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Liquor and Ron Paul in Paris

Making my final liquor run of the year (note to readers: if alcohol is one of your favorite food groups, check out the local laws on sale of same before moving to a new residence even if it is very cheap) takes me to a town called Paris. Paris Tennessee that is. Seat of Henry County, which y'all have most likely never heard of either, for excellent reason.

At any rate I come into town and at the light (second of three) on the main drag I see people waving signs. This is the FIRST such demonstration I have ever seen in TN, although I have read about others.

Group of about 8 people. Young, mostly 20s-30s range as best I could tell; maybe 5 males to 3 females; all white. The signs are high quality professionally done productions of various sizes.

Promoting Ron Paul.

Mind you this is not an area where people generally get involved in politics. The subject is not something you hear discussed at the gas station, in line at the grocery or at the bank. Bring it up and people smile pleasantly and offer a vague pleasantry of the "Isn't that interesting?" sort.

And yet this group of people were standing out on a heavily-traveled (again, by local standards) streetcorner on Solstice Day dammit, temp in the low 50s at best and a stiff wind in progress. Not a horrible day for mid-December but not a spring walk in the park either.

For Ron Paul.

Prince Namor has been telling me for months to watch out for this guy and i have been scoffing. He's barely into single digits in polls, I sez. Yeah he gives decent interview, pushes buttons people like to hear--End the War, mostly, but Abolish the IRS appeals to the selfish child in all of us, and Legalize Pot has always had way more appeal in a broader range of the public than any regular candidate is brave enough to tap.

But a so-called Libertarian who wants to free people from excessive control by government but at the same time wants to take away the right to make the most basic choice there is? Feh, I sez. The anti-choice, anti-woman voters are gonna go fur Huckleberry and the Free the Weed people mostly don't vote.

Yeah, I argued, he's got a hell of a net operation; I expect this thread to be flooded with Paulbots (interestingly these seem to be a fairly consistent 30 percent or so anti-Paul faction to this phenomena) in short order.

I have racheted down the scoff by a good margin. Eight people on a streetcorner in Paris Tennessee is, Josh should pardon the expression, a tectonic event.

No I do not expect Ron Paul to be elected president. I do not even expect him to get the Republican nomination. I think he's a cross between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader in terms of political impact. But the goof is attracting money, and it could be very very interesting if he decides to make an independent run for it.

For a political junkie this is the election of a lifetime. :)

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Rev. Moon. LaRouche. And, hey, after a slow start, the Mormon Church Empire.

Cults. As is Ron Paul, as evidenced by the professional signs. Gawdhelpus, they sound as if they took a page from LaRouche and now we're going to have to deal with their like alongside the LaRouchies when we take to the streets for real issues. Please don't mention Howard Dean's name in the likes of this company. You can thank Howard Dean for the Dems elected from Kentucky to Montana. That's grassroots not cult.

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btw, my sympathies on the local liquor laws. Be sure to check before going on vaca, as well. Myrtle Beach may be pretty, but hey, you can't even get a drink in a restaurant on Sunday? Leave their...resort... to the man-o-wars, I say.

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and his endlessly replayed non-scream. Too real (= dangerous) for the beltway. Too potentially the counter-politician. I'll never forgive the media's behavior for the incessant in-your-face disrespect given to this worthy man.

Please don't put his franchise in the same lower bush league as Paul's.

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I was talking strictly the primary-season-of-2004-roller-coaster-stage that we are in now. And even that more in the media-manipulative sense.

I happened to be in the same room with Prince Namor the first time the "Dean Scream" was shown on teebee...not sure if it was live but close enough, Iowa-caucus night. I sort of rolled my eyes but was not overly concerned; it was clear that he was talking to a roomful of fired-up supporters who were as heartbroken as I was that he had not done better in said cacuses like we expected.

But I shrugged and was about to leave the room and the Prince said, "He's dead. That's gonna kill him." I rolled eyes again, in his direction this time, but this turned out to be exactly what happened.

This is why I say the Prince has much sharper political instincts than I do. I tend to indulge in wishful thinking for people I support/against people I oppose. When the Prince has his political hat on he does not indulge in such mental weaknesses.

Submitted by lambert on

If the man has, er, sonar like that... We need to know about it immediately, not days after.

What's he think of the current crop? Who's winning the all-important Prince Namor primary?

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that's why he's a favorite among me and my comic reading friends. there's just something so smooth about him. his willingness to be drawn in tiny, tight aquabriefs; his confident stance that says, "sharkdick, babee!" the way he holds that trident like a rave boi holds a glo-stick...and of course the hair. perfect, shaped, you can almost hear the 'snick' as it slides into the water when he dives. only one kind of boi keeps his hair so assiduously in control at all times like that.

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I'm proud of you....

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(I caught him in the switch from noon to 3 p.m. games and demanded one name per side, no thinking allowed, no analysis. He blurted those two out and then shook his head and said "Waitaminit, lemme think about it" but by that time somebody did something Important with an oblate spheroid and he was off again.)

Submitted by lambert on

Nice knowing ya, HRC.

Frankly, I'm just not sure she's seasoned enough.

I would have said McCain, since the Village seems to be undergoing a "flight to quality" but in the end I think Romney's willingness to say and do anything, anything at all, will end up working out for him. And besides: Romney abuses dogs. Republicans like that.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan