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Caption Contest Winners


The Star Bores Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Theo Epstein Resigns as Red Sox GM


Theo Epstein, the boy wonder who ended the Boston Red Sox’ long drought with a World Series win last year, has resigned. Epstein resigns as Red Sox GM (AP) Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein resigned Monday, surprising Boston and the baseball world just one year after he helped build the franchise’s first World Series […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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U.S. Military Raids into Syria?


Lost in the media storms surrounding the Libby indictment and appointment of Sam Alito to the Supreme Court is a rather strong escalation of tensions between the United States and Syria. Syria accuses US of launching lethal raids over its borders (London Sunday Telegraph) Syria has accused the United States of launching lethal military raids […]

More Questionable Media Photos


Well, first we had the Condolezza Rice picture fiasco with USA Today, and now the New York Times decides to post a questionable picture of Judge Alito. I’m sure it was all an accident and there was no bias or malice involved. Sure. Right. By the way, I have a bridge I’m selling… Update: The […]

War Powers in the Age of Terror


Andrew Bacevich has an interesting op-ed in today’s NYT arguing that recent events demonstrate that Congress needs to take back more control of the war power. War Powers in the Age of Terror WHEN senators this month asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about possible military action against Syria or Iran, she recited the administration’s […]

A Catholic Majority on the Supreme Court


David Bernstein that a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court is near reality: There will be, if Alito is confirmed. This is an extraordinary development. It was, let’s recall, only forty-five years ago that JFK’s Catholicism was a major issue in a presidential campaign. […] We can rejoice that Catholics are now such an accepted […]

Early Takes on Samuel Alito


If the RNC’s quote list is any indication, the nomination of Samuel Alito is going over pretty well with conservatives–and at least a few non-Republican media pundits. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “[Samuel Alito] Has Got The Background Qualifications And Temperament Of John Roberts.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 10/31/05) * Stephanopoulos: “[Samuel Alito] Won’t Provide A Big […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (H/T Caption This!) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Don’t forget to check out The Right Place for a Halloween treat.

OTB on the Radio

Assuming I’m not pre-empted by the Alito nomination–which may not be safe–I’m scheduled to appear on The Brian Lehrer Show on New York Public Radio, WNYC (93.9FM/820AM) from 10:06 to 10:26 this morning. I will apparently be interviewed by Andrew Sullivan and appear with Duncan “Atrios” Black and we’ll be talking about the Patrick Fitzgerald […]

Samuel Alito Nominated to Supreme Court

CNN Breaking News: President Bush today will nominate 3rd Circuit Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court, sources tell CNN. Alito is a former U.S. Attorney who has been a judge for 15 years. Bush is expected to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. Officials: […]

Base Closures Speed to Approval

The last-ditch effort to reject the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) has failed 324-84, clearing the way for the BRAC Report to become law in mid-November. A plan to close and reconfigure hundreds of military bases is sailing through Congress, on track to take effect next month in a blow to communities hoping for an […]

The Failed Fitzgerald Investigation


Lewis Libby has been accused of obstructing justice and lying to a grand jury, which are serious charges regardless of how anyone tries to spin it. But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald needs to be held to account for the way in which he undertook this investigation. The whole “Plamegate” fiasco is analogous to a murder […]

Photos of Christian Schoolgirls Beheaded in Indonesia


Shawn Wasson has extremely graphic photos of Christian schoolgirls beheaded in Indonesia by terrorists who, in deference to Prince Charles’ visit, are, er, not Christian. Indonesia boosts security after girls beheaded (Reuters) Indonesian police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black […]

Beltway Sunday Drive

Time for the Sunday linkfest, wherein those blogging on Sundays can link themselves on OTB. It’s like the Traffic Jam except, as Lionel Richie would say, easy like a Sunday morning. To join in, choose a post from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a […]

Prince Charles to Argue Islam’s Merits in U.S.


Prince Charles is coming to the United States this week to argue that Islam is better than we think. Prince Charles to plead Islam’s cause to Bush (Telegraph) The Prince of Wales will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has […]

Blogger Tip: NYT Archives

I’ve noted before a trick I learned from Kevin Drum: That, while links to articles from the New York Times go stale after a few days, forcing those who want to read them to purchase them at outrageous rates, they offer bloggers the ability to link to an RSS version by searching for an alternative […]

Judith Miller’s Security Clearance

Somehow, I missed the news that New York Times reporter Judith Miller had a securty clearance. Ivo Daalder noted it on October 16: . . . Miller, by her own admission, was cleared to see secret information as part of her assignment as an “embedded” reporter in Iraq. I had no idea journalists could receive […]

Scooter Libby’s Fall

TIME‘s Michael Duffy has an interesting look at theScooter Libby saga entitled, “Fall Of A Vulcan – How a very smart and very loyal aide to Dick Cheney got indicted for allegedly lying about his role in defending the war.” The part I found most interesting was buried on page 3 When Novak’s column naming […]

Caped Teen Kills Two, Then Himelf in California Shooting Spree

A 19-year-old wearing a cape killed two and himself in a shooting spree in Aliso Viejo, California. Caped Teen Kills Two, Then Self in California (AP) A 19-year-old in a black cape and a paintball mask went on a shooting rampage Saturday in his upscale Southern California neighborhood, killing a man and his daughter before […]

Lowest Wage Growth in 25 Years


According to the Labor Department wages grew at only 2.3% for the 12 months ending this past September. What makes this somewhat notable is that profits for corporations have been growing at a pretty substantial rate. Once inflation is factored in for wage growth real wages actually decline. One of the big factors for the […]



Or, are you kidding me? Kevin Drum puts forward a perposterous argument for why I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is really guilty of outing Valerie Plame. The explanation can be summed up as: Fitzgeral had the goods, but he just decided not to go after Libby on the actual reason he his current job. Kevin then […]

Richard Smalley, Nobel Winner, Dies at 62

Dr. Richard Smalley, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of “Buckyballs,” which launched the nanotechnology sector, died yesterday after a long bout with leukemia.

Charlie Weis Signs with Notre Dame through 2015

Notre Dame has inked Charlie Weis to a contract extension that will keep him as the Fighting Irish head coach through 2015. Notre Dame to extend Weis’ contract through 2015 (ESPN) Charlie Weis will sign a contract extension with Notre Dame, ending speculation that he will return to the NFL as a head coach, ESPN […]

Was Plame’s CIA Status A Secret?

Andrew McCarthy, one of the major authors who have been cited (including by me) arguing that Valerie Plame was not in fact a covert agent issues a retraction of sort: The indictment charges the mere fact that Plame worked at the CIA was classified information. (“At all relevant times … Valerie Wilson was employed by […]

OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney is learning the dark side of the Farce Wizbang shows the age old answer to “Who’s on First?” Willisms thinks Bush is ready with three more SCOTUS nominees. The Right Place is offering Steamed Rice. Commonwealth […]

R. Kelly Child Porn Case


Singer R. Kelly’s trial for child pornography is set to begin December 9. Judge Won’t Dismiss R. Kelly Sex Charges (AP) Singer R. Kelly is a step closer to trial after a judge refused Friday to dismiss charges in a three-year old case against him for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage […]

Mel Gibson Shooting “Apocalypto” in Mayan Language


Mel Gibson is shooting a new film, “Apocalypto,” in Mexico. The entire script is in ancient Mayan. Mel Gibson to shoot epic movie in Mayan language (Reuters) Actor Mel Gibson, who turned a Latin script on the crucifixion of Christ into box office gold last year, is in Mexico to shoot his latest film: an […]

Libby Planning “I Forgot” Defense

Lawyers for Scooter Libby are building the groundwork for a defense based on the idea that he simply forgot where he heard about Valerie Plame and whom he told. Libby Lawyer Plans Lack-of-Memory Defense (AP) The lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top aide is outlining a possible criminal defense that is a time-honored […]

Rosa Parks To Lie in Honor at Capitol


Front page in the Washington Post. The nation’s capital began preparations yesterday for a historic weekend, when civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks will become one of only 30 Americans ever honored with the pomp and ritual of a Capitol Rotunda viewing. The woman who quietly refused to give up her bus seat to a white […]

What Was Plame’s Job?


In an earlier post, James clipped from a humorous take on the Lewis Libby indictment written by Michael Kinsley. In the article, Kinsley reiterated a piece of conventional wisdom: Two and a half years ago, Robert D. Novak published the name of an undercover CIA agent in his column. But is there any evidence that […]

New Orleans Police Fire 51 for Desertion

The New Orleans Police Department has fired 51 officers who abandoned their posts prior to Hurricane Katrina and is investigating 240 others. Print Story: New Orleans Police Fire 51 for Desertion (AP) Fifty-one members of the New Orleans Police Department — 45 officers and six civilian employees — were fired Friday for abandoning their posts […]

Reggie White and Troy Aikman on Hall of Fame Ballot


Reggie White, Troy Aikman, and Warren Moon lead a stellar group of first timers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Reggie White, Aikman among Hall candidates (AP) Reggie White, a two-time NFL defensive player of the year who died last year at 43, heads a list of players, coaches and contributors eligible for induction […]

Plame Game Recap

Michael Kinsley has a down and dirty–and amusing–summary of the events up to now in the Novak-Wilson-Plame-Libby-Rove affair. Throw Another Plot on to Boil (WaPo, A23) Confused? Sure. Who isn’t? One entertaining aspect of the story that is expected to reach some sort of climax today is the struggle of the media to summarize or […]


While lying to a grand jury is serious the main elements of this case seem to amount to literally nothing. But what is one of the more reasonable liberal bloggers, Kevin Drum, writing? Sounds alot like many Republicans back when there was the Whitewater-Clinton-Lewinski scandal. This shows that the Liberals/Left is fitting in perfectly with […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Valerie Plame May or May Not Leave CIA


The Washington Post, in a story that did not make the morning papers but contains no actual news, has rushed for publication on its website a story that Valerie Plame Wilson may resign because her career was “derailed” by Scooter Libby. Or, she may not. If her career was derailed to begin with. As Andrew […]

Scooter Libby Resigns After Indictment

The long-awaited shoe has finally dropped in the Plame affair, with Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby indicted and submitting his resignation. Cheney Adviser Resigns After Indictment (AP) The vice president’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr., was indicted Friday on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements […]

Soldiers Returning Home from War to Lower Pay


Despite laws guaranteeing military personnel that their civilian jobs will be there for them when they come home from war, the reality in many cases is different. After Uniform, White-Collar Blues (NYT) Michael Serricchio was an up-and-coming stockbroker, tending $250 million worth of accounts in Connecticut and earning $200,000 a year in salary and commissions. […]

Samuel Alito Next Supreme Court Nominee?


Erick-Woods Ericson reports: Multiple sources are telling RedState that Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will be named by the President at the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court as early as Monday. “The situation is still in flux,” says one source, “but not very much.” Says […]

Janet Jackson Nude Sunbathing Video


Janet Jackson, whose nipple exposing “warddrobe malfunction” stole the show at the Super Bowl two seasons ago, now appears sunbathing nude on the Internet. Jackson Sunbathing Video Hits Internet (AP) Janet Jackson has been exposed _ and this time, Justin Timberlake is nowhere to be seen. A video clip showing Jackson sunbathing naked has been […]

Libby Indicted, Rove Still Under Investigation

The leaks surrounding the CIA leak investigation have proved correct: Scooter Libby has been indicted and Karl Rove has not, although the investigation into him will continue, according to CBS radio reports. So far, the online sources I’m finding are only reporting on the Rove non-indictment. CBS: Libby to be Indicted (WTOP) CBS News has […]

Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel

All the major papers are speculating about indictments coming down today in the Novak-Plame-Libby-Rove affair, with most focused on Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby. The most interesting, and damning, piece comes from National Journal. Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis […]

Buchanan: Miers Withdrawal Saved Bush Presidency

Pat Buchanan believes that by withdrawing from the brewing battle over her confirmation to the Supreme Court, Harriet Miers May Have Helped Save Bush’s Presidency by (Human Events). By withdrawing her nomination, Harriet Miers spared herself an agonizing inquisition and probable rejection by the Senate and did George W. Bush the greatest service of her […]

MREs Made by Illegal Aliens


The largest manufacturer of military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) has been punished for hiring illegal aliens and falsifying documents. Texas Co. Hired Illegals to Make MREs (AP) A Texas employment agency was sentenced to five years of probation for hiring illegal immigrants to work at the nation’s top producer of military battlefield rations, federal […]

After Miers, Bush May Not Feel Need to Nominate Woman


Close advisors to President Bush say that having nominated Harriet Miers may innoculate him from the perceived need to appoint a woman to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the court. Bush Is Not Expected to Feel Need to Pick Woman Again (NYT) In choosing a replacement for Harriet E. Miers, President Bush may feel less […]

George Takei, Star Trek’s Sulu, Discloses Homosexuality


George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” and its six motion pictures, disclosed today that he is homosexual. George Takei Discloses His Homosexuality (AP) George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in “Star Trek,” came out as homosexual in the current issue of a magazine covering the Los […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Apprentice: Kim Jong-il Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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NFL May Move Saints to Los Angeles


As first reported on ESPN several days ago, the NFL is strongly considered relocating the erstwhile New Orleans Saints to Los Angeles.

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