Monthly Archives: May 2012

Taking Precautions

When I began this blog last August, I was worn out from months of searching for charitable organizations that might be willing or able to help me retrieve my liberty. There were none, and like most government programs even the private organizations often seemed set up to discourage people from asking for help.

The government had made it clear that they now considered me a ‘useless eater’ since I was no longer capable of productive work on an hourly schedule. This last is unfortunate but accurate. Apart from my lack of mobility, I’m subject to some truly nasty fatigue…I’ve described it as the energy level of an old cracked and corroded Delco battery…in winter…at midnight. This is not an exaggeration, and you can understand it a bit better if you read or watch Christine Miserandino’s ‘Spoon Theory’ that I wrote about some months back.

Perversely, at the same time I experience random bouts of insomnia that mean no matter how tired I might be, I can’t sleep. This makes my sleep schedule entirely random, so even if I were able to get around I’d be an unreliable employee, which would be horribly unfair to any prospective employer.

Over the last several months I’ve talked about how great it is to feel at least a little useful again, and for the first time I’ve begun considering the possibility of generating my own income again, but based on the value of my output, not centered on an hourly paradigm, but on how well my work in sum is received by readers.

That’s nice to think about, but the fact is it’ll take time for me to find a niche and earn an income that way, assuming those reading my work find it has inherent value at all. I spent my entire professional life driving airplanes around, not being some sort of business or entrepreneurial whiz.

It occurred to me that this fundraiser’s goal is well above a year’s disability income for me…and if the government got the idea that I’d discovered a new income source, rather than the one-time affair the Get Glenn Mobile! project is, that might jeopardize my disability income. If that were cut off today, I’d have no way to pay my mortgage, and my mom and I would be out in the street pretty fast.

The upshot is that I’ve sent a couple of notes to accountant friends of the family to see about setting up the structure of donations to assure there won’t be any problems. When I began I was desperate, frustrated and in no shape to tackle that kind of legal/paperwork chore. I’m still not, but I don’t think it’ll break my bank to pay for an accountant to restructure this to reflect the truth: that this is simply a one-time fundraiser to get my life back. It saddens me that I even have to consider that my own government might want to punish me for wanting to escape the box they abandoned me to, but in its current iteration I have to assume the worst.

A government like the one we live under kills and maims thousands of people overseas just to make their crony capitalist pals a few bucks, so I have no reason to expect anything less than the same merciless cruelty if I were to run afoul of them. Taking what proactive steps I can now will save a lot of grief in the long run, I bet!

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Put Some Starch In Your Memorial Day

Maj. General Smedley Butler, USMC

For too many people Memorial Day is just another Fed-inspired three day weekend, bereft of meaning apart from the chance to collect a day’s pay for doing nothing but watching a war movie or some game on TV. The Establishment sees it as just another tool in its bag of self aggrandizing tricks, further cementing the State worship that it inculcates in its charges from their earliest years, emphasizing and entrenching its role as an object of jingoistic tribalism for people to abase themselves before…hence the stress on war movies and team sports.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it was begun in 1868 as a remembrance for Confederate and Union soldiers killed during the Civil War but soon morphed into a general day of remembering those who lost their lives while serving in any of the armed forces of the United States.

For myself, I choose to celebrate the spirit of those people too, while keeping in mind that far too many of them were well meaning individuals whose selfless commitment to protect and defend America was cynically used by those in power to further their own ends, consolidate that power and sacrifice however many lives were required to accomplish this.

I suggest focusing  upon three things especially today to get a better appreciation of what Memorial Day’s significance was, is, and appears to be going:

First, even if you’ve read it before, read The War Prayer, written by Mark Twain in 1904 and one of the best antidotes I’ve seen for the unthinking war propaganda that’s drummed into the heads of most Americans by those with an incentive to promote the slaughter and carnage of war. Twain’s tone, while somewhat bitter and cynical, is appropriate for the subject, as seen in this excerpt:

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.”

Next, I recommend the short book, originally distributed as a pamphlet, War Is A Racket, by Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler in 1935. This man speaks with authority as one who spent his professional life in the service of the military, and was actually present as a participant in the many conflicts that twice earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor among many honors and awards bestowed by the U.S. government, and was at the time the most highly decorated Marine in U.S. history. Though nearly 80 years have passed, Butler’s assessment of the true motivations for the promotion of war is as accurate today as it was when he wrote those words.

Last, I strongly suggest you listen to the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul’s special Memorial Day podcast of their Language of Liberty show at 3PM Central time today. I’ve been privileged to know Adam House, Nick Allison, and others in or associated with this group, and can honestly say I have yet to meet a more sincere and consistent bunch of people in their dedication to freedom and the recovery of our liberties. Time and again they have demonstrated their unimpeachable integrity, and I treasure their friendship. I look forward to the honor of working with them in the future to better communicate the real views of American service members to the public, the better tocounter the scripted and wholly cynical war propaganda of the mainstream media, entirely disingenuous in their motives. Happily, like the dinosaurs they are, they’re fast becoming irrelevant as they sink into the tar pits of history, but can still do some damage in their flailing and bellowing on their way. Trust me, you’re a lot better served turning to the guys and gals with the real facts…the CVRP.

A happier and more meaningful Memorial Day to you…in Liberty.

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Today marks the tipping point, I do believe, Tatiana Moroz leads the cavalry coming over the hill!

Yep, I’m pretty sure this project’s crossed that indeterminate event horizon and is beginning a sustained dash to the finish of its goal of restoring my liberty and releasing me from housebound confinement.

I woke this morning to find that my indomitable friend and ally, Tatiana Moroz, had posted even more videos featuring her with high profile people in the liberty community endorsing my cause.

I had a foretaste of good things when she published the video a few days ago with the amazingly talented Jordan Page, and today’s videos complimented that beautifully. The first with liberty activist and documentary producer Jason Rink got my day off with a great upbeat buzz, and when I saw the second, with Tatiana and Dr. Tom Woods adding his endorsement, I was just blown away.

As with Dr. Woods’ blog entry of January 11, I got too experience firsthand the power of all that goodwill and generosity focused on liberating me to recover my life and get out in public to pursue my new avocation as a liberty activist and New Media journalist…only better, since Dr. Woods’ admirers were joined by many new faces familiar with Jordan Page and Jason Rink’s liberty activism. If y’all followed this adventure on Facebook today, you’d have seen that Dr. Woods proposed a challenge for donors, offering to match funds with a donor who contributed $1000 within the hour…and it was answered by a gentleman who stepped up with that donation!

Not only did Tom Woods’ gesture go so far beyond any reasonable idea of aiding this cause as to be out of sight, he added yet another blog entry on his site directing his followers my way. That is the mark of a true gentleman…thank you, Dr. Woods!

I’m pretty frazzled from the exciting events of the day and don’t have an exact figure to update the total with, but by my reckoning we’ve jumped from yesterday’s 19%+ to about 29% or just about $7500…that’s almost one third of the way there!

I’m confident that I’ll be out of this limbo even sooner than expected, and I’m beyond thrilled at today’s huge gain. I’m also truly grateful to Lady Liberty, Tatiana Moroz, for putting all the effort into setting up, producing and publishing these videos, and to Dr. Woods, for coming through again on my behalf. It looks like we’ll be headed down the home stretch soon, and I can’t wait.

I detest saccharine platitudes and hokey, empty cliches, but today I can say with all honesty and sincerity: I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and allies. Thank you all.

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I Ain’t Got the Words

Tatiana_n_Jordan

I had a mighty happy surprise when I checked my inbox this morning…a new endorsement video for Get Glenn Mobile! from both Tatiana Moroz and Jordan Page!

As with Tatiana’s music, at least I was an über fanboi of Jordan’s artistry before he made this video with Lady Liberty on my behalf. I’ll say it again, you owe it to yourself to check them both out, and you can purchase their music at very reasonable prices for your own collection from your favorite sources, or visit their web sites at http://jordanpagemusic.com/ and http://tatianamoroz.com/ respectively. If they’re new to you a visit to their sites is a great starting point to get to know these superb artists!

Thank you, friends. You’re helping this project really get up to speed and I’m grateful for the kindness.

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CVRP’s At It Again!

Man alive, I know I won’t be tearing off on trips of several hundred miles regularly once I’m mobile, but here’s another example of wishing especially hard I could make an event when I can’t.

My friends in the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul are gonna be busy this weekend, participating in the Texas for Freedom Rally & Music Festival in Austin this Friday thru Sunday (May 18 – 20).

During all this they’re also planning to march on the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, May 19th. This looks to be a weekend full of good stuff, celebrating liberty with fun and music, including an après-march party locally that promises to be a complete hoot. With a cast of characters like Sheriff Richard Mack, Jack Hunter, Tom Woods, Oath Keepers, Jimmie Vaughn, Jordan Page, Tatiana Moroz, and the other fine folks in the CVRP, this is a terrible tease for me. If you’re in or planning to be in the Austin area this weekend, you owe it to yourself to support liberty while having a great time by joining in. Read up on the details at the official site for the event as well as CVRP’s site!

Guys, you’ve got me mighty envious! Say…we have a State Capitol here in Nashville too, you know.

Just sayin’…

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Maybe I Succeeded TOO Well!

My mom announced she wants to get me an early birthday present, and had a couple of specific ideas.

She was certainly excited about being able to provide for her own security after years of living in the victim disarmament zone that is District of Criminals, and it’s pretty clear that my mission to get her interested in firearms ownership has succeeded. Maybe a little too well; after seeing me covetously looking at some of these, her idea was a new airsoft gun for a birthday gift for me. This time in keeping with both our latest acquisitions she gave me the go-ahead to order a revolver, one of the new breed of CO2-powered ones that hits hard enough even with the 6mm plastic BBs it fires to be disallowed in close quarters battles by those nutty sorts who go out in the woods for wargames and shoot at each other.

It’s quite the coincidence that she’ll be able to use it too to get used to the routines of her new S&W 642, huh? I’m sure not complaining. I’ll be getting a lot of use out of a birthday present like this myself…while the muzzle flip is more in line with that of a .22 rather than the kick of a .38 +P or stout .357 magnum, it does foster good trigger control and with the small muzzle displacement it does exhibit forces you to reacquire the target after each shot.

Her timing, too, is excellent…happy Mother’s Day, Mom, thank you!

What else would I like?

That’s a no-brainer; to recover my mobility in time to get to Tampa to write about, photograph and video the Veterans for Ron Paul March on the RNC for my column, of course! My birthday’s in June…there’s enough time if more people can just spare a few bucks to make this happen. I’ll keep doing my part to make this project as visible as possible to as many new viewers as we can get.

Please do your part as you can, and if you’ve already contributed, won’t you help get the message out by spreading the word to your friends and family? We already know the mainstream media will pointedly ignore the voices of the veterans…and that’s a true injustice. My column in the American Daily Herald isn’t as big or widely read as those in other venues, but there’ll be plenty of content in one place to point readers to, and sooner or later we’ll reach a point where we supporters of Dr. Paul, along with his message of sane fiscal policy, sound money and non-interventionist international relations  just can’t be ignored any longer!

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A Nice Surprise, Courtesy of the CVRP

I’m a fan of Adam House’ ‘Language of Liberty’ internet radio show, just one of the fine endeavors by the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m an admirer of this group for a lot of good reasons, not least this broadcast. Adam even allowed me to spend a bit of time co-hosting one last week, and it was indeed a blast.

Tonight’s show had an impressive lineup of guests discussing the liberty…or the lack of it…in health care in America, specifically focusing on veterans and disabled veterans. Though a lifelong civilian, I had a thing or two to say on the subject, so although weekday shows are usually on too constrained a schedule to accept callers for them, on a hunch I phoned in and put myself in the queue.

Unexpectedly, Adam accepted the call, and I spent a short time discussing what was on my mind with him and tonight’s co-host, Eric Field. This was a real pleasure, as I hadn’t met Eric before, and in addition to his involvement with CVRP, it turns out he’s a columnist for the Examiner online from Richmond, VA.  It’s always fun to jaw with someone doing similar things as yourself, and while I don’t expect to make a pest of myself calling in too frequently on those busy weekday shows, tonight I have to thank Adam for the privilege as well as meeting a new friend and colleague in the liberty movement. Thank you both, Adam and Eric, for allowing me to participate in a really worthy endeavor tonight!

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It’s The Disability, Stupid

Another hectic week here…well, what passes for hectic for me these days.

I’m still racking my brain for ways to increase the blog’s visibility, contacting those people in the liberty community who run a YouTube channel with a large audience to get those donations rolling again. I’ve sure got a great foundation built already thanks to Tatiana Moroz, Nick Allison and Adam House with the endorsement videos they were kind enough to produce for me. Now all that’s wanted is some catalyzing act to propel it into the next stage of awareness where the donations are consistent enough to finish this project. What it’ll be I can’t say, but it will be a welcome development from the fits and starts that characterize any fundraising venture like this one.

In line with that, I was delighted on Thursday evening when Adam House invited me to co-host the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul ‘Language of Liberty’ broadcast for a time, always a fun exercise but doubly so in this case because their featured guest was Dr. Walter Block, a well known economist, writer and professor of economics at Loyola University in New Orleans. I’ve enjoyed his work for a long time and it was a real pleasure to speak with him, however briefly. Another guest who appeared on the show, William Coley, was a new name for me, but I found his talk inspiring. Mr. Coley is a student, a convert to the Muslim faith and an activist in that community to support it along with freedom oriented candidates like Ron Paul and others. Have a listen here if you’re inclined. I had a lot of fun, even though I’m still new at this sort of thing…George Noory won’t have to worry about any competition from me any time soon!

I’ve got another new article for the American Daily Herald ready for publication and expect to see it in the next day or two, plus the warm weather activities I’ve mentioned before like airsoft target shooting and small radio control aircraft flying I enjoy.

I hate to admit it, but all of these are really pushing my limits, between the fatigue, insomnia and nuttiness of my ongoing imprisonment here, I’m about tapped out. Once this blog’s fundraising mission succeeds, it’ll take a lot of that pressure off; it does take up far too much of my attention and energy at this point…but it’s heartening to know that I’ll be able to do the other things I’ve mentioned more effectively at that point. Still, I’m reminded daily of my limits when I just hit the wall and can’t do one more thing, maddening since none are particularly taxing for a healthy person but with these afflictions that produce fatigue and other cognitive effects like my multiple sclerosis you’re going to see those limits that just can’t be ignored. If that’s a difficult concept to understand for healthy people, you might want to have a look at my earlier entry discussing Christine Miserandino and her ‘Spoon Theory’ that’s still the best explanation of the energy limitations we face.

As always, I hope you’ll take a moment to leave a donation if you’ve enjoyed your visit…don’t forget, we’re under some time pressure to complete the goal here to turn me loose in time to join my friends in the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul in their march on the RNC in August!

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