Articles Tagged: apples

I don’t live in a free country!

May 7th, 2011 | By Pirate

I have lost hope in representative government.  Truly ever since the year 2000 when Ralph Nader was blocked by state police from even attending the debates!

It is an insane world we are living in.  But this representative/2 party government is not working for the benefit of the people.

We need to pay attention to all reasonable options and NOT put all of our apples in one basket!

That is one reason we are supporting the National Initiative for Democracy.    My wife got me interested in Mike Gravel and what he was doing in 2008, and that is when I learned more about the National Initiative for Democracy.

Mike wrote this Amendment and Ralph Nader who I have respected for many years were both on board with it.

You can sign the petition online, and read the Democracy act.   See and

But now I am leaning towards Ron Paul for president, and I am still supportive of the National Initiative for Democracy.

Quite honestly Im just a bit disappointed that Ron Paul hasn’t put some support behind that initiative.   I think it agrees with his philosophy, and it has a lot of strong supporters and little guys like me who support it.


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What if I-1149 fails this year?

April 6th, 2011 | By Pirate

For anyone who is interested, I have been toying with the idea that 3 months (3000 signatures per day) may not work out.

That maybe we should plan well in advance for doing this again next year. Just as a precautionary measure, you know not putting all of our apples in one basket.

I have some ideas and maybe some backing for next year if we HAVE to run this again.
I consider that the problem with this year is that there wasn’t a lot of planning last year for this. Everyone thought I-1068 was the end all be all of our efforts. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, and honestly this may not work out this year either.

So far I have come up with some info, but nothing else that is solid yet.

In my opinion I think we should put some checks and balances in place.

1. No one in a leadership role with special interests, including dispensers, growers, lobbyists or pot lawyers. (Special interests freaks contributors, and volunteers out)

2. A reliable and proven 3rd party signature count provider. (I have some good info on this)

3. A very open structure to the organization, none of this “I am coordinator, you better respect me” bull


I am planning for the worst, but hoping for the best.

If anyone is interested, I will be working on this idea over the next 8 months, and I will be posting my ideas accordingly on
I may not want to run or lead the campaign, but I am just kicking around ideas and posting them publicly incase someone wants to use these ideas, or maybe I will run it if no one else steps up.

But this is too serious of an issue to let the legislature take control of our rights. I would hate to see something like HB 1550 pass, and I would especially hate for SB 5073 to pass!!!



Here is a resource that I am using, and I have others that I am investigating now.

Just FYI:

This is a group that people may want to look into for running successful citizens initiatives. Help on many levels, including info for professional independent petition counts>

Citizens in Charge Foundation
2050 Old Bridge Road Suite 103
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 492-1776
Fax: (703) 910-7728


Thanks for being concerned about your freedom, and DOING SOMETHING about it!



Ryan Thompson