Dec 24, 2008

Just in Time for Christmas: Top 10 Ways to Spend your European Lottery Winnings

I just got this note which begins....
You have been awarded 750,000 Euros in the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite Software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Software powered by the internet through the worldwide website.
Asking around a bit, I realized that so many of my online and offline acquaintances and friends have received similar winnings, we could probably do a lot of good for the world if we pooled them. But what to spend them on?

  1. A Monogrammed golf bag with matching ankle bracelet for Bernard Madoff. (Club Fed)
  2. Complete Set of econ literature for the Congress and Federal Reserve Board Chairmen.
  3. Buy back the Federal Reserve for $500 Billion, eliminating the necessity of an Income Tax
  4. Book a permanent vacation on a remote desert Island for Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson. Send Gilligan with them so they are never able to escape.
  5. Buy a lifetime supply of nicotine patches for Obama (it's for the children)
  6. Provide resume services for GM and Chrysler execs after their companies go bankrupt
  7. Help widows in Nigeria transfer husbands fortunes into US accounts
  8. Provide "Golden Chutzpah" awards for anyone on the Obama "investigatory" team clearing itself of any wrongdoing in the Blagojevich scandal.
  9. Close down Washington for Cleaning until 2012 while the citizens fix the economy
  10. Bring all of our soldiers home for Christmas (Hurry! only one more day!)

Dec 20, 2008

Twitterer relates his experience in Denver plane crash

Tonight on twitter, I saw the announcement that a plane had crashed at Denver International at least 20 minutes prior to any major news outlet covering the story. What was even more amazing, is that one of the passengers was a twitter user who was one degree away, allowing me to easily find and follow him. Here's the story you probably even now won't get on the major news. To read this properly you need to scroll down and read it from bottom to top. Note: This was his second experience crashing in an airliner....

Dec 19, 2008

The Twitter Experiment


Almost Everything I needed to know about Twitter I learned from Guy Kawasaki

Back in March I signed up for twitter. I don't even remember why. It may have been that one of my business partners pinged me. At any rate, I am fairly sure my story isn't uncommon. In the beginning, the only followers I had were followers of whomever invited me.

I didn't know what to write. ("Hi...uh is this thing on? Testing 1,2,3"). Pretty sure my first tweet touted a press release describing a partnership our company had completed with Top Producer. I had maybe 3 active followers and didn't yet understand how twitter worked. The tweet landed on no ears. The announcement was terrific for the company but nothing happened inside the twitter domain revealing to me twitter's potential as a marketing tool.

Between infrequent following and people randomly following me, I had roughly 70 followers as of December 12, 2008, one week ago today. That was the day I started the twitter experiment.

Things happen fast on twitter. About 2 months ago, I started following Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki), the marketing guru over at AllTop and formerly at Apple. He's legendary among startup junkies and spends a great deal of time helping starry-eyed idiots like myself who walk away from perfectly good, paying jobs to create "something" while running up credit-card debt. Idiots, because we tend to go off and start building without any idea how we'll generate profit, funding or market our product once it is completed.

Yes, you may detect some self-effacement, but God bless the idiots because we sometimes figure it out in time to go to market with our "better mouse traps." Yes, far more fail than succeed, but I remember Alta Vista as the top search engine and never foresaw Google.

My fascination with Guy Kawasaki began when I found a video of a presentation he gave instructing budding entrepreneurs to keep their "pitch deck" to 10 slides. The 10/20/30 rule of Powerpoint was the first Guy Kawasaki piece I read. I may even have been directed to it via retweet. (Tip: retweeting, is a great way to help others. On some web discussion forums this is called "bumping". It keeps interesting information in the public eye and also credits the original tweeter. This can earn you an appreciative follower).

On accident, I went looking to see if any of my old high-school chums were on twitter which resulted in a thorough scanning of my gmail address book. From 8 or so followers I now had 40, some of whom were inactive, but some who were old workmates. Neat!

Then somebody retweeted Guy's How to Use Twitter as a Twool. Guy's advice was to follow some of the SMORES (Social Media [Wh] ORES), send @replies to give the impression that you know them and attract followers (and then follow them back). One of the contacts pulled in from my gmail account was Rob Kall(@robkall from OpEd News. I had written several articles for Lew Rockwell and posted at least one at Rob's last year so Rob was in my contact list. Rob posted to twitter a lot, promoting new articles published at OpEd News. But Rob wasn't alone. Some of my other contacts were quite prolific! My browser was inundated with tweets! Help, I'm in an aviary and I can't get out!

I suddenly doubted Guy's sanity. Two friends is quite enough thank you. I can't even think in here much less say anything that will be heard over the din.

I then went and visited Guy's profile page. The dude has over thirty thousand followers. No way. Why in the world would you want all of that noise? Maybe twitter wasn't for me. I quickly un-followed Rob and a couple of others to get some peace and quiet. Whew! I clearly didn't understand. Something was missing. How can you possibly follow that many people and have any sort of meaningful interaction?

After a bit of investigation I discovered I hadn't paid close enough attention to Guy's advice. To be fair to myself, there was a good deal of it. Guy and others manage the din using something other than a web browser. Twitter has an API. You can download clients which help you filter, search and categorize tweets. You are suddenly in control. Minimize the window and it still dutifully checks tweets for you. Later, you can scan what you have missed. It also provides a far more user friendly tweet interface than the browser. Icons make it easy to reply and direct message other users. More importantly, you don't need 9 different browser windows open just to format a better tweet.

Before I discovered my new favorite twool, TweetDeck, (it even runs on linux!) I was trying to tweet with tinyurl open in one tab, google in another, a freshly opened window containing an interesting story in another.... If you haven't figured it out yet, part of my personality curse is to do things the hard way.

What a joy tweeting could be! Not to sound like a plug for tweetdeck but, it offers several options for shortening urls, terrific search functionality which refreshes results at an interval you choose, and plenty of columns to categorize your tweets.

Now with some power in my hands, I went off to execute fully, the Guy Kawasaki way. Since our company, DriveBuy Technologies provides a mobile marketing platform for Realtors®, I decided I would start by following every agent, broker and mortgage professional I could find. Those are the people my company can help, especially in today's market.

I was taking actions I wouldn't have considered 3 weeks earlier. I was also encouraged by another twitterer who posted an article describing how dumb it is for employees not in the marketing department, to avoid marketing. I run the operations at DriveBuy - the hosting, deployments and I even code occasionally, so it never occurred to me until that tweet, that I was performing a disservice by refusing to involve myself in the marketing side of the business.

But I'm a political junkie and a cage-monkey. I couldn't transform myself into Joe-annoying-radio-announcer-phone-voice-guy. I'm still just me. Politically, I am closer to Murray Rothbard than Brack Obama. I would love to see the government's size reduced by 2/3 as that would give a better view into what government programs to keep or cut loose. That's just me. I do not begrudge anyone who doesn't agree, I just cannot keep my mouth shut or my fingers away from the keyboard if somebody mentions politics. To my surprise, there are other twitterers who either feel the same way, or are far more tolerant of contrary views than is promoted by the media. I was picking up followers in spite of my controversial opinions, and maybe even because of them.

Neat. But my main goal is to help the people I follow and who follow me. My life depends on it. Really. Guy Kawasaki led me to believe that I could change the world using twitter. When my partners and I started this company, that's what we intended. We wanted to bring mobile marketing into broad use by Realtors® across the country. We also wanted to feed our families and control our own destinies. We can't do that if we offer nothing of value to our customers.

By the third day, traffic to our website was heading upward though I had only added about 200 more followers and hadn't tweeted much about DriveBuy. I did discover that some of my followers were already customers. But I also started getting followers who weren't in real estate at all. Some were part of the #tcot group(Top Conservatives on Twitter), some were followers of followers and by Thursday, I had 500 followers from a start of around 70.

Sometimes creativity is overrated. Copying people who have found a success formula is far better than "figuring it out" by trial and error. Guy's power adapter story is a great example of Twitter's utility.

I'll try and remember to bring my power adapter on my next business trip, but knowing that I could get a loaner in a pinch, or that I could help somebody out is heartwarming. Maybe we're not alone. I mean, let's face it, the government is not going to turn this economy around and they won't be rushing out to do anything helpful next business trip (unless you consider an unsolicited full-cavity search helpful). They still haven't discovered, or admitted, that it was their policies which caused the crises. If there is any economic recovery it will be people like you and me who do all of the working and wealth creation, not Secretary Paulson and his treasury poppin' daddies. We'll fix the economy, we'll help each other figure out how, and we'll have a blast doing it.

I just wanted to share this and let you know that a newbie twitter can greatly increase followers and increase traffic while doing it. I followed Guy's advice, and it worked. I really appreciate advice that works. I've had enough bad advice to last a lifetime and frankly, most of that bad advice was given to me by me....

I'll be following you next.

PS @SandeepVizEdu turned Guy's presentation into a really neat animated slide show. Fun to watch and educational too.

PPS I am still learning. Two weeks after writing this my article was retweeted and an astute couple of tweeters wondered what my id was on twitter. Doh! @rfisk

Credit Suisse to Senior execs: 'YOU deal with these crap assets.'

Sheer genius.

Credit Suisse Group will pay senior executive bonuses with troublesome, illiquid assets, forcing employees to take on the risk that at least some of them put on the Swiss bank's books."

.... "While the solution we have come up with may not be ideal for everyone, we believe it strikes the appropriate balance among the interests of our employees, shareholders and regulators and helps position us well for 2009," a memo from CEO Brady Dougan and investment bank boss Paul Calello said.

When do we see Goldman Sachs or Citibank follow? Probably never but it doesn't hurt to wish.

Dec 11, 2008

Ron Paul is a Non-Starter

The GOP "leadership" is trying to regroup. But, at least according to what I'm seeing by posts to the twitter #TCOT group, they are still in major denial as to why they lost.

I had one #TCOT member tweet to me that Ron Paul was a non-starter. I have news for the phony conservatives who continue to suck up top celebrity rather than ideology: you are going to have to deal with us Ron Paul supporters.

Today, via one of the meetup groups I follow I received a wonderful post about RP supporters in Arizona.

Just wanted to let you all know that I was just elected treasurer in our district! Also, I was elected to State Committee! We had 9 people from our RP/Liberty group that were elected to State Committee!

We had about 30-33 people show up for voting out of 113 (I think) total---for district elections. There was an official slate presented and the RP "leader" drafted our proposed slate.

This was a surprise to the 'old guard'/insiders. The standing representative from our district stood up and scolded us for our lack of inclusion of all his ppl.... and named ppl that should have been elected. Well, he ranted so much that it did him a disservice! Our 'leader' was given time for rebuttal and she gave a stirring impromptu speech! I think that this is what swayed many people to vote for US! Also, the main thing was that the RP people had actively campaigned for a couple of district candidates and this spoke very loudly that we were there to actively contribute when we could support a candidate!

After her speech, many people came over to speak with her and this was the first time that bridges were formed. With a Dem. in office at the federal level, we can all focus on our common ground with each other. Besides, we have a majority in our state house and senate...and our governor will be Repub. (Napolitano is heading for H.S., which is good for us and BAD for the nation, i'm afraid.)

Our district chair wants to put us all to work, so we see an opportunity to network, educate, and influence!

I am really excited...just wanted to share.

Would love to know what's happening in all of your districts/states!

The Campaign for Liberty is alive and well. People really do crave liberty and the current GOP leadership still wants to defend Guantanamo, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, bailouts etc.

Some of the leadership's antics are almost funny. They are attempting to draft Mike Ditka for the Senate. WTF? When I asked what his "conservative" credentials were, I was told to look at his football accomplishments. In other words, "he doesn't have any, but he's famous!"

That's exactly the same mentality that is destroying the LP.

Dec 3, 2008

Just how scummy are neoconservatives?

Utterly and completely. Murderous pragmatists every one. And they love Obama. Change? Like hell.

Max Boot embracing Obama

David Brooks sucking up to Obama

Bill Kristol endorsing Obama's foreign policy

This isn't to say that merely being happy with Obama makes one scummy. What makes these filthy, lying bastards so scummy is that they are gleeful with Obama because he is validating their horrendous foreign policy in spite of the fact that he positioned himself as one who repudiated their beliefs prior to getting elected.

They not only possess unbridled glee that he has apparently flip-flopped, but that in spite of their complete and utter wrongness, they will still have jobs and can still look as if they have some credibility.

They possess utterly no conscience or ability to recognize their own errors.

He was wrong...

The next generation of medical "scientists" ignored the facts and have instead touted vaccination as one of the greatest advances in medical science.

He was not wrong about the absurdity of vaccination. It is a grotesque superstition. Not one major epidemiological study of the past 100 years credits vaccination with significant disease reduction yet it is still "commonly known" to have been effective in eradicating disease.

Oct 10, 2008

The Fascist Paulson Says....

"We can use the taxpayers' money more effectively and more efficiently, have it go farther and get more for their dollars and more protection if we develop a standardized program for making and encouraging equity participation."

Oct 9, 2008

Is it me or....

does anyone else think that Neel Kashkari looks like a demented psycopath? I'm sure he's a truly nice man, a virtual puppy dog, working in the world of high finance and all, but you'd think he could have managed a friendlier PR picture.

Interesting Call

Walt Theissen over at the Nolan Chart just called me and said that Al Jazeera wants me to take part in a live discussion about the potential for a fascist takeover of the U.S. Apparently this will take place around 5:30 EST today. I'll keep you posted.

Oct 7, 2008

Patrick Ruffini: How can McCain win!!???

Patrick Ruffini is all in a panic. McCain and Palin have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. He asks his readers for some ideas. My response follows.

There's no wisdom or judgement in the McCain campaign. McCain trots out logical fallacy after logical fallacy during the debates and apparently believes that his audience is just stupid enough to buy it.

He misunderestimates his own audience (the choir who may be dumb enough to believe it) and completely ignores the part of the audience he wants to sway.

Case in point. At the debates he repeatedly claimed that merely meeting with Ahmadinejad would give credence to everything the man has ever said in the past. He also falsely claimed that he has stated that Israel should be pushed into the sea and that was the intent of Iran. Not so, never was said.

But even if it were true, meeting with him would not legitimize the statements. The claim is grossly wrong and we should be extremely distrustful of anyone with such a low tolerance for logic.

McCain clearly would like to create more enemies for the U.S. Now, this is funny to an anti-war Republican such as myself because Obama is as hawkish as McCain. McCain can't differentiate himself from Obama. They're both Wiilsonian wanks who think the job of the US military is to go around bullying other countries to satisfy their own personal agendas.

So what can McCain do to differentiate himself from Obama? Nothing. They're both big spenders. McCain voted against Bush's taxcuts and then flip-flopped on the issue of making them permanent.

He's responsible for the un-constitutional McCain-Feingold law. That alone disqualifies him in my mind.

Both Obama and McCain, even in the financial crisis we face cannot even approach the possibility of reducing a 1 trillion dollar per year foreign policy budget which requires that we borrow 3 billion PER DAY from China to finance.

The McCain campaign is clearly doing the only thing it can do: run a grossly negative campaign and shoot itself in the foot. There is no other strategy that they have sans actually embracing constitutional conservatism and they won't do it.

Republicans had the chance to win this election but blew off the only candidate who could beat the Democrats: Ron Paul. You remember him right? He's the guy that predicted the recession of 1987 back in 1983. And he's the guy who predicted that the government would have to bail out fannie mae and freddie mac back in 2003.

He also has the solution. Oh...there's one thing McCain could do to win. Ditch Palin and adopt Ron Paul's platform verbatim. He'd win in a landslide just by repeating everything Dr. Paul has said about this ridiculous bailout.....but whoops...McCain wants to take credit for helping to get it passed even though 90% of Americans are against it. Brilliant. A shoe in for sure....

Oct 6, 2008

Oct 5, 2008

I Pledge Alliegance To The Fed.....

I pledge allegiance to the Fed,
which owns the United States of America,
and screw the public, more which it scams; One Note, under Gold,
irredeemable with liquidity injections forestall.
Forrest Bishop, 2008 Sept 26

Oct 3, 2008

A Fascist Coup

Fascism arrived in an unprecedented coup, and the shameless Paulson is already hard at it completely taking over the US financial system.

The hubris shown by Paulson is breathtaking. The "Office of Financial Stability" will be headed by none other than former Goldman Sachs CEO Ed Forst.

Paulson's plan is to buy "up to 250 billion" in 'toxic assets' from his cronies on wall street and then sell them at auction, not to individuals, but to "any financial institution that meets the Treasury's conditions."

Lehman, Sachs and any of the 'troubled' institutions that have their billions invested in mortgage-backed securities will start auctioning off these "properties" through the government to the state-chartered banks - competition to those who now run the show - thereby eventually eliminating their competition.

Sachs et al will be getting a twofer. Not only will they be getting "free" money from the treasury, but will also leave the smaller banks and investment firms holding the toxic waste. When those companies go out of business, Sachs and Lehman Bros. can snatch the assets back up, either for free, when the government seizes the assets at some later date, or at ridiculously low prices.

It is one big Ponzi scheme and the Congress just opened the door wide and totally sold the entire financial system to criminals.

If you thought that the 'Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008' was going to stabilize the economy ,think again.

The Treasury could add three- and seven-year notes, as its borrowing advisory committee has proposed. It also could reopen existing notes and bonds, or even hold a series of one-time medium- and long-term debt sales.

``Under normal circumstances, the Treasury's financing decisions are guided by its desire to be regular and predictable,'' said Louis Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP in New Jersey.

``However, there is certainly nothing `regular' about this rescue package, so that approach is not relevant,'' he said.

You can already tell that Paulson and his cronies, in trying to cover up the largest economic blunder in history, are throwing all caution to the wind. This seems to be the norm in financial crises. The people are willing to take things slow and weather the storm while the financial gurus are jumping out of windows.

It is already clear that the medicine is worse than the cure and the bill was only passed today. Paulson will tinker and fiddle while Rome burns. With virtually no accountability and an unlimited supply of cash, any mistake he may make will be compounded by many more as he tries to fix the unintended consequences that arise from his tinkerings.

What he cannot possibly admit, and this is the grand irony, is that the fiat system he seeks to control and bend to his will cannot be mended. There is only one, inevitable outcome - bankruptcy. Because he cannot and will not admit this, and every one of the big asset-management companies he seeks to hire will be, by definition, advocates of this fiat-currency-based system, there will be no one to tap him on the shoulder, telling him what he seeks to accomplish is impossible. And were there somebody to do so, they would be dismissed faster than you can say "toxic asset."

We are quite near the end of the current dollar's existence and we should take care to have a say in the currency system that arises from the ashes. The people who brought you this mess will most definitely be advocating that the dollar be scrapped in favor of the Amero, yet another fiat currency. Lipstick on a pig, as it were.

When the system collapses, sound money is going to be the only way we can preserve freedom. But, we don't necessarily have to wait for the collapse to start using sound money. As the economy is wrecked and the hyperinflation starts showing effects, the only recourse is to get out of any dollar-denominated assets and hoard things that can be used as money. Gold and silver are the most obvious choices but there are plenty of valuable barter items including salt.

However it turns out, it's clear that there are a very small number of blameless politicians. None of those who voted for or advocated for the bailout should utter a word when remedies are proposed. And if they do, they should be ridiculed and shunned.

Sep 29, 2008

An Historic Day

Today is Ludwig von Mises' birthday, the economist who predicted the Great Depression - caused not by an outdated gold standard as many historians claim, but by a federal reserve system.

Today the monstrous bailout of investment banks was defeated. But on Saturday, Congress voted for a 25 billion dollar package for auto manufacturers. Don't let your republican Congressman claim that he's a free market economy guy if he voted for that nonsense.

Sep 28, 2008

Governer of Missouri to Obama: You're a slimeball

Apparently, the hope-inspiring Obama has been making threats against those who write "falsehoods" about him. This has upset the governor.

"St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign."

What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.tion about the election."


“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

Sep 27, 2008


Chalcedon Foundation's Blog has a great definition of fascism taken from around 1944. It's quite clear that this bailout takes us to a clearly fascist state from the once-great Republic it was envisioned to be.

Look Ma! I'm a published author! (Sort of ) :)

Well, I did contribute a chapter to Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas but Amazon has only two authors listed. A bunch of us contributed and I haven't received my copy yet. That was a much faster release than I anticipated.

Update: Just got back from a trip to the mailbox and there were the two copies the publisher promised me. It's beautiful. All of the contributors are credited. Here's hoping that this one is sent to the top of the NY Times list. :)

Sep 26, 2008

Liberty's Last Hurrah

I see the bailout fight as our last stand.

Groveling for Dollars

Paulson got on his knees yesterday to beg Pelosi to wave the magic wand on the bailout plan. Today, Bush makes a short little speech to reporters to once again threaten us with global catastrophe if we don't support the power grab they've proposed.

Let me tell you something. They're panicking and they're trying to cover something up. You do not ask for unprecedented power like this to "save" the American people from financial catastrophe. What really needs to happen, rather than cow-towing to these threats, is an independent investigator should immediately start looking into Paulson's finances. The former Goldman-Sachs executive is up to his eyeballs in something sinister. Put this in perspective. The 700 billion they're asking is almost as much as the entire annual military budget of the U.S. They are facing personal losses. Not everyone was stupid enough to invest in mortgage-backed securities. They're trying to save their own bacon, not yours.

Sep 24, 2008

Funniest line ever.....

"The Market is not functioning properly....."

Yes, Mr. President. It is not "functioning properly" because you have decided to meddle in it.

Sep 23, 2008

Monsters Incorporated

A new article over at Nolan Chart. The bailout is just another Reichstag Fire.

Earth to Barak

Obama says that the bailout will delay spending programs.

Newsflash you moron, a 700 Billion dollar bailout, benefiting Wall Street bigwigs is a spending program.

So are perpetual wars, welfare programs, social security, corporate welfare blah blah blah. Do people really believe that Obama or McCain represent change?

Sep 22, 2008

Who said this?

We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself. We believe in the free market as the best tool to sustained prosperity and opportunity for all.

Thanks to The_Expatriate over at for this. Priceless. Why do I not stumble across these on my own? :)

It really is Robbery.

You won't hear this on the mainstream media channels. Apart from the fact that the government doesn't actually have any cash that it doesn't either print out of thin air or extract from your wallet - so you are in effect on the hook for the recent bailouts - the AIG bailout in particular gave the investment banks carte blanche to raid your portfolio.
"This is so important a topic, that it deserves top billing!!! Hidden inside the AIG bailout funding package, surely hastily cobbled together, but carefully enough to include a totally corrupt clause, was a handy dandy clause that permits raids. The conglomerate financial firms are permitted at this point to use private individual brokerage account funds to relieve their own liquidity pressures. This represents unauthorized loans of your stock account assets. So next, if the conglomerate fails, your stock account is part of the bankruptcy process. Finally the corrupt USGovt and corrupt Wall Street houses are desperate enough to put into policy, stated by the US Federal Reserve, outlining the authorized raid of your money."

[emphasis added]

Get out while you can.

Sep 20, 2008

Freedom's Fodder

A case where I was just handed some lyrics from the ether....
Freedom's Fodder

Gather round you plebes and listen to me sing
All hail the cogs inside our war machine,
In foreign lands they keep you warm and safe
In your good name they kill, bomb and strafe

All hail the King, Won't you kiss his ring?
"Oh you poor thing, I see you've lost your...thing".

Hear the thunder, see the lightning
Behold we bring shock and awe
We seek your praise, sons and daughters
To the glory goes freedom's fodder

What are riches to you in light of these graves
Give your good cheer and spy this flag that waves
Let go your pain let me comfort you
To those who lost a child we honor you
For those who object we have something too

All hail the King, Won't you kiss this ring?
"Just give me that and let freedom ring".

Hear the thunder, see the lightning
Behold we bring shock and awe
We seek your praise, your sons and daughters
to the glory goes freedom's fodder

The Collapse of America in 3 minutes

Sep 17, 2008

Barney Frank and the "Free Market"

So, Barney Frank wants to create an entirely new Federal Agency that would buy up worthless securities, and then sell them for pennies on the dollar (if it can find any buyers at all). The inflation that this would cause is mind-boggling. It is essentially the proposal of a direct tax levied against the plebes (you and me) to prop up these banks. The banks would essentially get out from under the worthless paper at some negotiated price that allows them to dump the "assets" without suffering any real losses. But the NY Times reporter who wrote this piece doesn't even ask the question of who is going to buy the worthless securities from the government? Even at 10c on the dollar, who would want them? This is a blatant rip-off of the taxpayer but nobody dares call it that.
"The question is, and it's just a question, is, 'Are we at the point where the private market has made so many bad decisions and is so depressed that it can't get out from under?' " said Mr. Frank, who is planning to hold a hearing next week to explore whether Congress should create an agency to help the markets dispose of hard-to-sell assets.
I guess by qualifying this as "just a question" he can avoid scrutiny.......

More victims of the credit blood bath

Washington Mutual S&L

Ron Paul - 2003

Ron Paul - introducing a bill to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003
Ironically, by transferring the risk of a widespread mortgage default, the government increases the likelihood of a painful crash in the housing market. This is because the special privileges granted to Fannie and Freddie have distorted the housing market by allowing them to attract capital they could not attract under pure market conditions. As a result, capital is diverted from its most productive use into housing. This reduces the efficacy of the entire market and thus reduces the standard of living of all Americans.

Sep 15, 2008

New Column at Nolan Chart

The Libertarian Party Should Clone Success
[Ron Paul's] success is due to his principled actions and his willingness to accept the responsibility to educate his constituents about libertarian principles in both word and deed. They do not deviate from the NAP. Not even a little bit. The electorate, being much smarter and educable than most people ever give them credit, responded. Many of Ron Paul's most vocal and dedicated volunteers were in fact Libertarian Party members. And the results were and are stunning. During this past GOP primary season, Ron Paul gained more votes than the past two Libertarian presidential candidates received in the past two national elections - combined.

Wayne Allen Root

A radical 100% pure Libertarian cannot get elected.
Gee....W.A.R., how did Ron Paul get elected?


I am studying the LP's demise lately with regards to the party's co-option by a small minority of pro-war "libertarians". Thomas L. Knapp, a pundit whom I used to respect, had this to say back in 2003, before the Iraq war had begun:
I know that I will not endorse, donate to, vote for or otherwise support any candidate proposing to run for public office on the LP ticket, or for any party office, who comes out in support of this war.

I know that to the extent that I am able, I will work to get anti-war candidates to contest the primaries of any pro-war candidates who run for public office on the LP ticket, and anti-war candidates to run for party office against candidates who identify themselves as pro-war.

While Knapp came out against RP - he was promoting Steve Kubby and was concerned that RP would deflect money from his candidate - he is absolutely dead on here. The pro-war "libertarians" are the worst of the worst in politics.

Trustworthy Banks? Is there such a thing?

"Investors will now retreat to the trustworthy banks, though that's not a phrase that trips off the tongue easily nowadays."

Sep 12, 2008

Ack! Barr?

I couldn't help but add a conspiratorial twist to this whole Bob Barr implosion.

Jun 8, 2008

Barr on Glenn Beck

Barr may end up getting more good press exposure than any Libertarian candidate we've seen in quite a while. Too bad his running mate is such a tool on the war issue. I think the LP can thank Ron Paul for much of this. Personally, I've been a staunch defender of the LP but its hard to do that anymore with the warmongering "libertarians" who have been able to influence the party's direction. Bob Barr is saying the right things. For me the Jury's still out on Barr but I've always personally liked the man even when he was still a GOP member in Congress though he and I didn't share the same views.

Jun 2, 2008

Bob Barr polling at 6% in North Carolina

According to Public Policy Polling, LP candidate Bob Barr is polling at 6% in match ups with McCain/Barr and McCain/Clinton.

That's pretty astounding for any LP candidate.

May 29, 2008

Scott McLellen: Liar

It's not that I'm unhappy about his revelations but anyone with half a brain knew that the administration was lying its ass off to justify the Iraq war. You had to be a complete moron to believe the nonsense that they were peddling. But now Scott has to pretend as though he only now understands how much he was being misled.

And his ex-colleagues are all claiming "this isn't the Scott we knew."

Right, the Scott you knew was perfectly willing to lie to the American public. He was a member in good standing of the "club." You all should rot in hell. There are over 1 million dead civilians who didn't ask to be liberated so and not one of you has the decency to consider the lives you've snuffed out. You knew you were lying when you supported this war, and you know you're lying now.

CPS in Texas: Pwned

I can assure you however that it will not end without some parting shots. CPS will not comply with the Texas Supreme Court Ruling in an immediate fashion. They will drag their feet and put up every barrier they can to prolong their control.

It is still wonderful to see that the judicial system at least meted out a just ruling.

Apr 29, 2008

Company Announcement

The company I co-founded, DriveBuy Technologies, announced an integration between Top Producer, the Real Estate Industry's #1 CRM system. This allows leads collected from our text messaging service to be imported into the agent's Top Producer account in real time as the consumers request information.

Apr 21, 2008

No Country For Free Men

I have a new one up at Lews. The whole FLDS raid was a mess.

Apr 20, 2008

Best Bumper Sticker Ever.

"Warring for Democracy is like Raping for Virginity"....

Apr 3, 2008

Ron Paul supporters take over South Dakota

South Dakota sends a full slate of Ron Paul delegates to the National Convention. Gosh...I don't think this thing is over by any stretch of the old imagination.

Apr 2, 2008

It wasn't just Missouri

Here in Texas, Ron Paul supporters have wrestled away the GOP from the old country-club neoconservatives who love to put party over principle every chance they get.

This horrified one long-time activist and GOP member so much she said, in an email to her neoconservative friends, "This group is NOT Republican and they will not work together — remember this when you do have to be in contact with them."


Just remember folks, the nominee is chosen at the convention, not in the primaries. John McCain is not the "presumptive nominee" unless you are a member of the Old Media.

Feb 28, 2008

Boyd Coddington Passes On to that big Cruise in the sky

I just got word that Boyd Coddington passed away Yesterday. Bummer. Here's the You Tube of my uncle Lyle Fisk appearing on Boyd's 'American Hot Rodder'.

Feb 13, 2008

See the World

Exotic places and beautiful faces
that's what they said I'd see
Three squares and a roof over my head
now that's a cube at least
they were right about something

When I killed my first man I was barely seventeen
I closed his beady eyes as he read a magazine
He didn't seem real threatening but the Captain he was shouting
and then slapped me on the back while laughing

he said, "Clean yourself up son you look white as a ghost."

I replied

Can you get me out of here
I can't close my eyes lest I see that face
I've got to get myself away from here

maybe, just maybe, dyin' ain't so bad

Now its better him than me
because I am a wiser man
That teenage boy went in to hiding
to keep the man from crying
The man crushes bones
and the boy sends letters home
But I wonder what will happen if I ever make it back

I hear

"Hey boy get your rifle we rolling out again"

Can you get me out here, ma the boys are taking care of me
I've got to get myself away from here,
tell Jimmy not to come there ain't nothin' left to do

Now I see the world
for what it is and what it was
while I was fightin for your freedom
you was starin' at the teevee

I'll let you in on a secret
I didn't set you free
and if I did you'd never know
'cause the flag got in your eyes

I fear

living dead people unliving dead lives

Can you get me out of here
where's the freedom that you offered
Don't you want to get out of here
thirty pieces won't buy a cup of coffee

War and death and taxes ain't no way to see the world

Feb 10, 2008

Open Letter to Ron Paul Supporters

Hold fast folks. We have to stay in this till it hurts and then we win.

Feb 9, 2008

9/11 Changed Everything?

Mark Silva of the Baltimore Sun apparently didn't get the memo about the media blackout of Dr. Paul. Thank you Mr. Silva for making note of a tremendous and powerful speech. Silva thought that Dr. Paul's claim that 9/11 had nothing whatsoever to do with Iraq may have been a bit off-putting to some of the CPAC attendees. I wasn't there but didn't get that impression from the video. However, Iraq, and this is in George Bush's own words, had nothing to do with 9/11.

9/11 is only relevant to Iraq in that it is being used as an excuse to abandon completely the core principles of the Republican party and the constitution itself. Those who want us to remain in Iraq to preserve "honor" use 9/11 as the reason that everything has now "changed". Well nothing has changed. For thousands of years, leaders have used catastrophe to justify tyranny. This 9/11 fear-mongering is unbecoming to men of substance and principle. Unfortunately, there are very few of those sorts of men left. We've become a nation of women and children (my apologies to women and children), hiding behind the skirts of mommy government and for what reason? Threats from nations that would have to mount machine guns on migrating geese to have a formidable air force?

How far we've come when we could once stare down an empire possessing 45,000 nukes that actually existed as opposed to today where our own foreign policy experts expect us to pee ourselves over nations which may, 10 years in the future, possess a crude prototype. Republicans who call Ron Paul "kooky" or "insane" should be ashamed of themselves for acting like school girls and throwing 9/11 around as if it justifies any of the tyranny that they promote. While many use 9/11 as a justification for everything and unfailingly mention those who died as deserving of honor, they will in the next breath completely dishonor those same victims by using them as political bludgeons against anyone who disagrees with their plans to enslave us.

Ponder that a moment. Who is being provided security when we give up our privacy and other freedoms? Certainly not the common citizen. When Benjamin Franklin uttered the oft-repeated words about giving up safety for security, he was making a very belligerent comment. He was illustrating his utter and complete contempt for the dishonesty and cynicism displayed by those who would attempt to scare people into giving up their freedoms.

"He that would give up essential liberty to obtain a little bit of temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security."
If somebody tells you that they can protect you but only if you will concede a little freedom, they are lying. You should never trust a word that they tell you from that point forward. What they are saying is freedom to act in your own self-interest might impair their ability to protect you. By making such a claim they have conceded that they are not only incapable of protecting you, but also have no intention of doing so.

Feb 3, 2008

Dees Strikes Again

Another great illustration from David Dees.

Jan 20, 2008

No More Money Bombs

Stop the money bombs. I am glad for tomorrow's event. But from here on out we can't afford to wait anymore. We have to raise the bar higher and make it more consistent. This is a long-term project and we need to keep raising money every day. Open the flood gates and don't let up until this thing is over.

Jan 13, 2008

The success of the Iraq war.

Here's some information from somebody who knows. Somebody who's been there. The testimony here is prefaced by a bit of Ron Paul from the debate in SC.

Jan 12, 2008

Another News Story That Never Was: Ron Paul Second in Wyoming

Ron Paul came second in Wyoming according to CNN. Now, this should be a huge news story. But of course, it isn't.

Jan 10, 2008

My Country or my Vintage Fender Stratocaster

Pretty easy choice actually. Though I really love this guitar. If you happen to be somebody from overseas who wants to support Ron Paul then buy my 1963 Pre-CBS l-Series Fender Stratocaster. Viola! A great way to legally make sure my wife and I can reach the 2300 dollar max on donations to the campaign! Of course domestic purchasers are welcome as well :)

Jan 7, 2008

How to Get Ron Paul the Nomination

Because I am always interested in the mechanisms of politics as well as philosophical matters, this sort of thing is very interesting to me. There is only one part of this that may run afoul of the official campaign strategy and that is the decision not to waste time with the typical republican. This may not be an option in some states where the primary is not open. In fact, if the deadline has already passed for voter registration and the primary isn't open, talking to non-republicans is a complete waste of time. It bodes well for the general election though should we persevere.
What we did in Jefferson County


Please circulate


We had a great night here in Jefferson County, Iowa. Ron Paul won with over 35% of the vote out of 838 votes cast, Huckabee was second with 31%! The conversations at our victory party last night were about how wonder ful it would be if Jefferson County could secede and become our own country with Ron Paul as our President! We want everyone to know why we won and what you can do to improve on our results. We think we have some extremely important and positive information to share with all of our friends around the country, and the world, who believe in Freedom.

You should know where I am coming from so you can better appreciate the perspective that is being shared in this message. I did not grow up in Iowa, I grew up in the Chicago area and have lived in several different states including California for eight years. I have worked in virtually every major city in the country in my various business activities and as a professional speaker. I moved here with my family in 1982 and ran for Governor here as the Libertarian candidate in 2002. I have a pretty good perspective on this state and how unique it is.

The first thing you need to know is that Jefferson County has different demographics than any other county in Iowa. A significant portion of our population, like me, did not grow up in Iowa. Jefferson county is demographically more like the rest of the country than any other county in Iowa. We have a University here that has attracted families from California, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and literally all over the country. In my opinion this creates a diversity of opinion and backgrounds here that resembles the rest of the country more closely than other Iowa counties.

In general Iowans expect their elected representatives and the media to tell them the truth, there does not seem to be as much skepticism about what they hear in the media as in other states. There is no tradition of success for third party candidates in this state. Those of us in the Paul campaign tried to get, what seemed to us, basic constitutional reforms like eliminating the Department of Education, in the party platform last night. The general response was that we were being too radical. In summary, Iowa is a great state with wonderful people and a great place to live, but it is not likely to be a state that is going to lead the nation in embracing change. At this point the Ron Paul message is to extreme for the average Iowan.

If you look at the difference in the straw polls nationwide, versus the straw poll in Iowa, and you look at our caucus results here in Jefferson County, versus the caucus statewide results you get the picture. The picture looks pretty darn good.

Straw polls: Nation wide

Ron Paul has finished in the top 3 in 84% of the straw polls (41 out of 49)
Ron Paul has finished in the top 2 in 69% of the straw polls (34 out of 49)
Ron Paul has finished 1st in 55% of the straw polls (27 out of 49)

Straw poll in Ames, Iowa

Ron Paul finished in 5th in Iowa with 9.1% of the vote.

In the January third caucus Jefferson county's results were:


State wide the results were:

Huckabee 39,814 34%
Romney 29,405 25%
Thompson 15,521 13%
McCain 15,242 13%
Paul 11,596 10%
Giuliani 4,013 4%
Hunter 515 1%

1. Jefferson county has more people from other states per capita than other Iowa counties and Ron Paul was a clear winner here, that bodes well for other states.

2. The Straw poll results in Iowa for Ron Paul were close to the caucus results in Iowa, 9% to 10%, if that trend holds for the other states that is incredible news for the Ron Paul campaign because Iowa had just about the worst straw poll results of any of the straw polls held anywhere in the country.

3. The fact that we did well in Jefferson County and we have a higher per capita ratio of out of staters is a strong indication that Iowa is unique and that the straw poll results will be a good indicator of how election results will turn out in other states.

We worked hard in this state and we did improve a bit on the straw poll results. However, if we just do as well in the other primaries as we did in the other straw polls Ron Paul will easily win the nomination.

One other point, our experience with young people here in Jefferson County leads us to believe that Ron Paul would have done much better state wide if the election had not been held during the holiday break. That probably cost us enough votes in the large college towns to keep us from owning a solid third place finish state-wide.

The other reason we did well in Jefferson County, in our opinion, is that we did not waste much time on regular Republican voters. We focused on anti-war independents, anti-war Democrats, and especially on young people. We highly recommend this strategy. We also did a lot of work here and I am including a complete list below of what we did. This list was compiled today by Roger Leahy, one of our key organizers.

I have to mention a couple of other items as well. We had a phenomenal campaign chair here that worked 18 hours a day seven days a week. His name is Brian Horsfield, he is a British citizen and can't even vote in America!

One great thing we did that we recommend to all the campaigns. We held a speech competition a week before the caucus and we had nine contestants participate. We went out of our way to recruit young people to participate. The two winners were Samara Burnes who is 21 years old, and Monty Congden a 28 year old military veteran. Both of them attended the local public high school. They absolutely blew people away at the caucus, both of them had many people approach them to let them know that their speeches tipped them over to Ron Paul. The speech competition also served to completely energize all the supporters who attended. We blew it by not getting their speeches taped for youtube. We have asked them if they will let us video their speeches so hopefully we will have them up for you soon.

One last item, my comments about the people in Iowa are not meant to be critical, it is just a unique culture here. I am confident that once the people of Iowa have the opportunity to get the full picture of who Ron Paul is and what he stands for they will come around and be very supportive. They did not really have that opportunity. The state's main newspaper, the Des Moines Register, makes Fox look fair and well balanced. They did not even list Ron Paul as one of the Republican candidates in their daily campaign reports! I guess there just wasn't enough room on all those pages.

Good luck to all Paulites
Clyde Cleveland

From Roger Leahy:
We have received compliments from the RP campaign staff, and inquiries from Ron Paul supporters in other states wanting to duplicate our success.
This has prompted me to recall those various ingredients. They have included:

An early rally in person by Dr Paul in August where 500 persons heard his message at the town square.

Enthusiastic travel and participation in the Straw Poll in Ames by local RP supporters.

Building a list, mostly locally with help from the campaign, of about 150 local RP supporters.

Having a fantastic Meetup organizer in Brian, who has inspired us on a daily basis with national RP news and setting up local RP events.

Staffing a booth on Saturday mornings at the Farmer's Market from August through December where we were available to discuss Ron Paul.

Staffing booths at the monthly Art Walk to promote Ron Paul.

Lots of local signs for Ron Paul, including 4' by 8' signs on the main roads and far more yard signs than any other candidate.

We set up a small local office on the town square, with internet and phone, where literature, buttons, signs and bumper stickers were available 24/7.

All these materials were provided free to the public and were sponsored by local donations.

We dropped Ron Paul literature on Sundays at church parking lots, and distributed RP literature on door knobs around town.

Weekly and Ads and occasional inserts were placed in the local (daily and weekly) newspapers for the past couple of months.

A focus on local areas of concern, particularly health freedom, restoring civil liberties, opposition to the Patriot Act,

restoring the Constitutional limited Federal government, a humble, non-interventionalist foreign policy, etc.

We met weekly over lunch for organizational meetings that were open to the public.

We help Public Ron Paul meetings in the public library about monthly, showing videos and giving talks.

Held a speech competition to choose and selected two great young speakers to talk for Ron Paul at the caucus.

We outfitted 2 pick-ups with 4 by 8 Ron Paul signs and parked them prominently on the main highways or on the town square.

We bought some RP magnetic signs and put them on our car doors.

We emailed and called our lists of friends and business associates to explain the importance of supporting Ron Paul.

We directed our efforts mostly to our friends, who were largely Democrats, Independents, or non-political folks.

We tried to win over Obama and Edwards supporters, in fact some of our Ads contrasted Ron Paul with them.

We made a strong effort to get people to register Republican just for voting for Ron Paul, even if they switched back the next day.

We communicated often via emails (sometimes dozens per day) sharing ideas and inspiration (allowing folks to opt out if they wished).

Although we had a Meetup Group (totally open and un-monitored), only about 1/3 actually joined it. The rest we just emailed directly.

We emailed and talked with each other continuously and inspired each other continually with Ron Paul news and links.

What we did not do:

We had very little contact with traditional Republicans or the conservative Christian community.

We did not make phone calls to Republican or any registered voter lists. (we tried it, but found it disappointing.)

We did not focus on Ron Paul's positions on abortion or immigration (unless asked about them).

When I wrote the above list, I was pretty impressed with our local activities.

We have such a core group of Ron Paul patriots, and we are not going to settle for less than a transformation of our country.

We wish tremendous success to the Ron Paul Revolution in New Hampshire and up to the Convention.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to inaugurate President Ron Paul?



Keeping it simple

This is the best video on monetary policy made so far for the Ron Paul movement. It needs to be aired on TV. No, I'm not kidding about that last part. A sense of humor is key. The Revolution should be fun.

Jan 6, 2008


So, John McCain, the guy who co-authored the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law, can participate in a debate on Fox News even though Fox has excluded the one man in the race who has outraised the invitees. And Dr. Paul has done this by not only sticking to the letter but the spirit of the law McCain wrote. McCain participates with nary an utterance that it the exclusion is wrong. A Pox on the man's (using the word lightly) house. Or should I say a Fox on his house?

Jan 3, 2008

Who We Are.

My open letter to the old media will be up at Lew's in the morning.

I Shoudln't Make Predictions

Iowa is a disappointment but there is data to be analyzed. In some counties, Dr. Paul came in second with over 25% of the votes. The quality engineering side of me wants to know the mechanics of the campaign efforts. The goal is to find some pattern that can be reproduced in the next states. Why was Dr. Paul able to do so well in some counties and is there a correlation that can be made? If so, then you might just find a winning formula

Jan 1, 2008

Great new Video

Laura posted this over at Red State Eclectic. I don't know where she finds them....

Why Ron Paul will win.

Because his supporters Rock. They are taking over the GOP. After all, it's their party, not Bill Kristol's or George Bush's party. When Ron Paul wipes the floor with the rest of his opponents because his supporters filled all of the precinct chair slots and at large delegates in every state, the first thing they should do at the national convention is to rescind the membership in the party of George Bush and Dick Cheney. That would certainly send a great message....

Oh...why am I saying this...

"In some counties, people are looking at Ron Paul supporters and they are not sure who we are and what we are all about," said Paul's state coordinator, David Hart. "Some people are concerned there is going to be a change in the power base, and they should be."

That's why.