Friday, September 05, 2008


Is the value of the dollar going down?
Bernanke probably would say no, but the average American knows instinctively the answer is yes.

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Real Choice

Are the only choices John McCain or Barack H. Obama? I say no!

Make a positive choice - vote for Bob Barr!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ranked Choice Voting - Mesa, Arizona

Yup, that's right--a big step forward for democracy. When can we get this in Tempe?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Debasing the paper US currency being a land office business these days, the fools and charlatans in charge are moving towards replacing the current US penny with a steel replacement in order to save about $100 million dollars a year. What member of congress has the latest low down on this sham - Representative Ron Paul.

Photo credit: The Govmint.Com

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The video above is from the impudent and innovative folks at, a domain registrar that offers no charge (as in free) domain names. The only hitch is a little advertising and I certainly don't begrudge them a bit of that.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I took time Monday evening to go to a forum of Republican Party candidates for congressional district 5. Among those present were Mark Anderson, Laura Knaperek, Jim Ogsbury and David Schweikert. Alongside those in the audience was Andy Swann a very clean-cut retired employee of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. I solicited a piece of his campaign literature and took the time today to review his web site: I visited his issues page and was less than impressed with several of his apparent positions. He is under the belief that "Educating our children is of course a critical role of state government." While that may well be a task assumed by government, monopoly government education has produced some sadly uneducated students and a billion dollar Arizona state deficit. The current educational system in Arizona isn't going to provide education that today's youth needs to compete.

In any case I am happy to see that Mr. Swann has put in the effort to offer the voters in LD20 (West Chandler and South Tempe) a choice in the upcoming November elections.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

With John McCain being hailed as the likely nominee of the Republican Party I have been getting quite a few more emails from my pro-peace cohorts here in Arizona. Luckily Matt Welch has taken the time to write a book on John McCain called McCain: The Myth of a Maverick"McCain: The Myth of a Maverick" and avaiable for $18.45 (hardback) from I hope to have the opportunity to read this book so I can see how wise an insight it offers on John McCain.

Until then I will likely just visit and see what video and audio jewels John McCain has offered since he started singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran".

If you favor John McCain or oppose John McCain, it behooves any American voter to learn all you can about him and his positions. I watched a panel discussion of John McCain and certainly came away from it knowing much more about John McCain than I did before watching the show.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I am always 100% in favor of peace as the best option. As such I try to support any anti-war effort that comes my way. is one such group. They are working to support hearings on the war as well as local events such as town halls across the country in the March 13th through 19th time frame. I encourage everyone to take a look, this effort certainly looks worthy of support.

Lest anybody think that innocent people aren't unjustly convicted in the United States, let them read up on Ray Krone. He was convicted twice and sentenced to the death penalty for a crime he did not commit.

Photo credit: cobalt123

Wayne Allen Root has been out spreading a libertarian message for 9 months now. While I still have a few reservations about his positions and policy, I think that he is certainly worth a look.

I hope that he continues to spread a message of limited government in his campaign for president and beyond. I still have greater faith in the positions held by Christine Smith.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

While not a Ron Paul booster, the creator of does draw an interesting comic.

Monday, February 04, 2008

John Taylor Gatto is a name that many individuals concerned with education will come across. He is the author of "Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling". He will be appearing at HENA (Home Education Network of Arizona) Conference at the ASU College of Education (Tempe, Arizona) the weekend of March 1st and 2nd. The registration deadline is February 15th, 2008.

Photo credit: melaniesage

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

In honor of all the blood, sweat and tears (or at least really hard work) put in by Ernest Hancock and Powell Gammill, I have added to the sidebar. I hope that if you haven't visited Freedom's Phoenix lately that you do so. It has great news with a sprinkle of critique added.

If there is one thing that the Libertarian Party is known for it is their desire to reduce government spending. The Arizona Libertarian Party is walking the walk as well as talking the talk unlike some other political parties of late.

1/27/2008 Phoenix Arizona
## For Redistribution ##

Arizona Libertarians Save State Tax Payers $1,000,000.00

The Arizona Libertarian Presidential Preference Primary Election will take place from January 30th through February 5th, 2008. It will be conducted online using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) with candidate information links. RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, better reflecting voter intent. The winning nominee must receive a majority of the vote not a plurality. All registered Libertarians are encouraged to study the candidate’s positions and participate. Voting instructions will be posted online prior to the election at

The Arizona Libertarian Party (AZLP) has statewide ballot status as a major political party. By statute, the AZLP was invited by the state to participate in the Presidential Preference Primary Election in which party members cast votes which are non enforceable upon the convention delegates. The AZLP decided to save Arizona taxpayers from this expense and hold the election as an internal party function. Independents who can't vote in a partisan primary should not be forced to subsidize an internal beauty contest.

For more information on this primary or Ranked Choice Voting visit or contact the Arizona Libertarian Party at 1-800-875-7369 or in Maricopa County at 602-595-5451.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Would you buy a used car from this marketplace? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) can tell you a lot about how the US economy is doing. From this graph I would have to say that the US isn't doing too well. Is this because the US government is overspending? Is this because the US government is overtaxing? Is this because the "leadership" of the Republican Party and Democratic Party have absolutely no clue what to do to avert a partial collapse of the domestic mortgage lending industry? Is there anybody who knows that the solution is to unleash the creative energies of the people and businesses of the USA? There is. His name is Ron Paul and he is running for president. I hope enough people out there will learn about his position on overspending and overtaxing.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday night I went to Scottsdale Road and Cactus to wave my Ron Paul for President sign. Little did I know that the Ron Paul limo was coming to Scottsdale. I had a fun time talking with the driver while the limo was in Scottsdale (about 90 minutes or so) before it had to go back to the Phoenix Ron Paul Grassroots Headquarters. There are apparently a few videos of the limo on with one of them showing Ron Paul signing the limo while it was in Texas.

The photo you see wasn't from its Scottsdale visit but I am sure you get the idea.

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ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf 7 Notebook - Lush Green- Intel Mobile CPU / 512MB / 2GB flash drive / 802.11b/g / 10/100 LAN / Memory Card Reader / Intel UMA graphics / Li

Could I live with a Linux laptop? I will have to save up before I can afford one but the Asus EEE PC sure looks nifty to me. If you would like to learn more, click on the icon of the green laptop above.

Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME (Millenium Edition), Windows 98, Windows 95. All these operating systems, produced by the Microsoft Corporation, are good tools. All of them can be brought low by opening one piece of software or going to the wrong website.

It is not a given that buying Windows Vista is any complete solution to the problem of computer crackers.

I would say the easiest solution would be to sell that Windows computer and buy your self a Macintosh (or if you can break out of the box, an computer that runs an Open Source operating system..

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

If ever I was doubtful about the existence of happy tax spenders in the Arizona legislature, this video clearly disabused me of the notion. Arizona Federation of Taxpayers has several other videos of the Adventures of Wally the Wallet and his compatriots.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

It has been quite some time since the US has been a shining example for the rest of the world. One tarnish on what should be our shining example is Guantanamo prison camp. Recently 80 people chose to get themselves arrested at the US Supreme Court building to let the powers that be know that "We the people" are unhappy with the governments soggy toast support for The Bill of Rights.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I have met a number of people with passion, with competence and with the driving interest to educate and entertain the public. One of those people is Victor Aronow (this is him on the far left) who industriously works to advance the cause of Arizona Community Media Foundation so that Arizona can have a bit more choice when it comes to broadcast FM radio stations.

His group will have a benefit concert on Friday, February 1st in Scottsdale. For details, visit the AZCMF web site: Do it now.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ron Paul War Room

We are supposed to believe that Ron Paul came in 5th in New Hampshire. We are supposed to believe that John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani all garnered more votes than Ron Paul in New Hampshire, reportedly the freest state in the US.

Think again.

Mention Benjamin Franklin and most people would think of two things, his kite and the fact that he was one of the founding fathers. Recently I received a missive from the National Center for Constitutional Studies (which has one of the better pocket US Constitutions) offering suggestions on how to better ourselves and our families. They offered several suggestions from the mouth of Benjamin Franklin. As they publish a book titled "The Real Benjamin Franklin" I can't think of a better group to offer suggestions.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Considering the ever increasing amount of privacy invasion going on in the corporate arena, the need for this device, the "Armadillo Dollar" can only increase.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I went to the Republican party legislative district 17 meeting at the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center. The meeting started on time, proceeded apace and was a pleasure to attend. Mayor Hugh Hallman ( was present and even though he has no opposition on the ballot, asked for our vote of support. He also recounted his efforts the educate the members of the Tempe City Council on the need to hold the line on increasing our property tax. He reports, as has been in the news for a great many months, that the Maricopa County real estate valuations have been soaring and that unless the rate at which property taxes are reduced that property owners in Tempe will be dunned for 30% more via their property tax bills unless the property tax rate is reduced.

He reports that Council members Mark Mitchell and Shana Ellis have a particular challenge in understanding the priciple that when A (the valuations go up) and B (the tax rates are left unchanged) then C (the tax bill is going to go up).

He reports that Tempe City Council candidate Julie Jakubek understands this basic concept of multiplication. I hope to contact her campaign tomorrow and find out how I can assist in the effort to elect government officials who understand multiplication.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Do most people research and decide for themselves who to vote for? I rather lean towards no on that question. Most people allow the media formerly known as mainstream and a few ads on the day before the election to decide for them. I would rather people use a useful tool or consult with some educational material (the internet preferably) than rely on "the TV".

I took a test using for the 2008 Presidential election. These are the candidates and how much they think I agree with.

86% Ron Paul
71% Fred Thompson
68% Mitt Romney
66% Tom Tancredo
65% Mike Huckabee
59% John McCain
42% Bill Richardson
40% Rudy Giuliani
31% Mike Gravel
31% Chris Dodd
28% Barack Obama
26% Dennis Kucinich
25% John Edwards
24% Hillary Clinton
20% Joe Biden

What? No Libertarians ?!?

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Of those candidates in their system, I would personally rate my preferences as:

Ron Paul
Bill Richardson
Dennis Kucinich
Mike Gravel

as the rest of them think that the US government needs to continue its occupation of Iraq (and in McCain's case for 100 years).

as the system doesn't include Christine Smith, Steve Kubby, Jim Burns or George Phillies.

The Goldwater Institute has produced 100 ideas for the new year and I just love idea #2. "Allow private companies to assume the full responsibility of promoting Arizona as a tourist destination by eliminating public funds for the Tourism Authority." The government of the State of Arizona is facing a $1 billion budget deficit.

I think zeroing out government funded advertising for tourism is a great idea (let private business advertise, they know best where the best return on investment is - government doesn't). I hope my state representatives David Shapira and Ed Ableser give this some serious consideration.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

The wonders of Wikipedia are many. A visual can add a lot to an article. The latest edition of the Wikipedia Signpost has a section called WikiWorld with a visual version of an article about John Lasseter.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Time passes by and with it the attention of the media. Luckily there are some group whose attention is more focused than most. One of them being the Citizens Commision on Human Rights. A friend recently offered me the opportunity to watch one their video "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" at his home. It tells us of the now historical actions of the pharmaceutical drug industry to insinuate themselves into American society. I certainly want to take advantage of modern drugs, when truly necessary. However, I am plenty cautious of their serious and sometimes deadly side-effects. Caveat emptor.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I'll admit that I had my doubts when Ernest Hancock started throwing out the term "the media formerly known as mainstream". Ron Paul's campaign has made me a believer. What TV station news from Des Moines, Iowa would I have access to given that I can't afford [or choose not to pay for] cable or satellite television? I do choose to purchase a high speed internet connection through Cox Communications and I look forward to Ron Paul's Veterans for Paul event. Streaming internet television - what an achievement.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Who would Jesus bomb? Good question.

Looks like three people chose to be arrested rather than quietly allowing Mike Huckabee's war mongering to continue without protest.

The best part, in my opinion, is where Mike Huckabee's campaign bus drove away rather than even attempt to respond to the protestors questions. I am told that Mike Huckabee was in the bus. I guess the questions scared him away.

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