The Weekly Sedition

Friday, 10 August 2012

Krueger Lacks True Common Sense (and Balance)


This was originally posted as a letter to the editor to The Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 30 July 2012.

In her “Up Front” column “Add Common Sense to Gun Law Arsenal” from 27 July, Joline Gutierrez Krueger attempts to stand atop the dead and injured of the Aurora movie shooting. The sad part is that in attempting just that, she stumbles from lack of balance – and common sense.

For example, she insinuates that higher crime rates in New Mexico are due to lenient gun laws (no supporting data was provided) – what does she say to those of us who say that the crime rate is due more to the something-for-nothing welfare state and Drug Prohibition?

What about Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, where people can carry concealed weapons without a permit? Why is it that crime rates per capita are lower in those states than in states with more restrictive gun laws?

She goes on to parrot a comment from Obama, who never understood the true purpose of the Second Amendment:

“I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms . . . . But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

Remember that when Obama refers to guns “on the streets of our cities,” he’s really talking about the ones in your private possession. In the end, it doesn’t matter to him whether you’ve committed any sort of violent act or not.

When they wrote the Constitution and Bill of rights, both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists commented explicitly that they wanted the civilian population to have access to the military arms of the day. Back then, that was muzzle-loading flintlocks. Now it’s the Glock pistol, the AK-47, the M4 carbine, the MP-5 subgun and the MP7A1 PDW.

In much the same sense, the Founders never envisioned radio, television and the internet when they wrote the First Amendment, allegedly guaranteeing our rights to free speech and freedom of the press that Krueger uses for these columns. Should Krueger surrender her “assault keyboard” lest she write something that incites someone to commit a violent act? After all, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Finally, if Krueger’s point – “guns cause crime” – were true, then why don’t we hear about bloodbaths of the kind we saw in Aurora, at Fort Hood and Virginia Tech at gun shows and shooting ranges? Why don’t we see hunters killing each other over that perfect tree stand or duck blind?



Mike Blessing
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
505-515-7015 / http://lpnm.us

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?


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Monday, 30 May 2011

Marilyn Steffen’s Radio Interview on the Internet

Filed under: Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:59 PM

Current mood: excited

The radio interview with Marilyn Steffen (see last month’s issue of New Mexico Liberty or the LPNM blog) has been posted to the LPNM’s YouTube account in three parts –

 

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

 

The interview has also been posted to lpnm.us as a single MP3 file –

lpnm.us/MediaFiles/MarilynSteffenInterview-KOOT.mp3

Thanks to Allen Cogbill for posting it to the net!


NOTES

  1. Original article


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Monday, 21 March 2011

“KKKOB” — Eric Griego is Just the Latest

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:50 AM

Current mood: amused

Recently, I had heard about one of our intrepid legislators referring to local radio station 770 KKOB-AM as “KKKOB.” Here’s the article in the Albuquerque Journal and the associated video clip.

Anyway, I ran a Google search on “KKKOB” NM, and learned that this gaffe from Eric the Red is merely the latest in a string of such comments, some of which go back years.


Here’s the earliest such that I found on the internet:

Talk radio could play a key public role, if . . .(Insight and Opinion)
The Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM)
July 04, 1998
http://accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-108362053/talk-radio-could-play.html

Byline: Kate Nelson

I could call it KKKOB-AM.

I could tell you to listen to a different radio station.

I could recommend that fair-minded business owners yank their ads off its schedule.

But I won’t.

I’m not a speck shy about saying this: I regularly turn my tuner to 770 on the AM dial – not because Larry Ahrens is the always-on-target observer of the political scene and not because Chris Jackson is such an uplifting fellow.

Rather, I listen because I enjoy hearing what “people on the street” are thinking. I like getting regular updates of local and national news. I need the traffic reports to help me cope with my . . .

There’s these comments posted on NMFBIHOP – 19 December 2007, 3 March 2008 and 23 July 2008.

Over at Democracy in New Mexico3 March 2008 and 13 May 2010.

“eideard” posted on Kate Nash’s Green Chile Chatter on 28 July 2010.

“justaUNMstudent” posted a comment at N.M. Politics30 April 2010.

At DailyKos – 7 October 2009.

At stinque.com – 7 April 2009.

The SWOP blog – 1 July 2008.

At Walled-In Pond: 19 December 2007.

It isn’t limited to political discussions, either: here’s a link to a posting at The Lobo Lair24 December 2010

And it’s not just 770-AM that’s received the “KKKOB” nickname – it was applied to KOB-TV on 29 December 2006.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blog
    2. KCUF Media
    3. Tyranny Response Team of New Mexico
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty / Patriot Action Network / NMPolitics.org


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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Local iQ Takes the Plunge

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:23 PM

Current mood: amused, cynical

Well, folks, it seems as though Albuquerque’s local weekly “alternative” paper, The Weekly Alibi, is getting a competitor for its audience of “leftist” oppressive and regressive types (also known as “Obamatons”).

In the current edition of Local iQ, there’s an op-ed piece titled “EPA’s efforts have made Earth a better place.” (Local iQ, V.6 I.3 10-23 February 2011, p.15[1])

This is something of a departure from what I had previously thought of as a non-political publication. Indeed, Local iQ used to be just about Albuquerque- and Rio Rancho-area nightlife, book clubs, recipes and such. And they do a decent job there, even if some of their picks are a bit on the pricey side.

Now I’m sure that the paper’s editorial staff and publishers will contend that the article I’ve mentioned here is not in any way politically-intended commentary, and that they printed it as a form of “public service,” like those “public service” TV spots telling kids to avoid (illegal) drugs.

Yeah, right.

The fact remains that all of the EPA’s “achievements” listed in the article were (and still are, in some cases) politically-contentious issues, such as “secondhand smoke,” banning DDT and now “climate change.”

I’m also sure that when this point is brought to the attention of the paper’s staff, they’ll blow it off with an elitist, snobby comment like “We ran that article because we care about the Earth. Don’t you care?

I can only wonder if they’ll offer space for letters to the editor, so that opposing viewpoints can get an occasional airing.

It would seem the logical thing for “Albuquerque’s Intelligent Alternative” to do – give the readers both sides, and let them make up their own minds.

But if they don’t, that’s OK, too – it’s their paper, and they have the right to print (and not print) the articles, columns and such as they see fit.

Just remember that an alternative exists in the New Mexico Breeze.


NOTES

  1. I scanned the article and posted the resulting picture, as the paper’s staff didn’t post it to the web as of this time. After a Google search, I found the original article at the site of E – The Environmental Magazine“40th Anniversary for EPA”.
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. Darth Mike
    4. New Mexico Liberty


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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

More from EconStories — Hayek and Keynes, Part II

Filed under: Economics, Entertainment, Music, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:42 PM

First, there was “‘Fear the Boom and Bust’ a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem,” which has racked up over 2,000,000 views on Youtube.

Now, we have something of a sequel to the original piece. Billy and Adam resume their roles as Hayek and Keynes for a bit, followed by commentary by economist Russ Roberts and director John Papola.


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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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Friday, 17 September 2010

Support “Adam Vs The Man” and the message of liberty! PLEASE READ AND SHARE

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:05 AM

by Adam Kokesh on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 11:40pm

Dear friends of liberty and fans of radio ads,

My radio show, Adam Vs The Man on KIVA 1550 AM, has been rocking and rolling for over a month now and the audience has been growing organically without ANY promotion outside of my own facebook page. We have secured a slot on the local public access TV station (Saturday from midnight to 2am)[1] to play the best of the week from our UStream feed from the webcam in the studio. We are also getting more frequent local callers (at first, most callers were from outside of NM, listening or watching online) which is a good sign that more and more people are deliberately tuning in to the radio broadcast!

The broadcast radius covers over one million potential listeners from Santa Fe to Socorro including the entire Albuquerque metro area. We also draw a unique audience of liberty lovers online with a growing base of loyal daily listeners. The audience of Adam Vs The Man tends to be younger, affluent, politically inclined, and of course, spends lots of money on consumer goods and services with a flagrant disregard for authority. Statistics routinely show that a talk show audience is much more engaged and attentive to the broadcast than, for example, an easy listening audience. The point is that our broadcast advertisements do get heard; they are not just background noise.

Without the financial support of sponsors, we cannot maintain our deal with the radio station, but as the show continues to grow, you will be glad to have gotten in while it was cheap! If you are interested in reaching out to the local audience of over one million potential listeners covered by our broadcast radius and our distinct online audience, please consider signing up for one of the following sponsorship packages:

$150 / week

  • Sponsor credit during Adam Vs The Man
  • 5 30-second ads per week during the show
  • 14 30-second ads during prime time on KIVA 1550AM
  • Banner ad at adamvstheman.com

$250 / week

  • Sponsor credit during Adam Vs The Man
  • 5 live 60-second endorsements per week during the show (great way to reach online audience, as ads will be cut out of the final podcast)
  • 21 30-second ads during prime time on KIVA 1550AM, 3/day
  • Banner ad with top placing at adamvstheman.com

$350 / week

  • Sponsor credit during Adam Vs The Man
  • 5 live 60-second endorsements per week during the show
  • 5 30-second ads per week during the show
  • 28 30-second ads during prime time on KIVA 1550AM, 4/day
  • Banner ad with top placing at adamvstheman.com plus a rotating feature at the top of the page

Individual ads to play during Adam Vs The Man:

  • 30-second ad: $20
  • 60-second ad: $25
  • 60-second live endorsement: $50

In addition, if you sign up for 13 weeks of $250/week sponsorship, the station will throw in 14 additional 30-second ads on our sister station, Real Oldies 1600. Sign up for 13 weeks of $350/week sponsorship and it’s 21 more ads. We can do all the audio production here in the studio. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (505) 899-5029. If you can’t reach me there, please feel free to ask for our executive producer, Mark Owen, or email me at adamvstheman@gmail.com.

Any advertising message takes time to generate a response. We suggest an initial commitment of 13 weeks, which will extend well into the holiday shopping season. After the initial advertising period, we will suggest specific promotional tie-ins to allow each sponsor to measure the direct impact. I would be happy to consider any and all possibilities for on air give-aways of your product or service for free exposure.

Thank you for your continued support of the message of liberty.

Love, faith, respect,

Adam Kokesh


NOTES

  1. If you’re not a subscriber to Albuquerque Comcast, you can watch over the internet at the Channel 27 site. NOTE: You will need to have MS Windows Media Player or the MS Windows Media components for Quicktime installed to see the show. Unix-based OS users, consult your local LUG for assistance if needed.
  2. Original article
  3. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Blogspot / Xanga
    2. Mike Blessing for State Representative / The Weekly Sedition

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Stumping for the New Mexico Breeze

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 5:04 PM

Current mood: happy

Some reading this may or may not have heard of Albuquerque’s conservative / libertarian-leaning alternative to the Weekly Alibi — the New Mexico Breeze.

In quite a few ways, the Breeze is everything the Alibi is NOT — the Wikipedia article that I linked to lists the Alibi’s strong points as their movie listings (NOT the reviews!), annual “Best of Burque” contest, and funky personals adverts, which are always good for a few laughs.

In contrast to the Alibi, the Breeze offers insightful commentary about the politics of New Mexico. Instead of whining that “we need more [public] money for ________” and “this needs to be regulated,” writers for the Breeze actually have the temerity to ask questions like, “Why is this necessary?” and even better, “Should the State be involved in this at all?” Imagine that!

Why you haven’t heard about the Breeze, I don’t know — Paul Gessing has done some no-charge publicity for the Breeze — and that was six, seven months ago. Still, like everything else in the Land of Entrapment, the word takes a while to get around.

See also —


NOTES

  1. First published at newmexicoliberty.com

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