The Fed vs Austrian School on the Menu for 10/3

Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour meetup October 3rd –

VENUE ALERT — MEETING WILL BE AT RED ROCKS GRILLE, SHERATON HOTEL, 360 UNION BLVD., LAKEWOOD, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Dr. Paul Prentice –

“How the Federal Reserve Monetary System Destroys Liberty”

But first…we will be continuing our education mini-series on the run-up to the November 2011 elections (speaker TBA).  Also, we encourage you to attend the upcoming Jeffco BOE candidate forums, there’s a list published at: http://jeepedu.org/

And, for the MAIN EVENT…We are excited to have Dr. Paul Prentice as our featured guest.  Dr. Prentice has agreed to share with us one of his Free Markets classes (including powerpoint presentation) covering material he teaches at various think tanks, college campuses, and at various civic forums .  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the Fed, monetary policy, and its economic costs.

Dr. Prentice has a unique perspective as a “reformed” Keynesian turned “Austrian,” having run the gamut politically from serving as the Chief Macroeconomist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Presidents Carter AND Reagan, and as a visiting scholar at the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Clinton.  He is the president of the Pikes Peak Economic Club, Fellow at the Centennial Institute, Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, board member of the Limited Government Forum, and Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  For additional details about our guest, please visit:https://pikespeakeconomicsclub.com/CMS/PPEC

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2011
Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
U.S.Congressman Mike Coffman

Dr. Paul Prentice Event Details

October 3, 2011
Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Red Rocks Grille (bar/restaurant adjacent to the lobby)
360 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, Co., 80228
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Happy hour from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. (Speakers generally begin at 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).

Who’s your Nanny? Uncle Sammy?

So who is your Nanny?

Is it Uncle Sam or  Governor Hickenlooper?

Maybe it’s  Colorado Rep.  Stephens looking out for you and protecting you from B.O. and his health care plan?

Or it could be your local party serving up ice cream keeping you up to speed while attempting to hold onto their power base filled with entitlements and more ?

Find out by joining us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on September 27th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

The evening’s entertainment will include the infamous 30 second soapbox, trivia and awesome happy hour deals along with a door prize or two.

The night’s topic: Nanny-Conservatism. Our guest speaker, Sean Paige will inform us all on the truth of nanny-conservatism in the best political format in town;  tavern style politics.  So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.

Sean Paige is executive director of Peak Freedom Forum (formerly the Limited Government Forum) and is the editor of, and a blogger at, Local Liberty Online.org, a website focused on the fight for freedom at the local level. He’s also deputy state director at Americans for Prosperity Colorado.

He’s been heavily involved in local affairs since moving to Colorado Springs from Washington, D.C. in 2002, as both a city council member and an outside critic of city government. He served for five years as editorial page editor at The Colorado Springs Gazette, and spent 14 years before that in the belly of the beast, Washington, D.C., straddling the worlds of politics, journalism and think tanks. His Washington work included stints at the White House and as a congressional staff member. He’s a former spokesman for Citizens Against Government Waste and a former Warren Brookes Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He was also an investigative writer for Insight Magazine, a news weekly published by The Washington Times.

Some Upcoming …LOTR Events:

October 11th, 5:30pm @ Dublin House, Clem Borkowski presents:The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party

October 25th: 6 pm: @ D’Vine Wines, Education  Colorado Style Guest Speaker: Ben DeGrow

Save the Date:  November 10th, 6:30pm
“What if there was no Bill of Rights?”

For more info, contact: David Kelly: david@libertyontherocks.org 719.237.4598

Visit: http://www.libertyontherocks.com/

Colorado Springs LOTR events / discussions can cover subjects on just about every liberty-oriented topic there is.  We encourage participation  and the sharing of ideas . So come on out to happy hour, enjoy a beer and join us. The purpose is to get us talking to each other about our viewpoints on different topics, so we may become better aware of what we believe and why, and what we have no opinion on (yet!). There is no doubt about it – this will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning at the same time!

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles. It is also the happy hour for you if you’re interested in getting better informed or involved in the liberty movement.

Colorado Springs LOTR  is proud to promote free market and/or liberty-based institutions and groups, both local and across the country. When attending a Liberty on the Rocks happy hour, be sure to grab information near the door to learn about think tanks and groups in your area.

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse or support any candidate in any election.

The Truth About Tim Louis

For news about David Cadman’s defeat and Tim Louis’ nomination that you won’t hear from anyone else in the media.

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Terrorism and foreign policy.


Prologue.

I write this knowing full well the emotions the topic engenders. I am prepared for that. My intent, however, is to generate honest, thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps I am foolish in that hope.

A quotation.

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

— Sun Tzu

Intro.

There seems to be two polar positions regarding US foreign policy and terrorism. At one extreme is the belief that Islamic terrorists attack the US solely because of  US involvement overseas, particularly the Middle East. The other extreme is that the US can act overseas without regard to consequences because there are none. Neither is correct.

I agree with the notion that the United States is far too involved with far too many foreign countries. Our military is spread too thin across the globe. Forget nation-building policies, bringing democracy to authoritarian countries our protecting our allies in Europe. If nothing else, it is a matter of economics. We simply can not afford it.

This is not some Crazy Uncle Ron Paul wacky isolationist position. Colorado conservative Republican Congressman and U.S. Marine Mike Coffman agrees.

Close our military bases in foreign countries. If not all, then most. If not most, then half. If not half, then some. But start closing them.

The “pure blowback” position.

Some of the anti-war libertarians, and others, have this notion that Muslim terrorism is entirely a creation of U.S. policy overseas. They believe if we leave them alone, terrorism will stop. This is nonsense.

Elements within the Islamic culture believe in domination. This element believes the infidels must either be converted or killed. Pretending this is not so is foolish. This element exists regardless of U.S. foreign policy, and we must be vigilant against it.

The “love it or leave it” position.

It does not follow, however, that U.S. foreign policy is not relevant to this fight. Of course it is. The U.S. has propped up dictators like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, just to name one. We have given our enemies, at the least, pretext upon which to foment hate against us. It is just as foolish to believe our involvement in the Middle East is irrelevant to the Islamo-fascist terrorists as it is to think it is the sole cause.

Leaving aside the merits of our involvement in the Middle East, our involvement is used by our enemies to recruit suicide bombers and generate sympathy for their fascist cause.  One may (and should) ultimately conclude, for example, that killing Osama bin Laden was absolutely the correct action, even if failing to inform the Pakistani government cost us good will in that country.

To ignore that our action made some people angry and will be used to recruit further terrorists is as foolish as the “pure blowback” position. To understand the consequences, to weigh them, and then decide the appropriate action is the prudent course.

Conclusion.

One may ultimately decide it is a good idea to poke a hornets’ nest, but to make that decision without considering the hornets will be displeased is absurd. Likewise, to assume the hornets will never sting you or expand their hive just because you ignore them and leave them be is just as foolish.

Join AFP today at noon to encourage Rep Perlmutter to support HR 2587


Dear Supporter,
In order for America to emerge from our economic doldrums, we need businesses and entrepreneurs to make efficient and effective allocations of capital.  We need smart and industrious individuals to drive job creation, and we need government to get out of the way.  Unfortunately, President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has another vision for America.  They want to keep bureaucrats between job creators and new investments.

Join Americans for Prosperity Colorado and fellow activists on Monday, September 12, at noon in front of the office of U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter and let him know that he should vote for H.R. 2587 and stop politicizing jobs in America.
When: Monday, September 12, 2011 at Noon
Where: In front of Ed Perlmutter’s District Office
12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-400, Lakewood
Why: To Urge Rep. Perlmutter to vote for H.R. 2587 and save American jobs!

Click here to RSVP!
One example of this intervention is what the NLRB is trying to do to Boeing.  We all know the story by now.  Boeing’s new Dreamliner airplane is a great success story.  So many airlines want to buy them that the company is expanding its production facilities.  In addition to adding jobs at its unionized plant in Washington State, Boeing decided to build a new facility in South Carolina, a Right to Work state with lower labor costs and friendlier business climate.  Shockingly, the NLRB ruled this was an “unfair labor practice” and ordered Boeing to abandon the new facility in South Carolina.
Government should never be empowered to make these kinds of decisions.  Thankfully, there is a bill (H.R. 2587) in Congress to stop the NLRB from telling businesses where they can locate.  It’s sad that we need a bill to protect such a basic freedom, but we do.
Click here to take action and urge your representative to protect American jobs.

Sincerely,

Jeff Crank
Colorado State Director
Americans for Prosperity

Sept. 19th — Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Eric Sondermann!

NEW VENUE FOR THE NEXT TWO MEETUPS – MODIFIED HOURS- SAME GREAT PROGRAM!

Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Red Rocks Grille Lounge (bar/restaurant adjacent to the lobby)
360 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, Co., 80228
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Eric Sondermann –

“A Perspective on These Polarized Times and What Lies Ahead in the 2012 Election Year”

We’re trying out the Red Rocks Grille at the Sheraton (6th and Union, Lakewood) for our next two meetups, ’cause we’ve got some amazing speakers and programming which you will not want to miss!   (others would be charging for these upcoming events, but we won’t).  Red Rocks Grille (great name choice!) will be offering us happy hour pricing on appetizers and drinks, in addition to their extensive full menu.  On our “grill” menu, we start with our education mini-series, featuring:

Krista Kafer, Colorado native, author, senior education policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, a frequent contributor to the national press and media, consultant, senior fellow of the Independence Institute and the Magellan Center, and a Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute.  Ms. Kafer, a charter school heavyweight involved in charter school evaluation and congressional education committee work, will serve up her perspective on, Charter schools, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  You’ll better appreciate Ms. Kafer’s full “simply amazing and astounding” bio details at: http://www.i2i.org/kristakafer.php

For the main “grill” event, we offer…

…our featured guest Eric Sondermann! A familiar face as a high profile political analyst and media pundit (as well as being another Colorado native), Mr. Sondermann is the principal/chairman of SE2 (a communications firm focused solely on public policy issues) who will discuss with us the “big picture” as well as the nuts and bolts of: why we live in polarizing times; what the 2012 elections might deliver; and which primary candidates seem to resonate best based on the last debate (9/12/11). Mr. Sondermann is a regular panelist on “Colorado Inside Out,” host of the “Colorado Decides” series, sits on a number of boards and was a founding board member now incoming Board Chair of Get Smart Schools. His meteoric rise and impressive background details may be found at http://publicpersuasion.com/about_us/people/staff_detail/?sid=10&view=pro

We look forward to seeing you all!

Upcoming Events

October 3, 2011
Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
Dr. Paul Prentice, How the Federal Reserve Monetary System Destroys Liberty at the Red Rocks Grille!

Eric Sondermann Event Details

September 19, 2011
Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Red Rocks Grill (bar/restaurant adjacent to the lobby)
360 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO, 80228
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Happy hour from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. (Speakers generally begin at 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).

Back to School Meetup

Thursday, September 15 · 5:30pm – 9:00pm at Mafiaoza’s

Summer’s over but the conversations will still be going full speed! Join your regular friends and welcome our college students back.

Plus we’ll be doing a little conversation starter for extra fun!

Charlie, some of you know as a regular for the last year, shared this paper on the concept of Competitive Government Funtions:
http://smartdemocracy.com/papers/kling_competitive_government.2008.pdf

Tony has shared a similar paper also:
http://e-collection.library.ethz.ch/eserv.php?pid=eth%3A25551&dsID=eth-25551-01.pdf

Next Meeting (09/18/2011)

It’s been a month since the last meeting. It will be good to see everyone. 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

What’s up with Canada & North Dakota?

Has the umbilical cord been cut?

Is government inaction the answer to our economic malaise?

Please join us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on September 13th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

The evening’s entertainment will include the infamous 30 second soapbox, trivia and awesome happy hour deals. Plus our new feature: This week in our Political World! (Pure Satire).

The night’s topic : The economic recovery of our northern neighbor, Canada  as well as North Dakota.   How can this be?  Bob Adelmann will share his eye opening research on this topic in our LOTR tavern style format. So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.

Some Upcoming …LOTR Events:

September 27th, 5:30pm: @Dublin House, Nanny Conservatives? Guest Speaker Sean Paige

October 11th, 5:30pm @ Dublin House, Clem Borkowski presents:The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party

October 25th: 6 pm: @ D’Vine Wines, Education  Colorado Style Guest Speaker: Ben DeGrow

Save the Date:  November 10th, 6:30pm
“What if there was no Bill of Rights?”

For more info, contact: David Kelly: david@libertyontherocks.org 719.237.4598

Visit: http://www.libertyontherocks.com/

Colorado Springs LOTR events / discussions can cover subjects on just about every liberty-oriented topic there is.  We encourage participation  and the sharing of ideas . So come on out to happy hour, enjoy a beer and join us. The purpose is to get us talking to each other about our viewpoints on different topics, so we may become better aware of what we believe and why, and what we have no opinion on (yet!). There is no doubt about it – this will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning at the same time!

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles. It is also the happy hour for you if you’re interested in getting better informed or involved in the liberty movement.

Colorado Springs LOTR  is proud to promote free market and/or liberty-based institutions and groups, both local and across the country. When attending a Liberty on the Rocks happy hour, be sure to grab information near the door to learn about think tanks and groups in your area.

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse or support any candidate in any election.

The Day a Vancouver Riot Report Became A Whitewash

More corruption exposed by the great Alex G. Tsakumis with his summary of the Vancouver riot report.

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