Thursday, August 05, 2004

TODAY'S TOP FIVE: In Defense of Internment Camps...for Conservative Columnists.

Racial Quotas, Republican-Style The Illinois Republican Party has asked Maryland resident Alan Keyes, one of only five black Republicans in the world, to run against favored Democrat Barack Obama for that state's open Senate seat. Following the pullout of Jack "Star Trek Sex Club" Ryan, the Republicans have asked a variety of people to run against Obama, all of who have declined. Keyes has not committed yet, and admits that running for Senate in a state that he has never lived in "is not a good idea."

Polls, Schmolls I don't normally post anything about polls, because I think they're all garbage, but here's an interesting analysis of a story that bugged me after the Democratic National Convention: the idea that Kerry didn't get a "bounce" in the polls. This was the story that a lot of mainstream media outlets pimped, but this analysis shows that by their own numbers, the polls that supposedly showed a lackluster response to the convention actually put Kerry in the driver's seat.

Iraq: Everything's Coming Up Roses Today, insurgents loyal to Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr shot down a US helicopter, while a car bomb in Baghdad killed at least five. Fighting between the Mahdi Army, loyal to Sadr, and US forces has imperiled a truce between the cleric and the occupation.

Oh, the Irony First Lady Laura Bush has made some cogent comments about the divisiveness and polarization in the country. Charging that the news media has now become increasingly full of opinion rather than fact, she says that the media has played a key role in falsely separating Americans from each other by not providing objective information. "I think there are a lot of reasons to be critical of the media in America," she said, voicing a concern of conservatives and progressives alike. Ready for the punchline? She voiced this criticism as a guest ON BILL O'REILLY'S TALK SHOW, BROADCAST BY THE FOX NEWS NETWORK.

With Friends Like These....Part 34523698 Yesterday, the Sikh Geek posted here about the report in Jane's Defense Weekly that, with the aid of some Russian submarines it purchased, the North Korean government is now capable of hitting the U.S. mainland with nuclear missiles. But how did they get these Russian submarines? Well, as the great John Gorenfeld has discovered, they bought the submarines from none other than the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, conservative tycoon, friend of the Republican Party, and self-proclaimed messiah. That's correct: A man who was crowned God by a member of Congress in March used a Japanese company he owns to provide an isolated Communist dictatorship with the capability it needs to hit America with nuclear weapons.

-Consider Arms