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A Blogger’s Guide to the Paulastinian Masturbatorium

Posted on September 6 2010 11:00 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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Tucked away in a corner of cyberspace that most of us would rather ignore is Liberty Forest, the fantastical abode of Ron Paul’s internet army. It is a place sunlight long ago forgot so that historical revisionism, conspiracy theories, various arguments against Abraham Lincoln and “Islamophobia” — and sometimes even threats against bloggers disagreeing with Ron Paul or his son Rand — may be farmed like mushrooms upon which the army feeds. Liberty Forest, a.k.a. Ron Paul Forums, is ostensibly “dedicated to facilitating grassroots initiatives”. As the online staging ground for Paul supporters to organize and become like gum in the hair for any blogger who may disagree with them, I’d say their description puts it mildly.

Kentucky’s political bloggers on the Left and the Right, myself among them, who have disagreed with the Paul platform have received a rather unhealthy dose of the mushrooms that grow on the floor of Liberty Forest. Jacob “Jake” Payne at PageOneKentucky originally dubbed the pro-Pauls website “the Masturbatorium,” an appropriate term for an internet room of (mostly) males doing secretive things. Since that term is a bit too general, and due to the anti-Israel sentiment at LF, I refer to it more specifically as “the Paulastinian Masturbatorium.”

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