Philosophy of Liberty video

April 26th, 2009

This is my favorite and perhaps the best youtube video ever! I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here before! This educational video eloquently defines what “Liberty” is in the political sense in a principled way that is so easy to comprehend that I think every child above 1st grade should see it. =) Hopefully this video gets you thinking and provides some principled stability to your reasoning on politics and justice. If you have any further insights and thoughts on it, please share. I hope you enjoy, and remember… love thy neighbor!

Vote with Love

November 9th, 2008

I just found from52to48withlove on del.icio.us, which visually speaks the message of unity in our country across political lines. We all make different judgments and have our opinions on what the most important problems are, how they should be addressed, and which candidate is best suited for the job. We have our differences, but we also have so much in common – love of our country.

The site talks mentions Red (Republican) and Blue (Democrat) states or voters, but I think left out us White (Libertarian, 3rd parties, independent…) voters! Oh well, in time they’ll see we really are in that “middle ground” and can truly bridge the polar opposites the Republicans and Democrats have come to represent. Candidates like Ron Paul attracted so many supporters from the across the entire spectrum of political affiliations, and I think, in time, the American people will get there too.

This is my favorite image, so cute, so beautiful and to the point!

blue vote and red vote kiss

One of our greatest needs as human beings is to be loved. We all need love… and our country needs love!

My favorite bible passages, from 1 John 4:8,16.

Ron Paul on the Economy-Monetary Policy

March 8th, 2008

Though the Maryland election has passed, and McCain has won the republican ticket, I am still a part of the Revolution for change in our country – “Ron Paul” style. Just yesterday I read a fairly recent article, A Word from Ron Paul on Forbes.com (March 4, 2008) and his message on how to fix our monetary system policy was reinvigorating for me, especially after not hearing much about him in the news for weeks. Sure enough, he was the first to respond with a short essay to Forbes on what he feels are the most important issues “facing the nation at this moment in time”. Some quotes I love to take from it are:

This is the first time in over 100 years that monetary policy is being discussed in earnest during a presidential campaign… For over 30 years, I have been urging all Americans to educate themselves about monetary policy in order to better understand how… the Fed and the Treasury Department wield tremendous power over our lives.

The key to tax reform lies in spending reform… Lower taxes and less government spending will put more money in your pocket. A sound monetary policy will increase the value of that money and drive down the costs of living.

I also like how he quoted the former GAO comptroller general David Walker, who has a great video to the American Public to wake up about the National Debt and an interview on 60 minutes about his “Wake Up America” tour on the Inconvenient Truth of U.S. Fiscal Irresponsibility & Immorality (aired March 4, 2007) on YouTube.

According to David Walker, former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren at record rates, and that is not only an issue of fiscal irresponsibility, it’s an issue of immorality.”

Now if you think that “Mitt Romney” would be the best candidate to “fix the economy” due to his success in business, I have to remind you that his success to turn businesses around depended upon the success of the economy. Ron Paul has been studying economics for decades and has served since 1997 on the House Financial Services committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Paul has the experience and wisdom to fix the economy, he’s had it for over 30 years!

Here’s a popular YouTube clip of Ron Paul on the economy… which is merely “A House of Cards ” waiting to tumble as we’ve become a nation funding a war on “terrorism” in two countries and artificially stimulating our own weak economy by ‘charging a credit card’ to China and other nations to hold our debt.

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Clever how both aired on March 4th – coincidentally the only date that is also a command “march forth”. It’s also interesting to note, that perhaps now people might actually “believe” this message that we need to fix the economy… according to polls, consumer confidence in the economy sank to 33% in March, down from 92% last March.

March for LIFE, March for Ron Paul!

January 22nd, 2008

Today is the March for Life in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.! Last year I joined the March for Life in San Francisco, and after today I will have marched for life on both coasts! There is no issue more important to me than the preservation of Life – and this falls into politics as well with abortion and war (see entry below) – which is why I encourage you all to vote “Dr. Ron Paul for Life”.

Here’s a great Ron Paul for Life video:

When it comes to the other candidates, all of the Democrats are for abortion and of the republicans – both Guiliani and Romney have been vocal and resolute for abortion “rights”. McCain while opposing abortion as birth control (but not incest/rape) he is adamant on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research in this EWTN video however EWTN says Ron Paul is a great Right-to-Life candidate. The problem with abortion “rights” is that no one has the “right” to murder. No one has the right to take your life and you have no right to take another’s. This stems from the very Philosophy of Liberty. Also, no other candidate promotes all “Pro-Life” issues like Ron Paul, who by principle is against: abortion, the death penalty, federally subsidizing embryonic stem cell research and unjust war (following the Christian “Just War Theory”). See just how compatible Dr. Ron Paul and Pope John Paul II are on Pro-Life issues!

Abortion is a matter of “principle”, not “privacy”. Dr. Ron Paul (OBGYN) is “the man of principle” and the ONLY Pro-Life and Pro-Peace candidate running for the Presidency. The Philosophy of Liberty is to protect both Life and Liberty – you cannot protect Liberty without protecting Life! (the ultimate liberty).

Why Ron Paul is the ONLY moral choice

January 9th, 2008

Ron Paul is the ONLY ONE who opposes PREEMPTIVE WAR. He follows the “Just War Theory” and is the only true practicing Christian that I see running for the presidency. Please consider the ideology of Preemptive Nuclear War & Christianity… blessed be the peacemakers, blessed be Dr. Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is the Peace President. He is pro-Constitution and pro-Freedom. Ron Paul is the only vote for Peace, Love, and Charity. See Ron Paul – The Just War Theory & The Peace President

Not only was invading Iraq a SERIOUS mistake (preemptively attacking a country that did not even threaten us and effectively did not even have the capability to threaten us or its neighbors) that precipitated over 650,000 civilian deaths and over 1.2 million displaced people… only Ron Paul has LEARNED FROM THIS MISTAKE and would not repeat the same mistake with Iran or any other country. You need to know that: Ron Paul Reads the Frickin’ Constitution

The entire video of the 2007 GOP Debate in Michigan starts here on part 1, however the other candidates views on preemptive war with Iran starts in Part 9.

Thank God that Ron Paul places diplomacy over war with regards to the Iranian threat or any other “nation that threatens the U.S.A.”

update 20071215: All of the republican candidates, other than Dr. Ron Paul, look like (and in my humble opinion simply are) idiots when it comes to foreign policy, intelligence, and war. The December 2007 NIE “Iran: Nuclear Intentions & Capabilities” (pdf) clearly points this out. As President, I want a leader who can rationalize and think on his own two feet about threats to our nation, and not simply be another sheep from the fold who panders to whichever direction the popular rhetoric takes them… especially when it leads to war and further opportunities for the executive branch to abuse the Constitution of the United States and trample liberties, let alone leave our nation at greater risk and increased hatred around the world. Dear Lord help us!

Thoughts on Veterans Day

November 13th, 2007

I love my country, I fear my government. I honor my grandfather and his brothers who fought in WWII, my father (uncle & aunt also) who served in the armed forces, and especially my brother and friends who have gone off to fight in Iraq. They’ve all sacrificed for our country, thank God they are all still alive, but every veterans day I’m also haunted by the reasons our country has gone to war since WWII…

I just found that I share the sentiments of Naman Crowe, a Vietnam veteran, as he shares his thoughts on Veterans day in his article “Give Us a Reason to Die“. Quotes are included below:

Being a veteran, I can’t help but feel a certain remorse every year on Veterans Day because I know that all those who have died in combat since World War II died for nothing. I know that they were wounded for nothing and that they have suffered for nothing.

Except for World War II, there has not been a single American soldier that died defending our liberties. Not one has been wounded in defense of our country. Not one has suffered in order that we might live free

Our soldiers are not used to defend our liberties. They are just used. They are used to pacify the ego and carry out the policy of the American president and his main thinkers.

It’s not that we shouldn’t honor our veterans. Of course we should. But we should honor them with the truth. They sacrifice their lives and take the bullets and do the killing and endure the suffering in order to pacify the ego of the American president and to carry out his policies. Not since World War II, has it had anything to do with defending our liberties and way of life.

Since wars have been started politically, it only makes sense for me to address the note that Ron Paul will not lead us into any more unjust wars – and will always follow the Constitution that wars are not started by a president, but “declared by Congress”, (edit) in order to defend the liberties of our country. Here’s a solemn video reminder of the effects of our war in Iraq, our economy, and why we need a Tea Party in 2007:

Ron Paul in 2008!

October 27th, 2007

Just FYI:

I’m STRONGLY SUPPORTING Ron Paul in 2008, if he makes it to the election!

On the issues: he’s both anti-war and pro-life… how compatible!?

A summary of his responses from the GOP debate

From the republican debate, the viewers felt Ron Paul won. (I’m a little late on this, I missed the debate… didn’t really know at the time there was an anti-war Republican so I wasn’t particularly interested!)

Others even comment how smart he is on foreign policy, “Even the Bible says that the children will pay for the sins of their fathers.” Or how about, “we reap what we sow”?

Sampling of the response he has generated:
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Ron Paul is my new hero too! in addition to Bill Maher’s – this is great

Quick interview on his main platform points, time to leave Iraq

Stop Dreaming, American Pie and Ron Paul’s platform summary

Ron Paul got some support and discussion on The View after republican debate

Congressman Ron Paul does first ever “Dorm Room” interview for YouTube!

See more Ron Paul youtube interviews on youtube, RonPaul2008dotcom.

The Ron Paul @GoogleTalk interview has been the most popular ever! 300,000+ views compared to 40,000+ for Hillary Clinton.

Sean Hannity attacked Ron Paul after the republican debate … and Sean Hannity also attacked a priest, Fr. Tom Euteneuer (President of Human Life International), on the issue of contraception – the very priest I have met on 2 occasions talk about exorcisms (youtube recording linked to in article). (The latest exorcist talk was last weekend, here’s a summary)

Back to the foreign policy issue and “why were we attacked on 9/11″ — which I feel is the most important question of our time, and are response — Are radical/extremist/militant Islamic terrorists are result of “blowback” from unwanted U.S. presence in the middle east over the years? yes

Operation Ajax and Iran is just one example. Think: which nation uses the most energy/oil resources in the world, where is the oil in this world, why else would we be interested in that part of the world when there are dictators and evil being done everywhere. It’s politics, oil/energy is in our ‘national interest’, and we’ve been fighting for this for decades, but it has had unintended consequences: Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia – but don’t forget Israel as well, another justified reason for Muslims in that area of the world to dislike Western/American intervention. Is Ron Paul serious? Blowback in 1979 from a 1953 coup?

Unfortunately, there is also a lot of *censorship* going on trying to prevent Ron Paul’s message from getting out… on cnn, myspace, yahoo, and probably others as well. There are examples and proof on youtube. At least with my own website, I can’t so easily be censored by others, however, my voice might not so easily be heard by others as well due to popularity.

“Bella” Opens this Weekend

October 26th, 2007

bella movie (jpg) The much anticipated film “Bella” (imdb) (wp) will make it’s opening appearance this weekend in theaters across the United States. This film (description) took the top prize, “The People’s Choice Award” at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, where it competed with Babel (fantastic!), Volver (I’d like to see), Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (wp) and others to put it in the same high level of esteem as many other great films to have won this award, including: American Beauty, Life Is Beautiful, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hotel Rwanda.

Bella starts Friday, October 26th. I plan to see it in Baltimore! Unfortunately the film doesn’t appear to have the marketing power to make it to all of the major theaters, but please do go out and support this wholesome and very pro-life film!

Counting by Points on Digits (how to count for kids)

October 26th, 2007

counting digits (jpg) In kindergarten I learned how to count. I actually learned in an interesting way it seems, and apparently not everyone was blessed like I was with a counting education from Mrs. Elworth! I was taught that there are these “points” or “dots” along the digits that one uses to count the digit! See the example at the left or in (pdf).

This is SO rudimentary of course, but I’ve just learned that some children have great difficulty with counting (e.g. counting on their fingers in middle school!) and I think it’s probably because they never learned this trick! Here’s how it works:

  1. Write down the digits 1-9 and notice the placement of the dots on each digit
  2. As you count up to the value of the digit, point your pen or pencil on each dot as you count in order to keep track.

So next time, instead of counting on your fingers, you can use the dots on the digits! This should be helpful for the very ‘tactile’ learners. Hopefully some math teachers can use this trick to teach their wee little ones how to count. =) This is such a great trick, that I sometimes find that I still use it today!

Update 2008.11.10: I’ve found that another name for this is “Touch Point Math“, see here or here. I knew this must be taught elsewhere, I just couldn’t find any place online earlier!

25th International Day of Peace

September 21st, 2006

Did you know that today, September 21st, is designated an International Day of Peace by the United Nations? I just found out this morning! It is labeld as “a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day”. Wikipedia even says that “Observance of the International Day of Peace has not yet become widespread.”

There are a couple of events scheduled in California, and I hope to checkout the Night Light project in Santa Cruz tonight. I just found out that Mr. Cello Man will be playing tonight for the Marin IDP Celebration.