April 25, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 3:10 am by gruundehn

I have so much to do and do so little of it that I am weeks or even months behind where I should be with all the projects and other things I need to do. I have perhaps a dozen books that I have started and not finished, all the books that I am writing and want to write, all the DVDs I need to categorize and all the cleaning I need to do. I forget who it was that said the there is no fun in doing nothing unless you have a lot to do; but, I need to stop doing nothing and get this work done.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is doing their budget hearings for the next fiscal year. The last hearing covered just the court system and it took far too long. It would have taken even longer but the BOS had to leave their hearing room to make way for the Tucson City Council. The BOS had promised to let the TCC borrow the BOS hearing room for a City Council meeting. What took so long was all those lawyers just loved the sound of their own voices. One guy even spent a long time complaining about the conditions of a building that the County Court system no longer used.

This next budget hearing will cover the law enforcement, public defender, environmental quality, behavioral health, community services and economic development. That last is going to be full of crony politics. Government at any level cannot make economic development decisions except to benefit the politically powerful. Government should just get out of the way and let real people make the decisions that spark economic development.

Tuesday evening, and I hope that the budget hearing lets out in time, there will be a Grassroots Leadership Academy class. I attended one two weeks ago, I missed last week because of the Libertarian party meeting, and found it very interesting. I even passed out several World’s Smallest Political Quiz cards and had two people reregister as Libertarians.

It looks like I will not be attending the Libertarian Party National Convention because I have not been able to raise / save the money necessary. So, I will start saving up for 2020 and attend then.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, Cesar Leyva, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards, Mary Theresa Velez; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

 

April 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:41 am by gruundehn

This last week was going so well but Friday messed it up. I got a note from the landlord (a company in Phoenix) that I owed them money and was being charged $5 a day and could be evicted if I didn’t pay. No idea what the charge they say I owe is and because I didn’t get the note until after business hours on Friday I couldn’t talk to the maintenance guy here, whom I gave the rent to, until Saturday. He claims that he wasn’t told why and that I’ll have to make a long-distance call on Monday to the Phoenix office to find out. I believe him, that he wasn’t told, because he had no reason to lie. The non-profit company on the other hand does but I will find out Monday. I can think of many reasons why, from someone entering the data wrong to the company wants to drive me out so they can use the apartment for someone just getting out of prison or some such. I will find out and hopefully get this cleared up.

I met with some folks last Tuesday about the Libertarian Party and it seems I made a good impression. It was an interesting talk. I also answered some questions about the Libertarian Party online and seemed to get my point across. For someone as shy, and as much of a loner, as I am I am doing good with public and semi-public talks.

I am a delegate from Arizona to the Libertarian National Convention but I doubt I can afford to go, I started a Go Fund Me campaign but so far my youngest brother is the only one to donate, as far as I can tell. I asked for enough to go, and also pay the taxes on what gets donated, but I am nowhere near that goal.

The Presidential Preference Election in Arizona, the Presidential primary here for the Democrats, Greens and Republicans, seems to have been a disaster. From all the reports I’ve seen, it wasn’t as bad here in Pima County as in Maricopa County but I have had people stop me when I am wearing my Libertarian cap and complain about how they were disenfranchised. It seems mostly Democrats, all of whom (as I remember) were Sanders supporters. They claim it was targeted against them but how the County Recorder knew who they supported is something they never explained. However, this upcoming Friday, the Pima County Election Integrity Commission will be investigating the matter for the Board of Supervisors. That is going to be an interesting meeting.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

April 3, 2016

Second Sunday of Easter, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:54 pm by gruundehn

If you consider everything that I do each week, it is a lot. However, very little is probably of interest to anyone else; at least, I think so and thus I don’t include a lot of detail that I think boring. And I think a lot of what I do would be boring to other people although I wasn’t bored doing it. But those little things take up a lot of time and often I am surprised at how much tie was taken up with any specific task. For example: I like Japanese Anime and watch a lot of it when I want to just kick back and relax. I have three sets focused on a human and the Demon King and a war with demons. They are nice and enjoyable. One involves the heir of a defeated demon king getting into retail as a sales clerk with the hope of opening up a branch of the store in the demon world, another involves a student being told (by an oracle that is never wrong) that he will become the next demon king (I am watching this one now) and the last involves a hero confronting the demon king and joining forces with her to end the war and improve the lives of everyone, demons and humans alike. Each is a series of episodes and the stories are entertaining and interesting. There are some that I have bought and do not like but those are rare. But watching anime is not everything I do each week, it isn’t even the largest user of my time. I am trying to learn the techniques of recording and posting videos on YouTube for the Pima County Libertarian Party, I study libertarian philosophy, I write and I read. This is in addition to sleeping, eating, washing, etc. And most of that would be interesting to anyone else I think. Or are you interested in the fact that I recently bought another copy of WARPLANES OF THE THIRD REICH by William Green and have been renewing my acquaintance with some of the strange and wonderful warplanes that the Luftwaffe at least tested even if they were not deployed and some very interesting aircraft types that were deployed.

Increasingly I am getting involved with politics. I am a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention for Arizona but it increasingly looks like I won’t be able to afford going. Which is a shame as I a looking forward to it. But I expect that it will cost me four or five thousand dollars and I just don’t have it. And if I raise the money from GoFundMe or something similar then taxes would eat up about half of what I take in, meaning I would need to raise close to ten thousand dollars.

I am not posting the prayer list as I normally do because the website for Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is down and I cannot reach the prayer list. If you wish to pray the list, perhaps tomorrow the site will be up ad you can get the list directly. But I will ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that your pray for the almost two dozen veterans who commit suicide daily because of Government indifference or abuse.