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They’re All Out: 33 Miners Have Now Been Safely Rescued In Chile

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October 13, 2010: Michael Warren / Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – October 13, 2010

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night — a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been trapped so long and survived.

Luis Urzua ascended smoothly through 2,000 feet of rock, completing a 22 1/2-hour rescue operation that unfolded with remarkable speed and flawless execution. Before a jubilant crowd of about 2,000 people, he became the 33rd miner to be rescued. “We have done what the entire world was waiting for,” he told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera immediately after his rescue. “The 70 days that we fought so hard were not in vain. We had strength, we had spirit, we wanted to fight, we wanted to fight for our families, and that was the greatest thing.”

The president told him: “You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration. Go hug your wife and your daughter.” With Urzua by his side, he led the crowd in singing the national anthem. The rescue exceeded expectations every step of the way. Officials first said it might be four months before they could get the men out; it turned out to be 69 days and about 8 hours.

Once the escape tunnel was finished, they estimated it would take 36 to 48 hours to get all the miners to the surface. That got faster as the operation went along, and all the men were safely above ground in 22 hours, 37 minutes. The rescue workers who talked the men through the final hours were being hoisted one at a time to the surface.

The crowd in “Camp Hope,” down a hill from the escape shaft, set off confetti, released balloons and sprayed champagne as Urzua’s capsule surfaced, joining in a rousing miners’ cheer. In Chile’s capital of Santiago, hundreds gathered in Plaza Italia, waving flags and chanting victory slogans in the miners’ honor.

In nearby Copiapo, about 3,000 people gathered in the town square, where a huge screen broadcast live footage of the rescue. The exuberant crowd waved Chilean flags of all sizes and blew on red vuvuzelas as cars drove around the plaza honking their horns, their drivers yelling, “Long live Chile!”…”The miners are our heroes,” said teary-eyed Copiapo resident Maria Guzman, 45.

One by one throughout the day, the men had emerged to the cheers of exuberant Chileans and before the eyes of a transfixed globe. While the operation picked up speed as the day went on, each miner was greeted with the same boisterous applause from rescuers. “Welcome to life,” Pinera told Victor Segovia, the 15th miner out. On a day of superlatives, it seemed no overstatement.

They rejoined a world intensely curious about their ordeal, and certain to offer fame and jobs. Previously unimaginable riches awaited men who had risked their lives going into the unstable gold and copper mine for about $1,600 a month.

The miners made the smooth ascent inside a capsule called Phoenix — 13 feet tall, barely wider than their shoulders and painted in the white, blue and red of the Chilean flag. It had a door that stuck occasionally, and some wheels had to be replaced, but it worked exactly as planned.

Beginning at midnight Tuesday, and sometimes as quickly as every 25 minutes, the pod was lowered the nearly half-mile to where 700,000 tons of rock collapsed Aug. 5 and entombed the men. Then, after a quick pep talk from rescue workers who had descended into the mine, a miner would climb in, make the journey upward and emerge from a manhole into the blinding sun.

The rescue was planned with extreme care. The miners were monitored by video on the way up for any sign of panic. They had oxygen masks, dark glasses to protect their eyes from the unfamiliar sunlight and sweaters for the jarring transition from subterranean swelter to chilly desert air.

As they neared the surface, a camera attached to the top of the capsule showed a brilliant white piercing the darkness not unlike what accident survivors describe when they have near-death experiences.

The miners emerged looking healthier than many had expected and even clean-shaven. Several thrust their fists upwards like prizefighters, and Mario Sepulveda, the second to taste freedom, bounded out and led his rescuers in a rousing cheer. Franklin Lobos, who played for the Chilean national soccer team in the 1980s, briefly bounced a soccer ball on his foot and knee.

“We have prayed to San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, and to many other saints so that my brothers Florencio and Renan would come out of the mine all right. It is as if they had been born again,” said Priscila Avalos. One of her brothers was the first miner rescued, and the other was due out later in the evening.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich said some of the miners probably will be able to leave the hospital Thursday — earlier than projected — but many had been unable to sleep, wanted to talk with families and were anxious. One was treated for pneumonia, and two needed dental work. “They are not ready to have a moment’s rest until the last of their colleagues is out,” he said.

As it traveled down and up, down and up, the rescue capsule was not rotating as much inside the 2,041-foot escape shaft as officials expected, allowing for faster trips. The first man out was Florencio Avalos, who emerged from the missile-like chamber and hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son, his wife and the Chilean president.

No one in recorded history has survived as long trapped underground. For the first 17 days, no one even knew whether they were alive. In the weeks that followed, the world was captivated by their endurance and unity.

News channels from North America to Europe and the Middle East carried live coverage of the rescue. Pope Benedict XVI said in Spanish that he “continues with hope to entrust to God’s goodness” the fate of the men. Iran’s state English-language Press TV followed events live for a time. Crews from Russia and Japan and North Korean state TV were at the mine.

The images beamed to the world were extraordinary: Grainy footage from beneath the earth showed each miner climbing into capsule, then disappearing upward through an opening. Then a camera showed the pod steadily rising through the dark, smooth-walled tunnel.

Among the first rescued was the youngest miner, Jimmy Sanchez, at 19 the father of a months-old baby. Two hours later came the oldest, Mario Gomez, 63, who suffers from a lung disease common to miners and had been on antibiotics inside the mine. He dropped to his knees after he emerged, bowed his head in prayer and clutched the Chilean flag.

Gomez’s wife, Lilianett Ramirez, pulled him up from the ground and embraced him. The couple had talked over video chat once a week, and she said that he had repeated the promise he made to her in his initial letter from inside the mine: He would marry her properly in a church wedding, followed by the honeymoon they never had.

The lone foreigner among them, Carlos Mamani of Bolivia, was visited at a nearby clinic by Pinera and Bolivian President Evo Morales. The miner could be heard telling the Chilean president how nice it was to breathe fresh air and see the stars.

Most of the men emerged clean-shaven. More than 300 people at the mine alone had worked on the rescue or to sustain them during their long wait by lowering rocket-shaped tubes dubbed “palomas,” Spanish for carrier pigeons. Along with the food and medicine came razors and shaving cream.

Estimates for the rescue operation alone have soared beyond $22 million, though the government has repeatedly insisted that money is not a concern.

The men emerged in good health. But at the hospital in Copiapo, where miner after miner walked from the ambulance to a waiting wheelchair, it became clear that psychological issues would be as important to treat as physical ones.

Dr. Guillermo Swett said Sepulveda told him about an internal “fight with the devil” that he had inside the mine. He said Sanchez appeared to be having a hard time adjusting, and seemed depressed. “He spoke very little and didn’t seem to connect,” the doctor said.

The entire rescue operation was meticulously choreographed. No expense was spared in bringing in topflight drillers and equipment — and boring three separate holes into the copper and gold mine. Only one has been finished — the one through which the miners exited.

Mining is Chile’s lifeblood, providing 40 percent of state earnings, and Pinera put his mining minister and the operations chief of state-owned Codelco, the country’s biggest company, in charge of the rescue.

It went so well that its managers abandoned a plan to restrict images of the rescue. A huge Chilean flag that was to obscure the hole from view was moved aside so the hundreds of cameras perched on a hill above could record images that state TV also fed live.

That included the surreal moment when the capsule dropped for the first time into the chamber, where the bare-chested miners, most stripped down to shorts because of the underground heat, mobbed the rescuer who emerged to serve as their guide to freedom.

“This rescue operation has been so marvelous, so clean, so emotional that there was no reason not to allow the eyes of the world — which have been watching this operation so closely — to see it,” a a beaming Pinera told a news conference after the first miner safely surfaced.

The miners’ vital signs were closely monitored throughout the ride. They were given a high-calorie liquid diet donated by NASA, designed to prevent nausea from any rotation of the capsule as it travels through curves in the 28-inch-diameter escape hole.

Engineers inserted steel piping at the top of the shaft, which is angled 11 degrees off vertical before plunging like a waterfall. Drillers had to curve the shaft to pass through “virgin” rock, narrowly avoiding collapsed areas and underground open spaces in the overexploited mine, which had operated since 1885.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the rescue had “inspired the world.” The crews included many Americans, including a driller operator from Denver and a team from Center Rock Inc. of Berlin, Pa., that built and managed the piston-driven hammers that pounded the hole through rock laced with quartzite, some of the hardest and most abrasive rock.

Chile has promised that its care of the miners won’t end for six months at least — not until they can be sure that each man has readjusted.

Psychiatrists and other experts in surviving extreme situations predict their lives will be anything but normal. Since Aug. 22, when a narrow bore hole broke through to their refuge and the miners stunned the world with a note, scrawled in red ink, disclosing their survival, their families have been exposed in ways they never imagined.

Miners had to describe their physical and mental health in detail with teams of doctors and psychologists. In some cases, when both wives and lovers claimed the same man, everyone involved had to face the consequences.

As trying as their time underground was, the miners now face challenges so bewildering that no amount of coaching can fully prepare them. Rejoining a world intensely curious about their ordeal, they have been invited to presidential palaces, to take all-expenses-paid vacations and to appear on countless TV shows. Book and movie deals are pending, along with job offers.

Sepulveda’s performance exiting from the shaft appeared to confirm what many Chileans thought when they saw his engaging performances in videos sent up from below — that he could have a future as a TV personality.

But he tried to quash the idea as he spoke to viewers of Chile’s state television channel while sitting with his wife and children shortly after his rescue. “The only thing I’ll ask of you is that you don’t treat me as an artist or a journalist, but as a miner,” he said. “I was born a miner and I’ll die a miner.”

Chilean Miners Rescued After 69 Days Trapped Underground

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is a testament to what we human beings can accomplish when not directed by propaganda and lies from scumbag elitists to make war upon one another… Bravo, Chile! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/lt_chile_mine_collapse

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October 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Misperception About Oil On Beaches Still Affects Pinellas Tourism

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October 13, 2010: Steve Huettel / The St. Petersburg Times – October 13, 2010

Oil is gone from Florida beaches. But many travelers don’t believe it, even months after BP capped off its broken well in the gulf.

Surveys show large numbers of potential visitors say Sunshine State beaches remain fouled by the spill, including some hundreds of miles from where oil touched shore.

As a result, many say they’re unlikely to take their next vacation in Florida.

“This was the most watched story of the summer,” said Will Seccombe, chief marketing officer for Visit Florida, the state’s quasi-public tourism agency. “It’s really scary. It’s a serious misperception.”

Last month, researchers working for Pinellas County interviewed 90 potential visitors via live video. Nearly one-third said the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area had been “very affected” or “somewhat affected” by the spill. Just over half of them planned to choose another vacation destination, said Walter Klages of Research Data Services in Tampa.

In a survey by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in mid July, most readers correctly identified Panhandle destinations Pensacola, Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Panama City as having oil on their beaches. But some also picked out west coast cities from St. Petersburg to Naples (16 percent) and even Jacksonville and Amelia Island (6 percent).

Orlando-based YPartnership has been asking travelers on behalf of Visit Florida how perceptions about the spill changed their vacation plans. Among the destination readers were less likely to visit were the Panhandle (20 percent), St. Petersburg (15 percent) and the Florida Keys (12 percent). ”There’s a clear correlation between the continuing misperception in the marketplace and the loss of Florida’s market share of leisure travelers,” Seccombe said.

Visit Florida has asked BP to bankroll a $75 million tourism advertising blitz, he said. A first phase running through year’s end would promote that beaches are clean and open for business, followed by a six-month campaign to rebuild the state’s sun and fun brand. BP hasn’t responded yet, Seccombe said.

Making a case with the most commonly cited tourism numbers might not be easy. For April, May and June — the first three months of the spill — an estimated 20.8 million people visited the state, according to Visit Florida. That was up 3.4 percent from a year earlier.

Pinellas County also posted small single-digit increases for the three-month period, in part because business over the same period in 2009 was so weak. Also, the county attracted more Florida tourists, who knew the beaches were clean and took advantage of some lower prices. But leisure travel increased at a faster rate elsewhere in the country, Seccombe said. Florida’s share of a growing national travel market shrank because of the spill, he said.

At a meeting Wednesday of the Pinellas Tourist Development Council, some members wondered why Visit Florida hadn’t retooled its current advertising campaign to fight traveler misperceptions. “A missed opportunity,” said Tim Bogott, CEO of the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach. The agency doesn’t have the money — yet — Seccombe said later.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I’ll be back there to report on it myself in just a few months– SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/misperceptions-about-oil-contamination-still-affecting-pinellas-beaches/1128001

US Attorneys Generals In All 50 States Launch A Foreclosure Probe

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October 13, 2010: Alan Zibel / Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – October 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – Officials in 50 states and the District of Columbia have launched a joint investigation into allegations that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of homeowners.

The states’ Attorneys Generals and bank regulators will examine whether mortgage company employees made false statements or prepared documents improperly.

Alabama initially did not sign on to the investigation. It reversed course after the joint statement was released. Attorneys Generals have taken the lead in responding to a nationwide scandal that’s called into question the accuracy and legitimacy of documents that lenders relied on to evict people from their homes. Employees of four large lenders have acknowledged in depositions that they signed off on foreclosure documents without reading them.

The allegations raise the possibility that foreclosure proceedings nationwide could be subject to legal challenge. Some foreclosures could be overturned. More than 2.5 million homes have been lost to foreclosure since the recession started in December 2007, according to RealtyTrac Inc.

The state officials said they intend to use their investigation to fix the problems that surfaced in the mortgage industry. “This is not simply about a glitch in paperwork,” said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is leading the probe. “It’s also about some companies violating the law and many people losing their homes.”

Ally Financial Inc.’s GMAC Mortgage Unit, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. already have halted some questionable foreclosures. Other banks, including Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. have not stopped processing foreclosures, saying they did nothing wrong.

In a joint statement, the officials said they would review evidence that legal documents were signed by mortgage company employees who “did not have personal knowledge of the facts asserted in the documents. They also said that many of those documents appear to have been signed without a notary public witnessing that signature — a violation of most state laws.

“What we have seen are not mere technicalities,” said Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. “This is about the private property rights of homeowners facing foreclosure and the integrity of our court system, which cannot enter judgments based on fraudulent evidence.”

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, the Obama administration lurks idly by in the shadows of the White House, shovelling our money to Israel, the banks, the wars, and themselves as millions of Americans are left destitute and homeless as Thomas Jefferson warned some 200 years ago! – SJH  

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101013/ap_on_bi_ge/us_foreclosures_states

Greenbackers Vs Goldbugs: Let The ‘After-The-Fed’ Debate Begin

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October 13, 2010: Eric Blair / Activist Post – October 13, 2010

The battle to expose the Federal Reserve has been long and arduous.

It finally appears that after nearly 100 years of absolute economic control and near complete debasement of the dollar, the Fed’s reign may be coming to an end.

Its eventual demise is certain according to Black Swan author Nassim Taleb and others. With all the recent mainstream talk and speculation about the end of the Fed, it is time to debate solutions for the future of America’s currency.

This may indeed be the most important discussion of our lifetime. First, we must be aware that the Federal Reserve, along with other foreign private central banks and the IMF, have long had plans for a global currency.  This is not conspiracy theory mumbo-jumbo anymore, but rather cold hard fact.  Lew Rockwell wrote an excellent article summarizing the IMF’s push for a global currency — the Bancor.  

The recent international currency war may be the beginning of creating a false demand for something more stable for international trade.  As all major currencies race to the bottom, the private banking cartel will surely offer their global solution.  We know what their solution will be — continued debt slavery with more centralized control — but what will the people’s solution be?

There seems to be another currency war brewing right here in America.  The debate between the two most popular proposed solutions of adopting the Greenback or the Gold Standard has just officially begun. Last week, Gary North, a Goldbug and author of Honest Money, wrote a scathing attack of Web of Debt author Ellen Brown, a Greenbacker.  He took select samples from her book in an attempt to tie her public bank solution to Hitler, but failed to address the “interest-free” philosophy of her policy. Despite that, he does manage to frame the Goldbug’s argument against the Greenback, or public banking, as inferior:

“Brown is a Greenbacker. She is open about this. Most people have never heard of Greenbackism. It has been a fringe movement in American political life ever since the 1860s. The Greenback Party in the 1870s was the first American political party to come out in favor of a pure fiat money economy, a paper money system controlled by Congress with currency irredeemable in gold coins or silver coins.

“The Greenbackers are committed to paper money. They are opposed to any form of gold standard. They are opposed to fractional reserve banking. They are opposed to central banking, unless the central bank is 100% owned and controlled by Congress.”

A rebuttal piece was then written by Interest-Free Currency activist Anthony Michgel in defense of Brown and the Greenbackers where he goes after North and claims interest-bearing gold can never work:

“What it is all about is the Goldbug people versus the Interest Free Money crowd. It is one of the most crucial debates around. As I have mentioned before both on this site and elsewhere, Gold is the preferred currency of the Banking Fraternity and they plan to reinstate it in their world currency, which is coming closer every day…

“…North has managed to do something profoundly dishonest and unwise. In this enormous article of his he actually does not mention the problem of interest at all….This is so totally unfair to Brown’s work, because this is surely one of the most important aspects of her narrative…

“Interest free money, either printed debt free by the Government or through interest free credit either by private organizations or again by the State, is simple, proven technology and centuries old. Yes, many systems have been abused resulting in inflation. No, interest bearing Gold is definitely not an acceptable solution.”

Passions already seem to be running high in the opening round of this most critical debate that surely will shape the future of our economy and society.  Notably, both sides of this argument are in agreement that the Fed is a corrupt organization that must be ended.  North acknowledged that Ron Paul and Ellen Brown share this common ground, but says the Tea Party movement (liberty movement) has “no economic understanding” and “They cannot distinguish Ron Paul’s opposition to the FED, based on the gold coin standard, from Ellen Brown’s opposition, based on a fiat money standard. They are intellectually defenseless.”

It seems a bit arrogant of North to suggest that the liberty movement is confused about why Ron Paul and Ellen Brown support ending the Fed, and it’s also disingenuous to say that one side of the growing movement is “intellectually defenseless” because of disagreements about the solution. Especially when Brown’s public banking movement appears to be immediately workable and is gaining ground as the first pragmatic step being to establish state banks — as proven in North Dakota, which has a state-owned bank and boasts the lowest unemployment and the only budget surplus of the United States.

The public banking movement opposes the Federal Reserve, like Paul, because it is unconstitutional, but also for a variety of other intellectually defensible positions, starting with the fact that they are a private monopoly who care not for Americans or the country.  There are very real concerns that this group of banksters may maintain dominance of a gold-based system since they already have possession of most of the world’s gold — including much of the mining as well.

Furthermore, if they can continue to create money on a fractional basis — even if backed partially by gold — and can continue to charge and determine interest, they’ll still possess the power to enslave-by-debt people, industry, and entire nations.  Finally, the private profit motive of international banksters, driven by interest, has historically proven to encourage wars as evidenced by their funding of both sides of all wars.  This would also seem to give them dubious power to determine the outcome of those wars.

In turn, it’s a given that the liberty movement supports the restoration of the Constitution which clearly states that the coinage of money shall be in gold and that only the elected Congress is authorized to issue and control it. However, the Constitution says nothing of allowing a fractional reserve gold standard run by private bankers which is promoted by some Goldbugs. Furthermore, some Constitutionalists still maintain the strange notion that the government should belong to the people.  Therefore, if we were able to restore the Constitutional principle for a government of, by and for the people, it would seem that interest-free currency issued and controlled by our elected government would be considered more constitutional than the current system.

It is true that gold has been valued in society for thousands of years and it will likely continue to maintain its terrific investment value for the foreseeable future. Gold clearly has a physical value derived from the incredible energy it requires to mine and refine it.  But gold, as a limited resource, is interest bearing and can be hoarded by those with the wherewithal to do so.  This would seem to suggest that gold could then be manipulated by the few who control vast sums of it.  And that sounds a lot like the economic tyranny we face today with the private Fed.

North attacks Greenbackers because they “are opposed to central banking, unless the central bank is 100% owned and controlled by Congress.”  As if to say, how dare the people demand ownership of their own currency.  It shows a blinding distrust for Constitutional government and obvious preference for private banking interests.  

Goldbugs seem caught up on the fact that a unit of exchange must have intrinsic value, either backed by gold or as an instrument of debt, or both. They feel so strongly that fiat currencies are utterly unreliable, but spend little time discussing the motive behind the interest and supply manipulators. Additionally, it is unfair to suggest that fiat currencies are not redeemable in gold, as any widely acceptable unit of exchange can be traded for gold.  Currently, one can buy an ounce of bullion for around 1400 Fed-deflated U.S. fiat Dollars.

I don’t want people to get the wrong impression.  I believe gold is a great investment, especially in these turbulent times.  And I also believe gold has a place in securing America’s currency. However, I worry that those who hold dear that a currency must be backed partially by gold in order to have legitimacy are susceptible to supporting a global currency if it includes gold as part of its currency basket.  Perhaps I’m naive, but I’m not sure why a combination of the two solutions is not feasible, with interest-free paper Greenbacks redeemable in gold or silver, while also producing silver and gold coins for circulation — all tightly controlled by Congress, not a private organization, as per the Constitution.  After all, Fort Knox is supposed to be the people’s gold, right?

Let the debate begin.  Tell us what you think would be the best system to replace the Fed…

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Adhering to the US Constitution our Founding Father’s drafted! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.activistpost.com/2010/10/after-fed-solutions-debate-begins.html

Ron Paul: The US Dollar Collapse Will Spur 2012 Presidential Run!

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October 13, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com – October 13, 2010

Congressman Ron Paul has indicated that he will embark on a bid to become President in 2012 if the economic crisis worsens and leads to a dollar collapse, hinting for the first time that the Ron Paul Revolution, which was the grass roots precursor to the Tea Party, will once again be ignited as it was to such great fervor in 2008.

“Events can change quickly, and I believe sincerely we’re moving toward a much more major economic crisis. Depending on where we are on that might help me make that decision,” said Paul, who gave a speech to Tea Party enthusiasts in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend.

The Congressman said that a further financial collapse was “95% likely… [because] right now the whole world is racing to beat their currencies because they think it’s going to help trade…But let me tell you, if the bombs started to fall on Iran, hold your hat, because that would be, I believe, the end of our dollar system. And we would have a real skirmish to find out what we’re going to replace this government with.”

Though Paul denied it had any connection with a White House bid, the Congressman is set to speak at the University of Iowa later this month, “An appearance many pundits have pegged as his first WH stump in the critical caucus state,” points out HotlineOnCall’s Lindsey Boerma. Indeed, Paul will make three separate speeches in Iowa on October 29, 2010.

Political commentator and friend of Paul, New Jersey Star Ledger writer Paul Mulshine, is as certain as he can be that the Congressman will run. “I’ve been covering him longer than any journalist I know…..I never bet more than a six-pack of beer on politics. But from Paul’s recent remarks, I’m willing to stake six cold ones on a bet that he’s running,” writes Mulshine, noting that Paul is in good physical shape for a man of 75 and is more energized than ever before.

Mulshine also points out that the field will be full of candidates who claim to be real conservatives but who in fact are liberal internationalists by the very nature of the policies they advocate – easy pickings for someone who has embraced true constitutional principles his entire life.

“It looks like the field for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination is filled with candidates who espouse the essentially left-wing view that it is the role of the United States government to straighten out the politics of every country on Earth. So Paul is perfectly suited to be the sole candidate pushing the traditional conservative position against foreign entanglements.

“Can you imagine the fun of pointing out real right-wing policies to a field full of liberal internationalists who don’t even know they’re liberal internationalists? I don’t think Paul can resist the opportunity to be on the debate stage listening to Newt Gingrich talk about how great Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt were. Then there’s the chance to hear Sarah Palin tell us why we should be going to war over South Ossetia or some other obscure place she knows nothing about.

“And then there’s the opportunity of debating Mitt Romney on the question of how the health-care plan he pioneered in Massachusetts differs from Obamacare. Hint: It doesn’t.”

Looking back to the last election may provide us with a better indication of the timing. Paul announced his 2008 campaign in January 2007, suggesting that any announcement regarding 2012 is likely to be made in early 2011.

Whether or not it will sway his decision, there’s no doubt that the vast majority of Ron Paul’s supporters are eager for the Congressman to once again hit the campaign trail. A poll conducted on one fan site which attracted over 6,000 votes came out 92% in favor of Paul running in 2012.

Watch the full video of Congressman (R-TX) Dr. Ron Paul’s Richmond, Virginia speech below…

RT: Ron Paul Speech To Tea Party (Uncensored)

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is the man who should be our President right now! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-dollar-collapse-will-spur-2012-presidential-run.html