We’ve been ignoring the whole Ron Paul Racist Newsletter Thing because we thought it had been done four years ago, and that the verdict was he had been incredibly stupid to let something like that go under his name.

That is: We were satisfied that Ron Paul had profoundly racist minions whom he wasn’t paying attention to, whatever his own considered views on Rational Bigotry, and we figured that was damning enough.

And besides, racism isn’t as fun as serial adultery or clueless wealth.

But folks are hitting the Nexises, Lexises, and Googles, and turned up some new evidence:

Rep. Ron Paul has tried since 2001 to disavow racist and incendiary language published in Texas newsletters that bore his name, denying he wrote them and even walking out of an interview on CNN Wednesday. But he vouched for the accuracy of the writings and admitted writing at least some of the passages when first asked about them in an interview in 1996.

Well! That is news! Go on:

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In 2008 when his father Ron was running for the GOP nomination for President, Rand(al) Paul went campaigning for dear old dad in Montana, where he expounded upon his fear that there was a conspiracy to create a shared currency of an “Amero” for all of North America, as well as a “NAFTA Superhighway” that would connect Mexico, the U.S., and Canada and destroy our national identity.

There is no NAFTA Superhighway, but the conspiracy theory is widely shared by nationalist wingnuts. Newsweek described the conspiracy theory as “a strange stew of fact and fiction, fired by paranoia” popularized by Jerome Corsi, the man who led the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004.

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Bear with us.Continuing Stinque Hump Day, we’re obligated to note that Hunky Antiwar Paultard Adam Kokesh has raised more than $100,000 in his bid to unseat incumbent Congressman Ben Ray Luján.

Problem is, Luján has raised $400,000.

But that hasn’t stopped the Kokesh campaign from proudly claiming it “KO’S FUNDRAISING GOALS” in one of the frequent emails they send us, proving that Objectivism isn’t above Boosterism. Nor is it above Elmer Fuddism, as today’s missive invites us to join the campaign’s “TWOWN HALL” on Twitter.

Hope spwings etewnal, however, and Kokesh pledges to continue holding “yard sales, car washes and bake sales” to raise money. Which is all well and good, but if Kokesh is serious about catching up to Luján, we would suggest Jockey-clad lectures on the evils of the Fed while swooning supporters stuff dollars down his moneybomb.

Kokesh raises cash to challenge Luján for Congress [Santa Fe New Mexican, via RML]

challis-mcaffeeAs you know, Paultards don’t like rules and regulations:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – State Republican Party leader Challis McAffee doesn’t have permit issued in Idaho to carry a concealed weapon. The 33-year-old was charged with assault with a deadly weapon this week after an alleged dispute with a homeowner while McAffee was documenting homes where mortgages are delinquent.

If this guy doesn’t do serious jail time, I will eat my shoes.

News Minute [ABC]

Bullet head.Oh my:

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho Republican Party leader who helped oust the state GOP chairman in 2008 faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation escalated while he photographed a home with a delinquent mortgage.

Challis McAffee, 33, the GOP chairman from the Boise suburb of Garden City and one of 231 voting members of the Idaho Republican Central Committee, was arrested after being accused of pointing a gun at the homeowner. He was released from Ada County jail on Thursday after family members and friends posted a portion of the $50,000 bond.

And get this – he’s a Paultard and a Teabagger. Yahtzee!

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Paultard claims Phoenix police were at healthcare rally to protect his right to carry a firearm.

Now that CB mentions it, let’s put it up on the board…

There may be a fascinating Con Law seminar on the subject, but in our lifetime “states’ rights” (which, to be fair, Paul doesn’t mention by name) has predominantly meant one thing, and we’re not the first to find it curious that the “secession” issue turns up soon after the nation’s first black president has been inaugurated.

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