My rants and raves

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Henry Weinhard root beer

A few years ago our family did a root beer tasting test and Henry Weinhard won. BUT now I ordered one the other day and see they now use HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) so NO more Henry's! If you do not know about HFCS, learn.

David Vs Monsanto

Monday, June 18, 2007

About Ron Paul

Ron Paul Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.

Ron PaulRon Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. In 1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president.

During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Ron PaulDr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas. He presently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


I've bought/sold on eBay for several years to get a rating of 385. After not posting an auction for the last year I posted 6 last week. Got 5 of them (missed the sixth in eBay motors, which I edited) cancelled for 3 different reasons. First for accepting (soliciting as they called it) cash. Second for offering Western Union (didn't know they were out of business as BidPay anyway) online auction payments. Again cash as they called it. Third I get this letter:

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 06:33:37 PST
Dear vintagehotdog,
We appreciate that you chose eBay to list the following listing(s):
7226301666 - Thule 416 ? foot pack
7226301655 - Thule 50" load bars
5879548538 - Motorola V60c Sprint tdma color cell phone NR
6859088408 - Asus A7A266 socket A motherboard DDR/SDRAM
7226301645 - Thule 520 upright Kayak carrier set
However, your listing was in violation of eBay's Paypal Payments policy.
Your listing(s) contained the following information:
Sorry, NO credit/debit cards thru PayPal
Sorry, NO credit/debit cards thru PayPal
Sorry, NO credit/debit cards thru PayPal
Sorry, NO credit/debit cards thru PayPal
Sorry, NO credit/debit cards thru PayPal

Sellers who offer PayPal as a payment option in the listing process must accept all forms of PayPal payment, without restriction.

For example, it is *not* permitted to state:

"I only accept cash transfers with PayPal (no credit cards)"
"I only accept payments with PayPal over $15"

Sellers must have a Premier or Business PayPal Account or be willing to upgrade from a Personal PayPal Account to a Premier or Business Account if sellers receive a credit card payment. Sellers may not communicate to buyers that they accept, or will not accept, specific forms of PayPal payment.

Please be aware that you are not required to use PayPal as an accepted form of payment for your listings. However, we hope that you will realize the protection and convenience that PayPal offers.

So fuck eBay and PayPal. I'm looking for other avenues to sell. Will start right here at