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C. Van Carter calls our attention to one line in the speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announcing his run for the White House:

I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed.

Here’s the first TV commercial released by the Senator’s campaign. It demonstrates how much better daily life will be under the Paul Administration once all laws with disparate impact are repealed:

 
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  1. Lets have an advanced auction of stolen goods and legalize robbery.

    I have seen many theoretical objections to democracy, and sometimes urge them with such heat that it probably goes beyond the bound of sound taste, but I am thoroughly convinced, nonetheless, that the democratic nations are happier than any other. The United States today, indeed, is probably the happiest the world has ever seen. Taxes are high, but they are still well within the means of the taxpayer: he could pay twice as much and still survive. The laws are innumerable and idiotic, but only prisoners in the penitentiaries and persons under religious vows ever obey them. The country is governed by rogues, but there is no general dislike of rogues: on the contrary, they are esteemed and envied. Best of all, the people have the pleasant feeling that they can make improvements at any time they want to— . . . in other words, they are happy. Democrats are always happy. Democracy is a sort of laughing gas. It will not cure anything, perhaps, but it unquestionably stops the pain.
    “The Master Illusion” in the The American Mercury (March 1925), p. 319

    He can run as the Master of Disillusion.

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  2. duderino says:

    Rand confuses me so much. I get the impression that his personality is that of an introverted, rational guy. I suspect much of what he says about race is half disingenuous, and he’s trying to preempt attacks on him being racist. His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming. So, If we accept that he’s a utilitarian politician trying to advance liberty any way he can, that’s not so bad.

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He’s hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn’t know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the “confederate avenger”? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there’s no way I’m flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn’t for his machine, he’d be one of the least natural politicians on earth.

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    ...His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming.
     
    I think that's exactly why Paul has been doing the reach out to African-Americans; to mitigate the inevitable racial attacks that will come with the election season. All Republican candidates will be dinged as racist of course, but Rand Paul actually has some dirty laundry in that area. At least he recognizes what's coming and is trying to get some protective cloaking. Having JC Watts do the media rounds on Paul's behalf seems part of the strategy too.

    I think it's ultimately doomed to failure, but at least he's making some effort to fight back.

    But yeah, I caught clips of Paul's speech, and I couldn't believe he said something so stupid. He's just decided to repeal all laws except for a few white collar crimes. Disparate Impact taken to it's apocalyptic end.
    , @cynthia curran
    The father Ron Paul is a John Bircher like some on vdare like Chuck Baldwin and a league of the South guy like Lew Rockwell and company. Rand Paul is different. I actually agree with him on the Cuba boycott it was stupid but the aging Cubans here involved the Republican party to keep up a trade embargo.
    , @Bill

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He’s hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn’t know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the “confederate avenger”? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there’s no way I’m flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn’t for his machine, he’d be one of the least natural politicians on earth.
     
    Thanks for stopping by, Mr Lowry!!! But, it seems you are late for your recruiting trip to the Manhattan Home For Subnormal Children. You wouldn't want TNR to snarf up all of this year's prime writing talent, would you?
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  3. Aaron says:

    As an aussie, I’ve always loved that Australian punk aesthetic that the Mad Max films have. Farscape had it at times, but Mad Max epitomised it. I just think it’s ridiculously brutal yet still campy fun at the same time. I wish Australian cinema would take more of it on board but they’re preoccupied with “sophisticated” art. (What it actually is a bland, sterile regurgitation of Western contemporary art. Honestly, living in Melbourne and seeing the beautiful Victorian architecture being replaced with ugly steel and glass buildings makes me feel I’m surrounded by Borg cubes…minus the charm and warmth). I’m constantly seeing aussie entertainment that tries to be “quirky” and “original” yet they just don’t have the charm and humour that’s inherent in the Australian national character. I could tie it into multiculturalism, cultural cringe, how the people in charge from local to federal government are idiots but I would be getting slightly off topic.
    Back to Mad Max, i’m kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can’t replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn’t have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).
    Now for the other story briefly mentioned, Rand Paul’s trying to act like a politician unlike his father. So take what he says with a grain of salt. In the end he may be dubbed more electable by the media but pisses off his dad’s supporters.

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    Back to Mad Max, i’m kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can’t replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn’t have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).
     
    An Englishman has to play an Aussie because all of the Australian actors are busy either playing Americans or godlike beings.

    In fact between the importation of Aussie and Brit actors, it's hard to find an American actor on screen. I guess acting is another one of those jobs-that-Americans-just-won't-do. On the other hand they seem to do a better job at playing Americans than American actors. Aussie Ryan Kwanten, from True Blood, does one of the best fake southern accents I've heard. Brit Andrew Lincoln, from Walking Dead, also does a great southern accent. Of course in his case it's harder to tell since he only averages about 4 words an episode, and one of them is usually "Carl."

    You know who can't do a good southern accent? Every American actor who wasn't born in the South.
    , @Lurker

    As an aussie, I’ve always loved that Australian punk aesthetic that the Mad Max films have. Farscape had it at times, but Mad Max epitomised it
     
    I must respond and point out that the punk aesthetic of Mad Max was heavily influenced by Judge Dredd, even more so in the case of MM2.
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  4. Wilkey says:

    Rand Paul and Mike Lee(!) are also calling for laws restoring the voting rights of convicted felons. The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process.

    A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record. We will never get that, of course, but the next best thing would at least be not to encourage more dumbs to vote, and to not give the franchise to even more people who don’t deserve it.

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    • Replies: @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...
    , @Realist
    "The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process."

    Democracy doesn't work.

    "A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record."

    Our country started out as a pseudo-meritocracy, but politicians found it was easier to get elected with idiots voting.

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  5. donut says:

    From the looks of that trailer I think if I were to waste my money on that movie I would have to root for the bad guys . Just to see those twats come to a bad end . Thinking of “Jackie” , Sabrina and the hideous Masha Gessen . Is that Tom Hardy ? What a sad end to a promising career .

    Re your post on The Eye of Sauron v. Nice White Lady Teachers .

    “The judge, Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, has asked the state for extensive documentation on the development of the test, which was first given during the 2013-14 school year”.

    Kimba Wood , What a slag as in : So your wife’s been a nasty slag all along? I knew she was trouble from the moment I first laid her.

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  6. It’s impractical to be as white as those baddies in Aussie.

    Anywhere, where was Tina Turner?

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  7. eah says:

    He could not be that stupid and deluded…could he? Don’t answer that! After all he’s a US Senator (albeit from Kentucky, but that still counts). So I’d rather not know.

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  8. sfg says:
    @Wilkey
    Rand Paul and Mike Lee(!) are also calling for laws restoring the voting rights of convicted felons. The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process.

    A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record. We will never get that, of course, but the next best thing would at least be not to encourage more dumbs to vote, and to not give the franchise to even more people who don't deserve it.

    This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote…which would, of course, be written by liberal professors…

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    I have no problem if neocons are excluded from voting
    , @Wilkey
    "This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’."

    What it means is that deadbeats and recent arrivals should have fewer votes. Yes, that is a demo cultivated by the party I dislike the most, and if I liked the way they voted maybe I would be less inclined to favor such a plan, but that doesn't mean it is objectively a bad idea or somehow unfair. The Republic won't last long with large numbers of voters who are dumb as rocks.
    , @Coemgen
    Liberal is a euphemism for totalitarian radical.
    , @Eustace Tilley (not)
    San Francisco Gay:

    Wilkey is right. Since the aristocratic elements carefully included in the original Constitution of 1789 have been progressively (pun intended) dismantled by the horde of so-very-well-intentioned democratic idealists, the Federal Government has gotten progressively more tyrannical. (Thanks a lot, public school "teachers".)

    A civics test should most emphatically be included in the list of qualifications of all voters. We now have over 40% of the populace thinking the President can rule by decree (as in Obama's de facto repeal of federal immigration law). Should voters know that the President may not, for example, raise taxes with the stroke of a pen? They don't all know that now.

    The Federalist Papers were originally published in newspapers. Farmers read them and wrote literate and even learned replies. San Francisco Gay, you are probably right in suspecting that if we demand that voters know such minutiae as what the Bill of Rights is and how many branches the Federal Government has, we may end up more or less back where we started in 1789: Rule by white male property owners.

    Well, I can dream, can't I?
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote…which would, of course, be written by liberal professors…"


    Yes, its important to note that some good ideas, have to be implemented AFTER you take control of the state, else you're just inserting another arrow in the quiver of the very ruling class one wants to send packing.

    , @countenance
    If Rand Paul thinks that giving the votes to black felons will mean black felons will vote for Rand Paul, he's sadly mistaken. They'll vote almost 100% Democrat.

    Likewise, if Marco Rubio and George P. Bush think that importing more Hispanics will mean more Hispanic votes for Rubio and Bush, they're sadly mistaken. They'll vote at least 70% Democrat, very likely higher.
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  9. bomag [AKA "doombuggy"] says:

    The Paul campaign will be a highlight on how libertarians are going to give us more liberty and economic prosperity by various gov’t action, such as repealing various laws and letting in more immigrants.

    Regarding the trailer; it looks like the bad guys are various shades of chalky white, while Charlize Theron is practically in black face. How our cinematic aesthetic has changed.

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  11. Bastiat says:

    Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part but as a long-time libertarian I interpret this as a dog whistle statement of his intention to decriminalize drugs, or at least to reduce the sentencing disparities. I think most readers here understand that violent crime laws do not have a disparate impact on non-model minorities when accounting for disparate behaviors. I don’t know that the same holds true for the “victimless” crimes.

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  12. Blobby5 says:

    Rand has a tight rope to walk, getting past that neocon den of vipers and the warvangelicals is the most daunting part.

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  13. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Actually *all* laws ‘disproportionally incarcerate persons of color’.
    It’s a common misconception that whites are overrepresented in such nonviolent crimes a fraud, embezzlement etc, but that’s just not true.
    So what this idiot, Rand Paul, really wants is, literally, the ‘law of the jungle’ where the man with the biggest stick – or dick – makes the rules. Such a society was described by the first European explorers to reach Congo, a ‘society’ in which human beings were raised as meat just like any other livestock. If you don’t believe, read the the eyewitness accounts, the lefties still haven’t managed to expunge them all.
    Alas, Congo since the whites left has reverted back to type.
    If there is one upside to Rand Paul’s madness it is that it would more or less guarantee the establishment of a white separatist state.

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    Which accounts have you read? Can you site some sources?

    Early accounts available in reprint?
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  14. foxy says:
    @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    I have no problem if neocons are excluded from voting

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  15. Awesome!

    Along these lines, MR commenters shadow-box the evil Charles Murray:

    http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/04/charles-murray-has-a-new-book-coming-out.html#comments

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  16. Busby says:

    Is this a reference to the great crack cocaine v. powder cocaine sentencing debate of the 90s?

    I give him credit for speaking at places like Howard U. If you want to get inside the Democrat’s decision loop, this is a good way to do it.

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    Yeah, but the GOP has been pandering to blacks all my life. Remember Jack Kemp? Remember Newt Gingrich saving affirmative action in 1996 when he had the votes to kill quotas? Same old same here. Paul will pander to no avail. He is already floundering in the polls as many of the Paul voters in 2008-2012 (such as myself) are turned off by his racial pandering.
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  17. guest007 says:

    The liberal talking point website vox.com noticed the same error that Rand Paul’s speech writers made.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/4/7/8364877/rand-paul-incarceration-repeal

    The real question is whether the Paul’s speech writers would unaware of what they were writing or do Paul’s political advisors just not care about the end result of what they are proposing?

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  18. Rapparee says:

    He’s trying to be subtle about angling for the drug addict vote. Of course, actual drug addicts won’t give his platform a careful Straussian reading, and those bright enough to decode his opaque language will laugh with us at the absurd literal meaning of this poorly-attempted esotericism. “A vote for Rand Paul is a vote for cheap, legal weed” probably got 86′d by his overpriced marketing consultants.

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  19. @duderino
    Rand confuses me so much. I get the impression that his personality is that of an introverted, rational guy. I suspect much of what he says about race is half disingenuous, and he's trying to preempt attacks on him being racist. His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming. So, If we accept that he's a utilitarian politician trying to advance liberty any way he can, that's not so bad.

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He's hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn't know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the "confederate avenger"? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there's no way I'm flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn't for his machine, he'd be one of the least natural politicians on earth.

    …His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming.

    I think that’s exactly why Paul has been doing the reach out to African-Americans; to mitigate the inevitable racial attacks that will come with the election season. All Republican candidates will be dinged as racist of course, but Rand Paul actually has some dirty laundry in that area. At least he recognizes what’s coming and is trying to get some protective cloaking. Having JC Watts do the media rounds on Paul’s behalf seems part of the strategy too.

    I think it’s ultimately doomed to failure, but at least he’s making some effort to fight back.

    But yeah, I caught clips of Paul’s speech, and I couldn’t believe he said something so stupid. He’s just decided to repeal all laws except for a few white collar crimes. Disparate Impact taken to it’s apocalyptic end.

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  20. I’m glad to see Rand making a grab for all the inner city blacks who vote in Republican primaries.

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  21. Wilkey says:
    @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    “This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’.”

    What it means is that deadbeats and recent arrivals should have fewer votes. Yes, that is a demo cultivated by the party I dislike the most, and if I liked the way they voted maybe I would be less inclined to favor such a plan, but that doesn’t mean it is objectively a bad idea or somehow unfair. The Republic won’t last long with large numbers of voters who are dumb as rocks.

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  22. @Aaron
    As an aussie, I've always loved that Australian punk aesthetic that the Mad Max films have. Farscape had it at times, but Mad Max epitomised it. I just think it's ridiculously brutal yet still campy fun at the same time. I wish Australian cinema would take more of it on board but they're preoccupied with "sophisticated" art. (What it actually is a bland, sterile regurgitation of Western contemporary art. Honestly, living in Melbourne and seeing the beautiful Victorian architecture being replaced with ugly steel and glass buildings makes me feel I'm surrounded by Borg cubes...minus the charm and warmth). I'm constantly seeing aussie entertainment that tries to be "quirky" and "original" yet they just don't have the charm and humour that's inherent in the Australian national character. I could tie it into multiculturalism, cultural cringe, how the people in charge from local to federal government are idiots but I would be getting slightly off topic.
    Back to Mad Max, i'm kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can't replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn't have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).
    Now for the other story briefly mentioned, Rand Paul's trying to act like a politician unlike his father. So take what he says with a grain of salt. In the end he may be dubbed more electable by the media but pisses off his dad's supporters.

    Back to Mad Max, i’m kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can’t replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn’t have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).

    An Englishman has to play an Aussie because all of the Australian actors are busy either playing Americans or godlike beings.

    In fact between the importation of Aussie and Brit actors, it’s hard to find an American actor on screen. I guess acting is another one of those jobs-that-Americans-just-won’t-do. On the other hand they seem to do a better job at playing Americans than American actors. Aussie Ryan Kwanten, from True Blood, does one of the best fake southern accents I’ve heard. Brit Andrew Lincoln, from Walking Dead, also does a great southern accent. Of course in his case it’s harder to tell since he only averages about 4 words an episode, and one of them is usually “Carl.”

    You know who can’t do a good southern accent? Every American actor who wasn’t born in the South.

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    Telly Savalas wasn't bad.
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  23. Coemgen says:
    @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    Liberal is a euphemism for totalitarian radical.

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  24. Realist says:
    @Wilkey
    Rand Paul and Mike Lee(!) are also calling for laws restoring the voting rights of convicted felons. The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process.

    A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record. We will never get that, of course, but the next best thing would at least be not to encourage more dumbs to vote, and to not give the franchise to even more people who don't deserve it.

    “The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process.”

    Democracy doesn’t work.

    “A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record.”

    Our country started out as a pseudo-meritocracy, but politicians found it was easier to get elected with idiots voting.

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    Realist, you're wrong on facts and perspective.

    Please spell out a state that lacks this democracy you abhor. Because of your silliness, I doubt you'd make the cut to be a member of the electorate you want to grant special rights.
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  25. Maj. Kong says:

    Rand Paul, White Renegade

    You will never gain the underclass vote by promising to reduce law and order. Most blacks only hate interracial crime where they are the victim. They are quite gung ho on punishing black-on-black and white-on-black, recall that it was black congressmen that voted to punish crack harder than powder.

    The legal philosophy of Rand Paul is for practical purposes the same as Eric Holder. And to far too many GOP primary voters, he is still tainted with the Blame Israel (America) First views of his father.

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  26. NOTA says:

    My guess is that he hasn’t thought through what the difference in black and white crime rates really implies. Nobody in the mainstream thinks that through in public, which means that everyone has to work it out themselves, or read non-mainstream sources that have various kinds of ideological cooties (and are sometimes just crazy).

    If your society declares that nobody is allowd to talk about sex in public, that won’t mean nobody has sex or thinks about it or talks about it in private–it will just mean that everyone is a lot less informed.

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    Very true. A lot of my friends at the university have no idea of black crime and chalk any disparities to evil racists or "structural racism". Of course, living in NOVA suburbs they'll never have to deal with the consequences if they let all those criminals loose. My family and I in Norfolk on the hand would have to live with the consequences of Paul's ignorance every day. I'll probably vote Clinton, she can't be that crazy.
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  27. @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    San Francisco Gay:

    Wilkey is right. Since the aristocratic elements carefully included in the original Constitution of 1789 have been progressively (pun intended) dismantled by the horde of so-very-well-intentioned democratic idealists, the Federal Government has gotten progressively more tyrannical. (Thanks a lot, public school “teachers”.)

    A civics test should most emphatically be included in the list of qualifications of all voters. We now have over 40% of the populace thinking the President can rule by decree (as in Obama’s de facto repeal of federal immigration law). Should voters know that the President may not, for example, raise taxes with the stroke of a pen? They don’t all know that now.

    The Federalist Papers were originally published in newspapers. Farmers read them and wrote literate and even learned replies. San Francisco Gay, you are probably right in suspecting that if we demand that voters know such minutiae as what the Bill of Rights is and how many branches the Federal Government has, we may end up more or less back where we started in 1789: Rule by white male property owners.

    Well, I can dream, can’t I?

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  28. @duderino
    Rand confuses me so much. I get the impression that his personality is that of an introverted, rational guy. I suspect much of what he says about race is half disingenuous, and he's trying to preempt attacks on him being racist. His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming. So, If we accept that he's a utilitarian politician trying to advance liberty any way he can, that's not so bad.

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He's hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn't know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the "confederate avenger"? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there's no way I'm flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn't for his machine, he'd be one of the least natural politicians on earth.

    The father Ron Paul is a John Bircher like some on vdare like Chuck Baldwin and a league of the South guy like Lew Rockwell and company. Rand Paul is different. I actually agree with him on the Cuba boycott it was stupid but the aging Cubans here involved the Republican party to keep up a trade embargo.

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  29. PSR says:

    I was hoping he would say ‘It’s time to acknowledge that for those who embrace black culture the consequences of their behavior will produce different results than for those who live in mainstream American culture.”

    Are you sure he didn’t say something like that?

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  30. Jesse says:

    Wait, is he actually stupid or just an out-and-out liar? That’s a totally serious question, by the way.

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  31. countenance says: • Website

    Rand Paul seems to think that the road to the White House goes through the black college student that likes to smoke weed. When he talks about “disproportionately incarcerates,” he’s thinking about drug laws. When in reality, there’s barely a criminal law on the books that doesn’t disproportionately incarcerate people of color.

    Most states allow felons to vote when they’re off probation.

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  32. Hokie says:
    @NOTA
    My guess is that he hasn't thought through what the difference in black and white crime rates really implies. Nobody in the mainstream thinks that through in public, which means that everyone has to work it out themselves, or read non-mainstream sources that have various kinds of ideological cooties (and are sometimes just crazy).

    If your society declares that nobody is allowd to talk about sex in public, that won't mean nobody has sex or thinks about it or talks about it in private--it will just mean that everyone is a lot less informed.

    Very true. A lot of my friends at the university have no idea of black crime and chalk any disparities to evil racists or “structural racism”. Of course, living in NOVA suburbs they’ll never have to deal with the consequences if they let all those criminals loose. My family and I in Norfolk on the hand would have to live with the consequences of Paul’s ignorance every day. I’ll probably vote Clinton, she can’t be that crazy.

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  33. jimB says:

    The Iraq war demonstrated why a Mad Max road warrior society could never exist.: IEDs. And eventually the roads would get so chewed up by accidents and explosions that nobody could drive faster than 15 mph.

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  34. Art Deco says: • Website

    Dr. Paul has a history of not thinking things through. On his election in 2010 he was asked about how to cut the federal budget, and the only thing he came up with (having spent months as a candidate) was civil service compensation. That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but IIRC civil service compensation accounts for about 12% of federal expenditure. Any reductions in it would be a small incremental reduction in overall public sector borrowing.

    I’m not sure why he thought it would be a good idea to run for public office (especially President, given that he has no history in public or business administration).

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    That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but IIRC civil service compensation accounts for about 12% of federal expenditure.

    Kind of like how "only" a few billion to Israel ain't no big thang, right? A billion here, a billion there.

    It's not just about money, either. Let's just say nipping a bit at civil servants and the Israel lobby has a few benefits, some that even may overlap.

    I’m not sure why he thought it would be a good idea to run for public office (especially President, given that he has no history in public or business administration).

    Perish the thought!
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  35. Jesus, I got old and I don’t like movies any more and I was haunted too, Max, by a PG-13 ghost stuffed with Spielberagamuffins, but that ghost is gone and I think I am walking out the door in a minute and lining up for a month or two for the 12:01 showing.

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  36. @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    “This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote…which would, of course, be written by liberal professors…”

    Yes, its important to note that some good ideas, have to be implemented AFTER you take control of the state, else you’re just inserting another arrow in the quiver of the very ruling class one wants to send packing.

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  37. Knowing what a supporter I was of Ron, people often ask me what I think of Rand – I just shake my head slowly and sadly from side to side.

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  38. George says: • Website

    Paul is running for federal office, so maybe he meant federal laws. The disproportionate effects are probably mainly in state laws.

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  39. Bill says:
    @duderino
    Rand confuses me so much. I get the impression that his personality is that of an introverted, rational guy. I suspect much of what he says about race is half disingenuous, and he's trying to preempt attacks on him being racist. His fathers newsletters, his confederate obsessed co-author Jack Hunter, and his comments of the CRA are ample ammunition. The day when those things dominate the news cycle is coming. So, If we accept that he's a utilitarian politician trying to advance liberty any way he can, that's not so bad.

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He's hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn't know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the "confederate avenger"? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there's no way I'm flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn't for his machine, he'd be one of the least natural politicians on earth.

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He’s hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn’t know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the “confederate avenger”? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there’s no way I’m flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn’t for his machine, he’d be one of the least natural politicians on earth.

    Thanks for stopping by, Mr Lowry!!! But, it seems you are late for your recruiting trip to the Manhattan Home For Subnormal Children. You wouldn’t want TNR to snarf up all of this year’s prime writing talent, would you?

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    Thanks for stopping by, Mr Lowry!!! But, it seems you are late for your recruiting trip to the Manhattan Home For Subnormal Children. You wouldn’t want TNR to snarf up all of this year’s prime writing talent, would you?
    --
    You fancy The American Conservative and The Unz Review are redoubts of
    'prime writing talent'? (Or is that a synonym for 'upraised middle finger directed at Tel Aviv'?).
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  40. Kylie says:

    Here’s the first TV commercial released by the Senator’s campaign. It demonstrates how much better daily life will be under the Paul Administration once all laws with disparate impact are repealed:

    Griffith has Miller beat by 100 years.

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  41. countenance says: • Website
    @sfg
    This is starting to sound more and more like 'I think people who agree with me should have more votes'.

    We can just see liberals arguing that you should have to pass a civics test to vote...which would, of course, be written by liberal professors...

    If Rand Paul thinks that giving the votes to black felons will mean black felons will vote for Rand Paul, he’s sadly mistaken. They’ll vote almost 100% Democrat.

    Likewise, if Marco Rubio and George P. Bush think that importing more Hispanics will mean more Hispanic votes for Rubio and Bush, they’re sadly mistaken. They’ll vote at least 70% Democrat, very likely higher.

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  42. @countenance
    Rand Paul seems to think that the road to the White House goes through the black college student that likes to smoke weed. When he talks about "disproportionately incarcerates," he's thinking about drug laws. When in reality, there's barely a criminal law on the books that doesn't disproportionately incarcerate people of color.

    Most states allow felons to vote when they're off probation.

    A fantasy of left-wingers and so-called libertarians is that most black prison inmates are “non-violent drug offenders.”

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    When not talking out of their rear, they confound the federal prison census with the total prison and jail census. The federal census is 11% of the whole and is mostly composed of inmates for whom the top count is a drug charge. About 21% of the whole consists of those in first-and-foremost on drug charges.

    Another misconception is that vast sums are attributable to drug enforcement. Police officers and prison guards amount to about 1% of the labor force.
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  43. A self-labled libertarian is campaigning on a platform of affirmative action quotas for prison populations. It would be funny if it were not so incredibly stupid and cloyingly condescending.

    I think a much better proposition was put forward by the dictator in Bananas: that everyone would wear their underwear on the outside of their clothes.

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  44. Chess Fan says:

    What people like the Pauls reinforce is that if you begin with economics and figure out moral principles later on, you can end up quite confused. This is why “libertarianism” is such a red herring. People like Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe are sort of alright, while people like Will Wilkinson and Nick Gillespie are no better than leftists. Ideally, economics ought to be fairly non-ideological, but in any case it should be more of an afterthought compared to moral principles. People who make economics the centerpiece of their worldview are either confused or trying to deceive you.

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  45. Bert says:

    Rand Paul has been a colossal disappointed to me. I didn’t expect him to be revolutionary, but his strong anti-war views and harsh attacks on Dick Cheney were well-received by me. I thought he could have a very positive impact on the GOP. But his visit to Israel, groveling toward the Israel-firsters, his principle-less opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and general muddying of his position have successfully alienated him from his one loyal constituency. Now he’s just another Republican, except he now has Jack Kemp-lite views on race. Good luck with that shit.

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    uccessfully alienated him from his one loyal constituency.

    You mean his father's supporters? This is bad why? Recall the retort of the ad executive to Rupert Murdoch: "we have your readers in our stores, as shoplifters".
    , @Kyle McKenna
    Agreed. And the overarching problem is that the Republicans don't seem to have anyone waiting in the wings who isn't pro-war (all war), pro-massive-immigration, a Sheldon Adelson lackey, completely bonkers, or some combination of the above. Hillary is a Horror Show, but the Republicans are very good at shooting themselves in the foot. Woe is Us.
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  46. abj_slant says:

    This is starting to sound more and more like ‘I think people who agree with me should have more votes’.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

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  47. @Art Deco
    Dr. Paul has a history of not thinking things through. On his election in 2010 he was asked about how to cut the federal budget, and the only thing he came up with (having spent months as a candidate) was civil service compensation. That's not necessarily a bad idea, but IIRC civil service compensation accounts for about 12% of federal expenditure. Any reductions in it would be a small incremental reduction in overall public sector borrowing.

    I'm not sure why he thought it would be a good idea to run for public office (especially President, given that he has no history in public or business administration).

    That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but IIRC civil service compensation accounts for about 12% of federal expenditure.

    Kind of like how “only” a few billion to Israel ain’t no big thang, right? A billion here, a billion there.

    It’s not just about money, either. Let’s just say nipping a bit at civil servants and the Israel lobby has a few benefits, some that even may overlap.

    I’m not sure why he thought it would be a good idea to run for public office (especially President, given that he has no history in public or business administration).

    Perish the thought!

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    You could cut all kinds of dumb and offensive programs (foreign aid, farm subsidies, that special tax deduction that was written just for hedge funds), and while that would be a good thing overall, your impact on the federal budget would be lost in the roundoff error.

    To a first approximation, the federal budget is dominated by military spending, social security, medicare, medicaid, and interest on the debt. If you don't make some serious cuts there, you aren't going to see much benefit.
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  48. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    He’s trying to distance himself from his father’s neoconfederate record.

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    He's trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father's chief failing.
    , @LondonBob
    Rand is playing the game as any serious politician must. Even when President you must pick your fights and move carefully. I do worry for him though, most unpopular candidate since JFK for the military industrial complex and Israel lobby.

    Head and shoulders the best candidate.

    Having gone to school with Tom, he is perfectly cast as a nutter.

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  49. Art Deco says: • Website
    @David In TN
    A fantasy of left-wingers and so-called libertarians is that most black prison inmates are "non-violent drug offenders."

    When not talking out of their rear, they confound the federal prison census with the total prison and jail census. The federal census is 11% of the whole and is mostly composed of inmates for whom the top count is a drug charge. About 21% of the whole consists of those in first-and-foremost on drug charges.

    Another misconception is that vast sums are attributable to drug enforcement. Police officers and prison guards amount to about 1% of the labor force.

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  50. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Bert
    Rand Paul has been a colossal disappointed to me. I didn't expect him to be revolutionary, but his strong anti-war views and harsh attacks on Dick Cheney were well-received by me. I thought he could have a very positive impact on the GOP. But his visit to Israel, groveling toward the Israel-firsters, his principle-less opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and general muddying of his position have successfully alienated him from his one loyal constituency. Now he's just another Republican, except he now has Jack Kemp-lite views on race. Good luck with that shit.

    uccessfully alienated him from his one loyal constituency.

    You mean his father’s supporters? This is bad why? Recall the retort of the ad executive to Rupert Murdoch: “we have your readers in our stores, as shoplifters”.

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  51. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Bill

    What bugs me is that he put himself in that position in the first place. He’s hedged his language on a million issues, but the Civil Rights Act is the one thing he became a libertarian purist on? He doesn’t know not to team up with a guy who calls his self the “confederate avenger”? I respect him for wanting to cut off aid to Israel as well, but there’s no way I’m flushing money into his campaign. If it wasn’t for his machine, he’d be one of the least natural politicians on earth.
     
    Thanks for stopping by, Mr Lowry!!! But, it seems you are late for your recruiting trip to the Manhattan Home For Subnormal Children. You wouldn't want TNR to snarf up all of this year's prime writing talent, would you?

    Thanks for stopping by, Mr Lowry!!! But, it seems you are late for your recruiting trip to the Manhattan Home For Subnormal Children. You wouldn’t want TNR to snarf up all of this year’s prime writing talent, would you?

    You fancy The American Conservative and The Unz Review are redoubts of
    ‘prime writing talent’? (Or is that a synonym for ‘upraised middle finger directed at Tel Aviv’?).

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  52. Svigor says:

    And just in case any white person hearing his words misinterpret him as secretly harboring any desire to use the principles of libertarianism, freedom, and equality to benefit whites too, Paul specifically uses the language of the racist, anti-white civil rights code:

    people of color

    So, no biggie if you’re the one being fucked over, white man.

    Rand confuses me so much.

    He’s a thoroughly unprincipled wretch, and a coward. Does that help?

    the one thing he became a libertarian purist on?

    Unequal protection under the racist law is purist libertarianism, now?

    Rand has a tight rope to walk

    I hope he falls and busts his watermelon open.

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  53. Peter says:
    @Anonymous
    Actually *all* laws 'disproportionally incarcerate persons of color'.
    It's a common misconception that whites are overrepresented in such nonviolent crimes a fraud, embezzlement etc, but that's just not true.
    So what this idiot, Rand Paul, really wants is, literally, the 'law of the jungle' where the man with the biggest stick - or dick - makes the rules. Such a society was described by the first European explorers to reach Congo, a 'society' in which human beings were raised as meat just like any other livestock. If you don't believe, read the the eyewitness accounts, the lefties still haven't managed to expunge them all.
    Alas, Congo since the whites left has reverted back to type.
    If there is one upside to Rand Paul's madness it is that it would more or less guarantee the establishment of a white separatist state.

    Which accounts have you read? Can you site some sources?

    Early accounts available in reprint?

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    I'd like to see some too, so perhaps I'll take at some of my old (hard-copy) histories this evening. I maintain a large library for this purpose, as many 'inconvenient' testimonies tend to get erased from the internet--in the rare instances where they're posted in the first place.
    , @Anonymous
    'Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice'

    Garry Hogg,

    Longmans.
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  54. @Bert
    Rand Paul has been a colossal disappointed to me. I didn't expect him to be revolutionary, but his strong anti-war views and harsh attacks on Dick Cheney were well-received by me. I thought he could have a very positive impact on the GOP. But his visit to Israel, groveling toward the Israel-firsters, his principle-less opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and general muddying of his position have successfully alienated him from his one loyal constituency. Now he's just another Republican, except he now has Jack Kemp-lite views on race. Good luck with that shit.

    Agreed. And the overarching problem is that the Republicans don’t seem to have anyone waiting in the wings who isn’t pro-war (all war), pro-massive-immigration, a Sheldon Adelson lackey, completely bonkers, or some combination of the above. Hillary is a Horror Show, but the Republicans are very good at shooting themselves in the foot. Woe is Us.

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  55. Marty says:
    @Mike Street Station

    Back to Mad Max, i’m kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can’t replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn’t have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).
     
    An Englishman has to play an Aussie because all of the Australian actors are busy either playing Americans or godlike beings.

    In fact between the importation of Aussie and Brit actors, it's hard to find an American actor on screen. I guess acting is another one of those jobs-that-Americans-just-won't-do. On the other hand they seem to do a better job at playing Americans than American actors. Aussie Ryan Kwanten, from True Blood, does one of the best fake southern accents I've heard. Brit Andrew Lincoln, from Walking Dead, also does a great southern accent. Of course in his case it's harder to tell since he only averages about 4 words an episode, and one of them is usually "Carl."

    You know who can't do a good southern accent? Every American actor who wasn't born in the South.

    Telly Savalas wasn’t bad.

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  56. @Priss Factor
    He's trying to distance himself from his father's neoconfederate record.

    He’s trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father’s chief failing.

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    He’s trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father’s chief failing.
     
    I think his old man's "chief failing" were the media, if you know what I mean.

    Anyway, Rand is an apple that fell far, far from the tree. And then rolled across the ground and into a big pile of bullshit.
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  57. @Peter
    Which accounts have you read? Can you site some sources?

    Early accounts available in reprint?

    I’d like to see some too, so perhaps I’ll take at some of my old (hard-copy) histories this evening. I maintain a large library for this purpose, as many ‘inconvenient’ testimonies tend to get erased from the internet–in the rare instances where they’re posted in the first place.

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  58. Bernie says:
    @Busby
    Is this a reference to the great crack cocaine v. powder cocaine sentencing debate of the 90s?

    I give him credit for speaking at places like Howard U. If you want to get inside the Democrat's decision loop, this is a good way to do it.

    Yeah, but the GOP has been pandering to blacks all my life. Remember Jack Kemp? Remember Newt Gingrich saving affirmative action in 1996 when he had the votes to kill quotas? Same old same here. Paul will pander to no avail. He is already floundering in the polls as many of the Paul voters in 2008-2012 (such as myself) are turned off by his racial pandering.

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  59. Well, good thing he isn’t running for Governor, where he would actually be dealing with murder and rape laws (which are primarily state, and not federal, laws) …

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  60. Lurker says:
    @Aaron
    As an aussie, I've always loved that Australian punk aesthetic that the Mad Max films have. Farscape had it at times, but Mad Max epitomised it. I just think it's ridiculously brutal yet still campy fun at the same time. I wish Australian cinema would take more of it on board but they're preoccupied with "sophisticated" art. (What it actually is a bland, sterile regurgitation of Western contemporary art. Honestly, living in Melbourne and seeing the beautiful Victorian architecture being replaced with ugly steel and glass buildings makes me feel I'm surrounded by Borg cubes...minus the charm and warmth). I'm constantly seeing aussie entertainment that tries to be "quirky" and "original" yet they just don't have the charm and humour that's inherent in the Australian national character. I could tie it into multiculturalism, cultural cringe, how the people in charge from local to federal government are idiots but I would be getting slightly off topic.
    Back to Mad Max, i'm kind of excited for it (since George Miller is directing) but Tom Hardy can't replace Mel Gibson. He just doesn't have the onscreen presence that Mel had/has. Nor do I get why an Englishman is playing Max and not an Australian (is Hollywood running out of Australian actors?).
    Now for the other story briefly mentioned, Rand Paul's trying to act like a politician unlike his father. So take what he says with a grain of salt. In the end he may be dubbed more electable by the media but pisses off his dad's supporters.

    As an aussie, I’ve always loved that Australian punk aesthetic that the Mad Max films have. Farscape had it at times, but Mad Max epitomised it

    I must respond and point out that the punk aesthetic of Mad Max was heavily influenced by Judge Dredd, even more so in the case of MM2.

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  61. @Realist
    "The dumbification of the electorate grows worse with each passing year, and these guys want to accelerate the process."

    Democracy doesn't work.

    "A proper election scheme would grant proportionally more say to people who are literate, informed, employed, native-born (i.e., have a long-term vested interest in the nation), military veterans, and have no criminal record."

    Our country started out as a pseudo-meritocracy, but politicians found it was easier to get elected with idiots voting.

    Realist, you’re wrong on facts and perspective.

    Please spell out a state that lacks this democracy you abhor. Because of your silliness, I doubt you’d make the cut to be a member of the electorate you want to grant special rights.

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    You're a troll and an idiot.
    , @BurplesonAFB
    Only shareholders get to vote in corporate board elections and only the corporate board gets to choose the CEO.

    I don't believe McDonalds or Caterpillar would be better administrated if every staff member got to vote for CEO, or every person who bought a hamburger or backhoe got to vote.

    If I were an employee of either corporation, I would be happy that I didn't get a vote, because it also means that the fry cook doesn't either.

    If you don't believe me, talk corporate strategy or current events with a fry cook.
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  62. NOTA says:
    @yaqub the mad scientist
    That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but IIRC civil service compensation accounts for about 12% of federal expenditure.

    Kind of like how "only" a few billion to Israel ain't no big thang, right? A billion here, a billion there.

    It's not just about money, either. Let's just say nipping a bit at civil servants and the Israel lobby has a few benefits, some that even may overlap.

    I’m not sure why he thought it would be a good idea to run for public office (especially President, given that he has no history in public or business administration).

    Perish the thought!

    You could cut all kinds of dumb and offensive programs (foreign aid, farm subsidies, that special tax deduction that was written just for hedge funds), and while that would be a good thing overall, your impact on the federal budget would be lost in the roundoff error.

    To a first approximation, the federal budget is dominated by military spending, social security, medicare, medicaid, and interest on the debt. If you don’t make some serious cuts there, you aren’t going to see much benefit.

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  63. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Peter
    Which accounts have you read? Can you site some sources?

    Early accounts available in reprint?

    ‘Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice’

    Garry Hogg,

    Longmans.

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  64. Tracy says: • Website
    @Kyle McKenna
    He's trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father's chief failing.

    He’s trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father’s chief failing.

    I think his old man’s “chief failing” were the media, if you know what I mean.

    Anyway, Rand is an apple that fell far, far from the tree. And then rolled across the ground and into a big pile of bullshit.

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  65. Realist says:
    @Pure and Easy
    Realist, you're wrong on facts and perspective.

    Please spell out a state that lacks this democracy you abhor. Because of your silliness, I doubt you'd make the cut to be a member of the electorate you want to grant special rights.

    You’re a troll and an idiot.

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    Sorry you're getting bent out of shape. But I'm calling you out because you've made numerous incorrect statements and for some reason think that there should be exclusion of the people in the political process. Quite a silly perspective.
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  66. @Pure and Easy
    Realist, you're wrong on facts and perspective.

    Please spell out a state that lacks this democracy you abhor. Because of your silliness, I doubt you'd make the cut to be a member of the electorate you want to grant special rights.

    Only shareholders get to vote in corporate board elections and only the corporate board gets to choose the CEO.

    I don’t believe McDonalds or Caterpillar would be better administrated if every staff member got to vote for CEO, or every person who bought a hamburger or backhoe got to vote.

    If I were an employee of either corporation, I would be happy that I didn’t get a vote, because it also means that the fry cook doesn’t either.

    If you don’t believe me, talk corporate strategy or current events with a fry cook.

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    That's an interesting point but I don't think the parallel quite fits. As an ardent capitalist, I'd be opposed to any regime such as you describe. I've owned and own private companies and not only do I not think it's good management but bad business as well. As a shareholder, the feeling is the same.

    A political entity, - city, state, country etc, isn't a private organization. Its people elect leaders to make decisions, govern, and adhere to the rules they are bound by. Elections serve as a check on their effectiveness.

    In the United States, the primary governing document is the constitution. The first words are "We the people in order to form of more perfect union". The definition has expanded since 1787 to all adults (some restrictions) for the betterment of the society and to make it closer to the founding creed.

    Imperfect to be sure, but in my opinion, the democratic capitalist system has resulted in the best outcome yet. Thank you for your post.
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  67. Marty T says:

    Scott walker actually sounded pretty decent on Hannity last night talking about immigration. I believe he even mentioned a legal immigration policy that “helps American workers”.

    Rand Paul is soft on drugs and crime, squishy on immigration, and quiet on religious freedom. He does not deserve to be mentioned as a true conservative or even a conservative at all.

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  68. LondonBob says:
    @Priss Factor
    He's trying to distance himself from his father's neoconfederate record.

    Rand is playing the game as any serious politician must. Even when President you must pick your fights and move carefully. I do worry for him though, most unpopular candidate since JFK for the military industrial complex and Israel lobby.

    Head and shoulders the best candidate.

    Having gone to school with Tom, he is perfectly cast as a nutter.

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  69. Svigor says:

    He’s trying to distance himself from principle, which many consider his father’s chief failing.

    He succeeded; I’m now quite sure he has no principles.

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  70. @Realist
    You're a troll and an idiot.

    Sorry you’re getting bent out of shape. But I’m calling you out because you’ve made numerous incorrect statements and for some reason think that there should be exclusion of the people in the political process. Quite a silly perspective.

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  71. @BurplesonAFB
    Only shareholders get to vote in corporate board elections and only the corporate board gets to choose the CEO.

    I don't believe McDonalds or Caterpillar would be better administrated if every staff member got to vote for CEO, or every person who bought a hamburger or backhoe got to vote.

    If I were an employee of either corporation, I would be happy that I didn't get a vote, because it also means that the fry cook doesn't either.

    If you don't believe me, talk corporate strategy or current events with a fry cook.

    That’s an interesting point but I don’t think the parallel quite fits. As an ardent capitalist, I’d be opposed to any regime such as you describe. I’ve owned and own private companies and not only do I not think it’s good management but bad business as well. As a shareholder, the feeling is the same.

    A political entity, – city, state, country etc, isn’t a private organization. Its people elect leaders to make decisions, govern, and adhere to the rules they are bound by. Elections serve as a check on their effectiveness.

    In the United States, the primary governing document is the constitution. The first words are “We the people in order to form of more perfect union”. The definition has expanded since 1787 to all adults (some restrictions) for the betterment of the society and to make it closer to the founding creed.

    Imperfect to be sure, but in my opinion, the democratic capitalist system has resulted in the best outcome yet. Thank you for your post.

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