Friday, February 27, 2009

Campaign for Liberty message.

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The other night, Barack Obama gave his first nationwide address as President. To be sure, it was an historic event, but the vision for the future he delivered contradicts many of our historic American values.

Although he denied believing in Big Government, Obama delivered a resounding celebration of federal programs and prescribed more intervention than ever as the cure for our ills.

But this plan stands opposed to the vision of our Founding Fathers.

In 1801, in his first State of the Union, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed that the pillars of American prosperity are “most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.”

Because they understood the vital importance of fiscal restraint, our early Presidents were often able to announce budget surpluses during the State of the Union.

While Barack Obama warned against the burden of debt upon our posterity, he attempted to defend his own profligate deficit spending as necessary to restart the economy.

This deficit is not a down payment on a future surplus, and his massive “stimulus” spending will only prolong our economic suffering, not hasten our recovery.

This crisis resulted from spending, borrowing, and printing too much money. We lived far beyond our means, forming an overblown bubble of consumption.

And now that bubble has burst.

Instead of returning to a sound and sustainable economic policy, Barack Obama wants to reinflate that artificial boom and leave it to the next generation of Americans to deal with the disastrous consequences of a bust.

And those consequences cannot be overstated. Our federal government is currently on the hook for $56 TRILLION in total liabilities and unfunded commitments.

At this very minute, an American child is born into $184,000 of debt.

Our children and grandchildren will be too insolvent to pass the buck along to the next generation. We must stand up now for this nation’s future.

Campaign for Liberty is leading the charge against Barack Obama’s bankrupt future by fighting to restore the America our Founders envisioned – a nation of free markets, free people, and sound money.

We can restore America’s promise of a better future. But we will need your help.

Campaign for Liberty operates like government should, meaning we will not go into debt. Only your ongoing financial support allows us to stand up against Barack’s broken vision for America.

Please help us in this important fight. If you are able to give to Campaign for Liberty at this time, please click here. If not, we still thank you for standing alongside us in our fight for freedom.

With your help, we can start a R3volution to restore America to the free and prosperous nation our Founders envisioned.

Thank you for taking a stand with us at this critical hour.

In Liberty,

John Tate, President
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. We stand at an historic crossroads. If we do not stand up for our Founding Fathers’ vision for America, Barack Obama will certainly take us down his path to Big Government and bankruptcy.

If you wish to contribute to Campaign for Liberty, please click here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kansas City Tea Party.

FairTaxers! KC Plaza Tea Party

Feb 28th at 10 a.m. JC Nichols Fountain at 47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway K.C.MO.
This will be a public peaceful protest event with Amanda’s army, the young mother that cares about her kid’s future.

The FairTaxKC organization will stage a “Boston Tea Party” type symbolic protest that Americans did in Boston on December 16, 1773 by putting the Income Tax Code in an IRS RIP casket.

Congress is forcing upon us, inefficient, ridiculously complicated, wasteful taxation and we are angry. This did not have to be this way.

Pork laden spending, rushed through Congress in secret, is unacceptable. Yet another example of our leaders using our Income Tax code to pick winners and losers and we are the losers.

Our protest is to emphasize that the FairTax HR-25 will be a more effective stimulus without bankrupting future generations. Why does Congress ignore it, hide it, and refuses to talk about it? We know the answer.

Meet at staging area Home Depot 97th and Metcalf at 9 am Saturday Feb 28th.
We will give out hats, signs, etc and caravan to the Plaza.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

House Demolition Perfected (PG language)

How Midwesterners Demolish A House (With a cannon and some explosives. Duh.)

Dollar Crash.

Glenn Beck has been making some scary shows lately. When he and Ron Paul get together, the conversation makes me cringe, because I know they're probably right.

The UN, IMF, and World Bank are all threats to United States' sovereignty. The central bankers can print dollars until they're worthless so they can come in with a global monetary system to replace it. The Federal Reserve is already operating outside the Constitution. The Congress has lost control of our money system. This is going to be an interesting ride. Does the bank hold your deed? Do you have hard assets? Land? Gold? Other precious metals? Does your state government have gold reserves to back a local money system? It's sobering. This graph shows exactly what is happening to the dollar right now. Brace yourself. . . they're dumping dollars onto the market.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Really? Wow! Really?

I respect Dr. Keyes. I really hope he is wrong here, but I suspect he is right.


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Went to the gun range instead. Oops.

Some coworkers came by my desk near the end of the work day and asked if I wanted to go to the gun range for a little while and shoot a 9mm and a .380. I had a full plate, but I was frustrated with the work I was stuck doing at that point, so I capitulated. I drove them to Jose Peppers where they bought me a quick dinner and we went to The Bullet Hole in Overland Park (Shawnee Mission Parkway & Robinson). After they got to shoot their respective guns, I got a chance to try them both. I'm not a fan of that Keltec .380. It was too light, so the recoil was pretty bad. It bruised my thumb. The Sig Sauer 9mm was perfection. The weight was ideal and it fit my hand perfectly. I shot a really tight group in the bullseye of the target the first clip I emptied. It was ladies night at the gun range, which was an interesting dynamic. I'd go back there in a heartbeat. I'm told that I should try shooting a Paraordnance or Springfield Armory XD next time. I took the compadres back to the office to get their vehicles and went inside to finish my work, where I lost track of time. Big mistake. I was supposed to meet up with my friend Adam D. to discuss how his new venture and my side business could benefit each other. I had not heard my phone because I had left the phone in the Jeep. He tried calling me a couple of times. Man, I hate that I forgot our appointment, because we're both so busy. . . I hope to reschedule.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Grammar disclaimer.

I just reconnected with my high school English teacher on Facebook. She is particularly close to a group of us who graduated in 1988, because she taught us in 7th grade, 9th grade, then senior year. I wouldn't call myself a great writer, but I'm no slouch. I attribute a great deal of my success to my writing skill. I may be missing a lot of commas, but if I were any better, I might have ended up being a grammar Nazi copy editor.

It is great to be able to reconnect with someone who taught you a great deal of vocabulary and style, and thank them for it. Reading is much more fun when you don't have to write a book report. I hated book reports back then. Presently, when I read a book I like, I go on and on about it.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Last night, I was cleaning out my office bookshelf, and I found a folder full of certificates. One of them was from 2000, and it was the Brainbench "Unix Administrator" certification. I logged into the account after quite a bit of guessing, and found that Brainbench had my Oklahoma City address! I haven't lived there since 2000. My Unix Administrator certification had expired or otherwise disappeared. They charge a nominal fee for most exams, but some of them are free. I took a Cisco Network Support exam for kicks, and because it was free. I teach this stuff, I hope I know it! I used only my brain and scored in the 99th percentile. I'm sure I missed a queuing question, a QoS question, and an obscure TCP question. I think I nailed the rest of it. I don't have the QoS bit flags memorized, and I don't get much chance to configure queuing, class maps, or policy routing.

Individual Test Results - Actionable Data Just For You

Test: Cisco Network Support
Date: 14-Feb-2009
Score: 3.97
Weights: 100% Cisco Network Support
Elapsed time: 23 min 3 sec
Cisco Network Support
Score: 3.97
Percentile: Scored higher than 99% of previous examinees

Demonstrates a clear understanding of many advanced concepts within this topic. Appears capable of mentoring others on most projects in this area.
Strong Areas

* Routing Protocols
* Traffic and Device Management
* LAN Switching
* WAN Connectivity

Weak Areas

* Advanced Technologies
* Hardware Architecture

Your results are now posted to your online account. You can log on to your account anytime via the Brainbench home page.

I think that's a pretty fair assessment.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday night thoughts.

I still love the word Porkulus. It's not "earmark free". It's more than an earmark, it is the whole animal, hoof to snout. I absolutely agree with this article on Obama's busted bubble. His press conference tonight made me realize that he just doesn't know his bubble has burst. Or he doesn't know that we know. He's looking tired. I recognize that look. I think I've had that same look when I was trying to be someone I was not. The overwhelming stress will wear you out. Obama is failing the integrity test in the crucible of the Presidency. In politics, your word is your bond. He's already sunk. The economy will recover, over time, in spite of the Porkulus Bill, if it happens to pass in the next day or so. Folks are about to get their tax refunds for 2008. Anyway, America's economy is too diverse to fall too far. We just need to brace for inflation that will happen when the banks print more money.

I'm belt tightening to the Nth degree. I want completely out of debt in the next several months, mortgages included, with lots of extra money coming in. I recognize what got us into this mess, and I don't want to participate in it any more.

In an economy based on debt, there is a pool of credit out there which people owe called Principle plus Interest. The available money supply is the Principle. As long as people are paying out of the pool of Principle to try to cover the Principle plus Interest, there will be bad paper. The moral thing to do is to not owe any Principle plus Interest, lest you be caught when the Principle runs out not being able to cover your Principle plus Interest payments. Usury was a sin in every major religion up until the last couple of centuries. The answer is to put your head down, earn as fast as you can to save up enough for what you desire, and to pay cash.

I read a book that said the rich purchase assets. The poor purchase liabilities. People with mortgages feel that their home is their biggest asset, but until that last P+I payment is made, the bank owns it and they are slaves to the bank. It's still a liability. Credit cards are worse, because the interest is sky high. Once I'm out of debt, I want to make money so fast that I never have to worry about money again. I have found people on the internet who have done it and are willing to teach me how. I am taking full advantage of their tactics.

My focus this year is building a portfolio of assets. An asset can be a company, equity in a joint venture, bonds, a piece of land, mineral rights, an oil well, intellectual property, cash, precious metals, or even a web site. The easiest valuable asset for me to create is intellectual property. The second easiest asset for me to create is web sites. The third easiest asset for me to create is a service business. I am spending time in all three of these swim lanes, focusing on them serially, and learning as fast as I can. My associates on Twitter are teaching me things I never imagined were possible. I'm also networking with local entrepreneurs and I'm attending a dinner Tuesday night (tonight) to learn more. The philosophy of the successful people I've chatted with is to create great value in a hungry market niche, make more money, have fun, give like crazy, and repeat.

I'm also tasked with finding equity partners. I keep hearing that finding capital is just like sales, but you can find it even if you sell badly. I got a silver rating on a venture capital site where I posted my revenue model and business plan, but having a day job limits the amount of time I can spend on pursuing it. If I can get something launched and have a set of financials (a solid P/L and balance sheet), I could get a gold rating and they'd be calling me.

One of my mentors said that it is LESS RISKY in a down economy working for yourself than being an employee. . . as long as you put in the time and do the necessary work to eliminate the risk. Until one of my ventures replaces my W2 income, plus enough for insurance, I'm stuck on the fence. . . because I have liabilities. I'm literally a slave to the government and the banks. Anyway, I have a plan of escape.