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Somewhere on the net is a wonderful interview of D...

2008-01-18T21:13:00.000-08:00

Somewhere on the net is a wonderful interview of Dondero where he is in full, foaming-at-the-mouth rant. Wish I could find the darn link. Anyone else know to what I refer?



Most of the arrests, then as now, are for drug rel...

2008-01-14T12:16:00.000-08:00

Most of the arrests, then as now, are for drug related charges, which Dr. Paul has always opposed. Also, I doubt that the statistic is true.

Whoever wrote this would fit right at home with the neocons, and have no qualm about leaving the libertarian movement and accepting financial support from the neocons, which the neocons have always been willing to supply to those willing to do their dirty work.

We're looking for somebody who was close to Ron Paul, and then joined the neocons because Ron Paul wouldn't participate in the race-baiting 9-11 hysteria over a 'Clash of Civilizations,' and has since been boosted by the neocons as reward for his services -- say, with support for a political career of his own.

The List of People Who Fit That Description has only one name.



Out of Context!Here's an example of my problem wit...

2008-01-14T11:34:00.000-08:00

Out of Context!

Here's an example of my problem with how TNR is report this (and how we are playing right into their hands by repeating it.)

The quote "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."

Is selectively cut from a larger quote: (N.B. "the Center" = The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives)

"The Center also reports that 70% of all black men in Washington are arrested before they reach the age of 35, and 85% are arrested at some point in their lives.

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."


See how that changes it? The author is making a lazy cop joke. (a poor one to be sure, but not an outright statement of personal belief that an entire class of people are criminals simply because of their skin color.)

Besides, the real Ron Paul would have made the observation that we all fall into the catagory of "criminal" due to the plethora of [unconstitutional] laws we are faced with.

The "kind words for David Duke" are nothing of the sort, they are a simple reporting of electoral results. There isn't a kind (or harsh) word in any of it. The support for Duke's platform is put in the mouth of the voters who voted for him (an entirely reasonable supposition), not in the mouth of the author.

The MLK charges are a re-telling of FBI files, and MSM reports. Even so, the criticism of MLK is not based on his race, and is not used to attack his ideas or movement, but is attacking the idea of having another Federal Holiday in MLK's honor.

Each of TNR's examples have been very carefully cut to twist them into the worst possible interpretation.

But TNR hardly has a sterling reputation. This is the same publication that brought you Stephen Glass - 'nuff said

As for Dondero's account of his dismissal. It seems to me that he was fired for failure to understand (and support) the Constitutional procedure for declaring a war, not for supporting the war on "terrir" or for haing muslims (as all "real" Republicans, seemingly, must.)



Why all the concern about learning the identity of...

2008-01-13T16:21:00.000-08:00

Why all the concern about learning the identity of the authors or editors? We know who the publisher was.

You can run toward him or run away from him. The direction you choose will determine the viability of the libertarian movement in American politics for many years.



I don't like Dunderhead either, because is a moron...

2008-01-13T09:20:00.000-08:00

I don't like Dunderhead either, because is a moron and a balthering fool, but in all airness, innocent until proven guilty. Besides, my own contacts from that time indicate that it was people other than him. No proof, either, other than anecdotal.