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CAPTION CONTEST

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Write your own caption in the comments section below. Courtesy of Yahoo! News – Sports Photos – AP (Thanks to PoliBlogger for the photo.)

MAY REFERRALS

Borrowing a page out of Bill Quick‘s book, I have decided to start recognizing blogs that refer the most traffic my way with mentions on the sidebar. I’m going to do this on a monthly basis and, since it’s the best metric I have, I’ll use the logs provided to me by HostingMatters. I’m not […]

CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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The most recent OTB Caption Contest is over. Courtesy Drudge We had several especially good entries this go-round. The Winners: 1st Steven, “Where are those billing records?” 2nd Terry Oglesby, “For once, a story involving ‘head’ and ‘Clinton’ in which no mention is made of Monica.” 3rd (tie) Tom Royce, “Ahhhhhh! You cursed rat, look […]

BORING BLOGS AND OTHER STUFF

Hey, read this guy’s blog; it is really boring. And this guy is trying to climb the TTLB Ecosystem by turning his site orange. Fortunately for him, he’s neither a lefty nor a girl. Speaking of climbing the Ecosystem, Jay Solo is trying his best. Or, at least as hard as can be expected for […]

REVISITING ASSASSINATION?

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The appropriately-named Anne-Marie Slaughter makes the case for killing tyrants in the latest Foreign Affairs. Her arguments are certainly not new, although they are unusual these days: In acting against such regimes, the Security Council ought to target individuals, not countries, and impose sanctions that are personal and harshly punitive—sometimes even lethal. Instead of debating […]

DEMOCRAT DISCRIMINATION?

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Human Events reports that a conservative legal group calling itself the Committee for Justice charges that Senate Democrats are discriminating against women and minorities: Democrats fear confirming qualified conservative nominees who are not stereotypical middle-aged white males. Democrats will have a harder time politically trying to stop a female, non-whitenominee if Bush later tries to […]

CAPTION CONTEST REMINDER

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Don’t forget to get your entry in for yesterday’s OTB Caption Contest. Winners will be announced sometime tomorrow.

BROWSER WARS

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Fortune’s Peter Lewis declares the browser wars over. Citing the recent $750M settlement between MS and AOL, Lewis notes In case you missed it, Microsoft, already ascertained by the courts to have used its monopoly powers illegally to crush Netscape, agreed Wednesday to pay $750 million to AOL Time Warner (FORTUNE’s parent) in return for […]

RACING RODENTS

Two OTB blogrollers are participating in the Great Rat Race, striving to climb the TTLB Ecosystem at all costs. Jay Solo’s Verbosity, which blogrolled OTB long ago but is alas on the accursed blogspot and thus generally unlinkable, wants you to link him and delink his competitor, Right We Are, at least briefly. RWA, while […]

O’REILLY

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Virginia Postrel thinks Bill O’Reilly is an obnoxious jerk: Contrary to his image as some kind of conservative ideologue, O’Reilly is just a long-winded cab driver with a TV show and no real interest in policy, ideas, or facts. Indeed. And, Sam Smith has mathematical proof. Sort of.

DOWNWARD TREND

Man, it’s sad to peak in your second month of blogging. For the second straight month, my visits are down: At least I haven’t fallen off as much as this poor sap: Man, he must be hatin’ life, huh?

LEVEL YELLOW

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MSNBC/AP reports that the Department of Homeland Security has lowered the terror risk way down to “elevated.” Now, we can all crawl out from under our desks for the weekend. Woohoo!

WHERE IDEOLOGY MEETS THE ROAD

Kevin Drum takes Eugene Volohk to task for his libertarianism: A couple of days ago Eugene Volokh wrote a long post about the “Harm Principle.” This is the principle that’s roughly summed up by the famous libertarian aphorism, “Your right to swing your fist stops where my face begins.” This is fine, as long as […]

TERROR ATTACKS

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Financial Times is reporting terrorist attacks in Chechnya and Spain. In the first attack, An explosion targeting a bus carrying workers to Russia’s main military base in its turbulent Chechnya region has killed three people and wounded eight, security sources in the region say. The attack in a region gripped by a decade of conflict […]

BLOG MUSINGS

There have been numerous musings on OTB about the lousyness that is blogspot. Kathy has offered to help people get off blogspot. Michele is begging people to do likewise. Now, I understand why the very poor–who are not getting a tax cut anywhere near as large a tax cut as Bill Gates under the oppressive […]

A NEW. . . MOVEMENT?

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First, John Lemon, noting my discussion yesterday about the positive impact of video games, discovers this gem: This is one of the most bizarre video games i’ve ever seen, and so of course it must be Japanese. The object of the game appears simple, you have to jam a big plastic finger up someone’s rear […]

HILLARY IRRITATES LEFTIES, TOO!

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NYT has a longish piece about how Hillary Clinton is drawing flak from her base: After years of being vilified by conservatives, Hillary Rodham Clinton is suddenly facing mounting criticism from an unlikely quarter: liberals. Core Democratic constituencies that helped Mrs. Clinton win her Senate seat in New York two and a half years ago […]

DAY BY DAY

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I ain’t even 40 yet, but this sounds about right: day by day by chris muir

TORTURE AT GITMO

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Manny Howard reveals a dark secret about our prisoners at Gauntanamo: they’re gaining weight and getting free blue jeans. Oh, the horror!

DRIVING TIPS

Rachel Lucas puts forth several rules for operating a motor vehicle. Violation of any of these, apparently, makes you an “assclown.” Not to be confused with an “asshat,” which is apparently something completely different. (Hat tip: The Ville–whose links are virtually invisible, btw)

KRUGMANOMICS

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Megan fisks a Salon article on how we could otherwise spend the money we’re “spending” on the tax cut. She also has a post on who should be the first in a relationship to say, “I love you”–which has sparked a ridiculously long discussion in her comments section.

GOP FEROCITY?

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E.J. Dionne thinks Bush is a radical tyrant who has totally changed the rules of American politics. His evidence, shall we say, is a bit scanty. The rules of policy-making that have applied since the end of World War II are now irrelevant. A narrow Republican majority will work its partisan will, no matter what. […]

RINGO REDUX

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John Lemon picks up the gauntlet and sets out to prove that Ringo was indeed the most normal Beatle.

TAX CUT POLITICS

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George Will is going to get into big-time trouble with Megan McArdle: ECONOMICS is a science of single instances, hence it is hardly a science. So how much the president’s most recent tax cuts will stimulate the economy is conjectural, a conjecture being a guess by a Ph.D. Heh. From that lead, though, he essentially […]

A JEW IN 2004?

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Jeff Birnbaum, who I respect very much as a political commentator, makes a rather startling argument: Joe Lieberman should be the hands-down front-runner for President among Democrats. He came within a chad’s width of being elected Vice President and is better known than any of his eight rivals. But polls show that the Connecticut Senator […]

MASTER’S HOUSE

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Today’s ScrappleFace: Howell Raines Offers to Sell Jayson Blair.

WEBONOMICS

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Jane Weaver is high. She takes at face value a rather dubious poll and then extrapolates into absurdity: In 2001, 52 percent of consumers said they were not willing to pay for Web content, Gartner found. By the end of last year, that number dropped to 45 percent of wired folks still not willing to […]

SCHOLAR BLOGGERS

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting piece discussing the phenomenon of “scholars who blog.” In their skeptical moments, academic bloggers worry that the medium smells faddish, ephemeral. But they also make a strong case for blogging’s virtues, the foremost of which is freedom of tone. Blog entries can range from three-word bursts of […]

FUNNY PIC

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Somehow, I find this ad, which accompanied the Bob Novak column I commented on earlier, rather amusing:

EMPLOYMENT HUMOR

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Sometimes, I forget how spot-on Scott Adams can be. Some representative ‘toons from recent days:

BETRAYING SPACES

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WaPo reports that some people are dissatisfied with the results when they unleash their idiot neighbors and randomly-chosen designers to do major home remodeling projects in 48 hours on a $1000 budget. Imagine that.

CAT TV

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YahooNews /AP reports: “Meow TV,” developed by the Meow Mix Co., debuts Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the Oxygen Network. It’s the first show targeted at cats. Not cat lovers. Cats. The show is being developed by the fine folks at Meow Mix, which is manufactured in Decatur, Alabama. Hmm. (Hat tip: Possumblog)

SPOILED SPAM

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I just received this via e-mail: Thursday, May 29, 2003 — 1:15 PM ET ———————————————————— Dear Breaking News Alerts subscriber: In an effort to improve the performance of NYTimes.com we’ve made significant technical improvements to the site and its e-mail products. During this period we were forced to suspend the breaking news e-mail alerts that […]

ANOTHER NYT SCANDAL?

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Dick Morris has a new book coming out that accuses the paper of deliberatly slanting its polling data in favor of Democrats. Timothy Noah does a pretty good job of refuting these charges. Interestingly, he concludes with a mini-scandal of his own: By no means does Chatterbox intend to exonerate the Times from now and then […]

YOUTH TAKEOVER

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WaPo reports that, President Bush is quietly retooling the White House staff for his reelection campaign by promoting a group of young loyalists to key positions, further concentrating power with the handful of veteran advisers closest to him. This is greeted with a lot of snippy comments, including this one: “He keeps promoting people up […]

CAPTION CONTEST

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And now for another one: Write your own caption in the comments section below.Courtesy Drudge (Hat tip to John Lemon for sending this photo.)

NO DESSERT UNTIL YOU’VE FINISHED KILLING THOSE ALIENS, YOUNG MAN!

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NYT reports that playing video games is good for kids: Researchers are reporting today that first-person-shooter video games — the kind that require players to kill or maim enemies or monsters that pop out of nowhere — sharply improve visual attention skills. Experienced players of these games are 30 percent to 50 percent better than […]

RICK BRAGG

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Glenn Reynolds, back from blogspot purgatory, delivers his take on the Rick Bragg story: The average reader, wisely or foolishly, almost certainly pays more attention to the institutional imprimatur than to the reporter’s name. I would certainly favor adding individual accountability, and thus bringing the Times up to the standards of weblogs, but I wouldn’t […]

SLEEPY LEMONS

John Lemon has some interesting analysis of a study that finds distributing condoms at school doesn’t increase the amount of sex the kids have nor does it decrease the number of pregnancies, both rather counterintuitive. He also comments on his sex life with Mrs. Lemon as well as that of Paul McCartney. Speaking of counterintuitive […]

CELEBRIDIOTS

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John Lemon (also known as “Site Not Found”) informs us that Mike Tyson wishes he had in fact raped the woman he was convicted of raping and links to evidence that Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are weirdos. He laments, “Why do people like this have more money than I do?” Sadly, I already know […]

BOEING WELFARE

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Robert Novak reports on a sweetheart deal whereby the Air Force is leasing planes it doesn’t need from Boeing at an exorbitant price. The reason? Politics: The project is spread out over 17 states and was able to garner the support of the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and several […]

CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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Last night’s OTB Caption Contest is over. We had many good entries on this one. Courtesy YahooNews Courtesy YahooNews The winners: 1st: Misanthropyst, “So it’s me and McNealy at 30,000 feet, I’m vertical, entering a Hammerhead Stall, weapons clear…” 2nd: Katewerk, “Microsoft has announced release of a patch for its new Bill Gates 2003 operating […]

CAPTION CONTEST REMINDER

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Last night’s caption contest is still open. I will announce winners later this evening. Get your entries in!

PH.D. ECONOMICS, REDUX

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Invisible Adjunct has a follow-up on the thread from yesterday. She adds the following insight, gleaned from an analysis of several sources cited in the post: It is quite true that the use of more adjuncts allows universities to offer more courses to more students. Given the cost-effectiveness of this trend, the danger, as I […]

A TRILLION!

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For once, Brett Marston and I agree on something: ONE **TRILLION** DOLLARS, TWO **TRILLION** DOLLARS Democrats need to start using this word — TRILLION — more often. The Republican tax cut plan is a tax cut close to ONE TRILLION DOLLARS if one factors in all of the cuts that eventually Bush will argue need […]

BLOGROLLED

Three more blogs have added OTB to their reading list: Little Miss Attila Krempasky MT Politics Thanks to all.

INSTA-IRONY

How sad is it that when InstaPundit goes down, he has to rely on blogspot for his backup? His site is temporarily down because of a fire at HostingMatters, the site host for such fine blogs as Glenn’s, VodkaPundit, and OTB. Kathy Kinsley (another HostingMatters client) reported on the fire earlier. Fortunately, she and OTB […]

UNITED STATES OF EUROPE

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Henry Farrell has a couple of posts (top one linked) on the proposed new constititution for the European Union. If I’m understanding it correctly–and I may not be–it appears that they are contemplating a switch akin to the move the US made in going from the Articles of Confederation to the present Constitution. The inclusion […]

WEATHER

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WaPo makes it official: the weather around here has been lousy lately. The Washington area has a special anniversary to celebrate today — one couch-lounging, candy-bar-bingeing, closet-cleaning month — one month without a clear, sunny day. The skies are the dull-gray color of file cabinets, and almost daily bouts of rain make it seem as […]

CHOICE HEARS VOICE, REDUX

Silver Rights reacts to my post yesterday with a common misperception: Anything that humanizes the fetus can be used by the anti-abortion movement to argue that the fetus is a person from conception. However, late term fetuses like these are already protected under Roe v. Wade, so claims made in regard to them are already […]

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