The Weekly Sedition

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Helloween — Another Shot of Life [Video with Lyrics]

Filed under: Entertainment, Media, Music — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:21 AM

I am no stranger to darkness
I am no stranger to pain
I had to suffer ’till I went insane
Learning from pain and from heartaches
How to forgive and forget
Never give up ’cause life goes on again

Pushed all around I can’t take it no more
Don’t tell me how to behave
Won’t hide away I can make it for sure
I will survive
I will live my own life

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

If you feel strange and emotional
Carrying the weight of the world
Open your soul and let the spirit in
It’s not the end of the rainbow
It’s not the end of the line
Your time will come and you will rise again

Pushed all around I can’t take it no more
Don’t tell me how to behave
Won’t hide away I can make it for sureI will survive
I will live my own life

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

Shot of life
Shot of life
Shot of life
Shot of life

I’m leaving all my pain away
My sorrows are not here to stay
Tomorrow comes another day
Another hope, another try

Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
I played my pride — There’s no place to hide for me
Shot of life — I will take another shot of life
Shot of life — ‘Till I find my destiny

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Just Say No 2017-2018 v1

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:16 AM

“After Albuquerque mayoral candidate Brian Colón filed his first campaign finance report, he issued a statement touting the $357,000 he raised and the support he received from ‘some of the area’s key stakeholders.’

“But Colón has returned $5,150 to one of those key stakeholders — Attorney General Hector Balderas — after the Secretary of State’s Office determined that the contribution wasn’t legal because it was made through Balderas’ campaign fund.”
Albuquerque Journal: Mayoral candidates forced to return some contributions, by Martin Salazar, Journal Staff Writer

Shouldn’t Balderas as the sitting State Attorney General have been aware that he was about to make an illegal campaign contribution and thus refrained from doing so?

Of all people, the State Attorney General should expected to know the current law and stick to it.

If Balderas is going to use the line “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” against others, then he shouldn’t be breaking the law himself.

Likewise, Colón, being a practicing attorney and member of the NM Bar Association himself, should also have known the law and not accepted the 5,150 from Balderas.

At any rate, I will be scratching Balderas’ name off of my list of acceptable gubernatorial candidates at this point.

Nor will I be supporting Richard Berry’s 2018 gubernatorial bid.

Likewise, I will not be supporting either Brian Colón or Dan Lewis to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque.

Aside from the mayoral candidacy of Wayne Johnson, I’ll be supporting either Dumpster Fire or Cthulhu for mayor.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.3

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

[LTE – ABQ Journal] Spare us the crocodile platitudes

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:38 PM

In Friday’s “Up Front” column “Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action,'” Joline Gutierrez Krueger writes that she and her fellow members of “Everytown for Gun Safety” don’t want to infringe anyone’s liberty:

“How do we keep strengthening gun laws without weakening Second Amendment rights?”

“. . . though Everytown’s members stress that they support keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.”

If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they helping fund firearms safety training, as does their “archnemesis,” the National Rifle Association?

Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the State and U.S. Constitutions.

As for the phrase “gun violence” —

Why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence” ?

Why are hit and run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence” ?

Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence” ?

So please, Ms. Krueger, Ms. Brulé, spare us the crocodile platitudes about “respecting rights.”

Submitted to the Albuquerque Journal on Monday, 17 April 2017.


As published in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday, 22 April 2017 —

Guns are not only tool for violence

   In (APRIL 14)’s “Up Front” column “Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action,'” Joline Gutierrez Krueger writes that she and her fellow members of “Everytown for Gun Safety” don’t want to infringe anyone’s liberty:
   “How do we keep strengthening gun laws without weakening Second Amendment rights?”
   “. . . though Everytown’s members stress that they support keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.”
   If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they helping fund firearms safety training, as does their “archnemesis,” the National Rifle Association?
   Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the State and U.S. Constitutions.
   As for the phrase “gun violence,” why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence”? Why are hit-and-run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence”? Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence”?
   So please, Ms. Krueger, Ms. Brulé, spare us the crocodile platitudes about “respecting rights.”

MIKE BLESSING

Albuquerque


Related comment —

Albuquerque Journal: Re: Daughter of gun victim vows to keep ‘putting grief into action’

If the people backing “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about firearms safety, then why aren’t they chipping in towards firearms safety training, as does the group they list as their archnemesis, the National Rifle Association?

Why is it that not only is “Everytown for Gun Safety” not supporting gun safety training as the National Rifle Association does, its principals are actively working against such training by lobbying to have the places where most of that training would take place — shooting ranges — shut down using “nuisance” laws and zoning codes?

If Michael Bloomberg and the other multi-millionaires behind “Everytown for Gun Safety” truly cared about gun safety, they would put their millions behind the construction of MORE shooting ranges, and the maintenance of existing ones. They would chip in for the creation of DVDs and online video shows that provide instruction on the safe and proficient handling of firearms.

Instead, all they do is lobby and agitate for more restrictive laws upon the pre-existing civil, Constitutional, human individual right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico.

As for the phrase “gun violence” —

Why are not criminal stabbings or slashings with knives ever referred to as “knife violence” ?

Why are hit and run murders done with cars or trucks never called “automotive violence” ?

Why are attacks using baseball bats, pry bars, hammers and pieces of steel rebar never referred to as “blunt object violence” ?

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NOTES

  1. Published at the Albuquerque JournalSaturday, 22 April 2017, Rio West, p.3, Opinion – Letters: “Guns are not only tool for violence
  2. Approximate reading level – 13.2

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Moore, North Carolina, LGBTQ and Freedom of Association

Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:58 PM

I saw this popping up on my Facebook feed in the past few days —

So now we know what it takes to shut down a showing of one of Moore’s crappy “documentary” flicks.

Seriously, why can’t Moore extend this same courtesy to the rest of the United States?

Does Moore really believe that people who don’t watch his moivies are somehow deprived?

Even better — the counterpoint of Howard Stern.

Back in the 1980s, Stern ran some sort of survey to see what his listeners were like.

The results were somewhat surprising, to put it mildly.

The people who liked Stern’s routine would listen for an hour or so, then move on to other things.

The people who hated Stern, who thought of Stern being devilspawn and such . . . those people would not only listen to the entire show, but would record it in order to demonstrate to friends and family the true depths of Stern’s depravity.

Advertising like that, you can’t pay for it.

Thus, I would think that Moore would want his flicks to run where they would piss people off, just for publicity’s sake.

H/T Michael G. Spivey on Facebook


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 7.8
  2. Reposted –
    1. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

[Garrison Center] Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:21 PM

Arbitration Isn’t The Problem

November 5, 2015 — Thomas L. Knapp

Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff of the New York Times claim to have discovered “a far-reaching power play orchestrated by American corporations” (“Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice,” October 31[1]). They’re missing the forest for the trees. Arbitration is not the problem.

Corporate preference for private arbitration instead of litigation in government courts is nothing new. The twist in the Times expose is that arbitration clauses have evolved to make it more difficult for dissatisfied customers to band together and bring particular types of suits: “Class actions” in which numerous complaints are bundled together, reducing the plaintiffs’ costs and resulting in huge potential aggregated damage awards.

In recent years, arbitration clauses have begun specifying individual arbitration. Corporate attorneys know that most customers won’t spend hundreds or thousands of dollars arbitrating $10 complaints. If the complaints can’t be aggregated, they’re not worth pursuing from a financial standpoint. A win for the corporations, a loss for consumers whose complaints don’t pass the financial test.

What Silver-Greenberg and Gebeloff leave out are two important consumer tools: Information and choice.

Their story opens with reference to “a clause that most customers probably miss” on “page 5 of a credit card contract.”

The reason most customers probably miss that clause is that most customers don’t bother to read contracts pertaining to small-money matters, or have them reviewed by attorneys, before signing them. That’s a choice. So is the decision to sign something one hasn’t read.

The Times piece quotes F. Paul Bland Jr. of Public Justice, a “national consumer advocate group.” Bland claims that “[c]orporations are allowed to strip people of their constitutional right to go to court.” No, people are allowed to voluntarily waive their right to go to court, in return for valuable considerations. If they do so from voluntary ignorance, that’s their fault and no one else’s.

It’s not that complicated:

If you don’t want to commit to arbitration in general, or to individual arbitration in particular, don’t sign contracts committing yourself to those things.

If you consider reading and understanding a contract before you sign it to be too much work, don’t complain when your decision to remain ignorant comes back to bite you.

If you really, really want something, but the only way to get it is to accept an arbitration clause, then make your choice. Do without that thing or to accept the clause. Nobody owes you a smart phone or a credit card or whatever. Take the deal or don’t take the deal. Don’t blame arbitration itself, which is as good in some cases, and better in most, than resort to government courts. Remember, it was government that made the corporations so powerful in the first place.

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. http://nytimes.com/2015/11/01/business/dealbook/arbitration-everywhere-stacking-the-deck-of-justice.html

NOTES

  • Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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    Saturday, 10 October 2015

    [ABQ Journal] ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

    ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

    By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer
    Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:26pm
    Updated: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 11:09pm

    Mayor Richard Berry’s veto of a marijuana decriminalization bill withstood a challenge from Albuquerque city councilors on Wednesday.

    Democrats on the City Council failed to persuade one of their Republican colleagues to change positions and join them in favor of a veto override.

    But no one changed positions. The override attempt failed on a 5-4 vote along party lines.

    It takes six of nine councilors to override a mayoral veto.

    About a half-dozen speakers urged councilors to override the veto and enact the legislation – which called for making it a civil offense, not a criminal violation, under city law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana.

    A companion bill sought to make marijuana a low priority for law enforcement.

    Berry, a Republican, vetoed both proposals. He said they conflicted with state and federal law.

    Councilors Isaac Benton and Rey Garduño, who co-sponsored the legislation, said cities have authority to set their own penalties for marijuana possession. That gives police officers discretion to cite people under either a local ordinance or under state law, they said.

    Furthermore, the two argued, local voters already support reducing marijuana penalties.

    “We don’t have to wait for the federal government or the state of New Mexico to tell us how to govern our own community, or respond to the voice of the community,” Benton said as he read a joint statement.

    About 60 percent of Bernalillo County voters last year expressed support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. That was in response to a nonbinding question on the general-election ballot.

    None of the council’s four Republicans spoke about the veto Wednesday. But they’ve previously said they don’t view city government as the right venue for changing drug laws.

    That didn’t stop people from trying to change their minds.

    Mike Blessing of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico told councilors they were supporting organized crime if they refuse to change the law. Support for an override, however, means “you’re standing up for free markets,” Blessing said.

    Other supporters said that a marijuana conviction can make it hard to find a job and that enforcement draws resources away from more-serious crimes.

    “The war on drugs has been a terrible failure,” Garduño said. “We know this isn’t working.”

    In New Mexico, marijuana use is legal only for medical purposes.

    Supporting the override were Benton, Garduño, Ken Sanchez, Diane Gibson and Klarissa Peña, all Democrats.

    Republicans Brad Winter, Dan Lewis, Trudy Jones and Don Harris voted “no.”


    FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

    1. City Council on 2015-10-07 5:00 PM – TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL – FORTY-NINTH MEETING
    2. DPA Statement: Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Veto of Marijuana Decriminalization Lags Behind History and the Public’s Will

    NOTES

    1. Approximate reading level – 13.6
    2. Original article — http://abqjournal.com/656288/news/abq-mayors-marijuana-veto-stands.html
      Archived here — https://archive.is/3NWiF
    3. Reposted –
      1. Libertarian Party –
        1. New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
        2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
      2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
      3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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    Tuesday, 8 September 2015

    Intro to the Snow Den

    Filed under: Media, Networking — mikewb1971 @ 3:23 AM

    It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one.

    MWB

    ——– Forwarded Message ——–
    Subject: Intro to the Snow Den
    Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015 10:13:49 +0100
    From: Mister Mxyzptlk <mrmxyzptlk2015@yahoo.co.uk>
    To: undisclosed recipients: ;

    Hello, all!

    The Snow Den is a blog for those who care about laissez-faire free markets, Constitutionally-limited government, individual rights and public-sector fiscal restraint.

    You’re receiving this email because you seem like you care more about those concepts than whether the Democrats or Republicans are on top this year or the next.

    Feel free to spread the word about this blog.

    If you send in a contribution, we will not publish your name or contact information unless you explicitly request us to do so.

    Thanks for reading!

    Mr. Mxyzptlk
    Publisher, The Snow Den
    http://thesnowden2015.wordpress.com/


    NOTES

    1. Approximate reading level – 11
    2. Listening – Freedom Is a State of Mind by Corporate Avenger

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    Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Helloween — My God-Given Right (Official Video)

    Filed under: Entertainment, Media, Music, Philosophy, Principles, Self-Defense, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:46 AM

    Why should I wait, what is left there for me?
    I come to claim
    To win the game
    Why should I plea for my fair and right move?
    I come to play
    I come to stay

    I don’t wanna bitch around no more
    I don’t wanna stand back anymore

    It’s my god-given right
    To stand and fight
    For what I like
    It’s my god-given brain
    That cried in pain
    Would I resign
    There’s nothing to gain
    If I would restrain
    There’s nothing to find
    If I stay behind
    It’s my right
    My god-given right

    Why should I lose if I am meant to win?
    I know I can
    I’ve got a plan
    All that they told me is right and so wrong
    I went through schools
    Found my own rules

    I don’t wanna bitch around no more
    I don’t wanna stand back anymore

    It’s my god-given right
    To stand and fight
    For what I like
    It’s my god-given brain
    That cried in pain
    Would I resign
    There’s nothing to gain
    If I would restrain
    There’s nothing to find
    If I stay behind
    It’s my right

    My god-given right
    It’s my god-given right
    My god-given right
    It’s my god-given right

    It’s my god-given right
    To stand and fight
    For what I like
    It’s my god-given brain
    That cried in pain
    Would I resign
    There’s nothing to gain
    If I would restrain
    There’s nothing to find
    If I stay behind
    It’s my right
    My god-given right


    The site blabbermouth.net[1] quotes Oliver Sommer, who directed the video for the title track:

    “The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the ‘play’ button. So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty . . . It is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip.”

    I’m wondering if I’m the only one who notices that the “pumpkin soldiers” bear a slight resemblance to Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise . . . ?

    And don’t get on my case about the tactical idiocies (cover and concealment? what’s that?) in this one — it’s a music video made by Europeans, fer Chrissakes.


    FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

    1. DuckDuckGo search — HELLOWEEN – My God-Given Right lyrics
    2. Wikipedia page for Helloween
    3. Wikipedia page for My God-Given Right

    NOTES

    1. HELLOWEEN: First Part Of ‘My God-Given Right’ Track-By-Track Breakdown
    2. Approximate reading level – 11.4

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    Tuesday, 5 May 2015

    Havok — Give Me Liberty . . . Or Give Me Death

    Filed under: Entertainment, Media, Music, Philosophy, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:23 AM

    Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
    Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
    Got to do things my own way
    Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
    A never-ending hunger to control
    Choking out the life of your own population
    Abusing the power you hold

    Power
    Control
    For the Power
    Control

    Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
    Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death to our Independence

    Death to those who fight
    Death to our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
    Showing no regard for the way things ought to be
    Stripping away rights from you and me

    The Founding Fathers would be rollling in their graves
    If they could see what you are doing to this place
    The next thing to go is our Freedom of Speech
    So I’ll speak up while I still can and maximize my reach

    Power
    Control
    For the Power
    Control

    Power
    Control
    For the Power
    Control

    Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
    Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death

    I find it hard to believe
    Some things are better left unsaid
    Is this the land of the free?
    Democracy is Dead

    Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
    Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
    Got to do things my own way
    Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
    A never-ending hunger to control
    Choking out the life of your own population
    Abusing the power you hold

    Power
    Control
    For the Power
    Control

    Power
    Control
    For the Power
    Control

    Give me liberty or Death

    “When the people fear the government there is tyranny,
    when the government fears the people there is liberty”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/havok/unnaturalselection.html#2


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    Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    Richard Berry, Keynesian (Letter to the Editor)

    Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:45 AM

    From: Mike Blessing
    To: Editorial Page Editor, Albuquerque Journal
    Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2015
    Subject: Richard Berry, Keynesian

    Today’s Journal had as its headline a bit of free advertising — dare I call it a “puff piece” ? — about Richard Berry’s 50-mile bike loop.

    Back in 2011, when Berry first proposed this elephante blanco project, he said that it “would create jobs.”

    And it will for some — in the same way that Barack Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (the 2009 “stimulus package”) created jobs.

    First, there’s the construction jobs for workers hired to build the project. But — those aren’t permanent jobs. When the project is completed, those jobs go away.

    Then there’s the positions in Parks & Recreation and Public Works that will be added to maintain it. Those positions (and the funding for them) will be subject to the whims of future City Councils and Mayors.

    The basic idea here is that public spending will create economic activity in the private sector, because those hired to build and maintain this project will spend their paychecks in the market, thus the “stimulus.”

    What Berry and Obama either don’t realize or care about is that monies taxed from the private sector could also be spent in the market by the people who earned them in the first place in the same manner. Is that not a “stimulus” as well?

    No, Richard Berry wasn’t the first to propose this sort of nonsense. Nor was Barack Obama. That “honor” goes to John Maynard Keynes.


    NOTES

    1. Approximate reading level – 10.7

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