Liebster Award Nomination



I know a woman. Her name is Paula. I have known her since I was in the 7th grade. When I first met her she was friends with my older brother. They would hang out together working on school projects and she even made a few appearances to our house for supper and a visit.  Even though I was younger than her by five years, she still lit my fire.

Skip ahead to the 80’s and you will find that Paula and I had a chance meeting. It was completely unexpected for both of us and, even though it was brief, it would lead to our first date a few months later.

That first date took place in the month of September of 1985 and we would end up seeing each other every night after that until January, 10th of 1986. The next day, which happened to be January 11th, I watched as she walked down the aisle with her father. When they reached the front of the church he handed her over to me and we became a happily married couple.

Today it has been just over a month since we celebrated thirty two years together. As with any marriage that stands the test of time we have had our good times, bad times, and even times when we questioned why we were still together, but through it all we have remained a happily married couple as we promised each other on a cold day in 1986.

The reason I have taken the time to explain the success of our marriage is because she is the one to nominate me for this fantastic award along with the opportunity to spread my success on to other writers. It is an honor for me and I love my wife for including me.

First an explanation of the award.

The Liebster Award recognizes and celebrates bloggers, their content, skill, and contribution to the blogging community. The rules for accepting a nomination are:

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.

Answer the questions.

Nominate 11 bloggers to encourage them.

Ask them 11 questions.

Let them know you have nominated them.

Now on to my questions supplied to me by Paula, the person who nominated me for this award. What or Who got you started on your current path? …  Our journey through life happens on multiple paths at the same time. I believe we are all “Spiritual Beings made of white light on a human journey”. My current path is a mix of Spirit and the mundane and I have had many mentors with both. The most important of the two would be my current Spiritual side which began with a reading from a very wise man who would become my Godfather. The “what” would be the lightning that happened thirty days later and became the reason for what I believe in.

  1.  What’s number 1 on your bucket list and why? …  That is an interesting question and the answer is an easy one. The number 1 thing on my Bucket List is to complete my Spiritual journey. That will consist of two major steps I must take on the path I began 17 years ago. Once those steps have been achieved I will be able to say #1 has been completed. There is a direct link from this answer to the answer for the first question.
  2. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time? …  Prospect and mine for gold, gemstones, and any other treasure of value. I was raised to love time spent in the wilderness and sustain myself on all levels while there. Today I feel most comfortable in a gold mining camp, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by like minded people, all doing the same thing. Finding and getting gold.
  3. If you had 10 minutes with the leader of your country, what words of wisdom would you impart? … Wow only 10 minutes ? What I have to say to him would take more like 30 minutes but with 10 minutes in mind I would talk really fast. I would explain to him how taking cannabis and hemp off of the FDA schedule would be a God send to millions of people all over the country. I would continue on with my opinion of how wrong he is with some of his Twitter posts when it comes to Foreign Affairs and other sensitive subjects. I would quickly add how gutting the EPA is not a good idea and how some of the things they protect are important. I would end with a quick thank you for all the good he has created and how he keeps the American public in his best interest.
  4. Why did you start your blog? …  I needed a place to put all of the things I like to write about in one place. I needed space to RANT, and last but not least I love the idea of people sharing stuff that other people have written or shared themselves.
  5. What is your favorite time period, i.e. 1800’s Wild West, Roman Empire, etc. and why? …  This is an easy one due to my love of gold. There was a time in our past that saw the beginning of exploration of the west and the Great North. My favorite time period would be when gold was so plentiful that a person could walk around on a gravel bar by a river or small stream and pick up a gold nugget laying on top of the gravel and rocks. Sometime in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s.
  6. If I come visit, what local delicacy are we eating? …  Since I live in the mountains and love to hunt my food you will be dining on a large variety of dishes from fresh trout caught in a local stream to deer jerky made from last years hunt. From squirrel and rabbit to groundhog and rattlesnake. If you have any sensitivities it might be best to call ahead.
  7. Are you majorly left-brain (rational) or right-brain (artistic)? Or maybe you’re both? …  I am a little bit of both although my wife might tend to disagree. I have all of the “alphabet diseases” like ADD, ADHD, and even a few they haven’t figured out letters for. When I was a kid they didn’t have all those letters to describe a child’s behavior. When a child misbehaved they were punished. Today they are given a title and some narcotics so they fit in better.
  8. Do you have any phobias? …  I guess after being dead three times about the only fear I have is the one I was born with. The fear of falling. We all have it and if you want to test yourself for it do this… Sit on a straight back chair and lean back on the rear legs. Find the spot where you are about to topple over backwards and go past it. Catch yourself just before falling backward. That knee jerk reaction of a fear of falling is one we are all born with.
  9. What area of your life needs work, or are you happy with everything? …  The area of my life that needs a lot of work is my health problems. My back and neck are in pretty bad shape thanks to a life of driving truck and a couple catastrophic accidents. Recently I experienced a sudden, unexplained weight loss and I have been working on that with the hope that a good core will help my back.
  10. What’s your favorite snack? …  I have one that is good for me and I have one that is in the junk food category. I love a fresh ripe tangerine or blood orange and it is a dead even tie between a Payday candy bar and a Snickers.

My 11 Nominations

  1. The Accidental Revolutionary
  2. ror1774
  3. Cristian Mihai
  4. Roxy Bentsen Faulkner
  5. Sweta Ojha
  6. Prospector Jack
  7. Body of a Sinner Mind of a Saint
  8. twiggyjen44
  9. Curt Mekemson
  10. Anthony Martinelli
  11. Jon Rappoport

My 11 Questions

  1. If a Genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be ?
  2. If you had your choice of countries to visit for an entire year where would you go ?
  3. Who is your favorite author and why ?
  4. Sight, hearing, smell, and speech… you have to give up one for a year. Which one do you pick ?
  5. Where in the world would you be if you were sitting on your favorite beach ?
  6. Dog, cat, bird, fish, other, multiple species, or no pets… which one do you pick ?
  7. You have invented a time machine. It only works in one direction. The past. What year are you going to set on the dial to travel to and why ?
  8. You have a choice for a new place to live. You have to pick one. Are you moving to the coast, the desert, the plains, or the mountains ?
  9. You just won $10,000,000. in the lottery. Who is the first person you share the big news with and why ?
  10. Do you know how to swim, and if the answer is no, do you plan to learn ?
  11. From one of my favorite movies… Red pill or Blue pill ?

Crypto Coinage

There is a storm in progress. This storm started in 2007 when Satoshi Nakamoto came up with the idea for Bitcoin.

In 2010 a guy paid for his pizza using Bitcoin to become the first person to make a Bitcoin transaction for an everyday product. The pizza cost around 10,000 Bitcoin. Do the math for an average priced pizza at that time and you find that one dollar bought you a lot of Bitcoin.

How much would you pay for the same pizza today with Bitcoin closing in on $15,000. per coin? Easy… it would be a pizza worth 1.5 million dollars. All in less than seven years.

The good news is no matter how high the price of Bitcoin goes the opportunity to take a small amount of money and turn it into a very comfortable retirement account or more is still the same today as it was when 1 BTC cost less than a dollar. The “why” part of that statement would take a while to explain but it has to do with the numerous new coins being produced on a weekly basis.

On one hand this is a good thing but on the other hand it is bad.

Lots of new coins, exchanges, groups, and clubs springing up and some are worth while to study and get involved with and others are nothing more than a scam.

I have very little experience in doing coin deals but what I do have is a brain that works like a sponge to water. I have spent upwards of 300 hours study time on the entire subject without spending a dime on coins.

Like anything new, there is a learning curve and those who are willing to learn the details are being rewarded with life changing money that is recurring on a weekly basis.

When I was introduced to MLM and network marketing in the mid 90’s I learned a lot about marketing and also attitude but the most important lesson I learned was if you want to be successful in something new you find the people who are already making it work and you copy what they are doing.

It worked in mlm and it is also working with “coinage mining”.

Follow success.

Personally I am somewhere in the middle of that curve as I absorb as much about coinage as possible. Things are about to get interesting next month when coinage is introduced to the futures market. There are different opinions about the effect this will have on both coinage and the markets and only time will tell but if you are already gambling on coinage and understand how they work then I believe there will be huge gains to be made over the long haul.

It is funny to watch all the so called experts on the financial TV shows like CNBC and Fox Business as they talk about Bitcoin as if it is a stock pick or a bubble. It makes me wonder if they are really that ignorant or if they are being told to downplay it on purpose. Either way it seems the topic of coinage has gone from being mentioned once or twice a week to being an everyday subject. The same is true on the internet on sites that used to be against it that are now touting it as the next great thing.

I started a private Facebook group on the subject which you can find here …The CC Club . Even though it is a new group we have attracted quite a few very knowledgeable people and been introduced to a plethora of great information along with a few good opportunities to be involved in a group setting. More people = more profits for everyone.

I am excited about the future of coinage and look forward to the possibility of creating life changing wealth in a short period of time.

More later…

Another New Family

As I traveled around the country in 2013 during the first year of Oro Expeditions I spent a lot of time living in a tent. It was easy to do this because of my membership in a popular gold prospecting and mining club known as the Gold Prospectors Association of America.


We joined the GPAA in 2009 while I was still driving a truck around the country for a living. Being on the road all the time made it easy to visit quite a few leases and properties owned by them and I took advantage of this almost every weekend while trucking.


It only took a couple visits to some of GPAA’s eastern spots for me to realize that gold miners and rock hounds have a lot in common with over the road truck drivers. They both live outside the norms of modern society and most live a solitary life with occasional “get-togethers” with “like-minded” individuals who share their passion.


Turns out I traded one “family” for another one when I retired from trucking.


I have been to and lived in quite a few gold camps around the country due to the fact that we joined multiple groups and clubs since 2013 in order to have plenty of places to go to prospect and mine.


In 2014 and 15 my wife Paula and I lived, full time, in various camps in the eleven western states and we replaced driving a truck with pulling a small box  trailer which we used to haul motorcycles for profit.


The trailer also served as our RV when we wanted to be in gold camp. We had a queen sized air bed along with a really cool kitchen setup for Paula. With a big tarp propped up on the side of the trailer it made for a very comfortable camp.


This year we took the next step with GPAA and joined the sister company known as Lost Dutchman Mining Association or LDMA for short.

It is actually the original club that was formed in the 60’s by the founder, George Massie.


We belong to and pay dues with 3 other gold prospecting clubs around the country but the LDMA is the biggest and best when it comes to that “family feeling”.


As a warm up for what should be a great season for Oro Expeditions we traveled south to North Carolina last week for our first visit to one of the LDMA camps. Vein Mountain LDMA is located in the central part of the state and sits on the western edge of the “quartz belt” that runs the entire length of the east coast.


We found out how special it is to be members of this huge club by spending a week on the property where we were treated like royalty by the caretakers, Brian and Vonda Yoder. A big THANK YOU to them and the other members in camp for a fantastic time. We are looking forward to returning in the fall.


My point with this post is that for 30 years I was part of the trucking industry which used to be like being part of a family. We kept to ourselves and spent most of our time in the company of other drivers and truckers due to the fact that we were always on the road.

Since retiring from the industry in February of 2013 that is the one thing I will always miss. The comradery of a family of truckers.


Today, after 4 years of struggling to make something out of Oro Expeditions, we have “ARRIVED” due to joining up with our newest family known as LDMA and all the great people associated with the company.


We are looking forward to our next trip which will be to the great state of Oregon to a place known as Blue Bucket. While there we will be participating in our first group event with LDMA along with having front row seats to the EPIC Solar Eclipse that will take place during the event.

Most exciting is the fact that the camp is almost dead center on the center line within the “Path of Totality” so our experience should be extraordinary to say the least.


Take a few minutes to surf over to and check out all the benefits of being a member of our gold mining family.

The best part is you get to keep ALL the gold you find. 😉


More Later…

Independence Day… a Few Facts

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walalton, Guinett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and  education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

“For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America.

The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British.

We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember freedom is never free!

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VIDEO FBI agent indicted on federal accusations he lied about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, a cold blooded murder

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LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent indicted for alleged false statements

Update: FBI agent faces 5-count indictment in Finicum shooting investigation

An FBI agent has been indicted on federal accusations that he lied about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum last year as police arrested the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

The agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, according to sources familiar with the case.

The indictment stems from a more than yearlong investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agent will be identified when he’s summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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An Open Letter to the President of the United States of America

Monday, June 5, 2017

1:10 PM

Dear President Trump,

I am a concerned citizen. The reason I am concerned is because of the number of mosques in our country. There are videos and sites all over the internet that show what is found when some of these supposed places of worship are inspected.

The fact is ISIS is here in this country and they are preparing for something. There is proof of military style training camps all over the country and they all have one thing in common. If you are trying to gain access to their property to ask questions or have a look around you are met with resistance which is usually armed.

The state of Michigan is in dire straits in certain towns like Dearborn and others where muslims have taken over the city council and changed laws to fit their beliefs. It appears  that the state of Michigan is soon to be their so called caliphate for our country. The writing is on the wall.

My solution to this growing problem is to ban the Quron in its present form and, using a special task force made up of local law enforcement, plan and execute surprise inspections of all mosques in this country.

If there really is such a thing as a “peaceful muslim” legally here then it is their patriotic duty to assimilate to our culture and values. It is our Constitutional law and we should accept nothing less.

Thank you for your time on these matters Mr. President. I know you don’t broadcast what you are planning but it sure would be nice to wake up to this news someday.

Yours in Patriotism,                                                                                                                    Curtis Hutson

Two years after the DEA admitted marijuana is less dangerous than heroin, Jeff Sessions would like to reconsider

March 15 at 2:58 PM

Less than two years after the Drug Enforcement Administration officially admitted that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” new Attorney General Jeff Sessions revisited that comparison in remarks today before law enforcement officials in Richmond:

I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.

Sessions remarks are contradicted by a wealth of medical and policy research.

For starters, researchers and policymakers aren’t suggesting that marijuana legalization will “solve” the heroin crisis. As I noted late last month, there is, however, abundant, peer-reviewed evidence suggesting that legalizing medical marijuana has led to decreases in opioid overdose and mortality rates in a number of states.
Video of Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking equating Marijuana to Heroin

Sessions: ‘We don’t need to be legalizing marijuana’


Expressing his views on drug policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said marijuana legalization wouldn’t be “good for us.” He also doubted reports of marijuana’s effectiveness fighting opioid addiction, adding “we need to crack down more on heroin.” (Reuters)

And my list is already out-of-date: A new report published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence last month found opioid hospitalizations decreased in states that allowed medical marijuana. Furthermore, those states saw no increase in the incidence of marijuana-related hospitalizations.

That speaks to Sessions’s second point: that marijuana dependency is “only slightly less awful” than heroin addiction. Drug dependency of any kind is, indeed, awful. And marijuana dependency is quite real.

But there is a spectrum of “awful”-ness of drug dependency, and evidence and common sense suggest marijuana and heroin are miles apart. For starters, heroin is lethal and kills 13,000 of its users each year. Nobody ODs on marijuana alone.

Second, the federal government’s own research undermines any equivalency between dependency on marijuana and heroin. You can often gauge how bad a given drug addiction is by looking at what happens when a user tries to kick the habit. For heroin, the National Institute on Drug Abuse lists withdrawal symptoms including “muscle and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, uncontrollable leg movements severe heroin cravings.”

Heroin withdrawal is so bad that users occasionally die from it, particularly in harsh criminal justice environments where they’re unable to receive medical care.For marijuana, on the other hand, major withdrawal symptoms include “grouchiness, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety cravings.”Grouchiness and decreased appetite seem far — not “slightly” — less awful than severe pain and possible death.

Finally, researchers have generally ranked marijuana use as far less harmful to individuals and society than heroin use. In a 2010 Lancet report, dozens of researchers and public health experts rated the harm potential of a variety of drugs on a 0 to 100 scale, with 100 being the most harmful. Heroin scored in the mid-50s. Marijuana was rated at a 20.

Sessions’s remarks are “a sort of starting gun for a new war on drugs,” according to Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance, a group working to reform drug laws. “It’s very disappointing that this DOJ and this attorney general are so anti-science and anti-evidence and anti-facts.”
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How marijuana legalization in Washington, Colorado and Oregon is working out so far

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Jeff Sessions: “Medical Marijuana has Been Hyped, Maybe too Much”, Marijuana “Slightly Less Awful” than Heroin

Bills that would legalize medical cannabis have been filed in West Virginia’s House of Delegates and Senate.

March 06, 2017

Delegate Mike Pushkin (D) filed House Bill 2677, and Senator Richard Ojeda (D) filed Senate Bill 386. Both would legalize medical cannabis, albeit in different manners. HB 2688 has no cosponsors, whereas SB 386 is cosponsored by a bipartisan coalition of nine senators.

HB 2677 would legalize the possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to 12 plants, for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include:

(A) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction to opiates or amphetamines or the treatment of these conditions;

(B) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or

(C) Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the department, as provided in section six of this article.

The proposal would established a system of licensed and regulated cannabis dispensaries, as a means of safe access to the medicine.

SB 386 would also legalize medical cannabis – including license dispensaries – but in a more limited way. Qualifying conditions include:

(A) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care; or

(B) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces:

(i) Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome;

(ii) Severe or chronic pain that does not find effective relief through standard pain medication;

(iii) Severe nausea;

(iv) Seizures; or

(v) Severe or persistent muscle spasms.


HB 2677 has been assigned to the House Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee. SB 386 has been assigned to the Senate Health and Human Resources.

Bipartisan Legislation to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Filed in U.S. Congress

A bill to end the prohibition of marijuana on the federal level has been filed in Congress with bipartisan support.

memphisThe Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 was filed by Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). It would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, which would end its prohibition on the federal level, allowing states to decide what marijuana policies they want to follow.

The proposal is identical to a measure filed in 2015 by Senator Bernie Sanders.

“I have long believed justice that isn’t blind, isn’t justice”, Representative Garett said in press release about the bill’s introduction. “Statistics indicate that minor narcotics crimes disproportionately hurt areas of lower socio-economic status and what I find most troubling is that we continue to keep laws on the books that we do not enforce. Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California.”

Garrett continued; “this step allows states to determine appropriate medicinal use and allows for industrial hemp growth, something that will provide a major economic boost to agricultural development in Southside Virginia. In the coming weeks, I anticipate introducing legislation aimed at growing the hemp industry in Virginia, something that is long overdue.”

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