AlbuquerqueTea Party
December 11. 2009
Volume 1, No. 8

The Albuquerque Tea Party plans to have a presence at the upcoming Gun Show to be held at the State Fairgrounds this weekend, December 12th and 13th.

Encore screening of Not Evil Just Wrong will be held this Sunday, December 13th at the Armenian Cultural Center, 111 Pennsylvania St. SE. The event will run from 2 - 4 pm

The Albuquerque Tea Party will be holding the next Meet & Greet, a quarterly meeting for our supporters, on January 16th at The Inn at Rio Rancho, 1465 Rio Rancho Boulevard. The event will run from 7pm to midnight.

At the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, on November 21st,
the Albuquerque Tea Party, in conjunction with the Rio Grande Foundation, and CARE (Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy), hosted a showing of the misnamed film, Not Evil Just Wrong---a counter argument to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. The announcement of the showing required an RSVP as space was limited to one hundred attendees.  However, the event generated so much interest that a larger room had to be arranged to seat 130 attendees.  "We will show it a second time," Pat Morlen, co-chair of ATP's Education Team said. "And a third and a fourth if necessary."
Thanks to popular demand, on December 13, 2009 from 2 - 4PM, The Albuquerque Tea Party will host a second screening of Not Evil Just Wrong at the Armenian Cultural Center, located at 111 Pennsylvania St. SE.
Please RSVP to  Type "Not Evil Just Wrong" in the subject line to ensure you will be added to the list immediately. Seating is limited.

Independence Grill

The Albuquerque Tea Party's first Meet & Greet on October 30th at  the  Independence Grill was hugely successful with over a hundred and fifty attendees. Among the speakers were Marita Noon (CARE: Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy), Tina Carson (ATP Fundraising Chairman), Rick and Pat Morlen (ATP Education Chairmen), Gayle Bacon (ATP Events Chairman) and Paula Davis (ATP Activist Training Chairman).  Needless to say a boisterously good time was had by all.

The next Meet & Greet, a quarterly meeting for our supporters, will be held January 16th at The Inn at Rio Rancho, which is located at 1465 Rio Rancho Boulevard.  Hors d'oeuvres, tea and water, will be served.  A no-host bar will also be available.  The doors will open at 7:PM.  Entrance fee is $12 per person, payable at the door.
Space for the Meet & Greet is limited.  RSVP is required and must be received by us no later than January 7th, 2010. 
To RSVP, please send an e-mail to and write "RSVP Meet & Greet" in the subject line.  In the body of the email,  please type the full name of each person in your party. An email confirming your RSVP will be sent to you. This, plus the entrance fee, is your ticket into the Meet & Greet.
We urge you to get your RSVP in early to guarantee your spot! 

The Albuquerque Tea Party is growing.  Join us and be part of our growth...  Join the fun and excitement.  This second Meet & Greet is expected to generate even more interest.  More details will follow later.


Sixty supporters attended the Albuquerque Tea Party's first activist training session on November 14th as James Scarantino, local columnist and blogger at New Mexico Watchdog, discussed various aspects of how to improve one's activism.
Mr. Scarantino began his talk by asking people in the audience why they were attending the training class.  An 18-year old attendee said, "I'm here because I want to do something about the antipathy among my own age group."  An insurance worker said, "I want to help take back my country"---a widespread concern among ATP supporters.
Attendees listened closely as Mr. Scarantino analyzed the type of individual an activist should seek to cultivate.  Identifying the political center as "where the action is," Mr. Scarantino said that those in the political center are the voters every politician woos and with which they seek to identity themselves.  For activist and politician alike, the center is the most important part of the political spectrum to persuade to one's point of view.
Mr. Scarantino named two types of voters: "the thinker" and "the non-thinker" and analyzed the characteristic approach of each to politics.  In sum, while the non-thinker followed the crowd, the thinker was the more important type to persuade to one's ideas because it was he who shaped the non-thinker's course of action and ultimately dominated the center's point of view.
Also discussed was how to write letters to editors, comment on articles posted on web sites by newspaper and other media (such as broadcasting stations), and letters to Senators and Representatives.  He mentioned a number of do's and don'ts and listed several sources that offered daily commentary, both conservative and liberal.
The ATP much appreciates Mr. Scarantino's contribution of his time and knowledge to our training session.
The second activist training session was led by Paul Guessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on December 6th, who discussed Constitutional law and lobbying. More details will follow.

On November 16th, at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque - Hotel & Spa, PNM hosted a luncheon to discuss Governor Richardson's seven-man commission that has been given the power to make law by simple agreement among themselves.  The public has not been consulted, nor asked for input---nor will they be.
The seven men were not elected, are not knowledgeable about mining, agriculture, or gas and oil exploration and drilling and have no special expertise. Their rulings prohibit the give and take of business input.  Whatever they decide will increase taxes, lower the standard of living and stop vital research and development of essential energy production. This legislation is targeted at New Mexico only.  "This is go-for-the-throat legislation," a mining expert said.
Andy Hank, a BP specialist in fuel management, said that the commission seeks a 17% reduction in electrical, industrial and gas use by 2020.  Sixty percent of PNM's power comes from coal.  Twenty percent comes from natural gas.  PNM will be forced to shut down their coal facilities.  They will have to spend $1.5 billion to make the transition to buy natural gas, which is more expensive than coal.  The increased costs will be passed along to the consumer, causing a decline in the general standard of living.
"Mining is the heart of any industrial society," said a mining industry trade association spokesman.  "Among the United States, New Mexico is first in the production of pot ash, first in the production of perlite, third in the production of copper, twelfth in the production of coal."  He pointed out that 6,000 jobs with a $60,000 yearly salary will be lost should the commission have its way.
The regulations set by the 7-man commission are in addition to whatever federal authorities attempt to foist upon Americans through the federal government's Cap and Trade bill.  Richardson's assault on New Mexico energy production will affect the energy production in nearby states while it depletes our own energy production and employment rolls.  "Obviously, when an oil company is not allowed to drill here, they will go to Texas," Mr. Hank said.

ATP wonders: and when the federal government hog-ties Texas, what then?  PNM is asking concerned citizens to write their State Legislators to dismantle this commission and stop the assault on New Mexico's energy production.

Between November 9 and 14, the manager of Walmart on San Mateo and Central graciously allowed the Albuquerque Tea Party to place donation boxes outside his store asking New Mexicans for food to help struggling farmers and workers in the San Joaquin Valley. This fertile area of California supplies most of America's food, vegetables, fruits and nuts.  Because of environmentalists' machinations, the area is now prevented from continuing production.  Countless farmers face bankruptcy. Nationally, food prices have increased with a consequent greater  reliance on foreign produce.
New Mexicans gave generously to the drive, filling over one hundred boxes with food. Dennis Vance, packaging consultant for Proven Products & Services, Inc., donated plastic boxes to help cart the food from Walmart.  ATP supporter Terry Corliss once again donated space at his TelStar office building on Alameda, at which the ATP set up a drive-by food drop. And there, in the parking lot on November 18, the ATP held a rally between 5 and 6PM, happily illuminated by a work lamp set up by Patrick Strosnider of The Strosnider Company.
From the back of the truck, readied to go to California, driven by an ATP volunteer, several supporters such as Kevin Jackson, author of The Big Black Lie, Rick Morlen, co-chair of ATP's Education Team and activist Marita Noon from CARE (Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy) gave rousing talks.
Ms. Noon spoke about the plight of Americans whose farms were being deprived of water in order to accommodate an uneatable fish.  The water, essential to farms and precious at any time, was being dumped into the Pacific Ocean, turning farms into dust bowls, thanks to the irrational concerns of environmentalists who consider bait fish more important than human beings.  The economic strangulation of San Joaquin farmers; unemployment has now reached over 40%, and destruction of farmland, is a dire forecast of what is to come should environmentalists continue to treat human welfare as less valuable than a bait fish.

If you're tired of receiving canned responses from your Representatives, if you're sick of your Representatives ignoring your concerns, there's a solution.  In an effort to unseat those incumbents that are up for election or re-election in 2010, the Albuquerque Tea Party is pleased to bring to your attention a number of discussion groups that have sprung up around the city.  These groups offer information and knowledge about political actions and what we can do about them. Most important, you will meet like-minded individuals and come to realize that you are not alone in your anger and frustration at the government's usurpation of our individual rights and Constitutional freedoms.
There are many organizations on the net that you can contact.  However, here in Albuquerque are several discussion groups you can visit and talk face to face with those who share your values and point of view.  These groups are non-partisan, attended by Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Objectivists (known politically as Radicals for Laissez-faire Capitalism).
Listed below are four such discussion groups.

  Conspiracy Brews: Meets every Saturday morning, 9:A.M. at Southwest Learning Center, 10301 Candelaria NE, near the corner of Morris and Candelaria.  Initiated by Janice Arnold-Jones, Republican State Legislator for the 24th district, Mrs. Arnold-Jones often attends the meetings. Past guests have included newly elected city councilman, Dan Lewis, political analysts with fascinating insight into political campaigns and activism, Peter St Cyr, Chief Political Reporter for KKOB and Rick Abraham,  Bernalillo County GOP Chairman.  The attendees are eager and exuberant in their commentary. The meetings are orderly.

  Marianne Chiffelle's Breakfasts: Meets every Friday at 7:30 A.M. at the Golden Corral on 10415 Central Ave. NE. A guest gives a brief talk. A Q&A session follows. The breakfasts are delicious: price is a little less than $8. 00. The meeting is held in a private room.  The crowd often exceeds 40 attendees.

  Concerned Citizens for Limited Government: Meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Village Inn on 6390 Coors  Boulevard NW, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

  South Valley Citizens for Common Sense: Meets every fourth Saturday of every month at Abuelita's New Mexican Kitchen, 6083 Isleta Boulevard SW, from 9:A.M. to 10:30 A.M.


In addition to discussion groups, other types of forums exist.  Public forums offer an opportunity to get involved at the grassroots level in changing the actions if not the thinking of elected and appointed government officials.  ATP's Community Outreach Team is promoting attendance at these forums and we will be reporting more about them in our next newsletter.
Meanwhile consider the following: Pension fraud, otherwise known by its slang name as "Double Dipping," is widespread across the nation at all levels of government, including New Mexico.  This corrupt practice not only robs taxpayers, it also creates barriers against the young.  Youths graduating from school are often prevented from finding work because double dippers, usually in their sixties and already retired with one pension, have been given the job to do little more than rake in a second pension.  Yet this malfeasance is seldom discussed at public forms.  Something to start talking about and demand it ceases.
Belated happy Thanksgiving to all of our supporters. The ATP Board of Directors hopes each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  At this time of year we like to remember with gratitude and affection the courageous men and women who fought for and helped build this country.  We extend also special thanks to the philosopher John Locke who identified our individual rights and to Thomas Jefferson who worked to put Locke's ideas into our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
And, as an American general said to the Nazi who demanded his surrender, "Nuts!" to our enemies.  We will take back our country.