peace & understanding


The Green Way should be temporarily renamed The Icy Way.

I hit the snooze twice this morning.  At 5:40 am, the spirit surged inside me.  I popped out of bed.  Rolling the bike down the front steps, I noticed an abnormal thud.  The back tire was flat.


I changed the tire and biked into the snowy morning.  It had rained all day yesterday which is strangely weird for Minnesota in January.  The water had turned to ice overnight and it was hella icy.  Turning to Marshall, I realized that I forgot to wear a scarf.  I kept going over the Lake Street Bridge.

There were more bikers than usual on The Green Way creating a false sense of security.  Where there we no trees, the whipping wind created ice rinks.  My face was cold.  The guy that sped ahead of me with crazy blinking red lights on his back wiped.  I slowed next to him.

“Are you alright?”

“I’m fine.”

“I’ve wiped three times so far this winter.  The snow helps the fall a little bit.”

“A little,” he replied unconvincingly.

I cautiously crept ahead.  It wasn’t long before the bike wheels turned sideways.  I knew that I was going down.  It was all in slow motion.  The neck muscles grew firmer.  This was going to hurt.  A harsh contact was made from my shoulder to the slick ice.  A split second of stars came to view.

“Ugh.  Fuck this ice!”  I yelled.

I popped up walking the bike to my side.  The blinking red light guy caught up to me.  Looking back, he expressed condolences.

I bit the dusty snow two more times that day.  It was the most challenging day yet in the Bicycle Revolution.


Dr. Ron Paul is speaking out against a long term occupation of Haiti.

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives
Statement in Opposition to H Res 1021, Condolences to Haiti
January 21, 2010

I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution. Certainly I am moved by the horrific destruction in Haiti and would without hesitation express condolences to those who have suffered and continue to suffer. As a medical doctor, I have through my career worked to alleviate the pain and suffering of others. Unfortunately, however, this resolution does not simply express our condolences, but rather it commits the US government “to begin the reconstruction of Haiti” and affirms that “the recovery and long-term needs of Haiti will require a sustained commitment by the United States. . . .” I do not believe that a resolution expressing our deep regret and sorrow over this tragedy should be used to commit the United States to a “long-term” occupation of Haiti during which time the US government will provide for the reconstruction of that country. 

I am concerned over the possibility of an open-ended US military occupation of Haiti and this legislation does nothing to alleviate my concerns. On the contrary, when this resolution refers to the need for a long term US plan for Haiti, I see a return to the failed attempts by the Clinton and Bush Administrations to establish Haiti as an American protectorate. Already we are seeing many argue that this kind of humanitarian mission is a perfect fit for the US military. I do not agree. 

Certainly I would support and encourage the efforts of the American people to help the people of Haiti at this tragic time. I believe that the American people are very generous on their own and fear that a US government commitment to reconstruct Haiti may actually discourage private contributions. Mr. Speaker, already we see private US citizens and corporations raising millions of dollars for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. I do not believe the US government should get in the way of these laudable efforts. I do express my condolences but I unfortunately must urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution committing the United States government to rebuild Haiti.


The bike is my instrument to the Universe.

Jan. 22, 2010

The alarm sounds. It’s 5:17 am. I don’t want to do it today. It does not make a difference. Nobody is watching. The feet hit the floor. I grumble and moan and debate more as I stretch.

I keep hitting the snooze. It’s almost 8:00 am. I will be late. Taking my time, I shit, shower, and shave. Banana in the mouth I enter the Toyota. Roaring to life, I turn off the engine.

Redressing for the ice, I ponder the meaning. God has spoken to me through the bicycle. My metaphor for life.

It is my birthday today. There is a fire in my belly. I am hungry for the awakening. I finally found something that I can go after with no hesitation.


Everyone knows the basic market mantra of buy low and sell high.  ESAUTV recommends that this is the ideal time to sell your stocks, bonds, and real estate if you can.  We are entering a period of deflation in the market place.  The stimulus is clearly not working, jobs numbers are getting worse, interest rates will begin to rise, there is a new wave of commercial and residential foreclosures surging, and most importantly, the political atmosphere in the United States is uncertain.  The progressive liberals are not going to just lay down their arms and stop fighting for government mandated health care, massive government spending programs, and the unprecedented expansion of the nanny welfare state just because they do not have the 60 seat Senate supermajority.

A good hedge against the coming crash is agriculture.

The economy is not in recovery mode.  The bailouts have kept the bubble inflated.  They are trying to increase the national credit line another $1.9 TRILLION dollars to reach $14.3 TRILLION dollars.  If this action is blocked in the Senate, we may be nearing the end game for US solvency and the dollar because our government will not be able to keep the lights on and pay the bills.

Regardless if this occurs in 2010, 2011, or 2012, one thing is clear, the end is near for the current fiat-zombie-ponzi style American economy.  This means that the market has peaked and deflation is near as measured by the American dollar bill.  The market may go up here and there, but you will not lose by selling now, buying hard assets, and weathering the storm.


I have combatted writers block for over a year now.  My daily writing has taken a back seat to filming and editing documentary film work that I do.  One of the reasons for this blog is to reinstate the daily habit of jotting down my thoughts, observances, and commentary about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is essential to tear down the dam in my head preventing the free flow of my thoughts to the pen because I am running for US Congress in 2010.  It is essential for me to clearly and concisely communicate the message of the campaign to the prospective voters in Congressional District 4, the local media, and to the national arena.  Since there are not a lot of people who read this blog and I am fairly anonymous here, I feel that it is safe to discuss my platform to receive feedback to refine and focus the message.

I am running for Congress in 2010 because I see a better way to administer represenative government in 2010.

As I see it, there are three pillars to my campaign.  They are as follows:

1.  Restore Representative Government

2.  Reform Monetary Policy

3.  Promote a Culture of Life

Restore Representative Government-  I believe that the duty of a Congressman or woman is to be a near perfect instrument of communication between his or her constituents and Washington DC.  My vote will accurately reflect the collective will of the active constituents in my district.  I will use the communicative power of the internet to keep a schedule of all upcoming votes, full bill texts and summaries, and also a place for my active constituents to communicate how they would vote on each bill, therefore giving me a real-time analysis of how to best serve the people of Saint Paul.  It is not all about what I want.  This is your government.

Reform Monetary Policy- The current money system in the United States is unsustainable because it is controlled privately and in secrecy.  Literally, a handful of people control the supply of money in our country and these same people loan money to the government.  Because our state and Federal governments are in so much debt, they tend to serve the interest of the private lender (Federal Reserve) and not who the government should be serving which is the American people.  We can change this overnight by government reclaiming its ability to issue money.  The government would then be debt free and would then place the American people first once again.  The American people would benefit by enjoying policies that benefit us, price stability, and everything would become much more affordable once again for the middle class American families.  The cost of homeownership would go down, rent would go down, tuitions would go down, food prices would go down, energy prices would decrease, and Americans in general would enjoy a higher standard of living and would look forward to brighter futures.

Promote a Culture of Life–  I believe in the sanctity and dignity of every single person.  I believe that all life has infinite and equal value.  I believe it is our moral obligation to make sure that we live and take part in a society where respecting human life is a top priority.  This being said, I believe full heartedly that it is the our duty and the role of government to protect the unborn, weak, defenseless, and elderly, therefore I am strongly pro-life in all respects of the term.  Furthermore, I am against unjust wars where young children and elderly are the most susceptible to the violent and destructive nature of war.  I have never supported the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.  It has been shown that these invasions were justified on misinformationa and lies, therefore we must stop funding these wars and bring our troops home immediately.


What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and every where else?


“Just send your cash.” I mean I get it, but at the same time I do not. I could not believe this was a real broadcast.  Can you see it?


For the record, President Bill Clinton was on the record yesterday with Greta Van Susteren broadcasting on Fox News.  He has been named by the White House as a special envoy to aid in the relief efforts in response to the devastating 7.3 earthquake that rumbled through Port-au-prince, Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.  I was listening to Bill ramble on about the despair and destruction in Haiti and how we all need to help by punching in text codes on the cell phone that would add $10 to your cell phone bill.

Then it hit me.  Remember Rahm Emanuel’s favorite quote, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Clinton's Global Initiative stands to profit and benefit other ways from Haiti's earthquake.

If you have time, listen to Bill Clinton’s interview with Greta on Jan. 13, 2010.  To me, he sounds sorrowful and gleeful about the tragedy in Haiti.  He keeps referring to the Clinton Global initiative, investment in Haiti, and how this is a great opportunity to transform Haiti.

One of the hallmarks of this earthquake was how close the earthquake rumbled to the surface making it an atypical earthquake.  Now, I am not a seismologist, but I do know that there are seismic weapons out there and what a better place to strike than the poorest least cared about country in the world.


DAY #13

When the alarm clock sounds just around 5:00 a.m., the first debate in my head is whether I am going to strap on and brave the frigid morning winter air. “Just drive today. Nobody is watching. What difference does it make anyway?” are just some of the persuasive arguments promulgated by the cunning mind.

I fight the urge and roll from the couch placing both feet firmly on the carpeted rug thinking I have to do this. If I give up now, I will wonder the rest of my life about why I did not follow this calling with Godspeed.  I must continue along this road for the entirety of 2010.  The secret will be revealed to me later.  It is not meant for me to know now.

The Greenway bike trail in Minneapolis goes right to my work.

I will be the first to admit that biking 30 miles to and from work everyday in January is not easy.  It’s not the physical act of pedaling that is so tough, but rather the elements of the freezing cold Minnesota winter. The biggest threats are frozen toes, frozen cheeks, random ice bulges on the street, and speeding cars that are not on the look out for bikers.

With each pedal, the body warms from within and my resolve deepens for what God sent me to accomplish..