Conspiracy Brews 12.06.14

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!

December 06, 2014

9:00 AM to 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’s never just a game when you’re winning.”

George Carlin

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”

Jane Goodall

Suggested Topics

— What’s your rating of Mayor Berry at this point?

School Board member Kathy Korte said she changed her vote, on teachers receiving pay while serving in the legislation, because she feels more teachers are needed to fight Gov. Martinez’s administration…does this sound like sound School Board policy?

— Government leaders who lie no longer matter to most. Integrity is irrelevant. For example, Bernco Treasurer Ortiz and APD where a Lt provides information in his official email for classes at a company where his wife works with military lessons on how to effect a good kill, and President Obama. What do you think?

(Light Quotes of the week)

“Some days you’re a bug, some days you’re a windshield.”

Price Cobb

“We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.”

Mark Twain

“The problem with any unwritten law is that you don’t know where to go to erase it.”

Glaser and Way

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Conspiracy Brews 09.27.14

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!

September 27, 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 ***

“When you appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do – lose.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower...

English: Gen. of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower (detail). See orginal for stamp of origin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Dedicated to Tom Udall)

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr wishes there were a law where he could jail politicians that oppose Global Warming…Potential Tyrant or reasonable political who like Udall would destroy the First Amendment?

English: U.S. Senator for New Mexico

English: U.S. Senator for New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/66190

Suggested Topics

— What do National Democrats stand for?

2012 Democrat Platform 32 page PDF

— What do National Republicans stand for?

2012 Republican Platform 64 Page PDF

(Light Quotes of the week)

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”

Charles M. Schulz (Charlie Brown in Peanuts)

“Rejoice not at thine enemy’s fall – but don’t rush to pick him up either.”

Jewish Proverb
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Conspiracy Brews 9.6.14

 

 

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

 

US Postage stamp: Benjamin Franklin, 1861 Issu...

US Postage stamp: Benjamin Franklin, 1861 Issue, ‘one cent’, blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Not your average political discussion group!

 

September 06, 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 ***

 

“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick (sic) Liberty; without Freedom of Speech.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

 

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”

 

Samuel Adams

 

English: "Mr. Samuel Adams," by Paul...

English: “Mr. Samuel Adams,” by Paul Revere, 1774. 5 1/4 in. x 4 5/16 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection. Courtesy of Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Suggested Topics

 

— Shall we discuss the upcoming elections?

 

–We’ve talked about the APS School Board…is it time to act for the upcoming election?

 

— Tesla is laid to rest…what can we realistically do to attract industries?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

 

“I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.”

 

Richard Diran

 

My shot of Diran

My shot of Diran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Bad spellers of the world, untie!”

 

Graffito

 

Votate gli stessi.

Votate gli stessi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”

 

Robert Orben

 

 

Roger Mickelson’s History Today 8.2.14

American Revolution: In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence. A committee consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston had been chosen on June 11 to prepare a statement justifying the decision to assert independence, should it be taken. The document was prepared, and on July 1 nine delegations voted for separation. On the following day, July 2, with the New York delegation abstaining only because it lacked permission to act, the Lee resolution for independence was voted on and endorsed. (The convention of New York gave its consent on July 9, and the New York delegates voted affirmatively on July 15.) On July 19 the Congress ordered the document to be engrossed as “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.” It was accordingly put on parchment, probably by Timothy Matlack of Philadelphia. Members of the Congress present on August 2 affixed their signatures to this parchment copy on that day, and others later. The last signer was Thomas McKean of Delaware, whose name was not placed on the document before 1777.
So why do we celebrate Independence Day on July 4?

Congress Voting Independence, a depiction of t...

Congress Voting Independence, a depiction of the Second Continental Congress voting on the United States Declaration of Independence. Oil on canvas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

July Revolution: In 1830, Charles X of France abdicated the throne, unable to resist the revolt.

English: Charles X of France

English: Charles X of France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1876, James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok—a frontiersman, marksman, gambler, and legend of the American West—was murdered in the city of Deadwood, South Dakota Territory. It was there, at a poker table in Nuttall & Mann’s No. 10 saloon, that Hickok was shot dead by a drunken stranger, Jack McCall. The cards Hickok was holding—a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights plus an unknown fifth card—became known as the dead man’s hand. McCall’s motive was never learned; he was tried, convicted of murder, and hanged on March 1, 1877.

Signage for Wild Bill Hickok's Grave

Signage for Wild Bill Hickok’s Grave (Photo credit: Lietmotiv)

In 1923, President Warren Gamaliel Harding suddenly died from either a heart attack or stroke. John Calvin Coolidge became president.

English: Calvin Coolidge. 30th President of th...

English: Calvin Coolidge. 30th President of the United States (1923-1929) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World War II: In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program. That letter was delivered to Roosevelt by one of his economic advisers, Alexander Sachs, on October 11. Roosevelt wrote back on October 19, informing Einstein that he had organized the Uranium Committee to study the issue.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1990, Iraq’s leader, Ṣaddām Ḥussein, ordered the invasion and occupation of Kuwait with the apparent aim of acquiring that nation’s large oil reserves, canceling a large debt Iraq owed Kuwait, and expanding Iraqi power in the region. On August 3 the United Nations Security Council called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, and on August 6 the council imposed a worldwide ban on trade with Iraq. Iraq’s subsequent refusal to withdraw its troops sparked the Persian Gulf War, in which an international force led by the United States quickly defeated Iraq.

iraq

iraq (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.” Sun Tzu

Conspiracy Brews 6.28.14

 

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!

June 28, 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 significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”

Albert Einstein

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principle of freedom.”

John Adams (in defense of the Consitiution)

John Adams, Second President (1797-1801)

John Adams, Second President (1797-1801) (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

 

 

Suggested Topics

 

— Is there any question that ABQ’s economy not only hasn’t recovered but is getting worse and why do we ignore it?

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2014/06/25/brookings-albuquerque-in-double-dip-recession.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-06-25&u=i1OD4ozWKI2K24Utpnze1OmBPbe&t=1403740680&page=all

 

 

 

— What paradigm actions do you recommend we head toward as a group or individuals?

 

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“Half of analysis is anal.”

Marty Indik

“Be true to your teeth or you teeth will be false to you.”

Dental Proverb

 

“She was what we used to call a suicide blonde—dyed by her own hand.”

Saul Bellow


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Saul Bellow and Keith Botsford in 1990's, at B...

Saul Bellow and Keith Botsford in 1990’s, at Boston University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roger Mickelson’s History Today 5.19.14

In 1536, having been found guilty on charges of adultery, Anne Boleyn—the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I—was beheaded.

 

Henry VIII of England, who devised the Statute...

Henry VIII of England, who devised the Statute as a way of alleviating his financial problems. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1571, Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi established the city of Manila in the Philippines. Legazpi served as the first governor of the Philippines, from 1565 until his death. In 1570 he sent an expedition to the northern island of Luzon, arriving there himself the next year. After deposing a local Muslim ruler, he established Manila, which became the capital of the new Spanish colony and Spain’s major trading port in East Asia. Legazpi repulsed two attacks by the Portuguese, in 1568 and 1571, and easily overcame the poorly organized Filipinos’ resistance. The Muslims in the southern islands resisted Spanish rule up to the 19th century, but Islām was weak in Luzon and the northern islands, and Legazpi and his chaplain, Andrés de Urdaneta, were able to lay the foundations for the conversion of the people to Christianity, which proved their most durable legacy.

 

English: A statue of Miguel López de Legazpi (...

English: A statue of Miguel López de Legazpi (just outside of Fort San Pedro, Cebu City) the Spanish conquistador, who led Spain while they conquered the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thirty Years’ War:    In 1643, the French army defeated the Spanish in the Battle of Rocroi. The Spanish army had crossed the French border from the Netherlands and then stopped to besiege the small fortress of Rocroi, 55 miles northeast of Reims. French Duke d’Enghien advanced rapidly, knowing that the Spaniards were expecting reinforcements. On May 18 both armies positioned themselves with the bulk of their infantry in the center, flanked by two wings of cavalry. Early on May 19 Enghien led a successful cavalry charge of the French right against the Spanish left. The French cavalry of the left also attacked the Spanish right, against his orders, and was repulsed. The Spaniards then followed through by starting their assault on the French center. Meanwhile, Enghien’s cavalry turned to its left and cut its way through the middle of the enemy infantry, thus isolating the elite Spanish soldiers in the front ranks from their less steady German and Italian allies in the rear. Enghien’s troops then reached the cavalry on the Spanish right flank, who were still engaged with the French in their front, and dispersed them. The 8,000 elite Spanish infantry were by now completely isolated, as Enghien’s attack had broken up the rear ranks of supporting German and Italian infantry. Late in the day, when all the available French as well as the captured Spanish guns were turned on them, the Spanish asked to surrender. But as Enghien and his staff were coming to receive the surrender some Spaniards mistakenly opened fire. The enraged French hurled themselves on the Spanish infantry, killing more than half and capturing the rest. The Battle of Rocroi marked the decline of Spanish military power.

 

The Battle of Rocroi (1643), the symbolic end ...

The Battle of Rocroi (1643), the symbolic end of Spain’s grandeur; the slow decline sets in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon.

 

Napoleonic Wars:    In 1802, Napoleon created the Legion of Honor, the premier order of the French republic.

 

French Legion of Honor Medal

French Legion of Honor Medal (Photo credit: Pen Waggener)

In 1890, Ho Chi Minh—future founder of the Indochina Communist Party (1930) and its successor, the Viet Minh (1941), and president (1945–69) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)—was born in Hoang Tru, Vietnam, French Indochina.

 

Ho Chi Minh statue in front of the City Hall o...

Ho Chi Minh statue in front of the City Hall of Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
All warfare is based on deception.”              Sun TzuThe Art of War

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4/23/14

In 1014, Brian, High King of the Irish, was killed following the decisive battle at Clontarf, near Dublin. Brian, now 73, was too old to take active part, and the victory was won by his son Murchad who defeated an army led by the King of Leinster. A little group of Northmen, flying from the battlefield, stumbled on Brian’s tent, overcame his bodyguard, and hacked the aged Brian to death. His fame was so great that the princes descended from him, the O’Briens, subsequently ranked as one of the chief dynastic families of the country.

View From Clontarf

View From Clontarf (Photo credit: infomatique)

 

In 1016, on the death of King Ethelred II (the Unready) of England, his son claimed the throne as Edmund II. Ethelred had been an ineffectual ruler who failed to prevent the Danes from overrunning England. The epithet “unready” is derived from unraed, meaning “bad counsel” or “no counsel,” and puns on his name, which means “noble counsel.”At the time of Ethelred’s death, Danish King of England Sweyn’s son Canute was ravaging England.

 

Ethelred the Unready, circa 968-1016. Detail o...

Ethelred the Unready, circa 968-1016. Detail of illuminated manuscript, The Chronicle of Abindon, c.1220. MS Cott. Claude B.VI folio 87, verso, The British Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is a writer of great intellectual rapidity, perceptiveness, and poetic power. Other writers have had these qualities, but with Shakespeare the keenness of mind was applied not to abstruse or remote subjects but to human beings and their complete range of emotions and conflicts. Other writers have applied their keenness of mind in this way, but Shakespeare is astonishingly clever with words and images, so that his mental energy, when applied to intelligible human situations, finds full and memorable expression, convincing and imaginatively stimulating.

 

Shakespeare's words

Shakespeare’s words (Photo credit: Calamity Meg)

In 1906, Russian Tsar Nicholas II promulgated the Fundamental Laws, which marked the end of unlimited autocracy but fell short of the reforms promised in the October Manifesto. The Duma that was created had two houses rather than one, however, and members of only one of them were to be popularly elected. Further, the Duma had only limited control over the budget and none at all over the executive branch of the government. In addition, the civil rights and suffrage rights granted by the Fundamental Laws were far more limited than those promised by the manifesto.

 

Russian tsar Nicholas II of Russia with the or...

Russian tsar Nicholas II of Russia with the order of St. Vladimir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1993, after a long history of foreign rule and decades of war, the small East African country of Eritrea began three days of voting on a referendum to make official its independence from Ethiopia.

 

Eritrea after the independence in 1993

Eritrea after the independence in 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“After ‘a certain age,’ if you don’t wake up aching in every joint…you’re probably dead.”

 

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CEPEDA: Whole Foods Language Policy Was Inclusive

Tony Lee of Brietbart.com writes some and quotes some.  See it below:

A nationally syndicated columnist and NBC Latino contributor believes that Whole Foods’s policy of requiring its employees to speak English at work is not only inclusive but also just plain “common sense.”

Esther Cepeda rebukes those who jumped to conclusions and called Whole Foods “discriminatory,” “anti-diversity,” and “racist” for suspending two employees with pay for the “rude and disrespectful” way in which they complained about the company’s policy requiring them to speak English on the job.

Contrary to initial reports, Whole Foods said the employees were not suspended for speaking Spanish, nor were they told they could not speak Spanish; at least “17 employees who attended the meeting at which the language policy was discussed” confirmed that fact. The company’s policy allows employees to speak Spanish during breaks or with other customers if “all parties present agree that a different language is their preferred form of communication.”

Cepeda, though, brings up an even more important question: even if Whole Foods prohibited employees from speaking Spanish, she asks, “what’s the problem?”

What Else … Follow here

 Now, LULAC has requested a meeting in Albuquerque with Whole Food executives,, saying they have received telephone reports of ill-treatment of Hispanic customers in other states at Whole Food Stores.

League of United Latin American Citizens

League of United Latin American Citizens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any guesses or bets on how this will all end?

Roger Mickelson’s History Today (Start Of Our Revolutionary War & More)

American Revolutionary War:    In 1775, the Battles ofLexington and Concord began. The American Revolution was an effort by 13 British colonies in North America (with help from France, Spain, and the Netherlands) to win their independence. Acting on orders from London to suppress the rebellious colonists, General Thomas Gage, recently appointed royal governor of Massachusetts, ordered his troops to seize the colonists’ military stores at Concord. En route from Boston, the British force of 700 men was met on Lexington Green by 77 local minutemen and others who had been forewarned of the raid by the colonists’ efficient lines of communication, including the rides of William Dawes and Paul Revere. It is unclear who fired the first shot. Resistance melted away at Lexington, and the British moved on to Concord. Most of the American military supplies had been hidden or destroyed before the British troops arrived. A British covering party at Concord’s North Bridge was finally confronted by 320 to 400 American patriots and forced to withdraw. The march back to Boston was a genuine ordeal for the British, with Americans continually firing on them from behind roadside houses, barns, trees, and stone walls. This experience established guerrilla warfare as the colonists’ best defense strategy against the British. Total losses were British 273, American 95.

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English: thumb|rightThis is an image-enhanced detail from the image shown at right, showing British troops on their way back to Boston on April 19, 1775, during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Civil War:    In 1861, President AbrahamLincoln authorized a blockade of Confederate ports.

World War II:    In 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising,an act of resistance by Polish Jews under German Army occupation, began and wasquelled four weeks later, on May 16.

Korean War:    In 1951, General of the Army DouglasMacArthur, who had been relieved of command by President Harry S.Truman, bade farewell in an address to Congress, quoting a line from an old ballad, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

Douglas MacArthur

In 1960, students in the Republic of Korea began an uprising that toppledthe government of President Syngman Rhee. Shortly thereafter, South Korean troops were redeployed from positions along the Demilitarized Zone for securityduties in Seoul. US forces were placed on high alert; I was ordered to “convert” my Field Artillery firing battery into a provisional Infantry platoon—a conversion that was both unexpected and relatively infeasible.

In 1975, Aryabhata, the first unmanned Earth satellite built by India, waslaunched from the Soviet Union by a Russian-made rocket.

In 1993, after a 51-day standoff with U.S. federal agents, some 80 membersof the millennialist Branch Davidian religious group perished in a fire at theircompound near Waco, Texas.

In 1995, a truck bomb nearly destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah FederalBuilding in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 and injuring more than 500people.

Regards,Roger Mickelson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain theright to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson

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