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Howard Dean Plays the Race Card

Seems to be the day to whip out the race card. Howard Dean has also played the race card by trying to tie President Bush to the House legislation on immigration that is considerably tougher than the Senate version which both Dean and President Bush have supported. One interesting thing about the article is this […]

McKinney Plays the Race Card

In an unsurprising and totally expected move Rep. Cynthia McKinney has played the race card regarding the incident where she struck a Capitol Hill police officer. A lawyer for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had an altercation with a Capitol Police officer, says she was “just a victim of being in Congress while […]

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Another Reason to Wonder if Michelle Malkin Is All That Smart

The guest blogger Allahpundit is guest blogging form Michelle and points out that today is the anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death. Allahpundit says, Michelle’s Schiavo archive runs to eleven pages on Google, but for me it’s this short post that resonates the most. The link to another post by Michelle points to this article by […]


Via Radley Balko, We want the government to guarantee our health, deflect hurricanes, educate our children and license us to drive; we want to be told what to eat, what to smoke and whom to marry. We are justly proud of the fact that no enduring society has ever incarcerated more of its people. Noting […]

Off to Jamaica

Kim and I are winging our way to Jamaica for a short vacation. We’ll be back Monday evening. We’re at a different resort (San Suici) this time but I doubt there will be in-room Internet access and trying to blog from the business center is hardly worth the effort, especially with a beach and all-inclusive […]

Anna Benson Files for Divorce

Anna Benson is filing for divorce from pitcher Kris Benson, who apparently is not dealing well with the effect her antics are having on his career. Anna Benson wants a divorce from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, who still thinks the New York Mets traded him because of his impulsive wife. Anna Benson, an actress […]

Caption Contest Winners

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Don’t Mess With Texas

Tom Elia notes that the buzz about Hillary Clinton’s fundrasing success in “Bush country” does not take into account that Texas is a really big place. Indeed, I am reliably informed, it’s like a whole ‘nother country.

Gays Can’t Come to Massachusetts to Marry

Marriage-minded gays from Alabama should not head Massachusetts. AP’s Jay Lindsey reports, The Supreme Judicial Court, which three years ago made Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage, upheld a 1913 state law that forbids nonresidents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would not be recognized in their home state. “The laws of […]

Congressional Insider Trading

When I saw the headline “Congressional Insider Trading” at Stephen Bainbridge‘s place, I thought he was being metaphorical. As he explains in his TCS piece “Insiders on the Hill,” he is not. Imagine you’re a United States senator. You own a lot of stock in a big defense contractor. In a confidential briefing from the […]

Canada Cuts Ties to Palestinian Authority

Canada has severed diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority because the Hamas-led government refuses to renounce violence. Canada has become the first country after Israel to cut funding and diplomatic ties to the Palestinian Authority over the new Hamas government’s refusal to renounce violence. The Conservatives say they will still offer humanitarian aid to Palestinians […]

Bolten May Shake Up White House Staff

Elizabeth Bumiller reports on speculation that incoming White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten will shake up the administration’s economic and congressional relations teams. Joshua B. Bolten, the incoming White House chief of staff, is expected to press President Bush to assemble new economic and Congressional relations teams and overhaul the management of the West […]

Military Chaplains Split Over Jesus’ Name

Today’s WaPo reports a squabble between rival military chaplains’ associations, the Secretary of the Navy, and the United States Congress over Jesus’ name, or, specifically, whether and when chaplains can pray with reference to it. In recent months, the Secretary of the Navy and the Air Force have issued guidelines requiring that prayer “should be […]

Scalia Fires Back

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, bemused by a recent report in the Boston Herald that he had delivered an obscene gesture in front of a Catholic Church, responds with a rather amusing letter to the editor which they published. It has come to my attention that your newspaper published a story on Monday stating that I […]

Senate Passes Token Lobbying Reform

The Senate passed, 90-8, reforms on lobbying that John McCain has dubbed “weak” and Jeff Birnbaum believes “largely avoided curtailing the behavior of lawmakers.” Sheryl Stolberg outlines the basic details: The bill would require lobbyists to file more public reports about their activities in a searchable Internet database, would demand that lawmakers receive advance approval […]

Jill Carroll, Kidnapped U.S. Reporter, Freed

Jill Carroll has been released from captivity. So far as I can determine, the demands of her captors, the Revenge Brigades, for the release of all female detainees in Iraq were not met.

Caption Contest

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Meathead Resigns

Rob Reiner has resigned from the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. Why? Well because it looks like he has mis-used state funds in promoting yet another pet project of his. Legislators from both political parties said Reiner, an outspoken Democrat, improperly spent $23 million of commission funds to highlight preschool when he was […]

What Congress Should Do About Immigration

This Cato Handbook For Congress (pdf) is a bit old, but the recommendations for immigration sound pretty good to me. Congress should expand, or at least maintain, current legal immigration quotas; focus border-control resources on efforts to keep terrorists out of the country; create a temporary worker visa for less-skilled immigrants from Mexico to work […]

FBI Abuses Kurds in U.S.

Max Sawicky points to what appears to be a pretty horrible abuse of power by the F.B.I. Harrisonburg, Virginia happens to have one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi Kurdish population in the US. They all came in the late 1990s to flee from Saddam Hussein’s regime after working for pro-US NGOs and having their […]

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Abdul Rahman Safe in Italy

Abdul Rahman, who disappeared immediately after his release from an Afghan prison yesterday, is safe and welcome in Italy. Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the man was in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving in […]

Homeland Security Brain Drain?

The Department of Homeland Security is suffering the effects of a brain drain, reports USA Today‘s Mimi Hall. To even casual observers of DHS, the obvious rejoinder is that the key prerequisite for a brain drain was never established. Regardless, the key vacancies include “top leaders in the department’s cyber-security, technology and disaster response divisions.” […]

UN Starts Search for Kofi Annan Successor

The UN Security Council has started looking for Kofi Annan’s successor as General Secretary. Predictably, the discussion has already devolved into a spat over which region’s “turn” it is. AP’s Edith Lederer asserts that, “By tradition, the job of secretary-general rotates by region — and Asian and African nations, who represent the majority of U.N. […]

Exiled Liberian Warlord Charles Taylor Arrested in Nigeria

Exiled Liberian “warlord” Charles Taylor has been arrested Nigeria for extradition to Sierra Leone for war crimes charges. Taylor helped foment civil wars in two countries that led to more than 300,000 dead and is widely considered among the most vile men of the last quarter century. AP’s Bashir Adigun: Taylor, a one-time warlord and […]

A Note on the Economics of Immigration

This morning on the radio the talk show host made the following claim (as best I can recall), “And the free marketers will tell you that the illegal immigrant workers make for cheaper products. But look at Las Vegas, there was a time when the rooms there cost $14, now they cost $300. You’re getting […]

Christian Peacemakers

South Florida style. h/t – The Hate-Filled Diatribess.

Hillary Clinton Too Sexy for the White House?

Sharon Stone and Madonna think Hillary is too sexy to win back the White House. Actor Sharon Stone has warned Hillary Rodham Clinton to stay out of the 2008 US presidential race, saying the New York senator and former first lady is too sexy to win back the keys to the White House. Stone, 48, […]

McCain Sucking Up to Jerry Falwell

If there was any doubt how badly John McCain wanted to be president, let it end now: McCain is going to be the graduation speaker at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. U.S. Sen. John McCain – a likely 2008 presidential candidate who once labeled the Rev. Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance” – will be Liberty […]

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U.S. Pressuring Ibrahim al-Jaafari to Step Aside?

Edward Wong reports that a Shiite politician, Redha Jowad Taki, claims that the Bush Administration is putting pressure on Iraq’s interim prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to refrain from joining the permanent government. The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the head of the main Shiite political bloc at a meeting last Saturday to pass a “personal message […]

Kadima Wins Israeli Elections (Developing)

Breaking from CNN: “The new Kadima party is projected to win most seats in the Israeli election, according to Israeli TV exit polls.” AP adds: Projections by Israel’s three main TV stations showed acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s centrist Kadima Party winning Tuesday’s election but getting fewer seats than expected. The center-left Labor Party, a […]

More on the War on Methamphetamines

Since apparently there is no longer a War on Terrorism and instead the new big scourge is methamphetamines…or is it? Over the past year and a half, The Oregonian has dedicated itself to exposing the rise of methamphetamine addiction. Beginning with its five-part series “Unnecessary Epidemic” in October 2004 and continuing through this month, reporters […]

Five People of Seven Million Picked Right Final Four

NYT reporter Michael Schmidt says not to feel bad about blowing your NCAA brackets this year. You are not alone. Know anyone who has the Final Four intact in the office pool? No way. After all, not one top-seeded team made it. The last time that happened was 1980. Who could have picked the Patriots […]

Rumsfeld: U.S. Losing Battle of Ideas

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told the students of the Army War College that the United States is losing the battle of ideas. In response to a question, he replied, “If I were grading I would say we probably deserve a `D’ or a `D-plus’ as a country as to how well we’re doing in […]

State Dept. Paying Record Bonuses for Iraq, Afghanistan

The State Department has received approval to bump up bonus pay for Iraq and Afghanistan to record levels in order to help recruit officers for duty in those hot spots, reports WaPo’s Bradley Graham. To help recruit U.S. government civilians for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department has boosted the pay allowances for […]

Caspar Weinberger Dies at Age 88

Caspar Weinberger has died, just hours after his Reagan and Nixon Administration colleague Lyn Nofziger. AP’s George Gedda summarizes the paradox of Weinberger’s career thusly: As Richard Nixon’s budget director, Weinberger was such a zealous economizer he earned the nickname “Cap the Knife” for his efforts to slash government spending, largely by cutting or curtailing […]

Abdul Rahman Has Disappeared

Abdul Rahman has seemingly vanished from the face of the Earth, hours after having been released from prison. Under the circumstances, I can’t say as I blame him.

GOP’s Structural Advantage

National Journal‘s Charlie Cook argues that the Republicans have a huge “Structural Advantage” that makes their retention of Congress likely even with troubling poll numbers. Structural barriers are protecting the GOP’s majorities like seawalls, and would likely withstand the surge from a Category 1, 2, or 3 storm. Despite national political trends indicating that the […]

Lyn Nofziger, Former Reagan Spokesman, Dead at 81

Lyn Nofziger, a longtime advisor to Ronald Reagan, has died of cancer at the age of 81 Nofziger had a long and colorful political career, serving California’s two leading Republican politicians of the 1970s and 1980s, Reagan and Richard Nixon. He is perhaps most famous for announcing that Reagan had been shot. Watergate figure John […]

White House Chief of Staff Card Out, Bolton In

White House Chief of Staff Andy Card has resigned and Budget Director Josh Bolton has been named his successor. AP White House Correspondent Terrence Hunt observes, “The move cames as Bush is buffeted by increasing criticism of the drawn-out war in Iraq and as fellow Republicans have suggested pointedly that the president bring in new […]

Reading the Other Side

Most blog readers, like talk radio listeners, gravitate to those sites where the host’s views mirror their own. This actually encourages over-the-top language, villification of the other side, and shoddy reasoning. Echo chambers tend not to reward nuance.

Caption Contest Winners

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Moussaoui Says Fifth 9/11 Plane Planned for White House

Zacarias Moussaoui dropped a bombshell in open court today: Zacarias Moussaoui testified in Federal District Court here today that he knew of Al Qaeda’s plans to fly jetliners into the World Trade Center and that he was to have piloted an airliner into the White House on Sept. 11, 2001. Taking the stand before the […]

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The New Xenophobia

I read posts like this which spawns further posts such as this one and I can’t help but think that we are looking at the new xenophobia (a term I’ve shamelessly stolen from Arnold Kling). Let’s look at the bit that Michelle Malkin highlighted. Dale Baughman, who has lived in Northwest Arkansas all his life, […]

Beatles and Steve Jobs Back in Court Over Apple Trademark

For the third time in twenty five years, the Beatles and Steve Jobs are in court over the Apple trademark. The history is interesting. NYT’s Matthew Healy notes that, “The Beatles set up Apple Corps in 1968, partly as a tax shelter. These days the firm, led by Neil Aspinall, a longtime Beatles confidant, functions […]

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