Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

You Too Smart to be a Cop

The US Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit has upheld the decision of the New London police department not to hire a man for the police department because he scored too high on an intelligence test. http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95836&page=1#.Tv_UCCOXQ2c

I guess smart people might balk at beating people up who have done nothing to endanger anyone. Just sayin’.

The anti-intellectualism of America lives on.


Read Full Post »

Some folks contend that Ron Paul should not be flogged with the racist crap in his newsletters because it was written by others, he says he cannot now figure out who those others might have been, as in “ghostwriters.” They say his long history of sticking up for minorities counts for much more. Okay, Something to consider.

On the other hand, some say that if he had that little control of his little newsletter publishing business, perhaps he isn’t the best guy to try to run a government.

“Political analysts say that if even if Paul did not write the messages in the ad and newsletters, his apparent inability to control his modest newsletter- and book-selling operation may not bode well for a man seeking to run the executive branch of the U.S. government.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, said she has followed Paul for years and that the messages in the direct-mail ad were “emphatically inconsistent” with his frequent statements supporting minorities and gay rights.
But Jamieson questioned how it was “plausible” for Paul to deny responsibility for materials that had provided him income.
“What does that say about his managerial competence?” she asked.
Larry Sabato, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, agreed.
“Ron Paul would have us believe that this newsletter went out under his name and a direct-mail solicitation for it went out under his signature, yet he knew nothing about it. That is not credible,” Sabato said.
“Or is it that Paul can’t control his own staff?” Sabato asked. “Not exactly a qualification for the presidency. At the very least, more explanation is needed.””
(Reuters. Mark Hosenball. Dec. 23, 2011).

Here’s what I want to know. How does a medical doctor deny evolution?

As for Uncle Newt, he also doesn’t like getting jacked up about his past. When his censure by the House of Representatives for unethical conduct as Speaker of the House comes up, Newt’s view of history sounds quite familiar (relating to Dr. Paul’s defense of his past):

“Gingrich said in recent comments on the campaign trail that more than 1 million pages of documents were turned over to the ethics committee that investigated him, and that 83 charges were repudiated as false. “The one mistake we made was a letter written by a lawyer that I didn’t read carefully,” he said.
But he also accused the ethics committee of being partisan and said, “The way I was dealt with related more to the politics of the Democratic Party than the ethics.” The committee, then and now, has an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.” Associated Press: Larry Margasak

Ghost writers weren’t supervised.
Lawyer’s letters weren’t read carefully.

And these guys want to be our leader.

Read Full Post »

Ron Paul and the Race Issue

Today I read the following article. It follows several other articles. I am not here to say Ron Paul is a racist or ever has been. However, politics today operate on the basis that you cannot disavow your past. Mr. Paul, a physician as I’m told, was making money selling newsletters with racist content. He walked out of interview where he was asked about it. I really don’t feel like editorializing about it right now.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul’s political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a “coming race war in our big cities” and of a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS.

The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul’s signature at the end, also warns that the U.S. government’s redesign of currency to include different colors – a move aimed at thwarting counterfeiters – actually was part of a plot to allow the government to track Americans using the “new money.”

The letter urges readers to subscribe to Paul’s newsletters so that he could “tell you how you can save yourself and your family” from an overbearing government.

The letter’s details emerge at a time when Paul, now a contender for the Republican nomination for president, is under fire over reports that his newsletters contained racist, anti-homosexual and anti-Israel rants.

Reports of the newsletters’ contents have Paul’s campaign scrambling to deny that he wrote the inflammatory articles.

Among other things, the articles called the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a “world-class philanderer,” criticized the U.S. holiday bearing King’s name as “Hate Whitey Day,” and said that AIDS sufferers “enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.”

As Paul made a campaign stop in Manchester, Iowa, on Thursday, his Iowa chairman, Drew Ivers, repeated Paul’s assertions that he did not write the articles that resurfaced this week in a report in the Weekly Standard magazine.

Paul has said that he is not sure who wrote the articles that were published under his name. He has said the articles do not reflect his views, and noted that his public stances – supporting gays in the military for example – have run counter to the incendiary statements in the newsletters.

In an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger on Wednesday, Paul said of the newsletter’s articles: “I didn’t write them. I didn’t read them at the time and I disavow them.”

When Borger continued to pursue the subject, Paul removed his microphone and walked out of the interview.

“It is ridiculous to imply that Ron Paul is a bigot, racist, or unethical,” Ivers said.

However, Ivers said, Paul does not deny or retract material that Paul has written under his own signature, such as the letter promoting Paul’s newsletters.

When asked whether that meant Paul believed there was a government conspiracy to cover up the impact of AIDS, Ivers said, “I don’t think he embraces that.”

Paul’s newsletters “showed good factual information and investment information,” Ivers said. “It was a public service, helping people understand and equip them to avoid an unsound monetary policy.”


The letter promoting Paul’s newsletters was written about 1993. It was during a period in which Paul – who left Congress in 1985 after serving about eight years – returned to Washington after a decade’s absence.

(For a PDF of the solicitation letter see http://link.reuters.com/vud75s)

The letter was provided to Reuters by James Kirchick, a contributing editor for The New Republic magazine. He says he found the letter in archives of political literature maintained by the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Early in the 2008 presidential campaign – in which Paul was a candidate – Kirchick published an article in The New Republic in which he described Paul as “not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing – but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics.”

The letter promoting Paul’s newsletters claims that Paul – through what he describes as a network of “extraordinary sources” in Congress, the White House, the Treasury and Justice departments, the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service – had acquired unique insider information that would his subscribers to “neutralize” the plans of “powerbrokers.”

Paul’s letter went on to describe various plots and schemes that he had “unmasked,” including a “plot for world government, world money and world central banking.” He also claimed to have exposed a plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “suspend the Constitution” in a falsely declared national emergency.

Despite being “told not to talk,” Paul wrote that his newsletters also “laid bare” the “Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica,” and a “federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS.”

Paul claimed that his “training as a physician” helped him “see through” this alleged cover-up.

Paul also suggested that a planned U.S. currency with new notes designed to curb counterfeiting and money laundering would result in the distribution of “totalitarian bills” that “were tinted pink and blue and brown, and blighted with holograms, diffraction gratings, metal and plastic threads and chemical alarms.”

Paul said the money was designed to allow authorities to “keep track of American cash and American citizens.”

He urged the letter’s readers to send in $99, which would buy subscriptions to his monthly political and investment newsletters, a copy of his book “Surviving the New Money,” an investment manual and access to the “unlisted phone number of my Financial Hotline for fast breaking news.”

Read Full Post »