Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Listen up! 100 Important and Amazingly Simple Steps with Things to Know and Learn to have a Successful Marriage before, during and after Dating that Special Someone.



Titles are important, and that one says it all.

 I have read dozens of paper and electronic magazine articles, blogs, Op-Ed's of trusted and dubious sources, and listened to countless hours of audio speeches and presentations regarding dating, marriage and life in general. This is in addition to being an eight-year combat veteran in the most hellish war that we men, will ever be subjected to - Marriage.

 You do not need to read, watch, and listen to everything that I have endured throughout the years to grasp the very basic and simple concepts - rules - that I will cover here. You just need to read this one simple blog and commit these golden truths to memory while clinging to them as the gospel itself.

Rules and Things:

1.      Happy wives make happy lives.
a.       Never, EVER forget this or think it does not apply to you.
                                                               i.      Ever.

The do your laundry, wash you dishes, cook your food and sleep next to you. If we are pissed, we can just go to the garage for a few hours…or days. No big deal. If she is pissed, we are more likely to wear one-size-too-small pink shirts while sitting at the doctors with a missing eyebrow for those stomach pains that are probably derived from eating our lunch yogurt with the dirty butter knife she packed.

2.      She will shop and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
a.       Let her. Unless she is bankrupting your finances, let her shop for all those soft and shiny things she likes. 

This accomplishes two things: 1) Reinforces number one. 2) Allows you to buy what you want, if you successfully manage to hoard enough cash over several months, without any complaints from her.

Tip: If you keep cash in your wallet and she asks, "Babe, do you have any cash?" say no.
Just. Say. No.

 Now, you might be asking me (yourself), "Why should I lie?" Because she will inevitably find a way to spend the exact amount of cash you have in your wallet. It could be one dollar or seven hundred, it does not matter, they always find a way!

3.      It is her day.
a.       Regardless of what the actual day is or what you are celebrating.

It does not matter where you are, where you are going or why you went. She will make it all about her. If it is your birthday and you want to go to a sporting goods store and she wants to go to Whole Foods for some flowers and Gelato, you had better damned well get her some Pansies and Mocha Chocolate Blast Fudge. After all, Sports Chalet is open tomorrow and you did not need that awesome-life-saving-tool today right? Aww, thanks babe, you are the best!

4.      Bed Allocation.
a.       It's her bed, not yours and she needs "all this space".

You need to understand that 3/4 of the bed is reserved for her, and 1/4 is reserved for children, if any. On any given night you absolutely must accept and become accustomed to sleeping on a portion no larger than 1/4 of the total width and no smaller than the couch - or floor - but leave the pillows if leaving the bed. Of course, she will come to your unnaturally contorted body in the morning and say, "Aww babe, why did you sleep on the couch/floor/litter box? You should have just woke me up or told me to move."

 And you laugh, secretly, while rubbing the sleep out of your remaining eye with the amputated stump of your left hand…

5.      It is perfectly acceptable for her to put her iceberg hands and feet on your warm and toasty body.
a.       Take whatever intimacy you can get and when you can get it, regardless of the actual intent behind it.

However, don't you dare even think about trying to put a cold hand on her stomach, back or butt or even trying to snuggle close to her for warmth.

 Doing so will only reward you with the reactionary consequence appropriate to your attempts to slaughter her children in front of her, during "that week of the month."

6.      It is your fault.
a.       It always has been and always will be.

Get over it and stop arguing. The sooner you accept this one simple fact, the sooner you can move back to reinforcing point number one, thus ensuring you live a long and happy life.

It does not matter if she totaled the car while you were building houses for the poor and sick in Bolivia. If you had bought her the luxury model instead of the mid-grade, or if you had been in the country to have lunch with her instead of off on some stupid mission to save the elves, it never would have happened.

Sigh….

7.      You are wrong.
a.       Always have been, always will be.

See also points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15.

8.      You do not need to sleep.
a.       It's a simple fact of life that men can operate just as effectively on 3 hours of sleep as we can on 8 hours of sleep.

Think Navy Seals.

 If she went to bed at 8pm and you went to bed at 11pm, after putting the kid(s) to bed, she will expect you to get up with them in the middle of the night.

 If you do not, be prepared for her to "accidently" punch you in the face, throat, or stomach when she violently throws the covers off to get out of bed. Such "apologies" as, "Well if you had got up, this wouldn't have happened." are pretty standard and to be expected.

See also points 1, 4, 6 & 7.

9.      Bathroom Allocation.
a.       She needs all of it when getting ready for the day. Do not attempt to encroach on this space.

You should always ask if she is done in the bathroom before you shower. Expect that even if she says yes, she will find some reason to enter and occupy it during "your time."

 Expect and accept that you may very well be standing in the hallway, soaking wet, without a towel, during the middle of winter in a house with a broken furnace more often than not.

 And don't you dare spray that cologne while I am in here! In fact, go outside and do it. See, that's perfect babe, thanks, love you!

10.  Your plans vs. her plans.
a.       Our plans will always be stupid, hot, smelly or "OMG, you are sooooooo boring," when compared to hers.

I think enough has been said on this. See also points 1, 3, & 7.

11.  Be honest, but only answer one time.
a.       There is nothing wrong with saying you like the blue one better, however, you must become aware of her attempts to draw you into her indecisive state of mind and refrain from this.

"Babe, do you like the blue ones or the purple ones better?"
"The blue ones."
"Really?"

You should have left or be leaving the room at this point.

12.  Say yes to both.
a.       If you are a "young & uneducated" husband or were not able to exit the room in time.

"Babe, do you like the blue ones or the purple ones better?"
"Yes."
"Babe! Seriously."
"They both look great."

When she turns to look in the mirror, leave. Leave as fast as you can. Or….

"Babe, do you like the blue ones or the purple ones better?"
"The blue ones."
"Really? What about now?"
"The purple ones."
"Babe! Seriously."
"What?" - Your face should be completely devoid of any emotion, inflection, or signs of life. None at all.

Eventually she will come to accept your first answer, stop asking or you will learn to escape before the interrogation really begins.

 Do not stuff food in your mouth or take a drink and think it will get you out of it. Those commercials are stupid, disingenuous and they do not work on the American wife species. She will wait, impatiently, for you to finish chewing and expect an answer.

13.  It really does not matter…
a.       What you say.

If you are in trouble, you are in trouble. If you are wrong, you are wrong. If you are right, you are wrong. If your plans are the most awesome in the history of awesome, they are nothing compared to hers.

It really does not matter who is wrong, right, awesome, or boring. As long as she is happy, you will have an awesome life.

 By the way, she is never wrong, boring or not-awesome - you are.

14.  She does it on purpose.
a.       She knows she can and there is nothing you can do about it without living in misery for the rest of that pathetic existence she saved you from.
b.      Don’t fall for the cutesy way she bats her eyelashes and says, “Whaaaat?” Remember G.I. Joe.

She makes you late - to everything. She hogs the bed - every night. She hogs the bathroom - every day, sometimes twice a day. She bakes all kinds of awesome, sweet, fattening things and forces you to eat the last little bit of whatever is left on her plate.

 She says when you met you looked "sick" because you were so thin. Now she says you look "healthy" with an extra 180 lbs. She does it on purpose. She wants you fat so you cannot run away and she wants to make sure no other woman looks at you with anything other than a disgust level just short of puke in the mouth.

 Yet, you buy her a gym membership because you love her and that is what will make her happy.

Remember #1 - never forget.

 And she makes you pancakes, brownies, blueberry muffins and cream-cheese-filled-pumpkin-rolls.

 Fair trade.

15.  Everything she does is cute, logical or out of necessity of self-preservation.
a.       Everything you do is the exact opposite.

If you accept this fact now, it will save you a little bit of time and a whole lot of stress later in life. What I mean by that is; you will no longer have to ask, "What in the hell were you thinking woman?" while fighting off a cardio-pulmonary embolism. You will already know why she did what she did and honestly, it will not matter if you do not agree with it - because you are wrong; you are always wrong, remember?

 She wants the lid down, presumably so she does not fall in. Seems legit, C.H.U.D. is a very real threat these days - self-preservation.

 She wants all the covers, no problem. She is skinny and soft and you are fat and hairy, thusly you sweat more and do not require the blankets at night - logical.

 She needs the entire bathroom for 2 hours while getting ready for a night out, no problem. She is cute and you are fat, hairy, sweaty, and smelly anyways right?

 I mean, after all, who in their right mind is going to be looking at us?

By now you should have realized that point number one is the most important and is driven and affected by all the others. If you have not, or refuse to accept this point of fact

 Good luck, but don't say I didn't warn you.

 In Liberty,
 Richard Camacho



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Aquaponics Opinion and Information


 Where to begin? There really is a lot of info on the web about AP. So much that like anything it can be overwhelming at first and make even a simple task of selecting a pump complicated. I will try to break it down in what my opinion are good places/items/plans to start with. Along with opinion, I will throw some facts and info out there. ;-)

Size:
Ok, first things first. When I first started I looked at all kinds of websites and all kinds of youtube vids on different systems. There are some that are really complicated and produce a massive amount of food and there are some, like mine, that are small(ish) and produce enough food for my needs.

 You have to decide how much food you want to grow and how much space you want to dedicate to it. You also need to decide how much you want to invest, at the start, on something you may not like, or ever be able to figure out.

 I always recommend that people start small and upscale later on. It is far easier to play with and dial in a 20 gallon system vs. a 200 gallon system. I don't want to scare you off, because the concept is really simple, but there are some things that will drive you crazy. So, know before you go, try to keep cost down and use, reuse whatever you have lying around. You can literally make a system out of two 5 gallon buckets.

Design: Look before you buy. When I say look I don't mean look at kits or prefab ponds and such. I mean look at what other people have built and listen to what they say about it. What would they have done differently and what they love/hate.

 You can build the typical flood/drain system, and ebb/flow system, over/under system, a tower system (my next project) or a gutter type system...using actual gutter or PVC pipe. I am not against kits per say, I think it's great that people are making good money off these things, but I am kinda against how blah they are. 

I have seen systems made from storage totes, barrels, plywood and tarps, kiddie pools and fish tanks to prefab standard tank kits with custom stands and all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DezKf3TAI4Y

 As a side note, if you are thinking about incorporating a greenhouse into the system at some point, include the feature in the design stage. Make sure it is removable, and easily so. This way, instead of planning and installing around plants and weather, you have a ready made system that attaches with ease.

Medium:
 Now that you have figured out what size and type of system you want, you need to decide on a medium. There are basically two types: Clay balls, and everything else. The clay balls look nice and neat and from what I have seen they perform well. I know some of them float and that can be an issue depending on your system. I have seen grow beds filled with everything from the clay balls to lava rock to broken Terra-cottar pots. I wanted more surface area for the bacteria to harbor, feed and produce nitrates/nitrogen so I went with lava rock. It was a personal choice and as long as you stay away from things like asphalt and concrete chunks you should be fine. Just don't use wood or anything that can/will rot or mold.

http://aquaponicsusa.com/Aquaponics_USA_Hydroton.html
http://theaquaponicsource.com/2010/11/10/growing-edge-part-4

Fish:  
 First question. Do you plan on eating them?
 Second question. Do you want them to be "pretty"?

 If you don't plan on eating them, then just buy goldfish or koi. They eat and poop a lot, they are hardy and they are nice to look at. Their cost effectiveness is ideal when buying several dozen "feeders" to condition your system. A second plus side is, about 40% will survive and live in the environment for a long time and can grow pretty big. They can be eaten, after all, they are just pretty carp.

 If you plan to eat them, then you options are pretty close to limitless. I am not sure where in the bay you live, but it really doesn't matter that much. You don't have to worry about snow in the winter or 110 degree temps everyday in the summer. To heat the water in the winter, you can either use an aquarium heater, or utilize the heat from your pump. (See pumps)

Tilapia - Very popular with the aquaponics community, mainly due to the availability, proliferation and hardiness. There are some restrictions in California for breeding or transporting tilapia, so be sure to check the fish and game regs before you buy. I think you can only possess whites or goldens as they "die" when the temp dips below 50 degrees. You may also be limited to purchasing triploid or "sterile" breeds.

Trout - They taste great, but are a fairly sensitive fish. Water temps must stay below 65 degrees or they develop gill rot and die.

Bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish - All taste great, if they are prepared right. All are hardy species that winter well in Ca. All species are known to spawn at least once per year and sometimes twice depending on habitat and water temps.

Carp - Hey they are a staple fish in the rest of the world so why not? Very hardy, grow large, but their breeding habits can be finicky.

 Their are some restrictions on the type of fish you can "grow" in Ca so be sure to check regs before you buy. There are several "fish farms" that you can buy from, but some will require a permit from DFG before they sell to you.

http://centralvalleyaquafarm.com/
http://www.caaquaculture.org/tag/fish-farming/

Feeding: Hopefully you won't be like me and have an inconsistent feeding schedule. Feed them as often as they will eat. I use worms, slugs, grubs, bugs, fish flakes, krill and krill pellets. I also feed them cooked rice and bread occasionally. Every once in a while I will buy a few dozen rosy reds or feeder goldfish. A few days after I do this, I notice a growth spurt in the plants.

 The more you feed them, the more they poop and the more plant food your system can make. This is probably chief among the reasons to have a high pump volume capacity. Turn that water, filter the solids and ammonia, make that nitrogen.

Pumps:

Buy more pump than you need. Trust me. (But not so much that you blow pipes and fittings out)

 To submerse, or not to submerse, that is the question. Personally, I chose not to have a submersible pump, for a few reasons. I got the pumps for free. If you use a submersible pump then you have to have a separate heater if growing warm weather fish, like tilapia. If you use an external pump the pump itself will provide some heat to the water as it cycles through the impeller. It is not much, but during these last few weeks we have had lows in the 20's and hard freezes and I haven't lost a fish or a plant. Also, my water temp did not drop below 50 degrees.

 In addition to heat and cost, you should use a bucket or other container to house the submersible pump. You should never place the pump directly on the bottom of the tank for two reasons: solid matter plugging up the pump and a break in the drain outflow. If you have a submersed pump without a container and have a break in the lines while you are away or sleeping, the pump will drain the entire system of water, kill your fish, possibly your plants and maybe burn up.

 A submersible pump does have a few benefits though, one being cost as they are usually cheaper than and external. The other being availability. You can buy submersible pond pumps at any garden store, practically all big box retailers and often find them for cheap on Craigslist. Also, you do not have to worry about priming a submersible pump, which can be a pain. (Filling the pump and pipe lines with water to create a suction at start up)

 But, again it is all about preference.

 One thing to take into account is the amount of water your system will contain and the amount of "head" or height the water has to be pushed by the pump. You want to turn your tank at least once per hour to promote bacteria growth, increase dissolved O2 and keep water clarity at peak. So if you have a 200 gallon system and need to push the water up 3-5 feet, you will need a pump that has a GPH rating of 200 @ 5' of head. Regardless of what anyone will tell you, it is never a bad thing to turn your tank more than once per hour.  Mine are turned between four and five times per hour. So on a 60 water gallon system turned four to five times per hour equates to 240-300 gallons per hour @ 5' of head. And that is after the flow has been restricted by 1/3, not by the use of ball valves, but by decreasing pipe diameter. (See plumbing)

So you can see now why I said to buy more pump than you need. You can also restrict the flow of the pump by using ball valves at various points in your plumbing system. You will need to do this anyway when you fine tune your siphon. (See bell siphon)

Oh yeah, use some type of solid matter filter. A sponge, a sock, some sand, etc.

http://www.build.com/little-giant-pumps/c87365?f19214=outdoor%20living%20pumps&f19213=pond%20pumps

http://www.pumpexpress.com/

Plumbing:
 
Again it's all preference and necessity based on system size, pump size/type and volume. You can use PVC or pieces of cut up garden hose. The basic plan should be created when you are planning the actual build. This will help you to think through any placement issues with pipe and power, as well as drainage options and placement.

 Two suggestions though:
 If you are not using a submersible pump, then place your drainage pipes about 4-6 inches off of the bottom of the tank. By doing this you will prevent a failure in the pump, plumbing or siphon from completely draining your tank.
 Use unions at critical junctures if using PVC or other solid pipe. This will help if you need to take the system apart to fix or change the design.

Water:
 You want your water to be clean, clear and with a healthy supply of ammonia chomping bacteria to produce healthy plants and fish. It also needs to be the right temp and have the appropriate PH for the plants you are growing.

 The flow and cycle will depend largely on your system size and design, as well as the pump volume. Once you get the system up and running, it will mostly take care of itself in terms of ammonia, nitrogen, PH and clarity. There are tweaks and adjustments that you will make daily or weekly for a while, but once you get it going good, you shouldn't have to to anything to the water, except add more once in a while.

Bell Siphon:
 I use a bell siphon for my drain needs. It is a simple concept, but it does require some work to install and then fine tune to your system and volume.

The construct is an inner tube that is contained by a capped outer tube, or "bell". When the water fills up the bed and outer tube, it begins to run over, then into and down the inner tube. This is where the cap on the outer tube comes in to play. Once the water starts to flow down through the inner tube it pulls any air left in the outer tube out with it. Once all the air is "vacuumed" out of the tube the siphon begins in earnest.

 The cycle can be kept going indefinitely, assuming some adjustments have been made. Meaning, unless you set a point on the outer tube, at which the siphon will automatically break, it will continue to trickle forever once the main volume of water has been siphoned.

 In the video you will see the notches cut into the lower portion of the outer tube. This is the set point that allows the siphon to break automatically. When the water level reaches a notch it allows air to flow back into the bell, thus breaking the siphon. Understanding exactly how the bell siphon works, is key to designing it and tuning it.

 I watched almost all of Affnan's videos on youtube and there is another guy in India that was very, very creative and resourceful in his design and set up.

 Some people use an air hose as the siphon break and some people use notches. Either will work. Below is a really good video on the bell siphon. I only wish it was available when I built my system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4i-jZoynUs

 That is all I can think of for now. I will try to take a quick vid or two of my current system and email them to you. Let me know if you have any questions about anything here or something I may have missed.

Good luck and have fun,
 Richard


Friday, August 31, 2012

As The Sun Sets


 I am not sure where to begin. I have been told, if I should ever have trouble composing my thoughts from the beginning, into an article, to start in the middle, or at the end.

 And so, I shall.

 After the atrocious events of the RNC yesterday and the way in which the Republican contenders and the party have, lacking all semblances of integrity, conducted their efforts, I understand why and how many of my liberty loving friends and Ron Paul supporters can feel dismayed. Some even feel like giving up, quitting the party and voting for Gary Johnson.

 I can understand this.

 As I watched the news feeds come in yesterday I too, could not help but feel some of their frustration.  Reports of delegates that were, for all intents and purposes, kidnapped, and the immoral unseating of delegates, the illegitimate way in which they were replaced to the way the new rules were presented, and adopted. I heard the Ayes, then I heard the Nays as my tiny phone speakers struggled to remain incased. The nays may not have had a factual majority, but they definitely had the tenacity. Points of Order were ignored and any hope of a roll call vote was quashed.

 I heard that several states requested, completed and submitted paperwork for the nomination of Ron Paul, then I watched as the "8" rule was slipped in, seemingly minutes after the documents were submitted, but coincidentally before it was presented to the committee.

 I have seen videos of the party bosses in other states show a complete disregard for Robert's Rules of Order when conducting their local and state delegate conventions. I have seen lights turned out, point of order requests ignored; people get arrested, old men pulled to the ground and bones broken. 

 I have asked, as have many others, where is the count for this precinct? Why does the vote count from the precinct chair differ from that of the party tallying the votes? Why is it that ballots were locked in car trunks or counted in secret locations? Is this not the party that ran on a platform of openness and transparency in 2010? It was, and we all hoped it would be.

 I read the news reports and watched the videos that told of the city of Tampa and the Republican party orchestrating nothing short of a police state to surround the convention. I read prisoners in a certain jail were released to make room for arrests at the convention, and outside it. I watched as one-thousand armed police in riot gear were dispatched to quell a fairly peaceful protest of two-hundred-fifty persons. I read the statement from RNC security regarding what could and could not be brought in. Most I agreed with on the principle of common sense, but some prohibited items were just plain comical, in a pathetic sort of way.

 The city and party had created, geared and greased this police state machination to protect itself from "fringe" elements and "rogue agent provocateurs" that, in reality, only wanted to be treated fairly during the process. Free speech zones and the prohibition of 2x4 carrying seem fitting in light of what happened yesterday. One has to wonder though, why a seemingly invincible political party, would request and go to such great lengths of political intimidation, to protect itself from a "small minority" or "fringe" group of persons? What is it exactly that Goliath has to fear from David? 

 The liberty movement, the Ron Paul supporters, the undecided and the "crazies" comprised such a small percentage of the total delegation that it could hardly have been feared Romney would lose, right? The total delegate count for Romney was over two-thousand and the total "Other" count was just over two-hundred. Last time I checked, ten percent was definitely not a majority.

 So then, why the need for the overwhelming show of force? Was it to show us who the boss really is? Was it to show us, the liberty movement, that we really have no power, or liberty? Maybe they thought they could "nip this in the bud" before it had a chance to grow and become a force uncontrollable. 

 It is quite possible they thought they could corral, dishearten and pound us into submission. If these were and are the reasons, there is one thing they have overlooked - the disenfranchised never truly submit. The black sheep, cast outs, fringe groups, rebels and free spirits only rebel more, we only fight harder against the establishment, be it our parents, bosses, cops and government. It just pisses us off.

 I can only imagine the hidden fear the party bosses and Mitt Romney held when questions of Ron Paul were raised. I am sure he was laughed at and shrugged off. I am sure they were confident that they would be able to change some rule at the last minute and insure that both he and his supporters were left out. And they did…almost. They almost pulled it off.

 We were there! We actually did it. You did it. Every single person that has ever espoused and truly believed the ideas that are Ron Paul: Liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, sound money, non-interventionist foreign policy, integrity, truth and hope, did it. Every person that has ever written a blog, article, meme or made a sign did it. Every person that has ever participated in a sign wave, money or friend bomb did it. Those of us that have had to suffer through countless hours listening to the incessant rambling and sheer moronic diatribes just so we could argue the case for Ron Paul and his movement did it. 

 All of us and each of us, that wear our Ron Paul and Audit the Fed shirts proudly. Every Vet, delegate, chairman, committee member, Youtuber, internet debater, ear hustler and casual comment dropper made it happen. We are the rEVOLution. You are Ron Paul.

 This is why there was an overwhelming show of force prior to and during the convention. This is why the cops outnumbered the protesters 4:1. This is why they had to shut us out. This is why they had to lie, cheat and steal throughout this contest. This is why they arrest us and break our bones. This is why they steal our vote and silence our voice…or try to. They fear us.

 They know that we cannot be stopped. They know that our idea's time has come; it is in its teenage years now and full of piss and vinegar. They know that their time in the sun is coming to an end and that one day, there will be a reckoning. They understand that for every one of us they silence through intimidation or despair, five more will take their place. They know we will not go quietly into the night and they know we will certainly not conform and toe the party line. What happens when you tell a teenager to shut up? Exactly.

 They have tried to co-opt this movement and found that it can only be done with limited success and for a very brief period. They know we are becoming a hydra, just like they are. You cannot co-opt and corrupt an idea as pure as freedom for long. Eventually the moves made against it will be brought to light. Those in this movement that would seek to discourage, divide and inhibit its growth will soon show exactly what they are. 

 They cannot infiltrate, co-opt and derail or crush our rEVOLution because it is not just an idea, it is an emotion and it is a moral compass and inherent trait possessed by every single man, woman and child that has ever been born.  Freedom is something that is built in, hardwired and programmed into, not only our psyche, but the very fibers of our life. As children, once we become cognizant of freedom, we want more of it. Man was born to be free, not to be a slave. The creator, or evolution, gave us free will and it is not something that another man can take away. 

 Those of us in this movement have come to realize this as a truth. It has been said that we are only comprised of the young. Age is relative I think, but it is used to again, divide us. This idea, freedom, encompasses all age groups and all color lines. If asked a man that is sixty-five will answer the same as a sixteen year old, "Do you like being free?"

"Yes."

 My truth is the one main difference between our movement and others that have come before us; we refuse to grow up. The hippies had a good concept, but they grew up. They swallowed the bait; hook, line and sinker. They fought so hard and railed so defiantly against the man, only to end up taking a 65 year mortgage out on the establishment. They grew up and gave up…or most of them did.

 They started out as revolutionaries. They changed some minds along the way and brought topics to light and out for discussion that had been kept in closets for years. They tuned in, tuned up, but unfortunately, they dropped out.

 The Tea Party that was, whether they admit it or not, started by Ron Paul's December 2007 Money Bomb, had a chance, a real chance to make a difference and effect some positive changes to the political spectrum. They did institute some change and once again they brought issues to light and topics for discussion that had been locked away. 

 The problem the Tea Party has and will continue to have is, they filled their ranks with neocons and warmongers. The same people that rallied against the bank bailouts have no problem bailing out foreign countries. Support Israel and bomb Iran. Kill Osama because he did 9/11.  Keep American jobs here, but I won't work for less than twenty dollars an hour.

 You cannot have your cake and eat it to. You can't have social security, Medicare, Medical and Medicaid and a free Hoveround scooter if you want to have sound money. You cannot have good jobs and cheap goods, it doesn't work that way. If you want to make more, then the cost of the goods you make increases and the next guy has to make more to buy your products.

 The Tea Party started off with a bunch of aware and awake Ron Paul supporters, but the principles they soon espoused caught on. They became an organization and commercialized themselves, lock, stock and barrel. Soon their ranks were filled with the John McCain's, Sarah Palin's and Michele Bachman's of the world.

 The Occupy movement had the right idea…almost. They started off as a bunch of younger people that were pissed at the bailouts and foreclosure crisis. While the Tea Party and the Occupy movement have a few ideologies in common, they are essentially polar opposites.

 Where one group advocates fiscal conservatism with little to no bailouts, the other thinks bailouts are acceptable, as long as they are being bailed out. Where one group advocates preemptive wars and nation-building, the other opposes them, as long as people are not being murdered by a totalitarian government. Where one group integrated and organized into a leviathan, the other more closely resembles a hydra - with muscular Dystrophy.

 The Occupy group has also been infiltrated by agent provocateurs. It has been said, and I have seen some evidence that OTPOR is the hidden base around which they rally. It has also been said that George Soros is a major financial contributor to OTPOR, and by association, Occupy. One group will leave a venue clean, while the other leaves a mess. One group insists government leave them alone and stop spending their money unwisely, the other insists the government pay their college tuition, mortgages and provide free I pads.

 A disconcerting point of the Occupy movement and its members is that, some of them are very, very educated on history, but by history, I mean true history, not MSM history. Some of them even rally against the Fed, but others rally for communism and socialism believing it can work, if only we had a benevolent leader to oversee it. The jury is still out on this question, "Were they infiltrated and co-opted, or were they, in fact, the co-opt?"

 This movement, the liberty movement, the Ron Paul rEVOLution, our rEVOLution, can never be fully co-opted, nor can it ever fully be silenced. While it may be true that certain segments of the movement can be infiltrated and sabotaged, the movement as a whole can never be destroyed.
Now, let me tell you why.

 When the Tea Party started, the message was pure: Limited government, Sound Money and Fiscal Conservatism. The bailouts pissed many people off and they needed a place to vent. Feeling cast out and shunned by their elected leaders they needed a place to belong, a place where they fit in and where people of like minds would sit and listen to their frustrations, share their own and then group together to do something about the situation. 

 The problem with this was that you had many angry people that shared entirely too many different ideas. The base, now severely diluted, once was a group that supported Ron Paul's ideology, but is now a group of pissed off people. 

  Now the ranks of the Tea Party are filled with people from all walks of life, and normally that would be a good thing, however, the overwhelming majority of these "new comers" share little to no political beliefs with the people that founded the movement. A perfect example of this statement is the various Tea Party candidates that ran for President this year: Herman Cain, former Fed chairman, Rick Santorum, Black Bible Tyrant and Michele Bachman, Compulsive liar, and now - Swiss national. 

 It should be noted that these three campaigned on War with Iran and Muslim terrorists. Most of them mocked the very foreign policy that the tea party started with, yet the Tea Partiers in the debate crowds loved them. They literally hung on every word they spoke. 

 Another example of how the Tea Party has been co-opted is the resignation of some of the founders and upper echelons of the party a few years back. Two of the most significant emails and letters I read regarding the circumstances stated, in summation: that the party has strayed too far from its original intent and purpose, the board no longer served the interests of the people or the party and were merely there for personal gain. Numerous attempts to make some political headway along the lines of the founding principles had been overruled by the board and that the party, via the board members and president/chairman, had been completely corrupted and were in the process of corrupting the ideology of the organization. You were warned against courting Newt and his like, but you didn't listen, did you?

 Co. Opt. Ed.

 The Occupy movement is not much better, but it is different. I think both groups have or had the same basic principle and argument; stop wasting our money and giving it to your friends. To me, nothing is wrong with this, on the contrary, everything is right. They should stop wasting our money and they definitely need to stop giving it to their friends.

 In my opinion where the Occupiers went wrong is, they allowed the values of socialism, communism and stat-ism to fill the void. One woman even said, "We want all the good, and none of the bad."

 Unfortunately, in life, you can't have it that way. Life is not fair and life does not care whether you eat or starve, whether you have an IPad or a notepad. It really doesn't, and guess what, neither do most people in this world. If you go to college on a stranger's dime, you should expect that you would someday have to pay that stranger back. 

 If you spend eighty-five-thousand dollars on tuition and major in Aboriginal art, then can't find a job when you graduate, whose fault is that? Did you really think that what interests you would be interesting to enough people to supply you with the outrageous income you feel you deserve? Last time I checked, no one really cared about the aborigines, except for the aborigines or Mick Dundee.

 If you buy a half million-dollar house with retail wages, you should expect that someday, you might have to move out of that house...involuntarily. If you buy seventy-eight-thousand dollars in toys, but you only make thirty-six thousand a year, you should expect that some big, buffed guy is going to come and take your wake-board boat...and skidoo, and quads, and truck. It's just common sense. 

 The failure of your movement is in that you built it on an entitlement attitude. It is not that you didn't reach critical mass, or that the media painted you as a bunch of anarchists. You painted yourselves as a bunch of ignorant, know-it-all, spoiled brats that were smoking weed, shitting in buckets and throwing it in the street. America will never support that. 

 You allowed the arrogance and ignorance of your youth to overrule the wisdom and truth of history. One communist/socialist sympathizer actually argued with a guy from Czech about the great potential of communism/socialism. Arguing with a guy whose mom, dad, aunts and uncles lived under the iron, psychopathic fist of Joseph Stalin. Really, are you fucking kidding me?

 You argued with a guy who may have lost a friend or relative to the secret police. When he asked you why then, if you thought communism was so great, "Why communist dictators always turn on the people then oppress and slaughter them? Why is that?"

 Your answer, "I just think that the wrong people have been put in power by the people."

 Wow. Just wow. That...that right there is why your movement was destined to fail - from the beginning. As wide-awake as you and the current Tea Partiers think you are, you only dreamt you woke up.

 One thing I know for certain, is that when you discover the truth, that Ron-Paul-End-the-Fed-End-the-Wars-Jihadists-Are-Not-Everywhere-Sound-Money-Non-Interventionist-Foreign-Policy-America-Should-Not-Police-the-World-Inalienable-Right-to-Life-Liberty-and-the-Pursuit-of-Happiness truth, it slaps you in the face, drags you out of bed by your foot, then punches you in the stomach.  And once you wake up to that, you can never fall back to sleep. 

 Both parties know this and it is exactly why they fear us. They know we are awake and awakening others at a pace faster than their propaganda machines can spit out lies. They know that we have educated ourselves on the real issues that plague this country and they know we have studied history and found the root causes. We are awake, we have the knowledge, we have the passion and we have the facts to back up everything we say.

 So you see we cannot ever be fully co-opted. We cannot ever be fully contained and we cannot ever be completely stopped. They know this and it scares the hell out of them. The truth is coming out more and more every single day.  And with it, people are starting to ask questions. 

 The first rays of morning are beginning to shine through the blinds of the room in which they sleep. Once a person begins to feel the warmth of knowledge they develop a craving for it. At times, things learned can hurt, anger and scare us, but there remains that ever present thirst and hunger for more; more truth, more warmth and more light.

 There is too much at stake to quit now. There is too much at stake to become divided and there is too much at stake to let the exodus of summer soldiers discourage us. This is not about one man or one woman and it never has been!

 The good doctor was and is, courageous enough to stand as our focal point. He stood for over thirty years as a beacon of light, spreading the message of liberty. He stood for us when no one else would. He has faced the ridicule and resistance of those not only outside of his party, but from within as he spoke words of reason and sanity.

 He may not be the Republican nominee and he may not run as a third party, but in the end, when it is all said and done, he will still be my President. No amount of paper will ever change that. 

 Ron Paul cured my ignorance and apathy. His message has helped me become a better person, a better husband and a better father. I owe it to him to see this thing through, we all do. 

 This is our rEVOLution.
This is your rEVOLution.
 And this, is my rEVOLution.
I am Ron Paul.

In Liberty,
Richard Camacho