Christmas: Santa Claus, the Spirit of Giving

Last year I went on a rant concerning the meaning of Christmas, and the debt that we owe to our nation’s founders (it’s a strange juxtaposition that seems to reoccur every year; a Holiday event that has been hijacked by religion, and a nation in similar straights) and I followed that up with a short rantlet for the well meaning christians and their attempts to set me straight after reading the initial rant.

This year, I think I need to target some of the well-meaning people who share my lack of faith, but figuratively throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Recently I was listening to PennRadio (actually it was November 2nd, but that was too early to write The Christmas Rant) and listened to an hour’s worth of broadcast on the evils of Santa Claus and lying to your children. Personally, I’ve never heard a more hard-hearted hour of radio in my life. Destroying the wonder in the mind of the child. Telling them that the hard, cold world around them is all that there is, so get used to it. How does the imagination grow, constrained by such a weighty burden as that?

Let me tell you a story. The Wife and I discussed whether or not to share the myth of Santa Claus with our children before they were born. I was all for bursting that bubble; better yet, just not even going there. My memories of Santa Claus are anything but pleasant. My mother and father did Christmas to the hilt. Large tree, Santa decorations, pictures with Santa, the works. Once, when we were staying at our grandfather’s house in Sacramento, my sister and I heard a noise in the living room. We nearly made it to the door before our fear of being discovered, and not getting any presents, sent us scurrying back under our covers where we finally fell back to sleep. When we awoke the next morning, there were snow footprints on the fireplace hearth. That was the best year. The next to worst was the year when we were particularly nasty to mom and dad, and got switches (sticks to get spankings with, for the uninitiated) in our stockings instead of candy.

Why is that the next to worst? Because the worst year was when we found out that there was no Santa, and suddenly the magic was gone from the Holiday. Santa never came to our house again. Not too long after that, there was divorce and hardship of an all too real nature as the family was torn apart, and there was no more talk of silly little things like Santa Claus. So you can imagine the mindset that I carried with me to the discussion.

For her part, The Wife never experienced an end to the myth. Even after she knew there was no physical person named Santa Claus that visited her house on Christmas eve, the presents from Santa still showed up. The stockings still were filled, even for mom and dad. It wasn’t until I met and married her that there was any magic during the Holidays for me, and then only because of her.

She presented an argument that I couldn’t defeat. That there was something good in nurturing a sense of wonder in the children. That perhaps Santa isn’t a person, but is instead the charitable spirit that lives inside all of us. That the giving (and receiving) doesn’t have to end at all.

So, I tell my children that Santa comes to our house, and there is no lie involved in that statement. Santa Claus is the Spirit of Giving, the anonymous benefactor who gives out of the kindness of his heart and doesn’t seek to be recognized for his charity. He leaves presents that are from no one, and fills stockings for the people sleeping under our roof, no matter the age. His is a kindly old soul that doesn’t get recognized enough these days.

The Daughter figured out that spirit meant just that, a feeling that comes from within, a few years ago. I know that she has figured it out, because gifts appear under the tree, or in the stockings, that The Wife and I have never seen before. Santa Claus lives on in my house.

Oh, you can point to the Wiki entry on Santa Claus, and tell me how he’s actually St. Nicholas, and how his gifts were given personally. That he was a real person and he is really, very dead now. Or you can say that he’s the mythological figure, Father Christmas, and that as a mythological figure he never existed at all. It’s all fine by me, I love a good story. The Red Ranger came calling is an excellent story about Santa Claus, and it’s just about as true as any of the rest of them.

You just go right on believing whatever suits you. I know Santa will visit this house on Christmas Eve, no matter what anybody else believes.

…And that’s real magic.

Merry Christmas!

Carl Sagan Remembered

Theres a Blog-a-thon for Carl Sagan today. I don’t have an entry of my own, but John Scalzi covers my sentiments pretty well with this:

What I do know is that I like his ideas. I like his love of science. I like his faith in humanity. I like how he saw us reaching for things greater than ourselves, because it was in our nature and because it was a fulfillment of our nature. I like how he shared his enthusiasm for the entire universe with everyone, and believed that everyone could share in that enthusiasm. These are things that, in giving them to everyone, he also gave to me, first as an 11-year-old and then continuing on. I’ve accepted them with thanks and made them part of who I am. If I use them well, I may be fortunate enough to share them with you, as they were shared with me.

I made a point to pick up and read Contact when it came out, because Sagan was the author. Like most things he did, it did not disappoint. I remember thinking that he left us too soon when he passed on in 1996. We need someone like him with us today, shedding light on the subject of real science.

DRM: One More Time

I’ve been arguing DRM issues with several people of late. It’s a hot button for me. Several people have taken me to task for daring to disregard an agreement; I maintain it isn’t an agreement if I’m not given negotiating power, it’s a concession. The average user concedes that he is subject to corporate legal boilerplate if caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Case in point, iTunes has no legal basis on which to claim that I cannot modify my own files in any manner I deem necessary, but it’s in their contracts anyway. I can’t negotiate their unenforcible clauses out of the contract, so they remain in place. They’ll just have to catch me, I guess.


* Stealing Fair Use, Selling It Back to you

“Apparently, Hollywood believes that you should have to re-
purchase all your DVD movies a second time if you want to
watch them on your iPod.” That’s what we said last week,
commenting on the Paramount v. Load-N-Go lawsuit, in which
Hollywood studios claimed that it is illegal to rip a DVD to
put on a personal video player (PVP), even if you own the
DVD.

Well, this week the other shoe dropped. According to an
article in the New York Times:

“Customers who buy the physical DVD of Warner Brothers’
‘Superman Returns’ in a Wal-Mart store will have the option
of downloading a digital copy of the film to their portable
devices for $1.97, personal computer for $2.97, or both for
$3.97.”

So you buy the DVD, and if you want a copy on your PVP or
computer, you have to pay a second time. Despite the fact
that you bought the DVD, and you have a DVD drive in your
computer that is perfectly capable of making a personal-use
copy. Imagine if the record labels offered you this “deal”
for every CD you bought — pay us a few dollars extra, and
you can have a copy for your iPod. And a few more dollars,
if you want a copy on your computer, too! As LA Times
reporter Jon Healey puts it in his blog: “So from the
perspective of the studios and federal officials, consumers
have to pay for the privilege of doing the sorts of things
with DVDs that they’re accustomed to doing with CDs (and LPs
and cassettes).”

This latest bitter fruit from Hollywood is brought to you by
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which treats
“protected” content (like the encrypted video on DVDs),
differently from “unprotected” content (like every audio and
video media format introduced before 1996). Thanks to the
DMCA, Hollywood believes fair use personal-use copies simply
do not exist when it comes to DVDs.

Let’s hope Congressman Rick Boucher is listening and will
reintroduce his DMCA reform bill first thing next year.

For this post and related links:

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/13/309-10132006.html

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Rory Davenport of Qorvis Communications, 202-448-9292 or rdavenport@qorvis.com

News Advisory:

What: Press conference to address issues related to online music distribution and erroneous piracy characterization by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

When: October 17, 2006

4:30pm (London)

11:30am (Washington, New York)

8:30am (Los Angeles)

Where: Online

Special access will be granted to a reserved section on http://www.allofmp3.com

To participate, journalists must send an email to Rory Davenport at rdavenport@qorvis.com. Reporters will receive a confirmation email with the link to the press conference location. Only pre-registered reporters will have access to the press conference. Registration will close on Monday, October 16 at 8 pm (Washington time).

Subject: Mediaservices will address issues related to a business dispute with the major record labels over the online music site AllofMP3.com.

Universal (V), WarnerMusic (WMG), SonyBMG (SNE) and EMI (EMI.L) have repeatedly mischaracterized the company as part of a campaign to secure a more favorable royalty structure. Those companies and their agents, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have enlisted the British and U.S. governments as part of their business campaign.

Mediaservices is convinced that its business model is legitimate and that it maximizes demand for music and spurs consumers to buy more music. The company believes that everyone wins, record labels, artists and distribution companies when the market is broader and deeper. Relying on a handful of artists for the majority of sales is an outdated business model and recipe for disaster for the music industry.

Note: A transcript of the press conference will not be available.

Press

Contact: Rory Davenport, Qorvis Communications, 202-448-9292 or rdavenport@qorvis.com

http://www.usnewswire.com/

Why I am a Libertarian

I’m rehashing an old subject, trying to update it for publishing in the Austin Liberator. As I pointed out in the recent blog post The Vote, I pulled the lever next to “L” again this year, just as I have for the last 10 plus years. I do this because I vote my conscience, rather than worry about wasting a vote.

The only wasted vote is the vote cast for a lessor evil, rather than being cast for a greater good. I vote and refer to myself as a Libertarian, and I do it with pride.


I am a libertarian because I believe in the concept of limited government. When I mention this fact to someone, I usually get the response “But you’re really a Republican, aren’t you?” Nothing could be further from the truth. I tolerate conservatives, but I’m not one of their kin.

Before I discovered the Nolan chart (http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html) and through it the LP, I was a staunch yellow dog Democrat, like my parents and grandparents before them. I believed that government was there to help, and that social freedoms could be taken for granted under the Democrat’s benign rule. However, I was at a loss to explain why the drug war persisted (with tacit Democrat support) or why the term “Politically Correct” was ever coined (by a Democrat) Even when the Democrat’s dominated the legislature and Democrats held the Presidency, social liberty never increased.

When the Republicans came to power, they talked of reducing the size and expense of government. My fellow Democrats cried over this, but I could not understand how reducing government, and the tax burdens on the people, was necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. Having more of my money to dispose of as I wished seemed like a good thing to me. Having less government interference in my life was one of my goals, as well. I thought I might have something in common with Republicans after all.

Strangely, the cost of government never got smaller, even when the Republicans dominated the legislatures, and a Republican held the Presidency. The Republicans did reduce taxes, but the debt burden passed on to the next generation of Americans went through the roof. I started to think that the politicians were not being truthful with us; and if they were lying to us about their intentions, then what else were they lying to us about?

When I was told “read my lips” and then watched taxes rise anyway; and when I heard “It depends on what the definition of is is” used as an excuse to cover the questionable activities of a president (activities that were the least egregious of the impeachable offenses that he could have been charged with) I began to see the truth that I know today: If a politician has words coming out of his mouth, he’s most likely lying.

I discovered something else in the course of nearly 30 years of following politics: Government is a weapon. It is a loaded gun that you point at wrong doers to make them stop what they are doing. That is the only ‘help’ that government can give; and it doesn’t even do that cheaply. If you want government to do something for you, then you are employing force to get it done.

Everything that government does can be done by private industry better, faster and cheaper. The fewer government run programs, the less force that is present in our system; less force means more freedom.

Jefferson, Adams and the others who founded this country understood this. The Democratic party (I was told) was the party of Jefferson. Because of this, I was a Democrat. What I did not realize was that the limited government principles of Jefferson and the founders were abandoned by the Democrats in the 1940 election; which brings us back to the Nolan chart, and the LP.

Chart the beliefs of the founders, and nearly to a man they will turn up Libertarian; Jefferson was solidly so. When I took the test, I too charted as solidly Libertarian. It has been more than 10 years since I took the test, lodging protest votes against the two major parties, discussing issues with fellow libertarians; and it’s been only recently that I have come to the realization that I was indeed a Libertarian in belief, and not just a political misfit.

Ask any libertarian why they are what they are, and you will get a different story. Some are former Republicans and some, like me, are former Democrats. Most of them are of the younger generation, fresh out of college and worried about the future they face at the hands of an ever-expanding federal government.

If there is a core libertarian belief, then this is a good portion of it; that government at least return to constitutional limits, and be responsive to the people who fund it. That force not be employed except in response to force. That we are all capable of governing ourselves, just as has been done throughout our history.

These were the beliefs of our nations founders; and because I claim these same principles as my own, I must be a libertarian.


I have revised my view several times since this piece was written; suffice it to say, I am no longer libertarian. I reject the label, and most of the philosophy behind the label.  The reasons for this are complex, and I haven’t quite worked it all out and written it down yet.  Still, I’m certain that Libertarians are aspiring to something that I see as dystopic in nature.  But that is another story, I hope I get around to writing it.

Loose Change: the Other Side of the Story

And speaking of conspiracy theories….

I’m regretting ever mentioning Loose Change in a previous blog post.

I should have realized that there was no evidence for 9/11’s of the claims made in the film. If you refer to one of the many sites that address the holes in the theories (Loose Change Guide, for example) it becomes quite embarrassing to have ever referred to the film in anything approaching a positive light.

…Which is not to say I endorse the gov’ts claims, either. Much like Pearl Harbor, it’s possible for the gov’t to have had no direct hand in the attacks themselves, while at the same time creating fertile ground for the attacks.


I have eaten a Big Bowl of Crow since publishing this and other thoughts on many subjects.  If you didn’t come here from this post, you probably should go check that one out before drawing any conclusions.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Got into yet another discussion about alternative energy the other day, specifically concerning the movie Who Killed the Electric Car? (which I haven’t seen, but wouldn’t avoid seeing if I had the chance)

It wandered off that subject and onto the subject of Stan Meyer and water power.

The discussion jogged some of the old gray matter and I remembered a video I was sent a few months back demonstrating this guys technology http://hytechapps.com/aquygen/hhos so I decided to dig and see if they were the same person. They aren’t, but the tech seems similar.

I don’t know how real any of this is, but there is some good reading (for those who are interested) here: http://waterpoweredcar.com/stanmeyer.html and here: http://www.waterfuelcell.org/

For those interested in getting down to the brass tacks of the subject, go here: http://www.waterfuelcell.org/moreinfo.html

The video that was linked concerning Stan Meyer’s invention is more than 10 years old; which begs the question why we haven’t seen any further developments in the technology, if it is for real.

I’ll leave it to the conspiracy theorists to come up with the answers to that one.

Husband and Father

Two more words that, when I looked, didn’t have definitions that came close to describing the meaning of the word.

My dissatisfaction probably stems from the need to have the emotional weight (sometimes referred to as gravitas) of the name be communicated in the meaning.

A husband is more than just the male half of a marriage. A father is more than a sperm doner, less than god himself.

This rant is not finished. There will be more.

Gingrich Wasting His Time

Keith Olbermann has done it again, this time lambasting Newt Gingrich for trashing the first amendment in a bid to become the Republican’s next presidential nominee.

“I am not ‘running’ for president,” you told a reporter from Fortune Magazine. “I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen.”


Newt Gingrich sees in terrorism, not something to be exterminated, but something to be exploited.

MSNBC (via the Wayback Machine)

I hate to break it to this aptly named lizard of a man, but he’s wasting his time. In more ways than one.

He’s wasting his time because the average American, who acts like a bull in the china shop when it comes to demanding government programs, which trash the Constitution, on the one hand; will overwhelmingly reject any proposal that appears to limit their ability to obtain instant gratification, especially one that trashes the parts of the Constitution they want to keep. He might as well have cut his own throat, literally.

Talk about cluelessness when it comes to reading what’s in the wind.

He’s also wasting his time is because the most likely Republican Presidential nominee is someone from the President’s administration. Newt is so far out of favor with the President that I can’t even begin to imagine what sequence of events might end in his being nominated by his party; let alone elected to the presidency.

No, the most likely Republican nominee is still the youngest, highest ranking member of W’s cabinet. And that person is still Condoleeza Rice. Which makes it Rice Vs. Clinton in ’08.

You heard it here first.


Editor’s note, 2019. Hindsight. Hindsight makes so many things clearer. I remember wondering, as we moved in on the 2008 election, before the crash of 2008 which clinched the election for the Democrats, why Dr. Rice didn’t even try for the nomination. She was single-handedly the brightest light in the Bush II presidency. Why wasn’t she even considered as a candidate?

From the perspective of the 2016 election, it all becomes clear. Ah, she was black and she was a woman. In 2006 I hadn’t even heard of the Southern strategy. I didn’t know of Nixon’s betrayal of the historic stances of the GOP and his embracing of white nationalism as a winning strategy. It was the GOP reaction to Barack Obama’s (no-drama Obama) presidency that made me realize just how racist the average Republican really is.

The GOP would never nominate anyone from either of those categories, much less a member of both of them. At least, not before the majority of racist white nationalists that make up the current GOP are smashed in a few elections and they realize that their racism and misogyny really has become a liability that they can no longer afford.

That day cannot come soon enough for me.

ALD: The US Mint says “No Accounts for You”

Bernard von NotHaus revealed on FMNN’s eRadio last Friday that the US Mint has apparently taken action against NORFED behind the scenes as well as publicly.

To go along with the harassment that the Liberty Dollar and NORFED are enduring in the press, as well as the false accusations posted on the Mint’s website, Bernard revealed on the podcast posted Monday that the US Mint has acted to have bank accounts associated with NORFED and the Liberty Dollar closed, making it extremely hard for the American Liberty Dollar to conduct business.

This ratchets the battle between ALD and the US Mint up another notch.

Where it goes from here is anybodies guess. As Bernard states, CBS’ hatchet job on the subject suggests that it’s a crime even to possess ALD (it categorically is not a crime to own silver or ALD) much less use it. I’m quite certain that if they intended to arrest anyone for using ALD, they would have done so already.

Silver is up again today, once again going over 13 dollars an ounce, spot price. My suggestion is, buy silver.


Here’s the issue of Liberty Dollar News that discusses the latest developments. As an aside, the Associate of the month, Jon Roland, is a personal friend of mine. Wander by Constitution.org and check out the volumes of work that Jon has put in on the subject of liberty and the Constitution.

LIBERTY DOLLAR NEWS: November 2006 Vol. 8 No. 11

CALL TO ACTION:

Contact the media: Urge the media to report on the Liberty Dollar!

As you will read below, Mike Johnson has resigned, which is why I am back writing the news, your chronicle about the life and times of the Liberty Dollar. This issue is yet another blockbuster with shocking news and developments that nobody considered possible. It is also a call to action for individuals and organizations that support the ideals that the Liberty Dollar symbolizes. I urge you to not only read this Newsletter but I also urge you to contact the newspapers, publications, and organizations that you respect to report on the Liberty Dollar. Very quickly, we need to build a broader base to take action in support of the Liberty Dollar. Without meaningful action the Liberty Dollar could become extinct in a short period of time…

IMPORTANT…THIS JUST IN: Help… a few self-described experts, working through Wikipedia, are at it again. This time they’ve added a Pros and Cons section on the Liberty Dollar. While this Wikipedia article is more accurate than earlier versions, it still needs to be updated. Please take a moment and post a quick comment (hopefully to the “Pro” section!) at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Dollar#Pros_.26_Cons_of_Liberty_Dollars.

Thank you for your continued support, one dollar at a time. Now the BIG news…[/size]

WAIT: I forgot to mention the upcoming Liberty Dollar University-12 in San Jose from January 10 – 13. If you want to find out what is going on and influence the direction of the Liberty Dollar… you have to come to LDU-12! Call the office now for a reservation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. Liberty Dollar Faces Extinction
  2. Mike Johnson Resigns
  3. Treasury Letters
  4. Bernard’s “Second Law of Money”
  5. New Vanity Number: 888.LIB.DOLLAR
  6. Hawaii Dala Announced
  7. Signs and Shirts by Jeff
  8. Letter / Article to the Editor
  9. Success Story / Incident of the Month
  10. Question of the Month
  11. Liberty Associate of the Month
  12. Quote of the Month

1. Liberty Dollar Faces Extinction

The Liberty Dollar is now under attack from… our bank. On Monday, November 20, the Evansville office received a certified letter from our bank, Old National Bank, which said: “Please be advised that if you do not close the Account within 15 days of the date of this letter (11.16.06), Old National
Bank will exercise its right to close the Account.”

Had we bounced checks? Nope, not a one. Were we a difficult customer? Definitely not. Had we done anything to warrant the bank to close our account? No, but obviously something upset the banking powers to be. The VP for Bank Security, who ordered the letter, told us that they had investigated our business and said that the “nature of our business” was too risky for them. Of course the bank’s action is clearly the result of someone calling the bank and telling them to close our account. Probably the same person who told the US Mint to issue their warning. The same person who told CBS Lies (not worthy of “News”) to do their dirty work. The same person who urged the Washington Post to write their propaganda to kill the Liberty Dollar idea. The same morally corrupt person who might even be reading this Newsletter.

The Liberty Dollar is clearly under siege. Quite simply, without a bank account and merchant card services, it is all but impossible to do business in this day and age. We face the real possibility that the Liberty Dollar could die… and put all the ideals it stands for at risk! A very sobering thought I dare say.

Does this alarm you? I hope! It should alarm you that the government can single out a business without any past criminal history, indictment, or even criminal intent and instruct its bank to close its account! As you can note in Article #3 below, the US Mint does acknowledge that the gold and silver paper certificates are 100% legal. So if one form of the Liberty Dollar currency is legal, what’s wrong with the gold and silver that backs it up? I hope this latest bank development signals you that we need to find a much broader base of support for the Liberty Dollar. It should alarm you enough to take action. I am urging you to contact your newspaper, the organizations you respect, publications you subscribe to, and any public forums to investigate and report on the Liberty Dollar. We need to develop more awareness about the Liberty Dollar, and we need to do it very quickly. Up to this point the silence from our side regarding the government’s attack on the Liberty Dollar has been deafening. That needs to be corrected.

2. Mike Johnson Resigns

It is with shock and disappointment that I must inform you that Mike Johnson has resigned, telling me he was too “concerned” to be the Executive Director. So now I have to add “courage” to my list of requirements for an Executive Director. Of course this experience cost us a lot of money as we invested in Mike with the idea that he would generate more volume, but that was not the case. In fact, we have very little for his 2-1/2 months on the job. We wish Mike well and are now accepting applications for a new “courageous” Executive Director, please.

3. Treasury Letters

The bank action and Mike’s departure is not all… “threatening” letters have been received via certified mail by all the RCOs and myself from Daniel P. Shaver, chief counsel for the US Mint. The “Treasury Letter” re-hashed the Mint’s warning and informed all of us that the Department of Justice has determined that the Liberty Dollar is illegal as per 18 USC Section 486. Of course, that is grossly erroneous as 486 only pertains to passing or uttering an item of gold or silver as government “coin” “legal tender” or “current money.” The Liberty Dollar has never been passed or uttered as government money and they should know that, hence the use of the propaganda machine to extinguish the Liberty Dollar. I think the government is afraid to take the Liberty Dollar to court because they know the law and know that they cannot get a conviction.

We also received a copy of a two-page letter in reply to Congressman Hostettler’s inquiry to the US
Mint. This “Treasury Letter” signed by none other than Mr. Edmund C. Moy, the new Director of the US Mint, simply re-hashed the Mint’s original warning with a twist. To Mr. Moy’s credit, he acknowledged that, “…paper gold and silver certificates do not appear to be covered by this proscription [486].” Thank you, Mr. Moy, now if you would just please read 486, you would discover that it only applies to counterfeiting and does not apply to the privately issued Gold and Silver Libertys. And as a further extension, 486 does not apply to digital currencies like eLibertyDollar.com, GoldMoney.com or e-gold.com. For a thorough review of 486 and why it does not apply to the Liberty Dollar, please read our Disclaimer(s) and David Rostcheck’s 42-page report at:
http://www.libertydollar.org/ld/faqs/disclaimer.htm.

4. Bernard’s “Second Law of Money”

All this propaganda, Mike’s departure, Treasury Letters, and banking problems have given rise to Bernard’s Second Law of Money: “Any government action that purports to prohibit an American citizen from using a piece of gold or silver (or, for that matter, anything) in voluntary barter transactions between consulting adults is preposterous, antagonistic to a free market, and totally without legal merit.”

The bottom line is that we are not deterred. Like the old German saying, “That which does not kill
you – makes you stronger,” the Liberty Dollar is not going away. What else am I to do? Return to lying on the beach in Hawaii and drinking Mai Tais all day? Well, that may not be so bad… but I still feel the country is worth saving from the evils of fiat government money and hope you still agree. Right now the Liberty Dollar needs your help! Where are the patriotic organizations on this issue? Where are the great free market economists of our time? Where is academia? Where are the churches on the issue of honest weights and measures? Where is the community that supports individual rights? Where is the hard money community? Where is the gold and silver community? Where is the Mogambo Guru when we really need him?!

I strongly feel that this is the time that we must take a stand; otherwise the government may be emboldened to move against gold and silver and damn us to their depreciating money until it is too late for our country – and the ideals it once stood for – to survive. I remain steadfastfully optimistic that all this will turn out to be an opportunity as yet unseen…. if you take a stand for the right to use gold and silver as money. Again, I strongly urge you to contact your newspapers, organizations, publications, post to email lists, and any forums and urge them to investigate and report on the Liberty Dollar. We need to get the Liberty Dollar published. We need to develop much more awareness about the Liberty Dollar and we need to do it very quickly. Please take action. Do something!

5. New Vanity Number: 888.LIB.DOLLAR

Seems like no shortage of problems this past month. Even renting our vanity phone number 800.NEW.DOLLAR became a problem. So we bought our own number: 888.LIB.DOLLAR. Please change the number on your site or wherever it is used to the new number. And God help anyone who rents the old number… as it is on thousands of Silver Libertys and they are not going to change any time soon. The 888.421.6181 on all the paper currency is still working… and the local number: 812.473.5250 is also working. [/size]

6. Hawaii Dala Announced

So what do I do in my spare time? Recently when I had a couple of days, I went to Hawaii for the weekend and launched a Hawaiian version of the Liberty Dollar.

Announcing the new 2007 Hawaii Dala featuring King Kamehameha on the obverse with a Face Value of $20 so if you are inclined, you can actually use it as voluntary kala because one Hawaiian Dala is equal to one US dollar. Check out the photos:
http://www.libertydollar.org/press-kit/images/fullsize/2007HawaiiDalaKamObv.jpg
http://www.libertydollar.org/press-kit/images/fullsize/2007HawaiiDalaRev.jpg

What is to come? A lot! The six historic mega designs I did for the 30th anniversary for the old Royal Hawaiian Mint in 2004 will be issued in three sizes for a total of 18 issues. One design per size per month. The six designs are: Kamehameha, Liliuokalani, Kalakaua, Kaiulani, Warrior, and Discovers. The three sizes at the current $20 Silver Base will be: one ounce $20 Hawaii Dala, a half ounce $10 Hapalua Dala, and a quarter ounce $5 Hapaha Dala. All in .999 fine silver. [/size]

In addition to each of these 18 silver Dala issues, a minimum of 100 of each issue will be hallmarked with a micro hand stamp with the outline of the Hawaiian Island to denote First Day of Issue. And an additional minimum of 100 will also be hand numbered 001 to 100 with the FDI hallmark. Both of these Limited Issues will be available at a premium to Face Value and market priced.

If you wish to order a hallmarked or numbered Hawaii Dala, please contact me directly via email.

7. Signs and Shirts by Jeff

A lot of people have done a lot of development for the Liberty Dollar. But none have more than the
amazing Jeff Kotchounian our favorite RCO in Michigan. Here is a list of the 12″ X 18″ Liberty Dollar signs made with HammerMill 100 lb paper, Laminated with 5 mil plastic. There are one sided and two sided signs.

  1. Sign with “Toll Free Number” at the bottom. $2.00 each
  2. Sign with “Available Here” at the bottom. $2.00 each
  3. Sign with “Accepted Here!” at the bottom. $2.00 each
  4. Sign with “Accepted Here!” on both sides. $3.00 each
  5. Sign with “Accepted Here!” on one side AND the Toll Free Number on the other. $3.00 Please note that the new signs have the 2006 dated Gold Liberty.

Jeff can put gromments on the signs for .25 each and has suction cups to hang the signs from the grommets for .40 each. Jeff also has a ton of t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, mouse pads, Liberty Dollar holders, signs, banners and many other custom Liberty Dollar items. I encourage you to visit his web site at: http://www.chooney.com/liberty/productpage.html
and contact him via email at chooney@cardina.net.

8. Letter / Article to the Editor

I am deeply indebted to Kevin Innes, our notable RCO in Asheville and RCO Executive Committee member for this reminder about FEAR.

Fear is also a Weapon

This is a period in human history when, once again, public perception of reality is manipulated. The acronym: “F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real” is a useful reminder to check yourself in case fear wells up inside you. Those in power are very adept at using fear to keep us all in check and NOT do the things that need to be done to pull us out of this morass.

Information is exaggerated, distorted, concocted and processed for maximum effect: domination and profit. Each of us has a choice to either succumb or rise about those fears. Which do you choose? Controlling the flow and intensity of information/misinformation about what new fear we should have is the main weapon of those who want power over you. Yes, there are horrible things happening to many people around the world and in your neighborhood but what about the countless acts of courage, generosity and care expressed by countless people and movements that are igniting people to action as a result and doing the work that is inspiring countless others to take action for our planet? We don’t hear about that, as much do we? When what you fear is confronted with both feet on the ground – face to face – in broad daylight – you realize the folly of that emotion. It is self-destructive! You realize that Fear inhibits the taking of actions that would allay that fear, for example, to find out if the facts are even accurate; to find out if the power that threatens you is fearful itself. You will find out that the indomitable spirit within you is more powerful than that which you (used to) fear.

The ability to create anything but 100% backed money is at the very core of their power. Now is the time to be bolder and smarter in our actions to establish integrity in the financial arena. It is time to shake off the shackles of self-doubt and come forward, with all our little imperfections, and be brutally honest with ourselves and with others and admit that we don’t have all the answers but we have the
will to keep working tirelessly and in a united way to develop better solutions for a better future. Great leaders have the humility to admit and learn from their mistakes and move forward – hopefully a little wiser and more effective. The Liberty Dollar is a great opportunity for you to establish yourself as the great person you intended to be in this brief period that you have walked this planet. So onwards – without F.E.A.R! It’s a great time to be alive!

Kevin Innes/RCO can be reached at
kevin@ashevillelibertydollar.com

Please send in your letter or comments
for publication to: info@libertydollar.org

9. Success Story / Incident of the Month

There are no incidents to report so we have this great Success Story:

Dear Liberty Dollar…

First we went to Wal-Mart…

We just received our Associate Kit with our first Liberty Dollars, and we set out today to spend them
locally. We had $40.00 in Liberty Certificates, and two $20.00 Silver Libertys. First we went to Wal-Mart, and made a purchase for $47.75. I gave the young, male checker $40.00 in Liberty Certificates, and $7.75 in Federal Reserve Notes. He looked at the Liberty Certificates and asked if they were traveler’s checks. I replied, “No, they are Libertys.” He said “Do I need to check something?” and I said, “What would you like to check?” He went to check with a manager. He was gone a long time! The line of shoppers behind us got longer while we waited. We watched him show the certificates to a CSM (the first line of management), and then the CSM went to the Customer Service counter. We were wondering if they were calling the police!

Finally, a CSM came to get our cart, and took us to the Customer Service counter. Four women cashiers had gathered there, and a male Assistant Manager. The women all said they had never seen them before, exclaimed how pretty the certificates were and asked us where we got them (I said we got them from NORFED, and the web address is on the certificate). The man was digging in his wallet for $40.00. He hadn’t said a word to us. He gave the cashier $40.00 in Frauds and he took the Silver Certificates. The cashier told me that he wanted them to give to his grandchildren.

Then my husband Alex took a $20 Silver Liberty out of his pocket and dropped it on the counter where the silver rang out. He said to the Assistant Manager, “Maybe you would rather have silver.” The guy’s eyes bugged out! He said he would be right back. We think he went to borrow $20 from a friend! He came back and bought the $20 Liberty from us. We then explained to him what it was all about, and told him how he could be an Associate and make money like we just did. Alex also explained how Wal-mart could make a profit with Libertys if they signed up to be a Liberty Merchant. He took our brochure (with our contact information on it) and said he would check it out. One of the cashiers asked for NORFED’s phone number (we gave her a business card) in case Wal-Mart gets more Libertys.

We then went to the health food store where we spent $20.27. I did the drop and gave the young checker our last $20 Silver Liberty and waited. The owner of the store was 10 feet away, helping another customer. The young woman looked at it, hesitated just a moment, and said, “Where is the
27 cents?” I fumbled and gave it to her, and we left without saying anything to the owner. We shop there often so as soon as our next order of Libertys arrives in about a week, we’ll go back to the store and talk to the health food storeowner about becoming a Liberty Merchant.[/size]

My heart was pounding a little at first, but we had a great, fun time and can’t wait to go shopping with Libertys again![/size]

Alex and Jan Salsbery
Susanville Liberty Associate

10. Question of the Month

QUESTION: I have been all through your site… and I see that the government has said that the Liberty Dollar is legal many times. Why have they changed their tune?

ANSWER: Good question! Some people think it was because of our “in your face” Press Conference on August 9, right in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Lower Manhattan. Other people think it was just the fact that we have grown big enough to be noticed. And still others think it is because the gold and silver market is getting ready to blast off and the government may want to try and control it…. and can’t with people using Liberty Dollar free and easy as it is now. “Why” is anybody’s guess. The main point is that why does not matter. What matters most is that the Liberty Dollar IS legal and you should exercise your right to protect your money as best you can… and
certainly the Liberty Dollar is ideal because you can get it at a discount and use it at a profit… so you can grow your money back to total value… just like it could happen for the country at large.

11. Liberty Associate of the Month

What the hell are you?! Maybe you are a Republican? If so, wake up! As we are a long way from any
“Republican” ideal. How about a Democrat? No difference for the well informed, as it is common knowledge that both organizations are controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Hence the saying that it does not matter who you vote for – you get the same old government. Frankly, I would not be one of these damn titles if my life depended on it. And ditto for our very noteworthy Liberty Associate of the Month. Since way back to September 12, 1995, around the time of the birth of the popular Internet, this outstanding Associate has been preaching “Constitutionalism.” And I could not agree with him more. For that reason and a thousand more reasons, like he has a Liberty Dollar banner and link on his home page (as hopefully we all do), I am very proud to acknowledge Jon Roland as the Liberty Associate of the Month.

Jon defines “constitutionalism” as a commitment to strict enforcement of a written constitution of government as it was originally understood by its framers and ratifiers, then its opposite is the doctrine and practice of “legal realism,” which holds that the “law” is whatever judges do or can be expected to do, whose main tenet is the doctrine of stare decisis as presently practiced, and which is fundamentally in conflict with adherence to a written constitution.[/size]

Over 1,000 web sites from around the world (sites like George Mason University and the US Department of State) currently link to Jon’s web site: www.constitution.org.
And when I visited it recently there had been over 1.6 MILLION unique visitors! Please support Jon’s effort. Visit his site and send some eLibertyDollars to jon.roland@constitution.org.

Congratulations Jon! It is wonderfully good Americans like you who make the Liberty Dollar great. Thank you for helping return America to value – one dollar at a time.

12. Quote of the Month

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” Thomas Jefferson

Closing Remarks:

As we edge up to 2007, I wonder what the New Year will bring? 2006 has certainly been a hell of a year. As many of us know, it has not been a simple task to introduce a new value based currency and save America before its debt-ridden economy self-destructs. I am sure there some amazing things to come and will hopefully provide yet unseen opportunity.

Many thanks to all the Liberty Associates, Merchants, and RCOs for your continued support. For it is only by banding together and adopting a free and independent currency which provides us with “just weights and measures” will we be able to throw off the yoke of a manipulated monetary system and generate a peaceful and prosperous society.

Thank you again for all your efforts to return America to value – one dollar at a time!

And last but certainly not least, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Bernard von NotHaus
Monetary Architect/Editor
www.LibertyDollar.org
888.LIB.DOLLAR
888.421.6181



“May you live in interesting times” to quote the ancient curse. I think we’ve found ourselves in the midst of some interesting times here.