Friday, August 22, 2008
Dear Friends of Liberty,
The schedule is complete, the merchandise is being printed, and arrangements are being finalized.
With only 11 days to go until Campaign for Liberty's Rally for the Republic, your staff is burning the midnight oil trying to nail down all the final details.
This should be one of the biggest and best kick-off celebrations in the history of American politics. I sure hope you will join us.
We've got a jam-packed, exciting day planned for Tuesday, September 2nd, but the excitement doesn't stop after the stage lights turn off at the Target Center.
Grammy award winning guitarist (and Ron Paul supporter) Jimmie Vaughan will be our host and provide the entertainment for The Rally for the Republic After-Party. The party will be taking place at The Lone Tree/Annex - one block away from the Target Center.
It will officially start at 9:30 pm, and it will last until 4 am. There is a $10 cover charge, and there will be a cash bar/limited food menu.
Jimmie Vaughan is the brother of late guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a musical legend in his own right. In addition to his involvement with many bands and famous artists over the years, he is an accomplished and successful solo artist that is known for his masterful blues guitar work.
From the official bio on his site:Known for his deceptively simple yet complex attack, his clean, uncluttered style capitalizes on conveying the emotion and message within the music, He utilizes raw emotion, simplicity, and an elegance that is powerful and accessible, yet communicates exactly what he feels inside. It's an approach that has earned him the respect of many of the greats of contemporary music, and guest appearances on such albums as B.B. King and Eric Clapton's Riding With The King, Bob Dylan's Under The Red Sky, Willie Nelson's Milk Cow Blues, Carlos Santana's Havana Moon and Don Henley's Inside Job.So, don't feel like you have to rush out of Minneapolis after the Rally! The C4L staff would love to meet you if you are able to attend.
If you have not purchased your ticket yet, I urge you to do so today. We are down to our last few tickets!
For more information about the Rally for the Republic please go to www.RallyForTheRepublic.com. You can also visit TicketMaster.com to guarantee yourself a seat. Ron and I believe this will be one of the most important events in the history of our movement.
If you cannot attend, I sincerely hope you will consider a contribution to Campaign for Liberty to help us defray the costs of this event, and help set the foundation for this vital organization. Just click on the Donate button at the www.RallyForTheRepublic.com main page.
Hope to see you there.
P.S. - We are less than 15,000 people away from hitting our goal of 100,000 members. Can you do me a favor and invite a friend, co-worker, or family member right now to join the Campaign for Liberty? Visit our community page to send invitations through our website.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Global Peace Festival is a festival to celebrate the progress towards peace we've already made and the plans we have for the future. However, the biggest thing it is I think, is a call to arms, so to speak. We are calling out to the world that enough is enough, and that if we could all just put the barriers of our race, religion, and nationality behind us we could really have a wonderful place to live here on earth for everyone. Finally, it's also an awareness campaign, to make people aware of the root causes of war and poverty.
There are many reasons for war and poverty in the world. Disease, past colonial oppression, lack of freedom, lack of control, not enough water, not enough infrastructure, misunderstandings and/or stubbornness between people and nations. We at the Universal Peace Federation believe that the key to it all is the family.
The family is the place every one of us starts out life. If we don't learn respect and responsibility within our family, how can we be expected to respect others outside our family or take responsibility outside our family? If we don't have peace and a sense of oneness within our family, how can we be at peace with the world? How can we love our neighbor if we cannot love our brother? How can we care for the people of another nation if we do not care for the ones within out own?
This is why the theme of the Global Peace Festival is One Family Under God. First we have to make individual families which are full of love, respect and a sense responsibility and interdependence, and we believe the best way to do this is through the basic tenants that all different religions teach. From there, we can work towards making whole villages, cities, countries, and the whole world act as one family under God, where we all fallow the basic tenants of our various religions which all teach just about the same thing and we all teat one another as family. A big part of being able to do this is fostering a culture of service, where people learn to live for the sake of others by their own free will.
That's the gist of it anyway. Below is a video which talks about the GPF some more, and below that is the basic schedule which I will be fallowing next week. This schedule isn't for everyone attending the GPF, just those like myself who are also attending the American Youth Leadership Conference I have another, shorter video at the very bottom of this web page if you would prefer.
· Aug 5th Arrival – all participants will arrive in DC, at the Washington D.C. National Cathedral Church (1610 Columbia Rd) and we'll have a short orientation after dinner. I will personally be leaving the Vineyard on the 6 AM boat, to take the 6:55 AM bus to South Station, to take the 11:05 AM train to Washington D.C., finally arriving in D.C. at 6:50 PM
· Aug 6th Community-Wide "Peace Through Service" Day – we will join the service efforts of many partners in DC including some celebrities performing for GPF on this project from 10am – 5pm.
· Aug 7th Outreach – we will join the local efforts of youth on this day, to spread the word on the GPF event on the streets of DC.
· Aug 8th Sightseeing and Interfaith Prayer for Peace – we'll spend a day to discover DC. and God's hope for America, and close with a prayer on the grounds of the main event, at the Mall in front of the Capital building.
· Aug 9th American Leadership Conference and Global Peace Festival – join this conference in the morning and afternoon and be side by side national and world level Ambassadors for Peace as they forge their commitment to hold America to it's founding creed and build One Family Under God. Join us at the Youth Breakout to discuss long-term vision and strategy for the movement of Young Ambassadors for Peace. In the evening we will all attend the Global Peace Festival main event together. The event starts at 5pm at the Capital West Lawn (Independence Ave. and Constitution Ave, SW). Come early for seats and to check out the GPF Service and Cultural Expo from 2-5 on the National Mall (between 3rd and 4th St. NW). My parents and younger brother will arrive for the main GPF event on a bus rented by our church, and I'll be leaving with them at 9 PM on one of those buses back for Massachusetts.
· Aug 10th Youth Celebration – Join the hundreds of youth who have volunteered their time this summer for the Global Peace Festival as they celebrate this day and build up spirit and enthusiasm for many more events that uphold peace in the semester to come. I will have sadly had to miss this part, and instead will be arriving on the Vineyard with my family so I can get to work on time on Monday, the 11th.
If anyone out there feels inspired to help out, I think the best way is to tell everyone you know about it, and if you can, try to show up for the main GPF event on Saturday, the 9th in Washington D.C. Please go to www.gpfusa.org for more information. If you're not in the United States, or even if you are, you may be interested in going to www.globalpeacefestival.org or www.upf.org for more information about GPF events happening in other parts of the world, and other things the UPF is doing to promote world peace.
If you're feeling particularly inspired, or you know won't be able to attend any GPF or UPF events, another great way to help out other than telling all your friends and family is to donate funds to our cause.
Click here to donate to the GPF-USA.
Click here to donate to the Universal Peace Federation, which is the main sponsor of the Global Peace Festival as well as other peace-building initiatives.
To contact the organizers of the Global Peace Festival USA go to http://gpfusa.org/contact-us/
I hope you are inspired by what the GPF is doing and join us in truly making the world a better place by taking on the root causes of the worlds biggest problems.
Sincerely, in Libety and True Brotherly Love,
Christopher D. Osborn - Vineyard Haven, MA
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I want to thank Rev. Kalamba W.M. Kayembe of Era of Africa for sending it to me in an email. While I'm at it, I aught to thank Knut Holdhus for providing me with the other testimony by FFWPU President Rev. Hyung Jin Moon.
Now, here's why I've had a good start to the month.
It was a beautiful Friday, I woke up well rested with a clear mind and hardly any pains at all. I went to work still feeling well rested, with only a minor bit of tention in my neck wich I think was built because I planned on taking the 20 question theory exam at the local branch of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in order to get my Driveing Learner's Permit. I was also feeling well fed, and generally had a pretty physically healthy feeling about me.
My dad picked me up at work at 12:40 and took me to the RMV. When we got there it was closed, as the RMV (on the Vineyard anyway) closes for lunch. They opened at 13:00, and while there were two people in front of me, there were also two RMV Reps. there, and I was asked to come up fairly quickly.
When I went up to the counter I explaind to the woman I had been away for a while and I've lost my previous permit and wasn't sue if it had expired. She told me it had, so I gave her my U.S. passport, Mass. ID, and a Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank bank statement with my name and address printed on it. Normally I should have had my Social Security Card with me too, but I guess they let is slide since I had done this before and I got the Mass. I.D. from their office. Come to think of it, I don't think I even remembered to fill in my SSN on the yellow form she gave me to fill out. Oh well, I guess they had that already too so they didn't bother asking me about it.
Anyway, I took the test on a computer and it was very easy. To pass the test you must get 14 out of 20 questions correct, and I got 19 of them correct. I got the fealing that the test was easyer this time than the last time - not because I had done it before, as it's been like two years since, but I honestly think the questions weren't as hard as they should have been. Oh well, it worked well for me.
So, I passed the test, she took my picture and printed it out on my new Learner's Permit, and I payed her $30 USD with my MVSB Mastercard Check Check Card. So the only thing that I didn't like is that the fee had exactly doubled since the last time I did this, and it worried me a bit how easy the test was. I don't want just anybody sharing the roads with me, I want to know that the other drivers know what they're doing too. But hey, I'm very greatful that I past so easily. The MV RMV only does road tests on Tuesdays, so the last opportunity I have to get my drivers licence is on the 9th of September, two days before I go back to Norge. That's just 40 days from now, and five of them I won't be able to practice because I'll be in or on my way too or from Washington D.C.
By the way, I also wanted to let everyone know that on Tuesday, the 5th of August, I'll be going to Washington D.C. to repare for the Global Peace Festival - USA event, which is being held on the 9th. More on that tomarrow.
Also, on the way home from work, I came up with a brilliant idea for a story. I don't want to give out too may details here, because this is something I, right now in my moment of isnpiration and passion, would really like to see published and really think could get published if I do a good job.
For starters, it will have something to do with Martha's Vineyard, Brazil, The Vatican and the Catholic Church, Christianity a whole, and a secret cult. The working title is Cross Robbers. If anyone knows of a book already of that title, please let me know so I can think of a different title. I may have to start a new writers blog for specific guests only so people I know around the world can review my work on this project, yet untrustowrthy people won't have as great a chance of finding it and plagiarizing my work.
This latest writing project of mine is much better than anything else I've come up with before. It's not fantacy and therefor it'll be easyer to discribe people, and events. In fact, I'm not even going to go too far into the future with this so I won't even have to make up much new technology. The biggest differences will be that North Korea won't exist as a seperate country, the wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan will be over, and there will be a new North American Union and Pacific Rim Union in the midst of being established.
This month is going to be beautiful, though I really can't wait 'till September! Goodnight for now. I hope God is able to bless you like he has been able to for me.
Sincerely, in Liberty and True Brotherly Love,
Christopher D. Osborn - Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), Massachusetts.
P.S. I really liked the picture they took, so maybe tomarrow, as another P.S., I'll post a link to a scanned copy of the picture itelf.