September 27, 2013, - 1:00 pm

Figures: “Breaking Bad” Mafia Meth Cook is Huge Ron Paul Fan

By Debbie Schlussel

Even the writers of “Breaking Bad” get that Ron Paul followers are nuts. That’s why they made a meth cook a Ron Paul fanatic. But you probably missed it.

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Figures: Breaking Bad Mobster Meth Cook Gale Boetticher is a Ron Paulistinian

As anyone who follows pop culture–or television’s supposed “Golden Age” on cable (that’s what the conventional wisdom people in the mainstream entertainment media keep telling us)–knows, Sunday Night is the night that the very last episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” airs. The series finale will probably go nuclear–one way or another–with Walter White dying of cancer or in the violence of the meth business that harms so many lives. (I don’t have cable or Netflix, so I’ll have to wait for the DVD to find out.) As I’ve noted on this site, I was hooked on the show–even though it is incredibly violent and the protagonist (Walter White) is really the villain–because of its tight writing and thrilling plot twists and turns. But the writers are also clever in other ways.

Reader Craig must have bionic vision because he spotted something that neither I nor most “Breaking Bad” viewers saw: that scientist and meth cook (and vegan) Gale Boetticher (actor David Costabile) is (or was) a huge Ron Paul fan, so much so that he put a Ron Paul for President sticker in his meth recipe notebook. It’s very quick and happens in the episode in which DEA Hank jokes with brother-in-law Walter White that White is the W.W., which are the initials of the real name of drug kingpin “Heisenberg.” Craig sent me the screen capture of the quick shot of Boetticher’s notebook, when Craig paused the video while watching it on Netflix. The picture is posted above. Writes Craig:

As for the Ron Paul thing… remember that flashback in that same scene where Hank sarcastically suggests (and quite rightly) that “W.W.” stood for Walter White, and Walt jokingly replies “You got me”? Earlier in that same scene (but not repeated in a later flashback), Walt goes flipping through Gale’s notebook after Hank shows it to him. Pay attention, and you’ll see the Ron Paul bumper sticker. Earlier in that in the series, back when Gale was still alive, he told Walt that he was a libertarian and believed in letting consenting adults make their own choices.






Of course, now every time I hear the word “libertarian”, I think of those anarcho-fantasy kooks, the Ron Paul fanatics and Jew-haters (and Islamopanderers!), as well as the conspiracy theory types like the “Truther” movement whose credo is basically “Blame it on anyone except the Muslim terrorists who actually did it.” A fair assessment?

Yup, definitely a fair assessment in most case. Sadly.

In any event, the writers of “Breaking Bad” were insightful enough to make the meth cook one of these crazy Ron Paulistinians who has no conscience about producing illegal, highly addictive substances that ruin people’s lives and harm families (and reader Craig was super-observant enough to notice it).

Are they clever enough to end the series, “Breaking Bad,” with a suitable bang?

How will it end? Post your predictions on the comments section (and don’t worry about spoiling it for me, as I haven’t seen the second half of the season).

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“Pop” culture extends to breaking bad. All the more so since it’s a good show apparently. Meth for the masses. Maybe one day I’ll watch it to see if I’m right but maybe not.

Ron Paul fans may be nuts but they aren’t usually meth cooks I suspect. No the real meth cooks are the breaking bad script writers. That’s a meth-aphor (sorry)

Frankz on September 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

You can watch the episodes on the AMC site if you want.

http://www.amctv.com/full-episodes/breaking-bad

Disgusted with Media on September 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    thanks dude, I don’t really don’t have time to get sucked into another series now but maybe one day :(

    Frankz on September 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

I think the show, while pretty good, is very overrated. Compared to some other cable shows such as “The Sopranos”, “Southland” or “Game of Thrones”, for example, “Bad” pales in comparison IMO.

Even after 5 seasons, I still see “Hal” from “Malcolm” every time I see Walter and the ever-popular characters of Jesse Pinkman, Bob Odenkirk’s, Hank, Hank’s wife and Hal’s wife irritate me. Gee, that’s almost the entire cast. lol

DS_ROCKS! on September 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Oh, and FX’s “The Bridge” is pretty damn good, too.

DS_ROCKS! on September 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hi, me here. I had no idea you were going to post this! Thanks, I guess! Feeling flattered!

How did I find it? All I did was watch it. *shrug*

Indeed, lots of different visual cues can be found in different episodes. Go to any pop culture website, and you’ll see people picking apart every scene of every episode, looking for symbolism, callbacks and possible foreshadowings.

As Skylar (actress Anna Gunn) says more than once over the course of the series, “The Devil is in the details.”

As for my own prediction… I think Walter White will go out in a swath of violence a la the final scene of “Scarface” (there have been a few hints about the Scarface thing, such as him watching it with his kids in Season 5A); remember, back in the beginning, White said he would rather die than live miserably with cancer. However, I am curious as to who gets to be poisoned with that vial of ricin. Maybe he consumes it himself so that he stays just long enough to do what he wants, but then dies before he can be arrested or imprisoned? Or maybe it’s a false flag, a Chekov’s gun which is never fired, and no one dies from it?

…However, at the same time, it wouldn’t surprise me if, as Heisenberg, he somehow survives the final showdown and walks off into the sunset, disappearing to go someplace else and start his little meth empire all over again.

Craig on September 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Reader Craig has way too much time on his hands. Maybe he should get a job. Slow news day huh?

Debbie, how come you don’t have cable or pay $7/ month for Netflix? Expensive huh?

Leon on September 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    @ Leon
    Oh, SCREW YOU, buddy! I actually work VERY goddam hard at a full-time job with insurance & benefits, AND I’ve managed to stay employed during this entire economic downturn! Lots of other people can’t say the same! (And I have disabilities too, and somehow I manage to stay employed while lots of non-disabled adults manage to get themselves fired or not hired!)

    Hey Leon, did it occur to you at ANY point that MAYBE I did this on my day off from work? How does watching a TV series equal “unemployed”?

    Oh look, somehow you took a few moments to post your snarky little comment here at this website. I guess this means you don’t have a job! I guess you’d better go find one!

    Craig on September 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    “Leon”, that’s a pretty weird thing to criticize about someone.

    Some people don’t buy cable as a matter of principle and neither cable nor Netflix are hardly end-alls. Once you’ve seen everything you wanted to see in a few weeks, you’re left wading through muck, B-movies and tripe- just like at the old video rental stores.

    Is it something for you to really feel proud about that you pay hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars per year for the privilege of sitting there for thousands of hours per year, wasting your life, tied to your boob-tube’s emissions like an eerie umbilicus feeding off of the networks’ treacly teets, digesting their current slop that they decide to feed you?

    Go for it, my man… and enjoy watching “Men In Black III” for the fiftieth time. lol.

    DS_ROCKS! on September 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Leon: I make around $340 K a year. I do have netflix; I don’t have Cable. Why don’t I have cable? Because the majority of it is moronic, and for $1200/yr I can buy 5 or 6 Perfect 1/10 ounce Gold proofs, certified as such by NGC.

    That’s why.

    I’ve heard this is a good show, though, so I may eventually watch it on netflix. Whatever. Just finished CS Forester’s “the last Nine Days of the Bismarck.” Better use of time, reading about Nazis getting blown to bits.

    Also, that amount of money can buy 12 shares of Phillip Morris international, which can yield about $48 dollars in dividends while selling cancer causing agents (freely and knowingly bought) to Indonesians, Algerians, Jordanians, Palestinians, etc.

    in short, cable is a waste.

    Occam's Tool on October 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Perfect picture for the goofy waste of skin.
Breaking bad is ending at the right time.

samurai on September 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I liked Craig’s comments (and he’s quick on the uptake)…he’s a good writer and should comment more here. Interesting is always good.

I haven’t seen this series yet but am looking forward to it. I wanna know why the actor who plays WW was not lauded before (I knew he was in “Malcolm In The Middle” (never watched…) but a big talent like that should have been spotted or given kudos before this good series (or so I am told…).

Maybe because I have been on both sides of the fence, but I find Libertarians annoying. I think someone here once wisely said they are only fiscal Conservatives but reliably Liberal in all other realms. Indeed. “Ain’t nobody got time for that”!

That’s why I am proud to be Independant (always was, but I was either Libtarded or Conservative…). I’d be a Republican in a second if they were not so progressive and wimpy these days.

I liked that this meth-cooking fool is also a vegan. That’s always a punch line that never gets old. And I love eating vegan food. It’s not the food that’s bad but the uppity freaky deakys who consume it. Never-ending comedy gold!

Skunky on September 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Skunky, just wanted to say I like how you change your avatar or icon or whatever they’re called from time to time. While I’m in a complementing mood, I like your no-holds-barred style of criticism too.

    Red Randy on September 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you, RR. Halloween is coming so I get inspired and love the colourful, old Ben Cooper costumes of the 70s.

      If you’d like an avatar you can get one by having a WordPress & Gravatar account. Make sure all have the same e-mail and when you put your e-mail in here (to comment) it appears, voila! :D

      Skunky on September 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm

The ricin is for Walt’s Gray Matter buddies me thinks.

Suz on September 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

i see – anybody who wants to cut off all foreign aid – including aid to poor little israel – when our country is sinking in massive debt to the international banksters – must be some kind of drug-crazed monster – eh ms schlussel ?

charles ranalli on September 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Good old charles ranalli read some neo-Nazi bullsh*t on teh Internet about the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and now he’s convinced that the the “International Jew banker” is behind the world’s woes.

    Do Jews also make matzoh with Christian baby’s blood, there, chuck?

    Never mind about the contributions to science, the arts and humanity that Jews have historically made and continue to make.

    Never mind that islam is the common denominator in the thousands of maniacal, bloodthirsty, terrorist atrocities they commit year-in and year-out in the name of their moon-cult deity and the increase in terror is directly proportional to muslim Arab nations’ wealth because of China’s economic power and its insatiable appetite for Arab oil.

    Yeah, never mind all that stuff, chuck- it’s the evil Jooos. Great critical thinking, there, chuckie.

    DS_ROCKS! on September 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm

On most issues, libertarians are not at all irrational! Stop bankrupting the country, weakening the dollar, robbing savers, strangling econ. growth, innovation and educational choice. Over-regulation of private health insurance is the main reason
for its’ unaffordability. If catastrophic insurance was allowed to be sold, almost everyone could handle the modest price.

nicole on September 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

You’re interpreting things that may not be there you dumb bitch, if you watched the show you’d know that Gale is an innocent amd rational character and not the crazy goon you say Ron Paul supporters are

Rob on September 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

Wow, Americans really are this stupid.

Bob on September 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

I love the show, and I saw this back in 2010 or 2011 or whenever it originally aired. It’s not that hard to spot.
Anyway, I doubt my comment will be posted because I know how much people like you support free speech and all that lol. I love the show, it’s the best show ever, despite season 3 and 4 being mostly filler. But you’re an idiot. Sorry. Gale was supposed to be the picture of innocence. It’s one of the things that bothers Jesse a lot. You trying to use the show to support your own (crazy) views is wrong. You are either one of “God’s Chosen ones” yourself, or some insane John Hagee follower, but yeah Ron Paul supporters are the crazy ones. And no, I don’t vote. I think Ron Paul knows he has no chance of winning, but tells people what they want to hear for money, however agreeing with it at least makes you a little smarter than the rest of people who vote.

L on September 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

    You sound like you don’t vote, “L”. Also, it seems you skipped school as well.

    How nice of you to drop by. Because like not voting and bragging about it we know you prolly troll porno sites and yet never have sex (your palm & fingers don’t count). What a coinkydink.

    A Viley Vyrus tongue just for you. :P

    Skunky on September 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

      “your palm & fingers don’t count”

      “Rosie Palmer and the Blister sisters” we used to call ‘em in the Army. lol.

      DS_ROCKS! on September 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

Schlussel lol yeah, definitely one of the holy people. Breaking Bad seems to have the least influence of your kind from any other show on tv.

L on September 28, 2013 at 5:28 am

I remember seeing this on the show when it first aired. There was thread about it on imdb.

And L you sound like a whiny little baby. Sorry you’re such a loser but you can’t go blaming all your failures in life on Jews. Jews aren’t your daddy so go whine to someone else.

Bomb on September 28, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What did I blame jews for? Sh*tty television? I don’t pay taxes so they aren’t getting any of my money for bombs. I barely watch television. I won’t even let my kids read books by jewish authors so the propaganda doesn’t affect me either. I don’t have anything to whine about. But it’s rich a jew? accusing anyone else of whining. It’s what the holy people do best. That’s like a Christian calling someone crazy praying to some blue eyed “semite” in the sky. Jews are hypocrites, just like the government. Killing is great until a politician gets the Gabby Giffords treatment then we are all expected to cry about it. No, we need more drones to kill arabs and spy on citizens. We need to outsource more jobs so corporations get richer, and more illegals to take the few jobs that are left. This is God’s will. It’s all in the bible. Anyone who can’t see this THEY are the crazy ones lol

    L on September 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

All it takes is a suttle fitting opertunity to bash someone from the perseived “right”, weither or not they are. Now I know libertarians are drug tolerant or mostly tend to be. The left are the ones who are very anti-Jewish/Israel for the most part. But the Paulistines are wrong in their non support or anti-Jew/Israel dislike. But shows such as this will put the anti-Jewish/Israel angle in , in whatever way they can.

William on September 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

Ron Paul isn’t the answer though. I was into that back in 2007-2008. If he had any chance of winning he’d be dead. If voting could change anything it’d be illegal. I just stumbled across this, and it’s someone trying to use the only decent show on tv for their own agenda. Use Sons Of Anarchy for that. They are just over the top with it. I could only stomach like 2 episodes of that show.

L on September 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    “L”oser, where have you been all this time? We’ve been waiting for a jew-hating, illiterate dope like you all our lives for a role model and professor we can look up to. (rolling eyes)

    Yeah, we’re gonna listen to a retard like you. Not bloody likely. We’ve heard better slop here from more mentally ill creeps than you. Not smarter than you but indeed more whacko. :D

    Skunky on September 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hey Skunky,

      You’ve got this correctly pegged. There will always be those who blame others for their own sad state of affairs…pathetic people, grow up and quit blaming Jews for your short-comings.

      BLAME THE BORG!

      Dennis on September 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

According to the BBC “Breaking Bad” is really just one big morality play.
So maybe the people tuning in are getting valuable values guidance/indoctrination while they tune in to watch the traffic accident.
Maybe but given that the esteemed BBC is taking this line I’ll say probably maybe not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24281785

Frankz on September 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

L(oser). Never-ending whining, ridiculous accusations and taking no accountability for yourselves are the specialties of antisemites. You guys are worse than an angry ex-girlfriend. You sound like a rambling schizo. Get a life.

Bomb on September 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Libertarianism and Objectivism – both misunderstood by many.

Some information re drugs:

http://www.animalnewyork.com/2012/12-drugs-from-ancient-cultures-and-where-to-get-them/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/172013/drug-cult/40536/History-of-drug-use-in-religion

Reality altering substances have been used for eons.

There are numerous info sources out there. None can force you to use drugs because you are an individual who is supposed to have a brain which enables you to discriminate among those things that are beneficial to your well-being and those which are not. ALL THE LAWS EVER ENACTED CANNOT DO THAT FOR YOU.

As for BREAKING BAD, never watched it. Never interested in it.
Never used it – the Meth. Why? Cuz I could see what was happening to the Detroit neighborhood where I lived – the most drug infested area in the U.S. And, because all these drugs were illegal, stratospherically profitable, and for political / control purposes demonized, the murder rates were the worst of all big cities for decades.

So, what are the best courses of action for a person to consider?

Anyone remember Dr Timothy Leary? How did that turn-out?

Anyone can do stupid things, but the goal is to learn how not to do stupid things…without resorting to onerous laws and increased government control over one’s life.

There is no Utopia. Be wise in your decisions.

Dennis on September 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

And Jesse will end Walt.

Suz on September 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

When I get my own financial house in order (and refill my MonsterCard), BB will be the first thing to binge-watch. Along with The Wire.

Binge-watching: the new First-World Pastime.

The Reverend Jacques on September 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

Riff-Trax misses no opportunity to bash Ron Paul. Michael J Nelson is an evangelical Conservative Christian in his personal life. With a great sense of humor.

How best to put this in terms Ronulans will understand, hmm,hmm—-Ron Paul spends his time fellating terrorists when he’s not bending over to accomodate them BOHICA style (B is for “bend” and A is for “Again.” Let’s let the Ronulans figure it out.) Ron is a disgusting scumbag.

Occam's Tool on September 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Understand, Ron Paul favors legalizing meth and heroin.

Occam's Tool on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Then, Debbie, help me choose a better politician than Ron or Rand Paul who can get the government off our backs, place a “revolving door” around the Capitol Building, and eliminate these wasteful government government functions like the Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts? I am not a fanatic. I reject the Pauls’ positions on Israel and immigration, but who else has a better combination of daring and working knowledge of the Constitution? Who else stands up to Hillary Clinton? Why don’t you run for office? I am serious about that.

jmoore on October 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

Hey again, Debbie. Quick question: Once you watch the final episodes in the series, can you do a review of the series as a whole? Seriously, you review movies all the time, so why not this one particular TV series?

Also, I can provide links to lots of related videos, such as the trailer of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) reading the “Ozymandias” poem. Also funny stuff like someone’s “LEGO Breaking Bad” parody (utterly hilarious!) or Stephen Colbert’s interview with Vince Gilligan and what he does to Gilligan afterwards.

In the meantime, here’s (3 different versions of) a cool video which someone made for the series. It’s set to a remix of the song “Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone, from the soundtrack to the movie “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”.
VER. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYBTX_GmSM8
(This has scenes from Seasons 1-4)
VER. 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyIbLKKcKgQ
(Scenes from Seasons 1-5A)
VER. 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlZZFX8lqbg
(Scenes from the entire series, Seasons 1-5B)

Craig on October 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

My prediction is that you’ll continue to be an idiot and a raging cunt.

Fuck off on March 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm

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