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Ron Paul Will Finish 3rd in Iowa

Ron Paul Will Finish 3rd in Iowa

Nolan Chart
January 2, 2008

Zogby currently shows Ron Paul tied with Giuliani and Thompson at 8%, and 3 points behind McCain in Iowa, among likely Republican caucus voters.

Another Zogby poll in November showed that Independents and Democrats represent 60% of Paul’s support nationwide. From the last paragraph of Zogby’s press release:

“Paul was the big winner among that universe of voters, winning 33%, compared to 19% for Giuliani, 15% for Romney, and 13% for Thompson.”

If this poll is at all reflective of Paul’s true support, and holds true in Iowa, then his real polling number in Iowa is closer to 20%, which would give him at least a 3rd place finish.

After that, all the rules may change.

 

Ron Paul Running Third in New Hampshire According to Oddsmakers

Gambling911
January 1, 2008

He may have been excluded from participating in an upcoming Fox News New Hampshire debate, but that hasn’t stopped the betting market from overwhelmingly giving US Presidential hopeful Ron Paul a third place finish in the “Live Free or Die” state, well ahead of both Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani.

The oddsmakers at BetUS.com had Ron Paul listed with +1000 odds to win New Hampshire one week before the primary. Compare that with Mitt Romney as the slight -120 favorite and John McCain at even odds. For those of you unfamiliar with how to read the American betting odds displayed at BetUS, +1000 simply means that a $100 bet would pay out $1000 or a $1 bet would pay out $10.

Political prediction markets provide us — the consumers of this information — with a way to cut through this clutter.

A prediction market is a bit like the stock market, except that you are buying shares whose value depends on the success of a political candidate, rather than the profits earned by a corporation. And just as stock prices are a useful barometer of the health of a company, so too the price of a prediction contract is a barometer of the health of a political campaign.

A third place finish in New Hampshire would be something that Ron Paul supporters savor since it solidifies their candidate’s true popularity in the race while putting to rest once and for all the idea that Paul’s supporters are nothing but Internet bots that just happen to be able to raise nearly $20 million in a single quarter.

Gambling911.com reporter, Jennifer Reynolds, believes that if Ron Paul is not seen as a viable candidate, people will simply vote for the individual they believe can win (i.e. a Mitt Romney or a Rudy Giuliani), even though they have a preference for the long time Texas Congressman.

“I have never subscribed to the ‘who is most popular’ method of picking a candidate, I prefer to choose based on substance, but there are many who still believe that it is wasting a vote to vote for the man you want to win if you think he could lose and instead choose a lesser candidate with more of a chance.”

A third place or higher finish in New Hampshire would instill confidence in voters that Ron Paul does indeed have a fighting chance.

Christopher Costigan, Publisher of the Gambling911.com website, points out that this information will have many a Ron Paul supporter extremely delighted in the face of his exclusion by Fox News.

“We have gotten so many emails related to an organized boycott of Fox News and it’s obvious the new year got off to a bad start for Ron Paul supporters with the news about his exclusion,” Costigan said. “As we get closer to a particular race like the New Hampshire primary, these odds tend to become more accurate and there is some suggestion that the Fox ‘controversy, which CNN is starting to capitalize on, will only help to increase his chances of a win in New Hampshire.”

 



Karl Rove Worried About Ron Paul “Momentum”

Karl Rove Worried About Ron Paul “Momentum”
Bush’s brain fears “bandwagon effect” could trump national recognition in early Republican primaries

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
December 20, 2007

Without mentioning his name, Karl Rove made it clear during a recent appearance on Hannity and Colmes that he is worried about people jumping on a bandwagon and supporting a candidate who picks up momentum as a result of the early Republican primaries being bunched together tightly.

Since Rove had already discussed the other Republican candidates in the Fox News piece, he could only have been referring to Congressman Ron Paul.

The man who was dubbed “the architect” and “Bush’s brain” told Hannity he was concerned that the thick and fast style of the early primaries would hinder Americans from making a “more considered judgment,” increasing the likelihood of a “bandwagon effect” overcoming “national reputation.”

Here’s the quote in full.

HANNITY: Do you lean towards one strategy over the other? Or you don’t want to say?
ROVE: I don’t want to say. I —HANNITY: You do, though.
ROVE: But it is interesting to see that everybody has made their strategic bets. I’m not certain, incidentally, that this is helpful for the country, for this to be settled so quickly. I mean, people do need the time — this process ought to be spread out over time, in my opinion, because it allows more people to participate, more people in the country to develop a deeper understanding of who the candidates are, and for the people of America to make a more considered judgment.This thing is happening so quick on so many different battle fronts that I’m not certain, regardless of who makes the — who bet on the right strategy, there is going to be a bandwagon effect, no, national reputation is going to count — no matter which way that works out, I’m not certain it is necessarily in the best interest of the country.

With the media desperate to exalt Mike Huckabee’s campaign as some kind of alternative to the standard Neo-Con fare, it’s clearer than ever that the establishment are trying to run a dead horse against Hillary Clinton to ensure her victory.

As polls have shown, only Congressman Ron Paul could beat Hillary should they go head to head for the presidency, and that’s why people like Rove are scared stiff of the Texan building momentum during the key early primaries.

 

Ron Paul wins GOP straw poll

Aiken Standard
December 22, 2007

The front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination had to take a back seat in Aiken Thursday to a long-shot candidate with a small but loyal band of supporters.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a strict constructionist, was the surprise winner of the Aiken County Republican Party presidential straw poll with 30 percent of the vote.

“I don’t necessarily know if our results will hold come Jan. 19 during the state primary, but I do think the poll reflects the opinions of those that are very active in the party,” said Andy O’Bryne, party chairman.

Paul, who up to this point has been treated as a footnote in the GOP race, is known for a loyal base which routinely raises money, buys political signs and even stages campaign events on its own accord in the Texan’s name.

In a recent South Carolina poll conducted by CBS News and released Wednesday, Paul was not even listed in the final results. Typically the congressman receives somewhere between 5 and 7 percent in national polls.

“I think Congressman Paul has energized the libertarian portion of the party,” said O’Bryne. “They are a mature but active group. But I think that some of their issues are not necessarily in line with the consensus of the rest of the party.”

Among the issues that Paul and his supporters have disagreed with the party base on is the ongoing war in Iraq. Paul, who favors isolationism in regard to foreign policy, has repeatedly spoken out against the war and for the return home of U.S. soldiers.

While Paul was the winner of the straw poll, some of the more well-known candidates also placed well. In second was Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, with 28 percent, followed by Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, with 17 percent; Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, with 11 percent; Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, both with 6 percent; and California Congressman Duncan Hunter, with 3 percent.

The straw poll, which was relegated to one of the smaller rooms in the Aiken County Council complex because of a council meeting, was a standing room only affair as more than 100 people showed up to cast a vote in support of their favorite candidate to succeed President George W. Bush in the White House.

 

CNN: Ron Paul Says U.S. Going Broke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP6MtMq5cBw

 

Ron Paul Revolution – Secret Crowds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otwKWzdu7Ps&feature=bzb302

 

Neil Cavuto Hit Piece on Ron Paul

http://youtube.com/watch?v=CrRtZaG63o8&feature=bzb302

 

Ron Paul Supporters on C-SPAN – (12/19/2007)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VA4ZpxmORrY&feature=bzb302

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http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/017872.html

Zogby: Ron Paul Will Surprise You
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Ron Paul Racist Propaganda Exposed
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/de…paganda_exposed.htm

Estulin: Neo-Cons Behind Potential Hit On Ron Paul
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/december2007/122107_potential_hit.htm

Zogby: Paul Will Do Double Digits In Iowa
http://www.fmnn.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=52877

Video: Ron Paul Blimp Gets 2nd Banner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upGACVolIFQ

The Official MSM Guide To Attacking Ron Paul
http://www.rense.com/general79/med.htm

CBN Report On The Ron Paul Revolution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Tf9ueTdzU

CBS News covers Ron Paul
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_sB0cIViyyo&feature=bzb302

History Record Ron Paul Campaign Turned on Dec 18th?
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Ron Paul Now Has the Poker World Talking
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Ron Paul on MSNBC: Are His Supporters Even Represented in the Polls?
http://www.gambling911.com/Ron-Paul-121907.html

Paul to lead Va. primary ballots
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‘People’s poll’ picks Ron Paul
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Huckabee’s copy cat money bomb…. a dud?
Reasons for Republicans to Vote Paul
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Paul: Republicans Face Certain Defeat With Pro-War Candidate


Paul: Republicans Face Certain Defeat With Pro-War Candidate
Congressman says base must change views on Iraq or forget about the White House in 2008

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
December 3, 2007

Ron Paul has a message for the Republican base who continue to offer blinkered support for the endless occupation of Iraq – pick a candidate who has vowed to bring the troops home immediately or surrender the White House in 2008.

“Since 70 per cent of the American people want out of the war and they’re tired of it – the Republicans better pick somebody who is opposed to the war or have a new foreign policy or they can’t win,” the Congressman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday.

“The sentiment is shifting, the people are sick and tired of the war, we can’t even afford it, we can’t even fight the war without borrowing the money from the Chinese – so it doesn’t add up – it really doesn’t matter whether I’m right or wrong, the war is going to end because we’re going to have such a political and financial havoc here….this is usually how empires end – by spending too much money maintaining their empires,” he added.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTj3STZqviY

The Congressman’s warning is backed up by the polls. A recent Zogby survey found that a sizeable majority of Americans will not vote for a pro-war candidate. Zogby polling analyst Fritz Wenzel agrees that Ron Paul is the strongest contender out of the entire Republican field to go up against Hillary Clinton because of his lone anti-war stance.

In an earlier part of the interview, the Congressman elaborated on his response to Senator John McCain’s feeble attempt to smear Paul as a Nazi appeaser during Wednesday night’s debate.

“First off, Iraq is not Nazi Germany,” a humored Paul commented.

“I thought it was Hitler that caused world war two, not the American people….it didn’t make any sense – then he was awfully confused about isolationism versus non-intervention – there’s a big difference,” said the Congressman.

Paul said that non-interventionism meant not getting involved in other country’s affairs and “not pretending that Iraq is Nazi Germany.”

“Iraq had no army, no navy, and no weapons of mass destruction – it had nothing to do with 9/11 – so the comparison makes no sense,” he concluded.

McCain’s claim that U.S. troops want to stay in Iraq has no basis in reality.

Out of all the Republican candidates, Ron Paul has by received far the highest military donations, that is donations from members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Congressman has received double McCain’s total and over eight times the amount garnered by Romney or Giuliani.

The troops support Ron Paul because Ron Paul advocates bringing the troops home.

Moreover, a recent Zogby poll found that the Congressman also has the highest support amongst military families, far ahead of Giuliani, McCain or any of the other Republican stooges who want to keep the troops in the meat grinder.

 

Obama Supporters Fail Attempt to Emulate Ron Paul’s “Money-Bomb”

Ron Paul’s campaign raised $4.2 million from 37,000 supporters on Nov. 5th and other candidates have taken notice. A Barack Obama supporter created an event called Barack’s Friday that was supposed to raise the campaign $5 million on Nov. 16th. The event was a LITERAL BOMB; the event raised a mere $4,650 from 72 individuals.

Here is the proof from Barack’s website

Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney have also failed to emulate “money bombs” of any substantial significance.

Contrast that, to having hundreds of people travel from all around the country, quitting their jobs, and going into personal debt, to campaign in New Hampshire door to door in 3 degree windchild for Ron Paul. Read the article from salon.com about the lengths Ron Paul supporters are going through to save the country.

All Obama’s money is coming from corporate PAC money because people aren’t enthusastic about him. All Ron Paul’s money and volunteers are coming from people who know we are living in serious times and don’t want, but KNOW we HAVE TO change the country/world, AND SOON before it’s too late.

The dollar is collapsing; economists admit we’re probably going into another Depression soon. Ron Paul’s solutions for the economy/foreign policy are what we need to turn around. Not Barack Obama, who offers no solutions to this issue and says attacking Iran is OK and fear-mongering just like everyone else “we need to stop the terrorsits”!

Go to google news and type in “dollar” and research it yourself. Then go research what Ron Paul has been saying and doing in congress for 3 decades about it.

 

A Screenshot of Ron Paul Meetup Groups

Sympathetic Vibratory Physics
November 27, 2007


Read Full Article Here

 

Ron Paul supporters rebel against Jim Gilmore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoOW_a7-SHQ

 

These Are Ron Paul Supporters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wPA4wEY6KU

Ron Paul in Charlestone, South Carolina – ABC – (11/27/2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMUENmKriqk

Reading of the Votes Virginia Straw Poll Dec 1, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfpzqf3XQfo

Rudy Drowned Out By Ron Paul Supporters
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/me…007/12/02/giuliani_1203.html

Ron Paul And The War Crime Tribunals
http://www.rense.com/general79/warcrime.htm

 



Zogby Analyst Says Ron Paul Strongest Contender to Beat Hillary

Zogby Analyst Says Ron Paul Strongest Contender to Beat Hillary
Texas Congressman’s popularity amongst Democrats, Independents outstrips Giuliani, Romney, Thompson, Paul is only chance of smashing Bush-Clinton power monopoly

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
November 23, 2007

Zogby’s Director of Communications and polling analyst Fritz Wenzel says that Congressman Ron Paul is the strongest of the Republican frontrunners to go up against Hillary Clinton, underlining the fact that the rest of the field are just ringers as the establishment prepares to install Clinton and prolong the Bush-Clinton power monopoly.

“Among Democrats, yes, he would be a much stronger candidate than any of the other three (Romney, Giuliani, Thompson)” Wenzel told the Alex Jones Show yesterday.

A new Zogby poll commissioned by Jones Productions found Ron Paul the GOP winner in a blind poll that included Democrats, Republicans and Independents nationwide.

“He is anti-war and the majority of Democrats are anti-war, he has some other ideas and policies and stances on issues more attractive to Democrats, particularly conservative Democrats,” said Wenzel.

“Even among independents, he is far and away a more attractive candidate,” he added.

As we have highlighted before , Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who will not seek to lead the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran, something that leading Democrats Obama, Clinton and Edwards have all vowed to keep “on the table.”

Ron Paul voted against the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, both of which were supported by Hillary Clinton.

Every other Republican candidate besides Ron Paul stands no chance of coming out on top if they go up against Hillary Clinton for the 2008 presidency.

Wenzel agreed that Ron Paul’s momentum is something that outstrips all the other candidates and gives him a real chance of performing well.

“He’s right on schedule,” Wenzel said. “He’s making all the right moves, going in the right direction…at a time when other candidates are not moving.”

Wenzel based his analysis on recent nationwide polls that show Ron Paul could win in New Hampshire and find his support intensifying with room to gain.

“Here’s why his timing is almost perfect. He’s moving up…but it’s not so early that he’s going to get a big backlash,” Wenzel added.

“6 weeks to 8 weeks out before an election is about the time if you’re going to make a big move from the back to the front– that’s when you want to make it,” he concluded.

 

Ron Paul Talks to Neal Cavuto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPFWQoryP0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GoG6sKis-M

 

Ron Paul on Bloomberg TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUO9r36bVsQ

 

Ron Paul Is Already President of the Youth Nation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbg4nPMU088

Paul’s fundraising powers could put him in league with the 2 GOP leaders
http://www.star-telegram.com/elections/story/321926.html

C-SPAN: Huckabee vs. Paul analysis by Jonah Goldberg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q5tgbbTTuw

Ron Paul: I Won’t Vote GOP In ’08, They’re Too Pro-War
http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/13702.html

Zogby Analyst: Ron Paul Timing “Almost Perfect”
http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/201107_zogby_rp_perfect.html

Paul Expects to Raise More Than $12 Million in Fourth Quarter
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/n…xFg&refer=home

Liberty Dollar Raid Positive For Ron Paul
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/…d_enough_for_mickey.html

Why Ron Paul Needs Our Donations NOW: Plea for Immediate Funds Sparks New Donation Drive
http://infowars.net/articles/november2007/231107Donation.htm

 



Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show

Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show – (11/21/2007)

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.s….96400624&hl=en

 

Ron Paul taking stage at Vegas Rally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fpf241ZaHQ

 

Ron Paul: New Hampshire PBS – (11/19/2007)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHT9H7cb0I

 

Ron Paul Donation Site Heads To 20K

FMNN
November 21, 2007

The latest Ron Paul donation site may soon go over the 20,000 pledge mark, shattering the total of the last big “Money Bomb,” which drew over 18,000 on November 5th. But does the timing present a problem? The presidential campaign of Jeffersonian conservative Ron Paul (R-Tex) itself sent out an e-mail yesterday pleading for donations sooner rather than later (see below).

Over at DailyPaul.com, some 200 supporters argue the pros and cons of the timing of the upcoming “Money Bomb.” Meanwhile, The Ron Paul campaign doubtless wishes to see the Dec 16th fund raiser become an enormous success, but is making the emphatic point that it needs as much funding now – as opposed to next month – as possible.

Certainly the upcoming donation day seems destined to be a success. It is conceivable that there is an equivilent group that has decided not to “sign up” but still intends to donate, so the actual total to be donated may be much more. The fund-raiser on November 5th gained the presidential campaign of Ron Paul (R-Tex) some $4.2 million – which indeed was more than double what was formally pledged.

The “Money Bomb” concept was worked out independently of the Ron Paul campaign. Supporters pledged to give $100 dollars on a certain date to support the Jeffersonian conservative, small-government effort that Ron Paul has been mounting.

The site can be seen here: http://www.teaparty07.com/

The memo from the Ron Paul campaign regarding the timing of donations reads, in part, as follows:

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During the first few days of October, we announced our fundraising goal for the fourth quarter: $12 million raised by December 31.

But there’s more: we need to have spent it by then, too.

If we were to raise the entire $12 million in the last week of December, we would meet our fundraising goal for the quarter. But Ron Paul would stand little chance of winning the Republican nomination, because that money would have come in too late.

Time is of the essence. You see, we need to raise money well before we plan to spend it. That’s because most of the expenditures that we make need to be paid for weeks in advance. For example, we need to buy crucial airtime for the end of December right now.

The sooner we raise this money, the sooner that we can spread Dr. Paul’s message – our message – in the early primary states. Time truly is money.

Fact is, we only have about two weeks to raise money for the early primaries.

If you wait a month from now to donate, your money will only be spent after Iowa caucus-goers and New Hampshire primary voters have made up their minds.

We are rapidly running out of time. The Iowa caucus is just 44 days away. New Hampshire is in 49 days. With so much ground to make up, we can’t afford to waste a single day.

As a result, we are spending faster than the rate at which we are raising money. In October alone, we raised $2.8 million, but our campaign spent over $3.1 million.

We cannot afford to wait for bursts of press activity. What we need is sustained attention in the news. What better way to do this than by continuing to raise money at a rapid pace now? We need to keep our momentum going.

Ron Paul Wins GQ Dark Horse of the Year
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/sh…se,227584.shtml

Military Families Support Ron Paul’s Platform In Zogby Poll
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/n….families.htm

Zogby Spins Poll Results To Marginalize Ron Paul
http://www.prisonplanet.com…201107_zogby_spins.htm

Zogby Poll: NASCAR Fans Favor Ron Paul
http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/191107_nascar_rp.html

Zogby Spins Poll Results To Marginalize Ron Paul
http://www.prisonplanet.com/a…._zogby_spins.htm

Ron Paul Wins by Double Digits with Religious Voters in Zogby Poll
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=903

Poll: Thompson slides, Paul climbs in New Hampshire
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITIC….=mpstoryview

Paul: Renew devotion to freedom, limited government
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.co…iani-vie-for-911-brand/

Ron Paul Winning Strategy Based on Three Strategic Pillars
http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=51577

CNN: Ron Paul In 4th Place For GOP Nomination
http://www.ronpaul2008.co…or-republican-nomination

Ron Paul: The Only Presidential Candidate to Challenge the American Empire
http://www.hnn.us/articles/44661.html

Las Vegas crowd roars for Ron Paul
http://www.lvrj.com/news/11636096.html

 



New Poll Shows Majority Want Immediate Iraq Troop Withdrawal

New Poll Shows Majority Want Immediate Iraq Troop Withdrawal
Zogby poll shows many more likely to vote for an anti-war candidate willing to bring troops home now

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
November 19, 2007

A Zogby poll commissioned by Alex Jones Productions has revealed that the majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate who wants to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

A total of 1009 people were asked the following question:

Which candidate are you more likely to vote for – a candidate who is opposed to the Iraq War and wants to begin an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or a candidate who wants to stay the course in Iraq?

Over 49% said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who would begin immediate withdrawal, compared to just under 41% who said they would vote for staying the course and around 10% who were not sure.

The full break down of the results from the poll is as follows

The 1009 people who took part in the poll were taken from two different categories of age groups consisting of 4 and 5 different age ranges respectively, ensuring an overall view representative of all voters in America.

Given that Ron Paul is the only Republican to oppose the war and advocate an immediate withdrawal of troops this indicates he is clearly the most popular GOP candidate on this issue. Furthermore, given that none of the Democrat front runners have advocated an immediate troop withdrawal, Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate who could possibly win more votes than them on this issue.

However, corporate media talking heads and neocon bloggers continue to suggest Ron Paul’s policies represent “the fringe view” in America.

The Zogby poll echoes the results of previous polls this year that have all shown the majority oppose the war and want immediate withdrawal.

A Pew Research Center poll last month revealed that 54% said they advocated bringing troops home as soon as possible. A September CBS News Poll found that 49% wanted troops to remain in Iraq for less than one more year, while a CNN poll in the same month found that 54% wanted an immediate withdrawal.

Almost all polls commissioned this year have revealed that the vast majority of Americans oppose the war and its handling by the Bush administration with figures ranging from 60-70% in most cases.

 

15,000 or More US Deaths in Iraq War?

Counter Punch
November 18, 2007

The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.

CBS’s Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and “submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense”. After 4 months they received a document which showed–that between 1995 and 2007– there were 2,200 suicides among “active duty” soldiers.

Baloney.

The Pentagon was covering up the real magnitude of the “suicide epidemic”. Following an exhaustive investigation of veterans’ suicide data collected from 45 states; CBS discovered that in 2005 alone “there were at least 6,256 among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week in just one year.” That is not a typo. Active and retired military personnel, mostly young veterans between the ages of 20 to 24, are returning from combat and killing themselves in record numbers. We can assume that “multiple-tours of duty” in a war-zone have precipitated a mental health crisis of which the public is entirely unaware and which the Pentagon is in total denial.

If we add the 6,256 suicide victims from 2005 to the “official” 3,865 reported combat casualties; we get a sum of 10,121. Even a low-ball estimate of similar 2004 and 2006 suicide figures, would mean that the total number of US casualties from the Iraq war now exceed 15,000.

That’s right; 15,000 dead US servicemen and women in a war that–as yet–has no legal or moral justification.

CBS interviewed Dr. Ira Katz, the head of mental health at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Katz attempted to minimize the surge in veteran suicides saying, “There is no epidemic of suicide in the VA, but suicide is a major problem.”

Maybe Katz is right. Maybe there is no epidemic. Maybe it’s perfectly normal for young men and women to return from combat, sink into inconsolable depression, and kill themselves at greater rates than they were dying on the battlefield. Maybe it’s normal for the Pentagon to abandon them as soon as soon they return from their mission so they can blow their brains out or hang themselves with a garden hose in their basement. Maybe it’s normal for politicians to keep funding wholesale slaughter while they brush aside the casualties they have produced by their callousness and lack of courage. Maybe it is normal for the president to persist with the same, bland lies that perpetuate the occupation and continue to kill scores of young soldiers who put themselves in harm’s-way for their country.

It’s not normal; it’s is a pandemic—an outbreak of despair which is the natural corollary of living in constant fear; of seeing one’s friends being dismembered by roadside bombs or children being blasted to bits at military checkpoints or finding battered bodies dumped on the side of a riverbed like a bag of garbage.

The rash of suicides is the logical upshot of the U.S. war on Iraq. Returning soldiers are traumatized by their experience and now they are killing themselves in droves. Maybe we should have thought about that before we invaded.

Murtha Two Years Ago Today: Bush’s Iraq Course Is ‘Flawed Policy Wrapped In Illusion’
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/17/murtha-vindicated/

 



Neo-Libs & Neo-Cons Gang Up On Ron Paul Supporters

Neo-Libs & Neo-Cons Gang Up On Ron Paul Supporters
Liberal Wonkette website teams up with right-wing Red State to “declare war on Paultards”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet

November 15, 2007


November 10 Philidelphia Rally – Credit: Jim Babb

In another example of how the establishment of both sides of the controlled political paradigm are scared stiff of the Texas Congressman’s surging popularity, smarmy liberal website Wonkette and frothing Neo-Con blog Red State have ganged up to form an alliance and “declare war” on Ron Paul supporters.

Wonkette is a predominately mindless political gossip blog which mixes serious items in with alleged humor. Its founding editor, Ana Marie Cox, was eventually recruited by Time Magazine to sit on the peanut gallery with the rest of the toadying establishment media neo-lib sycophants.

Wonkette has engaged in a continued smear campaign against Ron Paul supporters, maturely labeling them “Paultards”, “CGI runts,” inferring they are all racists and accusing them of spamming online blogs and messageboards, in a similar vein to the ridiculous accusations of those who claim that Ron Paul’s support is phantom or as a result of “spambots”. The fact that the Texas Congressman broke records in receiving over $4 million from donations in one day recently – from real people and not “Computer-generated imagery” as Wonkette would have us believe, didn’t seem to register with these morons.

Red State, a term originally derived from Marxist political thinking, is a virulently phony right-wing Neo-Con blog. Its chief founder, Ben Domenech, was similarly recruited by the Washington Post in March 2006, but was forced to resign within a week after admitting to plagiarism, before returning to the Red State editorial board. Red State is a favorite haunt of scandal-ridden Republican Congressman Tom Delay, who posts a regular diary.

Red State is notorious for banning anyone who criticizes George W. Bush – after he was banned, longtime Red State blogger Adam Bonin remarked that the website “Seems to represent the worst in partisan hackery rather than the intellectual, grassroots conservative site it had been.” Red State recently announced that they would instantly ban new users who “Shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion.”

Now Wonkette and Red State have teamed up to “declare war” on Ron Paul supporters.

“We were impressed with your recent banning of Paultards. We have one or two that we kind of like, but we try our best to ban the others. Nevertheless, these little CGI-based runts find their way to new cyber enclaves, from which they donate $4.3 million dollars to celebrate Guy Fawkes, as popularized by that sad excuse for a film, V for Vendetta,” reads the Wonkette post.

“This is a call for internet bipartisanship. We must bipartisan…ly declare war on the Paultards!”

Red State followed up by accepting the invitation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWFD4qPAfc

Whether this is just a tongue-in-cheek jibe or an actual policy to coordinate smear attacks on Ron Paul supporters, it’s merely a continuation of what both these websites have been doing for months.

If Ron Paul’s support base is nothing more than a bunch of CGI runts, retards and spammers then why are both these websites so obsessed about ceaselessly attacking them?

The fact is that the Ron Paul Revolution represents a growing movement of real people who are sick and tired with the same set of establishment stooges put forward in the Republican and Democrat fields every four years – the very shills that Wonkette and Red State lend credence to with their ninnying idolatry of people like Giuliani and Hillary Clinton.

Ron Paul is the only leading candidate from either field who advocates the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. This isn’t a “fringe” belief, it isn’t a closeted whim on behalf of spammers, racists or retards – it is the majority sentiment prevalent in America today.

Wonkette and Red State’s amazement that they would be “spammed” with so many Ron Paul e mails and comments answers why their ignorance is rivaled only by their stupidity.

DUMMIES – you are getting so many Ron Paul comments and e mails because Ron Paul is POPULAR and his POPULARITY is growing. Do you understand?

Ron Paul is REAL, his POPULARITY is REAL, his supporters are REAL, and the record breaking $4 million plus he received in donations recently is REAL.

Do I have to spell it out any clearer for you to grasp this basic concept?

Now may I suggest you Neo-Libs at Wonkette concentrate solely on fawning over Bill Clinton at DC parties, and you Red Staters return to your masturbating over the future bombing of Iran, and leave the REAL political activism to those of us who are actually interested in saving America by electing the only REAL candidate out there?

 

Help America by helping Ron Paul song by Roy Shivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdV7YsM-N50

Neocon Attack on Ron Paul: Greasing the Skids for Implementation of H.R. 1955?
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=849

Open Letter to CNN and Glenn Beck: Ron Paul Supporters are Not Terrorists
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/151107_b_letter.htm

Neocon Horowitz Falsely Equates Liberal and Libertarian Sites with Islamo-Fascism
http://politicalinquirer.com/2007/11/14/n…-islamo-fascism/

Ron Paul’s “Fringe Views” Are Supported By The Majority of Americans
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/141107_fringe_views.htm

Ron Paul’s Campus Army Putting Left-Field Presidential Candidate Front And Center
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1574216/20071113/id_0.jhtml

Pollsters and pundits retreating from the Ron Paul juggernaut
http://www.usadaily.com/article.cfm?articleID=162633

Rolling Stone: Ron Paul a Republican takes the lead against the war
http://www.rollingstone.co…kes_the_lead_against_the_war

Zogby hints that Ron Paul has a good chance of winning New Hampshire
http://politicalinquirer.com/200…nce-of-winning-new-hampshire/

Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul Win Web Traffic War
http://www.newsmax.com/in…4/49548.html

City going after Ron Paul signs
http://www.sj-r.com/News/stories/20099.asp

Iowa Looks Up for Ron Paul?
http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=51454

Students, Independents – Iowa Key for Ron Paul
Ron Paul collectin fans, big money
Zogby: Ron Paul Could Get 15% To 18%
Ron Paul: Entangling Alliances

 



Bomb Iran, majority of Americans says in new poll

Bomb Iran, majority of Americans says in new poll

Nick Juliano
Raw Story
October 30, 2007

Despite President Bush’s perpetually abysmal approval ratings, it appears his increasingly hostile rhetoric against Iran has drummed up enough fear of a “nuclear holocaust” or a World War III that a majority of Americans are in favor of a US strike against the country aimed a curtailing its apparent nuclear ambitions, a new poll shows.

The Zogby International survey shows 52 percent of Americans would support a strike on Iran, while 53 percent expect President Bush to launch such an attack before the end of his second term. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is voters’ No. 1 choice to deal with Iran, with 21 percent saying they would like to see her take on Tehran from the White House. Republican Rudy Giuliani was voters’ second choice, with 15 percent.

Just 29 percent of Americans think the US should not attack Iran, with one in five people unsure about military action. Of those who would support a strike, 28 percent believe military action should wait until the next president is in office, while 23 percent want to see Bush let lose US missiles against Iran.

The poll results were viewed with a “Here we go again” attitude from bloggers chagrined at the apparent lack of lessons learned by Americans as the war launched against another hostile Middle Eastern regime stretches towards its fifth year.

“It is utterly stunning that, after the great difficulties we have clearly faced in Iraq (a situation far from finished, by the way), that an absolute majority would favor a strike on Iran at this time,” writes Dr. Steven Taylor at PoliBlog. “Even if we assume that the die-hard 25%-30% who still approve of the way the President is doing his job also are in favor of such a strike, where do the other 27%-22% come from to get the pro-strike total to 52%?”

The support for an Iranian strike coincides with substantial fears of further terrorist attacks demonstrated in the Zogby poll. More than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) believe another terrorist attack is likely on US soil and nearly one-in three believe such a strike will come before 2010.

Polls conducted prior to the invasion of Iraq showed larger majorities of Americans in favor of military action, and around 80 percent of Americans believed Iraq posed a threat to the United States in late 2002 and early 2003.

Don Surber, blogging for West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail compared the speculation over a strike on Iran to another showdown over nuclear proliferation nearly half a century ago.

“I was in grade school when the Cuban Missile Crisis happened 45 Octobers ago. I was gung-ho for taking Castro out. Wiser heads prevailed — in the Soviet Union as well as the United States,” he writes. “The security of the world rests on American shoulders. I’d bet against a military strike. There are enough wiser heads on both sides.”