|—||former head of the CIA’s “Bin Laden Unit”, Michael Scheuer in CIA Bin Laden Unit Chief Endorses Rep. Ron Paul|
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Sorry for the Ron Paul spam, but I couldn’t help it.
Especially the Rosa Parks one
Jon Stewart on the Ron Paul Media Blackout
I didn’t realize it was this bad.
Wow. Yeah, Fox News is basically pretending Ron Paul doesn’t exist. This is infuriating
I wrote the text for these! They’re available for purchase here. Expect more issue-/audience-specific cards to be available soon.
During the 2008 primaries, Ron Paul led the field in donations from military personnel, apparently striking a chord with his boldly noninterventionist and peaceful foreign policy.
Now, he’s duplicating this success, according to the latest financial statements from presidential campaigns. Here are the raw numbers:
- Paul — $36,739.79
- Obama — $28,833.99
- Cain — $6,223
- Romney — $5,000
- Bachmann — $2,550
- Newt — $1,025
- Pawnlety — $250
- Santorum — $250
- Johnson — $0
Click the main link for an explanation of the methodology used arrive at these figures, as well as relevant portions of the campaign finance reports to check the math yourself.
“Paul argues that America must stop trying to rule the world and dictate policy to foreign capitals and bring its armies home from its endless wars. Warning that the country is facing annual deficits of $2 trillion the congressman’s statement read in part, ‘Our military’s purpose is to defend our country, not to police the Middle East.’”
I, like many, have assumed that the driving force behind the suicide attacks was Islamic fundamentalism. Promise of instant entry into paradise as a reward for killing infidels seemed to explain the suicides, a concept that is foreign to our way of thinking. The world’s expert on suicide terrorism has convinced me to rethink this simplistic explanation, that terrorism is merely an expression of religious extremism and resentment of a foreign culture.
Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win, explains the strategic logic of suicide terrorism. Pape has collected a database of every suicide terrorist attack between 1980 and 2004, all 462 of them. His conclusions are enlightening and crucial to our understanding the true motivation behind the attacks against Western nations by Islamic terrorists. After his exhaustive study, Pape comes to some very important conclusions.
Religious beliefs are less important than supposed. For instance, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, a Marxist secular group, are the world’s leader in suicide terrorism. The largest Islamic fundamentalist countries have not been responsible for any suicide terrorist attack. None have come from Iran or the Sudan. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraq never had a suicide terrorist attack in all of its history. Between 1995 and 2004, the al Qaeda years, two-thirds of all attacks came from countries where the U.S. had troops stationed. Iraq’s suicide missions today are carried out by Iraqi Sunnis and Saudis. Recall, 15 of the 19 participants in the 9/11 attacks were Saudis.
The clincher is this: the strongest motivation, according to Pape, is not religion but rather a desire “to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory the terrorists view as their homeland.”
The best news is that if stopping suicide terrorism is a goal we seek, a solution is available to us. Cease the occupation of foreign lands and the suicide missions will cease. Between 1982 and 1986, there were 41 suicide terrorist attacks in Lebanon. Once the U.S., the French, and Israel withdrew their forces from Lebanon, there were no more attacks…
Pape is convinced after his extensive research that the longer and more extensive the occupation of Muslim territories, the greater the chance of more 9/11-type attacks on the U.S… He claims it is just a matter of time if our policies do not change.
Hipster Ron Paul.
This is why I’m against government intervention in the market (on the whole)
It’s not capitalism when the system is plagued with incomprehensible rules regarding mergers, acquisitions, and stock sales, along with wage controls, price controls, protectionism, corporate subsidies, international management of trade, complex and punishing corporate taxes, privileged government contracts to the military-industrial complex, and a foreign policy controlled by corporate interests and overseas investments. Add to this centralized federal mismanagement of farming, education, medicine, insurance, banking and welfare. This is not capitalism!
To condemn free-market capitalism because of anything going on today makes no sense. There is no evidence that capitalism exists today. We are deeply involved in an interventionist-planned economy that allows major benefits to accrue to the politically connected of both political spectrums. One may condemn the fraud and the current system, but it must be called by its proper names – Keynesian inflationism, interventionism, and corporatism.
and herein lies the irony: “capitalism” is the boogeyman used to gain more cooperation between corporations and government, further vilifying the capitalism brand. it’s a vicious cycle.