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Why I'm voting for Pat Arotin for Mesa County Sheriff

By John Wilkenson

Although I didn't know him personally, I voted for John Pennington for Mesa County Sheriff in the GOP primary based on his 2nd-Amendment-friendly, drone-unfriendly campaign speaking, plus the fact constitutional activist Richard Mack campaigned for him. (See also http://www.sheriffmack.com and Wikipedia.) Pennington lost to Steve King, who, having disgraced himself, was replaced as GOP candidate by Matt Lewis. Following are some of the reasons why I won't be voting for Lewis in the general election.

One of the main reasons why I'm voting for Arotin, is the Daily Sentinel's editorial titled "Lewis for sheriff", combined with Lewis' own rhetoric, his lawless behavior as outlined in the Travis Brickey complaint. combined with the fact he has said he is "proud" of how he and his colleagues behaved during that situation. I don't want a man who is proud of blatantly unconstitutional lawlessness to serve as Mesa County Sheriff. It's that simple.

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Danièle Watts, Ferguson, racism, teachable moments, and How To Talk To Police 101

By John Wilkenson

(NOTE: No part of this essay is to be construed either directly or indirectly as "legal advice". It is for educational and informational purposes only, and is 100% political speech/opinion protected by both the United States and Colorado constitutions. See the Legal Disclaimer section of this website. Keep in mind Wikipedia is by no means authoritative. It is merely an extremely useful gateway to online research.)

By now almost everyone has already heard about the Danièle Watts and Ferguson stories.

Of great interest to me are the types of people who, possessing zero first-hand information, are willing to have combatively-proud-of-ignorance opinions on such events. So I decided to conduct an experiment of sorts and combine the information I obtained from the experiment with a basic tutorial on "How To Talk To Police 101".

I looked up Danièle Watts' (DW) Facebook (FB) page and Twitter address, and left a comment1 on the story which was posted on DW's FB page. As of this writing, there were 65 replies and 487 "likes" reflecting various attitudes about my comment, which, of course, inferred various attitudes on the relevant issues dealt with in this essay. One guy even wrote, "I could swear at least 100 comments on that thread were deleted by users. It was much more active than 65 comments."

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Why I say "No!" to so-called "gay marriage"

By John Wilkenson

I have previously written on this subject in an essay titled, "How the 'gay marriage' movement is a threat to the 1st Amendment", but considering recent MSM news stories about the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, it was time for an updated aggregation of material. Hence this blog article.

As a self-ownership activist and free-speech absolutist, I believe in equal rights (including equal protection of law) for every human being. But, having said that, I must also say I have seldom seen the level of intellectual dishonesty and manipulativeness which surrounds the so-called “gay marriage” so-called “issue.”

“Gay marriage” is a self-evident oxymoron, like “homosexual heterosexual”, "black white" or “hot cold”. I blame arrogant paternalistic heterosexuals for its existence, just as I blame arrogant paternalistic men for the existence of the man-hating “Feminazi” (aka "gender feminism) movement. If significant numbers of arrogant paternalistic men had not been hell-bent on keeping women disenfranchised and subservient, women would not have had to fight so desperately for their suffrage. Analogously, if significant numbers of heterosexuals had not been so hell-bent on depriving homosexuals of equal rights and equal protection of law, the term “gay marriage” would not exist, because the attempted (and dangerous to the First Amendment) redefinition of the word “marriage” is nothing more than a deceptive propaganda tool used by intellectually short-sighted manipulators to get their way in a “political1” struggle which should never have existed in the first place.

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Colorado National Monument v. "Colorado Canyons National Park": Glade Park Access Fight, Round 2?

By John Wilkenson

I am the John Wilkenson of the 1986 U.S. District Court decision (the Honorable Judge Richard P. Matsch presiding) of John R. Wilkenson, et al., v. Dept. of Interior of the United States, et al., 634 FS 1265. I was partly motivated to write this blog article by the story titled "Park hits brakes on propane haul ban" by Daily Sentinel reporter Gary Harmon. The other part of my motivation is my concern that too many local citizens don't fully understand the duplicitous nature of the bureaucratic beast with which they are dealing. Too many "normal" Americans are too gullible and naive when it comes to dealing with these types of "Good Old Boy" (GOB) political1 situations.

To get a realistic idea of the duplicitous -- (yes, I used that word twice on purpose because it is accurate) -- nature of the bureaucratic beast we are dealing with, it's very helpful to watch the video documentaries I have embedded both in this blog and in an earlier blog titled, "Arrogant government scumbaggery tries to shut down venerable oyster farm — UNacceptable, INtolerable!".

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Why I'm voting for John Pennington for Mesa County Sheriff

By John Wilkenson

I am voting for John Pennington for Mesa County Sheriff. To fully understand my reasons, it is necessary to first understand local Mesa County politics1. (Since I was born in Mesa County, and grew up here, I know something about the subject.) It also helps to read The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli, Rules For Radicals, by Saul Alinsky, and The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits, by David Horowitz.

What the locals call “the Good Old Boy (GOB) gang” that controls Mesa County politics is all about power, money, cushy high paying jobs and cronyism. It's not about “Left v. Right” or “Democrats v. Republicans”. Power, money and cushy well-paid jobs ALWAYS trump ideology. The GOB mantra is: “since the people are so stupid, let's make some money.”

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Ralph Borsodi aggregation; Eustace Conway; Intentional Communities

The decentralist Ralph Borsodi, a mentor of Bob Swann, called land speculation "legal robbery." Henry George, the nineteenth century American economist, pointed to this ability to derive "unearned increment" from the land as the major economic cause of the increasing discrepancy between the rich and the poor. In his book "Progress and Poverty," George shows how the ability to monopolize land, which all people need access to for housing and earning a living, can create an illusion of progress. At the same time the rising rents, which build prosperity for a few, lead to increased poverty for others.

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Walter E. Williams aggregation: Killing the evil race card and thwarting its evil users — Part 2

When engaged in the tit-for-tat polemical opposition to the highly manipulative so-called "leftist" propaganda of various professional, play-the-race-card-for-money, scumbags1 such as Jesse Jerkson and Al Not-So-Sharpton, it is not only extremely useful, but even necessary, to demonstrate that it is entirely possible for people of all shapes, sizes, genders and colors to share similar ideas (or disagree with same) on various subjects without being called "racist". Walter E. Williams is a so-called "black" — I very much prefer that word to the divisive hyphenated "African-American" which, as a matter of calculated strategy, divides (aka "balkanizes" ) Americans into tribal groups for the benefit of the neofeudalistic global debt-as-money oligarchs — Ph.D. economist, academic (John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University), author, syndicated columnist, talk show fill-in for Rush Limbaugh, and general all-around serious thinker and good guy whose work I consider indispensable to the cause of self-ownership and ordered liberty. This is all the more so because such as the above-mentioned race-hustling scum inevitably resorts to the nasty habit of referring to such historical giants as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Ludwig von Mises, Frédéric Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, ad infinitum, and any other noteworthy person who might disagree with immoral, sophistic, collectivist, anti-self-ownership "steal-from-A-and-give-to-B" ideology/propaganda as being "racist".

There is a thing called "white guilt" which functions as a monstrously effective road block to clear thinking and intellectually honest discussion on the part of Caucasian-type people. Professor Williams has magnanimously given that type of foggy-thinking, "Sad Sack" individual a wonderful healing gift.

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Thomas Sowell aggregation: Killing the evil race card and thwarting its evil users — Part 1

When engaged in the tit-for-tat polemical opposition to the highly manipulative so-called "leftist" propaganda of various professional, play-the-race-card-for-money, scumbags1 such as Jesse Jerkson and Al Not-So-Sharpton, it is not only extremely useful, but even necessary, to demonstrate that it is entirely possible for people of all shapes, sizes, genders and colors to share similar ideas on various subjects without being called "racist". Thomas Sowell is a so-called "black" — I very much prefer that word to the divisive hyphenated "African-American" which, as a matter of calculated strategy divides (aka "balkanizes" ) Americans into tribal groups for the benefit of the neofeudalistic global debt-as-money oligarchs — Ph.D. economist, author, social theorist, political philosopher and general all-around serious thinker and good guy whose work I consider indispensable to the cause of self-ownership and ordered liberty. This is all the more so because such as the above-mentioned race-hustling scum inevitably resorts to the nasty habit of referring to such historical giants as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Ludwig von Mises, Frédéric Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, ad infinitum, and any other noteworthy person who might disagree with immoral, sophistic, collectivist, anti-self-ownership "steal-from-A-and-give-to-B" ideology/propaganda as being "racist".

I bought and read several of Sowell's books, and highly recommend them to everybody I know for their enormous "common sense", "ordinary-citizen", "plain-language" educational value. If you guessed that I am a huge fan, you guessed right!

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R.I.P.: Pete Seeger — May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014

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I have no clue as to why, but most of my musical heroes somehow seem to be so-called "Leftists". Pete Seeger was no exception. I decided to assemble a blog aggregation about him after listening to the self-righteous demonization of Seeger by so-called "Rightist" Michael Savage on the radio during my drive home.

I first got interested in folk music when I was attending college sometime around 1963. I met one of my lifelong friends at the folk music club which had just gotten started after a Pete Seeger concert. I had barely heard about Seeger, but I was instantly a huge fan of Peter, Paul and Mary, without even realizing how much credit they gave Seeger for influencing them and reconnecting America with her musical roots.

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A Tale of Three Juries: Jurors' double standard between cops & ordinary citizens in the American Police State

This is a tale of two different juries in the modern American police state. One jury, in Fullerton, California, acquitted a gang of rogue cops who took half and hour to beat a homeless schizophrenic man to a bloody and dying comatose pulp for no morally justifiable or good-law-enforcement-based reason. You can read about that case in the Wikipedia article titled "Death of Kelly Thomas", and see a video of what happened on YouTube. Some other versions of the Kelly Thomas story were, "Kelly Thomas' father fights for justice", "Kelly Thomas beating: 2 years later, ex-Fullerton police officers face trial", "Kelly Thomas trial: Officers acquitted in homeless man's death", and "Officer Acquitted in Fatal Kelly Thomas Beating Wants His Job Back; Supporters of Thomas Family Respond."

The second jury acquitted Colorado State Highway Patrol officer, Gene Lawyer of criminal charges in the shooting Jason Kemp. According to the Daily Sentinel, Lawyer was "charged with criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault, illegal discharge of a firearm and first-degree criminal trespass, plus misdemeanor counts of prohibited use of a weapon and criminal mischief." That story can be found in the news articles titled, "Trooper, DA clash; closing arguments this afternoon," "Trooper acquitted in man’s death," "Troopers in Kemp death fired," "Kemp death spurs change in training at State Patrol," and 337 troopers trained on search, seizure after Kemp shooting," and "ACLU Wins $1 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit."

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