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Evel Knievel Dead at 69

Legendary stuntman Robert Craig Evel Knievel has died after a long illness at the age of 69. Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho’s Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69. Knievel’s death was confirmed by his granddaughter, […]

Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office

Hostages At Clinton Campaign Office

Two Hillary Clinton campaign workers in Rochester, Hew Hampshire have been taken hostage, WMUR reports. An armed man has taken two campaign workers hostage at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, police said. Officials with the campaign confirmed that there were two workers taken hostage in the office on 28 North Main St.. A […]

Now The World Is Watching (Updated)

Protesters in the Sudan, unsatisified with the verdict of imprisonment rendered to British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons for the offense of naming a classroom teddy bear “Mohammed”, are calling for the poor woman’s death: (CBS/AP) Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a […]

Rudy Giuliani ‘Shag Fund’ Scandal

Rudy Giuliani 'Shag Fund' Scandal

While the right side of the blogosphere busied itself with outrage over planted questions in the YouTube debate, our counterparts on the left were exulting over news that Rudy Giuliani billed New York City taxpayers for security services and travel expenses for his then-mistress (now wife) back in 2000. TPM’s Josh Marshall has dubbed this […]

The Council Has Spoken!

The Watcher’s Council has announced its picks for the most outstanding posts of the preceding week. The winning Council post was Right Wing Nut House’s post, “Buchanan’s New Book: “Prepare Ye for the End””. Second place honors went to my own post, “The Visual Imagery Society”. I voted for Rick’s post so I’m happy with […]

Murtha: Surge is Working

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While many war supporters have been pointing to security improvements in Iraq as evidence that the Surge is working for weeks, the meme got a significant boost yesterday from an unlikely source: Congressman Jack Murtha. U.S. Rep. John Murtha today said he saw signs of military progress during a brief trip to Iraq last week, […]

Rodney King Shot

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Motorist Rodney King was shot, apparently while bicycling around town drunk. Rodney King, whose videotaped beating once made him an international symbol of police brutality, suffered minor injuries after getting hit by a shotgun blast, authorities in California said on Thursday. An intoxicated King summoned officers to his home in Rialto, about 60 miles east […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Todd Rundgren Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Virtual Imperialism: Easing the White Man’s Burden

Foreign Policy‘s Prerna Mankad brings us up to speed on the latest merging of the Internet and cheap foreign labor: the rise of “virtual personal assistants” (VPAs) from India who perform various mundane tasks for a nominal-to-Americans price. This, apparently, has created an ethical dilemma for some: Is employing a VPA in India to respond […]

Trent Lott and the Politics of Cashing In

Trent Lott and the Politics of Cashing In

Bob Novak excoriates Trent Lott for resigning from the Senate in order to cash in as a lobbyist. Members of Congress talk among themselves about “getting out to make some money,” and they do not mean pocket change. The swollen federal government and concomitant growth of massive lobbying firms means ex-lawmakers such as Lott and […]

Henry Hyde Dead at 83

Henry Hyde Dead at 83

Henry Hyde died this morning at the age of 83. Former Rep. Henry Hyde, the Illinois Republican who steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and was a championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions, died Thursday. He was 83. The death of the Illinois Republican was announced by House Minority Leader John Boehner’s […]

Gay YouTube General a Hillary Plant – So What?

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The blogosphere is abuzz over the revelation that Keith Kerr, the 74-year-old retired Army colonel and California National Guard general who stunned the candidates in last night’s YouTube debate with the announcement that he was openly gay, works for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Jonathan Martin describes the question itself as “a powerful moment.” A retired […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Winners will be announced Monday PM

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 and John Burgess will be joining me to talk about the recent Saudi rape case, the rioting in France, the Annapolis Conference and whatever other topics come up. We’ll also be taking your calls at […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Income Mobility in the United States

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Defying every rule in the bloggers’ code, commenter Hal has taken it upon himself to conduct some actual research into the various assertions about income mobility bandied about here and elsewhere in response to a recent Thomas Sowell column. In so doing, he unearthed an interesting Treasury Department report from November 13, entitled “INCOME MOBILITY […]

James Jones Appointed Middle East Special Envoy

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Former Marine Commandant and Supreme Allied Commander James Jones will be appointed as Special Envoy for Middle East Security, AP reports. A former NATO commander is expected to accept a role as adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on security issues related to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on a peace accord, officials […]

Sarkozy Vows to Punish Gun-Toting Rioters

Sarkozy Vows to Punish Gun-Toting Rioters

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed Wednesday that rioters who shot at police during a flare-up of Paris suburban unrest would be severely punished,” AFP reports. Strikes me as a good idea. Via OTB News.

Female Suicide Bombers Hit Iraq, Sri Lanka

Female Suicide Bombers Hit Iraq, Sri Lanka

An exceedingly rare occurrence, a suicide bombing carried out by a female terrorist, has happened twice today, presumably independently, hitting the capitals of Iraq and Sri Lanka. USA Today: A woman wearing an explosives belt blew herself up near an American patrol northeast of Baghdad — a rare female suicide bombing that wounded seven U.S. […]

American Hubris in the Middle East

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I was listening to a discussion on the Diane Rehm Show this morning on the Annapolis Mideast Peace Conference this morning, featuring Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV, Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, and Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and director of the Saban Center. It was, as […]

Cell Phone College Classes

Cell Phone College Classes

For students who found taking college classes over their computers too constraining, a Japanese university now offers one of their courses via cell phone. Japanese already use cell phones to shop, read novels, exchange e-mail, search for restaurants and take video clips. Now, they can take a university course. Cyber University, the nation’s only university […]

Fred Thompson Too Lazy, Listless, and Lame?

Fred Thompson Too Lazy, Listless, and Lame?

In yet another sign of trouble for his much-hyped candidacy, longtime Fred Thompson backer Steve Bainbridge is stopping just short of withdrawing his endorsement — but only because he still thinks the other alternatives are even worse. His first objection is that, while he likes Thompson’s ideas for tax reforms, he doesn’t think they go […]

Bill Clinton Says He Opposed Iraq War from Start (UPDATED)

Bill Clinton Says He Opposed Iraq War from Start

Bill Clinton, who as president committed the country to a policy of regime change in Iraq, now claims he was opposed to the Iraq war “from the beginning,” Patrick Healy reports for the NYT. During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Watchers Wanted

A position has opened up on the Watcher’s Council. If you have a blog, considering applying for it—the current rules are here. Not long ago a scholar at Carnegie-Mellon produced a network analysis of the blogosphere that suggested that you could get a pretty good idea of what was going on by reading just 100 […]

Race Riots and Assimilation

Race Riots and Assimilation

Over at The Glittering Eye, Dave Schuler extends the argument he’s made in the comments of my tongue-in-cheek post on the fact that the media continues to ignore the ethnic-religious component of the rioting in France. He argues that the problem goes beyond religion and is ultimately about assimilation and “giving the descendants of immigrants […]

YouTube Debates – How Different?

YouTube Debates - How Different?

Tomorrow night at 8 Eastern, CNN will air the Republican version of the much-touted YouTube debates, wherein video questions submitted by “regular people” are played and answered by candidates. USA Today‘s Mark Memmott and Jill Lawrence have a take very similar to the one I expressed last July after the Democratic debates: That, these YouTube […]

Barack Obama and the Oprah Factor

Barack Obama and the Oprah Factor

Mark Halperin argues, persuasively, that the active support of Oprah Winfrey is unlikely to be a major factor in Barack Obama’s electoral success. Winfrey’s endorsement — and her announcement that she will appear with Obama at campaign events in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire on December 8 and 9 — helps bring the following […]

86 Police Officers Hurt in French Youth Riots

86 Police Officers Hurt in French Youth Riots

The rioting youths in France have injured 86 police officers, several seriously, with some youths vowing to continue until there are deaths. The number of police officers injured during clashes by French youths in a suburb north of Paris rose to 86 after a second bout of violence overnight in which 60 officers were hurt, […]

Does a Muslim Belong in the Cabinet?

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Mansoor Ijaz reports that Mitt Romney has announced he would not appoint a Muslim to the cabinet were he elected president. His reasoning is a mite peculiar: I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that […]

Sean Taylor, Redskins Safety, Murdered

Sean Taylor, Redskins Safety, Murdered Photo

Redskins safety Sean Taylor has died from gunshot wounds. Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday from the gunshot wound he suffered a day earlier in his Miami home. “He did not make it through the night,” said Taylor’s attorney, Richard Sharpstein, who called the incident “a ridiculous, unnecessary tragedy.” Taylor, 24, a Pro […]

Hospice Providers Penalized for Long-Living Patients

Hospice Providers Penalized for Long-Living Patients

The federal government is cracking down on hospice companies whose patients live “too long.” Hundreds of hospice providers across the country are facing the catastrophic financial consequence of what would otherwise seem a positive development: their patients are living longer than expected. Over the last eight years, the refusal of patients to die according to […]

Income Level is Not Social Class

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Thomas Sowell argues that, despite the attention they receive in the press, the “top one percent” of income earners are not a privileged class but rather a constantly churning group. Americans in the top one percent, like Americans in most income brackets, are not there permanently, despite being talked about and written about as if […]

McCain the Kerry of 2008?

McCain the Kerry of 2008?

Andrew Sullivan has endorsed John McCain for the Republican nomination. I find myself wanting him to be the nominee more and more. He’s deserved it. And he is the one Republican who won’t needlessly exacerbate polarization. Imagine an Obama-McCain race: adult, graceful, necessary, and good for us. On torture and climate change, McCain is also […]

Wearing His Faith on His Sleeve

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Mike Huckabee’s latest ad is many things, but subtle it ain’t: Clearly, this ad is targeted directly at social conservatives, who are Huckabee’s best shot at taking the nomination. (And, in all fairness, out of all of the Republican candidates running, Huckabee clearly deserves those votes, seeing as how he’s actually a social conservative.) Still, […]

Book Review: The Siege of Mecca

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I’ve written a review of The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda, a riveting retelling of the events of November, 1979, when a group of around 500 Islamic extremists (including at least two American Black Muslims) seized the Grand Mosque at Mecca. The author concludes […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Gobbler in Chief Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Hillary Clinton Expectations Taking Media Pounding

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Two reports out today offer hope to those for whom the notion of a Hillary Clinton presidency is unbearable. First, a new Zogby poll shows Clinton losing in a general election matchup against the top five Republican contenders — and her chief rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, winning those races. Second, Mike Allen and […]

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Blogging Ain’t Easy

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Scott Adams is going to cut down on blogging because, while he’s been tremendously successful at gaining readership, he finds he’s actually losing money: I hoped that people who loved the blog would spill over to people who read Dilbert, and make my flagship product stronger. Instead, I found that if I wrote nine highly […]

Ron Paul: Mission Accomplished

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John Cole wins Headline of the Day honors for his headline/lede couplet, Maybe Patrick Ruffini is a Libertarian Because I think he is smoking pot It’s a pithy summary of Ruffini’s much-discussed blog post over at Hugh Hewitt’s place, “Ron Paul Has Won.” He won’t win the nomination. He won’t win any primaries. But for […]

Mike Huckabee – False Conservative?

Mike Huckabee - False Conservative?

Bob Novak has a scathing attack on Mike Huckabee’s conservative credentials. Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know that he is a high-tax, protectionist advocate of big government and a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans. Until now, they did not bother to expose the former governor […]

Defining ‘Success’ for the Annapolis Conference

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Like most analysts, Peter Brookes sees little chance that the Annapolis Conference will solve the longstanding Arab-Israeli crisis. He does think, however, that it is already a resounding success. The bulk of his column is devoted to the obstacles that will almost surely prevent much substantive change. Several major players have an interest in keeping […]

Musharraf to Relinquish Military Role

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Pakistan’s military dictator will resign his position as army commander, thus becoming a civilian dictator. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will finally step down as the head of Pakistan’s military and be sworn in as a civilian president on Thursday, an army spokesman said. “He is going to take oath as has been announced by government […]

Trent Lott Resigning

Trent Lott Resigning

Trent Lott is resigning mid-term, reportedly in order to get out ahead of more restrictive ethics laws. MSNBC: NBC News has learned that Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., the minority whip is in the midst of informing close allies that he plans to resign his senate seat before the end of the year. It’s possible a […]

Rioting in Paris after Muslim Youths Killed

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Rioting has been ongoing in the Paris suburbs for hours after the deaths of two teenagers in what appears to be an accidental crash with a police vehicle. Details are a bit sketchy in the early reports. “Riot grips Paris suburb after youths killed in police crash,” AFP French police were on alert Monday for […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

The NYT On Healthcare

Here at OTB Steve Verdon and I have published a number of posts on the subject of healthcare and healthcare reform, possibly beating certain aspects of the subject to death. This morning the New York Times published an editorial on healthcare and healthcare reform that echoed a number of the points that Steve and I […]

Ron Paul’s Libertarian Revolution

Ron Paul Revolution

Reason editors Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch argue in today’s WaPo that a libertarian revolution is afoot, as evidenced by Ron Paul’s having risen to five percent in the polls and raised a substantial sum of money. The piece has gotten substantial blogospheric attention, little of it positive. John Little sees not a revolution but […]

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