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Category Archives: Ron Paul
Posted: December 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm
Ron Paul, an eleven-term congressman from Texas, is the leading advocate of freedom in our nation's capital. He has devoted his political career to the defense of individual liberty, sound money, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Judge Andrew Napolitano calls him "the Thomas Jefferson of our day."After serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, Dr. Paul moved to Texas to begin a civilian medical practice, delivering over four thousand babies in his career as an obstetrician. He served in Congress from 1976 to 1984, and again from 1996 to the present. He and Carol Paul, his wife of fifty-one years, have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Ron Paul, the New York Post once wrote, is a politician who "cannot be bought by special interests.""There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles," added a congressional colleague. "Ron Paul is one of those few."
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Wednesday December 18, 2019 The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives is expected to vote for two articles of impeachment against President Trump today and the articles are expected to die in the Republican-controlled Senate. Is Congress doing its Constitutional duty to remove a president abusing his power and obstructing Congress, or is this a prosecution in search of a crime? Watch today's Liberty Report...read on... Wednesday December 18, 2019
On December 14th an air cargo transport of Belgian FN armsfrom Ostendwas supplied to Misrata rebels by a United Arab Emirates contractor. Whether the UAE weapons shipment was contracted to undertake an uprising in Misrata prior to Erdogan's clash with Tobruk (Haftar) and Greece over Misrata and the proposed Turkish energy corridor is unclear. Misrata rebels have supplied cheap oil to Turkey and acted somewhat autonomously. Now, the potential for a major new catastrophe in Libya cannot be ignored.read on... Tuesday December 17, 2019 Three died and eight were injured when a Saudi military officer went on a shooting spree at a Pensacola, Florida airbase. The Pentagon insists Saudi military officers are properly vetted, but they are revisiting their vetting process anyway. Maybe vetting is not the real issue? Watch today's Liberty Report...read on... Tuesday December 17, 2019
The Washington Post hasobtaineda confidential trove of government documents revealing that senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. But many of us knew and wrote that the war was unwinnable from the beginning, although none of the Western mainstream media would publicise any such judgement.
In 2005 Iwrotethat The insurgency in Afghanistan will continue until foreign troops leave, whenever that might be. After a while, the government in Kabul will collapse, and there will be anarchy until a brutal, ruthless, drug-rich warlord achieves power. He will rule the country as it has always been ruled by Afghans: by threats, religious ferocity, deceit, bribery, and outright savagery, when the latter can be practiced without retribution. And the latest foreign occupation will become just another memory.
In 2007 GW Bush, up until 2016 the worst US president in memory,declaredthat Our goal in Afghanistan is to help the people of that country to defeat the terrorists and establish a stable, moderate, and democratic state that respects the rights of its citizens, governs its territory effectively, and is a reliable ally in this war against extremists and terrorists. But after 18 years of war, following the 2001 invasion, it has been Mission Unachieved.read on... Tuesday December 17, 2019
If you need more proof that lawmakers in the US couldnt care less about Americas woeful commitment to human rights abroador even care about the public who vote them into officelook no further than the recent Afghanistan papers and the reaction to the publications from Congress.
According tothe Washington Post, the outlet had obtained 2,000 pages of notes from interviews with more than 400 generals, diplomats, and other officials directly involved in the war. The documents showed that US officials were lying about the progress being made in Afghanistan, lacked a basic understanding of Afghanistan, were hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable, and wasted close to $1 trillion in the process.
Barely a few hours following the Posts publication, Congressrewardedthe Pentagon for its stellar efforts with a $22 billion budget increase. How can we as a society justify this?
One stand-out statisticamong the many concerning onesis the fact that before the US invasion the Taliban had almost completely put to bed Afghanistans illicit opium trade. Since the US invasion, combined with $9 billion in US funding for anti-opium programs, the Taliban is not only stronger than it ever was but sits cemented in a country that now supplies 80 percent of the worlds opium.
I cant help but think this was done on purpose.read on... Monday December 16, 2019 New documents released by Wikileaks confirm that within the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons there was a massive push to alter the findings of the "Fact Finding Mission" sent to Douma, Syria to investigate an alleged gas attack last year. Now 20 inspectors have claimed that their conclusions were left out of the report, which was re-written with conclusions opposite to what they found. Who forced them to fake the report and why? Watch today's Liberty Report...read on... Monday December 16, 2019
We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan. We didnt know what we were doing. So said Gen. Douglas Lute, who oversaw the US war on Afghanistan under Presidents Bush and Obama. Eighteen years into the longest war in US history, we are finally finding out, thanks to thousands of pages of classified interviews on the war published by the Washington Post last week, that General Lutes cluelessness was shared by virtually everyone involved in the war.read on... Saturday December 14, 2019
In a bombshell report last week, the JusticeDepartment Inspector General found thatthe Federal Bureau of Investigation made fundamental errors and persistently deceived a secret court to authorize surveilling a 2016 Trump presidential campaign official. Inspector General Michael Horowitz did not find that the FBIs actions were spurred by political bias but that conclusion is not necessarily shared by Attorney General William Barr. Unfortunately, this is only the latest episode of decades of FBI misconduct before Americas most powerful secret court.
Perhaps the most jolting revelations in the IG report detail the FBIs efforts to secure a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) search warrant to use against the Trump campaign after suspicions were raised of Russian collusion. A FISA warrant is the nuclear bomb of searches, authorizing the FBI to conduct, simultaneous telephone, microphone, cell phone, e-mail and computer surveillance of the US person targets home, workplace and vehicles, as well as physical searches of the targets residence, office, vehicles, computer, safe deposit box and US mails, as a FISA court decision noted. The FISA court is extremely deferential,approving 99% of all searchwarrant requests.read on... Saturday December 14, 2019
In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State..Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
This week, the venerable Washington Post newspaper revealed a bombshell, 2,000 page, secret Pentagon report detailing the astounding failure of US war strategy in Afghanistan, Americas longest war.
Americans have been fed a steady stream of lies about the Afghan War, concluded the Post. So asserted this writer in American Conservative magazine in 2003 when the US invaded Afghanistan.
`We didnt have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking, admitted three star General Douglas Lute who commanded US forces in Afghanistan under Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama.
Arrogance and ignorance, backed by mammoth brute force, led US policy in the remote Asian nation. Attacking Afghanistan was revenge for the 9/11 attacks against the US. As this writer saw first hand in Afghanistan, all the claims about Osama bin Ladens terrorist training camps in Afghanistan were lies. 9/11 was not planned in Afghanistan.read on... Saturday December 14, 2019
The New York Timeslast week publishedshocking drawingsby Guantanamo prisoner Abu Zubaydah showing in graphic detail the types of tortures he endured at the hands of CIA officers and contractors at secret prisons around the world. The drawings were sickening. With a childs simplicity, they showed the irrational cruelty of the CIAs torture program, which weakened our country, violated domestic and international law and ended up saying so much more about us, as Americans, than it did about the terrorists who wished us harm.read on...
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He's as queer as blazes!
Ron Paul on the American people
L. Ron Paul is a 80-something year-old gynecologist who doesn't believe in evolution and is was a Texas congressman with delusions of grandeur who thinks thought he was going to be the next president of the United States. He was the only true conservative in the 2008 presidential race, and he defends our constitution vigorously. He did not win Super Tuesday, and had no chance of winning; this is mainly attributed to the fact that he believes all crimes should be punishable by death, especially homosexuality, abortion, and suicide. He'll win in 2012 (pwned by an android Mormon). Did we mention that his supporters are batshit insane?
Paul's hatred of the Constitution runs long and deep. This is because he was, and still is upset that they counted black people as 3/5's of a person. He actually wanted them to be less than that, maybe 1/5 or 1/10.
Paul is an internet cult leader worshiped among Alex Jones, Hal Turner, Douglass Bickford, and The Hickory Mastacasta fanbois. Ron has already been elected as President of the Internets, where he has a huge fanbase. He's either a batshit fundie and major redneck or engaged in a historically epic trolling of a major political party. Either way, his supporters are definitely batshit insane. For example:
Ron Paul supporter, being tl;dr as usual
Rupert Pupkin, The King of Comedy
Jews who otherwise despise Ron Paul and hate everything he stands for still vote for him and donate money to his campaign(Jews don't give money to anyone). We did it for the lulz.
Some individuals supported Ron Paul under the mistaken belief that the fact he spoke out against the Jew-controlled Federal Reserve meant that he was an enemy of the Jews. In reality, Ron Paul wants the U.S. dollar to be backed by Jew gold and follows the economic philosophy of the Austrian fascist Jew Ludwig von Mises. In order to clear this up, Ron Paul issued a statement advocating replacing the Fed with a giant replica of The Goat Tower.
Ron Paul's supporters, known as "Ronpauloompas", "Paulestinians", "Paulsies", "Paultards" or "RonBots", happen to be some of the most rabid of all of the internets, even surpassing Anonymous in terms of terroristic capability. In an attempt to please the lulz Gods, and piss off all the talking heads on teevee, a particularly cunning terrorist-hacker sect of Paultards have set out spamming the internets with Ron Paul propaganda, and filling Paul's coffers with stolen money.
His fanbois, The Ronulans, are probably some of the most easily trolled on the entire internet. Just say you're Jewish or Black, claim allegiance to the Illuminati, Freemasons, North American Union, or ZOG entity, or mention that Ron Paul has publicly denied that Jews did WTC, thus alienating his base. Last Thursday, after his wiki was redecorated with Goatse by anonymous, his supporters proved how truly libertarian they are by making everyone submit a scan of their photo ID and other personal information in order to have edit privileges. LULZ IRONY.
To see the Ron Paul Gestapo in action, write something a little critical of Ron Paul and post it on whichever internets you please. Within one hour, no matter where you posted it, your message will have been swarmed by angry Ron Paul fanbois eager to curbstomp anyone who gets in the way of the Ron Paul R3VO_|ution. Scientists have attempted to harness this instinctive reaction by posting mean things about Ron Paul over tar pits, sinkholes and wheat threshers.
Ron Paul is all things to all people, a veritable Leatherman tool that comes with a mobile home and a kitchen sink as well. Each of Ron Paul's supporters believes in a different single issue, and all of them think that their issue is his primary issue. Thus on stormfront.org, Ron Paul is a white supremacist; to Christians, Ron Paul is against gay marriage and abortion; on digg, Ron Paul supports ending the drug war; on Facebook, Ron Paul is a Libertarian; on dailykos, Ron Paul is a progressive aggressive. Similar to passive aggressive, but involves a lot more shotacon!1!!12! In being in such a mind set, Ron Paul expresses his best known views on the war.
Ron Paul on solving all of America's problems
To millions of Burmese cyclone victims, he is also a heartless bastard. Last Thursday, when a congressional resolution merely offering "condolences and sympathy" to the victims came up for a vote, Ronny was the only member of the entire US Congress to vote "NO U!"
Paultards can be trolled for lulz at http://forum.prisonplanet.com/
When it is finally revealed that L.Ron Paul is the leader of our Reptilian Overlords many Paultards will spontaneously implode.
Despite his large following on teh intarwebs, there are a few Ron Paul Truthers who expose Ron Paul and his supporters for what they really are -- Nazi-Terrorist-Conspiratard Spambots . However, they are often attacked by the Ron Paul Gestapo and angry mobs of internet supporters. However, the attacks are often not taken srsly and are good for a few lulz.
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Yes, even TheAmazingAtheist sees the light.
By next Tuesday, despite having only 8% of the vote, IRL, Ron's overwhelming internet following got him declared President of the Internets defeating Howard Dean, the 2004 internet choice. Ron Paul had to cotton swab his throat before bowing down before Al Gore, who has been Emperor of the Internet since he created it. Analysts expect his IRL support could climb has high as 8.1% if his Computer Science major undergrad base figures out how to send in absentee ballots, since they don't have cars to drive in to vote and mom said she'd only drive them back and forth that day if they would vote for Rudy McCain.
Ron Paul has also secured twice as many subscribers on YouTube as the black person, Obama bin Laden, in half the time spent on the dot coms.
ATTN: All tinfoil-hat-wearing Paulites!!! The government wants to tax you for going on to the internets and using this site. Ron Paul wants to save Al Gore's invention from taxation. Everyone knows this is a Jewish plot. Oh yeah and he doesn't believe in evolution.
Paul placed FIRST (37%) in the MySpace primary, ahead of Huckabee (18%) and Giuliani (16%), ensuring that he will receive the coveted 13-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl vote.
This is (of course) irrelevant, as you have to be at least 18 to vote in the United States, and the grannies running the polling booths know how to spot fake IDs.
Because he was tired of the media, didn't give him as much attention as the serious candidates, he has now created his own internet-television-network, so he can compete with Alex Jones in batshittery, outside the YouTube.
Expect a lot of lulz coming from this channel, when it comes out how much Paul hates niggers, since maintaining a television channel is way harder than keeping track of some lousy newsletters. The channel will also be run without ads, so it will be paid for by you. Thanks Obama.
Like all sellouts, you can't be successful without advertisement. Ron Paul was already famous on the internets and needed a way to spread his batshit insane ideals to the general public of IRL people, SO HE GOT A FUCKING BLIMP!!!1! Quite Contrary to the impact that was intended, it left many people wondering "Who the fuck is Ron Paul...?". Perhaps his supporters decided a zeppelin was more effective at getting the message across rather than the conventional means of media. Perhaps they were imagining that the average American would look up during his or her favorite sporting event to notice the blimp, stop watching the game, Google "Ron Paul" and become True Believers. PROFIT!!!! What they failed to take into account is the fact is that people don't give a fuck. GO BEARS!
It recently came to the attention of the media at large that Ron Paul is accepting money from the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a Carson City cum bucket owned by Dennis Hof. Paul used this revelation to espouse his views on individual liberties, saying he 'doesn't screen incoming donations'. Paul supporters were worried, however, that this may doom the campaign to an unending scandal made of AIDS, and presumably massive fail.
Worry soon subsided as most of the mainstream media became more and more disinterested. Evidence shows that this happened entirely in response to several media correspondents taking the Bunny Ranch up on their 2-for-the-price-of-1 'Pimpin for Paul' special. MSNBC's premier journalist, Tucker Carlson, even went as far as to pledge his support for Ron Paul on Live television; citing a recent off-screen rendezvous with several Bunny Ranch prostitutes (which ended in the untimely death of Snuggles the autistic hamster) as the cause.
It should come as no surprise that Paul gained the endorsement of a Nevada brothel owner, however. As a practicing OB/GYN, it could be said that Paul does indeed "like teh pussy". In fact, he likes the pussy so much that he's willing to deal with any mangled piece of sour smelling roast beef that slogs into his office. Anthropologists believe that this endorsement is simply pussy's way of returning the favor.
Despite being the only candidate to bother running TV ads in Nevada, Ron Paul only placed a distant second, with Mitt Romney voters outnumbering him four to one, which officially classifies as a gangbang. However, Paultards seized control of the state, as an army of angry whores descended on the Republican state convention, castrated all the McCain supporters, and proceeded to elect a cadre of Vegas showgirls to the national convention. The 30 strippers intend to personally demo "freedom" by giving free lap dances to everyone there until they vote for Paul.
The 'Church' of $cientlology backs L. Ron Paul for many reasons, but mainly because, L. Ron has promised to abolish the IRS (since they will soon lose their tax exempt status). They also get hard for his stance on 'mental health' since they don't believe in Psychiatry and Prozac and Ron doesn't believe in spending money on frivolous stuff like mental health screenings.
A "Chicago OTC, CCHR all hands call" from the "Chicago OT Committee" of 3 May 2008 was posted to the news group on 3 May, excerpts of which follow:
"Dear OT Committee Members,
Please read what follows. There is a very important event taking place on the 18th in Washington. Three congressmen are going to speak out on their opposition to mental health screening. CCHR supporters from across the country are flying into Washington to attend this forum and then go and speak to their individual congressmen and senators. If there is any possible way that you can attend this vital event, do it.
CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL AGREES TO SPEAK AT THE WASHINGTON DC BRIEFING AGAINST MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING - MAY 18TH!!!!!!
CCHR INTERNATIONAL, THE FLORIDA CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL REFORM (FCSR) AND THE ASSOCIATION OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL REFORM (CSR) ARE HOSTING THE BRIEFING BY THREE POWERFUL US CONGRESSMEN! US CONGRESSMEN TOM FEENEY (FL), DAN BURTON (IN) AND NOW RON PAUL (TX) HAVE AGREED TO SPEAK ON THEIR OPPOSITION TO MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING!!!
RON PAUL IS NOT ONLY A US CONGRESSMAN BUT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. HE IS KNOWN AS THE CHAMPION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN THE US CONGRESS. CONGRESSMAN PAUL IS ALSO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE PARENTAL CONSENT ACT OF 2005 (HR 181) WHICH WOULD PREVENT FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING!'
TOM FEENEY IS VIEWED BY OTHER CONGRESSMEN AS ONE OF THE REAL POWER FORCES IN THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IMPORTANTLY, HE IS CURRENTLY THE OTHER CO-AUTHOR OF THE PARENTAL CONSENT ACT OF 2005 (HR 181).
DAN BURTON WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE WHERE HE HELD HEARINGS ON THE ISSUE OF THE LABELING AND DRUGGING OF SCHOOL CHILDREN BY THE PSYCHIATRIC INDUSTRY. AS CHAIRMAN, HE INVITED LISA MARIE PRESLEY AND BRUCE WISEMAN (CCHR US PRESIDENT) TO TESTIFY ON THIS ISSUE!
THIS IS A RARE FORUM IN WHICH SEVERAL US CONGRESSMEN WILL PERSONALLY HEAR OUR CONCERNS, ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE TRAINING ON HOW TO WORK WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS AND HOW TO GET LEGISLATION PASSED.
SETTING APPOINTMENTS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS!
FIND YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: If you are unfamiliar with whom your Members of Congress are, go to http://www.congress.org. Under 'Write Elected Officials' there's a place to type in your zip code and your Representative and two Senators for your state will come up as well as the President. (You may be required to give your 9-digit zip code, so have this handy.) If you click the 'info' link under each Member's name, it will give you the phone numbers for contacting them. (If you don't have Internet access, call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the Representative of your district and the two Senators for your state and how to contact them).
Talk to the Appointment Secretary: Call each and ask for the Appointment Secretary. Because you are a constituent visiting Capitol Hill from your home state, you want to visit the Member if at all possible instead of just a congressional aide. Tell the Appointment Secretary that you're looking at meeting the Congressman or Senator some time between 12:00 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. on May 18th. Tell them you're only going to be in town for that one day only. Be persistent, but polite. It may help to mention titles you may have, such as doctor, lawyer, CEO of your company or other impressive data. If there is just no way for him/her to meet with you, then see if you can meet the Legislative Director. If that's a no-go, then go for the Legislative Assistant that deals with Health or Education issues.
The president of The Citizens Commission on Human Rights for the United States has written the following alert to help stop the funding for the mental health screening program. Please read this and the attachment by our Government Affairs Director. Then please modify and fax the attached letter to your Congressman, etc.
[SAMPLE CONGRESSIONAL LETTER ON H.R. 181]
The Honorable (name) ____ March/April 2005U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative ______________,
I am writing to ask you to please co-sponsor H.R. 181, the 'Parental Consent Act of 2005,' sponsored by Representatives Ron Paul and Tom Feeney. I am asking this as your constituent. I am extremely alarmed at the prospect of universal mental health screening in the schools, something the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC) has recommended. I implore you to take a leadership role in defense of our children and parents and in support of the true mission of schools by signing onto and working for passage of H.R. 181, which will prohibit federal funding of any kind of universal mental health screening. ..."
Thank you for contacting my office. I am always happy when the people of the 14th district of Texas take the time to let me know where they stand on important issues facing the country.
I understand your concerns about Scientology. However, I do not favor revoking Scientology's tax-exemption because I oppose raising federal taxes on any individual or group, even when I disagree with elements of that group's political agenda. The precedent of tax-exempt revocation may some day be used to justify raising taxes on other tax-exempt groups, including religious organizations.
Thanks again for writing. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any other questions, comments, or suggestions.
As dug up by Little Green Footballs, Ron Paul's Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist connections run deeper than previously thought; this means that this very article may have become far too accurate and may need re-writing. Prepare for incoming drama that could possibly lead to the Paul campaign's implosion. On second thought, if you vote for Ron Paul why would you care about a few an assload of Nazis? They got in one little fight, and the Nazis got scared and started calling each other "Jew", the worst put-down you can find among Nazis people who are highly skeptical of Zionism and conventional notions about the Holocaust while simultaneously taking pride in their own genetic heritage. But of course LGF is full of shit, because even Don Black admits Ron Paul isn't a white supremacist, just that he is the very best candidate for white supremacists on all the issues. Oh ok.
Also last Thursday, some self-righteous Neocon bloggers showed their true colors (hint: piss) and decided that the best way to handle Ron Paul was to tell his supporters to STFU. Leon H. Wolf, who advocates dropping bombs on brown people to "civilize" them, has dedicated his life to banning any and all "code pinks" from his website. This is likely due to how he hasn't seen a woman's pink since his mom gave him a freebie a few years ago.
Leon H. Wolf, fulfilling every Republicans' wet dream by finally becoming a Nazi
Walt Thiessen, noting how Neocons like to only get praise (and blowjobs) from their mommies
With RedState.com now run by self-described fascists, one can only hope they also choose to become an hero.
In response to being told they were batshit insane, Ron Paul's supporters proceeded to spam the site and Leon's email, proving his point!
Good job, batshit insane Ron Paul supporters!
UPDATE:A google search for "the dark night + action missiles + sweet + metallica + ron paul" will unveil the myspace of an intriguing and enthusiastic young man. Find Moar dox here
And again last Thursday, StrawPoll08 banned any mention of Ron Paul from its site. While supposedly "non-partisan," it's owner is actually Kitna2Furrey, a furfag who loves the Detroit Lions like Daveykins loves Sonic the Hedgehog.
1.Saying Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul over and over.2.Talking about moonbat conspiracy crap.3.Insulting anyone who doesn't like Paul, and saying they must hate liberty, freedom and The Constitution.4.Basically not being able to contribute anything meaningful to an online discussion.
Kitna2Furfag  proceeded to delete every trace of Paul from the site, even programming a script to delete any mention of Ron Paul from the site's online chat and only making the chat available between 9 AM and 9 PM. Kitna now dedicates his entire day to doing nothing but seeking out Paul supporters who may be lurking on his page and banning them when they speak, making him just as batshit insane as the Paultards he sought to fight. Eventually, he removed the chat altogether. It's expected his entire site will soon become an hero.
Ron Paul recently appeared on CNN to say that he isn't teh racist, he is teh "anti-racist". Ron Paul loves teh black people, and black people love Ron Paul! So the next time someone tells that Ron Paul isn't racist, reply by saying, "You're right, he's the anti-racist!" and then lol. An anti-racist has different motivations from a traditional racist, but his function within the story is still the same:
Racist: I would like to reinstate slavery, because I hate black people.Anti-Racist: I would like to reinstate slavery, because I love black people.
This reasoning worked so well, that Paul "won" third place in the Louisiana, by appealing to the supporters of David Duke. Unfortunately, Ron Paul was still no match for the first place finisher, "Uncommitted/Pro-Life."
Back when a couple of people gave a shit, Ron was criticized for not voting to give a Congressional medal or rims, or somefuckingthing to supa-nigra, Rosa Parks. This is because the right to give medals is like totally not in teh Constitutioneez. Though it is worth noting only a black woman could be considered for a medal by sitting down and not getting up.
Millions of World of Warcraft, EverQuest, RuneScape, MapleStory fans decided to celebrate the memory of Dr. King by donating their farmed gold to Ron Paul's campaign, as if to say, "Yes, he deserved to die, and I hope he burns in hell!" -all of which makes perfect sense, considering Ron Paul's 'No' vote on establishing MLK Day as a National Holiday. LOL.
For the past 2 centuries, primary elections have reliably put forward reliable and milquetoast candidates that will carry a party's torch in the general election. A candidate's success in primary elections will usually rely a handful of loyalists in each state showing up... Howard Dean imploded in 2004 simply because most college students and baby boomers couldn't tell a primary from their elbow. (Protip:They still can't.)
At this moment, Ron Paul has nearly 3% support in national telephone polls. The only people who don't hang up on pollsters are retards and the elderly, and coincidentally, these are also the type of people who typically vote in primary elections. Fortunately for Paultards, there's another outlet for their opinion, one that allows them to practice for the upcoming primaries: the "straw poll," which allows politically minded folk to get together, drink beer, and conduct an imaginary election. These are usually bland and predictable affairs. However, thanks to the internet, any modern straw poll will be witness to a grand invasion of Paultards. Rather than allow Paul to win time and time again, straw polls nationwide are being canceled en masse, and poll results are being nullified by organizers.
If you thought John Kerry was a surprise nominee last election, you ain't seen nothing yet. In that case, you had a bunch of disaffected elderly folk voting for one of their own. This time around, you've got rabid cultists who will tattoo the date of their primaries to the inside of their eyelids. Since GOP brass will simply not allow a war dove to carry the party nomination, you can expect plenty of drama as state primary election results are blatantly rejected by delegates to this year's republican convention.
Paul placed fifth (10%) in the Iowa caucus behind John McCain (13%) and Fred Thompson (13%).  This has dejected many Paultards and sums up what most already know: Ron Paul's campaign is epic fail. However, this will not stop hordes of Paultards from shouting "electoral fraud" en masse or blaming people such as the mainstream media, the neo-cons, the liberals, or the Jews.
In other news, Rudy Giuliani got sixth place at 4%. Come on, he got beaten by Ron Paul? That's fucking sad. 911 LOLs for Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani should have dressed in drag, maybe he would have gotten more votes.
In New Hampshire, Pron Haul placed sixth with only 8% of the vote. It was simply another epic fail for Paul and his batshit insane fans- who as usual, refused to accept reality. Upon learning that a small-town clerk had accidentally recorded zero votes for Paul (instead of the whopping 31 he actually got), the Paulbots decided that this constituted proof of 'vote fraud'. Paultards mobilized from coast to coast, calling the town clerk responsible on the phone at her office and home for days on end to scream at her.
In Florida, Paul got 3%, which sums up what most already know. Ron Paul is simply unelectable. Paultards already began preparing for a Ron Paul 2012 campaign, but as every good Paultard knows, the world will end in 2012.
Ron Paul is considering teaming up with Democrat Zell Miller to form the bizarro land anti-candidate ticket. He is currently polling strongly with evil twins and legal immigrants from alternate universes.
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"Ron Paul is currently polling the strongest in Tennessee with 9 percent since Fred Thompson dropped out of the race. After that is California and New Jersey, states he is polling about 7 percent, and Oklahoma with 6 percent"
Clearly the man has just about reached his peak! Maybe by the time the REAL election is over he just might break into double digits! By the claws of Death Cat! What does he spend all that money on?
oh noes! you can't even vote for Ron Paul in NY.
IT'S OVER! Ron Paul is scaling back his campaign to focus on his reelection to the congress of Texas. There, the Libertarian liberation movement will regroup for further failure next election cycle. Clearly, this man was defeated by a biased media.
Aspies all over the world must now find new ways to while away the hours in their lonely, empty lives.
However, there is hope for more lulz, as all candidates who have won delegates (which includes Paul with his awe-inspiring total of 16) are allowed to speak at the GOP national convention. 10-to-1 his speech will be cut short with a gong (more like dong amirite?).
Ron Paul has been so busy spreading crazy across The Net and IRL that he has neglected his own congressional district! The only reason he pulled out before either real political party finalized their nominee was to save his own piddly 12th district of Texas. Although he has 32 points in polling over challenger Chris Peden, there is still a possibility the Ron cannot hold the crazy after his long, sustained failgasm. It may just pour out of him like milk from the teats of a lulzcow. Also, he has joined a new political party after much bawwwwwwing about how the republicans are meanies!!
Meanwhile, in another small part of Texas, embittered Paultards are building a gated compound- uh, I mean, a 'gated community' named (wait for it...!) PAULVILLE. Yeah, you read correctly. No doubt an homage to Smallville because Dr. Paul is like Superman to his followers. The website says "The goal of Paulville.org it (sic) to establish gated communities containing 100% Ron Paul supporters and or people that live by the ideals of freedom and liberty", though they warn "These communities are DAMN NIGGA (sic)". The whole affair appears to be organized along the lines of a co-op and is located somewhere near Waco. Given the general level of batshit-crazy that will consolidate there, this probably won't end well, will it?
a batshit-insane Paultard emails all the way from fucking Canada to BAAAW about a right-wing website making fun of "Paulville"
Paulville R SRS BIDNIZZ!!1!
After regaining the trailer park spawning pit commonly referred to in gurglespeak as "Texas' 12th District", Ron Paul planned... for us, for the future, and for the next generation of babies he will personally deliver into this world with his magic hands.
Using inspiring language, Project "Winding Down" will feature Paul continuing to travel, addressing largely-empty echo chambers filled with his supporters from mother's basements around the world. He will pass Libraterian nuggets from his asshole and encourage grass-roots activism to influence the process and "Return the Republican Party to its traditions of limited government and personal freedom". His method; bi-lateral cooperation between the arch troglodyte right with the extreme "sand-in-the-vagina left". Ron Paul should be upgraded from Lulzcow to a whole freaking Lulzfarm.
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Former U.S. Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul will be headlining the Litecoin Summit. Paul will be sharing the stage in the luxurious Cosmopolitan hotel on the Las Vegas strip this October with Litecoin creator Charlie Lee and Morgan Creek Digital partner Anthony Pompliano.
The LTC Foundation announced the surprise keynote speaker on Twitter Thursday:
In a CNBC Squawk Box interview this July, Ron Paul gave his enthusiastic endorsement to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Litecoin:
Im all for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology because I like competing currencyIm for competition, and well have to see what the market decides.
Last month, Paul and the Campaign for Liberty non-profit which he chairs came out swinging against the Federal Reserves new anti-bitcoin FedNow payments system.
His views on crypto seem to have evolved in recent years. Paul has been an inveterate gold bug since he ran for Congress the first time in the 1970s. So he was a bitcoin skeptic as recently as 2017. In December of that year, he was surprised when his Twitter followers favored bitcoin over gold 54 to 36%.
Although the Texas Congressman has embraced bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, his 2008 economic advisor, hedge fund manager Peter Schiff, remains skeptical of bitcoin.
As the foundation points out, Ron Paul did write the book on ending the Federal Reserve. He titled his 2009 New York Times bestseller End The Fed. In the book, he laid out the case for abolishing the nations central bank because it is immoral, unconstitutional, impractical, promotes bad economics, and undermines liberty.
In February 2009, Rep. Ron Paul introduced a bill to Congress entitled The Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act (H.R. 833). In a speech on the House floor, Paul explained how central banking destroys economic productivity:
From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the seventies, to the current economic crisis caused by the housing bubble, every economic downturn suffered by this country over the past century can be traced to Federal Reserve policy.
The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial boom followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts.
Earlier this month, Ron Paul warned the U.S. central bank is on an inevitable trajectory toward functionally negative interest rates. He predicts the easy money policy will fuel the biggest bubble in the history of mankind. The resulting distortions in bond markets will require a painful economic adjustment.
Litecoins price has plummeted in recent weeks. It fell from a peak of around $140 USD per 1 LTC in June to a seven-month low in the mid-$50s this week. Thats because Litecoin tracks the bitcoin price like most altcoins. As a result, Litecoin got swept down in the broader downdraft of the bitcoin bear market. That disappointed Litecoiners who expected to see a price boost from the recent halvening.
Conference-goers will discuss the altcoins challenges and evolved ecosystem in 2019. But dont forget: the Litecoin summit is about more than Litecoin. It will feature a very diverse group of speakers and attendees from all over the crypto space.
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Twenty-two organizations signed a letter by the Citizens Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) urging U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to block funding for a national patient identification system known as the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI).
In June, the U.S. House of Representatives removed a prohibition on funding put into place in 1997 by former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. A UPI is a number the federal government would assign patients so their medical information could be tracked in a national medical records system.
Such a system would undermine patient privacy, says CCHF President Twila Brase.
In an attempt to unify and control patient data, Congress threatens to put Americans and our national security at risk to hackers and others wishing to steal and leverage private medical and financial details, Brase said in a statement.
The letter cites the Google-Ascension data-sharing agreement (see page 16), which it calls troubling because it did not require obtaining explicit individual consent from patients. The letter also says a UPI is another step toward creating a national health care system.
Therefore, Mr. Chairman, we are asking you to use your considerable power to stop the National Patient ID, the letter states.
In September, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 2538, which would deauthorize the UPI.
As a physician, I know firsthand how the doctor-patient relationship relies on trust and privacy, which will be thrown into jeopardy by the National Patient ID, Paul stated in a press release. Considering how unfortunately familiar our world has become with devasting security breaches and the dangers of the growing surveillance state, it is simply unacceptable for government to centralize some of Americans most personal information.
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"The law of double jeopardy in New York state ... provides very narrow exceptions for prosecution," Justice Maxwell Wiley said in court, citing the principle that an individual can't be tried twice for the same conduct. "The indictment is dismissed."
Justice Department watchdog testifies before the Senate Homeland Security Committee
"If you're getting information that isn't advancing, and in fact potentially undercutting, or simply undercutting your primary theme or theory as was happening here ... you'd look at the Carter Page file and say, should I keep going on this?" Horowitz told the committee, explaining that the FBI wasn't finding much to corroborate allegations that Page was working with Russia.
US and South Korea fail to reach cost-sharing agreement for US troops
The current cost-sharing agreement between Washington and Seoul is due to expire at the end of 2019, but the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and US State Department said a next round of talks has been scheduled for January.
Appeals court delivers blow to Obamacare
In the case brought by Texas and joined by the Trump administration, which argued the entire law should be thrown out, the panel has told a lower court that it must consider whether the individual mandate can be separated from the rest of the law.
The court acknowledged that when the lower court reviews its opinion it might once again hold that the entire law must fall.
But the appeals court ruling stated, "It is no small thing for unelected, life-tenured judges to declare duly enacted legislation passed by the elected representatives of the American people unconstitutional."
Trump administration proposes allowing imports of certain drugs from Canada
The first proposed rule would allow states, potentially working with wholesalers and pharmacists, to develop programs to import certain drugs from Canada. The list does not include insulin, even though many diabetic Americans have traveled north to buy the drug because prices are lower there.
The second draft guidance would allow manufacturers to import lower-cost versions of brand-name drugs that they sell in foreign countries. Agency officials said drug makers are interested in doing this but have not been able to because of contracts with other players in the supply chain.
CNN's Erica Orden, Marshall Cohen, Ryan Browne, Tami Luhby, Dan Berman, Joan Biskupic and Ariane de Vogue contributed to this report.
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Rev. Canon Ronald N. Pollock, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Dec.17th.
Popularly known as Father Ron, he was ordained by Bishop Mellick Belshaw in 1994 and has been rector of St Johns since 1998, leading the congregation in growth and spiritual renewal.
It continues to be the greatest privilege of my vocational life to walk alongside people coming from a rich variety of places. Pollock said. Helping to create partners in various kinds of ministry is very exciting to me. Creating community partners enables us to gain glimpses of heaven in serving all of Gods creation, Pollock said.
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He added, Today I thank God for being able to serve Jesus Christ and the Church as a priest for 25 years. It is the greatest joy in my life to serve Jesus Christ and the Church."
In addition to his dedication to St Johns Rev. Pollock has demonstrated strong community involvement and has been active in the church and throughout the community, including with the Somerville Fire Department and as the Somerville 2017 Citizen of the Year.
Among his many activities:
In the Episcopal Church, St. Johns and the diocese, Pollock currently serves or has served on many committees including: three years as President of the Diocesan Standing Committee; member and co-chair for two terms on the Episcopal Election Committee; member, Search Committee for a new Dean of Trinity Cathedral; Dean of the Watchung Convocation, which includes churches along the Route 22 corridor from Plainfield to Lebanon; assisted in the development and implementation of the From The Heart Thrift Shop, which awarded $95,000 to non-profit agencies in Somerset County and surrounding areas for 13 years; assisted in the development and implementation of a new monthly ministry, Laundry Love, which helps people who might not be able to afford, or are unable, to do their own laundry.
In the community, Pollock has served as the chaplain to the Somerville Fire Department since 1999; a member of the Somerset County Office on Aging, appointed by Board of Chosen Freeholders; member, Somerset Treatment Services 2013-2018, Board President from 2016-2018; member, Interfaith Community Action Network, 2018 to present; member, Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition since 2001 and board member of the Somerville Senior Citizens since 2018.
Rev. Pollock was also a member of the Somerset County Curbing Hunger Board (Somerset County Food Bank), 2007-2009; member, Chaplaincy to the Elderly, Board of Directors, 2011-2014; Somerset County Jail Chaplaincy Board, Board of Directors, 2000 to 2002; S.H.I.P. (Samaritan Homeless Interim Program) Board of Directors, 1999 to present; Somerville Area Ministerial Association member since 1999, president, 2004; New Jersey Council of Churches, Board Member, 1994 to 2000; and Somerset Hills YMCA, Board of Directors, 1995 to 1998.
Among his awards and honors, he received the Borough of Somerville 2017 Citizen of the Year Award; the Spirit of Somerset Award, for valuable contributions to the quality of life in Somerset County in the area of volunteerism, Somerset Treatment Services in 2012; the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition Diversity Award, Faith Community, 2009; The Paul C. Harris Award for outstanding community leadership, June 2009; Certificate of Appreciation, Somerset County, Guns Buy Back Program, 2013; Commendations from State of NJ, Senate and General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution for Ecumenical work and organizing interfaith vigil in solidarity with Jewish Community, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Commendation from State of NJ, Senate and General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution for hosting Appreciation Day for all first and community responders.
Rev. Pollock holds a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary, NY; a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a minor in psychology from Elon College, NC; a certificate in The Bible and its Setting from St. Georges College, Jerusalem; and attended the School of Social Work in Rutgers University.
St. Johns Episcopal Church is located at 158 West High St. Sunday services are conducted at 8 am and 10:15 am with music. St. Johns offers Sunday School every Sunday at 10:15 am preceded by Childrens Chapel at 10 am which features the rector offering a brief childrens message.Among its many programs, St. Johns hosts the SHIP's Galley Soup Kitchen three days a week, a Clothes Closet, and a monthly Laundry Love, assisting those who are unable or cannot afford to clean their laundry.
Posted: December 17, 2019 at 9:45 am
We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan. We didnt know what we were doing. So said Gen. Douglas Lute, who oversaw the US war on Afghanistan under Presidents Bush and Obama. Eighteen years into the longest war in US history, we are finally finding out, thanks to thousands of pages of classified interviews on the war published by the Washington Post last week, that General Lutes cluelessness was shared by virtually everyone involved in the war.
What we learned in what is rightly being called the Pentagon Papers of our time, is that hundreds of US Administration officials including three US Presidents knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war for years. This wasnt just a matter of omitting some unflattering facts. This was about bald-faced lying about a war they knew was a disaster from almost day one.
Remember President Bushs Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld? Remember how supremely confident he was at those press conferences, acting like the master of the universe? Heres what he told the Pentagons special inspector general who compiled these thousands of interviews on Afghanistan: I have no visibility into who the bad guys are.
It is not only members of the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations who are guilty of this massive fraud. Falsely selling the Afghanistan war as a great success was a bipartisan activity on Capitol Hill. In the dozens of hearings I attended in the House International Relations Committee, I do not recall a single expert witness called who told us the truth. Instead, both Republican and Democrat-controlled Congresses called a steady stream of neocon war cheerleaders to lie to us about how wonderfully the war was going. Victory was just around the corner, they all promised. Just a few more massive appropriations and wed be celebrating the end of the war.
Congress and especially Congressional leadership of both parties are all as guilty as the three lying Administrations. They were part of the big lie, falsely presenting to the American people as expert witnesses only those bought-and-paid-for Beltway neocon think tankers.
What is even more shocking than the release of this smoking gun evidence that the US government wasted two trillion dollars and killed more than three thousand Americans and more than 150,000 Afghans while lying through its teeth about the war is that you could hear a pin drop in the mainstream media about it. Aside from the initial publication in the Washington Post, which has itself been a major cheerleader for the war in Afghanistan, the mainstream media has shown literally no interest in what should be the story of the century.
Weve wasted at least half a year on the Donald Trump impeachment charade a conviction desperately in search of a crime. Meanwhile one of the greatest crimes in US history will go unpunished. Not one of the liars in the Afghanistan Papers will ever be brought to justice for their crimes. None of the three presidents involved will be brought to trial for these actual high crimes. Rumsfeld and Lute and the others will never have to fear justice. Because both parties are in on it. There is no justice.
Just days after the Afghanistan Papers were published, only 48 Members of Congress voted against the massive military spending of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. They continue as if nothing happened. They will continue lying to us and ripping us off if we let them.
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Earlier this year after more than 16 years the Trump administration announced its intent to resumeexecuting death row prisoners. The last time thefederal government carried out the death penalty was in 2003, the long hiatus due to continued court battles over the drugs used to carry out the executions.
Two Appeals Courts, including the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,have ruled against the administrationin their rush to begin executions this month. It said that issues with the lethal injection protocol are still unresolved. However, the Trump administration is so intent on quickly resuming executions thatitasked the Supreme Court to weigh in.
Over the weekend, the Supreme Court declined to overturn to lower court rulings saying they expect the issue to be resolved at the appeals court level. The Trump administration said they were disappointed in the ruling and would continue to the legal battle.
The short list of prisoners who would likely be the first executed include those convicted of heinous and grisly crimes. For example,Daniel Lewis Leewas scheduled to be executed on Dec. 9. Lee and his co-defendant were convicted of murdering a couple and their 8-year-old daughter.
Yet, when one delves into the testimony of the case, we find that it was Lees co-defendant, Chevie Kehoe, who killed the young girl after Lee refused to do so. Kehoe was the ringleader of this crime, according to Judge G. Thomas Eisele. However, Kehoe received a sentence of life in prison while the less culpable Lee was sentenced to death.
The miscarriage of equal justice in this case has prompted the presiding judge, the victims family members and the U.S. attorney, who investigated and prosecuted the case, to plea for Lees clemency.
This case highlights why death penalty opposition has grown steadily over the past 20 years around the world and here at home.
Numerous states considered death penalty repeals this year. Recently,New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty. These efforts in the statehouse are increasingly bipartisan.
Just last month, well-known conservatives including former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Gov. George Ryan (R-Ill.), and Richard Vigueriesigned a statement expressing their opposition.
Calling the death penalty a costly and ineffective government program, the statement says that the death penalty does not work and cant be made to work, not in spite of our conservative principles, but because of them.
Once a defender of the death penalty, I changed my mind back in 2010 as New Mexicos governor when I signed into law our states repeal. When I considered the evidence, I concluded that the death penalty was not an effective deterrent to violent crime and the data in this regard is clear.
Rheres the growing body of research showing the grave mistakes made by judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and even juries that has led to increasing exonerations.Most people sentenced to death are poor and minority defendantswho have not been flanked by the best legal teams and expert witnesses available to white collar criminals.
Earlier this year,members of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty met with Pope Francis to discuss the worldwide movement to end this heinous practice. Pope FrancisPope FrancisSCOTUS is blocking federal executions and it's the right thing to do Judge in same-sex marriage denied communion at Michigan Catholic church Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons MORE deserves praise for his global leadership to help end use of the death penalty. In August 2018, building on the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, Pope Francis ordered achange in the Catholic Churchs Catechism to state clear opposition to capital punishment.
It is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel, because a decision is voluntarily made to suppress a human life, which is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator and of whom, in the last analysis, only God can be the true judge and guarantor, Pope Francis wrote.
The challenge posed to us as Americans not as Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, but as human beings is to keep front and center in our minds what this decision and others mean to each one of us as the 2020 election approaches.
Bill Richardson is a former Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Energy Secretary, and Governor for the State of New Mexico. He founded the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in 2011 to promote global peace and dialogue by identifying and working on areas of opportunity for engagement and citizen diplomacy with countries and communities not usually open to more formal diplomatic channels.
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A few months ago, in a house near Vancouver, nine actors in festive aprons gathered around a kitchen island to shoot a montage for the Hallmark Channel movie Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy. The island was covered in cookie-making ingredients. The director, Sean McNamara, a veteran of Hallmark movies and Disney kids series, sat at monitors nearby. O.K.! he called out. Youre having fun, youre making cookies, its Christmas, and action!
The actors rolled dough and picked up cookie cutters. The montage would be dialogue-free, overlaid with music; to set the tone, McNamara cued up Jingle Bell Rock. The cast began to bob. Good, but we probably shouldnt be dancing! McNamara yelled. One actor, looking serious, lifted an icing bag. Remember, youre having fun, and theres funny stuff going on! McNamara said. The actors burst into smiles and laughter. Now the cake! McNamara said. Paul Greene, a former J.Crew model and the male lead, presented the group with a white fondant cake topped with pine trees. They shook powdered sugar on it. Cut! McNamara yelled. Brilliant!
The Hallmark Channel is a cable network owned and operated by the greeting-card company. This year, the channel and a sister network, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, produced a hundred and three original movies; forty are about Christmas. Since 2011, from late October to January, Hallmark has broadcast Christmas movies nearly twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (The Hallmark Movie Checklist app, which helps guide viewers to new films, has 1.5 million users.) During this years holiday season, the programming, called Countdown to Christmas, has made Hallmark the No. 1 cable network among women between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-four, and, in some prime-time slots, No. 1 in households and total viewers. Last year, seventy-two million people watched Countdown to Christmas. Fans talk of turning it on and leaving it on all season; it dominates TV screens in hospitals and nursing homes. Guys come up to me on the golf course and whisper, I love your Christmas movies! the actor Cameron Mathison (The Christmas Club, The Christmas Ornament) told me. Lifetime, the womens network long known for movies with titles like In Bed with a Killer and Your Husband Is Mine, now airs its own Hallmark-esque Christmas movies, in a block called Its a Wonderful Lifetime. Netflix, Ion, Freeform, and OWN have started making them, too.
Hallmark films tend to center on independent women with interesting jobs (novelists, chocolatiers) and appealing romantic prospects (princes, firemen). Programming is seasonal; as the year progresses, characters pair up amid winter wonderlands, Valentines Day chocolate-making contests, fireworks celebrations, pumpkin patches, and Christmas parties. The familiarity of the films is essential to their success. Hallmark screenplays have nine acts, each of which hits specific plot pointsa meet-cute in Act I, before the first commercial, an almost kiss in Act VII. The shots are lit with a distinctive warmth. Actors recur. The settings often recall Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell, whose painting Shuffletons Barbershop inspired a Hallmark movie of the same name, and several productions have been filmed at ersatz pioneer villages. As Danica McKellar, a Hallmark regular once best known as Winnie Cooper, from The Wonder Years, told me, many actors bring nostalgia withus.
In Hallmark films, townspeople care for one another, run viable small businesses, and compete in gingerbread bake-offsAmerica as we might wish it were, and as some believe it once was. It has thrived in the Trump era. Last year, it was one of the only networks to gain viewers besides Fox News and MSNBC. It also depicts a purple America, without guns, MAGA hats, rage. Bill Abbott, the C.E.O. of Crown Media, Hallmarks entertainment company, told me that its your place to go to get away from politics, to get away from everything in your life that is problematic and negative, and to feel like there are people out there who are good human beings that could make you feel happy to be part of the human race.
Hallmarks America is also straight, often Christian, and, until recently, mostly white. Meghan Markle, whose biracial parentage made headlines after her engagement to Prince Harry, starred in two Hallmark movies; in the Fourth of July romance When Sparks Fly, from 2014, her character had white parents. In 2017, the African-American TV and film actor Holly Robinson Peete pitched a wholesome reality show about her family to Hallmark. Meet the Peetes aired for two seasons. There were six of usseven, including my momso that was a lot of diversity at once, she told me.
The Evergreen series, which began in 2017, now sees Peete playing the mayor of Evergreen, Vermont, a quaint town based on a line of Hallmark cards. The movies begin with a shot of the illustrations that inspired them, some featuring a vintage red pickup truck, which appears in the movies. A miniature of it is available as a Hallmark Christmas decoration, for $39.99. Many Hallmark films involve some form of lucrative integrationproduct placement. Balsam Hill synthetic Christmas trees appear frequently; in Holiday Hearts, from November, an eligible doctor (Paul Campbell) demonstrates the settings of a trees remote-controlled lights for a full minute. On the set of Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy, McNamara and his crew shot a scene that featured a foldaway Ninja Foodi oven. Its important to show nine cookies on the sheet, Sunta Izzicupo, the films executive producer, said. On the monitor, an actor approached the oven, said, No room? No problem, opened its door, and inserted a tray of nine cookies shaped like pickup trucks.
One theme of Tidings of Joy, written by Zac Hug, is whether Evergreen is too good to be true. (In some ways, its the quintessential Hallmark Christmas movie; in others, its a playfully self-aware critique of the genre.) In the film, Katie (Maggie Lawson), a savvy big-city journalist, makes a wish on a magical snow globe, bakes cookies, goes carolling and ice-skating, and watches the unveiling of a time capsule inside a fifteen-foot advent calendar. She also falls in love with Ben (Greene), the local librarian. The day after the cookie shoot, at a historic-house museum in Vancouver, McNamara sat at video monitors in a circa-1895 kitchen, near a hand-cranked wooden telephone. He was about to direct the films highest point of tensionthe almost breakup, usually at the end of Act VIIIwhich takes place at the Evergreen Library, where Ben has discovered Katies notes for what appears to be an expos of the town. Lawson and Greene were surrounded by wreaths, garlands, and Christmas knickknacks. Paper lanterns softened the lighting. Greene, reading Katies notes, said, Despite the warmth and honest connection these people feel, its hard not to wonder how much of Evergreen is an act. His tone hinted at anger.
Cut! McNamara said. Paul, you need to take down, like, twenty per cent of the edge. A key tenet of Hallmark screenplays, the veteran writer-director Ron Oliver told me, is that conflict can never seem like its gone so far that it cant be resolved. In the next take, Greene delivered the line in a tone of gentle disbelief. Brilliant! McNamara said.
In 1910, Joyce Clyde Hall, an entrepreneurial Nebraska teen-ager and the son of a Methodist minister, took a train to Kansas City, Missouri, bringing with him two boxes of postcards. Printed postcards had become a hot commodity, and Hall had a talent for sales. In 1914, he and his older brother Rollie formed a company called Hall Brothers, opened a shop, and began printing their own greeting cards and paper goods. The First World War was a turning point for the industry: servicemen and their loved ones enjoyed sending and receiving cards and became lifelong card buyers. And I saw something else in the custom, Hall wrote in his 1979 memoir, When You Care Enough: A way of giving less articulate people, and those who tend to disguise their feelings, a voice to express their love and affection. In 1916, Hall Brothers began printing cards that came with their own envelopes; in 1917, they invented modern wrapping paper.
The brothers began using the name Hallmark, after a goldsmiths stamp of quality, in 1928, and later paired it with a crown logo. By mid-century, Hallmark had pioneered a new card-display technique, similar to what we still see in drugstores; formed partnerships with Disney and Norman Rockwell; and built a huge headquarters, in Kansas City. In the process, the company became so intertwined with the idea of holiday celebration that the term Hallmark holiday entered the public vocabulary, connoting a holiday rooted as much in commercialism as in tradition.
In 1951, Joyce Hall wrote to his sales team, Dear Fellows: Were going to try our hand at television. Inspired by the mediums educational and entertainment possibilities, he wanted Hallmark to deliver edifying fare. That year, the company sponsored the first original opera written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors; later, under the name Hallmark Hall of Fame, it sponsored TV productions of literary adaptations, Broadway plays, and, in time, original films. It became the most award-winning franchise in television history, with eighty-one Emmys.
Hallmark formed Crown Media in 1991, and ventured into cable. Later that decade, it bought an interest in the religious network Odyssey, which, in 2001, it took over fully, renaming it the Hallmark Channel. According to Bill Abbott, who ran Crowns advertising sales from 2000 to 2009, before becoming its C.E.O., the strategy at the outset wasnt to draw close to the brand. It didnt really have a filter. For a decade, the channel aired motley family entertainment, Hallmark Hall of Fame films, and original movies, made by an independent producer.
There were a few standouts. One was the eleven-film Love Comes Softly series, released from 2003 to 2011. Based on novels by the Canadian evangelical-Christian writer Janette Oke, the movies are lightly religious frontier dramas set out West. I watched several around 2009; inside the films covered wagons and behind their butter churns, I discovered, yellow-haired TV stars like Katherine Heigl and January Jones were living lives of noble forbearance. There were occasional speeches about the Lord, but there was also hardship and heart, la Little House on the Prairieif Pa hurt his leg, a handsome stranger would help plow the fields. Other films were set in a down-home romanticized present, among characters who proudly respect sentimental art. Some of them praise Norman Rockwell and Thomas Kinkade; in one film, a painter feels betrayed, but then grateful, when her art is used in an ad campaign. Art is about creativity and being a free spirit, she says in Act IX, just before the kiss. Its not restrictive or rigid, so why should I be? Her painting is of Santa Claus.
These series and films, along with The Christmas Card, a surprisingly effective love story between a soldier and a mill owners daughter, from 2006, helped inspire Abbott, when he became C.E.O., in 2009, to push Hallmark to embody the brand on TV. I love greeting cards and I love Hallmark stores, Abbott told me when I met him at Hallmarks Manhattan offices. To him, the stores give a sense of comfort, positivity, connections. You should turn on our channel and almost feel like youre walking into a Gold Crown store, he said. Abbott is fifty-seven, with thinning gray hair, a warm, confident demeanor, and an adenoidal vocal quality, like a man powering through a cold. He told me that he had been influenced, too, by the distinctive two-minute Hallmark-card commercials that had aired during the Hall of Fame broadcasts, starting in the sixties, which became famous for making viewers cry. In The Music Professor, from 1983, a girl races to arrive at a piano lesson before her teacher and hides a card between the pages of her sheet music. When he finds it, both struggle to contain their emotions.
Abbott and his executive team, including Michelle Vicary, Crown Medias executive vice-president of programming and network publicity, developed a strategy of leaning into Christmas. Vicary, who works at Crown Medias Los Angeles headquarters, began her career in music sales, working with bands including Nirvana, Hole, and Mudhoney, but shifted gears because of her passion for television, she told me. (She has been with Crown Media since its beginning.) In 2015, Crown started its own production company, taking control of development, costumes, locations, casting, and post-production. Abbott and Vicary read every script and watch every movie. The Christmas movies are generally shot in fifteen days, in minimal takes and with maximum efficiency, in affordable, often Canadian, locations; they use actualsexisting locations, not soundstages. Abbott and Vicary coached the development team to be brand ambassadors, who insure that each element of a production has a distinctive Hallmark feel, down to the decorative mise en scne. Vicary told me, Were not afraid to look at the dailies and call them up and say, Not enough Christmas.
In 2014, Hallmark aired Christmas Under Wraps, starring Candace Cameron Bure, who in childhood co-starred on Full House, alongside another Hallmark actor, Lori Loughlin. Bure plays a big-city doctor who finds love in Garland, Alaska, which, she correctly suspects, is home to Santas workshop. I guess when it comes down to it, a patient is a patient, she says, wide-eyed, icing Rudy the Reindeers leg. At the beginning, she is striving for a prestigious Boston surgical fellowship; by the end, she has everything she needs right there in Garland. The movie was a breakthrough, Abbott said. Soon afterward, the company ramped up production.
The Bure breakthrough was a bit like the plot of Christmas Under Wraps: Hallmark had discovered that it had everything it neededpositivity, reassurance, sentimentality, and cozy salesmanshipright there in Garland. At that point, the Hallmark Channel had a steady audience of older viewers, but it began bringing in younger ones by casting prominent actors who had starred in edgy teen fare of the two-thousandsJesse Metcalfe, Chad Michael Murrayand putting them in sweaters and Santa hats. There was something for middle-aged viewers, tooa divorced heroine wooed by a sensitive major-league baseball player, for example, who teaches her son to catch. The movies seasonal themes began to venture beyond Christmas, and holiday decoratingeven for Halloween or Valentines Dayprovided a way for characters to bond. (Since the seventies, Hallmark Cards has sold Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations.)
As the strategy started to succeed, Hallmark further expanded its fare, introducing a morning show (Home & Family, shot in a free-standing house on the Universal lot) and, in 2014, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, the sister channel, whose titles include Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery, and whose programming broadened, slightly, the companys tonal register. (In one film, Bure finds a human skull.) Often, at a mysterys climax, theres a moment of cathartic, justified violencefor example, a woman clonking a would-be murderer over the head with a piece of pottery. In regular Hallmark Channel films, violence is so seldom seen that even allusions to it can be shockingsuch as in From Friend to Fianc, from 2018, when a party scene at a paintball range features a shot of people wielding semiautomatic paintball guns. When I mentioned the off note to Abbott, he said, Thats a movie we did not write the script for. It had been produced independently, and guns werent its only problem. It got past all of us that the word suck is used in the movie, Abbott said. He grew animated. I was so mad at myself for not catching it. Its a word that has become frighteningly close to no longer being part of the four-letter-word category. Its aits just a negative, its demeaning. It shouldnt be on our channel. They edited it out.
Several well-known politically conservative actors in Hollywood have been in Hallmark filmsBure, Dean Cain, Jon Voightbut, Abbott said, Hallmark takes pains to be apolitical. The only thing we do promote is pet adoption, he said. We make no apologies about that. The Home & Family set has a dedicated pet-adoption area, and pet adoption is a plot point in many movies, including last years Road to Christmas, written by Zac Hug. It featured, as minor characters, two attractive young men who co-owned an animal shelter. Seeing this, I was briefly delighted: was this a gay couple, on Hallmark? The moment passedthey didnt act like a couple or attend a family Christmas gathering together. I mentioned to Abbott that I had thought I had seen a gay couple in a movie; I didnt say which. You did, he said. It was Road to Christmas. Hallmark wanted to reflect the broader population where it could, he went on. And we believe that if we do it authentically, without doing it just to do itwhich is the wrong reason to do it, by the waypeople will feel good about it, regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum. I couldnt tell that they were gay, I said. But thats whats great about it, Abbott said. Theyre not being called out and made to either look cool or weird.
Hallmarks sense of authenticity is rooted more firmly, perhaps, in the pioneer village. In 2014, it adapted Janette Okes 1983 novel When Calls the Heart into a series. Centered, at first, on a genteel schoolteacher, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), a handsome Mountie (Daniel Lissing), and a local widow (Lori Loughlin) in a western-Canadian mining town circa 1910, it has a whiff of the piety of the Love Comes Softly series. When characters behave badly (covering up liability in a mine accident, putting on airs), they redeem themselves; pleasures are exceedingly gentle. The shows superfans, known as the Hearties, have an annual family reunion in Vancouver, and visit the set in tour buses. Some make social-media memes superimposing Bible passages over images from the show. When Calls the Heart has some three million viewers an episode, competing for No. 1, on Sunday nights, with The Walking Dead, about life in America after a zombie apocalypse. Until we get to Walking Dead numbers, Im not going to be happy, Abbott said.
At the beginning of the series, Abigail, Loughlins character, had lost her husband and son in a mining accident, but she perseveredopening a caf, adopting an orphan. By the time Abigail became the towns mayor, Loughlin was a cornerstone of Hallmarkas Abbott told me, a very good friend, somebody who I admire a great deal for her skill, and at the top of the list in terms of people who were accessible, were kind, were committed to her fans, and were humble.
On March 12th, Loughlin and her husband, along with Felicity Huffman and others, were indicted in a highly publicized college-admissions-fraud scheme, in which they allegedly paid five hundred thousand dollars to have their two daughters admitted under false pretenses. (Loughlin pleaded not guilty.) Two days later, Crown fired her; it pulled When Calls the Heart off the air, midseason, and edited her out of its remaining episodes.
When the show returned, Krakow, as Elizabeth, sat at a desk, writing in her diary. We never know how life will turn, she wrote. Its been a week since Abigail got word that her mother had taken ill back East. True to her nature, Abigail wasted no time in rushing off to care for her. The townspeople would pray for her and her family. In her absence, we must soldier on, and we will, Elizabeth continued. We are a community. We are strong. In one of Abigails final episodes, from February, she lovingly reassured Elizabeth, a new mother, about parenthood. If theres one thing I know, a good mother always figures out whats best for her child, she said.
In early November, Christmas Con brought together seventeen Hallmark-movie stars and several thousand regular Americans who wanted to meet them. The gathering, held at a modest convention center in Edison, New Jersey, had been organized by a small event company and sponsored by Hallmark, which had constructed a fully furnished living-room area, as if airlifted from the set of Home & Family, in the middle of the space. Guests in reindeer antlers and pro-Hallmark T-shirts drank mulled cider and posed inside a Christmas-ornament-shaped frame.
The mood was exuberant. When a group of Hallmark actors, including Chad Michael Murray, emerged from the greenroom to pose in front of a tree, thousands cheered, a sea of arms raising cameras aloft. Male stars from Hunks of Hallmark, an Instagram fan account, gamely posed as attendees asked them to: holding their hands, looking into their eyes. One couple, Jeff and Kathy Martin, from New Jersey, were beaming; the actor Nikki DeLoach had just praised Jeffs Green Bay Packers Christmas sweater. I asked Kathy why she loved Hallmark. The stress lifts right off! she told me, raising her arms in a gesture of unburdening. Later, Cheryl Longordo, a self-described Hallmark-watching junkie, told me that it took her mind off her job at a pharmaceutical company. She and her sister, who wore a chemotherapy turban, were there together. You need this, Longordo said, intensely. Its a lifeline.
Hallmark Channel fare has always struck a delicate balance between realism and something more idealized. A paradox of the channel is that the artificiality of its content, which offers predictable pleasuresthe almost kiss, interrupted by a ringing phone or a bleating goat; the ubiquitous baking contestsis often delivered alongside surprisingly realistic performances. Unlike modern rom-coms, Hallmark plotswhich almost always feature romance, even alongside the murder investigationsare driven not by arch concepts, high jinks, or panic about being single but by what Vicary described to me as a voyage of self-discovery. A long-standing trend of having Hallmark heroines tumbling off ladders into manly arms has been on the wane. As the writer Julie Sherman Wolfe told me, at Christmas Con, We dont want our strong female leads to be damsels in distress. Characters fall in love because they see goodness in the other person, Vicary saidoften because of a kind act that causes the other character to take a look at themselves. Like what human beings go through. When something touches you, you can effect change.
Some people dismiss Hallmark as presenting a fantasy, but, Ron Oliver said, its characters behave with greater maturity than many others onscreen. When youre writing something in Hallmark-land, you have to understand that people tend to act like adults do, he said. Protagonists are often motivated by their goals as much as by love. The actor Anna Van Hooft specializes in playing Hallmark villainsa bride-to-be who buys a wedding dress that was on hold for someone else, a murderer. Even the villains tend to have their eyes on their goalsbut not on the people around them, she said. For example, the marriage, but not the man.
In the heavier fare on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries and on Hallmark Drama, which began to air in 2017, violence and loss are explored within the same format that the Christmas movies use, with the same reliable happy-ever-afters. One film this year featured a subplot about medical debt. Another film, Two Turtle Doves, by Sarah Montana, is a warmhearted love story between a grieving neuroscientist (Nikki DeLoach) and a widowed estate lawyer (Michael Rady). Their romance involves turtle-dove Christmas ornamentsbut also straightforward discussions about loss. At Christmas Con, DeLoach told me, So many people have come up and told me it was a guide for learning to heal through grief. She was beaming.
Hallmarks project of uplift has begun to extend not just into real lives but into real towns, many of which could use it. (A recurring theme of Hallmark movies is saving beloved local businesses.) For a special called Project Christmas Joy, Hallmark donated homes to families in tornado-ravaged parts of Alabama; it also threw a Christmas event for the residents of David City, Nebraska, the small home town of JoyceC. Hall. Despite its historic charm, my own home town, in Connecticut, has at times struggled to thrive. Last autumn, while looking at Instagram, I saw a startling postof my childhood house and the seed company my family had owned, next door, blanketed in fake snow. Hallmark was filming a Christmas movie there. Six weeks later, I watched the heroine of Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane enter a snowman contest outside the house and fall in love with an antique dealer, whose store was in the seed-company building. Inside, the stairs squeaked just the way I remembered.
In July, the Hallmark Channel threw a party for five hundred people at Palazzo di Amore, a fifty-three-thousand-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion atop a crest overlooking Los Angeles. It was the week known as the T.C.A.s, when networks present the Television Critics Association with upcoming-programming announcements and a glitzy good time. Upon arrival, Hallmarks marquee stars, including Lacey Chabert, Nikki DeLoach, Erin Krakow, and Andrew Walker, posed in front of a step-and-repeat wall near a fountain. Behind the house, guests mingled on a vast Italianate patio and inside a small side mansion. Cameron Mathison, in a pale-gray suit, waved at someone in jubilant semaphore across an infinity pool; two 90210 alums hugged; on a balcony, Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp, Dawsons parents on Dawsons Creek, took in the view. Shipp had just been cast in his first Hallmark role, and his first role as the father of a grown daughter, in The Ruby Herring Mysteries. Ive played a lot of dads, he said. I was a psycho dad in Teen Wolf. He looked around. I just saw Susan Lucci, who I did Fantasy Island with a hundred and fifty years ago.
Many of the actors I talked to compared working for Hallmark to the old studio system, by which they seemed to mean that it offered steady work, good pay, decent hours, and care. Martin Cummins, who plays the formerly villainous mine owner Henry Gowen on When Calls the HeartIve played a bad guy in a suit my whole careersaid that Hallmarks film scheduling was unusually humane. We only shoot a flat twelve, he saidtwelve hours a day. Lisa Durupt, a sidekick in eighteen movies, said, You become part of a family. Michael Rady told me, with enthusiasm, that Hallmark had changed his career. He has worked steadily, in prominent non-Hallmark projects, since his screen dbut, in 2005, in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. When I first started doing Hallmark, I was, like, Its a side hustle, he said. I wouldnt, like, lead with it. You knowyoure in L.A. Now, he said, Id be happy only working with themHallmarkforever. Rady is often asked by friends how to get involved, he said. He leaned forward and smiled. But Hallmark finds youyou dont find them.
At dinner, under a pinkening sky, on a stage with a gazebo dripping with purple flowers, Kristin Chenoweth, a new Hallmark star, sang Over the Rainbow. Abbott and Vicary delivered some celebratory remarks and announced upcoming movies, such as Sense, Sensibility, and Snowmen; afterward, several actors told me that theyd learned which movies theyd be starring in during Vicarys address. Projects were being green-lighted in a spirit of abundance. Ron Oliver told me that his latest film, Christmas at the Plaza, had originated when he posted a picture of himself at the Plaza Hotel, where he was staying with his husband, on Facebook. As a joke, I said, This is me researching my next movie, Christmas at the Plaza, Oliver said. That Monday morning, my exec called and said, If youre serious, were in. He wrote it in July, directed it in August, and it premired on Thanksgiving.
This year, Hallmark made headlines when it announced that it would produce two holiday movies with Hanukkah themes. In both, however, Christmas is the star. In Holiday Date, Brooke (Brittany Bristow) brings an actor, Joel (Matt Cohen), to Whispering Pines, her home town, for the holidays, to pose as her boyfrienda common phenomenon on Hallmark, and perhaps less so in real life. One afternoon in September, I visited the set, in a house outside Vancouver. The downstairs was festooned with pine sconces, ornaments, and bows. Tree on the move! a crew member said. Ive never done Hallmark, Cohen told me. For a decade, hed played scary roles, including Lucifer, on shows like Supernatural. I committed to the dark side and it paid the bills, he said. But this is who I really am. Im a goofball.
As Holiday Date unfolds, its revealed that Joel doesnt know how to decorate a tree, or hang Christmas lights: hes Jewish. The family is surprised but unfazed, Bristow explained. They incorporate latkes and a menorah into their festivities and teach Joel to deck the halls. Ive never celebrated Christmas, but I always wanted to, he says. In the movies trailer, Silent Night plays in the background.
That afternoon, I watched as a scene was filmed in which Joel, handsome in a Santa-red sweater, helps Brookes young niece, Tessa (Ava Grace Cooper), rehearse for a Christmas pageant. On the monitor, I could see three Christmas trees in the frame. Tessas self-absorbed parents, played by the recurring Hallmark bro Peter Benson and the Hallmark villain Anna Van Hooft, walked by, looking at their phones, and opened the front door, obscuring a tree but introducing a wreath. The living room was a riot of Yuletide splendor: trees and garlands. A fire roared in the fireplace, and a row of Christmas stockings hung on the mantel. Above them, a string of blue-and-white letters spelled out HAPPY HANUKKAH. Tessas pageant line was about family togetherness: Cause thats what Christmas is all about. Cohen beamed. Perfect, he said.
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