How Minorities Can Share in the American Dream

August 14, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

In this show, we discuss Black Lives Matter movement, the strife between minorities and the police, and what can be done about it. We also discuss how minorities can become successful and share in the American Dream by becoming financially successful.  Watch the podcast below. Yes! Minorities CAN share in the American Dream (Click Here if video doesn’t display) If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to like us on Facebook.  Listen to us Live Saturday Evenings at 6PM pacific time at Bumper Music:  “Bankland” By Javolenus / CC BY-NC 3.0 Image credit: Patriot Post Transcript The following is a text transcript of the audio.  Due to the verbatim speech and nuances it may be difficult to read.  However, it is being provided as a courtesy to the hearing impaired as well as for those who wish to move quickly on to the pertinent parts of the podcast Tom: Welcome Galtstrikers this is Tom and I would like to thank you for tuning into our weekly libertarian talk show where we discuss not only the problems of today but also the solutions. If you’re listening to this show on blog talk or any other website that carries our player you can also listen and join us in our chat room at About half way down the page you’ll find the player and right below that you’ll find the chat room. Just enter your user name and click connects. If you have questions or comments during tonight’s broadcast the call in number to get on the air is 1.347.202.0228. After you’ve connected remember to press one so that our producer can see that you want to be on the air. Don’t be afraid to call in, it’s real easy. It’s like talking to an old friend on the phone and don’t worry, we don’t bite. Anyway, if you’re calling in give the producer your name and listen in. We’ll start taking questions and comments after the break, probably in about 30 minutes or so. So if you’re listening on the air please be patient but do remember to push one. Anyway tonight we are going to be bringing on a couple of our previous guest from a previous discussion we had. Black lives movement, the violence and what can be done about it. We will also talk about some of the root causes of the racial divisions in this country and how possibly minorities can share in and be a part of the American dream. Anyway, I’ve also got another guest on who’s going to be coming up in a  few minutes. His name is Jason Charles and he’s started the New York City preppers meet up group and was quite successful in growing that group. He’s been on a couple of the reality shows and some news broadcast so he will give us some tips on how to start a meet up group. But first I’m gonna bring on Eric. Eric has something- Eric was on the show a couple weeks ago and he has something that he would like to share. Something he would like to read to us. Eric? How you doing? Eric: I’m doing alright. How you doing today Tom? Tom: Good. So we can start out, could you first refresh everybody. Who you are and what you’re about. How you got interested in this movement and then share with us what you have. Eric: Ok. Yeah. My name is Eric Clayton and I am a black conservative Republican from the Seattle area and I was involved on Toms Last show, “Black Lives Matter” and we just started talking about some of the problems that black people are having pulling themselves up by their boot straps and how we could get probably more whites in America involved. So I decided to do a little bit of research and I looked around to see if there were any programs in place that could help with this cause. It looks like there is one in Peoria where they and it’s a minority organization that goes out and helps other minorities lift themselves up so they can become better business owners. I reached out to them to try to see if I could get them to come on the show and I was not successful. My Brothers Keepers is another one where President Obama I think had something to do with putting this together and all I got from them was just some kind of form letter. Form email that basically did not address coming on the show. And the last was a lawyer. White lawyer that was helping out blacks get into the legal arena and apparently was pretty successful according to the website. I reached out to him and still no response. So you know I just don’t know if that no response was on purpose or they have an email (inaudible) I just started really thinking about the problem. I just thought to myself, is there reluctance for you know, blacks to except white help? So I just kind of wrote this. I call it Wounded America. It is time for America to heal the wounds of black people caused by the wicked institution of slavery. But there is one big problem. The wounded party doesn’t want to be healed. The constant transfusion of social welfare, goodies and handouts that have resulted from white guilt, white patriotization and black complacency is pacifying us for the black community. See the attitude is, “You wounded me, now you owe me”. Let’s face it white America, black America will always be your dependent. We’ll always be complaining about what the white man should be and is not doing for them. Rather than what they can be doing for themselves. The black community wants to hold white America responsible for their problems and will not offer them available solutions to strive for. And some white Americans can care less if achievable solutions are offered. Over all the black community sometimes acts like that 3 year old kid who is forever enrolled in secondary education. Or who just can’t give up the security or comfort of living free of charge in your basement. Any mentoring or job programs that can be started by white America to life blacks out of poverty will often be unsuccessful because only a few blacks will participate at the risk of pandering to the white man. But isn’t taking tax money supplied by mostly white tax payers the same thing? There needs to be a willingness to participate in the American dream. To actively embrace and believe in the grand experiment of democracy and a free republic. To be a part of an actual melting pot and be Americans first and foremost. And white Americans need to let them in and not make them feel that they are inferior and part of a separate nation. I am aware that blacks were brought here as slaves against their will. I am aware that blacks were mistreated, beaten and killed by evil white slave owners. I am aware that evil whites found a way via the KKK and Jim Crow to rob blacks of their freedoms they gained through emancipation. I am aware that most of white Americans, while not physically participating in the violence against blacks, aided and abetted the vial acts by their complacency displayed by their inaction against the perpetrators of hate. I am aware that even today because of widely held stereotypes about black people by white people that black people are virtually ostracized from being active and willing participants in society. We have a scab that needs to be healed. Both black and white Americans need to stop picking at the scab. Opening the old wounds and pouring salt into them. These wounds need to be allowed to heal and heal quickly. We need to get things put together and made healthy. Not just for black lives, not just for white lives, not just for red lives and not just for yellow lives but we need to fix it for the lives of the race that really matters. The human race. Tom: Yeah I really like that. We talked about in the last show that I did with you and Alex about what I believe some of the root causes for these problems and you know I put most, not all of it but I put most of this on the Democratic Party because the Democratic Party since the beginning of this country was the party of slavery. The Democratic Party was the party of the KK. The Democratic Party was the party of Jim Crow Laws. The Party of, they’re the party of the IRS. They are the Party of the Federal Reserve. They’re the party of these internment camps. All throughout our nation’s history the Democratic Party has always been on the side of oppression whether it’s by race or society as a whole. And then when I look at what they’re doing now and this started happening well as far as the welfare, the social welfare that started in the 30’s when the Democrats started realizing, “Hey! We need to buy more votes here with the social welfare. That’s what we gotta do because we are losing.” Alright but then after they got their rears handed to them in the civil right era, you know it was the republicans that fought for the civil rights and got the civil rights. It was the democrats that opposed it and they got their butts handed to them and it was after that point that they realized they were going to forever lose their position in government as long as they continue to oppose minorities. So they started changing. And they started actually not helping blacks get ahead and become independent. They started their way of helping is by giving. Taking form one person who taxes and giving it to minorities through social welfare. They started pandering to the minority vote and buying that minority vote. To this day, like we said before, you show me a ghetto I’ll show you a city government that is run by democrat. Every time. Every time. Eric: Absolutely. Absolutely. Tom: So that is what we are here to discuss. How do we fix this? How do we change that? You and I talked about meet up groups and stuff and you know we’ve had a lot of success in the prepper movement doing meet up groups and helping people set up meet up groups across the country. Probably one of the more successful groups I think as far as I know of around is the New York City Preppers. You know, Jason Charles from New York City got this group up and running. It seems to of done well so I’d like to bring Jason on and get your thoughts on what we’re discussing and how you have handled organizing the preppers group and how we might apply that to creating business opportunities for minorities. Jason: First of all, thank you for having me on. Tom: Yeah. Thank you for coming on. Jason: Starting a group was, first of all let me first start out by saying I didn’t start the group. It was started by a young female. Life became too busy and then she handed it over to me and then I took over from there. It’s hard to run a group in a city like this where you have so many different interested. People here in the city for the most part are not concerned with emergency preparedness. Until something happens. We saw a big jump in subscribers or preppers back in Hurricane Irene and Sandy. Ever since then every time something small happens or like you know a terror attack or a mass shooting we get a couple more people. So for the most part its people reacting to something instead of just joining because it’s the right thing to do. Tom: So it’s more about finding ways to do that public outreach and finding ways to reach people before the problems happens. Eric: Right. Tom: I think this topic is a little bit different than disaster preparedness is what I think comes to a lot of peoples mind when they are talking about preppers. I’m wondering how we can apply the concept of meet up groups to the business world. To bring not just minorities but anyone in a ghetto area, in a poor neighborhood, urban areas, how to bring those people into the business world and give them opportunities and careers, jobs, education starting their own businesses. I am wondering how we can apply some of the ideas of starting a meet up group to that. Because as you mentioned people weren’t joining until a disasters already happened. I kind of see that this problem that we have with poverty in America is the disaster that is ongoing right now. So I think if we can get people to see that maybe we can get them to start participating in groups that address that. Eric: Right. Meet up does have its – – can’t help somebody start a business for give them the tools they need rather so I can start a business. The first thing that meet-up gives you once you start the group is it gives you responsibility and I think that’s where a lot of the problems we have in black communities or poorer communities is that there is no responsibility. So therefore they blame their actions, whatever it might be, on the next person. So when you run a group like this and an event doesn’t go well, or something happens at an event or an argument breaks out I will blame that on myself for xyz reasons. Letting it happen or letting them get away. It teaches you that you have to accept what might happen with your business. Good or bad and that’s first and foremost. Secondly, it gives you a sense of learning how to deal with people which again, in the black community, for the most part I’ve seem, we don’t know how to deal with one another. It’s a weird; it’s sort of weird for me to talk about because it’s hard for me to explain without actually showing you. For example, blacks in a community, like let’s say where I live today, (inaudible) for the most part you have your different groups of blacks. You have blacks that work, and those are the blacks that usually get along. You have those that sit on a corner all day and they make fun of those who go to work. Meet up gives you that responsibility of how to deal with different people like that. I get different people in the group all the time and I have to be adaptable to each person I meet. Which is very trying at times but it definitely teaches you. So learning how to do that you could bring that to a community and learn how to deal with different people and inspire them if you will, to do the right thing. Get a job, don’t stand on the corner, and don’t make fun of this guy going to work. Those are the things we have to teach. As far as financially, if you have a business or a meet up group where you’re dealing with money it’s on a smaller scale. Again it teaches you respect for money and how to be honest. Don’t over charge, don’t make extra money and then not give it back to the group. Have a contest or something. I learned a lot putting one in the group like this. Tom: I believe that if you build it they’ll come. So I think if we’ve got these problems and these issues, if somebody starts a meet up group to address those problems I think people are naturally going to start joining. So I think really what needs to happen is to find people that are natural leaders. The ones the kind of people that are gonna go to work no matter how many people are making fun of them for going to work. I think we need to find those kind of people to take charge of starting groups like this and then I think other people will just start to follow and just start to come. Eric’s been researching some of this about you know the different groups that he reached out to. Possibilities of starting groups. What other ideas have you come up with Eric? Eric: Well, you know one thing, I mean it’s good to if we can ever get those groups that I reached out to that I mentioned earlier to respond to it then there could be a foundation there to build on. However, there is another thing I’d like to mention. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the book, “Black and white styles of conflict” by Thomas Kochman. I’m reading this book and he’s a guy that  is kind of a diversity specialist. He found out that blacks and whites, even though they think in certain situations and they think they are communicating on a level filled in that they are seeing situations the same way. Blacks and whites communicate in a different way. There are certain things that when they are said or done blacks kind of react differently to. Like let’s say for instance there is a situation where blacks may be discussing something and then they get kind of loud and boisterous about it and maybe the whites may think of it as this is almost verging on violence and it’s really not. They’re active competitors and they are trying to convince each other so it hasn’t gotten into a fight but it sounds like a fight. Whereas white people are very reserved and they think, “Oh wow, this is just something I’m gonna be quite about because it’s really escalated. So basically what I’m saying is I think people that get involved and go into the black neighborhoods that want to help out they have to get some kind of training so they can understand the black language and the black culture so that what they engage people about these jobs and everything is not misinterpreted. That is the danger right there because once you get on that ground where if you’re talking apples and they’re talking oranges and you don’t know that you’re talking different fruit that’s where you get into a problem. A real problem. So that’s really all I have.. I don’t know exactly how to set it up. I was really hoping to get feedback from those people that I reached out to but I didn’t. Like I emphasized the communication is really, really important. I’d like to reach out to this guy – – Tom: Well ya know I ..I talked to you a little bit before and I see a couple of problems, and I’ve run into it myself when dealing with other organizations and trying to network and that sort of thing. There are a couple of different things. One if its like a nonprofit or NGO that is giving people aid of some sort, to them that is job security. Give a man a fish and that man will be back the next day for another fish. And so if you teach somebody, you come along and say, “Hey I want to teach people how to become independent and be their own man and take care of themselves,” well that’s taking away that job security from that non-profit organization. Then the other thing is, even if it’s another organization that is trying to teach people how to become independent and you come along and say, “Hey, let’s network together and see what we can do to combine forces and really help this along,” a lot of groups will see that as competition and you know it’s the same thing in the nonprofit world as it is in the business world. People just have this hard time wanting to work with their competitors. I see this really big time in the patriot movement with all the-  -you look on the web and see zillions of patriot web sites, second amendment websites, conservative websites and they really don’t want to work together because that’s their competition and so it makes it real hard to network . I don’t know really the way to do it. I’m thinking we got to do something to start up some groups, find some people willing to take the reins and be leaders and just let them, see if they can do it. Eric: You know there is a stigma of being successful in the white man’s world. Something like, if you’re black, if you’re like a Colon Powell or Condoleezza Rice. You know in the white realm of thing, the main stream, you are very successful. Your credentials are just fantastic, but it’s something about the black neighborhoods, the people we are trying to help, you are looked at as a sellout. So basically it’s almost like a lot of them that would like to go there don’t want to be sell outs so they basically will go to maybe selling drugs. Some of them may go to other kind of means of being successful. Maybe they might hope for a rap music kind of record contract or something like that. Maybe go and play NBA but basically it’s almost like this impediment, “No. No I can’t suck up to the white man. I can’t suck up his ways you know. I gotta be a real black.” It’s something about being successful that is anti-black and I just don’t get it. I’m a black man that has been in industry for 35 years and there’s hardly any blacks (inaudible) telecommunications OSP engineer and I’ve gotten along with my coworkers just fine. As long as I’ve done my job I’ve never had a problem. So I don’t get it. I feel like I’m part of my own mini melding pot. I feel like I’m a guy that is, when you look it up I’m just a text book example of a guy that actually decided, “Hey, I’m just gonna pull myself up by my boot straps.” Sure, I’m different from a lot of people I work with but I, right now, no them as John and Bob and we’re just guys that do jobs. I’m not old black Eric that you know causing problems or anything like that. I’m doing my job and I just can’t see why I can’t do that regardless of what color they are. Tom: Yeah. We got about 3 minutes before we have to take a hard break here. I wanna get Jason’s thoughts for the rest of these three minutes and then after the break Dave has a question. Hold on Dave I’d like to hear what you have to say and then until we’ve got several callers that are listening in, if any of you have comments I encourage you to dial 1. Press the one button so that our producer knows that you want to contribute a comment. Also for those of you listening via the chat room or online our phone number is 347.202.0228. Before we go to the break do you have any comments to add Jason? Jason: It’s going back to, yes, I actually decide. It’s gone back to people getting along. That’s the other thing too. We have a hard problem, again I think its people, never mind color. Just people getting along, getting together trying to make it work. Like you said earlier, we have a lot of these Oath Keepers, AP3, there are so many patriot groups that want to harp at one another instead of getting along. They are all saying the same thing but they just don’t want to sit there and work together and move forward. There were a couple of these groups here in the city. I tried to reach out to a couple of them and they just didn’t want to bother because no one wanted to meet in the middle and negotiate. I think that’s a problem with us as people. Now as far as the black community goes its bad because you want to help. You want to sit there, you want to start a group and get people off their feet. You want to get em jobs, you want to get them skills that can get the job but they don’t want to come. They just want it handed to them the easy way. The other problem is everybody else that I know, these young kids; they wanna be a basketball star or a rapper. They want that big money and they – – they don’t want to work for it. I’m not sitting here by any means saying rappers and ball players don’t work for it but they want the big money. They don’t want to be the fire fighter or the cop or the doctor or the lawyer. They want those millions and they want to now and I think to change that we have to get into the kids heads a little earlier. Sit there have them listen to Young Thug or watch Atlanta Hip Hop. We have to educate them that you’re gonna get what you deserve by how you present yourself to life. I think that is the first problem that needs to be addressed. Tom: I think when I was talking privately on the phone yesterday with Eric one of the things he brought up was we really need to take back the schools. So we’re gonna take a quick break here. After the break I’m gonna bring on Dave and then maybe we will talk a little bit about how it might be possible to take back the schools. So let’s take a short word from our sponsors. Advertisement Tom: Welcome back Galtstrikers. This is Tom. I’ve got Eric and Jason on with me. We are talking about the BLM movement, racial division in America and how minorities might be able to participate in the American Dream and become successful. I want to bring Dave on. Dave has a question for us. How you doing Dave? Dave: Doing well, how are you doing Tom? Tom: Good, how’s it going? What did you want to add to the discussion? Dave: I just wanted to ask how you guys feel about the war on drugs has affected the black community and how, if any, affected their relationship with the police? Tom: Eric or Jason, any of you has an answer for that? Eric: Repeat the question? I missed the question. Dave: How, the war on drugs. How it may have affected the black community not necessarily drugs themselves but the war on them? The fact that they are illegal and how may that have affected their relationship with the police? Eric: Ohh. That’s a toughie. I’m not sure that I can answer. I may have to defer to Jason on that. Jason: Ok. First of all. There is no war on drugs. I have to start off by saying that. Police relations in the black community, with this drug problem we have, it’s bad I mean you come to a neighborhood like mine and you go to Washington Heights. We are talking about New York, sorry. Talking about New York. The drug ring is ramped here in the city. I just learned that today talking to somebody who is in the actual law enforcement shield. Cops, the problem is, listen, a lot of cops when they first start the job from the ones I’ve known, they went in with the purpose of actually doing what the job was to do. That was to help people. So they come out to wherever they live they come to the city and they have in their heart that they are going to help the community they are serving. But day in and day out they run into guys they pull over and they are pulling weed, cocaine, or whatever out of their pocket. The relationship between cops and the black community or Spanish community is sort of damaged by the whole so called war on drugs because this is where it is. Now keep in mind, we’re not bringing the drugs in to the country. It’s not a black dude, it’s not a Spanish dude. It’s whoever is in the higher position but now that they trickled down to us, these guys are here. Whoever you are, whichever gang you name, they are dealing the drugs and cops they can’t look at me walking in the street and go, “Oh he doesn’t have drugs.” They assume for the most part, not all of em but a lot of cops assume for the most part that you know most black guys in the street are carrying drugs. Most Spanish guys in the street are carrying drugs. They just don’t know how to approach it without being called a racist and everything else. It’s a bad problem and it just sparks a lot of issues because they just assume everybody, not everybody but a lot of people are carrying stuff on them. This also goes to the way you dress. I dress a certain way so for the most part a cop will look at me and go ok this guy, he doesn’t have, he’s not holding or have a weapon on him because I dress with shorts and a t shirt all year long. So when the winter comes around the only thing I’m wearing might be a hoody. But here you got guys wearing a ton of clothing in the summer time and those are the guys who you know are holding weed or a weapon of some kind and when they get stopped they’re screaming police brutality. Meanwhile they are actually sitting on a corner doing what they said they weren’t doing. Tom: I think the whole war on drugs is, they’re not getting at the root cause of the problem and kinda like fighting fire with fire. I don’t think they’re like, you know, like you said there is not a war on drugs. I think it’s a reaction rather than a proactive approach to solving the drug problem. We’re not stopping it at the border where they come in and we’re not solving the problems that get people on drugs to begin with. Expecting the police to clean it up in the street when it shouldn’t even make it to the streets in the first place. Jason: The other problem with drugs, the war on drugs right? The FBI, CIA, ATF, they know where every last drug trail on this planet is right. They know where all the opiate fields is, where all the cocaine fields, coca leaf fields are. They know where all the drugs are being grown. They know where they are being manufactured. If you want a real war on drugs then you have to actually step the game up. Ask these countries, “Hey listen, we want to go here and take out this place. We are getting 80% of your cocaine from Colombia. Just an example.  So why not go to Colombia and head it off at the pass? Why sit there and wait for it to get here and then blame some kid who, listen, I’m not making excuses for people selling drugs but if kids saw the movie (inaudible) and thinks I’m gonna make the (inaudible) You head it off at the pass. Tom: Well yeah when you got the positions that our federal government takes on it, thanks to wiki links we are able to find out that we own and control the poppy fields in Afghanistan and basically we let the sale of opium happen right under our noses. They are very well aware of it and they’re not doing anything to stop it. So I don’t know how we can head it off at the pass when the people in power are actively contributing into that problem. We gotta find another way to reach people at hoe before they get to the drug situation. I think that also comes from giving people opportunity. If you can give people opportunity and jobs and careers and stuff I mean there are still people in business that have drug problems but they’re not out in the street dealing drugs if they’ve got a good career to go to every day. I’ve got Dan on the phone. I want to get Dan’s comment and then we’ll go back and talk to Jason and Eric again. Dan are you on the air? Dan: Yeah, I can hear you fine. I was just going to comment that it seems to me as far as minorities go and having problems getting them out of poverty or getting them employed that this has already got a solution to it and it comes from history. There’s been lots of other minorities whether they were the Italian immigrants or the Irish immigrants that came in that established themselves by creating Business Men’s Association, Cultural Associations, and kept their money flow within their own community and built up from there. And it strikes me odd that the minority’s that are continuously having generational problems years after years after years haven’t done this. Haven’t done what other minorities have done to get out of that kind of situation. It seems like our biggest lessons to be learned are things we should of learned from history. Tom: Well I go back to what I was saying before about the democrats pandering to the black vote. So you look at what other minorities have done, Chinese immigrants have come here and started up businesses in other races and other immigrants have moved here. They didn’t receive the level of pandering that the democrats do to the black community. They didn’t have slavery and they didn’t have the KKK so much but they also didn’t get the amount of pandering and handouts that the democrats do. Like I said before, you show me a ghetto and I’ll – – Dan: Up here in Canada that’s exactly what happened. We had slaves up here in Canada. People don’t realize that. They were Chinese slaves ok. And they did receive a lot of pandering but they did create their own cultural centers. They did create their own Businessmen’s Associations and they did create their own communities, China Town for example, inside the city of Vancouver and they did drag themselves out of poverty. It can be done but it takes a community effort. It seems to be the minorities in the states that are currently having generational problems have been voting for the democrats for generations and they’re still poor. It doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work, you gotta do it yourself. Speaker: Tom can I jump in? Tom: Yeah, who’s talking? Eric: This is Eric. Tom: Oh yeah, go ahead Eric. Eric: Another thing that a culturally interesting thing that I think he kind of brought up is that when it comes to American Blacks and lets just compare them to American Whites. Whites will usually get into some kind of business relationship and will normally trust to a certain level until a problem develops. Blacks will wait and not trust from the beginning and even before a problem is apparent and then they will wait to see if trust is warranted. So it’s almost the opposite. In the Asian communities who have built themselves up by sharing you know, resources, they are in a positions where they trust each other as long as you know (inaudible) until trust is not warranted. So basically, the black community there is a lack of trust. There is always the feeling that somebody is running a con, that you’re gonna get ripped off, that you’re going to get bamboozled. So they do not get into the associations because basically they are just saying, “Hey, I’m not gonna let this black man rip me off.” I remember when I was doing videos and I told the lady I was black and she said, “Oh no, no, no. I’m not gonna hire you. You probably are running some kind of con. I’m going to the white man because at least I know I’ll get my monies worth.” That kind of – – that’s killing us, and I don’t know how to fix it. Tom: Well I think it goes back to what you were saying- – hello? Yeah I think it goes back to what you were saying earlier. The old wounds and pouring salt on the old wounds. I think those wounds have never had a chance to heal and that is where that mistrust comes from and I think like we talked about also that that happens right- – it happens in school. The kids are learning in school, “Hey, the white man did this to you and this is why you got problems you have. It’s the white man’s fault for it and you need the governments help.”  If you’re someone who is black you’re going to hear that and say, “Oh, the white guy is the cause of my problems. I need the government to help me.” If you’re the white guy, if you’re the white kids in school then you know its sounded to you like you’re being shamed for being white and so you never want to build the actual trust. You get what I’m saying? Both sides are hearing a different thing and they’re never reaching across and building that trust. Eric: And there is one more thing too. Back in the slave day there was a two tier type slave. You had the field slaves and you had the house slaves and the job of the house slaves was not only to take care of the master in the house but also be the eyes and ears to find out if there was a dissension between the field slaves so they ratted them out. That was kind of the untrustworthy thing so that’s how we black republicans are looked at. Almost like the house slaves. That we are gonna rat everybody out to the white man, we’re going to snitch. So that whole thing, that whole distrust thing has, was kind of left over from slavery. Tom: So I wonder how we can- -we talked about hitting this off in the schools and taking back the schools. How can we do this? I know we talked about on the phone conversation I had with you yesterday, about you know our down ticket to candidates and doing it through the political avenues by getting conservatives and libertarians elected at the local level in the city councils and the mayor’s office. Now that could be possible where it’s a pretty much 50/50 split. Battle ground cities where it’s half conservative and half liberal but what about in these areas where it’s like 70 or 80 or 90% Liberal. How can we take back our local government in those areas so that we can take back the schools? I think the only way we can take back the schools is through the elected offices. Dan: I would start with the PTA. Parent Teachers association. They are the ones that control the school board. That’s where you have to start. If you are going to start changing a society you do have to start with the education level. That’s what the communist and socialist did to us. So (inaudible) Tom: Even in the PTA yeah you could be actively involved but if you’re a conservative or libertarian in a community where 70% of the people are voting straight party ticket for the liberals then how does your voice overcome everybody else’s voice in that PTA conversation. Typically they kick people out like that that speak up. Dan: Simple. Be honest. People generally speaking on an individual level still have a sense of common sense. So as long as you’re being honest and you’re being straight up about what you’re talking about then they will recognize the difference between double talk and political speech and just a guy who wants to get things done and if they don’t recognize that then it’s time to vote with your feet and move. Tom: Yeah, I agree. Eric: There is another thing. We also know the teachers unions lean heavily on the Democratic Party. It’s almost like their blankie or something like that. They get a lot of financial support. We need as republicans we need to go in and steal the teachers union from the Democratic Party. Take that iron fist hold they have on the teachers union and then turn them around so that we can not only get that socialism out of the school but also, my goal is to eventually get God back in the school. Tom Yeah, I agree. Dan: One way to do that is that the teachers unions make investments for their retirements and the retirement investments are pretty much capitalistic right? So getting the republicans involved on that end of it is the best way into the union. The other thing you gotta realize is that a lot of unions in north American are doing what they call union or contract splitting. So that the newest teacher into the teacher union gets a different contract than somebody that has been there for 20 years. That’s really a division with in the union itself. As republicans or libertarians you can fight that saying everybody should be treated equally regardless of how long they have been in. That’d be another way to back them up which is something they desperately need. If you can do that, that will get you into the PTA and into the school boards. Tom: We got about ten minutes left on this show and we talked about the problems. We talked about how we can take back the schools and the local down tickets positions. Let’s say we can get a voice in the schools. Let’s say we can find leaders in these poor communities to start up meet up groups. I think that’s where it’s really going to happen. By having local meet ups and bringing in people that want to learn how to become successful and start their own business. Get careers maybe even just learning how to fill out a resume would be great for a lot of people. So let’s say we can get these groups started how can we – like I said, if you build it, they will come. If you start up a meet up group that and you advertise it in a community saying hey this is a group for minorities to learn how to be successful. People are naturally going to start trickling in. Even if there is that mistrust people will start trickling in to find out what the group is about.  So let’s say we get some people, maybe some people listening right now are interested in starting up a group in their area. What could those first meet ups be about. I’d like to get Eric’s opinion on that and then I’ll ask Jason. Eric: Ok. The first thing I think needs to happen is once you get those people in there, even though you have an agenda, what you want to do, resume writing or any other thing that you have the first thing that you should do is address the crowd, the minorities there and ask them, “Hey what are you looking for out of this? What can we do?”  Have them say something that will invest them in the process and not just have you dictating to them what’s going to happen. You might find that you will be able to just give what you intended to give them but basically it will be received a lot better because you asked them what they need. Dan: That’s an absolute must. Tom: Yeah. I want to go to Jason. I’ll get Jason’s comment on starting meet up groups. What should those first meetings be about? Jason: I think those first meetings should be about- – and here’s another problems I’ve seen in these help organizations. You can’t make it about color. I understand that you want to get minorities into it but once you get them into that door it should no longer be about color. It should be about personal responsibility. It should be getting them to that point where they want to take personal responsibility. I’ve sat through a couple of these workshops in the past and the first thing out of the guys mouth is, “You’re black and you’re gonna make it above the white guy and white people this and white people that.” It can’t be about that anymore because that puts a wedge even further apart in the racial division. So the first meeting should always be about the person and what they want to accomplish. Throw the whole race thing out the window. I think we are running into bigger problems when everything is black and white. If you just run it as a human organization, if you just look at the person and go, “Listen, what do you want to accomplish? Oh yeah? Ok so now we are going to help you accomplish this.” And we’re never gonna sit there and go, “Well the white man wants you to fail and the white man laughs when you fail.” It can’t be about that. It has to be about the person. Tom: I talked to another thing I talked about Eric yesterday on the phone about, which was a term that was new to me a couple of years ago, I’d never heard it ago and I’m a white guy. It is this term “White Privilege” Apparently that seems to be the big thing that is taught in colleges and stuff and I didn’t even know about it. It seems to be the term that the left has really latched on to, to try and win over voters by; in my mind it seems like they are white shaming. Shaming people for being white and the privilege they have. They always say, “Check your white privilege, check your white privilege.” I see that on blog post, on the radio all the time, but they never, never, never say, tell us what were supposed to do about it. You know I get into this discussion on social media and someone will say check your white privilege and I’ll go, “Well ok. If I got this special white privilege why don’t you tell me what I’m supposed to do about it?” As a white guy I understand the problems that black people face. I understand our history. I don’t understand it from the shoes of a black person but I know there is a problem there.  I understand that ok. But the left never offers a solution on what we are supposed to do about this white privilege thing. Personally I don’t like that term because it brings race into it rather than the socioeconomic status that brought about these problems. It doesn’t address ow the problems got started because if they started addressing how the problems got started they’d have to start pointing the finger at their own party. The Democratic Party has never apologized as a party for their history of oppression. I think we need to refocus. I think we need to steal that dialog away from the left and re brand it as a different term that’s not attached to race. I don’t know what we would call it. Minority disadvantage?  Whatever we can call it that doesn’t have race attached to it that says, “Hey there is a problem in society we need to address it, we need to fix it.” It’s not caused by a race; it’s caused by socioeconomic status. It was the Democratic Party , I believe, that lead us down this path and what can we do to fix it. You guys got, either one of you Jason or Eric how we can re brand that term so it doesn’t have race attached to it? So that we can work together, both races, to fix that. We got 2 minutes. Eric: Ok. It’s a socioeconomic thing. It’s not really white privileges they are trying to put on all white people. Basically socioeconomic s if your born with a silver spoon in your mouth, whether your Donald Trump’s kids or whether your Magic Johnson’s kid. Basically you’re going to have privilege over a lot of people that are black or white. See a lot of white people, like my wife for instance, she had to wear hand me downs. I didn’t as a kid. I got everything new and I’m a black man. So you know, that’s not a privilege for her. Another thing is, this thing about black people thinking white people are just going out of their way to do for other white people. White people seem to be some of the most individualistic people that I’ve run into. They don’t have some secret society where they are giving whites a certain kind of break and then blacks another. I think it’s a – – Tom: Are you there Eric? Did we lose you? Eric: I’m here. Did you hear me? Tom: Yeah. Yeah we got less than a minute. Jason, if you could, do you have a contact information that you can give publically if anyone has a question about starting a meet up group? Jason: Yes. They can contact me at Tom: I want to thank you guys for coming on the air. We had a great discussion, I wish we had more time to finish it and bring on more callers. I apologize to those that didn’t get to make it on. I do want to remind everyone that we have shows on every day. Live. Tomorrow will be Herbal Prepper at 4 pm pacific. That is 7 pm eastern time. Speakers: Thank you. This article first appeared on Galtstrike and may be copied under the following creative commons license.  All links and images including the CC logo must remain intact. 

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Success With Good Work Ethic

August 7, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

Learn how to be successful in your business, career, or trade by listening to people who have been there and done that. Learn how good work ethic has helped them in their lives. Find out how frugality, proper planning, and considering the “What if’s” has helped them survive and stay out of debt. Discover how budgeting and filling market needs can help you be successful in your own business. (Click Here if video doesn’t display) If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to like us on Facebook.  Listen to us Live Saturday Evenings at 6PM pacific time Bumper Music:  “Bankland” By Javolenus / CC BY-NC 3.0 Transcript The following is a text transcript of the audio.  Due to the verbatim speech and nuances it may be difficult to read.  However, it is being provided as a courtesy to the hearing impaired as well as for those who wish to move quickly on to the pertinent parts of the podcast. Transcript is at least 80% accurate. Tom: Welcome Galtstrikers. I’m tom and this is our weekly Libertarian talk show where we discuss not only the problems of today but also solutions. If you have any questions or comments during tonight’s podcast the call in number is 1.347.202.0228. After you’ve connected remember to press one so that our producer knows that you want to be on air. If you’re listening to our show on blog talk or any other website that carries our player you can listen and join us in on the chat-room at If you scroll down about midway on the page you’ll see the chat room. Just enter your user name and click connect. I do invite you to come in/call in and get on the show if you’re interested in ideas on how you can be successful in your business or your career. Because that’s what we are gonna be talking about. Tips to be successful and being successful doesn’t always mean having a bank full of a lot cash. It can mean that but really what success is about is about achieving the goals you set out to accomplish. And whether that goal is to earn a degree in school or get the career of your dreams. Or maybe that goal is to live off the grid and to be completely independent of the grid and be self-sufficient. Maybe that goal is to be a homesteader. Maybe the goal is to get out of debt. So whatever your goals are, success is based on achieving those goals. So the question to ask yourselves is, “What are your goals and have you achieved them?” and if you haven’t achieved them yet then what are your plans to achieve your goals. So that’s what we are going to be discussing tonight and as I said if you want to call in the number is 1.347.202.0228 and then dial 1 to connect with the producer and then he’ll bring you on the air. So our first guest that I’m bringing on is Charles and Charles is going to talk with us about what his success was in getting out of debt and among other things that he has done. Thank you for coming on the air Charles. Charles: Yes I am here. Can you hear me? Tom: Yes I hear you very clear. Charles: Coming in good. Yes. So it started a long ways back, I’m a senior now it was back, I was about 30 years old and had come back from overseas and realized that the money was starting to get in trouble. This was back in the day of Nixon when he closed the Gold window and said gold was not going to be a backing for our money anymore. A lot of things going on, of course we didn’t understand them. Nobody got any education in money and we were just out running around. I was about 30 at the time and just happened to get a job with a bank. Wells Fargo Bank in California and got into their library and taught myself about money and what it was all about. So I would suggest first of all, yeah, get an idea of the money system and how it works and what’s happened to it, especially recently. There is quite a bit of trouble out there, the interest rates of course are very high. Security is probably your first concern to take care of yourself. Security and medical and get those things taken care of first. I got into the homesteading then just sort of an extension of that. I got to reading the old books. There was one called, “Farmers of Forty Centuries about Chinese and Japanese agriculture and how they had sustained the same land for 4000 years. Farming over and over using compost. I thought how bizarre compared to our new fertilizers and all of our chemical agriculture. So of course I got to thinking all these directions and it directly lead to mother earth news and homesteading and planning. Getting started, figuring out how to get sort of self-sufficient. How to take care of myself. It just looked like the world was heading that it continued in as we see today. It looks chaotic to me, I don’t know how it appears to everyone else but – Tom: Yeah it is a very chaotic now. What are some of the homesteading books that you’ve read that you think our listeners should read. Especially considering that we have all the fertilizers and the GMO seeds and things like that. I know a lot of people are interested in growing organic food and raising their farm animals organically. So what are some of the books you’ve read that stand out as being some of the best books that our listeners should read. Charles: Oh I read a lot of the classics. I read the, gosh my memory, I know my memory is going to jump around on me. As soon as I think of a name I lose it. I read the classics. There was a fella over in India an English agriculturalist. Sir Albert Howard was his name and he was completely organic farming and doing work like that. Just whatever I could find I would read. Jay Rodale was the fella that wrote the Original Organic Gardening text that was such a popular book back then. That was the bible. The true bible. I guess and Mother Earth News took up as a monthly supplement so we just made plans and decided how to get off the, you know get out of the cities mostly. That was the main thing to get where I am at now. I can tell you know sitting here with 5 acres with a spring and all the fire wood I want. Trees and the quite, no traffic anywhere around. Of course I’m retired and older but it’s quite a, quite satisfying to get out here in the country. It really is. The gardening sort of comes naturally. You get to look around out in the country and you see the gardens. You see the people that are doing the gardening right. You can, you know you just have to follow the rules; you keep up with it and you do it right. Tom: Yeah Charles: Succeed. Put it away- – Tom: Yeah gardening too. That’s you know, getting back to successes and always about money. Success can be just about having a successful garden and I think that is, a lot of people think it’s just real easy. You can just put some seeds in the earth and just put water on it and it’s gonna grow, but there is quite a bit more to gardening than just that. Depending on where you live it can be quite a challenge. Charles: Yeah. Most of its habit. You develop habits. You continually do things and you learn as you go. It’s so hard in the city. City living and living out in the country is so different. There are so few distractions in the county. Of course you do put up what you grow out there. My gosh I’ve got potatoes out there now, and picking corn and had a good raspberry crop this year. Any extras you give away or take up to the corner and sell. You try to figure out some way to get some kind of cash income. You’ve got to get that cash income of some kind. Tom: So as far as gardening goes, I don’t know what part of the country you’re in but what types of food crops work best where you’re at. Charles: Well I’m in East Tennessee. I’m right outside of Knoxville. About an hour outside of Knoxville outside of Lansing. Morgan county Tennessee where it’s about zone 6. We don’t get a steady rain. In this case you have to pay attention to irrigation and the soil is a little bit to sandy. I’m on an area that drains a little bit to fats and you sort of learn that as you go along. It takes not that much time. You get a routine and do a little bit in the morning and a little bit in the evening. Enjoy I, it’s just so much fun anyway doing it. I did flower gardening too as a kind of side income and grew perennial plants. Sold them in a little nursery I started and sold vegetables. Ran a little farmers market. That was good. It’s pretty relaxed. It’s a great way of life and I just can’t stress now it’s just time to do it because the world seems so chaotic out there economically and oil. I don’t know if we’re gonna run out of oil or not. It doesn’t look good. What do I do with that oil? Do I buy me a mule? Do I get me a pony? Tom: So as far as your homesteading goes and gardening, one of the biggest challenges that I hear most people have is being able to produce enough of their own food that they don’t have to rely on the grocery store. So my question would be what percentage of your food are you able to produce on your own? And what percentage do you have to get from the grocery store? Or are you completely self- sufficient as far as food goes? Charles: I, well I’m sort of out of that loop right now because I’m single and living by myself and the things I buy from the store are the things that I just can’t produce. I’ve got a cellar down in the basement and my particular favorites are the big squash. The Hubbard squash. In fact I got a couple of blue ribbons at the fair last year. The Morgan County fair for my Hubbard quash that I grew. Their huge and their keepers. You can have squash all winter. Potatoes are easy to keep and grow and keep. You can produce those staples; of course mess around with greens all year round. Early greens, late greens, broccoli, cauliflowers, just sort of work em end whenever you can and play with green houses. However you want to do it. You can produce whatever percentage you want. Or that you can afford or however you want to do it. You trade with people. Folks down the road they can all kinds of stuff. The can their potatoes and things. They do as much as they can but I don’t, I just put up potatoes with some lime on them. Yeah it’s – – Tom: So I’m wondering for somebody that doesn’t have, maybe somebody that’s really good at gardening but they don’t have quite the time or the equipment to do the canning. I wonder if it’s good for those kinds of people to trade the food that they grow with someone that does have the canning equipment and the time to do that. If that bartering like that can help people in that situation that want to store up for the winter time. Charles. Yeah. Yeah. I think that’s what I do with the neighbors down there because I can’t get out there like I use to and garden. It’s getting pretty tricky. It’s getting hard to walk, my hips are bad. So I’m sort of slowing down on that respect. They’re going at it completely, she works in raised beds and yeah it depends a lot of what you like to eat. You can put up a lot of cauliflower. You can put up a lot of cabbage. You can put up enough sauerkraut. More than you could ever eat. Tom: Yeah I – – go ahead Charles: Oh I was just gonna say that’s part of it yeah but the other parts like fire wood and stuff like that. That takes a portion of time. You sort of divide your time everywhere. You start getting your firewood up. I’ve got wood heat, I’ve got a little bit, and I’ve got all kinds of heat. I had a gas line put in here recently. I’m at the end of a gas line and so I thought I’m so dog gone old I can’t hardly carry that firewood anymore but I cut and burned my wood the last ten years and it’s got to be one of the most enjoyable things  you’ll ever do. Nothing quite like a wood fire. Tom: What about live stock? Do you do much livestock? If so what kind of animals do you like to raise? Charles: Well I don’t know. I’ve got cats and dogs of course. I used to raise rabbits. I’m quite partial to rabbits. Rabbits supply some of the best eating. Gosh they were delicious. Quite easy to keep, I had cages; I built my own cages and put them up off the ground. The neighbor, people all around me have animals. Just about everything you can imagine. Chickens and genies, and the rabbits and the – – I think if I were to go back if things get tough like they may and  I consider they could I would maybe go to some birds. Squab sort of things. Pigeons. Something I might deal with. Tom: So have you done pigeons before? Charles: No I haven’t. I’ve seen some videos though. I’ve seen people with them. I think I could do it. I think they might be alright. I remember my mother eating squab in fine restaurants during the war. We would go to downtown Columbus Ohio to a restaurant during World War II and shed order squab. Of course I never ate it. Over the years. That was the – – Tom: I’ve never heard of that before. Charles: Yeah I think about that often now during the war we ate a lot of strange things. All kinds of meat and things that aren’t eaten now. I guess it’ll go back to that, I don’t know. I’m quite fearful at the economic situation. I just don’t know if you folks interested in that or not. The situations the country is so far in debt and the banks; I fell they are completely corrupt. Tom: Yeah let’s talk about that a bit. I know debt; it was a big trouble for me. I am happy to say that I am completely out of debt with the exception of a little bit of back taxes that are almost paid off finally and then my mortgage on my house. Other than that I had, at one time, I had 30,000 dollars in credit card bills and a pick up payment and all kinds of credit lines and I’d say not counting the pickup I was about 60,000 dollars in debt. Just drowning in it and I finally clawed my way out of it. I decided that’s the end of it and I’m gonna get to work and start paying this down. I’ve never filed for bankruptcy, I’ve never had repossession. I’ve never had a foreclosure. I had two house payments. I still have two house payments because one of em is my house and the other ones my mom’s place. I took that house over for her and we have that house up for sale. One time it was pretty tough for myself and I decided I’m not gonna be like these, the people that you hear about that just walk away from their house. I didn’t want the headache that comes with that and that haunts you the rest of your life too. So I decided I’m just gonna keep making the house payments and get that caught up and pay off the other bills and work harder and I finally did it. I’m curious about you and what your situation was and how you were able – -I don’t know if you were already in debt or if you got into debt or if you were just able to not get into debt. I didn’t know your story on that but I’m kind of curious so that our listeners can know what tips they can do to either stay out of debt or get out of debt if they are already in debt. Charles: Yeah. Getting out of debt and staying out of debt is very important. Very important cause it’s just such a difficult thing to do and you know that, you’ve been through it you just think, “OH my Gosh.” Yeah I spent years and years in fact it held me back on the homesteading. It completely held me back from moving out in the country. There are so many things I couldn’t do. A lot of it was of course the kids. I had two children and my son is deaf and had some other problems and it just turned out I was working other jobs and keeping it paid. Keeping things paid up and trying to stay out of debt. I finally got out of debt to retire. I said I wouldn’t retire until I got out of debt. Once I got out of debt I came up here. I bought this place up here. I still owe on this property, 5 acres and an older house. The payments are so minimal out in the country to on an older property. Yeah the debt is a frightening thing. One thing they don’t teach in school as we grow up is economics and what debt is about. It seems to be a concerted effort to get us in debt as much as possible, to get more toys. If you succumb to that you get in a trap and you just can’t get out of it. Getting out in the country- – you don’t get in the country until you retire. I wish I had been able to come out with my family. We did get out in the country briefly in the nursery business for a while which happened in 1982 when that economic crisis finally occurred. It blew up with the 18% interest rate. I was actually paying 24% a year interest rates. I was trying to start a business. The business I kept it going about 5 or 6 years, the nursery business. I finally gave that up and went back to a I got into the reverse osmosis water treatment business and did that for about 20 years before retiring. But had I not been in debt and had I managed my finances better I would have had a better chance of getting out. Getting more secure quicker for sure. Tom: So what are some of the best tips that you can give our audience about getting out of debt? Any tricks or techniques that they can follow to help them achieve that goal? Charles: Oh it’s tricky. It’s just yeah it’s hard. Maintaining your vehicle. It used to be we could maintain our vehicles. These are subtleties that I’ve noticed over the years. You know I used to be able to work on my own car and neighbors and we’d work on cars and share parts and all kind of things, but now you can’t work on a car yourself. Things you can’t do. So I don’t know. Tom: Yeah unless you buy an older vehicle. Charles: Perhaps buying an older vehicle is not as expensive to maintain. Tom: Yeah I’ve got that’s what a lot of people in my family does. My brother he’s got an old pickup that he’s changing the transmission himself and the engine their changing out my mom’s pickup truck. You can do that with an older vehicle. The newer vehicles, not unless you’re a,  ya know technician. It’s about impossible for the common person to do. I had a 69’ Nova that I had when I was in high school and I was able to work on that thing, do everything on that car by myself. Charles: Yeah. You know that religiously if you maintain all the fluids and watch the thing and avoid some of those costs. Avoid those break downs, that’s a definite thing you gotta do. Tom: I don’t know if you’re familiar with Uber but I’ve been writing Uber a lot to get around instead of, I talked about this in another show, instead of paying for a Taxi cause it’s a lot cheaper and a lot more efficient if you’re needing a ride in the city. I mentioned this as a solution for people that might have a car payment.  A really big car payment that they can’t deal with and they realize it was a mistake. Well rather than just letting that car and destroying you’re credit I brought up the solution about being a driver for Uber and putting that car to work. Cause now your car payment becomes a tax write off and you actually get the income. Start turning that vehicle into an income producing machine rather than just a depreciable asset. So that’s a solution that I’ve come up with for people that have new cars. Personally I wouldn’t buy a new car. I probably will never buy a brand new car, if I do buy a new car, and I don’t even own a car. I just have my truck for work and that’s it. But if I were to ever buy a car it would probably be an older vehicle if I have time to work on it. Or it would be a newer used car that would be paid off. I’d have it paid off; I’m never going have car payments. I am either going to buy an old car I can pay cash for right now or I’m gonna save up and buy a nicer car and pay cash for it. But I’ll never take a loan out on a car. I did that before, I made that mistake and I’ll never do that again. Charles: Yeah. I’m sort of coming to the end of a I’m pushing 200,000 miles on this old van I got that I’ve been nursing along. It’s worked out well. I highly recommend a van for being out in the country. It’s just so handy and so yeah I’ve gotten older van that it’s still expensive to have repairs. The thing about I, if you can find some way to make some income. However it would be. Find one particular way. Whether it would be buy the internet or making something. Making canes or wind chimes or something you could sell somewhere somehow. Plants that have a particular incredible bloom on it. You bring those into bloom and sell those right at the time they flower. You can pick up money here and there, there’s ways to make money but if you have to pay that debt and you have expenses. Tom: Speaking of that, we live in North Idaho and every summer they have a big book up there with picking Huckleberries. Think those things go for like 30 bucks a gallon. So if you’re really good at that you can make 20 or 30 bucks in an hour if you a good patch to pick those berries. There’s buyers up there so. Depending on where you’re at. Charles: Yeah there’s something everywhere. It can be moon shine, it can be anything. AS long as people are around you find what their interested in and like working on small engines is a tremendous one right now. Everybody’s got, how many small engines people have. My neighbor, he’s sort of a jack of all trades. He grew up in West Virginia, out in the country. He works on engines and does all kinds of car repairs. You know you’ll look out in the country and you’ll see all these old cars in somebodies property or something and think their all junk cars but that’s their part supply. That’s the local parts department. Tom: Yeah. Well anyway we’re- – we do have a break to go to and then after the break I’ve got a few question in the chat room that people want to know due to your financial background they were curious about. So we’re gonna go to a break and then I’ll ask those questions to you after the break and then I have another guest coming on shortly after you. So we’ll cut to a break real quick. Charles: Oh ok. I’ll be right here. Tom: Welcome back everyone this is Tom with Galtstrike and we are speaking with Charles about his success and achieving retirement and getting out of debt and living on his homestead. I also want to remind anyone that if you’re listening in on the radio or if you are called in the number to call in is 1.347.202.0228 and don’t forget to also press one so the producer will know you want to be on the air. That way we can get you connected. So anyways, we are talking to Charles and we have questions from the chat room. One of our guest wanted to know with your knowledge of financial matters, how would you get ready, if you were to get ready to drive after a major economic disaster? What would your recommendations be? Charles: I guess I’m pretty much a hard metal man. I keep silver and gold and I get away from paper money and paper debt as much as possible. Of course at my age I can bury some out back and watch it increase in value. I say increase in value it’s perhaps not a real increase in value. Anyway, gold and silver I would recommend for financial security. Silver dollars. Tom: Yeah I guess that kind of answered the other question that the guest asks. Where would you spend your available income to get ready? So that’s kind of answers that question. Getting those precious metals. I do that myself. I’ve been investing in mostly silver because I can’t really afford much gold. Definitely silver for me. Also, I was curious to know, you know some of the tips that you might have that lead you to retirement besides getting out of debt. What are some other tips that you have for our listeners that are looking to be independent and retire? Charles: Well, the first one that immediately comes to mind is your health. Don’t be an over doer. All my life I’ve been over doing and I’ve worn my back out. I’ve got back and joint problems. Try to be gentle with yourself and just not overdo it. Just remember you’re going to use that body as long as you can. You can see a lot of old people that don’t have the problems but once those joints, like sciatica, I’ve got a sciatica condition. Another one on habits too. I’ll mention habits. I use to be an alcohol drinker. I used to drink beer until I got neuropathy. I’ve still got the neuropathy. I quit the beer long, long, long time ago but still got neuropathy. So you gotta watch you don’t do yourself in having fun. Tom: That’s a recommendation I have myself. In another podcast that we did we were talking about becoming successful in your career but I think this also applies in retirement is considering all of the different records that you have in life. For example, your credit record. You’ve got to have a good, clean, credit record to get a good job. A lot of employers look at your credit history. But that also applies to being retired. You want to get out of debt; you don’t want to have those debt payments when you’re retired. You know and then your health. I mentioned maintain a good medial history because certain careers you gotta pass those physicals. Well same thing when you’re retired. You want to take care of yourself when you’re young so you’re not paying the price when you’re older. Charles: Yeah. Yeah. On and off I’ve been vegetarian. I’ve been through spells where I’ve more or less been complete vegetarian and then other times lately I’ve let up on it a bit. I’ve kept my weight down that way. Extra weight is extra baggage and it cost more. It’s just another one of those things. Exercise and that’s one of the good things about gardening. Work around a place like this. Everything I do, whether it’s hauling in firewood or cutting firewood and stacking it, whatever I do out there helps keep my weight down and my health up. Tom: Yeah I wanted to add to, I’ve got family members that have had run ins with the law in the past and that’s also something that can haunt you the rest of your life and that can be a big problem even when you’re getting retired. You know there is some people out there that are prone to getting speeding tickets and all sorts of fines for all sorts of things. If you’re young you don’t really think about it but when it gets retirement age not only those things come to haunt you but if you’re in that habit of getting speeding tickets and like that and you’re on a fixed budget and you pull out and run a red light or whatever. That two or three hundred dollar ticket or however much it is, that’s totally unexpected. It’s about avoiding the unexpected expenses. Charles: You’re right yeah. I remember the $40.00 ticket I got cruising through a stop sign one time that was my last ticket. I said no more. You just have to make decisions like that. You can’t get tickets and drink and drive and stuff like that. Not if you’re going to live to be 60 or 70 or want to do anything with your life. You’re better off just sort of getting some habits. It is a lot about habits I think in the end. Oh I wanted to mention a name that this fellow; Chris Hedges has a couple of videos on now. He is the most interesting person today as far as what is going on in the world today. If your readers and listeners there would remember that name. Chris Hedges. He’s got some very interesting documentary videos on the internet and he’s at the fore front of what I think is going to occur eventually. There will be a confrontation between the corrupt economic establishment and the people because we are all gonna be broke. There’s no jobs left. Tom: Yep. Yep. Well anyway, I am gonna bring on our other guest here. You are welcome to continue listening in. Charles: Yes. I will. I appreciate it. Tom: So we’re going to bring on G-Man. G-Man wanted to talk a little bit about his successes and what he’s got going on now. Are you there G-Man? Well. I don’t know if he dropped out. G-Man: I’m sorry Tom. Did you- – can you hear me ok? Tom: Yeah I hear ya. G-Man: I was answering the other line and came in at the moment there. I assume you were inviting me on huh? Tom: Yes. You said you had some things you wanted to talk about. G-Man: Well, yeah I kind of wanted to talk a little bit about, you know I notice some of the people in the chat room. Of course with prepper broadcasting I think the average age is somewhere in the 50’s probably. I’m 57 myself and I look in the chat room and what people are talking about and going along with your topic tonight, ethics and work and you know making some extra income and what have you. I just wanted to point out a couple of things I’ve learned in my life. One, I think one is you’ve got to enjoy what you do. I mean a big amount of money if you’re not having a good time making it. Especially if you spend 20-25 years and you’re just not having a good time. These last 5 or 6 years I think I’ve worked harder, longer hours, for less money than I ever have in my life but I’ve never enjoyed myself so much. That is a very big thing for me and I think it’s important for anybody. No matter what you’re making, if you’re surviving, be happy with what you’re doing. Enjoy your life, enjoy what you’re doing. So that’s kind of one of the things, one of the points that I think is important for anybody. Another comment I wanted to make in regards to what Charlie mentioned as far as making a little extra money. You know these little things that maybe could make you a little extra money. If you enjoy it enough, if you love doing it enough and work at it it may be something you could make a lot of extra money. If you apply, if you make that a goal in whatever hobby or craft or that back yard gardening and turning it into a Saturday market. Being the best at the Saturday market or whatever it may be. Like I said this that I’ve been doing for the last 5 years has been blood, sweat but not tears. It’s been smiles and now some big things are opening up because those around me are seeing what it means to me and how much I enjoy what I do so the opportunities seem to open up. You live your life to your fullest. You be happy with what you do or you find something else to do and be happy with that. Those around you are going to see it and things tend to happen. Maybe it won’t happen tomorrow or next year or maybe in 5 years but it’ll happen and if it doesn’t happen you’ll damn sure be happy with yourself. Tom: One of the things I’ve always been bringing up is that you’re among the first people to really blaze the trail of internet radio. You got into doing that when internet radio and pod-casting was still pretty new to the web. So you’ve come a long way to building it up to what it originally was. What I’ve always been saying is it won’t be long in terrestrial radio that FM and AM stations are going to be gone. I can’t remember the last time; it’s been so long since I’ve listened to FM radio. Right now I have the XM satellite radio. That’s what I listen to in the truck. I don’t listen to FM radio because I keep losing the station all the time. The XM radio has proven to be a lot better and what I keep telling people because I’m watching the trends and I see how things are going. It’s going to go to internet radio and downloads because people don’t like the, even with satellite you get dead spots and you lose the signal. Then there’s a monthly fee and all that. I think people are going to be going to Wi-fi in internet radio. Especially with data plans. I know if you’re living at home or at work and you’ve got unlimited data plan you can listen to internet radio all day long. For people that are traveling you know, of course you have the data plans on the cell provider have a limit. But it’s not going to be long and that is going to eventually have unlimited plans, even for the cellular plans. G-Man Not only that Peaches Ozzy in the chat room mentioned HAM radio and that is something that we are looking at in the near future too. Is broadcasting, we are about to start broadcasting via satellite. Ham radio that’s down the road. It’s very expensive to get started so it may  be down the road a little ways but HAM radio is definitely an avenue that we are looking for. Again because what Charlie had mentioned earlier, who knows where we are heading or what’s going to happen but not just politically or some new war or anything like that. Any kind of disaster that takes out the power grid or whatever else you know. A HAM radio could be a very big thing you know with very big potential. So and there is a hobby that can also be turned into a few extra dollars one way or another. I don’t want to take up any more time because I know you have another caller in the Que Tom. So thanks for letting me come on for a moment. Tom: Oh we do have another caller in the Que? G-Man: You have Bill in the Que. Tom: I don’t see, maybe I need to refresh the screen but I don’t see it yet. Go ahead and bring Bill on. Charles: Am I still on here Tom? G-Man: You’re on there Charlie and Bill if you’re still with us you’re on live right now also. Charles: He did bring to mind a couple of things. I raised cooking herbs for a while and sold them to restaurants. That was an interesting one. Get yourself a big plastic bag full of basil leaves. Take em down and sell them for fifteen or sixteen bucks a pound at the time. Of course that was 30 years ago. That off grid power technology and stuff. Boy that’d be a place to learn and earn. Tom: Do we still have Bill on the air? Bill: Yeah I’m here. Tom: Alright Charles I really appreciate it. Some really great ideas. You can keep listening if you want. We got about 8 minutes left or so and I want to get Bills thoughts on the air. Are you there Bill? Bill: Yeah, I’m right here. Tom: Ok. Bill: I forgot to add my Aladdin heater that I have. I used it for nine days during an ice storm. To use it for heat the house and also to cook on. Cooked everything in the fridge that we could and we gave the rest of it away to people that had power. But we lost power and water for…we lost water for three days but anyways, I grew up on a farm part time in south Mississippi at my grandparents far, I stayed there summers. I learned how to hunt and how to work on a far, It was subsistence type farm. A lot of farm animals, cattle, horses, mules, chickens and what not. I was just a farm kid during the summers then came back to school each year and then went back every summer. Also Christmas and other vacations. I spent two years in the Army and went to Korea for ten months. I came home and went to graduate school and I worked through the employment service and the community college for 21 years and then retired. Disabled when I was 47. I had a neurological disease and some others that have completely disabled me now. The VA is taking care of me but I learned to subsist. I learned how to camp in the boy scouts. Even after the boy scouts we camped on the river on the sand bars at night. In tents we had our fires and we cooked out there as well. I camped out in Wyoming back in the 70’s for about 3 years and lately this year 2016 I’ve been out there maybe 3 times because I’ve had trouble driving and walking up and down hills in Wyoming. I got to the point I couldn’t do that at all so I’m home-bound now but I’ve got everything here in my house and shopping garage to take care of me for a long time. Plus what I put down on the chat board. I am consistently looking for something else I need to learn how to do. My wife is disabled and I’ve got a disabled daughter living with us but we are in the delta here where there is plenty of food grown. So I don’t see a problem with that if we had a complete breakdown of financial and political situation. So I’m not worried about. I don’t worry about anything anymore, nothing bothers me and that may be a fault. I keep looking for anything else I need to do. I know how to fly an airplane but I’m not qualified anymore because I failed my physical. I drive with hand controls. I used to know how to work on cars and tune em up but I can’t do that anymore. I have a tiller for my garden but it finally quit. Someone gave it to me. I had to rebuild the carbonator and other parts to get it running. I gave it away to somebody that knew how to fix it good. We use a shovel, hoes, had two parts of my backyard to keep my dogs out of the garden. We still have a small plot for gardening. My wife does all that. I can’t do it anymore but I know what to do. I can get out there but I still have to use a walker but it still hurts me to walk like that. I don’t know what else to tell ya. Just tell people to learn how to do things. How to do without. How to store anything useful whether it be scrap wood or a copper wire. Anything that can be used as tools. Rope, string, anything you look around. Sharp knives and any kind of hand tools you need. I got a pellet rifle which I haven’t fired yet. I’ve got 11 boxes ammo boxes full of ammo. I won’t tell ya how many guns I have because I buy and sell em and I divide those up and down. Our shooting range is our extra income which is not very much compared to how much time we put into it. My partner and I been operating that since 2001. 142 acres, most of it in woods for any kind of wood we might need. Fire wood, cooking, building. We got 10 acres for the firing range and ten acres of soy beans. We are doing that too. But I can’t do much anymore. Tom: I was going to ask with your experience with farming and raising animals for somebody just starting out with their own homestead that want to get into raising livestock, what would be the best animals for them to start with and some tips you might have for them to get started and learn how to do it? Bill: A good start for a family of say five would be about 20 acres maybe about 25. You need a pond that will hold water. The animal’s chickens are ok if you let them roam. They’ll find bugs or whatever to eat but you have to feed em. That means growing corn, ground up corn for em. You have to know how to raise chickens. They can get sick with cholera and all die. You got to know how to treat that. As far as bigger livestock; a few cows for maybe milk. Milk cows. Anything for meat, maybe goats maybe e some steers. I don’t know what else. You might want a draft horse a mule in case you wanted to plow the ground, bigger area. All of that 20 or 25 acres needs to be in operation to growing food, growing trees. You have to be self-sufficient and it has to be fenced to keep animals out and keep your animals in. You have to have good neighbors too. Someone you can trust. It would be good to have at least a crystal radio operating if you can’t, or don’t have something else. They’re ways to make if you just look at the simple directions. I made em since I was a kid. You can make em for A.M. radio, even F.M. CB and short wave if you’ve got a long enough antenna and its high enough. I’ve done that too. I have been involved in short wave radio for a very, very long time. HAM radios have just been the last five years or so when I had plenty of time to do that. I’ve got a VOM meter I can test circuits and batteries, resistance. I’ve got a small electric solar cell. Tom: I hate to cut you off there Bill. We just hit a hard break there at the end of the show. Bill: Ok. Tom: So I want to thank you guys for coming on. I want to thank you everyone for listening in, it was a great show. I appreciate your opinions. Guest: Thank you Tom yeah. Appreciate it. Guest: I appreciate it too. Tom: Thank you. This article first appeared on Galtstrike and may be copied under the following creative commons license.  All links and images including the CC logo must remain intact.   

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Success in Medicine and Survival

August 7, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

Have you ever been interested in the medical industry? Have you ever wanted to become a Doctor or a Nurse? Or maybe you want to write a book and don’t know where to start, or maybe even develop your own board game. In this radio show I interview Dr Bones and Nurse Amy as they discuss their success in medicine and survival and give tips on how you can do it too. Joe and Amy Alton have both been successful in their medical careers and they are here to tell you how they did it and how you can get into the medical field. They are also the authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook.  Learn how they became successful authors (Click Here if video doesn’t display) If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to like us on Facebook.  Listen to us Live Saturday Evenings at 6PM pacific time Bumper Music:  “Bankland” By Javolenus / CC BY-NC 3.0 Transcript The following is a text transcript of the audio.  Due to the verbatim speech and nuances it may be difficult to read.  However, it is being provided as a courtesy to the hearing impaired as well as for those who wish to move quickly on to the pertinent parts of the podcast. Transcript is at least 80% accurate. Success in Medicine and Survival Tom: Welcome Galtstrikers this is our weekly Libertarian talk show where we discuss not only the problems of today but also solutions. If you have questions or comments during tonight’s broadcast the call in number to get on the air is 1.347.202.0228. After you’ve connected remember to press one so that our producer will see that you want to be on the air. If you are listening on blog talk or any other site that carries a player you can also listen and join us in our chat room at When you’re on the  About mid-way down the page you will see the player and you’ll see the a chat room right below that. And just enter your user name and click connect. So anyways, I said we are a Libertarian talk show; we discuss the problems and also the solutions. Lately we’ve been talking about careers and job opportunities and ways to advance in life as one of those solutions and so we have been bringing on different professionals from different industries that talk about how they got started and what they did. If you received an email that I sent out we are going to be talking to a couple friends of mine who are in the industry. We have Dr and a Nurse, Dr.Bones and nurse Amy. You may be familiar with them from the website Doom and Thank you for being on the air Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, how are you guys doing? Nurse Amy: We’re doing great Tom. How’s it going? Dr. Bones: Yeah thanks for having us on. Tom: Thank you for coming on I really appreciate it. So you guys have done quite a few things in your career. Dr. Bones you’re a doctor and Nurse Amy you’re a nurse and you’ve had your medical careers that you’ve been successful in. You guys have also written a book, “The survival medicine handbook”. You’ve got a successful website and the other cool thing that I’d like to talk about also in this show is you developed your own board game. So let’s talk about some of these things. The listeners out there, if any of you are interested in the medical field now is your chance to call and talk to people that have done it and been successful at it. I’ll remind you that the phone number is 1.347.202.0228. So let’s start with Dr. Bones. Sr. Bones could you tell us a little bit about what it takes to become a doctor and tell our listeners how you got started and how you got interested in your profession? Dr. B: Well you know I was really in college I would say I was a lost soul and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do and looked around and I got this feeling that I should be doing something that should be helping people At the time I was in psychology and political science major. I was heading on a track to go to law school. Matter of fact I got accepted to the University of Florida law school and I decided that it made more sense for me if I was really going to dedicate my life to helping people to probably do something else with my life other than be a lawyer. And so I really felt that being a doctor would be a great opportunity to save lives and do other things that I think would really help people and so I applied to medical school, I had just some of the basic science courses and I just by a miracle I was accepted over at the University of Miami Medical School and so I wound up going there. I had my socks in my hand putting them in my suit case to go to the law school at the university of Florida because I hadn’t heard from the medical school and I actually got my acceptance in the mail. I remember my mother came running in with the letter and so that’s sort of the way it happened. I’ve been honored and blessed to be a popular surgeon and obstetrician in my area for gosh, 25 years and now we’ve retired and we do our thing for medical preparedness and that has become a mission for us too. A mission is to put a medically prepared person in every family. Nurse Amy: Well you know what? Tom I just want to prompt him to say one more thing. I think it’s important with people who are starting businesses. I mean you graduated medical school and you had a choice. You had a choice to go work for someone else or to work for yourself. Why don’t you tell them what you did and how you survived it? Dr. B: Yeah. You know the normal track for a young doctor is to be a junior partner in a big medical practice and I was really sort of a maverick and I decided to just put out my own shingle which was something very uncommon back then and so I had to, you may not believe this but I was with in beeper range for 3 ½ years and in my field I started off as an obstetrician and in my field you had to be in town and you had to deliver your own patients. You know, you couldn’t have someone take call for you at night. So I tell ya, during the day I was at the office and at more likely than not at 4 A.M. or 3 A.M. in the morning I was in the hospital. If you’re going to be a doctor or an obstetrician it pays to not sleep too much. Tom: Yeah so we had a show a few weeks ago discussing work ethic so I am assuming to be a doctor you have to have top notch work ethic. Dr. B: Well I gotta tell you that there were a lot of circumstances where we were so driven to do work that we accepted pretty crazy schedules. I remember showing up with another resident to the emergency room at Jackson Memorial hospital, which if anybody knows south Florida is the big county hospital in Miami Day County. Nurse Amy: Yeah but it was really crazy in the early 80’s. It was nuts. Dr. B: Right and of course they had Mariel Boat Lift was there. All those refugees were there as well and me and this other resident showed up at the emergency room and the guys that were coming off of the emergency room rotation said, “Okay. It’s you and him and that’s it. So split up the schedule however you want it.” That means I was there 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then 24 hours in a row either Saturday or Sunday. So there were some circumstances that I would be on Friday night starting at about 6 and I wouldn’t get off until Sunday morning. So you really have to have an incredible work ethic if you’re going to work at a big county hospital. You can pick a smaller hospital but you know what? I needed to see, I wanted to see everything possible and the volume of patients that I saw, there was so much that during my career I never saw anything that surprised me. In other words that I felt that I couldn’t handle. So it was an awesome education and it probably took ten years off my life. Nurse Amy: Yeah. Tom: Oh no. So for someone who is interested in going to medical school, let’s say they have the good grades to get accepted but they just can’t afford the cost of tuition and all of that. What ideas and solutions would they have to come up with the money? Because the other thing we talk about is student debt and some people just, that’s too big of a cookie for them to swallow. To have that big of a debt. So what are some of the ideas that people can do to acquire the funding to go to medical school? Dr. B: Well what I did was signed up for something called the public help service which provided physicians to prisons, state prisons , state clinics and things like that and they help me with my tuition and also I worked other clinics in the area. Private clinics that allowed me to do it. There are employment opportunities, in other words second job opportunity so unfortunately sometimes, like when I was in the E.R., the schedule is to much to be able to do those but you can certainly supplement your income doing that so. And don’t forget that you can take out loans and I’ll tell ya, with the way things are maybe looking if we don’t watch out we’re going to have an administration that is going to forgive a lot of these loans. Maybe that would be good for students that are going to medical school or considering it. Nurse Amy: Well you know what I think? I think that if they’re gonna do that they should at least pick Majors. Someone that is going to become a doctor or someone that is going to become a nurse. Or something that our community needs or our country needs. That we are desperate for a certain type of major that we could help them. I mean I think we should look at not necessarily forgiving an art majors debt at Harvard but maybe forgiving someone who went to a state school to become a doctor. Dr.B: Yeah and is willing to maybe provide a service after graduation or something. Nurse Amy: Right. Right. Some community service. Dr. B: That’s what the- -right- – that’s what the public help service was and those opportunities are still there as a matter of fact. One good way of getting into medical school if you have college students that are considering it is to let the people know that you are interested in primary care. There is an extraordinary shortage of primary care doctors in the nation today as a matter of fact. We really need people that are going to be the first point of contact for patients. There are a lot of doctors want to become specialist. I ended up becoming a specialist of course many, many, years ago there wasn’t any particular shortage of primary care doctors, but now it is actually very difficult, there are a lot of areas of the country that are basically doctor desserts in essence in that they just don’t have enough doctors to feel the need. As a matter of fact I just want to say this, that is one way that people come into the country, as medical professionals there’s a program called MAVNI that the department of defense is part of in which they have foreign doctors treating our men and women in uniform that they offer a path to citizen ship in three months. So that’s how bad it is Tom: Wow. I didn’t realize there was that big of a shortage. Nurse Amy: Oh yeah. Tom: What about nursing Amy? Someone wants to be in the medical field and wanna help people nursing seems to be a really good career as well. Could you give us your perspective on becoming a nurse? Nurse Amy: Absolutely. You know I had the choice like everyone else, “What are you gonna do?”  And you know I really did have the grades. I had nearly straight A’s in high school. I got into the nursing school that I wanted to which was a private catholic school. Very hard one to get into. They were probably one of the hardest schools to get into. So good grades are very important. If you don’t have the good grades, now and days they are at least taking into consideration the essays that you write. So they really want to see what kind of person you are. Dedication, commitment, what kind of things have you done to help other people in your life time so far. Dr.B: Well-rounded people. Nurse Amy: Exactly. So it doesn’t always have to be the perfect straight A student. Passion is very important when you’re having your interview for the school. They want to see that this is really, really what you want to do. Now, I picked nursing. I could of become a doctor several times during my first couple of years in nursing school. I almost went over to pre-med. The reason I did not was one, I really wanted the flexibility to have more time with my family. It was very important for me to have a family. My mom had passed away, literally and this is an absolute truth, 8 hours before I started my first class at college. I mean my first day. And she, my mother was the one who was sick and she really wanted me to be a nurse. So I was kind of committed to be a nurse. I wanted to have family. I only had a brother and a father at that point. So it was important for me to be able to give my children time and I knew the hours and like Dr. Bones had talked about, the 24 hour shifts, the always being gone. You have more flexibility as a nurse. A lot of times its shift work and then that’s what I started off doing after nursing school. Pick the best nursing school you can. Go where you can get some scholarships. Again scholarships are not always based on just grads. There are other ways to get scholarships. I did get quite a few from various community groups which was wonderful to help. I eventually ended up having to take some loans for school which I paid back. They were low interest and after I started working I wanted a little more independence so the way to get that when you graduate from a bachelor’s degree is to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner. And I had started my OB rotation and my bachelor’s and loved it. In fact Dr. Bones and I have talked many times and he was actually a guest lecturer at my nursing school when I was in school in 1986. Dr.B: Oh God, don’t tell them, don’t tell them. Nurse Amy: 1986. Spring of 86’ he was a adjuncts professor and I remember a doctor coming in during my OB rotation and talking about, during one of our classes, about that and it ended up being him. It’s really funny because we didn’t actually end up meeting each other until several years later. But him talking and going through my rotation really got me interested in labor and delivery. I was a labor and delivery nurse and then I saw that there were nurse midwives and I thought well that’s really cool. I really want to do that. So university of Miami had a program, I don’t think they have the program anymore. There are not to many of them here. There was a combination nurse practitioner and also certified nurse midwife. It was a little bit longer but it’s what I wanted to do and when you become a nurse practitioner you have more independency. So you can write prescriptions. When I was practicing in the office I would see the patient, I would be able to diagnose and treat. Dr.B: You could write prescriptions? Nurse Amy: I was able to write prescriptions and my patients did not need to see the doctor unless I felt it was necessary. So there were certain things that I said, “Hey listen, you need to see the doctor and I’ll go get him or I’ll put you in a room and then you can see one of them.” But you don’t have to and when patients were going to deliver there I was on call or they requested me. I would go in and there would be no doctor there. I was in charge. So it gives you that freedom to be more independent, have more responsibility, feel like you’re contributing more autonomy but still have a schedule that is a little more flexible for your family and I did have young kids when I was in school. I actually had one that was young and then I had another one in the middle of school which is hard. But the master’s degree was very good in Florida because they really want a nurse practitioner. They actually subsidized most of my school but because I couldn’t work and I had two small children I actually had to take loans out to pay my bills. Cause I actually needed a roof over my head and food on the table and so I had quite the load of loans and I am looking at what their thinking about doing and gee I really could of used some forgiven debt. Dr. B: I just want to say that Amy and I and some other midwives were one of the first doctor/midwife combinations. There was this thing where some doctors didn’t like mid wives and I was really against that. I really felt that mid wives provided a service for their patients. They have such good relationships to with their patients and so we were one of the first practices to actually mix the two disciplines and I have to say – – Nurse Amy: And you were very respectful. Dr. B: I have to say that nursing is an awesome career. There is so much more you can do in nursing these days and you know anyone that is considering a career in nursing I highly recommend it. There’s a lot of freedom, you get a lot of responsibility certainly, but you also have much more freedom to treat your patients than nurses did maybe some time ago. Nurse Amy: Absolutely. Tom: Ok. We’re interested in that because my wife, she is Filipino and she took 2 years of nursing in the Philippines and I don’t know how those credits will transfer over here but if I’m not mistaken I think it would be pretty easy for her to get into starting out as a CAN. Dr. B: Oh yes. I wanted to tell you that we had a number, I just want to say that we had a lot of Filipino nurses where we were and they were awesome so I very much encourage. Nurse Amy: That education definitely transfers. Dr. B: Yeah.Yeah. Definitely encourage your wife to do that. Tom: So yeah and she wants to continue her education here so and eventually become an RN. So I am supporting her on that career choice and to help her with the college and the tuition and helping her apply for the scholarships. She has a place to stay while she is going to school. That’s the career choose and I am supporting her on that. But we were looking at this interesting question popped in my head. When I was looking at all the various degrees that a nurse can have, I mean all the way you can get a Doctorates degree at nursing. So if you’re getting a doctorates degree as a nurse does that mean you’re a doctor. Nurse Amy: No. No it’s be clear- – Dr. B: But wait, wait, before you do that. Yes. Yes they will call you Doctor. Nurse Amy: It would be lovely if that was actually how it’s done. Tom: You’re not a medical doctor but I always remembered when I was, I think it was in first or second grade and we had a principle and I think he had a doctorates degree in education or something. And he made us all call him Doctor whatever his last name was. The first time- – Nurse Amy: Well, doctorates are actually pretty difficult to get. It could take anywhere from 3 to 5 years after your masters degrees. So we are talking about 4 years for a bachelor’s degree, 2-3 of a Master’s Degree and then another 3-5 years depending on your program to become a doctorate. It’s very difficult so the people that get the doctorate they deserve to be called that. The problem- – Tom: Well yeah that’s what I was thinking ya know but then you get the – – you could be a doctorate of English. I knew somebody that was getting a doctorates degree in that. And you’re gonna be able to call me doctor now. Si I can see the confusion or where confusion would arise and especially in the medical profession if you’re a nurse and you’ve got a doctorates degree well, yeah you got the doctorates degree but you can’t call me doctor because we got the doctors around us now. Nurse Amy: Well I’ll tell you what’s happening now is there is a lot of politics in medicine when it comes to exactly what you’re talking about and if you’re a professor in a University and you’re nursing but you have a doctorate, you can be called doctor but in the hospital the Doctors across this country are fighting to not allow nurses to get a doctor degree to be allowed to be called Doctor Alton. If I got a doctorate and I was working in a hospital when I was, let’s say I was still delivering babies or whatever I was doing in the hospital. The administration is going to tell me that I’m not allowed to use that title. Dr.B: Oh boy. Nurse Amy: There is that coming down. They’re now also telling nurse practitioners that your additional 2 or 3 years after your 4 years bachelor’s degree, you’ve got your master’s degree, is now soon not going to be enough to be a nurse practitioner. They are going to demand, – -this is all coming from the doctors mind you. Not my husband but from the doctors generally, – – going to demand that nurses now have a doctorate degree to become a nurse practitioner but not allowed to use the title doctor. Dr.B: Alright now that’s ridiculous. Nurse Amy: I know but it’s the truth. Dr.B: No, I’m not saying it isn’t. Nurse Amy: It is ridiculous. My husband is 100% supportive but this is what’s coming down the pipe, unfortunately. Yeah. Tom: It’s interesting topic to learn about. It’s something I never knew about. So what is the highest degree a nurse can achieve? Nurse Amy: Well yeah, the doctorate. That’s it. Tom: That’s the highest? Nurse Amy: Yeah. You can get a couple different doctorates but you know once you’ve got the doctorate there’s no other title. There’s no higher education in anything. Dr.B: Most nurses reach the pinnacle of their profession even with just Masters. For example a certified nurse on essence that’s a Master’s Degree right? Nurse Amy: Yes it is. Dr.B: And a certified nurse mid wife, that’s a Master’s Degree so you can get very high in your profession with just a Masters. Nurse Amy: Until they change the rules which are coming down the pipe. Tom: Wow. So but you get up that high and you got a lot of career choices open up to you? Nurse Amy: Oh absolutely. I mean you think about a nurse (inaudible) we’re not going to have fewer operations in the world. You know. As the population ages, especially in America, where there’s just going to be more and more surgeries. More knee replacements, more hip replacements, and more heart surgery. They come up with new surgeries all the time so they are able to replace more and more organs these days. And they’re growing them. Tom: So I gotta another question too. So let’s say someone is interested, maybe their life dream is to become a doctor but for whatever reason they don’t have the time commitment. Maybe they got kids; maybe it’s the cost of tuition to go to medical school. Would it be a good and wise path to maybe start out as a nurse and later on in life changes their major to become a doctor? Is that a good path to go that way? Nurse Amy: You know what? I’m gonna say no because your credits as a nurse are not going to be acknowledged in medical school so you’re wasting your time. If you’re gonna do it, do it. Now if for some reason you were a nurse and suddenly changed your mid and wanted to become a doctor you have got to go back, back to your bachelor’s degree. Let’s say you even have a Master’s Degree, you have to go back to your bachelor’s degree. You have to take more sciences, more classes to get into medical school. So you’ve got to start taking those classes because there is  a certain list that is required- – Dr.B: Pre- requisite. Nurse Amy: Required for medical school that are not required to graduate as a bachelor’s degree and become an RN. They’re not the same sciences that I needed to take to get into my Master’s Degree. So you’re gonna have to go way back, you don’t have to go all the way back to high school, but you’re gonna have to go back to your bachelor’s degree and it’s almost like starting over. So if you’re gonna pick that path the best way is just do it. Get it over with because the older you get, the more responsibilities you have, the more bills you have, the more children you have, the harder it becomes. There is more road blocks and let me tell you the suffering and the misery that I went through to get my master’s degree I cannot describe to you. It was so hard so just do it as soon as possible and get it done. Git ‘er done. Tom: And then the other question I have would probably be an equally difficult path, I don’t know. As far as paying for your school, for like example my wife took 2 years of college, 2 years at a University in the Philippine’s. The cost of that is so cheap that I mean, someone here working minimum wage could pay that cost of that college education that she got and so I’m wondering is it possible for an American citizen to get their education in another country where the cost are much, much lower and then come back to the United States and then come back and use those credits here? Dr. B: Yes absolutely. Nurse Amy: We have examples of this. Go ahead honey. Dr.B: We have a there were a lot of doctors that were in the hospitals that I worked that came from other countries. You still have to take a special foreign medical graduate exam. Number one to show confidence but also to show that you can communicate in the language. It’s hard to be a doctor without being able to talk to the patients in this circumstance. Nurse Amy: But you also had friends that left from here and went to medical schools in other countries. Dr.B: That’s what I’m saying. Yeah. Yes that’s what I’m saying. You can go to the school in Mexico as an American Citizen. You can go to Grenada has a medical school. A lot of these people come right back to the United States and pass their test and they can apply for residencies and internships in the US. Tom: That might be a viable economic solution, especially for somebody that is bilingual to get their education in another country if they can’t afford it. The thought came to mind, people talk about medical tours and going to another country where the medical cost are much lower. Like for example the Philippines. That’s where I got my dental work, was in the Phillipe’s because it was really, really cheap and affordable. Then I got to thinking is there such things as educational tours where you can go there and get your education then come back? Dr.B: You definitely can. I can’t tell you how much it cost to do that because obviously it’s so many years since I was a medical student I can’t really tell you. But there are probably, ill tell you, if you look at the wall of your doctor’s office don’t be surprised if you see a medical diploma from places like Grenada or Guadalajara or places like that. Tom: Alright. That sounds great. We’re gonna go to a break here and then we will pick it right back up in just a few minutes. Tom: Welcome back everyone. This is Tom with Galtstrike and I am talking with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy from We just got done talking a little bit about how people can join the medical profession as a doctor or maybe even as a nurse and some possibilities on how to fund that. We were just talking about also for example the possibility of American citizens who can’t afford school here who maybe bilingual could travel to another country and live in another country for a while. Get their degree there then come back to the states. I thought that was an interesting idea considering that my wife is from the Philippines and she studied there and she’s seeking to become a nurse here in the United States. So thank you for being on the show Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. We’d like to move forward a little bit – -Oh I do have one question that was asked in the chat room. One of our guests asks about becoming an EMT or a paramedic. Could you share what you know about those career fields? Dr.B: Oh I have to tell you that if you want to have a sense of accomplishment and you really want to help people, I mean directly help people, then I think going into the emergency medicine or emergency medical services field I think is an awesome idea. EMT basic course takes a few months; it can take well up to a couple years depending on how intensive you do it. It’s about 150 hours of course work. There are so many tech institutes around, community colleges that have these programs. Almost every good sized municipality would have it and you know what? You are really going to save lives if you go into this field. If you can’t make the time commitment that you would need to study to be a nurse or a physician and still want to be in the medical field I can’t think of a better way to do it then become an EMT or becoming a paramedic. There are of course all sorts of different levels of emergency medical services personal and you can just progress through them as you need to. I think it’s an awesome field and I strongly encourage anyone that’s considering it to indeed take that course. Tom: So would that be a good career and classes to take and a good career to get into to become an EMT or paramedic to maybe help fund their college to become a nurse? Could they being that kind of work on the side while they’re going to school? Nurse Amy: Well the paramedic is a little more intense. I would say EMT would be a good way to start and work on the side to then go to medical school because the paramedics are actually pretty highly trained and again they’re specifically doing a paramedic program. I’m not sure exactly how the courses cross over between nursing and paramedic but to become a paramedic you can get an associate’s degree. You can also advance your career and end up with a four year bachelor’s degree. I just am not 100% sure how separate the nursing courses are verses the paramedic courses. So I would say that the EMT basics would be a great thing to do. They make good money. I was just looking up what some of them pay. Tom: Yeah that’s what I was wondering. The amount of money they make. I mean does that pay well enough to help someone fund their nursing education? Dr.B: Well that depends on their expenses I guess just like everything else in life. But I’ll tell you that I have, we have people that follow our website follow our podcast and videos and things like that that have gone through the emergency medical services route and are now nurses for example. Even in the wilderness medical society of which I’m a member, we have people that have been paramedics that are now doctors. So you could take your education as far as you want to take it. It’s just sometime life gets in the way though and you have to decide to continue your education or move on and make money. Tom: Yeah. So now let’s move on to talk about your website and your book, “The Survival Medicine Handbook”. Which one do you want to start with first? The website or the handbook? Dr.B: Well I can tell you that our website is and that we now have 850 articles, podcast, and videos on the web site. All of it relating to disaster, and epidemic medical preparedness. Nurse Amy: Or Gardening. I’ve got a lot of gardening articles. (Inaudible) Dr.B: We’re master gardeners for the state of Florida and so we believe that is part of it to. Amy, as a matter of fact has one of the largest medicinal gardens in the state of Florida. She really has a green thumb but our website is different from your average per se website in that what we right about assumes that medical care is not immediately at hand. In other words that you, the average person, might just be the end of the line for a period of time. Or for good when it comes to your family’s well-being and so from our standpoint we write as if you are the guy. And that you don’t have the ability to just transfer to the nearest hospital. So that’s what makes us different. Our book is called, “The Survival Medicine Handbook; The Essential Guide for when Medical Help is not on the way”. It’s now in its third edition, its 700 pages and I think it’s a great edition to your survival library and everything is written in the same mindset as the website. Nowhere between the front cover and the back cover does it every say go to the hospital or go to the doctor because the whole book assumes they don’t exist anymore. And so what we are trying to do is get people through disasters. It could be short term disasters but the bottom line is that the hospital is not an option and we are there to make people effective in their role as medic in times of trouble. And so we have, we have been very blessed to have really the support of the entire preparedness community. We really had, we’ve had a lot of book sales of the first, second and now the third edition. The third edition if you’re looking at it I think this second edition is still on amazon. The third edition has a red medical kit with a white cross on it. Just so you know I think the other one has a red cross on it and then we realized, “Uh-oh, I think the red cross is- – Nurse Amy: It’s perfectly fine honey. Dr.B: It’s owned by the Red Cross. Nurse Amy: No it’s not. Tom: so since we are on the topic of the book we got a question. What would, from the chat room, what would be the top ten things to learn how to treat for non-medical people? So people like what this book is written to. What would be the top 10 things they should learn how to treat? Dr.B: Well I think number 1 is you need to know how to treat water so it’s safe to drink. The bottom line is most of the deaths that you’re going to see, the avoidable deaths are because you did not pay enough attention to sterilizing questionable water. So we have entire chapters on water sterilization and how to sterilize instruments and how to basically make sure that you’re dealing with clean drinkable water. If you start with that then you are going to avoid a lot of infectious disease that otherwise would run repent in your family or your group in times of trouble. Oh speaking of which infectious disease, learning how to recognize and treat infectious disease is also very important. Things like an infected wound. So like an infected wound would be red, swollen, sort of shiny. It has a tendency to be very warm to the touch compared to other areas. The redness tends to spread. So that’s some of the things that you would learn with regards of how to identify an infection. We do that not just for an infection of the skin or soft tissue but we talk about all sorts of infection. We talk about abdominal infections and we talk about infections that occur in your eye or in your ear. We talk about really 150 different topics in the book. Also we talk about animal bites, insect bites, and snake bites. That’s something that’s important and you need to learn how to deal with those issues. I think that’s very important. Learning how to recognize allergic reactions asthmatic reactions, things like that. And respiratory problems as well. So we talk about those issues. One of the big things though is you need to know how to deal with hemorrhage. Hopefully there’s not going to be a lot of gun fights at the OK corral but they can happen. Or accidents can happen. Even if you live in a remote homestead this book is a good book for homesteaders as well. If that’s the case, if there is an accident you need to know how to stop bleeding and so we go through a whole big thing with that. One of the newest things in our book is the how to deal with terror events. Active shooter situations. So we talk about how to work with tourniquets, how to work with blood clotting, powders and things like that. So that I think is very, very important. Especially in today’s times. Then we need to talk about orthopedic injury. There’s going to be a lot of sprains and strains. There are going to be a broken bones and things like that. So we talk about everything from soup to nuts with regards to that. We tell ya how to deal with sprains, a broken bone. Tell you how to deal with dislocations. We tell you how to deal with even a collapse lung from a rib fracture let’s say. So you know, this is very important. You need to know how to deal with trauma to muscles and to bones. Those are a very important thing. You may find this unusual but you need to know how to deal with dental problems as well. Now I know that a few days without power because of a storm, obviously you’re not going to need to have any dental supplies or dental equipment or probably any major dental knowledge but in a long term event, if you believe that some long term event might possibly occur that will take you off the grid for any significant amount of time, then you’re going to start having people with dental issues. During Vietnam 50% of the sick call patients were from dental issues, not for medical. And so this is something that is very important. We have an entire section that tells you have to deal with everything from a loose tooth from a broken tooth from cavities- – Nurse Amy: To pulling a tooth. Dr. B: And we even discuss dental extraction. In 90% of medical emergency can be dealt with by extraction. That’s the way it was in the old days and that’s the way it might be if you find yourself off grid for a good long time. So that’s going to be something important too. Also you might have to deal with a pregnancy. If things go bad long enough then you need to learn how to deal with a pregnant woman. You need to know how to deliver a baby. We talk about that in major detail in our book. These are things that are really important. Nurse Amy: I’d say another thing would be knowing how to check for infections but when you get an injury and we’ve already talked about stopping the bleeding, but learning how to properly clean the wound. We talk about a lot in our articles over the years about how dirty the infections are going to be in survival situations. You think about the tools that we might get hurt with might have been used for butchering or chopping wood. Or things that are not necessarily the cleanest procedures prior to injuring yourself. So a lot of these wounds are going to have to be cleaned out really, really well. We teach you how to do that and you’re also going to learn how to treat them and care for them being open. You’re not going to be able to close them up with stitches or staples because you’re going to create an environment that bacteria will just be so happy in you’ll end up with a horrible infection. So you know you’re going to have to learn how to take care of wounds that are left open. Dr.B: Also, it’s very important to realize that you’re going to be in a true survival setting. You’re going to be outside a lot and if you’re not prepared for the climate and the weather the environment becomes your enemy. You need to know how to deal with heat exhaustion, heat stroke, a lot of the country right now is going through a major heat wave so you need to know how to deal with people that may be experiencing heat exhaustion, heat stroke. You need to know in cold weather, how to deal with people suffering from exposure. Things like frost bite and hypothermia. So these are very, very important. Nurse Amy: I’m going to add a number 11. I’m going to add sanitation. A lot of people don’t think of the medic or the medical professional or whoever is taking charge of that for a group, community of family but if you don’t learn how to properly dispose of your waste that are going to come out of your body whether you like it or not. You can cause serious illness in a family. If you’re not disposing of things. If these are disposed of near where you’re growing food or near your water source. Things can become contaminated so you really need to learn proper waste disposal. Dr. B: Absolutely. Nurse Amy: And possibly, unfortunately deceased disposal. Dr. B: Right. In addition, it’s important, here we are telling you all the things you need to, all the abnormal things that you need to learn to recognize, you need to know what is normal as well. Our book talks about how to perform a physical exam and how to do it in a fashion so that you know what’s normal and what’s not. That’s the thing, if you don’t practice checking things out to see what is normal, many times you won’t recognize when things are abnormal. Tom: So your book pretty much covers in detail most of your medical situations that people might encounter when there is no doctor available. You know I’ve gotten several books that I’ve collected over the years on different topics like you know the Army survival manual and different survival manuals but your book covers a lot of the things that those books don’t even touch on. And so for having a survival manual I think that your book is a really good manual that covers a lot of things that other books just don’t have. Nurse Amy: Well I think that in the third edition that we have, you know we really do listen to people and I think people who have met us in person or people who have corresponded with us either through face book or emails or phone calls understand that we truly are here with a mission to put a medically prepared person in every family. We really believe that deep down in our soul. Through the years writing and creating the first book and then writing and creating the second book and then writing three more years and creating the third book, not only did we get feedback from our article but some of those articles were generated because of people saying, “Hey! Could you talk about this? Could you talk about that? You know I haven’t seen anybody mention this.” So if you really look at our book it is not Dr. Alton and Amy Alton just writing that book. This really is a book that represents the survival community and their needs and us responding to what people have asked for. Dr.B: And the most important thing about the book is that it is all written in plain English. If there is a medical term that I have to use I tell you exactly what it means right then and there so there is no doubt as to what we’re talking about. So it’s is a very easily understandable book. It’s a book that the average person, the average 13 year old could read and be able to act if they need to. Nurse Amy: Right. And we do have teenagers that are interested in it and its so cool when young folks – -in Texas we had an 11 year old who was a little shy. Her dad came up and was talking and he was like, “My daughter really wants to say hi to you guys.” I’m thinking oh you know, a child. Like they really care and I’m thinking the parents are just pushing this on this poor girl. And you know she shakes our hand and she’s all nervous and the dad says, “She doesn’t want to say it but she wants to grow up and be a doctor because of you guys.” I wanted to cry. He’s like, “She got a hold of the book. She started reading it. She can read it. She understood it and now she wants to be a doctor.” I was like, I’m a mom of daughters of course and I’m like aww that’s so cool. But you never know who you’re touching, who you might help, I mean even if nobody uses this book. Maybe in 50 years something might awful happen when most of us are gone who are even here talking and the book still exist in some homes that have been transferred in libraries to grandchildren. Maybe it will help somebody then. You know we don’t wish tragedy on anybody but stuff happens. Tom: Real quick, we’ve only got just a few minutes left and I want to give enough time for you guys to talk a little bit about your board game. Maybe explain a, we only have like 3 or 4 minutes left and maybe explain real quick some tips on how people that are interested in writing a book how they might go about doing that and same thing with your board game. Some tips on how people can get started with Kick Starter. Dr.B: Yeah, alright. We decided because there were a lot of preppers that couldn’t get the rest of the family on the same page as them. We wanted to give them a way that they can get people in the survival mindset in their family without having it sound like a lecture or having it crammed down their throat. So we put together a board game in which you wind up making survival decisions throughout the game. And it’s a fun game, you’re exploring places, you’re making decisions, you’re accumulating assets, you’re using up assets. The game is called Doom and Bloom Survival and the game comes with as a kick starter reward, miniatures so we give that to everybody who orders a game now because we have some extra. So the game is called Doom and Bloom Survivor. It’s an awesome game. You can find it at or at our website at With regards to Kick Starter the bottom line is number one; have a good product and have rewards that really encourage people to get you to your goals and to reward goals as well. For us, we spent a lot of money to put together miniatures for people that would be- -and instead of putting that way at the end as a zillion dollar once we reach a zillion dollars you get miniatures. We made it the absolute first thing. Something really good right at the first reward goal. So that I think is very important and also you have to have lots of great images on your kick starter page and let people know what your product is and let them know why they need it. In this case it was to really help those people in the preparedness community that were having trouble with the rest of the family getting on board and that’s important. What was the other thing I was supposed to talk about? Nurse Amy: how we did the Kick Starter. Tom: How do you write a book? Dr.B: You know, everybody has a book in the. I feel this from the bottom of my heart. Everybody has a book in them and everybody has special knowledge. Things that only they know from their life experience. Nurse Amy: And their passion. What they love. Dr.B: Right. If there’s something that you love. If you love horses and you have horses then write about horses. If you love gardening and you garden then write about gardening. We write about medicine but we write about medicine in our own mindset and it’s something that we are passionate about. We’re feverishly, by the end of my life, I’m going to have some medics. Some people that are right now are held in reserve but one day they may have to be the end of the line in regards to the way- – Tom: We have less than a minute left. Could you tell people how they can reach you guys? Cause we do have a few questions in the chat room that we didn’t get to. So how can they reach you guys, email you guys and give your website real quick. Nurse Amy: Ok. Our website is I have a store I put together custom medical kits that I designed, an entire line. Facebook can be Joe Alton MD. Also we have a Survival Medicine Group, Facebook group, find that one its awesome. We have a YouTube Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. I have hundreds of videos. Dr.B: And our podcast The Survival Medicine hour on this network. Tom: Gotta go, producers telling me we’re going out. Talk to you later guys. This article first appeared on Galtstrike and may be copied under the following creative commons license.  All links and images including the CC logo must remain intact. 

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Black Lives Matter, the Police, and the Violence!

August 7, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

  Tom and guests discuss Black Lives Matter, the Dallas police shootings, inner city violence and what can be done about it.  They discuss the root causes of inner city poverty and how that relates to the violence that we see today.   Alex, a former NYPD cop gives his perspective about what’s going on.  Eric, a black republican from Seattle discusses what needs to change in the Black community (Click Here if video doesn’t display) If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to like us on Facebook.  Listen to us Live Saturday Evenings at 6PM pacific time at Bumper Music:  “Bankland” By Javolenus / CC BY-NC 3.0 Transcript The following is a text transcript of the audio.  Due to the verbatim speech and nuances it may be difficult to read.  However, it is being provided as a courtesy to the hearing impaired as well as for those who wish to move quickly on to the pertinent parts of the podcast. Transcript is at least 80% accurate. Time stamps do not match the video. Black Lives Matter, the Police, and the Violence! Tom: Welcome Galtstrikers this is our weekly Libertarian talk show where we discuss not only the problems of today but also the solutions. If you have questions or comments during tonight’s broadcast the call in number to get on the air is 1.347.202.0228. After you’ve connected remember to press one so that our producer will see that you want to be on the air and we can have a discussion. If you are listening on blog talk or any other site that carries a player you can also join us in our chat room at About half way down the page you will see a chat room you can put in your user name and then ask questions in the chat room as well. So tonight for this second part of this show we are gonna talk about the Dallas shooting, the black lives movement, the police, the violence and we are gonna talk about what we can do about it. It looks like I have several callers lining up to discuss this topic and we are gonna get with each one of you so please hold on. I wanna get your opinions on what’s going on. You know the craziness and the violence with the shootings and the police shootings and the sniper that killed the police officers in Dallas. I think it is really sad tragic event. Anyway, I want to talk about some of the statistics that people throw around as it relates to these issues. I think the statistics are really skewed on both the right and the left from what I see. I don’t think they show the entire picture and I would like to see the entire picture so we can better understand what’s going on. To give an idea, ya know, the right will often give statistics for example showing they will say there are twice as many white people getting shot by cops than there are blacks. I guess that’s true, the actual numbers but I think the way they get those numbers is wrong. I think they are pulling the entire population, the entire amount of white people, and the entire amount of white people and they are substantially a lot more white people in this country so I don’t think the accurate number to understand what is going on. But then you look at the left. The left also shows their statistics that they like to throw out there and they will show for example the actual percentage of black people getting shot per capita the numbers of blacks getting shot by the police verses the number of white people getting shot by police and they’ll compare that to the percentage of population and show that the percentage of black people getting shot by police is much greater. Yet again, I think that is an inaccurate number I don’t think it shows the actual true problem that we’re looking at. What I would like to see is I don’t think this is an issue about race. I think this an issue about socioeconomic status. For example I would like to see stats that show the number of white people and the number of black people in the urban city areas that have the high crime rates. The percentage of white people living in those areas and the percentage of black people living in those areas that are being shot by police officers. Then I would like to look at a separate list of statistics that show the suburban areas, the more affluent areas where there is a smaller number of black people and a greater number of white people in those areas and see what those percentages work out to be. I’d like to see those separated because I think what you would find is in the high crime urban areas, I think you’re gonna find that the amount of crime- -you know imagine in those areas there are a lot less white people and a lot more black people- – I think in those areas that you’re gonna find that the percentage of people committing crimes, being arrested, being shot by police, I think you’re gonna find that that is proportionate with the number of people showing that it’s not a race thing but an issue with location where they live, the crime rates where they live, the poverty rates where they live. I think that’s what you’re gonna find. Same thing when you go to the suburban area, the more affluent areas where there are a lot fewer black people living there, a lot more white people living there. They’re all affluent, the black people are affluent, the white people are affluent I think you’re gonna find that the numbers of black people being arrested, being shot etc. as well as the number of white people in those areas I think you’re gonna find out that it’s not on racial lines. But I think what you’re gonna find is these two groups of people split by socioeconomic status in the poor community verses the rich communities, the affluent communities I think that is where you’re gonna find the divide. You’re gonna find all of the crime in the shootings and the arrest happen in those poor areas verses the wealthier areas. There’s a lot of reasons for that. I think the biggest reason comes from opportunity or lack of opportunity. I think that what we have, in the poor communities, I’ve always learned as a kid, my grandparents always told me Idle hands are the devils work shop and I think if you don’t have the opportunity, if you’re not working, if you don’t have a good job then you’re going to run into a lot more problems. Whereas if you’re working and you’ve got a career you’re going to be focused on that rather than go out and robbing the local liquor store. So anyway before we get to our guest I have a couple more things I want to go over and why I think that this is the way it is. Why I think urban areas are being totally neglected for opportunity and why we have the poverty and the crime rates that we do. Now what I am going to say might sound a little racist at first but when you follow me through you’re going to understand the observations that I made okay. I’m not a statistician, I’m not a historian, and I’m not a political scientist but I am extremely observant. I drive a truck for a living. I go to ALL of these cities in America, to all of these major cities, I go to all of the states except for Hawaii and Alaska. I go to all 48 states. I’ve been doing this for 16 years now. There is something very common that I’ve noticed about most of these cities. At first I thought maybe it’s just a racial bias and maybe I am racist and I didn’t realize it but what I noticed, and maybe I’m just seeing something that’s not really there. But what I noticed going through all these town and cities is all of them, there’s most of these big cities have their own Martin Luther King Jr Blvd ok. And what I noticed is common about all these Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. is the amount of crime that are on all of these streets. You go to all these streets and there is the strip malls with the liquor store and the pawn shops and the signs for the bail bondsman and the signs for the divorce lawyers and there’s the welfare office and then there’s the prostitutes in the street. And then there’s the drug pusher on the street and they’re not all black. There’s white to doing the same thing but I’m thinking why is it that we have these huge crime rates on all these streets named Martin Luther King Jr Blvd? I mean he was leader of the civil rights movement. He would be rolling in his grave if it were this and I’m thinking is this a racial bias or is there really something to this? I did a little research and I googled this and what I came with is I am not the only one that saw this ok. If ya’ll are familiar with Chris Rock he had a joke ok and the joke goes like this. If a friend calls you on the phone says they’re lost on Martin Luther King JR Blvd and they want to know what they should do he says the best response is to run. Ya know, cause of the crime. This is what Chris Rock said in a joke. So I thought really? This is the thing? Why is this? I wanted to know why. Why is it that these streets named that way have a high crime rate in urban areas? So I did a little research and there was a college student that researched this topic and come to find out what it is is a planning issue. It’s a city zoning and planning issue. What comes first the chicken or the egg? Was it first named Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and then ended up having a lot of crime on that? Did they have crime because it was named that or did it already have high crime rate? The fact is it already had a lot of crime rate in these cities and areas with streets that are named that way and it’s kind of like, I don’t know what you wanna call it, a Band-Aid solution. A magic silver bullet that the city planners decided to do. They decided to start naming these streets after Martin Luther King Blvd. in an attempt to empower the black citizens in that area. Empower them and give them hope. But the problem is I don’t think they are addressing the real situation. I think they were addressing the real issues that cause the high crime and the racial division in those areas. I don’t think they were doing that I think they’re doing a Band-Aid by naming these streets rather than what they should of did is improve those cities problems and then take the streets that have become successful in those communities and name that street Martin Luther King JR Blvd.  Where the parts of the city where the races did come together and did solve their problems and name that after Martin Luther King Jr. I think that’s what should of happened but then I look at who these city planners, I’m gonna say, are democrats. They’re Democrat parties and you look at all the high crime areas of all of these cities and they are all Democrat mayors and Democrat council. So yes, my beef is with the Democratic Party also with the Republican Party but for different reason. But you look at the Democratic Party since the beginning of their inception under Andrew Jackson who happened to be a slave holder. Happened to be a slave owner. Also responsible for the Trail of Tears, forced relocation of Native Americans to Oklahoma. Also the Democratic Party is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party was a part of the Ku Klux Klan. The Democratic Party was part of segregation, the party of Jim Crow Laws. The Democratic Party was a party of the IRS. The Democratic Party is a party of the Federal Reserve. The Democratic Party all under Woodrow Wilson ok. The Democratic Party under Franklin Roosevelt. The Party of social Security and the party of Japanese Internment camps. So you look all throughout history, every dark period of our own history, our own country, period of oppression has all been under Democratic Rule ok and Democratic Presidents. That’s a problem I see and then people wonder, “Well how did this, yeah ok, that’s the way the Democrats were back then and now they’re here trying to help the poor out in these areas”. And I go, “No, they’re not there to help minorities. They never have been. They never have been there to help minorities’. You go back to the 1930’s and there is a guy and I’m gonna give you his name and you can look up this guy, let me go back to here. This happened in the 1930’s, a Democrat influential Democrat named William Jennings Bryon. He blurred the party line by emphasizing the government’s role and insuring social justice through expansions of Federal Power. He wanted to grow the welfare state through federal power across the country and this was during the time of the United States winning the west as new states in the west were getting admitted into the Union. The Democrats learned a new strategy that they could crab that voting block of new people who were mostly poor, white and black and everything else. Grab that voting block by promising the welfare in the social programs and the government benefits. They learned that for the Democratic Party, this party of Oppression all throughout history could grab that voting block of all these new voters by offering them basically free stuff. That’s what it’s about. It’s about buying votes. The Republican Party they’ve always been about big business. Crooning capitalism ya know helping the railroads out, helping the utilities out as they got established country wide. As the Democrats gained control of the poor votes the Republicans realized they lost that battle and they started becoming more towards limited government. Basically they didn’t have a choice anymore because the Democrats have already won the big government part of politics. Anyways, that’s what I’ve come up with doing research and understanding the reason why these neighborhoods in these cities have become so impoverished is because of the generational welfare they’re on. Welfare is extremely addictive and hard to get off of. It goes on generation to generation to generation and people on welfare have a very hard time moving out and getting off of that. So I think that is where the crime starts and that’s where it fosters and then goes on from there you get into a vicious cycle between minorities and the police that are trying to control that crime and it just grows and it spirals into what we have. Anyways, we’ve got several callers on the air. I’m gonna start bringing callers on and get your opinions on what you think has caused the situation that we’re in and why we have such an issue of division still to this day between blacks and whites and the police. So first I’m gonna bring on Alex. Alex, you’re on the air. How are you doing? Alex: How you doing? I’m on thank you. Ok as far as you talking about making big promises to the disadvantaged, especially to minorities, the Democratic Party has had a specific strategy since the 1930’s. The idea is you promise them a lot, give them a little, and make em want more. Don’t give them the opportunity to gain more of what they want. Keep them dependent and they will always vote for you. That’s the way the Democratic Party is doing things now. As far as police brutality or the problems between the police and blacks in the inner cities- – I was a new York city cop for 16 years and I spent a lot of time ducking bullets and fighting in black outs and its something that happens with mob mentality. You get an agitator in there which the Democratic Party loves to do, a professional who knows how to stir up some people. Then he stirs up more people and it becomes like a virus and it grows and it grows and it grows and the people who start participating in it they actually aren’t even thinking. They are just rioting because everybody else is and they want to do it to. So that is why the Democratic Party is basically in the large cities, on the two cost they rule the roost and it’s because they have set that up for so many years that now it’s just become an endemic thing, its wrote. They do it just without having to think about it and if you’ll notice the big politicians in Washington most of them they’ve gotten, they work their way up in the Democratic Party and a lot of them are either from the east or the west coast and that’s the way they are working. They are going to continue to do that until finally we wake up ok. That is those of us who want limited government, who want the liberties that the founding fathers gave to us and unless we start agitating for that unless we start working towards it and talking to the people that think the Democrats are the ones who have all the answers, unless we start convincing these people we are gonna get nowhere. We have been on a very slippery slope for about 40 years and if Hillary Clinton gets elected president we are gonna go over that cliff. Tom: So during your time as being a police officer in New York City were you primarily patrolling in areas where people were you know, in poor areas and poor neighborhoods. Or were you in more affluent neighborhoods or both? Alex: Most of the time I spent my time in New York city in the Latin Ghettos and  I am Porte Rican and since I speak the language that is where they like to have me I spent myself in Spanish Harlem or the south Bronx. Every now and then I got to work in an affluent area but it was rare. So that’s why I spent most of my time in those areas. Tom: So you know the left likes to always say that minorities are being disproportionately ya know arrested for crimes and victims of police brutality and my argument is I don’t think it’s based on race. I think it’s based on socioeconomic status. You know more often happening in poor neighborhoods than affluent neighborhoods. That if you were to do the statistics based on population in a particular affluency or lack of, like in a poor neighborhood you’re gonna find that in your experience would you find that even being in a Latino- – you said Latino or was it Porte Rican? Alex: Well, that’s what a Porte Rican is Latino just like a Dominican and so on and so forth. Tom: So I’m sure you probably didn’t have a lot of black people there and probably not a lot of white people there but out of the white population that was there did  you find in some of those ghetto areas did you find that the numbers were pretty much proportionate for the ones that got arrested with the actual population. So if you have 10% of the people are white is it 10% of the white people also being arrested and you know is the amount of arrest in crimes proportionate for the amount of race in that area. Alex: No and I’ll tell you why. There were very few whites in these ghettos. There was also a large black population. Ok. Those two areas very large proportion of Latinos and a large proportion of blacks too and very few whites. In fact most of them in the ghettos now once upon a time they were all Irish neighborhoods and over the years the Latinos started moving in and blacks started moving in because they had no place else to go and those areas were not expensive to live in. Ok. As far as crime in those areas almost all the crime was committed by blacks or Latinos but that’s because that’s where they lived and most of the victims were black or Latinos. Tom: Well yeah that’s what I’m getting out about proportionate numbers. So let’s say in an area, I don’t know what, you said very few whites but I don’t know what the actual percentage is. Let’s say it’s one percent of the population is white, maybe 60% is Latino and 39% black, and then let’s say out of that population that 10% of people, 10% of people commit some sort of crime would it be also 10% of the 1% of white people, 10% of them commit crimes and 10% of the black people commit crimes and 10% of the Latinos committing crimes. You get what I’m saying about the actually percentages? Alex: I can speak to some of that ok. One of the things I do know about is things like serious assaults with weapons and homicides and police and cop killings. As a matter of fact nationwide in the inner cities 40% of the cop killings are committed by blacks and Latino’s. The thing is only about 10% of the population of the United States is black or Latino all together. It makes 20% they are each about 10% so it’s like a disproportionate number of blacks but that’s because most of that occurs in the ghettos. Tom: Yes. Yes. That’s what I’m getting at. That’s what I’m getting at. Most of that occurs in the ghettos where most of the crime happens is in the ghettos and the reason why the numbers of those minorities being represented is so high is because those minorities live in those areas. So what I’m getting at is that I don’t believe it’s a racial division. I believe it’s a socioeconomic division that if you were to go into an affluent neighborhood and look at the black people and Latino’s living in an affluent neighborhood they’re not out there committing crimes so I don’t think it’s a racial think I think it’s more of a geographic and socioeconomic thing of people in those areas and I think that goes back to what I said before. Idle hands are the devils workshop. If they don’t have jobs and good opportunity in those areas then they are going to seek to selling jobs or robbing the local liquor store. What’s your thoughts on it? Alex: One of the problems with that is that you have as I mentioned before, give them a little bit but don’t give them enough so you have so many people on welfare or really working in substandard jobs or minimum wage and even less than minimum wage and the problem there is “Hey, they don’t make enough to live on”, so they have to do something. So a lot of them will go out, well maybe not a lot of them, but a pretty fair percentage who do what they have to do to put the food on the table and pay the rent and the cable bill. That – – Tom: That goes to that the social program- – Alex: That is exactly right. That’s what you do. You offer them a lot but only give a little. Don’t give (inaudible) Tom: So these city planners, these city planners, I go back to the example I made of the martin Luther King JR Blvd. as they named those streets. Rather than fixing the problem in a black neighborhood they say “We’re going to empower you and name your street after a famous civil rights leader”. Rather than going in and actually fixing the problem. Rather than naming a successful neighborhood after MLK Jr. they go in and say we’re gonna name this street after your favorite civil rights leader and btw we are gonna give you a welfare check. So what I’m saying, rather than continuing with the social welfare programs and continuing pandering and buying their vote, if these leaders, not leaders but the mayors and the city council and the city planners, if they would say “Instead of putting the welfare office on this street let’s put a small business administration office on this street. Let’s encourage a trade school to move into this street. Let’s encourage a shopping center to move in here so there are jobs”. Most of the time I hear that those city planners are blocking businesses. They don’t want an office park moving in. They don’t want an industrial area moving in and providing jobs. No. They want to put a whole stretch of HUD housing complexes in. That’s what I see of those kinds of neighborhoods. I see the city planners building their voting block with the low income housing. With the social welfare places and then allowing the liquor store to build right there. Allowing the strip club to move in there and allowing the pawn shop to- – I mean I look at those strip malls like that and if you’ve been around the country you see em it’s like that in every city. You’ve got a liquor store on the same strip mall you’ve got a social welfare office in the same strip mall. You’ve got the pawn broker there. You’ve got the divorce lawyer there and you’ve got the bail bondsman. I mean come on. That is a recipe for disaster, the entire strip. It looks like that’s created to be a perpetual thing on purpose right there. Alex: That’s the only thing they’ve got there. Go to one of those strip malls or go to a prominent intersection in one of these low income areas and your also going to find a large crowd of illegal immigrants waiting doing a shape up and people coming in saying, “Ok, I need 3 guys today. They are going to do landscaping or whatever they’re gonna do. They want three guys and that is where those people go and shape up for work. One of the things, one of the problems with that is the people that are going in there and picking these guys up to go and do the work or whatever are people from affluent neighborhoods or business owners. Most of these people unfortunately, most of these people are whites. Ok. Who have business, who have a certain amount of affluence, who want to get something done and they don’t want to pay the skilled labor that you need. Ok. So they’ll hire the illegal immigrant who will take the job away from a carpenter. Tom: So they are contributing to the problem. Almost like they’re the drug pusher in that illegal job is a drug. Alex: That’s what it’s like and you know they are just as much to blame for some of the problems that we’ve got as the minority or the illegal aliens that are shaping up. They come over here because they think it’s the land of plenty and it turns out to be hey man you’re gonna break your ass for God knows how long making next to nothing. Then what they do is send most of that money back to wherever they came from because their family is there and their family is starving or something like that. Ok. Tom: And then that continues to create the racial division among the races. I gotta go to a heart break here but anyways I’d like to hold you over for the next half of the show. Just listen in and I may bring you back in a little bit later. I wanna go also to Eric and Red hawk are waiting on the line so let’s go to a break real quick. Tom: Alright, welcome back Galtstrikers. We just listened to Alex, a police officer from New York City. We’re talking about the shooting in Dallas, the BLM movement, the police brutality and trying to get to the bottom of what’s causing all this mess. What caused it to start and why is it the way it is now and what can we as a society do as we move on forward and try to problems with the racial division. How we can bring opportunity to minorities, especially in urban areas. How can we fix the light in these urban areas and reduce the crime. Basically help the police to do their job but at the same time help minorities to get off of social welfare and into their own jobs, careers and businesses. So we are gonna go onto our next caller. I’m gonna bring Eric on. Eric how are you doing? Eric: I’m doing alright man, I’m out here in Seattle Washington and I’d just like to start off with All Lives Matter. Tom: Exactly. All Lives matter. Eric: Hey now I guess what I wanna get into is two things. The first one is we’re supposed to be a melting pot. Ya know, all of us that come from all the different countries and everything and all the different walks of life. Black, white, Latino ya know all that. But you know, especially with the black and white community man we don’t even get to know each other. Basically what we do is work with each other and then we go home and socialize people like us. Black socializes with black, white socialize with white and basically it’s a deal where we get to have stereotypes to deal with and ya know some of the cops have stereotypes of what the blacks are like and you know some of the blacks with what’s going on with crime and so forth sometimes they live up to the stereotypes but basically what we have to do in America is we got to get to know each other. Not as black Eric and white Tom and all that kind of stuff. We got to know each other as people. As this is Jim and this is Bob. Not black bob or whatever. Tom: As Americans. Get to know each other as Americans. Eric: Exactly. We gotta break bread with each other man we need to go to dinner together. Man we need to do things go bowling together so that we have something to identify ourselves as regular people. Not that person over there. That troublemaker, that whatever. Ya know, so that’s one of the problems but the other thing is I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. When I was growing up it was kind of a gang infested area and the way that people are kind of raised in this urban area which was predominantly white, I mean black where I lived there was hardly any white flight at all. We got in they left. So what I’m talking about it was weak or strong. The way urban black kids are taught is you’re either weak or strong and there is no negotiation. People either bow down to you or you bow down to them. It’s a winner and it’s a loser. There is no middle ground, there is no negotiation so what happens is you get a lot of people with this attitude and police officers are put in a position of power. They are authority figures over me and you but when they come across black, especially young black individuals, those people are thinking along that strong or weak. So I’m not gonna let the cop be the boss over me. So I’m not gonna obey him. He tells me to get down on the ground; I’m not getting down on the ground. I’ll do what I want to do and then you find in most of these incidences that are going on the black kids are disobeying and then you got a cop that’s really jumpy because you know, he’s wondering if he’s going to go home to his kids at night, his family. So the bottom line is you have a jumpy cop and a kid that will not obey a simply order like get down on the ground. Now you got a situation where there is bloodshed and you got some cop that has to do what the police manual will tell him to do but most of black America is not going to look at that. They’re not going to look at, you know what, the police manual is there to protect all of us because if you have someone that escalates the situation you have to have a way of protecting not only yourself as an officer but protecting the public. They don’t get that. Those things can escalate from selling CD’s to where now it’s a situation where there is possible assault on a police officer and you have to protect the public. So I may have to use deadly force to subdue you when first it was a crime of just selling illegal cigarettes. That’s basically what I have to say about that. Tom: I want to get your opinion on a couple of things. First thing you know – – how we change the mindset of minorities and blacks, especially in these areas like what you’re saying where these kids want to be so tough to stand up to the police. How can we go about changing their mindset to understand hey the police is here to help everybody but the minute you start doing something that could possibly endanger others as well as the officer and that causes that to escalate. How can we show them to respect the police a little bit and you’re going to be cool. Just like for example after the Dallas shooting the social media was just going berserk spreading this picture Mark who was accused of carrying the AR15 at the protest? Naming him as a suspect and when he caught wind of that he went and turned himself into the police and turned himself in and said, ‘Hey, what can me and my brother do to help? What can we do to help here”? I think if people followed that approach I don’t think there would be a problem open carrying , or any of that if people would respect the police and ya know, get down when they are told to get down. I don’t think that we would have the problem that we do and I don’t think police would keep escalating it as well. How do we change people’s mindset? Eric: I think it has to start with what I talked about before ok. There are a lot of black people in these areas that really, they have a feeling that white people really don’t listen to them. You know and it’s a lot of cases where black people don’t listen to white people. You know, they just feel like white people are gonna be racist but a lot of times, and I’m a black republican ok? I find that sometimes I can be in a chat room, or on face book and I can make a statement about black this or that and how we feel like we are disenfranchised like you know we need to be more involved. I just kind of feel like the white participants just glaze over it. So I think that we have to find a way for white people on both sides Democrat and republican to engage black people and let them know, “Hey, we care what you say,” Now I don’t go for all this Black Lives Matter stuff talking about ,”Because you’re black police officers are hunting you down”. Man I’ve cooperated with police that have stopped me and I have a master’s degree in political science, I had a police stop me, lay me over a car and he thought I was suspect in a robbery but because my father taught me to be respectful to police I respected him, I respected his position, I knew that he was doing his job. He had no way of knowing I had a master’s degree so I didn’t get insulted by that. I let him do what he had to do and once he found out what my personality was he let me go. But basically I think it starts with reaching out, somehow find a way to reach out to the black community so they can trust you and really feel like what you’re saying, like I said not the black lives matter garbage, but just on a regular basis when they say things should be this way. Well actually listen to what their saying and actually say you know that is valuable. Instead of trying to correct them all the time and say,” No, what you mean by this is I’ll spoon feed you this and I’ll let you know I’ll take care of you.” You see black people don’t need to be taken care of. Just like you pointed out in your program, it said, “Oh well, you know, the Democrats have been giving em a little taste of something and the vote comes automatically and they’re being taken care of.” No. we have to get to a point where we are able to take care of ourselves. Not separate from the rest of society but take care of ourselves and there is a lot of white people out there that can help us do that but they got to get to know us as people. Not that stereotype. We gotta get to know you as people and not a stereotype. Tom: I think, I think uhm ya know, I think white people do hear. I think that white people do hear the problems that black people are bringing up but I think what it comes down to is ok I know about this so what do we do about it? So I think that’s where a lot of white people are stuck at and it’s like, I don’t know how to fix your problems. I really don’t. The Democrats are giving you free welfare and food stamps and I can’t put an end to that and if I try to openly oppose that then I sound like the bad guy. I would like to see more minorities start their own businesses and get college educations and get careers. Personally the way I am doing it with this radio show, I don’t know if you’re listening to the first half, we’re bringing on different business owners and different entrepreneurs and having them tell their story about how it can be done. I think what we need to do, what white folks and successful folks, people in the (inaudible) need to do is be mentors to the people in the poor communities. Not just minorities but anybody in the poor community and be mentors to them and say, “This is how I became successful. This is how you can become successful too. You can do it.” But that’s great, I want to do that but how can we do that when at the same time the Democrats are saying, “We’re here to save you. The white man is holding you down and you need to turn to government to help. Come sign up for welfare now and then give them just enough to get by”. I don’t know how to solve that problem and I think that’s a conundrum that other white people are finding themselves at. It’s like I don’t know what to do. Eric: I don’t either and you know it would be nice if somehow if white people could get a hold of a rational element down in the ghetto where they could begin to come up with a strategy to do this. Because I don’t have the panacea to do that. You know, I don’t know exactly how to do that. I wish I did. I know I’m more of a joke because most black people find out that I’m a republican, it’s like I got three heads and I’m a leper because, they’re like “Why you do that? Why are you doing that?” Because I’ve found out that when I looked at my life and what I believed in morally it matched up more with the republican party than the democrat party and I’m not just gonna go along with the show for goodies and I don’t like the idea just holding my hand and telling me what to do but getting back to the point, I think somehow the white people and the affluent black people that acclimated need to go down with that message of, “This is how we done that.” But having an avenue to get in otherwise if you don’t have that avenue you just get tuned out. They don’t even listen to you and brothers like me – – Tom: I think you’re on to something here. If somehow successful black people, successful white affluent people can somehow connect with leaders in these poor communities, in these ghetto communities can somehow connect with somebody that’s got an open mind and wants to hear and form up some sort of meetup group in a community that definitely has to be a grass roots thing. Then start having weekly, weekly success story meet ups. Kind of like I did on the show but have actual physical meetups in a building somewhere where people in that community can come and sit down and listen kind of like a mentor program. I’m gonna teach you how to be successful. I’m not gonna charge anything for it because I know you can’t afford it but I want to show you how you can do it on your own. I think it would be great- – Eric: Ok. One more thing. Let me give ya one more thing. Just kind of an example. Ok. When I was growing up in Chicago ya know, I was growing up and there was just crime going on all over the place it was the Elba Cos, the Devils disciples, the Black Peps only trying to recruit us and all this other kind of stuff. But basically I lived that for like the last 19, well from 13-19 years old I lived that kind of life and  I thought that was what the world was all about. This concrete jungle, bullets flying all over the place. Going to school and getting into fights, getting beat up and all this other kind of stuff and then I went away to college and I found out how the rest of society lived and once I found out how they were living, the peace and tranquility that’s out there my view point changed and all of a sudden it was like, “Wow! You mean we don’t have to have the bullets flying? We don’t have to fight all the time? We don’t have to have people robbing you all the time? Hey this is great. I want some of this.” Do the bottom line is that if you can get those groups together, if you can get in there and if you can go ahead and make some kind of exposure to what the other side looks like then you can undermine that Democratic Party of handouts and so forth. You can turn it around over night because these people are gonna start to see, “Hey, this is great. Nobody told me about this. I’m in on this program.” But it has to get in with somebody that you know, they can trust you and then they can go ahead and win the trust of the people in the community. The Democrats will be on the way out because I’m telling you; life outside of the ghetto is great man. It’s great man. Tom: I know Eric: It’s great. Tom: Hey I appreciate it Eric. I want to bring Red Hawk on here to get his opinion. Eric if you could, stay on the line and also appreciate it if you’d send me an email, Alex as well. I’d like both of you guys to send me an email cause I’d like to bring both of you on for a future show as well. I want to go to Red Hawk and get his thoughts. I may come back to you in a minute if I have time but let’s talk to Red Hawk real quick. Red Hawk how ya doing? Red Hawk: Oh pretty good, pretty good. A little short on time tonight bro. Anyways, I hear a lot of talking about what’s going on in the ghettos and the hoods and all that kind of stuff and some of the endemic problems in the racism. You guys have covered a lot of ground tonight. The one thing, since I am kind of short on time here ok, were not looking at groups and people that are causing some of this ok. You’ve got reportedly on a number of different fronts. You’ve got George Soros reportedly putting out ads and paying demonstrators ok. You’ve got Obama out there slamming police officers for killing black men and inciting more stuff. You’ve got Lewis Farah Khan out there going full hog, it’s out there on YouTube, “Go out there and kill the man”. And you’ve got Jesse Jackson doing the same thing. Personally I think whatever ray is missing here is the end game. I think there is an end game here not to go conspiracy theory here but I think there is an end game. Tom: I’ll put my conspiracy hat on here and I really think that they do want to push us to a point of Martial Law and I don’t think that is a conspiracy of Obama wanting to become a dictator but I do think the Democratic party under people like George Soros and them that are getting behind and funding these things, I think they really do want to disrupt the democratic process. I do think they eventually they want to bring us under Martial Law of some sort. Red Hawk: And you’ve got the justice department refusing to go after like right down there in Texas you’ve got the new Black Panther Party with a video out there holding AR15’s and assault weapons threatening the cops in Texas ok. You know, you’ve got all the stuff on twitter and everything with the Black Lives matter threatening you know people and so forth. You look at these cop killers and half of them have gone on FACEBOOK for crying out loud, but out there on face book their hatred for cops. Pictures of them holding and so forth. We’ve got to get a handle on it. (Inaudible) The end game here. It (inaudible) As I said, I hate to go all conspiracy theory or anything like that ok but if anybody is looking back 30 or 40 years like one of the other people mentioned ok, one of the former cops here, he knows. He knows about the cameras on the streets in New York City. I noticed the first article I ever saw (inaudible) Tom: Yeah hey Red Hawk your phone is cutting out real bad but I do want to go back to Alex again and get his opinion on what both you and Eric said, especially what Eric had to say. Alex, are you still there? Alex: Yup, I’m still here. I agree completely with the gentleman that was just speaking just before it went out. Eric, when you were saying you got out of high school and you went to college and found out it was a completely different world and you know, how can we get people to be able to do that more? I absolutely agree with you, and I think there are some venues, some avenues you could take. Like for instance if you’re in school, if the school happens to be well integrated and not either completely black or completely white or mostly Latino or something like that. What you can do is, you’ll find out that the kids, the students in the classrooms, a lot of them are willing to make friends with anybody that happens to feel the same way they do or that they like the person or the person is helpful or something like that. Either way, whatever way it goes. That’s one of things you can do and the parents of these students they have to help their children to go along with that kind of relationship with other people. Sometimes it’s difficult, and they might not be able to do anything about that but you’ve gotta try. Give them that particular hook to get into being able to be friends with other races or other ethnicities ok. That was something that, the other place that I think of the most, your church. It is one of the most important places where you can have people of other races, people of other ethnic groups come together and socialize and develop friendships and it’s an extremely important way to get these things done. Tom: Yeah. I want to go back to Red Hawk. We’ve only got one minute left here. Just some last words. You still there? Red Hawk: Yeah I’m here. Tom: Yeah any last words? We’ve only got a minute left. Red Hawk: Ok. Yeah you know I think it begins with the parents. You have to. You have to just teach your kids the value of everybody. You can’t discount anybody you’ve got to let them know that everybody is equal and should be listened to. It shouldn’t be a situation where you’re teaching, oh you know those people are just kind of low rent or those people are just kind of you know not up to par with us. You have to just really express that people are equal. Just like martin Luther King said, “The content of a person’s character is important.” Tom: Very good point. Like I said, Alex, Eric I would appreciate if you both could send me a quick email at just so I can keep in touch with you guys. Really good callers and Id like to get you on a future show somewhere later down the road. Anyways, I want to thank everyone that called in to listen to this show. I appreciate it. I think it’s a really good topic. Sorry we didn’t have enough time to delve into it some more. I want to mention that what I did in the last show is there is a new show starting next Friday. Its called The Prepping Academy Fridays at 6 P.M. Specific and that’s on Fridays. The host of the show is Forest Garvin former US Air Force Airman. He is also a survivor instructor, NRA Instructor, HAM instructor and much more. Also, tune in every night at 6 P.M. on It’s a lot of great shows. Catch you guys next weekend. Caller: Ok. Have a good one! This article first appeared on Galtstrike and may be copied under the following creative commons license.  All links and images including the CC logo must remain intact. 

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Success stories in writing and publishing. Tips from a self-made publisher

July 29, 2016 Editor: Cari Schofield 0

Melanie Davis is the founder of Triumph Press, publishing a nonfiction genre of books including true and inspiring stories of overcoming or self help.  She is also a bestselling author and ghostwriter, including The Triumph Book Series.  The Triumph Books is the first in the series, sharing the stories of people who have endured severe tragedies and who have found purpose and joy BECAUSE of what they went through.  For the second half of our show we talk with Thad Forester and his experiences as an author.  Thad was inspired to write because of his love for his brother who was Killed in Action which led him to publish his first book with Triumph press.  In this podcast,  both will share their success stories in publishing and writing.   (click here if you are unable to see the video) If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to like us on Facebook.  Listen to us Live Saturday Evenings at 6PM pacific time at Bumper Music:  “Bankland” By Javolenus / CC BY-NC 3.0 Transcript The following is a text transcript of the audio.  Due to the verbatim speech and nuances it may be difficult to read.  However, it is being provided as a courtesy to the hearing impaired as well as for those who wish to move quickly on to the pertinent parts of the podcast. Transcript is at least 80% accurate. Time stamps do not match the video. Tom: Welcome Galtstrikers. This is our weekly Libertarian talk show where we not only discuss not only the problems of today but also solutions. If you have questions or comments during tonight’s broadcast the call in number to get on the air is 1.347.202.0228. After you’ve connected remember to press 1 so our producers will see you want on the air. If you are listening to this show over on blog talk or any other website that carries the player. You can also listen and join us over in the chat room at So tonight we are actually going to have a two hour show. For the recording it will be broken into two separate shows. For those of you listening live we will have two hours. For the first hour we are going to be speaking with two guests about how they became authors. How one of them became a self-made publisher and how their success stories can inspire you to become successful in writing your own books or even starting your own business. For the second hour we will be talking about the recent police shootings. The black lives matter movement, the violence and what can be done about it. So let’s get started. My first guest to night is Melanie Davis. She is a self-made author and publisher and has a very interesting story to tell on how she got started in her own business. Welcome to the show Melanie. Melanie: Hey, thanks for having me. Tom: Yeah thanks for coming on. So, anyway, you started your own publishing company called Triumph Press. Could you tell us a little bit about that and then give us a short summery about that and then basically start from the beginning on how you got into publishing and writing books. Melanie:  Ok. Well I guess sit all started in my college years when I studied English and have always enjoyed writing but as years went by and I became a mother I turned my writing largely to journal and I developed a tradition that when I was pregnant and found out if it was a boy or girl I would go and buy a journal. A little girl or little boy journal and I would start writing in it and I would take it with me to the hospital and have them put their first foot print in it and write a mothers first message to her child. I did this with my first 3 children.  My third child is a daughter. Her name was Brin and she passed away at 7 months old of SIDS and what I did some months after her passing I picked up my journal I had been keeping for her and I wrote what happened.  What it was like finding her in her crib. The ambulance ride praying that she would make it but knowing that she was already gone and all the challenges we had following her death.  We lived in San Jose California at the time and we buried her in Carson City Nevada and we had a little tiny white casket in the back of our van and we were driving. We broke down in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and so I remember standing in the rest stop watching the tow truck pulling my van with my baby’s little casket inside and driving away. There were a lot of challenges at that time that I was able to write down. Then a long time, not to long, but sometime after that I picked up my journal again and this time I wrote what I learned and that is that I know God lives. I know that he helps us and supports us in our challenges. Because if you had asked me before my daughter had passed away how I would react to losing a child I would have said, “Throw me in a dark room. Lock me up and throw away the key.” I would have not thought I could get through that but on the day of her death and even during her funeral heaven was so close and was actually such a sweet experience. If you were to see the pictures from her funeral you wouldn’t find one of me crying. I would even go back to those days so I didn’t have to live the ones following. So I wrote what I learned and I wrote my wisdom because I wanted my children and my posterity to know that whatever challenges or difficulties come in life that they can get through them. That is who my audience was. Well, after some time I discovered a new technology that everyone has seen now but at the time it was brand new and that’s what I call story booking and that is where you are able to digitally publish a scrap book that has your pictures and your stories and I was pretty excited to find this technology because I was able to put my journal into it along with all my pictures of my daughter from her life and the funeral. Now when you go through something hard and people hear about it and know you’ve gotten through it and done fairly well. They will come to you and ask when they have someone they are concerned about or are maybe going through something similar. And they’ll ask you how did you get through it or what can I say to my sister or brother or friend or coworker that just lost a child? All I could do was publish or print another copy of this book. I would give it to them and say maybe there is something in my story that can help them. And I probably handed out about a hundred copies of that little colorful printed story book. It’s a hard back book and as I did this I felt great healing every time that I could use my story to help someone else and I got a lot of wonderful feedback who either gave or received that book. So I ended up working for this company that was called Heritage Makers and they are the first company to come up with this technology and so I became- – it was actually one of those and it still is actually. I am no longer in it because I’ve moved on to start my own company but it’s called Heritage Makers. So I became one of their first consultants and within I think it wasn’t much more than a year I moved up to become one of their founding executives. I had about eight hundred consultants underneath me.  It was an MOM type companies. Just to try to shorten this a little bit I discovered that that process of writing was so healing I developed another kind of process that I called story books for healing. Wrote a program that I later renamed the Triumph Program that helps people to go through the process that guides them to write their stories and find the purpose in what they went through and ways they can use that to help others. And then publish books at the end of it. In the process of working on this program I worked with a lot of Hospices and I ran bereavement groups that utilize this program and I had some phenomenal results but I had a lot of bereavement counselors get mad at me because I would tell people that you can overcome grief. They would get mad at me and say, “Oh we don’t say that. We aren’t sure that’s true that you can find a new normal. Or in time it will get better.” They have all these catch phrases that really set the bar low for people that they will ever be happy again. Of course over coming grief is how you define it and I define it as finding purpose and joy in life and being able to continue to live with a smile on your face and hope. So that is when I wrote my first book which is called The Triumph Book. It is a collection of stories from people who have endured sever tragedy that found purpose and joy in life because of what they went through. It is all types of tragedies. Not just death/loss. There are stories of dealing with MS. A man whose wife was killed in a car accident on their honeymoon. A story from the tsunami. Many different types of stories and a lot of them were so intense that the made the news when they first happened. But my book was able to show what happened afterwards. How did they get through these challenges and I wanted to maintain creative control of my book. I wanted to control what the cover looks like because it was significant. It is a silloute of someone standing on a winner’s platform and they are holding a book above their head representing their story saying this is the greatest gift I have to share with the whole world. I wanted to maintain the integrity of the story because they are all first person. Sometimes I help people write them but they are all first person which is the best way for history to be recorded. So what I did is I started my own publishing company called “Triumph Press”.  Then after publishing that book I actually went on to write another in what became The Triumph Book series and that is called “The Triumph Book Hero’s”.  Which is a collection of 27 first person stories from our veteran’s spanning the decades of war from World War II up to our recent conflicts, all different ranks and wars. It was actually in the course of writing that book that I met the next guest that you’ll have on this show. I was able to tell the story of his brother, Mark Forester, who was killed in combat, and some other important stories and some very historically important stories that had never been told before I interviewed the veteran. But in the course of writing the book I found out I had been an ignorant civilian and had no idea the battles that our veteran’s  face when they come home from war. Anyway, I went on to create another version of the triumph program that is meant to help them overcome PTSD which is causing the suicide epidemic of at least 22 a day. There is actually 18 a day as I was writing that book and it has only increased. After producing that book and another work book in addition to the triumph program I then went on to publish other authors and there are quite a number of books in the Triumph Press Library, one of them being Thad Forester’s book, “My Brother in Arms”. It is all about his brother Mark. I have a lot of military books in my collection. The genre of Triumph Press is true and inspiring stories that can make a difference in the world. I also publish self-help. So I have quite a variety of books. I do have one that I think would interest the audience that’s listening written by Todd Jones called, “Fully Prepped; A comprehensive guide to what you need to be prepared.” It is a really terrific book for anyone that is interested in preparation. Tom: How can – – What’s the easiest way for them to find that book? Melanie: Just go to the website and you can get the book. He sells it in bulk with great discounts so they can share it with friends and neighbors and family. Tom: I’m gonna post that in the chat room so it is Ok I posted that in the chatroom Melanie: They will see on the home page. I have actually have gone on to be a co-host with Todd Jones on his show called “Effective Tactics.” So they will see it. We have kind of, a graphic that makes it look like we are on a big billboard in Dallas, Texas.  We are not actually but you will see me there on the billboard with him if you go there. So yeah, I published a number of books. Quite a few of the books I’ve published have gone to number one on amazons kindle including Todd Foresters. Mine went to number two “My Triumphs with Hero’s.”  That is because I could never knock The Art of War of number one. Tom: Oh wow. Melanie: A pretty tough one to compete with. So I feel very fortunate to have gone through a challenge, a tragedy that I did because I do have faith in God. I have faith that I will see my daughter again and I know that her death was in His plan and it had a purpose and I feel that the purpose was so that I could do what I am doing. Being a publisher, an author and I am also a ghost writer. I’ve gone on to work with authors that need their help writing their books. I am about to publish two books next month that are pretty amazing. One of them deals with parental alienation. This is a father that had to fight his ex-wife in court to regain the rights to parent his son. She did some pretty bad stuff to him and accused him of things like sexual assault on their child and things he never did that caused him to lose his job. He finally won the rights and she lost hers because the courts saw through everything that she was doing. She ran home immediately shot her son and then shot herself. Come to find out the things he went through are not at all uncommon and I think this is going to be an extremely important book in making changes in family law and mental health systems and hopefully CPS as well to protect our children and our families when there is a custody battle. So yeah. Sorry probably not as brief as you would of liked. Tom: No, I think it is a pretty heartwarming and compelling story of your life’s experiences. Sad to hear that you had to go through that, but it seems you are providing a very much needed service with your publishing  company and the types of books you publish to really help people out that need that help. You certainly don’t sound like a greedy evil capitalist to me. Melanie: No. but you know what I have no problem being successful and it empowers me to do more good. There’s – Tom: Well yeah exactly. Melanie: I used to do a lot of my work kin of on a service basis for free and because Im like “Oh how can I charge people? “ But I just couldn’t maintain that. It is just not possible. Making a business out of it allows me to do more good. Tom: I have found that in the prepping movement with APN and you know writing blog post myself and things I have seen with some of my other friends that are authors and produce content. A lot of times we get vilified by people like “This should be free! These videos should be free on YouTube! These books should be free!” And I’m thinking well you know, authors gotta eat to. Authors got to survive. Publishers need to survive. I think the free market and capitalism get such a bad name so often you know people think, ”Oh you’re just doing that for money.”  Well. My answer is “What do you do for work”? Would you do your work for free too? Some people have a gift for writing and that is what they are called to do. To write or publish books and you know, when you are providing a much needed service there is nothing wrong with selling that because that provides you with the money and the capitol to move forward and continue to do what you do to help even more people and I think it is an excellent service you are providing with your publishing company and helping these authors to get their stories out to people which in turn helps people that read those stories. If you are just giving everything away for free I don’t think you could go nearly as far as you are able to do with the way you are doing it now. So I think this is really awesome. How can people reach your website? Is it or something like that that they can go to? Melanie: That is a good guess. and if there is anyone listening that is interested in writing a book or learning to be a better writer I actually have a free e book that they can download  called, The 7 Rules of Exceptional  Writing.” They are welcome to go to my website and download that and I think you will learn a lot about how to be a strong writer. Writing well is just a matter of being a good re writer.  That is what this teaches you. How to take what you are putting down and go through it and strengthen it where you can look for things that can make your writing more compelling and more interesting and more lively. So – Tom: So anyways – – Melanie: That is something I do give free, Tom: We have about 9 more minutes before we bring Thad on. Obviously we will go to a break before we bring Thad on but I want to go over a few things. First, if any of our callers that are listening in on the phone or anyone that is listening on the player if you’d like to call in and talk to Melanie and ask a question or two. The number is 1.347.202.0228 and don’t forget to push 1 on your phone so that you can get connected with our producer. Anyway, you’ve got some words of wisdom that you have provided for people to become successful. So let’s go through the list of that since obviously you’ve become successful in your publishing business. What can people do if they want to be an author, if they want to be a publisher or maybe they are just starting some other type of business? What are some of these steps? The first one you showed here is pursue your passion. Could you talk just a little bit about that and how people can pursue their passion? Melanie: Yeah. That is the first tip. I think I sent you 7 or 8 tips and that is number one. That probably goes without saying but it comes first because whatever you choose to do you can be wildly successful but it’s going to be work and the only way you’re going to work as hard and long as you might have to to be as successful as you like is if you’re passionate about it. So that’s just the first thing when you’re looking at starting a business make sure that it is something that you love. Tom: Ok. Number two here is, “there is no such thing as overnight success but a good mentor will show you the short cuts’. Melanie: Yup. That’s right. Any time you see- – I see commercials on television of advertising someone trying to sell their program to become a millionaire in short order. There is no such thing as overnight success but I know having gone through the path of reaching success that there is a lot of places I made mistakes. Spent a lot of time or a lot of money on things that if I had a mentor they could have steered me clear of those rocks and that is what I do for my authors in addition to publishing with them. Helping them publish their books I become a coach for them. And so I can take what I’ve learned, and a lot of times learned the hard way and help them not have to go through the same things.  I’ve also learned some ways that can really help some great marketing opportunities or ways to promote a book that can be very successful. If Id of had someone like me helping me along I think that, I do believe that  I would have had more success a lot sooner and at the very least I would not of had some of the failures or I guess there is no such thing as failure but some of the life lessons could have been taught a lot easier. I encourage people to seek out a mentor.  Someone that, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same business they are in but just who has been successful in business. Of course if your and author you would want to seek out someone who has been a successful author, just ask them what they recommend. What is their wisdom? What should or shouldn’t be done. Tom: Yeah. Definitely help people to save a lot of time and hardship in their own business to find other people who have been successful to help them learn from their mistakes basically. Number three, “Failure is a requirement for success.” Melanie: Yes. I absolutely believe that and so that might seem like an opposition to what I just said in tip number two but you are going to fail when trying to succeed. It is inevitable and it has to happen because there is skills and opportunity that comes from failure. My dad just finished reading (inaudible) book. I think it’s called; it’s something catchy, The Shoe Box or something. I just came out this year. Anyway he is the founder of Nike. In his book there is so many times he was just about to go bankrupt and just about to fail but some of the things that would happen to him, he would use his opportunity and it was actually what catapulted him to success. Some of the different ways that he was being criticized, well it turned him into a perfectionist. Instead of just having an average factory he has factories that are internationally recognized. It is tremendous examples of working environments for his employees. Definitely when negative things come along they can help us to reach heights that we might not of without those failures Tom: Yeah. I think a lot of people get discouraged and you know, give up to easy because they fail the first or the second time. Then you try to encourage them and they say, ‘oh it’s impossible. I failed, I am not even gonna try.” But I think they say like the average business person fails at least three times before they become successful and that’s the average. Some people probably succeed their first shot and there’s probably people who have tried 20 or 30 times before they get it right. That is what my grandpa used to tell me. You will fail at least 3 times before you succeed and he has been right about that. I know I have failed at least 3 or 4 times in business. I’m finally getting some things right and finally getting to be successful myself. A lot of work and has taken a long time. It goes back to number 2, there is no such thing as overnight success. Melanie:  There really isn’t, if someone is successful overnight then they haven’t had enough failure to keep that success in my opinion. They are going to make a mistake because you just learn and are stronger from those failures. I forget who said it but one of the phrases I’ve always heard is double your rate of failure if you want to be successful. Tom: Yeah Melanie: That’s one way to look at it. Tom: then number four is “Charge what you are worth.” Melanie:  Yes, that is very important and that is another one I have learned from experience. When you charge what you are worth people treat you the way you deserve to be treated. I’ve had different situations where I would charge very little and what I found is when I was trying to help and serve people is that when I didn’t charge enough they only valued my services as much as I was charging. There were a lot of times when those who paid the least worked me the hardest. When I started to raise my rates in publishing people appreciated the work I did more. It was really interesting and you know what? They were still able to pay it. Sometimes I helped them. I might help them set up a GoFundMe account. When I say help them I would actually help write their story for them or help them know how to put a video together to go with it and I’ve helped authors raise the money they need to pay me. So I can still give them some assistance but what I find is that when I charge what I am worth I am treated more valuable. So. It is really important. Tom: Yeah. I have found that too. Even like for example, getting sponsorship ads on my website if you’ve got some empty space you’re not charging enough. What is it? No. If you don’t have any empty space, if all your ad spots are filled up, you’re not charging enough. You should always have at least one or two empty spots on there. That means your charging enough. It is kind of a supply and demand thing. Same thing with hearing about musicians at their concerts. Charging outrageous ticket prices and people complain about that and I’m like, well, they’re sold out aren’t they? And they are like yeah and I go if they are completely sold out they aren’t charging enough for those tickets because what ends up happening is if they are too low on their prices then they get ticket scalping and stuff. People ripping them off and then charging double for those ticket prices. Even in the concerts there should at least be a handful of seats that are empty if they are charging what they are worth. People go well, that is price gouging. Well, no its not if people are willing to pay that much. If they want to pay that much then let it go, if it is too much then don’t go there. Melanie: Well and definitely, we have a human nature about us and we have our perception and when someone charges a lot we assume that means they are more professional and we treat them more professionally. So if you charge to little in your business you just don’t come across as professional. You come across as bargain basement and therefore people value it at that level so it is really important to figure out what your worth is and charge accordingly. Tom: well we are coming up on a break here and I want to get Thad in as soon as we can but you do have about four more points I want to go over real quick and we will go over those after the break and then I will bring Thad on. So let’s go to our sponsors right now. Advertisement Tom: Welcome back everyone. I have Melanie Davis on with me. She is an author and publisher. She owns Triumph press. The website is and we are talking about how she became successful. Anyway, we are going to go onto the other four points that you made here before we bring on Thad. You mentioned you may have to charge less than your worth to start out to prove your worth. So we are talking about charging what you’re worth. Now what about this? Charging less than your worth when you start out. Melanie: I know that may be in opposition with the first point however, when you are just first starting out it is okay to do some work that is for less and use that as an opportunity to do a terrific job so that  you show what you are capable of. Until you do some work, when you’re first starting out, you may know that you are great but you don’t have any record to prove it. You have to develop that track record. You might even look at it as a kind of is ok when you first start out to maybe do some work that is more of a gift to someone or something that is discounted as an opportunity to show what you can do and then as you build your portfolio then you can start charging more because you have a track record. Tom: So basically just to get your foot in the door. Ok then number six. Always ask for testimonials from satisfied customers and use them on your website and elsewhere. Melanie: Yeah. That is key. I know that I really rely on the testimonials of others when I am making a selection whether it is a product I buy on amazon or when I hire a plumber. If you’ve done a great job for your customer then ask them for a testimonial and they will be happy to give it. I have a page on my website where I have testimonials from clients I have worked with and I am really proud of that. It means a lot to me to be able to do work that is good enough to be able to build a page like that and I think it can make a big difference in your business to have someone select you over your competitors.  To have those testimonials where they can find them. Tom: Number 7; Find a way for your product and service to be tied to a cause and give away a preset portion of your profits. It serves others and gives you a marketing platform. Melanie: Yeah, that one right there I could probably spend 30 minutes talking about but since time is short that is something I do a lot with my authors. Usually they write about a topic that can be tied into a cause. Whether it is with veteran’s  or disabilities, there is a lot of different ways that I have been able to network off authors and their books with causes that their book may be able to help raise awareness for or raise money for. You can build a partnership with a nonprofit and say hey, if you help market my book I’ll return 10-15 percent of the sales to you. You can write about the cause in your book If you’re at that stage and help bring awareness to them and help tell their story. That is just some examples of how I have been able to do that in the type of business that I am in. But really, cause marketing is really some of the best marketing you can do and usually it doesn’t cost anything but what you are able to donate. I’d love to go on but I don’t want to take up any more time. If anyone wants to contact me about that I can talk to them a little more via email or my website. Tom: Yeah, I want to get Thad on here. The last one was run your business and don’t let it run you. Let’s bring Thad on. I want to get him the last 17 or 20 minutes or so. Thad, thank you for coming on. Thad: Great to be here tom, thanks for having me. Tom: Yeah, sorry we went a little bit over the hour there. Anyway, so you are one of Melanie’s authors. Can you give a little bit of back ground on how you got started and what got you interested in becoming an author and how you connected with Melanie? Thad: Well, in Sept of 2010 my little brother Mark was killed in action. He was my best friend and we had lived together as adults. I didn’t get married until I was older than the average Joe and we had lived together while he was in college. We were pretty close and I just knew immediately I wanted to write a book on his life. One reason was because we needed a record, our family needed a record of his life and I’ve seen it. You can see how quickly family, new nieces and nephews born. Well they don’t know him. They have never met him. We have got 5 or 6 new nieces and nephews in the family now that has been born since my brother was killed. So I wanted a record of his life but also I thought that you know, the world needs to know about these great Americans who voluntarily serve to protect us so I felt like it was a calling, it was a mission of mine to write the book. I didn’t know how I was going to get it published, I didn’t care early on because  there have been few things in my life where I have known that this is just what’s gonna happen. So I started working on the book and I met Melanie, I don’t know, maybe 9 months (inaudible) We spoke and she told me shed help me out. I never made any commitments. I kept working on the book and started talking to her more and then realized, and I looked at other options, but I realized this was really my best option. This is going to work because I could get some one on one coaching from Melanie and she was also passionate about getting marks example out there. Also, she was going to give me basically full control because I wanted say in how the cover looked and what it was called and so she really kind of met all the needs that I had. I’m not a , I’ve published and written one book, that was my first book and I’m not sure if I’ll write another one I am not experienced in it. I just had a passion for the story that needed to be out there. That is kind of how we got introduced or I guess how we got together in a business sense and why I chose her company Triumph Press. Tom: So both of you basically got started and found your successes through your own personal hardships that you had to overcome and you’ve used that to- – You know that is the same thing when last couple weeks ago I had a self-made publisher that came on and he became successful by drawing from his hardships that he went through. So I think that is something I think people really should, you know people that want to be an author or entrepreneur then they can learn from both of your experiences that they can draw on their own hardships in their past and use that to become successful. Or like Melanie said, using past failures as well. So could you tell our listeners how people can get your book and find out more about you? Thad: Well, there are several places. On amazon first of all, it’s called, ‘My Brother in Arms’. You can look up; I have a website an author website called Then also we have a foundation that is in my brother’s name so if you go to then you can find out all about him and you can buy the book from there also. Lot’s of ways to find out about me or the book. Tom: A couple other things about you. You said you started a podcast called Patriot to the Core. You’ve already done 4 episodes. Can you tell our listeners about that and how they can listen to your podcast and how that is working out for you? Thad: Yeah. Yeah.  I am new to this so I just feel like along this journey with writing the book and interviewing team mates of my brothers from multiple branches of the military I have met a lot of exceptional Americans who many have been injured whether it is physically or visibly or even those that suffer wounds that aren’t visibly. Also plenty others that are just freedom fighters that want to protect us and so I felt like I met so many and they kind of inspire me so I wanted to interview these types of people and share them with the world of podcasting. It’s not all military. I happen to have a great friend who is self-employed and he started a nonprofit where he is ready to deploy at any given moment to a natural disaster in the world. And he has gone all over the world many times. To Haiti, to Nepal, to Japan, I mean multiple places. He works with disaster relief; he works with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I guess more so with the Salvation Army and he tags the rural orphanages is his specialty. You know just people that are selfless and humanitarians and also many of them have a military connection but not all. So, I’ve got 4 recorded and edited but I am waiting until I get a few more and I will have it published on ITunes and probably through the google play option also. You can definitely listen to it if you go to or even to my website at you’ll see a link up there to the podcast patriot to the core. So there are four episodes up there now. Melanie will be one of the guest sometime coming up. So yeah, it is a new project that I am learning as we go as well. Tom: That is amazing. So that is So both of you in your businesses and organization and your podcast and your book, you’re providing a valuable service to people. That is what I really like about the free market. We talk a lot about that, the free market and the way to really be successful in that is to provide a needed service and it sounds like you are doing that with your podcast PatriotToTheCore. Anyway, I’d like to take some questions if we have any callers that are listening in and if they want to call in. the number to get on the show is 1.347.202.0228 and press 1 if you are listening right now and want to ask any questions to Melanie or Thad. Just dial one. I did get a question I wanted to ask from Dave in our chat room. He wanted to ask about some of the failures so I will ask Melanie first since she was on first. What are some of the failures that you went through Melanie that you learned from? Melanie: Oh Wow. This one. Tom: Maybe just one or two of the big ones and then I’ll ask Thad. Melanie: Ok. Let me think. I think that sometimes I tend to go big. I go a little too big and a little too broad. When you are doing something that you are passionate about you may find a lot of different ways to go about that business and you are so excited you want to go down all those paths. And they are all good paths but if you go to wide in your marketing or in the products that you are offering you can spread yourself so thin that you fail to be successful because you need to be more focused. I think that is probably one of my biggest weaknesses that I have to battle on a regular basis because as I continue to work I continue to find other ways to expand. Sometimes they’re good and are definitely doable but I have to keep reminding myself to stay focused on what is working before I jump to the next opportunity. I don’t know if that is to general. Tom: I am running into that myself, having too many irons in the fire. Sometimes I have that problem myself and sometimes it’s just better to stay focused on a few things than spreading out to much. Melanie:  And that is the last tip too. Run your business. Don’t let it run you and it is really easy to let that happen. It has caused my failures most often. Tom: What about you Thad? Any failures that stand out for you that you’ve learned from that have helped you to become successful? Thad: Well, I told you I think earlier Tom, earlier in the week, is I still have a day job too. I’ve experienced rejection with jobs. Even within my current company. You know one that I am still working on right now when it comes to maybe more so this topic, my book, is Costo. Costco has rejected me a few times to get the book in their stores and even if it is just to get in their system so I can do their book signing because we have all, most of us have been to a Costco on a Saturday and you see the enormous amounts of people that flow through there and I’ve wanted to get in there for a book signing. I don’t even care if the book is on their shelf or not actually and they don’t want my book in their store right now. So I don’t know I think I don’t really look at it as a failure I just look at it as I’m going to find a way and maybe it will take Melanie intervening somehow to make it happen but yeah. That is one of my biggest challenges right now is continually marketing the book. I guess 3 years old now and I think its gotten some great, for being a first time author and kind of not with a huge publisher we have been very fortunate. We’ve gotten some great reviews on ITunes or on amazon. Melanie: Yeah and you did reach number one on the kindle best seller list for a period and that is fantastic. I think Thad’s stuff is tremendous. His brother’s story, he is exceptional. I don’t think you’ve told them Thad but your brother was a combat controller for the Air Force which a lot of people probably don’t even know what that is but it is a special forces of the Air Force and they’re the guys standing up on the mountain top for all to see trying to coordinate the planes in the air to drop the bombs and the missiles where they are needed so they don’t hit the friendlies. It’s a stressful job and very few can do it. Thad you could probably explain better about that. It is really an incredible book and I can’t say enough good about that book. My son, at 17 he read it and it was life changing for him. Tom: We just have a few minutes left and we’ve got a caller on that I would like to bring her on so she can ask either of you a question. I have Mary Ellen, are you on the air? Mary Ellen: I am. I am. I was wondering what kind of stories garner the greatest interest in what you publish? Melanie: Well, true stories. Of course my genre is true stories. I think that truth can be far more fascinating than fiction. When you have a story of overcoming something really sensational or very difficult people are drawn to those stories. I think that we have an inate need to hear stories from people who have accomplished something that we need to accomplish or want to believe in. So I think stories that are inspiring, people are just drawn to them, they need them. They can do very well. Mary Ellen: Ok. Do you find that for example a different story for each chapter is easier to short? Melanie: That’s how my book series is “The Triumph Book” and The Triumph Book Hero’s”.  The Triumph book is 20 chapters and 20 stories. The hero’s book has 27 chapters so it’s 27 stories from Veteran’s. It’s kind of like a reader’s digest almost. One chapter and you’ve read a story. That’s how my books are formatted but others are just the telling of a story throughout the book. That’s how Thad’s story is. Thad’s story begins with, well, hearing of his brother’s death and preparing for what was going to come. It takes you through that and then takes you through his life. I like the way that’s organized. It’s a little different than just chronologically organized. If you’re looking for an interesting way to tell a story, unless you’re doing an anthology which is what I write. Collections of stories. I would always recommend finding unique ways of telling the story. Jump right in the middle of the excitement and then go backwards and show how you got there and then go forward to where you end up. That’s always an interesting way to tell a story. Mary Ellen: Great. Thank you very much. Bye. Tom: Alright. Anyway get back into this. Thad is there any more you want to add? We only down to about 4 minutes left for this show. I wanna give you a few final words before we close out the show. Thad: Yeah. I would just like to kind of pick up where Melanie left off. I ‘m glad that she said that about the book I mean, Mark was a combat controller and very few people know what these guys do or have even heard of them. I think very few know the Air Force has guys like this I believe. So one good thing about the book is that it introduces you to the world of the Air Force special operations field and also the book does begin with the end and I think we experience some very unique things. The notification process, how many people have had the guys show up at their door. The military uniformed men or women that show up at your door to notify you of the death of your loved one and so at Marks request he had simultaneous notifications of my parents and also me. So the book talks about that and how we were notified and the behind the scenes of how- – And these were people that notified us were team mates of Marks. Commanders and trainers and leaders and so it wasn’t just some Air Force people from the local Air Force base in Montgomery. They came from North Carolina and they had to stake out the houses and make sure we were home and time it just right to knock on the doors. So it goes through that process. The Angle Flight, I don’t think many Americans know about this. The transferring of the American hero’s body from war to the US of A. For Mark he went to Dover first and then made his way to our home town of Haleyville and so all the support from the Patriot Guard Riders which is another unique incredible organization that if anyone doesn’t know what they do I encourage everyone to look them up because those are some great Americans. We discuss some tremendous support from so many people that didn’t know us and didn’t know Mark and then lots of support that did know us and knew Mark. The book is a biography of his life so you can see how he became the man he was but also there is definitely a heavy military influence to it. You’re gonna see a lot of words from other people. You don’t hear me in the book talk about my biggest—really I wanted to make sure I was accurate and I wasn’t some mourning brother trying to make my little brother sound like some super human. So I really, it took three years to get this book published and so I think it’s definitely accurate and factual. There are a lot of testimonies of other people of the type of man and warrior he was. Tom: Ok well anyways we are just about at the end of the show. We have about a minute left and I want to thank you guys. I think that is amazing that you are carrying on your brother’s name the way you are in doing this in his honor. I think it’s great that both of you are doing what you’re doing  for veterans and for publishers and getting helping those people out. So I want to thank you guys for coming on and we’re going to start the second half of the show. We are going to talk about the violence in Dallas. If you guys want to listen in and give your opinions on that you’re welcome to0. We are gonna start that after the break here. I do want to mention also we have another show starting on Friday called The Prepping Academy Fridays at 6 P.M. Pacific. The host of that show is Forest Garbin. He is a former US Air Force Airman. Forest is a survival instructor in our instructor HAM operator and a Krav Mara apprentice instructor. Forest also owns a Carolina survival preparedness academy in Charlotte North Carolina. So that is Friday at 6 P.M. and I want to thank you guys for coming on. We are gonna go to a break and then start the other half of this show. Thad: Thank you Tom I enjoyed it.  

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