Ron Paul Spam Tastes Icky

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SpamA Ron Paul candidacy is criminal enough, but it appears that spam-sending criminals, if not the Ron Paul campaign itself, really love Ron Paul. Not surprising since the online presence of Ron Paul supporters is exceedingly annoying and disruptive. Wired has the story:

If Texas congressman Ron Paul is elected president in 2008, he may be the first leader of the free world put into power with the help of a global network of hacked PCs spewing spam, according to computer-security researchers who’ve analyzed a recent flurry of e-mail supporting the long-shot Republican candidate.

It’s not really that surprising that the wackjob anarchist candidate is supported by criminal anarchists, is it?

Some participants in the online political world have long suspected Paul’s technically sophisticated fan base of manipulating online tools and polls to boost the appearance of a wide base of support. But the UAB analysis is the first to document any internet shenanigans.

This is precisely why Red State has warned new users against spamming for Ron Paul on their website and why online polls are wise to leave Ron Paul out of the list of candidates. Ron Paul zombies don’t play fair. They have no scruples whatsoever. They even deny the reality that “white power” website Stormfront is 100% behind the Truther candidate.

When lab researchers examined the IP addresses of the computers from which the messages had been sent, it turned out that they were sprinkled around the globe in countries as far away from each other as South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Brazil.

This may sound odd at first, but upon reflection the reason is clear. A Ron Paul Presidency would destroy the United States. Foreigners recognize this and are doing all they can to support the long-shot candidate. It’s in their best interest. Also, spammers from the United States find lax laws in other nations attractive when flogging their spam. And while the Ron Paul campaign claims ignorance, they do not condemn the illicit activity. Plausible deniability.

Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said in an e-mail, “This is the first I’ve heard about this situation.”

“If it is true, it could be done by a well-intentioned yet misguided supporter or someone with bad intentions trying to embarrass the campaign,” he wrote while ferrying his boss to tape an appearance on The Tonight Show. “Either way, this is independent work, and we have no connection.”

With a nod and a wink, the Ron Paul campaign condones this criminal activity. Ron Paul is wrong for the Internet and wrong for America. Scruples be damned. Among his supporters are criminals, racists, conspiracy theorists, the mentally ill and anarchists. They should be shunned, as should the Ron Paul campaign.

Expect Ron Paul to continue to ignore the behavior of his supporters. It reveals a lot about his character. Just say no to Ron Paul. It’s the right thing to do for any sane person who loves the United States of America.

Update: Conspiracy Theorists for Ron Paul cry, “It’s a conspiracy!”  The Giuliani campaign bribed the Wired author!  Uh, no.  Also, holograms hit the WTC!!eleven!

— Psycheout

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25 Responses to “Ron Paul Spam Tastes Icky”

  1. Matt Golden Says:

    Its so funny that all these Ron Paul hit blogs are really just a way for bloggers who never get read to actually get some views and comments. More and more blogs do it everyday…they slam Paul on some stupid issue that really has zero effect of policy implications or who he is a candidate. They usually end up spewing a few argumentative falacies and BOOM…a thousand hits to your meaningless blog. So here you go!!!!!! You win

  2. Matt Golden Says:

    oh and this is nice.. Ron Paul supporters are all conspiracy theorists right…but this guy has the stones to say that the spammers are a global conspiracy set on destroying America by helping elect Ron Paul. Yep America hasn’t been destroying itself the past few years, but ill be damned if the foreigners SPAM campaign does it.

  3. FUCK YOU Says:

    Fuck you you fucking fuck. Ron Paul is the best candidate period. he only follows the fucking constitution you stupid fuck. Wired had to correct their fucking story you stupid un-american fuckhead. I suppose you like Rudy you stupid ignorant fucking asshole. Ron Paul only follows the constitution and our founding father’s advice and you call him a fucking anarchist. FUCK YOU! and by the way…Ron Paul doesn’t agree with me but 9/11 was a fucking inside job you stupid fuck! Google it you stupid fucking idiot! You probably work for this fucking criminal government putting out trashy fucking blogs like this FUCK YOU!

    [Ed Note: Is this an entry for the “how many times I can say fuck” contest? What a vulgar turd you are!]

    Wired.com corrected Ron Paul Spam story Maple Brown
    Published 11/01/2007 – 2:52 p.m. EDT
    Wired.com corrected a spam story about Ron Paul’s campaign and clarified that there has been no evidence to suggest that Ron Paul’s campaign was involved with spamming.

    The story quotes Gary Warner, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s director of research in computer forensics:

    “This is clearly a criminal act in support of a campaign, which has been committed with or without their knowledge, The question is, will we see more and more of this, or will this bring shame to the campaigns and will they make clear that this is not a form of acceptable behavior by their supporters?”

    It should be noted that Paul’s campaign has stated that it had nothing to do with it and that it is possible that the spamming itself could have as easily of come from another campaign or anyone seeking to discredit DR. Paul.

    The article also states,

    “The finding is significant, because Paul’s online support — as gauged by blog mentions, friends on social-networking sites such as MySpace and popularity in online polls — has garnered him wide mainstream print and television coverage, despite his relatively poor performance in offline polling.”

    Wired.com has also reported that Chris Barton of McAfee also discovered the spam.

    While somebody without authorization may have spammed either on behalf of Ron Paul or in a futile attempt to injure his campaign. Several indicators suggest that Paul’s online and offline support is real.

    Paul’s campaign has started airing TV spots in New Hampshire and according to Youtube this commercial has been viewed 233,000 times.

    The Washington Post, which has one of the largest internet news sites, recently said that Washington Post traffic goes up when they write Ron Paul articles.

    Another online indicator, Google Trends, although indirect, still suggest that Paul’s support is very real. Google Trends shows that Ron Paul’s name is searched far more than any other candidate running for office.

    Last week USA Daily learned that Google Analytics shows that Ron Paul’s campaign website attracted close to a million people over the last month.

    Ron Paul has demonstrated a tremendous level of support across the country generating crowds over a thousand people in various states. Paul raised over 5 million in the last quarter and has raised over 2.6 million in this quarter which still has two months to go. The money a candidate raises is more important than poll numbers.

    Ron Paul was even well received by a mainstream audience on Jay Leno Tuesday night. The audience cheered as he spoke about reforming the monetary system, eliminating federal income taxes, ending the Iraq war, and protecting civil liberties. Paul told leno”Yes there’s I risk I can win”.

    Paul has generated crowds, excitement, money, and has done well in several straw polls. Even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough commented on Paul’s grass roots support and of seeing home made signs as he brought his son home from college. He also commented on how his son told him everybody at his college was supporting Paul.

    The only place he has not performed well are in media generated polls which in this election may be proven a lagging and inaccurate indicator of a candidate’s support. (Visit the USA Daily Forum to discuss this and other issues.)

    Wired.com corrected

  4. FZappa Says:

    Meanwhile, while the Psycheouts of the world focus on spam e-mails that probably weren’t sent by Ron Paul supporters (I get Hillary and Edwards e-mails all the time, is that a scandal suddenly?), our dollar continues to collapse, our stock market eerily has no positive reaction to a Fed rate cut, and Bush inches our country closer to war with Iran.

    Hey Psycheout, if you get tired of the Great Ron Paul Scam Scandal Brouhaha, Britney and K-Fed might get back together I heard.

    For those of us interested in solving the problems of the real world, remember to donate on November 5th: http://www.thisnovember5th.com

    Also, note that Ron Paul is now in 3rd place on intrade.com to get the Republican nomination, having passed the tanking Fred Thompson this morning. Only Mitt and Rudy await the mighty Ron Paul hordes!

    BTW, who are you voting for, Psycheout? All these anti-Paulites never seem to talk about their own candidate.

  5. NH_GOP_DEFENDER Says:

    Wow this article proves it all — that you’re an idiot.

    Anyone can send email from a hijacked computer, so to say it was the RP campaign is LIBELOUS.

    Better erase your claims and quick. I doubt you have the money to defend yourself that these other blogs have.

  6. Psycheout Says:

    If you’d learn to read, NH, you’d see that I didn’t say that the RP campaign was behind it. But nice try, anyway.

  7. Brian Says:

    Enjoy whatever traffic your bad faith post gets you.

  8. S. Tuttle Says:

    Psycheout? Exactly.

  9. Scarlet Says:

    Why don’t you focus on the voting machines that are supposedly counting our votes. That is where the scam is. Who cares what the polls say, we will end that argument when the time comes to vote.

  10. Galileo Says:

    Where’s your proof of your vast conspiracy?

    When a crime is committed, the suspects are those who could benefit from the crime. So neocons would top the list.

  11. SuperSchupp Says:

    Isn’t this a great country, even the stupid can have their say.

  12. freedom isnt free Says:

    Hmm.. RP is the cadidate of WASP caucasian america? Who are the other 5 major cadidates serving the interests of…

    http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=6097

    Hmm.. seems all other cadidates , including Dems,have signed over americas foreign policy interests to the ‘whats best for israel’ crowd, although the media doesnt have 1/ any problem with that..hmm wonder why?.. and 2/ the media is happy not to mention that fact… hmmm, again.

    So, RP is the only candidate serving the interests of 97% of americans actual concerns fot their OWN families and futures, and the remaining 3% of likudnik zionist jews hate him for that and are willing to marshal all their considerable media outlets and financial resources to ensure that one of the candidates they already financed, bought and paid for wins at all costs,
    be that the democrap or repubic they own..

    you ARE right, we cant vote for the one ingrate who dares represent the 97% we must villify and muckrake him in a desperate hope to keep the masses subservient.

    good call, …on a serious note, this type of fifth coumn behind the scenes manipulation is what led to kristalnacht stupid.

  13. disinter Says:

    How to Whip This Ron Paul Character and All His Whacky Followers.

    Ron Paul can be defeated by ignorance. Ignore him if you can.
    By lies. Misrepresent his positions whenever possible.
    By word gaming. As Lenin advised, “First, confuse the vocabulary.”
    By contempt. Dismiss him as amusing and pathetic.
    By smearing his supporters. Find the worst and spotlight them. Call them a cult.
    By consensus. Dismiss him with peer-pressure ridicule.
    By false accusations. Spread them quickly and far.
    By never discussing his policies. Change the subject to his person.
    By the polls. Ask the right people the right questions and get the answer you want.
    By reporting his most unpopular votes. But don’t report his reasoning.
    By rudeness. Wreck any debate where his ideas are winning.
    With all these tools, he can be easily defeated. Use them generously.

    But Ron Paul cannot be defeated by refuting him in an honest and courteous technical debate. Avoid that.

    – Moderno Machiavelli

    [Ed Note: Doesn’t “disinter” mean to dig up a corpse? No wonder you support Ron Paul!]

  14. mdjosyf Says:

    Ron Paul is not a “truther” — he is a truth seeker. He knows, as most of us who are educated, that 19 Saudis flew those planes into the WTC, Pentagon, and downed one in Shanksville because the US has been kicking Muslim ass for decades for oil. It doesn’t help that Israel is pulling Bush’s puppet strings to get him to fight their wars. You only need a quarter (not even half) of a brain to see what is going on.

  15. mdjosyf Says:

    And one other thing I’d like to say to psycho, er, psychout:

    Please support Ron Paul this November 5th. On that day thousands will flock to Ron Paul’s official website and contribute $100. It is hoped to register

    100,000 supporters to raise $10,000,000 in one day.

    If you support Ron Paul then go to this website and register:

    http://thisnovember5th.com

    But we’re looking toward November 5th 2008 for on that day we can celebrate the victory of President-Elect Ron Paul!! If you value freedom and liberty

    and support Ron Paul and his ideals, then don’t just talk the talk (or type the type)… WALK THE WALK!! We can do it!!

  16. mdjosyf Says:

    A message to F*** YOU. Your tone is not helpful.

  17. brody Says:

    I agree with the first poster, this smear piece is just an attempt to get free traffic to a blog that would otherwise be a ghost town. Their is no substance to anything said here, and for all we know, the infant behind the wheel at blogs 4 dumb dumb’s could be a spambot, or a petty spammer.

  18. matt g Says:

    “With a nod and a wink, the Ron Paul campaign condones this criminal activity.”

    your argument against NH is pretty weak.

  19. Johnnyb Says:

    It is awful funny that the anti-Ron Paul people never talk about their candidate or Ron Paul’s policies. Taken in balance of everything posible positive and negitive, Ron Paul is by far an away the best guy running. If he does not get the nod then this country gets what it deserves.

    By the way, anyone else notice that when the fed cut rates the Dow Jones Index has stayed roughly the same over the last couple of days in balance, while foriegn currencies and commodities shot through the roof? Ever wonder why this is happening? Ever wonder what this means for you?

    Look up the word : Stagflation.

  20. Jason Says:

    You are a marxist and can not help it. You need to deprogram yourself. If Alger Hiss was alive right now he would probably congradulate you on this hit piece article. By the way Alger Hiss was a traitor and a communist in FDR’s cabinet. But I doubt you do not even know who he is because of your lack of knowledge of history.

  21. Braden Says:

    F*** You, aren’t you the cute little Paulocon. As you bask in your wildly ignorant support of Magneto (a.k.a. Ron Paul) there are other candidates out there really trying to win a race.

    Ron Paul voted against the CAN-Spam act, so why should his supporters obey it? Ron Paul is the prime interpreter of the Constitution and all law. Ron Paul uses special magic that no one else understands. Ron Paul urinates Lemon Kool-Aid. Get over yourselves, Paulocons. Where will you be when your leader is crushed in the primaries and you have Romney or Giuliani as the nominee for President? Will you cast a vote for Hillary by not voting for the “evil” GOP nominee?

  22. Wayne Says:

    “Among his supporters are criminals, racists, conspiracy theorists, the mentally ill and anarchists.”

    I’m none of the above and I support Ron Paul. The founders advocated the same positions as Ron Paul and they were none of these things either. Is liberty, a foreign policy of peace and non-intervention, and a limited federal government really so terrible?

  23. Psycheout Says:

    “Among his supporters are criminals, racists, conspiracy theorists, the mentally ill, anarchists and Wayne.”

    Is that better?

  24. akak Says:

    Psycheout,

    If you’re already wetting yourself in fear of a Ron Paul GOP nomination, you better have plenty of Depends on hand next November!

  25. Spacebrother Says:

    Psychout. You win the award for misinformation. Have a cookie.

    Also, this is yet another failed attempt to create something thats not true. You’re making the Stormfronters proud Psychout. They love you and want to reproduce. Any attempt to smear a pro-constitution American is ok in your (and their-Stormfront/kkk) book.

    Now move to Pakistan with the rest of your Taliban loving ultra Conservative far right wing nuts.

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