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Outrageous.

This is just absolutely outrageous.  The media and the GOP are joined together to stop America’s greatest (and possibly last) chance to save America from losing all her freedoms.

I’m talking, of course, about Ron Paul.  And if your knee-jerk reaction to hearing that name is “he’s crazy” or “he’s dangerous” or “he’s unelectable”, then you need to stop letting the media indoctrinate you and start thinking for yourself.  Start with this link, if you think he’s ‘dangerous’.

If you think he’s unelectable, consider this: There is no ‘front-runner’ in the presidential primary so far.  The top four are fighting for position, and while the media doesn’t want you to know this, Paul is the ONLY candidate who is consistently gaining ground…every one else is slipping in the polls.

Maine just held their caucus, and it’s a perfect example of how the media and the GOP are working together to promote a wrong image of Paul.  The last thing they want is real change for this county.  The media is saying that Romney has won Maine…no he hasn’t.  Paul is less than TWO HUNDRED votes behind, and Washington Co (which is Paul’s stronghold in Maine) hasn’t been allowed to hold their caucus.  It has been postponed because of a projected snowfall of 1 – 3″ of snow.  This is MAINE.  It snows in Maine all the time.  The girl scouts were out holding their events during this time, completely unfazed by this projected snowfall (which didn’t happen, btw.)  But here’s the kicker: not only did the Maine GOP postpone the caucus among Paul’s biggest Maine supporters, but they had this to say:

“Maine GOP Executive Director Michael Quatrano announced that the OFFICIAL RESULTS ARE PERMANENT AND WILL NOT BE CHANGED WHEN THE NEW RESULTS COME IN.

“Washington County GOP Chairman Chris Gardner objected, saying he had known his county’s tally wouldn’t be included in Saturday’s announcement but didn’t realize it wouldn’t be counted at all. He said he had called state party leaders and “expressed my complete and utter dismay.”

Excuse me?  Maine isn’t even going to announce the real winner of the Maine caucus?  They are going to continue to let Romney say he won, even when he’s officially de-throned?

This is wrong, people.  And more than wrong, this is a flagrant and obscene attempt to sway voters.

Even if I hadn’t studied out Paul’s stance on the issues, I’d be inclined to vote for him after this.  Anyone the establishment is trying so desperately hard to throw out of the race must have real change in mind.

Ron Paul will:

Cut 1 trillion in spending his first year in office.

Take a presidential salary of only $39,336 – the median salary of any worker.

Throw out the IRS and their unfair taxation.

Cut five departments of the government.

Bring all our soldiers home and stop policing the world.  (Remember when Obama said he was going to do this? Suddenly he’s about to start another war.  And Guantanamo Bay? Not only did Obama break his promise to close it, but he’s adding on to it.)

Support Israel the way Israel wants and needs to be supported, by stopping aid to her enemies, allowing her to defend herself, and set her own policies and rules without us forcing her to give concessions to those who want to wipe her off the map.  Paul is NOT anti-Israel.  Here’s Israel’s Prime Minister endorsing Paul’s ideas:

Ron Paul is not like any candidate you have ever voted for.  His voting record is %100 consistent.  He does not flip-flop, and he understands how our constitution is supposed to work, and why America is currently slipping into another Great Depression.  Most of the great-sounding things you’ve heard the other candidates saying?  They are parroting what Paul has always said, and what they themselves snickered at in the previous election.  The difference is, while they are merely mouthing what they know America wants to hear, Paul has been saying it all his life…and voting for it.

I’m voting for Paul, in the primary, and beyond.  I will not write any other person’s name down on my ballot to become my president.  There is no one else who can do the job.

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The Endless War

When are we going to stop listening to people in our government who have zero understanding of what’s really going on (and because of that, zero understanding of how to fix it)?  When are we going to stop dividing ourselves up into corrupt, power-mad political parties and start listening to some common sense?

Here’s a reprint of a speech recently given by Congressman Ron Paul:

Saving Face in Afghanistan

This past week there has been a lot of discussion and debate on the continuing war in Afghanistan.  Lasting twice as long as World War II and with no end in sight, the war in Afghanistan has been one of the longest conflicts in which our country has ever been involved.  The situation has only gotten worse with recent escalations.

The current debate is focused entirely on the question of troop levels.  How many more troops should be sent over in order to pursue the war?  The administration has already approved an additional 21,000 American service men and women to be deployed by November, which will increase our troop levels to 68,000.  Will another 40,000 do the job?  Or should we eventually build up the levels to 100,000 in addition to that?  Why not 500,000 – just to be “safe”?  And how will public support be brought back around to supporting this war again when 58 percent are now against it?

I get quite annoyed at this very narrow line of questioning.  I have other questions.  We overthrew the Taliban government in 2001 with less than 10,000 American troops.  Why does it now seem that the more troops we send, the worse things get?  If the Soviets bankrupted themselves in Afghanistan with troop levels of 100,000 and were eventually forced to leave in humiliating defeat, why are we determined to follow their example?  Most importantly, what is there to be gained from all this?  We’ve invested billions of dollars and thousands of precious lives – for what?

The truth is it is no coincidence that the more troops we send the worse things get.  Things are getting worse precisely because we are sending more troops and escalating the violence.  We are hoping that good leadership wins out in Afghanistan, but the pool of potential honest leaders from which to draw have been fleeing the violence, leaving a tremendous power vacuum behind.  War does not quell bad leaders.  It creates them.  And the more war we visit on this country, the more bad leaders we will inadvertently create.

Another thing that war does is create anger with its indiscriminate violence and injustice.  How many innocent civilians have been harmed from clumsy bombings and mistakes that end up costing lives?  People die from simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a war zone, but the killers never face consequences.  Imagine the resentment and anger survivors must feel when a family member is killed and nothing is done about it.  When there are no other jobs available because all the businesses have fled, what else is there to do, but join ranks with the resistance where there is a paycheck and also an opportunity for revenge?  This is no justification for our enemies over there, but we have to accept that when we push people, they will push back.

The real question is why are we there at all?  What do our efforts now have to do with the original authorization of the use of force?  We are no longer dealing with anything or anyone involved in the attacks of 9/11.  At this point we are only strengthening the resolve and the ranks of our enemies.  We have nothing left to win.  We are only there to save face, and in the end we will not even be able to do that.

Four Cool Things for Today

First off, just a update on the Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs perfume oil called “Somnus”.  It’s supposed to help you sleep.  I was skeptical, even after reading the rave reviews.

Okay, okay, so after a couple of weeks of testing, I’m forced to admit it does seem to work!  I have this problem occasionally, where I either can’t get to sleep in a reasonable amount of time, or else I wake up in the night and can’t fall back to sleep.  It’s not true insomnia; it’s my own fault.  I get to thinking about a story I’m writing, or a costuming I’m sewing, and then I can’t turn my mind off.  Gads, it’s annoying!  So since I got the perfume oil, I’ve put it beside my bed, and waited for just those occasions.  When I can’t stop thinking, I dab a little under my ears or on my pillow, and voila.  I have just about enough time to think: “This is quite a lovely smell”, and then I wake up again in the morning, fully rested.  I’m definitely getting a full bottle of this stuff.

http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/somnium.html

Maybe as a possible side effect (and I hadn’t considered this until just now), I’ve twice dreamed really good story ideas in the last week.  I don’t normally get much usable material out of dreams – except for little snippets and imagery.  But these two ideas I’ve gotten are full-fledged, fabulous plots.  With characters and everything.  So yay for dreaming!  I’d tell you what these ideas were, but then I’d never actually write them into a story.

Now for something really sad.  I’ve been a tremendous fan of “The Shield” since the very first episode.  There was always something truly original and wonderful about that show.  In fact, I loved it so much that I purposely didn’t watch the last (and final) season as it aired on tv.  I wanted to wait until I could get the dvds and have an advertisement-free marathon.  Just to let myself get completely sucked into the story.

I just watched the final episode the day before yesterday.  I was so shell-shocked by it that I sealed it up in its little red Netflix envelope, hardly knowing what to think of it.  And then yesterday, I unsealed the envelope and watched it again.  It’s a worthy ending, folks.  Completely unlike certain other shows that won’t be mentioned.*cough*sopranos*cough*

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Oh my gosh, Shane, what have you done to me? I wanted to hate you after you killed Lem, I truly, honestly did.  I loved Lem.  But I never could hate you.  And even though I was pretty dang positive how you were going to go out, I hoped it wasn’t true, and now I’m all torn up inside grieving for a family that doesn’t even exist.  That’s the power of a show like this.  You care.  You can’t help but care, no matter how flawed the characters were or what horrible things they did.

But what a tragic episode all around.  I really honestly wanted Vic and Shane and Ronnie slip off into the sunset together, even though I knew that wasn’t going to happen.  My guesses as to what was going to happen were pretty spot-on.  I knew Shane would die, and how he would go, and I knew Vic would survive in his own private hell.  I just wasn’t sure about Ronnie, so maybe that’s why it was the hardest of all to see him in handcuffs.

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Here’s to the boys of The Shield.  There will never be another show like it.

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And now that I’m completely miserable, let’s have something fun.

You can’t miss Darth Vader doing “Thriller”.

And lastly, here’s Ron Paul’s reaction to being punked in Sasha Baron Cohen’s new film Bruno:

He’s such a classy guy (in stark contrast to the idiot that is Sasha Baron Cohen).  And he wants to totally abolish the IRS and taxes. Yes.

Obama’s Buying My Chicken Coop

It comes as little surprise to me that, precisely as I predicted, Obama’s reaction to our crashing economy is to add another trillion+ in national debt by giving us another “stimulus package”.  In fact, so eager is he to further sink our economy that he can’t even wait until he’s sworn in.  How any sane person can believe these packages are a good idea is beyond me.  It’s like giving a drowning person a brick – it gives him something to hold onto, but it sends him to the bottom that much faster.  Click on the link below for real, genuine ideas to save the economy:

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/29524

But until we get a president with a clue, I’ll take my check, and I’ll let Obama buy me a chicken coop.  We’re designing it right now, and planning the breeds of chickens to buy through www.mypetchicken.com Besides the standard-sized egglayers, we’re getting a few Silkie Bantams.  These chickens are an amazingly bizarre breed with a history – they were brought over from China by Marco Polo.

And they are so cute.  I think they look like miniature gryphons.

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Real eggs, as opposed to those sickly and tasteless store-bought imitations, bug and slug control, free manure for my garden, and affectionate new pets that love to lap-sit and snuggle – you can’t deny that chickens are awesome.

So good luck to you, Mr. Obama.  Thanks for the hen house, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens once everyone realizes you’re already begun breaking your campaign promises, before you’re even in office.  That has to be some kind of record.

Change.  Remember that word, Mr. Obama?  Change means doing something different, not just to just keeping repeating the previous administration’s mistakes.  At least in my back yard, though, the results of your “stimulus” will be crap that’s actually beneficial to my garden.

Don’t Blame Me…

It won’t be long before I’ll be able to say “Don’t blame me, I voted for Baldwin”. Between McCain and Obama, I was hoping Obama would get it, simply so that people might finally come to understand that it wasn’t only Bush and the Republicans that have caused our country to get into such a mess. The difference between McCain and Obama is literally skin deep – there’s no discernible difference when it comes to their foreign policy, morals, or their financial plans for America. And once everyone sees for themselves that Obama’s “change” is only about power for himself, not power for the people, we’ll hopefully be able to get some real change started.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHGWu1DTr5w

Let’s start with bringing all of our troops home from everywhere, closing our borders to everyone but legal immigrants, and denying all welfare and benefits to those still here illegally. Let’s restore the value of our money and stop allowing the federal government to tamper with aspects of our lives that they have no right to mess with. Let’s return to the Constitution as written, rather than being forced to live by the ‘interpretation’ of a handful of judges.

Let’s start with getting rid of illegal income taxes by dissolving the IRS, and let’s go back to being a prosperous nation! Did you know that none of the below taxes existed 100 years ago?

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL License Tax

Cigarette Tax

Dog License Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

IRS Penalties (more tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Tax

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Taxes

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax (truckers)

Sales Taxes

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State, and Local Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Tax

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

Not ONE of these taxes existed 100 years ago…and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, we had the largest middle class in the world. So what went wrong?

We continued to elect men like Obama and McCain, that’s why. We elected men whose only solution to debt was to borrow more and give out ‘stimulus packages’. We elected men whose reaction to families living from paycheck to paycheck was to raise taxes and create ever more types of taxes. We elected men whose idea of foreign policy was to completely ignore the command of the Founding Fathers and continue to interfere with and police the governments of other countries. We elected men whose idea of solving the illegal immigration crisis was to issue amnesties and to send our border patrol to Iraq.

According to a recent poll 47% of Americans “was considering” voting third party, and just in my own hometown it seemed like around 47% of people I spoke to said that they wanted to vote third party, but they “didn’t want to waste their vote”, because “there’s no chance” that a third party candidate would win. How cowardly is that? History is packed with instances of events occurring that had “absolutely no chance” of succeeding…but they succeeded in spite of the odds, because men were brave (and desperate) enough to do what they believed right and necessary despite what anyone else said.

How desperate will America have to become before Americans will regain their courage and do what they believe to be right? I think, in the coming months, we’ll have a chance to find out.

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/

http://constitutionparty.org/

CAN A NEW PARTY WIN?

HISTORY SAYS “YES” – The Republican Party was itself a “third party” in 1854 when it was founded. in 1856 it was defeated with John C. Fremont as its first presidential candidate. Just four years later, however,the Republicans defeated the incumbent party, the Whigs, running a man named Abraham Lincoln. In a four-way race, Lincoln won the electoral college vote and the presidency despite not being on the ballot in nine states and receiving only 38% of the popular vote (by comparison, Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 with 43% of the popular vote).

VOTERS SAY “YES” – Surveys show a steady increase in the public’s desire for a third party. A May 8, 2007 Rasmussen survey found that fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans say it would be good for the U.S. to have a truly competitive third political party. An April 27,2006 Rasmussen research poll indicates that a third party presidential candidate emphasizing border security would tie a democrat candidate and defeat a republican. In a race with more than three candidates, one third of the vote can mean victory. Constitution Party candidates were elected to partisan offices for the first time in 2006, including Montana State Representative Rick Jore.