Cheaters never prosper, Willard.

Whatever you happen to think about Ron Paul and Willard Romney as presidential candidates, Ron Paul won the moral battle last night at the Republican National Convention.

Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states. But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from eight states.

That’s what the hubbub on the floor early yesterday evening was about. The Paulbots discovered that the governing committee changed the rules on them, and changed them at such a time when it was impossible to make the deadline to obtain one more state’s petitions.

So, it wasn’t enough that Romney had a lock on the Rethuglican nomination; he and his cronies had to take a five-pound sledgehammer to the hand that was fumbling for keys to that lock.

As much as it pains me to say so, Ron Paul won the moral battle yesterday.

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Got hit by a tornado? You’re shit out of luck in Paul Country.

Ron Paul from yesterday’s State of the Union from CNN:

Interviewer: “You have frequently been critical of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the federal money that is given to some of these home owners and those that are also — other victims of storms like this. Is there a role for federal money in helping all of these citizens get their lives back together?”

Ron Paul: “Not really, because it’s not authorized and there is no such thing as federal money. Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me. So there is no federal money unless you say, well, they can print it and cause internal problems…

“And to point out, well, they might give you a home, yes, they bought a lot of trailers for Katrina, you know, and it’s just so wasteful, inefficient. But, you know, the Guard units and other things within the states certainly is there. The people who live in Tornado Alley just as I live in a hurricane alley, they should have insurance for doing this.” (Emphasis mine.)

Way to go with that tiny shriveled thing you call your humanity, Mr. Paul.

The next time one of you PaulBots returns to your home the morning after a tornado strikes and you see this,

What do you think the chance is that your insurance agent is standing out there with cash, waiting for you to show up?

remember his words.

“How many mistakes must we make before we pay for them?”

One “carelessly-made statement” — okay, anyone can misspeak once in a while.

Two or three “carelessly-made statements”, and doubt creeps in.

Dozens of “carelessly-made statements”, and I would invoke V’s comment:

“…to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate”

Let’s let Mr. Paul speak for himself:

1. “We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.”

2. “What else do we need to know about the political establishment than that it refuses to discuss the crimes that terrify Americans on grounds that doing so is racist? Why isn’t that true of complex embezzling, which is 100 percent white and Asian?”

3. “Six-hundred-thousand Americans died in the senseless Civil War. No, he should not have gone to war. He did this just to enhance and get rid of the original tenet of the Republic.” (referring to Abraham Lincoln)

4. “Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal. These aren’t my figures, that is the assumption you can gather from ‘the report.’ “

5. “Contrary to the claims of the supporters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the sponsors of H.Res. 676, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not improve race relations or enhance freedom. Instead, the forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty.” (quoted by Ron Paul’s colleague and collaborator Lew Rockwell)

6. “The criminals who terrorize our cities – in riots and on every non-riot day – are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are.”

7. “I wouldn’t vote against getting rid of the Jim Crow laws.”

8. “Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action.”

9. “Immigrants can spread diseases for which we may have no immunity. There is also the question of crime and culture. Many immigrants come from countries with different legal structures and are not willing to behave in the way we expect American citizens to behave.”

10. “There is no such thing as a hate crime.”

There is a plethora of Ron Paul quotes on Twitter. Enjoy them, if you can keep your breakfast down.

What does that say?

Dick Santorum mentions gay sex (not gay marriage or gay “lifestyle”) in 43% of his public speeches. He repeatedly compares gay sex to bestiality and pedophilia, and tells rape victims to “make the best of a bad situation”. What does that say about him?

Willard Romney has greatly resisted any sort of transparency about his income tax records. At first he announces that he would not release any of them. Then he claims he’ll release 2011 tax returns in April. Now he says he’ll disclose 2009 and 2010 returns on Tuesday. What does that say about him?

Newton Gingrich remains an inconsistent force in the primaries. Last year he said (simultaneously) that America was in danger of being both an Islamic theocracy and an atheist nation. He cheated on two wives (and married his mistresses) while claiming that he was “driven” to adultery due to his passionate patriotism. What does that say about him?

Ron Paul maintains friendly relationships with and refuses to disavow support from white supremacist groups such as Stormfront. Likewise, Paul refuses to disavow the writings of Lew Rockwell that appear in Ron Paul’s newsletters (edited by Rockwell) that are filled with racism (“the coming race wars“), homophobia (“First, these men [gays] don’t really see a reason to live past their fifties“), and wild-eyed conspiracy theories (“Evidence indicated the Anti-Defamation League monitored such groups as the Davidians in Waco, and may have helped instigate the attack“). What does that say about him?

Does the Republican Party really think it can field a winning candidate in 2012?

What does that say about them?

“What do the simple folk do?”

“Smaller government and less spending!”

These words of Ron Paul echo through the airwaves and across the intertubz. However, it’s obvious that these words haven’t quite reached his travel agency.

Ron Paul has spent more than $52,000 on airline tickets (31 round trips and 12 one-ways) over the last two years, all of them in first-class seating. Traveling in coach would have cut that bill in half.

When asked about this, Paul staffers claim the Congressman must have flexible, changeable fares. However, most of those tickets were bought at least two weeks in advance and didn’t require schedule changes.

As Horseman #4 (one of my sons) commented, “Well, he certainly can’t be seen in coach with the poor people, can he?”

I’m very confused, but he’s not.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul fashions himself as the libertarian standard bearer who will carry on his father’s political legacies after Ron Paul goes to that great Objectivist Utopia in the sky.

However, it seems that the libertarian rules of “less government, more personal freedom” have gone out the window. He’s now flip-flopping for government intervention at the womb level:

Senator Paul is now pushing for popular support for legislation that calls for a definition of “personhood” that goes all the way back to the moment of conception. This would satisfy both the anti-choice religious airheads who demand that the womb belongs to God and the anti-choice political airheads who demand that womb belongs to the State. It would mean hundreds of thousands of unwanted pregnancies, and hundreds of thousands of illegal abortions.

The law would thus prevent any sort of contraception that doesn’t prevent sperm from penetrating ova. That would outlaw everything except condoms and diaphragms/cervical caps — two contraceptive methods that are known for their relatively high levels of failure.

Of course Prince Paul the Younger has let the cat of the political bag early. He showing his true colors here; he no more wants less government and more personal freedom than his old man. They’re just another couple of right-wing Rethuglican morons who use the youth vote to grasp power.

“Yes, I wrote that.” “Well, I didn’t write it, but it’s okay.” “I didn’t write that, and I’ve never heard of it.” “No, I didn’t write that one, either.”

What is it with Ron Paul?

First he published a series of newsletters in the ’80s and ’90s that contained racist, homophobic, and wild-eyed conspiracy spew.

Then he sorta denied that he’d written the inflammatory material but tried to defend it.

Now he denies that he even knew the hate material even existed, and has walked out of media interviews for what he terms “badgering” about the issue. This, despite his inability or lack of interest in who would say such things under his signature.

And then he claimed that there were “only” a few bad sentences in the material.

These are big red flags, folks.

(If you want to see excerpts from those newsletters in hourly snippets, look here.)

In the latest segment of this Who-the-Hell-Is-Steering-the-Paul-Boat saga, his Twitter account tweeted Jon Huntsman last night and mocked Huntsman’s campaign in Iowa:

“@jonhuntsman we found your one Iowa voter, he’s in Linn precint (sic) 5 you might want to call him and say thanks…”

Now Paul claims he didn’t write the jibe.

Just who the hell is managing your campaign and social outlets, Mr. Paul? It’s obvious that you do not have your hands on the wheel, and who wants a chief executive who doesn’t manage well?

The reproduction blues; or, Who let the schizos out of the asylum?

Part One:

On Thursday, December 22 (events timed to coincide with the holidays are often missed by the media), Looney Tunes Paul signed the Personhood USA Pledge.

For those of you unfamiliar with the PUP, one of its clauses states

“…every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise”

This pledge would convert fertile American women into walking incubators for the state. Neither rape nor incest, nor imminent threat of the mother’s health (or her possible death) would be considered sufficient reasons to abort a fetus, if this sentiment is codified. And rest assured the Koch brothers’ meat puppets on the Supreme Court would dance right along with this waltz.

Part Two:

Good Hair Perry recently viewed The Gift of Life, produced by Citizens United, and declared afterward that he had changed his mind and that even rape and incest are not valid reasons for abortion. See the video.

Perry has also signed the Personhood USA Pledge, along with Looney Tunes, Crazy Eyes, Newton, and Frothy Mix.

Do these (reportedly intelligent) people really think that pandering to the murderous anti-abortion waterheads in America will gain them the White House? And if they’re naive enough to think no one notices, do you really want those people running the United States?

Ron Paul — homophobic, racist liar

And he’s not even clever enough to hide it:

Ron Paul -- BUS-ted

  1. Paul’s Iowa state campaign director serves as chairman of the board of an SPLC-designated hate group.
  2. Paul wrote and sponsored newsletters filled with racism, homophobia, and xenophobia in the 1990s. Then he defended those statements. Now he denies he ever knew anything about anything. (If you’d like to read some of his fear-choked ravings, look here.) Lew Rockwell, the person who likely co-wrote the worst of those statements, is the founder and chairman of the Mises Foundation, a group that supposedly supports free markets and capitalism.
  3. Paul opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  4. And Social Security. And Medicare.
  5. And paper money.

“Don’t you think? Or don’t you?”

The current crop of Republican presidential candidates all seem set to put the screws to the poor and middle class by cutting back on government programs designed to prop up the social safety net when it fails.

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions for ensuring health insurance for those who cannot afford it is a prime example of that safety net. You’d think that supporting legislation that guarantees that everyone has access to at least minimal health care would be a good thing.

According to Ron Paul, whose 2008 campaign go-to guy Kent Snyder died just weeks after the end of that campaign, it’s charity to the rescue. Snyder died of complications due to pneumonia, and had no health care due to preexisting health conditions. The ACA would have helped prevent that death. (Paul gave not one dime to the effort to raise money to help Snyder’s mother pay the bills.)

During the CNN-sponsored Tea Party candidate “debate”, Newt Gingrich suggested that the uninsured look to charity for help with medical bills:

Michele Bachmann recently told an Iowa woman essentially the same thing:

With the number of uninsured Americans having risen above 50 million last year, there is no way for charities to raise the money to pay for expensive medical procedures.

You’d think that Republicans would flock to the idea of attracting millions of votes by actively supporting a program that would diretly benefit the uninsured.

You’d think the idea of helping prevent 45,000 needless deaths would be an attractive one.

You’d think.

“…and that, friends, is what freedom is really all about”

Kent Snyder and his mother

Kent Snyder was a politician’s dream.

He was a smart political operator with a lot of fresh ideas and strategies. He invented the idea of the “money bomb” concept of political campaign fundraising. He was one of the earliest supporters of the economic theories that eventually evolved into the Tea Party’s fiscal platforms. He was a chief campaign organizer for Ron Paul when Paul ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. From a laptop and a basement office Snyder raised $35 million in campaign funds for Paul.

Kent Snyder also had a pre-existing medical condition that made getting medical insurance too expensive.

During the campaign Snyder came down with pneumonia, and two weeks after Ron Paul withdrew his candidacy he died of complications of it; he was 49. Since Snyder had no insurance his $400,000 in medical bills were handed to his elderly mother. She couldn’t pay it, so friends tried to raise funds to cover the tab. (They managed to raise less than $35,000.)

So much for the “charity” and “churches” that will be picking up the tab for those who can’t afford catastrophic illness in the America of Ron Paul.

Is the Tea Party going to turn the Republican party into something with no more moral compass than a pack of rabid dogs?

Ron Paul, the presidential candidate? Ron Paul, the racist homophobe.

Dear Mr. Ron Paul:

Remember when all that hoo-rah came out in 2007 about some rather unpleasant writings, attributed to you, that were made public? It was from a publication called The Ron Paul Political Report.

Contained within were spews such as:

“Indeed, it is shocking to consider the uniformity of opinion among blacks in this country. Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty, and the end of welfare and affirmative action…. Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the “criminal justice system,” I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.(emphasis mine)

and

“University of Texas affirmative action law professor Barbara Jordan is a fraud. Everything from her imitation British accent, to her supposed expertise in law, to her distinguished career in public service, is made up. If there were ever a modern case of the empress without clothes, this is it. She is the archetypical half-educated victimologist, yet her race and sex protect her from criticism.” (again, emphasis mine)

You claimed that the material was not yours; you maintained that you didn’t write any of it, and that someone had attributed it to you without your knowledge.

Okay. Despite the fact that different sources quoted the same material, it was not out of the realm of possibility. Fair enough.

But wait! Now it turns out that there wasn’t just one issue of your report. There were years of such reports, under various names, and all published by organizations that you either founded or in which you were a stakeholder. Writer James Kerchick found multiple issues in the archives of the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Here is some more of your drivel contained within:

June 1990: “The Pink House? What an outrage that, for the first time in our nation’s history, the organized forces of perversion were feted in the White House…. I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any coincidence that the AIDS epidemic developed after they came ‘out of the closet,’ and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy? I don’t believe so, medically or morally.”

and

October 1990: A mob of black demonstrators, led by the ‘Rev.’ Al Sharpton, occupied and closed the Statue of Liberty recently, demanding that New York be renamed Martin Luther King City ‘to reclaim it for our people.’ Hmmm. I hate to agree with the Rev. Al, but maybe a name change is in order. Welfaria? Zooville? Rapetown? Dirtburg? Lazyopolis? But Al, the Statue of Liberty? Next time, hold that demonstration at a food stamp bureau or a crack house.”

For someone who espouses a liberterian philosophy, you sure sound like your garden-variety homophobe and racist.

And you want people to vote for you? Really?

(Muchas gracias to La Spouse® for the tip.)

“Hello?? Welcome to the Real World, Mr. Paul.”

Texas Representative Ron Paul made an interesting statement yesterday:

Yes, you heard it right:

MATTHEWS: You would have voted against that law. You wouldn’t have voted for the ’64 civil rights bill.

PAUL: Yes, but not in — I wouldn’t vote against getting rid of the Jim Crow laws.

MATTHEWS: But you would have voted for the — you know you — oh, come on. Honestly, Congressman, you were not for the ’64 civil rights bill.

PAUL: Because — because of the property rights element, not because it got rid of the Jim Crow law.

MATTHEWS: Right. The guy who owns a bar says, no blacks allowed, you say that’s fine. … This was a local shop saying no blacks allowed. You say that should be legal?

PAUL: That’s — that’s ancient history. That’s ancient history. That’s over and done with. [...]

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you this. We have had a long history of government involvement with Medicare, Social Security, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. And I think you are saying we would have been better off without all that?

PAUL: I think we would be better off if we had freedom, and not government control of our lives, our personal lives, and our — and policing the world.

Yes, Mr. Paul, perhaps in a perfect world, where rational, moral behavior was the norm instead of the vanishingly rare jewel it is, the Civil Rights Act would not have needed; indeed, it would never have been proposed in the first place.

Thanks to Mike Stanfill

However, almost all of the rest of us live in the Real World, where I have repeatedly seen black children dive into a public pool, and then watched every white swimmer (except my brothers and me) climb out and leave.

This is the Real World, where I saw the (white) mayor of a little town I lived in point at a black farmer we drove past, and heard him say in a most sincere voice, “That man is the hardest working nigger I’ve ever met.”

This is the Real World where I saw the results of a presumably gay teenager being beaten with a brick because he was a “fucking faggot”.

Sturgeon’s Revelation applies to people, where bigotry and irrational (read: religious) hatred are just barely in control. It is occasionally necessary that legislation and judicial decisions be made to control those beasts that walk about on two legs and call themselves “good people”. Hence we have the Civil Rights Act of 1965, and Loving v. Virginia, and Brown v. Board of Education, and non-discrimination laws and court rulings and social movements formed to bring about equality.

Because moral acts sure as hell don’t often come from the electorate itself.

Fun time with Ron Paul

Ron Paul belongs to that group of libertarians that Ayn Rand called “hippies of the right”–arch-conservatives who nonetheless dreamed of an anarchic America rather than a collective one.

Mr. Paul has been “blessed” (if that’s the word for it) by a straw poll held by the recent CPAC convention. The poll showed that a plurality of 31% of the conventioneers wanted Ron Paul to run for the presidency in 2012, ahead of the likes of Mitt “Waffles” Romney, Sarah “I never saw a job I didn’t want to quit halfway through during” Palin, and Minnesota governor Tim “completely clueless” Pawlenty.

However, one needs to consider material that was published with Mr. Paul’s blessings. Including in his rantings were such 1992 delicacies as:

“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began…”–in reference to the LA race riots in 1992 in response to Rodney King’s attackers being acquitted in court

and

“’I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.”– in reference to white urban dwellers facing “uppity blacks”

These are lovely thoughts, I am sure, especially to those wingnut wackadoodles that attend CPAC conventions.