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Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, and the search for meaning

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Ron Paul on Sarah Palin:

As for soon-to-be departing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Paul dismisses her supporters as “more establishment, conventional Country-Club type of Republicans.”

“I wonder whether she’s energizing the 15-20 year olds,” Paul muses. “That would be a question I would have. Because she doesn’t talk about the Federal Reserve and some of these issues. She doesn’t talk too much about personal liberties, civil liberties, getting rid of drug laws, attacking the war on drugs, punishing people who torture.

Worse still, he adds, Palinites are partisans: “If Obama was the only one who was guilty, they would be on his case all the time, but there is a lot of partisanship and I am probably less partisan and therefore she is going to appeal to partisan Republicans better.”

Sarah Palinite on Ron Paul’s statement:
I thought we were all a bunch of white-trash, trailer park, SoCon hicks who scare the living daylights out of the establishment, country club Republicans.

Different Sarah Palin supporter on Ron Paul’s statement:
“Ron Paul jumps the shark.”

And some mildly amusing statements at freerepublic.

Hm.
Oh, whatever.  Supposedly, Sarah Palin is flirting around and flirting around third party land.  Whatever gives her the traction she desires, I suppose.  Ron Paul?  He’s flirted around fifth party land.  So we at least have some ground level to proceed.

Movie Marquee stars

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Look at the name in the marquee.

bruno1

Ron Paul discusses his role here.  I have to side with Paul, whose only “crime” was using the word “queer” as he left the room, and see no real amusement value in 90 minutes of a man rubbing his butt cheeks at various people.

For Ron Paul’s movie career, it is a step up.  Previously, he appeared in such films as Engame:  Blueprint for Global Enslavement, a movie with the not so promising tag-line “They Want You Dead“.  I guess he’s escaped a certain type-cast: he’s role is more uptight foil than sage truth-teller.  (His fans tend to watch other movies and insert him as the hero.)

Both films pretend to have redeemable political and social commentary, but cater to a base level instinct.
(It is worth mentioning that I pulled the youtube video from a blog, in searching for this thing, entitled “Deconstructing the Jewish Crime Network”, the url address including the word “zion” — which is the type of thing which will be sloping off of fans of the “They Want You to Die” movie.

that’s the ticket

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I think I’ve seen this camper before, stocked to the barricades with bumper-stickers.  The most visible is at the top of all four sides:  “9/11 Was An Inside Job”.

Beyond that, there’s “End Wars for Oil and Or Israel”, “9// Controlled Demolition”, “US Troops out of the Middle East!”, “Arrest Bush Cheney Pearl Ashcroft Rice Rumsfeld Powell 9/11 Wars Crimes Lies” (Time to update to the new administration.)  “Bush Rage Allowed”.  “No War on Iraq” “No War on Iran” “IMPEACH” “I Love My Country But Fear my Government”.  “One Nation Under Guard”.
This is one side of the camper.  I didn’t jot down the other side.

And then we throw in these two:

“Ron Paul for President” and “Dennis Kucinich for President”.

Huh.  I guess we do get this from time to time.  But is the optimum ticket Paul / Kucinich or Kucinich / Paul?

I suppose the owner of this camper takes the vast arraignment of disagreements between Paul and Kucinich over the scope of government welfare and beauracracy as meaningless.  The areas of agreement are almost meaingless too, save a point of departure to 9/11 Truth.

Dispatches from the Ron Paul Revolution

Monday, June 29th, 2009

For the life of me, I can’t tell from what perspective this is coming from.

But it does link the two current stories in the “Ron Paul Revolution” — the ACLU and “Campaign for Liberty” backed lawsuit against a TSA search of a cash-wielding Ron Paul supporter.

Go one further step to the rawstory link and you find this puzzling opening.

The American Civil Liberties Union may have just earned itself a few more Republican admirers.

That greatly disfigures Ron Paul’s relationship with the Republican Party, but so it shall be.

The other item of news.  Paul’s “Audit the Fed” has gotten its 218th (ergo majority in the house) sponsor.  This was pre-arranged, though for the life of me I don’t really understand the point of the symbolism.

I suppose there is some overlap in support.  Your alexjones and “from the wilderness” type has settled on Kucinich as the Democrat to balance Ron Paul in exposing the Oligarchy, but that’s just because Cynthia McKinney is out of office.

Though it doesn’t take too much googling to find support for a Paul / Kucinich ticket and the inaccurate sentiment that they are the most ideologically compatible of a bunch.

Incidentally, not so fast on that bill.  The Senate has a way of reconfiguring things.

Third item of interest: dateline Connecticut:  Stuart Rothenberg is not impressed by Ron Paul accolyte candidate Peter Schiff.  But that’s not Peter Schiff’s point.  I guess.

Dispatches from the Ron Paul Revolution

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Dateline Kentucky:

Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., acknowledged Tuesday that during a meeting in December, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told him that “I was too old and I couldn’t win” a re-election battle in 2010.

Bunning, 77, went on to call McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, a “control freak.” He also said he’ll fare well in Kentucky without McConnell’s endorsement in the Republican primary, since during the senior senator’s tenure as a member of the GOP leadership the Republicans have lost several seats and could lose more in 2010.
“If Mitch McConnell doesn’t endorse me that may be the best thing that could happen to me in Kentucky,” he told reporters during a conference call Tuesday.

Actually the problem isn’t that he’s too old.  It’s that he’s too senile.  But waiting in the wings:

Take a look at the Facebook group “Rand Paul For Senate 2010.”

You will see more than 2,000 members and messages from people all over the country, not just Kentucky, begging Paul to take the leap into politics.

Over the past few months when asked if he was going to run, Paul has said he would only if incumbent Senator Jim Bunning didn’t.

Well, Bunning is poised to run.

So where does this leave Paul’s political aspirations?

“We are forming an exploratory committee to run for the US Senate,” answers Paul.

That’s all that Paul would confirm when it comes to whether he’s decided to run for the Senate.

And I ask again: Ron Paul, you named your boy “Rand” — really

Dateline Idaho:

Monday, unhealed wounds were on display again as an Ada County magistrate sentenced Elmore County’s Republican vice chairman for making a pest of himself in state offices, particularly the office of Gov. Butch Otter. Although the judge gave Christopher Pentico the lightest possible sentence for trespassing, 30 days of probation with a cleared record once they are completed, Pentico’s supporters marched directly from the courthouse to Otter’s office.
“Idahoans for Liberty,” including organizers of recent Tea Party demonstrations and supporters of former presidential candidate
Ron Paul, wanted Otter to pardon Pentico and stop enforcing the state trespass law against him.

There might be a question of the propriety of applying a law aimed at protecting private property to buildings owned by the public, but there is apparently little question Pentico, 42, has been a nuisance, and not just in Otter’s office. Still smoldering over a five-year-old dispute with Boise State University officials, he has also taken his complaint to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, state school Superintendent Tom Luna, dozens of legislators and staff members of Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.

“He seems to think that if he comes 12 times, the answer will be different than the 11th time,” Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said Monday.  […]

Last month, a majority of members of the Ada County Republican Central Committee forced a vote on a resolution charging Otter with violating Pentico’s rights, but failed to get the needed two-thirds margin for passage.

In addition, nine legislators signed a letter saying Pentico had acted responsibly and respectfully, and another, Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, testified in his behalf in court. […]

Today’s Idaho Republicans are another matter. There appears no way to reconcile those who want to serve in government and those who want to disown it.

Gawd, Idaho is weird.

Dateline South Carolina:

A fired-up Lindsey Graham, speaking to the South Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday, took a jab at Ron Paul and Libertarians, drawing some noisy protests from the crowd, as can be seen above and in an audience video here.

“We are not going to build a party around libertarian ideas,” he said. “Ron Paul is not the leader of this party.”

Graham described himself as “a Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Lindsey Graham, Caroll Campbell Republican, and winning matters to me. If it doesn’t matter to you, there’s the exit sign.”

It’s worth noting that in the 2008 Senate race, South Carolina Democratic primary voters managed to nominate a Paul-ite, so maybe Lindsey Graham’s suggestion to walk out the exit doors isn’t too ridiculous.

tired act

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Somewhere in the midst of cheering on would-be Texas Secessionists and Nullifiers, Representative Ron Paul was hood-winked into an Ali G — now Bruno — stunt.  Witness.

“The pair go back years. Madge was such a big fan of his Ali G character she asked him to star in her video for Hey Mr DJ and they’ve been pals ever since.” Ali G and Borat made complete fools of politicians all over the world and it seems Bruno is no different. He was branded a “fraud” this week by a senior Republican who claims he was tricked into his “bedroom” for a seduction scene.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul told America’s ABC radio: “We were in a studio, I wasn’t invited into a hotel room. There were lots of lights and blaze and commotion and they said we better get in this back room which was fixed up as a bedroom.

And I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. It didn’t turn out that way.” You can say that again congressman! It seems that stimulating the finances of the Austrian economy was the last thing on Bruno’s mind.

Ron Paul said: “By the time he started pulling his pants down, I was like, ‘What on earth is going on here?’ and I ran out of the room. This interview had ended.”

The new film is set for release in November. Hurry up!

I mention this all by way of asking for Ali G to please stop.  It was funny once.  It then ceased to be funny and is now tedious.  So Ron Paul goes into the room and leaves when you lower your pants.  Okay.  How is this incisive commentary on anything?  Just enjoy your ruining of the lives of Kazhakstan’s foreign exchange students for a generation (ala Borat) and move on to a new schtik.

Guess the name of Ron Paul’s son!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I wondered if wikipedia was keeping a break-neck pace with the developments of the 2010 Kentucky US Senate race — tied with the situation in Illinois as most dysfunctional item of political theater.

The answer has gone from no to yes.  The opening states the situation in a broad outline —

Incumbent senator Jim Bunning was re-elected with 51% of the vote in 2004. He announced his intention to run again, and says he will need to raise $10 million for his reelection.[1] In 2010, Bunning will be 79 years old. National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman John Cornyn is pressuring Bunning to retire due to fears he could lose a reelection bid.[2] Despite this, Bunning has reiterated that he is running for reelection.[3]

 some more details are found within the “Possible Candidates” section:

Kentucky State Senate President David Williams is likely to run for the seat whether or not Bunning does,[6] as he is being actively recruited by the NRSC.[7] This has resulted in a threat from Bunning to sue the NRSC and any potential Republican challengers,[8][9] and a threat to resign, which would allow Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to appoint his replacement.[10]

A bit more background on why Jim Bunning is getting bum-rushed by his party: He’s Senile, and was increasingly erratic in that 2004 bid where he barely edged out Generic Unknown Democrat off of the coat-tails of a National Presidential campaign.

But the other two “Possible Candidates” are pretty interesting.  Tim Couch.  Is Kentucky ready to trade in a Hall of Fame Baseball Player for a failed NFL Quarterback?  The other “Possible Candidate”?

Apparently Ron Paul’s son lives in Kentucky.  And, like father like son, looks to be considering a career in politics (though only if Bunning doesn’t run).  I’m sure that would bring out the Ron Paul Republican Supporters in droves.  Ron Paul’s son’s name?

Rand Paul.
Rand Paul.
I said Ron Paul (and wife) named their son “Rand Paul.”

That’s a two-fer there.  Not only did Ron Paul name his son something that approximated his own name but he also put in the name of one of his ideological idols — Ayn Rand.

Is Rand Paul’s younger brother John Galt Ron?  Did Rand Paul’s conception take place with the Rush “2112” concept album blaring in the background, happening sometime in the seventh minute of hte opening clatter in “The Temples of Syrinx”, just before the belting out out of “We are the priests!  Of the Temples!  Of Syrinx!”

No, really.  Ron Paul named his son Rand Paul.

Sheesh.

In other news of the parties building up for the 2010 Senate campaign, historic Jeopardy conteststant Ken Jennings responds to having his name inserted into a poll.

Apparently Utah is such a red state that all you have to do there is not register as a Republican (I’m pretty sure I declared no party affiliation last time I registered there) and national polls will start running your name up the flagpole. I don’t even live in the state anymore and I’m still the second-most attractive candidate! […]

I don’t know if Kos knows this, but it is true that I fielded some phone calls from Senate party leaders in 2005, wondering if I’d want to run for Orrin Hatch’s seat. Why not? You were on a game show! I thought this was a pretty sad sign for American democracy, but did think it would be funny if I ran. I could announce, not on Larry King or Meet the Press, but on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? I’d hate campaigning, but just try to stump me with questions about world capitals or the last books I read, Katie Couric!

I honestly can’t tell if Kennings is kidding about being contacted, but it wouldn’t be entirely surprising.  It appears that there are three Democrats in the state of Utah:  Jim Matheson, former Salt Lake mayor Rocky Anderson, and this guy Pete Ashdown.  Matheson is one of the more conservative congressional Democrats, and I imagine the only way some less conservative Democrat would be sent to Washington is if the electoral map were drawn to have a district encircle Salt Lake City instead of how the Republicans in the state have crafted it for their advantage of slicing the city evenly.  Hence Rocky Anderson ended with his stint at Mayor, and that’s as far as he is going.  Pete Ashdown’s campaign made the cover of Wired and was endorsed by boing boing, but for some reason that great “Boing Boing” endorsement was not enough to persuade the state of Utah to push aside Orrin Hatch.  At any rate, Ashdown is coming off of a bruising imaginary governor’s race :

Rasmussen February 13, 2008 Jon Huntsman – 65% Pete Ashdown – 18%

— so there’s nowhere else to turn.

Young Americans for Freedom refashioned for purposes of Ron Paul

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

An Exciting Oppositional Force to the “Barack Obama Cult”:

“Not all young people are excited about the policies of President Obama. Who do you think will pay for all of this reckless spending? Who will fight and die in these unnecessary wars oversees? Our generation will,” says Jeff Frazee, Executive Director of YAL, in Arlington, VA.YAL’s event, Real Change Requires R3volution, seeks to peel back the marketing of Barack Obama and expose his policies for what they really are – not real change. Before taking office, Barack Obama has put forth an $800 billion economic plan, promised more troops in Afghanistan, and begun talks of reviving the draft.“YAL chapters will demonstrate that there is a strong opposition to Obama’s youth movement and policies. He does not have a monopoly on our generation,” says Frazee.Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the continuation of Ron Paul‘s youth campaign, Students for Ron Paul, and was officially endorsed by Congressman Paul on December, 2 2008. YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution. This is not a new beginning but a continuation of the over 26,000 students who joined Ron Paul‘s youth campaign just over a year ago.

Yep!  Here to defeat the “Barack Obama Cult”… the RON PAUL CULT!

If you say so.

In other news, the logistics of setting up the West Texas Compound of Paulville can be seen being worked out over here.  So, you know, the students recruited in the Ron Paul Youth Movement have a place to move.

Ron Paul supports … the Libertarian Communist Green War Peace Smog Party

Friday, September 12th, 2008

From the Wikipedia article on The “American Vegetarian Party” (ahem):

The American Vegetarian Party was a United States political party formed on July 28, 1947. The party held conventions and nominated candidates for President and Vice-President in several national elections, although they never seriously pursued ballot access or official recognition as a political party by election officials. They ate vegetables all the time.

I suppose that last sentence is technically accurate, but it does feel a little off somehow in a way that I can’t quite qualify or quantify.

I thought about the “American Vegetarian Party”(*) in consideration of the Ron Paul press conference, where he brought together Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, and who knows who else, and urged Americans to consider voting for one of them.  There is an equivalent of coming out and urging support for both the Vegetarian Party and the Carnivore Party, or of coming out in full fledged support of the “Libertarian National Socialist Green Party”.  Maybe the collection of parties Paul came out swinging for had some issues of civil liberties that bound them together, but beyond that the parties offer drastically different visages for us all.  But there’s a certain personality type, and to a degree I am one of them or close enough that I understand the effect, that will enthusiastically support Ralph Nader at the same time as supporting Ron Paul — never mind the multitudous contradictions — and, well, take part in the “Ron Paul rEVOLution”ary cities being built.  You just don’t want to shove away the two-party system and see beyond it — in all directions — a connection — willing to vote, sure, but vote for anything other than a “D” and an “R”.  But, if you are like me, it leads to the realm of Tucker Carlson partaking in the “Ron Paul” counter-convention, and having to rush out when Jesse Ventura starts in on 9/11.  And, if you are like everyone paying attention, it leads you to scratch your head when a “Ron Paul / Michael Bloomberg” ticket is floated in whatsitstate a week or two ago.

Incidentally, Ron Paul is on the ballot in Montana.  The state Constitution Party kicked the national ticket of Baldwin off the ballot and chose Paul.  He just might be a player if he wins the state and McCain and Obama fall below 270.  Or, you know, hopefully Paul can swing three electoral votes in a marginal swing state Obama’s direction.  Or, the hordes of Bob Kelleher voters can create a new party-line with which to go with here.

(*) Just one of the ways I am different from you:  it is possible for the “American Vegetarian Party” to pop into my head with the right stimulus.  I suppose you could say the “American Vegetarian Party” was the “Natural Law Party” of a previous era — a ready joke whose punchline was that it actually existed, though the Natural Law Party declared its insolvency in 2004.

Tit and tat

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

So there’s this Ron Paul supporter someone out there might be familiar with and recall as a Hellfire Campus preacher who was once upon a time railing against mixing types of fabric threads in your clothing.  But apparently none of his preaching in the park blocks outside PSU or at Pioneer Square (or earlier tutelege in Texas under the discipleship of some weird preacher who took over his church for a while) were in and of themselves of any meaning, because as you see in one of his youtube videos:

“And Now I feel as if my whole life has been leading to this Ron Paul battle cry”.

So, shuttle aside anything you might have remembered him saying before.  That was just training for his God granted purpose in life… his historical purpose is to affect the presidential election and swing it in Ron Paul’s direction.

But, he needs money in order to make his trek to Minnesota this summer, to preach the Gospel of Ron Paul to the Republican Delegates, and ensure Ron Paul is the next president of the United States.  So, um… donations to …

… Send him to Paulville?