Former Lawmakers Speak Out In Defense of Space Aliens

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April 30 2013 12:47 PM

These Former Legislators Are Giving Extraterrestrial Research a Bad Name

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Former Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick speaks in the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2008 in Washington, DC.

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All anyone needs to know about the Paradigm Research Group's weeklong "hearing" on alien life is reported here by Marisa Schultz. The idea is mildly silly; the execution is inscrutable. Why pay former Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, last seen decrying Detroit voters for wanting to vote against her son-turned-horrible-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick ("Don't let 'em all talk about y'alls boy," she said*), to partake in this?

Kilpatrick used some of her time for questioning to introduce Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who was in the audience in the nearly full ballroom, as "one of the leaders in our nation on this topic." Farrakhan has spoken of his own UFO encounter that he has reportedly called "the wheel."

That's a considerable decline from the last time something like this happened at the National Press Club.

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*This was later turned into a memorably amateurish campaign ad.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.