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Zarqawi Running Out of Suicide Bombers

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The London Times‘ Michael Smith reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is putting together a private army in order to move beyond suicide bombings. The leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is attempting to set up his own mini-army and move away from individual suicide attacks to a more organised resistance movement, according to […]

John Kenneth Galbraith Dead at 97

John Kenneth Galbraith has died. John Kenneth Galbraith, the iconoclastic economist, teacher and diplomat and an unapologetically liberal member of the political and academic establishment that he needled in prolific writings for more than half a century, died yesterday at a hospital in Cambridge, Mass. He was 97. […] Mr. Galbraith was one of the […]

Stephen Colbert and George Bush Lampoon President Bush

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The annual White House Correspondents’ dinner apparently had some tense moments last night, as Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made some remarks that were perhaps a bit more biting than typical for the occasion. President Bush, as is customary, told some self-deprecating jokes and, in a novel twist, has a Bush impersonator do the routine […]

Captain Brad Schwan Fighting Stop Loss

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Captain Brad Schwan, a West Point graduate, is suing to get out of the Army Reserves. Brad Schwan went to the U.S. Military Academy because he thought the quality education and service to his country would make solid building blocks for his future. He never thought he might serve the better part of his life […]

Ballzee Commercial

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Watching the NFL draft on ESPN, there was just a very bizarre commerical for a product called “Ballzee,” which is about cleaning one’s balls on a golf course. The continuous double entendre was somewhat amusing, moreso because it is not at all clear that it was intentional.

“Intelligence” Gene Identified

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Scenta News; A team from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research examined the genetic blueprints of individuals with schizophrenia – a neuropsychiatric disorder characterised by cognitive impairment – and then compared them with healthy volunteers. They discovered that the dysbindin-1 gene (DTNBP1), which they previously demonstrated to be associated with schizophrenia, may also be linked […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney was not selected in the NFL draft. Wizbang is playing with Baby Bob. Willisms is setting the beat with the Algorithm. The Right Place has just another pretty face. The Man unveils an abstract art form. […]

2006 NFL Draft Blogging

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We’ll be blogging on the NFL draft over at OTB Sports today. The draft starts at noon Eastern but there has already been a bombshell with the Houston Texans, widely expected to take consensus best player Reggie Bush with the first pick, inexplicably signing Mario Williams instead. This one has many of us scratching our […]

Zawahri Video: U.S. ‘Broken’ in Iraq

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Ayman al-Zawahri has released another video to rally his supporters. This one claims that terrorist attacks have “broken the back of American in Iraq” He said that U.S. and British forces in Iraq had bogged down in Iraq and “have achieved nothing but loss, disaster and misfortune.” Al-Qaida in Iraq “alone has carried out 800 […]

Woman Gets Spanked on Job, Awarded $1.7 Million by Jury

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A woman spanked as part of a bizarre real estate ritual won $1.7 in damages from a California jury yesterday. A woman who was spanked in front of her co-workers in what her employer called a camaraderie-building exercise has been awarded $1.7 million. Janet Orlando, 53, was subjected to sexual harassment and sexual battery when […]

Mexico Decriminalizes Recreational Drug Use

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Mexico is about to decriminalize recreational use of drugs. Mexicans would be allowed to possess small amounts of cocaine, heroin, even ecstasy for their personal use under a bill approved by lawmakers that some worry could prove to be a lure to young Americans. The bill now only needs President Vicente Fox’s signature to become […]

Rush Limbaugh Arrested on Prescription Drug Charges

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Rush Limbaugh turned himself in on prescription drug charges this afternoon.

John Sweeney, Frat Boy

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Pat Buchanan had a standard line in his stump speech years ago, “Al Gore beat out Ted Kennedy, two straight years, for the title of the biggest spender in the U.S. Senate — and Teddy Kennedy isn’t moderate about anything. I’m not kidding about Teddy. How many other 60-year-olds do you know who still go […]

Da Vinci Judge’s Code Cracked

The Da Vinci code judge had some fun with his ruling, incorporating a hidden code in his opinion. It has been cracked. British High Court Justice Peter Smith, who handed down a ruling that Brown had not plagiarized his book, had embedded his own secret message in his judgment by italicizing letters scattered throughout the […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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President Bush Says Anthem Should Be in English

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President Bush has announced that the U.S. National Anthem should be in English. The national anthem should be sung in English — not Spanish– President Bush declared Friday, amid growing restlessness over the millions of immigrants here illegally. “One of the things that’s very important is, when we debate this issue, that we not lose […]

Economy Numbers Up, Satisfaction Down

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The NYT notes that the public simultaneously has high confidence in the economy and is dissatisfied with the general direction of the country. A well-known index of consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in four years, according to the Conference Board, a research company in New York. In the most recent CBS News […]

The Gasoline Situation

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Again, most of this comes from the Oil Drum. First is the picture of where the price of gasoline comes from, Source: EIA As can be seen the biggest component to gasoline prices is the price of oil. One thing that I’d like to know is, for every $1 increase in the price of oil, […]

Blogs Under Hack Attack

Michelle Malkin reports on the latest denial of service attack, apparently coming from an Islamist group, on HostingMatters, a company which hosts many of the top blogs including, until recently, both Malkin’s and OTB. Among the sites affected: Instapundit, Power Line, Captain’s Quarters, Pundit Guy, Small Dead Animals, Radioblogger, and IMAO. It’s apparently over now. […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton More Popular than Hillary Clinton

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Taegan Goddard points to a new poll which shows that “Hillary Rodham Clinton” is more popular than “Hillary Clinton.” According to CNN, Who would make a better candidate, Hillary Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton? If you’re thinking it doesn’t matter, you’re probably a Democrat. Most Americans’ feelings toward the Democratic senator from New York change […]

Oil Prices: What to Do?

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In the past several posts on the recent run in oil (and gasoline) prices several commenters have basically laid almost all of the blame at the feet of the oil industry. They ignore data indicating that world supply is low relative to pruduction last year. They ignore the increased demand in places like China. They […]

Maine Blogger Lawsuit (Update)

The Maine blogger lawsuit is getting major attention, with the Boston Globe doing a major story on it in today’s edition. A coastal Maine blogger who criticized the state’s tourism office has been hit with a lawsuit seeking potentially more than $1 million in damages for allegedly making false statements and posting on his website, […]

Rove Facing Charges in Plame Case

After years of investigation, it is starting to look like Karl Rove may actually be charged with something in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case, is expected to decide in the next two to three weeks whether to bring perjury charges against Karl Rove, […]

7 Million Served

OTB has had 7 million unique visitors as measured by SiteMeter since February 4, 2003. Thanks to all who’ve come by, and especially those who leave comments and (non-spam) trackbacks.

Reporters Demand CNN on Air Force One

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The White House press corps last night complained about having to watch Fox News on Air Force One. During a briefing led by White House spokesman Scott McClellan as President Bush was traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, the Washington Post’s Jim VandeHei asked why the White House televisions always seemed to be tuned to Fox […]

The 101st Fighting Keyboardists

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Ed Morrissey has joined forces with Frank J and Derek Brigham to start the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. They’re looking for a few good bloggers.

Sci Fi Plans Battlestar Galactica Spinoff, Online Network

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The Sci Fi Channel planning a “Battlestar Galactica” prequel as part of the launch of an online network called Pulse. Pulse will premiere next month with a mix of recycled original series and movies, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and other video extras. Exclusive original content including “webisode” spinoffs of primetime series and a weekly […]

Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

Tonight’s release of “Nuestro Himno,” a Spanish language version of the national anthem, is further opening the wound exposed by the fight over immigration reform and the resulting protests. British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it […]

Peace on the Continent? US-Canada Lumber Fight Settled?

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There are conflicting reports out that the long-standing tariff disputes over Canadian imported lumber to the USA has finally been settled. For those not living near the Canadian border, the USA’s largest trading partner and a country with whom we have not been at war with since 1815, this is a big deal in Canada. […]

The Bold Old Media

Jeff Jarvis takes exception to a speech by John Carroll, former editor of the Los Angeles Times and the Knight Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Come down from the pulpit, Mr. Carroll — and watch that first step, it’s a doozie. Let’s look at how most journalism in […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Borderline ‘Leven Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

Create your own linkfest below. To join in, choose a post from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a TrackBack. If your blog doesn’t automatically generate one, use the Send TrackBack feature below. For more information, see this post.

NC State ROTC Building Vandalized

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Michelle Malkin is blogging on another attack on a campus ROTC program, this time at the unlikely venue of North Carolina State University. From the Raleigh News and Observer: Vandals staged attacks early Wednesday on the buildings used by the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, echoing similar assaults on […]

Tension Over Press Leaks

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David Broder finds the recent investigations into those who leak classified information to the press troubling. This is a troubling case for those of us in journalism. Our view is that it’s the government’s responsibility to keep its secrets secret and that it’s our responsibility to ferret out information so the public is aware of […]

Ann Coulter and Creationist Demagoguery

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Via the Commissar comes this annoying bit of news. Though liberalism rejects the idea of God and reviles people of faith, it bears all the attributes of a religion itself. In Godless, Ann Coulter throws open the doors of the Church of Liberalism, showing us: Its sacraments (abortion) Its holy writ (Roe v. Wade) Its […]

Prosecuting Retired Generals

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Fred Kaplan argues, correctly, that the retired generals who have spoken out against the Secretary of Defense could be subject to courts martial. One of the assumptions surrounding the recent criticism of Rumsfeld is that the retired generals, unlike active-duty officers, are free to criticize the defense secretary without fear of reprisal. Surprisingly, this assumption […]

Simian Rights In Spain

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Robert Duncan, Spero News; After changing the definition of marriage by passing same-sex “marriage” legislation last year, now the Spanish government is bent on changing the very definition of “human.” Once again, the Spanish Socialist government is showing where its true priorities are — and it’s not about Iraq, nor immigration, and it’s certainly not […]

The Oil Drum: The Discourse Must Change

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The Oil Drum has a very good post on the current run up in oil prices. I also have now doubt it will leave many of the commenters here upset…which is one reason why I’m posting on it. We strongly feel that the leaders of both political parties are not only headed in the wrong […]

Oil Prices and Supply

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James Hamilton has a contrarian view on the reason why oil prices are so high. There are two factors contributing to the problem. The first is that about 340,000 barrels/day are still shut in as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Further, it there is no plan to bring that production back on-line. “By […]

Blogger Hit With Multi-Million Dollar Federal Lawsuit

The Media Bloggers Association, of which I am a board member, has taken on the case of Lance Dutson, proprietor of the Maine Web Report blog, who is being sued in federal court for having the audacity to criticize his state. The MBA announcement: MBA Member Hit With Multi-Million Dollar Federal Lawsuit MBA Member Lance […]

George Allen’s Race Problem?

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The New Republic features a bizarre profile of George Allen, one of my senators, by Ryan Lizza. It bears the title “GEORGE ALLEN’S RACE PROBLEM.” The page title is “Hee Haw for president” and the subhead is “Pin Prick.” The subtext is that Allen is a hick or a pseduo-Bubba who is a cross between […]

2006 Blog Reader Survey Results

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BlogAds has released the results of their 2006 blog reader survey. Henry Copeland notes, As I’ve noted in past years, the results of these surveys are anything but scientific. For one thing, we are surveying the choir. For another, the results are skewed by the blogs that choose to participate. For example, this year, the […]

Supremes: State Must Tell You Before Stealing House

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The Supreme Court ruled that a state can not simply confiscate a person’s house without first telling them. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., ruled Wednesday that the government must make extra efforts to notify a homeowner before it sells off his property for unpaid taxes. The Constitution says the […]

Senate Shifts Iraq Money to Border Control

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The Senate voted yesterday to shift $1.9 billion from the Iraq War to border patrol efforts. Prodded by Republicans, the Senate voted on Wednesday to trim President Bush’s financing request for the Iraq war by $1.9 billion and to use that money to improve border security. The vote, 59 to 39, was on an amendment […]

Bush Endorses Amnesty Without Endorsing Amnesty

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President Bush reportedly told a group of senators privately that he supports amnesty for illegal aliens but that he lacks the courage to say so publically. President Bush generally favors plans to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at U.S. citizenship without leaving the country, but does not want to be more publicly supportive […]

Sister of Iraq’s New Sunni Arab VP Murdered

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Terrorists have murdered the sister of on of Iraq’s vice presidents. A sister of Iraq’s new Sunni Arab vice president was killed Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, a day after the politician called for the Sunni-dominated insurgency to be crushed by force. […] Mayson Ahmed Bakir al-Hashimi, 60, whose brother, Tariq al-Hashimi, was […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Eloy Alonso Winners will be announced Monday PM

The MTBE Component (and others) to the Gasoline Issue

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Lynne Kiesling (your go to gal for everything dealing with energy) points to an article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) that points to one reason why gasoline prices are high. There’s been unconscionable behavior all right, most of it on Capitol Hill. A decent portion of the latest run-up in gas prices — […]

Quick Hits

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In getting through my backlog of blog readings, I have unearthed some amusing quips that I missed: Stephen Green: “First, the Left used the ‘chickenhawk’ argument to claim that only active-duty soldiers could venture any opinions on war. Now the Left is filled with glee because we have a clique of generals dissing their elected […]

Why Makes Gas Prices So Special?

Dan Drezner asks “What is so special about gas prices?” That is, why do people get so exercised over increases in gas prices but not that of other items. His own guesses boil down to the Middle East connection, OPEC and cartels, and the fact that “gasoline is the one commodity in which Americans of […]

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