November 2015

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What have you Been Up To?

02 Nov 2015 | : blog

A friend on the SingSnap Karaoke  site commented on one of my recordings, wondering what I’d been doing.

He’d been writing and recording all summer.

Hear his “What have they done?” Musical

See Act 3 at:

He lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

I wrote back:

Thanks Randy for the inspiring comment.

Besides the English songs on SingSnap, I’ve recorded about 80 songs in German
(my foreign tongue) and I’ve tried  Hawaiian,  Spanish, Italian, Japanese,
Yiddish and Hebrew(much like German), Gulah and Cajun, and even the tough
one for me-French.
A number of years ago, I wrote a song called “Go To The Light”.
This summer a great local music teacher, Jacob Nielsen made a new and
better arrangement of it. As soon as I can get a recording of the music,
I’ll record it here on SingSnap and send it to you to get your opinion about it.
Besides work which sometimes is hectic but the last 2 months has been almost none existent but has started up again, I’ve done a few things that I’ll send you links to if you don’t mind.
Finally some voice work in June narrating for two fine new products to the market place (actually improvements to old ideas).
Make it Easy Toothpaste Dispenser
Gozunder Toilet Seat Riser
And a few flicks and commercials I’ve had a part in:
My Lincoln’s Ghost collection and book:

Two independent films I had parts in as Jacob Hamblin and Temple Elder:
Other videos done over several years at:
And made by my son James I’m in the Lincoln’s Ghost ones, You’ve been Warned, It’s a Terrible Life, Night Before Christmas:
And a few non-speaking seconds in:
Other videos I’ve made are at:
Sounds like a lot but not really.
Hope it won’t bore you to view some of them.

Does money make a President? Should It?

01 Nov 2015 | : blog

The next Presidential election is well under way.
It has raised some questions in my mind.

A letter from the Paul campaign:

With the September 30th deadline just one week away my campaign needs the resources to bust my message through the noise the media is generating.

That’s why, with the September 30th End of Quarter Fundraising Deadline rapidly approaching,

(with the September 30th fundraising deadline rapidly approaching)
But unlike other candidates, Rand isn’t depending on Wall Street fat-cats and banksters who want more special treatment, bailouts and stimulus packages to bankroll his candidacy.

Rand is depending on patriots like you who are willing to fight to take our country back.

jay, this is by far the most important fundraising deadline of Rand’s entire campaign.

My Questions:
So who decides who can run for President?
The FEC (Federal Elections Commission)?
Who are they?
Do we get to vote for them and their policies? Do our representatives?

Here is a guy with an idea:

Step Up Stand Up and Stand Together!
by Stephen Oberan

“Call to action”
I see many people and groups like this, of like minds, that are stepping up trying to awaken the American public to what is happening to our freedoms and what we need to do the stop this effort and to restore our country back to a free country with moral values. I see efforts to teach and engage others to help them step up and become engaged. I see others supporting those they feel best to represent our positions and desires for a positive change.
My question to all of you would be this. How do we get people to “Step up” then “Stand up” and then “Stand together” in our current economic society? How can we give people on tight budgets a voice at the table of conservative ideas? It takes time and action to be engaged which has a cost associated.
We all are aware that the “life blood” of all public efforts, to teach correct principles and influence opinion, comes from the financial strength behind the cause or candidate. It has been proven in the past with many of our promising candidates that it’s not the high roller or whale that brings enough donations to the cause but it’s the everyday American that can, will and do contribute small amounts every month that has caused positive changes and has been most effective. This simple act by many empowers the people and stimulates the cause or candidate by moving them forward.

Our family business has developed a means over the past several years, since the huge Washington mall event on 8/28, that will allow millions more of us on tight budgets to donate once a month with funds not from the pocket or budget of these hungry for change Americans. We are seeking your involvement by first seeing what it is we are providing and how simple it is to implement. Can we count on you?

We are looking for the right medium for advertising and for the right endorsements of people who are the point of the spear who are leading the charge or opening the eyes of those that need to be educated or awakened. We are ready and willing to pay for the advertising and endorsements if required but we need to have the identify few, we believe in and know are engaged, take a look at our campaign and vet it for its honesty and veracity. Are you willing to step up and see what is being made possible to give those living on tight budgets a financial voice?
We are reaching out to those that have a real love for freedom and this country to give them a voice at the table of ideas. People know that we need to retain our rights to choose and to pursue life liberty or happiness by becoming involved by stepping up. Good people everywhere are ready to step up and stand-up together with all of us who are stepping-up. This can be accomplished where ever you live and no matter your circumstance. We know it is the uncommon common people that cherish freedom that can and will make a difference.

A comment on the above idea::
As a retired military officer, throughout my career, I heard people say things like this about the Battalion, Brigade, or Division and/or overall leadership. The inquiry was always followed by…”you’re preaching to the choir because the authority and power to change is at the NEXT echelon of command. Only the commander can do it or the complainers will just be eliminated from the ranks.” Even Boyd K. Packer told me in a meeting “it is true the squeaky wheel gets the grease but in the church it is easier to just replace the wheel!” This is the exact problem. A strong, powerful leader with authority, credibility, respect, and, yes, money is needed or self serving, politicians will dismiss and disregard citizens’ ideas as insignificant, uneducated, jealousy, or just disgruntled, noises. Consider for example: Do you really think the majority of USA citizens approve of atheism, abortion, homosexuality, unbridled immigration, working people supporting welfare of those who contribute nothing to society, arming hateful nations w/ nuclear weapons etc etc.? I don’t think we do……..Yet sadly those influences of Satan dominate the ridiculously named political “correctness”….only BECAUSE no such dominant, outspoken, crusader, and credible political voice and leader has yet emerged. Trump has the right idea but lacks substance. We definitely need a Captain Moroni or Helaman. Yes, millions of LDS and straight thinking people and stripling warriors (?) have the desires to fight the battles and make the corrections but without organization we are powerless against the political, cultural, status quo. With a touch of sad humor I even notice “For God so loved the world He sent his only begotten son”….not a committee or political party! It will take a political savior. It seems to me the best use of time, money and DISCERNMENT is to find him….because,,,,. a person who does the same thing over and over (even politically) and expects the results to be different, is one definition of “crazy.”

My questions:

But why should I the taxpayer have to fund political campaigns?
Has this become a country of rich ruling elite?
One must raise massive amounts of money in order to have a spot in elections?
Polls tell what is to be?  Do polls determine the truth of what happens?                                                                              Was the polling public behind Columbus? 

What does “We the people” mean?
Any answers?

Answers are needed?

This former president says:

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Former US President Jimmy Carter Democracy is Dead, US Turns Into ‘Oligarchy’ – Jimmy Carter © Randy von Liski
03:59 24.09.2015(updated 05:41 24.09.2015) Get short URL
The need of at least $200 million for any would-be Presidential candidate in the US marks the transformation of the country from a democracy to an oligarchy. This irrecoverably undermines the country’s moral and ethical basis, Nobel Peace Prize winner and 39th US President Jimmy Carter claimed.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, former US President Jimmy Carter claimed he would not be able to run for president in today’s political landscape, since every contender needs sky-high finances.
“There’s no way now for you to get a Democratic or Republican nomination without being able to raise $200 or $300 million or more,” Carter told Winfrey for her “SuperSoul Sunday” special. “I would not be inclined to do that, and I would not be capable of doing it.”

Letting huge sums of money affect elections — and by extension, policy — has transformed what was once a democratic country into an oligarchy, the form of state structure in which power is held by a small group of wealthy people.

“We’ve become now an oligarchy instead of a democracy, and I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

(Oligarchy (from Greek meaning “to rule or to command”) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.
Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which another term commonly used today is plutocracy.)

He went on by saying that there is now an impassable gulf between Republicans and Democrats, one that wasn’t there 25 or 30 years ago, during his time in office.

“When you get to Washington, you’ve already alienated Democrats from Republicans and Congress from the president, and red states and blue states,” Carter said.

The 90-year-old said that when he was running for president in 1976, the situation was completely different, claiming he was almost equally supported by both Republicans and Democrats.
Jimmy Carter served as president between 1977 and 1981 after serving two terms as a Georgia governor. He later became a humanitarian, founding the internationally renowned Carter Center, specializing in health care and democracy issues around the world.

In 2002, Carter received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Read more:

A letter for the Huckabee campaign:
Huckabee 2016 9/27/2015

The September 30 FEC Report is by far the most important of our campaign. Everything we’ve accomplished together fighting for our issues will be overshadowed if we fail to reach our fundraising goal – and that’s sad but true.
That’s why I am emailing you today, because right now our campaign is 4,695 donations or $154,936 away from reaching our end of quarter goal — that’s an average donation of $33 and we as a campaign cannot fail to get there.
Our records indiciate that you’ve not contributed to our campaign this month and I am asking you as a personal favor to chip in $33, $50, or $100 right now – because your support is needed now more than ever.
We are building real momentum in states like Iowa and South Carolina but we must keep the campaign fully gassed to take advantage of our momentum.
Will you help me keep fighting for our principles?
God bless America,
Mike Huckabee
P.S. This is the most critical fundraising report yet so please make a contribution of $33, $50 and $100 today!

A letter from the Rand Paul campaign:
Rand Paul <>
To jay beacham Sep 27 at 11:20 AM
Dear jay:

I’ll be direct and to the point.

In just a moment I’m going to ask you to chip in a contribution of $20.16 to my End of Quarter Fundraising Push.

I’m being direct with you because the truth is, money really is that important. It’s a big deal.

Lack of funding is the primary reason two Republican candidates have dropped out of the race in the past few weeks.
My questions:

What are the funds needed for?
Who says so?
Does the media run the show?
Who voted for them?
Why must one raise millions of dollars in order to get to the conventions to be nominated?
And then to get into office?

Debates do just what?

Is President Carter right about money running the show?
Does one have to be independently wealthy like a Perot, Romney, Trump?
Does that assure success?
Do big money special interests determine who runs?
Why must the average citizen pay for candidates to run for office?

America the home of the ? the land of the ?

Must one become very rich or take money from many or a few in order to grow up to be President.

Lots of answers are needed.

What do you think?

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