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Elko Barbers for Ron Paul

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Elko, Nev. –  A few years back the Lion's Mane Barbershop relocated from the Red Lion Hotel & Casino to the small complex that serves the residents of the Double Dice RV Park. Its residents, a combination of mine workers, drifters, and people just passing through, provide a steady stream of customers for owner Tyler Vavak, a Ron Paul supporter. It is to these customers that he preaches the libertarian gospel while providing the only straight razor service in town. "I voted for Bush in 2004. I was always Republican leaning but I get a lot of customers that are veterans and they told me about this guy named Ron Paul," he said

Vavak first heard about Paul in 2006 from a veteran who was venting about the Federal Reserve and the gold standard. It is not just about the Federal Reserve for Vavak though. One of the issues here is the US Forrest Service's creation of a Travel Management Plan for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, a popular place of recreation for local residents. The plan would create restrictions that Vavak thinks go too far. He believes Paul would stop its implementation. 

Go Raiders! Go Ron Paul!

Inside Vavak's shop, just below some Oakland Raiders memorabilia and pictures of haircuts, is a table full of Paul stickers and pamphlets. (Oh, and there is this sweet Ron Paul clock.) Vavak says his shop is a place not only for people to get a great haircut and shave but a place of discussion, too. "I have customers with all kinds of opinions. Some are private about them and others love to mix it up," he said.  

Later today Vavak is headed to Elko Regional Airport to pick up Paul and take him to his afternoon campaign appearance. Ron Paul Elko MeetUp organizer Marla Criss suggested him for the task. While he is out with his favorite congressman from Texas, Vavak's barber apprentice, Dave Shinn, will be holding down the shop.  

Shinn, 29, is a big fan of Paul too and he credits Vavak for his "political awakening. "I didn't really care about politics until I started working for Tyler last year. He really opened my eyes to the Constitution and stuff," he said. 

"Now he's got me making phone calls and talking to customers," he said. 

When asked about having to go through Nevada's official barber licensing process, Shinn said it's a pain but added, "I wouldn't want just anybody cutting my hair. I think you should have to be licensed to do a lot of things." 

 

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  1. It’s like a white guy’s version of Barbershop, that video. (I assume since I’ve never seen the movie.) A day’s commitment to buy a car? Most people these days make a five year commitment.

    Vavak and Shinn should secretly shave the Bill of Rights into the back of their customers’ heads.

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  2. A license to cut people’s hair? It’s not rocket science. Is he worried that a lack of regulation will get people killed by the Barber of Seville?

    1. He’s worried “lack of regulation” means more competition. That’s what anyone “worried” about licensing is really thinking.

      1. I was reading a message board about architectural licensing and what those of us who are unlicensed should be able to call ourselves. My science the protectionism was repugnant.

    2. Is he worried that a lack of regulation will get people killed by the Barber of Seville Fleet Street?

      1. No, just that the resulting pies won’t comply with the relevant public health legislation

  3. Oh, went and looked around, found this pertaining to Indiana (my state of residence). I’m glad some people see sense!

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  4. “I wouldn’t want just anybody cutting my hair. I think you should have to be licensed to do a lot of things.”

    I think Mr Shinn hasn’t finished awakening, but, to be fair, he’s sounds much further along than I was at 29.

  5. It is to these customers that he preaches the libertarian gospel while providing the only straight razor service in town.

    A razor to the throat? Yep, I’d be convinced.

    1. Argh! You beat me to it!

  6. If Romney ever drops by, they should shave a giant penis into the back of his head.

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      It sort of makes me think of that Simpson’s episode, with George Bush. “Does anyone have any questions? Does anyone have any questions that ARE NOT about the state of my hair?”

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    ? Since it is any white person‘s right, is it an individual right or a collective right?

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  9. When asked about having to go through Nevada’s official barber licensing process, Shinn said it’s a pain but added, “I wouldn’t want just anybody cutting my hair. I think you should have to be licensed to do a lot of things.”

    Translation: I’m all for freedom unless it means competition for me.

  10. A great writer once regretted that all the people who know best for our country are driving cabs or cutting hair. On managerial competence: Paul can’t even run a newsletter. On trustworthiness:He’s an earmarker who parades as a Libertarian. On leadership: In his decades in Congress, he’s failed to pass a single law of national import. On reality-orientation: Paul has stated “Israel created Hamas”, credentialling himself as a citizen of some alternate reality.

    1. He’s Repugnican.

    2. So O’Romney can count on your vote then?

    3. His newsletter made a lot of money.

      His voting record is very consistent, and he explains his reasoning on earmarks — Congress is supposed to earmark all funds, not leave them to the discretion of the executive branch.

      He hasn’t convinced Congress to support his sensible ideas, but by standing firm he’s leading a mass movement that may eventually restore Constitutional government. You want him to cave early?

    4. Right, Paul meant that Israel *literally* created Hamas, like organised the meeting and wrote the charter for it… That’s what you think.

      Israel created Hamas the same way it created Hezbollah, by exerting force in one way (mostly legitimately) and producing a reaction.

      Just as the bailouts created OWS.

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  13. And who’s going to argue with you when you’re holding a straight razor near his throat?

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