Today's starter: The much-hoped-for Foley effect doesn't seem to be panning out. "There is no data to support the expectation voiced by some that the
Foley matter would reduce Evangelical Christian support for GOP
candidates," Rasmussen's latest poll says.
Today's starter: Is it just me or does it seem to anyone else that the
media's political memory doesn't go much further back than a month? For
those with longer attention spans, the Weekly Standard provides a welcome dose of history in its latest issue.
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Today's starter: Some lefty bloggers are apparently offended that the identity of Mark Foley's main accuser was revealed.
Classical Values has the details and a response: "I think the identity of the accuser is highly
relevant, especially because whether or not a crime was committed
depends upon his age and his credibility. How on earth could anyone
determine the age or evaluate the credibility of an anonymous accuser?"
Today's starter: Patrick Frey (better known as Patterico in the blog world) has been doing a series of interviews with a military nurse who was stationed at the Gitmo prison for accused terrorists. In today's interview excerpt, the nurse talks about how detainees there commit violence against U.S. personnel and that the guards and they, not the staff, are the ones who have desecrated the Koran.
So why haven't we seen this kind of journalism from the liberal media? Are they really more willing to take the word of terrorists and their sympathizers over that of the American serviceman? Or is it just that prison abuse is a more sensational story? Or is it ultimately about being suspicious of Gitmo staff because their commander in chief is a Republican?
Related: Gitmo detainees have gained weight while in U.S. custody.
Today's starter: The latest Rasmussen poll says the Senate is a toss-up, meanwhile, the sports betting sites I mentioned earlier are trading GOP House retention a good deal lower than before. Who will control Congress in 2007?
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Today's starter: Noel Sheppard and I noted Thursday, the Republicans' electoral fortunes are beginning to look up. Now comes word that online gambling sites that allow wagers on elections are starting to favor Republicans retaining control of the House. The GOP's poll numbers are also up as well. Have the Democrats peaked?
Starter topic: Why did so many left-wing blogs, dependant on free speech themselves, want the government to force ABC not to air "Path to 9/11?" Ann Althouse's answer: "It's too late to decide to attack bin Laden, so let's attack this TV show."
Starter topic: Mark Tapscott thinks John McCain doesn't have a chance for the GOP nomination unless he renounces his campaign finance regulation bill:
If the Republican Party nominates Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, for president
in 2008 without his official apology for and repudiation of
McCain-Feingold, plus introduction of legislation to repeal that
monstrous outrage against the First Amendment, no conservative,
libertarian or honest liberal can support him for the White House.
I tend to agree. How about you?
UPDATE 12:19. Different topic: In case you've been trying to access one of the blogs on mu.nu, they've crashed but hope to be back later today.
UPDATE 12:58. Ace emailed me and says mu.nu is fixed.