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

We Don’t call 911. Nothing inside is worth your life! You put one of these 3″X5″ stickers on the door of your race trailer, or the door and windows of your home, shop, office, truck, motorhome — and the thieves will move along to steal someone else’s stuff.


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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.

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 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

Atlas Shrugged

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My middle daughter bought me Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand last week, to read as I recover at home from an illness. Last night I read the Introduction (which was based on excerpts from the author’s journal planning the story and characters) and the first three chapters (93 pages) tonight. Very hard to put down.

Originally the book was going to be called “Strike”, but Rand’s husband suggested she change the name to Atlas Shrugged. She started work on the book after finishing Fountainhead in the early 40s — and the book was finally finished and published it in 1957.

The first I’d heard of the book was in 1998. People kept telling me I was like John Galt in Atlas Shrugged — I mean a lot of people told me this after I abruptly and unexpectedly retired in my early 40s. I was tired of being an unappreciated Giver that was being penalized in favor of the lazy Takers. I found that my being compared to Galt very strange, mainly because I’d never heard of Galt or the book before.

In 1998, I owned three good size businesses, employed a couple hundred people, spent over $500,000 a month in expenses to local vendors, and earned about $400,000 a month profit for myself and a silent partner who had invested in me back in 1990. I was paying millions in taxes. However, despite my personally risking everything I had to get started, and working from 6AM to 11PM seven days a week — I was paying extortion fees of about $60,000 a month for nuisance valve settlements of frivolous lawsuits, fighting unreasonable government obstacles at levels, and the world appeared hated me for no reason more than the envy of success from my ambition, risk and long hours. I bent over backwards to be charitable — which while expected of me because I had more than average — was never appreciated by the recipients of my charity.

I finally got fed up and decided I was sick of beating me head against the wall just because it was expected Givers (those who contribute to the system more than they take from it), decided I was tired of being penalized for being productive, and I threw in the towel and retired from being a productive producer 30 years earlier than I should have. I had become sick of a Socialist political climate where the Takers are rewarded, and the Giver’s penalized.

People were shocked when I decided to retire and saw me adjust my lifestyle to live on a small fraction of what of what I was spending — after throwing away a $2,000,000 a year personal revenue stream. Family and friends  thought I was crazy to give it all up to go drag racing — and some feel I am evil for not doing my part of employing people and spending money in the local economy. When I started being compared to John Galt — who I knew nothing of — I said I would someday read the book to find out why I’m being compared to him.

My understanding is that John Galt won’t be introduced in the book until after page 1000 — but in the first 100+ pages that I’ve read so far, the question “Who is John Galt” has been asked many times.

While this book was published in 1957 — it is all about what’s going on in America today. You have the Givers (like Bill Gates) who are some of the ambitious and charitable people who have taken risks and work their asses off to employ many in growing business — but are hated mostly out of envy (though other lame excuses are used); the book has the Takers who feel entitled to receive more than they give and are subsidized by the Givers they hate out of envy; the book has the worthless progressives who inherited money screwing up big the companies (like Jeff Imelt at GE) they run; the book has the Progressive Main Stream Media; the book has the equivalents of Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, and George Soros; and the book has cronyism, government bailout loans, and nationalization of business. You can kinda see where this book is going — and why the original title was “Strike”.

The book is so big and heavy (was wearing me out holding it up to read) with a small type font — that I sprung the $18 to get the iBook version that I’m now reading on my iPad. This is the first electronic book I’ve read — and I’ve got to tell you I’m digging it — although I never thought I would. I did it mainly because of the weight of a book and the small type — but I now finding that I read much faster on the iPad.

Man I’m telling you — this is so far the best novel I’ve ever read because we’re living it right now!

Open Invitation

An Open Invitation to Join Us on the Forums At www.Oldhippie.com

For eight years the forums on the Old Hippie web site has been the place to discuss just about everything under the sun. The below is a listing of the forums you will find over there:

Social

  • NO POLITICAL POSTS IN THIS FORUM. This is the place to shoot the bull with other members — but keep it clean. This is a public and Family forum — so No raunchy, racy, racist, hate, jokes or images allowed. There is a "Boyz Room" for the R-Rate stuff, and a political forum in the Premium Members area.
  • The Old Hippie is a Texan. Actually, with the way the USA is going to total Government Control — I'm a Texan first, as I prefer freedom. I invite others Texans (even honorary Texans) to post Texas News, Humor, or events to this forum.
  • Baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, volleyball, water polo, Poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, — any legal game is fair game to be discussed here. Talk up your favorite team or smack down your favorite opponent.
  • This is the Old Hippie's cookbook. It you have a favorite recipe — create a new thread properly titled. Do not add your recipe in the thread of the recipe of another. Bon Appétit!
  • rt3406pak is our Chapel's Padre. Each day he will post an inspiration message. If you have an honest and legitimate question regarding religion — free free to ask it. If you have a prayer request or need a little inspirational assistance — ask.
  • Read a good book or saw a good movie lately — then tell the rest of us about it without blowing the plot.

Motorized Transportation

  • From NASCAR, to Vintage Road Racing, to 24 Hours of Lemons — this is the place.
  • From a 1913 Indian Power Plus to a 2009 Gold Wing — post anything motorcycle here. Tech questions and answers, photos, news, shows, rider tips, ANYTHING concerning motorcycles.
  • This forum is for pickup trucks rated 1-ton and less — Gas or Diesel.
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to the General. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
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So What Happened To The Blog?

In case you were wondering where the blog had been for the last month, it was disabled because of a lawsuit from a “Copyright Troll” over the posting of the infamous TSA pat down photo — where a man in the airport appeared to be checked for a hernia.

This is a story so incredible — that it will be unbelievable to many. I don’t want to believe it — but I’m not so naive.

There is a company that is half owned an attorney who worked at the same Chicago law firm that the Obama’s met at, working there at the same time the Obamas did. When many Conservative web sites ran the photo that embarrassed Obama’s Homeland Security Administration — this company bought the rights to the TSA photo and filed 100s of lawsuits against those conservative leaning blogs showing it — asking for $150,000 per violation, plus the domain. On January 27th, I was nailed for violations on two of my sites. There was no warning (actually, the photo had been taken down a month before suit was filed against me, my company, and my sites — after I’d seen that the Drudge Report was being sued over that photo) to cease and desist — just a suit filed in Federal Court in Colorado.

After I started searching the Internet on this company and their game — I was sick.

I retained an attorney and a settlement (that I am not allowed to disclose the details of) was negotiated and paid — although to date I’ve not personally received the court’s dismissal. About all I can tell you was that it was very painful to my family, but would have cost me more to defend against the suit in Colorado — even if I had won. It might have cost me $500,000 in damages, legal fees, travel, and discovery if I’d lost. Frankly, I have no faith in the Judicial system, especially in Federal courts with Liberals appointed as Federal Judges.

I hate to roll over, but I’ve had previous experience in legalized extortion. I once owned a business that employed well over 100 people, paid millions a year in taxes, spent millions more in expenses to local vendors, and had my partner and I pay millions again in income taxes. This business was also attacked by a cottage industry of parasite lawyers, and they were enabled by corrupt Federal Judges. My legal expenses averaged $60,000 a month to defend against these “Frivolous Law Suits”, buy settling for what lawyers call “nuisance value”. Many of these suits were filed in the Federal court in Chicago — but a few were filed in other Federal Courts stocked with Federal Judges.

I finally threw in the towel and sold the business in 1998, and it in turn soon crumbled into Oblivion, because of poor management. So those 100 plus people now work (hopefully) elsewhere. State, Federal, County, and City governments no longer receive those taxes from that business — nor the income taxes from the two partners. The local vendors no longer have me as a customer – buying stuff to allow them to employ there people. While I still have a few good productive years running a business, employing hundreds, paying millions in taxes, and spending with local vendors left in me — I’m instead unemployed and drag race. I simply refused to beat my head against the wall to benefit a corrupt judicial system of lawyers and judges, enabled by a corrupt group of lawyers elected as politicians (and President, albeit both Obama and Clinton were disbarred lawyers) spreading my hard work among themselves, and the idiots who put them in office for the free gifts promise with spreading the wealth. But I digress.

Back to the this blog — many of us victims feel certain that it was not a coincidence that conservative leaning sites were sued over a TSA photo, by a Chicago lawyer that worked with both of the Obamas. Those of you who feel like there isn’t such thing as Chicago Style politics all through our government — well I feel sorry for you. We’re no better than a Banana Republic — where speaking out against the government will have you harassed. If you don’t think harassing Conservative sites doesn’t have the fingerprints of those in the White House and Soro’s funded organizations — you will most likely still believe in the Easter Bunny. You may recall a story this week about a judge getting a multimillion dollar kickback from a private jail — for sentencing kids to that prison. One kid without any prior arrest was sentenced there for drug paraphernalia (not drugs) and he killed himself.

I debated throwing in the towel on this site — but decided to continue with this site but reduce the target on my back by giving up reporting on Political Corruption. I just can’t afford to be in the fight without help.

In the forums at Old Hippie, I have a legal defense fund for those who feel like the suit against me was wrong, and want to help.

 

My Last Three Indians For Sale

My Last Three Indians For Sale

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At one time I had a museum and around 25 Indians from 1913 too 1951 in my collection.

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A few years ago, I sold off the collection of Indians — except for my favorite three. I'm now downsizing my life — and as much as I love these bikes — I need to sell them and move on. The following are for sale.

50 Chief Kustom

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May be the fastest and most beautiful Indian Chief ever made.

Rare and highly desirable hydraulic fork used in the low production final years of the Indian Chief.

Very Expensive multi-colored metallic candied paint in  "Rainbow Theme". Kustom Chief graphic with head dress of flames.

Engine is stroked and uses the top shelf parts from JE, Carilla, Shunk, … making it one of the fastest hand-shifted (crotch shifter) bikes ever. 400+ miles on engine. Engine built by Terry Krumm of Krumm Indian. The bike was restored by Terry and Adrian Krumm of Krumm's Indian. One of a kind hand made dual fishtails on a one of a kind show bike.

Click Here For More Information on the 50 Chief

The bike was driven for one season and then drained of its fluids and used as a museum piece. I paid close to $50,000 to build and it would most likely cost considerably more now. It ran great when last ridden prior to being prepared for storage. It most likely will need a new battery and the carb rebuilt — as neither store well. Any respectable motorcycle mechanic should be able to quickly ready for the road.

I'll take the first $45,000 waved in front of my face. Excellent Investment in an era where cash,, real estate, stocks, and bonds are losing value — and Gold has topped out.

Come take a look at the bike (in Houston, Texas area) and I'm sure you'll jump all over it.

51 Rainbow Chief

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Rare Rainbow Chief restored and painted by Bob Stark of Starklite.

Those of you who know Indian History, know that Bob's father owned a Indian Dealership back in the 30s-40s-50s. At the dealership in the 40s, they came up with a unique paint scheme called the Rainbow as a way to sell more bikes. It became so popular — that they worked with the factory to produce these schemes. Most were shades of reds and yellows — but a few Rainbows were done in blue or black schemes.

Bob Stark built and painted this bike for me in the late 90s. It is a fully loaded bike with a lot of very rare Indian Accessories and parts on it. I rode it for one season, putting 400+ miles on it — and then removed the battery and drained the fluids to display in a museum. The museum is now closed — and I'm selling this rare piece of history.

$35,000 is a very firm price – as-is, where-is. While the bike was running at the time it was prepared for storage — you can expect to need to replace the battery and most likely need to rebuild the carb and tune up. Most reputable motorcycle mechanics should have no problem — or you could have the bike shipped to Starklite for them to go through.

I can arrange delivery to anywhere in the world at Buyer's cost. Click here for more info and photos on the 51 Chief

41 Indian Four

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This very rare motorcycle was the Duesenbergs of motorcycles. Professionally restored By Krumms Indian, ridden 30 miles to ensure all was well, and then all fluid drained and the bike displayed as a museum piece.

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Once certified have been received — I'll help arrange shipping to anywhere in the world — at Buyer's cost. Don't bother with the scams — as they go no where until money is certified — and you pay the shipper directly.

 

Secede Texas

Are you a Texan who feels like America has left us behind and is forcing a culture on us that we don’t want? Do you feel like we’re past the point of no return?

If you answered no to both questions — then consider on of the 168 “Secede Texas” items in the Chairman Obama Gift Shop to start the conversations.

From bumper stickers and coffee mugs, shirts and sweat shirts, yard signs and banners, and many little stocking stuffing trinkets like drink coasters and fridge magnets.

Check it out: SECEDE : Chairman Obama’s Gift Shop








Sell Your Used Books

Sell Your Old Books on Dave's List – Free!

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With the economy the way it is, I'm trying to live smarter financially. I'm downsizing my life by getting rid of all stuff I don't really need, and really don't appreciate. This will reduce my expenses, have my life less cluttered, put a little money in my pocket, and better appreciate what I keep.

We've recently moved from a big home we had lived in for 15 years, and a lake house we had for 11 years — into a single and much smaller home. After filling six bookcases, I still had 20 boxes of books that I have no room for.

So in the era of reducing clutter and downsizing my life — I've put together a used book selling section of Dave's List, which is what I jokingly refer to the Old Hippie dot com's Free Classified Ad web site. Registered and logged in members of www.OldHippie.com can place free classified ads, with a "Buy it Now" linked to their PayPal, which has the buyer pay for the item and the shipping by credit card or their PayPal account.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will have my administrative assistant (Manda) start adding the 300+ books I'm selling.  However, I invite, no I challenge, others to downsize their lives by cleaning out their garages, attics, sheds, and anywhere else they have stuff that they know in their heart of hearts they don't need. Pack Rats and Hoarders — here is a chance for you to give yourself and your family breathing room, put some cash in your pockets, and get what you don't need to someone who does need it.

Get a roll of masking tape and walk around your house and put a piece of tape and a price of everything that is really useless to you. Keep the stuff that has sentimental value — but limit the number of things with sentimental value — so you better appreciate them. Then come back around with a digital camera ($50 at Wal-Mart) and photo the items — as ads with photos sell quicker. Then turn your useless stuff into cash.

As the classified ad site gets bigger — I will pay for advertising to bring more people to buy the stuff being sold. Until them, please share this on Facebook and tell your friends of the Free Classified Ads site — and the bigger it gets — the better it is for buyers and sellers.

 

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Amazon Wish Lists Solve This Problem

Amazon Wish Lists. Everyone is hard to buy for — and that’s why everyone has a closet full of unused Christmas gifts. If people were smart — they’d spend an hour on Amazon adding the stuff they wish they had to their personal wish list. Then they can be searched by email address, and when a gift is purchased — it is removed from the list viewed by potential gifters — but not to the giftee. If everyone did this — less money would be wasted with awkward gifts. Set up your gift list — and check for the email address of those you’re buying gifts for this year.

If you use Firefox – there’s even an addon that allows you to add anything to your Wish list from any site.

Your wish list should include items at every reasonable price level. My wish list includes items from $7 to a couple of hundred. Get your wish list started quickly — as people will start looking for it by your email address — to help them give you a gift you actually need.