Ron Paul on Foreign Policy

November 25th, 2007

Ron Paul subscribes to the “Original Foreign Policy” of the founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson (“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations- entangling alliances with none.”) and George Washington (“Act for ourselves and not for others,” by forming an “American character wholly free of foreign attachments.”).

Noninterventionism is not isolationism. Nonintervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not mean we that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.

Ron Paul shares that he feels our current interventionist “foreign policy” in the middle east is more of a threat than the risk of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon in the following Face the Nation interview from 11/11/2007. (The whole interview is great, but the foreign policy starts at 1:45)

Update:
“Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.” – Ron Paul

Ron Paul - Foreign Policy of Freedom

Buy the Book Congressman Paul has been speaking out against a foreign policy of interventionism since he first entered Congress in 1976. A Foreign Policy of Freedom features speeches and writings beginning with Dr. Paul’s first term in Congress and continuing through the present day.

Bush is AGAINST Nation Building!?

November 21st, 2007

It’s sure amazing to see that someone found this audio of then presidential nominee George W. Bush and his early promises of “no nation building”, a “humble” foreign policy, and clearly defined “exit strategies” for conflicts around the globe. He must have forgotten that.

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget Dick Cheney in 1994 after the first Iraq war reminded us why se should not have gone in to take Saddam and destabilize Iraq, at the cost of so many American lives.

Catholics and GQ rank Ron Paul

November 21st, 2007

Some headlines about Ron Paul lately include:
– He has been listed in GQ magazine as one of the 36 men of the year, as the official republican “Dark Horse” presidential candidate. (one who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice)
– From a Catholic perspective, Ron Paul is quantitatively the most compatible candidate for those wishing to follow the US Bishops recent guidance on forming consciences for an election. (Ron Paul leads, followed by Huckabee and Hunter)
– Ron Paul has support nationwide! A Zogby blind bio telephone survey poll of 1,009 likely voters nationwide showed Ron Paul was “was the big winner among that universe of voters, winning 33%, compared to 19% for Giuliani, 15% for Romney, and 13% for Thompson.”
Standing at 6% in Iowa Washington DC-ABC newels page

This 8:45min video, highlighted on RonPaulForums.com is a great introduction to our “Champion of the Constitution”…

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 Tea Party 2007

November 13th, 2007

While the November 5th moneybomb was good ron Ron Paul, racking in over $4.3 million… and there was perhaps some moderate fund raising success on Veterans Day November 11th… however the Big Stand for Freedom is scheduled to take place on this December 16th in commemoration of the Boston Tea Party – the date in history when Americans finally said “Enough is enough!” and so began our original revolution against an unjust government in order to create a republic based on democracy, with a limited role of government, in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all!

How better to commemorate this day — a day in our nation’s history when “we the people” took that first great stand for freedom — than to show your support for our Country and our Constitution by contributing $100 or more to the Ron Paul campaign in order to spread this “freedom message” to all!

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

Please see this great video below, and believe that “we” can make a difference. The time is now to donate and educate for the primaries!

You can also lend your support in spreading Ron Paul’s message during the nation-wide sign wave on Dec 1st and 2nd. Please see the How To Sign Wave Video on youtube for ideas and suggestions on how you can help!

Ron Paul Success Nov 5th

November 11th, 2007

In the 24 hours of the This November 5th campaign, over $4.3 million was donated by over 35,000 grassroot supporters to the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign! While this is not quite half of the $10 million goal, it was still a very impressive amount for a single day of contributions for any candidate. This success was covered by ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. I’m proud to say that I contributed to this success with $200 of my own very limited funds. It was a challenge and sacrifice for me to do this, but I also know that I would sincerely regret _not_ donating to such a cause so important in our time as that of saving our country and our constitution! Ron Paul is the only person we can count on to do this!

Make History Tomorrow – Nov 5th!

November 4th, 2007

hope-for-america

The cost of a “Ron Paul – Hope for America” bumper sticker: $3
The cost of a Ron Paul for President T-shirt: $11-25 (other T’s Revolution, Zazzle 100% proceeds to Ron Paul)
The cost of a 12″x18″ Ron Paul 2008 car magnet: $39
The cost of liberty and justice: PRICELESS

“This message is powerful!” – Ron Paul
Let’s help get the message out to the main stream media and the rest of our American brothers and sisters not watching YouTube and reading about Senator Dr. Ron Paul online!

Is LIBERTY worth $100 to you? $200, $500, $1000? Let’s make History!
This November 5th… join me in contributing $100 or more to Ron Paul and the message of Liberty and Justice for all! This is a Revolution – it’s time to take back the U.S. Constitution!

See also: Ron Paul Nation, and in particular the many videos online at freeme.tv and on youtube RonPaul2008dotcom.
Mark November the 5th and speak for Freedom!!!

Remember V’s message to the nation in the film V for Vendetta… here is V for Vendetta Speech to the nation:

The Ron Paul Story (1996)

October 29th, 2007

Who is Ron Paul? This short biographical video below, from 1996, gives you a good idea certainly of who Ron Paul is as a person….

Ron Paul is a man of principle, and his principles are strongly in line with the U.S. Constitution. He is also a family man, doctor and author who looks out for the best interests of people, not politics. He is a man of service and unshakable morals, one who truly knows that it is “better to stand alone than in bad company” and this is exactly what he has done for over a decade in Congress. After voluntarily resigning from office to resume his medical practice, he re-ran for Congress in 1996. This video from that Congressional campaign provides a wonderful glimpse into who the man “Ron Paul” is. This video can be found on RonPaul.org, while more up to date information is available at Ron Paul 2008. Make your vote for liberty count with a vote for Dr. Ron Paul.

For a more thorough biography, see Ron Paul on Wikipedia.
Ron Paul will be on Jay Leno Tuesday Oct 30th!

Register Republican! (at least to get Ron Paul in the Primary)

October 27th, 2007


Or see the YouTube page, even more incentive if needed to Register Republican and get Ron Paul on the Republican ticket!

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!

Give one, Get one – laptop!

October 23rd, 2007

The One Laptop Per Child campaign, whose claim to fame has been producing a “$100 laptop” for the masses of children in developing nations, has made a bold new proposal for getting these laptops to more of those in need. Instead of relying solely on the country’s government to purchase these machines, now YOU can help by sponsoring and empowering a child with a laptop for only $200 or “give one, get one” for only $400. See the video online of this announcement. You’re not just giving a laptop, your giving an education.

Some publicity lately, photo licensing

October 9th, 2007

My online presence has actually driven some feedback to me (in addition to the spam), and I think that’s been worthwhile. I think I’d like to really start developing more content, in quality and quantity, for my audience – even if that be only myself and a few close friends. =)

What I have gotten the most inquiries about though, is requests for permission to use my photo of Sykes Hot Springs that I took back in February 2006. I was flattered to have it mirrored on the Hot Springs page of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce website. I need to post some kind of Creative Commons License on my site, but I still like “being asked for permission” of course. At least that lets me know people enjoy my photo!

With the recent issue about girl from Texas suing Virgin Mobile and now also Creative Commons for using a photo of her from Flickr in Australian advertising without her knowledge/consent — I think I’d have to be careful about which photos are allowed for republication!

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Updates? We don’t need no…

March 27th, 2007

Ok, but maybe an update would be nice! Since my last post about the exciting ‘via ferrata’ course in WV, I’ve (done a lot), then moved back to Monterey over the Christmas/New Years holidays. I saw several good friends and family along the way (Jeff in CO, Mike in NM, Vince and Terri in AZ, Pat in CA, Liane in CA). Back in school now, I’ve got a thesis to work on until graduation in June. So you may not see many more updates until then… this thesis will be taking all of my time. =)

Via Ferrata at Nelson Rocks

October 23rd, 2006

I had an awesome time this weekend doing the “via ferrata” (iron way) at the Nelson Rocks Preserve in West Virginia. If you loved climbing trees and such as a kid, you’ll definitely enjoy this via ferrata which is really just ‘very technical and vertical’ hiking on a mountain! Instead of traditional rock climbing — where you scale a rock face mostly straight up with ropes — via ferrata has an iron cable bolted into the rock with handle bars as needed along the way. One only needs only to don a harness and pair of “rabbit ears” (webbing, 2 ropes with caribiners, 3rd optional fall-brake rope) then climb/hike their way up a mountain and around trails!

Via ferrata can be a challenging of course, but it definitely lowers the barrier for non-climbers by providing them easy iron holds, safety support, and no need for advanced climbing techniques and skills. We enjoyed camping out at Seneca Shadows on Saturday night and then spent Sunday on the rocks. This via ferrata course is likely the best in the U.S.A., though over 300+ exist in the Alps of Europe where it originated. The Dolomites in Italy look good! Photos now online!

Running Marathons for a Cause, the Irony

October 23rd, 2006

A friend of mine just finished the Columbus Marathon (her 5th marathon) this last weekend in a really good time, very close to my own time in the 2006 BSIM! It’s been an inspiration to me, and after 2 months+ of not running it actually got me out the next day for a good 50 min (the first 30 of which where quite a challenge!) jaunt before church. I did feel quite “purified” and cleansed physically and spiritually after that! I’m so far out of my peak running shape now, that I don’t know if I could run even a 10k effectively! Meanwhile, Dean Karnazes and Sam Thompson are running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days!

I had originally thought this was just Karnazes’ odessy, but it seems like Thompson came up with the idea to raise funds for the reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina – and now Karnazes (doing the same feat for health and obesity awareness) found some sponsorship from The North Face for Thompson. As a technologist and freedom fighter of the information age, I’m saddened to see that both of their websites are not browser friendly! The Endurance 50 requires Flash* and the 50in50in50.com is not supported in Mac Safari! Also, Karnazes’ personal/book website ultramarathonman.com was rewritten to be Flash only* as well, but was in wonderful standard HTML just months ago!

In an irony that is encompassing us today on the Internet, this is almost as bad as requiring IE only for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief! This is a tragedy we face in a world where people do not adopt Free/Open Soure Software, Web Standards, and design websites best to be viewed in any browser. I’m actually sick to my stomach thinking about this now. Perhaps I’ll go for a run in the morning and try to forget this whole mess.

Why is Flash bad? — because 1) it’s not a standard, it’s simply a popular proprietary file format, 2) it is not FOSS and therefore not available on all platforms (while Macromedia supported Flash on Linux, this ended with Flash 7 as Flash is now owned by Adobe which has no plans to support it in the future. Now that Flash 8 is required on practically all sites due to security problems with 7, all GNU/Linux users are out of luck. Like me.), 3) it’s Breaks the web by not allowing proper indexing and linking to content, 4) I could go on and on… there are many reasons to Save the Internet.

Down with TOB? (Theology of the Body)

October 9th, 2006

I haven’t even been in Maryland for a week, and now I’ve already taken in 2 sessions on the Theology of the Body (TOB). Pope John Paul II gave over 129 short talks in his Wednesday general audiences from 1979-1984 defining the Catholic view of sexuality. Under the title “Theology of the Body”, these church teachings provide a groundbreaking view on how our own humanity of body and blood unites us to Christ through the Creator’s design of our own sexuality. There is a young adult TOB study group meeting near Baltimore at The Church of the Crucifixian and also a greater-DC area group (TOB related) meeting at The Good News Cafe in Gaithersburg. After just seeing one Christopher West video (on marriage), already I am hooked on learning more about how to find and practice a truer love in my future relationships.

The Theology of the Body is built upon the 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae” by Pope Paul IV and heavily influenced by then Bishop Karol Wojtyla. I personally have been dwelling on how simply “God is love” (1 John 4:8), but these teachings take that even further. Pope Benedict XVI just wrote his “Deus Caritas Est” (God is love) encyclical which also discusses the nature of love even further and is worth a read. My friend Harley and I remarked how coincidentally “very TOB” this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word was! (archive)

Rennfest was great

October 7th, 2006

I checked out the Maryland Rennaissance Festival today in Crownsville and was quite impressed! It was my first time at a Rennaissance festival and I had always had some reservation about going for some reason, perhaps concerned that I might feel ‘out of place’. It’s actually quite a lot of fun though, especially if one really ‘gets into it’. I much enjoyed stepping into that era and the organizers did a really fine job. With everyone in costume, tournaments, the arts and crafts, food and drinks, games, etc… and of course with the old English language – it’s quite a fun day experience, better than a carnival even! Next time I’ll get knight or friar costume before I go, and I think it will be even more fun. Luckily the rain held off, and it wasn’t a “Rainfest” after all! (It did start to sprinkle more though as I was leaving.)

To saunter in the mountains

October 7th, 2006

Would you join me for a hike saunter in the mountains? I really enjoyed the old message by Albert Palmer of “The Mountain and It’s Message” (mp3 audio). If you enjoyed it as well, I hope you would join me on my next saunter in the mountains. I’ll likely be starting along the old Appalachian trail here in Maryland soon, but once I return to California in January, I should be in the Sierras, Big Sur, and hopefully along much of the John Muir trail (wp).