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Five days. I can’t wait for Iowa to be over. So over. Every four years, I get angry that such a vanilla state, so atypical of many states in the nation, demands, and gets, the right to first choice. Then there’s the astonishing amount of money that gets poured into a state where only — get this — about 150,000 people trudge into uncomfortable rooms for a caucus that lasts a minimum of two hours.

Oh, I have more beefs with this system. How about the fact that at least one-third of the states have to wait to vote until, by the time it’s their turn, their votes don’t much matter anymore. The entire West Coast and their neighboring states never get a real shot at influencing the choice of the nominees. Imagine if states like Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Utah got a real chance to influence the race.

Then there’s the caucus system. Caucuses are flat-out unfair. Try being a parent with limited discretionary money having to hire a babysitter. Try being disabled and being unable to get out or, if you can get out, having to navigate to rooms far from the entrance, and find an uncomfortable chair, look for the nearest bathroom (hopefully on the same floor). And what if you end up in the hospital, as happened to me four years ago? I couldn’t cast a vote, not even through a proxy.

With that off my chest, here are some news items I discovered in the past day, some serious and some just interesting (like the birth of a baby — the parents are disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, SoS Hillary Clinton’s trusted aide):

Here’s the scoop on the baby, from The Queens’ Courier article, “Weiner, wife welcome baby boy“:

Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin — aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — welcomed son Jordan Zane Weiner to the world on December 21, according to multiple published reports.

[Unappetizing section snipped]

[T]he proud parents have announced their new “sparkling wonder.”

According to The New York Post, Weiner took to email, alerting friends and family members about the arrival of Jordan Zane, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 5 ounces.

“Did I mention his mom is amazing? We love you for welcoming him,” Weiner said in the email about his wife.

Read all.

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How about some news on Ron Paul you may not have heard? The first is a joke, but the second story is quite useful.

The Chicago Tribune (yes, really) printed the news that “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson has endorsed Ron Paul. (Wasn’t she the first winner? I think so because that was the only year I watched the show, and I remember her.) But poor Kelly didn’t realize that her Twitter followers would get upset with her.

“American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson wandered into presidential politics with an endorsement of Ron Paul, then defended her candidate against accusations of racism.

“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t,” Clarkson tweeted late Wednesday.

She said of her political views: “I am a Republican but I actually voted Democrat last election.”

Several of her followers accused Paul of racism and homophobia. …

The Fiscal Times has written up “Ron Paul: 16 Eye Opening Things You Don’t Know“:

If Ron Paul were elected president, you could probably smoke in public places, drive gas-guzzling cars, keep your shoes on at airport security, and pray in public schools. His “hands off” approach to government has made him the de facto leader of the Tea Party and a long-time favorite of libertarians throughout the country.

[...]

The 76-year-old Paul also says he wants to:

Balance the federal budget

Eliminate the Federal Reserve

Defund five Cabinet departments (including Commerce, Interior and Education) to save over $700 billion over four years

Eliminate the supplemental nutrition program for women and children at the Department of Agriculture

Bring home all American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, and…

Legalize pot.

Okay. Here’s something that I didn’t know. I knew he was, um, an older man, but I didn’t realize that he is 76 years old.

Read the entire list of the “16 Eye Opening Things You Don’t Know.” There is QUITE a bit more in the story, far too much to quote here.

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Okay. Over and out … your turn! (I may pop in and add some more items.)

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz
  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio

    Racist Ron?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axN53qCJChY

    • Anonymous

      I do like the nifty campaign song WronG Paul has come up with.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iDl2zwF8TM&feature=fvwrel

      • Scottymac54

        Before you retape the Sarah pic on the ceiling over your bed, do your landlord a favor and wash down the semigloss first…

        • Anonymous

          I own my house loser. I`ll bet you are looking forward to WronG Paul losing so you can go back to praising Obama.

          • Scottymac54

            You and Barky sleep in the same bed so you won’t see me praising either one of you any time soon….

            • Anonymous

              I know you aren`t trucking with a full load but ……..
              which of the voices in your head told you
              to say THAT stupid thing?”

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    It’s Time To Wake Up….

    Warning War is graphic!  Government sanitizes it for your approval.  But if you advocate for it…have the guts to sit through this video.  Watch anyway.  At least know who and what you are voting for

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HTH6GT3os4

    • Anonymous

      Ron Paul is NEVER going to be the nominee, much less the President, but Obama may send him to talk to the Taliban to negotiate the terms of OUR surrender.

      • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

         keep telling yourself that

        • Anonymous

          I will and when he finally steps down you can have a service for him or what ever you Obama dingbats do in a time like that.

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz
  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Robert Steele ON REVOLUTION IN THE USA Part I of III

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp7jSfvB0Ac&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    Why Democrats like Obama are really elected – to do dirty work too dirty for ordinary Republicans.

    Enjoy:

    The Dems Destroying Business meme is getting old.  We need more beef in
    the political commentary.  As it turns out, more antibiotic ridden beef
    is the Obama administration’s approach, something even Dubya Dubya Bush
    didn’t dare do. 

    Accordingly, the O’FU Administration has bent over, spread ‘em, and even provided the lube for Big Agriculture. This month, Obama’s FDA has abandoned a 35 year struggle to restrict antibiotic laced animal feed, something to ponder if you’re ever hospitalized for one of those highly evolved super-bacterial infections.

    “Restrictions on agricultural uses are key to preserving the
    effectiveness of antibiotics as well as to preventing the spread of
    antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA and salmonella Heidelberg (cause of last summer’s record-breaking ground turkey recall). And it’s no small dosage: Every year 29 million pounds of antibiotics are given to animals — often via their feed. That figure represents 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S.”

    http://tinyurl.com/bt534zz

  • Anonymous

    Fresh off of his endorsement from former KKK Grand Wizard and former
    Congressman from Louisiana David Duke, we find this photo of Congressman
    Ron Paul with former Klansman, former Nazi and current radio show host
    and moderator of Stormfront.org Don Black.  Pictured next to Black in the cool hat appears to be his radio sidekick and son Derek.  (Here’s an interesting note….Derek’s mother is David Duke’s ex-wife.  Que the banjos.)

    A couple of days ago on his radio broadcast, Don Black was quoted as saying,  
    “Everybody,
    all of us back in the 80s and 90s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual
    in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and
    now, of course, that he has this broad demographic — broad base of
    support.”

    Kind of brings tears to your eyes don’t it?

    • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

      Oh GAWD!  Are you for real?  What is wrong with you?  Rabid Obot syndrome has taken over your mind and body.  You do know that ANYONE can get their picture taken with Ron Paul.  He stands and gets his picture taken with people at the end of nearly every speech.  He doesn’t ask for credentials. And he doesn’t control who endorses him.

      You are being completely ridiculous and should be ashamed of yourself.

      Ron Paul is being attacked because he doesn’t want to indescriminately bomb the middle east and kill millions of brown people.  Yeah that makes him racist.  Why would such a racist want to pardon non-violent drug users from prison when they happen to be made up predominately of black people?  Ooooh the big bad racist guy wants everyone to have their individual freedoms!  Scary!

      You are a freakin card carrying race baiter!  You can’t argue on issues so you play the race card.  Obama taught you well.

      • Anonymous

        Now your true feelings are coming out. Over the years we have seen trolls from the obots and they write posts just like this one. Be gone troll. you leave me no choice.

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          A troll is as a Troll does

          Troll away troll

        • Scottymac54

          You’re a typical establishment neocon Republican and that’s all fine and good, because they are “keeping you safe”, but at least be enough of a man to take the Gadsen flag off your avatar, because it’s not your emblem and you’ve done nothing to deserve it.

      • Scottymac54

        Don’t even acknowledge this drivel.

        The neocons have much worse skeletons in their closets.

        Much, much worse.

  • Seattlegonz

    The tweeters outrage at Clarkson’s endorsement of Paul was directed at her not at the candidate. They accused her of being a racist and homophobic. She tweeted later that she was stunned by the hate directed at her for having an opinion that differed from her followers.

    This is the Obama strategy — ridicule and hate the person, don’t even discuss the ideas.

    • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

      mmm sounds familiar… sounds like what they did to Hillary supporters.

      your right!  it’s the Obama stategy but that race card has been over played and has little value left except among the Obots on Huffington Post

    • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

      mmm sounds familiar… sounds like what they did to Hillary supporters.

      your right!  it’s the Obama stategy but that race card has been over played and has little value left except among the Obots on Huffington Post

    • Diver857

      I think she did it for record sales. No one knew she even had a new record until the endorsement and suddenly her sales shot up to the top of the charts. So it can be said that Paul supporters are into lousy music (or stuck with it) :) .

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    From Israel: Vote Ron Paul and Let My People Go!

    December 29, 2011 By Rafi 36 Comments

    Lately I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I sit here in my living
    room in Karnei Shomron, Israel, on the 8th night of Chanukah, wondering
    what other miracles lay in store on January 3rd and in the months ahead.
    The name Ron Paul is constantly at my fingertips. I’ve typed it in so
    many times the past month it’s insane. I’m experiencing an excitement
    I’ve rarely ever felt, and I don’t even live in America anymore. During
    the last Republican debate I woke myself up at 3am Israel time to watch
    an 8pm EST live stream on YouTube, with no fatigue whatsoever. I’m on
    overdrive, and I can’t calm myself.

    I’ve only recently figured out what this excitement actually is.

    I first got interested in the whole freedom movement when I heard
    that Ron Paul wanted to end all foreign aid, including to my country,
    Israel. This seemed like a spectacular idea to me. I hate the idea of
    taking American tax payer money I don’t need. The only reason we take
    it, by the way, is not because we need it. It’s that we don’t want to
    feel alone, and Jews always feel a deep existential isolation and
    loneliness. “As I see them from the mountain tops, gaze on them from the
    heights, this is a people that dwells alone, not counted among the
    Nations,” says Balaam of the People of Israel in Numbers 23:9. We still
    feel that loneliness. So we take the money. It’s shameful, it’s theft,
    it’s destructive, it’s morally wrong, and it makes people hate us for
    tying them into a conflict they have no business trying to solve. I
    wanted it to end and didn’t trust any Israeli leader to give it up on
    his own, so I looked up more about Ron Paul.

    What I found was fascinating. On the forums, I learned of people who,
    back in ’08, literally gave their lives short of death to this man.
    Some poured money into his campaign they could not afford to give, and
    some even lost their marriages because of their single-minded insane
    dedication. This shocked me. I couldn’t yet understand it, but after a
    few days of listening to him, it began to click.

    What is it about Ron Paul that inspires such extremes? Such maddening
    support on the one hand, and such fear and loathing on the other? I can
    give the answer in one word: Soul.

    The essential soul of a human being is by definition free. The idea that
    men are free as determined by God is a concept that is foreign to most
    men. This is because most men want to control others, to take away their
    freedom. This is usually referred to as the drive for power. The drive
    for power is antithetical to freedom because power means the ability to
    control others. There is only one legitimate thing that power can and
    should be used for, whether it be military, legislative, or executive
    power. That is, to legalize freedom.

    cont….
    http://settlersofsamaria.org/vote-ron-paul-free-israel/

    • Anonymous

      What a joke this is.
      Please don`t send any aid to Israel, but by the way, from the same web site there is this plea to send money to build a house in Samaria
      ———————————–.

      Help us build in the Jewish homeland

      Make your mark on the holy land today by donating
      to Settlers of Samaria! Once you have donated, we will be in touch with
      you as we progress. . Please visit the site to see any updates and more
      about the families you are helping and the houses you are building.

      ——————————————–

      I am truly sitting here laughing my ass off at all the Obots that have come out of the woodwork to support that maniac Paul. The sooner he is gone the better.

      • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

        This is one persons view that is no more of a joke than YOUR point of view

        • Anonymous

          Don`t include me in your whacky world.

          • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

            Your whacky world belongs you you alone

            • Anonymous

              Do you always type with a stutter ?

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                 do you listen with one?

        • Anonymous

          I have been involved and voting a hell of a lot longer than you, my silly friend. I`ve seen all kinds of shysters come and go and Paul is one of the more nutty. It is YOU who will learn the ways of the world when you grow up.

          • Anonymous

            Got to love peoples personal takes on politics. Everyone’s candidate is Mr/Ms Perfect and the other is the nut job.

            In the real world? We  all live on a macadamia plantation. So whose nutter? The nut we elect? Or the nut who votes?

            • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

              Nutty it would seem to believe in freedom.  Nutty to support that dangerous document called the Constitution.

              I guess that’s what makes Paul “Nutty and Dangerous”

              is this 1984 speak?

              War is Peace
              Freedom is Savery
              Constitution is Dangerous

              Now that’s what I call Nutty!

              • Anonymous

                Juliezzz…..Why don’t you lay your little head down and give it a rest.  It must take a lot of energy to keep slugging away the same old lines over and over again. After your rest maybe you’ll be able to think clearer and come up with some new content to write.  Night Night Now.

          • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

            Harp then you have voted for a lot of shysters….not a good thing to put on your patriot resume 

            Clearly you haven’t learned much from the lessons of the world because you are still willing to vote for criminals.  You keep perpetuating the mess we are in. 

            • Anonymous

              I know it is hard for you but try and pay attention. I never said I voted for them. I said I`ve seen them come and go. I will leave the voting of idiots to you since you seem to relate with them so well.

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                OH you voted for them that much is clear

                • Anonymous

                  You flippant little twit. You have no idea who I have voted for over the years. To have a condescending attitude like that, you have to be from the Obama camp , sent to raise shit. Piss off. It won`t work with me loser.

                  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                    Don’t call
                    yourself names

      • Anonymous

        “maniac Paul”

        Really a maniac? You know they said the same things about Pat Buchanan back in 2000. Most of what he said back then came true.. Why is it that when someone who is speaking from outside the box is labeled a maniac. But those who want to instigate a war with Iran are labeled “patriots”? Who placate Israel are hero’s and heroines?

        Maybe what DC really needs is someone who thinks outside the box. It would be interesting to have Paul in the WH, the House under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control…

        We actually just might get something accomplished….

        • Diver857

          If you were to ask Buchanan he would jokingly say that he is still a maniac!

          As you said, a Paul Presidency would send a notice to Israel to make peace or leave.

      • Anonymous

        “maniac Paul”

        Really a maniac? You know they said the same things about Pat Buchanan back in 2000. Most of what he said back then came true.. Why is it that when someone who is speaking from outside the box is labeled a maniac. But those who want to instigate a war with Iran are labeled “patriots”? Who placate Israel are hero’s and heroines?

        Maybe what DC really needs is someone who thinks outside the box. It would be interesting to have Paul in the WH, the House under Republican control and the Senate under Democratic control…

        We actually just might get something accomplished….

      • Scottymac54

        “Please don`t send any aid to Israel, but by the way, from the same web site there is this plea to send money to build a house in Samaria..”
        So, you mock the actual Jews, who are forced to live under Netanyahu apartheid tyranny, but you support funding, with my tax dollars, the tyranny itself?

        I’m SO unsurprised, LOL!

        “The sooner he is gone the better…”

        And that’s exactly my fear.

        That the minute a real American actually gets any POWER, and some weak, enslaved ass like YOU stands up on some grassy knoll and tries to take him out.

        I absolutely expect not one bit better from you, and I don’t care WHAT you think you’ve done for this country in the past, LOL!

        Reagan is dead, Thatcher is senile, HARP.

        The eighties are over.

        Your foaming, rabid hatred for tomorrow speaks volumes.

    • Diver857

      Very touching. Of course with a President Ron Paul this gentleman would have to resettle somwhere else since it is not his land to keep.

      • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

        Don’t misrepresent Ron Pauls views.  What part of “leave them alone” do you not understand?

        • olivia1998

          Don’t misrepresent Ron Paul’s views????
          He’s misrepresenting his own views.  He won’t stand up for his own newsletters, past interviews and he’s changed his stories to suit himself.  Do you have any idea about freedom Julieezzz? What it really means.  Not something you and your friends have dreamed up.  Have you fought for your life or country?   I could be wrong but I don’t think so…..

          • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

            Would you stand up for something you didn’t write while you were busy delivering babies?  Quote him ….show me…. don’t pontificate without evidence.  Show me  in context where he changed his views.  You can’t.  Romney and Gingrich are the flip floppers not Paul!

            I know about freedom but you obviously are afraid of it.  I fight for it everyday against domestic enemies.  Those are more dangerous than the foreign ones.  Do you fight?  Or do you lay on your back and wait for corruption to tread on you? 

            • Anonymous

              Here’s a little reading for you from an interview posted on red state.

              http://www.redstate.com/dan_mclaughlin/2011/12/30/ron-pauls-book-sounds-a-lot-like-his-newsletters/

              The man is nuts and we’ve had enough of nuts and misleading in this country

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                yeah we have nuts running this country and romney is more of the same

                Paul is the only hero we got.

                So….you are for Bigger government?

              • Anonymous

                Very enlightening.
                Yet another weird
                point to a list of 
                bizarre comments.
                When  you see 
                someone die of this 
                disease it breaks 
                your heart, it broke mine.  
                For a doctor he shows little compassion in his comments

              • Scottymac54

                Right, that’s why you’ll just turn around and vote for another filthy neocon….

        • Diver857

          I assume this guy is living inside occupied territory and in a Paul Presidency Israel would have no choice bu to retreat back to ’67 borders because of his support of Palestinians.

          • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

            Paul supports America….not Palestinians.

            He wants to stay out of the business of any other country.  That argument should be left up to them to figure out.

            Why is this hard to understand?

            • Diver857

              Paul fully supports Palestinians and has gone on record on that mutiple times from radio interviews to even an interview with Iranian TV. Look it up. He would be empowering Palestinians by not supporting Israel anymore.

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                 prove it

                cuz I know ya can’t

                • Anonymous

                  Guess again troll

                  On Jan 5 2009 Ron Paul conducted an interview with Iranian state owned
                  English language propaganda channel, Press TV, where he urges ending
                  support of Israel, defends Hamas and tactics of suicide bombing, states
                  that Hamas is innocent and the Israeli state are the aggressors.

                  “To me i look at it like it’s a concentration camp, and people are making bombs, like, they’re the aggressors?”

                  • Scottymac54

                    So?

                • Diver857
              • Scottymac54

                Is this your main opposition to him, or any other candidate?

                • Diver857

                  That’s why I like him.

      • Scottymac54

        Do you think it was “his land” to begin with?

        Do you really think even he thinks it is?

        • Diver857

          You’re right it was never the Jews land to begin with.

    • Scottymac54

      I actually know two of the commenters over there, LOL!
      They made aliyah in the nineties, when the settlements were springing up and were actually being funded…

      What the author is saying does genuinely represent that faction’s views, though.

      Those guys (generally) hold by Kahane’s viewpoint of “transfer” of the Palestinians….they do see the Shomron as legitimately theirs and do NOT want what they see as outside intervention from the US and Europe, in pushing what they see as a hopeless peace process, a la Clinton, Bush etc.

      They would take strong issue with my characterization of Israel as a modern-day American welfare state….rather, they see themselves as victims of, again, ESTABLISHMENT governmental policies.  They see attempts to make peace with the Palestinians as the price the Jews must pay for the largesse successive American governments and world bodies.

      Without the payouts to the Zionist state (they do not see themselves as ”Zionists”, by the way, but religious, “Torah True”, ”observant” Jews) they believe retribution against what they perceive as “Arabs”, as opposed to “Palestinians”, could be more stringent and forceful.  The more “dedicated” see nothing less but a total cleansing of all “Arabs” from ”Eretz Yisroel”, in accordance with Kahanist teachings, to be a solution to their security concerns and nationalist interests.

      I am obviously at odds with most of these guys (no, you will generally not see women posting on these blogs) but they are generally decent people caught in a bad situation.

      Not all, but most. 

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Here is the media telling people what is important and what isn’t….And why are they so eager to crown Romney with the nomination?  What’s in it for them?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soHAOVZzXtA&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    Age is not something that prohobits anyone from being able to think correctly.   The problem with Ron Paul is not his age, it’s his policy.
    Balancing the Federal Budget is utterly ridiculous.  Ending the FED is already a fait accompli, it is dead in the water.  The moment Congress reinstates Glass Steagall, the FED will be under bankruptcy protection in a New York second.   ETC.  Legalizing pot is just about the most dreary and boring intention for any politician to use as a tool to advance civilization into space and beyond.   We have all been there and done that and it’s so tired and old that evening writing about it makes me fall asleep.     ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

       your answer is ….Romney?  Obama?  No?  who?  Santorum?

      Paul is the only one who will even consider the likes of Glass Steagall and you know that

      • Anonymous

        I hope you realize that Paul IS NOT going to be the nominee.

        • Scottymac54

          And, if that is true, I guess we know why.

          • Anonymous

            Yes……because he is fucking nuts.

            • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

              You are calling the constitution “Fucking Nuts”?  Because that’s all he’s advocating. 

              • Anonymous

                Show me where repealing roe v wade is in the constitution.

                • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                  Don’t be ridiculous.  Abortion isn’t in the constitution nor is it the jurisdiction in the constitution.  This is your top issue?  Really?  America’s financial system is balanced on splintering bowing Popsicle sticks and you are worried about Paul wanting the jurisdiction of abortion to be put back in the hands of the states?

                  And don’t get me started about why and by whom abortion policy was promoted. you don’t want to go down that rabbit hole lest your mind be splinched

      • Anonymous

        I was only thinking about the commentary on Ron Paul’s list of things to do. As for expecting any of these guys to sign onto the Return to Prudent Banking Act HR 1489 that is sitting in the House of representatives as a congressional co sponsor, or at least sign up as “for it” as so many states and local councils have, my expectations are not very high. BUT, it worked for FDR and it may just be that congress may decide to take the patriotic way out of the economic disaster we are in, to save us from Thermo Nuclear World War Three. Even a Mossad leader stated today that a nuclear Iran is not the end of the world for Israel, but we are still looking at a dying monetarist bankster cartel, who will do anything to destroy their competitors, i.e. Russia, China and their ilk, and destroy themselves if necessary, in the process.
        They are so enamoured of filthy lucre, that they cannot admit that anything else either matters or exists. We are facing an existential threat and spending too much time on the GOP contenders at this moment in time will not put a firewall between the commerical banks and the investment banks. Obama has just appointed a Carlyle Groupie to the FED board….. so you can be sure that he is taking his marching orders from the City of London, the HQ of the last vestiges of the old Roman Empire, the remains of the old Venetian banking cartels.
        We have to get out of their clutches, if humanity, the human species is to survive.
        Alexander Hamilton came with the American Credit System, Article 1 Section 8. We need to get back on track, and the first step is Glass Steagall.
        The second step is pass the NEED ACT OF 2011, introduced recently by Denis
        Kucinich.
        Americans, get on the phone, send emails, faxes, write letters, march, hand
        out pamphlets, educate the OWS crown. Do anything and everything you can
        to assist the Republic of the USA it’s really worth it.

      • Anonymous

        Do you really think your doing Paul a favor by posting your rants? All your doing is giving others the chance to post the crazy things he has done, wrote and said in the past.  Take a pill.  Oh wait I hear them calling you back to the camp for tomorrows instructions better hurry along now.

        • Scottymac54

          Olivia, the few comments you’ve posted here have consistently been along the lines of calamity-howling, and unhinged paranoia about the “left”.

          How well do you think YOU represent your movement, when you do that?  Lest you throw stones…

          I assure you, your own covert agenda is far more radical than anyone else who is heard from here.

          It’s so much more refreshing and honest to hear, for once, commenters who actually share what they think, rather than cherry-picking one or two kindred spirits to share coded messages with.

  • Anonymous

    I like this better than our system –

    `What is a Caucus-race?’ said Alice; not that she wanted
    much to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that somebody
    ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.`Why,’
    said the Dodo, `the best way to explain it is to do it.’ (And, as you
    might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you
    how the Dodo managed it.)First it marked out a race-course, in a
    sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then
    all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no
    `One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked,
    and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the
    race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so,
    and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is
    over!’ and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has
    won?’

  • Anonymous

    Little Change in Public’s Response to ‘Capitalism,’ ‘Socialism’

  • Anonymous

    On January 5, 2009 Ron Paul conducted an interview with
    Iranian state owned English language propaganda channel, Press TV,
    where he urges ending support of Israel, defends Hamas and tactics of
    suicide bombing, states that Hamas is innocent and the Israeli state are
    the aggressors.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

    • Scottymac54

      This is what Dr. Paul understands about the neocons (and why MANY Democrats and independents hold him in high esteem, unlike the other Repub candidates….
      “They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution, violent as well as intellectual.

      They are for redrawing the map of the Middle East and are willing to use force to do so.They believe in preemptive war to achieve desired ends.They accept the notion that the ends justify the means — that hard-ball politics is a moral necessity.They express no opposition to the welfare state.They are not bashful about an American empire; instead they strongly endorse it.They believe lying is necessary for the state to survive.They believe a powerful federal government is a benefit.They believe pertinent facts about how a society should be run should be held by the elite and withheld from those who do not have the courage to deal with it.They believe neutrality in foreign affairs is ill-advised.They hold Leo Strauss in high esteem.They believe imperialism, if progressive in nature, is appropriate.Using American might to force American ideals on others is acceptable. Force should not be limited to the defense of our country.9-11 resulted from the lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many.They dislike and despise libertarians (therefore, the same applies to all strict constitutionalists).They endorse attacks on civil liberties, such as those found in the Patriot Act, as being necessary.They unconditionally support Israel and have a close alliance with the Likud Party.”

      • Diver857

        That video is proof that Ron Paul doesn’t capitulate to Israel and the Jews. He said he believes that the people in Gaza have a right to make homemade bombs and attack Israel because he sees Gaza as a concentration camp. Clearly if he became President, Israel would have to give back the land to the Arabs because the U.S. would not be there to protect them anymore.

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          Ron Paul believes in not interfering.  Period

          Who died and made it our business

          • Diver857

            I would have thought you would have read Paul’s books and articles because I am right. You can’t just make stuff up and falsley super-impose that on someone like Paul.

            • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

              I have …you have not.  Clearly

              • Diver857

                On page 317 of his book, “Liberty Defined,” Paul talks about the influence of the Israeli government on America and the “apartheid conditions that Palestinians are subjected to.” Those are his words in print. Look it up yourself in his book since you apparently have it.
                 
                He also writes in “A Foreign Policy of Freedom” that American “dollars and weapons are being used against the Palestinians as the Palestinian territory shrinks and Israel’s occupation expands.” Elsewhere in the book, he complains that “all recent presidents have reiterated our obligation to bleed for Israel.” Again, since you apparently have the book look it up for yourself.
                 
                In January 2009, Paul talked to Iranian state TV about the “tragedy of Gaza” (his words) and said, “To me, I look at it like a concentration camp, and people [in Gaza] are making homemade bombs, like they are the aggressors?”
                 
                So please don’t misrepresent Ron Paul’s views. Yes, he does not want to get involved in things that he views are not the business of the U.S. But he does have his views.

        • Scottymac54

          “…he sees Gaza as a concentration camp..”

          Isn’t it? 

  • http://twitter.com/jbjdjbjd jbjd

    Okay, this is what I don’t get about the incessant focus on the patent unfairness of the caucus system.  We are only talking about a mechanism for club members to select which member of the club to represent the (Electors chosen by the) club on state general election ballots.  We saw from 2008, (at least) the D club doesn’t even follow club rules. So, why are we focusing on those silly ‘rules’ instead of the club which insists on choosing its candidate ostensibly based on these capriciously and arbitrarily written and enforced rules?

    There is a move afoot to discredit the electoral system because it violates the principles of our ‘democracy.’ And the people promoting this false meme certainly know, we are a Constitutional republic. They couch their efforts in cries, ‘one person, one vote,’ knowing that this would mean, votes from just one state, like CA or NY; can swallow up half the country.

    If the principle of one person one vote prevails; what does this say about the allocation of 2 U.S. senators per state so as to ‘equalize’ regional factions? Or the allocation of U.S. representatives according to population, to ‘even the playing field’ of Congressional power? (In other words, it takes less people to get a vote in the senate, from RI; but CA had more overall votes in the House as the result of their population.)

    A pox on both major political clubs. A pox on our civic ignorance.

  • Anonymous

    Bronwyn,

    You didn’t mention one of the worst things about caucuses that we all learned during the last primary:  a crooked candidate with the backing of crooked party leaders can cheat and game the system far easier in caucus states than in voting states. 

    • Anonymous

      Great addition, Diana.  Oh, those stories that came out of Texas.  

      Basically, though, it’s a STUPID system that must be replaced by — ideally — paper ballots.  Where I live, we have a statewide mail-in ballot AND the caucuses.  The GOP assigns 20% (or thereabouts) to the results of the ballots, and @ 80% to the caucus results.  The Democrats ignore the ballot results entirely, so 100% of the caucus results count.  Furthermore, the state’s party honchos have NO intention of ever changing the system.  They love caucuses.  Wonder why.

  • greta

    You’re in good company Bronwyn, Gail Collins at nyt:
    To summarize: On Tuesday, there will be a contest to select the preferred candidate of a small group of people who are older, wealthier and whiter than American voters in general, and more politically extreme than the average Iowa Republican. The whole world will be watching. The cookies will be excellent.

    • Anonymous

      Wish I’d seen that so I could include it, Greta.  Thank you for letting us know about it.  I like Collins.  She was on Morning Joe the other day, and I liked her very much.

  • greta

    Ron Paul may be 76 but Newt has a mental disorder which is, imo, worse than old and heart problems combined.

  • Lisa

    The caucusus to me are like card check. Intimadation at best!!!

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      I love how they have those two big round orbs with circles in the middle….

      • Anonymous

        As was I my friend. As was I.

  • Anonymous

    Found these comments on my wall at Facebook.  They’re talking about the 3 hitchhikers who were put in an Iranian prison and put on trial for being spies.

    ————————————————-

    I’ve got an idea. Let’s go hiking along the Iraq-Iran border! What could go wrong? It took the Iranians a long time to accept they were actually that stupid.
    ————————————————-
    Next on the itinerary: Sailing along the Horn of Africa coast, spelunking in Afghanistan, mountain climbing in Swat, erecting an Abe Lincoln statute in Richmond, the list is endless

    • Scottymac54

      I would think they were spies….

      • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

        yeah…you know if we found 3 Iranian hitchhikers along the Mexican border, I imagine the drum beat for war would burst eardrums.  Guaranteed they would be whisked away to a undisclosed prison for enhanced interrogation. 

        On second thought….don’t give Obama any ideas!

  • Anonymous

    Found these comments on my wall at Facebook.  They’re talking about the 3 hitchhikers who were put in an Iranian prison and put on trial for being spies.

    ————————————————-

    I’ve got an idea. Let’s go hiking along the Iraq-Iran border! What could go wrong? It took the Iranians a long time to accept they were actually that stupid.
    ————————————————-
    Next on the itinerary: Sailing along the Horn of Africa coast, spelunking in Afghanistan, mountain climbing in Swat, erecting an Abe Lincoln statute in Richmond, the list is endless

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Oh and as far as him being 76… I wager Newt is more at risk for a heart attack than Paul.  Paul stays healthy riding his bike daily

    • Anonymous

      I`m surprised they let him keep a bike at the home.

      • Anonymous

        The old geezer might be able to creep along on a bicycle, but he’ll never be able to compete with this:

        • Anonymous

          If Obama put Paul’s newsletters 
          up in a TV ad during the election 
          that would be the end of Paul and 
          the advantage would go to Obama.

          I’m very sorry to say.

          • Scottymac54

            How?

            Public acceptance of the Wright fiasco in 2008 lowered the bar of acceptability permanently, and the Democrats and independents that will vote for Dr. Paul are unlikely to be swayed by such attempts at moral equivalence.

            Until Barky materialized, I was a lifelong Democrat with no plans to jump off.  I’m not offended by anything that Dr. Paul is accused of saying, even if he did say it….

            I strongly believe that those who are downhearted and apathetic about the election simply see no strong candidate who can take him on.

            You have to admit, the enthusiasm of the Paul supporters is a pleasant surprise, and so unlike that of the bots, who followed a candidate who would NOT set down what he stood for.

            No matter who the candidate is, the race will be close, because we are so polarized as a people.

            • Anonymous

              “Public acceptance of the Wright fiasco in 2008 lowered the bar of acceptability permanently”

              That’s why you’re here spewing this crap ?

              • Scottymac54

                Speaking of moral equivalence…

          • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

            I’m sorry to inform you that your race card has been declined for insufficient funds.  Obama has over spent and ran up the debt on the race card and I’m afraid I’ve been instructed to cut your card in half.

            • Anonymous

              WTF- are you talking about.

              Between his words 
              about Israel and his 
              newsletters, his words 
              are just that, his words,

              I guess, koolaid drinking 
              is still in fashion.
              Enjoy yourself.
              Bottoms up.

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                Obots are the only ones still caring the torn and tattered race card.  How does it feel to be one of them.

                And you can’t take a joke…much like an Obot 

                Funny coincidence 

                • Anonymous

                  I actually think Paul is a smart man. 
                  i disagree with him on foreign policy, but now that I have heard  your views on Paul you have made up my mind for me if he is attracting your type of voter. 
                  (The rise of Obama 2)  Then the world is in deeper trouble then I thought.

                  All i can do is feel pity for you now.
                  How low you must go to prove your point.

                  BTW- I was called a racist
                  and a birther
                  when Obama  ran in 2008, 
                  because I dare question Obama’s qualifications
                  so you calling me names is nothing new, but its nice to   know Obama’s tactics are 
                  still alive 
                  and kicking,  
                  in yourself.

                  Have a 
                  Good day!!!!!!

                  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                    you need to re-read what I wrote
                    You’re confused

                  • Scottymac54

                    Yawn.

                    I AM a birther, and I most certainly am a TRUTHER!

                    Which FEMA camp do you have in mind for me?

              • Diver857

                samb1 – what you don’t understand is that Paul’s opposition to Israel would help him in an election as Scottymac, Popsmoke, and Juliezz have said.

                • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                  Did I miss something is Israel the 51st State?…..

                  Are they paying their fair share of taxes?

                  I’m not anti-Israel.  I’m just pro-America and I put our interests above theirs.

                  Why are you so Anti-American?

                  • Diver857

                    I would have thought you read Paul’s books and articles by now because your comments sometimes don’t reflect what he’s written.

                  • Scottymac54

                    It goes with that particular form of Zionism.

                • Anonymous

                  Diver857,I am a big fan of Israel, they are the only free country
                  in the Middle East, women can work along side men dress as they wish, own property and drive cars, they can be equals, they also have some of the oldest religions living along side one another  
                  in one country.    
                  It is not perfect, but I find it amazing very much like our   Beautiful USA.

              • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

                By invoking Newsletters  you invoke the race card.  Kool-aid belongs to the Obots who also use the racecard indescrimately. 

                I’m not the one calling people racist.  I don’t do that.  I’m not into cheap attacks.

          • Guest

            If you publish a personal newsletter, you have a responsibility to ensure that what gets sent out under your name actually reflects your views. The president is responsible for managing a government in which millions of people publish thousands of documents. If you’re bad at monitoring what your subordinates are writing, you’re going to be a terrible president. In his first post-newsletter election campaign, in 1996, he didn’t claim the newsletters were ghostwritten. Rather, he defended some of the statements on the merits (such as the view that 95 percent of black men in D.C. are “semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”) and insisted that others were taken out of context. Paul is clearly not deeply embarrassed or offended by the statements that racist ghost-writers sent out under his name. If he were, he would tell us who wrote them newsletters and make clear that they aren’t welcome in his campaign and won’t be welcome in his administration.

            • Anonymous

              Old regurgitated news…. Lew Rockwell…

              • Anonymous

                Out guy can’t manage a newsletter, but he’s ready to be president.” How can that possibly be a convincing argument ? 

                These articles happened under Ron Paul’s watch and he was either never made aware of them or chose to ignore and defend the questionable content. If he didn’t properly appoint people to check and inform him, it shows poor leadership and sorry I don’t want another one of those for president. 

                What does that have to do with Lew Rockwell ?  

          • Diver857

            Actually if Obama puts Paul’s newsletters in a TV ad he could win the election because then Paul would get all the anti-Israel vote.

        • Scottymac54

          Except for when the decadent young punk in the center ring drops his coke spoon and falls off the unicycle, flat on his ass…

        • Scottymac54

          Except for when the decadent young punk in the center ring drops his coke spoon and falls off the unicycle, flat on his ass…

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          LOL  Obama is such a nerd

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          LOL  Obama is such a nerd

    • Anonymous

      Like all good Chinese do on the way to work.

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    wow!  I’m lucky enough to be the first

    Check out this new hot video.  It will warmed my heart for the new year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rv0Z5SNrF4&feature=player_embedded

    • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

      Ok I can’t resist.  One more video

      “12-29-11 Ron Paul on WHO w/ Jan Mickelson reacting to the new Revolution PAC ad.”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mB7SG5gpWAw

      • Diver857

        Just curious.

        What are you going to do when Ron Paul drops out of the race?

        • Scottymac54

          What makes you think he will?

          And, what kind of warmongering neocon do you think we will support, in his stead?

          • Diver857

            Hypothetical and don’t want anything bad to happen to Juliezzz given her emotional attachment to this campaign :)

            • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

              You mean my emotional attachment to America.

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          Paul has got to win for the sake of this country.

          But with or without Paul I will continue to fight for liberty and the constitution where ever I can.   And, I’ll probably batten down the hatches for the oncoming world depression, give my kids a hug and kiss and hold on tight….oh and probably get a gun.

          • Diver857

            LOL.

            • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

               Laugh it up fuzzball

        • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

          Paul has got to win for the sake of this country.

          But with or without Paul I will continue to fight for liberty and the constitution where ever I can.   And, I’ll probably batten down the hatches for the oncoming world depression, give my kids a hug and kiss and hold on tight….oh and probably get a gun.