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Automotive Craftsman Wanted

9799_top_shop_largeI have far too many restoration and freshen up project cars than I have time to get to, and can offer a very flexible opportunity that might be perfect for both the right retired person and I.

I’m looking for two honest and dependable automotive craftsman looking to work one or two days a week (averaging 10 hours) at my shop, paint room; using my tools and equipment. The below is a portion of what I need to get done.

64imperial50bI’ve always had a big Chrysler/Imperial Convertible a my weekend cruiser. This car is in good shape but needs to be freshened up a little. My son (who works full time as my Crew Chief and Shop Manager) will pull the engine and transmission to freshen, and I need the car to be repainted and the interior freshened up. Since it is a driver — I just need for it to be a 2-3 looking good and having everything working properly.

OLdsPaintdone1I need my 46 Olds Street rod finished. Mostly interior and suspension.

Vitaminc800 BlackCoronetAtlanta2011-800These are my backup race cars. We will strip down and mount on the spit and do most of the reassembly — but I need the Plymouth to be stripped of its 30-year-old cracked lacquer paint, a small dent in the hood repaired, and painted. The same with the black Dodge — and the rear wheel area was pulled out prior to the car being tubbed — and needs to be fixed back to stock. Both cars are as solid as a rock without any type of rust.

a100-Aug2010-aMost of the bodywork on this A-100 has been done — but it needs to be completed, painted, and reassembled with a Mopar Small block.

67marlin11Full restoration on this solid #3 1967 Ambassador Marlin, after the unfinished projects are completed.

Cyclone02Inexpensively get the bugs worked out of this 70 Cyclone GT 4-speed so I can sell. Some electrical issues, dash pad, etc.

61PlodgeACustom Plodge (Plymouth Front end on Dodge body) project. Thinking about getting a two door post car to make this a 2-door wagon customized. Mopar big block and 4-speed.

60Pday106Thinking about making this car a replica of Richard Petty’s 60 Plymouth.

The above is a sampling to the type of things I have going on. These are my personal vehicles. As stated, my 26-year-old son (who races with me on a National Circuit) maintains the race cars and will be able to assist with the heavier work when needed. He’s a good man and is interested in learning from masters.

This is a perfect situation for a retired automotive craftsman who wants to supplement his Social Security with cash, stay busy a few hours a week, but have the flexibility to take a few weeks off here and there for travel and/or fishing. Might work out for Snowbirds looking to spend 8-9 months a year in Texas (30 miles south of Houston in a small town). I can even possibly arrange for a nice place to park you motorhome to live in.

I’m only interested in the following qualities:

  • A Craftsman who pays attention to detail and works efficiently. Paint and body needs to be of the highest quality. Need the full package.
  • Vast experience with automotive restorations. I will require and check your references.
  • Honest and dependable – no flakes. I need someone who will give a fair day’s work for a far day’s pay. While this is a part time offer with flexible scheduling to enjoy your retirement, time at the shop needs to be scheduled, and a reasonable time plan needs to be followed.

I will allow the use of my tools to those who can care for them. I have virtually everything required and will/can obtain what I might not have. I can provide a safe and secure shop area for your tools if you wish to use them. I will pay cash at the end of the week. I’m looking for two craftsmen to working independently on two projects each at the same time.

I’ve tried to completely explain what it is I want, and I am not at all interested in compromising any of it. All work performed at my shop. I’m a fair and honest man without drama — looking for a couple of the same. If you are interested, email me (davetheoldhippie @ gmail.com) about your experience and what you have in mind.

The Superbird has landed

I picked up my Superbird from the restoration shop today.

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Yes I took a couple of liberties that might cause the “purists” to have a stroke. I have headers, 2.5″ exhaust, and the motor has a stroker crank bringing the CID to 500. I also have a heavy duty clutch and an aluminum radiator.

I decided to do all of this about 8 years ago as I was going to drive the car. Everything can easily be bought back to bone stock if the next person to own the car was to do so.

Life & Times of Dave Schultz

Life & Times of Dave Schultz
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My 46 Olds Street Rod For Sale – Katy, TX

46 Olds Street Rod <– Cash or Barter Site Link

Fresh Paint. $20,000 paint and body work done. Taken down to bare metal, and all areas needing repair were properly repaired, hood sectioned, head lights frenched, 39 Lincoln style LED tail lights molded in. Paint is metallic black from 09 Challenger, Metallic Pearl Red from 09 Cadillac (cost $1200 per gallon). Mary Kay Pink separation stripe. Best Base Coat/Clear Coat paints, days of wet sanding — true show paint and body.

Front sub frame and 455ci motor from Olds 98. Runs and drives great. Custom dash. Air Bags suspension. Door poppers. Have all of the interior — but needs to be recovered to match exterior. Have a new set of rubber door and trunk seals — not yet installed. This car is about $5000 away from being a $70,000 car.

Willing to sell or barter for $40,000. Custom made California Car Cover. Can supply more photos for those serious.

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My Ca$h or Barter Web Site

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I've been downsizing my life for the last couple of years, and have done pretty well so far selling of the the stuff the bigger or more expensive stuff I really don't need. However, I still have a ways to go in a time when cash is a little short.

Until now, I've been telling people to take a hike when they want to trade for something as trading isn't exactly downsizing. However I've now reconsidered that since cash is tight and there are so many people looking to barter. I might as well have something I more like or need than hang onto something that no longer fits my lifestyle. Thus I've created the web site Cash-or-Barter.com.

On the the sidebar of that site you will see a list of things that I'm interested in trading for, and below that the list of stuff I am willing to trade with. In the NavBar there is a link to a Contact / Propose Barter form for those have something I'm looking for, and I have something they're looking for.

Right now that site is just a personal experiment, but I might take it to a public concept if it works well. I'll most likely do something on Facebook for others to post what they have — and what they want. So, when you have some free time take a moment to look over what I have and want — as you just might know of someone that is a perfect match — or a three way trade. Remember the dashes in the domain name! www.Cash-Or-Barter.com.

Dave Schultz

 

33 Years Ago Today

I had the ball and chain attached to my leg.

Happy 33rd to my lovely wife. A man couldn’t ask for a better wife or mother to their five children.

Video of my racing in Atlanta

The car going down the track in the video is me in the wagon.

The Maniacal Ravings of Dave Schultz on Facebook

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Pig Hunting – Texas Style

Cause Thieves to Move On

Old Hippie’s Gift Shop > We don’t call 911

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Stop the Mooching!

Nothing has done more to ruin the United States than it being more profitable to be a “Moocher” than a “Producer”. Ayn Rand wrote about this in the World’s Best Book – Atlas Shrugged. If you hadn’t read this book, you should. To sum up 1400 pages into one statement: her novel was about how a Socialist United States penalized the “Producers” by transferring the fruits of their labor to the “Moochers”. The harder they worked — the more they were penalized. The politicians were masters of stoking the fires of Class Warfare to receive the support of those they gave the freebies to – fully understanding the concept of whenever a government robs Peter to pay Paul — they can always expect the support of Paul. It created a class of ever increasingly worthless “moochers” unable to do anything for themselves. Finally the “producers” threw in the towel and went on strike by just disappearing from society. This is now referred to as “Going Galt”, after the creator of the policy — John Galt.

While this book was written in 1957, we are watching this story play out in real time, here and now in the United States.

I was a “Producer” for many years. In 1998, I owned 4 companies, employed over 100 people, spent a half million a month (which employed hundreds of others) for products and services for my businesses, and I paid millions a year in all types of taxes. I was being increasingly penalized at turn by our government and a society that vilified the producers, and so I finally gave up, threw in the towel, and retired. People kept telling me that I’d Gone Galt — but I never knew what they meant. Until I read Atlas Shrugged in 2011.

I’m not a “Moocher” as we live off my savings and I pull my weight through life. I ask for and receive nothing from anyone. I will no longer again produce — unless we stop this socialist madness, which actually encourages people to become and stay “Moochers”, with gifts from the public Treasury. I’ve met many other former “Producers” who have “Gone Galt” — and it has been in increasing numbers since Chairman Obama was elected. This “Going Galt” is happening right in plain sight — yet few can see or understand it. Again, read Atlas Shrugged, and you’ll begin to fully understand what is happening, and our future.

Last year, a 21-year-old woman submitted her plan to get people off of Welfare — with her submission of the below editorial to the Waco Tribune Herald in Waco, TX on 11/18/10. I think it is an excellent plan to begin the reversal of mooching, and might ultimately help with the return of the “Producers”.

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND while you are on Government subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Government welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.

People need to pull their head out of the sand while there is still an outside chance that we can save the United States. Those people who don’t like to get involve with politics, and ignore what’s going on are just as bad as the Moochers by apathetic.

I may be on strike from being a “Producer” — but I will not stop trying to make people understand what is our certain future when too many Producers have finally “Gone Galt”. Its coming people! I ask that others start to get involved to do the same. Socialism has never succeeded — no matter if you call it Progressivism, Liberalism, or Communism — it equates to failure. It has always failed — and all you have to do is look across the Atlantic to see the misery of Europe having to pay for this failure.

So Am I A Suspected Terrorist?

Buy a Tube of KY with Your Cymax.com Order

Cymax – Furniture Store From Hell

 

I need to take an hour to tell this little story like I need another testicle — but if it saves anyone else the grief I just went through — it will be worth it. In a nutshell — don't waste your time and money with Cymax at www.cymax.com.

We moved into this house a little over a year ago and since that time I've ordered on-line some fairly expensive office furniture for my home-office, all delivered with "White Glove Delivery" meaning not dropped on the curb — but unpacked and set where I need it, up to 2 fights of stairs. The below photos (as proof) show solid wood bookcases, desks, and other furniture delivered with the "White Glove Delivery" — although by a company different than Cymax. All went very well, and I was very satisfied — satisfied enough to have tipped well all of the people to deliver it.

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The reason I order this stuff on-line is a combination of my being pretty particular about my office furniture (style and quality), and the convenience of looking at more desks on line than I could see spending a week running around to office furniture stores. I only buy with the "White Glove Delivery", because I'm the only guy here — and have a pretty screwed up back from a car accident. I can't be carrying this crap up stairs.

So I need a desk to go at the top of the stairs, to set a community computer on (the easiest of every furniture delivery ever made to this house – up one flight of stairs facing the front door, and on the other side of the short wall), and find what I want at Cymax, with "White Glove Delivery".

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This one photo shows the entire path through the house and the desired location of the desk.

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About a month after I order this desk, I get a call yesterday saying the only time they can deliver it is today between noon and four, which happens to also be the time my wife and daughter need to go to the airport for their 12:55 flight. So I say OK, and make arrangements for someone else to take them to the airport.

At 3:30, I get a phone call that they're on their way. At 3:50, this short little girl, and equally small guy show up. In the past, there was 3 or 4 men, who generally looked like they could handle the job. These two absolutely could not. The little girl (I doubt she was 5' tall) asks where it is going, and is obviously distressed with the answer upstairs. After a 5 minute conversation in Spanish with the guy with her — she says that she needs to see where. So I show her, after I lock up my 10-year-old 5lb Boston Terrier — because she's afraid of dogs, even the ones the size of hamsters. After another 5 minute conservation in Spanish, I'm catching that he's telling her that they'll leave it on the pallet and drag it up the stairs. They obviously can't lift this solid wood desk an inch off the ground, no less over the banister. Two on one end could barely get the damn thing raised high enough to get a dolly under.

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So she tells me that that I need to sign a damage waiver in case they damage anything (and if there was anything certain — it was that there was going to be damage!), and that they will not unpack and cart off the pallet and crating, which has the appearance of external damage. I said — no way, that I paid for "White Glove Delivery", and that it is up to them to be prepared for it. She tells me that she needs to call her boss and goes to the truck. I call the Cymax number and played their game of going through menus and entering my sales order number. She comes back 10 minutes later — and I'm still on hold, yet to speak with any human. She hands me her phone, and some guy claiming to be her supervisor tells me that everyone has to sign a damage waiver, and that they won't be uncrating it, but will get it upstairs. End of conversation. It was obvious that they weren't even capable of dragging it up the stairs on a moving dolly (their incredible plan which was a physical impossibility based on dimensions alone), there was no way they could do it without damaging the wall and staircase (and most likely the desk and themselves), and they weren't going to try to it take upstairs without me signing a damage waiver. In the meantime I'm still listing to a Cymax recording that someone will be with me soon — but I'll get faster help going to the web site and reading the FAQs. I look at my phone and 19 minutes had gone by and still no human. So I tell them to put the desk in my garage and I'll tell the world how I feel I'm getting more of the "Latex Glove" treatment than the "White Glove" one.

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These people can barely get the damn thing on wheels up a 1/2" lip at the end of the driveway! Yes there are two of them back there wrestling it for a good five minutes.

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The little girl who can barely see over the top of the box is doing all of the grunt work.

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The crating looks like I might find a surprise

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So as they're leaving, a person comes on my phone (who suspiciously sounds like cross between Peggy and Osama Bin Laden – and I'd wager was at least 12,000 miles away making IUDs) and wants to know what the problem is. I tell him that in addition to being on hold for 25 minutes thus far, that I'm getting bitched slapped with their white glove. He asks what I want — and I tell him to get some people here who are capable of unpacking and taking the desk upstairs without me having to sign a damage waiver for certain damage. In his very fine combination of Farsi and English — Peggy tells me that he'll have to put me on hold. I soon got the expected dial tone.

So there you have it. Buy from Cymax.com at your own peril. I'd warn you of who their "White Glove" delivery people were — but it was a rental truck with the lease company name on the door, I see nothing on the paperwork on who they were, and I assume the two people sent were found at the local "Tree of Hope" for daytime laborers, or standing in front of Lowes.

 

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Old Hippie Swag

Announcing Old Hippie’s Gift Shop

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Point your browser to www.OldHippiesGiftShop.com to scope out some very kool stuff with a Drag Racing, Mopars, and/or Humor Theme.

  • T-shirts (White & Colored; Men, women, kids)
  • Calendars
  • iphones, ipads, & computers
  • Household & office

Just tons of kool swag

Old Hippie Site Updated

OldHippie.com Redesigned

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The main landing page of OldHippie.com (Portal) has been redesigned to have more function, and have the Look & Feel of the forums and Free Classified Ad site.

  • The Portal is where I post items that I feel may be of interest to a wide range of people. The Portal uses Word Press, which is a blog operating application, as its engine. It is hosted on a Big Kahuna Hosting's web server, and the domain registrar is Southern Star Hosting. Anyone can register a domain name for less than $10 a year and have their site hosted for less than $100 a year. I began to self-teach myself web design back in 1992, when I first registered www.DaveSchultz.com to play with. It went from a hobby to a very lucrative business, which allows me to work from home and on my own schedule. Customers who have a Big Kahuna Hosting account can automatically install Word Press with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.

  • The Forums is the busiest part of the Old Hippie domain. It is a Vbulletin 3.8X forum — soon to be upgraded to 4.X. While Vbulletin charges for a license, there are quite a few other forums that Big Kahuna Hosting customers can install with a couple of clicks free of charge. On Old Hippie's forums — there is a forum for virtually any topic you wish to discuss. You can easily participate in those that interest you — while avoiding those that do not. Cars, computers, motorcycles, politics, Texas, religion, Military, guns, drag racing, electronics, … just about anything. Check it out.

  • The Free Classified Ad site that we use here at Old Hippie is a for charge application by PhotoPost (Only because I bought it before there were free ones available) — but there is now a choice of a couple free ones that Big Kahuna Hosting customers can automatically install in their hosting account. On Old Hippie — registered members can list just about anything the have for sale in the proper category, with photos, and absolutely free.

  • I have another area of the site with photo albums containing tens of thousands of my photos. While I don't have it private — I don't advertise where I have it located. There is also a selection of photo album applications that Big Kahuna Hosting customers can automatically install in their hosting account. I use my albums to share with my family and friends — and host photos I post on many of my sites.

So this post actually has two purposes. The first being to bring to the attention of the visitors of this site the different areas of the Old Hippie domain, that the Portal has just gone under a major upgrade, and to invite visitors to start browsing around the site. There are literally hundreds of posts, so look for the "Older Posts" link at the bottom of the page. The second purpose is to encourage anyone out there who wants their own site, or is interested in learning how to put together web sites for fun and profit — that it is 100 times easier than when I started many years ago. Anyone can put together a great web site by simply registering the domain name they wish to go by at Southern Star Hosting, and having a hosting account at Big Kahuna Hosting. If you need help — see the Big Kahuna Hosting Forums to get your questions asked and answered.

 

Major Redesign of DaveSchultz.com

DaveSchultz.com Gone Through a Total Redesign

zHMMmagnum25In 1992, I registered the domain name DaveSchultz.com so I could self teach myself web design, web servers, and learn more about the Internet. In the 20 years since — it has been quite a journey. Many of the items under the "Maniacal Ravings" menu were originally post on the site 20 years back — and still timeless today.

Over the years the site has gone through as many changes as the Internet has. The first site was done in Microsoft Publisher, later in Front Page, and now it is a Word Press site using MySQL and php.

I invite all visitors to browse around on the site and read the "Maniacal Ravings" articles (Like Rules to Date My Daughters), and the shorter posts (there are many pages of short posts — so click the older posts link at the bottom of each page to get the next page). The posts cover a wide range of topics from family, to politics, to humor, to drag racing, to Texas, to just about any other topic I felt to be of interest. Other areas of the site include racing, where I have short descriptions of my race cars; stuff I have for sale; and links to many of my other sites — because while DaveSchultz.com may have been my first — it isn't the only of my sites. Check it out!

Stay Away From FramesDirect.com

I got a new prescription for my glasses, and most of the glasses retailers don’t stock frames for someone with a head as fat as mine. So May 30th I looked on-line for frames with the side lengths I needed — and came across Frame Direct at Eyeglasses | Designer Eye Glasses, Prescription Eyeglasses, Sunglasses Online

I order two pair for glasses for about $500

In mid June I still hadn’t received my glasses and call. I spoke with a real nice customer service lady who tells me that they’re having a problem with both Rayban and Oakley but that she’ll call and expedite. A couple of days later I get a call from Frames Direct and another nice lady apologizes for delay (but it was the fault of Rayban and Oakley) and says they’ll upgrade me to next day delivery.

Two weeks later I call, and told that they still had a problem with Oakley — but the Raybans would be shipped the next day. I received them, and while late, they were what I expected.

So then today I call about the other glasses. My call is answered right away and I was told that the glasses were shipped Next Day yesterday — and I’ll receive today. 10 minutes later I hear the doorbell and FedEx dropped off a package.

The Fed Ex box was undamaged, and I open and the glasses case is wrapped with bubble wrap and there is extra bubble wrap in the box.

When I open the case the glasses are wrapped — and the right ear piece is laying on top. It is obvious that the glasses were broken before being shipped (as the ear piece was under the lens side) — and put into the case anyway, I assume so that the person breaking them didn’t have to do any explaining.

So now my blood pressure is 200 over 200 and I call Frames Direct at 800-248-9427.

I get a recording and put on hold. About 10 minutes later I’m disconnected. blood pressure now has to be 250/250. I call again, and after a long wait on hold I start telling someone of my troubles — and next thing you know I’m talking to dead air. Blood pressure now 300/300! I call again, and after 10 minutes of on hold — I speak with a nice lady. She tells me that I have to speak with returns and that she will transfer me. I say something like “Great — this is where I get disconnected again” and she assures me that I won’t. After 10 more minutes she comes back and says she’s having a problem finding a manager — but shes still looking. I’m put on hold. She comes back saying she found someone and will transfer me. A minute later I hear dead air and my phone says call was terminated.

At this point — I’m done with these idiots and figure I’ll just file a dispute with American Express and have them send a return ticket for the glasses.

However 5 minutes later — I get a call from a “Karen K” from their returns department. I explain my little story and told her I just want them to send a pick up for their glasses and refund for that pair. She tells me that she’s not going to do that — and if I send them back she have fixed and return. She starts out being very condescending — and upgrades to full bitch as the conversation goes on. I told her I don’t want to play this game anymore as my prescription will most likely change again by the time they finally get me glasses I can actually wear. She basically tells me that I’m unreasonable — and because they’d upgraded me to Overnight — that they’ve bent over backwards to make me a satisfied customer. I’m obviously not getting anywhere — so I asked for them to send me a return ticket — as I don’t feel I should have to drive the 10 miles to send them back. She basically tells me no way and that if I want them fixed — I’ll need to send them back. I told her that I will tell my story to all who will listen — and she said that certainly is my prerogative.

I then got the below email

Hello David, Your Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number is: 35866 RX

When you are ready to return your product for exchange, please write this number on the outside of your package and then ship it to:
FramesDirect.com
Returns Department
2801 S. IH 35
Suite 170
Austin, Texas 78741-5518
Be sure to enclose a note as to what you would like to exchange for and a copy of your invoice. If you do not have your invoice, please make sure to include your RMA number in your note. If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know.
Sincerely,
Karen K

Basically, with Frames Direct the prices were about right, everyone I spoke with prior to Karen K were nice, 5+ weeks is unreasonable, if someone screws up and breaks your glasses — they’ll shove it in the case and send to you for whatever reason, and God help you if you have to return them and get someone by the name of Karen K.

I strongly suggest that you never consider doing business with this not ready for prime time company.

The Manifesto That Directs Me

John Galt's Manifesto

About 3/4 of the way through the book Atlas Shrugged has John Galt taking over all of the TV and Radio air waves to give his manifesto, telling of what happened to all of the “Producers” that disappeared from society — and why there are so few left to pay the taxes and to produce (at Federal Government gun point) all of the products and services for the benefit of the “Looters” (Politicians and their Cronies) and the “Moochers” (those sucking on the Government’s tit for a free ride through life). I strongly suggest reading this Novel — as it is eerie how the story of the book is telling the story of today here, Europe, and South America. However, if you don’t intend to read the book — the below is a reading of John Galt’s Manifesto. I would suggest those who will read the book soon not listen to it — but to “Git ‘r done” on reading the book. It is a long Manifesto (3 one hour parts) — but there are no wasted words. Some of it won’t make much sense without knowing the pages in the book prior to the Manifesto — but much will still hit the mark.

 

 

 

The Manifesto is over 30,000 words — but there is a 900+ word Reader’s Digest style of condensed high points at:
http://www.working-minds.com/galtmini.htm