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Saturday, 28 February 2009

APS Attacks Business (Yet Again!)

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:52 PM (21:52)

Current mood: pissed off

Apparently, our role as Taxpayers and Citizens in New Mexico is threefold —

  1. Shut up
  2. Obey the members of New Mexico’s (self-appointed) Ruling Classhole peerage
  3. Send money as demanded by our Lords and Masters

Never mind that allowing such as Bernstein to spend our hard-taxed treasure in a manner that insults drunken sailors will only perpetuate this sort of mismanagement.

Hat tip to Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation for letting me know about this one — Educational Hubris.

Maybe if business leaders were more outspoken on opposing the tax-and-tax-and-tax-some-more-then-spend-it-all-and-then-some proposals that come from our “esteemed leaders” in Santa Fe, One Civic Plaza and the APS administration, we might get more for our money? Ya think?

Maybe if some of the local printshops in town would tell the treasurers of the latest bond or tax hike drive to “go print it yourself,” we the Citizenry might see taxes, and thus the costs of living, go DOWN a bit. Ya think?


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Friday, 27 February 2009

What’s Going On with the Chronicle? [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education, Media, Reading — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 1:49 PM (13:49)

Current mood: amused

What exactly is going on with the CNM Chronicle?

Notice that I linked to the paper’s page above? Here’s what you should see (click the picture for a bigger view).

Well, folks, that page has been “under construction” since I signed on as a student in May, 2008. Just how long does it take to put up just a basic-level page?

Then there’s the fact that they’ve apparently stopped all delivery to the North side of the Main Campus — there hasn’t been a new issue up there since 3 February, which is over three weeks ago. I ended up walking over to the Ken Chappy Building to find a current copy.

Here’s the comment I posted to CNM’s Facebook page

No Chronicle for the Applied Technologies people north of Coal at Main Campus? I’ve noticed that the most current edition on the racks is the 3 Feb one, and it’s over two weeks past that.

That was posted there by me on 18 February 2009.

Whatever will we do without our weekly dose of eco-fascism from the editors?


NOTES

  1. Original article

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Friday, 20 February 2009

Is CCW (Partially) OK on Campus? [CNM Dissent]

Current mood: amused, contemplative, devious

Is CCW (carrying concealed weapons) OK on CNM’s campuses? The Administration says no, but read on . . .

According to CNM’s Student Code of Conduct, carrying weapons on campus is verboeten

NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT:
ALL STUDENTS
SAFETY VIOLATIONS
1. Unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon or explosive (including fireworks) on CNM premises or at CNM sponsored activities.[1]

Which is kind of amusing, because here’s some other violations that I see on a routine basis —

  • skateboarding
  • dispersing litter on the premises (I don’t actually see this one, but there’s litter scattered around campus, and it’s not getting there on its own . . .)
  • drinking and eating in classrooms and labs
  • parking bicycles outside of designated areas

There’s even a situation where the Photonics Lab (N-21) was repeated entered by various persons after hours, resulting in various lasers being misaligned, mirrors monkeyed with, a staff member’s bicycle taken for an unauthorized ride and returned with goathead seeds stuck all over the tires . . .

There’s more from the “Safety” Department

  • Never bring firearms or other weapons on premises, including buildings, parking lots and vehicles.
  • Fascination with guns or other weapons may indicate an employee at risk for violent behavior. Carefully consider such situations and, if appropriate, report it to your supervisor.

That second line there is particularly chilling — “fascination with guns or other weapons” is a reason to report someone as a threat. So if a student or faculty member is reading a gun- or martial-arts-related book or magazine, the person becomes a “threat” ? Consider that the school’s IT Department has the capability to monitor the web traffic of each and every user, student, staff and faculty alike. What’s to stop the Administration from labeling sites concerning weapons as “suspicious,” and to flag traffic to them for review?

Answer — only the good graces of the Administration. Hell, even this blog posting could be considered “grounds for disciplinary action.”

Now to the meat of this matter — is having weapons on campus illegal?

First, let’s stipulate the sheer idiocy of the question, in that anything — car, book, rolled-up-newspaper, ballpoint pen, walking cane, chair, water bottle — can be used as a weapon if used with the intent to harm another — or defend oneself or others from harm. The “debate” here revolves around objects purposely-built to serve that intent — guns, certain knives, batons.

More to the point, the Powers That Be and their lapdogs are especially worried about The Root Of All Violence — The Gun.

Is having a gun on campus illegal? Yes and no.

YES, in that the hoplophobic prohibition against them is in the rules that students and faculty agree to upon signing up, which is “backed up” by State Law, considering that CNM is property of the State of New Mexico, and such. Especially if you get caught with one in your pocket, purse or on your belt. (Cops excepted, of course.)

NO — As a public institution, CNM is (or should be) obliged to follow the State Constitution, which states —

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.)[2]

But who am I fooling here? I have no expectations that the Administration or Governing Board will care in the slightest that students and staff are functional, rational adults, with all of the expectant rights, privileges and immunities. Still, you should be OK IF YOU KEEP YOUR WEAPON LOCKED IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR. See this letter to UNM’s Daily Lobo

Having a concealed weapon in a vehicle on campus is legal
Issue date: 1/28/09 Section: Opinion

Editor,

I am writing this in response to Larry Tarvin’s confusion on whether a weapon can be in a vehicle at school, and I want to assure you that the dean of students is correct that a person can have a loaded, concealed weapon in his or her vehicle on campus.

This is because in New Mexico, a car is considered an extension of your dwelling and is private property. As such, anything you can legally have in your home, you can legally have in your vehicle, even if it is parked on city or state property. There are some exceptions, however. The Air Force base and public schools are different as they are either federal property or, in the case of schools, federally funded. But if you remove the weapon from your vehicle — even just to move it from the front seat to the trunk — you would be in violation of the law and committing a fourth-degree felony.

I know this because I have a concealed-carry license and this was explained to us during the training course. Like it or not, property laws are why people can have a weapon in their car on state or city property. In fact, you do not even need a license (concealed-carry or otherwise) to have a loaded weapon concealed in your vehicle just as you don’t need a license to have it concealed in your house.

James Taylor
UNM student

Finally, let’s examine another “gun free school zone” — Virginia Tech. We know all too well about how much Seung-Hui Cho complied with Virginia Tech’s weapons-prohibition rules, don’t we?

That’s the reason that such codes are more properly referred to as victim disarmament codes.


NOTES

  1. Student Code of Conduct, bottom left of page 3
  2. Article II – Bill of Rights, Section 6 – Right to bear arms
  3. Related organizations — Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and the CNM Shooting Club
  4. Original article

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Two-Faced Laws Against Guns

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:57 PM (16:57)

Current mood: amused, contemplative, devious

Over at the site New Mexico Liberty, hosted by the Rio Grande Foundation, RGF President Paul Gessing notes that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is coming to Albuquerque for a visit. [Register here — I did.]

I’d like to ask him about the two-faced decision of U.S. v. Miller, in that the statute it upholds, the National Firearms Act of 1934, outlaws the very weapons that the decision says are protected under the Second Amendment[1]. Being one of the Supremes, he’ll probably decline to comment. But I can still rant about the Act itself, right?

Specifically, the Act outlaws weapons that are —

  1. select-fire — firing more than one round per trigger pull
  2. shotguns with barrel length less than 18 inches, or overall length less than 26 inches
  3. rifles with barrel length less than 16 inches, or overall length less than 26 inches
  4. “destructive devices”

Here’s the thing — the decision says that the only weapons protected by the Second Amendment are those that have “military utility.”

Last time I checked, weapons outlawed by the Act are specifically those that have the characteristic required by the decision — “military utility” — in that they are the very sorts of weapons that are in military usage. Examples follow —


NOTES

  1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act#Miller_case
  2. Any cops having a problem with my characterization of them as JBTs are cordially invited to refute it by sending me a signed, notarized affadavit that they will refuse to enforce malum prohibitum statutes, regulations, codes, executive orders, etc.
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga

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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Obama’s Blood Flag

Filed under: Fun, Humor, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:31 PM (20:31)

Current mood: amused, curious, giggly

I wonder what the Obamaniacs will think of these . . . ?

I’m guessing that some of them will think of these GIF images as a compliment of sorts.

NOTES

See Also —

ACORN’s Blood Flag
My sort-of-abandoned Heil ACORN! Myspace site

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Obama Going for Broke?

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:59 PM (17:59)

Current mood: pissed off

Apparently, The Barack, I mean Herr God-Emperor Barack XLIV, is going for broke towards an American version of the Fourth Reich with his “stimulus package,” among other things.

It seems that’s there more in it than Ø815,000,000,000 coming out of our pockets and going to “infrastructure” make-work programs, bailouts for state and local governments, and other goodies for the politically-connected and Ruling Classholes.

For example, there’s the health-care rationing plan and another blow to medical privacy. Hat tip to Rob Taylor of the LP of Coos County, Oregon

Then there’s former Congresscreep Emanuel Rahm’s statement that if you’re on the TSA’s no-fly list, you should be barred by law from owning guns [1].

Now that Rahm is now White House Chief of Staff, he has The Barack’s ear. I wonder if an executive order along the lines of Rahm’s statement is forthcoming . . . ?

Next there’s H.R. 45, a bill designed to outlaw any private ownership of firearms that isn’t sanctioned by the Administration.

That’s a far cry from these campaign-era statements put out by the campaign —

Barack Obama has stated unequivocally that law-abiding Americans have the right to purchase, own, transport, and use guns responsibly, including for the purpose of protecting their families. So this line of attack is particularly scurrilous, as it uses terrifying imagery and outright lies to attack Obama. [2]

Respect the Second Amendment: Millions of hunters own and use guns each year. Millions more participate in a variety of shooting sports such as sporting clays, skeet, target and trap shooting that may not necessarily involve hunting. As a former constitutional law professor, Barack Obama believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right and he greatly respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting. He also believes that the right is subject to reasonable and commonsense regulation. [3]

Funny that the second quote was featured at BarackObama.com during the campaign, but taken down afterwards [4]

NOTES:

[1] Google search for “Rahm guns no-fly list”
[2] Barack Obama supports the Second Amendment and
     Barack Obama Will Not Ban Sportsmen’s Guns or Raise Their Taxes
[3] Sportsmen for Obama?
[4] http://www.barackobama.com/issues/additional/Obama_FactSheet_Western_Sportsmen.pdf

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Why Sacrifice to Gaia via “Recycling” ? [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education, Philosophy, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:02 PM (23:02)

Current mood: annoyed

I recently received this email from the administration via MyCNM

To be in line with CNM’s goal to become more environmentally friendly, the CNM Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office will phase out paper letters and will begin sending e-mail correspondence. Please check your myCNM account for information from our office.

Sorry, folks, I’m not willing to join the cult of Gaia, nor pay homage to it, just on their say-so. When given a choice, I don’t recycle. If the proponents of the practice truly want people in general to adopt it, then they should make it so everyone involved profits from the deal, as opposed to us simply giving our empty bottles, cans and outdated newspapers away upon demand.

See here for the other side of recycling, or here. If you want it in a more colorful fashion, here’s the relevant episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Xanga

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Announcing — CNM Dissent

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Education, Networking, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:03 PM (19:03)

Current mood: awake

Announcing the arrival of CNM Dissent, a weblog / site dedicated to exposing and commenting upon corruption amongst the administration and administration-sanctioned student groups, and the general “leftist” (really crypto-fascist) idiocy that exists on college campuses.

Submissions are hereby solicited for posting. While I may not be able to pay for those submissions in cash FRNs, I am perfectly willing to give proper credit, including links back to the author’s site and/or blog.

Mike Blessing,
   Executive Heretic, KCUF Media
   Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, CNM Dissent


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Myspace
    2. LPUSA / LPNMCNM Libertarians

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APS Attacks Business (Yet Again!)

Filed under: Economics, Education, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:12 PM (18:12)

Current mood: pissed off

Apparently, our role as Taxpayers and Citizens in New Mexico is threefold —

  1. Shut up
  2. Obey the members of New Mexico’s (self-appointed) Ruling Classhole peerage
  3. Send money as demanded by our Lords and Masters

Never mind that allowing such as Bernstein to spend our hard-taxed treasure in a manner that insults drunken sailors will only perpetuate this sort of mismanagement.

Hat tip to Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation for letting me know about this one — Educational Hubris.

Maybe if business leaders were more outspoken on opposing the tax-and-tax-and-tax-some-more-then-spend-it-all-and-then-some proposals that come from our “esteemed leaders” in Santa Fe, One Civic Plaza and the APS administration, we might get more for our money? Ya think?

Maybe if some of the local printshops in town would tell the treasurers of the latest bond or tax hike drive to “go print it yourself,” we the Citizenry might see taxes, and thus the costs of living, go DOWN a bit. Ya think?


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – Myspace / Xanga

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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Announcing . . . “Sol” the “SunCat” [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:48 AM (01:48)

Current mood: puzzled

This week’s CNM Chronicle announced the selection of the school’s first official mascot — “Sol the SunCat.”

What exactly is a “SunCat?” OR a “suncat,” for that matter?

The Google searches that I linked to above yielded more results for collegiate library systems than any sort of mascot. Nor do any of the searches yield anything to do with CNM unless you put CNM in as a search keyword. When you do that, you get a link to the school’s Facebook page, where the page owner put up a “Wall” post directing people to vote in the selection process.

For that matter, why exactly does CNM need any sort of mascot?

That question is best answered by Kathy Bercaw, who was a student participant in some sort of marketing focus group back in October, 2007[1]. (See the bottom of page 3 of the PDF document I linked to there.)

Kathy Bercaw stated through the student Strategic Planning Forums the students are craving recognition for CNM. They mentioned that they want a CNM mascot – something that identifies us as in the community is important. They want to be competitive with surrounding community colleges and universities.

That’s funny — I signed up with CNM before any sort of mascot for the school was devised. What attracted me to sign up?

The answer — I was convinced of the opportunities that would become available to me after my completion of the Photonics program.

If the administrators are truly concerned about making CNM competitive with UNM, NMSU and other schools, there’s two things that they can do that will be much more effective than a mascot —

  1. Offer courses that prospective students can’t get anywhere else.
  2. Offer those courses at a lower price than what UNM, NMSU, etc., charge.

And I always thought that mascots like “Sol” were oriented around sports teams, such as the UNM Lobos and Albuquerque Isotopes. CNM doesn’t have anything resembling an athletics program on the scale that UNM has. Is this a portent of the future? Is CNM destined to employ varsity basketball and football coaches who demand raises every year, despite already making piles of cash?


NOTES

  1. Original URL – http://www.cnm.edu/facstaff/aqip/apt/CollMktPDFs/AQIP_Marketing_Team_minutes_101107.pdf – login required (assuming that the file itself hasn’t been pulled down)
  2. Original article

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