The Weekly Sedition

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Questionnaire from the Alibi — Mark Curtis Responds

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:00 AM

Name: Mark Curtis
Party: Libertarian Party
District: 19
Website: none. not a netizen
  1. What qualifies you for this position?

    not a professional politician. not the incumbent. have some appreciation of the limits of government.

  2. What should be done to address ethics reform and transparency?

    would support strengthening of limits on gifts and favors. mostly, voters need to choose candidates who have higher standards. we can’t really legislate ethical behavior.

  3. How can we balance the state’s budget?

    limit growth in expenditures. reduce employee numbers by 15-20 %. pay state employees no better than private sector. tighter controls on state benefits.

  4. Should New Mexico allow domestic partnerships for same-sex couples?

    what over-riding interest does the state have in limiting them? civil law is quite capable of handling questions of joint property and child custody. once an “M” corporation license is issued, the partnered persons are espoused. “marriage” ceremonies can be performed at the discretion of the various institutions.

  5. Do you favor rehabilitation instead of jail time for nonviolent drug offenders?

    nonviolent drug offenders: what is the states interest in choice of recreational activities? most of the social problems associated with recreational drug use derive from its illegality. we have public and private programs for problem drinkers and gamblers. why criminal penalties for drug users?

  6. What do you think of the state’s film initiatives?

    I like to have films produced here and am not, for now, opposed to temporary tax rebates. I would much prefer that we create a more business friendly regulatory and tax structure for all businesses.

  7. How can we improve public education?

    the states virtual monopoly on primary and secondary education is at the root of our education problems. initially, a program of “backpack” vouchers that would follow the student to whatever institution their parents choose would provide funding for the most capable instructors to establish their own schools. eventually, most students would attend private schools.

  8. Should New Mexico change its laws surrounding immigration?

    I do not approve of issuing state drivers licenses to undocumented aliens. there is an international drivers license for temporary visitors. at the national level, immigration quotas should be increased substantially. movement across the borders for temporary employment purposes should be easy to reduce the incentive to bring family to the relatively high cost of living states.

  9. What kind of infrastructure improvements does your district require?

    do you mean “what kind of pork will you bring to your district”? None. the city or county could spend quite a bit on old water and sewer lines and some of the streets and curbs are in need of repair or replacement but, I don’t see these as legitimate state issues.

  10. What issues do your constituents care about most?

    beyond education, I have no idea. most of our discussions have been about runaway state and federal spending and the growing federal interference in matters rightfully left to the states, like education.


NOTES

  1. alibi.com page
  2. Reposted –
    1. New Mexico Liberty

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

J.D. Wilmeth on Local Law Enforcement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 4:46 AM

Wilmeth for Sheriff banner

Will’s Solution to Local Law Enforcement
Newsletter: 5 September 2010
Our county faces a growing crisis. Every year, law enforcement agencies seek to increase their budget and their manpower. These requests are accompanied by the same argument – “with more police and more or better equipment we can cut down on crime.” Yet, consistently, the opposite is what occurs. Our communities see an increase in crime, and often a rise in more violent crimes.

The conclusion is inescapable. Present police methods DO NOT WORK. Current methods of patrol, where units work an area in a random pattern, watching for criminal activity, and police are deployed to provide a certain amount of personnel throughout a 24 hour period does not result in a decrease in crime.

Our present Sheriff is a supporter of this method of law enforcement. He points to 24 hour patrol, a new building, and a full complement of personnel as well as his personal involvement in a large number of community advisory boards as evidence of success. Unfortunately our primary goal of lowering the crime rates, arresting offenders and keeping the peace remains unimproved. The Sheriff Department may look good, but its not performing as well as it could.

My solution involves returning to a simpler, more direct method of law enforcement that is in keeping with the vision of our Founding Fathers and based in the U.S. Constitution. Consider this; the majority of citizens are law-abiding, honest, hard-working people who want safer streets, order and less crime. Further, in every community, the vast amount of criminals are known, not only by law enforcement, but by the members of the community themselves. Finally, crimes do not occur in a vacuum. In other words, multiple burglaries occur, not just one. Oilfield larcenies occur in groups, not in single events. So why do those of us in law enforcement assume random patrols and 24 hour coverage are going to catch the majority of criminals?

It may be politically incorrect to say this but the truth of the matter is that, as peace officers, our duties are not to regulate the conduct of law-abiding citizens, or force their “compliance,” rather, our duty is to seek out, properly investigate, and arrest (based on probable cause) those members of our society who prey on others. While doing this we have an over-riding duty to protect everyone’s constitutional rights.

My solution involves recognizing that the majority of crimes are committed by a limited amount of criminals, most of whom are already known to law enforcement. The records sections of local law enforcement agencies are full of information on criminals who have been handled for certain types of crimes, and the amount of unserved arrest warrants is staggering. In my proposed methodology, the Sheriff’s Department will deploy its force based on the actual threats, rather than the possibility of the presence of a threat. We will:

  1. Cease random, unfocused patrols and minimize our response to non-criminal events that do not require enforcement activities.
  2. Research local criminal trends for type, location, and method.
  3. Deploy our units in a focused response to those specific threats and make an arrest as soon as possible.
  4. Watch for and react to situations of opportunity as we investigate crimes to stop those crimes that we observe.
  5. We will expend our resources on stopping the criminal, not policing the public at large.

Links to more information about the combined role of the constitution and the sheriff:

Just a reminder to everyone, early voting is a great way to make sure your vote counts. We all get busy, and sometimes Election Day becomes a day where we are just too busy to vote. By voting early, Your Vote Counts! This is a critical election for local offices and on the national level. Let your voice be heard!

J.D. “Will” Wilmeth
Lea County Sheriff Candidate
http://wilmeth4sheriff.com
Facebook page

P.S.: Please forward this email to friends and family. Let’s all work together to put Will in office!


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – New Mexico’s Consumer AdvocateThe Weekly SeditionPartisans of the American SouthwestTyranny Response Team of New Mexico
    2. New Mexico Liberty

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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Mullins, Martinez, and Giuliani

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:19 AM

Current mood: cynical

Dear New Mexicans,

Tom Mullins was at a Rio Rancho Tea Party rally last night. About 50+ attended. Enthusiasm was high, the meeting well organized. Tom is still strong and determined. He is said to be within 4 to 5 points of Lujan.

Tom Mullins is, in my opinion, an unprincipled eqivocating slanderer and libeler.

IF Mullins tops Lujan in the general election . . .

Considering the demographics of the district and the comments that Mullins has made after getting the GOP nomination (joking about landmines on the southern border, “there weren’t too many white faces” at the Kewa Pueblo ceremony), that’s a BIG “IF.”

But IF that were to happen, the Third District would have just as good a representative as the First had with Heather Wilson.

I’d like Mullins to list for New Mexican voters TEN (10) existing federal spending programs that, as a Congressman, he will sponsor repeals of within a week of being seated in Congress.

Richard T. (sorry, I didn’t write down his full name) told us about the RRTP plan for the next 27 days to get out the vote. It’s so well thought out, so purposeful and practical, I was riveted. This plan is going to bowl Lujan out of office. I hope to be able to take part in it.

The plan’s originators have decided to share their idea with other TPs as a blueprint for success. Well done, RRTP.

Ah, but look at who this plan will replace Lujan with. Utterly repulsive.

Far better to leave Lujan in office than replace him with Mullins. Better an up-front enemy than a backstabber professing friendship.

When Mullins first come out from under his rock as a challenger to Adam Kokesh, one of Adam’s supporters drafted a document titled “Tom Mullins – Ben Ray Lujan’s Best Friend.”[1]. When Adam heard about it, he quashed it immediately, as he wanted to run a clean, issues-based campaign. Adam was rewarded for this with a smear campaign on the part of Mullins:

Blowback Comes Home to New Mexico / GOT ADAM!

Other info:

1. Latest polls on Martinez/Denish race has Martinez 6 pts ahead of Denish. This was confirmed on 3 different networks. That’s a strong win-win signal for the NM GOP slate.

For me, Martinez comes across as a Tom Mullins in a skirt, with a bit of an “off-switch,” in that she is more guarded in her comments.

As for principles, I have just as much faith and confidence in her as I do in Tom Mullins.

3. Tom Mullins will be debating Lujan on PBS—Channel 5 here in ABQ. That’s KNME. Set for Sunday, Oct. 10. Call the station for time our area. Tom will be at the Tanoan Forum.

Let’s see – he’s joked about planting landmines along the southern border. He’s complained about the lack of “white faces” at a Kewa Pueblo ceremony that he was invited to attend.

Who will he offend next? The black population? Asians? Jews?

Does he even realize what he’s doing when he makes these sorts of comments?

I suspect that he could complain about my comments – he’s got every right as a Tourette’s-American to make these sorts of comments.

4. Re Jon Barela’s race: Former mayor of NYC and former presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani will be coming to ABQ on Sunday October 12 to support Jon’s efforts. I will be getting location and time, today after lunch. I’ll try to send to you.

Ewww. Ugh.

After reading that paragraph, I feel like I need a shower. Or better yet, a full HAZMAT scrubdown.

This is Rudy-poo Giuliani we’re talking about here – the same Rudy-poo who, prior to running for president in 2008, never met a restriction on gun owners he didn’t like.

This is the same Rudy-poo who said in 1993:

“We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for thirty or forty or fifty years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”
– Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times, 20 March 1994

More goodies at http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani

Will Rudy-poo show up at the Jon Barela fundraiser wearing his prom dress?

Will Donald Trump show up and shove his face in Rudy-poo’s cleavage?

A Republican Party that embraces Rudy-poo Giuliani is NOT a Republican Party that I can support.


Mike Blessing
Phone – 505-515-7015 / Yahoo IM – mikewb1971
PGP Public Key

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
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”
– Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
– Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, 1 August 1776.

KCUF Media, UnIncorporated – Commentary and Opinion for the Undamaged Mind


NOTES

  1. I’d like to see the actual document. Are there any copies posted to the web that haven’t been pulled down to date?
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — WordPress / Xanga
    2. Darth Mike
    3. New Mexico Liberty
    4. Patriotic Resistance

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Tweedle Fascist “vs” Tweedle Socialist ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 11:19 PM

Current mood: cynical

In this election cycle’s gubernatorial race, we’ve got Tweedle Fascist and Tweedle Socialist playing games with rhetoric over tax hikes and spending cuts.

Bailing Out New Mexico: How It May Be Done

Monahan speculates that a 2002-style raid on the permanent fund is imminent AND that Martinez isn’t ruling out her support for such a raid.

Susana Takes Center Lane On Education

Per Monahan, Martinez disavows cutting the public-school budgets, and then disavows Florida-style vouchers.

I just have to wonder – don’t results matter?

Martinez: No Tax Hikes in First Term

Martinez promises no tax hikes in the first term, even while pledging not to cut the (non-productive) public school system.

In the same article, Dipstick Denish proposes Ø450,000,000 in spending cuts over five years, mostly nickel-and-dime stuff.

Conclusion – both candidates leave the free-market voter on the side of the road where taxes and spending are concerned.

What’s left?!

Second Amendment: Well . . . Martinez promises to leave gun owners alone (I think). Denish complains that the southern border is a “transit point for narcotics and weapons”.

Drug Prohibition: Martinez is an enthusiastic Drug Worrier, who can’t shut up about the “scourge” of various substances upon society. Mind you, Dipstick Denish isn’t really an improvement here – she also supports all sorts of police-state-style crackdowns in the name of “eradicating meth.” The big difference between the two is over the State’s medical-marijuana program – Denish supports maintaining it as is (see here, warts and all), while Martinez wants to shut it down, as “it’s a violation of federal law.” (What part of Art.I, Sec.8 authorizes the federals to outlaw plant products? So much for Martinez being a “Constitutionalist” !)

As Bill Koehler frequently points out, any activity that’s peaceful (doesn’t involve initiating force upon anyone else) should be legal. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about which private school you want to enroll your kids in, or whether you want to homeschool them. If you want to paint the word “TAXI” on the side of your car and offer people rides around town for money, that’s OK, regardless of whether you’ve been sanctioned by the PRC. Why should the little kids with the lemonade stand have to get business licenses and tax stamps?!

I’d like to challenge both of them to name ten (10) existing spending items that they would like to permanently repeal, since the Unanimous Consent Challenge is almost certainly over both of their heads.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — WordPress / Xanga
    2. New Mexico Liberty

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tom Needs Help! Please! Please!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 5:57 PM

Current mood: annoyed, cynical

Just this morning, I found another . . . gem . . . in my inbox that landed there with the same plopping noise that my dog makes in the backyard —

Could everyone please send these commericials out to everyone you know to help Tom[1] get his message out…Thanks

Considering that his “message” seems to be equivocation, slander and libel, as we saw during his campaign against Adam Kokesh, I can’t be bothered.

What’s the matter — isn’t he getting enough money from the GOPNM to run an effective campaign? ha ha ha — serves him right. Serves the GOPNM right, too, for supporting such an unprincipled candidate.

I don’t know about you, but I can survive another two years of Ben Ray Lujan in the office. Maybe the GOPNM will smarten up in those two years? Maybe they will, but I’m not betting on it.

See also:

Blowback Comes Home to New Mexico
GOT ADAM!
Tom Mullins — Landmines on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Anyway, those wanting to hear what a real liberty-supporting candidate sounds like need only tune into 1550 KIVA-AM[2] from 3-4 PM any given weekday, Monday through Friday. And any time he (Adam) wants to come on The Weekly Sedition with me as a guest, the door is open for him.


NOTES

  1. “Tom” being Tom Mullins, the nominated GOPNM candidate for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District
  2. 1550 KIVA-AM for streaming audio, Adam vs The Man.com for streaming video
  3. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs — Blogspot / LiveJournal / Tumblr / WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media — Blogspot
    3. Darth Mike — Xanga
    4. New Mexico Liberty

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Friday, 9 July 2010

Back in the Saddle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 4:31 AM

Current mood: happy

After two long years of being “off the air,” The Weekly Sedition returned to the Channel 27 schedule last night at 8 PM MST.

For our first night back, we kept it simple, as the Quote-Unquote staff had changed the equipment setup in Studio B. For example, the new character generator (CG) system, a “Video Titlemaster 2000,” takes a lot of getting used to. I’ll have to spend some time in the studio practicing with the new system, as I had gotten quite good with the old one.

As I was setting up the studio for the show, I noticed that Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation had arrived at the Channel 27 offices. No, he wasn’t there to be our guest, but to meet with the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel. Paul admitted that they’re “lefties”, but said that he’s got to be able to work with people he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with at times. Still, expect a “Swift Boat” campaign against Paul of the kind used against Adam Kokesh should he ever decide to run for public office, especially a federal office. Especially if he runs as a Republican.

What did we talk about on our return to the “airwaves” ? What we usually talk about — excessive public spending, regulations over the private sector, corruption of government officials, rights of the accused, rights (and duties) of the juror, among other things.


NOTES

  1. Original posting

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Weekly Sedition Returns to ABQ Ch.27

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:00 AM

Starting Thursday, July 1st, at 8 PM, The Weekly Sedition returns to Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27.

Your cordial host will be myself, Mike Blessing, with Bill Koehler behind the camera running the technical side of things.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. KCUF Media — Blogspot / Myspace
    2. New Mexico Liberty / The BTPNM Blog / The LPNM Blog / Mike Blessing for State Representative

Friday, 18 June 2010

The 100-Word Challenge

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:48 AM

Current mood: amused

New Mexico Turn Around posts a challenge for the rest of us

CHALLENGE: In 100 words suggest a solution for the economic mess toward which we head.

Oh, really?

Here’s my response — let’s see if I actually need the full 100 words . . .

  1. Cut spending across the board — no special handouts for anyone.
  2. Cut taxes across the board — no special breaks for anyone.
  3. Repeal regulations across the board — no special breaks for anyone.
  4. Repeal bad, wasteful laws across the board — no special breaks for anyone.
  5. Bring the troops home from Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere else.
  6. Return to a sound money system (gold? silver?) for government transactions.
  7. Repeal legal tender laws.
  8. Repeal any law repugnant to the written U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights.

I count 80 words.

And I dared to use That Word Which Shall Not Be Uttered In Contemporary Politics — “repeal” — not just once, but four times! Shame on me!


NOTES

  1. Reposted — The BTPNM Blog / The LPNM Blog / Mike Blessing for State Representative

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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

GOT ADAM!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:41 AM

Another PLOP! into one of my inboxes — this time, it was into the one that I maintain for the Bernalillo County Libertarian Party[1]:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Tom Mullins For United States Congress
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:25:42
From: Mullins For Congress – got tom?
Reply-To: Deborah@mullinsforcongress.com
To: Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico
CC: Deborah@mullinsforcongress.com

Mike,

Tom would like to RSVP for Thursday’s dinner[1] and also set up a meeting to talk with you. Please let me know your availability and also if you need a speaker at one your monthly functions, Tom would be glad to speak.

Deborah

Deborah Torres
Mullins for Congress
(505) 301.3956
http://www.mullinsforcongress.com

got tom?

GOT ADAM!
Blowback Comes Home to New Mexico

I suppose I should mention that I’ve been an admirer of Adam’s speaking skills and principles for about a year now, since we of the LPNM first heard of him. Then-State Chair Ken Cavanaugh had spoken with him about running on the Libertarian Party ticket at that time. I went to his house in Santa Fe in June 2009 for an organizing meeting.[2] I went to his Independence Day event at Santa Fe College on 4 July 2009 — that was where he made the official declaration to run for Congress as a Republican (about 12:15 AM on the 5th, actually). I was the one who got him scheduled as a guest on Hemp TV in August 2009.

I wasn’t exactly surprised when Mullins jumped into the Republican primary against Adam — the GOP has a history of running primary challenges against libertarian-leaning Republicans; they’ve been doing this with Ron Paul for twelve, fourteen years now. So when one of his campaign staffers volunteers him as a speaker for the Bernalillo County LP, well . . . . I wasn’t really against Mullins as I was FOR Adam. But then Mullins decided to do that interview with Cassy Fiano and join the smear campaign against Adam. With that decision, Mullins slit his own throat as far as I’m concerned.

I admit that I leapt to supporting Adam on a bit of blind faith on Ken Cavanaugh’s say-so. But whatever fears and reservations that I had were wiped out after talking with Adam on 21 June 2009 at the organizational meeting — I had asked him where he stood on the issue of marijuana. He responded by saying that he approached the issue from the vantage point of self-ownership. BINGO! — Hole in one!


NOTES

  1. After the Cassy Fiano interview, I had put “@mullinsforcongress.com” into my mail filters in Mozilla Thunderbird, and set the filter to delete the relevant traffic without me ever having to see it. I had forgotten to do that with the BCLP email address, and thus . . . PLOP!
  2. I got lost on the way up from Albuquerque, had to call Bill Koehler after arriving in Santa Fe, as Google Maps gave me bad directions.
  3. Reposted at New Mexico Liberty, my personal blog.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

LPNM 2010 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:36 PM

LPNM 2010 Annual State Convention
Theme — We Need MORE Unemployment . . . Among Incumbent Politicians
Venue — Quarters BBQ
3700 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 — See also HERE
Contact Jay Vandersloot — 505-362-1733
Friday, 16 April 2010 — Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the Quarters BBQ bar area at about 6:00 PM for an informal dinner/discussion — No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

11:00 AM   Registration and pay-as-you-go lunch, order off the menu — $25 per person, to include dinner in the evening
 
1:00 PM   LPNM Business Meeting [no charge for anyone attending ONLY the business meeting]
All who are registered with NM as Libertarians 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.
 
3:00 PM   Elisheva Levin, Candidate for State Representative, District 22
 
4:00 PM   Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Vice-Presidential Candidate, Candidate for the LP’s 2008 Presidential nomination
 
5:00 PM   Break [so Quarters can prepare for the dinner]
 
5:30 PM   Dinner [included in the registration fee]
Family-style — includes BBQ chicken, ribs, sliced beef brisket, sliced pork brisket, hot links, with various sides, and includes your choice of iced tea, coffee, or soda [other beverages are pay-as-you-go].
 
7:30 PM   Keynote Speaker — Adam Kokesh [Candidate for Congress from District 3]
We Need MORE Unemployment . . . Among Incumbent Politicians
 
8:30 PM   LPNM Fundraiser Auction [Bring items to donate]
 
9:00 PM   Convention [and Quarters] closes

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