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22 May 2010 @ 01:13 pm
The Akatsuki program, Rand Paul, and a classical program  
* Kevin Drum on who's protecting the oil industry. And media darling Rand Paul steps up to the plate with another winner.
* "What's behind the rash of Chinese school stabbings?"
* Glenn Greenwald on the backlash against Wikileaks.
* Video: Jay Smooth on what everyone is getting wrong about Rand Paul's gaffe.
* Follow-up: the Texas Board of Education swings even lower.
* 'The Christian Right's gay problem.'
* Japan launches Akatsuki probe to study Venus's atmosphere.
* Nifty: pics from the abandoned Virginia Renaissance Festival.
* Dear lord. The computer program that's writing classical music.

PMMJ: Politicscheetahmaster on May 22nd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
A fine example of conservative hypocrisy in action.
Tarsustarsus4 on May 22nd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Video: Jay Smooth on what everyone is getting wrong about Rand Paul's gaffe.

An important part of politics nowadays is avoiding giving your opponents soundbites to use against you. Rand Paul fairly completely described his opinion regarding the Civil Rights Act. There isn't a person who listened to the whole interview who believes that Paul would have voted for the bill. And then you would have heard the whole interview, and you'd know all the nuance in that position.

Of course I disagree with him. But I think his position isn't entirely unreasonable, nor was his defense of it particularly poor.
PMMJ: Politicscheetahmaster on May 22nd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
He's vacillating, and in politics that's deadly. You can just imagine the opponent's campaign commercial, saying how he was for discrimination before he was against it.

He should either make a stand on his principles, and explain why he doesn't think the government should interfere in how people run their (racist) businesses, or get taken to task for saying one thing, then reversing himself. It's not rocket science. It's modern politics. But I'm sure we'll hear him reversing himself on the BP issue next.

And yes, I did listen to the whole interview. And yes, he was vacillating.