Something to ponder..

Check your change bowl at home, perhaps you have one of these..


The man on the face of this coin is Martin Van Buren. He served one term as the President of the United States from 1836 to 1840. He is most noted for having laid the foundations for the Democratic Party and the modern political machine. This little fact makes Van Buren a rather unique individual however, he is also unique for another very interesting reason. Among all of the former presidents of the United States and including Nixon, Ford, Bush, Johnson, You name him, Van Buren is the only man that is not a descendant of the medieval King John of England Also known as John Lackland. John Lackland was the King of England from April 1199 until his death in 1216.

You might think that Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for this unusual family tree but, you would be sadly mistaken my friend because Barack Obama is ALSO included in this blood line through his white mother, Ann Dunham.

From the inception of the United States to this very day, each and every president of the United States with the exception of Martin Van Buren share this common ancestry with King John of England.

And even though Martin Van Buren wasn’t actually a great president being soundly defeated in his bid for a second term by the Whig Party’s James K. Polk, I’ll at least give him this one saving grace for not being one of the “good ol’ boys”.

I keep one of these Martin Van Buren $1 coins in my pocket where ever I go. I figure If I keep this coin I’ll never go broke.. And I’ll always have something to talk about with someone if they are willing to listen.

This truly remarkable discovery was made by a then 12 year old young lady named BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California back in 2012.


B.S. Form letter Senator Boxer has sent me THREE times regarding vapor products

Dear Mr. @gotsteem:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.

If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, From this site, you can access my statements and press releases about current events and pending legislation, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit to track current and past federal legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator

Kemp Hannon, no friend to vapers OR smokers

New York E-Liquid ban

By creating this piece of legislation to ban e-cigarette liquid within New York, Senator Kemp Hannon is practically announcing to the planet that he is firmly tucked into the back pocket of big tobacco. This attack on the e-cigarette industry has nothing to do with the dangers of e-liquid and everything to do with taxes. By banning the sale of e-liquid, Senator Hannon is basically trying to hand the industry over to the huge tobacco giants and their disposable single use 1st generation devices. Big tobacco pays mountains of money in taxes to New York and this will ensure it stays that way as new taxes on e-cigarettes are sure to follow. To me, it’s as obvious as stripes on a zebra.

Kemp Hannon’s use of the recent NYTimes irresponsible newspaper article that reports about non existent soaring child poisonings and the unrealistic buying of nicotine by the barrel to lay the ground work for this foolish and callow bill is ridiculous. It is a perfect example of the tail wagging the dog. The dance between Big Media and Big Politics is just like the dance between the FDA and Big Pharma and it’s evil. These bullshit attacks on perfectly legal businesses has to stop!

Senator Hannon is truly a legislator that has no concern for the cigarette smokers or vapers of New York or anywhere else for that matter and lacks any vision of a society free from deadly cigarette smoke. I’m afraid Senator Hannon and many other vision-less legislators bottom lines are the mountains of tax revenues that are slowly eroding away from them due to increased sales and usage of non sin-taxed e-cigarettes. They are desperate to stop the hemorrhaging of their precious source of tobacco cigarette tax revenue. They want your money, they don’t give a shit about your life. That’s the truth.

apparently, censors cogent comments

In this article,

Lawmakers in Olympia, WA have approved a 75% tax that I will call EXTORTION on the e-cigarette industry. Thats a great way to push a business out of state that will more than likely be generating tens of billions of dollars within a few short years. Way to go Olympia.

I left a comment on their website earlier tonight and they censored it. Hmmm, why would that be? Well here is my comment.

I don’t understand how they can arbitrarily tax e-cigs. There is absolutely no proof of harm to users or bystanders. Does this mean they can tax aspirin because people want to get rid of a headache now too? Cigarettes are taxed based on the scientific proof of harm they do to people’s health. What is their excuse here? Hearsay and maybe’s? Is this LEGAL?

Didn’t the colonies split from England because of oppressive taxation? What the hell have we become? Time to start tossing these greedy bums out of those cushy taxpayer paid offices and elect representatives that listen to the citizens instead of thinking for themselves.

Kudos To Rep. Cary Condotta for standing up for vapers rights. Vapers vote, we are socially connected electronically and we remember.

I hate censorship. How can we have a discussion if you sensor our comments @Mynorthwest?


frisco is SAVED!


“you also point out that e-cigarette smokers might be inhaling formaldehyde and an ingredient used in antifreeze.”

Incredible. The admitted ignorance of SOME faceless, nameless voice. A voice that stifles an entire city from freely choosing to be tobacco free of their own will using nothing but chemicals all recognized by the FDA as safe.. and nicotine.

This faceless, nameless coward, I believe is not as ignorant as they may sound however. I’ll answer your question. What happens when e-cigarette smokers near me exhale? Not a God damn thing, you idiot. That’s what. What did you expect? Formaldehyde? Where does the formaldehyde come from? There is none in e-juice. There is no chemical reaction to form formaldehyde. It is a LIE. Our faceless voice is no dummy. They know the truth and yet, they vomit lies only to scare the readers who truly are ignorant. Yes, propylene glycol is used in antifreeze. It replaces the deadly diethylene glycol that used to be used to lower water’s freezing point. And your point? Since water is also used in antifreeze I guess we DRINK an ingredient of antifreeze every day as well.

The Frisco City Council is an assembly of fools. They are elected to WORK for you. This would involve EDUCATING themselves on the ISSUES that pass over their desks but where is the education on life saving e-cigarettes? Well it is passed along to them by some faceless, nameless voice out of thin air. And THAT is how your city council conducts business for the city of Frisco. Congratulations.

In the mean time, cigarettes still kill over half of everyone that becomes addicted to them. Cigarettes kill, Frisco City Council, but e-cigarettes save lives. Now the City Council kills too. That’s quite a legacy you are leaving.

Now, if you know what is good for you and the citizens of your good city, I suggest you do your jobs and do some research on the benefits of e-cigarettes. Next, RE-think your position on your e-cigarette ban and then, at the NEXT city council meeting, resend your idiotic ban on life saving e-cigarettes. You will be doing something that not many civic leaders have the courage or the intellegence to do. What is that you ask? That would be to begin the process of ELIMINATING deadly cigarettes from our society. Simply stated, it’s a monumental task. Are you up for it? I will salute you if you do.


my take on the e-cig game


E-cigs are the new game in town and a lot of people are all in. From selling to using, the numbers are only growing with e-cigs and this game has been in play for several years now. Amazingly enough, EVERY big tobacco company arrived late to this game. Not one of them had the vision to create the e-cig industry, not one. Oh, but they sure have the money to buy into this game, don’t they?

When one speaks about the e-cig industry, one needs to realize that there are actually two industries here. One is the industry that the big tobacco companies bought, the other industry is the one that isn’t mainstream like the first. It’s not as visible as big tobacco but it is everywhere if you look for it. Big tobacco bought the early fledgling startups that took off like a rocket in their early success. The owners of these early startups that went ballistic sold out cheap in my honest opinion. They were only in it for the money, kind of like big tobacco. These early start up companies sold 1st generation e-cig technology and a lot of people quit smoking traditional cigarettes using these devices, I among them. They do work, there is no doubt about it. If they didn’t work, big tobacco wouldn’t have invested in them. Now big tobacco owns 3 or 4 of these early businesses. The big tobacco industry is now selling 1st generation products that may be convenient, but are also quite costly to use regularly and are very wasteful. I really don’t see big tobacco moving away from these 1st generation cigarette-look-alikes either. These cig-alikes are not rechargeable, non-refillable and designed to be thrown away after they run out of liquid or battery, which ever runs out first, just like a cigarette. Also remember, real cigarettes are biodegradable while 1st generation e-cigs produce moderate non-biodegradable e-waste.

The second industry I spoke of is currently in it’s 3rd or 4th generation of innovation utilizing cutting edge electronics, variable voltage, refillable liquids, large capacity liquid storage and large capacity rechargeable batteries. Some e-cigs can even be programmed to provide an individual with the most custom draw and puff that suits his or her taste to perfection. Also, reusable e-cigs are not disposable, create no e-waste and are extremely economical to use. As much as 90% less expensive to use compared to traditional cigarettes and 70% less than 1st generation products. Big tobacco really can’t compete with this market either without changing their 1st generation product strategy. This second e-cig industry is really the market that all these bogus, “jump on the ban-wagon” non scientific based laws and bans are aimed at, and could possibly hand the entire e-cig industry over to big tobacco, lock, stock and barrel. What a brilliant strategy to save big tobacco from becoming the proverbial buggy whip maker. You see, Big tobacco must survive so all that tax money continues to pour into government. If big tobacco loses out in this war on e-cigs, there will be hell to pay but don’t count on that scenario happening. Big government, big pharmaceuticals and big tobacco as well as anti tobacco groups are doing everything they can to crush e-cig industry #2.

Anti tobacco groups also have a large stake in this game as well. They rely on funding from the government and believe it or not, from big pharma AND big tobacco. If big tobacco loses, so do organizations like the American Lung Association, the American Cancer society, and the American heart association, to name just a few. E-cigs pose a threat to every one of the above mentioned agencies, corporations and organizations. You can believe me when I say that none of these groups cares one bit about your health or mine. All they want are the rivers of money that tobacco and tobacco cessation generates.

You may think just why not tax e-cigs like cigarettes? Well, where there is no harm, there is no legitimate reason to tax. If they are going to tax e-cigs it will have to be a luxury tax or a fun tax or nicotine tax. Anything but what real cigarettes are taxed for which is the harm they cause to humans and the costs involved to treat and care for their victims. They may try to vilify nicotine but the fact remains, nicotine is not a carcinogen and is not harmful to humans except in huge doses. Something that e-cigs or e-liquid are incapable of doing.

So we are all faced with a really big question in this war against e-cigs, and I am not just talking about smokers and vapors but even non-smokers as well. A new and wonderful product has been invented that has the potential to make traditional cigarettes obsolete, possibly within my lifetime. Lung cancer can become a few pages or a chapter in a history book. People can continue to enjoy nicotine, or not, and no one will be harmed in either case. Many unnecessary money sucking groups and organizations can disband because they will have no real cause to march for anymore. The world overall health level will raise and everyone wins and lives longer. Are you for e-cigs or against them? E-cigarettes can not be deemed safe, this is true but, NOTHING in this world is safe. Nothing. Not water, not Gatorade, not cars, not helmets, not roses, not even kittens. But e-cigs are far, far, FAR safer than regular cigarettes. Some published studies believe as much as 99% safer.

Seriously, whether you are a vaper, smoker on non-smoker, what is the right thing to do here? Ban e-cigs? Are you kidding me?


something to think about

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of
the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this
statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence
ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception
of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”


“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”—Thomas Jefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from
those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
—Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it
goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars
of the world.”—Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the
pretense of taking care of them.”—Thomas Jefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government.”—Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
—Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep
and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against
tyranny in government.”—Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the
blood of patriots and tyrants.”—Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of
ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our
liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the
issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the
banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will
deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up
homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.


across the nation

Tens of thousands of people (maybe more) turned out today for what
has been called Chick-fil-a appreciation day. People showing their
support for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and opposition to
political pressure to boycott a company because it’s ownership and
leadership believes in marrige betweeen a man and a woman.

Personally, I don’t believe government should be sticking their noses in
this business or any other businesses business. If people are so butt
hurt about Chick-fil-a’s stance on gay marrige then they don’t have to
give them their business, plain and simple. Why does the left urge the
public how to think so much through political pressure? I believe it is
because if left up to the public to make up their own minds, the left
would lose the battle 95% of the time. So to avoid having to wake up
and smell the chicken, PAC’s shout at the top of their collective lungs
to move polititicians in their direction. I just don’t understand why so
many people that do have a belief on a subject are so easily bent into
an opinion that is not their own.

Well, today showed us that there are more strong mided people out
their than the left thought, at least on this topic. I wonder if the gay
marrige movement can organize an appreciation day for some fast
food eatery and show us if it will get the support that Chick-fil-a got
for standing up for the institution of man-woman marrige. I hope that
Der Wienerschnitzel doesn’t take the bait even though I’m sure it would
be good for business!

Incidentally Dan Cathy reported earlier today this little tidbit..

go figure! (laughing out loud)


help me out here…

Today, Justice Roberts sided with the four most liberal Justices
sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice
Roberts who is middle of the road with respect to our political
party system handed President Obama his seat in presidential
domestic policy history. The Supreme Court had several weeks
to rule on this Obamacare bill and I can’t believe Justice Roberts
seemed to have missed this little fact about writing laws for
America and it’s people.

First, here is the logic. Justice Roberts interprets the constitution
as stating that the government may not compel any Americans to
buy something from a private party under the Commerce clause
(good so far), but then says that congress can compel Americans
to pay the IRS taxes (a penalty or fine) if they do not buy
something from a private party. I’m sorry but does this even make
any sense?

It is a documented truth that the Obamacare bill that was
shoved through Congress two years ago and signed into law by
President BH Obama on March 23, 2010 was crafted and written
by the Senate. Now here is the little fact I mentioned earlier… In
Article 8 section 7 of the U.S. Constitution it states that all bills
for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.
By raising revenue they mean, taxation or creating tax law for the
purpose of spending by the U. S. Government.

It seems to me that Obamacare should be deemed null and void
based on this information and it also seems to me that all nine
Justices serving on the Supreme Court of the United States should
know this, after all, they all pledged an oath to uphold the
Constitution didn’t they? That means that they should know what
it says.

And for some interesting perspective from Peter Schiff, watch this:



the cure for cancer

The FDA, the National Cancer institute and big pharma are all in bed
together as well as many, many unethical doctors and scientists in my
opinion and over what? The cure for cancer.

I am amazed that I wasn’t aware of this until yesterday but whether
you believe it or not, there does seem to be a cure, thats right, a
CURE for malignant cancers and tumors that is NOT radiation or
chemotherapy and is NOT carcinogenic. It has NO side effects other
than to eliminate cancer. Sound unbelievable? Read on.

There is a doctor in Texas that discovered several medicines way
back in the mid 70’s that has CURED thousands and thousands of
cancer patients to date but has and is still being surpressed by,
you guessed it, the FDA, the NCI, and always in the background, big
Pharma. He has been in front of a Grand Jury over six times to date
by the FDA trying to put him in prison, His data and records stolen
under the guise of subpoena, his research duplicated by big Pharma,
AND his patents duplicated by big Pharma. All for the love of money.

You see, the FDA and big Pharma can not allow one man to hold the
patents for the cure for cancer. What would big Pharma do without
all that money that chemotherapy drugs generate for them?

Please understand that if and when the good doctors medicines are
approved for public use, it will allow a single scientist to hold an
exclusive right to manufacture and sell these medicines on the open
market—leaving the pharmaceutical industry absent in profiting from
the most effective gene-targeted cancer treatment the world has
ever seen. What really makes me angry is the fact that these
medicines were discovered almost 40 years ago and are to this day,
still not on the market.

Sound interesting? I highly urge you to watch this documentary. It
is quite an eye opener. It makes me wonder how many times the FDA
and big Pharma have been successful in repressing cures for disease
that we haven’t heard about, after all, there is no money in curing
people of disease but there sure is a boat load of money in treating
people for disease. Think about it.

This documentary is 108 minutes long without any commercial
interruptions. It will also be aired on the Documentary Channel on
May 4th, 2012. Get as many people to watch this and then let your
voice be heard about the unethical practices of our corrupted
system and the abuses of our beloved with cancer and the FDA’s
refusal to allow life saving drugs to CURE this blight called cancer.

You must click the link below the picture to watch the film.

See also,