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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Random Shots for Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    I’d prefer to just get rid of the subsidies entirely, whether they’re for oil, gas, solar, movies, TV shows, aerospace, whatever, and let taxpayers keep the cash that would have been spent on those corporate handouts.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    Why are we subsidizing anything?

  3. Posted to Facebook here, here, and here

    New Facebook group for the LP of Otero County — I don’t know if there was one before, and the Alamogordo group seems to have gone into FB oblivion.

    https://facebook.com/groups/lpocnm/

    Don’t forget to also check the LPOC FB page.

    https://facebook.com/libertarianotero/

  4. Posted to Facebook

    I most often listen to the USB stick that’s plugged into my car’s console.

  5. Posted to Facebook here and here

    Where’s the article on nmpolitics.net that gives the other side?

  6. Posted to Facebook here, here, and here

    Here are the seven candidates on the New Mexico ballot that I downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website, with the numbers of my Facebook friends that like their pages:

    Gary Johnson 234
    Donald Trump 84
    Jill Stein 22
    Hillary Clinton 19
    Darrell Castle 10
    Evan McMullin 5
    Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente 0

    Salty Dad
    October 4 at 7:45am

    Obviously, this is not a scientific poll . . .

    It is, however, quite interesting. Try it, and post the results. Then, share the meme and the results in your page. See what happens.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. History Channel – Ancient Impossible
  2. American TodayWikileaks – Hillary Clinton Wears Diapers
  3. EurekAlert! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – Is truth stranger than fiction? Yes, especially for science fiction
  4. nmpolitics.net – Protecting Southern New Mexico’s Hispanic heritage by Gabe Vasquez
  5. American Heroes Channel – Triggers: Weapons That Ruled the World
  6. Zero HedgeRussian Government Officials Told To Immediately Bring Back Children Studying Abroad by Tyler Durden

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“Mine” vs. “Yours”

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:27 AM (00:27)

From what I’ve seen in thirty years of being involved on the public scene, there seem to be two basic mindsets towards life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness, money, time, effort, you name it, where politics is concerned.

First is the “what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours” way of thinking. This is the dominant mindset amongst libertarians. Some conservatives subscribe to it, as well.

But not the neo-conservatives and social conservatives, who seem to be perfectly OK with government at every level getting bigger, more intrusive, more expensive, just so long as they approve of the ways it gets bigger, more intrusive, and more expensive. The issues of abortion, same-sex relations, gambling, drugs and prostitution are examples of this.

Or said “conservatives” are concerned with getting “their fair share” of time at the public trough – contracts for the various social-welfare programs, construction contracts, and such.

Which brings me to the other prevailing mindset on the political scene, that of “what’s mine is mine, what’s yours in negotiable (and ultimately mine).”

These are the people who get all kinds of pissed off when their money or personal property is damaged or taken without their consent. Yet if yours is similarly taken or damaged, especially when done by governmental edict, well, it’s your job to “suck it up for the common good.” Or “for the children,” “for the Earth,” or whatever.

For example, this picture of someone complaining that her Bernie 2016 sticker was stolen:

Seriously, folks, since when has Bernie Sanders EVER supported the rights of private property owners?

I would assume that anyone supporting his failed presidential bid would be in line with his views of “let’s take from the rich.” Am I out of line by suggesting that?

Another point – despite Bernie’s rather “strident” rhetoric about “soaking the rich,” he didn’t have any problem plunking down 575,000-600,000 for a lakefront dacha in Lake Hero, Vermont.

Does anyone care to guess what will happen to any vagrants who should wander onto the property?

You mean he won’t put them up in the guest bedroom for a few days, til they’re ready to move on?

What do you mean, his protective detail from the Vermont State Police will have said vagrant taken away in handcuffs?

Another instance of this:

Back in January 2013, Santa Fe City Councilor Patti Bushee and ProgressNowNM Executive Director Pat Davis[1] supported “assault weapon” bans of various kinds, and then campaigned for the State of New Mexico to recognize same-sex marriages as legal[2].

So according to Bushee and Davis, my individual, pre-existing right to own and carry weapons isn’t really a right at all, merely a government-granted privilege, revokable upon the whim of a bureaucrat (the “yours” of this instance). At the same time, they insist that the rights they cherish (same-sex marriage — the “mine” here) to be taken as sacrosanct.

Well, America, which mindset do you prefer? Pick one and stick to it, please.


NOTES

  1. Bushee is no longer a City Councilor in Santa Fe, while Davis is currently “representing” District 6 on the Albuquerque City Council. No doubt that Bushee has been replaced with someone equally looney.
  2. Patti Bushee and Pat Davis Hinder, Not Help, the LGBT Cause

    Not that such an ordinance would have actually survived a court challenge, as New Mexico has a pre-emption clause in Article II, Section 6 of the State Constitution:

    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.)

    But Bushee had to have her warm fuzzy (and no-charge advertising media coverage) for the moment that she “got something done” and “made a difference,” so she sponsored the ban anyway.

  3. Approximate reading level – 13.4
  4. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 894, 16 October 2016
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