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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Well, This Explains a Lot

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 5:21 PM (17:21)

Got this gem from last week’s edition of the Alibi

According to county studies, nearly 50 percent of Bernalillo County residents need some level of mental health or substance abuse treatment. These untreated health conditions often intersect with police, increase incarceration rates and cause over use of our hospital emergency rooms.

The Wikipedia page for Bernalillo County says that per the 2010 census, the population of the county is 662,564.

If 300,000 people in the greater Albuquerque area have mental health issues or substance abuse problems, that goes a long way to explaining how Debbie O’Malley and Isaac Benton keep getting re-elected to City and County government.

After all, who in their right mind would vote for these lunatics?

Also, 300,000 people in one area — that’s very likely a stable population. And considering that Bernalillo County has been electing whack-jobs (for example, Jim Baca and Eric Griego) the whole time I’ve been living here, chances are that they’ve been voting.

And to think that New Mexico used to have statutory provisions forbidding idiots and intoxicated people from voting.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level — 15
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. Darth Mike Facebook page
    5. KCUF Media Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    7. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    8. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    9. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    10. New Mexico Lest We Forget (Voters Remorse) Facebook group

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Larry Correia’s Advice to Writers — It’s Also Valid for Liberty Activists

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:11 PM (15:11)

Fantasy writer Larry Correia offers some advice to other writers in a recent Facebook post

Here is a quick object lesson for writers about why you should never ever give a crap what perpetually offended social justice reviewers say about your stuff.

Back in 2011, Mike Kupari and I released a novel called Dead Six. It’s a great book. A thriller with two competing narrators, trying to kill each other.

Well, one of the main bad guys in D6 is this mysterious crime figure known only as Big Eddie. This dude is so dangerous, and involved in so much organized crime, that at the beginning my main character thinks Big Eddie is just a term for a cabal of powerful string pullers. Eddie is just that connected and terrifying.

Only later on, we actually meet Big Eddie. And it turns out that his public persona is as a spoiled rich guy, heir to a big family fortune, and I based him on Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Only deeply disturbed, incredibly violent, and a criminal genius mastermind.

He’s also gay. (In actuality, Eddie’s sexual orientation is Hurt People) but he hams it up in his public persona, as it helps hide his truly dangerous nature.

One of my favorite villains I ever created, really popular among readers, and he’s so over the top that when Bronson Pinchot narrated the audiobook, he told me it was one of the funnest roles he’d ever taken (keeping in mind, he was Serge in Beverly Hills Cop and stole the show from Eddie Murphy when he was at the top of his game). And it got nominated for the Audie for Best Thriller.

But angry Social Justice reviewers screamed at me anyway. Having a crazy bad guy be gay was deeply offensive. Homophobic. Triggered. Hatemongery. You know, all the usual stuff. HOW DARE YOU HAVE AN EVIL PSYCHO BE GAY! REEEEE!

So fast forward to this week, and there’s a petition floating around to force DC to make the Joker gay . . .

Yes . . . The Joker. So if they don’t make this charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind gay . . . Then they’re homophobic.

But when I wrote a charismatic psychotic criminal mastermind as gay, I was homophobic.

Basically, no matter what you do, they’re going to be pissed off. You will never ever make these people happy for long. If you comply with their demands, that’s just showing weakness, and the first time you cross one of their invisible lines, they’ll just start screaming at you again. So remember, just write whatever you want, and the critics can go back to eating Tide Pods.

I’ve experienced this sort of shrieking directed at myself in the libertarian movement, both inside the Libertarian Party and outside of it, as well.

I’ve witnessed this sort of hysteria levelled at others.

When people harangue me with this sort of nonsense, I find it difficult to stay pissed off at them. They’re mostly annoyances in the long run.

As Larry tells writers, don’t worry about your detractors. Any attempt on your part to appease them will fail in the long run — they’ll simply find another reason to stick knives in your back.

When they tell you “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT!” about something you’ve said verbally or written, reply with “What do you mean, I can’t say that? I just did say it.”

When they tell you what sort of rhetorical style to use, respond with “Don’t tell me how to do this — SHOW ME.”

In earlier days (1997-2011), I was producing and hosting a public-access TV show here in Albuquerque titled The Weekly Sedition. Someone told me you can’t be like that on the air.” I replied to that with “Anyone who doesn’t like how we run the show is free to sign up at Channel 27, put their own show on, and show us how it’s done.” I then provided the station’s phone number and physical address, so he would have less of an excuse for non-performance. My detractor backed off almost immediately, saying that he “didn’t intend to offend anyone.”

Ghods, I LOVED doing that show every week.

In short, don’t do a thing to appease the Socialist Just-Us Whiners, because you’ll never appease them for long, and you’ll end up tossing your own soul into the trash bin in the process.

It. Just. Is. Not. Worth. It.

Just do it YOUR WAY, and have fun in the process.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 958 – 28 January 2018
  2. Approximate reading level – 10.1
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Pot Freedom from Ortiz y Pino? Think Again!

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Recently, State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino proposed an amendment to the New Mexico State Constitution (SJR4). Ostensibly, the purpose of this amendment is to make marijuana “legal,” so pot smokers will suffer less harassment from State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies here in New Mexico.

The more unscrupulous and gullible of those calling for more freedom on marijuana will say this amendment is a good one.

Ah, but the very title of SJR4 gives away the game —

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 4 — PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 20 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR POSSESSION AND PERSONAL USE OF MARIJUANA ONLY IF THE LEGISLATURE REGULATES THE PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, TRANSPORTATION, SALE AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA AND PROVIDES FOR REVENUES FROM THE TAXATION OF MARIJUANA TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE GENERAL FUND.

In other words, marijuana only becomes “legal” under the NM Statutes Annotated IF the Legislature regulates and taxes the marijuana industry, then Taxation and Revenue puts the funds garnished from those taxes into the general kitty, for the Legislature to play with, hand out as legalized favors or bribes, or whatever.

Come on, folks — doesn’t government at all levels intrude into your lives too much already?

Do you really want to give the politicians and their pet bureaucrats MORE power to put their eyes, noses, fingers, and other appendages into your life?

Do you really want to hand over MORE cash to them so they can have the finer things in life, maybe things that YOU might aspire to have yourself?

Let’s face it — government intrusion into private industry is the legalized version of the plata o plomo (“silver or lead”) offer that the Colombian cocaine cartels would make, meaning “take the money (bribe) or I will take your life.” Basically, “play our way and get rich, or don’t and go to eat out of a dumpster.” Only in this case, the people who are supposed to be stopping criminal activity are the ones making it worse.

In the mean time, the “black” market in unregulated marijuana still continues to operate. Maybe with less profits than before, but it’s still there. Like untaxed cigarettes in New York City.

I can understand the desire for having your favorite stuff becoming less restricted, except it won’t really become less restricted for a large portion of the State — 63 percent of New Mexico’s land area is Federal property of one kind or another (military bases, BLM land, National Parks, Monuments, National Forests, etc.), and marijuana is still illegal at the Federal level of government. Thus you could still get arrested for possession, use, or distribution if you’re on Federal property, even in a state where it’s legal.

Blaze one up by the front doors of the BX at Kirtland, Cannon or Holloman if you think I’m joking. The SPs might not share that sense of humor.

(When the Founders put that clause about “Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings” into the U.S. Constitution, did they truly mean 63% of New Mexico, and 89% of Nevada?)

For those of you who are Democrats, did you seriously believe that Hillary Clinton was going to fight to make this better for you?!

I can just hear it now from those insisting that marijuana “must” be regulated by their favorite Political Classholes before it becomes legal again —

“If we don’t regulate it, someone will sell poisoned weed to kids!”

There’s that “we” again — that’s how the There-Oughta-Be-A-Law crazies rope you into signing on to their schemes.

And high schoolers across the country have been smoking illegal, unsanctioned weed (and trying all sorts of illegal, unsanctioned substances, too!) for fifty years now. How many of them have been demonstrably harmed by their smoking pot?

H/T to Kyle Bennett for the talky-ball meme!


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 956 – 14 January 2018
  2. Approximate reading level – 13.3

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Random Shots for Tuesday, 2 January 2018

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

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook here, here, here, here, here, and here

    https://spreadprivacy.com/how-to-remove-google/

  2. Posted to Facebook

    Since when is photography or cake decoration considered a right granted by law?

  3. Posted to Facebook

    “Personally, I believe the 1st Amndt admonition that ‘…pass no law respecting an establishment of religion…’ should apply not only to the Congress or any other legislative body, but to the individual as well. You may not write for yourself a set of laws that differ from published statutes, no matter what you believe your particular cult’s idol says.”

    Why bother having any sort of Bill of Rights that limits the powers of government at all, then?

    Logically, then you should be supportive of me open-carrying my M4gery into a restaurant with a “NO GUNS ALLOWED” sign displayed on the front window, unless you’re a buffet Constitutionalist, as that sign discriminates against me as a gun owner, limiting my rights under the First, Second, and Ninth Amendments.

    (SIDE NOTE: Those who say that I’m “good on the Second Amendment, but not much else” are cordially invited to go fuck themselves, and each other.)

  4. Posted to Facebook

    Knives in the wrong hands have all been used to kill people for 5,000 years. Should restaurants post “NO KNIVES ALLOWED” signs in their front windows?

  5. Posted to Facebook

    The 2nd Amendment doesn’t address specific types of weapons, for good reason.

    http://ncc-1776.org/tle2009/tle523-20090614-03.html

    http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-04.html

    What’s interesting is that the hoplophobes and victim disarmers will tell you to use non-lethal weapons, yet in places where they hold sway over the political process, civilian possession of non-lethal weapons is also limited by governmental dictat:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser#United_States

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper_spray#United_States

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_(law_enforcement)#United_States

  6. Posted to Facebook

    What if a Muslim bakery discriminated against LGBT customers wanting a wedding cake?

    https://youtu.be/RgWIhYAtan4

  7. Posted to Facebook

    Is it?

    The video clip I linked to above was filmed in Dearborn, Michigan.

    From Iraq:

    https://ixquick.com/do/search?q=Iraq+gays+glue

    https://theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/13/iraq-gays-murdered-militias

    https://ixquick.com/do/search?q=Iraq+gays+ISIS

    https://thesun.co.uk/news/5251375/isis-white-beard-captured-iraq/

  8. Posted to Facebook here, here, and here

    Who is stopping Tess from having the homeless stay at her house?

    Tess Ivrxchic
    December 29, 2017 at 4:21amBaltimore, MD

    Good morning good Ppls

  9. Posted to Facebook

    There is no real Wil Wheaton, there’s only Wesley’s alter ego.

  10. Posted to Facebook

    Except that the actor who played Jar Jar (Ahmed Best) isn’t a whiny bitch-boi like “Wheaton.”

    https://wired.com/2017/07/ahmed-best-jar-jar-binks-new-podcast/

    https://nerdist.com/jar-jar-binks-actor-talks-about-why-backlash-was-so-hard-on-him/

  11. Posted to Facebook

    From the blog post linked to at the top (second paragraph, first sentence):

    “Before I get into the Wesley part of this that you’re all here for:”

    Without “Shut up, Wesley,” what would keep him from having to stand on a street corner with a cardboard sign?

    And he knows it, too.

  12. Posted to Facebook

    Tom Kratman
    Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:04pm

    Defenderata

    (Copyright ©, 2017, Thomas P. Kratman)

    Go cautiously and armed amidst the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and riots and remember, whitey, that although their lives matter, yours does not.

    There are people with whom you cannot get along without surrendering your soul. Insofar as possible, bury them where the bodies will never be found.

    In these days, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act; shout it from the rooftops. If it sends SJWs into apoplexy or cardiac arrest, or makes their heads explode, so much the better, since that will stop their continuous and inevitable lies, and nothing else will.

    Avoid large conglomerations of people carrying banners and shouting slogans. Do not take to heart their exhortations and entreaties, for they are fucking lunatics.

    Never apologize for anything.

    Do not bother keeping a close eye on the stock market, the unemployment reports, NASDAQ, or crime figures. These are lies and frauds, start to finish. Keep careful watch, however, of your neighbors, marking down all those you believe you can trust when the fecal matter hits the rotary impeller.

    Aim with care.

    Do not fire warning shots, for this shortens the time between “fire” and “reload.” The dead cannot testify in court; the wounded may only be feigning death. Hence, double tap always and be careful to finish off the wounded.

    Old age and treachery will always beat youth and ignorance. Never surrender without a fight. Do not go too easily on yourself, either, for the world is waiting in ambush.

    You have nearly no natural rights. Anyone who tells you that you do is peddling vacuum. One right you do have is the right to try to use violence and hard work in your own behalf. Nothing guarantees you success.

    If you have turned your back on God, don’t expect him not to turn His back on you. He’s loving, generous, patient, and kind, but modern man and woman has pretty much worn those qualities to a frazzle.

    The shams, drudgeries, frauds, and stolen dreams have worn the world out as much as they have God’s patience. Civilization is collapsing. You can give up or you can fight. You will be happier if you fight.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Target Books — Doctor Who and the Ark in Space by Ian Marter
  2. The National InterestThis Russian Rifle Could Cause Trouble for NATO (Think Automatic Weapons) by Charlie Gao
  3. Cable News Network [CNN] — The Endless Death of Kyle Dinkheller: The Trigger And The Choice by Thomas Lake
  4. AGG — Man wraps himself in fireworks, lights the fuse, and immediately regrets his decision
  5. PJ MediaThe New Year’s Resolution Gays Should Make . . . But Won’t by Megan Fox
  6. MIT Technology Review from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] — 18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead by Azeem Azhar
  7. Metallica — Load
  8. The Wizard of IdMonday, 2 January 2018
  9. The GuardianHow Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays by Afif Sarhan and Jason Burke
  10. The SunGOT HIM Notorious ISIS executioner nicknamed White Beard who earned chilling reputation for hurling gay men from buildings is ‘captured’ in Iraq by Matt Acton
  11. NerdistJar Jar Binks Actor Talks About Why Backlash Was So Hard on Him by Michael Walsh
  12. WiredHow the Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks Survived the Fandom Menace by Brian Raftery
  13. because so many of you asked . . . by Wil Wheaton
  14. Episode III: The Infamous Jar Jar Binks by Jamie Stangroom
  15. NOVR Action Science Fiction Short Film 1080p HD
  16. Blood and Steel Official Action Scifi Short Film HD 2017

Monday, 1 January 2018

Random Shots for Monday, 1 January 2018

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

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook [ here here, and here ], and Twitter

    https://spreadprivacy.com/how-to-remove-google/

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Metallica —
    1. Metallica
    2. Load
  2. Nena – 99 Luftballons
  3. 99 red ballons – Nena
  4. The Free Thought Project [TFTP] —
    1. Eye-opening Study Predicts Solar Cycle Will Cause a ‘Mini Ice Age’ as Early as 2020 by “Matt Agorist”
    2. WikiLeaks Releases Proof of NY Times Colluding With Clinton’s State Dept to Deceive America by Jay Syrmopoulos
  5. Independent SentinelDenver Decriminalizes Public Defecation to Keep Illegal Migrants Happy and Safe by S. Noble
  6. Task & Purpose from Lafayette Media Group — Why I Think Lt Clint Lorance Is A Murderer by Adam Linehan
  7. Target Books — Doctor Who and the Ark in Space by Ian Marter
  8. Privacy Newsletter from Duck Duck Go — How to Live Without Google

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