John McCaslin

This fact is brought to our attention by Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, who is calling on his fellow black Americans to jump parties.

"Four times, Democratic Party primary voters had a chance to select a black person as their party's nominee," he said. "Each time the Democrats turned their backs on the black presidential candidates: Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black and the first woman to run for president in 1972; Senator Carol Mosely Braun; Reverend Jesse Jackson; and Reverend Al Sharpton. Now the Democrats have another chance."

But recent polls, he said, reveal Democratic primary voters "will choose yet another white person" — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York — over black Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Start swimming

Excerpt from the Daily Mail of London, dated Friday, at the same time that it was being announced that former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change:

"The award, however, comes in the same week a High Court judge criticized [Mr. Gore's] documentary, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' for being 'alarmist' and 'exaggerated.' Mr. Justice Burton ruled the film had nine scientific errors and could only be shown in U.K. schools if it was accompanied by new guidance notes to balance Gore's 'one-sided' views.

"Despite winning lavish praise from the environmental lobby and an Oscar from the film industry, Mr. Gore's documentary was found to contain 'nine scientific errors' by the judge. These inconvenient untruths included the claim that ... sea levels will rise up to 20 feet in the near future."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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