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Once again, I’m off to an academic conference for the weekend. This time, I’m headed to Carlisle, PA and the Army War College. I’ll be back late Saturday evening but will have an old grad school colleague in tow and may not get to blogging until Sunday afternoon. Enjoy some of the fine sites on […]

PORN MYTH MYTHS

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Naomi Wolf seems to have zero understanding of the male gender. She contends the proliferation of access to soft core pornography via cable and the Internet has somehow made men not want to have sex. Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they […]

HAPPY DAYS: HERE AGAIN?

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Daniel Drezner, Brad DeLong, and Steven Taylor have a roundup of good news on the economic front. Obviously, if this trend continues, it will help President Bush next November–especially if it manifests in substantial job creation. Does he deserve much credit for the turnaround? No. But, then, he didn’t deserve much blame for the preceding […]

A COURT OF HIS OWN

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Brett Marston doesn’t know what to make of Bob Novak’s complaint that the Senate Democrats are using “an unprecedented filibuster campaign to prevent a sitting president from selecting his own judiciary (Emphasis added).” Writes Brett, Slip of the pen? Sense of Republican entitlement? Commitment to the imperial presidency? Woeful constitutional ignorance? Conscious distortion? You decide. […]

WHY WE’RE THERE

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Donald Sensing makes an interesting distinction: There’s a difference between a rationale for the war and its casus belli. He argues that regime change and preemptping Saddam’s ability to acquire and employ WMD were the rationale and short-term objective of the war but not the underlying motivation. He outlines four major goals in great detail; […]

LOSE THAT FLAG

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Steven Taylor has a message for his fellow Southern Republicans.

A BOY NAMED SUE

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sugarmama links a study saying people with unusual names have trouble getting hired in corporate America: A professor of economics at Harvard discusses how unusual black American naming conventions decreases the unfortunately named’s chances of getting hired. He states that distinctive “black” names are an indicator of low socioeconomic status. In other words, if your […]

MOVING DAY

Matthew J. Stinson has shut down his lousy, balky, link-losing blog, A Fearful Symmetry, in favor of a bright, shiny, eponymous blog using Movable Type. He has also started something called the Axis of Martini, because, well, can you ever have enough blogging alliances?

DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS

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Slate’s Explainer takes on a recent survey published by GM showing that daytime running lights helped avoid 37,000 accidents since 1995. GM’s methodology sounds reasonably sound. What’s interesting to me is this tidbit: [Opponents claim] that GM is merely trying to make a buck by making lights burn out faster and upping fuel consumption (since […]

SMITH OUSTED

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AP/NYT reports Lawmakers in Britain’s opposition Conservative Party ousted their leader Iain Duncan Smith in a vote of confidence Wednesday, triggering a battle over his successor that is likely to further divide the already fractured Tories. Lawmakers voted 90 to 75 against Duncan Smith, a former army captain who failed to unite the once mighty […]

MEANINGLESS POLL

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I know Internet surveys are meaningless, but they can still be interesting. This one on the Army Times website is one of those cases: If you were going to vote for president right now, which candidate would you support? Results: Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun 2.91 % (654) Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) 26.86 % (6,036) Gov. […]

WMD HUNT CUTBACK

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MSNBC/AP: As violence has spiraled in Iraq, top U.S. officials have debated pulling intelligence officers off the so-far unsuccessful hunt for weapons of mass destruction and reassigning them to counterinsurgency efforts, officials said Wednesday. THE UNITED STATES already is planning to recruit more Iraqis to gather information about opposition fighters and may increase security measures […]

ANOTHER VIETNAM

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Ralph Peters says no, in Q&A format. An important one: * Doesn’t the continuation of the attacks mean our approach is flawed? No. There’s no magic bullet. This isn’t a movie. It’s a deadly, long-term struggle for incalculably high stakes. And this: THERE is only one way in which the situation in Iraq resembles Vietnam: […]

EATING GINGER

Something about this Science Daily story makes it really difficult to avoid crude Gilligan’s Island references.

QUALIFIED TEACHERS

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Amy Sullivan has a bizarre tale: Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, my dad — who taught social studies at an inner-city high school for twenty-seven years and was nationally recognized as an innovative educator — is considered unqualified to teach history courses in the state of Michigan. Yes, he was […]

CLICHED

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Steven Taylor thinks John Edwards has no shot to win the Democratic nomination. Why? His rhetoric is amongst the emptiest of the Nine. He speaks mostly in cliches and vacuous phrases. Hmm. I can’t think of anyone who ever won an election that way. . . .

GREAT HEALTH NEWS

WaPo reports, Obesity is the No. 1 health threat in the United States today, the head of the leading U.S. federal health agency said on Tuesday. While much of her time is spent preparing to fight anthrax, smallpox, and biological threats, and diseases like SARS and West Nile virus, Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention […]

LTC Allen West: Do Ends Justify The Means?

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While West’s actions would not cause any negative reaction in most armies, a professional force can’t behave in this manner.

CARNIVAL OF THE VANITIES #58

Who Censored Blogger Rabbit? is hosting. Wizbang has #59. Entries are due Tuesday November 4 NLT 2100 EST. See the rigorous submission guidelines here.

FAMILY VALUES?

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Brett Marston is incensed by this WaPo report from Friday which I totally missed (which is apparently what happens when the hotel’s free copy of USA Today is all the news you get for four days–and the Friday paper has to last for three of them). In a nutshell, Bush let his team set up […]

INSIDE THE INSTALANCHE

Glenn’s link to the Blog Chicks Pix was the 5th Instalanche in OTB history (4 “natural” and one gimme for hosting the Carnival of the Vanities). I don’t know if it’s the subject matter, the timing, or the steady increase in Glenn’s traffic, but this may have been the biggest–if also the shortest. What’s particularly […]

BLOG CHICKS PIX III

Ogged thinks it unseemly that I’m only posting pics of blogging babes, so he’s posted a link to some bloggers of both sexes. (Or, should I say, “each” sex. As far as I could tell, all were one or the other.)

THREE WORDS

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William. Rehnquist. Bobblehead.

BLOG CHICKS PIX II

Glenn Reynolds has linked the post, commenting: What struck me — aside from the beauty and erudition of those involved, of course — was how many of these blogs I’d never seen before. The Blogosphere has become a very big place. Indeed all around. Take advantage of the opportunity to get in on the ‘Lanche. […]

PARTY OF LINCOLN

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Brad DeLong notes that the GOP is sending poll watchers to monitor some heavily black precincts in Kentucky for voter fraud. This is apparently a form of intimidation and, of course, racist. Either that, or they’re trying to make sure that local officials in one-party precincts don’t turn a blind eye to, well, voter fraud. […]

SPACE COWBOYS II

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Obviously, Stephen Green, citing Ed Lambert, warns of the graying of the aerospace industry: Aerospace workers ages 30 or younger constitute less than 7 percent of the industry’s labor pool, compared with 18 percent in 1987, according to industry data. One wonders how much of that is a function of ratcheting entry requirements? If you […]

THE BUSH ECONOMY

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Indeed.

MATCHING FUND HIJINX?

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Ellen Silberman writing in the Boston Herald, reports, As their party’s presidential candidates haggle over tax cuts and ways to create jobs, top Democratic National Convention officials are raking in six-figure salaries paid entirely with tax dollars, documents obtained by the Herald show. The two top earners are convention CEO Rod O’Connor, a former Democratic […]

THERE IS NO NEUTRAL

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Michael J. Totten explains why even the “neutral” Red Cross is getting targeted. More than two years have passed since Al Qaeda attacked New York and Washington. For more than two years the world has known, and should have been able to grasp, that the “infidel” is their enemy. You, Mrs. Doumani, are an “infidel.” […]

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Meryl has been assimilated.

COMMENT SPAM BLOCKER

I finally downloaded and installed Jay ALlen’s MT-Blacklist, version 1.5 of which just came out of Beta testing. It is for Movable Type users who wish to block comment and/or TrackBack spam. The install is much easier than other plug-ins I’ve fooled which, which is a good thing for those of us not particularly technical. […]

BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES #17

Wizbang has it, for those with a hankering for some truly bad blogging.

BLOGGING FOR BUCKS III

Josh Marshall has joined the ranks of those able to generate sizable revenue from his blog, although in this case for an interesting cause: I never thought I’d say this, but: No More Contributions! Okay, let me explain. I’ve been cobbling together this site on pennies for just shy of three years. And contributions for […]

MIRACLES

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Megan McArdle has a new Tech Central Station column in which she talks about a seemingly inescapable phenomenon for planners, especially those in government: the belief that seemingly insurmountable problems will miraculously solve themselves. She applies this to both health care and Iraqi reconstruction. A single payer system will fix some people’s problems, mostly low-income […]

PEACE IN SUDAN?

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SecState Colin Powell has an op-ed in today’s LA Times talking about his recent mission to Sudan. He sounds hopeful: Today we stand on the brink of an agreement to end Sudan’s cruel civil war and bring one of the greatest and longest-running humanitarian tragedies in the world to an end. Almost since gaining independence […]

MILLER V. BOXER

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Weekly Standard adds more fuel to this delightful fire: IS CALIFORNIA READY for Dennis Miller as its next United States senator? Laugh if you like, but some Republican strategists (including a few who just sent a certain movie star to Sacramento) see Miller, the sardonic comedian whose late-night talk show lasted just a little longer […]

WHAT READERS WANT

I continue to get referrals from this Dean’s World TrackBack and this Kevin McGehee TrackBack on a joke post from early June. Indeed, that and such frivolities as the Blog Chicks Pix seem to always generate more sustained interest than virtually any political post I’ve ever composed.

BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS DUBYA’S FAULT?

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Steven Taylor has statistics to show that Iraq wasn’t exactly a thriving paradise before the war.

CAPTION CONTEST

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Time for another OTB Caption ContestTM Write your caption in the comments section below. Yahoo! News – Sports Photos – AP Winners will be announced next Monday. (Photo hat tip to Terry Oglesby)

Tony Snow Out as ‘Fox News Sunday’ Anchor

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Howie Kurtz reports that Tony Snow is being nudged aside for some guy with a bad combover: Fox News executives believed Tony Snow did a solid job in his seven years as a Sunday morning host, but that it was time for a change. The leading candidate to replace him as host of “Fox News […]

REALLY?

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WaPo has learned that, if fewer people drove to work, there would be fewer cars on the road during rush hour. What’ll they think of next? Well, maybe math classes: For every additional 3 percent of commuters who worked from home on any given day, traffic delays would be cut by 10 percent, Schintler said, […]

BAMA BOUND

Susanna is moving to Alabama. I know there’s a song in there, somewhere.

TEENAGE GIRLS

Meryl can’t understand why she’s still getting hits looking at her picture from nearly a year ago. Maybe this will clear things up?

HOME FIRES BURNING

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Kevin Aylward reports that his family back in San Diego is doing fine but that the air quality is rather unhealthy owing to the smoke. Reminds me of Kuwait a few years ago. . . .

TWO TYPES OF BLOGGERS

Daniel Drezner has an interesting continuation of a longstanding discussion in the blogosphere about the division of labor between blogs that are primarily generators of new content/commentary (thinkers, commentators) vs. those that are aggregators (linkers, portals). Dan, correctly in my view, says there is room for both. Indeed, while there is certainly something to be […]

TV NAPSTER?

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NYT reports another novel idea out of M.I.T. Two students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system for sharing music within their campus community that they say can avoid the copyright battles that have pitted the music industry against many customers. The students, Keith Winstein and Josh Mandel, drew the idea for […]

LITTLE FIRED

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NYT applies the headline “Red Sox Manager Is Fired” to a story which says, Red Sox manager Grady Little will not be back next year, paying the price for his decision to stick with Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the American League championship series. The Red Sox let Little go on Monday, a high-ranking […]

RECIPROLL

The reciproll has been updated to include: Buzz Machine Discount Blogger Hi, I’m Black! The Window Manager WalloWorld Dizzy Girl Thanks to all for blogrolling OTB!

BLOGGER SYMPOSIUM

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John Hawkins hosts A Blogger Symposium On The 2004 Election. Some interesting comments, although I’d add one caveat: While I agree that Hillary Clinton is unlikely to run, I disagree that she has nothing to lose by waiting until 2008. Bush’s reelection, while in my view probable, is hardly a slam dunk. If another Democrat […]

GEPHARDT REVIVAL

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Howie Kurtz has some wry observations about the latest trend in campaign 2004 coverage: Have the major media mind readers had a meeting about Dick Gephardt? The last time I checked, the Missouri congressman had been relegated to also-ran status. He was old news, unexciting, and didn’t even have his own blog. If Howard Dean […]

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