Conspiracy Brews 7.19.14

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

 

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

Not your average political discussion group!

July 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 ***

“A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.”

Harry Truman

 

Postcard photo of Harry S. Truman taken in Fra...

Postcard photo of Harry S. Truman taken in France during World War I. Noted on the reverse of the postcard “Given to John A. Hatfield in France in 1918 – returned to Harry S. Truman in January, 1962.” Donor: John A. Hatfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In a free country more especially, ten men who care are worth a hundred who do not.”

James Bryce

 

English: Picture of James Bryce.

English: Picture of James Bryce. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Shall we praise the job performance of Mayor Berry

 

 

– Are you supportive of or against the militarization of our police forces?

 

 

– What is your opinion of Chief Eden?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers.”

Merle Kessler

 

Merle Kessler (Ian Shoales) outside the Philos...

Merle Kessler (Ian Shoales) outside the Philosophy Talk taping at the Marsh 2009-07-19 (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

“Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days, we had to live on nothing but food and water.”

W, C, Fields

 

W.C. Fields

W.C. Fields (Photo credit: twm1340)

“There is never enough time, unless you are serving it.”

Malcolm Forbes

Education's purpose is to replace an empty min...

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~Malcolm S. Forbes (Photo credit: Nick Kenrick

Conspiracy Brews 6.14.14

ConspiracyBrews

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  

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin 1767

Benjamin Franklin 1767 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Not your average political discussion group!

June 14, 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***

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Cover of Mark Twain

“Man passes away; generations are but shadows; there is nothing stable but truth.”

Josiah Quincy, Jr.

 

English: Portrait of Josiah Quincy, Jr., (1744...

English: Portrait of Josiah Quincy, Jr., (1744-1775), “The Patriot,” painted posthumously by Gilbert Stuart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Suggested Topics

 

– Do you still think the left favors the President?

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/04/chomsky-obama-determined-to-demolish-the-foundations-of-our-civil-liberties/

 

 

 

— What is Conspiracy Brews and what direction should it head?

 

 

– How weak is the US Legislative Branch or what are Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s accomplishment?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.”

Bill Hoest

Bill Hoest self-portrait

Bill Hoest self-portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Your life story would not make a good book.   Don’t even try.”

Fran Lebowitz

 

English: Fran Lebowitz at the Vanity Fair part...

English: Fran Lebowitz at the Vanity Fair party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The United States is a nation of laws:   badly written and randomly enforced.”

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Cover of Frank Zappa

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Conspiracy Brews 6.7.14

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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  


“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin 1767

Benjamin Franklin 1767 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not your average political discussion group!

June 07, 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***

People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event.   Now their lives are more about the past than their future.”

Chuck Palahnuik

“Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism.”

George Washington (Farewell Address)

Broadside of George Washington's Farewell Addr...

Broadside of George Washington’s Farewell Address Part 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“The right of altering the government was a natural right, and not a right of government.”

Thomas Paine (Rights of Man I)

English: Engraving of Edmond-Charles Genêt (so...

English: Engraving of Edmond-Charles Genêt (sometimes written as “Edmond Charles Genest”). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Suggested Topics

 

What does the election portend for the fall?

 

 

— How has the Mayor’s administration handled the protests?

 

 

– How weak is the US Legislative Branch?

 

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”

Stephen Bishop

Stephen Bishop

Cover of Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

John Bright

English: John Bright statue - vertical upwards...

English: John Bright statue – vertical upwards view. By Albert Bruce-Joy, 1891. In Albert Square, Manchester, UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Any facts to be found through the links below

No doubt some of the stories found through the links (lifted from Drudge) will contain some distortions.  The question should be, is the totality of the evidence (if any) credible.  There may not be enough information to determine the depth of deception and/or desertion on the part of the Obama Administration or that of Bergdahl.

Whatever the full investigation finds, Obama has made another nest of snakes.

OBAMA SAVED A RAT?
VIDEO: Bergdahl's release...
Qatar allowing released Taliban men to move freely in country...
Reintegration: Military hides Bergdahl from public view...
FLASHBACK: 'Converted to Islam And Taught Captors Bomb Making Skills'...
NYT: Left note explaining desertion before going AWOL...
REPORT: Wanted to Renounce Citizenship...
Team Leader: 'A lot more to story than soldier walking away'...
Death sentence 'in the realm of possibilities'...
Pentagon knew whereabouts but didn't risk rescue...
14 SOLDIERS WERE LOST Searching for Bergdahl...
Never Officially Listed as POW...
White House apologizes for 'oversight' in notification failure...
FATHER: 'I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners'...
MAG: White House Overrode Internal Objections To Terrorist Release...
'Suck it up and salute'...

DESPAIR: My Son Died 'Looking For A Traitor?'
Rubio: Obama 'Believes He's Become Monarch Or Emperor'...
LAW PROF: The President That Richard Nixon Always Wanted To Be...
Senate Dems desert...

REPORT: Had been made to look ill...
Afghan Villagers: Soldier deliberately headed for Taliban strongholds...
3 More Members Of Bergdahl's Platoon Speak Out...
We Were Told 'To Keep Quiet'...
Miscalculated reaction...
Who wrote Rice's talking points this time?
Hagel: 'Unfair'...
Bergdahl hometown cancels plans for celebration...

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Conspiracy Brews 5.24.14

 

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!

May 24, 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.

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.”

Benjamin Franklin

 ***Quotes of the Week***

 

“Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”

Evan Esar

 

“You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”

H. Norman Schwarzkopf

 

 

Suggested Topics

 

Who do you see winning the upcoming primary and why?

 

— Has the US and NM in particular lost its entrepreneurial edge?

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/05/u-s-businesses-are-being-destroyed-faster-than-theyre-being-created/?hpid=z5

 

– Is Chief Eden an Inspirational Police Chief?

 

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex – but Congress can.”

Cullen Hightower

 

“I haven’t spoken to my wife in years.   I didn’t want to interrupt her.”

Rodney Dangerfield

 

“I read part of it all the way through.”

Samuel Goldwyn


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Meanwhile … In Pennsylvania

 Fair Use Notice

This article appeared in the National Review Online

This story is refreshing AND perplexing. Not only because of the uncovered corruption during a lengthy investigation, but also due to the apparent ball-dropping by the Pennsylvania Attorney General(AG)  who inherited the case.  It appears the Philadelphia District Attorney is on the chase to require the AG to execute the duties she has sworn to uphold … regardless of party politics.

If you read the story you will be enthralled due to the particulars of the cases and the individual players.

Why did the AG drop a case that exposed Democratic corruption?

Philadelphia DA Seth Williams (left) has slammed Pa. AG Kathleen Kane
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John Fund

Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other. But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and a fellow Democrat. Williams is upset that last year one of Kane’s first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials. In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors. Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism. She claims the criticism comes from what she calls the “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” Williams, who is African American, has shot back: “I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.”

The sting operation followed pretty much the same playbook as the federal Abscam investigation of the 1970s. Begun in 2010, the Philly probe was conducted under Kane’s three immediate predecessors as attorney general, and it resulted in more than 400 hours of video and audio recordings. Tyron B. Ali, a lobbyist originally from Trinidad, served as the undercover agent; after he was charged with fraud, he agreed to wear a wire in exchange for lenient treatment. Word of his cash offers eventually got around and prompted some elected officials to call him first. “Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.

Attorney General Kane inherited the investigation when she took office in January 2013. She told the Inquirer that she stopped it without filing any charges because it was “poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism.” She quoted Claude Thomas, the chief investigator in the case, as saying he had been ordered to target “only members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus” and to ignore “potentially illegal acts by white members.”

In response, Williams issued an angry statement and penned an op-ed in Sunday’s Inquirer. “The notion that they would target anyone based on race is ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement. “I am confident they are not racist, and it is regrettable that the attorney general would casually throw around such an explosive accusation.” Thomas, who is also African American, now works for Williams and denies he ever made such a statement.

What is clear is just how damning some of the collected evidence is. The Inquirer reported this exchange between Ali, the lobbyist, and state representative Vanessa Brown:

Ali went to Brown’s office and handed her an envelope with $2,000, according to people who have reviewed a transcript of a tape Ali made on that day.

As Brown accepted the money, they said, she put it in her purse and said: “Yo, good looking and Ooowee. . . . Thank you twice.”

After he gave Brown the money, Ali urged her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls, the sources said.

Kane’s supporters say that federal law-enforcement officials she consulted believed the probe had suffered from a lack of “quality control” and could be viewed as entrapment. “Is the acceptance of cash alarming? Absolutely,” one person close to Kane told the Inquirer. “But you’ve got to think: I’ve got to try this case.”

It certainly may have been politically awkward for Kane, as a Democrat, to prosecute only African-American defendants, but a conviction on something should have been a slam dunk. Even if prosecutors couldn’t prove a quid pro quo, it is illegal for politicians to accept payments to enrich themselves and also illegal not to report the income. Further, the prosecutors in this case have a sterling track record in securing convictions against the leadership of both parties in the legislature, winning 21 convictions in the 2010 “Bonusgate” scandal, which involved illegal payments to legislative staffers who performed political work. All of those convicted were white.

Kane has declined to answer detailed questions about why she dropped the investigation. Her critics, she says, are “playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.” When she met with Inquirer editors last Thursday, she brought her personal attorney and on his advice declined to answer any questions after the meeting. Her attorney says she may file a defamation suit against the paper, a ploy frequently used by public figures to intimidate journalists.

Williams says he is tired of Kane’s “escalating excuses.” He points out that when she took office, the files on the probe were with federal prosecutors who hadn’t yet concluded whether they wanted to pursue their own case. “All she had to do was leave the investigation in the hands of federal authorities,” Williams wrote in Sunday’s Inquirer. “But she didn’t do that. Instead, she asked for the files back. And then, after going out of the way to reclaim the investigation, she shut it down.”

One bit player in the drama, who had dealings with Ali and was shocked to learn later that Ali was a government agent, says the whole thing reminds him of a John Grisham novel. My vote is for House of Cards. And from what we know so far, it shouldn’t be too hard to start matching up some of the Philadelphia players with their dramatic counterparts in the Netflix series.

— John Fund is a national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.

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Conswpiracy Brews 4.19.14

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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