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BLOG CHICKS PIX UPDATE

The InstaWife is hereby added to the Blog Chicks Pix.

BONFIRE AT OTB

This week’s installment of Bonfire Of The Vanities will be hosted right here at OTB on Tuesday, February 3rd. Entries are due no later than 2100 (9 pm National Guard time) EDT Monday, Feburary 2nd. Send me the link of your most dreadful post of the week and I’ll post it for all to see. […]

WISE WORDS FROM E-MAIL

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A recent message, in its entirety: Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 06:05:08 -0500 From: ellithorpe@themail.com ***************************** Hey baby wanna let me start rolled your elaine?Someday the rossie will be more. Don’t be so movable ariana plus maisha equals spring. Never have drunken sex with a brighter daryl. Don’t be so probable Hey baby wanna let […]

WHY THE LIBERTARIANS FAIL

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Reacting to an e-mail from a reader that reports an increased influence of the Glenn Reynolds-Stephen Green-Neil Boortz types in the party, Stephen Green remarks, That’s heartening to hear, especially from an insider. I’m curious to see if the capital-L Libertarian movement can be captured by the small-l newcomers. Honestly, I don’t see how that […]

TOAST-O-METER UPDATE

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Steven Taylor has the Post-New Hampshire Toast-O-Meter up at PoliBlog.

BROKEN BLOGTOOLS

Steven Taylor notes that many of the toys that stats-obsessed bloggers like to play with have been broken of late.

ASSIMILATION: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

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Francis Fukuyama has a thoughtful piece in today’s WSJ contrasting the recent controversial action by France to ban head scarves and other religious symbols with our own heritage: Europeans differ among themselves in the way that they approach assimilation. The Germans for many years never tried; until their citizenship law was changed in 2000, a […]

ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY

As of 9:37, this site is one year old. My, how time flies. There have been a total of 4763 entries and 9611 reader comments (not counting those on the old Blogspot site using backBlog). That’s a lot of content! The critics seem to agree that, of all the sites out there, this is one […]

COFFEE FOR $500, ALEX

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Alex Trebek wrecked his pickup truck after falling asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, he escaped injury.

WHY INTELLIGENCE FAILED

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Ralph Peters, who spent 20 years as an Army intel analyst in his pre-columnist days, gives the standard answers to this question–over-reliance on technology, not enough human intel, etc. His conclusion, though, is worth reading: Intel professionals–many of whom are far better than their sullied reputation–will respond that there was a great deal of internal […]

CIA DIDN’T SLANT DATA

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From A1 of tomorrow’s WaPo: No Evidence CIA Slanted Iraq Data Congressional and CIA investigations into the prewar intelligence on Iraq’s weapons and links to terrorism have found no evidence that CIA analysts colored their judgment because of perceived or actual political pressure from White House officials, according to intelligence officials and congressional officials from […]

SITE UPGRADES

I’ve upgraded from Movable Type 2.63 to 2.661 and upgraded to the latest version (1.62) of Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist plugin. They’ll make little outward difference but should help keep the site running more efficiently. Update (2015): And to Blacklist 1.63 Beta now. Apparently, 1.62 is incompatible with MT 2.661. Heh.

FRIDAY CONTEST ROUNDUP

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Dodd Harris has a midnight deadline for his weekly caption contest–likely the last with Howard Dean. Get in while you can! Kevin Aylward will post his weekend caption contest sometime before midnight. So far as I can tell, Mark Hasty has not ended his Fly Casting contest. The OTB Caption ContestTM is still ongoing with […]

VODKATARIAN

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Stephen Green demonstrates that he is indeed a libertarian but will never be a Libertarian.

BELTWAY TRAFFIC JAM

I’m actually working at home on a manuscript today, so no encounter with local traffic to report on. The last linkfest of the week: Venomous Kate has some useful technical info for other bloggers using MT. Stephen Bainbridge has recovered sufficiently from his bout with food poisoning to bring us the latest from the Martha […]

TECHNOLOGY MUSINGS

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If someone would invent a way so that messages could be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding, it would sure cut down on my e-mail volume.

TWO-MAN RACE

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John Hood has belatedly come to the conclusion that I’ve long held (well, for nearly a week, anyway) that Johns Kerry and Edwards are the only Democrats who have a legitimate shot at the nomination at this point. Edwards is now the only Democrat in the presidential field who can derail Kerry’s seeming inevitability. It […]

CONTEST: EXPLAIN THIS MESSAGE

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I received an e-mailed message from a shavonda simmons that was addressed to an Audrey Miller. I presumed it was generated by the Doom worm going around but it contains an interesting pitch about a concentrated phermone product the use of which has an undeniably excellent result: “Marvelous Women become Instantly Attracted to you.” Why […]

WIZBANGER FOR A DAY

Kevin Aylward is away on business and has turned Wizbang over to guest posters. So, if you have always wanted to blog, or try out Movable Type, or just want to reach a different audience, here’s your chance.

GINSBURG SPEAKS OUT

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Justice Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism efforts should speak out. The Supreme Court is taking up several terror-related cases this spring, including challenges to the government detention of terror suspects without legal rights. Ginsburg, speaking to a group […]

ADULT HDTV ON DIRECTV

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Adult HDTV Comes to DIRECTV: Not sure how to end your Super Bowl soiree this Sunday night? Well, DIRECTV may have an interesting party idea for owners of High-Definition TVs. Shortly after the game, the satellite TV service will kick off its first offering of adult movies in HDTV, TVPredictions.com has learned. The films, which […]

THE NEW NEWS?

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Cory Bergman: I agree with half of Alessandra Stanley’s take on Dennis Miller: “He is not terrible, but his performance does make one wonder, somewhat wistfully, who else might be out there.” But I disagree with her assessment that CNBC and MSNBC are simply trying to compete with Fox by swinging conservative. I think there’s […]

DEAN ON PROSTITUTION

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Dean Esmay* has an interesting essay on this topic, built around a Robert Heinlein quote: A whore should be judged by the same criteria as other professionals offering services for pay — such as dentists, lawyers, hairdressers, physicians, plumbers, etc. Is she professionally competent? Does she give good measure? Is she honest with her clients? […]

PROFESSORS ON COKE, REDUX

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I noted last night the raging debate among the elite scholar-bloggers as to the stimulant of choice for the long hard slog through the life of the mind. Eugene Volokh joins the fray, noting that, Even before Levy and DeLong, Socrates himself famously said, “An uncaffeinated life is not worth living.” Or something like that. […]

SOUTH CAROLINA DEBATE BLOGGING

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I missed out on this one. Robert Prather, Steven Taylor, Donnie, , and Jeff Quinton all have coverage. Blogs for Bush couldn’t take any more, so skipped it. I actually forgot about it, even though I skimmed Steven’s post above–which I took to be a general comment about campaigning rather than a live debate observation.

POLIBLOG MILESTONE

Steven Taylor’s PoliBlog is likely to get its 100,000th visit some time this evening. It’s quality posts like this one that keep ’em coming back. Go pay him a visit and, who knows, there may be a prize* of some sort for being the 100,000th visitor.

PREPARING FOR DEPLOYMENT

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Blackfive passes on some tips for those about to deploy to Iraq. Not much has changed since I was there in ’91. A few favorites: 3. Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife or girlfriend whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes and mumble, “Sorry, wrong cot.” [Heh–although, I […]

BUSH AND THE BASE, II

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Stephen Green continues to be annoyed with Bush’s profligate spending and pandering: Bush’s father tried these same stunts in 1992, and it got him laughed at by the Democrats in Congress, and essentially zero votes from Democrats in the election that year. He was seen as a fool to be taken advantage of by the […]

BELTWAY TRAFFIC JAM

Happy birthday to Megan McArdle. Jeff Quinton has the latest South Carolina primary news roundup. Frank J’s take on Bush’s proposal to increase the NEA budget is 93% funny. John Cole is unsold on Howard Dean as a fiscal conservative. Norbizness is making predictions about those on his blogroll. Venomous Kate is soliciting snarks again. […]

UNDERWATER COMMAND CHANGE

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Apropos of nothing in particular: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Claudio DefenseLINK : Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey Helmick, left, commander of the 6th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Group, hands the company guidon to Capt. Clayton Lull during the U.S. Army Dive Company underwater change of command ceremony Jan. 27 at Fort Eustis, Va. The […]

MYDOOM: 40 PERCENT OF ALL EMAILS

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The Australian AS the Mydoom computer worm continued to clog up the internet today, its successor Mydoom.B was not spreading as violently as feared, security experts pointing to design flaws in the latest version of the bug. “Over 40 per cent of the internet traffic now consists of infected emails generated by the first Mydoom […]

TROOPS ROTATE, GEAR STAYS

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Army Times: Enhanced body armor, armored Humvees and radio jamming devices to prevent roadside bombs from being detonated will be left behind by units rotating out of Iraq for use by their replacements, senior military officials said Wednesday. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee about plans for rotating ground troops over the next five […]

BABES FOR BUSH

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Washington Whispers Daily: George W. Bush has his sexy groupies doing something even Bill Clinton’s harem wouldn’t: taking it off in public to raise, um, support for their guy. “We thought it would be fun,” says BabesForBush.com calendar girl Karen Henry. “It’s also to show our serious support for him.” But she says her group’s […]

IRAQ-AL QAEDA

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NYT/AP: U.S. Commander Says Qaeda Working in Iraq Osama bin Laden’s terror network is seeking a foothold in Iraq as evidenced by the recent arrest of a top al-Qaida operative trying to enter northern Iraq, the commander of coalition forces said Thursday. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez cited the capture of Hassan Ghul by U.S.-allied Kurdish […]

BUSH AND THE BASE

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Dodd Harris has a good post on the “Bush is betraying the right” meme that’s been circulating of late. Yes, he’s proposing a lot of silly, expensive programs that violate the tenents of Goldwater-style small government conservatism. Yes, this is annoying to some in the base. Whether these programs reflect the “compassionate” side of compassionate […]

BEEB LIED, KELLY DIED

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Blackfive has a good roundup of the BBC-Gilligan-Kelley “sexed up” scandal. Ironically, I first heard about this last night on the BBC, which my local NPR station provides a feed for late night. Joe Katzman also weighs in.

WHITHER CENTRISM

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Robert Reich has a very thought-provoking op-ed in the NYT today arguing that centrism is dead–and good riddance. The dismal fifth-place showing by Senator Joseph Lieberman in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday serves as both reminder and motivator to the other Democratic presidential candidates on what it will take to win in November. For […]

PROFESSORS ON COKE

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Earlier, I noted this post from Brad DeLong about his need to consume 40 ounces of Coke to get through three office hours. I was going to post something about how awful it must be to have to do three whole hours of sitting in the office waiting for students to show up and some […]

INVISIBLE ETHNICS?

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Kathy Kinsley has discovered a new special interest group of whom I’d previously been unaware, invisible ethnic people. It’s probably because, when they were in school, their professors presumed that they were visible.

VOTERS PLAY KEY ROLE IN ELECTIONS

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Washington Times has a startling revelation: Black voters play key role in S. Carolina, Missouri The South Carolina and Missouri primaries next week will be the first test for the Democratic presidential candidates seeking inroads into the black vote. Political strategist Morris Reid said the importance of these primaries have increased and candidates who choose […]

DEAN FIRES TRIPPI

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AP: Dean shook up his presidential campaign on Wednesday after absorbing back-to-back defeats, replacing his campaign manager Joe Trippi and bringing in a longtime associate of former Vice President Al Gore to try and stabilize his faltering candidacy, Democratic sources said. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Dean told congressional supporters in […]

CARNIVAL OF THE VANITIES

The American Mind has this week’s edition.

BELTWAY TRAFFIC JAM

A little late today, owing to being back at the office and having some catch-up to do. The daily linkfest: Winds of Change has an excellent Central Asia (“The Stans”) Summary. Craig Henry notes that the media seem to have a slower learning curve than the military. Steven Taylor explains, again, why there won’t be […]

BLAIR’S PYRRIC VICTORY

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Martin Walker, a former chief correspondent for the Telegraph and now managing editor at UPI, has an assessment of Tony Blair’s recent trevails that are well worth reading: Britain’s Tony Blair, looking some 20 years older and far more strained than the fresh-faced young prime minister who won his first general election victory in 1997, […]

FEAVER ON WMD

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Peter Feaver, author of several widely aclaimed books in the security studies arena, has an interesting op-ed in today’s WaPo entitled, “The Fog of WMD.” He makes several points myself and others around the blogosphere have made about the Kay revelations, but also some that I haven’t seen: • The alternatives confronting the Security Council […]

THE BAKSHEESH BARRIER

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StrategyPage: Bribery, and corruption in general, continues to be the biggest threat to stability and the introduction of democracy in Iraq. Massive dishonesty is a problem throughout the region, which is major reason why democracy, or good government in general, has never been able to take hold. One wonders about the direction of this relationship. […]

NEW HAMPSHIRE EXIT POLLS

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WaPo has ’em: New Hampshire Voters Weigh In The thing I find fascinating is how sweeping Kerry’s victory was. As with a sporting event, the final score sometimes gives the impression that the game was closer than it really was. Kerry won among men and women, all ideologies, all age groups except the under-30s, all […]

KAY REDUX

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WaPo: Kay Cites Evidence Of Iraq Disarming U.S. weapons inspectors in Iraq found new evidence that Saddam Hussein’s regime quietly destroyed some stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons in the mid-1990s, former chief inspector David Kay said yesterday. The discovery means that inspectors have not only failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq […]

POLLING MAGIC

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Stephen Green remarks Well, it looks like New Hampshire voters defied expectations by failing to defy expectations. The hype the last week has been (apart, of course, from Dean’s Iowa disaster followed by his near-miraculous recovery as predicted here last week) that NH voters are a cantankerous lot, prone to proving the pollsters wrong just […]

THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION

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I went downstairs to see what awaited me on my TiVo. The redundantly-named but otherwise excellent Navy NCIS* had been recorded. Dan Rather was on at the beginning with New Hampshire coverge and my guess is the show will be either interrupted with (now outdated) New Hampshire updates. The show turns out to be a […]

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