The Weekly Sedition

Monday, 3 March 2014

Introducing . . . wait for it . . . SusanaCare!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:39 PM

Had a cold call from someone from “SWOP” (Southwest Organizing Project). She said they (SWOP) were working with the Obamacare people at “BeWellNM” (THIS outfit — http://bewellnm.com/), and starting soliciting personal information from me — family members, income, etc., and said “You may qualify for financial assistance.”

I told her I wasn’t comfortable giving that information over the phone. Then she said “write this number down in case you change your mind.” (I didn’t. And I won’t.)

Let’s make no bones about this — this BeWellNM / NMHIX outfit was set up with the support of Susana Martinez. And Obamacare is a federalized copy-and-paste job from Massachusetts Romneycare.

That makes BeWellNM and NMHIX SusanaCare now.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.3
  2. Original article

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Friday, 29 November 2013

New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:34 PM

New Mexico Senate Candidate David Clements talks in Las Cruces

by Randy Lynch

Photo credit: Randy Lynch

I’ve always found it refreshing when I see a stereotype blown apart. It’s nice to know that people are not always predictable. I had this happen on November 12 when I had the opportunity to hang for a while with David Clements and some of the closer circle of friends that has been supporting his run for the Senate against Tom Udall here in New Mexico. Clements had spent the previous hour and a half meeting with a large group of Las Crucens at one of the conference rooms at Andele’s Restaurant in Mesilla to talk about his candidacy. Everything I’ve ever seen, heard and read primed me to expect a very prim and proper attitude; a focus on how effective the night was, a breakdown of people’s reactions, talk on strategy and how to adjust the message to appeal to as many people as possible. No, this was more like a bunch of friends hanging out and enjoying each others’ company while winding down. This was a group basking in the feeling of doing a job well . . . of doing something worth the effort.

Of course, they did talk about about the evening and how it seemed to go, people’s reactions and such, like I’d expected, although in a very informal and laid back manner. The idea of adjusting the message, however, wasn’t even an issue, as the message that David Clements is standing up for is not really his own; it’s a message that was first laid out over 200 years ago by the founders of our great nation. It’s not a message that really requires any adjustment. It’s the message of our constitutional liberties and principles. While no event is perfect . . . ever . . . there was much for them to be proud of as they went over the events of the evening.

Right off, they ended up utilizing the entire room when the plan had been to use only half of it. There were easily twice as many people in attendance as were expected. It shouldn’t have been so surprising, though. After all, there are so many people in New Mexico who are sick and tired of the business-as-usual attitude of our politicians; making it constantly clear that we the people are only important to them when they need our vote. The rest of the time, we’re nothing but a distant buzz in the ears of the majority of these people who are supposed to represent us. There really should be nothing unexpected when people sit up and start paying attention when presented to an alternative to the status quo.

Clements started off introducing himself, explaining who he is, where he’s coming from and how he got to this point. He was born into a family of five kids and, after his father lost his job in aerospace in 1990, they traveled across the country to South Carolina with his grandparents, where they ended up with nine people living under one roof. His father found work in a grocery store and his mother worked for K-Mart and Lowes Home Improvement. She still does to this day. When his father retired and moved to New Mexico, Clements moved with them. He slept on the floor of his parents’ apartment while trying to get on his feet. He started getting his life on track, met the woman who would become his wife and became a Christian. He said, “Things started to change. I started looking at others as opposed to just myself and doors started to open.” While he is not looking to push his religious views on others, he also feels it is important for people to understand that his faith is an important part of his life and it goes a long way toward defining who he is; what kind of a person he is and where his strong convictions regarding right and wrong come from.

He talked a little about one of his heroes, William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament who took an unwavering stand in the movement to end slavery after becoming an evangelical Christian. After his conversion, he seriously considered leaving politics to go into the ministry, but a friend encouraged him to treat parliament as his ministry. Wilberforce took the challenge to heart and spent the rest of his life focussed on reforming parliament and ending slavery. He stayed focussed on his mission for the next 30 years no matter what anyone, including those in his own party, said or thought and three days before he died, slavery was abolished in the UK. He became a hero and inspiration to Clements because he was willing to stand by his convictions with no regard for the opposition or even for the final goal.

Clements spoke specifically about the job description for a U.S. Senator. He cited Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the 18 enumerated functions that Congress has authority to legislate. As he pointed out, regulating the size of toilet bowls and light bulbs were not among those 18 functions. Elected officials were originally elected to go to Washington and make sure the federal government did not encroach on the states’ rights, but we’ve gotten away from that, exchanging it for a legislature that wants to take control over every aspect of our lives. Is he looking to run to be a part of that? Truthfully, he says it’s really not a case of wanting to run. The thought of doing something so big is terrifying to him at times, but he is more terrified by the course our country is on and, as he picked up his small son, it became obvious that the thought of leaving this nation to his son in the direction it’s heading terrifies him most of all. So, he’s not looking to run for his own desires and ego. He’s looking at the bigger picture and the welfare of others and he’s not alone. Clements wife, Erin, is right there with him. They feel called to do this because they feel that we’re out of time. He’s 33, turns 34 this January and his assessment is that we can’t put this off any further and, right now, it’s the responsibility of his generation to step up, make a stand and set an example for others.

In 2006, when going to law school he came across Ron Paul and free market economists warning us about the housing bill. They were laughed at but didn’t back down. Clements looked at this from a business point of view as opposed to a political one. He was going to be a business lawyer to serve in Las Cruces, but while he was in law school, the market fell apart. His career path seemed cut off. He heard about the Federal Reserve and the banking industry and their effects on the markets so he dedicated 3 years of his life to studying that side of our economy. He started to realize that a certain point of view gets pushed to the forefront and the naysayers, such as those warning about the housing crisis, weren’t getting their voices heard very well, but they weren’t backing down or giving up. This whole situation specifically caught his attention because it was math; not politics, not right vs. left or one party over another. “This was: How much money do we have? Where does this money come from? How are we paying for all these programs? How come our debt is out of control? What’s the effect of having our debt out of control? And we start talking about this 17 trillion dollar debt we’re kinda getting used to it. What’s the difference between 18 trillion and 17 trillion or do we reassess when we get to a gazillion?” While that narrative may be getting tired with some people, it isn’t with Clements. He sees these numbers and understands just how bad this is for the U.S. It’s just getting scarier and scarier and he see that. He pointed out that each of us is saddled with over $140,000 worth of debt right now. That means all of us, including our children. Clements pointed to his young son, specifically mentioning that this boy with a big smile of his face, enjoying being around his daddy as he speaks and bringing a smile to each of us with his carefree attitude typical of children, is one of us that has that debt resting heavily on his shoulders. “Our annual budgets are about $4.3 trillion and we’re running deficits of over $1 trillion per year to fund the government. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and paying interest on what we borrow. We paid over $400 billion in interest last year and we’re doing that every year,” said Clements. The rest of the money we spend is coming from the printing presses (the Federal Reserve). He pointed out that by printing so much money just to cover all the government spending, the power of the dollar is being destroyed. He talked about the fact that we live in a very poor state and people like his father are on fixed incomes out here where the the buying power of his dollar is being stripped away. He said that, while some would say he had achieved the American dream (a lawyer at 33, married to a smart and attractive civil engineer, father to a happy and healthy young boy), The reality is that we’re paying into Social Security that we’ll never see. He’s been paying into a state retirement account that’s insolvent. While he couldn’t tell you right now what’s going to happen in the next five years financially, he does have the education and knowledge base to understand these sorts of problems and see that our current course doesn’t end well. He believes that he has a unique tool set to evaluate these kinds of problems that many other candidates don’t have. As an attorney, he has looked at some of the legislation that Tom Udall has sponsored and, “. . . he’s killing us.”

Clements reached a point where he got tired of watching where our country was going and wanted to do something about it, so he got involved in a grassroots movement and ended up making a strong showing, along with many other like-minded patriots, at the New Mexico Republican Convention and he got elected as chairman of the Dona Ana County Republican Party. He started talking to other political groups because his focus was on finding true conservative candidates who were ready to stand up and take on the fight to take back our country. His reasoning goes beyond party lines: “Not because it’s right to be a Republican, but because it’s right to follow the law. It’s right to follow the Constitution.” He wanted to find people who would imbue the Party with value. Then people started challenging him to run because of his knowledge base and passion. His first response was that he didn’t want to run and certainly not for something as big as a U.S. Senate position. He knows that that is still a sore subject with many in the NM GOP that he came up out of seemingly nowhere to win the Dona Ana chairmanship and, while he does care about what those people think and he’s not looking to hurt others or step on toes, he has long reached a point where he is desperate to change things and if he has to take the initiative and the lead, so be it. He knew that winning the DARP position was something that was possible for him to achieve, so he went for it and he has tried to build bridges, repair damage and bring in more conservatives, both those who are more part of the establishment and others who have felt pushed to the outside fringes. Clements said the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of the Constitution, but we’ve been running scared, in part because it’s proven to be true that being a liberal tends to give you with a higher probability of being elected, so there’s been a move in the party to more of a ‘moderate’ position. “At the end of the day,” Clements said, “I don’t want to be a moderate. I don’t want to be a liberal. If that means I can’t win, that’s not something I want to be a part of. It’s not something that excites me. It’s not something that excites our young people. They’re just as attracted to liberty and freedom as anyone else. The reason why we’re not getting involved is because we don’t think we have a chance.” He’s looking at all the different factions that have formed among conservatives over the years and his focus really isn’t on the differences between different areas of conservatism. He cares about the Constitution and he wants to help bring America back to those foundational principles.

Now, the big question is: Does David Clements stand a chance against Tom Udall? His answer is yes, but he’s also looking at the bigger picture and what needs to be done to beat Udall. As he said, in New Mexico, Republicans have 32% of the registered vote. There is no way to beat a Democrat with the Republican vote alone, but Clements has worked with various independent groups and coalitions, everyone from Libertarians to the Green Party and he knows how to emphasize those issues we can all agree on. He believes he can unite all of these various groups while not compromising conservative constitutional principles. He believes that he can win part of the Democrat vote as well. There are already some Democrats who have changed parties to support his run. (Personally, I see that as further proof that there are many people who are registered as Democrats who are not liberal and who wouldn’t take a lot of encouragement to change parties.)

Clements hasn’t even secured the Republican nomination, as it is still too early for the party to back any one individual, but he’s already been contacted by many conservative groups out of DC that saw what’s happening in New Mexico and in Dona Ana County. He has now met with Gun Owners of America, Pro Life Alliance, National Right to Work and Campaign for Liberty, all of whom are interested in endorsing his campaign. He’s also met with Senator Mike Lee’s people who believe that he holds many of the same views as Senator Lee and who plan on discussing Clements’ run with his chief of staff in terms of supporting the campaign. He’s had similar interest expressed after meeting with Ted Cruz’s people who said that Senator Cruz is very interested in what’s happening in New Mexico. Clements also met with Rand Paul’s political director with similar results, so he’s looking at a pretty sizable amount of support from conservative Republicans in DC.

David Clements’ major goal that he needs to meet right now is to raise $100,000 by December 20 to support his campaign and to signal that he is serious and will be around for the long haul, not an easy goal for someone lacking the connections of a career politician and not being independently wealthy, but it is a goal that he feels he can reach with the help of people at the grassroots level giving what they can for a candidate who is so much like them and who they can believe in. He wants ownership of his campaign to be firmly in the hands of the people. He is a man who believes in a free market approach; who believes in the Constitution; who believes in limited government, but who doesn’t have all the baggage of being a political insider. His fancy vehicle, after all, is a 14 year old Isuzu Hombre that’s missing a hub cap. This is not a fat cat who is looking to get richer from an elected position. In fact, he has promised that, if elected, he will not serve more than two terms. He wants to help New Mexico and America and then return to his private life, the same as our early representatives did, before the advent of the career politician. He wants to simply raise enough money to run . . . and win . . . in 2014. So, if you like what you’ve heard and read about David Clements and if you want to help contribute to his run to unseat Tom Udall and replace him with a Constitution-loving patriot, you can always contribute at the following secure web page:

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/jRkcJyui/Clements-for-New-Mexico

Once he gets past the hurdle of raising enough money, then comes the real fight, first to secure the Republican Party nomination and then to defeat Tom Udall and remove him from the seat he’s gotten way too comfortable in. Oh, and just as an aside, if anyone happens to have a hubcap for a 1999 Isuzu Hombre you’d like to donate, I’m sure David wouldn’t mind that, either.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.1
  2. David Clements for U.S. Senate Official SiteFacebook / Twitter
  3. Original article
  4. Reposted –
    1. Duke City Fix / Tea Party Nation

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

From The Eye — Berry v. Heh

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:39 PM

Today, I received the following from those behind the Eye on Albuquerque blog in response to my piece “Walking with Richard Berry? Nope!”

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Berry v. Heh
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 07:52:56 -0600
From: The Eye on Albuquerque
To: Mike Blessing

Good Morning Sir,

We are completely disgusted with Berry. Yes, he has an “R” by his name but we all know he is the wolf in sheep clothing. He is more Obama than Nancy Pelosi. Berry is a complete embarrassment to any Republican.

Heh is a true conservative Republican. That is why we decided to support him.

Dinelli is pro-abortion and pro-everything that is against moral values.

Heh is the only choice we see in this race. Heh does not have a big war chest of money like Berry and Dinelli. Heh has to rely on a grassroots type campaign, social media and others getting the word out there…

We will continue to show how corrupt Berry and ALL of his Administration is when we have proof.

Thank you for your email.

Respectfully,
The Eye


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.1
  2. Promotional links – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Patti Bushee and Pat Davis Hinder, Not Help, the LGBT Cause

Santa Fe City Councilor Patti Bushee and ProgressNow New Mexico’s Executive Director Pat Davis will tell you that they are all in favor of expanding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. In reality, they are ultimately hindering the LGBT cause, as opposed to helping it.

“How so?” you might ask. After all, both of them have been rather outspoken in support of same-sex marriage.

In today’s Albuquerque Journal, Bushee was quoted as “urging county clerks to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”[1]

And ProgressNow New Mexico joined in yesterday with an email blast and Facebook posting.[2]

Now remember that in 2005, Democrat Attorney General Patsy Madrid filed litigation against same-sex marriage licenses issued by Victoria Dunlap. Those with good memories for the political scene will note that Dunlap was the Republican County Clerk in Sandoval County at the time. After Dunlap left office, Patsy dropped the lawsuit she filed against Dunlap’s actions.

The lesson to be learned from this is the Democrats will treat people of the LGBT persuasion as a political soccer ball, to be kicked around at a whim. Why shouldn’t they, as LGBT people will vote overwhelmingly for the Democrat regardless of what Democrats do between elections?

And it should also be noted that both Bushee and Davis regard the rights of others not in their political circle as soccer balls, to be kicked around at their leisure. If not as flies to be swatted.

On the latter, I’m referring to one issue in particular, specifically the individual right of private civilians to own and carry weapons, for the purpose of self-defense.

On 20 December 2012, Bushee said that she would sponsor a ban on civilian possession of “assault weapons” – military-pattern semiautomatic rifles – within the city limits of Santa Fe[3]. Warbling in tune with Bushee, ProgressNow NM has kept up a steady flow of strident, hoplophobic catcalls on behalf of the victim disarmament cause[4].

Consider that since it was founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party has supported the rights of LGBT people to live their lives free from coercion just the same as we libertarians support the rights of conservatives to live free from coercion.

How many conservative-type people in New Mexico really care per se about LGBT people being of the LGBT persuasion? Probably not many. So when I bring up to them the idea that LGBT should be just as free as they are to live without coercion, my case is undermined by Davis, Bushee and their ilk clamoring to infringe upon other, equally-cherished rights. “Why should I care about their rights when they don’t care about mine?” goes the question.

In short, if Bushee and Davis want their cherished freedom to be LGBT to be upheld, it would behoove them to respect the rights of others to own and carry weapons, among other rights.

_______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing / http://mikewb1971.wordpress.com / Phone – 505-249-1248
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
– Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”
_______________________________________________________________________

NOTES

  1. Albuquerque Journal: 20 March 2013 – City Attorney: Same-sex marriage OK
    Santa Fe New Mexican: 19 March 2013 – Santa Fe leaders ask county clerks to honor same-sex marriage
  2. ProgressNow New Mexico – Facebook page post and email blast
  3. Albuquerque Journal: 20 December 2012 – Assault Weapons Ban?, 14 January 2013 – Coss Headlines Santa Fe Gun Control Press Conference
  4. http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/488185797897738
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/488015187914799
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/487840961265555
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/487719194611065
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/487713881278263
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/526701757382247
    http://progressnownewmexico.pnstate.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=81426.0
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/487208071328844
    http://facebook.com/progressnownm/posts/487207284662256

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

LPBC Press Release about BCSO “Buy-back” Events

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF BERNALILLO COUNTY RESPONDS TO COUNTY-SPONSORED
GUN “BUYBACK” EVENTS OF FEBRUARY 9th AND 23rd, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/2/13)
Contact: Mike Blessing, County Chair – 505-249-1248
Alternate: Elizabeth Hanes, LPNM Press Secretary

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County New Mexico (LPBC) strongly condemns the use of taxpayer money to conduct so-called “buybacks” of firearms in Bernalillo County. Such activities constitute a waste of tax dollars and do nothing to serve public safety.

“First, this wasn’t a buy-back event at all. The word ‘buy-back’ assumes that you originally owned the guns and are buying them back, when the truth is that the firearms purchased by BCSO weren’t owned by Bernalillo County in the first place,” said LPBC Chair Mike Blessing. “Second, this event was advertised and reported upon as some sort of ‘public service,’ in order to ‘get the guns off the streets.’ This is code-speak from the victim disarmament crowd for getting firearms away from private citizens, whom as ‘we all know,’ ‘can’t be trusted’ with any weapon more powerful than a plastic straw loaded with spitballs.”

At the event, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office reportedly confiscated 333 firearms, some of them assumed to be stolen property. Criminals turning in stolen weapons were subsequently compensated – no questions asked – using taxpayer dollars, thereby creating great incentive for these lawbreakers to target law-abiding gun owners for burglary.

“The LPBC decries this waste of taxpayer money, not only the $50,000 paid out to individuals surrendering firearms but also the wages of law enforcement officers conducting the event,” Blessing added. “The LPBC will continue to work to abolish this sort of nonsensical activity by our county officials.”

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ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTIES OF NEW MEXICO AND BERNALILLO COUNTY

Established in 1972 by Margaret Mathers in Farmington, LPNM is the third-largest political party in the state. LPNM seeks to preserve personal liberty and freedom by opposing new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, and new or higher taxes. Guided by the Non-Aggression Principle, which opposes the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, Libertarians promote peace, personal freedom, and unfettered capitalism.

The Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County was started in December 1997 as a county-level affiliate of the LPNM.

Official LPNM website: http://lpnm.us

Official LPBC website: http://lpbcnm.blogpsot.com


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM[LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    2. Duke City Fix / Tea Party Nation

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Friday, 1 March 2013

LPNM PR — City Oversteps Bounds in Attempting Minimum Wage Enforcement

CITY OVERSTEPS BOUNDS IN ATTEMPTING MINIMUM WAGE ENFORCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/1/13)
Contact: Mike Blessing, State Chair
Alternate: Elizabeth Hanes, Press Secretary

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The Libertarian Party of New Mexico (LPNM) strongly condemns the decision by Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and City Attorney David Tourek to pursue legal action against Route 66 Malt Shop regarding wages allegedly not paid to an employee under Albuquerque’s minimum wage law.

“It’s not the city’s job to enforce wage and hour law,” said LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing. “This responsibility falls to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. In fact, the DWS website provides clear guidelines on how to file a claim. Why isn’t the city attorney directing the complaining employee to these proper resources?”

In various statements made to the media, Tourek has claimed the city flip-flopped on the issue of representing former employee Kevin O’Leary in an action against Route 66 Malt Shop because “no one was coming forward to help him.” Tourek had previously stated the city should not intervene in the dispute and that O’Leary’s only recourse was to “hire a private attorney.”

“The assertion that O’Leary – or any employee – with a wage and hour claim needs to ‘hire a private attorney’ in order to resolve the issue is patently false,” Blessing said. “First of all, the DWS provides a wage claim procedure specifically available to ‘any employee who cannot afford an attorney, and has not been paid his/her earned wages.’[i] Not only does DWS spell out on its website the exact procedure to be followed to make a wage claim, it provides a specific form for Albuquerque employees[ii]. Furthermore, any claimant can represent him– or herself pro se in an action against the employer in Metropolitan Court.”

Tourek claims the city’s decision to represent O’Leary is “an exception.”

“We can only ask ourselves why O’Leary should receive assistance from the powerful resources of the City Attorney’s office when so many other Albuquerque employees are denied such assistance,” Blessing said. “The bottom line is the city has no business intervening in a wage dispute, period, let alone doing so selectively – presumably based on the high-profile nature of the case.”

The LPNM opposes any mandatory minimum wage law as being contrary to the principles of free market economics.

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ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO

Established in 1971, LPNM is the third-largest political party in the state. LPNM seeks to preserve personal liberty and freedom by opposing new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, and new or higher taxes. Guided by the Non-Aggression Principle, which opposes the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, Libertarians promote peace, personal freedom, and unfettered capitalism.

[i] http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Mobile/Business/Resources/WageClaimProcedures

[ii] http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Portals/0/DM/Business/Wage_Claim_Albuquerque.pdf


NOTES

  1. Original article

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Monday, 25 February 2013

LPNM Press Release — HB402 “Assault Weapon” Ban Tabled

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO APPLAUDS
TABLING OF ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ BAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (2/23/13)

Contact: Mike Blessing, State Chair – 505-249-1248

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The Libertarian Party of New Mexico (LPNM) applauds the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee decision to table House Bill 402, which would have made it illegal for most New Mexicans to own an “assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition feeding device.”

“This was a surprisingly sensible decision by committee members, given there’s no clear definition of what an ‘assault weapon’ actually is and because gun bans only serve to disarm the law-abiding public,” said LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing. “Furthermore, the ridiculous wording of the proposed law made it virtually unenforceable.”

The ban would have exempted several groups of individuals, including law enforcement officers and military personnel. More problematic, the bill would have exempted “a person [who] possesses an assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition-feeding device for use exclusively at a firing range owned and operated by a gun dealer licensed in New Mexico and the assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition-feeding device is located on the premises of the firing range.”

“You have to ask what the point of banning ‘assault weapons’ is if a person is still allowed to own one as long as they claim they’re only going to use it at a firing range,” Blessing added. “It’s idiotic to think this clause could possibly be enforced. If a police officer stopped you while you were initially transporting your so-called assault weapon to the firing range, would you be fined or jailed? And who would be tasked with ensuring people who own ‘assault weapons’ were keeping them at a firing range at all times? It’s ridiculous.”

The term “assault weapon” currently enjoys no singular legal definition. It’s normally used to refer to the cosmetic features of semi-automatic firearms and can refer to firearms of any caliber. For example, a “military style” semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle may be designated an “assault weapon,” whereas a common semi-automatic .22 caliber “hunting style” rifle would not be considered an “assault weapon.”

“The LPNM opposes gun control laws at any level and considers them unconstitutional,” Blessing added. “The LPNM will continue to vigorously fight to protect the Second Amendment rights of New Mexico citizens.”

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ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO

Established in 1972 by Margaret Mathers in Farmington, LPNM is the third-largest political party in the state. LPNM seeks to preserve personal liberty and freedom by opposing new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, and new or higher taxes. Guided by the Non-Aggression Principle, which opposes the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, Libertarians promote peace, personal freedom, and unfettered capitalism.

Official LPNM website: http://lpnm.us

Thanks to Maureen Johnson for putting together this press release.


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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Responding to the BCSO “Buy-Back”

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Responding to the BCSO “Buy-Back”
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:19:37
From: Mike Blessing
To: Tom Zdunek, Debbie O’Malley, Art De La Cruz, Maggie Hart Stebbins, Lonnie C. Talbert, Wayne A. Johnson, Dan Houston

Dear Commissioners, Mr. Zdunek:

Recently I was surfing the web and found the following:

BernCo Compass: Gun Buybacks, Strip Club Rules and Downtown Housing

Here’s the pertinent part:

Issue: Gun Buyback

The county conducted its first gun buyback day on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the North Valley. People who anonymously surrendered their firearms were compensated – no questions asked. If the weapons were stolen, they were to be returned to their rightful owners. Deputy County Manager Tom Swisstack said the program brought in 333 weapons, seven of which were assault rifles. The $50,000 put up by the county for purchasing the guns ran out within two hours.

Swisstack added that it’s the most successful buyback day in the state so far. He thanked Sheriff Dan Houston for doing an outstanding job, and Commissioner Debbie O’Malley for moving the program forward.

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O’Malley thanked everyone for the compliments but said when she got to the North Valley Command Center on Saturday, she was surrounded by other gun traders in the parking lot. They waited outside harassing folks, she said, telling them they would buy the guns for more than the county was paying. She said she was surprised people could do that kind of gun trading in a parking lot without permits.

Swisstack assured that next time, the sheriff would block off the area around the substation. The next buyback day is Saturday, Feb. 23, at the South Area Command Center (2039 Isleta SW).

First, this wasn’t a buy-back event at all – the word “buy-back” assumes that you originally owned them and are buying them back, when the truth is that the firearms purchased by BCSO weren’t owned by Bernalillo County in the first place.

Second, this event was advertised and reported upon as some sort of “public service,” in order to “get the guns off the streets.” This is code-speak from the victim disarmament crowd for getting firearms away from private citizens, whom as “we all know,” “can’t be trusted” with any weapon more powerful than a plastic straw loaded with spitballs.

Third, the ONLY good thing about these “buy-back” events is that BCSO is apparently to return any firearms found to have been stolen back to their rightful owners.

Fourth, considering Tom Swisstack’s anti-Constitutional comments of ” . . . next time, the sheriff would block off the area around the substation,” perhaps it’s time that Bernalillo County picked out a new Deputy County Manager. As well as a new Sheriff if Dan Houston goes along with this.

It seems that I have until 1 May 2014 to gather sufficient signatures to recall Mr. Houston, and 1 May 2016 to do the same for Ms. O’Malley.

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Mike Blessing / Phone – 505-249-1248
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico – http://lpnm.us

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“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
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Friday, 19 October 2012

Results from the 9 October UNM Rally

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 overriden.
  • 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 onlt 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.


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Friday, 12 October 2012

Liveblog of the 2012 U.S. Senate “Debate”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:13 AM

6:04 PM: Heather Wilson scolds Heinrich for being a big-spending, big-government Congresscritter.
Heinrich returns the favor. Heinrich brings up the DNC talking points.

6:05 PM: Heather mentions her ten years in the U.S. House for the first time that I’ve heard this election season.

6:06 PM: Heinrich – all of the Bush years were deficit spending.

6:07 PM: Heinrich – Ryan budget plan is part of the tax cuts

6:08 PM: Wilson tries to “school” Heinrich – same manner as Romney vs Obama – but comes off really lame.
Heinrich calls “cut, cap and balance” the “Tea Party plan”

6:09 PM: Heinrich says we need to level the playing field, invest in infrastructure.
Wilson says government can’t create wealth – we need low taxes and “predictable regulations”

6:10 PM: Wilson to Heinrich – You want to raise taxes on small businesses.
Heinrich cites Romney as an example of someone who needs to pay more.

6:11 PM: Heinrich – Cut cap and balance would cut pay of firefighters, military people, cops.
Wilson to Heinrich – “you don’t understand how taxes work”

6:12 PM: Heinrich – “we can’t just cut spending” – “we need to raise revenue as well”

6:13 PM: Wilson – would be happy to raise revenue.
Knipfing – “What programs to cut?”
Wilson – Cut Obamacare because it takes 716B from Medicare, balanced budget amendment
Heinrich – Reagan pay-go plan worked – new programs must be paid for, get rid of things we don’t need anymore – oil subsidies for big oil companies, not small outfits on Permian Basin. Romney doesn’t pays enough in taxes.

6:15 PM: Wilson – Bush tax relief spurred economic growth, reduced deficit.

6:16 PM: Wilson – Domenici got us back to balanced budget, you [Heinrich] have voted for deficit spending all years in Congress

6:17 PM: Heinrich – we do well as a country when the middle class does well, protecting social security and medicare, keeping promises to veterans
Wilson to Heinrich: “quit ‘helping’ the middle class.”


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