Saturday, July 19, 2008

Paultards Pissed At Stephen Colbert, Ron Paul War Room Gets Hacked

According to the Ron Paul Tumblelog, the Ron Paul War Room was recently hacked by people who placed hard core pornography on the website. Some War Room you have there.

Also, in other news, Comedian Colbert of the Colbert Report recently made a joke where he states that the part of the brain that fools the body into thinking that a useless pill was medicine is the same part of the brain that gets people to vote for Ron Paul. For the confused Paultards out there, there analogy is that Ron Paul is a useless pill, even though his devotees seem to think that he can cure the economy. Simply screaming "Ron Paul, R[evol]ution!" is not going to be a cure in itself.

BuddyRey writes:
Yeah, I think he was pretty much calling us delusional.
We just got seriously dissed by one of the only allies we ever had in the media.
I think that your first mistake was assuming that Stephen Colbert was your ally, Buddy.
manny229 writes:
Yeah I saw that too..... I was surprised quite a few of the audience members laughed... I thought we were popular among that young cool and hip crowd?
Once again, Manny, this is a common Paultard fallacy. Not knowing the difference between "Most Ron Paul supporters are young people," and "Most young people support Ron Paul." Also, while most Ron Paul supporters might be young, "cool and hip" they certainly ain't.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ron Paul Campaign Manager Dies, Uninsured, With $400k in Debt

Today's news story made me sick. Huffington Post and DailyKos report that Ron Paul campaign manager Kent Snyder, recently passed away from pneumonia. Snyder spent two months in the hospital with no insurance, which means that his family must now cover the $400,000 in debt.

Despite his record as a doctor, despite the millions of dollars he raised, and despite his faith in the free market to settle health care matters, Paul was unable to provide for the most basic of care of one of his top staffers. Why didn't Snyder have insurance? Unfortunately, Snyder had a pre-existing condition, which would have made coverage prohibitively expensive. Readers on this site might remember the fact that he was the one man in all of congress to protest the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, which would have allowed companies to diagnose pre-existing genetic conditions at the genetic level, for which his supporters were more than happy to cheer him on for, arguing that they shouldn't have to pay for someone else's misfortune (which, ironically, is sort of the entire point of insurance in the first place). Well, congratulations, guy. The bad news is, your campaign manager couldn't buy insurance to cover his pre-existing defect. The good news is, your campaign member couldn't buy insurance to cover his pre-existing defect. Further, there's the fact that Kent Snyder was openly gay, which means that he couldn't get coverage via marriage. Ron Paul opposes gay marriage, and believes that recognizing gay marriage should be done at the state level.

In New Hampshire, when Ron Paul was asked to provide his stance on making health care affordable, Ron Paul attempted to avoid the subject by going off into one of his general rants on inflation, which in this case, wasn't even an accurate use of the term. In Ron Paul's world, the problem isn't the cost of health care, but inflation. His supporters keep insisting that hyperinflation is inevitable and that the U.S. dollar will be worthless in the next few years. Perhaps they believe that by then, paying off the $400,000 debt will be easy, since it will cost people $400,000 just to pay for groceries? Of course, that's only assuming that their economic predictions will come true. For some reason, I doubt it.

His supporters have begun fund raising for him. Maybe it'll be enough, and maybe it won't. But even if it is, what due they intend to do for the tens of millions of people who are likewise affected by the platform that Ron Paul advocates? Libertarians often look down on government programs, citing private charity as the superior solution, and accusing anyone who doesn't believe in private charity as the solution as being hypocritical. Kent Snyder will put their sincerity to the test.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

March of the Paultards: 9/11 was an inside job

I've been meaning to post about the Ron Paul rally for a while, so I'm getting around to posting about it now. Above is a video of Jack McLamb speaking with a megaphone and calling 9/11 an inside job, much to the delight of the Paultards. You ever wonder why people have a tendency to associate Ron Paul with the truthers? Well, this is why. Hey Ron, if you can't even manage your own rallies that are being held in your own honor, then what chance do you have of managing a country full of people who despise you?
Meanwhile, Wonkette has posted numerous photos from the event. I suggest you check it out.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Behold, the Ron Paul future!

I was watcing the Twilight Zone the other day, and one episode entitled The Rip Van Winkle Caper caught my eye. It's about a band of gold thieves who steal a million dollars in gold bricks, only to end up fighting amongst themselves over them. Wait until you see the ending.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

More Medals: Ron Paul and the Dalai Lama

The above photo is of the Dalai Lama being awarded a congressional gold medal from last October. Doesn't he look awfully miserable? Ron Paul seems to think so. Ron has a habit of screwing people while claiming to uphold the principles that they stand for, and doing it in their own self-interest. He does this because he assumes that he's a better expert on what those people stand for then they themselves. e.g., the exact sort of patronizing behavior that he hypocritically accuses the state of doing. Ron Paul voted against awarding the Dalai Lama a gold medal, citing the following reasons:

Mr. PAUL: Mr. Speaker, with great sadness I must rise to oppose this measure granting a congressional gold medal to the 14th Dalai Lama. While I greatly admire and respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and fully recognize his tremendous status both as a Buddhist leader and international advocate for peace, I must object to the manner in which this body chooses to honor him.
You'll notice how Ron Paul always makes statements such as these before attempting to screw people over, which is his own version of "with all due respect." In the eyes of the Paultard, this makes Ron Paul exempt from criticism.
I wonder if my colleagues see the irony in honoring a devout Buddhist monk with a material gift of gold. The Buddhist tradition, of course, eschews worldly possessions in favor of purity of thought and action. Buddhism urges its practitioners to alleviate the suffering of others whenever possible. I’m sure His Holiness the Dalai Lama would rather see $30,000 spent to help those less fortunate, rather than for a feel-good congressional gesture.
Now, I'm not expert on Buddhist faith, but then, neither is Ron Paul. But I'm pretty sure that Buddhism is about rejecting the desire for and attachment to material possessions, rather than the material possessions themselves. If someone offered you a gold medal, then fine, take it. The Buddhists monks who I've spoken to tell me that they aren't allowed to refuse anything. And if someone put a gun to your head and said "hand it over, or else," then you hand it over. But I don't think that their doctrine forces them to rely on purity of thought alone. That's pretty naive. I mean, what would they eat? Where would they live? What would they sleep on?

True, you could argue that the $30,000 could be spent on other things. But that's a slippery slope. For instance, you could say the same thing about their plane trip, and their living accommodations. And it's ironic for Ron Paul to on the one hand claim to uphold "purity of thought," while on the other hand claim to reject a "feel-good congressional gesture." Again, I'm not an expert, but if the congressional gold medal brings people together and gets them to overlook their differences (with one notable exception), then I think that it would be in line with the whole concept of Buddhist compassion.

Update: Commenter Yokomado Jin chimes in: "You are exactly correct. The physical possession has little meaning, it is the intention that is what important. In this case, this Mr. Paul guy insulted Buddhists two ways. First, by assuming for another things about the faith he doesn't understand- stereotyping us. Secondly, as the world works based on the laws of karma, a gift is a good deed that brings good into the world. By rejecting others desire to give a gift, he is removing their potential reward of good karma. I don't know who this Mr. Paul fellow is, but he strikes me as the typical ignorant westerner who doesn't understand Buddhism beyond what they see in a movie. I've looked at some of the other articles about him and I am not surprised, he seems to be a bitter man. Blessings to his heart that it turns less ignorant."