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POOR GLENN

Traffic at Instapundit is holding steady at 3.5 million page views for the month, although he suspects it’ll go down some now that the war is over. I think he should stick with it, though. Heh. Update: Unless I get another 9,000 visits in the next three hours, I will fall short of last month’s […]

NEW OLD NEWS

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A phenomenon I started to notice a lot during the war, when I was doing a lot of posting on Command Post, was that a lot of the wire services posted as “new” stories that were sometimes several hours old but with maybe a sentence or two changed. This one is a classic example: Pakistan […]

SCALIA HUMOR

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That Antonin Scalia sure is funny.

PC RUN AMOK

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John Hudock of Common Sense and Wonder has this gem: The latest victim of PC idiocy, use of the word ‘brainstorming’ for fear of offending people with epilepsy. The term “brainstorming” has become the latest target of political correctness, according to a charity. Trainee teachers are being told to avoid the word for fear of […]

GAROFALO: IDIOT?

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Jeff Jarvis has discovered that Janeane Garofalo ain’t none too bright. An amazing revelation, to be sure.

SCORECARD UPDATE

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Just checked back with the Patio Pundit: Iraq playing card checklist. I have been interpreting it all wrong, in terms of poker. It now appears we’re actually playing Bingo. 9H, 8H, and 7S is all I have left on my card. I’m not sure what the prize is, though.

GAY MARRIAGE

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Stephen Green takes Stanley Kurtz to task for his opposition to gay marriage on the grounds that it undermines the culture. While I support gay marriage, largely for the reasons Stephen and his first commenter Seth lays out, I don’t have a major problem with Kurtz’ argument. It’s one thing for society to say that […]

BIG GOVERNMENT

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Yet more evidence that we’re getting more government: Bush signs “Amber Alert” bill: With Elizabeth Smart and her parents looking on, President Bush on Wednesday signed a far-reaching child protection bill that creates a nationwide system to help find kidnapped children and imposes tougher penalties on child abusers, kidnappers and pornographers. I certainly support the […]

JAILING SPAMMERS IN VA

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NYT reports that Spam Sent by Fraud Is Made a Felony Under Virginia Law. Interesting. I have no idea how this could possibly be enforceable unless both the sender and recipient resided in Virginia and am clueless as to how it would be technically feasible even then. Indeed, since the Internet is the epitome of […]

PARTY REALIGNMENT

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Robin Goodfellow provides a rather detailed explanation for why he feels we will see a radical poltical re-alignment by 2010. His piece is worth reading in its entirety, but his thesis is that, while two party systems tend to find a centrist equilibrium, right now both parties are grossly out of synch with the general […]

STEYN ON THE UN

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Mark Steyn is dubious about the UN’s fitness to make important decisions. He notes, for example: Last month, the Russians were opposed to war on the grounds that there was no proof Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. This month, the Russians are opposed to lifting sanctions on the grounds that there’s no proof Iraq […]

BLOGROLLED

OTB has been blogrolled by Eric Dunn at SpaztiPundits, a site which just started today, and Tiger: Raggin’ and Rantin’, another fairly new blog. Thanks to both.

LEAVING SAUDI

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Washington Times reports, a day late, that the U.S. will pull all its out of Saudi Arabia by the end of the summer. While I agree with the move and think it will have a marginal impact on lessening tensions in the region, I find it rather ironic that this is, in effect, a win […]

ROAD MAP

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The US has presented our Mideast Ëœroad map” to Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. My guess is all parties will soon get lost and have trouble re-folding it. Plus, being men, neither Sharon, Arafat, Abu Mazen, or any of the other parties involved will ask for directions.

SCIENCE VS. HUMANTITIES

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Megan makes some interesting arguments on the distinctions between these mindsets. While I agree with much of her argument, it falls apart in the final analysis. She holds economics up as the epitome of science and contrasts it not only with the study of literature, but with political science and sociology, which she incorrectly lumps […]

CHANGING REGIMES LIKE SOCKS

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Someone called Claudia Rosett has a column it today’s WSJ arguing for forced regime change in North Korea. Her argument boils down to “Kim is a sorry SOB and, with Saddam gone, he is now the sorriest of the sorry SOBs.” That strikes me as inadequate rationale for war. While we are all pleased that […]

RECESS REDUX

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Eugene Volokh links some rather radical ideas for getting out of the current judicial appointment crisis. He is noncommital but notes, “it’s worth remembering a wise line from Jonathan Rauch, albeit from a subtly different context: ‘For all its New Testament rhetoric, Washington is an Old Testament city.’” A few posts later, Philippe de Croy […]

SEX TIPS FROM RICK SANTORUM

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A parody by Mark Morford of San Francisco’s Gate: Sex Tips From Rick Santorum. My favorite: Dear Sen. Santorum, R-Pa.:I’m a proud straight football-loving beer-drinkin’ male who loves his SUVs big and his baseball hats backward. Lately I’ve found that I really enjoy anal stimulation during sex with my girlfriend. Increasingly, my fantasies involve this […]

AXIS OF WEEVIL

Steven Taylor of PoliBlog has been inducted into the prestigious Axis of Weevil. He is also now doing local radio. Between the blog, newspapers, and radio he may displace Howard Stern as the King of All Media.

IMMIGRANTS DON’T HAVE RIGHTS

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The Supreme Court ruled today that legal immigrants can be held without bail during deportation proceedings, reversing the 9th Circuit and upholding a 1996 immigration law. Very interesting. I tend to agree with the idea that non-citizens have radically fewer rights under the Constitution than citizens and can see the practical benefits of the law […]

CANCELING MEMORIAL DAY?

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Inoperable Terran notes with some dismay that the Alexandria VA schools, near the Pentagon, have canceled the Memorial Day holiday in order to make up for days lost to snow. As I noted in his Comments section*, although it sounds bad, I guess it’s the most logical solution. I mean, really, even though I’m a […]

ALABAMA EARTHQUAKE?!

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Drudge links news that there was a 4.9 magnitude quake near Fort Payne in the northeast part of the state and famous primarily for being the home of the country music group Alabama. Freakish. I lived in and out of Alabama since 1980 and don’t recall any mention of an earthquake during that time. Update […]

LABOR DISPUTE?

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They say you can’t find good help these days: On February 10 Marion County deputies were called to William Frank Reese’s home for a domestic disturbance. When they got there they found Mr. Reese bleeding from the leg and Tommie Lorene Burnette bleeding from the face and ears. Sheriff Bo Burnette, no relation to the […]

ARMED PROTESTORS

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Bill Quick takes issue with the description of Iraqis firing AK-47s as “demonstrators” musing, I wonder what this pathetic AP moron would have called a mob of people in, oh, Houston, Texas, armed with AK-47s. Protestors? Demonstrators? Indeed. He also generates an remarkable number of comments from his posting of the latest Day by Day […]

CHEWBACCA RETURNS

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Reuters reports Chewbacca will return to the screen in the third Star Wars prequel which will come to theaters in May 2005. The are also excited that C-3P0 and R2-D2 will be back, but they were in Episode 1, so I’m not sure why that’s news. The original actors will reprise their roles first played […]

DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION

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Michael O’Hanlon argues that we shouldn’t get carried away about the Rumsfeld Revolution in our military. While acknowledging that Rumsfeld has won some points with the victory in Iraq, But what is not true is that Mr Rumsfeld’s ascendance, or the accomplishments of operation Iraqi Freedom, will radically reshape the US military. Indeed, it is […]

DUBOIS V. WASHINGTON

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Shelby Steele has an interesting WSJ editiorial reflecting on the 100th anniversary of WEB DuBois’ masterwork The Souls of Black Folk. Steele believes it should be read as a cautionary tale in light of today’s continuing racial struggles: This new 21st-century racial problem might be called the problem of emergence–the shock that formerly oppressed people […]

THREE MONTHS!

Today marks the three month blogiversary of Outside the Beltway. I’m sure it seems like a lot longer to some of you. . . . Eugene Volokh weighs in on the topic of growing one’s blog with some interesting advice. The condensed version: write good stuff, e-mail your best stuff to big name bloggers and […]

KOREAN TRADEOFF

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Apparently confusing Colin Powell for Madeline Albright, North Korea offered yesterday to dismantle their nukes in exchange for “considerable” concessions. It seems like we played that game before in 1994 to no avail. While I would expect the US to be willing to negotiate I can’t imagine this Administration is going to just hand them […]

SHAMING EFFECT?

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Paul Wolfowitz argues that the ouster of Saddam has had a ‘shaming effect’ on the Arab world. “I think that already to some extent the magnitude of the crimes of that regime and those images of people pulling down a statue and celebrating the arrival of American troops is having a shaming effect throughout the […]

APPLE MUSIC

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After the recent discussions of the evils of digital music piracy, this story struck me as interesting: Apple Launches Paid Music Service. I saw mention of it earlier today and heard a little about it on NPR on the drive home from work. I think the idea makes sense–making digital music available legal and convenient. […]

FEAR OF FEAR

Speaking of PoliBlogger, he’s getting his first taste of negative mail, not from his blog but from an editorial he’s published in the Birmingham newspaper.

BRANCHING OUT

In addition to maintaining Outside the Beltway, being a co-blogger on Dallas Cowboys Football, and a contributor to Command Post, I have now signed on as the DC Republican correspondent for Political State Report. Steven at PoliBlogger has taken on the duties for Alabama. PSR is, in a sense, the Command Post of domestic politics.* […]

INSTANT DEMOCRACY?

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WaPo reports that our plan is to convene a conference within four weeks to set up an interim government for Iraq.

BOYFRIEND SUBSTITUTE

Ursula Barzey has found an Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend in the form of a video game. My guess is it won’t be all that helpful nursing her through her cold and would be a poor substitute for BG Vince Brooks.

ELECTION 2004

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A response to my previous post indicates that some elaboration is required. It’s certainly true that November 2004 is a long way away. And the case of Bush 41 certainly indicates that a president can win a war in Iraq and still lose the election 18 months later. A couple things are different though: 1. […]

BUSH OVER EDWARDS IN N.C.

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A recent poll shows that John Edwards faces an uphill battle in his home state, where he trails President Bush by 19 points! This also spells out the difficulty any Democrat will likely face against a popular wartime president: Guys like Edwards lack the “gravitas” necessary to win and the guys with experience, like Lieberman […]

BABY BEAR

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Among the trivia in this piece on star quarterbacks who went very late in the draft is this tidbit: Running back Justin Fargas, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, is the son of Antonio Fargas, who played Huggy Bear on Starsky & Hutch. When Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll went to meet […]

HIT AND RUN

Quite a few good posts on Hit & Run today, including ruminations on the freedom to spam and the vagaries of indecent exposure laws.

CAPTION CONTEST

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It’s been a few days, but here’s a new one: Write your own caption in the Comments below.Photo courtesy of Yahoo News

BLOGROLLED

OTB has joined the list of links at Signifying Nothing and Last Man Dancing. Thanks to both.

SPAM REDUX

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In a more promising venture, AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo have united in a bid to stop spam via technical means. The NYT article doesn’t really explain the details very well, and I likely wouldn’t understand them if it did. But I believe it is much more likely that service providers will be able to stop […]

CLINTON: WARRIOR SCHOLAR

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ScrappleFace’s latest: History to Hail Clinton as Warrior-Scholar. “President Bush will get credit for nothing but flipping the switch on the great military juggernaut which Clinton constructed practically from scratch,” said a history professor at an Ivy League school. “After the massive cuts of the Reagan, then Bush, administrations, Clinton single-handledly restored the confidence of […]

TREK ETHICS

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Glenn Reynolds, in his MSNBC column, explains the appeal of the Star Trek vision of the future: In the pre-George Lucas days, science fiction futures tended to be gloomy: the Malthusian disaster of Soylent Green, the post-viral world of The Omega Man, the post-nuclear world of Planet of the Apes (Hmm — gloomy science fiction […]

ANTI-SPAM TACTICS

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GeekPress links to a couple of strategies for combatting spam. None of the legislative solution seem to work since it is so hard to track down spammers and, as a last resort, they can always go offshore.

WHY SANTORUM SURVIVED

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Christopher Caldwell notes that, contrary to the expectations of Democrats, the public seems to be on Santorum’s side. Rather than being called out and forced to grovel, claiming that he was misquoted, and the usual dance, Santorum stood behind his statements and defended them logically. And the furor, such as it was, died down. I […]

DEMOCRATIC AUTHORITARIANISM?

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Daniel Pipes argues that Iraq needs to be governed by a democratically-minded strongman during a transition to full-blown democracy, lest an immature political culture elect something far worse: an Iranian style Shi’ite theocracy. Democracy is a learned habit, not instinct. The infrastructure of a civil society – such as freedom of speech, freedom of movement, […]

BEGALA ON IMUS

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Paul Begala made some exceedingly bizarre statements on the Don Imus show Friday: “Everybody who supports Bush kind of knows in their bones that he is kind of our Kim Jong-il,” the bitter-sounding Clintonista told radio host Don Imus. “[He’s] sort of the befuddled ne’er-do-well son of a former leader. We know he’s not quite […]

NEW BOOK

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Heh. They misspelled a key word in the title of this one: Courtesy Drudge

FOOTPRINT, REDUX

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General Tommy Franks says that, now that the combat phase in Iraq is over along with the needs to maintain the decade-old no-fly zones, the US will rearrange its footprint in the region.

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