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MONEY FOR THE TROOPS

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Bob Harris (a/k/a “Tom Tomorrow”) uses an editorial in the Army Times to criticize President Bush. The relevant editorial passage: In recent months, President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress have missed no opportunity to heap richly deserved praise on the military. But talk is cheap — and getting cheaper by the day, judging from the […]

JUNE REFERRALS

It’s the end of the month, so time to recognize the blogs that sent the most traffic OTB’s way. According to my HostingMatters site logs, the following 25 sites* were my top weblog referrers:

NAMING RIGHTS

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The OTB Corporate Naming Rights contest is now over. Some really good entries.

GAYS CELEBRATE

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I find this (linked via GoogleNews) hysterically funny, for some reason.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

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Kevin Drum links David Frum’s doom and gloom comment, The Republic has had better weeks. It opened with a Supreme Court decision on race preferences that bids fair to institutionalize this injustice in the national life for a minimum of another generation – proceeded through a Supreme Court decision on sodomy that seems logically to […]

NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT

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Cam Edwards reluctantly refrains from any mouse sodomy jokes.

CANDIDATE QUIZ

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I took the SelectSmart.com 2004 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SELECTOR quiz, which seems reasonable enough in terms of the choices offered, and got some rather interesting results. 1. Bush, George W. – US President (100%) 2. Libertarian Candidate (81%) 3. Lieberman Senator Joe CT – Democrat (58%) 4. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (57%) 5. […]

CASE LAW VS. CON LAW

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Kevin Whited links Jay Nordlinger on this subject: I guess we think the decisions we like are constitutional — and that the decisions we dislike are just plain nutty case law, waiting to be overturned by a more enlightened bench. I simply wish liberals would think of that when they attack our nominees as anti-constitutional […]

ANOTHER DEFECTOR

Fly Over Country has ditched blogger and blogspot for new digs.

SULLY ON SCALIA

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Andrew Sullivan argues Antonin Scalia lacks the proper temperament to be a judge: What troubles me about Antonin Scalia is not so much the substance of his views (although I share very few of them) but the angry, sarcastic, bitter tone of his judgments. David Broder had a similar take last week. Part of what […]

CONTEST REMINDER

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The OTB Corporate Naming Rights contest winners will be announced this afternoon. Get your entries in fast!

CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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The other ongoing OTB Caption ContestTM is also closed now, too. The winners:

G.O.P. DOMINANCE?

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Howie Kurtz has a sane read on the phenomenon that has become the latest mob journalism craze: the GOP domination of DC lobbying firms by intimidation tactics. On one level, Republicans aren’t doing anything different than the Democrats did when they ruled Congress. You try to use your clout to soak up the available sources […]

CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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Busy weekend–never got around to announcing winners to the latest OTB Caption ContestTM Without further ado. . .

GAY MARRIAGE, REDUX

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Newsweek has a cover story entitled, “The War Over Gay Marriage” which reflects on the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s far-reaching opinion in the Texas sodomy case. Justice Kennedy’s ruling in the Lawrence case “may be one of the two most important opinions of the last 100 years,” says David Garrow, legal scholar at […]

BLOG HAPPENINGS

I have now incorporated an inline TrackBack feature, using code via PoliBlog via WizBang via Amish Tech Support via ScriptyGoddess. It makes it easier to see who has linked to OTB posts and “continued the discussion” elsewhere. As an added bonus, it counts as a link on the TTLB Ecosystem and should generate a modest […]

PROPS FOR TEDDY K

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Fred Barnes argues that Sen. Edward Kennedy is a much more savvy legislator than most other Democrat leaders: SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY is more politically astute than Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle. He understands the legislative process far better than Senator Hillary Clinton does. He is a much cooler head than Senator Jay Rockefeller. And there’s […]

BLOGROLLONOMICS

Dean Esmay has a very interesting post on the “gift economy” aspect of blogrolling, reflecting on why people blog, why he thinks long blogrolls are more valuable than short ones, and what it means to be blogrolled. Amusingly, I skipped over the entry the last couple of times I visited the site because the headline […]

NAVEL GAZING

In yet another in what seem to be a steady stream of reflections on blogging in the press, Tim Dunlop nonetheless manages to write something new, or at least put things many of us know together in an interesting new way. He contends that webloggers are the “new public intellectuals.” As everyone now knows, the […]

BLOG HAPPENINGS

Kevin Aylward has again moved Wizbang to a new locale, this time with a spiffy new site design and Movable Type. His old URL will host WizbangTech, a blog devoted exclusively to Kevin’s “various blogosphere tech projects,” starting July 1. Adjust your links accordingly. Bizarro OTB continues to climb the TTLB Ecosystem, having hit #18. […]

REAL APPEAL OF AMERICA

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Dinesh D’Souza argues that the what makes America unique isn’t its economic opportunity but its cultural mobility. He acknowledges and marvels at the former: We live in a nation where “poor” people have TV sets and microwave ovens, where construction workers cheerfully spend $4 on a nonfat latte, where maids drive very nice cars, where […]

SCRAPPLE TIMES

Scott Ott’s ScrappleFace got a plug in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: The satirical Website www.ScrappleFace.com contains news items that sometimes give a more truthful picture of the world than the straight reporting of the nation’s establishment media. After the recent release of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Scrapple-Face ran the following “news” item. […]

TECH WORKERS

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Jay Solo writes about the plight of former high tech workers now relegated to employment as cooks, baggage screeners, and other less glamorous–not to mention, lower paying, positions. I guess academics aren’t the only overtrained people having trouble finding work.

ANOTHER DWARF?

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Steven Taylor explains why it’s too late for Wesley Clark to get into the game. I would also add that Clark’s only real experience is in military affairs and that, if the campaign is waged on that issue, Bush will win. And, to be honest, Clark ain’t no Norman Schwartzkopf or Tommy Franks.

BLOGROLLED

OTB has been linked by three more sites: DANEgerus Accidental Jedi Mudville Gazette Thanks to all!

BUSH TO BLAME?

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Terry Eastland, writing for the editors of The Weekly Standard, thinks the fact that the Administration dodged the issue of whether diversity was a compelling public interest in its amicus brief in the Michigan cases may have contributed to the outcome. What would have happened had the administration articulated some of the same points in […]

FTC HOTLINE

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Not surprisingly, the Federal ‘Do Not Call’ registry was swamped yesterday as 735,000 phone numbers were registered. Starting in October, telemarketers can be fined $11,000 for each number on the list they call. Of course, the politicians protected themselves: The new list applies to most businesses but does not affect solicitations from political organizations, charities, […]

DRUG POLITICS

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David Broder thinks the GOP was shrewd in passing a Medicaid prescription drug benefit and taking a major issue away from the Democrats. Indeed, because the major Democrat candidates for president actually opposed this bill from the left, it will appear to most voters that the Republicans are the party responsible.

GAY RAPE, REDUX

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Mark Hasty weighs in on this controversy at The Bemusement Park and in the comments to my post below. It may be truly bizarre, but I do believe the Supremes recognize the particular can of worms they’ve opened here. I believe what they may be asking the lower court to do is examine if the […]

GAY RAPE: OK

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NYT reports that the Supreme Court has overturned the 17-year sentence of a Kansas man convicted of statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy. They remanded it to a lower court “for further consideration in light of Lawrence v. Texas.” Now, wait a minute. The ruling from Lawrence was: Held: The Texas statute making it a […]

THAT’S ONE SOLUTION

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Taking a page from Ayn Rand, Stephen Green blogs in favor of mandatory miscegenation (by lottery, of course) and gay work days. It wouldn’t surprise me if that isn’t required in the Constitution somewhere.

PEACEKEEPING FORCE

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Phil Carter has an interesting post about a rumored proposal to create a permanent peacekeeping force within the US military. He ends by asking, Why doesn’t the Army just do this on its own? Why not realign part of the force structure to build brigade-sized task forces of MPs, Civil Affairs, Engineers, Medical and other […]

COX & FORKUM

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A little over-the-top, but amusing: Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons

MOVEON

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In a rather insipid poll that is nonetheless getting substantial attention, MoveOn.org PAC ranks the Democrats vying for the 2004 nomination. Howard Dean received 44% of the vote, far more than the #2 draw, Dennis Kucinich. To further add to the meaninglessness of this one, more of the 317,647 participants said they would “enthusiastically support” […]

WHOSE CHOICE?

Megan muses as to whether abortion rights really benefit women, “or to the men who are thus able to pressure women who do want to have a child into aborting it.” An interesting question that I haven’t really thought about much. A related question, though, is the age old rights-responsibility linkage. It has long struck […]

DEFICIT POLITICS

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David Hogberg notes that tax cuts and spending programs are not treated equally: An editorial in the Washington Post titled “Debt and Taxes” prompted me to write, “Do you suppose we’ll ever see a liberal-newspaper editorial titled ‘Debt and Prescription Drug Coverage’?” I might as well have asked, “Will Robert Byrd ever learn humility?” As […]

NAMING RIGHTS CONTEST

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The OTB Corporate Naming Rights contest announced Tuesday is still running. Entries have dried up since it disappeared into the archives. Winners will be announced tomorrow.

SHOW ME THE MONEY

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Politics1 reports that two well-known but mediocre Congressmen are considering leaving their jobs to become lobbyists: According to various news reports, Congressman Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) are both interested in private sector positions that — if they land the new jobs — would cause both to resign from Congress. According to […]

QUESTION TIME

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Kevin Drum links evidence that the British media seem to be much more hardball in its questionning and insistent that politicians answer the question asked than their American counterparts. There are some good responses in the comments section so far as well. I would argue the differences in the media expectations of candidates is largely […]

BLOGOSPHERE EMPLOYMENT KHARMA

Just as Laurence Simon, a blogging techie from Houston, finally gets hired, Ted Barlow, a blogging techie from Houston, loses his job. Bizarre. Mrs. James Lileks is also suddenly unemployed. Update: Kevin Aylward has more on this phenomenon. I smell a conspiracy!

CAPTION CONTESTS REMINDER

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Get your entries in for the two OTB Caption ContestsTM from Wednesday here and here. Winners will be announced tomorrow morning.

STROM

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President Bush expressed his condolences to the family of Strom Thurmond, who passed away last night at the ripe old age of 100. Bush stopped short, however, of saying he wished Thurmond had been elected president in 1948.

HIPNESS

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PoliBlogger has come to the belated conclusion that he is not hip.

BLOGROLLED

OTB has been blogrolled by three more sites: Bowulf CenterPoint Wrong Side of Happiness Thanks!

PEACE PRIZE SHAM

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Donald Sensing reports yet more tarnish on the Nobel Peace Prize: Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was awarded the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize in large part because he opened personal reconciliation talks with the North. Now we learn that Kim paid the North Koreans $100 million to take part in the summit. Perhaps they […]

SULLY ON SODOMY

Shockingly, Andrew Sullivan is elated by yesterday’s ruling that sodomy is protected by the Constitution. Frank sexual discussion follows.

LAP DANCING

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George Will has an amusing column today arguing that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision may make lap dancing a fundamental constitutional right.

BIGWIG ECOSYSTEM?

Silflay Hraka‘s main contributor, Bigwig, has come up with yet another way to measure blog popularity: daily visitor hours. He obviously has a lot of time on his hands, as he has calculated figures for numerous sites, including ye ole OTB.

SCALIA

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Justice Antonin Scalia‘s dissent in Lawrence v. Texas (the sodomy case) is, as usual, a pure joy to read. It should also, once and for all, silence those who think there is any prayer of him being confirmed Chief Justice if Mr. Rehnquist retires.

COURT ROUNDUP

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As I’m sure has been blogged to death by now, the Supreme Court has issued several controversial rulings in its last day of this session, most notably overturning the Texas sodomy law and reversing itself in Bowers v. Hardwick. There’s not much new to say about the sodomy ruling, since I wrote a lot about […]

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