Jesse, Are You Listening?

Q: Could the Libertarian Party nomination fight draw in a third legendary former-office holder?

A: No. No, it couldn't. But former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "the Mind" Ventura gave an interview to Maria Heller a week ago, from his Mexico hideaway, where he opened the possibility of the LP gratefully awarding him its presidential slot. Thirty-two minutes into the video he starts discussing it.

I had somebody from the Libertarians contact me, and they said their convention is in May, and I don't know if this is true but he claims they have ballot access in all 50 states.

They actually don't, but Ventura says he'll explore it "when I get back in country May 15." He follows up this thought with a discussion of the 9/11 "truth" movie Loose Change. If the party could reject the brainy-but-conspiracy-minded Aaron Russo, the chances of Jesse Ventura parachuting into the race a week before the convention and seizing the nod are... slim.

There was a time in 1999 and 2000, dimly-remembered now, when Ventura really could have jumped into the presidential race, gotten taken seriously, and as much as 22 percent of the country would consider voting for him. Ventura has definitively joined the Chuck Hagel Memorial Home for Candidates Who Blew Their Chance.

In the "candidates who didn't blow their chance" file: Ron Paul's The Revolution will be #1 on the New York Times bestseller list this weekend.

Headline disturbingly explained here.


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  • ||

    Is Carl Weathers available?

  • Episiarch||

    Note that this ties in with my wrestling suggestion from the Keyes thread.

    "And the pleasure, of course Monsoon, was all yours."

  • Scott||

    Locked up inside my opium den
    Surrounded by some Mexicans
    I'd sing the song that I sang then
    About the time they called me Jesse

  • ||

    The Revolution Has slipped to #7 at Amazon. The fact that Baba Wawa is now at #1 (not to mention 2-6) completely eliminates any joy from when Ron was in the top slot.

  • ||

    Boy, those YouTube searches for Jesse Walker sure do turn up some weird shit, don't they?

  • Sanchez||

    Man! Coming across a Dave Weigel post is like stepping in dog shit.

  • ||

    No, Sanchez. Your feet just always smell that way.

  • Naga Sadow||

    I can picture Jesse as president hunting Bin Laden on a deserted island . . . the most dangerous game.

  • Predator||

    I should join the race then. I beat him once, I can do it again.

  • Ben||

    His VP will be Bill Dukes and during each debate he will simply stand there silently, shaving without shaving cream or water.

  • Episiarch||

    He doesn't have time to bleed. Hear that, Hillary?

  • Avatar300||

    But what of the Ron Paul newsletters? How are they selling?

  • jj||

    The Revolution Has slipped to #7 at Amazon. The fact that Baba Wawa is now at #1 (not to mention 2-6) completely eliminates any joy from when Ron was in the top slot.

    Warren, Amazon has no more books to sell. They are waiting on a new shipment.

  • ||

    Carl Weathers is making a trip down to Mexico. He's going to talk to Jesse. About desire. About ambition. About regaining the eye of the tiger.

  • Naga Sadow||

    Damn you PL!

    *shakes fist at PL*

    I still have two finals to take today. That damn song is going to be playing in my head all day!

  • ||

    "Ron Paul's The Revolution will be #1"
    All those Paulites who've cancelled their Reason subscriptions had to find something else to read.

  • ||

    Naga,

    Song? You mean this song?

    Risin' up, back on the street
    Did my time, took my chances
    Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive

    So many times, it happens too fast
    You change your passion for glory
    Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive

    Chorus:
    It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
    Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
    And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

    Face to face, out in the heat
    Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
    They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
    For we kill with the skill to survive

    chorus

    Risin' up, straight to the top
    Have the guts, got the glory
    Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
    Just a man and his will to survive

    chorus

    The eye of the tiger (repeats out)...

  • ||

    Scott,

    Thanks for the flashback -- I haven't heard that song in years! All y'all can find the song (the version I first heard, anyway) here hier.

  • Naga Sadow||

    Cream of the fight? I always thought I it was "time of the fight".

  • ||

    I thought it was "the thrill of the fight".

    Cream? For reals? That cannot be right.

  • ||

    I thought he was singing "kiss this guy".

  • ||

    Google is our friend. Apparently, Carl Weathers is running for governor. Of any state.

    I merely copied and pasted, but I think cream is wrong, too.

  • Guy Montag||

    So Harper did not really die and he is wrestling in Mexico now?

    We need a whole new Frank Stallone musical production for this.

  • Naga Sadow||

    Parody's just won't die with me . . .

    The reason for the housing bubble bursting? You guessed it . . . Frank Stallone.

  • dhex||

    that song was improved by vvm here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YJ8BwHbylU

    the EEEEEEYYYYYYYYEEEEEEE o' the tiger

  • Episiarch||

    The song was even more improved heir.

  • svf||

    Amazon has no more books to sell. They are waiting on a new shipment.

    Nobody seems to have any Manifestos to sell... hasn't been in stock at Chicagoland Borders, B&N, or BooksAMillion stores for weeks now.

    More brilliant Ron Paul strategy... get your book on the NYTimes Bestseller list at the exact moment the publisher runs out of copies!

  • Isaac Newton||

    WTC7 - This is an Orange

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3898962504721899003&q=wtc 7 this is an orange&ei=aBwjSIvDOYHk4AK7ncy-AQ&hl=en


    If you don't think this is a conrolled demolition, you're nuts.

  • ||

    Heh. Did a troofer just accuse non-troofers of being nuts? That's perhaps the most hilariously blatant potkettleism I've ever seen.

  • Brian||

    More brilliant Ron Paul strategy... get your book on the NYTimes Bestseller list at the exact moment the publisher runs out of copies!

    Hey, the Sex Pistols has a similar strategy...or at least M. McLaren did.

  • ||

    I'm nuts.

  • ||

    See, what I think is nuts is believing that someone could set up a controlled demolition of a large building in Manhattan without anyone knowing.

  • Jesse Ventura||

    R C Dean | May 8, 2008, 12:19pm | #

    Yeah...yeah...what about...no seriously you've convinced me...but what about buidlings falling at freefall speed and the dust?

  • ||

    Ya'll missed the best Eye of the Tiger cover: Check it out!


    I guess I'll be polite and warn of some strong language. And I'm sticking with cream of the fight.

  • ||

    Did the predator have something to do with 9/11?

  • Episiarch||

    No, that was Skynet.

  • ||

    The Libertarian Party needs to draft Ron Paul. If nominated he may not run, but if elected he'll probably serve.

  • guy in the back row||

    Why do you have a portrait of the VP of Stark Indutries in this post about Jesse Ventura?

  • ||

    So, Episiarch, you oppose the advent of our robot overlords, who will, of course, read all blog entries and comments in the second full nanosecond of their rule. It'll probably take a few weeks before they seek vengeance against you.

  • ||

    I think it is nuts that some of the wackos out there believe the DC Madam Palfrey didn't commit suicide. The governemnt would not hurt any of us intentionally and they would never be able to carry out the neccesary lies and media cooperation to make it last.

  • Brandybuck||

    The towers did not fall at freefall speeds. Anyone who thinks so has obviously not studied the evidence. They may have watched Loose Change thirty times but they have not studied the evidence. Only an ignorant idiot would claim they fell at freefall speeds.

    http://www.debunking911.com/freefall.htm

    p.s. No, I don't expect any Trufer to bother checking that link. They would rather be ignorant idiots than be exposed to facts.

  • ||

    Didn't Popular Mechanics thoroughly trash most of the Truther claims? I mean, they used science and engineering and stuff. Is that wrong? Or is PM under the control of the CIA?

  • Guy Montag||

    Didn't Popular Mechanics thoroughly trash most of the Truther claims? I mean, they used science and engineering and stuff. Is that wrong? Or is PM under the control of the CIA?

    [wacky fringe Bush-Cheney hatred latte-slobbering voice]
    That just shows how far-reaching the conspiracy is.

    PM backed up the Moon landing stories, you know.
    [/wacky fringe Bush-Cheney hatred latte-slobbering voice]

  • Jesse Ventura||

    Brandybuck | May 8, 2008, 2:14pm | #

    No seriously...you've convinced me...I was completely wrong. It's funny how people call you Anti-American for just asking questions. But how...but how do you explain NORAD? Don't you remember Payne Stewart?

  • ||

    Pro Libertate | May 8, 2008, 10:52am | #

    Naga,

    Song? You mean this song?

    Risin' up, back on the street
    Did my time, took my chances
    Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive

    So many times, it happens too fast
    You trade your passion for glory
    Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive

    Chorus:
    It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
    Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
    And he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger

    Face to face, out in the heat
    Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
    They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
    For we kill with the skill to survive

    chorus

    Risin' up, straight to the top
    Have the guts, got the glory
    Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
    Just a man and his will to survive

    chorus

    The eye of the tiger (repeats out)...



    It is indeed "cream of the fight", as in best. Also, the lyrics in italics are the correct lyrics. Seems I have to follow Proglib everywhere to correct him.

  • ||

    Nick M.,

    Strong words from the continuity director of Urkobold. Where's Oprah? Huh? Where? And what happened to General Zod? And how is VM alive when he was clearly killed?

  • ||

    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

    When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside,
    ya' gotta take a stand, it don't help to hide,
    Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
    I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

    I feel strong about right and wrong,
    And I don't take trouble for very long,
    I got something deep inside of me, and courage is the thing that keeps us free,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

    Well you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
    I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide,
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!
    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
    I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

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