Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Told that a "View" co-host would ask him about China, Paul said, "China? Did something happen overnight in China? I would have guessed they would ask about Iran and the intelligence report," he said.
Paul has long been a critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy. At that moment the president was giving a news conference at which, despite evidence that Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons program, he would not rule out a military strike against the Islamic country.
Paul considered China and what "The View" women could be preparing to ask him. Something about the dollar and how its weakening? His support for trade relationships? His aversion to economic sanctions? Lead in toys?
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 7:04 PM
This appeared in the Washington Post's blog today. Here's an excerpt of it:
Backers Anticipate Another Big 'Money-Bomb'
Rep. Ron Paul is poised to outraise the rest of the Republican field this quarter, fueled by his rock star status on the Internet.
As of Monday afternoon, he has clocked in $10.5 million, mostly through the Internet.
Such a showing for the Texas congressman has shocked other campaigns -- not to mention the media. Most spectacular was the $4.3 million Paul raised on Nov. 5. But the dollars have continued to roll in: Last week, following the Republican CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Fla., Paul amassed another $531,000 on Nov. 30.
Compare that to former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), whose shrewd tapping of the online community raised a total of $751,000 online during the whole of November.
Paul's supporters are planning another "money-bomb," as the candidate's one-day fundraisers are called, for Dec. 16, the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which helped spark the American Revolution.
"Dec. 16th is going to be bigger than the Nov. 5th money-bomb," Jim Forsythe, a former Air Force pilot who leads Paul's New Hampshire MeetUp group, predicted.
What has been most impressive about Paul's online popularity is how it is translating to offline, on-the-ground operation. Forsythe helps organize door-to-door canvassing, while Vijay Boyapati is trying to recruit 1,000 volunteers from across the country to help canvass for Paul through OperationLiveFreeorDie.
Boyapati, a 29-year-old engineer, packed his bags and moved to New Hampshire a few weeks ago to create the online initiative after quitting his job at Google.
That's a little nuts, isn't it, The Trail asked him.
"I get that reaction a lot," Boyapati responded. "It's a little freezing out here, I have to admit. But I feel very strongly about helping the campaign."
A newly naturalized American citizen -- Boyapati was born and raised in Australia -- he hadn't heard of Paul until last year. Boyapati said that Paul's message of limited government and, especially, his vote against the war in Iraq,
drew him to the obscure obstetrician-turned-congressman. Boyapati has recruited more than 400 volunteers so far for OperationLiveFreeorDie.
He is also urging the Paulites, Paul's intensely loyal, Web-savvy supporters, to donate $5 on the site FiveForFreedom.com on Dec. 5 to help house the 1,000 volunteers across New Hampshire.
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 11:01 AM
This latest interesting poll showcases Ron at 9 percent in NH, 5 percent in Iowa, and 6 percent in SC.
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 10:12 AM
Here's an excerpt of the story:
Hearing Impaired Man Tased by Police
Posted: Dec 3, 2007 10:35 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2007 12:35 PM
by Michael Schwanke
by Michael Schwanke
Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him.
"I ain't never been so scared," says Williams.
Police forced entry into Williams home while responding to a shooting, but it turned out to be a false call. They had no idea at the time the call wasn't real and that Williams is hearing impaired. Without his hearing aid he is basically deaf.
"I kept going to my ear yelling that I was scared. I can't hear! I can't hear!"
Officers were worried about their own safety because at the time it appeared Williams was refusing to obey their commands to show his hands. That's when they shot him with a Taser.
The state's own thugs "were worried about their own safety"? Please don't make me regurgitate!!!
Posted by Todd Andrew Barnett at 9:33 AM