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Prayer Request …

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For those of you who aren’t religious, simply skip this post. Otherwise please take a look at fellow blogger Brian B’s request. His blog is excellent and his cause is even greater.

Freedom Marches in Place

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We all know what happens when an undemocratic country is about to meet with an international critic: it makes various symbolic gestures to preempt and blunt criticisms, yet it fundamentally continues to resist change. Well, this very dynamic is currently playing out in Burma and Cuba. In the former, 9,000 political detainees have been freed […]

Yet Another Post on Ukraine and Democracy Promotion

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Yes, I’m fully aware that my last three entries have all dwelled on the same topic, but I think that the following piece gives me good reason to continue the obsession. In Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Matt Spence of the Truman National Security Project argued that not only is Ukrainian democracy threatened, but Western democracy […]

The Iraqi Constitution

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Jon Henke on the need for holding firm to the January 31 election deadline: Muddling with an election date set in stone in the Iraqi Constitution would be a dour sign, indeed. We shouldn’t treat their Constitution as any less binding than our own…. Perhaps, in light of decades of judicial activism, more so.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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The daily linkfest: ReliaPundit is excited about a Tom Ridge-Jeb Bush ticket for ’08. Kevin Aylward reports that Utah is changing their laws to allow people to own cats and dogs simultaneously. Chris Lawrence hates dumbing down his stats. John Hawkins argues that we haven’t yet had a Republican realignment. Dean Esmay suggests that Daily […]

Bad Science Reporting

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Why must we be saddled with reporters who don’t understand basic scientific terminology? The school board has ordered that biology teachers at Dover Area High School make students “aware of gaps/problems” in the theory of evolution. Their ninth-grade curriculum now must include the theory of “intelligent design,” which posits that life is so complex and […]

‘Blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words of the Year

‘Blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words of the Year (YahooNews-Reuters) Publisher: ‘Blog’ No. 1 word of the year (CNN-Reuters) A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year’s presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s list of the 10 words of the year. Merriam-Webster Inc. said on Tuesday that […]

Well…That’s One Way to Keep Health Care Costs Down

A Hospital in the Netherlands has been euthenizing terminally ill babies. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Raising the stakes in an excruciating ethical debate, a hospital in the Netherlands – the first nation to permit euthanasia – recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun […]

NAACP Chief Kweisi Mfume to Step Down

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NAACP Chief to Step Down (NYT – AP) Saying he needs a break, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down as the head of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group. The organization’s legal counsel, Dennis Hayes, will serve as interim president while a national search is conducted. “For the last […]

Notre Dame Fires Tyrone Willingham

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Notre Dame Announces Change In Football Staff :: Head coach Tyrone Willingham will not be retained for 2005. (Notre Dame Sports) The University of Notre Dame announced today that Tyrone Willingham will not be retained as its head football coach. Willingham finished 21-15 overall in his three seasons (2002-04) as Irish head coach. via Kevin […]

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Resigns

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CNN Breaking News: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will announce his resignation today, CNN has learned. Details soon. Ridge to Resign, Sources Say (ABC News) Tom Ridge is resigning as secretary of homeland security, ABC News has learned. Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania, has sent his letter of resignation to President Bush, sources told […]

Consistency Check…

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I was reading this article about how Greenspan, in the last year of his tenure, appears to be off his game. What caught my eye though wasn’t that there is a “debt maelstrom”, after all we all have heard about he high trade deficit, budget deficit and the potential problems they pose. No, what caught […]

Canada’s Anti-Bush Demonstrations Fizzle

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Early anti-Bush demos fizzle in Canada (AFP) Hopes for early mass protests in the streets of Ottawa on the eve of Tuesday’s visit by US President George W. Bush fizzled out, as journalists outnumbered demonstrators. A loose coalition of groups opposed to just about everything Bush supports had promised two demonstrations hours before Bush was […]

Protesters Try to Enter Ukraine Parliament

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Protesters Try to Enter Ukraine Parliament (ABC News – AP) Angry opposition protesters tried to push their way into the Ukrainian parliament building Tuesday after lawmakers appeared to backslide on their support for efforts to overturn the results of last week’s disputed presidential election. Ukraine’s Supreme Court also resumed its probe into allegedly fraudulent results […]

Real Estate Bubble Economy?

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U. S. News has a fascinating feature article entitled, “The red-hot housing market reminds some of the latter days of the 1990s stock market. How will it end?” After one of the broadest and longest run-ups in housing prices ever, most homeowners are sitting pretty. But there is a growing angst about how much longer […]

NFL: A Real Pain for Players

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NFL can seem quite glamorous, but it’s also a real pain for players (FWST) Mondays were never fun in the NFL at any point, but it’s probably never been this bad. When Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik played both center and linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 1960 championship season, Monday was manageable. “I […]

Another Shoe Drops on the Subject of Airport Security

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Joe Sharkey relates some complaints of passengers annoyed by officious airport security guards in his NYT essay, “ On the Road: Another Shoe Drops on the Subject of Airport Security.” [RSS] While, like Sharkey, I tend to remove my jacket, belt, watch, wallet, shoes, and so forth ahead of time to speed up the process, […]

Yanukovich Offers Yushchenko Prime Minister Job

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Ukraine PM’s desperate offer (The Australian) UKRAINE’S peaceful orange revolution was on the brink of victory last night as the thousands in Kiev’s Independence Square cheered the latest concession from the country’s authoritarian regime. Pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, the official winner of presidential elections widely claimed to have been rigged, last night offered the […]

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Butch Davis Resigns

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Iran: Nuclear and More Radical

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Iran’s Conservatives Consolidate Power (Robin Wright, WaPo, A10) After eight years of a bold but bungled experiment with reform, Iran’s government is in the throes of a takeover by conservatives determined to restore the revolution’s Islamic purity, according to Iranian politicians and analysts. The transformation is symbolized by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, […]

Holiday Caption Contest Winners

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Obviously there were the good, the bad and the ugly associated with this pic: But the winners are: First Place: sortapundit — Meeting your new girlfriend’s parents is always an awkward experience – but, thought Jamal, this was the worst. Second Place: Rodney Dill — It’s a little underdone, better remember to throw another cross […]

Court Allows Universities to Bar Military Recruiters

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Court Allows Universities to Bar Military Recruiters [RSS] (NYT) Universities may bar military recruiters from their campuses without risking the loss of federal money, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled today. The suit was brought by an association of law schools and a group representing hundreds of legal scholars seeking to help universities and […]

Airport Security: Part Three

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As James noted in this post, airport security screening is becoming an issue again. First the easy part: security searches at airports have been looked at by the Supreme Court and have been found to be Consitutional. I know, I know: I’m not a lawyer. But this guy is, and I think most will agree […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: Bill at INDC Journal knows just how Tom Brokaw feels. Steve Bainbridge explains why Wal-Mart’s declining sales are a good economic indicatror. Stephen Green will resume VodkaBlogging on December 1. Chris Muir returns from hiatus that day, too. Black-5 notes that the Spirit of America Blog Challenge is on again this year. […]

Holiday Tipping Customs, Redux

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Newsweek continues its custom of giving advice on how much to tip various people come holiday time with Tipping Points ‘Tis the season for spreading around the payola. But how much do you give? and its companion Naughty or Nice? TIPs complete guide to passing the bucks. Not surprisingly, the amounts have gone up since […]

Think Tank Bloggers

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Matthew Yglesias notes that he missed several interesting foreign policy op-eds by Brookings Institution fellows because they were published in overseas papers. The incident reminds me of a point I’ve been meaning to make — more think tanks should be encouraging their fellows to blog. Most of the claims that have been made about blogging […]

Medical Marijuana and Federalism

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Editorial: Preserving the Power of Congress [RSS] (NYT) The central issue is whether Congress had the constitutional power to criminalize the women’s activities. When it passed the Controlled Substances Act, Congress relied on the commerce clause of the Constitution, which authorizes it “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states.” In recent […]

Rise of ‘Values’ in German Politics

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Kevin Aylward posts, in its entirety, a subscriber only Economist piece on the revival of “values” in German politics. It’s values, Dummkopf! Weary of number-crunching wonks, Germans want to talk values instead (Economist $) AS EVERY lover of Bach or Beethoven knows, a Leitmotiv is a dominant theme in a piece of music. What, then, […]

A Pretoria, By Any Other Name

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The government of South Africa is casting a reformist eye to country’s place names. They are too white. Residents of Pretoria, named after an early war hero of the white Afrikaners who later invented apartheid, won a battle last year to keep the capital city’s name on the map, albeit as part of a broader […]

Reporters Face Jail if They Don’t Reveal Sources

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In Leak Case, Reporters Lack Shield For Sources (WaPo) Two reporters, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of the New York Times — neither of whom had anything to do with the leak to Novak — now face as much as 18 months in jail for refusing a court order to testify about […]

Cowboys Help Rookies Adjust to Perils of Instant Wealth

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Cowboys try to help young players handle newfound wealth (Dallas Morning News) The bright, shiny Cougar would tease Calvin Hill. Every day he would pass a New Haven, Conn., dealership on his way to practice while at Yale and wish he could buy the car of his dreams. When the Cowboys took Hill with their […]

Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez New Commerce Secretary

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Bush to Announce Pick for Commerce Dept. (NYT-Reuters) President Bush was set Monday to announce a new Commerce Secretary, replacing Don Evans who said earlier this month he was resigning, the White House said. Bush will make the announcement at 11:05 a.m. EST , said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. He did not say who […]

Hamas Offers Yet Another Cease Fire

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Hamas leader signals halt to attacks on Israelis (MSNBC-AP) A senior Hamas leader indicated Monday that the militant group is halting attacks on Israelis while the Palestinians prepare to choose a new leader, the latest sign of change following the death of Yasser Arafat. Sheik Hassan Yousef, the group’s top leader in the West Bank, […]

Toshiba Sets HD-DVD Standard

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Toshiba wins backing for HD-DVD (Financial Times) DVDToshiba has won a major victory in the battle to determine the standard for next-generation DVDs with the endorsement by four Hollywood studios of its High Definition-DVD format. Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers on Monday announced their support for the HD-DVD format advocated […]

Defending the Filibuster

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George Will defends the institution of the filibuster and believes a move by the Senate to abolish it would ultimately be harmful, regardless of how frustrating its use to thwart judicial nominees is in the present. The filibuster is an important defense of minority rights, enabling democratic government to measure and respect not merely numbers […]

Bush to Change Economic Team

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Bush to Change Economic Team (WaPo A01) President Bush plans to overhaul his economic team for the second time in two years and wants to tap some prominent replacements from outside the administration to help sell rewrites of Social Security and the tax laws to Congress and the country, White House aides and advisers said […]

To Hell With Values

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Michael Kinsley says “To Hell With Values” in his latest LAT column. It’s been less than a month since the gods decreed that, due to the election results, American political life henceforth must be all about something called “values.” And I gave it my best. Honest. But I’m sick of talking about values, sick of […]

NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol in Plane Crash

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NBC Sports Chief Survives Plane Crash (AP) A charter plane carrying NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol crashed and burst into flames during takeoff from a southwest Colorado airport Sunday, killing at least two people and seriously injuring Ebersol and one of his sons. Rescue crews were searching for another son. Dick Ebersol, 57, and son […]

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

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In the basement laundry room of the family farm home is a refrigerator like the one pictured above. The International-Harvester deepfreeze is a few feet away, under the stairwell. A farm equipment company, IH began making refrigeration appliances in 1947, but only manufactured them for a few years before selling the division off. At $700 […]

Pakistan Army Off Osama Hunt?

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Pakistan Army Off Osama Hunt? (AP) The Pakistan army said Saturday it will withdraw hundreds of troops from a tense tribal region near Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and his top deputy were believed to be hiding. The withdrawals from the South Waziristan area come after several military operations by thousands of troops against remnants […]

Caption Contest

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Time for anotherWe’re Having One Anyway – OTB Caption ContestTM You’ll have a little more time for this one, and James will probably be glad that it will be off, or close to off, the front page of OTB by Monday. Reuters Sports Photos Winners will be announced on Thursday PM. After that I will […]

That’s A Relief

Finally, I can get a good nights sleep. It’s not my fault, after all. It was all because of those Cro-Magnan SUV’s.

Bush Speaks Out on Ukraine

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Reader John Thacker passes along this Associated Press dispatch, which appears to answer my call for a personal statement on the crisis: Bush: World Watching Ukraine’s Crisis President Bush warned Friday that the world “is watching very closely” as Ukraine tries to sort through charges of vote fraud following a disputed presidential election in the […]

Most Arabs Want Hamas to Replace Arafat

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Arab world: 73.72% want Hamas to replace Arafat (Jerusalem Post) A survey of the Arab world organized by the Al-Arabia network website after the death of Yasser Arafat, showed 73.72% want a Hamas representative to replace Arafat, ITIM reported. In contrast only 0.7% expect that one of the PLO leaders will take over. 25.58% were […]

Airport Security Redux

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I seldom agree with Maureen Dowd. Indeed, when I do, I usually feel a need to rethink my position. But MoDo has this one exactly right: It always makes me feel slimy and humiliated, as though I’m in one of those cheesy women-in-prison movies, with titles like “Caged,” “Slammer Girls” or “Reform School Girls.” First […]

Building a Better Turkey

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Building a better turkey through biotech (MSNBC) J. Scott Applewhite / AP file Most of the turkeys gracing the nation’s dinner tables Thursday have been selectively bred for their white meat for so many generations that simply walking can be a problem for many of the big-breasted birds and sex is no longer possible. A […]

The Significance of Ukraine

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Moscow Sees Much at Stake in Ukraine (LAT) Russia has long measured its power by its control over the strategic plains and mountains between Russia and the rest of Europe, and Ukraine is now a post-Cold War political battleground between Moscow and the West. In Russia’s view, the key to its continued influence in Kiev […]

Chemical Weapons Lab Found in Falluja

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Chemical Weapons Lab Found in Falluja -Iraq Minister (Reuters) A laboratory for the manufacture of chemical weapons has been found in Falluja, an Iraqi minister said on Thursday, but Marines in the city said they were not aware of any such discovery. “Soldiers from the Iraqi National Guard found a chemical laboratory that was used […]

Holiday Caption Contest

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Winners will be announced on Monday. hat tip: Legal XXX

Rebrand Democrats

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Well I made mine. Just go to the Rebrand Democrat site if you want to make one too. I made about 40 Kerry stickers when the Kerrysloganator was in vogue. I don’t think I’ll get so carried away this time. (hat tip: Wizbang)

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