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Zero Sum News

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Responding to a Roger Simon report that cable news is losing viewers, Glenn Reynolds observes, I used to be a cable-news junkie. Now I get most of my news from the Internet. I wonder if a lot of other people have made the same shift? Could be. Outside particularly captivating events, there’s a finite appetite […]

More Special Forces

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Phil Carter has an interesting post on a NYT report that we’re losing military special operators to private security firms and even the CIA. He concludes, Finally, I think we should be very careful as we go about expanding special operations — which includes everything from Delta Force and the SEALs to Army Civil Affairs […]

SportsCenter’s Decline

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Matt Feeney: On ESPN’s reality show, Dream Job, aspiring sportscasters auditioned for an anchor job on SportsCenter, which is more than the network’s flagship news and highlight show. It is the sports show whose late-night edition, between 1992 and 1997, achieved iconic status in the hands of anchors Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann. Dream Job was […]

OPEC Cuts Production

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As expected: OPEC Production Cut Could Send Gas Prices Higher The OPEC countries agreed Wednesday to proceed with a 4 percent cut in oil production beginning Thursday, turning aside criticism from industrial countries that any resulting price rise will harm the world economy. With oil prices emerging as an election year issue, the White House […]

Prison for Online Pirates

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Lawmakers Push Prison For Online Pirates People who illegally trade large amounts of copyrighted music online could face up to three years in jail under a bill approved today by a congressional panel. A House Judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved the “Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004,” which would be the first law to punish […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Bill Quick comments on European anti-Semitism. Rob Tagorda explains the Charlize Theron theory of international politics. Laurence Simon reports that the Rev. Jackson is joining the Air America team. Susanna Cornett on the idiots at NPR. McQ has evidence that Syria is following Libya and Iran in getting the message. Steven Taylor notes the limitations […]

Reserve Registration

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DefenseLINK Component Civilian Employment Information Program Begins A new Defense Department reporting system has begun so members of all seven reserve components can register their employers. DoD decision-makers need to know the civilian employers and government agencies of the department’s approximately 1.2 million National Guardsmen and reservists, officials explained. The database will, among other things, […]

Marine Methods Madden Moslem Militants

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Is the rather clever headline of this StrategyPage report: NATO and the UN are discussing a joint operation to send more peacekeepers to Iraq. While both organizations have loudly condemned the American led coalition that overthrew Saddam Hussein, it’s becoming clear that Iraq is headed for peace, prosperity and democracy. While the news media accentuates […]

Wahhabism vs. Islamism

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Lee Smith has a piece in Slate entitled, “Stop Scapegoating the Saudis – Maybe they’re not responsible for everything that ails Islam” in which he draws an interesting distinction: Muhammad bin abd-el Wahhab, the 18th-century cleric after whom the movement is named, was just one in a series of influential Muslim thinkers who believed that […]

War for Oil

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Matthew Yglesias: . . . I know better than anyone that the second Gulf War was not, in fact, just a scheme hatched by the US oil industry. . . . I was always pretty sure of this but now that we have confirmation from the world’s foremost expert, I feel better.

Angry Radio Debuts

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Al Frankin has a piece in today’s LA Times plugging his new radio show: Bush got a pass on this, as he’s gotten a pass on so many other things, because there’s no liberal echo chamber in this country. But starting today at noon, there will be one. Me. Plus the rest of us at […]

Pentagon Drops Internet Voting Test

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Pentagon Drops Plan To Test Internet Voting The Pentagon has decided to drop a $22 million pilot plan to test Internet voting for 100,000 American military personnel and civilians living overseas after lingering security concerns, officials said yesterday. The program ran into trouble late in January when a group of academics who had been invited […]

Clarke Fallout

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George Will is particularly withering in his assessment of the Richard Clarke brouhaha: Too much of the controversy about Clarke’s book — and testimony and interviews — concerns adjectives. Combating terrorism was only “important” to the Bush administration (by the eighth day Clarke was calling the Bush administration “lackadaisical” about terrorism), whereas for the Clinton […]

Gas Prices

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Mike Giberson [I]t is worth pointing out that gasoline prices, while higher than a few years ago, are still well short of their historic highs. Adjusted for inflation, gas prices are still significantly lower than they were at the beginning of the 1980s, and they have been at historical lows for the past decade: No […]

Supremes Keep Foster Photos Sealed

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Supreme Court Keeps Foster Photos Private The Supreme Court barred the release of police photographs of former deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster Jr.’s body today, ruling unanimously that the privacy of Foster’s family outweighs an effort to find out if his July 1993 death by gunshot was not a suicide. Setting forth a new […]

Changing NATO

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DefenseLINK Change Only Constant in European Command, General Says Not only is the alliance expanding, but it is also seeking new capabilities – many tied to U.S. capabilities. “A transformed NATO, with greater agility, capability, and a new vision for engagement outside its traditional area, will be an essential and more capable partner for the […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Still telecommuting, although I did make a sojourn into the office today. The Tuesday linkage: David Pinto blogs Opening Day. Armed Liberal thinks electronic voting is stupid. Kevin Aylward chronicles Britney Spears and bikini clad simulated porn. Apparently, the Letter of the Day is “J.” Steve Bainbridge believes anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bastion of […]

Chicago and L.A. Attacks Diverted

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Washington Times Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s purported operations chief, has told U.S. interrogators that the group had been planning attacks on the Library Tower in Los Angeles and the Sears Tower in Chicago on the heels of the September 11, 2001, terror strikes. Those plans were aborted mainly because of the decisive U.S. response […]

Soft Power

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Joseph Nye has long been an advocate of “soft power,” the use of moral suasion to achieve foreign policy goals. Of course, so has everyone else, but they didn’t coin a cool term to describe an obvious concept. After the war in Iraq, I spoke about soft power to a conference co-sponsored by the Army. […]

Professional Military Education

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Craig Henry has a long post comparing the education and training of military officers as contrasted with that of private business executives. It’s well worth reading. There’s no other profession of which I’m aware that so heavily invests in educating its leaders. With a handful of exceptions, American military officers have a bachelor’s degree and […]

Citizens’ Resolution

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Richard Cohen If there is such a thing as a citizen’s arrest, then there ought to be such a thing as a citizen’s U.N. resolution. That being the case — columnists can make anything the case — I propose a resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Islamic Jihad for using naive and addled children […]

Fetal Reality

William Saletan makes, quite compellingly, an argument I’ve advanced for years: that the anti-abortion side has a huge advantage in the debate because the pro-abortion side refuses to acknowledge something intuitively obvious: that the fetus is a human life. Writing on the just-passed bill making it a crime to “cause the death” of a “child in […]

Frum on Clarke

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David Frum makes a series of points that have mostly been made on OTB and elsewhere on around the blogosphere, but their collection into a single package is useful. I do think it was rather petulant of Richard Clarke to complain on “Meet the Press” that the administration is out to “destroy” him. Clarke hurls […]

Home Mortgage Interest

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Matthew Yglesias rebuts a semi-defense of the home mortgage interest deduction I made in his comments section. He notes that renters live in properties owned by someone, so most of the advantages to home ownership I mention still obtain plus, As with other government efforts to boost savings through giving tax-advantaged treatment to certain savings […]

Representative Government

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Citizen Smash has an interesting account of his lobbying efforts with his U.S. Representative Saturday. I had an encounter with a Congressman Saturday, too, although nothing quite so dramatic. My undergrad alma mater, Jacksonville State University, has a surprisingly large alumni cohort in the Greater Washington area so we started an alumni association last fall. […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

I’m telecommuting today, since I get far more work done with access to a computer than without. Plus, there’s surprisingly less traffic in my home office than along Route 7. Still, the linkfest must go on: Laurence Simon makes some serious charges against Glenn Reynolds. Dodd Harris reflects on NFL rule changes–or the lack thereof. […]

Brooks’ Boo-Boos

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Sasha Issenberg has an interesting piece in the current issue of Philadelphia magazine purporting to debunk several highly-regarded articles by David Brooks, notably his classic 2001 Atlantic Monthly, piece “One Nation, Slightly Divisible.” Issenberg contends that, not only does Brooks overgeneralize, he is often simply wrong factually. While the former is no doubt true and […]

Tribes Turn on al Qaeda

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StrategyPage: In Pakistan, a some 62 percent of the 162 people arrested in the recent campaign along the Afghan border, were foreigners. These people are thought to be al Qaeda members, as there are rarely many foreigners in the tribal areas. The tribes have historically been quite hostile to foreigners. The Pakistani government has convinced […]

Clarke on MTP

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Pledge PowerPoint

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Slate has an amusing MSN Pledge of Allegiance PowerPoint. It’s not quite as good as the Gettysburg Address PowerPoint, though.

The Question We Should Be Asking

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William Raspberry argues that we’re focused on the wrong question: The reason I can’t get worked up about the question that dominated last week’s hearings before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is pragmatic. Suppose we had been pretty sure that the al Qaeda network had something in mind, but we […]

Election Projection Update

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After dealing with a family tragedy, Scott Elliot has put his Blogging Caesar hat back on. His latest Election Projection has Bush narrowly in the lead. He is ahead 49.77% to 49.23% in the popular vote and has moved out in front, 290-248, in electoral votes. The polling data and methodology he’s using are here.

Evil Grocery Chains

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WaPo has an interesting front page story, Grocery Workers Try to Keep the Good Life. Mitchiner realized that his full-time colleagues at Safeway were earning as much as many of the graduates at his college. So he quit school to work full time at Safeway, a job that provided the middle-class life a college degree […]

Winning the Terror War

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Meryl Yourish believes Israel is doing just that. The crux of her argument: 1. In spite of media sensationalizing, the death of Yassin has not led to “earthquakes” of revenge, thanks to the IDF and security services of Israel, as well as the checkpoints, closures, and security fence. Israelis are busy getting ready for Passover […]

Faith and Politics

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Under union rules, I can mention the pope only one more time today before he gets a percentage of my BlogAds revenue. Still, this TIME story is interesting: A Test of Kerry’s Faith The last time a major political party put forward a Roman Catholic candidate for President, he had to confront bigotry and suspicion […]

Separated at Birth?

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Courtesy Drudge Report

Travel Card Blues

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Federal Times:Army civilian reassigned job over refusal to get travel card Come April, Gene Lenning will have a new job for the first time in 14 years. But not by his choice. Lenning enjoys his work as a chief engineer at the Missile Defense Agency’s ground-based interceptor project in Huntsville, Ala., and wants to stay. […]

Germans Want U.S. Bases

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AP: Germans go on offensive to retain U.S. military bases As host to 170,000 American soldiers and dependents, Germany has a lot to lose under Pentagon plans to shift forces out of western Europe, and officials in areas facing a pinch are lobbying heavily for them to stay. Economic survival for their communities, more than […]

Cuban Philosophy

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One of the things I like about Mark Cuban is his ability to simultaneously be almost ridiculously driven and yet not take himself particularly seriously. How’s this for a business philosophy: Passion in business demands passion. A byproduct of passion is saying exactly how you feel in a way that you know will get someone’s […]

Scooby Doo Mystery

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Chris Suellentrop explores the baffling mystery of Scooby Doo’s enduring success: Here’s the easiest way to comprehend the longevity of Scooby-Doo: Casey Kasem has been doing the voice of Shaggy (Norville Rogers, if you insist on his given name) for longer than he hosted his weekly Top 40 radio show. He started voicing Shaggy in 1969, […]

Pope Jumps the Shark

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Yahoo! News – Pope Says Sundays for God, Not Sports Pope John Paul on Friday said Sunday should be a day for God, not for secular diversions like entertainment and sports. “When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of ‘weekend’ dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people […]

Toast-O-Meter Update

Steven Taylor’s latest Toast-O-Meter is up at PoliBlog.

Subsidizing Broadband

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Matthew Yglesias who, unlike Wonkette I actually met at the Wonkette launch party, reacts to an apparently vague yet bold plan on the part of the Bush administration mentioned by Kevin Drum: I’m sympathetic to this idea because it’s an infrastructure-building proposal and I think we need more infrastructure spending in this country. On the […]

The Moor’s Last Laugh

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Fouad Ajami has an interesting op-ed in today’s WSJ with that title. The subtitle, “Radical Islam finds a haven in Europe,” gives the initial impression that this is going to be another piece about Europe being soft on terrorists. Instead, it focuses on a rather narrow problem that the U.S. faces as well, although perhaps […]

Trucks-Only Roads

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WaPo: Safety, Va. Scenery at Issue In Push for Trucks-Only Road Those forces have converged in the mountains and valleys of western Virginia, where, all day and all night, the couriers of American commerce curl along I-81. Tractor-trailers dominate what has become known as the “NAFTA Highway” and move through like a rolling market of […]

The Iraqi Army

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WaPo: U.S. Plan Seeks to Build Civilian-Run Iraqi Army U.S. officials are moving rapidly to create a civilian-run Iraqi Defense Ministry that will work in tandem with the American military after the handover of Iraqi sovereignty on June 30 and could form the nucleus of a strategic alliance between the two countries. Since February, about […]

Wonkette Launch Party

I’m off to Peter Bergen’s place for a launch party for Wonkette. I’m not sure why they’re launching a blog, let alone one that’s been around for two months, let alone one that’s been smashingly successful. At any rate, given that it doesn’t start until 9 and is in D.C., odds are quite good that […]

Army Personnel Crisis Looming

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From the front page of tomorrow’s WaPo: Personnel Crisis Looming, Army Spouses Say The extended, or repeated, deployments that characterize the post-9/11 Army have intensified the burdens traditionally borne by military families. And most of the spouses who have remained behind are wondering how long the Army can keep it up. This change is reflected […]

Aussies Standing Firm

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Australian Prime Minister John Howard has a piece in today’s WSJ pledging to stand firm in Iraq: One of the front lines in this unconventional war is Iraq where terrorists seek to destroy the freedom offered by the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Whether you agree with the decision to invade Iraq or not, there is […]

NCAA Tourney

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Well, the ride is finally over: Connecticut 87, Alabama 71. UConn is clearly the better team–they had a 25 point lead at one point and managed to hang on even with Emeka Okafor out much of the second half. Add to that Alabama’s having won two consecutive big upsets and it was too much. Still, […]

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