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OTB STATUS UPDATE

Spent the day–about eleven hours worth–painting the new place in anticipation of moving furniture tomorrow. I forgot how hard painting is when it’s more than just touching up the existing color palette. I decided to go with a ceiling color other than white, which meant having to paint the ceilings–which takes forever. Still, I managed […]

NOVAK-GATE VI

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Steven Taylor has a pretty fair wrap-up of the Novak-Plame scandal.

OTB STATUS

I’m about to head off to do the rest of the painting. Probably no blogging until early evening.

RESERVE CRISIS

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Philip Gold has an excellent piece on a theme I’ve been sounding for several years: the dangers of our overreliance on the military reserves. Since 9-11, well over 200,000 citizen-soldiers have been mobilized, some more than once — a number that excludes state-ordered National Guard deployments. Additional mobilizations, including three National Guard combat brigades, are […]

NOVAK-GATE V: END OF STORY?

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Steven Taylor has a report that, if true, pretty much ends this one: According to a radio report I just heard, Novak said on Crossfire today that he did not get the Plame info from a leak, but from an interview, and that when he called the CIA to confirm that she worked for them, […]

DEBATE WINNERS

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Both Steven Taylor and Kevin Aylward note that, many analyses to the contrary, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems rather clearly to have “won” the recent “debate” among those vying to replace Gray Davis as governor of California. Not only has he moved from slightly behind Bustamante to well ahead, but the recall itself went from likely to […]

NOVAK-GATE IV: WAPO VS. NYT

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Matthew Yglesias has a new piece in The American Prospect exploring the question that I’ve asked several times: Why WaPo is so hot on the Plame story while NYT (and virtually everyone else not blogging) is indifferent. My recent move from New York City to Washington has brought with it a lot of changes, among […]

NOVAK-GATE III

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I’m not the only one puzzled by the low-key media treatment of the Wilson/Plame story: Steven Taylor notes than not even NPR is paying it much attention. Owing to waking up before 5 AM for no particular reason, I listened to the entire Morning Edition program today and also don’t recall it being mentioned. Steven […]

DEATH OF THE SITCOM

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Newsweek/MSNBC has an interesting piece about the final season of NBC’s “Friends.” A central theme is “the end of the situation comedy:” The folks at NBC are more than a little queasy about losing their No. 1 show and the linchpin of their Thursday lineup. If CBS, home of “Survivor” and “CSI,” takes the night […]

MIDDLE EAST ROUNDUP

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Joe Katzman has a bevy of links and reports on the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BLOG SPAM

Andrew Cline is on a crusade against what he terms “blog spam,” advertisements that are placed in blog comments sections. Using Sam Spade 1.14, I was able to track down the owner of one of the domains (phentermine-rx-store.com). I have sent an abuse complaint to the ISP from which the spam was posted. I sent […]

IN BED-ED

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John Leo notes some interesting disparities in Iraq War aftermath coverage: If you rely on newspapers and tv networks for your news, chances are you have no idea that the controversial performance of western reporters in Iraq is emerging as a big issue. The mainstream media have virtually ignored the stunning charges made by John […]

NOVAK-GATE II

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I’ve been away from the television and computer most of the day, although I gather the WaPo piece alleging that administration officials “outed” a covert CIA operative in a clumsy attempt to score a minor political point has excited the blogosphere–as well it should. What’s puzzling to me is that I’ve yet to see any […]

DO NOT CALL, AGAIN

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WaPo reports, The nation’s largest telemarketing association today said its members would voluntarily comply with the government’s do-not-call list on Wednesday, even though a federal judge has ruled that the registry is unconstitutional. Direct Marketing Association President H. Robert Wientzen said that after a conference call Saturday with more than 200 of the association’s largest […]

OTB STATUS

Posting will continue to be light today as I prepare for the move. I’m going to try to see some of the Cowboys-Jets game but am taking possession of the new place today and want to get the kitchen and bathrooms set up and get the ceilings painted today. I’ll likely be online at some […]

POLICE AS QUALITY-OF-LIFE PROGRAM

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In his profile of former-NYC and now LA police chief William Bratton, George Will makes an unusual assertion: No aspect of contemporary governance–in the delivery of education, medical care, housing or even welfare services–has achieved progressive successes as dramatic as has policing. These have been progressive in that their benefits have accrued disproportionately to persons […]

NOVAK-GATE?

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Kevin Drum calls attention to this WaPo story alleging that “administration officials” leaked the name of a CIA covert agent to Bob Novak to exact revenge on her husband. At CIA Director George J. Tenet’s request, the Justice Department is looking into an allegation that administration officials leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer […]

PENTAGON TO CHANGE CHAPLAIN POLICY

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NYT reports changes will come as a result of recent scandals involving Muslim clerics: Neither military or civilian authorities have brought formal charges against Captain Yee, but after his arrest the Pentagon says it has begun a review of the admittedly ad hoc process it has used for years to select and train chaplains of […]

ALL POLITICS ARE LOCO

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Is the title of an amusing piece by Michael Lewis in the NYT Magazine. It is the story of a neighbor of California Governor Gray Davis who eagerly donated $2000 toward the recall effort: Charlotte Goland is 79, elderly without being old. She’s tall and straight, and she laughs enough for two. She apologizes for […]

SCREW THE CHARITIES, GET A CELL PHONE

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Matthew Yglesias connects two disparate thoughts in one short post: I’ve been thinking about it, and why not add charities to the do not call register as well? Or at least establish two registers and let people sign up for one, the other, or both. Personally, I find charitable solicitations more annoying since I feel […]

PARADE CANCELLED

PoliBlog’s Parade of Trolls was a popular idea that didn’t work too well in execution. Anyway, the response to my initial request for examples was two-fold, there was a lot of interest in the concept on a general level (for example [several links]) but very little in the way of actual examples to showcase. While […]

LEVIS NOT WEARING WELL

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The Scotsman reports that the Levi Strauss Co. has fallen on hard times:

SPAM KING

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NYT Magazine has an interesting feature entitled, “Confessions of a Spam King,” a longish profile on Atlanta spammer/con artist Richard Colbert.

DAVIS: LOSING IT?

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San Jose Mercury News reports that a desperate Governor Gray Davis has a new strategy: Hoping to win back wayward Democrats in the last days of the recall election, Gov. Gray Davis has begun to portray the race as a partisan, two-man contest between himself and Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As part of that strategy, […]

RECIPROLL

The following sites have blogrolled OTB and been added to the reciproll on the right sidebar: Bush Blog A Republican’s Blog A Collection of Thoughts brianp Eye on the Left Right Minded blauglinkspage Plastic Gangster The Proboscis

CAPTION CONTESTS

Wizbang‘s Weekend Caption Contest is up. OTB’s is still running as well. Winners to be announced Monday.

TERRORISTS IN IRAQ

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YahooNews reports something I hadn’t seen until just now: U.S. forces in Iraq are holding 19 suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, the American civilian administrator said Friday. The suspected al-Qaida members are among 248 non-Iraqi fighters being held by the Americans in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer said in a Pentagon news conference. Bremer […]

GANGING UP

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Two preeminent historians, Victor Davis Hanson and Paul Johnson, have separate pieces on the relative decline of European influence. Says Hanson: So I expect that the European critics, the U.N. (its money, its headquarters, its muscle, and its elite support, after all, depend on Americans), and most of the Arab world will eventually gravitate to […]

RIGHT CHICKS

Lori and Maripat, who have interacted entirely online to date, are having dinner Tuesday. Our first meeting face to face – I’m so nervous! It’s sort of like a blind date!

NO LONGER ‘IT’

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It was only a matter of time once President Bush fell off his: About 6,000 of the much-hyped Segway Human Transporters are being voluntarily recalled for an upgrade because some of the futuristic scooters can suddenly run out of power, causing riders to fall off, U.S. safety regulators and the company said on Friday. Segway […]

US-FRENCH RELATIONS

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Yahoo! News has the latest: The ace of spades? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets the honor in a new French deck of cards. President Bush is the king of diamonds and Osama bin Laden the joker. The game takes a jab at the famous deck of cards created for U.S. soldiers hunting down ousted Iraqi […]

5 MINUTE DICTATOR

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John Hawkins has his application ready.

FRANCO MODIGLIANI, R.I.P.

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Brad DeLong reports the passing of a Nobel Prize-winning economist: Franco Modigliani, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work on how people save money for their old age, has died at 85…. “He was certainly one of the giants,” said Bengt Holmstrom, head of the economics […]

BLOGGER JOB LINE

A DC-Northern Virginia area blogger who is a tech writer has been laid off by AOL. Do any of you out there know of any job leads in the area for him?

HILLARY REDUX

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Bill Press says it’s “Time for Hillary to fish or cut bait” with regard to a 2004 presidential run. This is rather odd, since she has been very adamant that she’s not running. True, Sen. Clinton has repeatedly and adamantly denied any attention to seek the presidency in 2004. When elected, she made a vow […]

GEORGE PLIMPTON, R.I.P.

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Laurence Simon has the news. Michele is right–there have been a freakish number of major celebrity deaths this month.

FUND REPORT

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John Fund has an interesting analysis of Wednesday night’s California recall debate. He thinks Bustamante was the loser because Huffington and Camejo strengthened their standing with his base. While I think it’s true that they were likely more exciting to the extreme left, I’m betting most of them will be rational and vote for the […]

GWB IN SI

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Sports Illustrated has a Q&A with President Bush in the latest issue. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s worth reading. Cross-posted at SportsBlog

CRISIS IN SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING

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Brian Weatherson, Invisible Adjunct, Brad DeLong, and Chun the Unavoidable (whom I had thus far managed to avoid) all think there is a crisis in the academy: Books are required for tenure in many fields at a time when scholarly presses are being forced to publish only books that people will buy. Brad thinks a […]

WIZBANG NEWS

Kevin Aylward is about to get his 125,000th visitor, some NFL games on TiVo, and another baby. Chronologically speaking, of course.

IRONY

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Paul Bremer knows it all too well: Berated for months by Iraqis over power cuts, the top U.S. administrator in Baghdad returned to Washington this week to find that Hurricane Isabel had knocked out electricity to his own family’s home. Paul Bremer told a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday, “As millions of American households, including […]

ROBERT PALMER, R.I.P.

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Robert Palmer, famous primarily for his 1980s music videos, has died of a heart attack at 54. The slick “Addicted to Love” video, featuring the sharply dressed Palmer and miniskirted models, became one of MTV’s most-played clips and sparked protests from some feminists. “I’m not going to attach inappropriate significance to it because at the […]

BOOK LEARNIN’

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Terry Oglesby has some excellent advice for eighth graders doing book reports (per a Google query): Oft times, parents will write the book report for their “eight [sic] grader”, oblivious to the usual poor quality of such works, and fill it with big words and fanciful ideas. Unless a concerted effort is made to conceal […]

DO NOT CALL, OFF AGAIN

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MSNBC reports another step in this saga: The furious last-minute jockeying to stop unsolicited telemarketing continued Thursday, as both the House and Senate quickly passed legislation designed to allow a national Do Not Call Registry to take effect Oct. 1. But for the second time in three days, a federal judge issued an order blocking […]

WHO?

Checking my HostingMatters site stats, which I haven’t done in awhile, I discover that I’ve gotten over 150 visitors via a site at http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org some time in September. I can’t even get the URL itself to pop up, as it autoredirects me to http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/mtm03/index.php. Anyone out there have any clue what this is about?

IT’S OFFICIAL

As of about 5 Eastern, I’m officially a home owner again. That my town house cost me a little over three times what my house in Alabama sold for is still rather amazing, but it’ll be good to get out of the rent cycle. Not to mention reaping the benefits of the great home interest […]

DO NOT CALL, REALLY II

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NYT reports that the Senate has joined the fun: Congress voted today to reinstate a do-not-call telemarketing registry that was blocked by a federal judge earlier this week. The Senate voted, 95 to 0, late this afternoon in favor of the legislation, following the 412-to-8 vote in the House earlier in the day. The bill […]

CLARK PRAISES BUSH?

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Matt Drudge has dredged up some two-year-old quotes of Wes Clark praising the Bush team. During extended remarks delivered at the Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 11, 2001, General Clark declared: “And I’m very glad we’ve got the great team in office, men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, […]

THE EVEN SMARTER COP

Pietro is moving his blog The SmarterCop to a new domain and Movable Type, finally getting sick of BlogSpot.

CLARK LIES, II?

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Kevin Drum, via Newsweek, has the following statement from Wesley Clark: I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, and one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part […]

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