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January 18, 2008

The Australian Open, Co-Starring Ron Paul

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Tennis season 2008 kicks off with the Australian Open. Keep up to date with the progress of the tournament the YouTube way.



UPDATE: Dept. of For-Those-Who-Can't-Get-Enough: Justin Raimondo analyzes why the "beltway libertarians" have it in for Ron Paul. (Link thanks to the Man Who Is Thursday, who really ought to be blogging more often, nudge nudge.)

UPDATE 2: Steven LaTulippe, whose writing I've only begun to explore but so far like very much, offers another take on the Ron Paul affair. Nice passage:

Even if Ron Paul wrote every word in every one of those articles, how does that compare to the death and destruction the neocons have rained down on Iraq? ... If Ron Paul’s candidacy is now tainted for (allegedly) slandering people of color, what should be the political punishment for Giuliani, McCain, Romney, and others who supported mass death and dismemberment of a third world country?

Here's a stirring Ron Paul moment that Fox News censored, er, chose not to broadcast, no doubt in the interest of fairness and objectivity. Fox's Sean Hannity pays the price. Links thanks to John Zmirak.

posted by Michael at January 18, 2008


I started a new full-time position not too long ago and been taking a work related course at the same time. I'm settling in and the course is now over, so hopefully I will have more time for blogging.

Even so reading, movies, friends, etc. all make demands on my time, not to mention pursuit of the fair sex, so . . .

But I will try.

Posted by: Thursday on January 18, 2008 3:53 PM

MB, I am a big fan of Steven LaTulippe. Unfortunately, he does not write often enough for my tastes.

My Personal Favorite was a piece he wrote a few months back about an episode of Sex and the City. After watching one episode he put into words what I had also felt; basically, Culture-Death.

Great stuff.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on January 18, 2008 4:08 PM

Here is his Sex and the City article:

Posted by: Thursday on January 18, 2008 4:31 PM

"I've been told not to talk, but these stooges don't scare me. Threats or no threats, I've laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one.) The Bohemian Grove--perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress's Mr. New Money. The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica."

Ron Paul's newsletters are super-kooky. Apparently that is what got the money rolling in during that time period.

Julian Sanchez has a good response to his critics here:

Posted by: lemmy caution on January 18, 2008 4:42 PM

Thanks for the links. Fun to see Thursday, Formerbeltwaywonk, Mencius, and Sailer show up. It's the libertarian version of a mosh-pit. And I mean that in a good way.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on January 18, 2008 4:59 PM

Wow, the neocons just can't stop themselves when a thin reed to keep their sinking crap-barge afloat presents itself. Maybe if Ron Paul had actually said some of those things himself, they would have legs. As it stands, he said none of those things himself, and at most, he's guilty of simple oversight. End of story (well, at least to those of us not intent on blowing up Iraqi men, women, and children in the name of "democracy").

Posted by: BIOH on January 18, 2008 5:54 PM

What? It's Ron Paul vs. neocons? There are neocons running for prez? People who are responsible for the Iraq war? Who? Fred Thompson? He has no chance. Who else voted for the war in 2002? Biden, Dodd, Brownback; they're gone. Hillary did, Edwards did, McCain did. Are they neocons? Obama? Huckabee? Romney? They didn't have a chance to vote yea or nay, but I don't think they've been called neocons.

Posted by: kg on January 18, 2008 7:27 PM

Even if Ron Paul wrote every word in every one of those articles, how does that compare to the death and destruction the neocons have rained down on Iraq?

Ron Paul's new campaign slogan: "Ron Paul for President. Because a loon beats a murderer, any day."

And don't forget to eat your Fruit Loops!

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on January 18, 2008 9:43 PM

Ron Paul: Ross Perot without the charm and the money.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on January 18, 2008 9:46 PM

You know, the ridicule game can be played both ways.

"Peter Winkler: Groucho Marx without the wit or charisma."

Stick to the issues. Let's have a debate on those.

Posted by: BIOH on January 18, 2008 11:01 PM

nice to see you covering ron paul more, michael.
yeah, i use to like going to reason's website..they got all the same articles and more so no reason to go buy the magazine...but their articles and blogs lately since the new republic story broke have been so hypocritical and backpaddling, i can't swallow it. i actually learned about the newsletters over the summer from a link to another blog on reason's hit and run blog so they can't act like they didn't know about it when they did. it's an old story that's now a big new story and now they have to act horrified.

Posted by: t. j. on January 19, 2008 1:32 AM

The one thing I hate as shown in Caution's post is just printing statements and saying: "shocking" without saying whether the statements are true or not.
A race war in the cities? Well, I dont think the gang activity qualifies as war, but I dont think it qualifies as peace either, so...?

The federal cover up on AIDS? There certainly was an attempt to portray the disease as more of a threat to heterosexuals in the U.S. than it was at the time. Is this what Paul was saying? Again who knows from the paragraph above?

Bush and Kerry's demonic fraternity? Well, according to my movie/tv viewing all fraternities are demonic, populated by date rapers and privilleged punks waiting to commit crimes so Daddy's high priced lawyer can bail them out, while an angry liberal prosecutor looks on in disgust. Maybe, Paul is a victim of Hollywood.

As for the Israeli lobby playing Congress like a cheap harmonica? When every big name Dem and Repub shows up to the AIPAC convention --when the U.S. gives billions to Israel --when Israel sells information and technology to china and russia -- When Israel spies on us -- when Cheney threatens Iran from the podium of a foreign lobbying group...well that cheap harmonica is hooked up to quite a wall of amplifiers, cuz us poor citizens can hear it clearly in the cheap seats of "representative" government.

Posted by: s on January 19, 2008 4:09 AM

BIOH: An ass in search of its horse, a clown without a circus.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on January 20, 2008 5:16 PM

Peter Winkler.

I would stoop to an insult contest, but I need a worthy opponent. And besides, I'm afraid that getting a fat, middle-aged, moldy leftist like yourself too excited might result in a heart attack or stroke. Where would all the brainpower for the moldy left come from if you, God forbid, were not with us any longer? The world shudders at the thought.

P. S. Lay off the cheeseburgers and ice cream. You look like your ready to pop open. Stop after the second helping, etc. Its the little things that count. Yep, the little things, as I'm sure you know all-too-well.

Posted by: BIOH on January 20, 2008 6:52 PM

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