The Weekly Sedition

Saturday, 7 May 2011

The LPNM in May 2011

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:48 PM

New Mexico Liberty for May 2011

Albuquerque Liberty Forum is a no-host dinner, with discussion of issues important to libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, extropians, and Constitutionalists.

We’re currently meeting at the Sizzler at 7212 Menaul NE in Albuquerque (two blocks to the east of Louisiana Blvd., on the south side of Menaul), from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome. Speakers will have 30 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.).

ABQ Campaign for Liberty

Facebook

FreedomConnect

FreedomTorch

Myspace

NMPolitics.org

New Mexico Liberty

Agenda for this event

  1. Round-robin introductions (if needed)
  2. State of the Party speech by LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing
  3. Notices about upcoming events
  4. Getting Started as an Activist


After-event review

What went well

  1. We stuck to the posted agenda fairly well – we didn’t get sidetracked much at all.
  2. We had a few new faces at this event – total attendance was twelve, which is double last month’s number.

What needs improving

The venue’s management seated us in the separate room after another group had previously reserved that same room for every Thursday. So at 7:00 PM, we had to move from that room to the main dining room, where we had to raise our voices to be heard over the piano.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. The Weekly SeditionYahoo!
    4. Partisans of the American Southwest – WordPress / Yahoo!


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Friday, 5 February 2010

Adam Kokesh at UNM, 3 Feb 2010

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 5:08 PM

Current mood: ecstatic

Last Wednesday, I braved the falling snow and rain on Central Ave. to make the Kokesh for Congress rally that took place in the atrium of the Student Union Building. I parked at Bryn Mawr and Columbia NE (several blocks to the east of the facility where the rally actually took place) because the parking situation at UNM makes the CNM setup look like a work of genius, and I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle. I spent about 30 minutes looking for a spot before settling on a two-hour curb at around 11:15 AM.

Upon arriving (30 minutes early — I overestimated the time it would take to walk from where I parked to the SUB by about 20 minutes), I met some libertarian-leaning Republicans, in particular Rhead Story and Bob Cornelius, and we talked for a bit. I found out that the GOPNM’s current State Chairman, a Harvey Yates, has allegedly used his position as a party officer to funnel a pile of cash (about 1200) to one candidate in a race while not offering an equal pile of cash to the other candidate seeking the same office. This is apparently a felony under New Mexico state law. Ha ha ha.

At around 11:50 AM, the Kokesh campaign volunteers started arriving, followed by Adam himself at 12:00 PM on the dot. Adam was introduced by Ruben Pacheco of UNM’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. Also present were representatives from Students Against Empire.

Ruben Pacheco introducing Adam Kokesh – Photo by myself

At that point, Adam took the podium, grabbed the microphone and proceeded to . . . have fun with his politics (something I’ve been telling my fellow Libertarian Party members to do for years!) — Adam not only has the principles down, but can articulate them to the uninitiated. After his speech (given without notes, cue cards, or teleprompters), Adam proceeded to talk with volunteers and spectators for a while.

It’s important to note that the assembled listeners roughly doubled in number from the time he started his speech to the time he finished up and left the podium.

Photo by myself

Adam Kokesh at the UNM SUB – Photo by Andrew Sharp

Some of the other volunteers present from the campaign —

  • John Newby[1]
  • Mike Morasco (sp?), who rode his bicycle across the continental United States TWICE to spread the Ron Paul message

After the rally was over, I hustled out of the SUB and headed back to my car, and arrived with five minutes to spare on the parking spot. Still, I checked my tires for a parking-enforcement “boot” — the meter-readers aren’t the brightest, but do have the tendency to be rather capricious. When I got home, the snowstorm was in full bloom.


NOTES

  1. John came to our Liberty Forum last night (Thursday, 4 Feb 2010) at Fiesta’s and talked for a while with myself, Ron Bjornstad and Bill Koehler about the campaign, the GOP, the LP, New Mexico, Adam, etc., etc. As John was leaving, he asked us, “What can we do for you?” (I’m used to hearing “What can you do for me?”) My response? “Let Adam be Adam.”
  2. The campaign’s official blog posting — Adam Speaks to Students at UNM

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Bloody Sunday from the Irish Freedom Committee — Friday, 29 January 2010

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — weeklysedition @ 5:27 PM


Benefit film screening and live music

Live music from 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm
‘Bloody Sunday’ screening at 7:30 pm


Click the poster for details about the movie
The drama shows the events of the day through the eyes of Ivan Cooper, the Protestant Stormont Member of Parliament (for the Social Democratic and Labour Party) who was a central organiser of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry on 30 January 1972. The march ended when British paratroopers fired on the demonstrators, killing thirteen instantly and wounding another thirteen, one of whom died 4½ months later from injuries he received on that day.

An interesting fact about this movie is that Ivan Cooper is played by James Nesbitt, who himself is a Protestant from the area covered in the movie. What does that say about the lamestream snoozemedia’s portrayal of The Troubles as a sectarian fight between Catholics and Protestants? I guess the hairspray heads are too lazy to look up the Irish Rebellion of 1798?

For more information —

Call Chuck McLaughlin 505-235-5906 or 505-255-1848
Check guildcinema.com or irishfreedomcommittee.net.

All proceeds collected will go directly to the families of Irish POWs currently held in English and Irish Free State prisons

About the 30 January 1972 event / About this movie


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Saturday, 18 July 2009

17 July 2009 ABQ Tea Party

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 6:28 PM

Current mood: ecstatic

Well, folks, there were quite a few people at today’s Tea Party Rally in Albuquerque, from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Independence Grill. One count said that there were 2000 people at the event. I do know that upon reaching the intersection of San Pedro and Montgomery, traffic slowed to a crawl, and I ended up taking the side streets to get closer to Louisiana. Even doing that, I ended up walking two blocks, dodging other drivers all the way in. Still, I didn’t see any accidents, nor hear of any.

Jim Scarantino and Paul Gessing, hosts of the 1550-AM talk show Speaking Freely, were doing a good job of explaining how America’s current economic clusterfuck mess can’t be blamed on just Comrade George XLIII or just The Barack [1], when the truth is they’re both at fault here — Bush presided over the start of the situation, just as Herbert Hoover was First Crook at the start of the 1929 Panic which turned into the “Great Depression,” and Obama is making it worse and prolonging the bad times, just as FDR did after 1933 — by 1936, people were calling it “Roosevelt’s Depression.”

Anyway, I got in about two minutes of airtime on behalf of the Libertarian Party[2], as Paul asked me to explain what the LP is all about, to which I replied, “It basically like this — as long as you’re not hurting others, you can do as you please.” (Paraphrasing there!) Then he asked me what would be the ideal tax rate if the LP were to come to power in a meaningful way — my answer was “zero percent.”

Here’s some pictures of the crowd that I took with my trusty (five-year-old, dinged-up) Sony Cybershot (click the pictures to see the full-sized versions) —

Jim Scarantino and Paul Gessing at the radio booth

Crowd shots by the radio booth

The crowd lining Montgomery Blvd, as seen from the roadside —

The crowd lining Montgomery Blvd, as seen from the median strip —

Even the lamestream snoozemedia were there —

And, YES, there was an Obamaton presence —

Here’s a list of the various Tea Party events that took place around the State — http://www.albuquerqueteaparty.com/?page_id=194.

And I didn’t see much if any of the Know-Nothing anti-immigrant sentiment that I saw during the Republican debates and primaries of 2007 and 2008 — I only saw one person holding a sign about the issue.


NOTES

  1. Can You Smell What The Barack is Cookin’ ?
  2. Why, you ask, did I not put in a plug for the Boston Tea Party? Simple — I’m one of TWO people in New Mexico that’s expressed more than a token interest in developing the BTP into anything more than a net-presence. I’ve sent out numerous invites to people that I’ve suspected would be interested, only to have them go unanswered.

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Monday, 30 March 2009

Who Really Created Racism?

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , — weeklysedition @ 5:35 PM

Who Really Created Racism?

Current mood: annoyed, cynical

Recently, I found out about an upcoming event here in Albuquerque.

“White people created racism”

White Racism: Can We End It?
Host: white history week: ending racism, specifically in New Mexico.
Type: Education – Workshop
Network: Global
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 1kind Studios
Street: 1016 Coal SW
City/Town: Albuquerque, NM
View Map

505-246-8910
Email: whitehistoryweeks@gmail.com

White people created racism, and it is our job to end it. Through deep listening and action we can confront this major wound in ourselves and in the oppressive society that causes it, in order to move towards a world that is free of oppression.

Did we, really? Is there any actual proof of this statement? I’m asking for specifics here — names, dates, places, that sort of thing.

And I’m sure that the Albuquerque field office of the ADL will have brochures on hand to pass out. This is the same outfit that tries to link Constitutionalists, Sovereign Citizens, militia organizers, tax-honesty protestors, libertarians, among others with the Aryan Airheads.


Thursday, 27 September 2007

The Irish Freedom Committee Presents “Hidden Agenda”

Filed under: Entertainment, Events, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 12:24 AM

The Guild Cinema and the Irish Freedom Committee present

Hidden Agenda is a 1990 film starring Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, and Brad Dourif. The film was directed by Ken Loach, produced by Eric Fellner, and written by Jim Allen

Hidden Agenda is a political thriller film directed by Ken Loach. The film is about the murder of an American civil rights activist in Northern Ireland by the police while driving in the company of an IRA sympathiser. It is inspired by the investigation into the RUC’s alleged “shoot to kill policy”, with Cox’s character representing John Stalker. E4A, an undercover unit of the Royal Ulster Constabulary claimed to be involved in the killings, is mentioned briefly in the film.

The motives behind the murder in the film are supposed to show the “inner workings” of politics and (in Loach’s belief) the way government acts to protect supposed freedom. We are shown the conformist face of people, the assumed futility of going  against the “high powers”, the manipulation of the media and some true ulterior motives that in Loach’s socialist beliefs drive the current world.

During one scene late in the movie, a renegade Special Air Service (SAS) agent possessing an audio tape that incriminates the British government is kidnapped by an SAS squad and bundled into a van on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin, a very busy river crossing in the center of the city. Loach filmed the scene with a hidden camera and without letting passers-by know that they were witnessing a movie shoot.

Dates / Location

10 November and 11 November 2007

Show times on both days: 12 PM — 2 PM

The Historic Guild Cinema — 505-255-1848 — 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Irish Freedom Committee, 505-363-7974

Contact Chuck McLaughlin, 505-235-5906 for more information.

This screening is hosted by the Irish Freedom Committee. All proceeds will benefit the families of Irish Republican Prisoners of War currently held in English and Irish “Free State” prisons.

Seating is limited to 120 people. Admission is 7.00 FRN per person.

For more information from the Irish Freedom Committee, check out their newslist on Yahoo

More about Hidden AgendaWikipedia entry / Internet Movie Database entry


NOTES

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