The FREAKest Links: Ron Paul Takes The Stage Edition

Just in time for tonight’s GOP debates, Michael Scherer at Salon offers a closer look at the growing GOP shake-up caused by presidential candidate Ron Paul, whom we’ve blogged about before.

News from the International Journal of Hospitality Management: Diners will spend more money in your restaurant if it is scented with lavender. The bad news, as pointed out by British psychology student Jeremy Dean, is that lavender-loving customers also occupy the table for a longer period of time.

Rutgers economics professor Sara Markowitz finds that raising the price of cigarettes seems to cut down on instances of SIDS.


frankenduf

I would scent my restaurant with eau de italian bakery- is there a better scent for salivary (hence monetary) hemorrhaging?

furiousball

Ron was great on the Daily Show last night. Getting out of Iraq, getting rid of the IRS - I like this guy.

devilishlynice

NYTimes

http://nymag.com/news/features/2007/profit/32888/

more props

chappy8

I find Paul entertaining too, but come on.

He takes the very open market libertarian stance of free trade (without formal agreements), but then says no immigration!?

Also, claims the current account deficit is killing us (it is) but then that we should go to the gold standard!? This implies blowing up the Fed and presumably paying off (or alternatively ignoring) our debts today. That should be really easy to do with no IRS.

Anyway, I think Paul points out that people want an option that is (somewhat) idealogically consistent and thinks 'out-of-the-box', but this doesn't always translate into something coherent or can deal with reality.

mizchulita

Ron Paul is awesome, and it gives me some hope that his name is finally being mentioned.

However, when it comes down to who is actually elected, I'm afraid that it will be someone who has high brand recognition, nothing deeper.

711buddha

When I was younger Ron Paul was called Lyndon LaRouche.

He will not have an impact on the race other than to allow Rudy to hit the occasional crowd pleasing HR.

Its interesting how the MSM flogs any alternative to conservatives, ex giving McCain attention. Paul is just more of the same.

egretman

No matter what happens in the days to come, we can never have too much Ron Paul.

hoppdawg

Here is an interesting article on Ron Paul's one-man New Hampshire team:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/05/AR2007060502787.html?referrer=digg

And the unscientific CNN post-debate poll:
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/debates/scorecard/gop.debate/results.html

His grassroots/internet support will be very interesting to watch, as the primary isn't for another 7 months.

I just donated $25 to ronpaul2008.com, hope other like minded people do the same.

egretman

I just donated $25 to ronpaul2008.com, hope other like minded people do the same.

$25? What good is that? I beseech you. Make it $2500. We have to elect Ron Paul and get money out of politics.

hyrumberg

I have bought bumper stickers to put on my car that advertise for Ron. I have never done anything like that before but feel that if any one els is elected we will follow the same path down to economic destruction.

frankenduf

I would scent my restaurant with eau de italian bakery- is there a better scent for salivary (hence monetary) hemorrhaging?

furiousball

Ron was great on the Daily Show last night. Getting out of Iraq, getting rid of the IRS - I like this guy.

devilishlynice

NYTimes

http://nymag.com/news/features/2007/profit/32888/

more props

chappy8

I find Paul entertaining too, but come on.

He takes the very open market libertarian stance of free trade (without formal agreements), but then says no immigration!?

Also, claims the current account deficit is killing us (it is) but then that we should go to the gold standard!? This implies blowing up the Fed and presumably paying off (or alternatively ignoring) our debts today. That should be really easy to do with no IRS.

Anyway, I think Paul points out that people want an option that is (somewhat) idealogically consistent and thinks 'out-of-the-box', but this doesn't always translate into something coherent or can deal with reality.

mizchulita

Ron Paul is awesome, and it gives me some hope that his name is finally being mentioned.

However, when it comes down to who is actually elected, I'm afraid that it will be someone who has high brand recognition, nothing deeper.

711buddha

When I was younger Ron Paul was called Lyndon LaRouche.

He will not have an impact on the race other than to allow Rudy to hit the occasional crowd pleasing HR.

Its interesting how the MSM flogs any alternative to conservatives, ex giving McCain attention. Paul is just more of the same.

egretman

No matter what happens in the days to come, we can never have too much Ron Paul.

hoppdawg

Here is an interesting article on Ron Paul's one-man New Hampshire team:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/05/AR2007060502787.html?referrer=digg

And the unscientific CNN post-debate poll:
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/debates/scorecard/gop.debate/results.html

His grassroots/internet support will be very interesting to watch, as the primary isn't for another 7 months.

I just donated $25 to ronpaul2008.com, hope other like minded people do the same.

egretman

I just donated $25 to ronpaul2008.com, hope other like minded people do the same.

$25? What good is that? I beseech you. Make it $2500. We have to elect Ron Paul and get money out of politics.

hyrumberg

I have bought bumper stickers to put on my car that advertise for Ron. I have never done anything like that before but feel that if any one els is elected we will follow the same path down to economic destruction.