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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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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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‘In It To Win It’ April 15 Money Bomb for Ron Paul Is Coming!

As an admirer and supporter of Dr. Paul, I’ve been following his presidential campaign closely. It’s been mighty impressive to see the way the good doctor has not only continued with but accelerated his efforts to bring the message of liberty, sound money and a sane foreign policy to the public despite the embarrassingly blatant attempts by the Establishment to discredit and marginalize him.

He has these status quo and corporate state loving, bloodthirsty chickenhawks absolutely terrified.

They’re afraid that the Americans who have woken up to the massive and ongoing swindle foisted upon them over so many years and in so many ways will suddenly see a vast increase in their numbers from the tiny minority they were only a few short years ago to a motivated and very angry majority at any time, signifying an abrupt end to their precious power to kill anyone who dares annoy them, shove people around, and derive all manner of lucrative rewards from their schemes that have brought this country to the brink of bankruptcy and inhuman totalitarian rule.

Good, say I.

There are few sights more gratifying than seeing the dismay on the faces of a bunch of swaggering bullies, drunk on power and hubris, when the tide suddenly turns against them. The image brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, where Gandalf gives the Mouth of Sauron his comeuppance:

Then the Messenger of Mordor laughed no more. His face was twisted with amazement and anger to the likeness of some wild beast that, as it crouches on its prey, is smitten on the muzzle with a stinging rod. Rage filled him and his mouth slavered, and shapeless sounds of fury came strangling from his throat.

Well, we have the chance to administer our own swift and sure comeuppance to these people to figuratively smite them on the muzzle even as they smugly declare the contest over, with their anointed candidate firmly ensconced as the only ‘opposition’ to Barack Obama this November.

Those who have had their State-approved blinders removed know full well that anyone that remains as the officially vetted candidate will be a carefully constructed creature that’s practically indistinguishable from his ‘opponent’ and pretty much guaranteed to pursue the same disastrous courses of action. He’ll keep the status quo undisturbed, the blood and debt increasing to please the mega-banks like Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, while only augmenting the ongoing diminution of our rights as Americans to keep that road to serfdom clear and unobstructed.

That’s just not an appetizing option, so if you want the chance to do something about it, on April 15 all you have to do is visit the In It To Win It site that’s in place to give you that opportunity. The folks who set this up are coordinating this event with Facebook and the site is a handy one-stop resource to get involved in the action.

In addition, if you’re a member of the U.S. armed services, active duty, retired, or a civilian supporter, you’ll want to visit the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul and think about joining their Facebook group as well. They can provide further information about their efforts to coordinate with the money bomb event, and I can tell you from personal experience that they’re a solid, motivated and professional bunch of folks I’m proud to be associated with.

If you’re sick and tired of the ‘business as usual’ crowd of so-called ‘leaders’ that are ruining America, shedding our own young peoples’ blood along with that of our  innocent foreigners’ by promoting senseless, never ending wars to spread debt and death globally, destroying America’s economy by replacing the free market with corporatism everywhere, and instituting a police state that increasingly resembles a bad dystopian novel…if you’ve had it with all of these needless things, I urge you to get involved with the In It To Win It money bomb this Sunday, April 15, 2012.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I have to add that if you also want to help right this unjust situation I’ve found myself in, restore my life and set me free to get out in the world to communicate with the public the same positive benefits Dr. Paul is trying to restore on a larger scale with his efforts, to turn me loose as a journalist with the New Media to help us all live freer and more rewarding lives, please consider donating even a small amount to aid this project in succeeding in its goal. I’ve got hopes of doing all these things and more as well as getting to Tampa to cover the Veterans for Ron Paul March on the RNC this August…that’s coming soon, and I’ll need help from you good folks to make that happen!



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Tatiana Moroz Steps Up To Get Glenn Mobile!

Okay, I will happily admit that when I made my last post I’d already contacted Tatiana and we’d discussed my request for an endorsement video, but I’ve learned not to make declarative statements until I’m certain that they’re accurate.

I was pleasantly surprised then when I learned last night that she’d taken time from her busy schedule to follow through on making that video. I had a pretty good feeling that she would, but I sure hadn’t expected to see it so quickly…and here it is:

I know for a fact that she was busy because she’d just gotten done appearing on the Angel Clark radio show for an interview as well as being constantly occupied with making her new album she mentions in that interview. The whole show’s good, but if you want to get to Tatiana’s interview, scroll ahead to 67:40 in the player at the bottom of the new tab that will open.

What a marvelous woman.

Thank you, Tatiana, you’ve joined an exclusive group; so far only three people from the liberty community are members, Dr. Tom Woods, Dennis Behreandt, and now you have made the effort to help out with my cause by increasing its visibility! I’m sure there’ll be more as time goes by, but the fact that you folks saw the potential in it before anyone else did marks you as having the superior judgement and discernment (from my perspective) to take that road less traveled. Hey, I’m nobody all that special, but I’m the real deal and this is a worthy cause, so I’d say you three are entitled to feel just a bit smug for being able to spot that.

Am I an enthusiastic fanboi of Ms. Moroz’ surpassing skills as a musician? You bet I am, and was since I first listened to her when Nick Allison of the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul brought her to my attention. Would I still be even if she hadn’t made the video? Absolutely…sure, there are some in the liberty community who’ve offered to help but then flaked, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that they do excellent work to promote freedom…and they don’t owe me a thing.

Happily, Tatiana went above and beyond just doing a good thing, and for my part, I hope the karma gods or the spirit of Austrian economics or whatever motivation floats peoples’ boats ensures she goes on the be the mega-famous celebrity that she deserves to be and makes a kazillion bucks in the process. Me, I’ll be happy to get mobile again, get back to enjoying life and promoting liberty, sound economics, and the Ron Paul R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution…especially the Veterans for Ron Paul March on the RNC in Tampa in August.

Speaking of which, some business: I know the economy sucks. I know money’s tight. But here’s the thing, not to put too fine a point on it, this fundraising blog’s been getting a lot more views over the last couple of months…I watch the stats…yet aside from two donations from generous readers, nobody’s actually raising the funds. I’m not gonna get out of here in time to promote the Ron Paul R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution, cover that epic veterans’ march in Tampa, and bunches of other things like confronting the finks in Roswell who drove Andrew Wordes to ruination and suicide unless some of you hit that PayPal ‘Donate’ button.

The whole point of this venture is not to ask that the bunches of dough I need to modify my Honda come from a small number of large donations, but to spread that job out to lots of people making many small donations. I hate to be a pest in the first place, so I hope to keep the impact on any individual person as low as possible.

Also, you anarchocapitalists, libertarians and Objectivists sick of being called cruel, heartless and other nasty names by all of the statists around you because you know that the government’s stealing money from people to do ‘good’ is immoral and wrong for a lot of reasons?

Well, THIS is exactly the sort of voluntaryist project that makes reality out of all the talk that’s just lip service until some action is taken, and when its mission succeeds will be a perfect example to point those people at that proves how right you’ve been all along! And when they try making snarky little comments trying to discredit that success or that it wasn’t the voluntarist effort it was intended to be, I’ll be right here to set those snide little Orcs straight.

Promise.

It’s been proven beyond doubt that Get Glenn Mobile! will succeed, but the clock is running if the things I want to do to support Dr. Paul before the Veterans March on the RNC, before the election (and before my brain melts from three years’ confinement), are going to happen.

So please do take a moment to drop a buck, a fiver, a ten spot, or whatever you can donate that won’t put a hurt on your finances. I want to get to work for you, me, and your families to show up the creeps who’ve been destroying America, and restore so much of my life that the rotten MonSter of multiple sclerosis thought it had got away with stealing from me.

Thanks, and while you’re doing that, have a listen to some more of Tatiana Moroz’ superb work!

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Good Advice!

I was recently introduced to a new liberty activist by the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul, and her talent, attitude and unambiguous love of peace and freedom really impressed me. She’s one of the liberty community I would love to see make a video endorsement of my project here…with a little work we can all meet in late August for the upcoming Veterans for Ron Paul March on the RNC in Tampa.

Man alive, I want to be able to get to this event, it’s gonna be epic!

Folks, here’s Tatiana Moroz singing “Make a Youtube Video,” which I can attest from the help my own Krip Kam vids is good, solid advice…put the New Media to work for you and make a YouTube video to communicate more effectively with the world. Check out her YouTube channel for more…you won’t be disappointed!

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