Below the Fold for February 9

Let's check out some political stories we found Below the Fold:

Loose Lips Sink...

North Carolina Republican Congressman Howard Coble is in the soup for telling a radio station Tuesday that World War II internment camps served to protect Japanese Americans.

Coble told listeners to WKZL-FM, "We were at war. They were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street."

Coble offered to retract the remarks if anyone could prove them in error -- dozens of commentators have taken him up on the matter -- and staffer Missy Branson told the Los Angeles Times that, "He has apologized if these remarks offended anybody," adding that her boss merely wanted to point out that World War II Americans "were much less tolerant and understanding of other cultures."

Practice What You Preach

Meanwhile, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who blasted judge Charles Pickering last year for racial insensitivity, held a private meeting yesterday with South Carolina supporters in the historic home of William Aiken.

Aiken, a ferociously loyal confederate, once owned more slaves than any other person on the continent.

Give Peace a Chance

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trying to keep his distance from Charles, the Prince of Wales, who reportedly likes to pad around his palace in Arab dress, like a Windsor Cat Stevens.

The heir to the British throne opposes the use of force in Iraq because he believes imperialist Americans want to seize the oil fields. Says one British foreign policy official of Charles: "At such a sensitive time, his views are wrong, wrong, wrong."

Exploding Ass Dispute!

PETA -- the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- has faxed Yasser Arafat, protesting the recent use of a dynamite-laden donkey as a homicide bomber.

The group, which complained about the exploding ass, but not about the coincident murder of Israelis, urged Arafat to, "leave animals out of this conflict."