One Year Later at PTPOL

One Year Later at PTPOL.

Well, this blog has been registered at WordPress.com for one year now. It took a while to get it off the ground, but it hit the ground running. (How’s that for a mixed – and contradictory – metaphor, by the way?) Click here to learn more about the blog, and here to learn a little bit about it’s author.

140 posts, 6,602 views, 482 comments, 200 WordPress likes, 192 Facebook likes, 54 followers on WordPress, 1150 followers on Twitter.

Not bad for an amateur one-man team, right? Well, its the readers that are more to thank. Without them there really is no point in writing.

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Funding for AXED: the End of Green Starting to Get on Pace

Funding for AXED: the End of Green Starting to Get on Pace.

AXED -- Kicktraq Mini

The project raised $7,492 on Wednesday, moving our average amount needed per day till the end of the project from about $2,500 to about $1,500. We are confident we can raise the $13,599 needed to reach our goal in the next week. If you are reading this on Thanksgiving, and/or plan on shopping till you drop on Black Friday, please save this link to the project somewhere you will see it over the weekend and donate $1, $5, $100, or whatever you can afford. This is an independent, grassroots effort and I can attest to the abilities of all of the individuals involved.

If you have a problem with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, malaria in Africa, bed bugs in major cities, US dependence on foreign oil, United Nations treaties and initiatives, takings of private property, restrictions on your ranching/agricultural and hunting rights, your tax dollars going to waste on the pet projects of special interest groups with an often anti-industrial, anti-economic, anti-autonomy, anti-liberty, and/or anti-human bent, then get involved; this film will not disappoint.

FREE GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONAL, PHASE SIX

Anyone who reblogs this (or related posts) on any blog platform will receive a free copy of the finished product when it arrives (slated for Earth Day 2013). Those using a platform other than WordPress will need to contact me and let me know at hank@axedthemovie.com. I have 20 DVDs to give away and 2 of them have already been claimed. Those that pledge have the chance at additional rewards.

Press Release for AXED: the End of Green

Press Release for AXED: the End of Green.

For Immediate Release

Three Weeks Left in Kickstarter Campaign to Fund AXED: the End of Green, a Film About Counteracting the Effects of Green Radicalism

The Film

Billings, MT – November 8, 2012 – AXED: The End of Green is an innovative new documentary from award-winning independent filmmaker Jeffrey D. King. It is currently in the fundraising stage and has been pledged some $17,282 from 153 backers so far. The team is ramping up their efforts for the final push and Mr. King is enthusiastic that he can reach his $50,000 goal by his November 30th, 1:59 AM EST deadline, especially now that the election is behind us. But not without more help from backers. He will not receive a dime unless the project is fully funded, to $50,000, the minimum needed to produce this film.

The subject has been touched on before, but Jeffrey and his crew maintain that their claim that this film will help effect the end of the green movement should not come as a surprise. While people like Al Gore and Lisa Jackson and things like Solyndra and Climategate have been conservative fodder many times over, these are seen by the makers of AXED as mere branches and blossoms on the tree that is the modern environmental movement. They instead seek to hack deep down to the roots and expose and cut off things at their source. Hence AXED. Not all by themselves, as they hope their film “will serve as a catalyst, a rallying point, for people concerned about abuses by the green movement in both government and the media, as well as to educate those not yet fully aware of what is going on around them. All that is really needed to bring this dangerous movement to its knee’s is a well timed, well placed, and well delivered blow. What better time than now? What better place than here? What better medium than film?” to quote J. D.

The Message

Rather than slosh together a few nature scenes, economic statistics, and interviews, the film will pay attention to quality and detail, which are key to keeping the audience engaged. To this they need the right team, sufficient funding, and a plan both cohesive and comprehensive. But this is just the technical side of things. What are the actual points the film is trying to make? We have asked one member of his marketing team to give us a few of them. Here’s what he has to say:

“The green movement has failed at it’s stated and/or publicly acknowledged objectives. What many of the more sincere ones, who are the bulk of the movement but tend to be low in the ranks – this is a fairly standard arrangement in top-down movements – neglect is that economic growth, private property rights, and bottom-up, decentralized modes of organization and governance are actually all conducive to a healthy, clean environment, and not the other way around as maintained by many on the left. This is even more the case when these things are in combination. The benefits are multiplied. So when their goals are to save the environment and yet they fail exceedingly to do so, in many cases making things worse or creating new problems, no amount of political power they have accrued and policies they have implemented can be cited as evidence in their favor.”

“The green movement has succeeded in co-opting the coercive power of government to achieve specific policies. But these policies do not help the environment, per se. What they accomplish in the main is to tie up resources, tie up jobs, tie up growth, and tie up our liberties. These things are not conducive to helping the environment and so can and often do cancel out the supposed benefits of the policies, if there even were any. Most rank-and-file greens don’t seem to know this. They are well-meaning but easily manipulated. But I honestly think that the higher-ups do know it, yet it remains of little concern to them because their real intentions inevitably have little to do with clean air, clean water, or clean energy. Raw power is their motive. It is a hard thing for those who make it to the top to remain pure, to enact policies that some how don’t increase their power. It is a rare person in such a position that does not seek to use corrupt means to magnify it. I take a few pages from Hayek on this: the worst rise to the top, but also Lord Acton: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

But there is an upside:

“Free Markets work! They are essentially an amalgamation of voluntary exchanges between individuals and groups of individuals. Things that can be exchanged are goods and services, which can include anything and everything that can possibly be traded for something else. Such exchanges would not occur if they were not beneficial to all the parties involved. Not unless coercion or fraud is a factor, but these things would are to be discouraged, prohibited even. Neither of these is present in a consistent free market system, by definition. And just how is such a system conducive to preservation of the environment? Because it is not in anyone’s best interest (in a system which discourages coercion and fraud) to pollute or erode or use up because the consumer will do his business elsewhere, once he realizes how detrimental it is to him in the long run. The facts can not be hidden from him if he has the initiative and faculties to uncover them and seek out alternatives, and there are no state-sanctioned roadblocks in his way. That’s what competition is! We do not have truly free markets these days.”

“Federalism works! It is a system of interlocking voluntary compacts on various levels of jurisdiction. It does not root out all problems by itself but it keeps the powers that be jealous for the loyalty of their shared or potential individual members. Ideally, like any other form of competition, the main beneficiary is the consumer, i.e., the citizen. The more levels of federalism there are the more competition, which is why when we essentially only have two levels vying for the hearts and minds of the people, one of them is at the mercy of the other, and they are both as far away from the individual as possible, the products, these jurisdictions, are greatly diminished in quality. We have not had true federalism for close to a century, some would say more. It has been eroding since the day the Constitution was ratified.”

So instead of just decrying the problems that they see, they will offer up solutions and ways to take charge so the that same problems do not arise again.

The Perks

Backers for the project can pledge any amount of $1 or more. Backers who pledge $5 or more will be credited in the film. Backers who give an amount of $25 or greater will not only star in the credits, they will receive special thank-you gifts in the mail. What these gifts are depends on the specific amount, at intervals of $25, $42, $60, $125, $250, $500, $750, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, and $10,000. As a sort of extra incentive,  the gifts handed out for amounts of $1,000 or more, have a limit of how many of these gifts can be claimed. First come first served on those, but there is no limit for the other rewards.

The Producer-Director

Jeffrey D. King (J. D.) is a 21 year old independent filmmaker from the Big Hole area of Montana. There he grew up in a ranching community and became familiar with many of the subjects the film will delve into. Growing up under the Big Sky gave him not just a love for the world around him, the environment, but also a love for freedom. His previous film (Crying Wolf, 2011), about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, was the 2012 winner of the SAICFF “Best Creation” Jubilee Award. He was a self-taught filmmaker from a young age. An ambitious and passionate young man with a hunger for the truth, he has a B.S.B.A. in Business Management from Thomas Edison State College and makes his living making commercials and promotional videos. He currently resides around Billings, Montana.

For more information about AXED: The End of Green, contact Jeffrey at jd@axedthemovie.comor Hank at hank@axedthemovie.com

The AXED: The End of Green Kickstarter funding campaign can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jking/axed

Campaign Flyer for AXED: the end of green

Campaign Flyer for AXED: the end of green.

FREE GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONAL PHASE FIVE

This is the campaign flyer (click to make bigger) for raising funds for a film (his second feature length) a good friend of mine is making. Here is his first film. I am his official marketing strategist and we are looking to make his next film even better, so we ask you to come be a part of it.

Anyone who reblogs this (and subsequent posts, limit 20 bloggers, limit subject to upward revision) or promotes this post or the film project on their blog (you may have to let me know in the comments if it is not a WordPress reblog) will be sent a free copy of the finished DVD (AXED Documentary) when it comes out, slated for the end of April, 2013. Free shipping included. You can message me here with your shipping address: hank@axedthemovie.com.

There are additional rewards for those who choose to back the project financially.

Understand that this will not be just another conservative exposé on the “climate change hoax” or elitists and ideologues abusing trust and authority. Consequently, it will neither imply (as some other projects seem to, though perhaps not intentionally) that conservation or stewardship of our natural resources (be it for health, aesthetic, or industrial purposes) is touchy-feely liberal clap-trap, nor will it offer up weak, hybrid “alternatives” to the green movement that create potentially dangerous relationships between the state and quasi-private entities. Instead, it seeks to put forth the twin solutions of free markets (not subsidized cronyism) and federalism (at all levels), angles that simply have not been covered enough in the conservative reaction to environmental extremism, at least not in the format of feature length film.

I am contacting as many people as I can in the conservative (and libertarian) blogosphere to help me get the word out, though I understand that some may want to look into it further beforputting their seal of approval on it, or may not even be interested at all. But I truly feel that it is activism such as blogging and filmmaking, that will be instrumental in arresting the progress of tyranny, in all its modes, whether cloaked in the guise of saving “the environment,” helping “the downtrodden,” educating “the children,” or countless other raiments that may originally have derived from quality threads and superior tailoring.

So those of you that are interested in arresting tyranny’s progress, especially in regards to the tying-up of natural resources and jobs-creating industries in the United States, should definitely check it out.

There are only 18 free DVDs left.

WAYS TO PROMOTE THE FILM

Reblog this or any related blog posts.

Write your own post.

Spread the flyer around to your friends and followers. Here is a link to the flyer on facebook.

Share the video and the campaign via social media such as twitter, facebook, google plus, etc.

Put a widget on your blogs side bar. There are two that I recommend, but neither of them seems to be compatible with WordPress.

AXED by J.D. King — Kickstarter (includes video widget and sidebar widget)

AXED: the end of green Kickstarter campaign Countdown Clock | CountingDownTo.com (must be registered, but basic registration is free)

Whatever you decide will be an enormous help!

Update: AXED: the end of green

Update: AXED: the end of green.

THE CAMPAIGN IS LIVE: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jking/axed
Check it out now til November 30th 2012. Help us make this film!

Why Axed?

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry David Thoreau

In the name of the environment, the Green Movement is swinging a dangerous hatchet at liberty, prosperity, and the free world. People everywhere have been programmed to think that the green movement is good for the earth and humanity. This film has an axe to grind with these myths.

http://www.facebook.com/theendofgreen

FREE GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONAL, PHASE FOUR

This is the campaign video for raising funds for a film (his second feature length) a good friend of mine is making. Here is his first film. I am his official marketing strategist and we are looking to make his next film even better, so we ask you to come be a part of it.

Anyone who reblogs this (and subsequent posts, limit 20 bloggers, limit subject to upward revision) or promotes this post or the film project on their blog (you may have to let me know in the comments if it is not a WordPress reblog) will be sent a free copy of the finished DVD (AXED Documentary) when it comes out, slated for the end of April, 2013. Free shipping included. You can message me here with your shipping address: hank@axedthemovie.com.

There are additional rewards for those who choose to back the project financially.

Those of you interested in arresting the progress of tyranny, especially in regards to the tying-up of natural resources and jobs-creating industries in the United States, should definitely check it out.

There are only 18 free DVDs left.

WAYS TO PROMOTE THE FILM

Reblog this or any related blog posts.

Write your own post.

Share the video and the campaign via social media such as twitter, facebook, google plus, etc.

Put a widget on your blogs side bar. There are two that I recommend, but neither of them seems to be compatible with WordPress.

AXED by J.D. King — Kickstarter (includes video widget and sidebar widget)

AXED: the end of green Kickstarter campaign Countdown Clock | CountingDownTo.com (must be registered, but basic registration is free)

A Little More Background

A Little More Background.

Genealogy is an old hobby of mine. One that I haven’t spent too much time on recently.

On my Dad’s side I’m Irish (Moore family goes back to the Irish lords of Leix and pre-Roman High Kings of Ireland), German (Spangler family goes back to 12th Century Crusader), Jewish (Shaltiel family goes back to the House of David), among other lines. And on my Mom’s side I’m German (Hahn family goes back to Prussian fowlers), Welsh (Vaughn family goes back to Pre-Saxon Britain), and English (St. John family goes back to Elizabethan era peerage), among other lines.

Three people stand out at the moment. Probably because they all fought in the Civil War.

One member of the Spangler family who came over from Germany as a teen and served as a Union Army officer in the War of Northern Aggression (I have to get my digs in). He presumably came over in 1852 after all the unrest and revolutions in Europe. The Union Army was full of such immigrants. Many of them were socialists. Some of those were officers.

One member of the Shaltiel family was living in Louisiana at the time the Civil War broke out. He became an officer in the Confederate Army. He was also a spy and was captured by a Union outpost but later made his escape and became a mining magnate and newspaper tycoon in Colorado after the war.

And one member of the St. John family was hanged as a war criminal for being a member of the Quantrill Raiders. They were quite the hands at guerrilla warfare, what some might call terrorism. Other members of this group included William Quantrill“Bloody” Bill Anderson (he was so bad that people wear his face on t-shirts to this day), the James Brothers (Frank and Jesse), and yes, Josey Wales and Reuben Cogburn.