his daddy as he speaks and bringing a smile to each of us with his carefree attitude typical of children, is one of us that has that debt resting heavily on his shoulders. “Our annual budgets are about $4.3 trillion and we’re running deficits of over $1 trillion per year to fund the government. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and paying interest on what we borrow. We paid over $400 billion in interest last year and we’re doing that every year,” said Clements. The rest of the money we spend is coming from the printing presses (the Federal Reserve). He pointed out that by printing so much money just to cover all the government spending, the power of the dollar is being destroyed. He talked about the fact that we live in a very poor state and people like his father are on fixed incomes out here where the the buying power of his dollar is being stripped away. He said that, while some would say he had achieved the American dream (a lawyer at 33, married to a smart and attractive civil engineer, father to a happy and healthy young boy), The reality is that we’re paying into Social Security that we’ll never see. He’s been paying into a state retirement account that’s insolvent. While he couldn’t tell you right now what’s going to happen in the next five years financially, he does have the education and knowledge base to understand these sorts of problems and see that our current course doesn’t end well. He believes that he has a unique tool set to evaluate these kinds of problems that many other candidates don’t have. As an attorney, he has looked at some of the legislation that Tom Udall has sponsored and, “. . . he’s killing us.”

Clements reached a point where he got tired of watching where our country was going and wanted to do something about it, so he got involved in a grassroots movement and ended up making a strong showing, along with many other like-minded patriots, at the New Mexico Republican Convention and he got elected as chairman of the Dona Ana County Republican Party. He started talking to other political groups because his focus was on finding true conservative candidates who were ready to stand up and take on the fight to take back our country. His reasoning goes beyond party lines: “Not because it’s right to be a Republican, but because it’s right to follow the law. It’s right to follow the Constitution.” He wanted to find people who would imbue the Party with value. Then people started challenging him to run because of his knowledge base and passion. His first response was that he didn’t want to run and certainly not for something as big as a U.S. Senate position. He knows that that is still a sore subject with many in the NM GOP that he came up out of seemingly nowhere to win the Dona Ana chairmanship and, while he does care about what those people think and he’s not looking to hurt others or step on toes, he has long reached a point where he is desperate to change things and if he has to take the initiative and the lead, so be it. He knew that winning the DARP position was something that was possible for him to achieve, so he went for it and he has tried to build bridges, repair damage and bring in more conservatives, both those who are more part of the establishment and others who have felt pushed to the outside fringes. Clements said the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of the Constitution, but we’ve been running scared, in part because it’s proven to be true that being a liberal tends to give you with a higher probability of being elected, so there’s been a move in the party to more of a ‘moderate’ position. “At the end of the day,” Clements said, “I don’t want to be a moderate. I don’t want to be a liberal. If that means I can’t win, that’s not something I want to be a part of. It’s not something that excites me. It’s not something that excites our young people. They’re just as attracted to liberty and freedom as anyone else. The reason why we’re not getting involved is because we don’t think we have a chance.” He’s looking at all the different factions that have formed among conservatives over the years and his focus really isn’t on the differences between different areas of conservatism. He cares about the Constitution and he wants to help bring America back to those foundational principles.

Now, the big question is: Does David Clements stand a chance against Tom Udall? His answer is yes, but he’s also looking at the bigger picture and what needs to be done to beat Udall. As he said, in New Mexico, Republicans have 32% of the registered vote. There is no way to beat a Democrat with the Republican vote alone, but Clements has worked with various independent groups and coalitions, everyone from Libertarians to the Green Party and he knows how to emphasize those issues we can all agree on. He believes he can unite all of these various groups while not compromising conservative constitutional principles. He believes that he can win part of the Democrat vote as well. There are already some Democrats who have changed parties to support his run. (Personally, I see that as further proof that there are many people who are registered as Democrats who are not liberal and who wouldn’t take a lot of encouragement to change parties.)

Clements hasn’t even secured the Republican nomination, as it is still too early for the party to back any one individual, but he’s already been contacted by many conservative groups out of DC that saw what’s happening in New Mexico and in Dona Ana County. He has now met with Gun Owners of America, Pro Life Alliance, National Right to Work and Campaign for Liberty, all of whom are interested in endorsing his campaign. He’s also met with Senator Mike Lee’s people who believe that he holds many of the same views as Senator Lee and who plan on discussing Clements’ run with his chief of staff in terms of supporting the campaign. He’s had similar interest expressed after meeting with Ted Cruz’s people who said that Senator Cruz is very interested in what’s happening in New Mexico. Clements also met with Rand Paul’s political director with similar results, so he’s looking at a pretty sizable amount of support from conservative Republicans in DC.

David Clements’ major goal that he needs to meet right now is to raise $100,000 by December 20 to support his campaign and to signal that he is serious and will be around for the long haul, not an easy goal for someone lacking the connections of a career politician and not being independently wealthy, but it is a goal that he feels he can reach with the help of people at the grassroots level giving what they can for a candidate who is so much like them and who they can believe in. He wants ownership of his campaign to be firmly in the hands of the people. He is a man who believes in a free market approach; who believes in the Constitution; who believes in limited government, but who doesn’t have all the baggage of being a political insider. His fancy vehicle, after all, is a 14 year old Isuzu Hombre that’s missing a hub cap. This is not a fat cat who is looking to get richer from an elected position. In fact, he has promised that, if elected, he will not serve more than two terms. He wants to help New Mexico and America and then return to his private life, the same as our early representatives did, before the advent of the career politician. He wants to simply raise enough money to run . . . and win . . . in 2014. So, if you like what you’ve heard and read about David Clements and if you want to help contribute to his run to unseat Tom Udall and replace him with a Constitution-loving patriot, you can always contribute at the following secure web page:

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/jRkcJyui/Clements-for-New-Mexico

Once he gets past the hurdle of raising enough money, then comes the real fight, first to secure the Republican Party nomination and then to defeat Tom Udall and remove him from the seat he’s gotten way too comfortable in. Oh, and just as an aside, if anyone happens to have a hubcap for a 1999 Isuzu Hombre you’d like to donate, I’m sure David wouldn’t mind that, either.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.1
  2. David Clements for U.S. Senate Official SiteFacebook / Twitter
  3. Original article
  4. Reposted –
    1. Duke City Fix / Tea Party Nation

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Responding to the BCSO “Buy-Back”

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Responding to the BCSO “Buy-Back”
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:19:37
From: Mike Blessing
To: Tom Zdunek, Debbie O’Malley, Art De La Cruz, Maggie Hart Stebbins, Lonnie C. Talbert, Wayne A. Johnson, Dan Houston

Dear Commissioners, Mr. Zdunek:

Recently I was surfing the web and found the following:

BernCo Compass: Gun Buybacks, Strip Club Rules and Downtown Housing

Here’s the pertinent part:

Issue: Gun Buyback

The county conducted its first gun buyback day on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the North Valley. People who anonymously surrendered their firearms were compensated – no questions asked. If the weapons were stolen, they were to be returned to their rightful owners. Deputy County Manager Tom Swisstack said the program brought in 333 weapons, seven of which were assault rifles. The $50,000 put up by the county for purchasing the guns ran out within two hours.

Swisstack added that it’s the most successful buyback day in the state so far. He thanked Sheriff Dan Houston for doing an outstanding job, and Commissioner Debbie O’Malley for moving the program forward.

BernCo View

O’Malley thanked everyone for the compliments but said when she got to the North Valley Command Center on Saturday, she was surrounded by other gun traders in the parking lot. They waited outside harassing folks, she said, telling them they would buy the guns for more than the county was paying. She said she was surprised people could do that kind of gun trading in a parking lot without permits.

Swisstack assured that next time, the sheriff would block off the area around the substation. The next buyback day is Saturday, Feb. 23, at the South Area Command Center (2039 Isleta SW).

First, this wasn’t a buy-back event at all – the word “buy-back” assumes that you originally owned them and are buying them back, when the truth is that the firearms purchased by BCSO weren’t owned by Bernalillo County in the first place.

Second, this event was advertised and reported upon as some sort of “public service,” in order to “get the guns off the streets.” This is code-speak from the victim disarmament crowd for getting firearms away from private citizens, whom as “we all know,” “can’t be trusted” with any weapon more powerful than a plastic straw loaded with spitballs.

Third, the ONLY good thing about these “buy-back” events is that BCSO is apparently to return any firearms found to have been stolen back to their rightful owners.

Fourth, considering Tom Swisstack’s anti-Constitutional comments of ” . . . next time, the sheriff would block off the area around the substation,” perhaps it’s time that Bernalillo County picked out a new Deputy County Manager. As well as a new Sheriff if Dan Houston goes along with this.

It seems that I have until 1 May 2014 to gather sufficient signatures to recall Mr. Houston, and 1 May 2016 to do the same for Ms. O’Malley.

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Mike Blessing / Phone – 505-249-1248
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico – http://lpnm.us

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Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
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Friday, 19 October 2012

Results from the 9 October UNM Rally

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 overriden.
  • 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 onlt 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.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Genesis of the Seventh Column . . . ?

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:53 PM

Genesis of the Seventh Column . . . ?

by Mike Blessing, State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Speech to the Gary Johnson UNM Rally for Jobs, Opportunity and Diversity
Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How many of you have read anything by Robert A. Heinlein? Raise your hand if you have.

The Master’s most famous books are Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I recommend reading all of them if you haven’t already.

But tonight I want to talk about one of Heinlein’s lesser-known books, titled Sixth Column. Originally written in 1941, it’s about an underground resistance network that forms after America suffers a foreign invasion. One of the characters coins the idea that since a fifth column is composed of traitors supporting the invasion, the resistance devoted to defeating it should be called a sixth column. After the invasion is defeated, one of the scientists supporting the resistance says it’s time to take the reins of power for themselves, because, after all, they know better than the common man in the street how to run things. One of the Army officers in the resistance nixes that idea rather quickly, noting that such a coup from domestic elements would be no better than the foreign invasion was in that both are forms of imposed dictatorship – exactly what America is not supposed to be. That is, if you take the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights seriously, and not as mere “goddamn pieces of paper,” to paraphrase George W. Bush.

Assembled friends and guests, what we’ve got here is the beginning of a seventh column. The difference between Heinlein’s sixth and the seventh is that this isn’t an underground movement at all – we want publicity for it, as public outreach is one of our greatest tools.

And what, pray tell, is the true opposition that we face? It isn’t the Democrats, the Republicans or the Muslims – it isn’t any specific person or group, but rather competing sets of bad ideas in the public sphere. Among those bad ideas are the following:

  • The collective should come before the individual.
  • Everyone should sacrifice themselves for others with no expectation of reward.
  • Government exists to promulgate these premises.
  • Government exists to “run society.”

It’s our job to counter those bad ideas – not by demanding censorship and suppression of them, not by persecuting their proponents, but by offering better ideas of our own.

The core premise of what Governor Johnson and I, among others, are offering as better ideas is called the Non-Aggression Principle (some call it the Zero Aggression Principle). Here it is –

No one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force or fraud against another human being for any reason whatever; nor will a libertarian advocate or threaten such initiation, nor delegate it to anyone else.

Those who act consistently with this principle are what I refer to as “small-l libertarians,” whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim.

Now you might think that this is some crazy stuff out of left field (or right field, if you’re an Wilsonian or Rooseveltian type of so-called “liberal”), but it’s been around in various forms for thousands of years. Here are some examples:

  • The Greek philosopher Epicurus advocated avoiding politics altogether, “since doing so leads to trouble.”
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero of the Roman Empire was a proponent of natural rights.
  • The Wiccan Rede – “An it harm none, do what thou wilt” – sounds rather similar to the Non-Aggression Principle.
  • Jesus’ teachings of “Let who is without sin cast the first stone” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” come to mind.
  • According to Lao Tzu, the best way to govern is not to govern – he wrote in the Daodejing: “The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people become.”
  • Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, said “That which governs best, governs least.”

An easier way to say this is “If you’re not hurting anyone else, you have the right to do as you please.”

Going along with that right are the responsibilities to:

  • Respect the rights of others to do as they please if they’re not hurting others.
  • Do what you’ve voluntarily agreed to do, as not following through on such promises is a form of fraud.

Now some might ask in response, “What about defense? Are we supposed to let ourselves be attacked?”

Well, you can allow yourselves to be beat up, mugged, what have you as much as you want, without lifting a finger in your own defense. Local gadfly Don Schrader is noted for that approach – he’s also extremely polite to people on the personal level – he has to be, as he disavows the use of force for self-defense.

Note that the Non-Aggression Principle only denounces the initiation of force or fraud. In my opinion, all turning the other cheek does is presents another side of your face for an attacker to use as a punching bag. As such, others here, myself, Jon Barrie &#8211l stand up and take a bow, Jon – are rather enthusiastic proponents of self-defense, and the corollary right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed (or supposed to be guaranteed) by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Particularly the military variety of weapons, as the Founders put forth in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. Again, in accordance with the Non-Aggression Principle, we’re not initiating force against anyone – but we prefer to be prepared should someone else attempt to initiate force against us. As my father told me when I was six years old, “Don’t go looking for a fight, but be prepared to finish it.”

On that note, if theres any LGBT folks present, I’d like to get with you later tonight to talk about setting up a chapter of the Pink Pistols organization for Albuquerque and / or New Mexico.

So exactly what are we offering here?

Simple – our mission is to consistently apply the Non-Aggression Principle to the issues of the day that appear in the political realm.

Health care? The federal and state governments have no proper role in micromanaging what kind of medical insurance you have, or whether you have any at all. Nor is their proper role to provide that insurance. Where in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution is the Congress empowered to be involved in ANY of this?

Yes, I understand this is contrary to what some slicked-up flim-flam artist from Massachusetts says when he calls himself a supporter of “free enterprise.” So where exactly does such a “free marketer” get off telling us that federal force should be used to require anyone to purchase health insurance? I note that this same confidence man also has denounced the right to own and carry weapons for self-defense in the past – 2004 was the most egregious instance – but NOW he “supports” that right.

Energy policy? The federal and state governments should not be empowered to mandate that any type of fuel be the “official” one for anyone not under the express employment of those governments. Where in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution is the Congress permitted to do this? It isn’t – but they’ve usurped that role away from us, who are supposed to be their bosses. If it wasn’t for Congressional meddling in the energy sector, gas would be a dollar a gallon, if not fifty cents or a quarter, and thanks to nuclear power, electricity truly would be too cheap to meter on a watt-by-watt basis – your electric bill would be more like your internet bill is today.

Tax policy? Ideally, we wouldn’t have any sort of taxes at all, as taxation is simply taking money from others without their consent – it’s a gov-speak codeword for the terms “theft” or “plunder.” The current income taxes are especially nasty – they require you to send in up to half of what you make – what they do is punish honest work and investment. Half of your time spent earning money is really working for the government, and you pay the government for that privilege – isn’t that right up the alley of chattel slavery in the pre-1865 South? The big difference now, of course, is that we have a say in who the slavemasters are in Washington DC and Santa Fe.

Well, folks, what can we do about this sorry state of affairs that we find ourselves in?

Voting for candidates is the last step in the process – first we have to educate other voters about the issues of the day, and how to apply the Non-Aggression Principle to those issues. How to do that?

Joseph Goebbels – the same Goebbels who ran Hitler’s propaganda machine – used the tactic of The Big Lie – any lie stated often enough, loudly enough and dramatically enough will be believed.

Our job as adherents to the Non-Aggression Principle are to refrain from initiating force or fraud against others. Thus we are obligated to tell the truth about the issues.

I propose that we modify Goebbels’ Big Lie tactic and make it The Big Truth – the truth should be stated loudly, dramatically and often. Shout it from the rooftops, as the saying goes. Isn’t there a part of the Bible that says “Proclaim liberty throughout the land” ?

Part of getting that truth is keeping a close eye on all of the politicians – including those who claim to be adherents of the Non-Aggression Principle. Simply electing politicians to office who profess that they are adherents to the Non-Aggression Principle isn’t enough. Paraphrasing Lord Acton, “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. All great men are bad men.”

Just because a politician makes the right sort of comments during the election season doesn’t mean that they will be true to their word after entering office. It’s up to YOU, fellow citizens, to keep them under scrutiny for their terms, watching them under a microscope, questioning every bill they sponsor or sign, and examining every statement they make about public policy.

Politicians aren’t known for telling you the truth. If anything, they’re known for playing games with the truth – bending it, stretching it, equivocating, vacillating, warping the truth into something where an M.C. Escher drawing would seem rather straightforward in comparison.

Well, technology is on our side for a change. Smartphones with video recording capability are getting cheaper and more capable. On the internet side of things, bandwidth and hosting space keep dropping in price, after you adjust for Bernanke’s antics. So when a politician gives a speech or press conference, hold up that smartphone. Ask them your questions. Put them on the spot they so richly deserve.

Are you up for the task?

Now we can argue forever about how far or how fast to go in shrinking government’s influence in our lives, or which of Leviathan’s tentacles should go to the chopping block first. Some are no doubt thinking “Mike is just an anarchist.”

Understand that a true anarchist isn’t one of these Black Bloc creeps whom the media labels as one after they throw a brick through a storefront window. The word “anarchy” doesn’t mean “no rules” – the laws of nature are rules. So if Congress, in its infinite wisdom decided to repeal the laws of gravity, it should be safe to jump off of the roof of a thirty-story building? I encourage them to lead by example.

No, the word “anarchy” means “no rulers.” Thus, a true anarchist is simply opposed to any sort permanent ruling class, of the sort that we currently find ourselves saddled and yoked by at all levels of government, at rates that would cause a medieval serf to rise in rebellion.

But still, while I do lean that way, it seems that the State will be with us always. To head off the ever-lasting fights over this, I suggest a simple line in the sand for us.

Candidates, officeholders or appointed spokespersons at all levels of government or the political parties should refrain from advocating new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, or new or higher taxes. To paraphrase from the medical profession, “First, do no harm.”

Personally, I’ll go further and say the following:

Government doesn’t produce anything – all it does is take from one person and give to another. Government is most often a “negative” influence on society. Just as in mathematics, going “negative” against another “negative” leads to a “postive” result: –1 x –1 = 1.

Those who do initiate force or fraud against other individuals deserve no sympathy should their victims decide to get even in some manner, or if those victims get the drop on the aggressors at the time of the crime. Nor do they deserve any support from anyone else in society – any ridicule or bad language sent their way is justified.

I’ll leave you with some quotes:

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

“And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
– Barry Goldwater, 1964 presidential nomination speech

Here’s another one from Goldwater, in case the first one didn’t make my point –

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

Finally, here’s two from my all-time favorite television series, Babylon 5

I mean, being a freedom fighter, a . . . force for good, it’s . . . it’s a wonderful thing. You get to make your own hours, looks good on a resume, but the pay . . . sucks.
– Psi Corps Agent Alfred Bester, Moments of Transition

John Sheridan: You know, it’s funny, I was thinking about what you said, that the preeminent truth of our age is that you cannot fight the system. But if, as you say, the truth is fluid, that the truth is subjective, then maybe you can fight the system. As long as just one person refuses to be broken, refuses to bow down.

Interrogator: But can you win?

John Sheridan: Every time I say “no.”
Intersections in Real Time


NOTES

  1. Posted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    3. Seventh Column – Facebook / WordPress / Yahoo!


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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Albuquerque Liberty Forum — September 2012

Filed under: Events, Politics — mikewb1971 @ 9:36 PM

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, 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

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NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blog
    2. Sixth Column

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