Paul Ryan's 40 14ers? About as Credible as his 2:50 Marathon


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Nov 11, 2012 - 01:27pm PT
In 2016 Hillary Clinton will be one year younger than was Reagan when he was first elected. Since she will also outlive him by twenty years, age is not an issue. By 2016 the republicans will have completed their present effort and will have adopted fully the Democratic platform. The task for the two will be to defeat the Tea Bags. The, now named "TB's/To Be's" will be hard to beat because they will have adopted a snappy brown uniform. Once elected Hillary will appoint Paul Krugman Secretary of the Treasury and TB's will be wiped out by the Mars Attacks syndrome. Ryan will have been imprisoned for his attempt to assassinate Putin, newly elected head of the United Nations. His unsuccessful defense will be that "Guns kill people. People don't kill people." Putin will have attained his office because he said. "I am an SOB. I know how to solve the Palestinian issue. TRUST ME."

For some reason, in his case, that argument will be believed. Even though only modestly changed from another leader's argument - which failed.

Unfortunately some upset will be caused in the US by Putin's insistence that W. bring him coffee every morning, under the very convincing argument that no one else had shown W.'s ability for finding things.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 08:58am PT
The remaining issue is why Chris McNamara, the owner of Supertopo, saw fit to delete the original thread in the weeks before the election. It is likely that the deleted thread brought more attention to Supertopo outside of the climbing community than any other thread in its history. A thread that might have been viewed for years to come, especially if Ryan runs for President in four years, is now gone. So it is very curious as to why this happened. Since Chris has chosen not to explain himself, we can only speculate.

There are a couple of possibilities that have been suggested:

1) He was threatened by GOP operatives. If Chris caved to this pressure, he was not getting good legal advice. The First Amendment would certainly protect him against any liability arising from a Ryan supporter's lawsuit, there would be hordes of volunteer lawyers lined up to defend him pro bono if that happened, and public exposure of the litigation threat would certainly make them back down. Has anyone ever heard of any candidate for national office bringing such a suit? It just doesn't happen. So, I have ruled this out.

2)He received a financial incentive to delete the thread from some republican funding source. That is too mercenary for me to believe. I have ruled this out too.

3) A poster to the thread was offended by a personal remark in it and asked it to be deleted. This is more likely since a libel suit by a non-public figure can be a real threat to a forum like this. This seems the most likely explanation to me, but I don't remember anything particularly scandalous said about any poster on that thread. Sure, there were the occasional "inanely combative" comments, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Chris can do what he wants with his site and can delete any thread. But Supertopo promotes its discussion forum as a "community." It certainly detracts from any sense of "community" when a unique political/climbing thread disappears and no explanation is offered.

It also displays a disturbing arrogance by the owner of this site to simply ignore this subject. I have written Chris privately, and asked him in the forum for an explanation. But nothing.

The way this has been handled is surprising and is just not "good blokery", as a Brit might put it.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:50pm PT

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 17, 2012 - 02:32pm PT

What have you been drinking?????

hee hee hee. . .
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:44am PT
I'll chime in. Yes, I was not aware of the previous thread, so I am glad that Rick brought the issue up.

I just cannot see CMac deleting the previous thread, I would guess that something else happened. What? Don't ask me but that is my gut feeling.

As for Hawkeye writing that posters to this thread are pathetic, that is his right. But he certainly put his two cents in. Why?

As for Paul Ryan, it doesn't surprise me that he "embellished" certain activities that he may have done, after all, he is a politician. But one has to question his judgment. He has been caught out on lies before, one would think that he learned his lesson.

At least Mark Udall admitted back in 2008 that he was busted for pot in 1972. Honesty is the best policy. If one is under the scrutiny of the public and media, best to be honest and take any hits aimed at you. "I am not a crook", "I didn't inhale", "Victory is ours", etc etc, all came back to bite the butt of the people saying them.

"Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!"
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 08:25am PT
A Public Service Reminder: Paul Ryan is a Con Man

Let's hope the public doesn't forget. Ryan's tall tales about marathon times and climbing are only a symtom of a much more serious issue: His budget and policy "expertise" is a myth.


Ice climber
hartford, ct
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:52am PT
The puppet race is over for now.... geeez...
Dave Kos

Social climber
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
I wonder if Paul Ryan will run the Boston Marathon next year? Could be a good PR move.

Should be easy for him to qualify.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Glad to see this back....too bad Ryan's bs didn't get more traction.

Don't they have subways in Boston....Ryan's a great candidate to be the next Rosie Ruiz.
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