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Is Flagstaff’s New Party Ordinance Targeting A Local Gay Bar?

August 26, 2015 29 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last night a representative from WHyld Ass Restaurant and Rainbow Rooftop Lounge spoke to the Flagstaff City Council about recent harassment by local police for noise and live music. According to this representative, both businesses have been following all of the noise requirements and are well under the legal decibel level. Despite complying with noise laws, the speaker told Council that “members of the public” have been charged and cited by Flag PD for noise violations.

My first reaction to hearing this complaint was wondering if police were now harassing businesses due to Flagstaff’s new party ordinance? If so, under the new ordinance, anyone at a public or private location where police are called could face a $250 fine for a first offense. This fine applies to anyone in the vicinity…even if they are not the ones causing the problem.

In the past, before the new party ordinance was approved, police would just go after the business owner. If private citizens are now being targeted, it would be the new party ordinance giving police the authority to do that.

An even scarier thought, as Flagstaff’s only gay bar, is it possible that people are reporting this establishment to the police simply because they disagree with the lifestyle this business supports? In other words, are we seeing Flagstaff’s party ordinance being used to target innocent individuals because someone does not like them?

I can’t say for sure but I will be looking into this issue further. If my fears turn out to be the case, everything I have been warning about regarding the party Ordinance is starting to happen.

Fight Back Against The Overreaching Party Ordinance

There are currently efforts underway to repeal or modify Flagstaff’s recently passed party ordinance. NAU students are working to get this back on a council agenda so council can revisit their concerns and there is also the possibility of an initiative being filed to give voters a say.

Meanwhile, there is a petition that you can sign HERE with more information on why this is a bad ordinance. I also encourage all of my readers to contact the Flagstaff City Council and tell them that this ordinance goes too far. You can email the entire Flagstaff City Council at: council@flagstaffaz.gov

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Drones: Much To Appreciate

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

I know I’m a little late to the party but I finally got around to listening to Drones, the new album by Muse. Those who enjoyed the liberty leaning lyrics of their earlier efforts will not be disappointed. As the following videos show, there is much to appreciate here:

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The Handler

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Flagstaff Liberty Alliance adopted Uprising by Muse as their official theme song for their annual entry in the Flagstaff Independence Day Parade.

Swords Into Plowshares: Ron Paul Takes On The War Party

August 3, 2015 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” —Thomas Jefferson

Many years ago Ron Paul published a collection of his speeches to Congress regarding foreign policy in a book titled A Foreign Policy Of Freedom. That book illustrated Paul’s unique consistency as a Congressman to stand strong against the military industrial complex during his many years as a representative. Time and time again when the hawks would sweep in banging the drums of war, Ron Paul would stand up and refute their arguments with common sense and wisdom from our nation’s founders.

A Foreign Policy Of Freedom was always my key go to reference for arguments with people asking why I “oppose the next war before it starts.” I have always said that a little history goes a long way and showing how the same manipulative tricks and propaganda have been used over and over by the “War Party” (Democrats and Republicans) over the years illustrates just how important it is to have a big picture perspective of current events.

The only problem with A Foreign Policy Of Freedom is that, being a collection of speeches, it was choppy and not well organized. Now, Ron Paul has taken all of the experience and wisdom from his previous works and years in Congress and released a very articulate and cohesive case for peace and freedom with his newest book Swords Into Plowshares.

Why are we continually involved in conflict after conflict? Why do people blindly support each new war that comes our way? Who stands to profit and benefit from perpetual military intervention? These questions and more are all addressed as are the unintended consequences of empire and trying to be the world’s police. If my war loving friends don’t get it after reading this…they never will.

Swords Into Plowshares is not only Paul’s clearest argument for a non-interventionist foreign policy, it is also his most autobiographical book to date. Stories about growing up during WWII and serving in the military provide a window into his past and help to further illustrate Paul’s grasp and understanding of the causes and consequences of war.

With the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle coming up next week, I expect to see candidates falling over themselves to show who loves war more and who wants to start or escalate wars with the most countries (Iran, Syria, and Russia just to name a few). With Ron Paul’s approach to foreign policy highlighted over the past two election cycles, his common sense arguments are going to be sorely missed on the debate stage this year. Fortunately, we have Swords Into Plowshares to help cut through the fear mongering and lies and remind us what a truly liberty minded foreign policy looks like.

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City Looking To Ease Restrictions On Urban Farming

August 1, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

It has been a very long time coming, years in fact, but it looks like the City of Flagstaff is finally ready to consider easing restrictions on raising chickens, goats, bees and other food producing animals in the city limits.

Long time readers of my blog know that I and Flagstaff Liberty Alliance have been actively pushing for these changes for a very long time and months ago brought forward a resolution to try to get the ball rolling. While that resolution was narrowly defeated, it looks like what we hoped to accomplish with the resolution is about to take place anyway. If the proposed code changes are approved as they currently stand, Flagstaff residents will soon have the freedom to legally raise small food producing animals in the City limits to feed themselves and their families.

I am very excited to see these changes moving forward and encourage everyone to participate in the September 8th Council meeting where these changes will be addressed.

More information on the September 8th meeting is provided by Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and can be found here:

“On September 8th at their 6:00 pm meeting, the Flagstaff City Council will be considering a long list of proposed changes to the Animal Keeping part of the City Code.

Some of these changes will make it much easier to keep chickens and other small animals on property within the City limits. Other changes will focus on beekeeping and larger animals.

The vast majority of these changes are a huge step in the right direction and are in line with our goals to promote urban farming and self sustainability in Northern Arizona.

We encourage everyone to attend this meeting and speak or fill out a written comment card supporting the freedom to raise and produce food for ourselves and our families.

For those who can’t make it, please contact the Flagstaff City Council at:

council@flagstaffaz.gov

We don’t know what time this item will be on the agenda but since it is an item that is expected to draw a crowd we expect it to be near the beginning of the 6:00 meeting. Once the agenda is published we will update this post with that information.”

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