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January 31, 2011

Egyptian Tea Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:33 am

Egyptian Tea Party
By L. Neil Smith [ lneil@netzero.com ]
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

“They’re rioting in Africa,” as Sheldon Harnick put it, “la la la la la la la … “

As usual, what few, tiny scraps of solid information we receive fresh, at the very beginning of monumental events – before vested interests begin to cover up or distort the truth – is accompanied by plenty of disinformation, deliberate or otherwise, and above all, contradiction.

Suddenly Egypt, an erstwhile ally which, only days ago, seemed to be among the stablest, most modern nation-state in the Middle East, is on fire with noisy protest and violent rebellion, just like Tunisia, Yemen, possibly Syria, and potentially (one can only hope) Saudi Arabia.

As longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak struggles for his political – and probably his literal – life, he’s making all of the usual authoritarian mistakes, as well as inventing a few new ones. He has used his equivalent of the “kill-switch” that Barack Obama aches to have so badly (and let this be a lesson to us), to shut down his country’s Internet providers and cell phone service – which might have helped to coordinate the popular rebellion and keep it relatively peaceful.

He has declared curfews. His army has filled the streets of Cairo with tanks and water-cannon and is injuring and killing people while looting storefronts and vandalizing what may be the most important museums in the world – in an attempt, it’s said, to intimidate the opposition – while the police strip off their uniforms and join the protests. That, plus the widespread character of these events – not just in the capital, but in many other cities of Egypt – tell me that Mubarak is finished and so are a great many other of the planet’s despots.

The Old Media – not to mention Hillary Clinton’s comic relief State Department – apparently don’t have a clue what’s really going on. Conservative talk radio already assumes that the whole thing has been orchestrated by militant “Islamists”, in particular, the 80-year-old Muslim Brotherhood. Whenever you see that word, mentally remove the first R to get a clearer picture if what they’re really up to.

The Botherhood of Man is gonna gitcha if you don’t look out.

But I digress.

America’s home grown would-be dictators clearly believe “It can’t happen here”, as demonstrated by their reactions – dazed at first, then hysterical – to the far gentler rise of the Tea Parties and the results of the 2010 election, which they are trying to believe never happened. They’ve spent all of their time since, not changing so that they won’t be despised any more, but trying to shut their critics up by destroying talk radio and requiring individuals to have Internet permits.

They are mistaken. Thanks to so-called progressives and their pet media provoking it, America today is teetering on the brink of civil war.

Out of sheer habit, if nothing else, it is very difficult not make the same mistake as the pundits and politicians. As Robert A. Heinlein observed, every revolution is a freak. By definition there can be no rules to govern or even understand them, and we must avoid thinking collectively about them. There are as many reasons to rebel as there are rebels, and that’s the only important truth we’ll ever glean from them.

It’s also very difficult to say from what we know now, and I could easily be wrong (I have been before), but it seems to me that this is not a fundamentalist uprising like we saw in Iran a generation ago – although the fundamentalists are desperately trying to co-opt it – but an essentially secular revolt by the productive class against both fundamentalism and the fascist management states that dominate the region.

If I’m right about the character of the Middle Eastern revolt, and the right-wing pundits are wrong, there’s a way to tell. Iran, if not the source of the rebellion, will be one of the next dominoes to fall to it. Iran, too, is teetering on the brink. Most people there want to junk fundamentalism, join the 21st century, and the women are getting tired of wearing those damn silly clothes. What do they want? Just at a guess, all of those things we’ve come to take for granted in the West: freedom, peace, progress, and prosperity, with an emphasis on freedom.

The Age of Authority is coming to an end.

The Age of the Individual is dawning.


NOTES

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  2. Reposted –
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    2. The Weekly Sedition


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January 6, 2011

What about the UNMH Shooter?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:15 am

Current mood: bitter, cynical

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: UNM Incident 01/04/11
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:10:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Attention CNM Official Communication

UNM North Campus Situation: Active Shooter at UNM. There is no imminent threat at CNM properties. No further information is available at this time. Please refer to local news outlets for information on street closures.

For those not “in the know,” the phrase “Active Shooter” means someone who carries their gun(s) into a venue where people are present and starts shooting people. These “Active Shooters” usually pick places to do this where everyone else in the vicinity has been disarmed by the venue’s rules and regulations. Other examples: Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, in that on most college campuses and military posts, the carrying of firearms or “other weapons” is forbidden to everyone except those who have official permission. CNM[1] and UNM[2] have such policies.

When was the last time you heard of one of these incidents happening at a shooting range, or at a gun show? You would think that places with lots of armed people present would have blood on the floor a foot deep. But no, those are some of the safest places I’ve been to in my life, and – get this! – everyone is polite to everyone else. Whodathunk it?

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Lockdown Alert – Main Campus 01/04/11
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:37:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Attention CNM Official Communication

CNM Main Campus is on lockdown temporarily due to UNMH suspect at-large. CNM Security personnel will notify occupants of change in status.

So CNM went on “lockdown” for an incident that happened over a mile away from CNM’s facilities?! What was this clown carrying, a Barrett M82 variant?!

Even IF he had been carrying some sort of .50-caliber rifle[3], he wouldn’t have been able to hit much of anything at CNM with it, considering that there’s all kinds of these things called buildings in the way. Also consider that even with a rifle chambered in .50 BMG, you still have to be a decent shot to hit CNM property from the UNMH location – there is, after all, about 1.5 miles between the two.

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: ALL CLEAR – LOCKDOWN LIFTED
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:45:41 -0500 (EST)
From: Attention CNM Official Communication

ALL CLEAR. The CNM lockdown has been lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.

Whew! Aren’t we lucky that such an incident didn’t happen at CNM? After all, the administrators haven’t gotten their plan together to deal with such incidents yet:

CNM should consider adding School Shooter planning to their Emergency Management Plan (EMP), and consider a joint training exercise in the future with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), APD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) units, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), hospitals, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate.

The college has instituted Emergency Management Training, which when fully implemented will be mandatory training of all CNM employees. This training contains three modules, Active Shooter, Emergency Evacuation, and Disruptive Students. Additionally, the college has included a SWAT/APD Active Shooter Drill on the Two Year Safety and Security Calendar. The college is planning an Emergency Response Team Exercise conducted by APD during the Fall 2010 term, and a full drill scheduled for 2011.

I’m wondering – what will this “Active Shooter” module to the Emergency Management Training consist of, besides the admonition to lock the door and a revival of the Cold-War era “doctrine” of “duck and cover”?

Y’know, CNM could save a bundle on “expert” panels and seminars if they would simply strike the prohibition against armed students, faculty and staff[1] and let people go about their business armed. Think of the saved costs of electrical power in terms of electricity not used for PowerPoint shows.

Hell, CNM could even make a few bucks off of this, by offering courses in self-defense and firearms safety and proficiency.


NOTES

  1. From the CNM “General Safety” page:
    • Never bring firearms or other weapons on premises, including buildings, parking lots and vehicles.
    • Fascination with guns or other weapons may indicate an employee at risk for violent behavior. Carefully consider such situations and, if appropriate, report it to your supervisor.
  2. 2. Violent Behavior

    Violent behavior will not be tolerated.

    • Violent behavior includes verbal, written, physical, electronic, or non verbal threats or other behavior that would constitute a threat of violence or cause a reasonable person to be fearful.
    • Violent behavior includes physical acts against persons, University property, or property belonging to others that would constitute a threat of violence or cause a reasonable person to be fearful.
    • Violent behavior includes restraining an individual or interfering with someone’s free movement, except in patient care or child care areas when specifically authorized by departmental policy.
    • Violent behavior includes the possession or use on University property of firearms, ammunition, or weapons of any kind, unless authorized for law enforcement personnel by the University Chief of Police. This also includes brandishing any object that could reasonably be perceived as a weapon. The University’s policy on weapons is listed in Section 2.1. below. [Emphasis mine – MWB]
    • Violent behavior includes the use or possession on University property of dangerous substances or materials, explosives, or incendiary devices, unless used for University business, such as research, and specifically authorized in advance by Safety & Risk Services.

    2.1. Weapons Prohibited on University Property

    Law enforcement officers, in the performance of their authorized duties, may carry weapons on campus. ROTC students conducting required and supervised drills may carry inoperable weapons only for the purpose of those drills.

    With the foregoing exceptions, no person may use or possess a weapon on any part of campus. For the purpose of this policy, weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials, bombs, explosives, or incendiary devices. Persons with such weapons, materials, or devices must enter campus at the closest point to the Campus Police Office and deposit all weapons or materials at that office for the duration of their stay. Dangerous substances and materials used for University business, such as research, must be authorized in advance by Safety & Risk Services.

    If any person does carry such weapons and/or materials on campus, the weapons and/or materials may be impounded by a law enforcement officer for the duration of the person’s stay on campus and the person may also be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or criminal action.

  3. Chances are the firearms this clown carried were NOT anything chambered in .50 BMG, but something smaller and lighter, that’s easier to walk around the UNMH corridors with.
  4. Original article
  5. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    2. The Weekly Sedition
    3. New Mexico Liberty


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New Mexico Film Industry Policy Debate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:11 am

Current mood: excited

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: You’re Invited!
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:56:10 +0000
From: Rio Grande Foundation

What: New Mexico Film Industry Policy Debate

Hosted by the Rio Grande Foundation and the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico

When: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 – Debate at 4:00PM, Reception at 5:00PM

Who: Participants include proponents and opponents of film incentives including Representative Brian Egolf, Senator Sue Wilson Beffort and Representative Dennis Kintigh.

Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center – Bank of America Theater: 1701 4th Street SW Albuquerque, NM 87102

Why: As we approach the 2011 Legislative Session, it is clear that film policy in New Mexico is being analyzed and various proposals are on the table which would have a significant impact on the film industry in New Mexico. Therefore, the policy debate will help educate the public on both sides of this important issue.

With the state facing a $400 million deficit, policymakers are looking to cut spending. Opponents have recommended capping or even eliminating the state film program which cost taxpayers $65 million last year in direct outlays. Proponents have recommended maintaining our tax incentive program which has brought the state over $1.2 billion in qualified spending since 2003, with only $223.9 million refunded.

Cost: No cost to attend!

You can show up at the door, but we’d like to get an idea how many people are coming. So, send us an E-mail to let us know you’re coming: info@riograndefoundation.org.

“Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity”

© Copyright 2010 Rio Grande Foundation
P.O. Box 40336
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196
US


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