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HILLARY’S COLD SHOULDER

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Dean Esmay links a report that the soldiers visited by Sen. Clinton in Afghanistan and Iraq were less than enthusiastic and gives some reasonable analysis as to why that may have been the case. The crux of his argument is that Clinton is something of a proxy for the Democratic party as a whole, and […]

BLOG MAP

The Commissar has come up with a new map of the blogosphere over at the Politburo Diktat.

KUCINICH AND THE FICTION VOTE

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Matthew J. Stinson is amused that Dennis J. Kucinich is now getting endorsements from fictional characters. Considering how well he’s doing with real citizens, this strikes me as a brilliant stroke. If all the Creatures of the Forest could vote, Kucinich just might have a chance. And, hey, if we can let illegal aliens vote, […]

MULTILATERAL MANTRAS

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Victor Davis Hanson is perplexed by the constant charge that Bush Administration unilateralism is a major cause of terrorism and anti-Americanism, given the rather poor track record of multilateralism. Our supposed post-9/11 unilateralism is summed up by something like this: chances lost; sympathy wasted; opportunities let slip; dialogue spurned; etc. That is, after eight careful […]

INTEL MYTHS

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Stuart Cohen, who chaired the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate upon which most of the WMD angle to the Iraq War was based, believes that there are a number of myths about how intelligence in general works and, in particular, with respect to this particular issue. Among them: Myth: We mistook rapid mobilization programs for actual […]

MULTIPLE ECOSYSTEMS

N Z Bear has an interesting idea: I’ve been thinking about the next phase of where I’d like to take the Ecosystem, and have concluded that it may be time to invite other folks to join the party. Here’s the vision: I’d like to see other Ecosystems created, each focusing on their own particular community […]

THE PRESIDENT’S TRIP

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The surprise visit to the troops in Iraq was a huge success, mostly because it was indeed a surprise. It was rather amusing, especially after several reports throughout the morning about the Bush family menu, that he managed to pull this off and surprise the soldiers–along with the press. Most of the news coverage I’ve […]

HOLIDAY ROUNDUP

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Steven Taylor has a roundup of Turkey Day columns.

LIGHT BLOGGING

I had intended to get some blogging in yesterday afternoon but unexpected events intervened. The flight to Atlanta went well but we got into a traffic accident a mere couple miles down the road, wherein our car ran off the road and did a 3/4 flip, ultimately landing on the passenger side where I was […]

OTB STATUS

I’m flying down to Alabam’ to see the folks in a bit, returning Monday morning. Dad has cable modem access and I’ve got all the requisite links and passwords saved, so there should be some blogging activity starting this afternoon.

ROCK HALL OF FAME, III

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Not a lot of responses so far in my quest for suggestions to add by subtraction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame So, here are my suggestions:

THE LIFE OF THE MIND

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Chris Bertram has an excellent post on the evolution of the professoriate over the last thirty-odd years from one where a scholar could earn a very nice living starting at age 23-4 into one into which, perhaps, one could aspire to a mediocre living by ones late 30’s. His example is based on the UK. […]

COLD COFFEE FUSION

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Now, I like good coffee as much as the next guy. But the Rev. Sensing simply has more patience than I do when it comes to such things. I’m willing to grind it. I’m willing to scoop it. I’m willing to wait three to four minutes for the water to filter through the conical filter […]

REFERRALS

While Kevin Aylward is indisputably the Official Blog Chronicler of the Porn WorldTM, he can not lay claim to being the #2 Google result for nude twins -porn -gay -casting -free.

BELTWAY TRAFFIC JAM

The traffic is picking up early, with folks rushing out to beat the holiday rush. These guys are stuck on the Baltimore-Washington Expressway: Kevin Aylward has penguin porn. Well, actually, a link to a scan of the Opus debut strip. Stephen Green is playing with fire. Dodd Harris has some thoughts on Tom Daschle on […]

ECONOMY EN FUEGO II

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Even more important than the actual growth in the economy is the perception of same: Reuters U.S. consumer confidence surged to its highest level in over a year, exceeding economists’ rosy expectations, as consumers grew more hopeful about the job market, a report said on Tuesday. Private research firm the Conference Board said its index […]

MONEY LAUNDERING II

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In the comments section of this morning’s post on Rush Limbaugh and money laundering, Kevin Drum observes You know, I basically agree with Megan, but…. Rush was doing this to buy illegal drugs, which is exactly what the law was intended for. It’s not as if this is some wild stretch. It doesn’t, however, comport […]

ROCK HALL OF FAME, II

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The HOF’s web page is functioning properly now; perhaps it was in flux due to the new enshrinees over the weekend. At any rate, the list of inductees, with links to the rational for their enshrinement, is now up. Let’s look at the first class, the 1986 inductees, looking only at the main category of […]

BY THE TIME HE GOT TO PHOENIX . . .

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Glen Campbell has been arrested on DUI charges, USA Today reports, Country singer Glen Campbell, whose hits included “Rhinestone Cowboy,” struck another car while driving drunk and left the scene, then later kneed a police officer while demanding to see the police chief, authorities said Tuesday. He was freed early Tuesday on $2,000 bail on […]

NOW ON DVD

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Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list: Looney Tunes shorts from the ’40s and ’50 To Live and Die in L.A. Survivor: The Australian Outback featuring new “The View” chairwarmer Elisabeth Hasselbeck

NOT A DIME’S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE

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Reason’s Tim Cavanaugh is having trouble telling the Democrats and Republicans apart these days. They continue to look and sound like, respectively, conservatives and liberals; but no voter can escape the conclusion that the evil party and the stupid party have decided to switch roles. Exhibit A is Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), last seen dragging […]

MEDICARE OVERHAUL PASSES

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MSNBC/AP BREAKING NEWS The Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to the most sweeping changes to Medicare since its creation in 1965, including a new prescription drug benefit for 40 million older and disabled Americans. The 54-44 vote sends the bill to President Bush, who is eager to sign it into law.

ECONOMY EN FUEGO

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WaPo reports, The nation’s economy surged forward in the third quarter at a rate well in excess of estimates just a month ago, the government reported this morning, thanks largely to a long-awaited increase in corporate investment in inventory and equipment. The numbers suggest that the economy is well past recovering from the doldrums of […]

TV RATINGS

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Max Jacobs observes, It really is funny how media executives always seem to refuse to acknowledge new trends in their industries (the music industry still doesn’t have a viable industry-based model for distributing digital music). Right now they are claiming that Nielsen has a problem with their sample after Nielsen reported that prime time TV […]

LIMBAUGH LAUNDERING

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Megan McArdle passes on word from Mark Kleiman that Rush Limbaugh could be indicted for money laundering. How was Limbaugh laundering money? Did he have a dummy corporation into which he was funneling money from his drug and prostitution ring? Not exactly. He apparently withdraw legitimate funds from his legitimate banking account in $10,000 increments, […]

I WANNA HUMMER

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Seth Stevenson, I hope tongue-in-cheek, assails the Hummer H2 ad campaign for promoting poor ethics: 1. The Hummer kid cheats. Yes, the company’s Web site offers “thinking outside the box” justifications, pointing out that the race rules are just “First one down wins.” But I don’t buy it. He fails to stay on a clearly […]

MOURNING CALLS IT QUITS

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I learned this earlier on ESPN: Mourning must end NBA career The disappointment was clear in Alonzo Mourning’s voice when he broke the news to Jason Kidd: He was calling it quits because his life-threatening kidney disease had worsened. MOURNING WASN’T WORRIED about himself, though. His biggest concern was letting the team down, four months […]

WORDS MEAN THINGS

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Matthew Yglesias is riding one of his favorite hobby horses the “use-mention distinction.” (See here for more on this concept.) He quotes a Maggie Gallagher column (Usually that byline is enough to make me move along; how she got syndicated is beyond me. But I digress.): What some dismiss as protecting “merely” the word marriage […]

CINNAMON AS MEDICINE

Dean Esmay reports the Mary Poppinseque findings of a recent medical study: A spoonful of cinnamon makes the sugar go down. I wonder if cinnamon rolls count? They’re good.

200,000!

As Kevin predicted last night, OTB has passed the 200,000 unique visitor point.* Thanks to all who visit and especially those who link and send traffic.

TROOP SHUFFLE

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Interesting: Richard Holloran reports, The United States will reassign some troops from South Korea to Afghanistan and Iraq and shift most of the 7,000 people in its headquarters in Seoul out of the capital beginning within a year, military officials say. Thought also is being given to disbanding the United Nations headquarters in South Korea […]

BELTWAY TRAFFIC JAM

Another work day, another day for the poor souls inside the Beltway to get stuck in traffic. Fortunately, being slightly outside the Beltway, I can usually avoid the worst of it. Taking the HOV lane: Ogged has some thoughts on speed and driving. BusinessPundit Rob discusses the economics of porn, indirectly adding robustness to my […]

NAME CONFUSION

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Terry Oglesby, whose last name is missing a G, is confused because there are one too many Georgia’s. Me, too. I have the same problem with the Israeli PM, Ariel Sharon. Every time I read a headline with “Sharon” in it, it makes me think of a girl. I’m always disappointed.

MORE ON OPUS

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A few commenters on my OPUS LIVES post noted that their local papers didn’t carry it. As I was looking (so far without luck) for an online version, I came across this explanation from DMN: Mr. Breathed and his syndicators are counting on the original strip’s popularity to finesse a bold gamble: Opus will be […]

BUCHANAN

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I think Pat Buchanan has finally achieved the rarified status, along with luminaries like Ted Rall and Michael Moore*, where my default reaction to anything he says or writes is automatic, vehement disagreement just because he’s saying it.

CAPTION CONTEST

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Time for another OTB Caption ContestTM. Write your own caption in the comments section belowvia DRUDGE REPORT

HUMANITIES AND DEFENSE

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Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, has a piece in today’s WSJ arguing that our society’s lack of humanties knowledge is dangerous: Our values, ideas and collective memories are not self-sustaining. Just as free peoples must take responsibility for their own defense, they also must pass on to future generations the […]

BLOGGING FOR NOTHING (CHICKS FOR FREE)

Steven Taylor has an excellent post on why blogging as a non-commercial enterprise will continue to thrive, and explaining the prominence of academics in the blogosphere. Of course, some pundits just do it for the babes.

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS

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Although they’ve been overshadowed by events in Iraq–indeed, some think we’re already gone–we’ve still got a sizable contingent of forces in Afghanistan: NYT: The Other Conflict Continues to Take a G.I. Toll As Sgt. First Class Vernon Story’s column of Humvees climbed a desolate ridge a mile from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border here on Sunday morning, […]

DEATH TO MUHAMMAD

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No surprise here: Jury Recommends Death Penalty in Muhammad Trial John Allen Muhammad was condemned to die Monday, a sentence the convicted sniper drank in without a flicker of emotion or word of remorse. The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for 5 1/2 hours Friday and Monday before handing down the recommendation, which came exactly one […]

ADDICTED TO CELEBS

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Jack Shafer has an amusing piece in Slate: Several million years before Bonnie Fuller ditched Jann Wenner’s Us Weekly to remake David Pecker’s Star tabloid into a shiny celebrity magazine, life on the African savanna had already sculpted the human psyche into a vessel that would thirst for page after page of articles about the […]

GITMO TRANSFERS

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Interesting news from DefenseLINK: The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred 20 detainees for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to their home countries on Nov. 21. Additionally, approximately 20 detainees arrived at Guantanamo from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Nov. 23, so that the number of detainees at GTMO is […]

EVERYONE AGREES

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In contrast to the previous post, there seems to be some strange Left-Right convergence going on in the blogosphere. First, virtually everyone agreeing that the gigantic energy bill was bad legislation. Now, Glenn Reynolds and Matt Yglesias agree that outsourcing customer service to the lowest bidder is a bad idea. Why, next thing you know, […]

A HOUSE DIVIDED?

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TIME is sure to generate a lot of controversy with this cover story: The premise is interesting: There is an axiom in American politics that says whenever a sitting President is running for a second term, the election is more a referendum on him than a judgment on his opponent. President George W. Bush has […]

THE SOLID SOUTH

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Donald Lambro puts some numbers to something most of us suspected: The battle for control of the Senate next year has dramatically shifted in favor of Republicans because of Democratic retirements across the South and high-level White House recruiting. Election analysts now believe that the Republicans will not only significantly expand their 51-48 Senate majority […]

THE AIRSPEED VELOCITY OF AN UNLADEN SWALLOW

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Jonathan Corum has undertaken to answer this age-old question. The short answer: Although a definitive answer would of course require further measurements, published species-wide averages of wing length and body mass, initial Strouhal estimates based on those averages and cross-species comparisons, the Lund wind tunnel study of birds flying at a range of speeds, and […]

ORSON, CALLING ORSON

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Alex Knapp has an interesting philosophical open thread going. My brief comments are posted there.

SEXPUNDITS

Apparently, both InstaPundit and VodkaPundit like sex. They apparently liked sex even when they were single, which apparently upset some people. No word on this topic from CalPundit, Daily Pundit, Business Pundit, SpaztiPundits, Neophyte Pundit, or Peoria Pundit–the only other pundit-named blogs on my rolls. Judging from the early indicators, however, I believe it safe […]

OPUS LIVES

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Daniel Drezner has several links in celebration of the return of Berke Breathed’s “Opus” today. (Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds) The strip appeared in the print edition of WaPo today but is not available online there or at any of the usual syndicate websites. Indeed, my copy arrived yesterday (WaPo delivers the Sunday inserts on Saturdays). […]

FLIGHT DELAYS

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United Press International reports, Travelers hitting the airports this holiday season can expect longer trips than a year ago, U.S. travel industry experts say, as a significantly larger number of people flying this winter will be met with at least 7,000 fewer baggage screeners than processed airline passengers last year. “Every holiday season travelers should […]

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