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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Albuquerque Defend the Second Amendment Rally

Today I went to the Defend the Second Amendment Rally at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (1100 Louisiana Blvd SE).

About 50-60 people attended the rally, which started at about 11:00 AM (we were congregating in the parking lot up to and a bit past 11:00).

Shawn Haufe and Jamie Fraser-Paige

Jamie Fraser-Paige and event organizer Shawn Haufe talked for about 45 minutes about various points of interest to Second Amendment supporters, including —

  • There were only 50-60 people attending today, versus several thousand at the recent victim disarmament rallies in New Mexico.
  • Most rank-and-file law enforcement officers are solid supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right.
  • The outspoken Democrats are almost in lockstep unison behind the victim disarmament agenda.
  • Properly secure your weapons when not using them or carrying them.
  • The lamestream snoozemedia is almost in lockstep unison in support of the victim disarmament agenda.
  • We don’t care if you’re black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, whatever, just so long as you support liberty for everyone.

Republican candidate for Secretary of State JoHanna Cox attended. She told the audience that this is her first time running for public office, she’s an attorney by trade, and that one of the things she’s looking to do as Secretary of State is to help people who have completed their terms of parole or probation or been pardoned get their Second Amendment rights to own and carry weapons reinstated.

JoHanna Cox addressing the audience

(In a freer nation, once someone completes their probation and parole terms or is pardoned, THAT’S IT — their pre-existing civil, human, Constitutional right to own and carry weapons, as supposed to be protected from government infringement by the Second Amendment and Art.II Sec.6 of the New Mexico State Constitution, would once again be upheld and respected in full.)

The next rally is tentatively scheduled to be at Veterans Memorial Park in Rio Rancho (950 Pinetree Rd SE) on Saturday, 12 May 2018, at 11:00 AM. Check in with the Gun Owners of New Mexico pages (here and here) and group on Facebook for details and updates!


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / Gab / Liberty.Me / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    5. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    6. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    7. Vote the Air Facebook page
    8. Duke City Pink Pistols Facebook group
    9. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    10. Gun Owners of New Mexico Facebook group
    11. Independent Insights Facebook group
    12. Pink Pistols – Albuquerque Facebook group
    13. New Mexico for Liberty Facebook group
    14. New Mexico Gun Rights Facebook group
    15. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    16. New Mexico Lest We Forget (Voters Remorse) Facebook group
    17. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Friday, 17 November 2017

Kokesh for Not-President Event in ABQ

Filed under: Events, Friends, Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:01 AM (06:01)

Last night (Thursday, 16 November 2017), I attended Adam Kokesh’s TaxationIsTheft — Albuquerque event at Cervantes Restaurant and Lounge (5801 Gibson SE) in Albuquerque, where he spelled out his campaign for “Not President” for 2020.

Also attending were Adam’s Not Campaign Manager Ben Farmer, along with local libertarian luminaries Bill Koehler, Frank Martin and Robert Kruger.

Click the picture to see the full-size version

Ben Farmer warming up the crowd

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Adam speaks!

For what it’s worth, I volunteered to be the New Mexico State Coordinator for the Not Campaign.

I first met Adam in June 2009 at a planning meeting for his campaign for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, and have been impressed with him ever since.

Afterwards, we went to his new touring RV, which the team had decided to name “No Force One.” He seemed a bit disappointed when I told him that this wasn’t the first vehicle with the moniker (one of Harry Browne’s campaigns had access to a small aircraft with the same name).


USEFUL LINKS

Kokesh for Not-President site

Kokesh for Not-President Facebook page

Twitter / Instagram / YouTube channel / Steemit

Military for Kokesh Facebook group


NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EntepriseNumber 949 – 19 November 2017
  2. Approximate reading level – 13.5
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    6. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    7. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    8. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Monday, 31 October 2016

[LPNM] Allen Cogbill, In Memoriam

Filed under: Friends, Obituary — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:46 PM (21:46)

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of our beloved Treasurer, Allen Cogbill. Allen passed away unexpected on October 25 from a recently-contracted lung disease. Allen served the LPNM as Treasurer, doing a fabulously superb job of bookkeeping, for as long as I have been associated with the Party. He was a dedicated Libertarian who lived his principles, and was a good friend to us all.

Allen, thank you for having enriched our lives with your presence. We are going to miss you.

Marty Swinney
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      3. Catron County, New MexicoBlog
      4. Chaves County, New MexicoBlog
      5. Cibola County, New MexicoBlog
      6. Colfax County, New MexicoBlog
      7. Curry County, New MexicoBlog
      8. De Baca County, New MexicoBlog
      9. Doña Ana County, New MexicoBlog
      10. Eddy County, New MexicoBlog
      11. Grant County, New MexicoBlog
      12. Guadalupe County, New MexicoBlog
      13. Harding County, New MexicoBlog
      14. Hidalgo County, New MexicoBlog
      15. Lea County, New MexicoBlog
      16. Lincoln County, New MexicoBlog
      17. Los Alamos County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      18. Luna County, New MexicoBlog
      19. McKinley County, New MexicoBlog
      20. Mora County, New MexicoBlog
      21. Otero County, New MexicoBlog
      22. Quay County, New MexicoBlog
      23. Rio Arriba County, New MexicoBlog
      24. Roosevelt County, New MexicoBlog
      25. San Juan County, New MexicoBlog
      26. San Miguel County, New MexicoBlog
      27. Sandoval County, New MexicoBlog
      28. Santa Fe County, New MexicoBlog
      29. Sierra County, New MexicoBlog
      30. Socorro County, New MexicoBlog
      31. Taos County, New MexicoBlog
      32. Torrance County, New MexicoBlog
      33. Union County, New MexicoBlog
      34. Valencia County, New MexicoBlog
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

LPNM 2014 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Friends, Life, Networking, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:05 PM (21:05)

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2014 Annual State Convention

Albuquerque Marriott (2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE Albuquerque New Mexico 87110 USA)

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Saturday, 10 May 2014

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-249-1248

Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the bar area of the Marriott at about 8:00 PM for an informal dinner / discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

9:00 – 9:50 AM   Registration (25 per person, 15 for student) and pay-as-you-go no-host breakfast (order off the menu)
 
10:00 – 10:25 AM   Introduction to the convention by Mike Blessing and others
 
10:30 – 11:45 AM   Speech by Penn Pfiffner, Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute
 
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM   No-host Lunch break
 
1:15 – 2:00 PM   Address by Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation
 
2:00 – 2:20 PM   Coffee break
 
2:20 – 2:45 PM   Address by Daniel Moore, President of the Albuquerque Tea Party
 
2:45 – 3:00 PM   Break
 
3:00 – 5:00 PM   LPNM Business Meeting (no charge to participants)
 

  • All who are registered with the State of New Mexico as Libertarians (“LIB” on the voter registration card) can vote during nominations for public office.
  • Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM business and internal LPNM elections.
  • Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities.
  • Central Committee meeting after close of the LPNM Business Meeting.
  • See below the schedule for more details.

5:00 PM   Adjournment, followed by a possible informal dinner or watering-hole gathering

Speakers and Candidates Addressing the Convention Membership

Speakers should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

Handouts for Distribution

The LPNM membership reserves the right to disavow any handouts (handbills, brochures, CDs, DVDs, etc.) offered for distribution to convention membership, as well as the person(s) doing the distributing.

Nominations for Candidates for Public Office

Anyone wanting to vote to nominate candidates for public office needs to make sure that they’re registered to vote as “Libertarian” or “LIB” as the Secretary of State prints on the voter registration cards before they show up for the Convention.

So make sure to bring your voter registration card.

Participating in LPNM Internal Business

All you have to do to participate in the LPNM’s internal business (changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, internal nominations, etc.) is to do the following (both steps are necessary, regardless of order completed):

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” so that your voter registration card reads “LIB” in the spot marked “PARTY” (lower right-hand corner).
  2. Sign up as what the LPNM refers to as a “Caucus Member.” Basically, this means that you’ve signed the Non-Aggression Pledge and paid $25 in dues. You can do this at the Convention itself, as we’ll have the necessary paperwork on hand.
  3. Pay the required amount for a convention membership.

Becoming an LPNM Candidate for Public Office

Anyone wanting to be a candidate for public office on the LPNM’s ballot line needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the Governor’s Election Proclamation for 2012 comes out. Usually this Proclamation is put out on the last Tuesday of January. A safe bet is to get this done at least two weeks before the Proclamation is released by the Governor’s Office.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Get nominated by your peers at the State Convention (or a County Convention for offices contained entirely in one county).
  4. Download and thoroughly read the candidate guides available from the Secretary of State’s office, as they contain all of the details required by the State of New Mexico – filing dates, signature requirements, etc.

    See here for the guides – http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Candidate_And_Pac_Information/

  5. Read the Run for Office page at lp.org

Becoming a Delegate to the National Convention

Anyone wanting to be a delegate from the LPNM to the LP’s 2012 National Convention needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the State Convention.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Show up at this convention and signify willingness to be a delegate.
  4. Sign up as a National member.
  5. Download and read the LP National Bylaws and Convention Rules
  6. Show up at the National Convention.

Out-of-State Visitors

  1. All national-level candidates (for President, National Chair, LNC spots, etc.) are responsible for covering their own expenses, including but not limited to travel, meals, and lodging. They are, of course, free to solicit financial or other support from individual LPNM members, but the LPNM will not expend organizational resources for this purpose.
  2. The LPNM as an organization will NOT endorse candidates for any office until they have been officially nominated by an accredited affiliate of the Libertarian Party.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.2
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
    2. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress
    4. Duke City Fix
  3. Current mood: content
  4. Listening – Back for the Attack by Dokken


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Sunday, 31 March 2013

What It’s All About in the End

Filed under: Friends, Life, Philosophy, Social Life — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:59 AM (02:59)

Shared a picture on Facebook –

Ain’t that the truth.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Twitter / WordPress / Xanga

Copyright © 2013 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with Notepad++.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Results from the 9 October UNM Rally

Current mood: excited

For those wondering how the Gary Johnson UNM Rally for Jobs, Opportunity and Diversity on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 went, here’s some of the details:

I arrived right at about 5:25 PM, after spending about ten minutes looking for a parking lot – the “A” lot was packed. I ended up paying the 7.00 for a spot in the parking structure next to the square by the SUB.

Upon arriving at the ballroom, I dropped off my plastic milk crate full of brochures at the LPNM table manned by Mark Curtis, Ron Bjornstad, Elizabeth Honce, Elisheva Levin, and others.

After dropping off the supplies (it was a bit painful to carry that crate from the parking structure to the ballroom), I met Tom Mahon and Todd Myers where “Jack Gault” was parked. They had a spare Sharpie marker-pen on hand, so I signed the van on the front of the hood – dead-center, right above the edge where the latch is located.

At the same time, I made contact with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative and made myself available for my speaking slot.

While waiting for my speaking time, I went to the “green room” and had my picture taken with Gary Johnson.

So I presented my speech, came in at 6:20 – 1:20 longer than the 5 minutes I had planned for. While I didn’t get the standing ovations that later speakers got, several people came up to me afterwards and complimented me on my bit.

Next up for the podium was the Independent American Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Barrie. If Jon wasn’t running, I suspect many New Mexico Libertarians would be casting blanks come their time at the ballot “box.” Jon talked for about ten minutes, mentioned that the politicians had their chance (too many chances to be forgiven come the election) to fix things, and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.

Following Jon Barrie was Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s only think-tank that supports what the Tea Party claims to support – free-market economics, public-sector fiscal restraint, individual rights and Constitutionally-limited government. Paul talked about what New Mexico needs to prosper as a state.

After Paul, Jim Villanucci of 770 KKOB-AM spoke about how much crap listeners were giving him about his not supporting Mittens. After all, it’s either “you’re for Romney or you’re for Obama,” correct? Not even close – and with that, Jim introduced Gary Johnson as the only candidate in the presidential race worthy of libertarians’ support.

Here’s the video clip on YouTube of Gary’s speech – http://youtu.be/bInmA5MhXTg

What did Gary discuss? First, he talked about his business background – he started Big J Enterprises on his own out of college, built it to 1,000 employees, then sold it in 1999 without having to fire anyone. He said that his business career is just a testament to showing up on time and doing what you say you’ll do for people, maybe a little more.

His unsolicited advice to the audience? Go into business for yourself as opposed to punching someone else’s time-clock – you’ll find it much more rewarding. This dovetails with what I’ve heard from other libertarian entrepreneurs . . . .

Here’s some of his talking points:

  • With everything that you do in life, there are obstacles – you just have to keep going.
  • When he first ran for office (1994), the GOP leadership blew him off as “unelectable,” but he ended up winning the general election.
  • While serving as Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed 750 pieces of legislation – more than the other 49 governors in the country put together. He had thousands of line-item vetoes, taking it to a new level – only two were overridden.
  • With those vetoes, he saved up a few dumptrucks-full of ∅∅∅∅∅∅∅ by cutting out unnecessary spending and blocking regulations that weren’t going to make us the slightest bit safer.
  • The powers-that-be predicted imminent disaster after Johnson’s vetoes, which didn’t happen. Also, he was an equal-opportunity vetoer – he vetoed bad bills from Republicans
  • Of all of the presidential candidates for the 2012 election season, he’s the only one viewed favorably in his home state – “people wave at me with all five fingers, not just one.”
  • Of all the presidential candidates, he had the best record on job creation, except that he didn’t create any jobs as governor – any jobs created were created by the private sector. There was certainty in New Mexico’s regulatory environment, and that makes it easier for the private sector to create jobs.
  • Out of all of the presidential candidates, he has the most “Liberty Torches” from the ACLU (21 out of 24).
  • He’s the only candidate who doesn’t want to bomb or use sanctions against Iran. Iran isn’t the threat to America or anyone else that the hairspray-heads supporting the Imperial District make it out to be.
  • China isn’t a threat to America due to the way the two countries trade with each other.
  • Bring the troops home from Afghanistan now.
  • Military interventions around the world mostly create more enemies for America.
  • Marriage equality is a federal issue and constitutionally guaranteed.
  • He’s the only presidential candidate who wants to end the drug wars now. Over fifty percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Ninety percent of the drug problem is prohibition-related, not user-related.
  • If he had been president after “9/11,” hw would have vetoed the USA-PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the NDAA-2012. “Homeland Security” is incredibly redundant. Let’s leave airport security to the airports, airlines, cities, etc.
  • We need to balance the federal budget now – he promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress for 2013. Otherwise, with the current out-of-control Federal Reserve, we’re looking at a monetary collapse at some point in the future. What we need is a 43 % cut in spending across the board.
  • When someone complains about the idea of a 43 % cut in Medicare spending, the alternative is NO Medicare. (Same goes for the rest of the welfare state, too – tighten the belt or lose your shirt.)
  • Cut military spending by 43 % too – the operative word there is “defense,” not “offense,” not “nation-building.”
  • The current spending situation is the biggest threat to our national security.
  • He’s the only candidate who wants to dump the income tax, corporate tax and replace them with one consumption tax – the “Fair Tax.”
  • He’s the only candidate that would shut down the Federal Reserve.

Notes and recollections from the event:

  • The estimated total attendance was around 500 people.
  • Cleanup was rather easy – it mostly consisted of policing up unused campaign supplies that were left behind by attendees.
  • I was expecting someone from the GOP to attempt some sort of disruption – bringing in signs for Romney or Wilson, that sort of thing. Luckily, nothing of the sort happened that I saw.
  • I found some campaign cards from three Republicans running for State-level judgeships on the floor in the seating area – Miles Hanisee, David Standridge, and Samuel Winder. It was also reported to me by event staff that Judge Winder himself had been in the audience.
  • Someone (ID unknown) had apparently issued invitations to both Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson to appear on the speakers’ list. After all, it’s a non-partisan event, due to SAE being a 501-C-3 entity and all. I was told that while Heinrich declined immediately, Wilson dithered and vacillated around about it for two weeks, declining for sure on the Monday before (8 October).
  • About 60 percent of the brochures that I brought with me were picked up by attendees and passerby – which helped a lot on the way back to the parking structure. (Note to self: get a hand-truck for next time!)

All in all, this was the best-attended LPNM event I’ve seen yet in my 18 years with the organization. Thanks to all who made it possible:

The UNM Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Jon Barrie
Ron Bjornstad
Chris Chase
Mark Curtis
Paul Gessing
Susan Ann Holland
Elizabeth Honce
Melanie Hyland
Gary Johnson
Bruce Levin
Elisheva Levin
Tom Mahon
Sean Mallory
Todd Myers
Reviva
Kyle Ruggles
Jim Villanucci
Bob Walsh

Apologies to anyone I’ve omitted – the fault there is entirely mine.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter / Xanga
    2. Personal blogs – Blogspot / Xanga
    3. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    4. The Weekly Sedition
    5. Duke City Fix / NMPolitics.org

Copyright © 2012 Libertarian Party of New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises. Webmaster Mike Blessing.

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Sunday, 30 September 2012

STAIF-II — 16-18 April 2013, ABQ, NM

Filed under: Education, Events, Friends — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:10 PM (12:10)

Current mood: excited

The Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF) II

MCM Eleganté
2020 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque NM 87107
Tuesday, 16 April – Thursday, 18 April 2013

Announcing a science conference, STAIF II, to happen in Albuquerque on April 16-18, 2013. The conference will present peer-reviewed scientific papers on physics, exotic propulsion concepts, discoveries about Mars and the use of science to remediate problems here on Earth. The conference will be held at the MCM Eleganté. Senior, student and day rates will be available.

The purpose of this conference is to enable highly qualified scientists to present ideas that are far in advance of mainstream thinking.

This conference is intended to appeal to people who want to get off the planet. It’s not about not liking Earth; it’s about looking at the stars and feeling in your gut that we need to be there. We can get there. This conference is about making it happen.


Keep in mind Clarke’s Three Laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

About that third law – once you’ve got the concept of technology down, the notion of “magic” as some unexplainable, supernatural force can be put aside and the term relegated to stage shows in Las Vegas.

Some details –


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and sites – Facebook / Google Plus / Hunch / Xanga / Yahoo! email archive
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga / Yahoo! email archive / Yahoo! Upcoming
    3. Duke City Fix


Copyright © 2012 STAIF II Inc. and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A Personal Message from Bill English

Filed under: Friends, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:19 AM (11:19)

Current mood: excited     

I’ve known Bill English for thirteen years now, and can attest to the quality of his character. He’s running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Jeff Bingaman in 2013, and getting the cold shoulder from the Republican Party’s Establishment types. Instead they seem to be supporting Heather Wilson, who is cast from the same mold as those who gave us the round of corporate bailouts in late 2008.

Yes, the same round of bailouts that started the Tea Party groups.

I’ve known Bill as a Ron Paul Republican for most of that time, long before the term “Ron Paul Republican” hit the big time. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I’ve never known him to waver from his principles.

Bill’s campaign site is here – billenglish4senate.org

Anyway, Bill has asked me to organize a modest fund-raising event for his campaign, probably in Albuquerque in the near future. Details later for those interested.

Below is a note from Bill that he’s asked me to pass on to potential supporters.

– MWB


To Fight or Not to Fight – That is the Question

It has indeed been an interesting week! Most notably is the fact that as a political neophyte, I received the education of a lifetime and discovered that all is not as it seems.

As many of you know I am (was?) running for United States Senator for the State of New Mexico. Which is a race that hasn’t even made it to the primaries yet, but already has overtones of a feeding frenzy with a pack of piranhas.

What many of you do not know is that I am a convicted felon. Yeppers, it’s true. About ten years ago I was convicted of a class four felony for aggravated assault because I pulled a gun on a man that was raping my then fourteen year old daughter. I’ve never hidden this fact from anyone, and while New Mexico state law clearly says that as a convicted felon I cannot run for an elected position within the state, it does not say that I cannot run for an elected position within the Federal Government.

Does the fact that I am a convicted felon make me an evil person? Or does it make me a father trying to protect one of his children from a sexual predator? I also point out that I didn’t shoot the little so and so. I put my neck on the line to protect one of my kids. I am willing to do the same for my state and for my country. The question now becomes, what are you willing to do?

During the course of the past several weeks it would appear that the consulting firm that I had hired to help me with the election began running endless polls and among the questions asked was “Would you vote for a convicted Felon?” Apparently they didn’t like the answers because very shortly after that they terminated the contract with me, and left me swinging in the proverbial breeze. It also turns out that they also asked if they would vote for someone who’s been divorced. I have, but I am pleased to say that after twenty three years of marriage to my current wife, I think this one I got right. Hell, it took Newt three tries before he could get his right, and I point out that not once did I ever cheat on my first or second wives.

So! The question now becomes: do I stick it out and fight for what I believe to be right? Do I continue with no money, or no apparent support from those with the power and say so? Or do I quit? I could take the easy way out and quietly fade into obscurity, but then I’d always be sitting there wondering. Or I could continue on in the hope that the citizens of New Mexico will finally take a look at what we got and what we’re going to get, and maybe decide that they need some one like me in office to protect what is New Mexico and its people.

Whatever else I may be, I am still an American first, and a New Mexican. We have too many problems both on a state level and a national level. As each day goes by we lose more and more. I’m willing to fight for my country and my state. Will you stand by me and help me to do battle against those who would see us destroyed?

At least with me you know what you’re getting . . .


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. New Mexico Liberty / Patriotic Resistance / NMPolitics.org / Duke City Fix


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Friday, 2 January 2009

Dr. No, Rest In Peace

Filed under: Friends, Life, Politics — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 11:37 PM (23:37)

Current mood:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: James D Thoreau
Date: Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM
Subject: [LibertarianEnterprise] very sad

Sad about Robert Jackman passing. I liked Dr. No.
———- Forwarded message ends ———-

I don’t know what to say, other than he’ll be missed in libertarian quarters.

I never do seem to have the right words at these moments. I don’t know if there are any “right words” for times like these.

I don’t know a lot about Robert, but I do know that “Dr. No” never flagged from his committment to principle.

I do know that he took a lot of shit for the fact that he subscribed to the conspiratorial view of history and politics. Quite a bit of that shit he received from fellow libertarians.

Unlike most I’ve come across in that field, I never once saw anything from him even close to “The Jews did it!”

His blog is located here — roberto-de-sonora.blogspot.com — but his other site — simmeringfrogs.com — has been taken down.

Monday, 19 November 2007

A Message of Encouragement to Fellow Libertarians

Filed under: Friends, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:07 PM (23:07)

A Message of Encouragement to Fellow Libertarians by L. Neil Smith

Originally presented at the 2007 London Conference of the Libertarian Alliance and Libertarian International


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga
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