Curing Gay Sheep

Some researches at Oregon State may have discovered a cure for gay sheep. SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans. The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of […]

Knucklehead of the Year Awards

The 2006 Knucklehead of the Year Awards have been announced, and former President Jimmy Carter has taken top honors, beating out the New York Times and Duke rape trial prosecutor Mike Nifong. Carter won for pronouncements about Israel’s “unjustified attack on Lebanon” and the Times for its reporting on Top Secret intelligence operations, notably the […]

Madrid Airport Bombing Blamed on ETA

A car bomb was set off this morning at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport. Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion at the country’s busiest airport Saturday on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire. Several people suffered minor injuries when a stolen van exploded in a parking lot near terminal […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney thinks Santa comes more than once a year. Wizbang is giving a eulogy. Willisms isn’t all its cracked up to be. The Man is playing Hangman. Bullwinkle is in the pink. Right Pundits shoulda taken a […]

Corey May Denied Retrial

Radley Balko reports that “Cory Maye has lost his motion for a new trial.” Truly a shame. Radley has done some first-rate reporting on this one for months and, certainly, there were more than a few problems with the original trial.

Saddam Hussein Executed in Baghdad (Video, Photos)

Saddam Hussein is dead. Some Arab media, including state-run Iraqiya television, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya and the U.S.-financed Al-Hurra, reported about an hour before daylight Saturday (about 10 p.m. EST Friday) that Saddam had been executed. There was no confirmation from the Iraqi government. A U.S. judge on Friday refused to stop Saddam’s execution, rejecting a last-minute […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Saddam to be Hanged by Sunday – Maybe Today ***UPDATE: Tonight***

Saddam Hussein will reportedly be hanged within three days until he is dead, dead, dead. Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, […]

Tim Johnson Expected to Miss Start of Congress

Tim Johnson remains in intensive care but his condition is improving. He will, however, miss the start of the new Congressional session and his doctors offer no prognosis for when he might return. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) turned 60 yesterday, two weeks after emergency surgery to repair a brain hemorrhage that has left him in […]

Pharmaceutical Companies Developing Universal Flu Vaccine

Two European pharmaceutical companies are currently close to developing a vaccine that would work for all types of influenza. Described as the ‘holy grail’ of flu vaccines, it would protect against all strains of influenza A – the virus behind both bird flu and the nastiest outbreaks of winter flu. Just a couple of injections […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Santa Cowabunga! Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Duke Rape Case: I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle

The North Carolina Bar has just filed ethics charges against Durham DA Mike Nifong. As has been noted here and elsewhere Nifong was quite public with his comments about the case during his bid for re-election. To many it appeared that Nifong was using the case as a campaign issue and that the merits of […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Pelosi’s Grassroots ‘Lobbying’ ‘Reform’

Former FEC Chair Brad Smith warns against the pernicious impact of “lobbying reform bill” that Nancy Pelosi plans to introduce during the first 100 hours of the incoming Congress. The lobbying bill seeks to, among other things, require groups to account for and disclose their efforts at grassroots “lobbying.” This is a very dangerous development […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM by Rodney Dill — TIME MAGAZINE Person Of The Year — 2006 (AP Photo/David Longstreath) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Ford Speaks From Grave on Iraq, Cheney, Kissinger

WaPo fronts a Bob Woodward piece airing the late President Gerald Ford’s views on the Iraq War and various public figures, including Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and Henry Kissinger. Former president Gerald R. Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that the Iraq war was not justified. “I don’t think I would have […]

Reid to Miss Ford Funeral for Andean Junket

Harry Reid is leading a group of Senators on a little trip to the Andes and will miss the events scheduled to honor former President Ford. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation […]

John Edwards Announces Presidential Run

As a result of a website snafu, John Edwards has begun his race to win the Presidency a day early. Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential race Wednesday a day earlier than he’d planned, prodded by an Internet glitch to launch a candidacy focused on health care, poverty and other […]

Good News In the Housing Market

Prof. James Hamilton does all the heavy lifting here, so read his post. Basically, the gist of Hamilton’s analysis –that the worst for home sales is over–seems to be holding up so far. And while this is good news there is still reason to be cautious. One potential problem is that there could still be […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Putting Your Best Facebook Forward

Julian Sanchez observes that he routinely sees on FaceBook and other Social Networking Sites “the sort of stuff no sane person would want a prospective employer or school admissions board thumbing through.” Indeed, I was always rather bemused with the sort of information students conveyed to me when I was collecting contact information and the […]

Duke Rape Case: Bizzaro World Law Professor

Wendy Murphy a law professor and former sex crimes prosecutor comes up with one of the lamest defenses for Mike Nifong. First up she postulates some damning evidence…or in more simple terms she makes up stuff, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong may have eyewitness statements from the defendants’ friends and photos of the incident. […]

Income Inequality

Thomas Sowell is not disturbed by the fact that people don’t understand why CEO’s make so much money. Ninety-nine percent of all the things that happen in this world “make no sense” to any given individual. Do you understand how your automobile’s transmission works? Could you repair it if something went wrong? Do you understand […]

Gerald Ford, RIP

Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States, passed away Tuesday at the age of 93. Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93. Ford had battled pneumonia […]

Reservist Trying to Avoid Iraq Recall Killed by Police

A Maryland Army Reservist was shot and killed by police after a standoff staged to avoid being sent back to duty in Iraq. A man who authorities believe was an Army Reservist just called up to serve in Iraq was fatally shot by police in Leonardtown today after a standoff that began Christmas night. James […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Don’t Treat Your Allergies in the Quad Cities

Tim Naveau is a criminal now and all that he did was buy some allergy medicine for himself and for his son. You see, everyday Tim takes one Claritin-D tablet which helps him with his allergies. His son also suffers from allergies as well, and since he can’t buy Claritin-D legally, his father bought it […]

Old Iraq Strategy Marches On to Great Paper Success

Phil Carter points to an interesting piece in today’s WaPo by Glenn Kessler about how the State Department bureaucracy–or, technically, its contract support–is cheerily cranking out weekly reports proving that our now-declared failed strategy in Iraq is succeeding. A year ago, President Bush announced a new plan for Iraq, framed around “eight pillars” of U.S. […]

Iraq War Deaths Exceed 9/11 Toll

The AP reports that, “at least 2,978” American soldiers have now been killed in Iraq, which is “five more than the number killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.” Some other bits of historical trivia: More American soldiers died during World War II than at Pearl Harbor. More people died […]

The New Protectionism?

With all the focus on off-shoring, out-sourcing, and now this article in the Washington Post by Senators Byron Dorgan and Sherrod Brown I can’t help but think we might be looking at a new era in which the idea of free trade takes a big hit. The thing is that free trade doesn’t hurt, it […]

OneDOJ Database Stirs Privacy Fears

The Justice Department has teamed with police departments from around the country to create the OneDOJ database. People are concerned about the privacy implications. The Justice Department is building a massive database that allows state and local police officers around the country to search millions of case files from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and […]

Nigeria Pipeline Blast Kills Over 200

Thieves trying to steal gas from a pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria have caused an explosion that has killed over 200 people. At least 200 people were killed Tuesday when a pipeline carrying petroleum products exploded in Nigeria’s biggest city of Lagos, a Red Cross official said. The death toll was expected to rise. Ige Oladimeji, […]

Islamic Forces Retreat in Somalia

Somalia’s UN-recognized “government” has won the first round in a regional war. Islamic fighters were in a tactical retreat Tuesday, a senior Islamic leader said, as government and Ethiopian troops advanced on three fronts in a decisive turn around in the battle for control of Somalia. Somalia’s internationally backed government called on the Council of […]

Caption Contest Winners

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Caption Contest

Time for the Christmas OTB Caption ContestTM by Rodney Dill — TIME MAGAZINE Person Of The Year — 2006 (AFP/Mychele Daniau) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the OTB gang. Professor Chaos has a South Park Christmas. Michael Demmons is counting down to Santa’s visit Dean Esmay is sticking to positive news today. John Hawkins is going retro. Becks wants a list of your loot. Ed Morrissey is going multicultural. Steven Taylor hopes you have a friendly Christmas. Ann […]

James Brown, Godfather of Soul, Dies at 73

James Brown died early this morning. He was 73. James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday […]

Schwarzenegger Breaks Leg Skiing

Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg in a skiing accident yesterday. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg while skiing with his family Saturday morning in Sun Valley, Idaho, a spokesman said. Schwarzenegger, 59, was taken to a hospital for X-rays and was discharged with a fracture to his right femur, said Adam Mendelsohn, the governor’s […]

Mathematics of Troop Strength

An editorial in today’s New York Times expresses relief that the Bush administration is finally acknowledging the need to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps: Larger ground forces are an absolute necessity for the sort of battles America is likely to fight during the coming decades: extended clashes with ground-based insurgents rather […]

Monica Lewinsky Gets Masters from London School

Libby Copeland uses the occasion of Monica Lewinsky earning a master’s degree to reflect on the smart-but-dumb phenomenon. There are moments that make you question your fundamental assumptions about the world. One of them took place a few days ago, when news emerged that Monica Lewinsky had just graduated from the London School of Economics. […]

Man Sets Self on Fire to Protest Christmas Vacation (Video, Photos)

A California man set himself and a Christmas tree on fire to protest the local school board’s changing the names of Winter and Spring Vacation to Christmas and Easter Vacation. AP: A man used flammable liquid to light himself on fire, apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district’s decision to change the names […]

12 Million

Earlier this evening, OTB passed the 11 million unique visitor mark as measured by SiteMeter since 4 February 2003. Thanks as always to those who visit, comment, and link.

Bono to Receive Honorary Knighthood

Although he has never served in the military, has never pulled a sword from a stone, and does not wear armor, Bono is being made a knight. Irish rocker and humanitarian Bono will become a knight of the British empire — but the U2 frontman won’t be called “Sir.” Britain confirmed Saturday Bono will receive […]

The Perils of Online Christmas Shopping

Despite the fact that we live in the DC Metro area and thus relatively near a myriad of terrific shopping opportunities, my wife and I are big online shoppers. We’re members of the Amazon Prime program, which provides free 2-day shipping on anything purchased through Amazon that’s actually sold by Amazon, a surprisingly wide array […]

Discount iPods

Sean Cooper explains why you can’t get iPods at a discount in an economy where almost all high tech goods are available at a wide range of prices. If price variation is the natural state of the Internet, then how come the 8GB iPod nano, for example, always sells for $250 (give or take a […]

U.S. Strike Kills Afghan Taliban Leader

Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, a top leader in the Taliban, was killed in a U.S. airstrike. A top Taliban military commander described as a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar was killed in an airstrike this week close to the border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said Saturday. A Taliban spokesman […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney won’t be loafing around. Wizbang is all dressed up with nowhere to go. Willisms has borrowed Cap’n Jack Sparrow’s moral compass. The Man has postcards from the edge. Bullwinkle is taking a little target practice. The […]

Democrats, Republicans and the Deficit

hilzoy, reflecting on a pay-per-view Paul Krugman column arguing that, for political reasons, “Given a choice between cutting the deficit and spending more on good things like health care reform, Democrats in Congress should choose the spending,” observes, [I]t has not escaped my notice that Democrats’ hard work at cutting the deficit, and our willingness […]

Normal Posting Ahead, Check Back Often

Jeremy Meyer has noted (in an edgy, all-lowercase sort of way) that “whenever i mention that i’m going away and that i might not get much chance to post, my hit numbers plummet.” To avoid this phenomenon over this Christmas weekend, he lies, there’s absolutely no reason to believe that i might not be posting […]

Consumer Spending Looking Strong

One of the big drivers in the economy is consumer spending. A big hit to consumer spending can have serius consequences for economic growth. And with the recent run up in interest rates, the creative mortgages, and so forth, there has been some concern about consumer spending this holiday season. However, it looks like consumer […]

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