Weekend Open Thread

Got an exciting evening ahead.  Will be heading out with friends to look at some Christmas lights around the city, including making a trip into Concord to see the Speedway’s Christmas lights display.  Should be fun. :D

What are y’all up to this weekend?

It’s official: Congressman Ron Paul makes me sick

His bumbling and rambling at the debates has mostly been comical.  But his solidarity with 9-11 Truthers is deeply troubling and believe it or not  it doesn’t stop there:

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday evening that Bush administration officials were gleeful after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because it gave them a pretext to invade Iraq.

“Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq,” the Texas Republican told a group of mostly young backers in Iowa. He went on to suggest officials are now setting the stage for an invasion of Iran.

“GLEEFUL” over the murder of 3,000 innocents, just because it meant they could “invade Iraq”?

In response to Paul’s comments Thursday evening, former Bush administration spokesman Ari Fleisher Tweeted: “The man is nuts.”

On “Face the Nation” last month, Paul said that while the average American didn’t cause the Sept. 11 attacks, ” if you have a flawed policy it may influence it.”

“I think there’s an influence and that’s exactly what the 9/11 commission said that’s what the DOD has said and that’s also what the CIA has said and that’s what a lot of researchers have said,” said Paul. “…our policies definitely had an influence and you talk to the people who committed it and those individuals who would like to do us harm. They say yes we don’t like American bombs to be falling on our country and we don’t like the intervention that we do in their nation so to deny this I think is very dangerous. But to argue the case that they want to do us harm because we’re free and prosperous is very dangerous notion because it’s not true.”

Let’s face it:  Right now, if you’re still a staunch supporter of Ron Paul after this, you’re no better than he is.  What a despicable Congressman.

Don Surber agrees, and adds:

Ron Paul has peddled this bullcrap for years. Recall this exchange during the 2008 presidential debate season:

Ron Paul: “They attack us because we’ve been over there, we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We’ve been in the Middle East. I think Reagan was right. We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.”

Rudy Giuliani: “That’s an extraordinary statement of someone who lived through the attack of Sept. 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for Sept. 11.”

Ron Paul is a perennial presidential candidate whose first bid was in 1988. He has figured out how to make a buck or two off paranoid rubes who buy this swill. It is a cottage industry that others such as Lyndon LaRouche work quite well.

I defend his right to lie about honorable men because I trust that most people have the wisdom to understand how ignorant he is.

And God help any who don’t.

UPDATE – 11:21 AM: The more rabid  Paulbots and Truthers, be warned: I have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to blaming America for 9-11.  Please don’t try my patience, because on this issue, I have none.