Wednesday, August 31, 2011

POLL: Should Ron Paul Ignore Obama’s Attempt To Remove Him From The Upcoming Debate? «

POLL: Should Ron Paul Ignore Obama’s Attempt To Remove Him From The Upcoming Debate? « - Trevor Lyman, Aug. 31, 2011:

"Obama has requested a joint session of Congress to deliver a speech on the economy and jobs. The problem is the President has chosen the day of an important and long planned Republican Presidential debate for the session. Obama’s actions would effectively remove Ron Paul and Michelle Bachman from the debate by forcing their attendance to the joint session and making it impossible for them to attend the debate. Some say this is a transparent and shameful tactic on Obama’s part to play politics with the political process.

"Ron Paul is mulling over his options. What do you think he should do?"...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Does Ron Paul Scare You? - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic

Why Does Ron Paul Scare You? - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic Aug. 23, 2011:

Every presidential candidate inspires voters to ask themselves, "If this person is elected, what's the worst that could plausibly happen?".... So I got to thinking. What's the worst thing that could plausibly happen if Ron Paul wins?...

"Don't ask why I chose him. It's obvious. The idea of him in the White House makes a lot of the people reading this post uneasy. Despite my libertarian sympathies, there is even a part of me that has always felt, without ever having thought it through, that putting Paul in the White House would be the biggest gamble of all the possible candidates running in the GOP primary. His tenure might have tremendous upsides: zero imprudently launched wars, a resurgence of civil liberties, more transparency. But he's also a radical who wants to see more fundamental change than any other candidate, he is least beholden to the political establishment, which constrains the behavior of conventional pols, and we've never seen him operate as an executive....

"What's the worst that Ron Paul could do? Try to get America back on the gold standard, only to find that he doesn't have the votes in Congress to do it? I am not just being funny. Though Paul has some radical domestic policy ideas, I just don't see any of them getting passed into law. And in foreign policy and national security matters, the areas where he would exercise the most unchecked discretion, he is the candidate you'd least expect to unwisely provoke or launch a war."

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Billionaire to build new countries at sea

Billionaire to build new countries at sea | The Sun | News - Carl Stroud:

August 25, 2011: "PayPal founder Peter Thiel is funding a project that intends to create new societies governed in a radically different manner from conventional states.

"The communities would be run according to libertarian ideals and be housed on gargantuan ocean platforms ... a 'kind of floating Petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage and few restrictions on weapons'.

"Thiel, 43, who is worth an estimated $1.5 billion — or £910 million — has given £763,000 to the Seasteading Institute planning to build the floating nations.

"The institute is run by Patri Friedman, the grandson of Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman."

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ron Paul still critical of US involvement in Libya | Deseret News

Ron Paul still critical of US involvement in Libya | Deseret News - Kevin Freking, Associated Press:

Aug. 28, 2011 - "Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said Sunday the apparent overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya does not justify U.S. involvement there.... Asked on 'Fox News Sunday' whether getting rid of Gadhafi was a good thing, Paul conceded that it was but added that Gadhafi's departure did not mean the long-term result would be good for the United States. He said that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was also good, but that the long-term result in Iraq has not been a success for the U.S....

"'We have no idea of what's going to come out of Libya. I'm very skeptical,' he said....

"Paul's disdain for government interaction continued with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has worked to help people along the East Coast deal with Hurricane Irene....

"'FEMA has been around since 1978. It has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever,' Paul said. 'You can't imagine how many calls we get because FEMA is getting in the way and they can't get their checks, they can't get their bailout.'"

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Next Debate’s Convenient Qualifications Threshold

The Next Debate’s Convenient Qualifications Threshold - By Katrina Trinko - The Corner - National Review Online:

Aug. 25, 2011 - "The Politico/NBC News debate had an interesting threshold for qualifying candidates: They must be at 4 percent in one of eight national prominent polls of Republicans taken since November 2010....

"Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum qualified to participate in the September 7 debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Thad McCotter, Buddy Roemer, and Gary Johnson did not qualify....

"Huntsman? Well, his campaign must be breathing a sigh of relief that the threshold was exactly 4 percent because the highest Huntsman has ever been in a reputable national poll is . . . 4 percent.

"In fact, among the polls conducted by Politico and NBC News’s approved pollsters, he’s achieved that rank only once: earlier this month in a CNN/Opinion Research poll.

"But if Politico/NBC News wanted to make sure even the candidates lagging in the polls currently got included, why 4 percent instead of say, 3 percent?

"Maybe because in a May Gallup poll Johnson got 3 percent.

"Apparently, not all of the lagging candidates are considered equally worthy of air time. "

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Obama 39%, Paul 38% - Rasmussen Reports™

Obama 39%, Paul 38% - Rasmussen Reports™:

Aug 23, 2011 - "The president and the maverick are running almost dead even in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.

"Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters. Fourteen percent (14%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.... Just a month ago, Obama posted a 41% to 37% lead over Paul....

"Paul, [who has] long run afoul of the GOP establishment with his libertarian policy prescriptions, picks up 61% of the Republican vote, while 78% of Democrats fall in behind the president. Voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the longtime congressman by 10 points – 43% to 33%."

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Johnson mingles in Concord | Concord Monitor

Johnson mingles in Concord | Concord Monitor:

"Johnson is about halfway through what his campaign is billing as a 'marathon' nine-day visit to New Hampshire. He spent the weekend on the Seacoast and Monday in the North Country.

"Yesterday, he spoke to the [Concord] Rotary, dropped by Castro's Back Room in downtown Concord and visited with State House Speaker William O'Brien. He finished the day in Loudon....

"Dozens more events are scheduled before he leaves the state Sunday, including another trip to Concord for a forum at NHTI tomorrow night. Such long trips are necessary for Johnson, who has been barred from recent debates because of low poll numbers and who is competing against a broad field of candidates with more money and more name recognition."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ron Paul Leaps Past Bachmann in Latest Poll

Ron Paul Leaps Past Bachmann in Latest Poll -John Thorpe, SFGate, Aug. 24, 2011:

"Ignored by the media and dismissed by the Republican Party in general, liberty-minded Congressman Ron Paul leaped into third place today in the Gallup Presidential Nomination preference poll. Paul jumped over Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party darling/lunatic, relegating her to fourth-place in the current poll. Here's how the numbers shake out today.

Rick Perry, Texas Governor: 29%
Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor: 17%
Ron Paul, Texas Congressman: 13%
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Congresswoman: 10%"

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ron Paul’s website comes under cyber-attack during fund-raiser « 100gf | Politics and Computers

Ron Paul’s website comes under cyber-attack during fund-raiser « 100gf | Politics and Computers - John Cindy - Aug. 23, 2011:

Ron Paul‘s 2012 presidential campaign website came under cyber-attack at the weekend, coincidentally (or not?) just as he launched a major fund-raising drive. However, Paul still managed to raise $1.8m during the ‘Money Bomb’ weekend, suggesting that his campaign wasn’t too badly hampered.

In a statement on Ron Paul’s Facebook page, his team said that the Ron Paul 2012 website was under attack. The nature of the attack is unclear, although there is speculation that it was a DDOS attack, which usually means that a high volume of requests are sent to the site, maxing out its capacity....

The site’s operators managed to block the attack fairly quickly and got it back up and running.... Still, the whole thing raises the fascinating question of whether cyber-attacks might figure in the 2012 elections.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why the Press Loves Jon Huntsman but Ignores Ron Paul - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

Why the Press Loves Jon Huntsman but Ignores Ron Paul - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic:

"As much as I agree with ... the other journalists praising Huntsman for challenging orthodoxies of thought in the GOP, however, I am struck by the very different standards that govern coverage of two other candidates, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson.

"Neither Huntsman nor Johnson nor Paul is likely to win. All three are challenging orthodoxies of thought in their party. In doing so, all have an opportunity 'to affect the political conversation for the better'....

"Huntsman is challenging orthodoxies of thought that afflict the GOP alone, and taking positions that reflect the conventional wisdom in the media.... In contrast, Johnson and Paul are challenging orthodoxies of thought that are bi-partisan in nature and implicate much of the political and media establishment. There is a strong case to be made that their libertarian voices are more vital....

"For questioning America's aggressive, interventionist foreign policy and its failed War on Drugs, policies that are tremendously costly, consequential, and executed in ways that are immoral and demonstrably damaging to our civil liberties, Paul and Johnson aren't given points for speaking uncomfortable truths, shining light on evasions, or affecting the political conversation for the better.

"They're ignored, and the excuse given is that they can't win."

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lawmaker cites media 'arrogance' for lack of coverage of Ron Paul campaign -

Lawmaker cites media 'arrogance' for lack of coverage of Ron Paul campaign - - Bob Cusak:

Aug. 20, 2011 - "A Republican congressman is blaming media 'arrogance' for the paltry coverage of Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll.

"Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), who has endorsed Paul, told the Hill that 'fair-minded people don't know why Ron Paul is not given adequate press.' He pointed the finger at the 'arrogance of certain people in the media who don't think he can win.'...

"Jones said the press 'is going to have to deal with Ron Paul eventually,' predicting Paul will do very well in the Iowa Caucus and perform better than expectations in New Hampshire.

"Many political pundits don't believe Paul can win in November 2012, and doubt he will win the GOP nomination. Despite strong support from the grassroots and a healthy campaign war chest, Paul did not win one state during the 2008 presidential primary. Yet his showing this year in the Iowa Straw Poll was much stronger than four years ago, when he finished fifth....

"Asked if Paul can beat President Obama in the general election, Jones responded, 'absolutely,' citing the president's low approval ratings on the economy....

"This year will be different, Jones said, because 'the country is in worse trouble.' He added that Paul's messages on the Federal Reserve, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the nation's debt are resonating more than ever."

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Johnson again questions worth of social issues for GOP | Iowa Independent

Johnson again questions worth of social issues for GOP | Iowa Independent - Lynda Waddington:

Aug. 19, 2011: "former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson ... told the National Press Club his thoughts on the 'social conservative fringe.' 'There is no majority in America that can be built on hypocrisy and inconsistency,' Johnson said Friday in Washington, DC....

“'Social issues are not going to win the White House in 2012. When I see Republican presidential candidates discussing morality as if the government were some type of watchdog and moral compass for America — then I see the American electorate being turned away,' he said.

“'When they look at the field of candidates for President, what do voters really see? They see: We need to balance the budget, but not too fast. We need to deal with entitlements, but not enough that anybody really feels a difference. And yes, we need to cut spending by trillions, but don’t touch defense. And worst of all, the voters see a party that says it wants government out of our daily lives, except when it comes to gay rights, a woman’s right to choose, what we do on the internet, or what our families look like....

“'Historically and philosophically, the Republican Party is the party which should be offering a notion of tolerance, truly small government and freedom — and that is why I’m a Republican. But watching the presidential race today, that is not what voters are hearing.'"

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ron Paul only grown-up running for president in GOP? – Cafferty File - Blogs

Ron Paul only grown-up running for president in GOP? – Cafferty File - Blogs - Jack Cafferty, Aug. 16, 2011:

"Ron Paul is talking sense and more people ought to listen to him. The Texas congressman has visionary ideas about where the country ought to be going....

"When Paul ran for the Republican nomination in 2008 – he talked about the economy imploding, the untenable nature of the national debt, the eventual destruction of our currency and a limited role for government....

"In the four years since then, many of the things Paul warned us about have happened: We're deeper in debt. The dollar is worth less. The federal government is increasingly dysfunctional, and the country is more divided than at any time maybe since the Civil War.

" In the case of Ron Paul, it seems events over the last four years have finally caught up with the candidate.... Paul's message hasn't changed – but the urgency of what he's saying has increased. And it seems like this time, more people may be listening."

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Ron Paul remains media poison - Roger Simon -

Ron Paul remains media poison - Roger Simon - - Aug. 15, 2011:

"There are so many “top tier” stories in the media today that I can barely count them, let alone read them all, and Bachmann is in all of them by virtue of her victory at Ames. The rest of the tier is made up of two candidates who skipped Ames.... As The Daily Beast put it: 'The new top tier of Bachmann, Perry, and Romney ... has unleashed torrents of talk about the reshaped race.'

"Paul’s name was not mentioned in this piece nor in many others. A Wall Street Journal editorial Monday magnanimously granted Paul’s showing in the straw poll a parenthetical dismissal: '(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.)'...

"I am far from a Libertarian. I believe big government is swell as long as it does big things to help the common good. But after Ames, it was as if Paul had been sentenced to the Phantom Zone.

"Bachmann appeared on five Sunday shows following Ames. Paul appeared on none. POLITICO’s Kasie Hunt was one of the few reporters to do a separate story on Paul’s showing at the straw poll, but to most of the media he remained an exotic, unworthy of attention....

But if Bachmann’s victory at Ames was good enough to gain her enormous publicity and top-tier status, why was Paul’s virtual tie good enough only to relegate him to being ignored?"

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann edges Ron Paul in Iowa

Tea party darling Michele Bachmann edges Ron Paul in Iowa | Alaska Dispatch - Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 14, 2011:

"Out of 16,892 votes cast, Congresswoman Bachmann won 4,823 votes, or 29 percent. Coming in a close second was Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 4,671 votes, or 28 percent. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota came in third with 2,293 votes, or 14 percent....

"Congressman Paul’s close second-place finish demonstrated the force that he has become in Republican politics. Viewed as a fringe candidate when he ran four years ago, he had a large, enthusiastic crowd at the straw poll. Paul’s low-tax, small-government approach makes him, to many, the godfather of the tea party movement. But his unorthodox-for-a-Republican views on foreign policy – he opposes US military engagements abroad – will limit his potential in the GOP field....

"Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania placed fourth with 1,657 votes, or 10 percent. Businessman Herman Cain came in fifth with 1,456, or 9 percent. [Rick] Perry’s 718 votes put him in sixth place, ahead of seventh-place finisher [Mitt] Romney’s 567 votes.... Newt Gingrich came in eighth with 385 votes.... Jon Huntsman Jr. ... came in ninth with 69 votes. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigant ... won 35 votes."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dems waste no time casting Bachmann and Paul as extreme - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Dems waste no time casting Bachmann and Paul as extreme - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room - Michael O'Brien, Aug. 13, 2011:

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said that the results of the unofficial poll ... showed that the Tea Party had effectively seized control of the GOP.

"'All of the Republican candidates have made clear their allegiance to the Tea Party, supporting extreme policies that would hurt the middle class, seniors, and students,' Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. 'The only winner tonight was the Tea Party.'

"Bachmann's been an unabashed supporter of the grassroots conservative movement, and Paul is seen as somewhat of a forefather of the Tea Party movement. They finished in first and second place, respectively, at about 29 percent and 28 percent of the final tally....

"Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul represent the extreme right wing, which is the core of the Republican Party today," Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC following the announcement of straw poll results."

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Paul Endorsed by 3 Story County GOP Chairmen

Ron Paul 2012 press release - August 11, 2011 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

Ron Paul Endorsed by Three Story County GOP Chairmen

Heath Hill joins Spiker, Adams in choosing Paul
LAKE JACKSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today that Dr. Paul has received the endorsement of former Story County Republican Party Chairman Heath Hill.

The endorsement is the third Story County Republican Party chair endorsement of Dr. Paul’s 2012 campaign.

Story County is home to Ames, the city in central Iowa 30 miles north of Des Moines that hosts the famous Ames Straw Poll. This year’s Ames Straw Poll will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2011.
“If you want to preserve your community, preserve your liberties and reverse the tide of the ever-growing, ever in debt, and ever-intrusive Federal Government, please stand with me this Saturday at the Ames Straw Poll in support of Congressman Ron Paul for President in 2012”
Current Story County GOP Chairman Cory Adams endorsed Dr. Paul on July 25th and A.J. Spiker — who served as Story County GOP chair after Mr. Hill and before Mr. Adams — serves as Iowa Vice-Chair of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. The endorsement of Mr. Spiker, who is also a State Central Committee Member of the Republican Party of Iowa, took place de facto as he assumed the role of Iowa vice-chair on April 26th, when Dr. Paul announced the formation of an exploratory committee to assess his options for the 2012 presidential campaign.

“My endorsement of Congressman Ron Paul today is not simply because he wants to shrink the size of the Federal Government. It is because he is the only presidential candidate who would have invoked the Tenth Amendment and not granted the Federal Government 95 percent of its current size, power, and programs in the first place,” said Mr. Hill, current Market President at Premier Credit Union in Ames.
“If you want to preserve your community, preserve your liberties and reverse the tide of the ever-growing, ever in debt, and ever-intrusive Federal Government, please stand with me this Saturday at the Ames Straw Poll in support of Congressman Ron Paul for President in 2012,” said Mr. Hill.
Mr. Hill made his endorsement before a crowd gathered at a Ron Paul campaign event that also featured Dr. Paul’s son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). The event took place at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11th at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1325 Dickinson Avenue in Ames.
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Ron Paul Wins Iowa GOP Debate; Is Right On Iran

Ron Paul Wins Iowa GOP Debate; Is Right On Iran - Scott Rubin, Benzinga, Aug. 12, 2011 :

"Ron Paul won last night's GOP Presidential debate in Ames, Iowa ... the polls, and applause, overwhelmingly showed that the people thought Ron Paul won the debate. Fox News was even forced to take down its own poll from its website after Paul crushed the competition in a landslide.

"Paul is winning nearly every single online GOP debate poll, many of them by a very wide margin. It was also obvious who the crowd preferred last night in Ames, as Ron Paul supporters were clearly the loudest and most influential contingent at the event....

Even is declaring Paul victorious. Last night, was a huge boost for the Texas Congressman who has emerged as one the GOP front-runners, and is polling third nationally, only trailing Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. It is becoming quite clear that the American people are gravitating towards Paul's honest and principled positions which emphasize peace and personal liberty ... with candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann now parroting many of the ideas that he has been promoting for the last thirty years."

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ron Paul Ames High in Iowa

Ron Paul Ames High in Iowa - George Dance, Nolan Chart, Aug. 10, 2011:

"All summer this year, Paul has been flying into the state by private jet for weekly campaign rallies. His campaign has had six paid operatives in Iowa, and paid advertising on state radio and TV. At this year’s land auction, the Paul campaign 'outbid all others and paid $31,000 to claim the most central spot at the straw poll for its supporters.' All of that financed by yet another online moneybomb, 'Ready, Ames, Fire,' in which the rEVOLution gave Ron Paul another $550,000 in one day.

"Far from being an unknown quantity to Iowa Republicans this year, Paul has four supporters on the state party’s Central Committee, the most of any candidate. He has been picking up endorsements from party figures like State Rep. Jason Schultz and Story County GOP chairman Cory Adams. 'I try to go for the candidates that line up mostly with the values, the principles of the Founders,' Adams told CNN-TV. 'Out of all the candidates in this cycle, I found Ron Paul to be the one with the longest, most consistent voting record to back up those principles and concepts.'

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Go To Ames, Gary Johnson Rides a Bike | TPMDC

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Go To Ames, Gary Johnson Rides a Bike | TPMDC - Michael R. Corjilo:

Aug. 9, 2011 - "While seven Republican presidential hopefuls will be competing in the Iowa Straw Poll this Saturday in Ames, candidate Gary Johnson ... announced Tuesday that he would be spending Saturday competing in a 100 mile-long mountain bike race in Leadville, Colorado.

"Last week Johnson announced that although he had not given up on Iowa, he would not be participating in Ames. Senior advisor Ron Nielson said in a press release that 'asking supporters in Iowa to buy tickets and show up for an event six months before the caucuses is just not a part of providing that voice - or our campaign.' Instead the campaign intends to focus on ideas, policy, and New Hampshire....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Poll: Bachmann Leads, Romney and Paul Close Behind | The State Column

Poll: Bachmann Leads, Romney and Paul Close Behind | The State Column - Aug. 9, 2001:

"On Monday, Rasmussen Reports released a telephone survey of likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants that showed Romney and Bachmann battling for first place with Paul a close third. The Rasmussen survey, conducted on August 4th, showed Bachmann in first place with 22 percent of the vote. Romney grabbed a second place finish with 21 percent of the vote and Paul finished in third with 16 percent of the vote....

"Gingrich and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain pulled in less than 10 percent. Gingrich earned 5 percent of the vote and Cain grabbed 4 percent of the vote. Former US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman only captured 2 percent of the vote. The Rasmussen Reports survey of 667 likely Iowa Republican Caucus goers had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points."

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Sunday, August 7, 2011


Copyfraud - by George Dance, Nolan Chart, Aug. 7, 2011:

"The threat of copyfraud is particularly ominous on the Web, where it can combine with a new phenomenon called 'copyright trolling.' Copyright trolls are law firms that 'acquire copyright licenses on articles and images, then go scouring the Web for infringers ... copyright trolls target small companies and individuals. Their business model is to pick on the relatively defenseless, threatening and intimidating people into paying settlements of a few thousand dollars' ... copyright trolls’ claims are rarely tested in court, and bogus copyright claims look as likely to go unexamined as valid ones."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ron & Rand Paul campaign together in Iowa

Ron and Rand Paul Hit the Campaign Trail in Iowa

Drs. Paul to make five stops
LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign today announced that Dr. Ron Paul will be joined by his son Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for a historic two-day, five-stop campaign tour in Iowa [August 10-11]. At the five joint events, the junior senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky will introduce his father, the 12-term Congressman from Texas’s 14th District.
“Now we again are seeing history in the making as the Drs. Paul campaign alongside each other in the important early primary election state of Iowa.”
In addition, the night prior to the first day of the Pauls’ two-day tour, Congressman Paul will make a visit to Fairfield, Iowa to mingle with area voters.
The duo’s visit is the first known instance of an incumbent U.S. Congressman campaigning for the presidency alongside his son, an incumbent U.S. Senator. Both Pauls are by trade medical doctors, with the senior Dr. Paul an obstetrician who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies and the junior Dr. Paul an accomplished eye surgeon.
“We in the senior Dr. Paul’s campaign are already witnessing history as it pertains to Ron Paul inspiring the national conversation about restoring faithfulness to the constitution, freeing Americans from a crushing national debt, and reversing the federal government’s overreach,” said Ron Paul 2012 spokesman Jesse Benton. “Now we again are seeing history in the making as the Drs. Paul campaign alongside each other in the important early primary election state of Iowa.”
“We are heartened that the Iowa state Republican Party can be part of this great story of an incumbent U.S. Congressman campaigning for U.S. President joined by his son, an incumbent U.S. Senator,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gov. Gary Johnson says NH the best, Michigan the worst political climate

Gov. Gary Johnson says NH the best, Michigan the worst political climate - Grant Bosse, New Hampshire, Aug. 4, 2011:

"Johnson shared his experiences on the campaign trail with New Hampshire Watchdog during a stop at the Manchester Farmers Market on Thursday.  Yesterday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 500 points, Johnson argued that the debt ceiling deal didn’t fool Wall Street....

“'What politicians could have done is created a certain environment that spending is going to be cut, and the reality is just the opposite, and I think Wall Street is reflecting that,' Johnson said.  'The solution period is stop printing money.  The solution is cutting government spending by 43%.'

"Earlier in the day, he pushed his support for the Fair Tax to replace the federal income tax. Johnson argues that taxing consumption is a less disruptive way for the government to raise the revenue it needs, without punishing productivity. He says consumers can control what they purchase`. Johnson adds: 'And it’s simple.  Doing away with the IRS, no more IRS.'

“While Johnson is starting a three-day swing through the Granite State, many of his fellow Republicans are concentrating on Iowa.... Johnson says he’s betting on New Hampshire, which has a history of vaulting lesser known candidates into national prominence. `It’s not quite as expensive here in New Hampshire, and I am putting my chips on the table here in New Hampshire,' Johnson explains.”

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ron Paul Sends Son Rand to Take Down Mitt Romney | Death and Taxes

Ron Paul Sends Son Rand to Take Down Mitt Romney | Death and Taxes - Andrew Belansky, Aug. 2. 2011:

"Senator Rand Paul ... recently penned a 6-page letter for New Hampshire voters.... A few paragraphs down, Paul begins his subtle digs at Romney.... Paul then gets more explicit about whom he’s dissing: ’It surely isn’t time to elect someone who passed the blueprint for ObamaCare while Governor of Massachusetts’.... The Republican then lobs another ’flip-flop’ charge, one oft-associated with Romney, writing, ’One of the things that has always made me the most proud of my Dad is that he is the same in private as he is in public – strong in his beliefs and sure in his convictions… You won’t see any “flip flops” or telling different ideas to different audiences.’

"Rand Paul has made it clear he plans on playing a central role in his father’s campaign. He’s wise to focus on New Hampshire.... Paul won the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers‘ straw poll with 39 points, 30 points more than Romney, (but) Romney received 32 percent in a CNN/WMUR survey of New Hampshire GOP voters, and Paul only received 9.

"In terms of money, meanwhile, Romney dominates New Hampshire fundraising with $98,775, seconded by rival Paul, who raised a comparatively scant $33,095."

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Here’s a PDF of Rand Paul’s New Hampshire letter, via Politico.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ron Paul 2012 Kicks Off Campaign Blog

Ron Paul 2012 Kicks Off Official Campaign Blog

‘Paulitical Ticker’ blog begins today
LAKE JACKSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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”
“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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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Johnson: Debt Deal Kicks The Can Down The Road | U.S. Election News

Johnson: Debt Deal Kicks The Can Down The Road | U.S. Election News - Jillian Curtin, Aug. 1, 2011:

"Republican Presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson released a statement Monday decrying the debt deal....

“'The sound America is hearing today is the sound of the can being kicked down the road — again. The result of this agreement is that the debt ceiling will be $900 billion higher tomorrow than it is today, and the nation’s actual debt higher at the end of the year than it is now. Only in Washington is such a deal something to be celebrated as an accomplishment....'

"Johnson also made this statement Friday to acknowledge the deal measures put into play by the House....

"'I would have voted against the House-passed debt limit bill; it simply does not cut enough spending. But at least the Republican House came up with something and voted on it. The President and the Senate, on the other hand, have done nothing except hold news conferences and lay blame on everyone from the Tea Party to George W. Bush....

"'The federal budget can be balanced, and it can be balanced now, if only someone in Washington would actually show some courage and commitment to putting our financial house in order.'”

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Justin Amash Issues Statement After House Debt Vote | The State Column

Justin Amash Issues Statement After House Debt Vote | The State Column - July 30, 2011:

"Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) issued the following statement after the vote on the House’s Budget Control Act of 2011:

"'I will not consider voting to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling unless the vote is tied to fundamental reform such as a repeal of the President’s onerous healthcare legislation or passage of a well-structured balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. I am open to a compromise that includes some of the elements of the House and Senate plans, but it must also include structural reforms ....

“'The House’s Budget Control Act raises the government’s debt ceiling by $900 billion but requires no structural reforms and only $25 billion in cuts next year. It includes a mere pledge to pass a balanced budget amendment in exchange for authorizing another $1.6 trillion of debt next year. The pledge is not binding....

“'Time is up. Congress cannot wait any longer to act responsibly and begin to address its addiction to reckless spending.'"