Thursday, February 28, 2008

Our freedom to choose our government?

So I found a YouTuge video about the New Hampshire voting fraud then I went to the web site that he said he was on (which is this) and found upon comparing the blurry video and the web site that someone had changed it since he had looked at it. I also found where one district had admitted the "mistake". Even if you wouldn't pick Ron Paul as the republican candidate doesn't it bother anyone else that someone could be messing with the will of the people this terribly?

Apparently, a minority of the people seeking their own interests are lying to the american people calling it a "mistake" and hoping that no one asks for a recount because it would be too expensive or cause a division in the party. (!) I'd like to know how many times this has happened around the country so far? We really do need to get more involved and MAKE our voices be heard.

Had to copy this and post it!

DIRECT FROM WASHINGTON STATE - UPDATE
Posted February 10th, 2008 by Jane Aitken
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Update: Ron Paul wins majority of delegates in Washington state. However, my inside sources just told me that GOP Chairs in different districts are withholding information on Delegates!
Please post this everywhere you know to let the media know we will not tolerate this kind of behavior from the GOP or from them.
Here we go, from Lew Moore's wife Maureen, which is about as official as it gets:
Hello everyone,
By our very preliminary count from you reports it is looking like we have at least twice the delegates as the other candidates!!
For this day and until the count shows otherwise I want you to congratulate yourselves for WINNING Washington State for Ron Paul!!
I wish I could share every single story I have heard over the past few days and all the happy reports from Ron Paul enclaves in WA towns I have never even heard of!
Please know this...the National Campaign is seeing these kind of successes all over the country...Every day that goes by we have new supporters and new contributers. I can't believe I am saying this...I thought certainly I would sleep for 4 days once the 9th was over...but I am already so excited to prepare for our County Conventions!! The next few weeks are going to be very important...There were stories from almost every precinct about Huckabee and Romney voters changing their support to Ron Paul. Unfortunately some of the biggest threats to the Freedom Revolution can still come from within...our own perceptions...please read Ron's letter again until you see the part that states he we are going to the National Convention!
You know things have changed every day in this campaign with new information and new victories changing the course...now we have given him Washington and made the road to the Minneapolis a lot more golden!!
I will update you all when we get more final results...You all did a wonderful job. Just wonderful.
Thank you for all you do!Maureen McMahan MooreWashington State CoordinatorRon Paul 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Unpolitical

For Valentine's day Lily and I decorated with red and pink hearts, made heart-shaped cut out cookies, and made heart shaped pizza. Lily got a rose balloon from the dollar store and she had fun making a valentine's card (though she just wanted to make one.) It was so cute and romantical and guess what Youssef and I talked about all that evening and every night following? Yes, if you've been reading this blog you know that the answer is --- politics! *ding-ding-ding* You win a cookie!

Ok, so what have we been doing that isn't political?

I've been preparing for Renna's birth. Buying newborn diapers and other things. They are so cute and tiny! Lily has been using one for her bitty baby and it actually fits pretty well. I think she'll be ready to see her little sister when she comes. I was able to get the amby hammock bed. It took all of our savings at the time, but I really wanted to have it before she comes. It's by my side of the bed and I love to look at it and think about her and what she'll be like. There are just a few more things that I'll need and I also need to go over the supply list so that I can have everything ready and in one place for the mid-wife.

Lily and I went shopping today and I saw the cutest little newborn outfit! It was a lavender dress made of a knit Cotton (looked quite comfy. A must for little babies in my opinion) and there was another outfit that was of the same fabric that was a pants, jacket, onesie set. It was so sweet I wanted to get it, but I decided to wait till after the baby shower on the 8th of March because I don't know what I'll be getting. Though I'd like to pick something out myself too, but I don't mind waiting till after she's born. Maybe she could wear it for Easter and Lily could wear something that matched in color. :) I'm so excited about having TWO girls!

By-the-way, my hair is really short now. Youssef cut it! I actually went to a place and said that I wanted something really different, but when I came home it was just the same as it had been (just a little shorter) and so Youssef fixed it. :) It's nice and easy to take care of and both he and I really like how it looks.

I threw a Pampered Chef party a few weeks ago (just got the orders today) and it was really fun to see people and get neat cooking things. I can't wait to try some of the stuff (I could have used a lot of it last week!) They are so fun to go to and host. I'd never been to one after being married (just when I was a teenager and didn't have my own kitchen or needed anything really.)




Today after shopping and after Lily woke up from her nap she got to play with her new cooking stuff that she picked out with some leftover birthday money. She wore her 'Too-ee hat and oven mitt for about 2 hours! The last hour of that she also wore her too-too. It was so cute!

The other day we got a fish for her (as the last one died of excessively cold tempereatures. We don't have the heat on at night, but I've been bringing this fish into our room where we have a room heater so he won't suffer the same fate.) Lily named him "Fishy Fish", at least that's what she kept saying when she was looking at him. :)

I finished another scrapbook layout and only have about four left to do to be all caught up. I think there's only one other project besides the scrapbooking that I'd like to get done before Renna's coming. I'm 37 weeks along right now if you are wondering. I'm actually measuring a little small so when someone tells me that I'm larger than I was with Lily all it means is that I'm fatter. *sigh*

Last night I kept dreaming that I was in labor because when I woke up for a short time to roll over my back hurt in an unusual way and I felt nauseous. (Which is pretty much how I felt right before Lily broke my water and labor started with her.) I was too tired to stay awake long enough to know if I was in labor or could have been if I got up and moved around more. Anyway, by next week I should have all the projects done and have bought the few last things that I need to get to be ready for right after she's born.



I was thinking the other day how my birthday is just over a month away and how I'd really like tea. I hardly ever get any tea because it seems like a luxury, but I really like tea (herbal and decaf teas). I'd also like orchid plants. The Safeway on Welsley has the BEST orchid plants (and other plants in general) just really high quality and so many varieties. I'd love to propogate orchids. When Youssef and I were first married I had 64 potted plants (some house plants and some garden type plants that we had on our balcony) and now I only have three house plants, one plant on the Betta tank, and a hyacinth that Youssef just gave me. I guess it's all right that I don't have as many house plants as I did, but one or two more would be nice. ;) Anyway, I should be saving up to finish the fence in the back yard and maybe having a little garden out there.

(If you don't know me well, yes, it's quite normal for me to talk about my birthday a month in advance and each week till the actual day and no, it doesn't necessarily help Youssef to remember to plan anything, but maybe blogging my thoughts could help!) :)

Well, I must depart from my ramblings to put a sleepy girl to sleep.

She had fun playing dress up today. :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Whoa, did the media pull a fast one?

Check this post on Daily Paul out...

Basically, the number of delegates are what matter.
When yesterday I said 45 votes went to Ron Paul at our caucus, that's not accurate (sorry all).
That piece of paper was only for a straw poll!
The actual number of delegates are the "votes." My precinct has 3 possible votes for Ron Paul, and Forrest Tucker's precinct has 4 votes for Ron Paul.

I blame this lack of knowledge on our impatience. We thought we'd get results the next day, and what we got was a survey.
This thing, Ron Paul people, is far from over.

(That means McCain only won a straw poll when most of the counties in WA polled for Paul.)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sacrifice for Freedom

If you've wondered what's been going on oversees by someone who really knows what's going on, you will be interested in this video. It says more than I ever could.

Revolution Exit Strategies

Spokane seems to have given Ron Paul it's support, as far as caucuses go.

Now Huckabee is calling into question McCain's "dubious final results" in the caucuses - which may shoot Huckabee in the foot - and possibly push Paul to the final nomination...

But, really, does Ron Paul need the Republican Party nomination? (Read the linked article: seriously.) If the mainstream media has ties into the Republican Party, that could account for its advocacy of McCain. This two party system doesn't work and we, the people, are the only ones who can stand up to make a difference.
Those who feel the mainstream media is in charge of who we decide will be president should consider writing in their vote.

I know the argument is going to be "why vote for someone that can't win?" Now I ask you: Why vote for anyone if you can't, as a free citizen of this country, vote for the person that could bring us back to our constitution and the freedoms that our ancesters died to give to us? It's not about winning or losing at this point (and he still could win,) it's about fighting for the truth. People in history changed their government with kidnappings and bombs. The media is asking Ron Paul supporters to sway or back down on the issues, but supporters like us can stand firm, write him in on our ballots, and by doing so, wean ourselves from the need to be told what to do and how to think.

I, for one, will not be told who should lead our country and what I need in my own life.
I, for one, will use what freedom I have left to make a stand so that we can return to the principles that our founders believed in. They wrote our constitution to give the people the power to make their own decisions, knowing that freedom lies in self-government.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

When It Matters: Ron Paul

When my wife said she liked hearing me talk about politics, I knew whatever apathy I had toward politics had finally stopped.

Lynné said she noticed a definite change since we married. I pushed this year to register us to vote - rather than shrugging it off. I pose government questions at the dinner table. My ability to pull up anecdotes and history from college years gets exercised whenever Lynné asks a question. My enthusiasm is coming from the prospect of change. We just mailed out our presidential primary votes for Texan Congressman Ron Paul.


While chipping two-inch-thick ice from our walkway and driveway, I started to think about those supporting Ron Paul who run under the banner of "Ron Paul Cured My Apathy." I fall under that category. But why? Because it feels like this election matters. Hearing Ron Paul talk about ceasing the growth of the federal government - and diminishing its role in we citizens' lives - makes me feel encouraged about the presidential menu, even more than the Bush vs. Gore election, (which, in some circles translated into Christan president vs. Secular president.)


There are videos on his Web site that go through his stance on several issues. You cannot deny he is well-informed, if not one of the most substantial statesmen in the race, after reading his work. That's one thing I'm always watching when people talk: nonsense vs. actual communication.

Real nonsense: I, Youssef, will focus my attention on the financial well-being of my family.
Real communication: I gave my wife the responsibility of paying our bills and budgeting while it's my responsiblity to file the statements.


I hope you, readers, see the difference. Ron Paul commits at least every other statement to actual communication. The other candidates navigate their answers through questions. Listen to a few of his Youtube videos to see the difference I'm talking about. Ron Paul gets compared to MLK and JFK in this film clip, while he gets compared to Ronald Reagan in others.


Recently, he stopped at the hotel not more than 20 blocks from my house. Seriously. How often does a presidential candidate visit Spokane?


Now why do people talk about Ron Paul as if he won't win?
I want some people to really think about this. The media (TV largely) refers to the mass crowds of people (think: groupies) who flood areas. The San Francisco straw poll - one of the few straw polls that mean something - was canceled when Paul supporters overwhelmed their room. Does that mean a cross-section of American voters wasn't found? Think about this: what does it mean that a presidential candidate has groupies, particularly in a country that typically has the lowest voter turn-out? I guarantee that each person who has donated at least $25 to Ron Paul will register to vote.


Now, it's not like I'm going to throw a snowball at Sean Hannity or anything like that. But when it comes down to it, I find myself sitting squarely in Paul's camp than any other candidate because of his central position of being a constitutionalist. My education in history/politics is definitely off the beaten path, when it comes to your average public schooler, deviating even further when I went to college. The headmaster of my last school spent most of a semester talking about the evils of Abraham Lincoln in the civil war.


One of the most important shifts in my early government thinking came from a professor named Iachetta (EYE-uh-KEH-tuh) who was teaching early American history, showing how it related to present events. We studied the constitution hard, even better the Federalist Papers. The idea of states' rights fell hard. However, no presidential candidate has stood for states' rights, much less the idea of returning to the gold standard. The mainstream media, determined as it seems to black-out Paul, has dubbed him the "libertarian minded long-shot," but if we do get him as a president, it's going to matter.


Why am I voting for him?
  • I am sick and tired of fighting an uphill battle with my money to provide for my family. Getting a better job every three years because my dollars are devaluing is idiotic and - in essence - devaluing my work.

  • I'm just tired of the business of tax preparation. Do you realize that TurboTax and TaxAct and H&R Block's Tax prep would fold overnight if the IRS was dissolved - not to mention the job supplements of several accountants? There is a site where you, yes YOU, can earn extra dollars by learning to prepare people's taxes - without a degree? That just goes to show how, in many ways, it's just a form.

  • What if the government entanglements in education disappeared? The video isn't that descriptive, but this text is invaluable in generating the hope that one day 55.33% of my property taxes won't go to an educational system I'm not going to use (home-schooling is for me and mine.) Here's the county's own graph of my property taxes for 2007-08. Add up "State School" and School District 81 (SD81)... Use the link, if you're in Spokane county, to look up your own.


  • Social security is one of the biggest $150 a month wastes out of my paycheck I can imagine, and Ron Paul's plan is the only one that actually sounds like it would work.
  • I'm just sick of the stories of people my age being sent to the war in Iraq. I'm not sure I trust any of the Democratic candidates to make good on their promises to pull-out (not that the party is incapable, just the people who make it to the White House). Ron Paul's consistency over the years of the war makes me trust him to stop my generation's future problems with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I ride the bus every weekday with a man who has PTSD from Vietnam and continually affirms that the present soldiers in Iraq are going through worse.
  • I'm hoping for a real change to this country.

There are people talking about the Ron Paul Revolution as something that will go on after the Presidential Election, but I'm not sure what form that would take. However, if he is elected, he needs to follow through on those promises he's getting so popular for... If he doesn't follow through, the voting public may go numb or march on Washington, D.C.
If Ron Paul doesn't get elected... the very next person to run on Paul's platform will.



Post-logue: The Free Market Answer
Those of you readers who have watched your way through my video tour de force above will notice how often Ron Paul references "the free market." I believe statements like "I think the free market should decide" really deserve a little more treatment. While there are people who fear a corporatized world born of the market, that merely is one image of a thousand possible.

In the last video, a young woman stands up and asks about getting America off of its dependence on foreign oil for energy. Ron Paul gives his free market answer, which makes sense in the context. However, there's more to it when he says he'll let "the market" decide.
First of all, who is the market? Are they oil companies? Are they the stockholders on Wall Street?
The surprising answer is that it's us. The people. Inventors and thinkers -- people who can think their way out of the problem of oil-dependence. A friend of mine, Mr. X, has an idea - costing less than $1,000 to manufacture - that would effectively raise the miles per gallon of any vehicle by 50% at least. What's he doing about it? Working a job because he can't otherwise afford to provide for his family. There are people who have gotten further: water cars, electric cars, biofuel, downsized cars - these people introduce competition to the market. Lower prices win consumers, driving all market prices down.
What will Ron Paul do to pull America off of foreign oil dependence? The one thing he can do: a wise, strategically structured nothing.
By dropping taxes, people can start businesses or pursue businesses more easily.
By pursuing business more easily, innovators (otherwise ignored) enter the market place.
By introducing competing creativity, businesses that survive introduce solutions.
By competing solutions, the average consumer (also able to purchase more with gold-standard money) can purchase American-made cars. After all, when will it be in Iraq's business interest to offer an electric car?