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Nearly-naked hotties for Ron Paul! Really!

(UPDATE: An update to this item appears at the end.)

Frontcover1smYou better hurry because the last batch of Ron Paul pinup calendars is going quickly. Which pleases Juliet Annerino no end because she sank a sizable chunk of her own change into printing up hundreds of these calendars to help fund the campaign of her favorite politician.

You've already missed Miss January, Lisa Kelly, a lifelong Democrat and mother of two who never dreamed she'd be posing in a slip to help a 72-year-old, 10-term Republican congressman in his hopeless run for the White House. Actually, that's her as Miss Liberty down below.

Ron Paul's Libertarian-like candidacy hasn't interested millions of Americans in recent months, in large part, his followers believe, because of a media blackout, including Fox News, barring him from a debate and several debate moderators, including Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams, limiting his questions. Still, Paul beat Rudy Giuliani in Iowa, Fred Thompson in New Hampshire, both of them in Michigan and came in second to Mitt Romney in a couple of places. He gained some attention for his successful fundraising, at $20 million the largest gathering of dough by any GOP candidate in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The money came in small but steady packets from thousands of small donors  -- disaffected Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and, like Annerino, the once politically apathetic. Until they saw the former OB/GYN and heard his message of smaller government, less foreign involvement and strict constitutionalism.

One of the least-noticed and most interesting stories of this political season was the mobilization of thousands of these earnest folks into 1,400 meet-up groups across the country in which they concocted all kinds of imaginative and bizarre fundraising schemes to help "the good doctor." One day in December, they raised $6 million online and about $6 million more so far this quarter.

The idea of Annerino (she's second from the right under the flag above and Miss July) was to do a pinup calendar of female Ron Paul supporters and donate much of the money to the campaign. She learned Photoshop and did all the writing. Instead of describing their love of volleyball, puppies, sun-bathing al fresco and long walks on the beach, each woman has something profoundly hot to say about the Paul campaign and a favorite Paul quote.

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For instance, Miss February, Krista Allee DiPaola of Detroit, wears a low-cut top and kicks up her heels while uttering the irresistible come-on: "The current challenge to our civil liberties, combined with a never-ending welfare state, will serve to weaken the constitutional framework laid by our founding fathers."

Annerino sold the calendars for $15 online here, but has a special sale price now while they last. And she'll autograph bulk orders.

"It was a lot of work," says the part-time musician, who lives in Silver Lake and saw Dr. Paul on TV last summer despite the media blackout. She read a lot about him online. She belongs to two L.A.-area Paul groups, painted signs to wave at street corners, wrote letters to Iowa voters, staged music benefits and daily scoured the Internet to leave messages of support and correct misstatements about Dr. Paul.

They also manned phone lines to answer questions about....

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the Texas congressman, who faces a well-funded House primary back home on March 4 that has curbed his presidential campaigning a while. Annerino especially enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow Paulunteers.

"We're all ages, all walks of life, " says Annerino, who's barely old enough to vote. (All right, that's a political lie.) "They're a great bunch of people. I never thought I'd get involved politically like this, but our country is in such a mess I had to do something. And Dr. Paul's message moved me."

In her July photograph, Annerino is shown, head up in a defiant, Libertarian-kind of way, lips slightly parted, wearing an ammo belt and holding a rifle. She said she was going for a Revolutionary War look, although Betsy Ross didn't sew long leather coats and short black hot pants.

Nor did she wear her blouse open all the way down to Yorktown.

-- Andrew Malcolm

Bonus calendar coverage below:

Febkristasm_2"We must all stand up and vote for the one man with real solutions to these most pressing issues, the good doctor and congressman, Ron Paul." -- Miss February.

"True patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security." -- Rep. Ron Paul (shown above fully clothed)

(UPDATE to the UPDATE: March 1 -- Miss July informs The Ticket that she has returned to the printers for a limited resupply of these calendars. Copies are $15 plus shipping and can be reserved via e-mail at: Hotties4RonPaul@hotmail.com )

(Another item on a new Ron Paul campaign music video appears here.)

 
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Dr. Paul has passed $6M more in fundrasising this quarter for President, and $600K for his Congressional race. No debt, and no matching public funds scams like the Panamanchurian Candidate, John "I'm really not eligible to be President" McCain.

And Steve-o, some Paul posts are deliberately misspelled so functional illiterates like you can understand them.

Thanks Andrew, for giving us Ron Paul people some positive attention.

I am saddened to see some of the smears about us here and elsewhere; I'm sure Ron Paul Nation has some oddballs, as does any other large group. But the fact is that the diversity among us unusually broad; every age, background, color, religion, political party, you name it. We're a real "fabric of America" unlike anything I have ever experienced in my 50+ years of life.

What brings us together is Freedom and love for our country. Most all of us just want the government to leave us-and other countries-alone and let us live in peace.

My state's primary was last week and I was prepared to be disappointed but completely unprepared for the profound sense of loss I am experiencing. I am honestly afraid that we are nearing the end of the once-great America. It's happening all around us; all anyone needs to do is a little reading and research to understand that our economy is in peril, our sovereignty is at stake, our foreign policy is bankrupting us and costing us lives and friendship in the world. We borrow from China and Saudi Arabia and the entitlement programs, such as Social Security, medicare and medicaid can't possibly continue if there's no money to pay for it.

My middle-class friends and I are having serious financial issues we never dreamed we'd have. Our salaries haven't kept up with the escalating prices of gas, home heating and food.

Yeah, everyone wants "free" health care but who is going to pay for it? And the whole reason the health care system is in such bad shape is because of government intervention in the first place.

Maybe most important of all is the convoluted notion that the government is supposed to keep us safe. What? Keep us safe by taking all of our rights away one by one? Leaving our borders wide open while we protect the borders in Iraq? Building bases in foreign lands while closing our own? Attacking countries who did nothing to us?

Naomi Wolf's book is a chilling account of how this country is on a fast track to destruction. The federal government, is supposed to protect life, liberty and property. Of late, it is doing nothing of the sort.

My friends and I joke about getting bumper stickers that say, "Don't blame me; I voted for Ron Paul". I just hope I (and many others) am/are wrong.

What will happen if, for instance, John McCain has a heart attack before the convention? Just wondering...

And Jon H, [censored]. Please read the allegedly racist articles yourself, not just someone else's opinion about them.

Typical Ron Paul smear article. Associate the guy with pin-up girls? Absolutely ridiculous.

Why don't you (the LA Times) talk about the communists working for the Obama campaign wearing and displaying Che Guevara shirts and flags? People who work for Obama associate their cause and their candidate with a mass murdering communist thug and it receives virtually no media attention. Why is that?

I look forward to the eventual collapse of the "Fourth Estate." It's long overdue.

The media is very left-wing, no surprise, and they want McCain to win the Republican nomination so that he'll get crushed in the general election. McCain has no prayer... nor should he. But the alternative is a step away from corporatism... but towards overt socialism and tyranny. There are many others out there like me who do not consent to being ruled by an arbitrary central government with unlimited power in Washington. I hope and pray people will eventually see the wisdom in what Kosovo just did-- which is outlined by the Declaration of Independence -- start over.

the media is censored, almost all media is, and when its not, they speak out about the NWO... Ron Paul and other things.

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Do you really think that this portrayal of soft quasi-porn political support is what the founding fathers of the United States mind?


(Who knows what they would mind? But since they all had children, they must have had something on their mind at some point.)

The media forces the American people to choose between candidates whom it classifies as "viable." The principle criterion of "viability" is fame, ie. name recognition. This game is played by making it abundantly clear, from the very outset of any given campaign, which candidates are to be regarded as "fringe," "extreme," "unelectable," etc.

This is mostly a profit driven decision. Media outlets play to a dumbed down population. They have to present a contest of personalities rather than a contest of messages and issues, because that's the proven formula for keeping their ratings up, which of course translates directly into advertising dollars.

I say mostly, because additional motivations for trying to marginalize a candidate such as Ron Paul are:

a) the competition, dangerous to to the MSM, represented by the internet, which Paul pretty much owns; and

b) the fact that Ron Paul is calling for a radical transformation in the relationship between government and corporations of all types, including media corporations, wherein they would no longer be able to promote (buy) their own special interests through the lobbying (purchasing) of votes.

Rather than calling for a McCain/Feingold type of limitation on the amount of coverage given to candidates, based on the fact that such coverage is a campaign donation equal to the amount that would have to be paid for that much advertising, I would like all newspapers, and broadcast media companies to have to maintain and publish a log of how much free space/ time is provided to each Presidential candidate - so that the unfair discrepancies can be made glaringly obvious.

And finally, I am not going to dismiss out of hand, for fear of being accused of wearing a certain kind of metallic hat, the possibility that the billionaire owners of media companies, who belong to various power elite clubs with fairly well known agendas, perceiving Ron Paul to be someone beyond their ability to influence and control, might well be disposed to make certain that their organizations do not cover his campaign in such a way as to contribute to his election.

Dr. Paul has a way with the ladies! Too bad for this real American hero, would love to see his vision a reality. In the meantime, I will gaze upon the hotties!

Libertarian since Nixon's Watergate as that crook convinced me that we'd all better read the founding documents, especially me. I couldn't understand why a man with high station and all of the honors of office would turn criiminal and hubristic in a fewshort years. Then by reading about the presidents I found the moral and constitution's defenders to be a rare breed. Most lust for power for power's sake.
I met Ron Paul in 1987 when he was stumping for LP support to become the Libertarian presidential candidate. His principles have not been eroded in the subsequent 20+ years. There isn't a racist bone in his body; he's not a collectivist under any label. Ron Paul wants to restore a limited government and the rule of law. He has my full support.
Libertarian emeritus

Thank you for a fair RP article. You are winning my readership and respect.

(Thanks for the kind words -- and for becoming a regular.)

 
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