Fred Thompson and Equal Time Law

WaPo’s Michael Shear reports that a presidential bid by Fred Thompson could essentially force television stations to stop running “Law & Order” reruns and movies in which he appears. Federal campaign law requires broadcasters to give all candidates equal time on the airwaves. That rule applies to entertainment programs like “Law & Order,” meaning stations […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Naked Chocolate Jesus Exhibit Canceled

A New York gallery has canceled its naked chocolate Jesus exhibit after receiving protests. A Manhattan art gallery canceled on Friday its Easter-season exhibit of a life-size chocolate sculpture depicting a naked Jesus, after an outcry by Roman Catholics. The sculpture “My Sweet Lord” by Cosimo Cavallaro was to have been exhibited for two hours […]

UK Has Limited Options in Iran Hostage Standoff

Thomas Harding, the London Daily Telegraph‘s Defence Correspondent, argues that the British government has few viable options in its attempt to force Iran to return the 15 marines it is holding hostage. “Military action is unfeasible without American support and so is a military blockade of the Gulf. Unless the United Nations shows more rigour, […]

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First Mate Doing Well After Kidney Transplant

Ed Morrissey‘s wife is producing urine after a successful kidney transplant. Her enterprising doctors “decided to do an appendectomy as long as they had her open.” Try getting that kind of service under socialized medicine!

Media Research Center DisHonors Awards

Last evening, I attended the Media Research Center’s 20th Anniversary Gala as a guest of Matt Sheffield of MRC’s Newsbusters blog. While the festivities went late into the evening, thanks to not starting the presentation until after everyone had finished dessert and a rather rambling performance by substitute presenter Mary Matalin, it was quite fun. […]

State Department Travel Warnings Funny, Undiplomatic

The State Department’s annual travel advisory guidelines “venture beyond the bland, carefully worded travel advice the State Department is normally known for, and are often downright undiplomatic,” reports AP’s Matthew Lee. Some gems: “Driving in Qatar is (like) participating in an extreme sport.” “Police involvement in criminal activity is both legendary and true in Mexico.” […]

Confirming the Munchkins

Responding to Mark Kleimain‘s complaint that, “Too much of the action [in the U.S. Attorney firing kerfuffle] is in the non-confirmable munchkins like Monica Goodling,” Steven Teles observes, Congress has the power to classify any executive branch position it wishes to as subject to confirmation. The constitution states that, “the Congress may by law vest […]

Pentagon Outsourcing its Brain?

Sharon Weinberger points to two recent articles highlighting the “concern that the Pentagon has lost its technical expertise” and is over-reliant on so-called “Beltway Bandit” defense contracting firms. A subscription-only article in the WSJ highlights Mitre and Booz Allen Hamilton, which Weinberger correctly points out have exemplary records, and the March Vanity Fair takes an […]

Australian David Hicks Convicted of Terror Charge

David Hicks has been convicted of aiding terrorists. Ironically, this means he will soon be free to leave the Guantanamo Bay prison. A military judge convicted Australian detainee David Hicks of providing material support for terrorism, a charge he pleaded guilty to. The prison sentence would be limited to seven years under terms of a […]

ICANN Denies .xxx Domain Class

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has turned down the idea of creating an “.xxx” domain, thwarting the hopes that pornography could find its way to the Internet.

UN Sending Hybrid Peacekeeping Force to Darfur

Jessica Valenti passes on word that, “The United Nations, the Sudanese Government, the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States (LAS) have agreed to deploy a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force to Darfur in an effort to end violence in the region.” Good luck with that.

Gallup Goes Inside the Numbers

Frank Newport reports on a new Gallup poll which tries to get a glimpse into why potential voters prefer a particular candidate, especially so early in the process. Gallup asked Republicans to choose between the two front-runners for their party’s nomination — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain — and […]

Blogs Save the World

Steve Rubel waxes rhapsodic on the value of “Why I Blog” posts, enthusing, “Someone can blog about their cat having a hairball and in the next post come up with an idea that solves global warming.” Somewhat unlikely, perhaps, but it could happen. Indeed, it’s not entirely inconceivable that hairballs are the key to the […]

YouTube the Craig’s List of Local Television?

Jeff Jarvis reflects on a reader’s observation that the advent of viral online videos at YouTube and elsewhere may have the same impact on the bottom lines of local television affiliates as Craig’s List did for local newspapers. It’s an interesting point and one I think has some merit.

Kevin Bacon and Friends

I received an email with the subject line “Kevin Bacon Invites You to Join Six Degrees.” The body of the message was indeed such an invite, which describes Six Degrees as “a program which makes it easy for you to raise awareness and support for a charity that’s important to you.” So far, so good. […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Papoon For President Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Majority Oppose Supplemental Spending Shenanigans

Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies* has announced the results of a telephone survey conducted for the Republican National Committee of 800 registered voters from March 25-27, 2007. They found a majority opposed to the provisions of the Iraq War Supplemental Spending bill that just passed both Houses of Congress but faces an almost certain […]

Is Freakonomics Ruining Economics?

TNR’s Noam Scheiber weighs in with a longish essay entitled, “HOW FREAKONOMICS IS RUINING THE DISMAL SCIENCE.” (I’m not a subscriber, so can only read the first page.) While it has virtually nothing to do with the topic at hand, this part of the intro struck me as odd: That’s where Angrist and Krueger came […]

Military Field Rations Around the World

Tony Karon offers an interesting survey of the field rations issued to several armies around the world. They include Mackerel Stewed Beef Indian chicken and rice, sauté of rabbit, and mutton stew flageolets served in an earthenware dish with a “gorgeous little cooker” in the French Army (insert your own jokes here) and exotic foreign […]

Iran’s British Captives: The Briar Patch

My initial reaction to the news that a group of British sailors and marines had been seized by the Iranians—that it was a case of the actions of an overzealous ship’s captain being exploited for domestic political gain by the Iranian regime—is becoming less and less supportable. Austin Bay’s observation Britain says it has definitive […]

Political Profiling of Democratics by Bush U.S. Attorneys?

Some of the liberal bloggers that conservatives actually read, notably Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein guest poster Brian Beutler, are touting a study by University of Minnesota communications profs Donald C. Shields and John F. Cragan which finds that from the start of the Bush Administration in January 2001 through December 2006, “the offices of […]

Maryland Passes ‘National Popular Vote’ Law

Both chambers of Maryland’s legislature have passed a bill, which Governor Martin O’Malley has signaled he’ll sign, that would award the state’s 10 Electoral College votes to the winner of the nation-wide popular vote. “It would not take effect until enough other states agree to do the same” to guarantee that the Electoral College chose […]

Karl Rove Raps at Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

President Bush continued a long tradition by doing a self-deprecating stand-up routine at last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner. He had plenty of good lines. “A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone,” President Bush […]

Dobson Says Fred Thompson Not Real Christian

Focus on the Family’s James Dobson told U.S. News that Fred Thompson would have a hard time getting the Republican nomination, since he’s not really a Christian. “Everyone knows he’s conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for,” Dobson said of Thompson. “[But] I don’t think he’s a […]

U.N. Human Rights Council Now Officially a Joke

Foreign Policy‘s Michael Cognato says that, with its vote this week to end its examination of the worsening conditions in Iran and Uzbekistan, the “U.N. Human Rights Council is now officially a joke.” The sad irony is, the Council was actually conceived as an alternative to the now-defunct Human Rights Committee, which had been widely […]

U.S. Ranked 7th in Technological Innovation

A new report has dropped the U.S. to 7th place in world rankings for technological innovating, The US has lost its position as the world’s primary engine of technology innovation, according to a report by the World Economic Forum. The US is now ranked seventh in the body’s league table measuring the impact of technology […]

Caption Contest

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Daschle Claims McCain Nearly Defected to Dems in 2001

Dale Franks has a link to a story in Thursday’s edition of The Hill that may torpedo John McCain’s presidential campaign: according to former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle and a member of the Democratic House leadership at the time, McCain’s top political strategist approached the Democrats about a potential defection in early 2001, which […]

China and Russia Announce Joint Mars Mission

China has announced that it will be entering a joint venture with Russia to send a satellite to survey Mars. China and Russia will mount a joint effort to explore Mars and one of its moons in 2009, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday following an agreement to boost cooperation between the two ambitious space […]

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Equal Rights Amendment Getting Yet Another Shot?

WaPo fronts news that there’s a “New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment. Those of us over a certain age recall the ERA, which was the gender equivalent to the 14th Amendment. The key language: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any […]

Help Send RedState To Iraq

Redstate has been invited to send two bloggers to Iraq and have chosen Victoria Coates (aka AcademicElephant) and “Jeff.” They’re trying to raise $7500.00 for the trip. They anticipated my immediate reaction: Why doesn’t Eagle Publishing, their new corporate overlords, simply pony up the cash? Apparently, “there just isn’t money budgeted for something like this […]

John McCain Conference Call

Senator John McCain held a conference call with several bloggers and other New Media folks this morning from 10-10:35. He gave a brief statement on why he feels strongly that the Iraq Withdrawal Resolution passed yesterday was dangerous. He contends that the Surge is showing signs of working and that withdrawal would have “catastrophic consequences” […]

John McCain ‘Endorses’ Gay Marriage on MySpace

For a brief time, Senator John McCain’s MySpace page contained a message endorsing gay marriage: Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage . . . particularly marriage between two passionate females. It was a prank. Michael Arrington explains: They used a well known template […]

Fred Thompson the Great Conservative Hope?

There has long been frustration among the party’s social conservative wing that there were no “real conservatives” in the race, despite guys like Tom Tancredo, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore, and Duncan Hunter being in the race. I guess they mean “real conservatives who have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.” Enter Fred Thompson. The […]

Vilsack Endorses Clinton

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who dropped his brief presidential bid last month, endorsed Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for the White House on Monday. “This is the person to be the next president of the United States,” Vilsack said at a news […]

Get Iran and the U. S. to the Table

There’s an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor from John Cooley that I agree with wholeheartedly: The UN Security Council Saturday unanimously passed a resolution to sharpen sanctions against Iran for its presumed nuclear-weapons ambitions. This unanimity provides the West with an occasion for a bold new diplomatic initiative. The US should propose a […]

Tillman Family Reacts to Army Investigation

The family of Pat Tillman has issued a press release in response to the findings I blogged about earlier today. Suffice to say, they are not pleased with the outcome: The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue (sic) the full truth about the circumstances of […]

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Hillary Clinton ‘South Park’

Hillary Clinton will make her first “appearance” on Comedy Central’s “South Park” on Wednesday. The episode, which is still in production, will have the town at the heart of “South Park” preparing for the arrival of Clinton for a big campaign rally. At the same time, the character Cartman suspects a new Muslim student is […]

Tony Snow Has Liver Cancer

Tony Snow has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Presidential spokesman Tony Snow’s surgery to remove a small growth showed that his cancer has returned, the White House said Tuesday. Snow, 51, had his colon removed in 2005 and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer. A small growth was discovered last […]

Supporting the Troops?

Matthew Yglesias asks, If George W. Bush vetos the Iraq supplemental the Democrats passed, isn’t that him cutting off funding for the troops in the field? I mean, here’s congress, appropriating some funds for the troops, and instead of letting the troops get the funds Bush is saying, no, he’ll hold their well-being hostage to […]

Immigration: The Human Cost of Mexicans (Video)

The Onion News Network’s Jean Anne Whorton looks at how immigration has affected one former corporate executive. Classic. via Thoreau

Less War Rather Than More Troops

Christopher Preble, director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, argues that, “The answer to military strain is not more troops but less war.” Even the most powerful country in the world, measured both in terms of our military might and our economic vitality, must make choices. Our military is second-to-none, and our men […]

Compulsory School Attendance

Johnathan Pearce argues against the further raising the age of compulsory school attendance to 18. Reading some history, it does seem as though we live in an age when in some ways, youngsters seem to stay young for much longer than used to be the case. By the time my old man was 18, he […]

Is Office the New Coke?

When I downloaded and installed IE7 when it became available, the very first thing I noticed (and believe I commented on at the time) was that Microsoft had abandoned the old CUA/SAA user interface that had been in place throughout their products for the last 15 years or so. I haven’t obtained or installed Office […]

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