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Deflecting Attention From The Real Question

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Courtesy of Bill Buckler, author of The Privateer,

On April 26, the US ratings agency S&P cut their rating for Spanish sovereign debt by two notches. S&P justified this downgrade in a three-page press release. As usual, the "concerns" which led to this downgrade have been echoed since the very beginning of the "European" debt crisis more than two years ago. As usual, they are pertinent as they apply to Spain. They are equally pertinent as they apply to the other nations in the world which are up against the utmost limits of credit expansion and therefore of the issuance of yet more reams of paper money. There is no nation in the world which is NOT up against those limits. But like its two equivalents, S&P is a "US based" ratings agency.


The US is now about to enter fully-fledged "election mode". With only two candidates left in the "race" for the Republican nomination - only one according to the mainstream media, but more on that [below] - the "issues" at stake in the upcoming election are now being very carefully tailored for an increasingly unruly domestic US political audience. A less polite way of phrasing this is that the spin is becoming dizzying. The foremost task of preparing for the November vote is to maintain the illusion that any and all economic or financial "hiccups" which might affect the US in the next six months are not home gown. There is one "issue" in which Mr Obama, Mr Bernanke, Mr Geithner and Mr Romney are in total agreement. That "issue" is the source of the economic malaise still affecting the US. The source is NOT the US government, nor the US central bank, nor the US banking system. Above all, it is NOT the debt-based and government guaranteed US Dollar.


The debt morass sucking down the entire world is happening in Europe, not in the US. The lack of jobs and economic opportunity wearing "main street" down is a result of "unfair competition" from Asia, and China in particular. The US establishment MUST point the finger anywhere but at their own seat of power and keep on doing it until the election has safely been put to bed. They are going to have to keep it up for a bit more than six months. The US establishment has never fooled all of the people all of the time -just enough of them to keep their power. The problem is that this keeps getting harder to do.




In early April, Rick Santorum announced that he was "suspending" his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee. In the wake of the five primary votes contested on April 24, Newt Gingrich let it be known that he is seriously contemplating doing likewise. Most US mainstream media are predicting that Mr Gingrich will drop out of the race sometime during the first week of May. If that proves to be the case, there will be only two contenders left - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Needless to say, both the departing Republicans have endorsed Mitt Romney as their "preferred" candidate. The mainstream media in the US, and most of the rest of the world, have now happily taken it for given and granted that Mr Romney will be going up against Mr Obama in November. At best, they grudgingly admit that he does not yet have the number of delegates required to secure the nomination. But that is just a formality, they say, and will be settled by the end of May when a sufficient number of primaries have been run. In this scenario, Ron Paul will be consigned back to the obscurity from which he never should have emerged. This exhibition of intellectual cowardice continues unabated.

You Don't Actually Take This Stuff Seriously, Do You?!!:

Here are two typical headlines from the US mainstream media in the wake of the five primary votes held on April 24. Officially, Mr Romney won all five contests, thereby further swelling his "delegates" to the late August Republican convention:

"Ron Paul Supporters Need to Sober Up"

"Supporting Ron Paul is Naive: Small Governments are for Small Countries"

And here is a quote from each of the stories behind these headlines:

"...for some completely unapparent reason, Ron Paul and his campaign have refused to acknowledge what should be common and logical sense. Instead, they march onward with their futile and meaningless campaign while continuing to immorally solicit donations from their similarly blinded supporters."


"Young people with little experience in the real world are drawn to Ron Paul's small government championship. ...Yes, size matters in government services as it does in business. Too many customers without enough servers drives folks elsewhere in search of better customer service in the real business world. A large population requires a large government service organization to effectively manage. So, if Ron Paul supporters want a smaller government, they might try going to a smaller country."

The first quote is merely puerile and unappetising nonsense. The second quote is far more brazen. It is an exhibit of an extremely befuddled reporter doing his or her best to rabbit the party line and making rather a hash of it. The equating of business and government is as old as the hills. The implication that one is a "customer" of government is equally hoary. And as for the suggestion of establishment America - love it or leave it - the level of historical ignorance is breathtaking. What turned the US from a wilderness to the most free and prosperous nation in history was the smallest government ever seen.

A Warrior In The Battle Of Ideas:

The level of the political debate which the US establishment wants to preserve is very well illustrated by the quotes given above. Anyone who has any familiarity with Dr Paul's platforms and ideas can hardly be surprised at the concentrated venom being spewed out by the US "mainstream" against him. And yet, he remains unbowed. His goal is to give the American people something they have not had for generations, a CHOICE in November. But to do that he has to get past the Republicans, a HUGE task.


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Sun, 04/29/2012 - 14:58 | 2383798 I am Jobe
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One Nation Under Debt With Endless Debt Slavery For All

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 15:02 | 2383800 junkyardjack
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Isn't the real question, when will we get justice for Treyvon?  That's what CNN told me

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 18:33 | 2383995 CaptainObvious
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That's why I went long on hoodies.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 15:23 | 2383808 slewie the pi-rat
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rPaul has been D0A in the delegate department for a while, now

he's in tough, here:

  • if he cuts the R's and goes indy, he may take a nader-like "blame" for a prez0 win and his son's future as a water-carrier in that party might be at stake
  • if he doesn't cut&run, he'll never get a shot at "leading the country"

slewie sez:  in the long tradition of incomprehensibleTexan politics, ron should switch fuking parties and become a donkey's ass, give all his votes to the disneyCorp, and tell the republicans it's been great fun, too!

then, become aDemocrat and go run against prez0; then, go indy and at least get a few body punches in for thePeople

like johnConnelly!  who had been in the jfkDallas car and did not prove to be bulletproof

i just got off the phone with alFranken, and agreed to give theSenator total credit for my idea, here, b/c he's jewish and wants to be treasurySec'y, next, too..

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 15:21 | 2383817 mholzman
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I support Ron Paul. I will end up voting in the final election for Romney. Personally, I think Obama was used. He was eager with little experience and fell into a trap with hungry wolves (e.g., Harry Reid, Biden, ... various industries). To me, this is a bad hour for the US: utilizing an African-American man to puppet through a crisis. Their children need role models. How much uglier can politics get?

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 15:28 | 2383824 ebworthen
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If you vote for Romney rather than writing in "RON PAUL" you only support the GOP sellouts and the broken system.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 18:14 | 2383973 mholzman
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I would like to know for myself, if the thumbs down is simply about Ron Paul (who I supported through contributions) OR, much more importantly to me, that Obama wasn't simply an unknowing puppet. I would feel better if I didn't think that was true. 

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 19:42 | 2384057 WonderDawg
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I down-voted you for thinking Obama's a kind-hearted but naive puppet. Hopey the Clown is one of the slickest sociopaths to come along in a while. I don't think he's all that intelligent, but he's a slick-ass politician and he fooled a whole shit-load of people this last go round. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who believe his BS.

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 04:31 | 2384472 mholzman
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I did not say Obama is kind. I said he is niave politically. He doesn't have much experience other than doing many talk shows on Oprah. He was easy prey for the puppet-masters. I do not think he is a "sociopath." I am saying CLUELESS, EASILY MISLEAD,...sufficiently unqualified for an important decision-making position.

I do not care about Him directly. What troubles me is that african-american youth need role models. People "wanted to believe" Obama could offer that.

Nevertheless, I did not vote for him before. I never will.

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 11:11 | 2385091 ebworthen
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I didn't give you a thumbs down, only my comment.

If you believe in Ron Paul and what he stands for then write him in on the ballot.

A vote for Romney only perpetuates the pointless two-party false flag farce that is politics.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 15:56 | 2383841 roadhazard
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After many years of voting and getting no results for my trouble I am not wasting my time going to the polls anymore. I will not be counted on one ticket or another as giving my blessing to the sham they are peddling.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 16:48 | 2383875 orangegeek
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If the markets hold, Obama will get his second term, just like Bush did when then markets held and went up in 2004.


If the markets fall, which is likely, Obama is out and Romney is in.  SP500 weekly shows it all.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 16:56 | 2383881 W10321303
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Ron Paul ......"let 'em die, let 'em die' .... He doesn't even know the actual history of the Confederacy and how their Constitution was framed around the preservation of slavery. He is a light-weight and clueless, just like Mr. Bo Jangels. To continue to see the Dumbacrats or the Serial Killer Clowns from Outer Space GOP as any means to bringing America to sound mental health reflects a serious lack of moral foundation to any political or philisophical agenda. 

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 23:22 | 2384276 NidStyles
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Actually he does know that it wasn't. There was a compromise in 1781 to deal with that issue. Ron Paul is also a big fan of Lysander Spooner and the Abolition movement. Not that you retarded uneducated morons would know a damn thing about that era. Most of you accept the one-sided BS they pump out in public schools as gospel. Worse, you criticize the religious zealots for doing the same exact thing you are doing.


Intellectual idiots, the lot of you. You bring shame to those that aren't so gullible and moronic.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 17:15 | 2383907 Dingleberry
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Dudes....if ANYONE got elected that would actually make a difference (i.e. going after the Fed, looking out for the US first instead of Israel, truly helping the middle class, etc.)....he would have an "accident" like bleeding to death after cutting himself shaving, or falling off a 7-story balcony. By accident.  Voting is a way for the masses to delude themselves into thinking they actually have power. Look at American Idol....same principle.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 17:44 | 2383942 The Gooch
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"look at American idol"

Do you know where you are?


Sun, 04/29/2012 - 21:49 | 2384168 Dingleberry
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I don't watch TV, and have never watched American Idol, but my point is this...if you believe your political vote is more important that your theoretical "American Idol" vote, you are delusional. In fact, your American Idol vote probably counts for more. Regardless, the principle is the EXACT SAME.  You spend your time thinking, pontificating, etc. over BULLSHIT.  Elections, like American Idol, are ENTERTAINMENT designed to make you believe you have a voice. Guess don't. Or haven't you lived long enough to notice?

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 18:39 | 2383999 CaptainObvious
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"Look at American Idol"?!


That's the problem right there.  Too many useless eaters are "looking at American Idol" and not looking at current events.  It's what is referred to in Roman history as "bread and circuses".  Feed the masses their bread and provide them with the Circus Maximus and gladiator games and maybe then they won't notice the whole fucking empire is imploding around their ears.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 17:44 | 2383941 Arkadaba
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This an interesting reaction to a senator's endorsement of Romney:

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 18:36 | 2383997 Kataphraktos
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Whie I love to rend a soft-skulled dingbat journalist to vulture-friendly chunks of flesh as much as the next sadist, perhaps we shouldn't be payingmuch heed to an article published on the "Yahoo! Contributor Network" by one Marla Mayes, whose career seems to made up of roles one level up from "Da Burger Flipper at Da Burger King":

" Engineering Technical Data Control Clerk

Undisclosed Temp Agency


December 2011 – Present (5 months)

Part-time, temporary, clerical

Freelance Writer Yahoo! Contributor Network


November 2011 – Present (6 months)

Technical Documentation Manager Various High Tech Design & Manufacturing Companies


January 1993 – June 2008 (15 years 6 months)


This is the kind of tool who has a future so boring, a person with a few more IQ points would reach for the nearest razor blade and end it. She is the PERFECT candidate to be approached by some establishment "think tank", "non-profit", or other front for a vested interest to write a puff piece trying to discredit a campaign that, since day one, has been considered a very great threat to the status quo. I, for one, have been very surprised at just how brazen and vehement the war against Ron Paul has been. Disclosure: I am not a Ron Paul supporter, due to his views on abortion.

I find it interesting that, in a world where everyone seems to have acquired a price tag, and usually a very very low one at that, the powers-that-be have to dig so low into the talent pool to find peope who will author such propoganda. Even Goebbels managed to find enough decent talent to man his propaganda and disinformation machines. Strange times we live in.


Sun, 04/29/2012 - 19:30 | 2384041 sgt_doom
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You certainly have that right, just take a look at Rachel Maddow's book tour for a book which received the Fox stamp of approval (Roger Ailes loves it ? ?) and where at a recent stop, she had positive things to say about Dick Cheney:

“And a Man to be Admired”

Rachel Maddow’s descriptive phrase of the vile Dick Cheney might not sit too well with family and friends of those people who were thrown off the tops of buildings or otherwise murdered during the Cheney/Bush administration:

John J. Kokal (killed on 11/07/2003), an intelligence analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research – a vocal critic of Cheney’s claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction;

Paul Sanford, journalist and attorney (killed 12/29/2006) – another vocal critic who also questioned White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on why the outing of Valerie Plame’s CIA status should not be considered an act of treason; and,

Dr. Gus W. Weiss, a senior intelligence planner, former National Security Council official, vocal critic of the Iraq War, killed on 11/25/2003.

Colonel Ted Westhusing, West Point professor who was in Iraq investigating then Carlyle Group-owned USIS for fraud and human rights abuses, supposedly died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

During the timeframe Col. Westhusing was investigating, $8.7 billion went missing somewhere between the New York Federal Reserve Bank where monies were kept on account (FRBNY chairman: Timothy Geithner), the Iraqi Trade Bank (JPMorgan Chase’s contract managing director: Daniel Zelikow, Timothy Geithner’s best friend), and the Export-Import Bank and the C.P.A. (the originating points of those missing oil monies).

The chair of the Export-Import Bank during the money’s disappearance, Philip Merrill, would later be found dead in the Chesapeake Bay, with a shotgun wound to his head, his body weighed down with an anchor.

The top financial guy at the C.P.A. was Bush appointee and career Goldman Sachs guy, Reuben Jeffery, later to assume the CEO position at Rockefeller Financial Services, their previous CEO having naturally committed “suicide.”

Gary Webb, investigative journalist and author of Dark Alliance: the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion --- an exposé of the Bush family’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking --- died on 12/10/2004 from two gunshot wounds to his face, ruled a suicide (suicide by multiple gunshots to the head is highly, highly unusual --- normally after the first shot the individual is in no condition to continue).


Sun, 04/29/2012 - 20:26 | 2384092 Sizzurp
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The voting tendencies gleaned from the exit polling data during the republican primary consistently show a generational divide between Paul and the others.  The seniors are shunning Paul, I suppose because they are afraid they might lose their benefits.  Ironically, Paul is probably the only person running who might be able to save the system for those so dependent on the big government programs, because without serious and meaningful cuts in government waste and spending right now, the dollars those old folks get are getting are not going to be worth much.  I am dissappointed by the aged generations.  They seem to be saying to hell with young Americans, give me mine and make them pay for it.  This is not going to end well for them or us, but honestly I believe the elderly will suffer more because they are not in a position to make it in a rugged post dollar collapse world.  

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 21:57 | 2384179 Money 4 Nothing
Sun, 04/29/2012 - 21:43 | 2384155 Sathington Willougby
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Bain capital [owner of Clear Channel - w/programming of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Levin, and Savage - all Ron Paul libelers] would have pulled it off if it wreren't for those darn meddling kids.  And the fact *they* didn't forget to show up the at the GOP conventions.

Just got LA.  Got IA.  Got MN, getting NV, getting WA.  Got delegates in countless places that are "attached" but support the Doc.  

This ain't Doug Wead's first rodeo, and he's got the perfect setup to demonstrate his ability, a candidate with a resourceful and dedicated foot soldiers that insists he runs and will follow him into Satan's outhouse armed with a philosophy.


Mon, 04/30/2012 - 00:45 | 2384350 silverdragon
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America is broken, the one party state pretending to be two political parties thing is getting old. Ya can't spend a couple of trillion a year more than ya take in. Revolution is required in America. The two beasts, the military industrial complex and Social Security must be starved. Starving the beasts will get US of A back on track.  Start paying down the 18 trillion debt, quarter of a trillion a year over the next 72 years. It's gunna be a shitty century but, thats life.

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 03:07 | 2384436 silverdragon
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Please end this nonesense ref Republican and Democrats, its a one party state. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 09:29 | 2384775 highwaytoserfdom
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Brush fire of Liberty at the Massachusetts Caucus..   The funny thing about a Black Swan from the turkeys prospective they don't know it is comming. 


The media cartel needs to be trust busted. 

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 11:30 | 2385138 Winston Churchill
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Obama is an oppotunist.

He believe he will wrest the power from TPTB just

as Lenin did during the Russian revolution.

He's an intelectual moron.He cannot speak unless its scripted

and tele prompted.The worst case of affiramtive action,in action.

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