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Arnold Schwarzenegger Convention Speech

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I had an engagement and missed the televised activities tonight, which I TiVo’d. I heard the second part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s speech and the entirety of the Bush Twins intro of their folks, President Bush’s intro of his wife, and Laura Bush’s speech on the radio as I was driving home. So, perhaps my […]

Caption Contest

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Time for another OTB Caption ContestTM: Courtesy Drudge Report. Write your caption in the comments below. A G-mail invite goes to this week’s winner, which will be announced Tuesday. (Thanks to Wizbang’s Paul for the photo.)

Media Time Travelers

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TCS’s Nick Schulz had a piece today about predetermined storylines, stemming from a Lewis Lapham article for Harper’s analyzing the Republican convention in the past tense even though it had yet started. Apparently, Lapham has started a trend: Schwarzenegger praises Bush for character and leadership (Erica Werner, AP) (08-31) 13:28 PDT NEW YORK (AP) — […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

It’s a bit late, but here’s the daily linkfest: Aaron Schatz ranks all NFL 32 teams. Virginia Postrel observes that Taylor’s Iron Law works in reverse, too. Rob Targorda recounts President Bush’s appearance on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Kevin McGehee is trying to raise money selling t-shirts without nude photos of the Olson Twins. Jay reports […]

Jessica Cutler Nude Playboy Photos

LATEST NEWS:  Jessica Cutler Washingtonienne HBO Series Robert Cox reports Playboy magazine released a set of nude photos of Jessica Cutler timed to coincide with the Republican National Convention. Cutler, who is rumored to be in New York, leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination in her photos. A number of partially nude photos were taken […]

Moscow Suicide Bomber Kills Ten

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Car Explosion Kills 10, Injures 33 Near Moscow Subway (Bloomberg) A car explosion in northern Moscow near the entrance to the Rizhskaya underground railway station killed 10 people and injured 33, said a Federal Security Service spokesman, speaking on state-owned Rossiya television. Two cars caught fire after a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device […]

Winning the War on Terror

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Josh Marshall contrasts two quotes by President Bush: “We have a clear vision on how to win the war on terror and bring peace to the world.” — George W. Bush, July 30th 2004. “I don’t think you can win [the war on terror]. But I think you can create conditions so that the — […]

Michael Moore Won’t Return to Madison Square Garden

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Moore Won’t Return to Madison Square Garden (Editor and Publisher) Following all the commotion last night, Michael Moore will not be returning to Madison Square Garden for the Republican National Convention, E&P has learned. According to editors at USA Today, which is publishing his daily column this week, Moore told them that he was choosing […]

Chipper Jones Names Son After Shea Stadium

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Shea hey kid: Chipper names son after stadium (ESPN.com) Despite all the boos, Chipper Jones will always love Shea. So fond of Shea Stadium where the fans heckle him, the Atlanta star named his new son after the New York Mets’ ballpark Monday — Shea Logan Jones. “I love playing there,” Jones said. “Check the […]

Conservative Media Bias

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Kevin Drum has found a case of it. On MSNBC, no less!

Twelve Nepalese Beheaded or Shot

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Militants: 12 Nepalese ‘killed’ (CNN) An Islamic Web site has posted gruesome still images and videos of what it says is the killing of 12 Nepalese hostages by a militant group in Iraq. Footage posted on Tuesday showed one beheading and 11 others apparently shot from an assault rifle at the back of the head. […]

2004 Republican National Convention: Night One

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Steven Taylor has compiled a mini-Toast-O-Meter on the First Night of the Republican National Convention.

Major Media Meltdown?

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Glenn Reynolds‘ latest TCS column, “A Media Meltdown?” provides a roundup of the latest evidence that, not only is much of the mainstream media obviously biased, but that their collective incompetence and reputation for half truths is a major factor in the rise of the blogosphere and other alternative media outlets. [W]hile the media’s willingness […]

Can Schwarzenegger Hand Bush California?

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As implausible as it seems, Bob Novak argues that “Schwarzenegger may hold key to president’s re-election.” With polls showing any Democrat easily winning the state against Bush in 2004, many Republican leaders around the country are skeptical about pouring millions of dollars into the bottomless pit that is the nation’s most populous state. Bush strategist […]

Michael Moore’s America

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Michael Moore’s first convention report for USA Today is entitled “The GOP doesn’t reflect America.” Welcome, Republicans. You’re proud Americans who love your country. In your own way, you want to make this country a better place. Whatever our differences, you should be commended for that. But what’s all this talk about New York being […]

Rudy Giuliani Convention Speech

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A superb performance. I’m not sure how much it will help President Bush given that it wasn’t carried by the networks but the speech was well written and incredibly well delivered. Giuliani is a natural political speaker and worked the crowd well while sounding the right notes. The 9/11 references pushed the envelope of going […]

John McCain Convention Speech

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McCain’s delivery was awful. He seemed out of synch the whole time and his applause lines were pretty muddy. There must have been an applause sign in the hall, as the delegates seemed to wildly cheer in unison at various points, although many times for no apparent reason. He seemingly had no idea that he […]

Gay Republican Outed, Resigns

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U.S. Rep. Ed Schrock Announces Retirement (AP) Republican U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock abruptly announced Monday that he will not seek a third term, citing unspecified allegations that have “called into question” his ability to serve. Schrock said in a five-paragraph statement that he has “come to the realization that these allegations will not allow […]

Howard Dean on Monday Night Football

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What in the world? Howard Dean asking me whether I’m ready for some football? That’s a profound question coming from Hank Williams, Jr. It’s simply annoying coming from the screammeister.

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: Will Baude ponders the significance of the 2:1 white:black advantage in chess. Steven Taylor points to yet another new low in American pop culture. Kevin McGehee reports on Scotty’s farewell performance. Kathy Kinsley points to more evidence that journalists are “on the other side.” Bill Hobbs identifies a pro-Kerry demographic: “prostitutes who […]

Daschle Loves Bush

Matt Drudge somehow has an “exclusive” based on a television ad: Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle using footage of him hugging President Bush before his post-9/11 address to Congress as part of his tight re-election race against John Thune. Courtesy Drudge Report No hugging from Kerry appears in the ad, one gathers.

Network Convention Coverage and the FCC

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Michael J. Copps, a Democratic commissioner with the FCC, argues in a NYT op-ed today that the networks are failing to meet their obligations with their non-coverage of the conventions this year: As a Democratic commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, I may not agree with many positions taken by speakers this week at the […]

Communists for Kerry

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I’m seeing scattered coverage of the various protests taking place at the RNC in New York and, frankly, find little of it of interest. This bit from The New Republic Online was rather amusing, however: The day’s most noteworthy street theater wasn’t even the creation of leftists; it was the brainchild of a conservative group […]

George Soros – Drug Kingpen?

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Kevin Drum makes note of a bizarre statement made by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert on Fox News Sunday yesterday. From the show’s transcript: WALLACE: Let me switch subjects. You both had very deep reservations about McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform before it was passed. In fact, I think you say in your book, Mr. […]

France Will Not Yield To Iraqi Kidnappers On Headscarf Ban

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France Says Will Not Yield To Iraqi Kidnappers On Headscarf Ban (Turkish Press – AFP) France on Monday vowed not to yield to Islamic militants holding two journalists hostage in Iraq, pledging to implement a ban on headscarves in state schools this week despite threats by the kidnappers. “The law will be applied” from the […]

Blogs: Personal Internet Newspapers

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John Podhoretz explains why the mainstream press is frightened of the New Media and why that’s a good thing: I’ve been listening to mainstream-media types talk about the terrible threat posed to the news business by one new phenomenon or other since I began my career 22 years ago. The complaint is invariably, and drearily, […]

Dick Cheney on Gay Marriage

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E.J. Dionne parses Vice President Cheney’s recent dissent from Bush Administration policy on gay marriage and chalks it up to love for a lesbian daughter outweighing ideology. Vice President Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter who matters more to him than ideology. So last Tuesday, he said that people “ought to be free to enter […]

Bush Gaining in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

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Kerry lead fades in two battleground states (Susan Page, USA TODAY) President Bush has eroded John Kerry’s lead in two big battleground states that voted Democratic four years ago, complicating the Massachusetts senator’s electoral landscape. USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup polls show Bush narrowly ahead in Wisconsin and the candidates even in Pennsylvania, a state that is crucial […]

Convention Timing

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Who was the genius who scheduled the opening night of the Republican National Convention against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football? I mean, sure, I can TiVo John McCain and Rudy Giuliani but will most people be willing to bother?

Bush or Bush Not–There is No Kerry

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Stephen Green notes that Maureen Dowd, who called Kerry “lame” on the Letterman show, is the latest of a growing line of Democratic pundits who lament the fact that they’re stuck with John Kerry as the only alternative to George W. Bush. William Raspberry is frustrated by Kerry’s unwillingness to take a position on any […]

Reacting to

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Michelle Malkin, noting the “My Pet Goat” controversy engendered by Michael Moore and recently stoked by John Kerry, has a roundup of other leader reactions to crisis. Not surprisingly, waiting 7 minutes before taking decisive action is hardly unusual.

Bush: The Guy Making History

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Drudge has a preview of TIME’s cover story on President Bush. Bush thinks the war on terrorism, “is a long-lasting ideological struggle” and that “it ought to be called the struggle of a totalitarian point of view that uses terror as a tool to intimidate the free.” He reflects on his role in the war […]

Israel Spy Scandal

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Analyst Who Is Target of Probe Went to Israel (Thomas E. Ricks and Robin Wright, WaPo) The FBI investigation into whether classified information was passed to the Israeli government is focused on a Pentagon analyst who has served as an Air Force reservist in Israel, and the probe has been broadened in recent days to […]

Kerry’s 1971 Senate Testimony

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Jeff Quinton has the video, audio feed, and a transcript of John Kerry’s infamous testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971. The opener is interesting: I would like to say for the record, and also for the men behind me who are also wearing the uniforms and their medals, that my […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

A latish Friday linkfest: Michele Catalano fisks Led Zeppelin. McQ notes the irony of the Kerry kettle calling the Swiftie pot “black.” M.H. King finds a rather different case of Kerry and “black.” Venomous Kate is conducting a sex survey. Kevin Aylward has inaugurated the GOP Babe of the Day. Susanna Cornett found some interesting […]

Why Zell Miller Loathes Democrats

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Michael Crowley has an odd piece in Slate which begs the question, “Zell Miller – Why the Democratic senator loathes Democrats.” Crowley contends that Miller is no longer the moderate DLC Democrat of old: [T]he Miller of old is long gone. Nowadays Miller sounds like some kind of right-wing beat poet. Of Democratic values he […]

Pre-GOP Convention Poll Roundup

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A new round of polls is out, with mostly positive news for President Bush going into his convention. MSNBC – NBC News Poll: President, Kerry still deadlocked (MSNBC) Exactly one week before President George W. Bush accepts his party’s nomination in New York, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Bush has a […]

Dallas Cowboys Network

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Cowboys, Comcast to Launch Dallas Cowboys Channel (DallasCowboys.com) Cowboys in the morning. Cowboys in the afternoon. Cowboys all night long. In fact, it will be Dallas Cowboys 24/7, the club announcing Thursday the launching of a new cable TV channel through a partnership with Comcast. Comcast will introduce the Dallas Cowboys Channel Sept. 8 on […]

TCS: Intel Reform 2.0

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My latest piece at Tech Central Station, “Intel Reform 2.0,” is now up. It argues for a go-slow approach to implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations and provides some historical contrasts with the last such effort: The current system, which stood the nation in good stead for over half a century, was the product of slow […]

Najaf Peace Deal

Iraqis Celebrate Najaf Peace Deal at Holy Shrine (WaPo) Scores of militiamen loyal to rebellious cleric Moqtada Sadr put down their weapons in Najaf Friday as thousands of Iraqis streamed into the once-besieged shrine of Imam Ali following an agreement brokered overnight by the top Shiite Muslim religious figure in Iraq. Under the agreement, rebellious […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: Joe Gandleman has a new twist on the celebrity with non-odorous feces. Bill Kelly notes that Kerry has challenged Bush to weekly debates. Again. BoiFromTroy has an interview with a boy from Troy. Stephen Green ponders a reverse migration trend to BlogSpot. Michele Catalano has opened up a new BlogSpot site while […]

Kerry Campaign Flouting Campaign Laws?

Mary Beth Cahill has sent me another e-mail. I shan’t fisk the whole thing but the opener caught my attention: Because August 31 is so critical, a group of leading Democrats has established a special “Don’t Yield an Inch” matching fund. These stalwart supporters of our party have agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, every contribution you […]

Bush Joins McCain in 527 Ad Challenge

Bush Joins McCain in 527 Ad Challenge (Dana Milbank, WaPo) The White House announced this morning that Bush campaign would take legal action to force the Federal Election Commission to crack down on so-called 527 organizations that use a loophole in campaign-finance law to spend unregulated funds. White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced aboard […]

Stammering Jon Stewart

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The New York Post editorial page has a rather unflattering portrayal of the comedian-talk show host: Suddenly, Jon Stewart has developed a stammer. Or maybe that’s just the effect John Kerry has on him. The Democratic Party nominee for president reduced Stewart to jelly on “The Daily Show” Tuesday night, rendering the smart-alecky “it” boy […]

Bush Leads Kerry in L.A. Times Poll

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Bush Edges Ahead of Kerry for the 1st Time (Ronald Brownstein, LAT) President Bush heads into next week’s Republican National Convention with voters moving slightly in his direction since July amid signs that Sen. John F. Kerry has been nicked by attacks on his service in Vietnam, a Times poll has found. For the first […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: Julian Sanchez is amused by The Corner‘s research methods. Julia Montgomery has caught another blog thief. Tom of Media Drop has caught a bandwidth thief–a big one. Mark Hasty has been vindicated in his quest against fake fruit. Kate McMillan reports on the latest pillow technology for lonely women. Kevin Aylward has […]

Lawyer Advising Vets Quits Bush Campaign

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A rather bizarre story: Lawyer Advising Vets Quits Bush Campaign (AP) An election lawyer for President Bush who also has been advising a veterans group running TV ads against Democrat John Kerry resigned Wednesday from Bush’s campaign. “I cannot begin to express my sadness that my legal representations have become a distraction from the critical […]

Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded

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Web Site Shows ‘Beheading of American Spy’ in Iraq (Reuters) An Islamic militant group posted pictures on its Web site on Wednesday of what it said was the beheading of a man it called a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency spy in Iraq. Army of Ansar al-Sunna’s site showed five sequential photographs of the apparent beheading […]

Building Better Bodies by Bioengineering

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Nicholas Kristoff, who presumably knows approximately as much about genetic engineering as I do–which is to say, not a hell of a lot–has a column today lamenting the possibility that promising gene therapies will be abused. Belgian Blues are unlike any cows you’ve ever seen. They have a genetic mutation that means they do not […]

How to Heal Health Care

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Bill Frist and Hillary Clinton have a joint op-ed in WaPo entitled “How to Heal Health Care.” So far as I can tell, however, the op-ed does not actually answer the titular question.

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