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Did aliens -- and we do mean aliens -- affect the NY primary?

February 22, 2008 | 10:43 pm

Our colleague Ashley Powers, the Times' Las Vegas bureau chief, spotted an item on the agenda Monday of a weeklong Laughlin, Nev., conference (beginning Saturday) that may be of interest to political junkies: "UFOs and the 2008 Election."

We've all heard the Dennis Kucinich jokes (in fact, we've made one or two ourselves) but a whole seminar devoted to UFOs and the election sets up a lot of possible punchlines. These folks are serious, though, so we'll be serious, too, which brings us to a later session on Monday that bears looking into.

In a seminar called "Confessions of a Turkish Ufologist," Farah Yurdozu will discuss the extraterrestrials who founded Turkey 5,000 years ago and who now live in New York City, obviously a key voting bloc there (and it would go a long way toward explaining Kramer, pre-meltdown). Topics include "how the aliens are watching and affecting the seat of world turmoil -- the Mid East -- right now, just as they have for thousands of years ... [and] evidence of how governments and institutions openly acknowledge our ties to a race from the star Sirius." Here we thought that was just a satellite radio company.

Yes, we mock, and we shouldn't. But we have to. If you go to the seminar at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, you'll probably learn why (something many of Ron Paul's Paulistas already believe): "Journalist and New York Times best-selling author Jim Marrs will bring conspiracy theories right up to date with compelling information about some of the greatest conspiracies prevalent today. Learn the inside scoop about the plots and intrigues that affect us all."

Nanu, nanu.

-- Scott Martelle

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