THE PAYPAL SCARE – I will NOT Accept PayPal!

I will NOT Accept PayPal!

Nor am I asking for donations at this time.

(This is excerpted from my donation page. There I struck through the old appeal but I left it up for documentation purposes. Unlike so many websites, I’ve got no problem with what I said before but times change and sometimes I have to change with them – usually kicking and screaming.)

Today is October 9, 2022. Due to PayPal’s revised “user agreement” I hereby officially and unequivocally renounce any and all association with Paypal as well as any organization with direct ties to them.

Let it be publicly known I  do NOT accept Paypal’s “Terms of Service”. I do NOT accept their “Acceptable Use Policy“.  As of this writing, the link appears to lead to a blank pdf file.

According to a Fox News report :

However, when contacted by FOX Business, a PayPal spokesperson said that the Acceptable Use Policy notice went out in error and that the company will not fine users for misinformation.

An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information,” the spokesperson said. “PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy.

In other words, Paypal has decided they will not, at this time, “fine” their users for what they deem to be “misinformation”. Ironically, Paypal just admitted to publishing misinformation.

In light of all of this, I’m done with Paypal. I’ve allowed myself to be associated with them even though I’ve ascertained they are less than honest and worse, they pander to the globalists. I don’t need them, really.  If I can no longer afford to keep this site up, I’ll simply shut it down. My two readers will need to find another way to cure their insomnia and the two feds who track this site will have to move on.

If, by chance someone out there would like to support my efforts financially, please contact me via email. Do note that I am NOT a “non-profit” organization under the law, though at this time I am not exactly a “profit” operation either. However should somebody actually send me some money, said funds would NOT be deductible as a “charity donation”, and I would be liable to pay any taxes due as income.

That is all.

So much to do – so little time

Okay, so I’m not the only one who feels like this. We all do from time to time. What’s in my craw these days?

Of course I’d like to “keep” posting regularly to this blog. What’s keeping me from doing it? Too many things. The substack articles for one thing. I post the links here because the things I post there are very relevant to the issues of liberty. Maybe more relevant than one might think.

Also my other writing projects are squeezing me for time. My writer’s site AMHavens.com needs to be kept up. Who knows?  I might write something worth reading someday. Well that and I am working on a couple of other projects.

One of these pertains to Joy and my scriptural research into this and related topics. The problem here is, when it comes to God’s Word, everything is relevant. Relevant to other topics. Relevant to life itself. God’s Word is certainly relevant to issues of liberty and our Constitutional Republic. Only this morning I saw a blatant analogy between the Body of Christ and our Republic. It’s mind boggling. I have no research on this other than decades of reading and studying scripture but for reference sake, read Ephesians chapter 2 and compare what it says to a body of self-governing citizens forming a nation.

Then there’s my fiction works. I  have one book for a potentially “final” edit before sending it off to a line editor and the publishing. In addition to that I have several other projects I could be working on.

All of these, including both fiction and non-fiction projects could be published at one point and that brings me to a major decision point. What do I want to promote?

There are a couple of real-time considerations involved. This blog has yet to gather much steam at all. Is this because I’ve been lousy at promoting it or more that so few care about the topic? This latter reason is why I’m leaving off promoting Life Insurance “Dirty Little Secrets” for Consumers Revealed!.  I might as well promote a book entitled “Pulling Your Own Teeth Just for the Fun of It.”. Yeah.

I’m not all that certain the Substack newsletter GOD and the Republic will fare any better. Time will tell… IF I can keep up the pace.

Then there’s the fiction works. The book I have in the works “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” is, if I may say so myself, pretty good. It is one of two novels I’ve completed. The other one, my first attempt, is unlikely to ever see publication. While the story and the novel itself will always be dear to my heart, I don’t think it would be received too well in this day and age, even (or especially) in Christian circles. (It is a Christian novel.)

Then there’s my newest project. I am only at the beginnings of  this one so I won’t say much except I am very excited about it. It was “born” of an epiphany I  had the other morning. Now that I think about it, the idea has been brewing for quite some time but on that day, it all jelled. The epiphany was similar to those I experienced with the first two novels so that is encouraging. Better yet, unlike my two previous efforts, I can see this idea as a continuing series with a wide appeal. It won’t appeal to everybody, but the concept could easily pique the interests of a wide range of people. What that boils down to is it may stand a good chance of being a commercial success and something I would feel comfortable promoting. What do I mean by that?

Take Life Insurance “Dirty Little Secrets” for Consumers Revealed! for instance. I’m glad I wrote that book. I’m glad it was the first book I published. All else aside, it is well worth reading for the intended audience. It is best suited for young couples with or planning on families or for individuals who already have life insurance. For all that, I can tell you from a great deal of personal experience the very people who need this information most have near zero interest in reading about it. Many of them may even want to get life insurance but, gee, do they have to learn a bunch of insurance stuff? The answer would be a resounding NO if life insurance was sold properly but it is not. So, anyway, that is the problem there. I can see where promoting the book would be almost as discouraging as trying to convince people to consider their life insurance needs. They may need it and know they need it but they don’t want to hear it.

As for as the Christian novel is concerned, well, it revolves around some concepts that are not favorable these days. In addition to that, the story deviates enough from certain doctrines as to make it somewhat controversial. And I have no ideas, much less plans, for a sequel. For that matter, at this point I have no ideas for any other Christian novel.

Then there’s No More Mr. Nice Guy. It may or may not sell well.  I think the story is engaging enough to be enjoyable. Again, I have no where to go as far as another book is concerned. As with the Christian title, I’ve no ideas for anything in that genre.

So with these three examples, can you see where I’m going here? Why promote what may well be “one hit wonders”, IF they have any appeal at all? While I do have other projects I work on from time to time that do have potential to become series, this last one is something I feel has all the elements.

The next thing I had to ask myself is “is commercial success all that important?” The answer is no, at least not financially. Don’t get any ideas. It’s not that I am well off but rather my financial needs are few. Sure, if my bank account swelled up to dizzying levels, I’d make some changes, but if my income relative to my current standard of living remains level, I’ll do just fine. Nor do I  have any great desire for fame. In fact, I’d likely hate it. While I doubt I’d have any problems appearing on an interview (hey, I don’t have to look at me!), I rather like going places and doing things as just another person.  What commercial success does mean to me is validation. If I perpetuate any stereotype at all it is the “insecure writer”. Maybe I’ve earned it. (See?) It would just be nice to know that thing I’ve done all my life, that thing that is so much a part of me – writing – is worth reading to someone other than myself.

Add to that the fact that I have no “credentials” when it comes to writing on scriptural  topics. I’m just an average believer in Christ. What do I know about godly things? When it comes right down to brass tacks, I have nothing and know nothing more than what’s available to any of my siblings in Christ. The only thing I can really call uniquely my own is my perspective.

I don’t need credentials to write fiction. All I need is a good story and the ability to tell it well. So what does all this mean?

If you’ve stayed with me this far, you can probably guess my biggest challenge. It’s me. Yeah, I’m longwinded all right. Worse, I write slow. With so many things on my  plate through nobody’s fault but my own, I need to make some choices. I don’t want to discourage anyone stopping by here but I’ve been where you are myself. I stop by a blog from time to time only to find out there’s nothing new posted. So let me as a favor…

Anyone reading this, if you would like me to continue posting here, please leave a comment or drop my a line at the email address at the top right of this screen. I do answer emails.

God bless,

Andy

Update for Sat July 25

For the one and a half persons who may have noticed, I have not been posting much lately. This is due to some changes in my personal life. Nothing dramatic but time consuming. In addition to this I simply have not felt particularly “inspired” lately.

Long story short, as my minuscule contribution to the abundance of thought about current events seems largely unnoticed, I doubt if even this post is necessary. In any case, I’ll post when I get the urge and not before… except maybe for tomorrow’s video.

Meanwhile I removed Liberty Hosting and will no longer offer cheap hosting. Strangely enough conservative blogs still regularly get dumped by our elite betters who run the free hosting schemes. But ya know what? Anyone who is too cheap to cough up one buck a month for hosting rather deserves what they get when the rug is pulled out. They say there is a price to pay for freedom. I have to agree.

By the way, if anyone cares, Patriotnewswire.net is next on the chopping block. It was an interesting experiment that turned out to be hugely unwanted. The domain registration is up  in another month. I do not see the point in renewing it.

That’s all for now.

God bless,

Andy

Shadowbanned or Something Else

The other day I came across a post from someone who says they are being shadowbanned on Twitter. I understand the concern on two levels:

First, I seem to rarely see posts from those I follow. Maybe I am looking in the wrong place, I dunno.

Second, my own posts consistently only get one or two “likes” at most. Very rarely do I get retweeted. Hopefully, vanity is not so much an issue as I  wonder whether what I am saying is worthwhile at all. Am I boring people? Am I “that guy” people see coming, roll their eyes and duck to avoid?

If I was to guess, my guess would be I am not just using Twitter effectively. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a social-media neophyte – to put it politely. At best I’m a fish out of water.

I’d be happy to hear from anyone who cares to reach out.

God bless,

Andy

John Whitehead on Taxes

We’ve all heard “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. We all take it for granted. Strangely enough, this quote is attributed to none other than Benjamin Franklin concerning our new constitution. That said, those who we’ve entrusted with the purse strings of our governments have taken taxation to new heights – both figuratively and literally.

Here’s John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute.

 

Dec 12th Lunenburg BOS 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution Vote

Lunenburg Board of Supervisors Meeting

When: December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:
Lunenburg Courthouse
160 Courthouse Square
Lunenburg VA 23952

Proposed Draft Resolution to Declare Lunenburg County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors, at their November 14th meeting, declared that the draft resolution for Second Amendment Sanctuary would be placed online the week before the December 12, 2019 Board meeting.  Please see link below for the draft document:

Lunenburg 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution

Democrats AND Republicans Behind Closed Doors

Or… when the sideshow takes center stage, just try taking a peek at what on the other side of the closed curtain.

As John Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute details… you’ll see some horrifying hypocrisy as well as both “sides” of today’s parties not only in bed together but immersed in an orgy. Their lust is not for sex , well, not THIS time anyway. No, this time their lust is for unconstitutional power over the citizens in this nation. My question is: do they laugh hysterically every time they say “The Patriot Act”?

As Whitehead explains:

while Americans have been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which had been set to expire on December 15, 2019.

Yep, you got it, publicly these clowns fight tooth and nail but when it comes to shredding our privacy, there’s no drama, no contention. They are all – “all in”. It doesn’t stop there either. Few if any of these cretins have a shred of remorse when it comes to extracting money from taxpayers, spending every cent and borrowing more so they can continue to spend. Why are they so intent on spending our wealth? Follow the money and you will soon see. Ask yourself how so many “public servants” retire as millionaires. That thread alone promises to lead to some unsettling answers. Ask the Clintons or the Bidons or the Pelosis or the Obamas. Shall I keep going?

Yes, I got off track. How can I not? The cancer rampages everywhere in our nation. It affects everything. As you read Whiteheads article, ask yourself… why? Why do our nations representatives – our EMPLOYEES – insist on “legally” spying on us? Why indeed. My own speculation is to enable them to maintain power over anyone they choose so they may stay in power. The purpose is simple with such an assumption: they are protecting their fiefdoms.

Here’s John Whitehead (h/t zerohedge)

Betraying the Constitution: Who Will Protect Us from an Unpatriotic Patriot Act?

God bless,

Andy

Government Gone Rogue – A Second Opinion

As a point of information, I am not the only person who believes our government is out of control. No, not by a long shot. Nor do I lay claim to coming up with this conclusion without any outside influence. What I have maintained is one needn’t anyone else’s opinion to figure this out. Just consider the facts. More on this in my next post. Meanwhile, consider the latest opinion by John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

Read John Whitehead’s article here:

Impeach the Government: Rogue Agencies Have Been Abusing Their Powers for Decades

 

Simple Security: Four Reasons to Use Secure Email

 

Maybe you already use secure email. If you do… GREAT! Maybe you know you should but haven’t gotten around to it. If so, consider this a nudge. Finally, maybe you think most of us just don’t need it. Okay, I’ll partly concede that one but please consider what follows.

What is “secure email” anyway? Basically it is a system intended to keep your emails between you and your intended party. There are many ways to do this. I will show you one just as easy to set up and use as a Grrgle mail account. It is not the only way but it works and it is effective. So why bother?

Your Boss Is Not the Only One Reading Your Email

Unencrypted email can be read by just about anyone willing to put the effort into it. Most of the time this is not a worry, however the federal government in particular routinely collects any and all information they can. Then they store it. No worries, you say, because there ain’t nothin in there anyway. Okay… but look at recent news stories. Some of the most innocent things have been taken totally out of context. Then the hammer comes down. Ask the kid who noticed his half-eaten pop tart looked like a handgun.

This is just one example of controllers gone wild. It may be hard to imagine now but at some point the controllers won’t care if you say or do anything dangerous at all. If they decide to come after you, they’ll simply make up whatever they want as “evidence”. Granted, your encrypted emails won’t do anyone any good then but we are not there yet.

Tweaking the Bastards

This may be the best reason at all. What do controllers hate most of all? Lack of control, I’d say. Soooo… the more we use encryption the more the controllers get tweaked. Plus they now have to devote more and more resources to decrypting our emails. How hard is that? I do not know. It is supposed to be nigh impossible but who can tell really? For all I know it is a simple one-step process. Even so it is an extra step they are forced to take. Time and resources spent on stupid shit. Perfect. It also sends a message. We know you are watching, we don’t like it so BFYTW. Actually, I make make BFYTW may sig file in my secure email. How delicious is that?

The Stuff You Keep in Your Email Account

Let’s face it, our email accounts are full of passwords, password resets and all sorts of personal… and private information. Doesn’t it make sense to keep that stuff as secure as possible? Okay, so maybe you keep your account super clean. There is a word for that. Me? I just let that crap pile up. Hey! It’s only a tiny bit of space on massive servers. Information I may want is stored semi-neatly in folders and, yes dear, I do go back and get stuff sometimes.

Setting a Precedent

At some point, whether you use encryption or not, the controllers will move to outlaw it. It will be “for our own safety” don’tcha know. If use is widespread, this weakens their argument. If you are already using encryption, said use should be grandfathered as “ex-post facto”. Yeah, okay, if they really want to put the screws to us – and they always do – they will ignore that. Still any wrenches we can toss in their works is worth a shot. You never know what might break the gears.

So How Hard Is Encrypting Your Emails?

There are a lot of encryption schemes out there and yes, some of them can be complex. That said, I’m going to show you something quick, easy and painless – Proton Mail.  Proton Mail works like Yahoo Mail or Gmail but the emails you send are secure. Whoever receives it will not know the difference. I have no idea how they do this but I can tell you it is used by some very respected cyber security experts such as Kit Perez and if she uses it, that alone boosts my confidence it the system. It is based in Switzerland where they have some very strict privacy laws – laws they actually enforce. The system was devised by CERN so we are not talking about encryption developed by some kid on his home laptop. (Not to say, the kid can’t do it but…) Does all of this mean you can use it and never worry? Sure. Go ahead. Meanwhile I’ll stay paranoid even though I’m using it. My point here? Never get complacent. They say curiosity killed the cat, I often wonder if the little bugger didn’t just get lazy.

One more thing – you’ll notice that while my email address is prominently displayed on TLC, you cannot copy and paste it. The address is actually an image file so it cannot be scavenged by bots. My apologies for any inconvenience.

God bless,

Andy

P.S. While Proton Mail offers both free and paid options, no affiliate links were used here. As far as I know, Proton Mail has no affiliate program. That said, you may want to consider upgrading to a paid account. Not only do you get more features, but the revenue helps support efforts to secure everyone’s communications.

How the Globalists Plan to Defeat Us

We see a lot of talk about war these days. We see some talk about extermination – you know rounding up dissenters into railroad cars kinds of things. We also see talk about unleashing WMD’s in the form of poisons, viruses among other things. Of course, there is always the threat of an EMP – either domestic or foreign. Surely all of these are possible, but do globalists or other evil masterminds really have plans to vault them into power?

At the very least it is an interesting question. Okay, so I opened this can of worms. First let’s try a mind-experiment shall we? Let us imagine a room full of people with a common goal. The goal itself is not important. It could be electing a local dog catcher or stopping global warming, cooling, er whatever. What matters is everyone in the room pretty much agrees on the general topic. Now… got them all in? Comfy? Great. Let’s decide how to do this thing.

Can you see the sparks flying yet? That’s my point. I don’t care how much any one group decides they are all “on the same page”, most will have radically different ideas on how to achieve this goal. This is what I am getting at. There is no “concerted effort”. Yes, some people may band together to meet some common goal but it will get messy. Maybe right from the start.

So now what? None of this means someone or more likely some group won’t try one of the ideas stated above. Chances are there are multiple groups with a goal towards each of them. This doesn’t mean any of them will happen. Besides that, any of this is more “end game” stuff. We are not there yet. Where we are is in is the lackadaisical middle game. In chess, most pawn pushers have the hardest time moving out of the middle game. There are just too many moves to make.

Meanwhile, all of the controllers are keeping busy trying to defeat us in other ways. Their weapon of choice? Words. Think about it for a moment.

Let’s start with the media. Can anyone honestly say the media is not mostly, if not entirely owned by controllers? The controllers do not yet have a handle on the internet but they are working furiously to slam the hammer down. What do they fear? Words. Words of truth. Words that expose them. Words of dissension.

The controllers use words in other ways too. Most of all they control the population with words written into laws and regulations. They control where we can go and not go, how fast we can get there, what we can do when and if we get there and so on. They use words to control us in our own homes.

If you still think words are not powerful – imagine the world if we were somehow able to take words away from the controllers just for one day. As I write, some controllers are working rabidly to supersede our God-given right to free speech. In many cases they have already succeeded. They control what we say and how we say it in many, many ways. Every day they tighten these screws.

In the end, we will win because we have the one Word they cannot defeat – the Word of God.

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Meanwhile the controllers will pull out all the stops in their attempts to thwart what is truly inevitable. In the end, they may well use all of the things referred to in the first paragraph. However they will need papers to get us on the railroad car. Those papers must have words. Words are what they will use to get us there in the first place.

Again, the battlefield is spiritual, not physical. Our most effective weapon is not made with hands. It is truth.

God bless,

Andy

Richmond Gun Show – November 2019

This is the first gun show I’ve attended in quite a while. It was spurred by Tuesday’s election, but I did not go to “stock up”. My goal was to distribute as many “I STAND for Liberty” decals as possible. Rather than just hand them out, I attached them to a half-sheet of paper with some bullet points – no pun intended – about Liberty and plugs for TheLibertyCoalition.org

As you can see – it was a quick and crude job but it was the best I could do on short notice. They turned out all right and were generally well-accepted. I did not charge for these but I did accept whatever was offered.

There were some interesting individual reactions.

One vendor, a manufacturer and purveyor of Kydex holsters resisted at first. Her reason? She did not want to get involved in political debate. She was more responsive as I pointed out liberty is not a political issue.

A few were enthusiastic. These are the ones who inspired me most. One looked at the sheet and said “I kneel for no one.” Good for him and I said as much.

Another lady came back less than a minute after taking one and said, “I kneel for injustice.” I will say no more, though I did ask her what that had to do with liberty.

A few shrunk from the proffered decal. It was almost as if they felt liberty would bite them. While I am certain their response was more an aversion to “free” things and the often subtle expectation of reciprocation. I cannot help linking some reactions to the idea that liberty scares some people.

One fellow did not shrink but politely refused. This was toward the end, I was weary and that is always dangerous. I turned to my helper and said, mark one down – doesn’t want liberty. He did smile at that. Whew! He was a rather big, fit fellow.

A couple stated they did not put decals on their cars. I totally emphasize with that sentiment. I tend to feel the same way myself, but at this point, I am beyond it.

Several did ask for extras. I gladly handed them over. On fellow would only accept it if he could have two so he could put one on each window of his truck. No worries. Here ya go!

My impression of the general mood of the attendees was they were not nearly as riled up as I expected. There was at least one announcement over the loudspeaker concerning recent events. I’m not sure how many paid attention. Even I did not catch all he said and I am intensely interested. There was too much going on as in any busy marketplace.

Overall I’d say my venture was a success, though nearly as much as I’d hoped. However this can be attributed to a unrealistic set of premises and expectations. It is too early to tell what the long-term effects might be. I met a lot of people and I was able to gather in their concerns. This alone was telling.

One observation I can make is the normalcy bias is in full effect in some. Others can sense the change but they either express feelings of helplessness or lament that nothing can be done. After all we voted… didn’t we? What else is there? A few are obviously preparing to do battle – and no, I do NOT mean armed combat of any sort. I do not recall a single word spoken or implied about anything that could be remotely considered armed rebellion or any other act of violence. Contrary to the fantasies of the controllers and their minions, we are simply not like that. What I DO mean is they see this last election as a setback rather than total defeat. Some plan on showing up at the capitol for the first legislative session. I gather they are determined to make their voices heard.

In conclusion, I feel this was a worthwhile venture. I may try this again at some point – either at another gun show or some other local event. I may even set up a table, though I am a bit daunted by the expense at this point. Meanwhile I’ll take some time to reflect on all of this and let it all sink in.

God bless,

Andy

What’s Wrong with This? “4 Reasons Why Socialism Is Becoming More Popular”

You can take the question two ways:

1) What is wrong with Socialism becoming more popular?

or

2) What is wrong with the headline itself?

First of all, the article is NOT wrong! In fact the author essentially hits the nail on the head. So what is wrong with Socialism gaining popularity?

Everything. Short and sweet: Socialism, Communism and Globalism and all their pals are enemies of liberty. The very premise of each of these “isms” is to rip our God-given liberty from our hands – our bloody hands if necessary – and turn them over to the controllers.

So what is the author missing?

The article seems suggest “Socialism is coming to America”. The fact is Socialism is not only already IN America – it is well-entrenched!  Even before I was born (which, according to my youngest son, was before dirt was invented.) socialism was weaved into the very fabric of our nation. My point?

We need to stop wringing our hands over socialism and start eradicating it.

Where do we start? The “good” news is socialism pervades every segment of our society. Why is that “good news”? It is a good thing because we need not start in our nation’s capitol. We do not even need to start in our state capitols. We can start in our own backyards. We can get busy on the village, town and county level. In fact this is where we need to begin.

Meanwhile, know thy enemy. This article is an excellent place to begin to understand the appeal of this nasty ideology.

4 Reasons Why Socialism Is Becoming More Popular

God bless,

Andy

Brandon Smith “There Are Things Worth Fighting For, And Fates Far Worse Than Death”

Brandon Smith is someone I know I should read more often. He is an excellent analyst and often accurate in predicting globalist trends. That said, he is also an atheist – I think. Does that matter? Not so much to me. If he is going to be a brother in Christ, he will be. I won’t wring my hands over it, my trust is in God Almighty. My observation here is merely to put things in perspective.

For one thing, I find his title courageous. As a Christian, I can easily state “there are fates far worse than death” because I am confident about what lies beyond. If Brandon is indeed, not a Christian, does this mean he believes his life will end in nothing? THAT would be a bid discerning to me. Even so, I suppose I could make a case for the statement even without the promise of eternal life.

The other thing is Brandon cannot see the spiritual reality in all of this. When one ceases to see the war as one among men and understands the greater spiritual aspect, the perspective changes dramatically. More on this in my next post.

All in all, it is a read worth of your time:

Brandon Smith “There Are Things Worth Fighting For, And Fates Far Worse Than Death”

God bless,

Andy