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Beltway Traffic Jam

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CPAC Bloggers Site

Rob Bluey has employed perhaps the ugliest template available to showcase his coverage of the CPAC Bloggers. The coverage, though, is quite good and will quite likely be useful to other CPAC bloggers and groupies of same. I attended CPAC 2005 and enjoyed the interaction with the other bloggers and the opportunity to do some […]

Prince Charles Wants McDonald’s Ban

The heir to the UK’s constitutional monarchy would like to ban the world’s most popular restaurant. The Prince of Wales hit out at McDonald’s yesterday, suggesting that banning the US chain was the “key” to children eating more healthily. His controversial comment provoked an immediate reaction from the fast-food company, which called the words “disappointing” […]

Journalist Makes News, Apologizes

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Politico editor-in-chief John Harris takes pride in having coined the phrase “slow-bleed” to describe John Murtha’s plan for forcing the Bush administration out of Iraq while punching up the story in which that phrase debuted. At the same time, he expresses remorse at having inadvertently become part of the story. It is Murtha’s job to […]

Republican Factions End Feud

The moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and conservative Club for Growth have reached a truce, reports The Politico’s Josh Kraushaar, having decided that “”It’s in the enlightened self-interest of both groups to learn how to constructively work together instead of being at odds and shouting obscenities at each other.” Who could have ever foreseen such […]

Bad Apples and the Barrel

Glenn Greenwald argues that cherry picking outrageous comments at liberal blogs (in this particular case, hundreds that expressed dismay that yesterday’s suicide bomber was unsuccessful in murdering Vice President Cheney) and claiming they represent mainstream liberal thought is intellectually dishonest. Further, he notes that many who are outraged at the comments of anonymous commenters seem […]

Is War Ever Worth It?

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Hilzoy outlines an argument against military intervention that reads remarkably like an argument against war, period.* I commend the essay to you in its entirety; my excerpting of it below will necessarily remove much of its nuance. Noting that war is, in fact, hell, and that when it seems easy, that’s generally due to some […]

Dean’s World Draws Line In The Sand

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Dean Esmay is conducting a purge that he likens to Bill Buckley’s shunning of the John Birchers: “You can be an Islamophobe, or you can contribute to Dean’s World. You cannot do both.” He lays down a set of principles that must be adhered to by “front-page contributors, submitters, or even commenters.” The one that […]

Jeb Bush as a Last Minute Candidate?

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The American Spectator‘s Quin Hillyer thinks there’s a strong possibility that Jeb Bush, who has repeatedly said he isn’t running, could emerge as a “white knight” candidate and carry off the 2008 Republican nomination at the last minute. How so? Hillyer believes that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the front-loaded primary system could mean a messy, […]

Giuliani Overtakes McCain as GOP Frontrunner

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I’ve just received an email from the folks at the political stock market Intrade with the subject: “Intrade Political Newsflash – Giuliani Has Just Overtaken McCain as Frontrunner for GOP Nomination!” I couldn’t find a link online to the data [Update: LINK], but the email included this nifty graph of the trading results: Then again, […]

New Jersey Seeks to Move Presidential Primaries

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Steven Taylor, on New Jersey’s plan to join several other states in moving up their primary: “any state that keeps its presidential primary in June is poorly serving its citizens.” Quite right. More now than ever, since the nominations may be all-but-decided by this time next year. It wouldn’t surprise me if this led to […]

Carl Levin Calls for Attacks On Syria and Iran?

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Redstate‘s Erick Ericson goes Drudge one better with a RED siren and a big headline quoting Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin saying, I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria? That are going to […]

Following Al Gore’s Example for Energy Use

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My latest for TCS Daily, “Following Al Gore’s Example for Energy Use,” is now up. It’s my reaction to the Al Gore’s Big Giant House meme that swept the blogosphere overnight. An excerpt: Regardless of what Al Gore preaches about these matters, the way he lives strikes me as reasonable. He was of the manor […]

Defense Still Not Given the DNA Report

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The Duke Lacrosse case has become a complete joke and it is hard to imagine it becoming even more ridiculous, but several weeks after learning the Nifong and Dr. Meehan of DNA Security agreed to withold potentially exculpatory evidence from the defense…the defense attorneys have still not seen the DNA report. Defense lawyers in the […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Fill-in-the-Blank Foreign Correspondent

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Tom Grant has uncovered the secret form issued to American journalists for writing stories about civilians in war-torn lands: ___________ has lived in the village of ___________ for all [his/her] life. That was, until war came to the village. Today, ___________ lives in [a refugee camp/fear]. “I don’t know where I’ll go, or what I’ll […]

DARPA’s Ultrasonic Cloaking Device

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Sharon Weinberger looked the Pentagon’s 2008 budget request [PDF] and found something instantly recognizable to Star Trek fans: A cloaking device. Unfortunately, it’s not quite up to 23rd Century Klingon standards: This effort will use directed ultrasound technology to enable the capability to significantly reduce sound emissions from large scale tactical military hardware. Theory predicts […]

Whither Britain’s Conservatives?

Christopher Hitchens wonders, “Whatever happened to Britain’s Conservatives?” Specifically, the party long dominated by upper crust men steeped in noblesse oblige, a sense of military duty, and a desire to further the Empire has been replaced by a party of Al Gores (mid-2000 edition). David Cameron has become the green challenger. His party’s events feature […]

Quote of the Day

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“I probably would have written several more books had it not been for the NFL on Sunday.” – Condoleezza Rice

Romney’s Campaign Strategy

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The Boston Globe has gotten a copy of Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy. Here are some views of Mitt Romney causing concern inside his campaign: His hair looks too perfect, he’s not a tough war time leader, and he has earned a reputation as “Slick Dancing Mitt” or “Flip-Flop Mitt.” Romney and his advisers have identified […]

The Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

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As Outside the Beltway has noted in the past, coffee–its presence, its absence, its quality–is a matter of interest to many. Why, it’s even earned its own category on OTB! As noted in comments at the above link, Northern Europeans–from Holland, north and east to the Polish border–has its own way of doing coffee. Some […]

Haggling Over the Size of the Free Trade Area

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Sheldon Richman notes that, if we simply ignore the arbitrary lines on a map, which hold “little practical consequence for people’s economic activities,” there are no imports and exports. There is only what I make and what everyone else makes. Frederic Bastiat pointed out that each of us daily uses products we couldn’t make in […]

Suicide Bomber Targets Vice-President Cheney

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A suicide bomber killed 14 people outside a U.S. air base in Afghanistan, in what appears to have been an attack targeting Vice-President Cheney. A suicide bomber attacked the entrance to the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, killing at least 14 people and wounding a […]

Costco Return Policy: Too Much of A Good Thing

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Costco is limiting its greatly generous return policy by adding a time period on electronics returns, and is adding optional warranties to electronic purchases. ‘A few jerks’ prompt retailer to alter rules on electronics” Costco Wholesale Corp.’s liberal return policy on most consumer electronic products is being reined in. The Issaquah-based [WA] retailer has begun […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Gaza Strippers Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Chinese Menu Discrimination

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A Hispanic man from Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the NYC Human Rights Commission about the fact that restaurants in Chinatown charge an average of $1 less to customers who can read and order in Chinese. Matt Yglesias thought this discriminatory pricing was common knowledge and is “not really sure what’s wrong with this […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Greenspan Warns of Recession

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Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is warning that by the end of the year that the economy could slip into recession. “When you get this far away from a recession invariably forces build up for the next recession, and indeed we are beginning to see that sign,” Greenspan said via satellite link to a business […]

Case of the Missing Rodham

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Hillary Clinton’s middle name has one again been disappeared, notes Joseph Williams of the Boston Globe. Clinton, an early leader in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination, apparently has dropped — or at least deemphasized — “Rodham,” her maiden name. Though her family name remains on her official Senate website, it’s not on her […]

Giuliani Has Uniquely Broad Based Political Appeal

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Gallup’s Lydia Saad reports that Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate running for president this cycle that has broad support among “their political base, political independents, and even members of the opposing party.” With relatively high ratings from Republicans, independents, and Democrats, Giuliani enjoys the most positive national image of the six presidential frontrunners (+44 […]

Al Gore Wins Oscar for Best ‘Documentary’

Al Gore won the Best Documentary Oscar last night for his global warming polemic “An Inconvenient Truth.” Crooks and Liars has the video of Gore’s acceptance speech. Gore joins a growing line of liberal political activists to win major awards in recent years: The Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore, and Hillary Clinton come readily to mind […]

Caption Contest

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Time for Monday OTB Caption ContestTM brought to you by Rodney Dill — TIME MAGAZINE Person Of The Year — 2006 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Sharpton, Thurmond May Be Closer Than You’d Think

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The Associated Press reports on Al Sharpton’s reaction to the news that one of his ancestors was a slave of late South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond’s first cousin, twice removed: “It was probably the most shocking thing in my life,” Sharpton said at news conference Sunday, the same day the [New York Daily News] revealed […]

Obama’s Prescience on Iraq

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Three weeks ago on “”Meet the Press>,” Tim Russert* highlighted some comments made by then-Illinois State Senator Barrack Obama in October 2002 on the then-impending war with Iraq: I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an […]

Some Generals May Quit if Bush Orders Iran Attack

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Four or five of the hundreds of generals on active duty might resign if President Bush orders an attack on Iran, report Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter for the Sunday Times of London. Some of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according […]

News Business is a Business

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Austin Cline laments the fact that the news media is giving an “undeservedly large amount of attention” to the death of Anna Nichole Smith and the ensuing legal wrangling and to trivial matters such as Britney Spears’ decision to shave her head. While our politics are virtually 180 degrees apart, we agree on the relative […]

Virginia Apologizes for Slavery and Exploiting Indians

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The Commonwealth of Virginia has apologized for slavery and running off the Indians. Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery. Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery, […]

AP Smears Romney With 155-Year-Old Family History

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YahooNews runs under the headline “Romney family tree has polygamy branch” an AP piece from Jennifer Dobner and Glen Johnson breaking the shocking news that Mitt Romney’s “great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.” They don’t run this as slow-news-Saturday trivia. Oh, no: Polygamy was not just a […]

Mob Rule at Digg

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Charles Johnson provides a case study in the “digital Maoism” at Digg, where gangs of likeminded lefties pounce on any post from his site and ban it from the front page even when it gets hundreds of “diggs.” Indeed, the post pointing out the problem has nearly 600 diggs at the moment but has been […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney is aiming for the King Pin. Wizbang likes a little on his waffles. Bullwinklette wants ’em well done. Right Pundits is hoping for a rapid withdrawal. Cowboy Blob will soon be makin’ bacon. Wyatt Earp is […]

Milton Friedman on Blogging

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I’m reading Milton Friedman’s 1962 classic Capitalism and Freedom, which I find simultaneously timeless in its argument and incredibly dated in its specifics (in many cases because of policy changes owing at least partly to his influence), and came across this caveat to a discussion of the monopolistic nature of intellectual property protection: But this […]

New Republic Goes Canadian, Bi-Weekly

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The New Republic has been bought out by a Canadian company and will be relaunched in a bi-weekly, glossier format. The New Republic, the thinning left-leaning weekly magazine whose circulation has plunged in the era of the Web, is overhauling itself with a new configuration of owners, who are investing in a new look for […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Should Taxes Be Raised?

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An interesting question for me considering that I just got back from my tax preparers office (and it wasn’t fun this year), and one that Mark Schmitt answers in the affirmative. And as much as it pains me to say this, he may be right. Everyone who looks at the numbers knows that taxes must […]

Tom Vilsack Drops out of Presidential Race

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Former Tom Vilsack Iowa governor has dropped his bid for the White House before anyone knew he was running. Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who built a centrist image, abandoned his bid for the presidency on Friday after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals. “It is money and only money that is the reason […]

Megan McArdle on Behavioral Economics,

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I must say this is rather good (hopefully Ms. McArdle wont mind copying the entire post). The post below also applies to behavioural economics, which the left seems to believe is a magical proof of the benevolence of government intervention, because after all, people are stupid, so they need the government to protect them from […]

Prof. Hamilton on Industrial Production

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James Hamilton has an interesting post on industrial production. [T]he Federal Reserve Board’s index of industrial production fell one-half percent in January. That by itself is not that unusual. What makes it noteworthy is that this Fed index has been languishing for a while, and is now below its value of six months ago. That, […]

Jewish Oppose War More Than Any Other Religious Group

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Jeffrey Jones looks at Gallup polls over the last two years and finds that “among the major religious groups in the United States, Jewish Americans are the most strongly opposed to the Iraq war. Catholics and Protestants are more or less divided in their views on the war, while Mormons are the most likely to […]

Iraq Effect: Bad Social Science

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Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank argue in the latest Mother Jones that the Iraq War has led to a seven-fold increase in the number of fatal jihadist terrorist attacks. Their study compared two time periods: “September 12, 2001, to March 20, 2003 (the day of the Iraq invasion), and March 21, 2003, to September 30, […]

Recognizing the Medal of Honor

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While there are current arguments that the Medal of Honor has become a posthumous event only, sometimes bureaucracy (and stupidity, we won’t talk about the TSA here) is in the way of honoring those who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. It turns out in Oregon, there is only one Medal of Honor recipient, […]

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