Celebrate Freedom @ Your Local Tavern with Liberty On The Rocks!

Attention Liberty Enthusiasts and Lovers of Freedom:

Join Liberty on the Rocks tomorrow evening for a fun and informative night at Choppers Sports Grill in Cherry Creek. We’ve got lots of fun activities planned in addition to having plenty of social networking opportunities!

What: Mock Debate, Social Networking & Intro to Liberty Toastmasters
Where: Choppers Sports Grill (back room) | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
When: Wednesday, June 1 from 6-9 PM

Mock Debate

Join us from 6-7 PM as we host our traditional mock debate. Our topic tomorrow will be “Should Grocery Stores be Allowed to Sell Full Strength Alcohol?”

This activity encourages us to act like progressives in order to test our abilities to communicate our ideals. It’s always hilarious to watch, in addition to being fun and educational. We always break down the arguments afterward, allowing the audience to provide their input as they sip on cold beverages and munch on great food!

LOTR Presents Liberty Toastmasters (LTM)!

Are you interested in becoming a better communicator when it comes to expressing your love for freedom? Do you believe that one-on-one conversations can be powerful, yet you need more practice discussing the issues in a well thought out manner? Then Liberty Toastmasters is for you!

This Wednesday, we will be joined by a few members of the Denver Tech Center Liberty Toastmasters group, who will be demonstrating one of the activities we participate in every other week: Table Topics.

Attendees will watch as current LTM members demonstrate the art of speaking off the cuff, in addition to having the chance to participate themselves. At this LOTR happy hour, you will learn more about what goes on at the LTM meetings, and will have a better sense for what it’s all about. That way, you can decide for yourself if you’d like to attend an actual meeting to learn more! Check out their website for more information on the club.

Specials

$5 Burger and Fries
$2.50 Bud and Bud Light

I hope to see you tomorrow night for our bi-monthly happy hour in Denver. Feel free to bring your friends!

Amanda J. Teresi
Liberty On The Rocks

June 6th Meetup with CNN’s Jim Spellman

Up on the Roof with a “National” Perspective!

We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity for an “off the record” Q&A with national, award-winning, CNN journalist, Jim Spellman!  He was originally scheduled for our May 16th meetup, but had to travel out of town to cover the devastation in the south and the Joplin tornado.  He is back in town, and we hope it will be a slow news period so that he isn’t called away again.

Over his decade of work at CNN, Mr. Spellman has covered homeland security, terrorism, and politics, and traveled extensively as a producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Since moving to Denver in 2008, he has reported extensively on the Tea Party movement, attending well over 50 tea party events across the country.

He won his first Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has since received two additional Peabody awards. Recent top stories include covering the BP oil spill from the Gulf coast and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

I would be happy to hold a July 4th meetup if we have enough interest. Realizing this is a busy family and travel weekend, I will need your input before making a decision. Please email or send me a FB message immediately:

Would you be able to attend and if so, would the morning, afternoon, or evening work best. One thought that I had was to meet in the morning at a park in Golden, before most have family commitments, for a breakfast get together. Would anyone be interested in hosting a get together at their home? Let me know sacco@libertyontherocks.org

Jim Spellman Event Details
June 6, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Free Market Medicine Talk and Social

Think Obamacare is the wrong solution? Think it is the right solution? Come learn about what can happen when doctors and patients get together in the marketplace.

Our guest speaker is Ralph Weber, he has contributed health reform policy for politicians including Rudy Giuliani and Mike Villines. He has personal experience with the Canadian Healthcare system and some great ideas.

Learn more about Mr. Weber here.

When: Thursday, June 9
Where: Logan’s Roadhouse | 1007 Village Green Crossing in Gallatin
What: Happy Hour, Great Discussion & Fabulous Food & Drinks!

Want to honor our veterans? Try fiscal responsibility…

Something to think about on Memorial Day:

“This Memorial Day, I’m reflecting upon the remarkable life of Frank Buckles, the last known American veteran of World War 1, Frank Woodruff Buckles, who passed away in West Virginia in February at the age of 110. Buckles witnessed astonishing events in the course of his life, including the rise of the United States as the pre-eminent global power.”
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/opinion/guest/want-to-honor-our-veterans-try-fiscal-responsibility/article_3acbeaaa-fd52-58bc-9748-2f4b3a25b5f3.html

“Our troops, both past and present, need to know they’re leaving a greater bequest to their children and grandchildren than a credit card bill. In their honor, it’s time for leaders in Washington to get serious about reining in government spending and reducing the national debt.”

And remember to thank a veteran for their part in preserving our rights, lets focus on the Constitutional Government they signed up to protect and the free market capitalism favored by the founders who risked their lives and property to establish a nation of freedom, peace and prosperity.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.

Big beef taking the lion's share."

I will point out only one. It exemplifies the other issues. Ms. Ogburn writes, "Many chicken farmers these days are forced, contractually, to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in chicken houses..."

First, contracts are voluntary transactions. To say someone is "forced" to live up to an agreement they made freely is a misuse of the word "force."

Second, it is not true. No one is forced to abide by a contract. A party can always stop performing its duties under an agreement, subject to paying damages to the complying party. Many businesses break contracts every day. If it makes more economic sense to pay the damages than to abide by the previously agreed terms, then the contract most certainly can be unilaterally ended.

For instance, professional sports teams often fire an employee, usually the head coach, before the term of an employment contract is up. The management makes a decision: "Yes, we have a contract with you for two more years to coach our team, but we are not going to allow you to do that. It hurts our business."

The team must pay the employee damages, but they can most certainly break the contract. So can chicken farmers. If the agreement does not make economic sense, they should not agree to it at all. If, after they agree to it, it no longer makes economic sense, they can - and should - bail.

There is no such thing as being “contractually forced”

David K. Williams, Jr.

I take issue with several assertions in Stephanie Paige Ogburn’s “Perspective” piece in today’s Denver Post, “Big beef taking the lion’s share.”

I will point out only one. It exemplifies the other issues. Ms. Ogburn writes, “Many chicken farmers these days are forced, contractually, to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in chicken houses…”
First, contracts are voluntary transactions. To say someone is “forced” to live up to an agreement they made freely is a misuse of the word “force.”
Second, it is not true. No one is forced to abide by a contract. A party can always stop performing its duties under an agreement, subject to paying damages to the complying party. Many businesses break contracts every day. If it makes more economic sense to pay the damages than to abide by the previously agreed terms, then the contract most certainly can be unilaterally ended.
For instance, professional sports teams often fire an employee, usually the head coach, before the term of an employment contract is up. The management makes a decision: “Yes, we have a contract with you for two more years to coach our team, but we are not going to allow you to do that. It hurts our business.”
The team must pay the employee damages, but they can most certainly break the contract. So can chicken farmers. If the agreement does not make economic sense, they should not agree to it at all. If, after they agree to it, it no longer makes economic sense, they can – and should – bail.

Next Meeting (06/05/2011)

The first meeting for the month of June. As always plenty to talk about at all levels of government and in the community.

All regulars are encouraged to attend, along with old friends and newbies are always welcome.

See you all there for lunch! Cheers for Liberty!

Event Info


State troopers don't provide a single service not already provided by local sheriffs or police. They write traffic tickets and investigate car wrecks. That is all. They are not state police that investigate crimes. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is the state agency that does actual police work.

The Colorado State Patrol is another example of a duplicative, wasteful government program. The State Patrol should be discontinued and the money saved. Instead of traffic cops with cool hats we could spend the money on teachers or additional $9 million phone systems like the one JeffCo Schools bought.

Colorado State Patrol wasting money and time prosecuting a rude gesture.

Colorado State Troopers are spending your tax money prosecuting someone that made a rude gesture to them. Yep, that is right. Thin-skinned traffic cops clearly have too much time and resources on their hands if they have time and resources to spend on this. (See the Denver Post’s article, “Man who flipped off trooper faces harassment charge.”)
State troopers don’t provide a single service not already provided by local sheriffs or police. They write traffic tickets and investigate car wrecks. That is all. They are not state police that investigate crimes. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is the state agency that does actual police work.
The Colorado State Patrol is another example of a duplicative, wasteful government program. The State Patrol should be discontinued and the money saved. Instead of traffic cops with cool hats we could spend the money on teachers or additional $9 million phone systems like the one JeffCo Schools bought.