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Published on Kindle
now have several books up on Kindle, including the most recent Imagination: What You Should Have Learned as a Teenager.
May 29, 2011
Are You a Secret Member of the Tea Party?
o are you a secret member of the Tea Party and don't know it? Here's how to find out, and in the process discover what the Tea Party is really about. Is the mainstream media really telling the truth about the Tea Party?
Start with Rick Santelli's famous February 2009 rant on CNBC after Obama and the Congressional democrats passed the $1 trillion bailout bill and promised to pay for bad mortgages. This rant is what began catalyzing Americans into launching the true grass-roots Tea Party (4:37):
Then watch Glenn Reynolds (of INSTAPUNDIT.COM and PJTV.COM) interview the young Cincinnati Tea Party organizers to see how the Tea Party ACTUALLY got started (9:07):
And here's Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan with some initial perspectives on what the Tea Party actually is in February 2010 at the first Tea Party Convention in Nashville (starts at about 1 minute into the video):
Then start through the 7 Bill Whittle videos, What We Believe to get a view of what's at the core of Tea Party folks (about 10 minutes each):
Part 1, Small Government
Part 2, The Problem with Elitism
Part 3, Wealth Creation
Part 4, Natural Law
Part 5, Gun Rights
Part 6, Immigration
Part 7, American Exceptionalism
Here's more good Bill Whittle:
Schooling the Hip (7:42):
Flying Solo (10:37)
The Power and Danger of Iconography (8:09)
Enjoy! And if all this resonates, consider joining PJTV.COM as a member to get to see the Members Only videos. And be sure to check out these videos as well:
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August 12, 2010
Blood and Taxes
just got a $1000.00 bonus at work. Well, actually, after taxes, about $560.00. And it got me thinking. I live in California. Everyone wants some of my life's blood. I feel like one of the 5 patients giving blood to the other 95.
On Income, they get:
Federal Income Tax Social Security Tax Federal Medicare Tax CA State Income Tax CA State Disability Tax
That's about 45% of my income right there. But its doesn't stop. What happens when I try to spend it? Well, there's:
Sales Tax - 9.75% Federal Gas Tax - $.185 / gal. CA State Gas Tax, which just doubled to $.353 / gal., (and that's ON TOP OF the CA State and Local sales taxes, and a 1.2 cents per gallon state UST fee.)
And then I look at my phone bill, and I'm paying:
Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge Federal Universal Service Charge State Public Utility Surcharge CHCF A Tax CHCF B Tax Relay Service Device Fund Tax State 911 Tax Teleconnect Fund Tax Universal Lifeline Tax City Utility Users Tax
And then there's my PG&E bill, which includes:
Energy Commission Tax Gas PPP Surcharge Utility User's Tax
And then there's the recently jacked-up Bridge Toll - $5 ($100 per month)
And of course Property Taxes, and dozens of other regulatory fees and excise taxes for simply functioning as a human being in a halfway modern life.
Not to mention all the hidden costs associated with goods and services that I pay because they get transferred to me through retail pricing.
And guess what! THEY STILL WANT MORE!
I'd say between 65-75% of my life's blood already goes to government, and perhaps only 20-25% of that is legitimate and well-spent.
We're dying. Do we really have to wait until the givers die or yank out the tubes before we bring sanity to this?
One added point: There are jobs that generate tax revenue, and jobs that consume tax revenue. They are not equal. Increasing govt jobs doesn't count.
We have propoeller-heads that don't understand this distinction and don't want to.
Next year is going to be worse, because they keep doing the opposite of what they should do. They are sucking money out of the economy to pay for more government.
Fasten your seat belts.
June 8, 2010
A Commencement Address You Won't See On Campus
heck it out. Bill Whittle does it again.
March 26, 2010
PJTV is for You!
ou gotta trust me on this. You need to go to PJTV and sign up for a Basic Membership of $5 per month and begin working through their programs.
This is New Media at a level of professionalism, smarts, and good humor that will surprise and please you.
The first one to check out is Bill Whittle. He is one smart and articulate and mentally clear dude! An absolute pleasure to experience. Check out these three videos to start:
Then check out the rest of the gang:
* Dana Loesch
* Joe Hicks
* Hugh Hewitt
* Andrew Klavan
* Roger L. Simon
* Alfonzo Rachel
* Sonja Schmidt
* Glenn Reynolds
and many more.
And also check out Trifecta and Tea Party TV.
THEN, go to the small "Library" link at the top to find a treasure trove of Archives. And under the "2 Pajamas TV Shows" check out "Education Bias" and watch the 45-minute Victor David Hansen opening talk at USC on Academic Freedom.
If you honestly want to know what the Tea Party is all about, and get confirmation that this is a genuine grassroots movement of people who are simply tired of working as host organisms to government over-spending, and if you want to get daily confirmation of what's going on in this important movement, SIGN UP NOW and check it out.
It's better than almost all the news on your regular TV. Honest to God!
And be sure to let me know what you think of Bill Whittle. And by the way, for you Journey of Soul insiders, the Schooling the Hip video has a surprise ending.
February 21, 2010
I Heart Breitbart, PJTV, and the Tea party
may change my mind if some people change due to notoriety and the power that comes with popularity, but right now, I see something happening that may well be worth your while to know about also.
If the names Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Klavan, Bill Whittle and PJTV are not currently part of your circle of awareness, then you might consider checking them out.
Glenn Reynolds is the mind behind Instapundit, the premier blog of the informal Tea Party (although he predated it, but in many ways has helped to connect people to the info that generated the Tea Party), and an aggregator of tech geek and political wisdom who will link you to some of the cutting edge happenings around the world, especially regarding the changing voice of new media and the dying gasps of the old media.
He is also one of the pioneers of PJTV (part of pajamasmedia), which is now a better source of alternative political and cultural news than you'll find elsewhere. I do not always agree with the opinions expressed, but I find that I am more political and cultural aligned with these folks than most others. I suggest you try out a basic (or entry) membership of PJTV so that you can access their videos
Here are a couple of videos you must see. This will give you an idea of just how smart these regular guys are. And they have a healthy sense of humor, which is especially telling.
Kicking Off the Tea Party Convention
Their part starts between 1 and 2 minutes into the video. They give a healthy perspective about what's happening with the Tea Party,
Also, if you don't know about Andrew Breitbart, you should check him out. He's the guy that broke the ACORN videos (and if you don't know about that, do a google search and watch the complete videos...). Andrew is out to hold the Lamestream Legacy media to account. Check out the two videos on this page to get a sense of what he's been up to:
With Glenn, Klavan, Whittle, Breitbart, and the Tea Party, there may be real hope that out-of-control government can be stopped and reversed. It may be already too late to quiet these people.
February 5, 2010
The Original Tea Party, by George Hewes
t was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian, equipped with a small hatchet, which I and my associates denominated the tomahawk, with which, and a club, after having painted my face and hands with coal dust in the shop of a blacksmith, I repaired to Griffin's wharf, where the ships lay that contained the tea. When I first appeared in the street after being thus disguised, I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched in order to the place of our destination.
When we arrived at the wharf, there were three of our number who assumed an authority to direct our operations, to which we readily submitted. They divided us into three parties, for the purpose of boarding the three ships which contained the tea at the same time. The name of him who commanded the division to which I was assigned was Leonard Pitt. The names of the other commanders I never knew. We were immediately ordered by the respective commanders to board all the ships at the same time, which we promptly obeyed. The commander of the division to which I belonged, as soon as we were on board the ship, appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys to the hatches and a dozen candles. I made the demand accordingly, and the captain promptly replied, and delivered the articles; but requested me at the same time to do no damage to the ship or rigging. We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard, and we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water.
In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.
...The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable.
Hawkes, James A, Retrospect of the Boston Tea-Party, with a Memoir of George R. T. Hewes... (1834).
What is the Tea Party? Check out this 8-minute video.
It's time to join up: TEAPARTYNATION.COM
August 3, 2009
Taking a Working Break
y job has offered to pay for a Masters program in Organization and Management Development starting next month for 20 months. I'm already stretched, which means no time to blog. Heck, I've been unable even to get up pictures of Italy for the past two months. So please check in, say, later 2011...If I survive the work. Cheers to all.
April 17, 2009
A Month In Itay
he wife and I will be in Italy the entire month of May. We will start in Milan, spend 9 days at Lake Como, several days in Venice, a few days in Tuscany, and then a week in Rome. I'll post pictures and stories sometime after our return.
Until then, arrivederci!
March 9, 2009
Let's Talk Parasites and the Economy
hink about this: The government cannot create wealth. If it could, it would have no need for taxes.
This is a simplification, of course. (Governments can support activities that create wealth.) But the main thing to keep in mind is that politicians and bureaucrats through their taxing power consume wealth that is created by others.
Parasites are not necessarily bad. There are parasitic organisms that rely on a host and offer something in return. Some parasites are even necessary for the health of the host. But the distinguishing characteristic of a parasite is that it requires a host. It requires something to feed off of.
And even good parasites, when they get to be too many, can kill the host.
In an economy, in simple terms, there are hosts and there are parasites (some good, some bad, some good in small quantities).
Hosts create real wealth. Parasites consume the wealth created by hosts.
What is real wealth (as opposed to unreal wealth or secondary wealth)? Which of the following would you say is real wealth?
1. The government prints up $10 billion dollars.
2. A man invents a process that yields 10 times as much corn per acre than before.
3. A bank takes in $1 million in credit card finance charges.
4. An insurance company collects $5 million in payments.
5. A man sees that his stocks are worth $100,000.
6. A woman has a 401K and a IRA that together are valued at $250,000.
7. A plaintiff's lawsuit results in $10 million in damages, divided up 50-50 with lawyers.
The answer is: Only number 2 is real wealth. All the rest are either unreal (1, 5, 6) or secondary (3, 4, 7).
In other words, only the man who invented a process that increases corn yields by 1000% has created real wealth. If you have trouble recognizing this, then you are a potential sucker for thinking parasites are hosts. You are open to being conned, by both conscious and manipulative parasites, and good-intentioned parasites.
January 26, 2009
'm sure everyone here has felt the initial rush of pleasure and the eventual pain of burden when they first created and then had to deal with credit card debt.
Financial debts are a form of enslavement, a kind of karma with interest where others enrich themselves with your unrestrained desires to have something now rather than later. It can destroy individuals and families.
So why do so many people think governments are immune to the consequences of debt? How many of you fail to understand the root cause of this planet's financial crises?
The founders of this country tried to prevent the situation America and the world finds itself in. I know, I know...it's popular to talk down on our founders, dehumanize them, usually in an attempt to avoid dealing with their wisdom...but how can we not see the prophetic nature of these words?:
"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816.
"I consider the fortunes of our republic as depending in an eminent degree on the extinguishment of the public debt before we engage in any war; because that done, we shall have revenue enough to improve our country in peace and defend it in war without recurring either to new taxes or loans. But if the debt should once more be swelled to a formidable size, its entire discharge will be despaired of, and we shall be committed to the English career of debt, corruption and rottenness, closing with revolution. The discharge of public debt, therefore, is vital to the destinies of our government." --Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1809.
"To preserve independence we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.
"All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." --JOHN ADAMS, letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787
America is now trillions of dollars in debt. And our last few presidents and congresses have through warfare and social welfare increased that debt beyond all reason.
All we hear now is a constant call to add even more debt, which once again no politician is ultimately accountable for. Actions have consequences. All debts must be paid. With interest.
So if I am a little less enthusiastic than many about government being a problem solver, I hope you are not surprised. As I've said before, giving money to a politician is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenager.
Government is the root cause of the current crises. And since government is failing to take accountability for how they opened the doors of greed to the bankers and brokers (as well as to themselves), government will not be able to solve this problem, only make it worse.
TINSTAAFL: There is no such thing as a free lunch. Debt is slavery and every vote for debt is a vote to enslave others in this life and the next and interfere with their ability to acquire spiritual freedom.
It's all very simple, really.
(Just call me Mr. Happy.)
November 10, 2008
Happy 233rd Birthday, Marines!
he Marine Corps has much to be proud of today. Let's remember those who have fallen and be grateful that so many of us do not know what it is like to live in a country without their protection of and commitment to America.
November 2, 2008
The Financial Mess
ll of the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arises, not from the defects of the Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787
For a refresher, reread Evil Dictionaries and Money.
October 12, 2008
ave you seen the new film Total Eclipse?
You won't want to miss it! Read the review:
Every so often someone in Hollywood uses his power to break the movie colony's rules. Consider this year's Total Eclipse. Odd as it may seem, this is the first serious American film set against the background of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, the deal that allied Europe's two totalitarian powers against the West and helped plunge the world into war. With an ally on the eastern front, Hitler sent his Panzers west while Stalin helped himself to the Baltic states and invaded Finland. A film like this could easily have turned out as big a didactic dud as the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's 1982 bomb, Inchon, with Laurence Olivier as Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But this time the verisimilitude of the script, carried by some outstanding performances, is the source of the film's dramatic power.
Dustin Hoffman's persuasive portrayal of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin obviously emerges from his close study of how power and perversity converged in the dictator. Likewise, Jurgen Prochnow sparkles as Hitler's foreign minister, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, and so does Robert Duvall as Vyacheslav Molotov, his Soviet counterpart. Duvall's delivery of Molotov's line that "fascism is a matter of taste" is a key moment, and deserves at least as much admiration as Duvall's famous quip from Apocalypse Now about the smell of napalm in the morning. The Molotov speech has drawn some objections for being over the top, but it was not invented by screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man); it's an actual quote.
The sheer unexpectedness of the film is almost as shocking as its content. In one of the film's more chilling sequences, the Soviets hand over a number of German Communists, Jews who had taken refuge in Moscow, to the Gestapo. Modern audiences may find this surprising, but that incident too is taken from the historical record. Indeed, former KGB officials are credited as advisers on the film, whose cast also includes some of their actual victims.
There has simply been nothing like it on the screen in six decades. It has taken that long for moviegoers to see Soviet forces invading Poland and meeting their Nazi counterparts. Audiences would likely be similarly surprised by cinematic treatments of Cuban prisons, the Khmer Rouge genocide, and the bloody campaigns of Ethiopia's Stalinist Col. Mengistu, all still awaiting attention from Hollywood.
Total Eclipse is rated PG-13 for violence, particularly graphic in some of the mass murder scenes, images of starving infants from Stalin's 1932 forced famine in the Ukraine, and the torture of dissidents. Director Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List) deftly cuts from the Moscow trials to the torture chambers of the Lubyanka. More controversial are the portrayals of American communists during the period of the Pact. They are shown here picketing the White House, calling President Roosevelt a warmonger, and demanding that America stay out of the "capitalist war" in Europe. Harvey Keitel turns in a powerful performance as American Communist boss Earl Browder, and Linda Hunt brings depth to Lillian Hellman, who, when Hitler attacks the USSR in September of 1939, actually did cry out, "The motherland has been invaded."
Painstakingly accurate and filled with historical surprises, this film is so refreshing, so remarkable, that even at 162 minutes it seems too short.