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Bennett: Black Abortions Would Lower Crime

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The White House has denounced Bill Bennett’s controversial statement that, even though aborting black babies would cause a decrease in the crime rate, it would be morally reprehensible. Bennett: Black Abortions Would Lower Crime (AP) The White House on Friday criticized former Education Secretary William Bennett for remarks linking the crime rate and the abortion […]

Defending Bill Bennett

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Brad DeLong begins a very intellectually honest defense of accusations that former Education Secretary and drug tsar Bill Bennett is a racist thusly: Bill Bennett is a hypocrite, a loathsome fungus on the tree of American politics, a man who has worked unceasingly to make America a worse place–when he’s not publishing the work of […]

Stop Ranking Terrorists

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Evan Kohlmann has been at the center of a huge controversy since arguing earlier in the week that, despite Pentagon claims, Abu Azzam al-Iraqi was most likely not Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s number one deputy. He advises those who wish to avoid such meaningless debates to “steer clear of misleading and irrelevant hierarchical representations of non-hierarchical […]

Bad Sign for Looters

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Bob Rue is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it any more: Picture accompanying 1/3 of New Orleans Residents Could Return At least he’s still got his sense of humor.

How Ready are Iraqi Troops?

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Testifying before the Senate yesterday, America’s top commanders in the Middle East said that, while substantial progress is being made, only one Iraqi batallion is fully ready. Decline in Iraqi Troops’ Readiness Cited (WaPo, A16) The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to […]

Bush’s Poll Numbers Up

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Proving once again that what goes down must come up, President Bush’s poll numbers have rebounded from the low point they reached in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Bush’s poll numbers up (CNN) President Bush’s standing with the public improved over the previous week as he made a highly visible effort to manage the […]

Bird Flu Could Kill 150 Million People

The UN is warning that the Asian bird flu could spread to humans and kill up to 150 million people. Bird flu ‘could kill 150m people’ (BBC) A new flu pandemic could happen at any time and kill between 5-150 million people, a UN health official warned. David Nabarro, who is charged with co-ordinating responses […]

Schwarzenegger Terminates Gay Marriage

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As promised, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill (AP) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, leaving the issue up to voters or judges who will likely face the volatile issue in the next year. “This […]

Global Warming and Statistics

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One of the potential problems/complaints with the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) issue is how the data is often presented for public consumption. Frequently one will see graphs such as these two, Clearly the trend line (the white lines in the two graphs) are statistically significant. But is anybody out willing to say that these trends […]

Judith Miller Agrees to Testify in Plame Probe

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Judith Miller has agreed to testify in the Valerie Plame leak probe, after being released from her pledge of confidentiality by her source, reportedly Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, “Scooter” Libby. Miller Agrees to Testify in CIA Leak Probe (AP) After nearly three months behind bars, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was […]

Improve Football by Eliminating Placekicking?

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ESPN columnist Skip Bayless argues that the game of football would be vastly improved by getting rid of the part of the game that gives it its name: kicking. Football isn’t just for kicks For a vicariously thrilling moment on Sunday, I was Larry Allen of the Dallas Cowboys. I was the strongest man in […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Bactrian to the Future Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Oregon Court Overturns Sex Show Laws

The Oregon Supreme Court today rules that live sex shows and nude dancers touching customers are both forms of free expression protected by the state constitution. Oregon Court overturns sex-show laws (AP) The Oregon Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Thursday a state law against live sex shows and a local ordinance that says nude […]

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Bucknell: ‘Hunting Terrorists’ Offensive Language

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The phrase “hunting terrorists” is apparently offensive hate speech at Bucknell University. Evan Coyne Maloney reports: Two words. At Bucknell University, that’s all it takes to get dragged into the President’s Office for a half-hour discussion of word choice. And these aren’t offensive words, at least not out here in the real world. But Bucknell […]

Lindsay Lohan and Renee Zellweger Eager to Pose Nude

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See Lindsay Lohan Nude Marilyn Monroe Shoot – NSFW Photos at Gone Hollywood Apparently, posing nude for magazines is the latest craze for Hollywood starlets needing a self-esteem boost. Both Lindsay Lohan and Renee Zellweger are joining the craze. Lindsay bares all for mag cover Troubled teen star Lindsay Lohan is set to strip for […]

Iraqi Constitution Passage Likely

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Nancy A. Youssef of Knight Ridder explains why it is quite likely that, despite substantial Sunni misgiving, the Iraqi constitution will pass in the October 15 referendum. Opposition to Iraqi constitution weakening (KR, Sep. 28) The two strongest opponents of Iraq’s proposed new constitution said this week that they wouldn’t campaign against it aggressively, making […]

Schröder Denies Resignation Plans

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder denies widespread speculation that he is about to resign in the wake of the humiliating defeat in the September 18 elections. Government Denies Resignation Rumors (Deutsche Welle) While Germans wait for the announcement of a new government, speculation is rising about Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s resignation. Meanwhile, the opposition believes more and […]

Canada’s Military Not Ready to Defend Against Terrorists

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Canada’s Senate defense committee reports that the country’s armed forces are woefully underfunded and totally unprepared to defend the country against the inevitable terrorist attack. Report: Canada’s military can’t meet needs (AP) Canada’s military is “wounded” and the country’s defense without the money to do its job properly, according to a Senate report released Thursday. […]

Senate Confirms Roberts As Chief Justice

As widely expected, John Roberts was easily confirmed by the Senate as the next Chief Justice of the United States, 78-22. Senate Confirms Roberts As Chief Justice (AP) John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States Thursday, overwhelmingly approved by the Senate as the jurist to lead the […]

MTV Comes Back to Canada

MTV is coming back to Canada, in a rather backdoor manner CTV partnership brings MTV back to Canada (CTV) Canadians who want their MTV will soon be able to get their fill. CTV and the iconic American music channel have announced they are joining forces. The new strategic alliance announced Wednesday will see CTV and […]

Military Looking for Perfect Peanut Butter Sandwich

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The military’s top scientists are working on a problem as old as warfare itself: How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that will stay fresh for two years. Combat Feeding chefs hunt elusive prey: PB&J (Chicago Sun-Times) Making a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich is easy. But developing one that will remain stable under battlefield conditions […]

Former Marine Captain Joins Al Jazeera

Josh Rushing, a former Marine public affairs officer, has joined the controversial Al-Jazeera television network as a reporter. Former Marine in media glare as he joins Al-Jazeera (USA Today, p.1) Marine officers are taught to think ahead. So Josh Rushing, a captain in the Corps until last October, anticipated the unpleasant questions. Is he a […]

Dwarfs Strike Gold At French Games

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Two British teenagers cleaned up at the fourth World Dwarf Games. Dwarfs Strike Gold At French Games (This Is Local London) LIFELONG friends triumphed at the fourth World Dwarf Games and brought home a world record 14 golds, five silvers and five bronze medals. Andrew Martin, 18, from Lewisham, and Ollie Clarke, 18, from Chislehurst, […]

British Teenage Model Sally Anne Bowman Murdered

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Sally Anne Bowman, a British model, was brutally murdered Sunday. British teenage model murdered (Xinhua) British teenage model Sally Anne Bowman was murdered after her killer had tried to rape her, police said. Detectives investigating the stabbing of the 18-year-old model have released two men without charge. Police said on Wednesday that Sally Anne was […]

US Hands Holy Shiite City Karbala Over to Iraqis

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The U.S. turned full control of the Shiite holy city of Karbala over to the Iraqis yesterday, continuing a trend of gradual handovers of secured areas. US hands over holy Shiite city Karbala to Iraq (Xinhua) The U.S. Army handed over its base in Karbala, south of Baghdad on Wednesday, giving Iraqis full control of […]

Reuters: U.S. Troops Killing and Detaining Journalists

Reuters Global Managing Editor David Schlesinger yesterday charged that U.S. troops in Iraq are intentionally targeting journalists in Iraq, including illegal detentions and murder. Reuters says U.S. troops obstruct reporting of Iraq (Reuters) The conduct of U.S. troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Adam Hunger Winners will be announced Monday PM

Leadership Thwarted in Attempt to Impose DeLay Successor

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Despite the earlier announcement that David Dreier would fill in for the indicted Tom DeLay as Majority Leader, it turns out that it will instead be Roy Blunt. Attempt to Pick Successor Is Foiled (WaPo, Sept. 29, A1) As the legal troubles mounted for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in recent weeks, he and House […]

Gasoline, Oil and Natural Gas Prices Surge

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The drivers appear to be the shut down of 11 refineries along the gulf coast, the decrease in crude oil stockpiles. As for natural gas the increase in prices is due to the strengthening of a tropcial storm in the Carribean. Eleven refineries along the Gulf of Mexico are closed because of Rita and Katrina, […]

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Kevin Drum on Bush and Oil

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Kevin has a post on a recent speech by Bush where Bush talked about oil. Needless to say Kevin takes pretty much a dim view of the entire speech from reading his post. Here are the sections that Kevin took issue with, Bush called on Americans to “pitch in” and conserve gas by reducing non-essential […]

Bloggers React to DeLay Indictment

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There has been a veritable blogswarm over the DeLay indictment. From the Left: Chris Bowers: “The Repulican Noise Machine is going to push the ‘partisan politics’ line on this one hard. I am already seeing people on CNN and MSNBC repeating this “partisan” crap.” Also several jibes about David Dreier being homosexual. Kevin Drum: ” […]

Search Engine User Psychology

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Any blogger can attest that they routinely receive visits owing to rather bizarre and improbable search engine referrals. Jakob Nielsen looks at recent studies of search engine user click-through patterns and has some interesting observations. The Power of Default Values How gullible are Web users? Sadly, the answer seems to be “very.” Professor Thorsten Joachims […]

Tom Delay Indicted by Texas Grand Jury

CNN Breaking News: “House Majority Leader Tom DeLay indicted on one count of criminal conspiracy by Texas grand jury, according to Travis County clerk’s office.” More: DeLay Indicted in Campaign Finance Probe (AP) [WaPo] A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, […]

Democrats Threaten to Filibuster Unnamed Court Nominee

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Democratic leaders have signaled that they may veto President Bush’s second pick to the Supreme Court if they regard the choice as “too conservative.” Filibuster Showdown Looms In Senate (WaPo, A4) The upcoming battle over a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor threatens to plunge the Senate into another bitter confrontation over filibusters […]

Kirsten Dunst Confirms Sandman and Venom Spiderman 3 Villains

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Kirsten Dunst has confirmed speculation that Thomas Haden Church will play Sandman and Topher Grace will play Venom Spider-Man 3–nearly two years from now. Dunst Confirms Spider-Man 3 Villains During an interview this weekend promoting Elizabethtown, Kirsten Dunst confirmed rumors to Zap2it that Thomas Haden Church will play Sandman and Topher Grace is Venom in […]

Kate Moss Snorting Cocaine Video

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Sky will air a documentary with footage of supermodel Kate Moss snorting cocaine. ABC News: Sky to show controversial Kate Moss footage (ABC-Reuters) A documentary is set to show footage of British supermodel Kate Moss which Sky One says shows her snorting cocaine, as the furor over her alleged drug taking which cost her lucrative […]

Iraq’s First Female Suicide Bomber Strikes

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Taking a page from Hamas’ playbook, a female terrorist strapped a bomb to herself and killed at least six people in front of an Iraqi recruiting center today. Iraq’s First Female Suicide Bomber Strikes (AP) A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in a northern town Wednesday, killing […]

Zarqawi Emerging as Self-Sustained Force

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Some experts believe that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s network is shifting from a foreign terrorist organization to a domestic guerilla movement. Zarqawi emerging as self-sustained force-US intel (Reuters) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s network of al Qaeda-linked insurgents is emerging as a self-sustaining force, despite repeated blows by U.S. forces and the reported death of his second-in-command, U.S. […]

Atlanta Braves Clinch 14th Straight Division Title

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Despite a string of injuries to their starting pitching rotation, their free agent closer acquisition being a huge bust, and more than a dozen rookies on their roster, the Atlanta Braves have won their 14th consecutive division title. Champs pour it on (AJC) They were soaked in champagne and beer, running through their clubhouse laughing […]

Tom DeLay: Liar or Fool?

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Either Tom DeLay is a complete moron or he thinks that the American voter is a total idiot. I suppose it could be both. Republicans Will Defend Taxpayers (Washington Times Op-Ed) Having compiled a long record as a conscientious fiscal conservative in the House of Representatives, it is clear that the recent political discussion focusing […]

You Know You’re In Trouble When…

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…even Kevin Drum thinks your “fake, but real” memos are fake. Kevin Drum was one of the first guys to get in on the Bush-TANG-AWOL controversy and I can’t believe there is anybody out there who doesn’t want that story to turn out to be true more than he does. That being said, Kevin demonstrated […]

Bush’s 2nd Supreme Court Pick Expected Soon

President Bush’s second Supreme Court pick is likely to come later this week. While some of the candidates mentioned are the same as the last go-round, there are some surprising new names on the list. High Court Selection Process Winds Down (AP) President Bush, close to nominating a successor to retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, […]

Haitian Refugee Canada’s New Governor General

Canada’s new unelected head of state is, oddly enough, a Haitian refugee. Canada Swears in New Governor General Queen Elizabeth II’s new representative in Canada, a refugee from Haiti, was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s 27th governor general in a ceremony steeped in British tradition and Canadian color. Michaelle Jean is the first black […]

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Refinery Damage Lighter Than Expected

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One of the reasons that gasoline prices are not screaming upto $5/gallon as some predicted is that the damage to refineries by Hurricane Rita was less than expected. DALLAS – Oil companies said Monday that damage to their massive Texas refineries from Hurricane Rita appeared lighter than expected, but analysts are still predicting that retail […]

What Happened to $5/Gallon Gasoline?

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Well, it looks like the dire predictions about gasoline simply aren’t going to materialize. In looking at the Daily Fuel Gauge Report the national average for gasoline is $2.813, and in looking at the state data there appears to be no evidence of run-away gasoline prices. Oh well, another Doom-n-Gloom prediction bites the dust.

Jets Sign Vinny Testaverde to Replace Injured Pennington at QB

Apparently rethinking the wisdom of re-signing Quincy Carter, the New York Jets have signed another of the string of quarterbacks unable to follow Troy Aikman in Dallas, the geriatric Vinny Testaverde. Blast from past: Jets turn to Testaverde at QB (ESPN) Just one day after apprising Vinny Testaverde in a telephone call that they would […]

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