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Ron Paul in the Florida Grassroots: Flea Markets and "Sign Bombs"

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Tallahassee, Fla.—Costco cashier Daniel Saindon's flea market booth stands out like a sore thumb.

Surrounded by vendors hawking discount DVDs, buck knives, and cheap memory cards, Saindon's booth champions the presidential candidacy of the libertarian Texas congressman. The 31-year-old, wearing a Ron Paul baseball tee, regrets not setting up the booth sooner but says he just didn't have time. "It's sort of last minute. I wanted to help in some way," he says. 

Saindon estimates that he spent nearly $120 on his Tallahassee Flea Market booth and accompanying campaign materials. He also received some support from the local Ron Paul Meet Up group. When asked about Paul's lack of campaigning in the state, Saindon says he wasn't really bothered by it. "I am totally confident in his decisions. I am sure he's doing whatever he's doing for a reason."

Meanwhile, the other members of the Paul Meet Up group were 15 miles away conducting a "sign bomb" at a major intersection. Local coordinator Stephanie Foster was with them holding signs and motioning to drivers at every red light who looked even slightly interested in what they were doing.  

Foster, 36, was recently let go from her pharmaceutical research job but says campaigning for Paul has helped keep her spirits up. The severance package from her employer has helped, too. "It's like I am getting paid to campaign!" she says. 

Like Saindon, she is OK with Paul not campaigning in the Sunshine State.

"There's been a lot of effort to use grassroots efforts that don't cost him anything," she tells me.

Foster, an Obama voter in 2008, credits Paul with bringing her to libertarianism. Before she discovered Paul she still had faith in "social programs helping people."

Foster also says she would be happy with Paul finishing in third place since he had not campaigned in the state. "If he polls 10 or 12 percent that means it was a success because he is spending almost no money here at all."

NEXT: Fear and Loathing in the Florida Primary

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  1. When asked about Paul’s lack of campaigning in the state, Saindon says he wasn’t really bothered by it. “I am totally confident in his decisions. I am sure he’s doing whatever he’s doing for a reason.”

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  2. Mitt Romney in 1994 “The Blind Trust Is An Age Old Ruse.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkikKelEuQM

    They call him flipper…flipper..because he’s such a squirmy flippin liar.

    Romney Explains Foreclosure Investments: They ‘were in a blind trust’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Dg4wpZNRo

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      1. We’re all spammers now.

  3. At some point, people should check out the “Ask Obama a Question” ad.

    The questions people have are a hoot:
    “My school district fired people I liked. What are you going to do about it?”

    “Can you please ban people getting percentage pay raises that vary from employee to employee?”

    “What’s your plan to keep gasoline affordable”

    “Why are you allowing beautiful horses to be slaughtered?”

    Thomas Jefferson wept.

    1. What does that person have against ugly horses?

    2. People really are this stupid. It’s actually quite frightening.

      1. Did something happen several decades ago? Like a stupid virus? Resident Stupid? Or was it just lead and other pollutants?

        1. The vulgar masses often are clueless about legal and political theory.

          This is unsurprising. We are all clueless about 99.9% of the different areas of expertise that exist within civilization.

          Have you ever listened to someone outside your profession talk cluelessly about how your profession should go about its business?

          It’s the same thing.

          The big change is that with the rise of mass communication technology clueless people have an easier time getting their opinions heard.

          Conservatives, with their emphasis on having traditional elites run the show, do have a point. I think we are better off muddling around without such an arrangement, but I do concede they have a point.

          1. The big change is that with the rise of mass communication technology clueless people have an easier time getting their opinions heard.

            And, as a side effect, their baseless self-esteem gets a boost.

          2. One common assumption coming from duh masses is public policy is like any other trade ran by knowledgeable experts. That may be true to an extent, but learning how to push paper at the Kennedy School is the same no matter if the bureaucrat is assigned to HUD or Treasury, and pretty much equally non applicable to actual productive activity which is always the domain of specialist contracted for their specialization.

          3. “The vulgar masses often are clueless about legal and political theory.

            This is unsurprising. We are all clueless about 99.9% of the different areas of expertise that exist within civilization.

            Have you ever listened to someone outside your profession talk cluelessly about how your profession should go about its business?

            It’s the same thing.”

            It’s not the same thing. The federal gov’t is a unique and pervasive institution. Knowledge of an “area of expertise” and knowledge of one’s gov’t are incomparable. Knowledge of one’s gov’t is relevant to everyone. Every citizen is able, and generally is expected, to participate in one way or another in political and legal matters. After all, they affect everyone, and I suspect few people are so ignorant as to not know that.

            I wouldn’t consider most people to be political or legal experts, of course, but they are at least cadets or some such rank – hardly outside the profession.

        2. It’s all Umbrella Corp.’s fault!

        3. Improvements in safety and medicine stopped dumbass kids from killing themselves and allowed them to grow up and reproduce. We need to bring back factory work for the little fuckers, and no more helmets or seatbelts.

    3. And anyone wonders why we have the govt we have today?

      1. The only thing I’m wondering is why I don’t own ten solar generators — just in case I run out of fuel for the ten non solar!

        Seriously, I’m not a part of the survivalist faction in any degree beyond a few safe investments, but every day my faith in societal viability gets tested by the stupidity of people like those.

    4. “Why do you let bad things happen to good people?”

      1. I think it would be gut-wrenchingly painful comedy to have someone hunt down that “Thanks to Obama I won’t have to worry about my mortgage no more,” woman and interview her concerning her life under the Obama administration.

    5. There are reports that questions concerning marijuana, Fast and Furious, and Keystone have been removed from Obama’s site with the explanation, “The submission has been removed because people believe it is inappropriate.”

      1. Somebody should really post the question “How do I get back to Kansas?”

      2. Somebody should really post the question “What do you say to those who think that removal of questions concerning marijuana, Fast and Furious, and Keystone from your site with the explanation, ‘The submission has been removed because people believe it is inappropriate,’ is inappropriate?”

  4. Russell Means Endorses Ron Paul

    http://www.economicpolicyjourn…..-paul.html

  5. Feck horses, Obama and that gobshite on the TV called Newt. Drink! Arse! Girls!

  6. I voted today. Ron Paul is one vote richer in Florida.

    1. You sure you worked that ballot right? I bet Pat Buchanan is one vote richer right now.

      1. shhh

      2. It’s funny–we went to some sort of high-tech touchscreen, then something lower-tech, now we’re back to paper and pen. No punching holes, though.

        Not many people at the poll, but it’s just the GOP primary (nothing else) and early voting has been on for a little while.

        If poll signs mean anything, Ron Paul wins 10-1.

        1. I never would have figured you as a registered Republican… Ron Paul would get my vote too if I wasn’t already in the “Real Food Party of the United States of America”

  7. Topless protest in Davos
    video NSFW

  8. Checking up on how America’s Sweetheart is doing and they are replacing her with fugass Sarah Jessica Parker for the role of, well –

    http://www.breitbart.com/artic….._article=1

    Meanwhile, Millennium Films announced Friday that Sarah Jessica Parker will replace Moore in the role of feminist Gloria Steinem in its production of “Lovelace,” a biopic about the late porn star Linda Lovelace. A statement gave no reason for the change. The production, starring Amanda Seyfried, has been shooting in Los Angeles since Dec. 20.

    Ah, shit. . . Why the fuck would a movie about Linda Lovelace include a role for someone to play Gloria Steinem? I know, she, Ellen Goodman and those other jack booted twats crowed about Deep Throat at the time it came out, but in the context of everything about the seventies outside a Stalinist sing along with Bella Abzug they are just not important. Fuck. Movie is not going to be fun at all. Fuck you, Hollywood. I don’t even like to mix boners with storytelling anyway.

    1. It is ludicrous from the vantage point of forty years later, but at the time when the Civil Rights movement was on the wane due to its successes and the deaths of important figures, the press considered feminism to be the hep new civil rights movement and built up Steinem as a new Martin Luther King of the ovum. She didn’t accomplish shit, thank Cthulhu, but the myth is still on life support.

    2. Title it Lovelace

      How do we get people to watch a biopic of Gloria Steinem?

  9. “Have you ever listened to someone outside your profession talk cluelessly about how your profession should go about its business?”

    nearly every day on reason.com. the lulz are awesome

    the

    1. You paid tarran to set you up for that. Admit it.

      1. it was big and juicy and right there for me to pluck…

        btw, here is a good example of a site where those who actually wanted to understand some of the legal concepts surrounding search and seizure can go for well written case summaries. it’s published by the WA state AG, and is for WA LEO’s so it concentrates on cases in our state (which is more restrictive of search and seizure than the federal constitution), but it’s a good resource to actually UNDERSTAND some of these issues vs. the ignorant spouting i read here constantly

        if one is going to be an informed critic (vs. a bigot) it helps to actually understand the very shit that you relentlessly criticize in a kneejerk manner

        for example, very few people have even a cursory understanding of model UOF doctrine, and many ignorantly believe that all the courts do is to rubberstamp police activity, which this site goes a long way towards dispelling

        i realize bigots don’t WANT to understand, but there ARE many here who legitimately do

        https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=137&Itemid=80

        1. here’s the table of contents for the feb 2010 edition (a good one)

          NINTH CIRCUIT, U.S. COURT OF APPEALS 2

          CIVIL RIGHTS ACT LAWSUIT FOR ALLEGED “EXCESSIVE FORCE”: TASER HELD TO BE AN “INTERMEDIATE” “SIGNIFICANT” LEVEL OF NON-LETHAL FORCE REQUIRING STRONG GOVERNMENT INTEREST TO JUSTIFY ITS USE; COURT HOLDS TASER USE NOT LAWFUL IF NO “IMMEDIATE THREAT”; COURT ALSO INDICATES THAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF CIVILIAN MAY MILITATE AGAINST USE OF TASER
          Bryan v. McPherson, ___ F.3d ___, 2009 WL 5064477 (9th Cir. 2009) (decision filed December 28, 2009) 2

          CIVIL RIGHTS ACT LAWSUIT: UNLAWFUL FOURTH AMENDMENT “SEIZURE” OCCURRED WHEN CASEWORKER AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER INTERVIEWED POSSIBLE CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIM AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT, COURT ORDER, OR EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES
          Greene v. Camreta, ___ F.3d ___, 2009 WL 4674129 (9th Cir. 2009) (decision filed December 10, 2009) 5

          WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT 11

          “INDEPENDENT GROUNDS” RULING IN VALDEZ GOES BEYOND ARIZONA V. GANT; WASHINGTON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE GENERALLY PRECLUDED BY THE WASHINGTON CONSTITUTION FROM SEARCHING VEHICLES “INCIDENT TO ARREST” ONCE THE OCCUPANT-ARRESTEE HAS BEEN SECURED; AND WHILE VALDEZ INVOLVES A VEHICLE SEARCH, THE REASONING IN THE COURT’S LEAD OPINION MIGHT BE EXTENDED TO RESTRICT SEARCHES OF PERSONS INCIDENT TO ARREST
          State v. Valdez, ___ Wn.2d ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2009 WL 4985242 (2009) 11

          FIELD (OR “SOCIAL”) CONTACT HELD TO HAVE DEVELOPED INTO AN UNLAWFUL SEIZURE WITHOUT REASONABLE SUSPICION AT THE POINT DURING THE FIELD CONTACT WHEN THE OFFICER REQUESTED CONSENT TO FRISK
          State v. Harrington, ___ Wn.2d ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2009 WL 4681239 (2009) 17

          RCW 46.63.030: WHERE THE INFRACTION OF SECOND DEGREE NEGLIGENT DRIVING DID NOT OCCUR IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S PRESENCE, OFFICER COULD NOT LAWFULLY ISSUE A CITATION FOR THAT INFRACTION
          State v. Magee, ___ Wn.2d ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2009 WL 4350254 (2009) 23

          BRIEF NOTE FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT 24

          SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT TO JUSTIFY A WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF A RESIDENCE IN FOLLOWING UP A PROBATION VIOLATION, A PROBATION OFFICER MUST HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THE VIOLATOR RESIDES THERE; COURT ALSO REJECTS THE STATE’S ARGUMENT THAT THE WASHINGTON CONSTITUTION CONTAINS AN INEVITABLE DISCOVERY EXCEPTION TO ITS EXCLUSIONARY RULE
          State v. Winterstein, ___ Wn.2d ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2009 WL 4350257 (2009) 24

          1. I hate the exclusionary rule. It is such a joke. Instead, a police officer should be personally responsible for violating someone’s rights. I don’t even like that suggestion.

            1. ofc’s can be held personally responsible, as in one of those above cases: read the case. i’ll give you a hint. it’s one of the first

          1. troll-o-meter:.01

            and not at all. i feel all superior and shit hth

      2. I wouldn’t give the ad homimems lobbed at Dunphy, or anyone else for that matter, don’t even rise to even clueless.

        1. let’s try that again, … I wouldn’t give the ad hominems lobbed at Dunphy, et. al, credit for even being clueless.

  10. Think I might join the Ron Paul meetup group in Tally.

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  13. I hope this writer is on the payroll of the Ron Paul campaign. Rarely have I seen such blatant promotion of one candidate while pretending to be “covering” a primary. This isn’t journalism. It

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