Something Is Terribly Wrong in England...
Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Runstedt Liveblog World War II: May 21, 1940:

links for 2010-05-20

  • D: "Should your tax dollars be used to pay police to remove people from private businesses solely because the proprietor doesn’t like the color of their skin?"
  • GS: "It's worth stepping back and considering the larger story here. It took a raging national media controversy to persuade the GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky to state unequivocally that the Federal government should have the power to tell restaurants they are not allowed to decline African Americans service based on their skin color.... Paul... doesn't believe that the government should have the power to prohibit private institutions from discriminating against people not just on the basis of race, but also religion, gender and national origin.... [The record] shows pretty clearly what his true beliefs are. Or, at least, what they were until today, when a raging national controversy forced him to revise them."
  • KS: "BP is still using spill estimates that outside experts believe grossly underestimate the size of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of the 5,000 barrel figure BP has given, they believe the spill rate may be closer to 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, every day. The Obama administration has so far echoed those figures, though they've now organized a task force to get an official government estimate."
  • DJ: "Holy wow! Tesla gets $50 Million from Toyota, will build in legendary NUMMI plant: (thx @fetchguy)"
  • Clark Hoyt, coward. TPL: "Times public editor's office is refusing to say whether he has any intention of looking at their article hitting Richard Blumenthal."
  • RP: "I certainly join my colleagues in urging Americans to celebrate the progress this country has made in race relations. However, contrary to the claims of the supporters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the sponsors of H.Res. 676, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not improve race relations or enhance freedom. Instead, the forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty."
  • JM: "Latest headline: 'Miss USA: Muslim Trailblazer Or Hezbollah Spy?'"
  • JM: "The truth is that there's a long and hard to explain history of both Pauls being associated with a lot of people who are avowed or crypto-racists.... Ron Paul's early 1990s era newsletter.... Paul... claiming... he wasn't familiar with what had appeared there.... Rand's Senate campaign spokesman Chris Hightower had to resign because of racist posts on his Myspace page.... [A] couple of guys... aren't racist in any way... stumble their way into close associations with racists with an astonishing frequency. It's almost like a painful race version of that classic Onion headline: "Why Do All These Homosexuals Keep Sucking My ----."... [I]t's hard to get the sense that the Pauls exude a strong racial justice vibe in private given the friends they seem to attract.
  • MY: "A followup to yesterday’s economic crisis reading list. One is that I obviously haven’t read every book under the sun. Brad DeLong says he would add David Wessel’s In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic. I haven’t read it, but just put in an order. The other is that contrary to self-interest, I was also biased in my recommendations against bloggers. Yves Smith, Simon Johnson & James Kwak, and Dean Baker are all people I’ve been reading on a regular basis for a long time now and consequently I didn’t find any of their books to be particularly earth-shattering in terms of my own thinking. But that’s almost certainly an underestimation of their books judged in isolation."
  • RB: O"n the question of whether Blumenthal's descriptions of his service were mostly technically true but actually misleading, Colin McEnroe... asked other reporters who'd covered Blumenthal what they'd known about Blumenthal's military service before the Times story broke. Of the ten... all ten were clear from Blumenthal's public statements that he had not served in Vietnam.... For what seems to be a one-time, one word slip of the tongue, then, the NYT devoted two front page and one interior stories, several additional versions on the web, an editorial and an op-ed to what they describe as Blumenthal's extended pattern of deception about his military service.... After getting savaged like this, I think Blumenthal could probably use some money, and I'm going to send him some. I'm also planning to write to Clark Hoyt, the Public Editor of the NYT, to comment on their horrifically irresponsible coverage of this story. Anyone care to join me?"
  • JdP: "In Murray's memory, Newton becomes a kind of Jeffersonian village, where neighbors help neighbors and class distinctions are minor... what society might look like if the misguided state would just get out of the way. But Rutledge, who was arrested for theft in high school, says this is an airbrushed view.... [T]here is at least one adventure that [Murray] understandably deletes... the night he helped his friends burn a cross.... A long pause follows when Murray is reminded of the event. "Incredibly, incredibly dumb," he says. "But it never crossed our minds that this had any larger significance. And I look back on that and say, 'How on earth could we be so oblivious?' I guess it says something about that day and age that it didn't cross our minds.""