Conswpiracy Brews 4.19.14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

Not your average political discussion group!

April 19, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 ***Quotes of the Week***

“No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.”

Covert Bailey

“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.”

Harry S. Truman

 

Suggested Topics

 

– The Guv…how you rate her job performance and skills?

 

— Mayor Berry…how do you rate his job performance and skills?

 

– How serious is the fuel cleanup by the AF and how will it affect Albuquerque?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the UP button.”

Sam Levenson

“Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only e killed once, but in politics – many times.”

Winston Churchill

 

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

Margaret Thatcher

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former...

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Marita Noon: What’s The Real Deal With The Bundy Fight

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Greetings!

On Friday, I was planning to write on the status of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. Late Friday, I received an email alerting me to some buzz about the Bundy standoff and fracking. I perked up and did some quick research. Wow! I was off and running. What I found became the impetus for this week’s column: Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown? (attached and pasted-in-below).

As I like to do, I connected a bunch of dots that, to my knowledge, no one else has connected to put together my theory that stopping Nevada’s fracking rush is what was behind the Bundy Showdown. I know it sounds a little out on a limb, but those who have read it so far find it very plausible. As this topic is still big news, I hope you will help me by spreading this piece as far and wide as possible.

Sadly I ran out of time (and word count) to get in the Reid solar project in there and the fact that the enviros allow solar projects—after huge sums are offered to protect the tortoises—but when other industry spent $26 million to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken, the effort was rebuffed. But I did stay focused on my premise.

Thanks for posting, passing on and/or personally enjoying Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

 

Marita82313Marita Noon

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim.

 

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.”

 

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert torto...

Biologist Dr. Paula Khan weighs a desert tortoise before release as part of the Fort Irwin, Calif., tortoise translocation. U.S. Army Environmental Command photo by Neal Snyder (neal.snyder@us.army.mil) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bundy’s story has been percolating for decades—leaving people to question why now. The pundits are, perhaps, missing the real motive. To discover it, you have to dig deep under the surface of the story, below the surface of the earth. I posit: it is all about oil and gas.

On April 10, the Natural News Network posted this: “BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases.” It states: “a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.”

This set off alarms in my head; it didn’t add up. I know that oil-and-gas development and ranching can happily coexist. Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, told me: “The ranching and oil-and-gas communities are the backbone of America. They are the folks who allow the rest of the nation to pursue their hearts’ desire secure in the knowledge that they will have food and energy available in abundant supply. These natural resource users have worked arm-in-arm for nearly a century on the same land. They are constantly developing and employing technologies for ever better outcomes.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wouldn’t be enduring the humiliating press it has received, as a result of kicking Bundy off of land his family has ranched for generations and taking away his prior usage rights, just to open up the land for oil-and-gas—the two can both be there.

 

BLM Cows

BLM Cows (Photo credit: ScottSchrantz)

The Natural News “investigation” includes a map from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology that shows “significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870s.” It continues: “What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas.”

Nevada is not a top-of-mind state when one thinks about oil and gas. Alan Coyner, administrator for the Nevada Division of Minerals, describes his state: “We are not a major oil-producing state. We’re not the Saudi Arabia of the U.S. like we are for gold and geothermal production.” The Las Vegas Review Journal reports: “When it comes to oil, Nevada is largely undiscovered country…. fewer than 1,000 wells have been drilled in the state, and only about 70 are now in production, churning out modest amounts of low-grade petroleum generally used for tar or asphalt. Since an all-time high of 4 million barrels in 1990, oil production in Nevada has plummeted to fewer than 400,000 barrels a year. More oil is pumped from the ground in one day in North Dakota—where the fracking boom has added more than 2,000 new wells in recent years—than Nevada produced in 2012.”

 

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of...

Mackey School of Mines Building, University of Nevada , Reno, Nevada (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

But, Nevada could soon join the ranks of the states that are experiencing an economic boom and job creation due to oil-and-gas development. And, that has got to have the environmental groups, which are hell-bent on stopping it, in panic mode. Until now, their efforts in Nevada have been focused on blocking big solar development.

 

Solar Two Power Tower Project

Solar Two Power Tower Project (Photo credit: GoShows)

A year ago, the BLM held an oil-and-gas lease sale in Reno. At the sale, 29 federal land leases, totaling about 56 square miles, were auctioned off, bringing in $1.27 million. One of the winning bidders is Houston-based Noble Energy, which plans to drill as many as 20 exploratory wells and could start drilling by the end of the year. Commenting on its acreage, Susan Cunningham, Noble senior vice president, said: “We’re thrilled with the possibilities of this under-explored petroleum system.”

The parcels made available in April 2013 will be developed using hydraulic fracturing, about which Coyner quipped: “If the Silver State’s first big shale play pays off, it could touch off a fracking rush in Nevada.” Despite the fact that fracking has been done safely and successfully for more than 65 years in America, the Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Nevada-based senior scientist, Ron Mrowka, told the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Fracking is not a good thing. We don’t feel there is a safe way to do it.”

The BLM made the leases available after someone, or some company, nominated the parcels, and the process to get them ready for auction can easily take a year or longer. One year before the April 2013, sale, CBD filed a “60-day notice of intent to sue” the BLM for its failure to protect the desert tortoise in the Gold Butte area—where Bundy cattle have grazed for more than a century.

Because agencies like the BLM are often staffed by environmental sympathizers, it is possible that CBD was alerted to the pending potential oil-and-gas boom when the April 2013 parcels were nominated—triggering the notice of intent to sue in an attempt to lock up as much land as possible before the “fracking rush” could begin.

A March 25, 2014 CBD press release—which reportedly served as the impetus for the current showdown—states: “Tortoises suffer while BLM allows trespass cattle to eat for free in Nevada desert.” It points out that the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan purchased and then retired grazing leases to protect the endangered tortoise.

Once Bundy’s cattle are kicked off the land to protect the tortoise, the precedent will be set to use the tortoise to block any oil-and-gas development in the area—after all environmentalists hate cattle only slightly less than they hate oil and gas. Admittedly, the April 13 leases are not in the same area as Bundy’s cattle, however, Gold Butte does have some oil-and-gas exploration that CBD’s actions could nip in the bud. Intellihub reports: “The BLM claims that they are seizing land to preserve it, for environmental protection. However, it is obvious that environmental protection is not their goal if they are selling large areas of land to fracking companies. Although the land that was sold last year is 300 and some miles away from the Bundy ranch, the aggressive tactics that have been used by federal agents in this situation are raising the suspicion that this is another BLM land grab that is destined for a private auction.”

The Natural News Network also sees that the tortoise is being used as a scapegoat: “Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves.” It adds: “‘Endangered tortoises’ is merely the government cover story for confiscating land to turn it over to fracking companies for millions of dollars in energy leases.” The Network sees that it isn’t really about the critters; after all, hundreds of desert tortoises are being euthanized in Nevada.

Though the Intellihub and Natural News Network point to the “current showdown” as being about allowing oil-and-gas development, I believe that removing the cattle is really a Trojan horse. The tortoise protection will be used to block any more leasing.

On April 5, 2014, CBD sent out a triumphant press release announcing that the “long-awaited” roundup of cattle had begun.

What I am presenting is only a theory; I am just connecting some dots. But over-and-over, an endangered or threated species or habitat is used to block all kinds of economic development. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lesser prairie chicken and the huge effort ($26 million) a variety of industries cooperatively engaged in to keep its habitat from being listed as threatened. The effort failed and the chicken’s habitat was listed. In my column on the topic, I predicted that these listings were likely to trigger another sage brush rebellion that will challenge federal land ownership. The Bundy showdown has brought the controversy front and center.

For now, southern Nevada’s last rancher has won the week-long standoff that has been likened to Tiananmen Square. Reports state that “the BLM said it did so because it feared for the safety of employees and members of the public,” not because it has changed its position.

While this chapter may be closing, it may have opened the next chapter in the sage brush rebellion. The Bundy standoff has pointed out the overreach of federal agencies and the use of threatened or endangered species to block economic activity.

Chuck’s Note: Look for related articles below Ms Noon’s Bio:

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Conspiracy Brews 3/5/14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

April 05, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears.  Things are not only what they are.  They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.”

Hubert H. Humphrey

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Aristotle

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Shall we look at mental illness in concert with the recent NM Supreme Court decision?

 

 – Education (sigh) can be improved…but how?

 

– Is passenger traffic slowing at the Sun Port due to Albuquerque’s weak economy?

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.”

Charles Caleb Colton

“I used to work in a fire hydrant factory.  You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.”

Steven Wright

 

“About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”

Herbert Hoover


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Judith Curry Testifies Before The Senate (January 2014)

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Recall that yesterday we posted information containing partial emails from several “climate scientists” working with and for the United Nations.  An excerpt from one of the emails contained the following:

“I gave up on [Georgia Institute of Technology climate professor] Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she thinks she’s doing, but its not helping the cause,” wrote Mann in another newly released email.

If you don’t remember details of yesterday’s post then you need to travel back and access it and understand the details.  You can reach it from here and you need to understand it in order to comprehend why Mann in his statement above was concerned and perhaps puzzled beyond belief.

Just below you will find a heading for Judith Curry’s testimony before a Senate committee in January 2014.  Below the heading you will find a link to the 14 pages of Ms. Curry’s testimony with supporting footnotes and a brief biography for Ms. Curry.

Judith Curry

Judith Curry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sure even a cursory examination of her testimony will convince you that in the least, there was substantial, “cooking of the books,” on the part of Mann and his cohorts.

ENJOY

STATEMENT TO THE COMMITTEE ON

ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE

Hearing on Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan

16 January  2014

Judith A. Curry

Georgia Institute of Technology

Climate Forecast Applications Network, LLC

curryja@eas.gatech.edu

 

Curry’s Testimony

Don’t Forget The Related Articles Below:

 

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Grandfather Harry May Not Tarry

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Fair Use Notice

The article found below is followed by a link to the complete story which originally appeared in  the Washington Free Beacon.  This excerpt by Daniel Halper appears in The Weekly Standard as a blog.

‘The Grandfather: The Autumn of Patriarch Harry Reid”

Another man might have assumed, correctly, that launching a campaign of insult and insinuation against two billionaires would result in renewed attention to his own finances. Not Harry Reid. The Senate Democratic leader since 2005, and the Senate majority leader since 2007, is not one to reflect before speaking. His mouth runs far ahead of his brain.

In recent years Reid has declared an American war “lost” while our troops still fought overseas; praised President Obama for his “light” skin and “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”; asserted falsely and without evidence that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for a decade; and said “Why would we want to do that?” when asked if he would fund cancer research during the government shutdown.

Now, with his majority in danger, his president unpopular, his floor agendaobstructed by members of his own caucus, Reid thrashes about uncontrollably. He calls Obamacare horror stories “untrue.” He says Obamacare numbers are not as high as projected because Americans “are not educated on how to use the Internet.” His Senate Majority PAC launches a $3 million ad campaign tying Republican candidates to two men most Americans have never heard of, two men who, funnily enough, are more popular than Reid.

From the floor of the Senate Reid says these two men, Charles and David Koch, are “un-American,” are trying “to buy America.” Without the terrible specter of the Koch brothers Harry Reid would be disarmed. He has no issue for his Democratic Senators to run on; the minimum wage and climate change are not enough. Nor has he another means of inspiring donors to open their checkbooks. He only has fear, fear of the Kochs, fear of extractive industry, fear of the portion of the elite that favors economic freedom. The Koch brothers, Reid says, “rig the system to benefit themselves.” He should know.

Whole thing here.

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Conspiracy Brews For 3/22/14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

March 22, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of there are and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

Pablo Picasso

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.”

Mark Twain

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Since we never talk about education, should we have a discussion?

http://www.schoolchoices.org/roo/fried1.htm

 

 – Russia has placed sanctions on John McCain & Boehner?  Are you worried?

 

– Is there really no outrage over the Feds spying on US Citizens or is it just a lot of hullabaloo over nothing?

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“I’m kind of jealous of the life I’m supposedly leading.”

Zach Braff

“If you believe everything you read, better not read.”

Japanese Proverb

 

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

H.L. Mencken

 

“God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board, and then he made school board voters and He laughed.”

 

Conspiracy Brews paraphrase of Mark Twain
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Conspiracy Brews 3/15/14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

March 15, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

Martina Navratilova

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow!”

Plato

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Is now the time to plan how the School Board elections can be won, and decide what do we do if we win?

 – Shall we discuss an Earned Income Tax Credit increase vs a Minimum Wage increase?

 

– Changes in the Overtime Law…shall we discuss it?

(See Attached PDF)

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight.”

Phyllis Diller

 

“In the first place, God made idiots.  That was for practice.  Then he made school boards.”

Mark Twain

 

“Age is mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Satchel Paige

 

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow…unless it is the driver in front of you on the interstate!”

 

Conspiracy Brews paraphrase of Plato
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GOP Members AND Other Conservative Types

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Republican Party of Santa Fe County
Santa Fe GOP Presents . . . Stephen Moore!
When
Friday March 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM MDT
Add to Calendar
Where

Santa Fe Woman’s Club
1616 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Driving Directions

You can still register for this exciting event!   Your Santa Fe GOP presents Stephen Moore–our Countries top economics expert! Mr. Moore is in high demand as speaker on economic issues–including budget, tax, and monetary policy.  
 
Mr. Moore’s presentation, “A Growth Agenda for New Mexico!” brings us his insight on a subject of vital importance to all New Mexicans.  As the Chief Economist for the Heritage Foundation & frequent guest on FOX, CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets, we are fortunate to be able to bring him to New Mexico!
 
Options
Private Reception & Presentation:  $100
6:00-7:00 pm; Includes:
–One on one time with Stephen Moore
–Photo opportunity with Stephen Moore
–Autographed book for 1st 25 to arrive
–Wine
–Hors D’oeuvres
–Reserved seating for Presentation
 
Mini-Reception & Presentation:  $45
6:30-7:00 pm; Includes:
–Non-alcohol beverages
–Hors D’oeuvres

–Stephen Moore Presentation

–Seating for Presentation

 

Please click on the links below for more information & to register for this exciting event!
 
 
We want to thank you, one and all,

for your continued support of the Santa Fe GOP. We look forward to seeing you at “SF GOP Presents–Stephen Moore!”
 
Your Executive Committee
 

 

Republican Party of Santa Fe County | 2535 Camino San Patricio | 2535 Camino San Patricio | Santa Fe | NM | 87505

 

 

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2014 Republican Party of SF County Pre-Primary Organizing Convention

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Republican Party of Santa Fe County
2014 Republican Party of SF County Pre-Primary Organizing Convention 
When
Saturday February 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM MST
Add to Calendar
Where

Santa Fe Woman’s Club
1616 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Driving Directions

Join Our Mailing List!
Dear Charles,

We do not have enough people self nominated to fill the 44 State Delegate slots for Santa Fe County at the State Convention.

Please . . .

  • remind people to register online TODAY
  • email me if they can’t attend and want to self nominate as delegate to the State Convention on March 1
  • email me if they will attend, but want to register and self nominate at our Convention this Saturday.
Thanks!!
Sincerely,
Orlando Baca
Republican Party of Santa Fe County
sfnmgop.chairman@gmail.com
505-930-2535

This email was sent to you from sfnmgop.chairman@gmail.com because you registered for 2014 Republican Party of SF County Pre-Primary Organizing Convention. Click here if you no longer wish to receive emails about this event.

Republican Party of Santa Fe County | P. O. Box 31955 | Santa Fe | NM | 87594
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Conspiracy Brews 2/1/14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

 

Not your average political discussion group!

February 01, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center

10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The present is a rope stretched over the past.  The secret to walking it is, you never look down.”

Sean Stewart

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Did you watch the State of the Union speech?

 – Does APD have a problem and where will it go?

 – Who do you trust…Has your perception of politics changed over the years…if so, why?

 

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?”

Al Boliska

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll fee him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat.  Talk to a hungry man about fish and you’re a consultant.”

Scott Adams (Dogbert, Dilbert cartoons)


“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

Billy Wilder

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