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Tom Hanks into Army’s Ranger Hall of Fame

Tom Hanks has been inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame. Actor Tom Hanks was inducted Thursday as an honorary member of the U.S. Army’s Ranger Hall of Fame for his accurate portrayal of a World War II Army Ranger company commander in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” and for his continued commitment to […]

Why this Pork-Busters Stuff is Nonsense

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea and I also like one of its major proponents, Glenn Reynolds, but when I read stuff like this I know that the Pork Busters stuff is all a bunch of nonsense. Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona is on a crusade against wasteful pork barrel spending. During the […]

Biased Sample, Maybe?

This rather breathless article about how Al Gore “got the science right” in An Inconvienent Truth could very well be suffering from a biased sample. The former vice president’s movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice […]

John Yoo On Hamdan

Short and sweet: By putting on hold military commissions to try terrorists for war crimes, five Supreme Court justices have made the legal system part of the problem, rather than part of the solution to the challenges of the war on terrorism. They tossed aside centuries of American history, judicial decisions of long standing, and […]

Siegelman, Scrushy Guilty of Bribery

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were found guilty of bribery yesterday afternoon. A federal jury convicted former Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy Thursday on corruption charges alleging that Scrushy bought a seat on a state board with $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman’s lottery campaign. The […]

Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry a Log Cabin Republican (Video, Photos)

Michael Demmons has photos and video from the first day of the Log Cabin Republican convention. He has pictures of himself with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, First Lady Maria Shriver, and Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives. Michael notes that, For me, the difference between attending a Log Cabin Republican event and a gay […]

Trent Lott Comeback Buzz Grows Louder

The Hill‘s Alexander Bolton reports that there is increasing buzz over a Trent Lott return to the Leadership after the fall elections. The prospect of former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) returning to leadership next year is creating more and more buzz on and off Capitol Hill, Republican insiders say. The higher volume of […]

Man Charged after Videotaping Police on His Own Property

A Nashua, New Hampshire man has been arrested for videotaping police officers on his own property. A city man is charged with violating state wiretap laws by recording a detective on his home security camera, while the detective was investigating the man’s sons. Michael Gannon, 49, of 26 Morgan St., was arrested Tuesday night, after […]

Cher — Supporting the Troops

This almost goes in the Gone Hollywood section, but Cher is doing a class act in gathering attention to the troops, while still opposing the concept of the war in Iraq. She is putting her money (over $130K) and celeb status behind an effort to improve soldiers’ helmets. Cher, who opposes the war in Iraq […]

New Bin Laden Video: “Elegizing the martyr of the nation and the Emir of the martyrs, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi (God bless his soul)”

Image via SITE Institute I think the title might be a tad long: A 19-minute videotaped message purportedly by Osama bin Laden paying tribute to slain al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was posted on a Web site Thursday. The video, released by al-Qaida’s as-Sahab Institute for Media Production, is entitled “Elegizing the martyr […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Rocket to me, Baby Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Bush Vows to Pursue Detainee War Trials

President Bush said he will press Congress for a law specifically authorizing military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling. After a Supreme Court decision overruling war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Bush suggested Thursday he would seek Congress’ approval to proceed with trying terrorism suspects before military […]

Guitarist Johnny Jenkins Dead at 67

The legendary guitarist Johnny Jenkins died Monday at 67. Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, has died. He was 67. Jenkins died Monday night at a hospital in Macon, according to Jones Brothers Eastlawn Chapel. Jenkins was touring around […]

Justice Scalia, Please Pick-up the White Courtesy Phone

This comes from Capshaw Alabama (via the Agitator). When 11-year-old Aaliyah McCoy heard crunching gravel Tuesday morning that indicated vehicles were driving toward her home, she peeked out a window and saw vans and “a bunch of cop cars coming.” She heard voices yell next door, “Open up! Police!” and then she heard “boom, boom.” […]

The Jawa Report is Back

The Jawa Report is Back, having been down for nearly two weeks pursuant to a DDOS attack.

Interstate Highway System 50th Anniversary

The interstate highway sytem was born half a century ago today. Fifty years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that transformed South Florida and the United States. With the possible exception of the Internet, no innovation over the last 50 years touched more American lives on a daily basis, via commerce and […]

Stolen V.A. Laptop Recovered – No Identity Thefts Reported

The stolen laptop computer containing records on 26.5 million veterans has been recovered, apparently without any of the data having been compromised. The government has recovered the stolen laptop computer containing sensitive data for up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson announced Thursday. Nicholson also said there have been […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Military Tribunals; Geneva Applies to Al Qaeda (Updated)

The Supreme Court ruled that Ahmed Salim Hamdan was being improperly held at Guantanamo Bay and apparently held that President Bush does not have the power to try those he deems “enemy combatants” in military tribunals. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Bush administration did not have the legal authority to go […]

Google Launching Checkout Online Payment Service

Google is positioning itself as the dominant player in the electronic payment business. Google Inc. on Thursday will unveil a much-anticipated payment service that aims to make online shopping more convenient and give advertisers another reason to pour more money into the Internet search leader. As Google attempts to boost its already lofty profits and […]

BBC Terrorist Policy to Prevent Bias is Biased

An independent panel reported that the BBC’s refusal to use the word “terrorist” to describe terrorists is itself a value judgment that biases coverage. The BBC has rejected a call made by an independent panel studying charges of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change its editorial policies on the use of […]

Time for an Agonizing Reappraisal of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Pat Buchanan has a provocative essay in his American Conservative magazine arguing that it is “Time for an ‘Agonizing Reappraisal’” of our foreign policy. The piece defies excerpting; it’s a litany of examples of Islamists gaining around the world, partly as a result of “blowback” against American action aimed at promoting human rights and democratization. […]

Stop Telling Him What To Write

Chris Bowers is sick and tired of well-heeled liberal activist groups lobbying him to write about their issues who won’t say nice things about the netroots or send some serious cash his way. Update: Mike Krempasky points out that this “problem” isn’t limited to the Left: “Go find 10 people who got great degrees and […]

The IRS versus Pimps

The Senate Judiciary has approved a bill that would establish an office in the IRS for investigating pimps and prostitutes who haven’t paid income taxes. The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning approved a bill sponsored by committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, authorizing at least $2 million toward the establishment of an office in the […]

Palestinians Murder 18-Year-Old, Israel Arrests Hamas Leaders

The Palestinian-Israel situation just got a little uglier, with Palestinian terrorists murdering a settler and Israeli troops arresting members of the Hamas-led cabinet. Israeli forces rounded up dozens of Palestinian Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from Hamas, increasing pressure on the Islamic militants to release a captured Israeli soldier, and witnesses said tanks moved into northern […]

Harvard: Buh-bye Larry and Buh-bye $115 Million

With the departure of Lawrence Summers this Friday from Harvard, also walking is the $115 million donation that Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle, had pledged. Apparently Summers and Ellison were well aquainted and Summers was the architect of this donation/program and with Summers leaving Harvard Ellison has reconsidered his donation. The largest donation […]

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Iraq Insurgent Groups Offer Cease-Fire

The insurgents are offering to stop shooting at us if we cut and run. Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered to halt attacks on the U.S.-led military if the Iraqi government and President Bush set a two-year timetable for withdrawing all foreign troops from the country, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on […]

Israeli Jets Buzz Syrian President’s Home

Israeli warplanes buzzed the home of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a not-so-subtle message that he should help pressure the Hamas government of the Palestinian Authority to pressure terrorists to release a 19-year-old soldier they’ve taken hostage. Israeli warplanes buzzed the seaside home of Syria’s president and bombed Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday to […]

Supremes Uphold and Strike Down Texas Redistricting

The Supreme Court today ruled on the controversial mid-cycle redistricting of Texas’ U.S. House seats. WaPo puts the headline “Court Nixes Part of Texas Political Map” on Gina Holland’s AP story which begins, “The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld most of the Republican-boosting Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay but […]

Superman Returns Movie Review

My wife and I went to the 10:00 p.m. showing of “Superman Returns” last night. No real spoilers below for any who have seen any of the pre-release publicity but my review is hidden after the jump just in case.

Preemption And North Korea

Michael O’Hanlon and Mike Mochizuki argue that a preemptive strike on the DPRK’s threatened test of their long range Taepdong 2 missile “would probably isolate the United States more than Pyongyang.” Further, the main problem is a muddled and inconsistent Korea policy and the larger issue of a nuclear regime, not this specific test. [T]he […]

NBC Strikes Deal with YouTube

NBC is changing its tune on YouTube and will now post videos on the Internet phenomenon. Just months ago, NBC Universal was demanding that clips of its shows be removed from YouTube. In the time since, YouTube has emerged as an Internet tour de force, and now NBC has changed its tune. A network representative […]

Reporters And Citizenship

Marc Danziger highlights an exchange from a PBS roundtable discussion from twenty years ago that I remember well. James Fallows describes in hindsight a dialogue between the late Peter Jennings, then anchor of ABC World News Tonight, and CBS’s Mike Wallace about a hypothetical war they were covering. With Jennings in their midst, the northern […]

Wounded Soldier Jogs with President Bush (Video, Photo)

Army Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge took a little run with President Bush yesterday, fulfilling a promise made in January. President Bush took a jog Tuesday with a soldier who lost part of both legs in Iraq, following through on a bedside promise even the president had doubts about at the time. Despite a slight drizzle, […]

Signing Statements Raising Hackles on the Hill (Updated)

The Senate is holding hearings this week on President Bush’s practice of attaching presidential signing statements to legislation he signs into law: Sen. John McCain thought he had a deal when President Bush, faced with a veto-proof margin in Congress, agreed to sign a bill banning the torture of detainees. Not quite. While Bush signed […]

Senate Rejects Flag Desecration Amendment

Americans remain free to engage in symbolic speech that most of us vehemently dislike. A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration died in a Senate cliffhanger Tuesday, a single vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification and four months before voters elect a new Congress. The 66-34 tally […]

Israeli Strike On Palestine Commences

CNN Breaking News: An Israeli airstrike Tuesday targeted a road that the Israeli military said is used by Palestinian militants to launch rockets. The Israel Defense Forces told CNN that tanks, which are massed at the Gaza border, are not on the move. Tanks and troops are poised at the border as tensions escalate over […]

Superman: Truth, Justice, and . . . all That Stuff

Apparently, Superman is not an American anymore. Page 6 SUPERMAN’S motto, “Truth, justice and the American way,” has been rewritten in the new “Superman Returns” to “Truth, justice and . . . all that stuff.” Jeannie Wolf reports on that screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris wanted to avoid outdated jingoism. Dan: “I don’t […]

Spiderman 3 Teaser Trailer (Video)

The Spiderman 3 teaser trailer will debut with “Superman: The Return” later tonight. It’s available for download from Sony’s website. For those whose busy lives preclude waiting for files to download and who don’t need the best possible video quality, there’s always YouTube: Hat tip: WWTDD

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I Wonder…

Michelle Malkin, in a post on the the homecoming of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, links to this article. What I found interesting was found a ways down in that article, Like Garza, Adelaida Rey showed her support by waving a small flag from the side of the road. She brought her grandchildren along to share the […]

Iraqi Insurgents Seeking Negotiated Peace?

Edward Wong reports that several insurgent factions are asking for negotiations with the Iraqi government. Several Sunni-led insurgent groups have approached the Iraqi government to try to start negotiations after the Iraqi prime minister’s presentation on Sunday of a limited plan for reconciliation, a senior legislator from the prime minister’s party said Monday. The groups […]

Buzz Aldrin Punches Guy in the Face (VIDEO)

YouTube – Buzz Aldrin punches guy in the face via Will Femia, who observes, “Look, it’s one thing if you want to come up with your own conspiracy theories about the space program and whatever else, but if you’re going to get in a man’s face and call him a coward and a liar to […]

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise Never Married

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were never married. At least, not as far as the Pope is concerned. How did Nicole Kidman, one-time spouse of Tom Cruise, get re-married in a Catholic church if she didn’t have an annulment? Clue: she wasn’t actually married before. Nicole Kidman’s wedding to country singer Keith Urban in Sydney […]

Republican Michael Steele Getting Help from Republicans

Ah, the perils of being black and Republican. WaPo has a story on page B1 of yesterday’s edition entitled, “Steele’s Donor List Stirs Racial Questions.” It seems that Michael Steele, the Maryland lieutenant governor running for the United States Senate (Psst: He’s black, by the way) is getting help from some people that many black […]

Clinton Campaign Hires Blogger Peter Daou as Consultant

Hillary Clinton has hired blogger Peter Daou to help make nice to the netroots. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign has hired Peter Daou, one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation, to help disseminate her message in a forum that has not always been that hospitable to her. The move underscores the degree […]

Rob Acidman Smith, RIP

Rob “Acidman” Smith was found dead yesterday at 2 a.m. of unspecified causes. The Acidman was one of the “Tall Dogs” in the early days of the blogosphere; his site was among the most trafficked and linked when OTB started. His was a unique voice among widely read blogs, very blue collar and personal. He […]

‘Breathtaking’ Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid

Today’s New York Times fronts a story entitled “‘Breathtaking’ Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid.” Among the many superlatives associated with Hurricane Katrina can now be added this one: it produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion. A hotel […]

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