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Check, Please!

I’ve talked about my dread of doctors’ appointments for a while now…not because of the doctors, but because every time I transfer to or from my wheelchair to my Element I risk a fall if my unsteady legs buckle. Well, after a few years of worrying, I’m over it.

With this fundraiser proceeding so well, I’m not going to risk a cracked skull at this point, that’s just nuts. Last week I found myself fretting for the umpteenth time about this, especially with yet another appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning…so I reserved a wheelchair accessible taxi to cart me and my power chair to the doc’s in the morning. It’s an expense that will likely eat my disposable income for the month, but I’d rather live like a monk than risk injury or death, with the bonus that I can finally quit worrying constantly about this threat that’s been hanging over me.

This makes me that much more committed to see this project through and at last be able to flip the bird to the welfare/warfare State that insists I appear at a physician’s office regularly yet refuses to provide any sort of preventative help to let me do so safely. That’s fine, the Nanny State relies on money taken from productive people at gunpoint anyway and has no moral credibility, especially after ruining the American economy and distorting our economic landscape to ensure that many if not most people don’t have the resources to cover genuine comprehensive private disability insurance that would have obviated all of this nonsense.

I’ve said it before…a disabled and wheelchair bound guy like me can make a strong visual statement to the public once I’m mobile about the benefits of private voluntary action over the coercive government ‘safety net’ that in reality is a snare and death trap. The sooner we get away from this terrible system, the better, and that’s why I continue to support Ron Paul and his message of liberty. If we replace the parasitic corporate state with a truly free market, learn to respect private property and quit stealing the fruits of peoples’ labor, we’ll all be better off, even disabled folks like myself.

I’ll be watching the events in Tampa later this month closely. The liberty movement has an opportunity to make it a watershed moment in American history to help move us away from the current system of death and debt we’ve allowed to gather so much power to itself. As Mat Larsen says: Peace…and GO RON PAUL 2012!

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Empowerment And Prepping

One thing that’s been a recurring annoyance over the past couple of years has been the lack of a good knife around the house. I used to have a nice Benchmade Elishewitz Stryker but it magically disappeared while we had some people ‘helping’ us declutter the garage.

Benchmades aren’t cheap. That Stryker cost upwards of $150 back in 2000 and on my limited disability income I can’t just throw that kind of money at any one item. Ah, but the world has come a long ways since then. Benchmades are still justifiably pricy, but you can do well if you’re a careful shopper and don’t have to have fancy carbon fiber G-10 handles and titanium liners.

A bit of shopping and cross referencing turned these three up that have been added to my toolbox, a SOG Aegis AE-04 tanto point knife, spring assist opening and very lightweight…it uses no liners at all! It’s clipped to my shoulder bag and should be able to cover any light to medium duty tasks. $60 shipped from Amazon and I had a knife as good or better in most ways than my departed Benchmade.

I also wanted a more solid heavy duty piece with a more utilitarian blade, and the SOG Vulcan VL-01 fit the bill nicely. With a Japanese supersteel san mai blade, steel liners, and a steel arc lock tested to 1000 pounds of pressure, it’s smooth as silk and needs no spring assist. With an MSRP of $184 and a normal selling price of over $100, I thought I’d be waiting on the acquisition of one of these for a while…until I noticed one of those eBay consignment sellers offering one from an estate that I sniped for a mere $61.

Last was a pure fun indulgence. A video in my YouTube subscriptions showed up recently from user ‘nutnfancy’ where he’s absolutely raving about the Taiwanese Lightning OTF (out the front) automatic knife. Not only did he compare it favorably to auto knives in the $200-$300 range, he demonstrated various cutting tasks and flawless deployment and stowage of the blade.

I’m glad I ordered two; my mom saw mine and grabbed it covetously right away. Yeah, it’s technically a switchblade but when you have limited and/or weak hand use, a knife that can be opened and closed with the slide of the ramped control lever’s a huge benefit.

There was a nice side effect to all this, I’m rediscovering that horse trading and handling weapons is a mighty empowering thing! Does that mean I’m looking for some conflict to have an excuse to stick somebody with one of these? Don’t be ridiculous. Like firearms, I hope I never have to use any tool I own in self defense…doubly so with bladed weapons and me in a power wheelchair. It’s just a good feeling being able to have more tools at hand when I need them.

One other benefit to these Lightning auto knives…right now they’re dirt cheap (when not sold out) at only $30 apiece. I’ve spent my fun money for the month, but I plan in to lay in a pile of these in the near future, after allowing some budget in August if my friends can get me to Tampa…you bet I’m still keen to get there if I can! From a prepping standpoint these could be worth their weight in platinum in a SHTF situation with those who didn’t bother to lay in supplies suddenly finding themselves with an urgent need for a tool or weapon like these.

Besides, nutnfancy’s right…they are a blast to just play with!

Back in the world, the Indiegogo campaign continues and will continue until its goal is met. I know that first campaign’s deadline was a tactical error since so many people seem to assume I’d simply abandon the project after the first try didn’t succeed. The idea that I’d give up, with over $10,000 now raised, all those great endorsement videos from my friends helping raise awareness and backup for the project, and my life ahead of me once I get free is crazy!

Let there be no mistake: I’M IN THIS UNTIL IT SUCCEEDS…I’M CONTINUING THIS FUNDRAISER UNTIL IT’S DONE!

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Not Long Now

It’s a glorious day out there, about 70°F, just a bit of a breeze and sunny again. Too bad it’s just for a day or two but it’s proof that winter’s on its deathbed, which is fine by me.

My handful of 1/8″ neodymium magnets showed up so I can get the Slick’s cowl properly secured. A couple of pairs of these will hold a few ounces, so I won’t have to worry about losing the flyweight foam hatch. I mean to be prepared for that first warm day when I can wheel out to the parking lot and commit some aviation.

Work continues on getting the blog visible to new viewers and potential donors. One factor I hadn’t anticipated is coalescing, not the ‘star factor’ of a well known personality on YouTube, but it should be a steady and visible source of new viewers and will also lend more credibility to the blog which could ease the concerns of those high profile YouTubers and perhaps convince them to spend the 5-10 minutes it’d take to make that critical endorsement video. I certainly understand some reticence on an entertainer/celebrity/pundit’s part if they weren’t completely sure I was the real deal. I’d have thought Tom Woods’ endorsement would suffice, but if not, so be it.

One way or another it’ll be nice to get some more forward movement…not to be maudlin, but it’s a drag being houselocked on  a nice day for a thousand times or so; I can’t wait to get out, go to a restaurant, fly my bigger airplanes…you know the drill.

The comforting thought is knowing it’s gonna happen, sooner or later. As I mentioned recently, you don’t see a disabled guy in a wheelchair pulling for Ron Paul every day, and certainly not one who truly wants us eased out of this Social Security trap…and can explain why this is desirable and important. That alone should be good incentive for liberty lovers to donate, get me sprung and out and about in public!

Yep, sooner or later. Of course, I vote for sooner…

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Fresh Air!

Today is a stunning example of early spring, temperature in the 60s, blue sky and a touch of a breeze…I had to get out in it.

I thought about setting up my camera mount to document the trip, but I would probably bore even myself with a video like that. Plus, I was impatient to get further than the end of my driveway for the first time in over a month, so as you can imagine I was more than slightly eager to hit the road.

I just had the batteries swapped out in my chair for fresh ones with spring about to arrive and needed a couple of miles’ worth of a trip to make sure they were 100% reliable, too…I had a purpose!

It was glorious. I took the normal route most of the way to my favorite parking lot where I fly my aircraft and stopped at the smoke shop for some cigars. I saw more people today than I’ve seen for months…remember, my habit’s been to go at dawn when the wind’s calm so my lightweight R/C planes that weigh just an ounce or so don’t get tossed around, and I enjoy the peace and quiet of the neighborhood at that hour. But today I went in the early asfternoon, so there was traffic on the roads to watch for with everyone trying to get something done during their lunch hour.

Tell you what, the simple pleasure of not being cooped up on yet another pretty day was intoxicating. Healthy folks are spoiled rotten…in hindsight I know I was. I’m a garrulous sort to begin with, and I found that a lot of the people I encountered at the store were eager to talk to the odd crippled guy in the chair. This bodes well for my plan to be a visible promoter of Ron Paul’s campaign once I’m properly mobile again; I ended up talking with one gent for almost a half hour about all sorts of subjects.

Now imagine what I’ll be able to do once I’m out and accoutered with a Ron Paul T shirt, hat, and magnetic sign on my Element!

HAH…once I’m on the job, the Establishment is doomed, the poor chumps!

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Building Confidence

Spring is close…it’s gorgeous outside this Sunday morning and while it’s still on the chilly side, you can practically feel the first wisps of warmer weather.

I sure don’t want to watch another pretty spring go by from the porch, so I’m racking my brain a bit. The good news is that this blog’s goal and my liberty will be attained. As I’ve noted before, thanks to Dr. Tom Woods’ endorsement of January 11 on his web site, it’s been proven that if folks are made aware of the Get Glenn Mobile! project, they will get involved. 1200+ views and the corresponding percentage of those that ended up donating on that one day are no fluke…and that’s perhaps the biggest load off my mind.

Unless some factor changes drastically, the blog’s success will be entirely dependent upon the internet, and the surest way to generate the maximum new viewers will be an endorsement/dedication video made by some helpful soul who has both a YouTube channel and a large following. Web site or blog posts are always welcome by anyone interested, but as we’ve seen, they don’t last…as soon as the author adds a newer post, the one featuring this blog will be displaced and the new views will fall off to their normal, relatively low numbers. This makes perfect sense, and I’m frankly grateful to have regular readers at all, considering I started publishing just six months ago and it takes time to build up a sizable number of regulars and new readers…and that’s assuming folks find my writing worth reading in the first place.

Time is one thing I don’t assume I have the luxury of an abundance of. MS is after all a progressive disorder, and while that progression has been slow over the last few years, one never knows how much useful time one has. Also, the presidential election is coming up fast, and I meant what I said about wanting to help advance Ron Paul’s campaign as I can.

Having a simple game plan is a help, and that’s why lately I’ve been sending requests for those elusive endorsement videos out as often as I can, working around the time I spend writing articles for the American Daily Herald. I really do enjoy writing these essays, and that too is a strong incentive to get out of the house; I honestly believe I can be an effective journalist in the New Media.

The only negative here is that no one save Tom Woods has even responded to any of my requests as of yet, and I believe that comes down to credibility…or the lack of it. If I were in the position of the people I’m approaching, I know I’d be reluctant to direct people who like my work to a cause like this unless I was absolutely certain that it was legitimate. Maybe there isn’t enough data readily available yet so they wouldn’t have to hunt very hard to be sure.

With that in mind, I’m also working on reaching out to local people who can drop by to confirm that my situation is all I’ve said it is. With enough of these good folks sharing with others their observations, it won’t take long to build confidence in my cause.

That leaves one loose end…who will be the person who’ll be willing to make that first YouTube video? I don’t think I’m asking for the moon here; a short spoken word video with no soundtrack, effects or extras shouldn’t take more than a few minutes’ time to put together. It’s going to happen…I just have to get to the point where my cause and need aren’t even slightly in doubt. I have to be close, after all, Dr. Woods seemed content to give me his endorsement, and he’s no fool, not by a long ways.

Who will it be, I wonder?

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Well This Is Interesting

A member of one of the Facebook groups I belong to just posted this YouTube video:

I’d like to check this to verify it for myself, but assuming it’s accurate, it shows some amazing numbers. Google search statistics for Ron Paul up from 1.83 million two weeks ago to 2.74 million searches per month as of February 22.

Compare that with searches for:

Newt Gingrich: 673,000

Rick Santorum: 450,000

Mitt Romney: 823,000

The author gets a little emotional here and does gush a bit, but he’s right, this shows an exponential growth in peoples’ interest in the good doctor, doubly amazing given the mainstream media’s attempts to ignore him into obscurity.

I still have a feeling that the candidate who’s been anointed by the globalist megabanks, Mitt Romney, will get stuffed down our gullets come November even if they somehow have to negate the majority’s pick to do it. What will be interesting to see will be peoples’ reactions to Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse et al stealing the election under broad daylight.

Even if Dr. Paul doesn’t prevail in the actual election, the numbers we’re seeing today indicate that we’re well past the tipping point where public awareness of the way they’ve been so rudely used and abused has risen to unstopable levels. Now, all I want is for these criminals to lose their ability to loot the country…but I confess the small, mean part of me wouldn’t mind seeing something like the last reel of a Frankenstein movie…you know, angry villagers, torches, pitchforks, that whole schtick when their charade is well and truly over.

Didn’t I say a while back that we were in for some interesting times?

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Line In the Sand

While conversing with my friend Jason this evening…the same Jason whose daughter is doing just fine after her surgical procedure on Monday, by the way- YAY!…the two of us were batting some ideas for advancing this blog’s goals around, and it became obvious to me after a while that I need make myself clear on a few things.

I’ve avoided directly commenting on some issues not from any reluctance to take a stand, but because I thought it best to stay focused on the goal of getting me mobile and my thoughts about that. The topics I’ve chosen honestly reflect those, but at this point in time there are some pretty urgent issues concerning not just myself, but all ordinary Americans. I’ve addressed a few of them here; our country’s dreadful forced education system and its suppression of creativity and independence comes to mind, the discussion of rational philosophy, and topics of freedom and liberty…real freedom and liberty, not hackneyed platitudes endlessly spouted to promote some feel-good scheme or another…are all topics I’m deeply interested in.

I can do something about them…if I can get out of this box that MS and circumstances have stuffed me into. I’ve found I really enjoy participating in journalism as part of the New Media, in my writing here as well as my contributions to the American Daily Herald. I’ve had good feedback and my work seems to be well received, but imagine how much more effective I can be away from my desk!

But if you haven’t inferred it at this point, there shouldn’t be any doubt about my top priority once I’m mobile: because I believe that individual human liberty as one of the most vital issues in our lives, I want to get out and talk to people in the community about why I support Ron Paul, and why his issues are my issues. It’s not a matter of payback to the liberty movement…it’s been good to me, without question…no, it’s about doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

American people have been taking a flogging for far too long from those who would use them as human resources for their own ends. Our productivity, resources, and spirit have been drained away ostensibly for our ‘own good’ for a great many years, and I not only want to put a stop to that, I know I can help. Even if Dr. Paul isn’t elected president in 2012, the ideas he’s promoting need to be discussed, and to keep them uppermost in the public’s mind will be the true victory…as he’s said himself, he’s just a messenger, it’s the ideas he’s gotten so many talking about that are the most important, but if we can get him elected we’ll be able to implement them that much more effectively. I can help do that.

If releasing a fellow human being from confinement isn’t enough reason to help in getting me mobile, think about the fact that you’ll be turning a very motivated liberty activist loose who’s been itching to get to work for years. For instance, want to start phasing out the entitlement programs that not only waste boatloads of money but sucker people into lifelong dependency on them? I’d say a disabled guy in a wheelchair talking about the very real reasons why these programs are bad will be mighty effective in conveying the idea. I can write about why the Social Security system is inefficient, dehumanizing and potentially deadly all day long, but I can be a lot more effective in person. Guaranteed.

Beyond that, there are plenty of things I can tackle as a journalist once I’m capable of going right to the source:

I want to interview functionaries of the TSA…look them in the eye as they explain how treating ordinary people as if they were maximum security prison inmates makes us all ‘safer.’ Hey, I’m a ways past the fear of consequences; I’ve already been wrecked by MS and there just isn’t much that scares me these days. Uniformed goons definitely don’t.

I want to hear school administrators try to justify how drugging children with powerful psychotropic chemicals or assaulting, arresting and confining them just for behaving like kids will help them learn how to be productive, resourceful citizens.

I want to talk to regular people about how and why they’ve allowed themselves to be afraid of everything at the behest of the very criminals who actually threaten them. I love talking with people, and I’ve made it my business to research the facts so know what I’m talking about. They have been hoodwinked and I bet it wouldn’t be all that tough to help them realize this.

I can do these things.

Our country’s on thin ice these days, and every day I spend stuck in this house is not only a day of my life gone but a day when I could have been promoting liberty, the Constitution, and Ron Paul.

Let’s finish this project so I can get to work, please. And while we’re at it…go Ron Paul 2012!

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