Vatican: Pope’s Condition Stabilizes

Pope’s condition apparently stable: Vatican radio (AFP) VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope John Paul II seems to be reacting well to antibiotic treatment and his condition “appears to have been stabilized,” the Vatican’s official radio said. “The pontiff seems to be reacting well to the antibiotics that he has been administered, and, at the very […]

Hello, Newman

Postal Worker Found With Mail From 1996 FRANKLIN, Ind. – Some city residents could soon get letters nearly 10 years old after police found several bags and boxes of undelivered mail in a postal worker’s home, authorities said. Police were investigating a domestic dispute at mailman Glenn Snow’s home when officers found first-class mail dating […]

Welcome To Paradise, Martyrs

We have good news and we have bad news.

Pope Given Last Rites

Pope John Paul II’s health is rapidly declining, according to numerous media reports, and he has been administered last rites. Pope Developes Infection, High Fever (LAT-AP) Pope John Paul II developed a high fever today because of a urinary tract infection and was being treated with antibiotics at the Vatican, his spokesman said. The latest […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: The Q&A Gang have started an e-zine called “The New Libertarian.” Don Sensing has moved One Hand Clapping to WordPress from Blogger. Eugene Volokh is soliciting advice on teaching Criminal Law. Steve Bainbridge hopes he’s more coherent in class than on the radio. Dan Drezner explores the wonders of dark chocolate. Craig […]


If you have several extra minutes of life to waste on useless stuff. Like I do (Via Lewis)

Bikinis for Babies

Bikinis for Toddlers Spark Controversy (Reuters) A Swedish bikini-style top for toddlers will be withdrawn from sale amid criticism from a Norwegian cabinet minister that bra-like clothing was inappropriate for small girls. “It is remarkably daft to make bra-like bikinis for one-year-olds,” Norwegian Minister of Children and Family Affairs Laila Daavoey was quoted as telling […]

Hawks and Tree Huggers Unite Against SUVs

The Washington Post fronts their Business section with news of an alliance between environmentalists and conservative Republicans on ridding America’s independence on Middle Eastern oil. An Unlikely Meeting Of the Minds Environmentalists aren’t the only ones applauding the sales stumble of big SUVs and pickups in the face of high gas prices. Groups of conservative […]

‘Nightline’ Host Koppel to Leave ABC in December

Despite reports that he and George Stephanopoulous would simply switch programs, ABC has announced that Ted Koppel is leaving the network entirely when his contract expires in April. ABC News: ‘Nightline’ Host Koppel to Leave ABC in December (Reuters) Veteran journalist Ted Koppel, the face of “Nightline” for 25 years, will leave ABC when his […]

National Sales Tax?

George Will has an interesting column today arguing why a national sales tax would be preferable to the current income tax. The power to tax involves, as Chief Justice John Marshall said, the power to destroy. So does the power of tax reform, which is one reason why Rep. John Linder, a Georgia Republican, has […]

OTB on MSNBC (Update: Bumped)

I’m scheduled to appear this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Connected: Coast to Coast” with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley to do a roundup of today’s happenings in the blogosphere. I presumed the passing of Terri Schiavo would preempt my segment but they’ve called to assure me otherwise. I’ll be on for a very short stint, probably […]

Terri Schiavo Has Died

Terri Schiavo died shortly before 10 A.M., according to news reports. Terri Schiavo, 41, Dies in Fla. Hospice (Washington Post) Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose condition ignited a protracted legal struggle, died today at a Florida hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed under a court order. Representatives of both sides […]

Intelligence Reform Commission: Intelligence Needs Reform

The commission appointed by President Bush to study flaws in U.S. intelligence system has found that there are many flaws in the U.S. intelligence system. Report Finds U.S. Intelligence Flaws Too Common (Reuters) U.S. intelligence flaws that occurred in Iraq are “still all too common” throughout an American spy community that knows disturbingly little about […]

Americans Commute More than they Vacation

The Census Bureau reports that the average American spends more time commuting to and from work than on vacation each year. U.S. commuting time goes up (AP) Commuting time is going up, and so is the number of people who travel 90 minutes or more each way. The average one-way commute took 24.3 minutes in […]


Some blogger of whom I’ve never heard has announced that he is delinking several blogs, all of which I’ve heard of and most of which I read. He’s getting lots of free publicity for the blog in so doing. I hereby announce that I am de-linking the site in question. Granted, I don’t currently link […]

The Edwards Twins

A couple days late, I see that Cam Edwards is now the proud papa of twins James Peter and Catherine Marie, who were born Tuesday morning. Congrats!

Will the GOP Need Life Support?

Glenn Reynolds explores the political fallout of the Terri Schiavo case in, of all places, Salon magazine. (An odd venue for a “conservative pundit.”) The piece is entitled, “Will the GOP need life support?” Schiavo hysteria certainly has some Republicans in its grip. Bill Bennett wrote that state law doesn’t deserve our respect if it […]

Supreme Court Denies Schiavo Parents Appeal 6th Time

The U.S. Supreme Court last night denied Terri Schiavo’s parents appeal for the sixth time. Schindlers lose ‘last meaningful legal appeal’ (CNN) The lead attorney for Bob and Mary Schindler says they apparently have exhausted their “last meaningful legal appeal” in their desperate battle to have their brain-damaged daughter’s feeding tube reinserted. The U.S. Supreme […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, U.S. Air Force.) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Stotch on Schiavo

I haven’t posted at all about the Terri Schiavo case for one fundamental reason: I sincerely believe that it’s none of my business. Which means that I also believe that it’s none of your business as well. For the record, I personally understand that this individual is being starved to death, but I can’t say […]

11th Circuit Rejects Schiavo Parents’ Appeal Fourth Time

The 11th Circuit, after raising their hopes at the 11th hour, has once again rejected the appeal of Terri Schiavo’s parents. Schiavo Appeal Rejected Again in Atlanta (AP) With time running out for Terri Schiavo, a federal appeals court Wednesday rejected her parents’ latest attempt to get the brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube reconnected. The Atlanta-based […]

Many EU Representatives Snub Wolfowitz

Here’s a tip: if you’ve publicly expressed skepticism about a political nomination, and the nominee actually makes an effort to address your concerns, the least you can do is lend an ear. Most of the EU Cast Miss Wolfowitz ‘Audition’ (FT) Paul Wolfowitz, the US nominee to head the World Bank, on Wednesday gave what […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Another do-it-yourself day at the Traffic Jam. To join in, choose ONE POST from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a TrackBack. If your blog doesn’t automatically generate one, use the Send TrackBack feature below. For more information, see this post.

The Tedinator

For the past few days, Drudge, Neale News and Bourque have been featuring a paparazzi photo of a shirtless Arnold Schwarzenegger, alerting an unsuspecting citizenry to the shocking news that men nearing 60 years tend to become a little flabby. Who knew? Maybe this comparison is a little more relevant.

President and Mrs. Bush Have Living Wills

First Lady Laura Bush revealed that she and the president have living wills. First Lady Says She and President Have Living Wills (NYT) Laura Bush said on Tuesday that she and her husband have living wills that would guide medical decisions if either of them became incapacitated like the Florida woman whose case has dominated […]

The Draft: Inevitable, Avoidable or Preferable?

I spent the afternoon at an interesting symposium hosted by the Center for American Progress entitled, “The Draft: Inevitable, Avoidable or Preferable?” It featured Intel Dump’sPhil Carter and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb and was moderated by journalist Mark Shields. It was carried live on C-SPAN and will most likely be rerun some […]

How Much Did the US Contribute to Kyrgyzstan?

A few days ago, Henry Farrell downplayed the role of the United States in the Kyrgyz revolution, arguing that a geographic contagion effect and regional institutions deserved the actual credit. I’m pretty sympathetic to his first claim — “countries are more likely to move towards democracy if other countries nearby are established democracies (or have […]

Rumsfeld’s New Deputies

Some interesting news this morning on possible replacements for departing Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, intel chief Douglas Feith, and retiring JCS Chairman Richard Meyers. Rumsfeld Is Getting His Players in Position (LAT) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has chosen replacements for the No. 2 and No. 3 civilian posts in the Pentagon, but said […]

SFC Paul Smith Receives Medal of Honor

SFC Paul R. Smith will today receive the Medal of Honor, posthumously. He is the first to be awarded the nation’s highest medal for gallantry since two Black Hawk Down heroes in 1993. Medal of Honor to Be Awarded to Soldier Killed in Iraq, a First (NYT) Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, killed nearly […]

Scientists: Earth is Doomed

Scientists have issued a report that life on this planet will cease to exist unless we change our evil ways. Report on Global Ecosystems Calls for Radical Changes (WaPo) Many of the world’s ecosystems are in danger and might not support future generations unless radical measures are implemented to protect and revive them, according to […]

Terri Schiavo’s Blog

Michael Demmons e-mails his discovery of Terri Schiavo’s Blog. Someone has a disgusting sense of humor.

Doubts Raised On Schiavo Memo

A week after the discussion began in the blogosphere, ace media critic Howie Kurtz discovers that the media reports of a “Terri Schiavo Republican talking points memo” were sketchy at best but nonetheless largely absolves the reporters in question. Doubts Raised On Schiavo Memo While there is no hard evidence that the memo is fake, […]

CBS: Terri Schiavo Dead

CBS News reports that Terri Schiavo has died. They did so on March 28th. She has not, so far as we’re aware, actually died. Radio host Glenn Beck apparently scooped this story and has a PDF screenshot from CBS’s website backing him up. Michelle Malkin has the details. Update (1114): Commenter Phil Davis points out […]

Alabama’s Howell Heflin Dies at 83

Howell Heflin, a gigantic figure in Alabama politics for decades, has died at the age of 83. Howell Heflin, Former Alabama Senator, Dies at 83 (NYT) Former Senator Howell Heflin of Alabama, a conservative Democrat who supported civil rights legislation and was sometimes described as the conscience of the Senate, died on Tuesday at a […]

11th Circuit Grants Schiavo Review

Atlanta’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the Terri Schiavo case, despite having refused to do so twice in the last ten days. Federal Appeals Court OKs Schiavo Review (AP) In a rare legal victory for Terri Schiavo’s parents, a federal appeals court early Wednesday agreed to consider their request for a […]

“The Second Breakup of the Soviet Union”

That’s how one Kyrgyz analyst describes the recent flashes of people power: Revolution Echoes around Russia (CSM) The shock waves from Kyrgyzstan’s lightning revolution are spreading around the former Soviet Union — and into the heart of Russia — leading analysts to wonder which regimes might be next to face the peoples’ wrath. Recent days […]

Jerry Falwell in Critical Condition

CNN reports that Rev. Jerry Falwell, the televangelist who helped spawn the modern Christian Conservative movement, is in critical condition. Rev. Jerry Falwell in critical condition The Rev. Jerry Falwell was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday, battling his second case of viral pneumonia in just five weeks, hospital and church officials said. Falwell, 71, was […]

Johnnie Cochran is dead at 67

Johnny Cochran, who got O.J. Simpson off for two murders, has died at the age of 67, according to a CNN report. – Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran is dead at 67 Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, 67, perhaps best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. “I […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Do-it-yourself day at the old Traffic Jam today. To join in, choose ONE POST from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a TrackBack. If your blog doesn’t automatically generate one, use the Send TrackBack feature below. For more information, see this post.

Former Boy Scout Official Charged in Child Porn Case

CNN reports that a former top leader in the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with child pornography. Boy Scout official charged in child porn case A former top official of the Boy Scouts of America faces federal Internet child pornography charges and is expected to plead guilty Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. […]

Switching Teams

David Brooks admits in today’s New York Times to be the sort of weak willed, fickle individual that would switch team loyalties at the drop of a hat. Specifically, he is now becoming a fan of the Washington Nationals, nee Montreal Expos, throwing out decades of loyalty to the New York Mets, simply because he […]

Volker: No Evidence Annan Knew

The long-awaited report investigating the UN’s Oil for Food scandal has exhonerated Kofi Annan. Annan Didn’t Improperly Influence Cotecna Awards, Report Says United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan didn’t improperly influence the bidding or selection process for contracts awarded to Cotecna Inspection SA, a Swiss company hired in 1998 to monitor humanitarian goods for Iraq, […]

Sex Retalliation Cases Allowed

The Supreme Court ruled that those fired for complaining about illegal sex discrimination may sue the employer who fired them. U.S. School officials may sue under a federal civil rights law when they suffer retaliation for complaining about discrimination against girls’ sports teams, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. The justices, voting 5-4, reinstated a […]

Jesse Jackson Visits Terri Schiavo Hospice

As if Terri Schiavo’s fate were not enough of a circus, Jesse Jackson has now arrived on the scene. Jesse Jackson Visits Schiavo’s Hospice As Death Watch Continues The Reverend Jesse Jackson issued a statement Tuesday calling for the reinsertion of the feeding tube that kept Terri Schiavo alive for 15 years. Jackson released the […]

Colorado Court Bars Execution Because Jurors Consulted Bible

The Colorado Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a convicted killer because some jurors consulted a Bible in reaching the verdict. Colorado Court Bars Execution Because Jurors Consulted Bible (NYT) In a sharply divided ruling, Colorado’s highest court on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision throwing out the sentence of a man who was […]

Parents Selling List of Terri Schiavo Donors

Terri Schiavo’s parents are selling the list of their financial supporters via a conservative direct marketing firm. List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm (NYT) The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved […]

Are Bloggers Subject to International Law?

Tim Worstall has an interesting article in TCS noting that what Americans write about internationals is subject to libel laws in their respective countries, so long as it is delivered to those countries. As anything on the Internet, of course, is. Your words are subject to all of the rules of the some 200 plus […]

Hearsay and the Terri Schiavo Case

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard in the last couple of weeks that the testimony by Michael Schiavo and others as to the wishes expressed by Terri Schiavo was “hearsay.” Not so. Hearsay Rule and Exceptions Hearsay is “second-hand” information. It occurs when a witness testifies NOT about something they personally saw or […]

If Terri Schiavo Were a Toaster

Steven Landsburg argues that we can apply economic reasoning to help us resolve the Terri Schiavo case. Specifically, we should imagine that she is a toaster. Now on to the preferences of her husband and parents. This is essentially a fight about what to do with her body: He wants to dispose of it; they […]

Teacher Jailed for Pellet Gun Attack

A London schoolteacher has been sentenced to six months for shooting teenage vandals with a pellet gun. Teacher jailed for pellet gun attack (Reuters) A teacher has been jailed for six months for firing a pellet gun at teenagers she said were conducting a campaign of vandalism against her property. Linda Walker, 48, was convicted […]

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