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OTB 2005 Year in Review

2005 is rapidly coming to an end, which means it’s time to look back on the year. Personally, the biggest milestones were getting engaged and then married. I’ve also made a few national media appearances and published several freelance pieces, at least partly owing to the notoriety from the blog. The site became a GoogleNews […]

OTB Caption JamTM


Happy New Years… Have a safe New Years Celebration! Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney interviews the Vise President Wizbang reveals what’s behind Burka #2 The Right Place thinks Murtha is S’aright. Willisms has the most likely to concede. The Man has […]

President Mitt Romney?


OpinionJournal editor James Taranto is excited about the prospects of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s presumed bid for president. Mr. Romney could be an attractive presidential candidate. His sunny disposition puts one in mind of Ronald Reagan–he laughs easily and smiles almost continuously. He is a governor, as four of the past five presidents were; but […]

U.S. Planning a Military Strike on Iran’s Nukes?


The English language edition of the esteemed German newsweekly Der Spiegel compiles a review essay of reports from the German press that, together, show strong signs that the United States is planning a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The US and Iran: Is Washington Planning a Military Strike? Recent reports in the German media […]

Donald Trump Weighs 2006 Run for New York Governor


Real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump is considering a run for governor of New York on the Republican ticket, according to highly placed sources. Report: Trump Weighs Run for N.Y. Governor (AP) Donald Trump is considering running for governor, a leading Republican said Friday. Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on Thursday suggested […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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In The Presence Of God

“I, Flipper, take thee, Cindy”


VodkaPundit Stephen Green and his wife Melissa have given birth to their first child, Preston Davis Green. Congrats to both.

Justice Department Investigating NSA Leaks


The Justice Department is investigating the leaks to the New York Times over the NSA’s secret electronic surveillance program. Justice Department Probing Domestic Spying Leak (AP) The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush’s secret domestic spying program, Justice officials said Friday. The officials, who requested anonymity […]

2005 a Very Good Year Economically


TCS Host and American Enterprise Institute fellow James Glassman points out that we have a lot to celebrate about the American economy: Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Lincoln Anderson of LPL Financial Services recently pointed out that the latest Census data show that, far from shrinking or losing ground, the middle class […]

One Red Paperclip


Mary Katharine Ham points to the interesting story of one red paperclip. It’s a weblog chronicling the adventures of Kyle MacDonald, an enterprising fellow from Montreal who is attempting to parlay one red paperclip into a house through a series of trades. The first such trade took place on July 15: This morning Rawnie and […]

Craig Murray’s British Torture Memos

Craig Murray, formerly the UK’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, has copies of two documents showing that the Blair Government knowingly allowed “extraordinary rendition” and willingly used intelligence gathered through torture by the Uzbekis. The first document contains the text of several telegrams that Craig Murray sent back to London from 2002 to 2004, warning that the […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Wild Monkey Sex Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Torturing Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Worked

The Chicago Tribune ran a chilling piece in yesterday’s edition by John Crewdson bolstering the case for torturing terrorist suspects. Spilling Al Qaeda’s secrets Moral and legal aspects aside, conventional wisdom is that torture simply isn’t practical: that someone who is being tortured will say anything to make the torture stop, and that information gleaned […]

Alamo Bowl Finish Recalls ’82 Cal-Stanford Game


John Elway’s last college football game, the one with the Cal band, is an immortal of the game. An also-ran bowl game from last night is drawing comparisons. Alamo Bowl finish recalls wacky ’82 Cal-Stanford game All that was missing was a band on the field – and a touchdown. Michigan was 13 yards from […]

Did Bush Waste His Conservative Moment?

Steve Bainbridge believes that President Bush’s recent humbler tone is a tacit admission that he has failed in his conservative agenda. Peter Baker and Jim VandeHei contend on the front page of today’s WaPo: The lessons drawn by a variety of Bush advisers inside and outside the White House as they map a road to […]

Pentagon Shakes Up Emergency Hierarchy


Poll: 22% Believe Saddam Planned 9/11


The Wall Street Journal reports on a Harris poll showing that a substantial percentage of the American public is misinformed about major foreign policy issues. Many Americans Still Believe Hussein Had Links to al Qaeda Sizeable minorities of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had “strong links to al Qaeda,” a Harris Interactive poll shows, though […]

Peace Breaking Out All Over


Former United Nations strategic planning chief Andrew Mack argues that, despite what you read in the papers, peace is breaking out all over. Seen through the eyes of the media, the world appears an evermore dangerous place. Iraq is sliding toward civil war, the slaughter in Darfur appears unending, violent insurgencies are brewing in Thailand […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM Enough Santa themed contests, back to politics as usual Winners will be announced Monday PM

L.A. Times Prints Quote From Fake Release


The AP reports that the Los Angeles Times printed an April Fool’s Day fake press release as legitimate news. L.A. Times Prints Quote From Fake Release A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool’s joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. The story in […]

Presidents and Scandal

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr argues that presidents are all the same when scandal strikes. Two of the most powerful moments of political déjà vu I have ever experienced took place recently in the context of the Bush administration’s defense of presidentially ordered electronic spying on American citizens. First, in the best tradition of former […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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J.K. Rowling Begins Last Harry Potter Book


The Harry Potter series will apparently be ending with the next installment, which author J.K. Rowling plans to write next year. J.K. Rowling readies pen for final Potter book (AP) J.K. Rowling, the British author of the record-selling Harry Potter series, said she plans to start writing the final book about the boy wizard next […]

U.N.: No Justification for Iraq Re-Vote

The United Nations has reached a preliminary conclusion that the recent Iraqi election, while far from problem free, was sufficiently legitimate as to make calls for a re-vote unwarranted. U.N.: No Justification for Iraq Re-Vote (AP) A United Nations official said Wednesday that Iraq’s recent elections were credible and there was no justification for a […]

Medal of Honor Even Rarer in Modern War

Tom Vanden Brook notes that SFC Paul Smith’s posthumous Medal of Honor is the only one awarded during the long fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, a rate much lower than in previous conflicts. Only One Medal Of Honor Given In Conflicts In Iraq, Afghanistan (USA Today, p. 6) American troops have been fighting and dying […]

Chronicles of Narnia Rap Video From Saturday Night Live

The sensation over the “Lazy Sunday” (The Chronic of Narnia Rap) music video from “Saturday Night Live” has not died down, despite the holidays. Instant Notoriety for a Rap Video From Saturday Night Live (NYT) For most aspiring rappers, the fastest route to having material circulated around the World Wide Web is to produce a […]

Lord of the Blogs


Kathleen Parker thinks the world is going to Hell in a handbasket because of “bloggies” who are “the less visible, insidious enemies of decency, humanity and civility – the angry offspring of narcissism’s quickie marriage to instant gratification.” There’s something frankly creepy about the explosion we now call the Blogosphere – the big-bang “electroniverse” where […]

Bad Information on Information Operations

Monday’s WaPo feature by Jonathan Finer and Doug Struck on the increased role bloggers have in the “information war” and my related post on the story drew substantial attention from the Blogosphere in a slow news period. Now, Bill Roggio who, along with Michael Yon was the subject of the story, reports that there were […]

Israeli Planes Strike Palestinian Terrorist Camps in Lebanon

Recent progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in danger of being undone, as Palestinian terrorist groups in Lebanon are proving increasingly unwilling to heed their elected leaders. After the terrorists shot several volleys of Katyusha rockets into Israel, they were met with retalliatory strikes from the Israeli Defense Forces. Israel air raids target Palestinians in […]

You, Too, Can Be a TV Pundit!


Slate‘s Jack Shafer offers tips for those aspiring to be television pundits. Particularly useful: The toughest part of the job is developing the ability to reduce everything in the news to the party’s latest talking points. Make sure to get yourself on your party’s e-mail lists or otherwise learn the correct line. The booker will […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Indonesian Rebels End Insurgency After 30 Years


Indonesia’s Free Aceh Movement insurgents have laid down their arms after thirty years of fighting: Rebels in Indonesia’s tsunami-ravaged Aceh province formally disbanded their armed wing Tuesday, ending a 29-year struggle for independence that killed thousands so the movement could participate in elections next year. Free Aceh Movement fighters returned to peace talks with the […]

Open Season On Boxing Day Shoppers

Across a backdrop of a Liberal Party campaign pledge to “outlaw” handgun ownership, the outlaws go on with business as usual; Crowds of Boxing Day shoppers fled for their lives ? some still wearing the clothing they were trying on ? after gunmen fought it out on Yonge St. just north of the Eaton Centre […]

Alabama Governor’s Race Is Must-See Politics


While it won’t have the national implications of some other races, Alabama’s governor’s race may well be the nation’s most interesting. It features an incumbent who has alienated his base, , an indicted former governor, woman who’s former husband was the first Democratic nominee to lose an Alabama governor’s race, an indicted former governor, and […]

Jeff Reardon Charged with Armed Robbery

Former Major League closer Jeff Reardon has been charged with armed robbery. Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in history, blamed medication for depression after his arrest for a jewelry store robbery. Police said Tuesday that the 50-year-old Reardon, retired since 1994 and sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the […]

Congress Debates Birthright Citizenship

Congress is set to debate whether children of illegal immigrants should be U.S. citizens. A proposal to change long-standing federal policy and deny citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants on U.S. soil ran aground this month in Congress, but it is sure to resurface — kindling bitter debate even if it fails to become […]

Balkans Paradise for Al Qaeda


The Houston Chronicle‘s Gregory Katz has a disturbing report from Belgrade that the combination of loose borders and powerful organized crime syndicates have made the Balkans “a paradise for al-Qaeda.” A hidden alliance between terror networks and organized crime gangs that control heavily used smuggling routes in the Balkans is making it easier for terrorists […]

Counter-Recruiting Efforts Anger Pentagon


The New York Times highlights a growing trend: protests at military recruiting offices, including by veterans. A Veteran’s Iraq Message Upsets Army Recruiters As those thinking of becoming soldiers arrive on the slushy doorstep of the Army recruiting station [in Duluth, Minnesota], they cannot miss the message posted in bold black letters on the storefront […]

Schwarzenegger Name Taken Off Graz Stadium


Richard Bernstein reports that the officials in Graz, Austria have taken Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name off their sports stadium after a dispute over the death penalty. Hometown Snubs Schwarzenegger Over Death Penalty (NYT) For years the quaint Austrian town of Graz trumpeted its special relationship with its outsize native son, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born in a village […]

Millions More May Pay AMT for 2006

The Alternative Minimum Tax, designed to ensure that millionaires didn’t escape paying taxes through clever use of loopholes, is hitting an increasing number of middle class taxpayers: The alternative minimum tax is becoming even stickier — and could entangle even more taxpayers next year. Congress is expected to recess for the holidays without an agreement […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Laplander Dance Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Trent Lott Considers Retirement


Bob Novak reports that former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is strongly considering retiring at the end of the year, and some prominent Republicans are begging him to run for re-election. Trent Lott within the next week plans to decide between seeking a fourth term in the U.S. Senate from Mississippi or retiring from public […]

BlogPulse Top 25 Blogs

BlogPulse has released their 2005 Year in Review, including their Top 25 Blogs. Their methodology? Top blogs, blog posts, media sources, media stories, movies, videos, audio, images and wikipedia references were tabulated by counting the number of times bloggers linked to them during 2005. While that is somewhat debatable, it’s certain one reasonable measure. Strangely, […]

Bush Pleas with Media Not to Reveal Security Secrets

Howie Kurtz says that the White House has been lobbying newspaper editors to hold back coverage of stories that might damage counterterrorism efforts, with little success. President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an effort to prevent publication of stories he considers damaging to national security. The efforts have failed, but the rare […]

Bloggers Now Weapons in Information War

Jonathan Finer and Doug Struck report on the ever-intensifying fight to shape the flow of information on the Iraq War–including the use of bloggers. Retired soldier Bill Roggio was a computer technician living in New Jersey less than two months ago when a Marine officer half a world away made him an offer he couldn’t […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM One Last Santa Themed photo, (maybe) (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Iraq War Veteran to Become Action Figure


SFC Jerry Wolford, a Silver Star recipient, is going to be the model for a new action figure. [Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry] Wolford, who used to own about 200 action figures, will now become one. He will model for a new line of figures based on the sequel to “America’s Army,” an online video […]

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