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Alex Jones Hangs Up on My Call AND Throws Ethan Huff To the Wolves?!?

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The other day I found myself in a conference call, shooting the breeze with a couple of WeROAR hosts including the site’s webmistress April Reigne after she’d just concluded an interview that mentioned Alex Jones’ tendency to run with alarmist topics. As I had some personal experience here, seeing his staff reporter Ethan Huff reference the article I wrote last year dealing with the dreadful persecution Andrew Wordes suffered at the hands of city officials in Roswell, Georgia that culminated in his fiery suicide.

In my essay, I discussed the possibility that Roswell might have been motivated to take Andrew’s property as part of a long-term land use scheme, but that ultimately after hearing from his friends and neighbors it became clear that the Roswell officials conducted their campaign to harass and ruin Andrew simply because they were a bunch of spiteful creeps who had the power to do so.

To my mind, this is an even greater threat than an external hazard posed by the U.N. and its Agenda 21 schemes, since it demonstrated the banal evil that power crazed government officials often demonstrate in an arbitrary and capricious way, but Mr. Huff and then Alex Jones skewed my point into a screed against Agenda 21, focusing only on this in the Infowars articles and on Alex’ show.
At this point, April decided we should call Alex while he was on air to set the record straight. After being on hold for ages, I got to speak with Alex, but as soon as he perceived my point, he refused to discuss it, acting as if I’d made vile imprecations against him, and muted me before hanging up. Most surprising, though, he claimed Ethan Huff wasn’t an Infowars contributor, which April quickly showed was false by pulling up articles written as recently as a couple of days earlier!

See and hear for yourselves from this excerpt that April posted…not only did Alex’ arrogance in refusing to discuss the subject preclude any constructive discussion of the dangers all Americans face from bureaucrats acting with reckless abandon to destroy peoples’ lives, a genuine domestic enemy we should all be aware of, but he also defamed Ethan Huff, whose only offense had been to skew the story…but who did credit my article as reference to allow people to decide for themselves the facts.
I appreciate Alex’ contributions to wake people up and clue them in to the real dangers of the world we live in, but his flamboyant showmanship seems to be dominating his stated purpose of pursuing the truth. I’m a bit disappointed here, but I’m glad April made sure people could see how it went down from our perspective…thank you, April!
As I enter my fourth year of housebound confinement due to physical disability, I am getting frantic to escape and do what I can to further folks’ awareness of ALL of the serious dangers we face as Americans, not to mention rejoining the land of the living. Won’t you please consider making even a small donation to help me?

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Funkytown

I should account for my lack of posting lately…I’m trying to stay active but the last few weeks I’ve been working a new regime in for my pain drugs. I have more flexibility in the amount I use thanks to my pain management specialist and that means it’s up to me to determine the best balance of dosage. Too little and the constant moderate pain makes it mighty difficult to get anything productive done, while too much puts me a bit out of it, again making it tough to get anything done. I’m getting close, though, and appreciate the doc’s faith in my ability to judge what works best for me.

I’ve also been somewhat baffled at the public awareness level of the project since my first Indiegogo campaign expired. I’m not going anywhere and have NOT abandoned this personal liberty project…its success is my only escape from the limbo my life’s been in for so long. I’m perfectly aware that no one owes me a thing, but experience shows that when that awareness level is high, a percentage of new readers are inclined to donate.

Between the drug regime integration and the current lull in forward progress with the fundraising, I confess I’ve fallen into a funk. I don’t expect it’ll last long. It’s annoying and counterproductive, and I just have too much to do to allow myself to get bogged down. I’m more anxious than ever to escape; election season is fast approaching and I’m sure it would be good for me to get out, to better gauge the mood of the public in these crazy times and follow up topics I’ve examined in my writing. The extended confinement’s messing with me as well and interfering with progress, I sleep too much and experience some most unwelcome lethargy that has nothing to do with the prescription drugs I use to manage pain.

Screw that.

I’ve seen slumps before and I’m sure I will again. Apologies for the current one, but I’m working on it, you’d best believe!

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Wow, A Year Goes By FAST!

Yep, I missed it, the blog’s first anniversary…it came and went two weeks ago without any fanfare on my part and barely registered in my mind!

There are definitely some mixed feelings here; my first thought when I realized I’d spaced the one year anniversary of Get Glenn Mobile! was that it’s no big deal, the date to celebrate is still in the future, on the day when the fundraiser to modify my Honda and retrieve my life from limbo is finally complete.

That’s just not accurate, though. Modifying my Honda for wheelchair access is certainly crucial, but it’s just one of many goals I’ve set myself. It’ll take however long it takes to accomplish it, and sitting back and assessing the situation from an all-or-nothing standpoint’s awfully counterproductive. This project’s come a long way since I wrote that first blog post, and that’s not something to dismiss. We’re getting close to the halfway mark in funds raised, for one thing…a pretty impressive figure given that my appeal for help to the world was the first writing I did for publication, remember, and the fact that it’s made so much progress in that time is nothing to sneeze at.

The writing, I reminded myself, is the real reward, something I truly enjoy as well as turning into an entirely new purpose in my life. It has without a doubt been a huge boost for me; as I’ve noted before I’d thought my useful days were behind me, eliminated by the disability that’s crippled my body. That’s simply not true. I’ve gotten enough encouraging feedback to let me know I’m on the right track with the blog and with my opinion column for the American Daily Herald. Given the perilous times we live in, if I can communicate to people I’ve never met before the hazards that face all of us, that’s a significant thing and tells me I’m doing OK.

Let’s not forget the hundreds of good people who’ve contributed to get the funds at the level they are now, either. You folks, along with my friends who’ve taken the time and trouble to make all of those wonderful endorsement videos on my behalf, have done a stellar job…thank you ALL! You’ve demonstrated the most important truth that private voluntary action to support a cause like mine is the best and most efficient way for people to help one another, infinitely preferable to the coerced government action that’s promoted as the ‘acceptable’ solution in cases like this.

Nope, all things considered, this project is a resounding success, and the new beginning for me as a writer that’s resulted from it has been a magnificent and unexpected gift. These make for a happy anniversary indeed and makes me realize I’m eager to see what the future brings when the second, third and further anniversary arrive!

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One Down, One To Go

Sword of Damocles

As I wrote in my last post, I had to go to one of my mandatory appointments at the doctor’s office a couple of days ago to refill the prescriptions for the meds and pain management drugs I need to function well. Despite hearing stories of the terribly expensive medical taxis I’d heard, I was at the point where I was sick of worrying about falling on my head while trying to transfer from my Honda Element. I also decided that pressing my mom into service to push me around in a manual wheelchair on these outings was putting her at risk…between her bad foot and other health issues she is after all about 75 years of age and I don’t want her blowing a gasket on my behalf.

Well, here’s another reminder that if you’re concerned about something, check it yourself!

The disabled taxi here in Nashville is a great and very affordable service. Operated by Music City Taxi, they have one vehicle capable of carrying me in my power wheelchair and their disabled services are managed by the gent who drives it. Joe is a really pleasant fellow, treated me great, and best of all, presented me with a bill at the end for only about $70…and that figure includes almost two hours of wait time!

That’s an amount I can afford. I have only myself to blame for being silly enough to listen to people telling me it would be hundreds of bucks for the past couple of years.

I can’t properly explain how good it feels to have that particular Sword of Damocles removed from my life. It was marvelous getting out even though I had to depend on the disabled cab to get me there and knowing I’ll only be out that $70 or so every couple-three months is a happy surprise.

That’s one hazard down, but there’s still a big one left: finishing this fundraiser to modify my Honda for wheelchair accessibility so I can do all of the errands I need to under my own power. As reasonable as Music City Taxi’s rates are, I can’t afford to drop that kind of money for regular outings, trips to the optometrist, a dinner out at a restaurant or any of the hundreds of things most people can do without having to think about it. Until I can regain that mobility, I’m still a captive of this affliction and my life never stops draining away a day at a time.

One other thing: I haven’t discussed it much before, but something else on my mind more and more is the fact that I’m stuck right here without even the ability to reposition in the event of some large scale emergency. I’m not worried about so-called ‘terrorism.’ There isn’t any…and the handful of people out there deranged enough to want to attack large numbers of Americans are so few in number as to be statistically insignificant.

No, what I am concerned about is the increasing possibility of both incidents of civil unrest and government savagery we’d be likely to see in the event of a collapse of the dollar, or even a short term failure of communications or internet problems that would affect transportation of food and supplies we all need. If things get dicey, I really hope I’ll be able to go places, reposition or even bug out in the short term, because right now I’m as glued in place as a fly trapped in amber is. Besides the helplessness I feel as the days of my life passing while I’m so confined, every time I see another reminder that these things can definitely happen, I feel dread more often than ever before.

Here’s a good example: on his show this morning Josh Tolley spoke with the mother of a man who was spirited away by the F.B.I and company for making allegedly ‘terroristic’ statements on his Facebook page. At the moment, he’s been stuck into a mental hospital, and the whole episode is chillingly reminiscent of events that regularly occurred under Josef Stalin’s regime in the U.S.S.R with midnight knocks on the door by the N.K.V.D, with dissidents arrested and stuffed into mental hospitals to be drugged, tortured or even killed for their ‘crime’ against the State. And why not? From the point of view of power mad psychopaths, a Mundane like me who thinks our government has become a murderous institution and hazard to average people must be crazy, right?

Remember, I not only post comments on Facebook and this blog, I write a column for the American Daily Herald in which I’ve never been shy about criticizing the government for its excesses and incompetence as well as its declaration of war against Americans with the USA-PATRIOT Act, the N.D.A.A,. H.R.347 and the recent ‘strip search for any reason’ decision by the Supreme Court. Yeah, I’m  a bit worried.

I need your help to get out of this mess , get on with my life and writing and at least have a fighting chance if SHTF. Please take a minute or two and donate to my Indiegogo campaign..with a combined total of over 1/3 of the needed funds raised, with enough people willing to donate even small amounts, we can finish the job and free me quickly, before any of these unpleasant events come along.

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Unforeseen Consequences

I’m beginning to think I made a bad decision with the fixed funding Indiegogo campaign that passed its deadline on the 11th. All pledges were refunded, and I’ve asked that those people re-donate to the current campaign, which has no deadline and use flexible funding…I retain all donations even if the goal isn’t met.

My error was in thinking that the deadline would result in either of two extremes: the goal being met in a few days, or that little would be donated. As it turned out, over $4600 was pledged…all of which has now been returned to the donors.

The deadline’s purpose was to stress the time limit if I were to make it to Tampa to participate in the events surrounding the RNC independently, pure and simple. If I can’t do it under my own power I’m open to alternative means, but I am in no way abandoning this project!

That’s why I stayed up that night to get the new flexible funding campaign set up, launching it shortly after the deadline for the first one passed.

I realize it’s an annoyance asking the original donors to re-donate. Rest assured, there will be no further deadlines, I’ll be retaining all funds, and the donors’ perks can be awarded, whereas with the first they aren’t awarded when no one’s actually donated since their funds were returned.

Live and learn. My apologies for any confusion, but Get Glenn Mobile! is alive and well, and this Indiegogo campaignwill simply run until the goal’s met, allowing me to modify my Honda Element for wheelchair access to release me from the three years’ housebound confinement I’ve been under. I tried to get reminder/thank you messages to some of the original donors, but Indiegogo isn’t letting me.

I thank all who’ve gotten involved, but now we need to get back up to speed; had I retained that $4600 plus, I’d now be halfway home!

Those dratted unforeseen consequences will bite you whenever they get a chance!

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The American Daily Herald Launches a New Promotion!

Lately I’ve been talking with Dennis and Denise Behreandt a fair bit about this freedom quest of mine. They’re the publishers and editors of the American Daily Herald, a class act and a journal in which I’ve been proud to publish my essays and who in fact were among the very first along with Becky Akers to see some potential in my writing when they offered me the opportunity to join their other terrific columnists at the end of last summer.

They’d mentioned they were enthusiastic about helping me promote this blog and my efforts to get my liberty back, so I thought I’d be seeing something shortly, but today when I dropped by and saw what they’d done it simply knocked my socks off! Not only are they visibly supporting my project, they’ve put their money where their mouths are, offering discounted advertising space to donors. That’s so far above and beyond what I imagined, I’m speechless…which, seeing my normal wordy tendencies, shows how impressed I am with this magnificent gesture.

Have a look at the new promo for Get Glenn Mobile! at the site:

American Daily Herald

Dennis and Denise: You two are the best. I’m mighty proud to work with you and the Herald, one of the finest online resources around, and one that’s clearly going places! I look forward to many good times to come, especially once I can get freed from my confinement to better advance the cause of liberty out in the community!

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Happy Anniversary?

Wow, it slipped my mind, but just over 6 years ago on March 16 2006, I was diagnosed with MS.

I guess I can’t be all that surprised, I was already well on my way in my headlong plunge down the rabbit hole at that time.

Tell ya what…the sooner I can get mobile again, the sooner I can escape that particular dark place. Still working on some promotional help, it’s slow going but I know it’ll pay off in the end once my liberty is restored!

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Another Step Closer

As I mentioned in my last post, I arranged for Freedom Motors, the outfit that performs the X-WAV conversion on vehicles including the Honda Element I own, to send a sales rep in a converted Element to my home so I could look it over and interact with it, necessary to be absolutely sure it’s the right vehicle for me with my Quantum 614 power wheelchair.

Yesterday afternoon, right on schedule, a bright green Element festooned with Freedom Motors advertising pulled into my driveway. Andrew, the pleasant representative from FMI driving her, removed the right front seat and readied the little SUV for me to try.

I was delighted to find I could drive my power chair aboard, rotate it and be ready to go on my first try. I’d had a slight concern that my 614 with its long wheelbase might have difficulty negotiating the Element’s cabin, but my worries proved groundless, and the automated ramp and doors closed with no trouble at all.

I haven’t driven it yet, but the few questions I had have been answered. Rather than using the wheelchair in the left front drivers’ position, I’ll park it on the right side, raise the chair’s left hand armrest, and slide the few inches into the driver’s seat. Owing to my limbs’ weakness, this will take some practice, but as you’ll see in the video of the demonstration I’ve posted, there are no obstructions to hinder me and the action is similar to the sideways movements I use daily to position myself and transfer from my bed to and from my wheelchair. The only additional equipment I might need is a smooth transfer board to slide on if any difficulties arise, but I doubt even that will be needed.

It is possible to use the wheelchair to drive from, but it turns out that’s an additional $2500 modification for the device that secures the chair to be fitted and installed, and would require my going to Michigan for the fitting, since every chair requires individual attention to assure it’s exactly right for the user. No, thanks…I’ll slide over!

The one additional expense I hadn’t counted on is the relocation of the manual emergency brake, which is currently on the floor and very much in the way when I’d be transferring. Apart from relocating it, the brake will be actuated by a solenoid operated by a pushbutton, so I won’t have to worry whether I’ll have the hand strength to operate it. The $650 expense is a minor issue; if once the fundraising goal is met I come up short by that amount I can easily finance it if need be.

I’m excited, the X-WAV is everything I thought it would be, and the electric automated ramp and doors mean I won’t have any trouble trying to operate them with a dominant left hand and arm that have lost most of their function.

Well…all systems are go. I can proceed full speed ahead with fundraising for my cause with no lingering worries that this is just the right vehicle to regain my mobility.

I’m dreaming of the day when I can safely drive again without the hazard of falling that I still face every time I have to go out to get to a doctor’s appointment, and that keeps me from driving at all for any other purpose than that. Being able to take my wheelchair with me will restore so much of my life that was taken away when MS disabled me to this point, from being able to move about a park, shop at a store or dine out at a restaurant. I’ll be able to get out in public to cover events for the essays I write for the American Daily Herald, interview members of the public along with politicians and officials, and best of all, help Dr. Ron Paul’s campaign for the 2012 presidential election…IF I can get some assistance to publicize this project and get the word out to all those people I know are out there ready and willing to contribute the small amounts that in large enough numbers will Get Glenn Mobile!

Please help speed that day’s arrival by donating what you can and telling the people in your life…friends, family, coworkers…about this project. We’ve come a long way since this blog began in August, and there’s still a way to go, but with your assistance I’m confident that it will come sooner rather than later.

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Chinese Curse

If you’re a reader of subject matter other than technical manuals and cereal boxes, the odds are good you’ve come across the phrase “may you live in interesting times” at some point. It’s purported to be a Chinese curse, and if you think about it, it could very well be a malediction. Some of the more horrific events in human history have certainly occurred during times of rapid change.

I got curious while contemplating this phrase, and good ol’ Wikipedia came through yet again. As usual with semi-common knowledge things, this ‘Chinese curse’ appears not to be of Chinese origin…but it still makes for some interesting reading.

According to Wikipedia, it’s one of a triad of curses of increasing severity, the other two being:

  • “May you come to the attention of those in authority” (sometimes rendered “May the government be aware of you”). This is sometimes quoted as “May you come to the attention of powerful people.” (Alternately, “important people”.)
  • “May you find what you are looking for.” This is sometimes quoted as “May your wishes be granted.”

Considering I’ve been writing essays for the American Daily Herald for the last couple of months whose main focus are politics opinion pieces, those could be downright scary.

Since I believe in never doing anything halfway, one of the first things I mean to do once this blog’s initial task succeeds and I get my mobility back is to expand the scope of the journalism I seem to have discovered an affinity for to the world outside. Of course the Krip Kam series has to accompany that, which could be more than a little perilous, given the events fast unfolding in our world.

There’s a flip side to the potential hazards…we might be on the cusp of seeing some really positive changes rather than just a new iteration of the status quo that big changes have always seemed to devolve to. The internet provides a whole new paradigm, and as such is yet untested for how it’ll help us cope with those big changes. The coming years might turn out to be a grand adventure, one I wouldn’t think of staying home to miss.

No matter what, it’s almost certain that the times ahead are going to be interesting, to say the least.