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Blogs Becoming “Online Magazines”


Apropos the ongoing controversy over bloggers and campaign finance laws, Duncan “Atrios” Black asks, Why is somebody who prints up and mails out weekly vanity newsletter entitled to the media exemption but not me? Why is Michael Savage entitled to the media exemption but not me? Why is Salon.com entitled to the media exemption but […]

Novak: ‘I Will Reveal All” on Plame Case


Novak: ‘I will reveal all’ (AP) Chicago Sun-Times columnist and CNN political analyst Bob Novak was the first to reveal the CIA employee’s identity and CNN’s Ed Henry spoke with Novak Wednesday about the ruling. ED HENRY: Bob, first, what’s your reaction to the Supreme Court saying they would not hear this case? BOB NOVAK: […]

Congress Trying to Blunt Supreme Court’s Kelo Ruling


Congress working to blunt high court’s property seizure ruling (AP) Lawmakers are trying to blunt a Supreme Court decision that says local governments can seize people’s homes to make way for shopping malls and other private development. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Thursday the high court had made “a horrible decision” and he hoped […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Fly Ball Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Hostages: New Iranian President 1979 Captor


Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have been one of the terrorists who took over the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1979, according to several former hostages. Former hostages allege Iran’s new president was captor (CNN) The White House said Thursday it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages that Iran’s hardline president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, […]

All 16 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash

The Pentagon has confirmed that all service members aboard the Chinook that went down in Afghanistan yesterday have been killed. All 16 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghan Crash (AP) The U.S. military confirmed Thursday that all 16 servicemembers aboard a special forces helicopter died when it crashed into a mountain ravine earlier this week, apparently […]

Time Magazine to Hand Over Plame Notes


Time Magazine to Hand Over Reporter Notes (AP) Time Inc. said Thursday it would comply with a court order to deliver the notes of a reporter threatened with jail in a probe of the leak of a CIA officer’s name. The New York Times, which is also involved in the dispute, said it was “deeply […]

Thomas Sowell: 75 years old

Dr. Thomas Sowell writes an interesting retrospective on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Three-quarters of a century! It is hard to believe that I am that old but arithmetic is uncompromising. This means that I have lived through nearly one-third of the entire history of the United States. The changes in my life — […]

Melissa Joan Hart Expecting First Child


Melissa Joan Hart Expecting First Child (AP) Melissa Joan Hart, who starred in the TV series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” is reportedly expecting her first child. Hart, 29, is married to Mark Wilkerson, 28, the lead singer and guitarist for the rock trio Course of Nature. Their baby is due in January, People magazine says […]

Bush Words Reflect Public Opinion Strategy


Peter Baker and Dan Balz have a front page editorial, er “analysis,” at the Washington Post pointing out that President Bush is a politician who crafts his public speeches with his audience in mind. Even more damning is the suggestion that he hires experts to advise him. Bush Words Reflect Public Opinion Strategy (WaPo, A1) […]

Troops’ Silence at Fort Bragg Starts a Debate All Its Own


Some critics of the Bush Administration are taking the lack of applause from the Fort Bragg audience at the president’s speech Tuesday night as a sign that the troops do not support the war. Defenders say the troops thought they were under orders not to applaud. Troops’ Silence at Fort Bragg Starts a Debate All […]

Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages


Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages (AP) Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote. The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187 to 147. The […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM Had trouble deciding between this picture and the LifeSaver colored Peta People (AFP/File/Georges Gobet) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Putin Steals Patriots Owner Kraft’s Ring


Russian president Vladimir Putin stole Bob Kraft’s Super Bowl ring. Making the best of a bad situation, Kraft now claims it was a present. Patriots owner: I gave ring to Putin (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring during a recent meeting with […]

Actress Jennifer Tilly Wins World Series of Poker

Actress Jennifer Tilly Wins Poker Event (AP) Actress Jennifer Tilly is no poker pretender. Tilly won the Ladies no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em event at the World Series of Poker, marking the first time a celebrity has won a bracelet at the famous tournament. Tilly’s skillful and self-admitted lucky play earned her $158,625. She beat 600 […]

Who Are the Pro-Americans?


Anne Applebaum examines the flip side of recent polls showing majorities in several Western European countries having anti-American attitudes. Who Are the Pro-Americans? (WaPo, A21) So familiar are the numbers, and so often have we heard them analyzed, that the release of a new poll on international anti-Americanism last week caused barely a ripple. Once […]

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President Bush Approves Intelligence Community Shake-Up

Bush OKs Shake-Up of Spy Agencies (AP) President Bush, embracing nearly all the recommendations of a White House commission, said Wednesday he was creating a national security service at the FBI to specialize in intelligence as part of a shake-up of the disparate U.S. spy agencies. A fact sheet describing the White House’s broad acceptance […]

Sunnis Will Nab Zarqawi When Ready

Rowan Scarborough recounts the bizarre claim by some Sunni leaders that they could capture Abu Musab Zarqawi at any time they like but are waiting until they’re ready. Sunnis will nab Zarqawi when ‘ready’ (Washington Times, p. 1) Sunni “fence sitters” in Iraq say they would be willing to take on master terrorist Abu Musab […]

Terrorism Vice Chair: Saddam Linked to 9/11

Republican Robin Hayes, Vice Chairman of the House subcommittee on Terrorism, said that Saddam Hussein was directly linked to the 9/11 attacks. GOP lawmaker: Saddam linked to 9/11 (CNN) A Republican congressman from North Carolina told CNN on Wednesday that the “evidence is clear” that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks against the United […]

Open CRS Network

Amanda Butler passes on word “Via Josh at OxBlog, the Open_CRS Network, which seeks to compile a database of all Congressional Research Service reports that are in the public domain.” While at first blush this sounds like a fantastic idea, she worries about a possible chilling effect on honest discourse: Nifty as it would be […]

Gold Star Mothers to Accept Non-Citizens


Gold Star Mothers to accept non-citizens as members (AP – Army Times) A group for mothers whose children died in war voted Monday to allow non-U.S. citizens to join, after coming under criticism for denying membership to a Filipina mother whose son was killed in Afghanistan. The 1929 charter of American Gold Star Mothers had […]

Chinook Helicopter Down in Afghanistan


Up to 20 on US chopper down in Afghanistan-official (Reuters) A big U.S. military Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Tuesday was carrying between 15 and 20 American troops, according to preliminary reports, a U.S. defense official said. There was no immediate indication of the fate of the passengers or the cause of the […]

Paula Abdul Urges Tough Nail Salon Standards

Abdul Urges Tough Nail Salon Standards (AP) “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul urged California legislators to force nail salons to clean up their act, testifying Monday about her yearlong health ordeal after an unsanitary manicure. Abdul said a trip in April 2004 to a Studio City nail shop that used unclean equipment sent her in […]

President Bush’s Speech on Iraq Sovereignty Anniversary

Well, I missed it. The fiance had an after work work function and didn’t get home until late, and we ate dinner when she got here. Of course, I also thought the speech would be at 9. From the Blogospheric reaction, it appears the president did well. Michael Demmons: “I Still Think He’s a Jerk […]

Site Glitch

Yes, I know that the site layout is screwy and I’m getting an error code from one of the plug-ins. No clue why, since I haven’t done anything to the templates or plug-ins. I’ve sent a note to my tech guy and awaiting the appropriate application of magic. Update (2126): All’s fixed now, either by […]

Shelby Foote, Novelist and Historian, Dies at 88


The legendary Civil War historian Shelby Foote has died at the age of 88. Shelby Foote, Novelist and Historian, Dies at 88 (NYT – AP) Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, who became a national celebrity explaining the war to America on Ken Burns’ 1990 PBS documentary, has died at 88. Foote died Monday […]

Chickenhawk Redux – Sacrificing Children


In a Slate article entitled, “Don’t “Son” Me – End this silly talk about sacrificing children,” Christopher Hitchens thrashes the latest variant of the chickenhawk meme floating about, the idea that only those who are willing to send their sons to battle have the right to favor a war. He is particularly peeved by a […]

FBI Whistle-Blower Coleen Rowley to Run for Congress

FBI Whistle-Blower to Run for Congress (AP) Former FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley will run for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, where she hopes to knock off GOP Rep. John Kline. “I’m concerned about the direction of the country,” Rowley said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “We have done things that have […]

Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq Is ‘Worth It’


The Associated Press continues its tradition of reporting presidential speeches that haven’t happened yet in the past tense. Mitch Albom was suspended for doing less. Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq Is ‘Worth It’ (AP) President Bush on Tuesday appealed for the nation’s patience for “difficult and dangerous” work ahead in Iraq, hoping a backdrop of U.S. […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Vitamin C No Cure for the Common Cold

It seems that Vitamin C is not a cure for the common cold, despite the view of some. Vitamin C May Not Fight the Common Cold (WebMD) Vitamin C’s reputation for fighting the common cold may not be justified, say researchers. They say they checked the best studies done on the topic in the last […]

Souter’s House Targeted


New Hampshire businessman Logan Darrow Clements has filed papers seeking to use the newly-defined eminent domain law to seize Justice David Souter’s house and replace it with a hotel. The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit […]

HealthSouth’s Richard Scrushy Acquitted on All Charges


Jury Reaches Verdict in Scrushy Trial (AP – NYT) Jurors have reached a verdict in the fraud trial of HealthSouth Corp. founder and fired Chief Executive Richard Scrushy, court officials said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre told Scrushy and attorneys on both sides to get to court for an announcement later Tuesday. The decision […]

The Not-So-Long Gray Line


Lucian Truscott IV, West Point Class of 1969 and noted author, discusses the low retention rate of Academy graduates in an op-ed in today’s New York Times. The Not-So-Long Gray Line June is the month in which West Point celebrates the commissioning of its graduating class and prepares to accept a new group of candidates […]

King Kong Trailer Hits the Web


The preview for Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated version of the ape classic is now available. It looks very impressive. I detect a hint of Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones with, of course, many sprinkles of Lord of the Rings. If you can’t get enough, Kong Is King has a frame-by-frame breakdown of the trailer. It’s a […]

Army Quickly Punishes Abusive Drill Sergeants


The Blogosphere is abuzz with an Associated Press story of abusive treatment by Army drill sergeants. Army Recruits Quickly Abused in Training (AP) The recruits of Echo Company stumbled off the bus for basic training at Fort Knox to the screams of red-faced drill instructors. That much was expected. But it got worse from there. […]

Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Plane Crash

Wal-Mart heir John Walton is the latest celebrity to die from crashing a private plane. Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Crash (AP) Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton, who threw his considerable financial support behind efforts to educate low-income children, has died while at the controls of a homemade, experimental aircraft. Walton, of Jackson, Wyo., […]

Caption Contest


The Loopy Toons Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Pregnant Britney Spears May Pose Nude for Vanity Fair


Britney Spears is negotiating with Vanity Fair for a nude photo layout, following the trail blazed by Demi Moore and others. Pregnant Britney may bare all for Vanity Fair (ANI) Pop star, and now mother-to be Britney Spears, is currently negotiating with the magazine, Vanity Fair, to pose naked just weeks before giving birth to […]

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The RCMP’s 86% Solution

“I commend the RCMP for their approach.There are people who have been denied opportunities for much too long simply because they don’t show ability in their desired field. Our belated recognition as a society of the emotional wounds caused by overly strict hiring standards is a watershed event. This more enlightened approach to hiring should […]

Global Warming: That Pesky Data


Looks like Mann et. al. [1998] could be getting some major attention before too long. Apparently the Committee on Energy and Commerce is interested in the Hockey stick. Letter to Dr. Mann, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Bradley, as well as letters to the National Science Foundation, and the IPCC. What are they asking for? Your curriculum […]

Voices Behind Tigger, Piglet Die

A sad couple of days for Winnie the Pooh fans, as the men who did the voices of Piglet and Tigger both died over the weekend. Voices behind Tigger, Piglet die The two actors who provided the voices of Tigger and Piglet in the Winnie the Pooh films have died within a day of each […]

Supreme Court Term Ends Without Retirements


The Supreme Court ended its session today without any dramatic announcements of Justices retiring. Supreme Court term ends, no retirement announcements (AP) The Supreme Court ended its term Monday with no retirement announcements from any justices. A retirement could come later, however, in a letter to the president or press release. In court, Chief Justice […]

Supreme Court Bars Ten Commandments at Courthouses


In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said most Ten Commandments displays at courthouses violate the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses (AP) In a narrowly drawn ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, holding that two exhibits in Kentucky crossed the line between […]

Justice Gonzales and the Recusal Problem


Ramesh Ponnuru makes an interesting argument as to why Alberto Gonzales would make a poor choice for the Supreme Court, at least right now: He’d be unable to vote on the key issues of the day because of his association with the president. If President Bush nominates Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fill a Supreme […]

The Wal-Mart Trade-Off


Rob Dreher illustrates the downside of low prices and good selection in a Dallas Morning News piece on “The Wal-Mart trade-off.” When I was a kid growing up in a small Louisiana town, there was exactly one place to buy groceries: Gerald’s. It was properly called the Red & White, but nobody ever used the […]

Zarqawi’s Deputy Killed, U.S. “Close” to Zarqawi


US knows Zarqawi whereabouts: top US general (AFP) The US military is close to locating Al-Qaeda’s frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, General John Abizaid, the commander of US forces in the region, said. “I think we have a good idea” of where to find him, Abizaid told CNN. “We know what we’re doing in […]

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