The Incontiguous Brick

July 18, 2011

Ron Paul’s Money Bomb Machine is up and running again…

Here is Ron Paul’s latest message to his supporters:

I’m running for President because it’s time to take a stand.

For principle over power.

For conviction over compromise.

For responsibility over recklessness.

For the American people over all those who would defend the status quo while selling out our children and grandchildren’s futures.

Beginning at midnight tonight, my campaign’s grassroots supporters will hold another Money Bomb to help guarantee I can continue building a top-tier campaign and pull out all the stops to finish strong in the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13.

So I hope you will visit http://www.RonPaul2012.com this Tuesday, July 19, and give whatever you are able to at this crucial time.

I can’t express enough how much I appreciate your support in this rough economy. I know many who contribute to my campaign are sacrificing in other areas so they can help spread the message of freedom and take back their country.

And there has never been a better chance for us to win!

The Iowa Straw Poll is coming up fast, and all eyes will be on the results.

This is our opportunity to further illustrate that our R3VOLUTION is able to turn passion into on-the-ground success.

You and I have seen it in our continuing efforts to Audit the Fed, as we have brought more scrutiny on the Federal Reserve than ever before and forced it into releasing tremendous amounts of information it would have loved to keep sealed in a dusty backroom.

Believe me, the Fed knows that’s just the beginning of what we can accomplish.

And you and I have seen the power of our movement most dramatically with my son Rand’s victory in the Kentucky Senate race, where, despite the establishment’s best efforts, Rand crushed the opposition and has gone on to shake up Washington.

So I firmly believe there is no limit to what this battle-tested movement can achieve when it comes together around a common goal.

The Tuesday, July 19, Money Bomb isn’t about revolutionizing campaign fundraising.

We’ve already done that.

It’s about demonstrating the intensity of the support for restoring America now.

It’s about proving that the torch of liberty is burning bright in the hearts of patriots all across the country.

It’s about sending a message that we will no longer let the establishment decide who is worthy of support.

If you are able, I hope you will chip in whatever you can at http://www.RonPaul2012.com on Tuesday.

There are many more Americans who are ready to support me for President in this election. But it’s hard for them to see through the establishment’s tired story that I can’t win because I refuse to play by the statists’ rules.

A strong finish in the Iowa Straw Poll would go a long way toward finally doing away with this myth once and for all and convincing more Americans to join our efforts.

I’m proud of my record as a constitutional conservative, and I know that no other candidate for the Presidency has the credentials to match.

But if we are to win, we must get the word out far and wide.

Anything you can contribute at http://www.RonPaul2012.com on Tuesday will help me purchase tv and radio ad time, send mail, create more campaign materials, and fund my operations in several key states.

And, most importantly, it will help me in Iowa in these last few weeks before the August 13 Straw Poll.

If we work together, I am convinced we can WIN this race and take the White House in November 2012.

Thank you for all you do for freedom, and I hope you can help my campaign send another powerful message by contributing at http://www.RonPaul2012.com this Tuesday, July 19.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. The August 13 Iowa Straw Poll is coming up fast, and my campaign’s grassroots supporters are holding another Money Bomb starting at midnight tonight to help me finish strong in the Straw Poll and continue my campaign’s momentum.

So please visit http://www.RonPaul2012.com this Tuesday. Any amount you can give will go toward growing this campaign and winning the Presidency in 2012.

This should be a fun one to watch.  Anyone think his supporters can pull enough support this time to get some real attention?

June 22, 2010

How can the President stop drilling? Easy!

A New Orleans federal judge lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Barack Obama following the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Let me say that again: A judge in New Orleans decided that the President can’t tell a company to stop drilling in our Economic Exclusion Zone (200 nm from our coast) even though the judge has no jurisdiction there either.

However, the President can order the execution of American citizens overseas at will. Overseas is anywhere beyond 12 nautical miles of the coast.

Easy fix: President should order the execution of all drillers who are operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Easy Peasy! They can legally drill all they want to but we can’t promise their survival when the Predators are flying.

January 8, 2010

Really? Was it Really Attempted Use of a WMD?

Filed under: politics,Ramblings,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 11:36 pm
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Yesterday on NPR, I heard the discussion about the would-be Christmas airline bomber as having attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Really?  Should we really be calling the Christmas airline bomber an attempted use of Weapon of Mass Destruction? He burning his lap!  Seriously?

If we use that term to describe the attempted downing of an aircraft then isn’t every anti-ship cruise missile a WMD?  There can be hundreds to thousands of people on ships.  Or what about a 2000 lbs bomb that we drop all the time?  How about a grenade?  If he stabbed the pilots and brought the plane down would that be a WMD?  Will will have to have an international armistice treaty on box cutters!

I think a more honest term would “attempted mass murder.”  How about we save WMD for the big stuff like nukes and not water down our own language.

August 30, 2009

How Detroit Killed the Inflatable Car

The Inflatable Car

The Inflatable Car

I am a huge fan of new ideas and inovative technology.  XP Vehicles is developing an inflatable car that is an absolutely phenomenal idea.  If you don’t want one for yourself then that is fine.  You can’t deny that a car made out of “airbags” (the same polymer materials used to cushion NASA’s rovers when they landed on Mars) is a pretty cool idea.  Especially when that car uses no gasoline and gets over 125 miles per battery charge. Not to mention the company’s claim that you can drive the car off a cliff without serious injury, and that it will float in a flood or tsunami.

But the Department of Energy says…

REJECTED!

 Here is an excerpt from an email I received from XP Vehicles:
“Detroit” wants XP Vehicles stopped!

The DOE reviewers, mostly from “Detroit”, have turned down XP’s loan application in favor of “Detroit” players. Are we a nation where innovation and great ideas win support or where great influence buyers win the support? If you want an XP Vehicle, call Congress now and ask for action!

In the next 48 hours you will see a Press Release sent out by XP Vehicles after we were contacted by the Department of Energy and informed that our application was being rejected. We have been told that most of the smaller, advanced technology electric car companies’ applications are being rejected in favor of Ford, Nissan and GM applicants. XP was told it was rejected because it did not use E85 gasoline and was not building millions of cars.

As stated in our Press Release, we have no problem with the federal government supporting our traditional automotive industry, we do have a problem with absolutely no support for smaller companies who have not made the mistakes of the Detroit Three and are just trying to get new technology on the roads today and available to consumers. Americans deserve the opportunity and right to make the right choices and start reducing our energy consumption and air pollution TODAY.

If America, and the world, wants a car that goes an almost unlimited range via hot-swap cartridges, costs less than $20,000.00, uses no gasoline, is easy to repair, easy to build, saves your life better than any other car, is faster than competing solutions, does not require an extension cord, uses electricity and creates green jobs; then we hope they will let Congress hear their voices.

XP Vehicles needs your help. If you want to support them you can send the below letter to your congressman:

 

Letter of Support

DATE

The Honorable John Doe

U.S. House of Representatives/United States Senate

Washington, DC 20515/20510

Dear Representative/Senator Doe:

As your constituent and a firm supporter of our nation’s environment and energy independence, I was extremely disappointed in the recent announcement made by the U.S. Department of Energy to reject a comprehensive and thorough Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan application submitted by the California-based company XP Vehicles. Their innovative car technology has produced a vehicle capable of delivering about 125 miles per one battery pack charge and uses no gasoline. I cannot understand why the Energy Department is not willing to fund a car that goes an almost unlimited range via hot-swap cartridges, costs less than $20,000.00, uses no gasoline, is easy to repair, easy to build, saves your life better than any other car, is faster than competing solutions, does not require an extension cord, uses electricity and creates green jobs. I hope that you have the same questions and would be willing to phone or write Secretary Chu and ask him directly.

While I realize that some of these loan monies should go to established and traditional automotive companies, I find it unbelievable that the Department is not being more forward-thinking and allocating some of their investment in the future.Again, as your constituent, I am asking you to call or write Secretary Chu and ask him to reconsider the loan application submitted by XP Vehicles.

We need to invest in companies that are working on advanced technology to develop more fuel efficient, safer vehicles and will put Americans back to work in “greener” jobs. If you have any questions or would like a sample letter to send to Secretary Chu, feel free to contact XP Vehicles’ Washington Lobbyist Janet Kopenhaver at 703-528-7822 or via email at janetk@eyeonwashington.com. Thank you in advance for supporting advanced technology, less dependence on foreign oil and a cleaner environment.

Sincerely,YOUR NAME

 

Will this make a diference?  Probably not.  But at least you will have tried.

August 7, 2009

Why not model a Govenrnment Health Care plan after the FAA?

The FAA model brings up an interesting example in support of government run health care.

 

There is a definite problem with the current healthcare system. If you have private insurance and get become very sick, the insurance company has an strong motivation to find a way to cancel your policy. Although this makes sense for the companies bottom line, it is not exactly what I would call insurance. Most of us would like to imagine that “insurance” means: any means of guaranteeing against loss or harm. But this goes away when it is a for profit industry that does not want to pay for loss or harm. And quite frankly, if I was an invester in an insurance company, I wouldn’t want them to cut into their profit to pay for your illness either.

 

However, the idea of the government providing for our health care sends chills up the spines of most conservatives and many liberals. Do we really trust the government with our lives? I argue that you already do… every time you board an airplane in the United States you are trusting the FAA.

 

Here is one way to model the field of medicine after the FAA and it just might work:

 

Doctor Pay:

ATC controllers are highly paid and they make more money at larger airports (so rewarded for skill and hard work), have very demanding requirements, little room for error and are government employees. Maybe that is not such a bad model for doctors. Rather than pay them through hospitals that are billing insurance companies, why not have well compensated doctors (perhaps in a similar organizational structure as military doctors) that are paid a wage from the public coffers. Just like air traffic controllers who work at an airport but not for the airport (paid by FAA), doctors could work at hospitals but not for the hospital.

Medical School:

Obviously, we still want to attract the best and brightest to be doctors. Medical school is tough. It will stay tough. Right now it is expensive and tough and that means only people with wealthy families can become doctors (not always the brightest) or people willing to incur massive debt. This requires very high pay later to cover loans. Why not have medical education free and based solely on merit. If you are good enough to get in and finish the program, you are in the club. If not, see you later (and you owe for the ammount spent on you). No amount of money will get you in, rich boy. That makes it more like the Naval Academy which generally produces good officers.

Hospitals and clinics:

Offer free treatment to any citizen (taxpayer) and get reimbursed from the government for treatment. This is still competitive because people have a choice where they go to see the doctor. Provide a crappy facility and you get less patients at your door = less money. Patients that are not citizens can also be seen but will be billed at the same rate that the government would have paid. The non-citizen can utilize a private health insurance provider if they choose or can pay out of pocket.

Alternative Plan:
How about combining health insurance with life and disability, so the company has a financial incentive to keep you alive and healthy?

March 27, 2009

The Trillion Dollar Spider

Filed under: Humor,Money,politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 10:11 am

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YAY! Problem solved! I knew it wasn’t that difficult to get this national debt thing under control.
If this seems silly… think about this next time the Federal Reserve says its time to increase the money supply.

February 8, 2009

uh oh.

Filed under: Money,politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 8:41 am

jobsrecessions

This graph is from http://www.speaker.gov/

January 13, 2009

Is Russian planning to invade Ukraine?

Filed under: Our World,politics,Russia,Ukraine,Warnings,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 5:37 pm

Is the real reason to cut natural gas exports a trick to justify an invasion of Ukraine?

For nearly a week, A large portion of eastern Europe has been without heat. This is because hundreds of thousands of Europeans have been without gas since Gazprom cut supplies nearly a week ago. First, the Russian company claims Ukraine has blocked gas deliveries to Europe while Ukraine says Russian stopped the flow of gas. Then Russia admitted to stopping the gas but siad they resumed pumping again.

Gazprom deputy head Alexander Medvedev said Ukraine had failed to carry the gas westwards to Europe after it resumed pumping it across their border. Ukraine counters that the pipeline route that Russia is using to send the gas makes it technically impossible to deliver.

Kiev said it could not pump the gas as Russia had switched the transit route.

Either way, Europe is cold and people are getting desperate while Moscow has been unable to resolve differences with Ukraine over debts and pricing.

…So that sums up the situation as reported in the media.

sickleBut maybe there is more to the story than just corporate greed….

Perhaps Russia is ready to take back some of its former territory. Perhaps Russia is tired of pissant little countries like Ukraine (that Moscow once controled) attempting to dictate trade agreements to them. Perhaps Putin is rearing his head.

This may be one of those genius geopolitical gambits that history will look back on and say, “evil, but damn clever.”

With gas shut off to Europe during a cold spell and people getting desperate, this is one time when Russia can do anything as long as the gas flows again. If that means roll tanks into Ukraine to force a settlement and turn on the gas then Europe could accept that. As long as the gas flows again. Get ready for another land war.

Europe is hooked on Russian gas like a crack whore on the rock and will accept almost anything to get it back. Russian troops ensuring the stability of gas exports may be a big pill to swallow but not too big when you are cold.

Now is also a great time because the U.S. leadership is in a transition phase and in no place to do more than complain. With world economies on the brink and western armies stretched thin, this is a great time for a land war Russian style.

Need another reason? How about the Ukraine missile shield deal with the U.S.? Last August Ukraine said they wanted to join join other European nations to establish a ballistic missile shield defense system. Moscow was not happy.

With plummeting temperatures and unhappy people, most of Europe will probably welcome a Russian invasion of Ukraine if it means stable gas supplies.

January 7, 2009

Letter from Congressman Dennis Kucinich to Condoleezza Rice

Filed under: Israel,politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 3:56 pm

This doesn’t need commentary. Here it is:

January 5, 2009

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

Dear Dr. Rice:

I am writing concerning Israel’s military offensive against Gaza, which began on December 27th. I support Israel’s security and its right to exist in peace, without the fear of rocket attacks from Hamas. Moreover, I abhor the violence being visited upon the citizens of our firm ally. However, no nation is immune from the legal conditions placed on the receipt of U.S. military assistance. I believe that with the current escalation of violence in Gaza, a legal threshold has been reached, warranting a Presidential examination and report to Congress. I hereby request an examination of Israel’s compliance with the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (AECA).

While neither the AECA nor the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA) define “internal security” and “legitimate self-defense,” I believe that Israel’s most recent

attacks neither further internal security nor do they constitute “legitimate” acts of self-defense. They do, however, “increase the possibility of an outbreak or escalation of conflict,” because they are a vastly disproportionate response to the provocation, and because the Palestinian population is suffering from those military attacks in numbers far exceeding Israeli losses in life and property.

Israel’s current military campaign in Gaza has inflicted a significant toll on Palestinian civilians and society. Israel’s recent aerial and ground offensive against Gaza has killed nearly 600 and injured over 2,500. The Associated Press reported: “children are paying the price. . . . The United Nations has said the death toll includes 34 children. . . . But the broad range of Israel’s targets–police compounds, fire stations, homes of militants, Hamas-run mosques and university buildings–means most shelling is occurring in residential areas.”[2] The extensive destruction of such civilian institutions violates Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the wanton destruction of property and collective punishment of a civilian population. There have also been reports of bombings of United Nations (UN) schools, despite the fact that Israeli Defense Forces were allegedly given coordinates of the facilities prior to the current escalation in violence. The blockade that Israel has imposed on Gaza since 2006 has further exacerbated the extent of collateral damage, as hospitals and morgues have been unable to cope with the magnitude of deaths and injuries as a result of the current escalation in violence and hospitals lack proper supplies needed to treat the injured.

I believe that Israel’s use of defense articles provided by the U.S in the current Gaza military attacks may constitute a violation of the AECA. At a minimum, the conflict is sufficient to warrant an immediate report to Congress as required by 22 U.S.C. §2753. Please contact my office by close of business on January 7, 2009 with the date the report will be submitted.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

The USS Liberty

Filed under: Conspiracy,Israel,politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 9:00 am

From LewRockwell.com in 2001.

At 0800 hrs, 8 June, 1967, eight Israeli recon flights flew over ‘Liberty,’ which was flying a large American flag. At 1400 hrs, waves of low-flying Israeli Mystere and Mirage-III fighter-bombers repeatedly attacked the American vessel with rockets, napalm, and cannon. The air attacks lasted 20 minutes, concentrating on the ship’s electronic antennas and dishes. The ‘Liberty’ was left afire, listing sharply. Eight of her crew lay dead, a hundred seriously wounded, including the captain, Commander William McGonagle.

At 1424 hrs, three Israeli torpedo boats attacked, raking the burning ‘Liberty’ with 20mm and 40mm shells. At 1431hrs an Israeli torpedo hit the ‘Liberty’ midship, precisely where the signals intelligence systems were located. Twenty-five more Americans died.

The Israeli attacks killed 34 US seamen and wounded 171 out of a crew of 297, the worst loss of American naval personnel from hostile action since World War II.

The attack on ‘Liberty’ was fading into obscurity until last week, when intelligence expert James Bamford came out with Body of Secrets, his latest book about the National Security Agency. In a stunning revelation, Bamford writes that unknown to Israel, a US Navy EC-121 intelligence aircraft was flying high overhead the ‘Liberty,’ electronically recorded the attack. The US aircraft crew provides evidence that the Israeli pilots knew full well that they were attacking a US Navy ship flying the American flag.

Could someone explain to me why we are friends with Israel?

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