i just realised something. the other day, i saw someone wearing an “ok soda” tshirt and i thought “haha” or something similarly onomotopeized. its only now that i realise that the wearer of the shirt was ironically wearing a shirt which had a logo which was an ironic take on advertising. the advertising and the soda failed, but the wearer of the shirt derived joy from irony piled upon irony. my head asplode.
I honestly thought this would be in the headlines. I thought that his name would be the top trending item on Yahoo!, and that everyone would be talking about how Jack Conway had essentially just won the 2010 Senate race in Kentucky.
Instead, there are a few articles, but this doesn’t seem to be making the kind of splash that it should.
Last night’s interview of Rand Paul by Rachel Maddow was like watching a snuff film. It was like watching Rand Paul’s candidacy shoot itself in the face over and over again for twenty minutes.
The frightening part about it all though (and I do know that many commenters online are nutjobs, but still) is that people seem to agree with him. They agree that Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which outlawed discrimination by private businesses which accommodate people publicly) should be “fixed.” That private institutions are private, and that the government should never step in to tell private business owners what they can or cannot do and whom they can or cannot serve.
This is why libertarianism does not work. The government, every now and then, has to step in to protect people from discrimination. Our society simply does not work (at least in any sort of racially pluralistic way) if the “market forces” are allowed to rule untethered.
This is what happens when you decide to stick with an ideology without considering any of its consequences. The abstract notion of “private business” may then lead you to believe that all will be well if everyone is left to their own devices; that everyone will treat each other with respect, and that businesses that racially discriminate will simply be put out of business due to market forces (people taking their business elsewhere). Well, for the people who were actually discriminated against (see the Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins, or really, ANY of the civil rights movement), waiting for the market to act and for people to just not be racist anymore didn’t work, and they needed the government to step in. And the government did. Period.
A commenter on Ezra Klein’s article sums it up:
"I don’t care what Dr. Paul believes about people of color; i.e., whether he is racist.
The issue is whether he thinks the law should allow racist activities by landlords, employers, educational institutions, hotel managers and restaurant owners.
This is not all that complicated. If Paul had his way, all those people could legally decide not to rent to, hire, enroll, and sell to individuals who they disqualified based on their sex, religion, ethnic origin or the color of their skins. I find it hard to believe that anyone finds that acceptable.”
"Tales from the Darkside" is fucking crazy. It’s so much better than almost anything else my father watches, but it’s fucking insane. Two episodes ago they were playing strip poker with a mummy ("Two bandages!") and now I turn around and I don’t know what’s going on but that’s definitely Debbie Harry.
“…Still, it’s often filled with giddy, brilliantly produced goofy pleasures with nothing on its mind beyond love and pleasure. Oh, sure, there are a couple of ballads about heartache and regret, but lead singer Nicole Scherzinger sounds more like she’s pining for a good facial than a guy.”—Review of Doll Domination, The Boston Globe, September 30, 2008