Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ron Paul takes the lead

For months now we have been getting press about this or that GOP candidate who was going to be the big winner. Bachmann started it off when she came in #1 in the Iowa straws, then fell fast; Rick Perry, who did
not even bother to attend the Iowa caucus, suddenly started off like a Texas messiah; he too fell fast after people questioned the sagacity of having a leader who could not finish a sentence; then Romney appeared to take the lead, but was hit hard with the fact that he does not stay true to issues; Newt Gingrich crawled out of a swamp and in some reptilian way started to outrun the hare, only to be undone by his own infidelities and inconsistencies. So yesterday's New York Post and New York Times were weighing the possibility, as we put forth here, that Ron Paul would wait and pace himself and despite the lack of press, emerge in the fore. Geoff Earle in the Murdoch owned Post, writing in an article titled "Newt's lead evaporates", was forced to note that a new Public Policy Polling survey shows Paul seizing the top spot, with 23%, Romney getting back up to 20%, and Gingrich falling to 14%. But leave it to Murdoch accolyte Rich Lowry to bash Mr. Paul; he writes that in 2008 the surest way to get applause in the GOP was to excoriate him. So what? Then he tries to dig up some material that Paul did not write that appeared in a newsletter years ago. And leave it to Murdoch to bash his opponents with anti-Israel views, which Paul does not have. Paul's warning about the CIA taking over the US military are then brought up, and if Lowry had a brain he would have given Paul much credit for this. Let us look at reality here, let us examine history...the CIA has ties to companies like Bechtel, which in WWII was instrumental in undermining the military in the Pacific by getting milions of tax dollars spent on useless projects in Alaska when money was needed for Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, etc. Tens of thousands died or were wounded while Bechtel used the war as an excuse to make money. And look at its relationship today to the Bushes, Halliburton, etc. Look at how in Vietnam Philip Habib suppressed genuine intel reports about Hanoi and US soldiers, left unprepared, were slaughtered. Habib, in an account by former DIA intel agent Mark Philipps, was more powerful at the White House than was Reagan in the Reagan years; third he was, according to Philipps and his co-author Cathy O-Brien, to George H. W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Anyone who is well versed in the history of the CIA would see the pattern of it using the troops for rich idiots and failing to gather real intelligence; in yesterday's NYT there was also the story about the total lack of intelligence about Korea, which goes about building nuclear weapons and destablising the region - where is the CIA when you need it?
One answer could be - in the newsroom, trying to bring America to its knees by supporting stupid, hapless candidates who will do their bidding while trying to suppress an honest and experienced one who knows what is really going on...and another answer might be Dallas, shooting a president who tried to keep Operation Northwoods from going forward. Long would be this post if I were to explain such a stupid and evil plot that involved killing US military men and civilians to start another war-for-profit, so I will leave the reader to exercise their fingers on the google machine.
But getting back to Ron Paul and yesterday's coverage of him - Lowry belittles his fellow Americans when he closes his piece with this: "Iowa caucus-goers are protective of their pre-eminent place in the nominting process. If they deliver victory to a history-making Ron Paul, no one should take them as seriously again."
That from a man who works for a corporation known for aiding and abetting murderers and child molesters, and suspected of hacking into 9/11 victims' families' phones.
So not surprising the Murdoch press should attack Ron Paul. Nor does it surprise that the NYT follows, somewhat lightheartedly, by trying to associate him with racists in an article by Jim Rutenberg and Richard A. Oppel Jr. The New York Daily Mail did not cover this issue much, with its attention focused on the funeral of a policeman gunned down in the line of duty by a career criminal who was let out by some liberal judge, and then the man who set fire to a woman who had tried to help him; both of which atrocities show us the lack of leadership in America today and why, if we care, we need to get Ron Paul in and the clowns out.
So we watch the debates and see how the press will react, and hope that Ron Paul wins.

Friday, December 2, 2011

No news is no news

I haven't blogged for a while. There seems to be no news on Ron Paul, while every day Herman Cain
gets about a full page; Perry and Romney get almost the same. Why? For lying? For suddenly not being able to remember your words mid-sentence, or not knowing the voting age or the right date of election day in America?

All of which means that bad candidates get free press. Lazy journalists love it, they have lots to write about, but the voters do not get much information about sensible candidates.

In the meantime, much press has been given to the OWS movement, which is headed by rich kids who spend $700 a night on hotel rooms and eat luxury organic food. Another waste of time. 

The circus grinds on, fools are in fashion and clowns rule. Somewhere in the background a sensible candidate
is calling for the abolition of government red tape and for American farmers to grow hemp. And a tree falls in a forest. We hear nothing, we see nothing. Then we ask why it is all falling apart.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is not into 30 days...and it is coming soon to a park near you.
This weekend it came to Times Square, after finding Washington Square Park
last week. Mayor Bloomberg tried to have it leave Zucotti Park, which he said
needed cleaning, but that failed. The campers stayed happy in their sleeping bags,
still getting free pizza and bagels and lox...and of course, taking their anti-capitalism
rant into McDonalds.
Which irony Drew Grant, writing in the NY Observer, was quick to point out in a large feature
article, pp.18-20 in the 17 October issue.
Grant was also quick to point out that there were no Ron Paul sympathizers: "We spent all day looking for a possible Tea Party member or Ron Paul sympathizer and can up empty-handed."
Funny, the Ron Paul people had the biggest banner there, it took three men to hold it up on the East side of Zucotti Park. And I was there on the west side promoting this blog and hemp (which Ron Paul supports). I asked another protester, or 'occupier' as Arnie likes to be called, and he just laughed; he'd seen plenty and he was not even looking; maybe Grant is blind. Or a total liar. I'm not calling him a liar, but I am pointing out that he may be a liar. Fine line between pointing out the truth here and getting sued for, well, pointing out the truth. Did I say he was a liar?
If I did so what....
The New York Times on Sunday, 16th (which for some reason actually came out after Grant's article of the 17th) seems to go to lengths to put down Ron Paul in an article by Matt Bai, who alludes to the 'radical isolationism of Ron Paul.'; no mention of Dr. Paul's actual popularity and his presence on the House Banking Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Nor any credible example of this 'radical isolationism.' A page or two later, quoting some lobbyist named John Freehery, Bai talks about Republicans having to sort out their 'Ron Paul problem." Excuse me? Ron Paul 'problem'? 
Ron Paul is one of their only credible members. One does not read his name in exposes like the Trance-Formation of America or Rolling Stone articles about banking fraud. So maybe, since he does not go in for sexual predation and embezzlement, as do some Republicans, he is a problem. One may have to put this statement into context.
A piece in the New York Post a while back basically admitted that journalists avoided Ron Paul. And one wonders why? Is it because common sense is anathema to the media and political elites who ripped off America? Yes it is. And let them sue me if they want.
But first they have millions of protesters on their hands; Arab Spring has become Western Fall...and the protesters, or 'occupiers'  as Arnie prefers to call them, are not just going to go away. 
And among them there are plenty of Ron Paul supporters. Their website is 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wall Street is my occupation

The protests are growing like starfish that have been chopped up by angry fishermen. The massive arrests only made things worse. It this the start of something really big? It seems so.
Tomorrow I will meet my friend Arnie and join the throng. One thing I wish to accomplish is the founding of the Centrist Party.
And if this kick off well, we will be asking Ron Paul to join it. I am no fan of the GOP, which ripped off money from me via a Wall Street banker years ago.
So who knows....this is of course an ambitious post. It could fade into obscurity or it could be a bit of history. We shall see...stay posted.
For anyone wishing to join this new party, get in touch with us at

Monday, September 26, 2011

Herman Cain beats Perry

While it would be hoped that Dr Paul would have come in first in the Florida straw poll, there is some joy in seeing at least that Rick Perry has not; rather, Herman Cain placed first. So much for the papers saying that
there were really only 3 main GOP contenders, Bachmann, Perry and Romney. Bachmann, by the way,
only got 1.5% of the votes. Maybe this time she did not have funds to bus in voter, basically bribing them with free hotel stays and food.
Perry seems a bit meteoric. He rose on the word of journalists, and fell on his own word like a soldier falling on his sword. Even the far rigth John Podhoretz was quick to shoot the fallen horse.
Cain has been very supported on this site, but given his total lack of any experience in political office, we have slotted him for VP. Experience is a big issue. Personality is one thing, but when it comes to getting a job done, we all know that experience is key.
And Dr Paul has that.
Some are heavily backing Romney now, but who wants a president who contradicts himself on major issues? Consistency is another issue, and again, Dr Paul has that.
When will the press wake up?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Alexandra Petri on the GOP

The New York Post yesterday reprinted Alexandra Petri's column in the Washington Post about the GOP forerunners. She notes that Perry is running 7 points BEHIND Obama, whilst Paul is neck-and-neck. So why all this media hype about Perry? She titles her piece "Beware the Generic GOPer."
This mythical beast is, of course, the best bet.
She continues talking about Ron Paul, referring to him as the Totally Non-Generic Republican. She seems to be leaning towards him: "...say what you want about him, Paul is undeniably real..."
She then reflects more on this Generic Republican and admits he might be ahead - if he weren't real.
A glimmer of truth is out there in the it slipped in I am not sure.
But it's there.
And speaking of Perry, he was here cap-in-hand to solicit Latin votes and Jewish money. The Latin press was not enthralled: Gerson Borrero, writing on 21 Sept. in El Diario/La Prensa tore apart his 'acercamiento a los latinos'. (Getting close to Latin voters, roughly translated into gringo).
He compared the few Latins who supported him to traitors, and opined that the 50 supposed donors ought to 'canceler sus cheques'. No translation needed.
The Latin vote is crucial to this campaign, they are the fastest growing segment of US society. And they will not vote for a Generic Republican. They lean either towards Democrats or Non-Generic Republicans.
Coming soon to this blog - an examination of this by Carlos Reyes who is a commenter here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

AP on Ron Paul/Rick Perry debate

Philipp Elliot of the Associated Press just did a piece on Ron Paul. Here it is:

A Texas-sized rivalry is brewing in the Republican presidential contest.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul is calling Texas Gov. Rick Perry "Al Gore's Texas cheerleader" for once working to help elect the Democrat. Perry's team, in turn, is branding Paul a turncoat for once leaving the GOP.
The back-and-forth between two Texans, who never have been particularly close, could spill over into Wednesday's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., a memorial to the conservative who counseled fellow Republicans not to speak ill about one another.
So far, neither Paul nor Perry is heeding that advice.
Over the past few weeks, both have seen their standing in the GOP field rise. Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican who has a strong legion of die-hard supporters and a big bank account, came within 152 votes of winning an important test vote in Iowa on the same day that Perry, who leads in several national and state polls, entered the race to great fanfare among the party's conservative base.
Since then, Paul has been poking at Perry, seeking to tarnish the governor's image.
Last week, Paul likened Perry to a "candidate of the week" and predicted Perry's poll numbers would fall quickly once voters got to know him better. He told The Associated Press, "Texas has had a lot of changes in these last eight years, not exactly positive either."
This week, Paul rolled out a TV ad suggesting that Perry wants to unravel the Reagan legacy. The ad highlighted Paul's own endorsement of Reagan's unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 1976 and Perry's work on then-Sen. Al Gore's unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
The ad said: "Rick Perry helped lead Al Gore's campaign to undo the Reagan revolution, fighting to elect Al Gore president of the United States. Now, America must decide who to trust: Al Gore's Texas cheerleader or the one who stood with Reagan."
Perry was a Democrat serving in the state legislature at the time. He switched parties in 1989 and successfully ran for state agriculture commissioner as a Republican.
Paul's ad drew a rebuke from Perry's campaign, which said in a statement, "Like President Reagan, Gov. Perry has cut taxes and freed employers from government regulations that kill jobs."
Perry aides also dug up and distributed Paul's 1987 letter of resignation from the Republican Party.
Video: Chuck’s First Read:  It’s debate time (on this page)
In it, Paul wrote, "I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy."
Paul ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988; two decades later he ran as a Republican.
"Paul thought President Reagan was so bad, he left the GOP," Perry spokesman Mark Miner said, calling Paul's letter a broadside attack on every element of Reagan's record and philosophy.
Paul advisers promised not to shy away from highlighting parts of Perry's record that they say are inconsistent with his campaign pitch.
What to watch in tonight's debate
"We don't think the fact that you used to be a Democrat is the big problem here," Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said in an open letter to Perry on Wednesday. "The real problem is that, too often, you still act like one."
In 2008, Perry, who previously supported Texans Phil Gramm and George W. Bush for president, backed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani over Paul in the GOP nomination fight.
Asked at the time about Paul, Perry dismissed his home state lawmaker.
"I didn't ever consider Ron Paul," he said. "You get to make choices in life. And I made a choice. Ron Paul is not mine for president. It's pretty simple for me."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

GOP fundraisers in New York

The GOP's fundraising parade this last weekend got rained on, with Romney having to cancel events on Long Island. By Tuesday, the weather was better, and David Niehaus went ahead with his fundraiser at the Rooftop at 230 Fifth Avenue.
Picketing outside was a man who a campaigner and fundraiser ripped off years ago, he is now homeless as a result. Not a lot of the GOP members gave a damn about that, they just wanted to call security on him, which would have worked but some of the GOP members did take the time to talk to him; not surprising, they were all Ron Paul supporters who did. The rest of them were just put off by the sign saying that they needed to stop acting like whine brats, stop cyring, stop threatening, and act like men. Turns out this GOP fundraiser dude begged money from a friend, a former serviceman, and then used the money on a congressional campaign, and on a luxury pad for himself. $40,000 of it. But all this was just a joke to most of the GOP partiers. Watching someone in America go homeless because of some creepy thing they did just makes them laugh.
Which does not reflect well on any GOP member, Ron Paul included. However, I am sure that while many of the GOP have these kinds of skeletons in the closet - Paul does not. And the protester made clear that while he is going to strike at the upcoming Rick Perry fundraiser, and any other GOP fundraisers he finds in the city, he will leave Ron Paul, and for good measure, Herman Cain, free to garner support.
So he has a heart and is not just taking random hostages, but has made clear that he is going to make the GOP pay for this weird nonsense of theirs. And good. They can serve as collateral for a bad debt.
There was also talk at the event of a Centrist Party emerging, taking the decent people out of both parties, nominating Ron Paul as the presidential candidate, and getting the US out of the mess that both major parties have caused.
That is probably the most intelligent move in US politics in several decades, since Teddy Roosevelt started his own third party.  But they are not going to call it the Bull Moose Party. That was TR's mistake. Why are parties called after large mammals in the US? Well, not all. Actually there are quite a number of parties which aren't; the most aptly named,  Democratus Rex. How about Elephantus Mortus?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sarah Wheaton in the New York Times

On the 23rd, Sarah Wheaton of the NYT had a space devoted to GOP reaction to Libya; Michele Bachmann comes off as a dove, but one wonders if her protest is just to be contrary? I mean if W had nuked Libya, would she not be giving thanks and praise? One wonders...and one wonders why Wheaton omitted any word about Ron Paul. Are mentally challenged journalists shaking in their boots that there may come to power a president who does not do stupid things that they can go write about easily?
Just for the record, the complaints Romney and Bachmann make do not deserve the space - what is of note is the fact that Ron Paul wanted to limit the president's power to make war like this and he is right.
Whether or not Libya turns out OK, this is a democracy and the president's power needs to be limited in this regard as it was with Washington. Both parties have failed the American people in allowing this to happen. It could set a dangerous precedent - and just now it is too early to say if things are going well in Libya - but that is not the point; we hope the rebels establish a working government and there is lots of peace and love, which may not actually be the case - but whatever happens, it needs to happen lawfully.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mitt Romney plans to demolish the White House

Just saw this on Mark of the Mask bloodspot...
very funny. Hope it's not true...

Mitt Romney has already decided that when he is elected president, he will have to demolish the White House as it is too small for him and his many kids and grandkids.
Last week he decided to demolish his $12million, 3,009 sq ft mansion in La Jolla and build a palace instead, which will be 11,602 sq ft.
He found his old homestead in Belmont, Mass too small, so he sold it for $3.5 million and also got rid of a chalet in Utah for $5.3.
He is keeping his $10 million waterfront house in New Hampshire. Live rich or die...
And oh, President is too small a title, the GOP wants Americans to call him Your Royal Highness.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sex, Lies and Rick Perry

A full page ad in the Austin Chronicle asks people to step forward if they had sex with Rick Perry. This may or may not be in good taste; the advertiser insinuates Perry is bi and has relations with women in strip joints. This was all placed by Robert Morrow, a Ron Paul supporter, but it seems he is acting on his own and I doubt Paul knows about it. So we shall see...We may never is not that important, though it would show he is another lying hypocrite.
But we do know about his campaign contributors getting lots and lots and lots and lots of cashpayers' hard-earned dosh after they gave Mr Perry some money. The New York Times was quite explicit about it all in yesterday's paper, with an account of a Mr. McHale getting $3million from the coffers for his company, G-Con. And who are they trying to con? Before this generous endowment, McHale gave the Perry party $50,000. Two Texas agencies, the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, dole out $635million to people who seem to like Perry a lot, such as David Shanahan, whose company, Gradalis, received a $1.75 million tech grant after Shanahan gave Perry a grant of $10,000 in 2009. Shanahan is also connected to G-Con. And it this did not start to sound like a con game, then consider the fact that a payment made by TXU was dated the same day as the governor's order to fast track their application. Then there is Bob Perry who made  Perry to Perry donations of more than $2million. A new commission headed by Perry gave the other Perry a break - it created a board that sharply limited the rights of homeowners to sue contractors for faulty construction. Bob Perry owns a construction business which benefitted from the curtailment of homeowners' rights. And just after this piece of legilation, he and his wife each sent in $50,000 to Rick Perry. Very Perry. Very suspicious.
And so yet again a lengthy article in the press...which omits any mention of Ron Paul.
And we may yet hear more of Perry, Rick Perry that is, if Mr. Morrow's ad bears any fruit.

S&P Downgrade

S & P Downgrades Iowa’s IQ

Straw Poll ‘Alarms’ Ratings Agency

AMES, IOWA (Borowitz) – Calling the results of today's Iowa straw poll “alarming,” Standard and Poor’s took the unprecedented action of downgrading Iowa’s IQ.

While the effects of such an extraordinary measure are hard to predict, experts say the IQ downgrade could result in Iowans having difficulty completing sentences or operating a television remote.

“This downgrade would be very upsetting to Republicans in Iowa,” said an S & P spokesman.  “Fortunately, there’s no way they’ll understand it.”

The winner in the straw poll, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), gave a rousing victory speech that was simulcast in English across the state.

But there may be tough sledding ahead for Rep. Bachmann, as a new poll shows her losing support to Texas Governor Rick Perry among voters who describe themselves as morons.

Gov. Perry kicked off his presidential campaign today in South Carolina, unveiling a new stump speech in which he promised to repeal the twentieth century.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ron Paul on front page now of New York Times

So now Ron Paul gets mentioned, albeit only slightly, in an article on the front page of the New York Times yesterday by John M. Broder, whose theme is that all GOP candidates bash the EPA. Well, not quite in Ron Paul's case. But let's not let a good headline be spoiled by a detailed study of things...
It is almost true, given that Bachmann and Perry want to either padlock its doors or impose a moratorium on environmental regulation. So good news for idiots who want to pollute America.
Herman Cain disappoints me in that he is ready to have independent commissions which would include oil and gas execs. Why not let child abusers run the schools while you're at it.
Broder, not wishing to spoil his own headline, did not bother to mention that Ron Paul is supporting a hemp initiative...see it on Recently one of his contsituents sent him a letter and he replied, it is up there. Broder and his mates at the NYT can check it out. Or just write simplistic articles, which is much easier.
But I have to admit the GOP is the party that scares me when it comes to the environment; remember the joke, how much energy does it take to destroy all America's forests? Just one allusion to James Watt, Secretary of the Environment in the Reagan days...back then they figured that trees caused pollution. Watt went after trees and falconers with a vengeance, trying to get them framed  (the falconers, not the trees) for smuggling in one of the biggest legal farces in US history. He did not like their pro-environemntal stance. Ultimately he, and not a single falconer, went to prison.
So there are lots of falconers in redneck states who are not going to vote GOP that easily, even if they are hunters. If the GOP is going to overcome its image as treekillers, it better get in Ron Paul.
And then there was an article on the back page of the paper, which said a lot of good about Ron Paul without bothering to mention him, but rather by NOT mentioning him; this one by Frank Bruni. Personally, of all the NYT political hacks, I like Bruni the best; I will forgive his ommission in regards to Dr Paul as his article was on GOP loonies, titled "Heroes, Until They've Arrived." It started off with Mr Mouth, Rick Perry; then made its way to mention Sarah Palin (the quitter), Chris Christie (of very little political experience), Paul Ryan ( Paul who?), Rudy Giuliani (of whom he notes: Some Republicans never learn), Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich (as the blue-eyed Grinch who stole Grandma's Boniva) and Marco Rubio (Marco who?).
So there you have it; that leaves us with Ron Paul and Herman Cain, even if the latter does have some less than perfect ideas about the environment.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New York Times on lack of Ron Paul coverage

Ron Paul was in yesterday's New York Times for the fact that he was not mentioned in the NYT - after coming in a close second in the straw poll; see previous post for details. Michael D. Shear writes:

'Is Representative Ron Paul getting a raw deal in the news coverage of his presidential campaign? 
Jon Stewart, the host of "The Daily Show", thinks so. And so do many fans of Mr. Paul, who have taken to e-mail and Twitter to vent their frustration that his strong second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll is being largely ignored.
"It's absolutely horrendous and despicable the lack of media coverage Ron Paul is getting," one of them wrote on Twitter.
Readers of the New York Times expressed their views on its coverage of the straw polls in a flurry of e-mails. Mr Paul, a 12-term Republican congressman from Texas, lost to Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota by only 152 of 17,000 votes cast.
"We live in a democratic republic, where the votes of the people deserve to be reported by the media, not editorialized into obscurity, wrote Matthew H. Harder.
Richard Timm wrote that "Ron Paul's second-place finish merited much more attention in your article."
"Even if you don't believe he can win the nomination," Mr. Timm wrote, "don't you think it's worth given the only antiwar Republican worth a little more emphasis?"
But some skeptics have pointed out that Mr. Paul's strength at the straw poll seems outsized when compared with his popularity across the country, at least as measured by opinion polls.
Of course, Mr. Paul's followers would say that his low standing in the polls is a result of the failure of the news media to adequately report on his successes at events like the straw poll.

I called the NYT  - 212-556-1234 to get to talk to this reporter, but the voice recognition machine either did not have him on as a reporter or sent me to other people. The NYT  phone maze is hard to navigate, it's as if they want to write hit-and-run articles and then hide from the general public; once a reporter contacted me about a stash of stolen art I was privy to, and when I told him there were Picassos, he was so arrogant the refused to believe me; then it turned out there were Picassos - which had been stolen by the movers, who tried to sell them stupidly in NY.

The NYT has to learn to listen and it would be a better paper; it reports on Michele Bachmann, who got a write up yesterday again for her stupidity - when she remarked on it being Elvis' birthday  - it wasn't - and on Rick Perry - again, for his stupidity - and he got a much lengthier column for saying something that sounded like a threat towards a government official. All the papers covered it, and even right-wingers like John Podhoretz were forced to note how wrong it was.

But when someone acts presidential, reporters ignore it.

I did get through to Jeff Zeleny, who is also covering the debates, and had to call his other number - 202-862-0401. I told him I'd been reading the paper for over 40 years and that they ought to listen to the people who pay their salaries. Next I will email him at

So let's see...they missed the Picasso story, even when they were the ones to contact me, hopefully they will not miss the Ron Paul story as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Missing: Real News

The press in New York must not like Ron Paul; oddly for this city, it is lavishing its print space on Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. Michael Barone in the Post  (owned by Rupert Murdoch) writes: 'Some candidates did mention intelligent policy initiatives in the debate.' But does he mention Paul? No. He praises Romney and Bachmann; who are not going to get many votes among New Yorkers. Then he goes on to talk about Thaddeus McCotter (excuse me, Thaddeus who?) for promoting debt-for-equity swaps.
Is McCotter on the House Banking Committee? Did he suggest the fed stop borrowing from the fed and by so doing reduce the debt in a single swoop? Where was Barone when Ron Paul put this forward? Or any of the rest of the press, for that matter?
The New York Times turns a lens on the press when it said in Sunday's paper the following: 'If politicians exhibited some silliness in Iowa, do did reporters. Like hounds to a whistle, they swarmed to Sarah  Palin when she dropped by the state fair on Friday, again rewarding her coyness about the presidential race with extra-rapt attention. She dithers; we drool.'
And you are fools. You mislead the public, whether by accident or by design. The front page of yesterday's NYT one might call an out-and-out lie; it has a line in large print reading: 'Top 3 Contenders Set Sights on Obama and One Another.'
Top 3? Ron Paul was #2 in the straw poll, and only a point behind Bachmann - see the post before this to see why; some would say Bachmann's votes were bogus. But granting her first place, how is the runner-up completely forgotten the next day by so large a news outfit as the NYT? Or are the reporters lost in their silliness, drooling over Ms. Hotlips from Alaska?
The other two contenders they talk about are Rick Perry - who was not even present at the straw poll, and Mitt Romney. And Romney did not come even near to 2nd place. So how is he a top contender?
As to Perry, I think we are in real danger; he was Bush's vice-governor. Not a good sign. He is rather against gun control, having signed measures to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon - he has a permit  for this himself.
But as the NYT reporters Jeff Zeleny and Michael Shear noted in yesterday's article, quoting Senator Charles E. Grassley - 'This is a very fluid situation right now. From here on, you are shooting with real bullets.'

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ron Paul soars ahead in Iowa

So now Ron Paul is on the front page of the New York Times, where he belongs. Jeff Zeleny writes that he came in second to Bachmann, but only by a point - leaving others way behind. He also notes that Bachmann got her votes by investing heavily, paying the $30 fee for her voters, giving them free accommodation, free food and a free concert. He asks parenthetically if that is how we elect our presidents?  Rick Perry did not bother to show, but did announce his candidacy. Yeah, right. Like America wants a guy who holds stadium Taliban style religion shows...Or did he announce his candidacy for president of Texas - which is a possibility - the NYT mentioned that in his race for governor the issue of state secession came up.
One thing that ought to be clear when Perry takes credit for anything good in Texas is that he has been in office there much less time than Ron Paul, and it is Ron Paul's 14th district that is doing well - it is called the 'Golden Crescent.' Perry has little to show for his terms in office.
So expect to see more of Ron Paul on the front page of all the papers...and not for holding immense prayer meetings, gay bashing or being MIA at the his rivals.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ron Paul's reply to Mina Hegaard, his constituent in Texas

This summer Mina Hegaard contacted Ron Paul about his hemp bill - she supports it and has run a made in the USA hemp business for years - Minawear.

Here is his reply:

Dear Mina:

Thank you for contacting my office regarding allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp.

I have introduced my bill HR 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Please see below my speech announcing the introduction of HR 1831.


Statement Introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, HR 1831 
May 11, 2011

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp.

Nine States--Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia--allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with state laws. However, federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these states growing what may be a very profitable crop. Because of current federal law, all hemp included in products sold in the United States must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers.

Since 1970, the federal Controlled Substances Act's inclusion of industrial hemp in the schedule one definition of marijuana has prohibited American farmers from growing industrial hemp despite the fact that industrial hemp has such a low content of THC (the psychoactive chemical in the related marijuana plant) that nobody can be psychologically affected by consuming hemp. Federal law concedes the safety of industrial hemp by allowing it to be legally imported for use as food.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits industrial hemp cultivation. The Congressional Research Service has noted that hemp is grown as an established agricultural commodity in approximately 30 nations in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act will relieve this unique restriction on American farmers and allow them to grow industrial hemp in accord with state law.

Industrial hemp is a crop that was grown legally throughout the United States for most of our nation's history. In fact, during World War II, the federal government actively encouraged American farmers to grow industrial hemp to help the war effort. The Department of Agriculture even produced a film "Hemp for Victory'' encouraging the plant's cultivation.

In recent years, the hemp plant has been put to many popular uses in foods and in industry. Grocery stores sell hemp seeds and oil as well as food products containing oil and seeds from the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is also included in consumer products such as paper, cloths, cosmetics, carpet, and door frames of cars. Hemp has even been used in alternative automobile fuel.

It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.


Ron Paul

Ron Paul crowds in Iowa

Wow! The New York Times has mentioned Ron Paul again...which is rare, as he does not do anything weird or strange that reporters love to mention. What they wrote was this:

Ron Paul, who has been drawing crowds that often rival or surpass many of his rivals, asked for his supporters to send a message to the party establishment, which has paid little attention to his candidacy. He has logged more days in Iowa than almost anyone else, an investment that he hopes will lend a sense of legitimacy to his campaign.

Sending a message to the GOP is part of my purposes with this blog - to tell them that Ron Paul has the broadest base of support while being a real conservative that most GOP voters will embrace.
Ron Paul also snagged the best space for his tent, paying $31,000 for the space adjoining the Scheman Building where the votes are cast. Sarah Palin paid nothing...but then she is not an official candidate. She just hangs about. Getting the press to pay attention to her hairdo and illegitimate grandchildren and anything else that has nothing to do with an ability to run the country.

Herman Cain leads the gang

OK, this is not a blog to get Herman Cain in as president, but he did lead the procession of candidates and gave a very good answer to those who tell him he does not understand who Washington works...he tells them, " Yes, I do. It doesn't."
He chose to attack his fellow candidates for being politicians. Which he is not. But would be if elected. So then how would he stand? I like the guy but realistically, he has no political experience, and that is essential here. But as I have noted previously he could be VP.
Then he'd know firsthand who Washtington works...or doesn't.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Drum roll in Iowa

So the whole affair is looking a bit like a WWF event...and reporters are making their notes on it all.
They do tend to concentrate on the most way out contestants, rather than the well paced and sensible.
But the New York Times did mention Ron Paul again yesterday, if only to briefly note that he took exception to Michele Bachman's legislative record. What legislative record?
Michael Cooper of the NYT caught her out on a couple mistakes - sad, again, that press goes to candidates for making mistakes...such as the foot-in-mouth moment of Mitt Romney, who gave Ashley Parker a lengthy column in the paper to scourge him for his 'coporations are people' remark. No they are not; people pay taxes. Corporations do not. OK, I misspoke a bit; some corporations pay taxes.
So this is like the first couple of rounds here, with the novices coming out swinging and girating wildy while the older, more experienced fighters wear them down and bide their time to step in.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ron Paul in Iowa

Michael D. Shear in the New York Times gave Dr Paul a nice write-up yesterday (11 Aug.) -
he noted that Paul is now better known than when he first ran for POTUS, and is on track for what could be a top-three finish at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames on Saturday. Rival campaigns suggest they believe Paul might actually win the poll, given the strength of his support among libertarians, college students and an increasing number of traditional Republicans who are now beginning to agree with his longstanding criticism of the government spending and the federal debt.
Asked whether he felt a sense of vindication after preaching for years that the country was headed for a debt crisis, he said he wasn't raised to gloat.
So we shall see...Dr Paul brings to the table the fact that he has been proven right about things; this alone sets him above the others. And the fact that he is not making so much noise about it shows a sense of dignity necessary for a head-of-state.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Politics and Religion

Ever notice that Ron Paul does not play the religion card? Not that he isn't a Christian, just that he does not blow a trumpet when he prays...and does not pray in a stadium so 30,000 people can hear it. Yesterday in the New York Times there was an article about Tim Pawlenty, who is going after the religious vote in Iowa. Or what is left of it after that other candidate from Minnesota takes it.
It was pointed out in the Spanish press that the US is in a war to keep religious fundamentalists from taking over Afghanistan, and, um, using large stadiums for their religious meetings...
I guess since the governor of Texas did not fight in a war he did not take that into account. But he might have read the Gospel in which Christ tells people not to sound a trumpet when they pray or do alms. He commands things to be done in secret that God the Father might reward people openly.
So, if you are religious, by all means pray for Ron Paul, but do it in silence - your prayers need to be effective - the US needs all it can get.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Big Week in Iowa

Jeff Zeleny casts an eye on the GOP antics in Iowa this week. The town of Tiffin is full of the biggies, all waiting to debate on Thursday...which I will miss. The circus may be free but it is not for me.
Although, of course, I am working to get Ron Paul to the White's just that I am not the typical GOP person, and this is not about me supporting the GOP. As Zeleny notes in his article (7 August, New York Times, "Republican Jockey as a Big Week Begins in Iowa"), Dr Paul has 'wide appeal among voters with a libertarian strain...' He then notes the candidate's 'deep support of his core followers', who have been 'encouraged to send the party a message.'
The GOP cannot be unaware of the fact that many of the candidate here are hard core Republicans, too hard core, and cannot win any votes outside of that base. Not that Paul is soft on the major issues - he is anti-immigration, pro-America, and, unlike his GOP contenders, did military time - as an officer in the medical corps.
On the other hand, Paul is more centrist on other issues, such as gay marriage, which he is not out promoting, but has always considered something that ought to be allowed. A non-issue really. And of course the hemp issue seems to put him in the left, or in the Greens - as so many Democrats are MIA on this one, mistaking it for a 'dope' issue - they ought to read. But Paul is an environmentalist, opposed to nuclear power. But against abortion. Some call him a centrist.
Whatever the label, he has the widest base of support of any of the GOPers. So I am not going to watch Bachmann tell me that the White House 'fears my candidacy more than any other' - no, Michele, it probably supports yours as yours has the narrowest support base of any, and you have the least experience of any. Your main issue was gay rights, or the denial thereof.
So it should be interesting, and hopefully we will be hearing more about Dr Paul in the press as the debate turns to real issues. Such as, the economy.

Friday, August 5, 2011

512 and falling fast

These last two weeks have brought about a string of bad news on the market, with the Dow Jones falling 512 points yesterday...much of this has been psychological, though on top of real problems like a loss of industries to other countries.
The budget deal was reached, with both parties looking bad. This does not inspire confidence. Bad news causes more bad news and few are betting on a rally.
Ron Paul voted no on the compromise, which was a sensible move. But he is not in with the GOP hardliners who just wanted a tax break. He has real ideas about cutting silly things like the government borrowing from the government which is a big part of the debt...common sense does not prevail, why not?
He barely gets mention in the press. What does get mention is the warmongering scare tactics of Arthur Herman and Peter Brookes, who tell us in the Post that we need more money for the Pentagon...which lost $2.4 trillion - not million, not billion - trillion - by 10 September, 2001. Find the money lads and we can balance the budget; why ask for more money for an institution that cannot account for such sums? And that was before billions more got 'lost' in Iraq...
Michael Barone, in the same Murdoch rag, tells us that the GOP has no one with the high-level experience in foreign or fiscal matters that some contenders in the Democratic fields of 1968 and 1972 had. This clever wording avoid mention of Ron Paul - who is both on the House Banking Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee...Barone makes it sound like none of the candidates have such experience, who really remembers the CV of the '68 and '72 Dem candidates?
With this much self-serving and selective information, or disinformation in the press, it is possible that a candidate WITH financial and foreign experience will be overlooked. The very tone of the Post's rants add to the gloom. But might that not be part of a Murdoch strategy? Kick the people when they are down, and then buy up shares cheap?
With or without help from the press, we are in for more selloffs on Wall Street, the summer is usually a time of slow trading and losses, so we have another month of this. Not that the usual September rally is a given either, so we may be in for many months of it all. The best thing for the economy would be to get some good news, and having a candidate with the experience of Ron Paul, however he does not, in Mr Barone's opinion - measure up to the unnamed and long-forgotten Dem candidates of yore, who by the way both lost to Nixon - would possibly bring a measure of confidence; both in his ability, and in his honesty. That last a rare trait in a politician these days. Actually both seem to be rare traits; ones we need, and can get in with Ron Paul.

Talk in NY about Ron Paul

New York, New York...some think this is the capital of the world. In some areas, though, it certainly is not without a say. Such as finance and politics. Two topics of discussion best not brought up at a summer garden party...right? Well, somehow it is hard these days not to talk about them...after all, Wednesday on Wall Street there was a bare market...50 people demanding transparency got in front of the big banks and stripped starkers.
Later that day I was at a charity event for the St George's Society of New York held at the Union Theological Seminary, which is in the Columbia University complex (fully dressed I might add...). Fine examples of architecture they were! Grey cathedrals on a wet, grey day... which meant the garden party was held indoors.
The speaker was the new General Consul from the UK, Danny Lopez, a finance man with former experience at Barclays (here in NY) and a former interim CEO of the London Development Agency. He will be promoting the 2012 Olympics. Of course there was a long queue to meet and greet, and then another long queue as we went back to our T&Ts and beef sandwiches and talked about, well, you know, finance and politics...and me, being the guy from Texas with an interest in Ron Paul, I was just a wee bit curious to see which way the wind was blowing among a well heeled well educated NY crowd...full of Churchillians, Pilgrims, etc. etc. I was pleased to find support for Ron Paul; the other candidates just seemed to leave a void, right or left. And there was just one other bloke from the Lone Star State - attired in a kilt. A fellow Celt. And a fellow Ron Paul supporter...
So it was a good party after all, despite the rain. Which of course blew in from London!
A warm welcome to Mr Lopez, who, on account of his role as HM Consul to NY, has a solid excuse to avoid at least the subject of politics...
One day I hope he will meet the Texan Congressman and future President of the United States.
And as to finance and politics? I am sure they will find better things to talk about...
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(that's me in the middle...holding a T&T and dressed like a banker). 
Image courtesy of John Shannon, our long-suffering director of the St. George's Society of New York. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Official Ron Paul for President blog started today!

I just found out the official Ron Paul blogspot has started this is the, or one of the, unofficial ones...and one of the first too! But I am happy to send people to the official one - and would do a link if there had been one on bradenton - so I just cut and pasted as is with a bradenton link to it at the bottom...navigate as you can, and I will do a link when the URL is made public.

The Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign committee has announced the kick-off of the official campaign blog. The blog, provided by columnist Jack Hunter, will serve as a direct link to voters.
“It is a genuine privilege to be a part of the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign, and I am excited to get this blog going,” said Hunter.
Hunter, a long-time radio host and The American Conservative Magazine columnist, is a prominent figure on the conservative political scene. He has worked for WTMA 1250 AM talk radio in Charleston, South Carolina, and writes a column for the Charleston City Paper. Jack also produces widely popular weekly video podcasts.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Budget debate

Sometimes I think it might be best to take politics and mix it with the WWF...We might have stories like
BOEHNER vs. WEINER go head to head...hand to hand...and accomplish nothing.
Reid and weap for this is what is going on. The voice of the extremists in both parties has drowned out reason. The far right in the GOP ask for tax cust for the rich and the Democrats give them what they want...
Every year $100 billion in taxes is lost to offshore companies, some of these working for the Pentagon. The sum of the revenue collected by the Treasury today is just 14.8% of the GDP, the lowest in 50 years.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, writes in the Wall Street Journal yesterday that "if the Republicans have their way, the entire burden of deficit reduction will be places on the elderly, the sick, children and working families."
Which is just about where it belongs, they seem to think.
But not all of them. What is happening here is a failure of the press; which is so bad that they have been caught giving cell phones to the parents of a murdered child so as to bug their conversations. A week ago they only bugged the cell phones of murder victims, but with each passing week we hear more of the vile antics of the Murdoch Empire - from his rivals, about whom I am sure we could hear much the same.
But we do not hear about intelligent politicians such as Ron Paul who are NOT advocating tax breaks for the rich; they are not on baord with much of the media - and for this alone we ought to single them out. Why are we hearing about Bachmann's headaches and Weiner's weiner?
Because the media empires are full of, get this, RICH PEOPLE....who like to promote the politicians that help them. Here in NY the NY Times Building got indecent tax breaks...a story broken by their rival, the Daily News...why? Because they knew how to cuddle up to politicians. And these politicians in turn get publicity. And some live in fear of the press - but not Ron Paul. This is a kind of litmus test of a politician - what relationship does he or she have with the press?
Notice how little we hear about Dr Paul...yet he is one of the few who understands finance and does not support these tax breaks.
Murdoch does not seem to like him; nor does Sulzberger; or Zimmerman, or Moon, or, or, or, or....
So there.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote against Murdoch et al. That is a powerful vote.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Citizen Murdoch and his team of politicians

It seems politicians these days are having to distance themselves from a crime suspect - Keith Murdoch, better known by his middle name of Rupert. Yesterday in Parliament, he had to answer questions after having to sell the News of the World - the kind of paper that takes a story from a illegal immigrant about how bad other illegal immigrants are but omits to notice that their source is in fact the world's largest heroin is no loss, but to heroin dealers who have stories to sell.
Conveniently for Murdoch, the main whistleblower, who was contradicting the Murdoch line that the hacking was more or less of a one-off, ended up dead. He just 'happened' to die, and there is nothing suspicious about his death or the timing of say the police who just 'happened' to check on him for some odd reason. And so, before the toxicology reports are even started on Sean Hoare, the police have cleared Citizen Murdoch. Which is really very nice, because Murdoch's staff were bribing the police right and left, and quite a few have had to step down. Maybe there are none left to investigate any more mysterious deaths in the realm?
Which is really nice also for the politicians who courted him, from Tony Blair to David Cameron. The whistleblowers die and the police quit and Murdoch can go on forcing his politicians on the public. Yesterday he seemed to be endorsing Michele Bachmann in some tired piece by a J T Young in the New York Post. Makes me wonder what criminal acts Bachmann is into to be on his good side. Hacking into 9/11 victims's phones? Paying off the police? Evidence tampering? Who knows.
It may just be a good policy to avoid any and all politicians whom Murdoch has espoused. Wipe the slate clean and get in people who do not make friends with the devil.
That is one reason to support Ron Paul. Murdoch, Sulzberger, Zuckerman and Sun Myung Moon - (Fox/NY Post; NY Times; NYDaily News; Washington Times) - do not get in bed with him - and we need independent candidates more than candidates need the press. Get out and write to your local papers and support Ron Paul, let them know you do not want Murdoch and others putting their minions in power. Just look at the meltdown that has happened in the UK - a country the US fought to get away is time to fight to get away from Murdoch - and his politicians.

Michele Bachmann on drugs

In todays papers there are stories about Michele Bachmann and her drug habit, or at least her need to take three kinds to deal with her migraines, which she thinks but is not sure may come from her high heels. At least twice while on the hunt for votes she has had to stop and go for medical treatment. Imagine if there were a terrorist attack? I mean, she'd have to stop and take those drugs...or stop wearing high heels.
On the heels of this news, JT Young writes about how great she is. Rupert Murdoch gives him space in the Post to tell us how the left is terrified of her because women are going to vote for her...
He quotes statistics to show that women are 50+% of the vote, and are growing more conservative each year. This does not mean they would vote for some person who has done little in Congress and gets headaches from her shoes...and any lefty women out there would not go vote for her just because of who she is. Young does not seem to have that much experience other than a job in from 2001- 2004 when he was in the Office of Management and Budget; from 1987-2000 he was a Congressional staffer. That is all the paper said about him and all I could find on the internet - it does lead one to wonder what he did between 2004 and the present.
He asserts she is ahead of Romney in Iowa and rising in New Hampshire. If so, heaven help America. It needs a leader who is not in need of constant medical attention. Dr Paul is the man. And next time Bachmann feels that migraine coming on, she knows where to seek help.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ron Paul's first TV ad runs in Nevada

Ron Paul Slams Debt Ceiling in ‘Conviction’ Ad that Airs in Nevada Today

The State Column |  | Monday, July 18, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, released his campaign’s first TV ad of the 2012 presidential race last Friday. Today, Paul’s “Conviction” TV ad will air in the State of Nevada.
Nevada is a key state for the Paul campaign, because Nevada will be the second state in the nation to hold a presidential caucus. Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign manager, said that “Nevada is a key constituency with important and growing influence on the National political environment, and Dr. Paul plans to win the state in 2012.”
The TV ad, which was shown in New Hampshire and Iowa last week, pushes Paul as the leader of those who are opposed to the debt ceiling increase.
According to Benton, the “Conviction” TV ad demonstrates that the Texas Congressman “is the only national leader with the experience, record and credibility to stand up to the debt limit scheme, cut the spending now and save our dollar.” Benton added that Paul’s “extraordinary record of consistency in Congress, having never voted in favor of a debt limit increase, makes him the most qualified leader of such a fight.”
The TV ad, which looks like a summer movie preview, slams a potential compromise on how to offset the cost of the debt ceiling. “They did it to Reagan: a debt ceiling compromise. Democrats promising spending cuts, but delivering only tax hikes,” the narrator states. “Will our party’s leaders repeat the mistakes of the past?” the narrator asks. At the end of the TV ad, the narrator suggests that “one candidate has always been true: Ron Paul.”
Last week, Paul slammed Mitch McConnell’s debt ceiling plan in an email to his supporters. Paul called McConnell’s debt ceiling plan a proposal with “no real spending cuts.” McConnell’s debt ceiling plan would give Obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling, while stopping short of forcing Obama to enact spending cuts. In his email, Paul argued that McConnell’s plan, if it passes, will have “handed yet more power over to the Executive Branch.”
On Tuesday of last week, Paul announced that he won’t seek the re-election of his House seat in 2012. Instead, Paul plans to focus all of his energy on the 2012 presidential race.

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Federal Election Results for the candidates

The NYT yesterday published the FE results for the leading candidates, with Huntsman and McCotter (McWHo?) nor required to file this quarter.
So far, Obama has $46.3 million raised, with $11.1 spent in 2nd quarter.
Then it's Romney: $18.4/$5.7; Paul: $4.5/$1.6; Pawlenty: $4.3/$2.5: Bachmann: $3.4/$0.3
Cain: $2.6/$2.1: Gingrich: $2.1/$1.8: Santorum: $0.6/$0.4: Johnson: $0.2/$0.2

It shows a candidate pacing wisely, not having to spend all his ammunition to get name recognition.
Big business seems to like Romney and Obama more, both of whom have received in general much larger donations on average, thus their large war chests do not reflect more supporters.

This shows something about the amount of support, of course, but also about the way a candidate spends -
Paul's 2nd quarter spending is about 32.5% - compared to others of 100% or nearly that.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Here are some of Dr Ron Paul's comments on record about hemp, marijuana and drug laws...he is way ahead of Obama or any of the other Democrats on these. That is why VOTE HEMP and NORML are behind him, even if he is GOP...the other GOP candidates do not have a chance at getting these and other Green/Progressive votes. One of the many reasons why he is the only electable GOP candidate.

What candidate is behind both hemp and legal marijuana? Certainly not Obama...and certainly not most of the GOP line up - but Dr Ron Paul, who is a GOP Congressman, is the best man for the job...hard to believe, but then again, he did run as a libertarian (1988).
So I thought I'd post his record on such issues as hemp, marijuana and the drug wars along with his ratings from NORML and VOTEHEMP...

Dr Ron Paul believes in the legalization of industrial hemp. Paul supported HR 3037 to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. This bill would have given the states the power to regulate farming of hemp. The measure would be a first since the national prohibition of industrial hemp farming in the United States. He favors the legalization of marijuana.
Source: Jan 22, 2007

Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad For the first 140 years of our history, we had essentially no federal war on drugs, and far fewer problems with drug addiction and related crimes as a consequence. In the past 30 years, even with the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the drug war, little good has come of it. We have vacillated from efforts to stop the drugs at the source to severely punishing the users, yet nothing has improved.
The drug war encourages violence. Government violence against nonviolent users is notorious and has led to the unnecessary prison overpopulation. Innocent taxpayers are forced to pay for all this so-called justice. Our drug eradication project (using spraying) around the world, from Colombia to Afghanistan, breeds resentment because normal crops and good land can be severely damaged. Local populations perceive that the efforts and the profiteering remain somehow beneficial to our own agenda in these various countries.
Source: House speech, in Foreign Policy of Freedom, p.159-160 Oct 25, 2001

Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. Drug Demand Reduction Act: Vote on an amendment to require that anyone hired by the Federal Government is subject to random, unannounced drug testing.
Reference: Amendment by Taylor, D-MS; bill by Portman, R-OH.; Bill HR 4550 ; vote number 1998-443 on Sep 16, 1998

War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights .Paul adopted the Republican Liberty Caucus Position Statement:
As adopted by the General Membership of the Republican Liberty Caucus at its Biannual Meeting held December 8, 2000.
WHEREAS libertarian Republicans believe in limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility;
WHEREAS we believe that government has no money nor power not derived from the consent of the people;
WHEREAS we believe that people have the right to keep the fruits of their labor; and
WHEREAS we believe in upholding the US Constitution as the supreme law of the land;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Liberty Caucus endorses the following [among its] principles:
While recognizing the harm that drug abuse causes society, we also recognize that government drug policy has been ineffective and has led to frightening abuses of the Bill of Rights which could affect the personal freedom of any American. We, therefore, support alternatives to the War on Drugs.
Per the tenth amendment to the US Constitution, matters such as drugs should be handled at the state or personal level.
All laws which give license to violate the Bill of Rights should be repealed.
Source: Republican Liberty Caucus Position Statement 00-RLC13 on Dec 8, 2000

Legalize medical marijuana. Paul co-sponsored the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana
Title: To provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States. Summary: Transfers marijuana from schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to schedule II of such Act. Declares that, in a State in which marijuana may be prescribed or recommended by a physician for medical use under applicable State law, no provision of the Controlled Substances Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict:
the prescription or recommendation of marijuana by a physician for medical use;
an individual from obtaining and using marijuana from a physician's prescription or recommendation of marijuana for medical use; or
a pharmacy from obtaining and holding marijuana for the prescription or recommendation of marijuana by a physician for medical use under applicable State law.
Prohibits any provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act from prohibiting or restricting a State entity from producing or distributing marijuana for the purpose of its distribution for prescription or recommendation by a physician in a State in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use.
Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HR2592 on Jul 23, 2001

Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record.Paul scores A by VOTE-HEMP on pro-hemp legalization policies
VOTE HEMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for Industrial Hemp. Industrial Hemp is non-psychoactive low THC varieties of the cannabis sativa plant. Currently, it is illegal for U.S. farmers to grow Industrial Hemp because it is improperly classified as a "drug" under the Controlled Substances Act. Since changes in law require shifts in thinking and this requires education in the facts, our primary goal is the education of legislators and regulators, farmers and businesses, students and other concerned citizens.
Source: VOTE-HEMP website 02n-HEMP on Dec 31, 2003

Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance.Paul scores +30 by the NORML on drug reform interprets the 2006 NORML scores as follows:
-30 to -10: "hard-on-drugs" stance (approx. 228 members)
-9 to +9: mixed record on drug reform (approx. 37 members)
+10 to +30: pro-drug-reform stance (approx. 109 members)About NORML (from their website,
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.
NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession & responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."
NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."
NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.
NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.
Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.
Source: NORML website 06n-NORML on Dec 31, 2006

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pawlenty vs. Bachmann

Pawlenty is starting to trail in the polls, but he has managed to get back in the media spotlight - by blasting Bachmann. He claims she did absolutely nothing in Congress. Both are from Minnesota, not a state known for sending people to the Oval Office.
Bachmann is now neck and neck with front-runner Romney in the polls.
But the election itself is light years away in political years...lots to transpire till then.
Here in New York there is an unusual election, to replace Anthony, as in Weiner...The Dems want David Weprin to replace him after he had to quit in disgrace - and this being NY, my bet in on Weprin...GOP Congressmen here are hen's teeth.
But the former mayor, Ed Koch, wants a GOP man - as a way to rebuke Obama for his stance on Israel. So Bob Turner may stand a chance, but I still would not put money on it.
However, it says something about the 2012 elections; Jews may well not vote for Obama for a number of reasons, they may well back the GOP, but only if the GOP candidate is convincing. Last time they did not vote for McCain - who seemed to have amnesia - and Palin, who does not go over well with an educated crowd.
Ron Paul is a strong choice - especially among those who remember his lone pro-Israel stand in 1981, if my own memory serves correct - when the GOP denounced Israel and he said it was a sovereign nation that had the right to defend itself. He also points out that the US gives the Arabs four times as much money than it gives Israel, and he is right. I would not be surprised if Ed Koch would support him. Pawlenty, or Bachmann, I cannot see them getting much enthusiasm among the Jewish voters.  Or the Latin, African-American voters either, they may well be restricted to the core GOP voter base which is not enough to ensure a regime change here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dave Brooks in the New York Times

A number of letters appeared in the New York Times yesterday in response to David Brooks article of 5 July ("The Mother of All No-Brainers"). Most were anti-GOP. Barrett Zinn Gross quoted Dick Cheney's absurd remark about deficits not mattering, and Ron Freeland asserts that they GOP is incapable of running the country.
Personally, I am not a big GOP fan. This blog is about Ron Paul - not the GOP. But I am not a fan of the left either - especially when they have some fringe lunatics running about letting rapists out of me a Centrist if you will.
And I might just call Ron Paul a Centrist, which is what this country needs. But I can work with either party, if I do not have to deal with the extremists. I think that in all fairness to the GOP these letters point out the extermists in the GOP - Cheney and Glover Norquist are mentioned, and neither of them are close to Ron Paul.
These extremists not only make the party look bad, but they deflect light from the sensible candidates. The press finds them an easy story - and does damage to the country, as the voters hear so much about them and not enough about the sensible politicians, right, left or in the middle - who could do the job. The press, especially the Murdoch press, also spends its time hacking into citizen's cell phones, which is why Murdoch may lose his empire in the UK - where his people hacked into the phone of a missing school girl, and possible the phones of UK military families and families of 7/7 victims.Why? It is very mysterious.
He owns the Post in NY, which almost never mentions Ron Paul. Why? Is Murdoch involved with people who do not have the interests of the US at heart? CCP? Chemical companies bent on selling DDT? Intel agencies bent on hacking into phones of military families? Who, by the way, is this paper supporting and why?
Just asking...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why the news outlets ignore Ron Paul: news from the National Inflation Associatoin

I have been asking a number of times why the media do not (that is not a typo - media is plural, just FYI) give any space to Ron Paul...the NYT for instance devoted an entire page this week to four GOP candidates who have nothing to contribute - it made me wonder...are journalists out to lunch? Or just bugging the phones of 13-year-old missing girls on the orders of Rupert Murdoch? Or vilifying hemp which could provide jobs to Americans, as they did at Hearst? Well, here are some answers from the National Inflation Association - I cut and pasted a key article here well worth reading....

FORT LEE, N.J.July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Inflation Association - - today released the following inflation update to its NIA members:
We are at the very beginning of our nation's most important Presidential election season in history. Historically in all Presidential elections, taxation has always been one of the top issues. The Republicans always call for lower taxes, while the Democrats say we should tax the rich more and cut taxes on the poor and middle class. The truth is, taxation today means nothing when the real U.S. budget deficit is now more than twice the government's total tax receipts. Taxation is used to distract U.S. citizens as the Federal Reserve prints trillions of dollars out of thin air, stealing from the incomes and savings of all Americans.
NIA's number one goal during the next year is to educate as many Americans as possible to the truth about the U.S. economy so that come the 2012 Republican primaries and general Presidential election, inflation is the number one issue on everybody's minds. During the 2008 Presidential debates between President Obama and John McCain, Obama did not use the word inflation once. McCain used the word inflation only a handful of times, but spoke about taxation nearly one hundred times. When McCain mentioned inflation, he said that we need to make it easier for students to borrow larger amounts of money to attend college due to inflation, when it is actually the government's willingness to provide easy access to student loans that is causing tuition inflation.
In the 2008 Presidential election, Americans did not have a choice to vote for an anti-inflation candidate. Although polls in late-2008 indicated that the majority of U.S. citizens were against the government's bailouts of Wall Street and artificial stimulus bills, both Obama and McCain were in support of them. Despite Ron Paul doubling McCain's fundraising in the 4Q of 2007 and raising $20 million, ending the year with $7.8 million in cash on hand while McCain's campaign was broke and in debt, the mainstream media manipulated the minds of Americans into voting for McCain as the Republican nominee, when it is Ron Paul who would have put a stop to Congress' reckless, dangerous, and destructive spending that can only be paid for by borrowing and printing money.
Since Obama was elected President on November 4th, 2008, the U.S. dollar has lost 48% of its purchasing power. Americans today spend 48% more for gasoline than they did the day of the last election. Americans today also spend 105% more for sugar, 78% more for coffee, 58% more for corn, with similar gains for many other agricultural commodities. The U.S. government and Federal Reserve created all of this inflation in an attempt to reinflate the Real Estate bubble, yet the median U.S. home price declined by 2.4% during this time period. Meanwhile, the real unemployment rate has increased from 16.8% to 22.3%.
The media worked tirelessly in 2008 to marginalize Ron Paul's Presidential campaign. After every Republican candidate debate, FOX News would have a text message and online voting poll on who won the debate. Ron Paul would overwhelmingly win most of the polls, with hundreds of thousands of people voting, yet the FOX News hosts wouldn't give credit to Ron Paul for winning the debate. They instead would claim that their own poll was somehow compromised and manipulated by tech savvy Ron Paulsupporters. Ron Paul supporters did not manipulate FOX News' polls, FOX News and the rest of the mainstream media manipulated the minds of their viewers into nominating John McCain who had the exact same viewpoints as Obama on every economic issue, except that Obama said he would tax the rich slightly more than McCain (big deal!).
The media is already beginning their massive campaign to marginalize Ron Paul's Presidential campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2012 election. After the first Republican debate on June 13th, Bill O'Reilly referred to a snap poll that declaredMitt Romney the winner with 51% of the vote and Ron Paul the loser with 0%. The very fine print on the screen said that 54 people voted in the poll that Bill O'Reilly was using to declare Romney the winner of the debate. So when hundreds of thousands of real voters support Ron Paul in a FOX News poll, the network's hosts downplay it and claim that their own poll was rigged; but when 54 Washington insiders vote for Romney and 0 vote for Ron Paul, Bill O'Reilly gives credibility to that poll in an attempt to influence his viewers into believing Ron Paul has no chance of being elected!
The mainstream media has already hand selected Romney to be their nominee in the 2012 election. No matter where you look this week, the headlines read that Romney raised $15 to $20 million in the second quarter, most of it coming from bankers on Wall Street. Meanwhile, Ron Paul has raised $4.5 million from grassroots supporters, more than Tim PawlentyJon Huntsman, or anybody else that has reported so far, but nobody gives Ron Paul any credit. All of the articles written about Ron Paul call him a "long-shot", solely in an attempt to manipulate the minds of voters.
Romney's millions of dollars in donations are coming from those who benefited from the Federal Reserve's unconstitutional and criminal acts of stealing the wealth of hardworking middle-class Americans through inflation. Romney has made it very clear that he won't discuss the Federal Reserve and that he believes Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is doing a good job. The fact is, unless we address the Federal Reserve and the endless monetary inflation they are creating, no other issues matter at all.
Some of the people who benefited from the Federal Reserve's bailouts are hedging their bets and not just supporting Romney, but are supporting all of the Republican candidates other than Ron PaulJack Welch, former Chairman of General Electric (GE), yesterday declared Romney, Pawlenty, and Huntsman the three "real contenders" in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, saying that, "each of them has their pluses and minuses". Welch gave no mention of Ron Paul, despite the fact that he raised more money than Pawlenty and Huntsman last quarter. Welch in the same interview called Bernanke a "hero during the crisis". After all, GE would have gone bankrupt due to Welch's reckless management of the company if it wasn't for the U.S. government backing $139 billion of GE's debt during the financial crisis.
Bill O'Reilly has been trying to portray Ron Paul as some kind of a lunatic, when O'Reilly is clearly uneducated about the economic issues that matter today. In a shocking display of just how incompetent O'Reilly is, he recently played a clip of Ron Paul speaking at the June 13th debate about how the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency has become our main export in return for all of the real products we import from countries like China and Japan. O'Reilly said he was "very confused" by what Ron Paul was saying. O'Reilly apparently thinks this is normal and will be sustainable continuously forever. To see this shocking video of O'Reilly's incompetence, simply go to our recent blog posting at:
Glenn Beck, the only person in the mainstream media who has called NIA a credible organization and has referenced our food inflation report on the air on many occasions, recently left FOX News to start his own Internet television network. With Glenn Beckleaving FOX News, the balance of power has now shifted. If you combine all of the major alternative media organizations on the Internet, they now have larger reach than the mainstream media news organizations on television. Due to this shift in power, NIA now truly believes that a candidate like Ron Paul has a chance of actually winning the 2012 Presidential election.
In order for our movement to succeed in electing a real President like Ron Paul in 2012, we must all work together. Americans need to realize that the real war isn't CNN, MSNBC, and the Democrats vs. FOX News and the Republicans. The real information war is alternative news organizations on the Internet that speak the truth along with politicians who believe in Austrian economics and protecting the U.S. Constitution vs. CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the rest of the mainstream media, which spread false propaganda in order to support the Democrats and Republicans that have been brainwashed by our nation's colleges with Keynesian economic principles, and have put our nation on the brink of hyperinflation.
It is important to spread the word about NIA to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, if you want America to survive hyperinflation. Please tell everybody you know to become members of NIA for free immediately at:
About us:
The National Inflation Association is an organization that is dedicated to preparing Americans for hyperinflation. NIA offers free membership at and provides its members with articles about the U.S. economy and inflation, daily news stories and blog updates, and important charts not shown by the mainstream media. NIA is the producer of economic documentaries that have received a combined 12 million views including the critically acclaimed 'Meltup', 'The Dollar Bubble', 'End of Liberty', 'Hyperinflation Nation', and brand new 'College Conspiracy'. NIA provides unbiased reviews of the major online sellers of gold and silver bullion and also offers profiles of gold, silver, agriculture, oil, and alternative energy companies that could prosper in an inflationary environment. NIA is the creator of 'NIAnswers', the world's most comprehensive database of questions and answers about inflation, currencies, debt, and precious metals.
SOURCE National Inflation Association