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Ron Paul on 9/11 and Eric Dondero

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Right after that Ron Paul interview session I followed Paul to ask about his encounter with 9/11 "Truth" campaigners and Eric Dondero's planned primary challenge.

Reason: What did you mean when you told the Scholars that "the [9/11] investigation is an investigation in which there were government cover-ups"?

Paul: I do think there were cover-ups, and I think it was mainly to cover up who was blamed, who's inept. See, they had the information. The FBI had an agent who was very much aware of the terrorists getting flight lessons but obviously not training to be pilots. He reported it 70 times or whatever and it was totally ignored. We were spending $40 billion a year on intelligence. It wasn't a lack of money or a lack of intelligence, it was a lack of the ability to put the intelligence together. Even the administration had been forewarned that something was coming, the CIA had been forewarned. So it was a cover up of who to blame. I see it more that way.

Reason: The position of the Student Scholars is that 9/11 was executed by the U.S. government. Do you agree or disagree with that?

Paul: I'd say there's no evidence of that.

Reason: So what did you mean when you told Student Scholars you'd be open to a new 9/11 investigation?

Paul: Well, I think the more we know about what we went on is good. But I don't think there's any evidence of [an inside job] and I don't believe that. The blame goes to bad policy. And a lot of times bad policy is well-motivated. The people who believe in a one world government are well motivated, but they disagree with me.

Reason: Your former staffer Eric Dondero is challenging you for your House seat in 2008.

Paul: He's a disgruntled former employee who was fired.

Reason: But he says he's running because of your debate performance. So is this presidential campaign weakening your standing in your district?

Paul: Well, if it affects my standing in my district then I wouldn't be a very good candidate for the presidency. If these views are popular, and I think they're popular enough, then they should be popular in my home district. They've been hearing me saying this for a lot of years and I keep getting re-elected rather easily. I think politicians are always concerned about how they're doing in their district, but right now, if Eric Dondero is the only thing I have to worry about, then I don't have a lot to worry about.

Reason: What Dondero's said is that "there are essentially two Ron Pauls. There's the national liberal media (and libertarian blogosphere) Ron Paul. And then there's the South Texas good hometown doctor, red, white, and blue Ron Paul." And he's said you talk a good game about supporting veterans but they don't know your positions.

Paul: All one would have to do is go to the veterans part of my website. I win so many awards; we have so many people who call us from around the country because of the work we do for veterans. My biggest beef is that the veterans get shortchanged because of our war spending, and we end up with Walter Reed problems. So that statement makes zero sense.

There you go.

UPDATE: Ryan Sager posts part of a McCain conference call transcript where the senator's asked about Paul and trutherism. He's notably easier on Paul than he is on Romney, moving the McCain-Paul unity ticket from "unlikely" to "inevitable."

NEXT: Ron Paul Responds to Ryan Sager

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  1. … if Eric Dondero is the only thing I have to worry about, then I don’t have a lot to worry about.

    Bwhahahah!

    As they say: pwnd!

  2. Jesus Christ.

    If Dondero is so gung-ho to help libertarianism go mainstream, you’d think he could find another district in which to run for office, instead of doing his best to oust the only libertarian voice in the house.

    I’d much rather have one libertarian with some kooky ideas and one libertarian who’s willing to talk compromise than just one or the other.

  3. Cue Dondero to tell us why libertarians should all be republicans in 5… 4… 3…

  4. I hate the idea that this Eric Dondero is getting publicity, because he sounds like a self promoting parasite from the posts I have read by him and about him.

    I am glad to see Ron Paul making some definitive statements on this silliness.

  5. File this under rank twaddlenockery.

    Jake – Agreed! Listening/reading some of his views makes it hard to see any connection between ED and libertarianism.

    Maybe Mr. Steven Crane could explain.

    ED could always join the ZOD campaign. I hear they need someone to clean out the stables.

  6. “Reason: The position of the Student Scholars is that 9/11 was executed by the U.S. government. Do you agree or disagree with that?

    Paul: I’d say there’s no evidence of that.”

    Why say “there’s no evidence of that”? Why not just say “I disagree”. Or, better yet, “anyone who believes that 9/11 was executed by the US government is a certifiable moron devoid of any and all common sense. You can not have an IQ north of 50 and believe that bullshit. It makes me sick to my stomach to think anyone would believe me capable of holding such a disgusting, moronic, imbicilic belief”.

  7. Okapi obviously ignoring the next answer Ron Paul gave…

    Paul: Well, I think the more we know about what we went on is good. But I don’t think there’s any evidence of [an inside job] and I don’t believe that.

  8. To clarify, I don’t have a huge problem with Dondero’s claims that the Libertarian Party needs to be willing to bend a bit on principle in order to win political office. From my standpoint, I’d rather have someone who’s 70% libertarian and holding office than someone who’s 100% libertarian and completely incapable of making any political headway.

  9. Dondero is a clown. He spent most of his time establishing his “credentials” by going on about how he was a former Paul staffer — gee, Ron Paul’s history of picking staff members has been very iffy to the say the least. What is hilarious is that this war loving Dondero pretends that Ron Paul’s positions on these matters hasn’t been well known. When Dondero was talking his connections to Paul he absolutely knew Paul’s positions. So when it was useful for him to be Paul wannabe he was one and when he thinks he can use opposition to Paul for his own good he does that. Dondero isn’t interested in mainstreaming libertarianism but in promoting his own sad little self.

  10. Okapi-
    Funny, that’s just what I thought; there’s no reason to weasle out of answering a quesetion 75% of the population agrees with (remember, 1/4 of the population is retarded)

    What part of Ron Paul’s beliefs here was Rudy G complaining about? From what I’ve heard about the Republican debate he seemed pissed at Ron Paul, but if something similar to this is all he said, it doesn’t sound all that inflamitory. Or did he say something different that cheesed off Rudy?

  11. I didn’t ignore the next answer – I just think it’s telling of something (I don’t know what) that he would answer the first, direct question in a such a couched manner. Maybe it just means he’s incapable of being a good politician. Maybe it means he’s naturally predisposed to think ill of the US government. I don’t know what it means, but I do know that that one answer indicates that he is not ready to be treated as a serious candidate.

  12. Okapi –

    Funny, I was thinking that Mr. Paul consistently expresses himself very clearly, with carefully chosen words, and that the words he chooses shows him a precise thinker. Of course, this probably does indicate his unfitness for today’s political arena – and so much the worse for all of us.

  13. Correction – “. . . SHOW him to be a precise thinker.”

  14. Please don’t ask Ron Paul any more questions about that clown. ED is an attention-whore who should be ignored.

  15. Paul fired Mr. Dondero?

    Eric claims that he quit!

    Hmmm. whom to believe, whom to believe….

  16. Don’t Bob Dole and Rafael Palmiero have ED?

  17. tarran: “Paul fired Mr. Dondero?

    Eric claims that he quit! ”

    It appears Ron Paul is taking off the kid gloves. He’s probably getting a clearer picture about ED’s self promotion and characterizations.

    In an earlier comment when asked about ED’s decision to run for office, Paul made a fairly gracious comment about ED being a “credible opponent” or something like that. Hmm, I can’t recall where I read that quote. :/

  18. So, the attacks were not an “inside job”. I don’t remember anything Paul was quoted as saying before that indicated he thought that, but glad it is even more cleared up.

    Still sounds like we “invited” the attack by not staying home like the Swiss. Kind of like some ‘slut’ in a bar ‘inviting’ rape.

  19. Flight 93 was shot down.

  20. I recently attended a get-together for a newly engaged friend. Excluding the Mrs (who was good enough to come along), there were three people there I knew before I met them out of about 20. The three I knew all talked to me like adults.

    Of the other ~17, I got introduced to 12. They all worked in politics (staff or campaign types.) Of those 12, two were capable of having a reasonable conversation for longer than 2 minutes. The other ten popped the “So are you in politics” question on me within 2 sentences of meeting me and when I indicated I wasn’t, they uniformly gave me a look (ranging from “Oh, you poor thing” to “Well, YOU’RE not important”) and ditched me within another minute.

    So even if Dondero wasn’t being a dick about ousting Paul, he’s clearly a dick.

    And yes, that’s some pretty specious inductive reasoning, but it’s a Tuesday so f’ing deal with it.

  21. i’m going to move to paul’s district so i can vote against dondero.

    then i’m going to abstain in the general election since i disaprove of Paul’s voting for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. proof that he’s not a true libertarian.

  22. Speaking of sluts, Guy….

  23. “He’s notably easier on Paul than he is on Romney, moving the McCain-Paul unity ticket from “unlikely” to “inevitable.””

    Inevitable? That’s a tad bit overstated isn’t it?

  24. Unenviable.

  25. Still sounds like we “invited” the attack by not staying home like the Swiss.

    You put “invited” in quotation marks as if Paul said it, when he never did. Giuliani was the one who (in a dense, reflexive, and opportunistic manner) confused the accepted notion of blowback with “inviting” consequences of sloppy and arrogant foreign policies.

    But what can you expect from a guy who said,

    “Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”

    He’s the Republican even communists can love!

  26. Guy Montag | May 22, 2007, 12:56pm | #

    So, the attacks were not an “inside job”. I don’t remember anything Paul was quoted as saying before that indicated he thought that, but glad it is even more cleared up.

    Still sounds like we “invited” the attack by not staying home like the Swiss. Kind of like some ‘slut’ in a bar ‘inviting’ rape.

    No person or country has a right to perform risky behavior with the expectation they will not be hurt. But that does not mean that the rapist/enemy should go unpunished or be punished less severely.

  27. I must confess that I wouldn’t have been bent out of shape if Mr. Paul had used the word invited. It still doesn’t mean “justified”.

    The women that knowingly walked naked into the alley filled with escaped rapists invited the attacks. Does that mean the rape was justified? No, but there is the matter of responsible behavior to consider.

  28. Still sounds like we “invited” the attack by not staying home like the Swiss.

    You put “invited” in quotation marks as if Paul said it, when he never did.

    No, I put it in quotes for the people who argue about it. Plus, it WAS in the premise of the question and Mr. Paul accepted that premise in his answer.

    Still sounds like we ‘invited’ the attack by not staying home like the Swiss. Feel better now?

    BTW, from the statements from Al Queda representitives, we are ‘inviting’ attack just from existing. Not, per Ron Paul, by being over there.

  29. Still sounds like we “invited” the attack by not staying home like the Swiss. Kind of like some ‘slut’ in a bar ‘inviting’ rape.

    Actually, it sounds more like saying someone invited an ass kicking because they went around acting like a hard-ass.

  30. Does anybody know why Dondero used to go by “Eric Rittberg” instead of his current name? When I met him at an LP state convention about 15 years ago, that was the name he used. While I liked the idea of the Republican Liberty Caucus, he came across as something of a used car salesman who wasn’t quite trustworthy. It wasn’t anything overt that he said or did, but more of the “air” he projected. I wonder if anybody else felt that way about him. The fact that he’s using a different name now adds a little bit to the feeling that there was something shady about him. Does anybody know why the name change?

  31. The women that knowingly walked naked into the alley filled with escaped rapists invited the attacks. Does that mean the rape was justified? No, but there is the matter of responsible behavior to consider.

    In this case, think more of a woman not covered in a tent, who dares to wear makeup, maybe even a skirt that shows calf.

  32. Well, Al Queda doesn’t speak for the whole Arab world. Al Queda may indeed have a blind hatred now toward us, and like any political organization I don’t doubt that they say things for domestic consumption. Yes, we are all infidels, so are the Swiss, but our country is the one that get’s singled out for “special” treatment from Al Queda.

    So, I think we can say that Al Queda is simply wrapping up 60 years of interventions by the USA under a banner of religious outrage. Not that shocking, our pols do it all the time.

  33. Actually, it sounds more like saying someone invited an ass kicking because they went around acting like a hard-ass.

    Yea, all that withdrawing from europe stuff, but we did help kick the Soviets out of Afghanistan, then we left there too. Such brutes we are!

    Then we stopped a bunch of Muslims from being slaughtered more in Eastern Europe.

    Oh, you must be talking about our no-fly-zones after the first gulf war, the same ones Ron Paul is talking about, where we were “bombing Iraq for ten years”. Too bad some good Democracy took root under the northern no-fly-zone. Stopped a lot of the further slaughter of Muslims in the south too. OH THE HUMANITY!

    Yea, such bully behavior should not be tolerated and we ought to expect to be attacked for being such bruts?

    lol

  34. Yes, we are all infidels, so are the Swiss, but our country is the one that get’s singled out for “special” treatment from Al Queda.

    Since when were Spain, Indonesia, Bali, Lebanon and others part of the US?

  35. David McElroy: “something shady about him”

    I noticed that he goes by several “aliases” as well. And, there is a shady feel to him because isn’t intellectually honest in his stances and gets pretty ugly in his online rants.

  36. All Ron Paul, all the time.

    The last bastion of neutral, unbiased political news is C-Span. Everything else is partisan.

  37. Call me crazy, but I thought Reason had been openly libertarian since the beginning. How surprising that a libertarian magazine with a high percentage of libertarian readers would be interested in the Ron Paul campaign!

    Of course, Paul is no Zod; then again, who is?

  38. Guy Montag: “Since when were Spain, Indonesia, Bali, Lebanon and others part of the US?”

    The USA joined their club looks like to me. If we hadn’t spent the last 60 odd years farting around in other nations and regions of the world, I daresay the outcome would be different. The whole of the Arab world didn’t wake up one day and decide to hate the USA. It was a volatile enough situation without us injecting ourselves into the mix.

    And yes, our support in carving out the state of Israel in 1947 didn’t help matters much. But, all our interventionist policies are well intended.

  39. Wow, RH, just wow.

  40. Wow, GM, just wow.

  41. Ron Paul would beat Guy Montag in a debate.

    General Zod, however, wouldn’t even stoop so low as to debate Montag. He’d just summarily pwn him.

  42. thoreau: you’re one of those capitulationist liberal types who thinks actions have consequences!

    fucking physicist.

  43. What Kwix and Doktor T said.

    wow. Mein Gott.

    Ron Paul doesn’t just beat people in the debate. He beats them with the debate.

    There is a sandwich named after him on every continent, too!

    oh – those apply to the URKOBOLD. My mistake.

  44. At the end of the day, it’s not a matter of proving if blowback exists, or if we do more good than harm.

    The question is this:

    Should the US Government get placed back into the Constitutional Box and follow a non-interventionist foreign policy?

    Our government can’t become a world empire and remain a constitutional republic.

  45. No, I put it in quotes for the people who argue about it. Plus, it WAS in the premise of the question and Mr. Paul accepted that premise in his answer.

    Still sounds like we ‘invited’ the attack by not staying home like the Swiss. Feel better now?

    My feelings don’t enter into it. Putting quotes around “invited” makes it seem like Paul said it and he didn’t.

    Bottom line is, our foreign policy has consequences. The notion that we were attacked because of our freedom is childishly simplistic and demonstrably untrue, if we take our enemies at their word. The 9/11 attacks (or something like them) were inevitable. And as long as we continue to ignore the wishes of the people we’re supposed to be helping, arrogantly staying in places where the majority of inhabitants don’t want us, we will continue to be attacked.

  46. “But, all our interventionist policies are well intended.”
    What policy isn’t “well intended”?

    Our interventionist policy sucks and Ron Paul is right, we should mind our own business.

    Instead in the middle ease we overthrew governments and installed new totalitarian ones, put sanctions on certain contries, built military bases and stationed troops in nearby countries, used threats to enforce our will, provided weapons to dictators, and more…

    If irrational people didn’t like us, then we do all those things, that only gives them more reason to really not like us.

  47. Dmitri | May 22, 2007, 2:25pm | # “What policy isn’t “well intended”?”

    Preaching to the choir, lol. I put that “well intentioned remark in my comment to underscore its irrelevancy to the consequences.

    The road to hell is, indeed, well paved with the best of intentions.

  48. Should the US Government get placed back into the Constitutional Box and follow a non-interventionist foreign policy?

    But, Ron, then how can we ever know if we’re #1?? The government has proved over and over again how efficient and competent it is at being #1 and using tax dollars (and borrowed money) to force foreign people to take our #1 kind of help (you know they only hate us because we’re #1). And you want to put an end to all that?

    Wow. Just wow.

  49. ease = east

    RH,
    I agree. Constitutional Republic, not world empire.

  50. To partially clear up the Dondero name issue: He was adopted (which I hear means someone loves him) and then switched to his biological father’s name at a later date.

    I think that’s right.

  51. thoreau,

    Did you sign the petition for Zod? Even the son of Jor-El signed! Imagine that!

    I must say that I’m disappointed that conservatives aren’t enjoying Paul more. He’s bringing back–for the first time in a while at the national level–discussion of why limited government is a good thing. The war in Iraq is a transient thing, but our philosophy about what kind of political system we’re going to operate under is not. Or shouldn’t be, anyway.

    It’s not crazy to say that we should have a reason for mucking about in the Middle East. Paul’s motive for saying that isn’t the same as, say, the Democrats’ reasons for saying similar things, and GOPers should take a little more time to understand his point rather than responding with the standard arguments against their points. For instance, the openly stated doctrine of preemptive war has played no small role in getting Iran to go nuke happy. Is that a good thing?

    I’m no isolationist, and I still, for instance, support the occupation of Afghanistan. But that’s a consequence of policies and actions that I think we should’ve never engaged in, not a statement of some sort of ideal that we should invade first and ask questions later.

  52. Les,

    LOL.

    Wow. Just wow.

  53. Careful David, don’t ask about Eric’s name: he’ll accuse you of antisemitism.

    Anyway, he answered that question last week:

    The controversy about my name?

    Simple:

    Dondero = Biological Father’s name

    Rittberg = Adoptive parents’ name.

    You gotta problem with that?

    The more I think about, the more I see him as the Cynthia McKinney of Libertarianism.

  54. Dondero isnt even 70% libertarian. He supported Bush In 2004 ( in 2000, I may have given a pass) and he has been supporting Rudy Guiliani this time. He is a Rudy partisan and got pissed that his former boss got into it with his current lover.

  55. Regarding what Paul said:

    I can see how his “There’s no evidence of that” statement sounds weak. In some ways it is. But it also cuts right to the point. The conspiracy theorists have no evidence.

    It may not be an explicit denunciation of the “Truthers”, but it basically sums up the fundamental problem with their stance. Because it isn’t an explicit and harsh condemnation of the “Truthers” it may sound evasive, but it’s not the sort of evasion that a person with “Truther” sympathies would give.

  56. Republicans are all about getting a pound of flesh. If you advance a theory that they don’t like, they go after you personally. In order to be a part of their club, a politician can’t just negate the theory, they have to go after the proponent.

  57. I don’t think Ron Paul needs to vehemently denounce people that believe in a 9/11 Conspiracy, it’s a free country, last I checked…I think. I think it goes against Paul’s values to denounce people for holding opinions.

    We are living in a country today that if you say you can sympathize with the Branch Davidians or Randy Weaver you will be called a nut job.

    Ron Paul is a uniter, not a divider.

    hehe

  58. Les,

    how can we ever know if we’re #1?

    The CIA says that we are #10

  59. Thanks for the links, Tarran. The response from Rittberg/Dondero is a perfect example of Godwin’s Law in action. 🙂

  60. Hey, Guy, you’ll never be accepted by the lumpen Republicans you emulate and pathetically suck up to. As far as they’re concerned, you’re still a low-tax liberal regardless of how much of a hawk you are.

  61. I can see how his “There’s no evidence of that” statement sounds weak. In some ways it is. But it also cuts right to the point. The conspiracy theorists have no evidence.

    Then again, Paul is suggesting renewed investigation of events around 9/11. I think the fear is that he would use the power of the presidency to do an investigation and that new evidence would emerge out of that.

    That is why Paul seems like a closet Truther to so many people, why he gives off that vibe. He hopes that he can trick we, the public, into letting him investigate.

  62. Besides agreeing with thoreau, I’ll add that I find it refreshing for a politician to stick closer to cold, hard facts and shy away from emotional rhetoric.

    The reason the 9/11 conspiracy theorists are wrong isn’t because it’s just terrible, horrible to even suggest that our own government could have a hand in such a thing. Our own government has, in the last 50 years, had its hand in an assortment of appalling atrocities, cooly assisting and sometimes even carrying out the deliberate murder of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of civilians. What’s galling to some about the 9/11 theories is that it suggests we’d do it to American civilians.

    No, I think the 9/11 conspiracy theorists are wrong for the same reason creationists are wrong, because they ignore evidence that conflicts with their beliefs. In doing so, have created scenarios that are bereft of factual and intellectual credibility, and therefore useless on any practical level. They also seem very silly.

  63. robc,

    The CIA aren’t #1, so what do they know, anyway?

    …lousy CIA…always badmouthing America…

  64. There is a sandwich named after him on every continent, too!

    -VM

    Awsome, simply awsome!

    Who was it again who boasts this most dubious distinction?

    I, for one, always thought getting laid on all 7 was far superior.

    or smoking a joint on all 7.

    ..or playing a scratch off lotto ticket on all 7.

    …anything!!!

    …on all 7.

  65. Les,

    Good point about the CIA. After all, they made up the blowback theory, then forgot to tell anyone just so Rudy wouldnt have heard about it before the debate.

    Just think how deep the conspiracy must go. Rudy has been studying the Middle East since the 70s and for 30 years the CIA has successfully kept him from hearing about it.

  66. Regarding what Paul said:

    I can see how his “There’s no evidence of that” statement sounds weak.

    That’s exactly the precise sounding answer I would expect out of an engineer. You don’t tell someone they are wrong, only that there is no evidence to support their claims.

    It may be a feature of his medical background as opposed to being a wishy-washy political answer.

  67. steveintheknow,

    Swimming on all seven.

    Even more impressive, lawn bowling on all seven (or even growing a lawn on all seven).

  68. “Well, I think the more we know about what we went on is good. But I don’t think there’s any evidence of [an inside job] and I don’t believe that.”

    Why is “[inside job]” quoted as a paraphrase?

    What did Ron Paul really say, instead of inside job?

    Did he say:

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of the US military flying jets into the Towers and I don’t believe that.

    or

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of the US military command standing down the air defenses and I don’t believe that.

    or

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of the landlord blowing up the Twin Towers after the hi-jackers hit them and I don’t believe that.

    or

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of the landlord demolishing WTC7 and I don’t believe that.

    or

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of the anthrax being a false flag attack and I don’t believe that.

    or

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of that Flt 93 was shot down and I don’t believe that.

    Use of the vague parenthatical “[inside job]” is not helpful here. It is difficult to be sure what Ron Paul meant. What were the candidate’s actual words on this point?

  69. Dave W., as a former newspaper editor (and reporter before that), I can tell you that I suspect the missing word would be “it.” If you’re going to insert something like that into a quote, you would be be helping to explain what someone was referring to with a vague term, NOT obscuring words in which the speaker was explicit.

  70. Thanks, Steve Who Knows –

    my friend “AGF” threw that one my way. He likes the “Chuck Norris” jokes, so he constantly comes up with new ones/ recycles other phrases and adjusts them.

  71. Sounds to me like he wants to have it both ways; support from the Alex Jones’ wackos and plausible deniability. Still, those answers were better than what Paul has come up with before; we’ll see how the “Truthers” react to it.

  72. I can tell you that I suspect the missing word would be “it.”

    You are probably correct, in which case it would appear that Ron Paul was merely referring to the previous question, and his thought would read thus:

    But I don’t think there’s any evidence of it [meaning: that 9/11 was executed by the US government] and I don’t believe that.

    I guess my point is that there is room for a lot of conspiracy theorism, even if you believe that there were real Islamic highjackers doing the highjacking.

  73. It’s clear from these comments at my Democratic friend’s blog that Dondero believes libertarians and the GOP are OMG BFF’s!!1! and anyone attempting to “drive a wedge” between them will only do so over his “dead body”.

    http://heyjennyslater.blogspot.com/2007/05/killing-infidel.html#c1925571383613349349

    At least that’s what I think he’s saying. I’ve reread his comment a few times and still can’t quite grasp his point.

  74. Guy Montag,

    SHUT

    THE F***

    UP,

    UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMETHING REMOTELY INTELLIGENT TO SAY.
    YOU WILL BE INFORMED BY Urkobold IN ADVANCE WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY.

    Urkobold hath thus stymied his own rage.

  75. All hail Urkobold!

  76. Oh Great URKOBOLD! May “What A” Guy be my Dodgeball partner?

    pretty pretty please?

  77. Guy Montag WILL BE THE DODGE BALL.

  78. Aw, gee, whiz. Nuts.

    But, you gotta hand it to him. He’s quite the guy!

  79. Okapi wrote: “It makes me sick to my stomach to think anyone would believe me capable of holding such a disgusting, moronic, imbicilic belief”.”

    Um, “imbecilic” is one of those words that you just don’t want to mis-spell. It kind of boomerangs.

  80. Regarding what Paul said:

    “There’s no evidence of that.”

    This seems to indicate that he has read and considered the arguments of 9/11 truth groups, which is a sin heretical enough to get him another segment on The Malkin Factor.

  81. This is the same crap they threw at Kerry.

    Ooh, you didn’t phrase your answer in exactly the right manner – that means you love 9/11 truthers!

    Look at Mr. Big Words there!

  82. Folks can check the debate transcript.

    MR. GOLER: Are you suggesting we invited the 9/11 attack, sir?

    REP. PAUL: I’m suggesting that we listen to the people who attacked us and the reason they did it, ……..

    MR. GIULIANI: Wendell, may I comment on that? That’s really an extraordinary statement. That’s an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of September 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq….. – New York Times

    {Elisions and bolding are mine.}

    Paul never said invited. That was Wendell Goler’s term, which Rudy picked up on, and with which he proceeded to beat Ron about the head and shoulders. Guy has a point when he said that that it was a premise of Goler’s question, but notice that, while Paul tried to express what U.S. actions motivated the attackers, he never claimed that their felt grievances justified their actions.

    Kevin

  83. Ron Paul used the scientifically correct words to answer the claims made by “Student Scholars” about a 9/11 conspiracy within the U.S. government.

    Paul: “I’d say there’s no evidence of that.”

    So, the hypothesis is nullified; maybe some evidence will show up some day. Meanwhile, forget it.

    It is good skeptic epistemology.

  84. Guy Montag,

    SHUT

    THE F***

    UP,

    UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMETHING REMOTELY INTELLIGENT TO SAY.
    YOU WILL BE INFORMED BY Urkobold IN ADVANCE WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY.

    Urkobold hath thus stymied his own rage.

    Cute! And make me.

  85. Thanks Asharak, now walk on your hands for another free drink.

  86. kevrob,

    Paul never said invited. That was Wendell Goler’s term,

    And Mr. Paul accepted the premise and blamed the USA for the attacks of 9/11. It was all our own fault that UBL attacked us because we were enforcing no-fly-zones on Iraq and all the rest.

    Yea, we asked to be attacked all the way back to when Ike kicked the french and British off of the Siani. Eveil Zionist Bastards we be.

  87. Please don’t ask Ron Paul any more questions about that clown. ED is an attention-whore who should be ignored.

    Hey, Have I mentioned lately (ie – in this thread) that Eric Dondero is such an egomaniac that he created his own wikipedia entry?

  88. Guy writes: “In this case, think more of a woman not covered in a tent, who dares to wear makeup, maybe even a skirt that shows calf.”

    Actually, it’s more like a neighbor who keeps spraypainting “JESUS SAVES” on your car and who got your new husband locked up on trumped-up charges because he prefers your old abusive drunk husband.

  89. “Good point about the CIA. After all, they made up the blowback theory, then forgot to tell anyone just so Rudy wouldnt have heard about it before the debate.”

    Rudy knows it by whatever’s Italian for ‘hoist by his own petard’.

  90. And Mr. Paul accepted the premise and blamed the USA for the attacks of 9/11. It was all our own fault that UBL attacked us because we were enforcing no-fly-zones on Iraq and all the rest.

    Sorry, Guy. That’s disingenuous, to be kind. Look, if you prefer to support a guy who thinks your liberty is about obeying his authority, to each his own, but don’t make stuff up. That’s really just weak.

  91. “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”

    Is Eric going to make witty remarks like this under his own name now, instead of attributing them to Ron Paul? Eric?

  92. Announcing the formation of a new political action alliance:

    Bloggers
    United
    To
    Thoroughly
    Head off the
    Election of
    Asshats like
    Dondero.

    Yes, yes, I know I am just cribbing from my own comment in last weeks Dondero thread, but I can’t help it. I just crack myself up sometimes. Really. I just slay myself. That’s all I have time for, gotta go work on my wikipedia bio.

  93. Squoo, that famous quote that got Ron Paul into so much trouble came from Ron’s ghost writer at the time Lew Rockwell.

  94. Official response to Ron Paul:

    If I was “fired” as you claim, then why did you give me a $10,000 bonus at the end of my tenure?

  95. This attack on me from Ron Paul is to be expected, but really quite juvenile. I haven’t worked for him for over 3 years. Since that time I’ve been using him (and my friend Chief of Staff Tom Lizardo), as an employment reference. In the last 3 years, I’ve received employment with every firm that I’ve applied to0 (like as a translator for AIG who conducts extensive background checks), so I’m presuming that the reference was good.

    Now, all of a sudden Ron Paul is saying that I was “fired.”

    Interesting. I sense the heavy hand of Marc Elam or Lew Rockwell behind this strategy. Interesting indeed.

  96. “that famous quote that got Ron Paul into so much trouble came from Ron’s ghost writer at the time Lew Rockwell.”

    I thought so, I thought it sounded like the type of racist remarks that he sometimes makes.

  97. “And Mr. Paul accepted the premise and blamed the USA for the attacks of 9/11. It was all our own fault that UBL attacked us because we were enforcing no-fly-zones on Iraq and all the rest.”

    And “all the rest” includes sanctions that killed 500,000 children, occupation of the Muslim holy land in Arabia, siding with Israel in their oppression of the Palestinians, and our general meddling in the Middle East since the 50’s.

  98. Eric, I don’t know who you’re trying to convince. When you write stuff like this and openly support the policies of Bush, it doesn’t matter if you call yourself a libertarian. If you support big government and empire building (a single google search turns up more than enough of your writings to see you’re no more libertarian than Bill Maher) then you can call yourself Thomas Jefferson for all I care. I’m sure there are plenty of republicrat blogs for you to post on where someone might mistake your nonsense as reasonable so you’re wasting valuable time here.

    I do need to thank you though. Some of your writings were pretty funny. It’s a shame you didn’t mean them to be.

  99. Our interventionist policy sucks and Ron Paul is right, we should mind our own business.

    Except for covert actions and it is okay for other countries to do preemptive actions, just not us.

    See his position in the previous thread.

  100. ownd

  101. Eric,
    That article you wrote makes you look like a total idiot. Your biggest credit is once having worked for a politician that is now winning internet polls for the republican primaries. Now you are trying ruin ron paul’s good name with redonkulous smears.

    Ron Paul oozes integrity and you ooze greaseballiness. Why not jsut go work for Mccain or Guliani?

  102. As another former Ron Paul staffer, who worked in the same office with Eric. I can tell you definitely. Eric was fired because he never came to work. When he did come to work, he slept on a nasty couch which we burned after he left.

    Eric is a digruntled former employee that developed many bad habits over the years and numero uno was slothfullness.

  103. Allow me to correct the record.

    Yes, the poster above is correct. I did sleep on a couch in my office from time to time.

    But that was because Ron and I would be out in the District to the wee hours of the morning at events.

    At one point, our District was so large it would take 5 hours to drive from one side (Blanco west of Austin) back home to Freeport.
    Getting home at 3:00 am in the morning for Ron Paul and I was almost a daily event when he was back home in the District.

    Many times I’d just skip going home, and go straight to the District office for a nap before the next day’s work schedule.

    Sorry, if some don’t happen to think this made sense.

  104. Your’e wrong Mr. Dondero. Ron Paul was quoting the administrations own documents. How can you deny that the reason we were attacked was due to our policies in part. Have you read the 9/11 report? Or read what the perpetrators of these crimes have said? Or are you just trying the same thing as Rudy and trying to use 9/11 to further your agenda.

    If you want to solve a problem, it is key to understand what has caused the problem. This is common sense.

  105. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out how Rudolph Giuliani is in any way a “libertarian,” as Dondero claims. I can’t identify a single libertarian position in Giuliani’s platform or any of his speeches, yet Dondero urges libertarians to vote for him.

    Curious, that.

  106. Is this why Dondero calls Giuliani a libertarian:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs5DxwzEXHQ

    ???????

    Yeah, suing gun manufacturers…Quite “libertarian,” isn’t it?

  107. Ron Paul is no libertarian. I’m on a discussion group of the RLC (Republican Liberty Caucus) and his supporters are all Buchananites. White racists who keep condemning Abe Lincoln and wishing the South won the civil war.

    The chair of that group, Westmiller, a big Ron Paul supporter keeps going on about a Jewish/Israeli conspiracy to conquer the ME. Right out of the protocols of the elders of zion.

  108. Ron Paul may not be an ideal libertarian–as far as I’m concerned, no government office holder could ever possibly be libertarian enough, otherwise they wouldn’t hold government office, which is why I don’t vote.

    But I’m still trying to wrap my head around Dondero’s claim that a gun-grabbing fascist like Giuliani is worthy of a libertarian’s vote. I can’t identify a single policy position held by Giuliani that could be remotely characterized as even being libertarian-ish. Not one. I would really like to see Dondero offer something along the lines of a rational explanation of why exactly Giuliani should be supported by libertarians.

  109. Ron was in DC(as he never missed a vote) when Eric was sleeping on the couch.

    Ron Paul was also in DC on 9-11 as congress was in session so, Eric you lied about what he said about that as well.

    Sleeping, lying… so many bad habits. Not at all the character to be found in a member of congress.

    You don’t have any friends on the Ron Paul staff. You wronged us by not showing up to work for weeks and we had to cover your phone. It was a good thing it didn’t ring much.

  110. The truth will come out about Dondero being paid by Repuglicans to act as an agent provacateur among libertarians and gullible libertarians. A united freedom movement is the last thing either major party wants. Dondero is a parasite of the worst kind -ask anyone who’s worked with him.

    Dondero still has quotes on his website that have been vocally and publicly retracted, long ago, yet he refuses to take them down –clinging to a past that was sporadic and shoddy at best. He is a military collectivist, and a pragmatist authoritarian, not a libertarian.

    He acts tough, but he’s 5’5″ and couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. Piss on Eric Dondero.

  111. The criminals fear Dr Ron for good reason.

  112. I just listened to an old interview that Harry Browne did with Eric Dondero in ’05. I had never heard of Dondero before, but I have to say, this guy is completely psychotic. He actually claimed that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 (even though the administration doesn’t even claim this anymore), and that nuking Mecca was a suitable act of retaliation. He also verbally attacks Browne, and claims he was a “Democrat” for not sharing his clearly psychotic viewpoints, and came off like a belligerent nutjob.

    I have no idea who this guy is or what he’s doing now (yes, I did notice how old this article is), but I’m so angered and appalled by this lunatic that I had to vent. I hope the libertarian community has ostracized him in every way possible. The fact that he believes his violent and irrational viewpoints are even remotely libertarian is a testament to how deranged he really is.

    (Also, the aforementioned interview illustrates how great of a man Harry Browne was by contrast. He was so incredibly calm and logical, even as this guy was flat out insulting him on his own show. We truly lost a one-of-a-kind man in Mr. Browne.)

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