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    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
    10:03 am
    [lucy_chronicles]
    New Social site for Libertarian women; announcement
    Ladies,

    I'd like to invite you all to check out (and join) the new social
    networking site I have recently created called "The LIBERTARIAN WOMAN: A
    Gathering Place for Today's Libertarian Woman at:
    <http://thelibertarianwoman.ning.com/>
    http://thelibertarianwoman.ning.com/ (An additional goal is to begin
    publishing a magazine by the same name in 2010)

    While many valuable liberty-oriented social networking sites exist, The
    LIBERTARIAN WOMAN was created with the specific purpose of connecting
    women within the Liberty Movement who clearly identify themselves as
    Libertarian (philosophically/politically) with a shared interest in
    living and promoting the Libertarian message.

    The groups we are creating within this site reflect that intention and
    can be seen in their titles, such as: Libertarian Women Candidates and
    Campaigns, Libertarian Motherhood, The Illinois Libertarian Woman, The
    Michigan Libertarian Woman, etc...

    This is a gathering place for us Libertarian women educators, activists,
    candidates, entrepreneurs, mothers (and those of us who happily blend
    many of these roles).

    Looking forward to your input via the site!

    Jan
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
    1:54 pm
    [featherwizard]
    Obama Youth Day
    In the 1930s, a new, charismatic leader led his political party to electoral victory in a country hoping for change, and started broadcasting political propaganda to children. We all know what happened next.

    In the 2000s, a new, charismatic leader led his political party to electoral victory in a country hoping for change, and then things started looking suspiciously similar.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/02/obama%E2%80%99s-classroom-campaign-no-junior-lobbyist-left-behind/

    The historical parallels with other cases of using schools as indoctrination centers are frightening, and we ought to asking questions about this, not to mention protesting to teachers, administrators and anyone we can think of.

    What does it say for the US that this kind of thing gets praise and admiration? And what can we do about it? Keeping children home from school is a good idea, but may not be feasible for everyone. Asking for stay-at-home neighbors to babysit might be one way around that. I'm not sure what calling up congressmen will do, but we could certainly start donating to groups fighting this. Any other ideas for protest?
    Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
    9:56 pm
    [writerspleasure]
    huge and long and x-posted all over the place ...
    because it is that important. read it, and repost it all over. this needs to be known. an important voice has emerged.



    Mr. Obama,

    Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

    I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.

    2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.

    A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.

    Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.

    Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys' (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.

    You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.

    What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.

    You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.

    Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden. combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.

    In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.

    God help us...

    Cory Miller

    just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.

    P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com

    - http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3069303.html
    Sunday, October 26th, 2008
    1:10 pm
    [writerspleasure]
    this is a disaster waiting to happen - spread the word, broad and wide
    ladies and gentlemen, i don't do alarmism or conspiracy theories, but this is an absolute catastrophe - and it is obscene that it is even being discussed.

    Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?

    House Democrats recently invited Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School of Social Research, to testify before a subcommittee on her idea to eliminate the preferential tax treatment of the popular retirement plans. In place of 401(k) plans, she would have workers transfer their dough into government-created "guaranteed retirement accounts" for every worker. The government would deposit $600 (inflation indexed) every year into the GRAs. Each worker would also have to save 5 percent of pay into the accounts, to which the government would pay a measly 3 percent return.

    - http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2008/10/23/would-obama-dems-kill-401k-plans.html

    more (somewhat more partisan/inflamed) at: http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/24/obama-dems-seek-to-end-401-k-plans/

    originally found in http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3064509.html

    do i even need to adumbrate what withdrawing trillions of dollars of investment from the stock market would do to individuals and to the american economy? how many fewer business startups and expansions would find funding (in a time when india and china are rising)? what the consequences would be of turning trillions of investment funds over to government keeping - which would then pay in the form of more taxes - at a miserable return hardly even up to the present rate of inflation, not to mention the higher inflation under a more left-tending mixed economy?

    says j. mcdermott (dem-wa, chairman of the house ways and means committee's subcommittee on income security and family support): "we have to start to think about whether or not we want to continue to invest that $80 billion for a policy that's not generating what we now say it should."

    well "we" can decide what "we" want to do with our money ourselves, thank you. how about you stop addling the economy with your interventions?

    these idiots think there's some sort of golden fountain from the exploitation of the poor oppressed workers that can just be infinitely siphoned from. they do not seem to know that the system is already battered and on its knees from their bad "management." this is yet another smashing blow. how long can a complex system endure such massive distortion?

    this is insane. if this comes to pass, i might just started taking thomas jefferson's line about what's good every now and then. enough is enough.

    [ horrifiedly x-posted all over ]
    Friday, July 18th, 2008
    1:40 pm
    [manifestress]
    Free Bumper Sticker and important Vaccine information
    For a FREE "are vaccines safe" bumper sticker,

    Email: Global@thinktwice.com
    Subject: Vaccine Bumper Sticker

    and provide your name and address.

    Here is the link: http://thinktwice.com/bumper.htm
    10:40 am
    [existentme]
    Seize the Children!
    I'm sure someone here can correct me if I am wrong, but I think this is wrong:

    Winnipeg 'white pride' mother regrets redrawing swastika on child's arm

    Absent evidence of physical harm, or psychological harm (let's face it, a sizable fraction of all "beliefs" might be considered as arguably psychologically harmful) of the kind that inevitably results in sociopathy, I do not believe the State ought be seizing the childrens.

    It's a cliche, yes, but at which point does one draw the line. Right? Some Christians probably believe homosexuals and even non-believers are at least as deplorable as POC, or that they themselves are least in a similar stead, as to superiority, as does White Pride Mom. Some Islamic people probably believe in the destruction of infidels and Jews and others. Etc, you get the drift.

    Yah, sure, send the kid home from school with instruction not to return with her mom's heart on her sleeve, as it were, but seize the children?

    Read more...Collapse )
    Thursday, June 26th, 2008
    12:02 am
    [fine_clarity]
    a complete social liberal group
    I have created a group for social liberals, which covers all of the social liberty issues
    (including youth rights) in which positions are strongly correlated. I have not found
    any other such group on livejournal or elsewhere on the internet:
    http://community.livejournal.com/social_liberals/profile
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
    2:05 pm
    [ms_cantrell]
    what do you think?
    is anyone watching this community these days?

    recently, i was discussing McClellan's website with a group of parents, and i thought their opinions were kind of interesting.

    for those of you who didn't see it on the news a short while back, McClellan had a website that facilitated pedophiles, acted as a guidebook for 'child lovers', and also advocated for pedophilia.

    what was interesting to me was the number of parents who thought that advocating pedophilia should be illegal [basically, that it should be illegal just to say that pedophilia is not a bad thing, and that you can have consensual touch with a child].

    i think most libertarians would agree that advocating should be legal, period. but what about facilitating?

    with other, previoiusly argued types of facilitation like explosives and indoor growing lights, there are possible legal uses. but is there any possible legal use for the knowledge of how to train a child to accept sexually motivated touch? or for how to lure children away from their guardians? and, given that there's no legal use for that knowledge, should facilitating pedophilia be illegal?
    Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
    3:42 pm
    [nekosensei]
    Many thanks!
    Many thanks to those of you who filled out my surveys on Baby Sign Language and on Spoken English. My project was a success. I have posted my paper for those of you who are interested. Thanks again!
    Thursday, November 30th, 2006
    11:06 pm
    [nekosensei]
    Poll on First Language Acquisition
    I'm working on a project for my linguistics class, and I'm wondering if anybody out there would be willing to help me out. If you have children that have already learned how to talk, can you follow the links over to my journal to take a poll?

    The first poll is for parents who have taught their children spoken English only.

    The second poll is for parents who have taught their children spoken English and baby sign language

    I sincerely appreciate your help with this.

    Crossposted.

    Current Mood: hopeful
    Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
    1:51 pm
    [manifestress]
    Sleeping Arrangements
    At what age is it inappropriate for a female child to sleep naked with their male parent, who is also naked?

    At what age is it inappropriate for a male child to sleep naked with their female parent, who is also naked?

    Any other comments on this topic?
    Sunday, October 8th, 2006
    12:19 pm
    [jejstover]
    Mothers for Liberty
    Nice to find this community! Before joining, I read many of the posts/comments and added a comment to Ms. Cantrell's post regarding her recent conversion to Libertarianism and her interest in building a base of knowledge.

    As Libertarian Parents, I thought many members in this community might also be interested in another group of Libertarian Parents - geared specifically towards Moms. Its called "Mothers for Liberty" and currently we are a yahoo group - with plans for a website and some type of real organization in the near future.

    Description of Mothers for Liberty yahoo group: This is a discussion group dedicated to the ideas and practices of raising libertarian children and actions best taken to guarantee liberty for the next generation. We hope to encourage a dialogue among mothers (and women of all ages and stages) which will in turn promote liberty for all.

    With close to 70 members from across the U.S., we discuss a wide variety of topics including politics, activism, history, homeschooling, alternative medicine, organic gardening, and more ... all in an effort to provide what is best for our children and their futures.

    Check us out at:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MothersForLiberty/


    Jan
    Founder ~ Mothers for Liberty
    Saturday, September 9th, 2006
    5:03 pm
    [ms_cantrell]
    hello - i'm a new convert to the libertarian party, and am trying to build a knowledge base  for myself- can anyone recommend any sources? i have a minor in international poli-sci, but only know enough about libertarianism to realize that it suits me far more than green, or dem/repub.

    and, just to introduce myself, i'm a 34 y/o parent, tech editor, wife, person, citizen, what-have-you. i also joined libertarianism.
    Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
    12:11 pm
    [pert_embrace]
    My son is 29 months, and is still breastfeeding as well as cosleeping. Hubby really doesn't seem to believe in gentle parenting, and is quite often telling me that I just need to spank our son. I don't agree with this, but hubby doesn't understand that hitting is hitting no matter what you choose to call it. So anyway, after the background, here's my dilemna.Read more...Collapse ) Any suggestions would be helpful.

    crossposted a few places
    Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
    11:07 am
    [campaignstaffer]
    invitation
    Emily here, with the announcement that Michael Badnarik's official campaign Journal Community, badnarik_in_dc, is now up. Libertarians here know that Michael was our presidential candidate in 2004; most people know that he has now set his sights on a congressional seat for 2006. Though the district is in Texas, we've received a wide range of national support and I already have many volunteers from different states.

    If you'd like to help, or just want to be kept informed of campaign news and events, please come and join. All are welcome.

    Current Mood: busy
    Monday, September 12th, 2005
    10:51 am
    [haleiwatown]
    California Gov. Schwarzenegger's office is accepting calls from anywhere regarding their marriage equality bill. It passed both houses of their legislature, but needs the Governor's approval. It's all automated, so you don't have to talk to anyone.

    Follow these directions:
    1. Call the Governor: 916-445-2841 (This number is listed at www.governor.ca.gov)
    2. Push: 2 (voice your opinion on legislation)
    3. Push: 1 (gender-neutral marriage bill - Senate Bill 849)
    4. And push: 1 to support marriage equality

    It takes all of 25 seconds. If you support human equality, do it. Cross-post this, please!
    Friday, September 2nd, 2005
    1:32 am
    [pert_embrace]
    My husband and I are preparing for the end of the world (I'm only half-joking). We want a book that instructs the reader how to select wild growing herbs, what to use them for, etc. as well as books teaching what wild plants are safe to eat. Anyone know of such books? Any other emergency preparedness guides to suggest? Thanks.
    Friday, August 19th, 2005
    5:31 pm
    [pert_embrace]
    The official plan to eradicate the midwife.
    Very interesting article (with sources), though one might question its objectivity as it is written by a midwife. I'm saddened by the fact that this prejudice against midwives exists to this day (direct entry and certified midwives are prohibited from attending births in 9 states, and are regulated in most other states).
    (crossposted)
    Saturday, May 14th, 2005
    9:44 am
    [neurogirl]
    New Homeschooling and Education Blog
    Good Day,

    In trying to keep up to date with the latest news on homeschooling and alternative schooling options (charters, Montessori, etc.), I've created a blog.

    http://heightenedlearning.blogspot.com/

    an rss feed can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/users/heightndlrning/

    I thought some of you might be interested in the news as well as some of my own ramblings.

    Thanks,

    Danielle
    HeightenedLearning.com
    Friday, February 18th, 2005
    10:25 pm
    [nealaus]
    crossposted

    I can't even begin to express my dismay at this lack of taste and knowledge...

    http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/relatedarticles/60980.php

    Current Mood: aggravated
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