The Weekly Sedition

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

True TEA Party Choices for the NM Races

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:29 PM

Current mood: cynical

For those that truly support the Tea Party’s professed values of individual rights, fiscal restraint, Constitutionally-limited government, there’s ONE presidential candidate who is with you – who was with you for eight years as as a Governor – Gary Johnson.

Likewise, there’s a candidate who stands with you for U.S. Senate – Jon Barrie.

Neither one of these gentlemen have used gun owners or LGBT folk (or members of any other “marginal” group) as political soccer balls to be kicked around when politically expedient.

Neither one of these gentlemen have sought to increase the expense and intrusiveness of government over the private sector, as both have been successful in that same private sector

Voting for anyone either than Johnson or Barrie is a vote against gun owners.

Voting for anyone either than Johnson or Barrie is a vote to federalize health-care delivery.

Voting for anyone either than Johnson or Barrie is a vote for bigger, more expensive, more intrusive government.

Voting for anyone either than Johnson or Barrie is a wasted vote.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. NMPolitics.org


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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Albuquerque’s Own Mad Dog Party

Filed under: Comedy, Economics, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:31 PM

Current mood: amused, cynical

Recently, I wrote an article about the recent public-employee-union protests against government spending cuts, labelling them the “Mad Dog 20/20 Party.” So far the Wisconsin protests have been the most striking example of this sort of behavior. Well, on Wednesday, 2 March 2011, the Mad Dog 20/20 Party came to Albuquerque.

I first found about the event here in Albuquerque when I saw a call for a counter-protest on Craigslist:


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So that morning, I went down to the intersection of 5th and Lead SW, as specified in the posting copied above. I arrived at 11:00 AM, figuring that there would be lots of people there, as with the 2009 and 2010 Tea Party rallies in Albuquerque. Wrong – the intersection was deserted, so I killed 45 minutes with a fruit cocktail (non-alcoholic) and iced tea at the Cafe Green, while reading this month’s issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

At 11:46 AM, I left the Cafe Green and went outside. The Cafe Green is on the northwest corner of the intersection. On the southwest corner of that same intersection is Albuquerque’s Social Security Administration building, complete with concrete buffers along the curb to stop any potential Timothy McVeigh copycats from parking too close. At around this time, the Mad Dog Partiers started arriving in ones and twos (mostly just ones at this point). By 11:53 AM, there were all of 17 people in attendance. One guy in a light blue shirt and dark brown tie spent a good bit of time on the cell phone, one hand holding his sign, the other holding the phone to his ear.


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At 11:58 AM, some guy wearing a tan shirt with the SSA logo on the front came up to me and asked “Who are you?” He identified himself as a “retired SSA employee” after I told him that I’m a freelance writer (true – unless someone wants to give me money for this? Hint, hint – I’ll be happy with Federal Reserve Notes). He asked me if I wanted any “facts and figures,” I told him “No,” and he told me to “make it good.” Ha Ha Ha.

Anyway, this guy told me that of 500 people who are employed at this particular SSA building, 80 had signed up to be present for this event.

I should point out that although the Craigslist post called for a counter-protest, complete with signs, I was the ONLY person present there who was so inclined – thus I stayed on the north side of Lead Avenue and didn’t raise any stink – there was ONE of me, about 80-100 of the Mad Doggers by 12:15 PM, and well, the union crowd has been known to be physically aggressive at times[1].

There were a few signs for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the New Mexico Federation of Labor (NMFL), and one or two from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). I didn’t see any signs from Carter Bundy’s AFSCME, nor any other unions that have local affiliates in Albuquerque.


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On several occasions, vehicles painted in the colors of the “Federal Protective Service”, operated by the Heimatschutzministerium der Vereinigten Staaten, passed by on what appeared to be routine patrols. Funny how they didn’t seem to mind me (or anyone else) taking pictures and making video recordings of the marchers – they’ve established a bit of a reputation for arresting people for doing just that, and being rather obnoxious about it, to boot[2].

Or maybe such photography didn’t constitute a “security threat,” however they make that determination (outside of whatever’s convenient for the U.S. Attorney’s Office?) – there was a guy with a professional-grade camcorder and matching tripod who set up his gear for several minutes, and went about his business unmolested. Or maybe this demonstration had the under-the-table support of the GSA and FPS supervisors?

By 12:09 PM, there were about 60 people in attendance. Some of those driving through honked their horns. Around this time, the guy with the camcorder went over to them, chatted a bit, got some close-up shots, that sort of thing. My first guess is that he was from one of the local TV stations, but don’t they usually show up with a vehicle painted with the station’s name and logo on the side? Yet nothing has shown up on the web about this event, aside from this short PR piece from the AFGE.


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At 12:11 PM, some of the gathered started singing “Solidarity Forever.” [YAWN] Again, no visible counter-protest was evident – I was it where those supporting limited government and fiscal responsibility were concerned.

Some of the signs held up by the protestors included:

  • R U 1 OF THE 80 MILLION WE SERVE

    No, I’m one of the 230 million who get ripped off to pay for this racket.

  • Hands OFF My Check!!

    Hey, toots, how about YOU get your hands off MY check for a change?

  • Keep us working!

    What were these people supposed to be doing besides standing outside this building holding signs? Did this have the support, overt or under-the-table, of their supervisors? If they did, does this constitute tax-supported activity?


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At 12:20 PM, two teen-aged skateboarders were passing through the Cafe Green’s parking lot and were accosted by the Mad Dog Partiers. The kids responded with “Get the fuck outta the way.” So there IS hope for the up-and-coming generation, after all.

At this time, they started chanting, “Workers – united – will never be divided,” a few times, before splitting up into groups and going around the SSA building. [YAWN]. Was lunch time over? I left at 12:23 PM, as another round of chanting was dying out.

QUESTIONS

  • Were these people off or on the clock while conducting this picket?
  • Why weren’t the roving FPS patrols harassing and arresting myself and the guy with the camcorder? After all, the event was in front of a federal building.
  • Did this event have any kind of official support? Did they use premises of the SSA building to organize it?
  • Did they have the proper permit from the City of Albuquerque? Back on 17 July 2009, Albuquerque Police Department chased the Tea Party away from the curb outside Tom Udall’s office on 3rd and Central for “not having the proper permit.”
  • Since it seems that this event didn’t merit any media coverage, nor any coverage amongst the local unions on their sites[3], what was the point of it all?


NOTES


  1. Union thug at Atlanta moveon rally 2-26-2011
    MoveOn.org Protester Teamster attacks Tea Party member 2-26-2011 at Sacramento Capitol
    Madison police detain union operative who tried to destroy Tea Party sound system


  2. Upholding the Law: Photography Rights are Routinely Ignored
    Photographer and Civil Liberties Group Sue Department of Homeland Security


  3. Google search: SSA protest Albuquerque
    Google search: “SSA protest Albuquerque”
    Google search: “SSA protest”

  4. Reposted –
    1. Personal blog
    2. KCUF Media
    3. Tyranny Response Team of New Mexico
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty
    6. Patriotic Resistance


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Coffee, Tea, or Mad Dog 20/20?

Filed under: Comedy, Economics, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:39 PM

Current mood: amused, cynical

First came the Tea Party movement[1], sparked by massive, peaceful protests in American cities. (2009 / 2010) The name comes from the Boston Tea Party of 16 December 1773, where the Sons of Liberty “disguised” themselves as Indians, boarded British cargo vessels docked in Boston Harbor, and threw the tea in those ships’ holds into the harbor.

What are the Tea Party principles? Here they are, as best I can determine:

  • Individual rights
  • Constitutionally-limited government
  • Fiscal responsibility in government
  • Free market economics

That sounds familiar! Wait a second here – Bill Koehler and I have been pushing the very same ideas on The Weekly Sedition since 1998. That’s thirteen years, off and on.

In response to the “unseemly” and “disrespectful” tone that many Tea Party protestors showed towards Congresscritters who supported ObamaCare, the “Coffee Party USA” was started. Its stated premise was (still is?) that “government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans.”

If there’s any doubt that “Coffee Party USA” is the Obamaton answer to the Tea Party groups, feel free to check out their mission statement or their “about us” page.

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but that sounds like Borg-speak to me – “Resistance is futile” and “Freedom is irrelevant. Self-determination is irrelevant.”

Anyway, see just how the “Coffee Party” takes America by storm!

In a civil, non-confrontational manner, of course.

And then there’s the last protest movement to arrive on the American political scene. This one hit just recently, as public employee unions get all worked up over possible pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs due to budget shortfalls. Let’s call this one, for lack of a better name, the “Mad Dog 20/20 Party.” It’s named after the infamous low-end fortified wine named, of course, “‘Mad Dog’ 20/20.”

After all, they’re getting upset because the never-ending gravy train that they were promised seems to be running out of steam. More precisely, it’s running out of piles of FRNs, taxed away from Productive Class private citizens, that can be thrown willy-nilly into the “boilers.”

The difference here is that when some private citizen chugs a bottle of good ol’ Mad Dog, only one person gets drunk. But in the current situation with the public employees, while they get to run amok like drunken sailors (I know – I’m defaming drunken sailors, who only blow their own cash), it’s the rest of us that get that reeling, room-is-spinning feeling as we see the public debt (that somehow we are expected to repay?!) explode to new heights, and the value of each FRN these clowns leave us with drops correspondingly.

The most disgusting thing about the Mad Dog 20/20 Party is that some of its crowd have had the nerve to refer to themselves as being akin to the protestors in Egypt, who recently caused the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Let’s see – the Egyptians were protesting about police brutality, corruption in government circles, election issues, and the economic malaise caused by the Mubarak regime.

In contrast, the Mad Dog 20/20 Party complains that they might be out of work, and after all, who will process the welfare handouts while they’re off the job? That’s when they’re not protesting possible cuts in pay.

I think that We the Taxpayers would make out much, much better if these people were actually drinking massive amounts of cheap alcohol on the job, as in they wouldn’t be as able to intervene in the economy as much, and there might be some “leftover” FRNs at the end of the year.


NOTES

  1. Often confused with the Boston Tea Party, established in 2006, re-established in 2008.
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blog
    2. KCUF Media
    3. Tyranny Response Team of New Mexico
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty / Patriotic Resistance


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Saturday, 18 July 2009

[ABQ Tea Party] HR 615

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 10:29 PM

Calling all Tea Partiers!

H.Res 615 is in congress. This resolution states that all members of congress will join any Public Health Care Insurance Plan that they create. We are urging you to call your Congressman and ask him to co-sign this resolution and you want to know if he does or doesn’t. If he does not co-sign you want to know how he votes when it comes to the floor. It is most likely that this resolution will not make it to the floor, but we need to let them know that we know it exists and that we are watching. If a Public Health Care Plan is good for us then it should be good for them.

Congressman Martin Heinrich: 202-225-6316 / 505-346-6781[1]

Congressman Harry Teague: 202-225-2365 / Teague’s offices in the district[1]

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan: 202-225-6190 / Lujan’s offices in the district


NOTES

  1. It might also be useful to contact their local campaign offices, which I’ve listed below —
    1. Martin Heinrich: Sean Marcus — 505-231-2422
    2. Harry Teague: email / Las Cruces — 575-993-5197 / Hobbs — 575-397-2008
    3. Ben Ray Lujan — P.O. Box 31129 Santa Fe, NM 87594
  2. Current mood: cool

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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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