By Ron Paul
Ron on his new personal website, and why he became a doctor and not a soldier.
When I was thinking of the URL for my new personal homepage, I considered many possibilities. Thanks also to all those who sent other suggestions. But I settled on RonPaulMD.com as reflecting a very important area of my life. To be a physician, and deliver 4,000 babies, was extremely fulfilling. Many times, I see people wearing a “I Was a Ron Paul Baby” t-shirt. Once, when I gave a speech in Iowa, I was told the head of the convention center wanted to talk to me. She had her birth certificate, and this time, she said, she wanted a legible signature! I was delighted to sign it again.
RonPaulMD.com highlights the non-political aspect of my life, the part not involved with that great engine of violence in DC, except to oppose it. Though when I first ran for office, advisors told me to emphasize the MD, since it showed I was not a lawyer!
Most important, I became a doctor to avoid being a soldier. I knew I would be drafted, and such things as seeking asylum in another country, or becoming a conscientious objector, were out of my range of thought at that time. But if I became a doctor, I knew I would not be given a rifle and told to shoot other young men at government orders.
Though the horrible UN oath is used in medical schools these days, I still adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, and its injunction to “First, do no harm.” It’s a great, ancient libertarian principle.
Thanks for visiting my home page. I hope you come back often. (emphasis Guffaw)
Dr. Paul reminded me of something. When I turned eighteen, my Father made certain I registered for The Draft. This was during the height of the Vietnam War. Between my disgust for communism, and a family history involving Marines, I really wanted to go. And kill communists for my country.
But, being disabled, they wouldn’t have me. Later, in college, I tried again with R.O.T.C. They, too, refused me. Said I couldn’t march. (I could shoot, but when was THAT ever a qualification?)
One of my good friends, David (Yes, another David – this makes 4?) came-of-age and registered as a conscientious objector. I even wrote a letter to his draft board attesting to his sincerity in his beliefs. And I asked a third time if they’d consider me as his replacement. No go.
But in my adolescent fantasies (the ones not consumed by girls), I had dreamt of becoming a Marine, then a local cop, then a federal agent of some flavor. This was not in anyone else’s cards.
It occurred to me a couple years ago that the primary reason I wanted law enforcement under my belt was so I could carry a firearm, legally, concealed. And, of course, to catch the ‘bad guys’. Now, with my CCW permit (and Constitutional Carry) I can do that in most of my State with impunity.
Now that I’m over 60, and the appeal of working for The Man is gone, I would not carry a gun for my government. Unless, of course, the Chinese military is advancing up from the Mexican Border…
And many of those ‘bad guys’ now work for government. Who knew?
I cannot imagine the anguish of those in government who honor their oaths to The Constitution, and have to do the bidding of the ‘bad guys’. It must be excruciating. And demoralizing.
Some of them are friends. You know who you are. Thank you for your service and dedication.
…don’t take your gun to town! ♫ (sung to the tune of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Mel Tillis; originally made popular by Kenny Rogers) – New lyrics by ‘Guffaw’ and B. Jannuzzi)
You’ve put on your sport coat and got your Colt Cobra there,
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me that Oswald’s goin’ down…
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town!
It wasn’t me that started that crazy Asian war,
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore.
And yes it’s true this isn’t the country that it used to be.
Oh, Ruby, are you controlled by the Mob and The Company?
It’s hard to love a man whose legs could be broke and paralyzed…
and the wants and needs of a man your age, Ruby I realized.
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town.
He’s leaving now, ’cause I just heard the slammin’ of the door.
The way I know I’ve heard it some 100 times before.
If I could move I’d get my own gun and put Lee in the ground.
Oh Ruby, for God’s sake turn around.
The Warren Commission’s ‘Official’ answer said there was ‘no credible evidence’ Oswald and Ruby knew each other. No assassination conspiracy/coverup.
In the words of Dennis Miller, “I haven’t seen choreography like that since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison transfer!”
Dedicated to the tireless investigators, both public and private, who see the Warren Report for the
hokum, bullsh*t, disinformation it is. And to the Vietnam Veterans for whom Mel Tillis wrote the original, unbastardized song.
(BTW – Happy Birthday GUFFAW! 61 Years.)
d. all of the above!
One of The President’s top advisors is an Iranian born militant progressive. His Attorney General supports the New Black Panthers. Another advisor was one of the leaders of The Weathermen, involved in bombings and killings – he is completely unrepentant for these acts. His (former) pastor of 20 years is a Black Separatist Revolutionary.
There was a time folks with these kind of credentials would have been shunned by academia and the political world. At the very least. Now they are feted. (fetid?)
From Mark Knapp…
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
She now has her doctorate (!), teaches at The University of California, and lectures, nationwide. For a big (capitalist) fee. I’m certain she laughs all the way to the bank, a communist, terrorist laugh.
…she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raises the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
THESE are the kind of people who have wormed their way into schools, universities and governments, pushing an anti-American agenda. As Glenn Beck said, (speaking of Van Jones) First, we were on the outside, now, we are on the inside.
Making law, policy, and destroying everything in their wake.
And they are supported not just by like-minded people, but also well-meaning people, who have no understanding of the agenda they are bringing to the table. People who vote for someone out of fairness, or ‘leveling the playing field’, or even guilt – supporting the underdog.
We’re not going to change the minds of the communist, terrorist, criminal, self-serving fellow travelers of Angela Davis, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, and Bill Ayers.
We might be able to change the minds of people who believe things they say, though.
But, like reversing the Progressive policies of the past 100 years, it’s going to take time and patience.
Whipped Cream Difficulties reports ‘news’ (such as it is) from The People’s Republic of California.
So Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, former city manager of Bell, is going to prison. He’s expected to be sentenced to somewhere between 10 to 12 years (the actual sentencing is scheduled for March), and he’ll probably do about half that time.
Ratso also has to pay compensation to the city of Bell. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a final decision on the amount (I’m guessing that will be part of his sentencing) but it could be up to $3.2 million.
Where will that money come from? Rizzo sold his house at a loss, and it looks like the same thing is happening with his ranch.
Two places the money won’t come from: Rizzo’s retirement account, and his pension of $116,628 a year.
…city officials say they are legally prevented from going after the pension and the retirement account — which appear to be Rizzo’s main remaining assets — limiting how much the city can get back from him.
Are you f’in kidding me?
Of course, this is not unlike The
Honorable Convicted Felon Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will receive $8700 per month plus disability, while he serves his 2 1/2 years in prison!
Just an observation – you notice one doesn’t see such things in Arizona, or Utah, or other States where criminal felons are deprived of such things.
In liberal States, however…
Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage. How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug? What about cars and auto safety? Food?
And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures. After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?
Has ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths? I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line. I’m guessing they cost money, too. (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me! Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?)
And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide. This does cost the riders money, at least.
And did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane? Dollars saved versus accidents?
I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched. Or were fudged. Or nudged.
I know, I’m a cynic.
Mike Vanderboegh of The Sipsey Street Irregulars and the USA TODAY actually agree on something!! (copied in it’s entirety – it’s THAT important. – Guffaw)
The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking crimes by its informants more than a decade ago, after the agency admitted that its agents had allowed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for information about the Mafia. The FBI submits that tally to top Justice Department officials each year, but has never before made it public.
Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. FBI officials have said in the past that permitting their informants — who are often criminals themselves — to break the law is an indispensable, if sometimes distasteful, part of investigating criminal organizations.
FIFTEEN CRIMES A DAY? And that doesn’t include the ATF and DEA, as reported earlier by USA Today: Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds.
Tell me again how federal “law enforcement” agencies actually enforce the law rather than carry out an agenda?
(The crummy part is I know folks, past and present, who did (do) their duty honorably, and obey(ed) the law. This kind of stuff makes them just as sick as it does me, even more so. Because it’s the bureaucrats that make the policy decisions. Think Fast & Furious. – Guffaw)
As one of the commenters said, distasteful?, how about illegal?
Here’s the best line in the article:
The report didn’t detail the date Ms. Bennett filed the suit. But as Townhall reported, the state Constitution states: ” … schools shall always be conducted in English.” (emphasis Guffaw)
Please excuse me, I have to go throw up now.
h/t The Washington Times
Mike @ Cold Fury directed me to this story. It was too good to pass up
stealing copying – Guffaw
Fleshing out a Twitter thought from last night. I have a killer idea for a television series. Radical congressmen and a radical administration declare martial law on the heartland of the nation, most of whose citizens have been deemed “the enemy.” Federal shock troops fan out to almost every town. The first four Amendments are curtailed. Freedom of speech is subdued. Gun ownership is discouraged. Troops are quartered in citizens’ homes. Illegal searches and seizures are rampant. Property is confiscated.
Most of the humble, Tea Party type citizenry are stripped of their right to vote, and to run for office. A smaller group, who are for the most part illiterate, and ignorant of American history, vote themselves into office, there to plunder federal coffers with the radical congressmen. Those citizens who dare to strike back, usually under cover of darkness for protection, are labeled terrorists, and hunted down. The reign of terror lasts for 12 years.
Before you say “it could never happen here,” better go read the payoff lines.
Back when I had my own PI business (the eighties) I’d some interesting cases. Some boring ones, too. Most PI work is tedium, research, windshield time, shoe leather. Sometimes not. Sometimes it’s like a made-for-TV movie…
One day I get a call from Lewis. My lawyer, friend, fellow gunnie and sometime client.
It seemed he had clients, a married couple, who had retired to ******** (a small town in S.E. Arizona, East of Tucson). It hides just off the Interstate, and is essentially a large highway rest-stop. Cheap motels, diners, no industry to speak of. Farming and ranching nearby.
Anyway, his clients retired there from Chicago, with funds, and the intent of opening a new truck stop. But, this is a tiny town, and there was already another truck stop in operation.
And the harassment began…
Vandalism of tractors and trailers using their facility, customers being threatened, the adjacent cafe being boycotted and other criminal mischief. The local constabulary involved in drug dealing and prostitution in the truck stop parking lot. All designed to get negative attention of the County Sheriff.
Into this Bizzaro Mayberry I was thrown. Well, hired by my attorney to investigate the allegations made by his clients. And frankly, it scared me. There was no CCW law at the time, and I worked alone – no partner, no backup, and with possible law enforcement collusion, I didn’t know whom to trust. I envisioned looking behind the wrong door or asking the wrong question unwillingly populating the desert with a bullet in my head!
So, I went to Johnny @ John’s Uniforms, and discussed ‘borrowing’ a bullet-proof vest for my trip. (There was no way I could afford to buy one!) I ended up choosing not to get one, but it was nice Johnny did make one available. And I made arrangements with my attorney to call me at noon the next day to make certain I’d arrived and survived the first night. (no cell phones, yet!)
I spent a couple days tracking down witnesses, interviewing them, and checking records at the County courthouse in the nearby County Seat. And constantly checking my six. And not sleeping much. And my 1911 was my constant companion.
The result? Nothing. While I did get some corroborative statements from some of the witnesses, some simply refused to speak or were non-committal. And I could develop no hard evidence of the alleged harassment. And the Sheriff and local police were of no help. Quelle surprise.
But, the big surprise was yet to come. Some months after the case fizzled, Lew called me about another case. It seemed his clients had disappeared! Of course, he’d not been stupid, and had previously obtained a handsome retainer out of which he and I were paid for our services. But I was never able to re-locate them.
There were rumors they had been mob connected, and had crossed them and skipped town. Or went into witness protection. But, nothing I could confirm.
Perhaps it was they who unwillingly now populate the desert?
Too bad there was no Andy Taylor in Bizzaro Mayberry.
The NAACP. The Vanguard of the Rights of the
Negro, colored, , African-American, Black since when? 1909? Over 100 years of service. And thank you for much of it!
EXCEPT, in recent years, they’ve been compromised by a progressive political agenda. No longer is it about the right to vote, or work, or use the same soda fountain, water fountain or restroom. It’s about how much can we get from the government, and how much can we distort history toward this aim? And further a progressive agenda.
To wit. Weasel Zippers shares THIS with us. (Hang on to your butts!)
Why does the degenerate left worship a cop-killer? It couldn’t be based on the color of his skin, right?
Convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal has received three nominations on a web page for the “Unsung Hero” project from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The project, launched during Black History Month, allows users to highlight influential civil rights leaders in exchange for an email address and postal code.
The NAACP displays about 100 nominations, including the pro-Mumia nominations, on the website for its 2013 “Unsung Heroes” project, which asks the public for nominations, under the title, “Your Heroes.” Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted for the December 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, stemming from a shootout that resulted after Abu-Jamal approached Faulkner, who had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s younger brother at a traffic stop.
This is precisely why I support the civil rights organization CORE. The Congress of Racial Equality support the true American agenda of individual liberties, gun rights, and not living on the dole. And, while I’ve not seen it anywhere in their literature, I suspect they decry the celebration of a convicted cop killer.
Check out their link on my sidebar, or above. – Oh, and FTC, they give me nothing but the knowledge many folks of all colors want to help each other in society, without the government hook.
PS – In other unrelated news, this, courtesy of Glenn Beck:
Columbia hires cop killer as adjunct professorFormer Weather Underground domestic terrorist Kathy Boudin, whose role in the murder of 2 police officers and a Brinks security guard landed her 22 years in prison, is now a prestigious professor at Columbia University. Nothing like honoring a despicable cop killer with a position to influence America’s youth. Stay classy, Columbia.MORE