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Chicago Sun-Times Letter

Ted Bodine sent me the following message:

Dear DailyPaul,
I recently got my "letter to the editor" published in the Chicago Sun-Times, and they even put a medium sized picture of Ron Paul next to the letter. I was very pleased to learn of this. The link to my letter can be found here.

I just thought you guys might want to know! I view this as a decent breakthrough in getting attention from major publications.

-Ted Bodine

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On Returning to the Gold Standard

by Michael Nystrom
June 20, 2007

This article also appeared on Bull! Not bull 

There were a couple of interesting pieces yesterday on TheStreet.com about the possibility of a return to the gold standard. The article: Ditch the Fed, Go Back to Gold made the front page, and embedded within the article was a link to a video interview with the author, Simon Constable. Gold has obviously come a long way in the last decade in terms of public awareness. Rising inflation has generated considerable interest in the so-called “barbaric metal.”

At first blush, both the article and the interview appear to give the gold standard a fair hearing, but both ultimately reject the idea as unworkable. This rejection is based on some faulty underlying assumptions as well as some muddled thinking. In an attempt to clarify the some of these issues, I have transcribed the interview and interjected some of my own comments from my vantage point here in the peanut gallery. I wasn’t invited to the interview, but that won’t stop me from participating in it on behalf of gold bugs everywhere!

You can view the video by clicking here.

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Jesus Soft on Crime!

This is from Mad Magazine, circa 2004. It is instructive on how very simple messages get twisted during a political campaign. Something to keep in mind going forward.

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Vox Popoli Interview with Ron Paul

Thanks to Gary Tanashian for the tip on this interview with Ron Paul from Vox Popoli:

What's your response to those who say you're not electable?

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Creatively Supporting Ron Paul

Al Chrzan sends along the following: "This is my place of business and I'm an independent paralegal. I've plastered my office with Ron Paul stuff and I just thought it might provide others with ideas or courage to do similar."

Thanks Al! Nice to see that some of those posters I put together are being put to good use, too!


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It is Very Easy to be Generous with Taxpayer's Money

Ron Paul was one of Ronald Reagan's earliest supporters. So why on earth would he vote against awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Ronald and Nancy Reagan? Read what Dr. Paul himself said and I think that whatever your political persuasion, you will agree with him.

The following is Dr. Paul's statement:

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Kevin in NYC Preparing for Colbert Report

Kevin, who runs the excellent Ron Paul 2008 NYC Blog put the above video together on what he's doing to prepare for the rally today at the Colbert Report Studios. Great stuff Kevin! Take a look - if Kevin can do it, we all can do it!

The technology of the internet really does change the playing field

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Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths (and Hearts) Are

Until I wrote out that check that you see above about ten minutes ago, I haven't donated any money to the campaign. I figured that running this website was my donation. But I changed my mind over the weekend.

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Petition for Fair and Equal Treatment in the Media of Dr Ron Paul

Another way you can help is to sign the Petition for Fair and Equal Treatment in the Media of Dr Ron Paul's Presidential Election Campaign. Click here to sign the petition, and spread the word!

The petition currently has 3,674 signers, and the goal is for 10,000. This site gets about 2,800 visitors per day. Let's see if we can get the number of signers up to 5,000 by the end of the day.

More info on the petition here

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Meeting Ron Paul (for real Part I

Dear Friends,

I spent the day yesterday in Manchester at the Marriott Fairfield Inn with the Ron Paul family, and attended the CNN debate as one of 10 of Ron Paul’s guests. It was unbelievable! The Paul family was tremendously warm and kind, welcoming me into their world. After spending some time together in the afternoon, I had an hour or so in my hotel room, during which I wrote the below piece. We were told to meet back in the hotel lobby for the caravan to the debate at 4:50pm, and if anyone was late, they’d be walking to the debate – 12 miles away!

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Ron Paul in Mandarin

I was sitting in a cafe on Friday afternoon reading the newspaper with my wife. My wife hails from Taiwan, so she was reading a paper published in Mandarin. Suddenly I heard her exclaim, "Hey! Ron Paul!" and she showed me the article that scanned and reproduced above. This is a translation of a Reuters story, and the headline reads something like, "Divided Opinions on Terrorism in the Presidential Debate: Paul Advises Giuliani to Read More."

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On the Shoulders of Patriots

Although I grew up in Seattle, my adopted hometown is now Arlington, Massachusetts. The town of Arlington is located near Lexington and Concord, where the very first battle of the American Revolutionary War took place! All around the area are physical reminders of what took place here 230-plus years ago.

Today I'd like to share one with you. It is a monument to Samuel Whittemore:, which is near the center of Arlington Town.

Samuel Whittemore Monument

In case you can't read it, it says:

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