Ronald Reagan Speech on Behalf of Goldwater 1964

Ronald Reagan
Address on Behalf of Senator Barry Goldwater
Rendezvous with Destiny
October 27, 1964

On the evening of 27 October 1964, Ronald Reagan delivered a nation-wide paid political telecast on behalf of the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater. His presentation was so forceful and engaging that Reagan, hitherto little considered a political figure, became overnight a political force in the Republican party. Although Goldwater lost to Lyndon Johnson in an landslide and Richard Nixon captured the nomination – and the presidency – in 1968, Reagan’s reputation was firmly established and he recovered the fortunes of the Republican party with his victory in the presidential election of 1980.

Via: (accessed 3/31/2009)

The text is at this link. But you really need to listen to the audio which you can do by clicking here and either download or open the mp3 file for listening. OR, get the video by clicking here.

Reagan’s delivery of this speech is as powerful as any he ever gave, is full of facts, and makes it so very clear that socialist forces were at work as early as 1964 and before. He quotes many instances of government leaders, primarily in Congress and high Cabinet positions, extolling the virtues of what the government can do for (read as “to”) the “masses.”  Lenin, Stalin and Hitler had “masses.”  America has individual people who have the freedom, the right and the ability to succeed or fail on their own, subject only to some very basic regulation of society. I suggest that we should return to that notion, chuck all of the lawbooks, and just pay attention to the Ten Commandments.

Read or listen to the speech. It will chill you to the bone and it should remind all of us of how fragile is our individual freedom today. Whatever did happen to the notion of the government having only such power as is derived from the people — or have the people simply given up and determined to hand over their individual freedom?  While it may be necessary for the government to take drastic steps to assist this country and the world out of the current economic mess and malaise, it is not necessary to abrogate our freedoms and the basic principles that made this country what it is today — still — the envy of the world.

Pedal Power Wildflower Ride for Advocacy Center

The 10th annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride — a fund-raiser for the Hill Country Childrens’ Advocacy Center — is on for April 4.  Looking for some more motorcycle SAG/support escorts. There are waypoint/route files available for your GPS if you wish to help.  Click for Garmin .gdb format or Garmin .mps format. Generic .gpx format here.  The details on what we do is as follows:

Here is the HCCAC website on the ride:
Directions and route maps:
Click on this link for a Google Maps display centered on the parking lot of the start area.

What we do:
We’ll divide up the routes (the bicycles ride 12/23/36/62 mile routes and patrol our assigned areas looking for anyone who is broken down, exhausted or injured. We have handheld repeater radios from the LCRA and have good contact to vehicles with repair tools and ability to haul someone and their bike back to the start area.

Most of us will be done around noon. I’ll need a couple to commit to about 2pm or so to make final sweeps of each route to make sure everyone is off the course.

There are breakfast goodies and spaghetti for lunch.

If you’ve ridden before and took your yellow “caution” overshirt home, bring it.

What you need to do upon arrival:

  • Arrive at the start area by 8:30 gassed and ready to go.
  • Bring your cell phone.
  • If you have a bicycle tube repair kit or valve stem or fork tools, bring those.
  • Check in at the volunteer tent.
  • Get a radio (they’ll be in a rack in the pavillion/dining hall)
  • Pick up paper maps in the dining hall
  • Pick up list of emergency numbers in the dining hall
  • Pick up a few bottles of water for yourself and riders who may need some
  • Rendezvous with me at 8:45 and we’ll divide up routes. I’ll be outside at my motorcycle.


North Platte, Nebraska — a place in WWII history

I am a proud son of the Greatest Generation — those people who endured and brought us out of World War II and into prosperity as truly the greatest nation the world has ever known. My father, like the parents of most of my friends, served in WW2 and there can be no doubt that these were great people for they endured hardship in battle yet came home — the lucky ones did — to work and prosper and, amazingly, never did they complain! They just worked and had an ethical structure that they tried to pass on to their children. I think it stuck to me, mostly, and I’m thankful for it. But then there’s North Platte, Nebraska. What about that?

The folks there took up a cause to support soldiers and sailors just like my father, and boy did they ever do it up right. I had never heard of North Platte before, at least not in this light, and the story is truly amazing. The YouTube video follows below and you really need to spend the 7 minutes it will take from your busy day.

And when you’re done, thank a solder, a sailor, an airman or marine.  Now grab a tissue, pull up a chair, and click ‘play.’

Power Line – Is the stimulus bill unconstitutional?

This is big. Not only for the fact that it may portend a constitutional crisis but for yet one more demonstration of (a) the arrogance of the current Congress and (b) the lengths and depths to which this Congress and Administration will go to expand welfare and unemployment programs, each of which will surely hasten the destruction of the greatest country the world has known. Not only is this scary, but it is indeed simply, sad. America was built through hard work and entrepreneurship — not by motivating people to look for handouts!

From Powerline:

Is the stimulus bill unconstitutional?

March 15, 2009 Posted by Scott at 7:28 AM

Professor Ronald Rotunda is the prominent constitutional law expert now at Chapman Law School. In the column “Some strings attached” for today’s Chicago Tribune, Professor Rotunda looks under the hood of the so-called stimulus bill. In part the stimulus bill is calculated to expand welfare and unemployment programs. These provisions have prompted a few governors to reject the related funds.

Professor Rotunda points out that Congress anticipated these governors. Seeking to bypass such uncooperative governors, Congress added a unique provision to the bill (in section 1607(b)): “If funds provided to any State in any division of this Act are not accepted for use by the Governor, then acceptance by the State legislature, by means of the adoption of a concurrent resolution, shall be sufficient to provide funding to such State.”

Professor Rotunda asks: If state law does not give the state legislature the right to bypass the governor, how can Congress just change that law?

via Power Line – Is the stimulus bill unconstitutional?.

If we could but measure the matter, I fear that very soon, if not already, the numbers of people receiving what much of our society has come to regard as “entitlements” will outnumber the productive members of society.  And by “productive” I don’t refer to entrepreneurs or investors solely, but any person who puts in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s wage — whatever that may be.

In 2006 (the most current figures available) the bottom 50% of taxpayers pay only 2.99% of total taxes and the top 5% pay about 60% — see chart below. How can that possibly continue, especially in the times of economic downturns such as the 08-09 recession? It can’t.

As the top 2% makes less money, which is now occurring, then the 80% slice of tax generation will decline. What would be done then — raise taxes?  A bit of math will demonstrate that once the top tier is earning substantially less income, then even at a 100% tax rate the federal budget will not be funded. Exactly where that cross-over point is, I don’t claim to know. But what I do know is that we’re headed that direction — a direction which is a recipe for disaster.

And don’t assume it’s the “wealthy” who are paying the taxes: as seen from the chart below, the top 25% pays 86% of the total taxes and that includes taxpapers making over just $64,702 Adjusted Gross Income! That includes a lot of families simply working hard at honest jobs for a wage. Not “fat cats.”

Here is the chart from the National Taxpayers Union which attributes the figures to the IRS:

Percentiles Ranked by AGI

AGI Threshold on Percentiles

Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid

Top 1%



Top 5%



Top 10%



Top 25%



Top 50%



Bottom 50%



Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income
Source: Internal Revenue Service

There IS a breaking point. Do we want to push to the very edge and find out where it is? I think not.

Coming unhinged with a Vista in my future

It was an ordinary day as I prepared to do some research when I opened the lid to my trusty HP laptop, a zv6170us model running Windows XP and an 80% full 100gig hard drive. Plug it in, lift the lid, when … “pop” and I knew instantly that the remaining good hinge on the display/lid had failed. This was quickly confirmed by the lid which now flopped in my hand like a wet noodle!

After an unhappy chat with HP support yielding a repair cost that was unjustifiable I commenced checking many online review sites and the latest post-crash sales of high-end laptops. Oh, the credit line on my credit card was also checked 😉 and soon the new Dell XPS M1530 was on order — but it has Windows Vista on it — and the word on the “street” about Vista is not good.  Not only do I have to reinstall about 100 application programs, but I have to do it on a new operating system to boot.

My fear and trepidation about that was not totally unfounded but Vista is not as bad as you read in some reviews. For a new or basic user it’s probably more user-friendly, but for an advanced user accustomed to where to find various settings and tweaks on XP, it’s awful!

So here I sit on a Saturday morning, glad that the weather is too bad to fish or work outdoors, transferring data files and re-loading programs, the ones I can find, that is. Do you know where all of YOUR program CDs are? 😉

The disgrace of earmarks continues

( – Termite research, walrus rehabilitation and pig manure are among the more than 8,570 of earmarks in the omnibus spending package currently before the Senate. Critics charge the bill is stuffed full of so many pork barrel projects — $7.7 billion worth — that President Barack Obama should veto it.

via – Giant Omnibus Bill Includes $7.7 Billion in Earmarks for Bugs, Pigs, Parking – and La Raza.

The article is worth a read. The list of earmarks is surreal — you have to think this is just a dream nightmare and we will wake up soon. Do you know how YOUR Senator is voting? Do you know what your Senator is SAYING about this?

My curiosity is that while it appears the entire nation is against the runaway spending and especially earmarks, and many in Congress at least give lip service to agree, the practice goes on. Is there a “wink and a nod” going on? Notice in particular the following item out of the list

— $1.7 million for the honeybee lab in Weslaco, Texas, requested by Sen. Jim Johnson (D-S.D.)

And a Sen. from South Dakota cares about this in Texas because … why?

I prefer to think that my Senators are not only not behind the earmarks hijinks, but that they speak out against them — that they try to shine the light of day on this practice.

Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison — I hope we hear from you on this — loud and clear. Please.

And in another piece from CNSnews, here is an example of the tepid attempts made to “excuse” if not justify the earmarks practice:

On Tuesday, the Senate voted down McCain’s amendment that would have stripped the earmarks from the bill by a margin of 63 to 32.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) defended President Obama, who has indicated he will sign the bill even with its earmarks.

“When you are trying to deal with energy, health care, and an economy in free fall and get an administration started – they have tried to do more than any administration in history in a shorter timeframe – to pick another fight after it has already been substantially reformed and changed, I think is not rational,” said Blumenauer.

via – Obama Should Veto Pork-Laden Budget, McCain Says.

Meanwhile, off to the post office to see if my personal stimulus check has arrived ….   😉

Upgraded my PersonalBrain today

No, not THAT brain … don’t be silly. The PersonalBrain from –billed as:

the leading provider of visual content management solutions.

I’ve blogged on it before and made the leap today to go ahead and buy the Core version and continue implementing use of the program for the knowledge base aspects of this visual content/knowledge mangagement system that allows visual connection of an infinite number of relationships. Those relationships can be between people, between concepts or thoughts, between elements of factual knowledge, or between and among any mixture of the foregoing. I see many uses for this and intend to also continue using Evernote (which I’ve also blogged on) and attempt to discern truly productive ways to use them both without duplicating efforts.  That’s the trick.

As with any system of note-taking, accumulation of data, or other method of accumulating information in a retrievable form, you have to first have a system. Computer software alone cannot solve a problem for which you don’t yet have a system solution.

International tennis in Marble Falls

Little ol’ Marble Falls, Texas and its surrounding communities have the chance to have a world-class international tennis center. Some of us last night played in or helped host an event for the Andy Roddick Foundation‘s First Annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament.  The Daybreak Rotary Club of Marble Falls provided help for registration and refreshments while Rotarian John Arthur Martinez (himself a tennis star of years past) provided musical entertainment during the social hour prior to commencement of play by some very serious poker players.

The goal locally of the ARF is to build a super tennis center that will create a teaching and playing opportunity for area youth. There is a lot of tennis in the Highland Lakes as can be seen from the Highland Lakes Tennis site.  Some details follow below.

If you don’t follow tennis, you need to know that Roddick is ranked internationally (#6 at the moment) and is the leader of the U.S. Davis Cup team going into the first matches next week. The center envisioned for the Castlerock Texas area sandwiched between Cottonwood Shores and Horseshoe Bay will be a tremendous resource for underprivileged kids and all the youth playing tennis in the area, as well as providing an international destination for the area.

Andy’s parents and brother were present for the event last night and everyone appeared to be having a great time. Much work remains to be done but the goals are worth everyone’s efforts and contributions.

The fund-raiser and goals were talked about on the ARF page (note: original date of November as discussed in the article had to be changed):

Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

September 29, 2008

The Andy Roddick Foundation announced that it will host the First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 6PM at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Marble Falls, Texas (501 Highway 2147, Marble Falls, TX 78654) to help raise funds to build the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas.

“Our goal is to raise significant funds to begin building the ARF International Tennis Center, said David Holder, Director of Fund Raising for the ARF International Tennis Center in CastleRock, Texas. We are really excited about the Texas Hold’Em tournament, and looking forward to a successful event,” added Holder.

The ARF International Tennis Center, which is planned to sport a retractable shading system as well as the greenest building practices, will serve as the hub training facility for the Andy Roddick Foundation Youth Tennis Programs from around the world. The ARF provides at risk youth the opportunity to learn the game of tennis and to compete on local, state and national levels. The programs will combine weekly tennis instruction, mentoring for college, and nutritional counseling to help eliminate the crisis of diabetes and obesity among the youth of America.

Top ranked American tennis star Andy Roddick, 26, founded his foundation at the young age of 17 when he realized that he was in a position to positively influence the lives of many children. On October 3, 2007, his foundation implemented his youth tennis program in San Antonio in cooperation with the Rene Lacoste Foundation, The USTA Tennis and Education Fund, Our Lady of the Lake University and The Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. On June 2, 2008 the foundation launched the first tennis program in the Hill Country in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes.

A donation to the Andy Roddick Foundation of only $250.00 gets you a seat to play in the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, and Texas size bragging right for the winner!

Texas Hold’Em tournament first-place prize will be for two complimentary tickets to see Sir Elton John in a private concert in Austin, Texas with Andy Roddick and friends. The second-place winner will receive two tickets to the U.S. OPEN in New York, NY and the third-place winner receives a flat screen television.

Please help us continue our efforts to help Andy’s children by becoming a corporate sponsor of the “First Annual Charity Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament”, donating a silent auction item or by playing in this exciting event. You may sign up in the proshop online or for further information or to sign up to play contact David Holder, Director of Fund Raising at (830) 832.2799 or You may also mail entry fee in the amount of $250.00 per player to David Holder, Andy Roddick Foundation, P.O. Box 8040 Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Please make check payable to the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Via (accessed 3/1/09)

and also Andy Roddick Foundation building tennis center

December 17, 2007

The Andy Roddick Foundation wants to help perfect the tennis moves of young people through a planned tennis center in the Texas Hill Country.

The Roddick foundation, along with CastleRock Texas, the city of Cottonwood Shores and the Marble Falls Community Tennis Association, are working on building an $8.2 million tennis complex on Ranch Road 2147 in Cottonwood Shores.

The building, named the Andy Roddick Foundation International Tennis Center, will serve as a training ground for the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program, which gives at-risk youth the opportunity to learn the game and compete.

Click here to read the full article at

Via (accessed 3/1/09)

They Said It « Young MC’s Weblog

These are all just too good not to capture here. Real life quotes that once again proof that life is stranger than fiction! Thanks to the blogger who found these gems.

“Don’t give me the wine-and-dine baloney, young lady.”

– Arlen Specter (R – PA) lashing out at conservative radio host Laura Ingraham for suggesting that he supported the stimulus package because of his relationship with President Obama

Yeah, take that, young lady!

“I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me, and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day.”

– Alex Rodriguez admitting in an interview that he used steroids from 2001 to 2003

Annnd…so I did drugs.

“Politics can’t be any dirtier of a job than the one I am already in.”

– Stormy Daniels, porn star, on running for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana

That was actually a pretty witty comment…for a porn star.

“If you need an example for how to live, then you just shouldn’t have been born. Straight up.”

– Lil Wayne explaining why he doesn’t worry about setting a bad example for children, including his own son and daughter, despite being a self-proclaimed user of and advocate for marijuana

Straight up, not even born! You said it, Weezy.

“GM is not a career anymore.”

– Tom Suarto, a retired autoworker whose family has worked for General Motors since 1912

That’s never what a corporate comm. team wants to hear.

“If you would like to share your comments regarding our relationship with Michael Phelps, please press one … If you’re calling about the recent peanut butter recall, please press two now.”

– Kellogg’s consumer hotline recording

And you know your crisis comm. team is busy when this is your company’s recorded message.

“Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.”

– David Letterman, to Joaquin Phoenix, after the actor’s odd appearance on The Late Show

If you haven’t seen this Letterman clip, check it out. He’s a weird dude, but I dig him.

“I was simply making a goofy face.”

– Miley Cyrus in response to criticism surrounding her making a slant-eyed gesture

And that goofy face looks exactly like the face by which a majority of the world stereotypes Asians…

“We hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do.”

– Luo Ping, Director-General at the China Banking Regulatory Commission, saying Beijing will continue to buy U.S. treasuries despite worries about American finances

Tell us how you really feel.

via They Said It « Young MC’s Weblog.