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Friendica

Liberty on the Rocks Huntsville now has it’s own Friendica server, thanks to Chris Case. Friendica is an alternative to certain “creepy” social networks that are a little too cozy with the state. It is decentralized, and users have total control over what data is shared and what isn’t.

The Friendica Project is a world-wide consortium of software developers creating decentralised social platforms and technology for the coming post-Facebook world. We aren’t as flashy and well known as some of the other projects working on a decentralised/federated social web, but we’ve been quietly working behind the scenes to provide the most reliable, full-featured, and extensible alternative to the monolithic providers. [Read more here]

You can create an account at http://social.huntsvilleliberty.com. All new members must be approved by one of the admins, but if you’re a member of the group, or are a part of the liberty movement, I will approve your account as soon as I see it. Keep in mind, we just put this system up this week, so there will be some bugs and issues to work out.

Chris and I will give more details on this project at tonight’s meeting and answer any questions you have about security.

 

First Meeting Pics

 

Great first event! Lovers of liberty came together to share a few drinks, and have intellectual conversations with one another at the West End Grill in Huntsville Alabama. Amanda Muell, founder of Liberty On The Rocks, spoke with us through Skype regarding things we could do to grow our group. We also learned more about Torch Of Liberty, a new liberty based talk show that a few of the founders of the Huntsville chapter are working on putting together for a January launch.

John talks about internet networking to try to spread the message of liberty.

Friends of liberty talking, and sharing a few drinks together.

We met new people, one of which was Frank.

 

Amanda Muell talks with us at our first event using Skype about how we can grow our organization.

Liberty talk show that is set for a January 18 launch.

A special thanks to MS ARTS for their graphic work. www.msarts.biz

LOTR: Executing People Che Guevara Style? Self Publishing….

Join us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on November 8th, 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.  Plus if the Piping Gods are in our favor, some outlawed tunes may be in the air!

The night’s topic: Executing People Che Guevara Style: Why I Decided to Self-Publish. Our guest speaker, Meira Pentermann will lead this presentation and then open the floor to respectful discourse in the best political format in town;  tavern style politics.  So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.

Meira Pentermann advocates for liberty and is an author, small business owner, and fan of twentieth-century history. She is frustrated with the publishing industry’s blatant political bias. Meira is no longer content to write mystery novels. Nine-Tenths is her first self-published novel. In addition to reading and writing, Meira enjoys encouraging and mentoring authors-to-be. Visit her website, http://meirapentermann.com

 

Upcoming Events:

** New Date** November 17th: 6:30pm @ Bemis Hall, Colorado College A Forum:“What if there was no Bill of Rights?”

November 22nd: 5:30pm @ The Dublin House: Are you a Political Turkey? What’s Next?

 

December 13th: 6 pm @ D’Vine Wines in Manitou Springs Celebrate Liberty: A Holiday Party!

January 17th 6:30pm @ Colorado Springs Christian School Auditorium – a presentation on: “Sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood” co-hosted by:9-12 Colorado District 5, Pikes Peak Patriots

 

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.

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 Constitution made Easy with a Glass of Wine…

You’re invited to join us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on May 24th, 6:00pm to 8pm at D’Vine Wines Winery (934 Manitou Ave., Suite 108, Manitou Springs, CO) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

Please bring a snack to share that would go well with a glass of wine.

Our guest speaker will be Mike Holler, author of The Constitution Made Easy.

Mike is a regular guest on talk shows such as Richard Randall and Mike Rosen. Mike Rosen recently endorsed Holler’s book, saying, “Every American needs to read this book.” Mike teaches Constitution seminars around the country as well, and is respected by other writers and scholars for his contributions to the understanding of original intent.

Mike is not just a scholar; but an activist and a true freedom fighter. Mike will have books on hand and will stay around after he speaks to sign them. You won’t want to miss this one!

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.

Upcoming …LOTR Events:

**Sunday May 29th: Memorial Weekend Celebration of our Liberties. Be part of a documentary as an Amsterdam based award winning film crew will film LOTR celebrate liberty at the Dublin House. Prizes, Trivia and more….** 5:30pm – ?

June 14th: Flag Day…. Speaker to be annouced

LOTR  – Concealed weapons permit class will be held in  June.

Whistling Pines Gun Club / BBQ fundraiser later this summer.

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

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

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 Mr. Hydes of Jekyll Island… Liberty on the Rocks

Please join us as we gather in the name of Liberty on January 25th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colo Spgs.) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

Our guest speaker: Bob Adelmann will present: “Who are the Mr. Hydes of Jekyll Island?”, a presentation on the History of the Federal Reserve. Bob graduated from Cornell University with two degrees, including a Masters of Business Administration with a major in Economics and Finance. He has an extensive background with the John Birch Society, is active in the freedom fight / liberty movement and writes regularly for the New American Magazine.

You don’t want to miss this excellent presentation and opportunity to discuss this topic and more with fellow liberty lovers.

We will have free copies of Independence Institute’s: Citizens Budget – Road Map for Sustainable Government in Colorado, booklets (while supplies last). As well as new supporting LOTR membership packages and more.

Upcoming Events:

Feb. 8th: Debating the 14th Amendment

Feb. 22, 2011: Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday ! An honest discussion about one of our nation’s most famous founders.

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

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

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

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.

Are we there yet? LOTR Wine Tasting with Suthers & Tancredo

Join Liberty on the Rocks and proudly toast to your Freedom and Liberty this October 26th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm as we gather in the name of Liberty at the D’Vine Wines Winery (934 Manitou Ave., Suite 108, Manitou Springs, CO) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers & CO gubernatorial candidate, Tom Tancredo will be our guest speakers.

This will be a great opportunity to have some fun tasting wines in the historic spa building in Manitou Springs, meet John Suthers, Tom Tancredo and network with fellow liberty lovers!

$10 per person includes tasting of 4 red and or white wines and a full glass of your choice.  Please bring some crackers, cheese or what ever you would like to share with us that goes well with vino.

Upcoming LOTR Events:

 

Nov 2nd: Election Night … watch the results with other liberty lovers and enjoy some candid conversations ( @ Dublin House)

Nov. 9th: A Wake for Lady Liberty – a celebration of Lady Liberty as she is near dead. You don’t want to miss this one! (@ Dublin House)

Nov. 23rd
: This is Thanksgiving week … but we will still gather to celebrate Liberty and my wife’s birthday. ( @Dublin House)

Dec. 14th: Christmas Party @ D’Vine Wines in Manitou Springs

Feb. 22, 2011: Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday !

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

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

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

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.

Liberty on the Rocks – Spontaneous Thoughts, a CLEAR Discussion….

Please join us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on October 12th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colo Spgs.).

Matt Arnold, President of Clear the Bench Colorado will be our guest speaker sharing his views on the Colorado State Supreme Court and the importance of voting to get rid of or keep judges. Plus we will take time for some good spontaneous thought and have an open di…scussion on the upcoming election, the candidates, issues and whatever else comes to mind.

Upcoming LOTR Events:

Oct. 19th @6pm Mike Popolano (FBI Ret.) will be sharing with us a modern history of Radical Islam. This is a special presentation. Not a typical LOTR night. ( @ Dublin House)

Oct. 26th TBD? ( something fun is in the works)

Nov 2nd: Election Night … watch the results with other liberty lovers and enjoy some candid conversations ( @ Dublin House)

Nov. 9th: A Wake for Lady Liberty – a celebration of Lady Liberty as she is near dead. You don’t want to miss this one! (@ Dublin House)

Nov. 23rd
: This is Thanksgiving week … but we will still gather to celebrate Liberty and my wife’s birthday. ( @Dublin House)

Dec. 14th: Christmas Party @ D’Vine Wines in Manitou Springs

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

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

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

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.

Nullification: Limits on Government

By David L. Kelly

Nullification is not an obsolete theory as many historical scholars and federalists would want you to believe. Nullification, the process of making null or of no effect, is in fact a theory which can be practiced by every individual on any given day. It is driven by freedom of choice and is granted to us at birth as an unalienable right. With that said, I’m sure the Obama administration will circle the wagons and declare an emergency at the first hint of trouble from the states, while not truly understanding the effects of nullification.

Nullification separates free people from forced servitude or slavery. It is a fact that the thirteen colonies were independent sovereign states which voluntarily joined together under the umbrella of a federal government. Each colony at the end of the American Revolution was a separate sovereign country or state. Each state had formed its own government, with a constitution, approved by the people of the state. This fact is as true today as it was when the Constitutional Convention was held in 1789. Yes, Colorado is a sovereign state (country) which has agreed to be part of the united States by accepting the terms in the U. S. Constitution. In simpler terms: Colorado entered into a contract with the federal government of the united States. 

A contract is an agreement between and by all parties. So if any party does not agree to all of the terms, then that party had best not sign that agreement. I’m one of those individuals who will cross out any part of an agreement that is preprinted and thrust in front of you when you’re buying a car, house, or even filling out the legal paper work before a simple surgery. If I’m going to agree to the terms of any agreement, I want to be sure I know what I’m agreeing to. As an example, everyone who knows me and my recalcitrant ways knows also I will never agree to arbitration. So if it’s hidden in the legalese of a contract I’m considering signing, I’ll find that clause, “x” it out and “nullify” the arbitration portion of the contract. If the other parties don’t agree to my nullification of the arbitration, then we all walk away. It’s that simple.

The 9th amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The 10th amendment of the U. S. Constitution:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Getting back to Colorado and the U. S. Constitution. If the federal government passes and imposes laws or mandates that are not delegated or enumerated to the federal government as a power or right, then the people and the states have the final say.
This is where nullification becomes a key tool in keeping the federal government from usurping the Constitution. The problem is that too many people and state representatives have no true understanding of the Constitution nor the rights of the states. Many will use the ambiguous and misused argument associated with the “supremacy” clause or “general welfare” clause which seem an end all to states rights. Others choose to remain ignorant or expose their hubris-infected minds by agreeing with the federal government, like many a politician in office today or seeking office.

The ink may be dry and aged on that sacred parchment, but have no fear, the strength of that contract remains and must be used as our founders intended: to keep limits on government

Nullification is a term I’m sure will become a household word before November’s general election. The Independence Institute is in the process of collecting signatures to place an initiative on the ballot which will nullify Obamacare’s unconstitutional mandate that everyone must have health insurance. This initiative is well within the rights of the people and the state of Colorado as agreed to in the Constitution.

To regain our liberties and to live free under limited federal government: it is up to us to demand that our state representatives uphold their sworn responsibility to adhere and abide by the Constitution. Even if that means enforcing our rights of nullification of all unconstitutional federal mandates and legislation. If our representatives are unable to fulfill their Constitutional obligations, we must remove them and replace them with those who will support the Constitution in its entirety.

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master” (George Washington)

Citizen Auditor Training with Amy Oliver

Liberty on the Rocks is proud to host Amy Oliver of the Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt as she offers to enlighten us all with her Citizen Auditor Training.

Learn how to become a citizen auditor.

July 29th –  6 – 8 pm
Rockrimmon Library
832 Village Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80917

The state is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall. Local governments (including school districts) are claiming poverty. We want to help by encouraging citizens to become active in exposing how the government spends our money and how they can provide cost savings for government.

Become a citizen auditor and win cash!

The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s TOPs Web site, our Vendor Web site and how to submit a CORA request. They will also touch on local budgets and school districts as well. Using these tools, the Institute will encourage attendees to search for “a” particular expenditures and to get as much detailed information about them as possible in order to win a cash prize. They will be.looking for wasteful, outrageous government spending. All entries must include a one-page summary and copies of supporting documents. Entries
are due on Friday, October 1st. Voting will take place between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10. Winners announced on October 12.

The best examples of wasteful spending that should be/could be cut out of state or local budgets will be posted on the fan pages of both Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt. Become a fan and vote for your favorite wasteful expenditure. We encourage participants to get others to vote on line as well.

Prizes:
1st place — $2,500
2nd place — $750
3rd place — $500
Honorable mention — ten prizes $100 each.

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America.We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

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

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

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 any candidate in any election