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Ron Paul Gets Props for His Surge

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.

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100 Days, 100 Signs - Mauston, WI

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:

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Weekend Watching: The Liberty Dollar

When news came out last week that Liberty Dollar started minting the Ron Paul Liberty Dollar, I signed up right away.

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:

Become a Liberty Dollar Associate, too.

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Help Ron Paul Raise $10 Million

There is a pledge going around to raise $10 million for Ron Paul by September 16th:

Raise 10 Million for Ron Paul

The goal is for 10,000 people to donate $1,000. When I first saw it, I was skeptical. A thousand bucks is a lot of money, and 10,000 - is a lot of people.

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Overflow Crowds at Google Hear Ron Paul

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.

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NYT Notes Ron Paul's Internet Fundraising Leads Giuliani

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.

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Clinton/Edwards Plot Against Ron Paul, ACT NOW

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.

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Dr. Paul Revives the Constitution!

Thanks to Paul for passing along this illustration, which was originally spotted at, but created by David Dees, of Dees Illustration.

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Ron Paul One of 16 Who Voted No On HR 2900

From the IAHF (International Advocates for Health Freedom):

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Petition for a Fair ABC News Republican Presidential Forum

Taking a cue from MikekChicago who writes,

If I am not mistaken there is Aug. 5 ABC Tv debate just week before Straw Poll. I can imagine that those who intend to vote in Straw Poll will be watching the debate. I think there is action required before the debate. We've got a choice: Whine that our candidate didn't have enough time in the debate, or strongly demand from ABC to give equal time to Ron Paul as to "First Tier Candidates."

We should start very soon, if not now. Let's do it Iowa Taxpayers style.

That's such a great idea, and since there is no time like the Now, I started this petition:

For a Fair ABC News Republican Presidential Forum

Please read it, sign it, and spread the word!

Michael Nystrom

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How About One of These for Your Car?

Want one? Visit to get one - $155, delivered!

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Blogosphere Has High Predictive Value for the Belgian Elections

Thanks to Tuur for passing along this interesting nugget from Boonbloggle

Quite an astonishing press release this week in Belgium. Our friends at Attentio did a blogtracking research in the Belgian blogosphere and concluded that there's a major correlation between the number of conversations about politicians in the Belgian blogosphere on the one hand and electoral success on the other hand. The more conversations about a politician, the higher his success. For foreign readers of this blog: there was quite a controversy around last months elections around the fact that the polls didn't predict the massive loss for the Socialist Party and the relative lost for the reigning Liberal Party.

Some opinion makers even stated that polls have a steering power: people start voting in a strategic way, according to rules of thumb such as: "they don't need my vote, because they are doing well. I'll just give an extra vote to those poor bastards that are being bashed in the polls".  

We talked about this predictive value in the past in the post "conversation tracking and what brands can learn from it".


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Ron Paul Revolution, Memphis Style

Way to go Memphis!!!

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Charleston Voice - First Ron Paul Meetup Recap

I'm on the email list of the Charleston Voice, an "editorial repository for unflinching Americanism." Yesterday's the editor sent this note around:

Subject: Off to My First Ron Paul "Meet-Up" tonight @7:00PM

Body: Never before done this - go to a political event before. I figure this is the last peaceful opportunity to change things. At least in my lifetime. I earn 'whining rights' if all fails. These Ron Paul Meet-Ups are nationwide and in nearly every community.

Today came the report, which I'm sure all Ron Paul fans will be happy to read (the picture above was posted at the end of the email).

Subject: Ron Paul Meetup Recap

Body: Let me begin by pointing out that having been a John Bircher for many years in my 'earlier' life, I discovered at the Meetup that I had at last 'graduated' to the ranks of the silver foxes. There were but a handful present, several young professionals, one Citadel cadet, and the local Paul Meetup supervisor. All, but the supervisor were under 30. The Citadel cadet was a US history major, and the young professionals were libertarian ideologues. Very well informed. We met in a local restaurant bar which provided a gayful ambiance.

All present bubbled with enthusiasm. A couple of the young gals even passed out Paul brochures to the unaffected patrons at the bar. Much to our dismay (but not surprised) none had heard of Ron Paul. Shortly, there arose chants for "Ron Paul!, Ron Paul!, Ron Paul!" coming from the bar led by the bartenders. The Elitist Establishment must be trembling at the growing reality that there will be a Ron Paul victory. Tory-Republicans, Be Gone!

A couple of observations -

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