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ISLAM AND CULTURE

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Donald Sensing has an interesting follow-up post on Islam and the status of women. He notes two major points: One of the difficulties in writing about “what the Muslims believe” is that there is bound to be a a fair amount of diversity of thought in a religion that claims a billion or so adherents. […]

DOWN LOW

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Slate’s Julia Turner reports on the cover story of the August 3rd New York Times Magazine which chronicles the complex subculture of black men living on the Down Low. Ostensibly straight to their girlfriends and colleagues, these men regularly have sex with other men but don’t identify as gay. Instead, they’re on the DL and […]

AIRPORT SECURITY

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Ogged reports that, although he’s of Iranian heritage and “looks” Middle Eastern*, he has never once been subjected to security screening in a US airport despite many airplane trips since 9/11. He’s a tad perplexed, since he sees little old ladies getting singled out on a regular basis. As a fair skinned, blue-eyed fellow traveling […]

UNCLE JOE VS. THE DUKE

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MSNBC reports Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was so outraged at the anti-communism of film star John Wayne that he plotted to have him murdered, according to a new biography of the American icon. Yet another reason to dislike Stalin.

GET OVER IT*

Ilyka Damen has an amusing and insightful piece on blogwars, especially the personal variety. This observation is especially worth noting: Complaining isn’t zero-sum. If I say I am hungry because I haven’t eaten in ten hours, my saying that does not diminish the hunger you have from not having eaten in two days–nor does it […]

PANCHO AND LEFTY?

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Willie Nelson is doing radio ads for Dennis Kucinich. Since Howard Dean, a physician, is one of the main contenders, might I suggest that, rather than “On the Road Again,” Willie substitute “I Gotta Get Drunk” with its immortal stanza There’s a lot of doctors that tell me, that I’d better start to slowin’ it […]

GARY TRUDEAU SUCKS

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From MediaReview via Romenesko comes this Chicago Tribune report of a comics controversy: On Friday, the “Doonesbury” comic strip will include a panel in which one of the characters, a soldier in the Iraq war, uses a form of the word “suck” to describe his reaction to the death of a fellow soldier in an […]

WE WANT GOOD COMICS!

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John Hawkins is tired of Pogo, Peanuts, Cathy, and other retched strips that have long been taking up space in the comics section of newspapers. He wants Day by Day to take their place and for Berkeley Breathed and Gary Larson to get their lazy butts out of retirement. I’m all for that. I’d also […]

WMD ALREADY FOUND?!

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Dodd Harris points to a Joel Mowbry column that suggests US forces have already found WMD in Iraq but are withholding that information out of kindness, I suppose: Why would the Bush folks keep such politically high-value information secret? Possibly because, given the sheer number of guerrilla forces present inside Iraq, U.S. investigators believe it […]

POPE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE

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John Cole reacts to the Vatican’s statement that Catholic lawmakers must oppose gay marriage with a “modest proposal” of his own: I think many people would have no problem with a legal contract known as same-sex unions, but what seems inflammatory and troublesome is calling it marriage. I agree with John on the public policy […]

DILBERTBLOGGER

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Steven Taylor has a very blog-appropriate Dilbert.

CAPTION CONTEST

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Time for another OTB Caption ContestTM. Write your own caption in the comments section belowUnited Press International

ALL THE NEWS WE ALREADY KNEW

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NYT has broken the news that a lot of people are now buying big, fancy trucks and SUVs rather than cars.

OUTSOURCING THE EDITING

Scott Ott reports that, rather than pay for a “public editor,” the NYT has decided to just post their paper on the web and let bloggers point out their mistakes.

IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

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WaPo reports a mild, but higher than expected, uptick in the economy. The U.S. economy, lifted by consumer and business spending, broke out of the doldrums and grew at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2003, the strongest showing in nearly a year. * * * The report reinforced the […]

UPSIZING THE ARMY?

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Joseph Galloway, author of We Were Soldiers Once–And Young, joins the chorus of those calling for an increase in the size of the Army. The Army has 368,900 soldiers deployed overseas in 120 countries — 215,000 of them unaccompanied by their families. Besides the 167,000 based in Iraq and Kuwait, there are 31,460 in South […]

DEMOCRATIC UNITY SHATTERED

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John Fund reports that Gray Davis is unlikely to be able to keep Democrats from putting their name on the ballot, as that would guarantee a Republican (or, at least a non-Democrat) would be governor if Davis can’t withstand the recall. While Dian Feinstein, who would be a virtual shoe-in were she to run, likely […]

6 MONTHS

I started OTB on blogspot the morning of January 31st. If I have done my math correctly, that means I’ve been at this six months. This is my 2,663rd post, so I’ve been busy! According to SiteMeter, I’ve had 88,420 visitors so far.* While that’s barely a day and a quarter for Glenn, it’s more […]

WAR SUPPORT

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Kevin Drum posts some interesting survey data on public sentiment over the war. Not surprisingly, given the steady drumbeat of depressing news (except for Uday and Qusay being “otherwise dealt with”), support is down now compared to the euphoria of May. Indeed, I’m surprised by how little real variation there is in the results. Kevin […]

ONE HAND RAISED

MAJ Donald Sensing (USA, Ret.) inducted a young man into the Marine Corps today. His son Stephen.

HOMOPHONES

Frank J admits that he is one. He is not, however, retarded and has even graduated from a prestigious junior high school with a 1570 on his spelling tests. That’s good.

THIN MONKEYS

BBC reports on a new drug that causes weight loss in monkeys. Of course, I’ve never seen a fat monkey. Still, Jay Solo and Frank J should be pleased.

NORM!

It ain’t right. Norman Geras has been blogging for less than three days and already he has had an InstaLanche and several other mentions from big name bloggers. I mean, sure, he’s a highly respected political theorist at the University of Manchester who’s been publishing influential books since I was in grade school. But he’s […]

PAVING PARADISE

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Unfogged is currently featuring a discussion between “Bob” and Brad DeLong about the ramifications of a troubling popular song lyric: I just have to point this out, just because the Counting Crows cover of “Big Yellow Taxi” is on the radio all the time now and it’s been annoying me: No one would pave paradise […]

ROLL TITHE

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Kris posts a column by Hardy Jackson, the chair of the history department at my alma mater, Jacksonville State University, who has a novel idea for solving Alabama’s tax woes.

JENIVERSARY

Jen Speaks just realized that she’s been blogging a year as of a couple days ago. She’s recently passed the 15,000 visitors mark, too. Congrats!

GAY MARRIAGE

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Steven Taylor and Andrew Sullivan are confused about President Bush’s latest pronouncements on gay marriage. Steven was confused first, but Sully has been posting on the topic much more vociferously. Steven is catching up, however, with three posts already today.

BLOGROLLED

OTB has been added to the rolls at four more sites: WMD 404 Baila Tango johnrpierce.info blog Electric Venom My thanks to all.

CONTEST: 10 WORST SONGS OF THE LAST 25 YEARS

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Mark Hasty has a pretty good list, although I actually like a couple songs on it. And, honestly, any such list that excludes Madonna’s remake of “American Pie” is suspect. Dylan Wilbanks has a competing list that misses that obvious choice, but includes “Achy Breaky Heart.” So, let’s start a new OTB non-Caption Contest. In […]

BLOGGING FOR DOLLARS

Glenn has resorted to sending people to other blogs until he starts getting paid a dollar per page view. He had, as of a few minutes ago, 21,945,909 page views. That’d be real money. I’ve only had 129,329, which would still be a good wage even though it’s only a little over a day’s worth […]

PREDICTING THE ECONOMY

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What do Robert Samuelson, Brad DeLong, Stephen Green, and I have in common? We’re baffled by the current economy and the effects political decisions may have on it. Brad has published a lot more articles than I have, though.

GAY BACKLASH?

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Howard Kurtz discusses whether, after years of increasing mainstream acceptance, the Lawrence decision and the impending reality of gay marriage is causing a backlash. What I find particularly interesting is the max of sources he uses, which includes several weblogs. Also, I’m amused by this bit: Wait, here’s the best part, about the possible candidacy […]

GORE IN ’04?

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Steven Taylor reports that Al Gore is being urged to run in 2004, owing to dissatisfaction with the nine dwarfs.

GOSSIPWEB

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Laurence Simon calls our attention to Word of Mouth, a bizarre site where people can anonymously spread gossip about others: The mission of this website is to help our users to research the people they know and meet toward learning something about their background and character. If you have had experience with and/or have opinions […]

PSUEDO PATRIOTISM

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Donald Sensing has some interesting thoughts on the flag waving debate seen on Winds of Change and Sgt Stryker. Don observes, My father and my father-in-law are both World War II vets. My father-in-law saw heavy ground combat; he made eight combat amphibious assaults in the Pacific. My dad did not see combat even though […]

GLOBAL DOUBLE STANDARDS

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Robert Kuttner thinks we’re being inconsistent by, on the one hand, exporting low skill jobs to India to take advantage of their lower labor costs but, on the other hand, refusing to import drugs from India produced in violation if US patent and drug approval laws. Well…..no. It may well be worth reconsidering our drug […]

DEATH MARKET III

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I find it mildly amusing that the chattering about the terrorism futures market is lasting far longer than the market itself. Daniel Gross has a piece in Slate in which he observes that it isn’t a nutty idea on its face, But the prospect of such an exchange raised several troubling questions. Set aside for […]

TERMI-WHIPPED?

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LA Times reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decisions, as to whether to run for governor or pretty much anything else, are made by wife Maria Shriver.

F*PUNDIT

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Kevin Drum has some kind thoughts for the F* word, the use of which got a Colorado high schooler in some trouble. The defense attorney’s brief on this one is rather amusing. I must admit to having used it on occasion myself, although I try to refrain, having once heard that, “Profanity is the crutch […]

CHALLENGING THE QUR’AN

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Stefan Theil‘s Newsweek piece by that topic has generated some commentary around the blogosphere for its revelations that many tenets of modern Islam may simply be based on poor transcription of the Qur’an. Donald Sensing offers excellent analyis of the article and then an extended discussion of why Islam, at least as practiced in the […]

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

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Via Politics1: Welcome the the wild race for California Governor. It only takes 65 signatures and $3,500 — or 10,000 signatures and no money — to run for Governor in the upcoming October 7th recall election. That’s why it seems as if nearly half the residents of the state are running for the job. While […]

DEATH MARKET II

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John Lemon explains why he thinks the terrorism futures market–which has already been killed off–was a good idea. Virginia Postrel is noncomital. Some guy calling himself “InstaPundit” thinks it’s probably okay, but mainly just offers up a lot of links on the subject rather than any real analysis. (Frankly, he’s never going to catch on […]

DEN BESTE DEBATING TACTICS

Steven Den Beste has a long regular length post answering his critics, some of it mildly amusing. But I just loved this part: Well, let’s try a little thought experiment. Let’s schedule a debate, and invite a lot of voters. The first speaker stands up and makes a case for one position, laying out his […]

BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES

I’ve made the latest installment at Wizbang. Go read some of the worst posts in the blogosphere from last week!

ELECTIONS AND RULES

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I shouldn’t be surprised that the friendly discussion with Brad DeLong on what the 2000 election demonstrates with regard to US political stratification has reopened the “Bush lost” debate. While granting that I’d have been more upset with what John Constantine describes (in the comments) as a “technical victory” if my guy had lost, I […]

WEIRD SYMBOLS

Lately, I’ve noticed an inordinate amount of weird symbols showing up in my blog posts, almost always in the block quotes. Apparently, a lot more bloggers and news sites are composing their entries in word processing programs and then posting them. For whatever reason, whether it’s a function of Movable Type or the Verdana font […]

ECON FISKING

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Daniel Davies takes on Tyler Cowen’s posting at Volokh Conspiracy entitled, “Guide to Macroeconomics in Five Easy Lessons.” It looks to be an interesting debate although, in all honesty, it gets to a level of economic theory that’s somewhat beyond my comprehension. But that may well be the point: trying to simplify an entire academic […]

2000 Election County by County

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Brad DeLong offers a “real” map of the 2000 presidential election showing that we’re not as divided as advertised because Bush and Gore both got votes virtually everywhere. While this is true in one sense, it overstates our unity even more than the simple map based on the Electoral College vote overstates our division. The […]

NO NUKES

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The Hill reports that Sen. Frist and the Republicans have decided against using the so-called nuclear option to break Democratic filibusters of judicial nominees. The rationale is that this would likely derail other important legislation that they’d like to pass. If employed at all, the tactic will be reserved for late in the session after […]

HIGH NOON FOR U.S. ARMY

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UPI’s Lou Marano uses two old Hollywood westerns, High Noon and Rio Bravo, to illustrate the quandry the U.S. Army faces in Iraq. While amusing, the piece demonstrates an lack of appreciation of both one of the movies and the situation in Iraq. Marano captures “High Noon” quite wonderfully: “High Noon” is an inversion of […]

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