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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Could 'Sideshow' Paul Win GOP Race?

Here he comes. Ron Paul, is scaring the bejesus out of the Republic establishment. Newt Gingrich says he wouldn't even vote for Ron Paul if he turned out to be the Republican nominee.

Some have called Paul's base of supporters a bunch of kooks. But, the following quote comes to mind when hearing that:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
That may or may not have been said by Gandhi, but it does describe what seems to be happening with Paul.

Byron York / Washington Examiner:
'Mischief' voters push Paul to front of GOP race -- Ron Paul is surging in the Republican presidential race. Just not among Republicans.

The Texas congressman is leading some polls in Iowa and is in a tie for second in New Hampshire. A candidacy once dismissed as sideshow is now being taken very seriously; the front page of Monday's Des Moines Register featured a huge spread under the headline "COULD RON PAUL WIN?"

Given Paul's views on the Fed, the gold standard and social issues, not to mention his isolationist foreign policy, the polls have left some politicos wondering whether Republican voters have somehow swerved off the rails...
discussion:
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:   Could Ron Paul win Iowa?
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul  — (CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the 2012 GOP nomination. — Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich slammed Paul as out of line with mainstream Republican viewpoints, including his stance on Israel, Iran, and September 11.
discussion:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch



YouTube.com:
The poster writes: "Here is a video of my monitor being 'delivered'. The sad part is that I was home at the time with the front door wide open. All he would have had to do was ring the bell on the gate. Now I have to return my monitor since it is broken."

NY Post:
FedEx guy tosses computer monitor over gate --
A worker for the shipping giant was caught on tape delivering a computer monitor in the worst way possible -- by tossing it over a fence...

FedEx this afternoon copped to the shocking delivery.

“This is an irresponsible act and it will not be tolerated,” said FedEx spokeswoman Shea Leordeanu.

This careless deliveryman will be disciplined, but the company rep didn’t say whether he’d be fired.

“He will be worked with according to our disciplinary policies,” Leordeanu said.

This computer-dropping delivery was made in Southern California and the company promised to make good with the ripped-off owner.

“We saw the video and quite frankly were shocked,” Leordeanu added.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Obama v. Ron Paul = A Good Debate

Here's an interesting view on how to make the Presidential election a real debate about America's future. Democrats should vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.

Washington's Blog:
Democrats: Here’s How to Force President Obama to Debate Endless War, Indefinite Detention, SOPA and Other Assaults on Our Freedom, and Reining in the Out-of-Control Federal Reserve

Banks Got Bailed Out … We Got Sold Out

We voted for Obama because we wanted change.

We voted for Obama because he promised to end Bush’s perpetual wars, clean up the mess which Bush’s financial tzars made, and restore the freedom and liberty which Bush attacked...

Forget Partisan Politics: Demand a Real Debate

Forget what you’ve been taught … the mainstream Democrats and mainstream Republicans are virtually identical on all core matters. Obama, Gingrich, Romney and the whole sorry lot are for more war, for further crackdowns on our Constitutional liberties, and for giving the Federal Reserve all of the unchecked power that it wants.

Don’t fall for the old divide-and-conquer trick.

Whatever you may think of Ron Paul, he has consistently championed three core American for three decades. Paul has consistently argued for the following three positions which Americans overwhelmingly favor:
  • Stop the never-ending, open-ended, goalpost-moving wars
  • Restore our liberties, and stop the march towards martial law, indefinite detention idiocy, and the crack down on the Internet
  • Rein in or abolish the Federal Reserve
None of the other Republican (or Democratic) candidates support these positions, the mainstream Republican party hates Paul, and the mainstream media has done everything it can to try to squelch debate on these issues.

Unless Paul wins the nomination, the debate will involve a pro-war, anti-liberty, pro-Bernanke Republican versus Obama … in other words, a non-debate on the issues Americans care about.

How to Guarantee a Real Debate

Even if you intend to vote for Obama in 2012, you want him to have to answer debate questions on these issues … and you want the mainstream media to have to discuss them.

How can you do this?

Initially, Obama has the Democratic party nomination locked up. So Democratic primaries are not an issue.

So register as a Republican for one-year only to – as Huffington Post notes – ensure that Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination...
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related:
BlueRepublican.org: state-by-state instructions to register Republican (just for a year) to ensure Ron Paul's nomination.


YouTube.com
Progressives Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, and Howard Stern Support Ron Paul

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Some in the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) economic camp also think a debate over Ron Paul's Austrian economic philosophy and gold standard ideas would be good. They certainly expect that Paul's ideas will in the end be cast into the kooky bin. Should they be careful what they wish for?

Tom Hickey / Mike Norman Economics:
Ron Paul Leads in Iowa --
This is actually good in that it will force a vetting of Ron Paul's ideas, including his Austrian economics. This should getting interesting, since until now the traditional media have paid scant attention to him in spite of his credible showing...

I am happy to see Paul getting attention is because I think that the country needs to have it out over Austrian economics. Too many people are falling for simplistic arguments, unaware that voting for imposed fiscal and financial austerity would be disastrous for them.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bully Boys in Brussels Building Europrison

Nigel Farage calls out the bully boy bureaucrats in Brussels, who are building a europrison. Farage wants the United Kingdom to say out of this europrison.


The blame game continues in Europe over who is responsible for the high-level split over a new EU fiscal agreement. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage believes it is time for the British to decide whether they want to stay in the EU.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who slapped a firm "no" on the deal, said it lacked sufficient financial safeguards for the UK...

The myth that the UK can be in Europe but not run by Europe has died after the Friday (December 9, 2011) vote over the fiscal deal, Nigel Farage claimed.
“We now find ourselves in a position where we are outvoted by 26 to 1. We are in a hopeless minority and yet we still have 75 per cent of our laws that run the United Kingdom made in these institutions,” said the politician. “Cameron’s not wishing to do this has now opened up the real debate in the UK about our European future.”
Farage warns the UK against an “economic prison” similar to the one now faced by the Greek people, whose lives are now falling under the control of their creditors: the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank...
via RT.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Militarization of American Police

Ever since Ronald Reagan in 1981 helped draw up the Military Cooperation With Law Enforcement Act, quickly passed by a very cooperative congress, effectively circumventing the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by codifying military cooperation with law enforcement, the military has been encouraged to give any and all law enforcement agencies unfettered access to all military resources, training and hardware included. The military equipment was designed to be used by American fighting forces in combat with “the enemy,” but since a law was passed in 1994, the Pentagon has been able to donate all surplus war materiel to America’s police departments. The National Journal has compiled a number of statistics showing that in the first three years after the 1994 law came into effect, the “Department of Offense” stocked police departments with 3800 M-16 assault rifles, 2185 M-14’s, 73 grenade launchers, and 112 armored personnel carriers, as well as untold number of bayonets, tanks, helicopters, and even some airplanes. Regardless who will be in power in the future, the militarization of the police will continue. After all, who wants to appear as being soft on crime?
Washington's Blog:
The Militarization of American Police – and Shredding of Our Constitutional Rights – Started At Least 30 Years Ago --
Journalists from across the spectrum have documented the militarization of police forces in the United States, including, CNN, Huffington Post, the Cato Institute, Forbes, the New York Times, Daily Kos, Esquire, The Atlantic, Salon and many others..

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