Guilford County Republican Islam-bashing update

Monkey Media Report, for which this is a hometown story, has a connected account of the link between the Guilford County, NC, Republican Party website and, which calls al-Islam “nothing more than a barbaric occult invented by savages for savages.”

And once you’re there, don’t forget to scroll down for the latest on Congressman Cass Ballenger (the one whose mother just washed his mouth out with soap). Seems he used to refer to the lawn jockey in his front yard — which he has just repainted white — as “Rochester.”

If I were running The Onion, I”d be getting nervous. The competition from reality is getting just a little too stiff. (Though the “copycat killings” story dated January 1 2003 is really pretty good.)

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: