On the 7 pm PBS NewsHour a few minutes ago, Gwen Infill was interviewing a couple of political analyst types about second quarter contributions raised by the Presidential candidates. Both analysts stuck to the so-called top tier candidates.
Gwen is a good person and it seemed to me that she began structuring her questions in order to get a Ron Paul mention from either of them. Over and over I thought NOW they will HAVE to mention Ron Paul. They did not.
52.53% of military donations to GOP candidates went to Ron Paul. It may be only $23,000, but I think it is very significant. As a mother, it almost makes me cry. They want to come home. Their families want them home. I would imagine these are primarily grassroots small individual contributions. I think they are huge.
From Reason Magazine
by Jesse Walker | July 16, 2007
Among the other firsts of his campaign, Ron Paul is probably the only presidential contender to be compared to a Samuel L. Jackson movie. The Texas congressman, a dark horse candidate for the Republican nomination, was being lightly grilled by Kevin Pereira, a host on the videogame-oriented cable channel G4. "Young people online, they were really psyched about Snakes on a Plane, but that didn't translate into big ticket sales for Sam Jackson," Pereira said. "Are you worried that page views on a MySpace page might not translate to primary votes?"
The reference was to the Internet sensation of 2006, an action movie whose cheesy title and premise had sparked a burst of online creativity: mash-ups, mock trailers, parody films, blogger in-jokes. Hollywood interpreted this activity as "buzz," and New Line Cinema inflated its hopes for the movie's box office take. When the film instead did about as well as you'd expect from a picture called Snakes on a Plane, the keepers of the conventional wisdom declared that this was proof of the great gulf between what's popular on the Internet and what sells in the material world.
Ron Paul is popular on the Internet, too, with more YouTube subscribers than any other candidate, the fastest-growing political presence in MySpace, a constant perch atop the Technorati rankings, and a near-Olympian record at winning unscientific Web polls. Like Snakes, he is the subject of scads of homemade videos and passionate blog posts. When Pereira mentioned the movie, he was making a clear comparison: Yes, your online fans are noisy, but will their enthusiasm actually translate into electoral success?
Following the established rules of the Pajamas Media Straw Poll, Ron Paul, winner of the twenty-fifth week among the Republican candidates, has been dropped from the poll for the forthcoming period. Paul did not make the required minimum number of one percent on the most recent USA Today/Gallup Poll.
Despite heavy support from Internet groups for some time, the Texas Congressman continues not to make a dent on national polls. While our evidence is only anecdotal (many email complaints), Pajamas Media editors suspect that targeted voting by Paul supporters on this and other open polls may even be hurting their candidate because the public is turned off by his supportersâ€™ behavior.
Interesting. What it looks like to me is that we have a showdown between old and new media. Comments anyone?
In the latest Associated Press article on the Presidential fundraising race, the first half is about the Democrats. But before talking about any other Republicans, Ron Paul gets more than the usual attention:
Among Republicans filing Sunday, Ron Paul, the Texas congressman running a long-shot campaign, reported raising nearly $2.4 million from April through June and ended the quarter with a similar amount in the bank.
Ken Van Doren of Mauston, WI organized a local RP sign making project to make 100 signs in 100 days.
This is amazing, and an inspiration to us all!!! Thank you!
See how they did it, in the additional photo links below:
What is it? Back in 1974, a little company called Fed Ex started competing with the government monopoly known as the Post Office, which was plagued by inflation, poor service, and surly counter help. Fed Ex became a huge success, and the competition forced the PO to shape up. In 1998, the Liberty Dollar was launched to compete with another quasi-governmental monopoly, the Federal Reserve. The Fed prints money like it is going out of style, causing inflation; its currency is backed by nothing. The Liberty Dollar is real money - backed by gold and silver - that is designed to compete with Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs).
I signed up as a Liberty Dollar Associate, and my package arrived yesterday (sadly, the Ron Paul dollars are so popular that they're on back order). There was a great DVD included (actually three DVDs), including this snip from the Learning Channel that does an excellent job explaining just what the Liberty Dollar is. More to come on how to beat the Fed by using our own money. Enjoy:
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Ron Paul's day at Google was a great success, with 250 employees filling the room to hear him and another 100 in an overflow room to watch him on closed-circuit TV.
His reception from Google employees was enthusiastic. Many wore Ron Paul t-shirts, like Vijay Boyapati, an Indian immigrant who gained citizenship last year. Boyapati flew from Google's Seattle office just to hear him in person.
Buried at the bottom of a New York Times article about the Democrats lead in raising money online:
One surprising development has been the online strength of a Republican long shot, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who has garnered fierce devotion online and been able to sustain his campaign in large part from Internet donations.
NOTE: I would have put this under Michael's blog about the Petition to ABC but didn't just so you would see it and SIGN the PETITION NOW. We all know people who want a CHOICE in the election and want to hear all the candidates. If we could only get the American People to DEMAND that now. We need to organize against this now. Read the article/listen to the clip/sign the petition!
Thursday while our hero was fighting high treason and other atrocities on the Hill, a presidential debate sponsored by the NAACP took place.