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November 17, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

IRONY ALERT....Seriously? The guy who got busted for circulating "Ron Paul Dollars" is named Nuthouse?

OK, it's actually NotHaus. Bernard von NotHaus. But still. Where are the Daily Show writers when you need them?

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I suppose that's no worse than the name of the guy who wrote that "pussification" column.

Posted by: mdl on November 17, 2007 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

Is this still another one of your posts in which you are snidely implying that Ron Paul is missing some major appliances upstairs?

Good show!

Posted by: frankly0 on November 17, 2007 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Where are the Daily Show writers when you need them?

They're striking to protect their rights to not get raped by enormous global conglomerates and to be paid for the work they do.

But you knew that.

Posted by: drjimcooper on November 17, 2007 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

That's Baron Bernard von NotHaus to you. Careful, now. You don't want him twirling his mustache in your direction.

Posted by: junebug on November 17, 2007 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

I hadn't realized before now that Ron Paul is 72. By January 2009 he'll be at least 4 years older than Reagan was when he first entered the White House.

But no matter. Somehow I doubt that a little extra senility in a Ron Paul presidency would even be noticeable.

Posted by: Oregonian on November 17, 2007 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Are you saying Jon Stewart doesn't write The Daily Show!

Posted by: Al's Dad (Not that Al) on November 17, 2007 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

IRONY ALERT....Seriously?


Ironic
People think it means:
Any kind of amusing coincidence.

Actually means:
An outcome that is the opposite of what you'd expect.

from cracked.com

Posted by: majarosh on November 17, 2007 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

You always have to say, 'Isn't it ironic' rather than IRONY ALERT to satisfy someone named majarosh.

Posted by: morissete on November 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Bernard von NotHaus, one of those Austrian economists, no doubt...

Posted by: dr sardonicus on November 17, 2007 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Bernard von NotHaus's ancestors should be ashamed, breaking the WGA picket line like that.

Posted by: Grumpy on November 17, 2007 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

I believe the translation of NotHaus from German to English is "NobodyHome".

Posted by: markg8 on November 17, 2007 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

You always have to say, 'Isn't it ironic' rather than IRONY ALERT to satisfy someone named majarosh.Posted by: morissete

Even if Kevin had said, 'Isn't it ironic' it still would have been a misuse or the word.
Though his misuse of 'irony' was in fact a humorous coincidence, it was also an unexpected outcome since Kev is a talented wordsmith, hence my use of 'IRONY ALERT' was wholly apropriate.

BTW morissete, thank God any satisfaction I may have is unrelated to what Kevin or you or anyone else writes, says or does. But thanks for Karen.

Posted by: majarosh on November 17, 2007 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Grow up

Posted by: Adam on November 17, 2007 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Get a sense of humor.

Posted by: majarosh on November 17, 2007 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

I believe NotHaus could be translated:
Emergency House (like in Notausgang)
or
Necessity House
or
Misery House
and a lot of others possibilities.

"not", even if not meaning not as the commenter above believes, makes for a lot of ironic translations in that case. Or was it humourous translations?

Posted by: NotAnglosaxon on November 17, 2007 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

The next thing that Bernard von NotHaus will be caught doing is printing up some Ron Paul "Liberty-Trust in God" blotter acid.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on November 17, 2007 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

The thing you left out that makes it even funnier, Kevin, is that the guy deliberately changed his name to "von NotHaus"!

Posted by: Tom on November 17, 2007 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Talk about ironic, I laughed out loud when I read Kevin's post and I laughed harder when I read Tom's remark that his name used to be von NotHaus. The ironic thing is that Drum's post is not funny and Tom's remark is less so.

Posted by: chowderhead on November 17, 2007 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

That's not irony, that's apropos.

Posted by: Kenneth G. Cavness on November 17, 2007 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

I might be slightly more sympathetic to this crowd of Ron Paul supporters if their money didn't
prominently state on the front "Trust in God" which is, lets face it, even more blatant and provocative than "In God we trust".
The one is a statement which one can ignore, the other is a freaking command.

If money is all about trusting in fairy tales, why do they care so much about fiat currency anyway?

Posted by: Maynard Handley on November 17, 2007 at 10:23 PM | PERMALINK

If money is all about trusting in fairy tales, why do they care so much about fiat currency anyway?
Posted by: Maynard Handley

This bears repeating!

Posted by: Dave Howard on November 17, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

majarosh: Get a sense of humor.

That's a pretty standard line of yours when you're correctly identified as a towering asshole--as when, just a few weeks ago, you were called on making racist comments in these threads. You indignantly denied being a bigot, tearfully accused us of "smearing" you for calling you a racist, and moments later got busted with this and this.

Posted by: shortstop on November 17, 2007 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

Thanx ss, that reminds me. A couple years ago, at Pete Miller's on Milwaukee Ave, I was dancing with a lovely African-American woman. It was a fun night, good music, nice crowd.
After we finished dancing, the lady told me I was the 2nd best white dancer she'd ever seen. I thanked her and asked, "Who's the first?"
She looked at me with her big, beautiful brown eyes and said, Michael Jackson."

Posted by: majarosh on November 18, 2007 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

franklyO: "Is this still another one of your posts in which you are snidely implying that Ron Paul is missing some major appliances upstairs?"

Nothing's "missing" -- they're merely stashed outside temporarily, behind the garage, awaiting the necessary parts for repair.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 18, 2007 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

majrosh: "Thanx [shortstop], that reminds me. A couple years ago, at Pete Miller's on Milwaukee Ave, I was dancing with a lovely African-American woman. It was a fun night, good music ..."

"Good music" at Pete Miller's in Wheeling? Since when?

Don't tell us -- she was there that evening because she's a really big fan of The Incognitos, right?

Next thing we know, you'll be claiming that your favorite meal is BBQ pork ribs, black-eyed peas and collared greens.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 18, 2007 at 1:58 AM | PERMALINK

The Ron Paul phenomenom interest me greatly and he has a huge amount of support here in North Alabama. Several months ago I came to an intersection where a large number of Paul supporters were on every corner. I scratched my head a bit trying to figure out why they were at that particular intersection, which is in a suburban area until the next day when I discovered that they were there because Mitt Romney was attending a private fundraiser nearby.

This election cycle seems to get curiouser and curiouser!

Posted by: Tommy Harper on November 18, 2007 at 7:42 AM | PERMALINK

Donald from Hawaii: "Good music" at Pete Miller's in Wheeling? Since when?

ROFL--indeed. majarosh's taste in music explains why all his conversational contributions are gold-necklace and white-shoe stuff. Hey, that stuff passes for sophistication in his pastel-colored retirement village back home; why are people on the tubes always laughing at him?

But that's more than enough attention for Racist Roger from me. He's got an unloved 12-year-old's "I'll say anything if it gets you to pay attention to me, because no one ever does" syndrome.

Posted by: shortstop on November 18, 2007 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

That's almost like a big wino being named Winehouse.

Posted by: Rosali on November 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

Wow, this is high-level stuff. I see why CBS News picked up this blog.

Making fun of a guy's last name, instead of attempting to understand the serious constitutional and monetary issues at play.

Fantastic!

Posted by: FZappa on November 18, 2007 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, boy. Another cheap shot directed Ron Paul's way, strictly for the amusement of the wannabe Beltway "insiders".

How "droll". :-(

But then, perhaps we should look on "the bright side" -- pretty soon, the way things are going, those "Ron Paul dollars" will be worth FAR more than their equivalent in US legal tender.

Who'll be having the "last laugh" then, eh?
.

Posted by: Poilu on November 18, 2007 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

fzappa: "Wow, this is high-level stuff. I see why CBS News picked up this blog."

Well, then, why are you reading it? Are you bored and out of weed?

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 18, 2007 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK
....instead of attempting to understand the serious constitutional and monetary issues at play.... FZappa at 4:11 PM
You have already convinced every one that your lack of knowledge in that field is exceeded only by your complete lack of understanding of any facet of it.


Posted by: Mike on November 18, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

Dude, old news already. I got hold of this tidbit early Friday morning.

Posted by: The Critic on November 18, 2007 at 9:35 PM | PERMALINK

Ron Paul is a nut job? Hillary and Edwards are nuttier than he is-they voted for the Iraq War. Yet Hillary is a woman, which means that she is perfect and anyone who criticizes her is simply a sexist. And Edwards Loves the Poor, and anyone who criticizes Edwards simply Hates the Poor.

Extremist liberals are just as amazingly stupid and amoral as extremist conservatives. The only difference is the laughably ironic way that extremist liberals consider themselves to be intelligent and tolerant and extremist conservatives consider themselves to be moral and strong.

Ron Paul is more in touch with reality than any other candidate, because unlike any other candidate, he understands that our entitlement system is unsustainable and headed toward bankruptcy. This pleases neither the "all we have to do is tax the rich" Democrats and the "please don't ask us about the entitlement system" Republicans.

In fact, these pleases no one.

Unlike most politicians, especially the sycophants the Democrats call "front runners", Ron Paul actually has the courage to tell people that the days of federal subsidies are going to come to an end either way. What we must decide is whether it will be a small disaster for this generation or a worse disaster for the next.

The Democrats obviously would rather have a worse disaster for the next. Hell, they would rather slaughter babies than piss off feminists; why not sentence children to debtor's prison than piss off old people? Many feminists and old people can vote; there are no babies nor children that can.

Posted by: jfk on November 19, 2007 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

Bushs homeland security adviser quits, sounds like the RATS are still jumping ship. Its Thanksgiving George hire another TURKEY. LMAO

Posted by: Al on November 19, 2007 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

You don't need a professional writer to make fun of goldbugs.

Posted by: American Citizen on November 19, 2007 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Ron Paul supporters are what Lyndon LaRouche supporters become when they take their medications.

Posted by: OriGuy on November 19, 2007 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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