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OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney has a horse of a different color. Wizbang is checking out the throne room. Willisms has a lucky charm. Right Pundits is hitting the gym. Bullwinklette doesn’t want to be tased. Wyatt Earp thinks life is […]

McCain Rally Features On-Duty Soldiers

Several uniformed troops spoke at a John McCain “No Surrender Tour” rally in apparent violation of military regulations. Seven on-duty Army personnel participated in a campaign event for Senator John McCain earlier this month in Londonderry, N.H., in an apparent violation of a Pentagon directive against partisan political activity, two military officials confirmed this week. […]

Public Transit Debate Pits City Against Suburbs

A squabble about D.C. area public transportation fees highlights some interesting issues. [D]uring a three-hour special session that highlighted the competing interests of the District and its suburban neighbors, board members traded accusations about which riders would be hurt most by the latest proposal: suburban subway riders who pay to park, or city residents who […]

Larry Craig’s Fall May Benefit Salmon

Now here’s a headline you don’t see every day: “Sen. Craig’s fall may benefit salmon.” So, how exactly will fish benefit from a change in the Senate? Presumably, salmon were already able to use the bathroom in peace and having a “wide stance” is not much of a problem in the deep blue sea. It […]

National Toast: Drink a Beer for Michael Jackson

No, not the one-gloved one, the late beer and scotch-drinking Michael Jackson. We are talking about The Beerhunter here. As a fitting wake for the top writer of malted beverages, on Sunday September 30, at 9PM EST (OK, the USA is still on Daylight Savings, so maybe add or subtract one, or drink a beer […]

Dilemma: Privacy is More Important than Life?

Adults are adults, and sometimes need to get away from each other. Police are not supposed to be referees in personal relationships. But sometimes that is taken to extremes, as just happened near Seattle, WA, where the King County (Seattle is in King County) Sheriffs Department took 8 days to start looking for an accident […]

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.

McCain Calls for ‘Strong Action’ Against Burma ‘Thugs’

Senator John McCain held one of his regular conference calls with bloggers. His prepared remarks focused on a speech he’s making today in Detroit to the Hispanic business community, his satisfaction in having beaten back Democrats in their efforts to force withdrawal in Iraq (which he attributes mostly to Petraeus’ honor, integrity, and leadership), and […]

Tennessee Cigarette Police State

Tennessee revenuers are waiting at the borders to arrest people with cigarettes. Starting [Thursday], state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars. Critics say the new “cigarette surveillance program” amounts to […]

France to Rejoin NATO Military Command

All signs point to France rejoining NATO’s military structure more than forty years after declaring its independence and kicking the alliance headquarters out of Paris. Norman Polmar provides some background: France is expected to soon rejoin NATO’s military command after a 40-year absence. The French government withdrew from the NATO military structure in 1966 (although […]

Why So Subtle?

Matthew Ygleisas wonders why Senator Obama tends to make vague, subtle digs at Senator Clinton without actually mentioning her by name. I wound up yesterday evening covering my first ever Obama mega-rally in Washington Square Park. At some point during his address, he starts talking about experience. First he notes that he actually has a […]

California Electoral College Split Intiative Dead?

The California ballot initiative which would allocate the country’s largest trove of Electoral College votes on a district-by-district basis (essentially handing Republicans 18ish free votes) is reportedly dead. Plagued by a lack of money, supporters of a statewide initiative drive to change the way California’s 55 electoral votes are apportioned, first revealed here by Top […]

Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’

Media Matters has again successfully embroiled the blogosphere in a controversy with a press release. The latest, entitled “Limbaugh: Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are ‘phony soldiers,’” has gained wide circulation on the left. The lede: During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate […]

GOP Debate a Black Comedy

As might have been expected, last night’s “All-American Presidential Forum” featuring Repubican candidates for president talking to black journalists at a historically black college talking about issues of special interest to black Americans turned into a black comedy. The focus was mostly on the candidates who didn’t show — which is to say, all of […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Wet Your Whistleblower Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Collection to Honor Fallen Soldiers

A bipartisan effort led by Comments From Left Field and Conservative Thinking is seeking to raise money to help the families of wounded soldiers. They’re doing it in honor of Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray, 82nd Airborne Division soliders made famous by a NYT op-ed downplaying the success of the Surge and […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Democrats Retreating on Iraq Withdrawal

Ed Morrissey thinks the recent testimony by General David Petraeus has “made it much more difficult for Democrats to argue for withdrawal and defeat. In fact, at last night’s debate, the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination couldn’t even commit to a withdrawal — by 2013.” The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night […]

Key Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled parts of the Patriot Act which give the executive enhanced powers to conduct surveillance and searches of terrorism suspects unconstitutional. Dan Eggen for WaPo: A federal judge in Oregon ruled yesterday that two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional, marking the second time in as many weeks that […]

NRCC Broke, DCCC Flush

The Republican congressional fundraising arm is in debt while its Democratic counterpart is rolling in dough, ABC’s Avni Patel reports. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) reported $1.6 million in cash on hand and $4 million in debts as of Aug. 31. The group helps bankroll House campaigns for GOP candidates. Its counterpart, the Democratic […]

Caption Contest

Time for Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM > (AFP/Jewel Samad) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Halo 3 Biggest Entertainment Release in History

Microsoft has announced that first day sales of the long-anticipated video game Halo 3 exceeded $170,000,000–making its release the most lucrative entertainment release in history. Confirming the expectations of many industry pundits, Microsoft announced today that its flagship Xbox 360 shooter Halo 3 had the biggest entertainment launch in history, generating a record-breaking $170m in […]

House Joins Senate In Condemning ‘Betray Us’ Ad

The House of Representatives has joined the Senate in condemning the infamous “General Betray Us” attack ad. The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org for a recent advertisement attacking the top U.S. general in Iraq. By a 341-79 vote, the House passed a resolution praising the patriotism Gen. David […]

Dark Horse Matchup: Huckabee vs. Paul

If, like me, you’ve been paying way too much attention to the Presidential race, one media trend that you might have noticed lately is the recent spate of stories about Governor Mike Huckabee’s campaign. Many of the stories focus on his increased support from social conservatives and his recent standings in the Iowa and New […]

Bainbridge Goes Back to the Future

Steve Bainbridge has turned his single blog into a hub site for three separate blogs focused on punditry, business law, and wine. This follows his having done the same thing last year and then deciding to go back to the single blog approach. What has been will be again, what has been done will be […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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GM and UAW Both Win?

This morning’s deal between GM and the UAW was a win for both sides, AP Auto Writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher contend. General Motors Corp. won its struggle to unload $51 billion in retiree health costs and improve competitiveness in the latest round of contract talks with the United Auto Workers, but not without […]

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight from 7-8 Eastern. Dave Schuler will join me to discuss the Iranian presidential visit and accompanying hoopla, the Republican Party’s relationship with Black America, and whatever other topics come up. We’ll be taking your calls at (646) 716-7030.

Mitt Romney ‘Five Brothers’ Video

I gather this Mitt Romney parody video has been making the rounds but this is the first I’ve seen it: Classic. For background, see Romney Sons Join Campaign, Not Army. via Soren Dayton

What’s Wrong with DC?

Ezra Klein ignited a big inside the Beltway cross-blog discussion by positing that Washington, D.C. is much less yuppie friendly than other major cities, notably Seattle and Portland. What makes DC awesome is the collection of people pulled their for work (and no, the existence of the suburbs doesn’t change the fact that most of […]

Bush Supports Human Rights, Press Sees Hypocrisy

McClatchy Newspapers is running a story with the headline “Bush astounds activists, supports human rights.” Here’s the lede: President Bush implored the United Nations on Tuesday to recommit itself to restoring human decency by liberating oppressed people and ending famine and disease. Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the president called for renewed efforts […]

NPR Turns Down Bush Interview on Race

National Public Radio turned down an offer by President Bush to sit down with correspondent Juan Williams to talk about race issues, saying they would not allow him to pick the interviewer. The White House reached out to National Public Radio over the weekend, offering analyst Juan Williams a presidential interview to mark yesterday’s 50th […]

Fighting Terrorism — The Homeopathic Way!

The Pentagon is apparently marshalling all of its resources in the war against terrorism–including prayer and homeopathic medicine. Ask Wayne B. Jonas why the scientific foundation he directs is funding research into the effects of prayer, the use of homeopathy to fight bioterrorism and whether magnetic devices can heal orthopedic injuries, and he offers a […]

Little Rock Nine Honored on 50th Anniversary

The nine black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School fifty years ago were honored by the governor and a host of dignitaries today. The Little Rock Nine, once barred from Central High School because they are black, arrived on its soggy campus in limousines Tuesday as the community marked 50 years since President […]

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.

Carnival of the Liberated #148: Third Anniversary Edition

The latest edition of the Carnival of the Liberated, a sampler of some of the best posts of the week from Iraqi and Afghan bloggers, is now available at Dean’s World. This week’s CotL marks its third year under my editorship and I’ve departed somewhat from my usual detachment and the conventional format. I’m only […]

Ahmadinejad Pwned by Bollinger

Ezra Klein believes that the viral impact of the Ahmadinejad forum at Columbia could be far more devastating than years of isolation and vilification by the U.S. government: He’s not being feared. He’s being laughed at. Imagine how the Iranian people feel seeing these clips (and they’re seeing them). Imagine how the rest of the […]

Africa Command to be Based in Germany

Noah Shachtman is somewhat surprised to learn that the U.S. military’s new unified Africa Command will not be based, as its name suggests, in Africa but rather in Stuttgart, Germany. The U.S. military’s newest command, Africa Command, could have only a small minority of its people actually working on the continent. Theresa Whelan, the deputy […]

GOP Candidates Snub Black Debate

Robert Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association, has an editorial in today’s Washington Examiner excoriating the top Republicans for skipping the PBS debates with Tavis Smiley on issues of special importance to “people of color”. This is not only a strategic mistake for these campaigns but also a major embarrassment for the Republican Party. […]

Terrorism Law Takes Married Women’s Drivers Licenses

Women in the state of Georgia have been losing their drivers licenses after getting married or divorced and changing their names, owing to problems complying with the federal Real ID Act. Essentially, the law requires that names on drivers’ licenses match those on Social Security cards and many women are changing their name on one […]

Demonizing Ahmadinejad

University of Michigan Middle East scholar Juan Cole argues that the demonization of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is misguided and part of a right wing propaganda campaign to agitate for another war. Critics have also cited his statements about the Holocaust or his hopes that the Israeli state will collapse. He has been depicted as […]

Majority Disapproves of ‘Betray Us’ Ad

Americans across the political spectrum disapproved of the “Betray Us” ad, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Twenty-three percent (23%) of Americans approve of an ad run in the New York Times “that referred to General Petraeus as General Betray Us.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% disapproved. Those figures include 12% […]

Union Doozy

Washington Examiner editorial cartoonist Nate Beeler offers his take on the GM strike. Click here for my somewhat wordier view.

Caption Contest Winners

The DREAMM for TOMMORROW Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Dumb and Dumber

Thomas Barnett: Me? I like my politicians slower and dumber than my businessmen. I see safety and prosperity in that. Beyond that, I want my military slower and dumber than my politicians. I see the preservation of freedom in that. And beyond all that, I want my intell agencies slower and dumber than my military. […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Television Monopolies

Megan McArdle refutes the idea that forced bundling by cable television providers (that is, a take-it-or-leave it approach that requires subscribers to pay for 180 channels they don’t want in order to get the twenty they do) really harms consumers. Instead, she argues, “The real problem with cable pricing is not bundling; it’s that cable […]

UAW Goes on Strike against GM

The UAW has gone on strike against General Motors. Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job at GM plants around the country Monday, in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976. […] The UAW has 73,000 members who work for GM at 82 U.S. facilities, including assembly and parts plants […]

Kos Diarist Has Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Daily Kos diarist Sally Kohn has come under some understandable fire for her confession of having “a little crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and he’d probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon… She thinks he’s “cuddly” and […]

NYT: MoveOn ‘Betray Us’ Ad Violated Standards

New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt thinks “the ad violated The Times’s own written standards, and the paper now says that the advertiser got a price break it was not entitled to.” Did MoveOn.org get favored treatment from The Times? And was the ad outside the bounds of acceptable political discourse? The answer to […]

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