Monthly Archives: June 2012

Here We Go Again!

Yep, tonight I’ll be speaking with Sean Raspatello on WKOAlive from Tampa, talking with him about the Get Glenn Mobile! project, where it’s been, and where it’s going.  ‘The First 52’ show begins tonight starting at 9pm EDT, and I should be coming on at 9:30 PM EDT, or 8:30 PM CDT. Click on the WKOAlive logo above and just hit the ‘Listen’ button to tap into the live stream.

I hope to see loads of you there…and remember, there’s less than two weeks left to meet the current campaign’s all-or-nothing goal on Indiegogo, so I hope you’ll follow the link and drop a few bucks in the kitty. EVERY SINGLE DONATION counts, and now’s the time for action if I’m to get my Honda modified so I can get to Tampa, camera at the ready, to be there for the events surrounding the RNC.

See ya there!

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Pucker Factor

I used that term this evening regarding my gamble in making this Indiegogo campaign time limited with fixed funding.

If anyone’s unclear as to what this means, if the deadline’s reached with the goal even a dollar short of the amount specified, every single donation made through it is refunded to the individual donors, I go back to having just over 1/3 raised, or a bit more than $9000 in hand and get to do it all over until success is met. My life will stay in limbo, and I’ll still be facing the possibility of a fatal fall if my legs give out while transferring to and from my Honda on the rare occasions when I have to go out to renew my prescriptions.

This does cause some consternation when I think about it, but I think it’s a worthwhile gamble, especially with the profoundly helpful endorsement video Dr. Tom Woods created on his YouTube channel continuing to draw new viewers and potential donors. Yes, the deadline does up the pressure, but I went that route in hopes of communicating how seriously I take this, as well as cutting it as close as I can while theoretically still having enough time to get the Element up to and back from the Freedom Motors facility in Michigan that performs the X-WAV modification then make my way to Tampa for all those events surrounding the RNC.

I ask potential donors to please consider this…if you’re at all inclined to throw a few bucks my way, NOW’s a perfect time, and you’ll get your dough back if the campaign doesn’t work. This isn’t some scheme I have a strong but detached feeling about; this is indeed about restoring my LIFE.

It’s looking good, and I’m really stoked for its success…except for those odd moments when I consider the alternatives. Those are just a wee bit creepy, I have to confess if I’m to live up to my commitment to honesty. They don’t last long, and I’m always snatched out of any funk directly when I think of all the marvelous things I’ve seen and the wonderful friends I’ve made during this ordeal.

That’s no maudlin sentiment either; people like Dr. Woods, Tatiana Moroz, Nick and Adam from CVRP and many others are the most solid, stalwart and genuinely caring humans a guy could be privileged to know, so at the very worst, even if there are further delays and hazards, I’m one of the most fortunate men on the face of the planet.

Say…there’s a thought, like Ron Paul, I’ve already won!

If you’d like to pitch in…and you’d better believe that every single donation is greatly appreciated…please drop by my Indiegogo campaign here:

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Oh, My…

I just found out less than two hours ago that Dr. Tom Woods has come through yet again on my behalf, posting an endorsement video of his own on his TomWoodsTV YouTube channel. I’m betting this Indiegogo campaign not only succeeds, but that Dr. Woods will end up being the heir to my home and possessions by meeting the challenge of pulling in the most donations.

I suspect at this point the only remaining question is will he get my house, land, and personal items or will they be going to the Mises Institute?

Let’s just hope no one from some dreadful outfit like the Southern Poverty Law Center (boo, hiss!) coughs up a ridiculously high donation to make the goal. That hadn’t occurred to me when setting this up as a possibility, and I really doubt they’ll notice what’s going on and make that huge donation out of sheer spite…because that would suck. Shhh! Damn this imagination, now I’m worried…

Please keep lots of those smaller donations coming…even a dollar is gratefully welcomed! You folks are doing great, and this way way everybody wins, hopefully without my being a burden on any one person. Though I suspect Dr. Woods is a bit burnt out hearing my name!

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A New Experiment!

As I posted in my ‘Welcome’ sticky post up top, today I’ve inaugurated an Indigogo campaign to finish off this fundraiser in time to get my Element modified to accommodate my power chair so I can board and drive it safely in order to resume my life and get down to Tampa for the RNC events. It’s pretty much a reaffirmation of my matching offer that Tom Woods inspired, so if the goal’s met, whoever’s responsible for the most views and donations resulting from them (Indiegogo and this blog definitely track stats) or for the largest single donation to complete the goal will become the inheritor of my house, property and valuable possessions like my firearm collection and others after my demise, or after my mom’s demise, whichever occurs last.

I upped the target goal by $4000 to $30,000 from the original $26,000 to account for the $1500 cost of Freedom Motors picking up my Honda, getting it to their Michigan facility for modification, then returning it for delivery at my home…all fast and well insured, plus any expenses incurred to attend the Tampa events. Those are items I could either pay for or finance myself, but I figured by throwing in all of those extra goodies to sweeten the deal it makes the extra target worthwhile.

Remember, if someone donates $21,000 or thereabouts, their kids or grandkids will inherit a house and land valued at $148,000 in 2001, not a bad long term investment.

Now, if the Indiegogo campaign fails to meet the $21,000 goal by 7/11, any pledged donations will be returned to the donors. I sure hope that doesn’t happen, but if so I’m in no worse shape than I am today with the just under $9000 that’s already been raised. After that, I’ll continue the Get Glenn Mobile! project from there.

A nice thing about Indiegogo is the ability to add perks, incentives for donors to give at different levels. Right now I only have one to offer, thanks to my friend, the wonderfully talented Dan Hagen; anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a downloadable high quality MP3 of his terrific cover of the classic ‘What’s Going On’ as interpreted by my bud in his inimitable jazz style!

Hopefully over the next couple of days more perks at higher levels will be added as well, so please do check the Indiegogo campaign often for news. You’ll also be able to monitor the tally of its progress, something folks have asked for with this blog but couldn’t be done due to WordPress’ inability to use widgets like counters…That’s why I’ve been updating the total raised myself, in the red font area of my ‘Welcome’ page.

Tell your friends and family…now’s the time!

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Just A Reminder

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If you missed my last post, I’m scheduled to appear tonight on ‘Dangerous Conversation’ with host Scott Ledger. Judging from my friend Dan Hagen‘s interview with him a few days ago, I expect a seriously fun time!

If you’re inclined, tune in tonight at 8PM CDT at Radio IO, and if you’re unable to make it then, the show’s rebroadcast on their ‘Bubba Two’ channel three hours later, that’s 11PM CDT.

See ya there!

EDIT: I just noticed that my initial Skype contact with Radio IO has a mention of the ‘interview tonight at 9p’ away from the main body of the message, so it looks like I’ll be on at 9 Central time with the rebroadcast at midnight, apologies for the oversight!

EDIT again…Whoops, maybe not, it’s 8:18 CDT and I’m up next

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You Bet I’ve Been Busy

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I haven’t updated in a few days, but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy…far from it!

In the 3-D world, it’s been a pleasure to have my friend, liberty activist and talented musician Dan Hagen over to visit a couple of times recently. A superb jazz artist, Dan’s not only a friend whose visits are welcome. They’re excellent therapy for me in helping me rebuild my own limited energy, since he’s one of those who’s simply on fire with excitement over the growing interest in liberty and revitalized entrepreneurial spirit in America and that kind of enthusiasm’s seriously infectious! I subscribed to his YouTube channel within a couple of minutes as I listened to his unique sound, and if you like good jazz I bet you will too.

Online, I’ve been spending a deal of time over at the Truth Finders Network, for one. Kellie Swift-Wikel, who as you might recall did that great interview with Tatiana Moroz not long ago, has been constantly busy improving the site and its content, getting new guests for the shows, and uploading archived shows. It’s a fascinating place to hang out, though I’ve rediscovered the chat that’s part of the site can lead to major time suckage so I’m trying to relearn some discipline so I don’t spend all my time over there. Kellie was even kind enough to interview me regarding Get Glenn Mobile! and that too is archived. New hosts, great upcoming guests, and improved site organization are part of the picture…check the site out!

I should have a new article up shortly at the American Daily Herald, too. I’ve been noticing a lot of moping around and loss of momentum of late as people bog down over the Ron/Rand Paul issue of late, and the piece is just my attempt to remind folks that Ron Paul’s message, not the man himself, has been the central point all along in our mission t0 restore our freedoms. With the busy little tyrants out there who never seem to rest in their pursuit of satisfying their libido dominandi at our expense, this is no time to slack off or waste time with petty squabbling. Look for the upcoming For What It’s Worth, so named from the lyrics of the old Buffalo Springfield song that are so fitting even for today’s situation.

I’m definitely stoked about my being booked for another interview, this time with Scott Ledger on his Dangerous Conversation show on the radioio network this Thursday evening. I believe this is the correct link if you’d like to listen in, and I’ll add more precise details as I get them. There’s still time this month to get that important fundraising goal met in time to allow me to get to Tampa in August for the important events surrounding the RNC. My matching challenge is still on, perhaps this chance to raise awareness of my project will be the one that provides the impetus to finish this job!

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One Very Angry Soldier

My friend Adam House of the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul is angry, and has been since Rand Paul shocked much of the world recently by endorsing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for 2012 recently.

Today he published his feelings in a new article at CVRP2012, RAND PAUL, BENEDICT ARNOLD, & PATRICK HENRY. In it, you’ll immediately notice that the words practically smoke on your monitor. Adam did not mince words, nor varnish his opinion…and I don’t blame him one bit!

He compared Rand Paul’s action to that of the traitor to the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold, and with good reason, in my opinion. I’ve never paid much attention to Rand Paul, but his rhetoric at least paid lip service to the issues those in the liberty movement are passionate about. Endorsing Romney, on the other hand, flies in the face of that rhetoric…Romney’s proven himself to be no friend of liberty and a statist of the first water, as I discuss in my own recent piece for the American Daily Herald, The ‘Anyone But Obama’ Trap.

To cement his point, Adam quoted the genuinely patriotic Patrick Henry on the eve of Virginia’s entry into the Revolutionary War:

 “It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! OUR BRETHREN ARE ALREADY IN THE FIELD. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

I was fortunate enough to have Adam visit my home yesterday, and we had a good time for several hours discussing all sorts of issues, including this one. He hinted at the time that he’d been fuming since the news of Rand Paul’s action was announced and had some choice words on the subject…boy, oh boy, did he!

I saw this essay just before its publication and was racking my brain on ways we might get it published in the Herald, which as a more phlegmatic journal does have some language restrictions, when Adam went ahead and published it in CVRP2012. I can’t claim I was surprised to see it so fast; Adam’s a man of action and doesn’t have an indecisive atom in him.

I wouldn’t presume to know Adam’s mind, and while I have some definite alarms going off about the whole Ron/Rand Paul situation this week myself…I think there’s a lot going on that we haven’t seen a fraction of at this point…we did concur about one thing in our discussions.

Nether Adam nor myself is going allow these disappointing events to slow us down in our enthusiasm to retrieve our stolen liberties, not now, not ever…in fact now’s the time to press for the return of our natural rights as never before!

We’ve all been saying for a long time that while Ron Paul has been the most visible focal point of the liberty movement, it’s never been about any one man. The bedrock of the liberty movement is the message of liberty itself, of the ideas of liberty and natural rights. As has been said many a time, nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. We’ll be putting our money where our mouths are and pressing on!

As for Rand Paul…well, I suspect that for whatever reason he endorsed Romney, it’ll make the Top Ten List of great historical blunders.

Nice work, Adam…I suspect somewhere Patrick Henry is smiling.

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MY Matching Challenge As Inspired by Dr. Thomas E. Woods..and Yes, I’m Serious.

It took about a week for me to write an appropriate thank-you note to Dr. Thomas  E. Woods for his amazing matching challenge he issued on his Facebook page and on his web site’s blog on May 26th. If you missed it, at 10:20am Central Time on that day he challenged his readers to donate $1000 within the hour to Get Glenn Mobile!, and if they would, he’d match it.

Guess what. One of his Facebook readers did donate that thousand bucks not only within the hour but in under 15 minutes from the time the challenge was issued, I might add…and Tom Woods matched it.

Among all of the other donations that have resulted from the awareness-raising efforts of my friends and allies, especially the incomparable Tatiana Moroz, Nick Allison and Adam House of the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul, Jordan Page, and Jason Rink with their endorsement videos they appeared in with Tatiana, as well as others who’ve helped spread the word like Dennis Behreandt of the American Daily Herald and many more, the $2000 from these two gentlemen is the record setting highest.

While trying to find the right words for my note to Dr. Woods, I also found myself wondering just how in the heck could one top that matching offer…incredibly generous as it was, we’re still at about 1/3 of the needed funds to modify my Honda for wheelchair access, and not only is this prolonged confinement doing me real harm, but the clock is ticking if I’m to have even a hope of joining my brothers and friends at the RNC in Tampa in August.

An idea finally percolated through the olive loaf that passes for my brain. I think it’s a pretty good one, too, a challenge of my own that might just result in finishing my goal here in time.

I wrote that thank-you note to Dr. Woods a couple of days ago and included this idea with it. I haven’t heard back from him; either he’s as incredibly busy as usual (likeliest) or he’s burned out from seeing my name (very possible…I hope not but I’ve had to make an awful gadfly of myself to get some public attention for this project) and has me on some perma-ignore list, but I just don’t have the luxury of time at this point.

Here’s my challenge:

If someone with a high enough profile will make a YouTube video or come up with an even better promotion that results in my meeting my goal of $26,000 by the end of this month of June 2012, I will pledge to donate my home, my house here in Nashville, Tennessee after my death in my will to them or the charitable institution of their choice. There’s only one condition, if I should predecease my mom, who’s the executor of my will, she will manage and reside in it until she in turn passes. She’s pushing 75 and not likely to outlive me, unless I’m, say, murdered by goons at the RNC or in Roswell, GA when I go there to follow up on the story of torture and harassment that drove Andrew Wordes to his death...but I won’t leave her unprotected.

I was in such a state I didn’t think of the cost of getting my vehicle to and from Freedom Motors’ facility in Michigan to actually perform the modification, and of course at that time I had no inkling I’d be doing the writing I am. In a pinch I can finance those myself, but perhaps we can forestall this. SO…as a bonus, I’ll throw in my personal possessions, like my firearms, original art work and vintage and reproduction classic tinplate toy collection, stuff I’d planned to will to my few remaining friends, if the amount reaches $30,000 by the end of June 2012. If more than one person launches a publicity drive, incidentally, the winner will be whoever’s responsible for the most total views the blog receives…Wordpress stats will show this and I’ll post a screenshot of them.

It’s a nice house, of brick construction; it along with its detached 2 1/2 car garage are visible in my Krip Kam #2 video, and when I purchased it in 2001 it had just been appraised at approximately $148,000. Doubtless that amount has fallen somewhat since then as a result of the bursting of the housing bubble, but not only did I acquire it for substantially less than that, I’m sure it would still command a respectable price, since it’s in good shape, built on a 1/2 acre corner lot on a hill with (in my opinion) the best view in the neighborhood, and of course has that large and well-constructed garage. Let’s not forget that it’s also disabled-friendly, with the 3 stout ramps that the local Civitan Club built for me several years ago, plus I plan to have the side deck (which was rotten when I got the place, but at the price I paid I didn’t care) ripped out and a switchback wheelchair ramp built so I can get to my basement again.

My mortgage company, Chase, certainly knows it’s a plum given how many times they’ve tried to scam me out of it, including when I tried refinancing it to pay for my vehicle modification months before I began Get Glenn Mobile! out of desperation…but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Let’s be clear…if my challenge is met, you or your institution of choice are not gonna get the house right away; I plan to live for a goodly number of years yet, and I have no plans to spend that time homeless. Besides, I’ll be paying the mortgage, insurance and taxes on it for several years more until the home loan’s paid off. This is not an offer for impatient people with a high time preference.

I’m completely serious about this. I have no spouse or dependents to leave this house to (and never will, given that MS has made such a train wreck of me, inside and out), nor any close relatives save my mom. When I eventually go, the house will go to someone, and I certainly don’t want the government getting their grubby mitts on it. Heck, if you’re inclined, you could donate the entire amount yourself and think of it as a long term investment; you or a deserving institution will eventually get a good house worth at least a hundred grand or thereabouts for just over $16K now ($21K to get my guns and other goodies), though if you elect to do that, I’d much rather you get the money to Freedom Motors in my name, PayPal would take a pretty big chunk of a fee out of the gross! My requirement doesn’t even include a guarantee of my being able to make the Tampa event, just the deadline of the end of June.

Incidentally, in my letter to Dr. Woods, I said I’d leave the house to the Mises Institute if he met the challenge. That offer still stands, of course, but as I said, I just don’t have the time to wait. Three years’ imprisonment is about all I can take, and I just canNOT face another winter cooped up inside. I’m not self destructive, but like HAL 9000, my mind is going and I can feel it. The signs of damage are subtle but very real, and I don’t want to end up in some creepy fugue state, sleeping most of the time, a useless lump like too many disabled people allow themselves to become .

As always, any questions, comments or constructive criticism are welcome. Other than that…game on!

As the late Maurice Sendak wrote: let the wild rumpus start!

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The Allies Continue to Increase in Numbers and Strength!

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I was delighted to see this latest entry on the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul’s web site by my good friend and brother in arms Nick Allison. These folks and their friends have quickly become some of my most stalwart allies, and I couldn’t be happier about that!

In a related note, I had this to say in a response to this wonderful post:

Y’know, I keep meeting people who step up and join in with my growing cadre of allies regularly lately, and most of their connections trace back to my original encounter with CVRP.
Today I quit being a wuss and contacted Kellie Swift-Wikel, the host at Truth Finders Network who conducted such a great interview with Tatiana Moroz the other day. A couple of PMs later and she unexpectedly announced that she was about to fire up a live broadcast, invited me to call in, and I ended up spending a good half hour or so on with her discussing my disability, blog and mobility cause as well as her own amazing story about her young daughter who’s afflicted with several serious maladies, some of which carry invisible symptoms similar to those of MS, yet is still a happy and spiritually sound kid.

She plugged the heck out of my Get Glenn Mobile! project throughout for her listeners and couldn’t have been a more accommodating host. Kellie’s one who really GETS it, and having her join the GGM! corps was mighty gratifying.

The warmth and willingness to help I’m seeing from people isn’t something I expected…but I’m not surprised. THIS is the face of the real America; it’s very much alive and eager to promote freedom in all its forms, just like I knew it was.

Kellie Swift-Wikel is one very smart, VERY gutsy lady. As with you CVRP guys, Tatiana Moroz and so many other good people I’ve encountered since I began this little adventure, I’m delighted and honored to know her.

If folks aren’t yet familiar with this great bunch, do yourselves a favor and check out Truth Finders Network at http://truthfindersnetwork.com/index.html!

I’ve said it before: this project is obviously going to succeed.  The only question is when. I’m not going into details yet, but I’ve taken a step to accelerate the awareness-raising efforts of the cause in an effort to see its goal reached this very month, which should free me in time to join my friends and newly discovered family in Tampa for the events surrounding the RNC. Let’s hope the plan works.

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