Ron Paul Not on 'Meet the Press'

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LUKE BURBANK, host:

Welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Luke Burbank.

ALISON STEWART, host:

And I'm Alison Stewart.

BURBANK: Well, Alison, it's time for that part of the day.

STEWART: Oh, boy.

BURBANK: We take those little bits and pieces of the news, the things that so often fall behind the couch cushions of the media. And we pull those cushions off, we dig around, we collect those little bits of news lint, and we present them to you in something we call The Ramble.

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Well, listen. We have learned this first hand on the BPP. Hell hath no fury like the Ron Paul faithful, scorned. Tim Russert is finding this out himself. Meet the Press is doing a series of interviews of presidential candidates and they decided that they are not going to let Ron Paul on their Sunday morning show.

STEWART: Why?

BURBANK: This is based on the fact that, you know, statistically, look, he's been raising a lot of money; he's been launching blimps or his people have.

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BURBANK: He's a great story; he's fun to talk about; statistically, he's still not making a huge dent in the polls. He's about 6 percent of registered Republicans saying that they would back Ron Paul. So, you know, Tim Russert says we have to have some kind of standard otherwise, you know, there's literally hundreds of people…

STEWART: Oh, yeah.

BURBANK: …that are technically running for president.

STEWART: Good luck with that, Tim.

BURBANK: Well, he stepped in the wrong independent candidate.

STEWART: Oh.

BURBANK: Well, he's not an independent - he's a Republican. He stepped on the wrong long shot candidate - in a whole pile of mess because the number one thing on Digg.com right now is a call to bombard Meet the Press with e-mails chastising him for excluding Ron Paul. And, by the way, that is really hard to do to get to the top of the list on Digg.

STEWART: It is hard.

BURBANK: I mean, that is - that means there are a lot of people sending these e-mails around. We know this because we said something off handedly about Ron Paul on the blog one time.

STEWART: Yeah.

BURBANK: And it unleashed a fury of e-mails. So, Tim Russert, we're with you, brother. Good luck; stay strong.

STEWART: NuttyBuddy - have you heard about NuttyBuddy?

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BURBANK: Yes. I have.

STEWART: You have to check this out. Former Seattle Mariner's pitcher Mark Littell's - it's a - ad campaign for his new invention, the NuttyBuddy-slash-keeping the boys protected. It's apparently some incredibly strong athletic cup to do what athletic cups do. He claims the NuttyBuddy is so superior to other cups, he's willing to back it with a demo, a full on demo. He has a video where he appears to be wearing nothing on the bottom but some tighty whities or some sort of…

BURBANK: Yeah.

STEWART: …athletic pants - they are tight - as well as the NuttyBuddy - we assume it's that - and then he takes a direct hit from a pitching machine about three or four feet away. We mean a direct hit. Listen to this audio.

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Mr. MARK LITTELL (Inventor, NuttyBuddy): Hi, I'm Mark Littell. We're going to test the NuttyBuddy today to see if thing's really as mean and tough as we think it is. All right, we're ready. I think we got the thing centered in. Here we go, Ramrod. Yeah. Let's go.

BURBANK: Ramrod.

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Mr. LITTELL: Yeah.

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Mr. LITTELL: All the way.

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Mr. LITTELL: It works.

BURBANK: I would buy anything that guy's selling.

STEWART: Jacob, our director, he's, like, doubled over, from the audio alone. We will definitely post that video on our Web site.

BURBANK: I have watched this video probably 20 times, and it's still kind of -I feel nervous right before that ball shoots out of the machine every single time.

Well, you know, talk about making a lemonade out of lemons or something out of something else. There is this home in Tennessee and it was built above a cave. And the cave was being used to grow massive amounts of marijuana. The owners got busted, the marijuana got cleared out, and the home then was put up for auction, and a Wisconsin cheese maker named Roth Kase USA bought the home. It's about 45 miles northeast of Nashville. They bought it for 285 grand. And, apparently, the former den of iniquity below the house - dens, I guess it's multiple caves - are also the perfect environment for aging and making cheese. So this Wisconsin cheese company has bought this house and they are going to - ironically, marijuana leads to a tremendous amount of cheese…

STEWART: Eating likely.

BURBANK: …or Dorito eating…

STEWART: Yeah.

BURBANK: …anyway, it's kind of a cheese product so.

STEWART: That's going to be the next season of weeds - could be.

BURBANK: If they ever get the writers off of strike it could happen.

That is The Ramble. You can find these stories and other gems at our Web site, npr.org/bryantpark.

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