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10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.6

Just when I think we’ve gotten the kinks worked out from converting to WordPress 2.5, Aaron Brazell tells me version 2.6 is about to come out! He’s written a handy dandy guide called 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.6 complete with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each […]

Homosexual Sets World Sprint Record

Tyson Gay Homosexual Autoreplace

Tyson Homosexual ran 100 meters in a wind-aided 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials today, in what would have been world record time. I mean, Tyson Gay. Leftie People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch blog reports that, In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don’t like, it looks like the web-geniuses […]

Swift Boater on McCain’s Truth Squad

Bud Day Swift Boat Photo

John McCain’s Truth Squad, formed a few months ago in order to respond to charges by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth clone Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain, is prominently featuring an actual member of the Swifties as a spokesman, CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand reports. One of the members of John McCain’s new Truth Squad — which […]

Obama Rebuffs Clark on McCain


Barack Obama has wisely distanced himself from surrogate Wes Clark’s disparagement of John McCain’s military experience. “For those like John McCain who have endured physical torment in service to our country — no further proof of such sacrifice is necessary,” Obama said. “And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, […]

Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Blogs


Some Obama supporters are apparently taking advantage of Google’s terms of service to silence anti-Obama blogs, Simon Owens of Bloggasm reports. The company automatically shuts down sites upon receipt of TOS violation claims until they’re able to do a human audit, a rather slow process with given little priority on the free BlogSpot service. After […]

Appalachian Election?


Steve Tuttle takes to the pages of Newsweek to proclaim the ascendency of Appalachia as the decider of the next president. “Hick.” “Hillbilly.” “Redneck.” “Inbred.” “Cracker.” “Ridge Runner.” I heard and self-effacingly used them all when I left the mountains of Appalachia to attend college in the great metropolis of Williamsburg, Va., in the ’80s. […]

John Bolton Slams Korea Nuke Deal


John Bolton, President Bush’s former UN ambassador, is not at all pleased with last week’s deal with North Korea on the nuclear stalemate. With much fanfare and choreography, but little substance, the administration has accepted a North Korean “declaration” about its nuclear program that is narrowly limited, incomplete and almost certainly dishonest in material respects. […]

Dumbing the Presidency


David Broder uses Elvin Lm’s book The Anti-Intellectual Presidency to argue not only that presidential speeches have steadily dumbed down over the years, which we might have guessed, but that this dumbs down public policy, too. In what must have been a heroic effort, he applied standard techniques of content analysis to state papers of […]

Wes Clark on McCain’s Military Experience

General Wesley Clark is trying to argue that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to future service as commander-in-chief: Clark said that McCain lacked the executive experience necessary to be president, calling him “untested and untried” on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” And in saying so, he took a few swipes at McCain’s military service. After […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Trash Heap Has Spoken Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. This will be the last contest at OTB for a couple of weeks.

Site Issues

For some odd reason, the front page of OTB is not rendering yet it’s accessible through individual archive pages.  More oddly, the latter is only true in Internet Explorer; Firefox isn’t loading anything. My two tech guys are out and about (it’s Sunday afternoon) and I’ve exhausted my own skills here so it’s wait and […]

BLM Freezes New Solar Development for Two Years


The Bureau of Land Management has placed a two year moratorium on new solar power projects proposed for building on public lands. Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which […]

McCain on Gas Prices: ‘I Don’t See How it Matters’ (Corrected)


In a recent interview with the Orange County Register‘s Martin Wisckol, John McCain said that, not only doesn’t he know how much gas costs, it doesn’t matter. (Tangentially related: “Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did” was an excellent album title. The album itself was so-so.) When was the last time you pumped your own […]

McCains Pay Back Taxes on Aunt’s Condo


The latest mini-scandal in Campaign 2008 is that the McCains have apparently not done a good job keeping track of their finances.   HuffPo has gotten 1420 Diggs at this writing with a story headlined “McCains Defaulted On Home Taxes For Last Four Years, Newsweek Reports.” It promises “a highly embarrassing report.”  Newsweek has delivered with […]

Site Glitches

We’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.5 but are having some minor plug-in compatibility issues that are being worked through. If you’re seeing problems, please note them in the comments below.

OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney would’ve preferred Leisure Suit Larry. Wizbang‘s car is being recalled. Wyatt Earp is off to a black-tie event. Willisms is getting a leg up on the competition. Cowboy Blob is taking a little dip Public Pondering only likes one kind of pinball. Right Pundits is looking for one […]

Obama Not Recognized at DC Gym


Barack Obama has apparently been on the campaign trail so long that they don’t recognize him in Washington anymore. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may have one of the best-known faces in the world, but that doesn’t mean he is recognized everywhere, even in Washington. Washington Sports Club employee Takehia Wheeler was manning the front desk […]

Inartful Consistency


Noting the hubbub over Barack Obama’s attempts to walk back his statements on the DC gun ban, Howie Kurtz echoes a sentiment Dave Schuler and I have made numerous times on OTB Radio: Wouldn’t it be better for Obama to say he had thought more about such-and-such an issue and simply changed his mind? Is […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Thirty Days In The Hole Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. This one was delayed as my power (and subsequently internet) was knocked out for 12 hours yesterday night into this morning

Gay Medic Discharged after ’60 Minutes’ Appearance


A group “dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” reports that Darren Manzella has been discharged under said policy. Decorated Army Sergeant Darren Manzella has been discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service, effective June 10. […]

Fastest Flip-Flop In History?


Kevin Drum awards the world record for fastest flip-flop to Sean Hannity in a show yesterday commenting about the North Korea deal: HANNITY: The news today brings a clear foreign policy victory for the Bush administration. But will the press report it that way? Joining us now for analysis, former ambassador to the U.N. and […]

Why ‘Child Care Professionals’ Make Low Wages


Ezra Klein awards Snark of the Day honors to Megan Carpentier‘s stunning discovery that babysitters don’t earn a lot of money. Child care professionals are responsible for the health, well-being and development of the fruit of other women’s loins (not mine!) But in exchange for that, the median average salary in 2006 was $17,160. The […]

Mugabe Re-Elected in Landslide


OTB projects, with 0% of the precincts reporting, that Robert Mugabe will be re-elected as president of Zimbabwe by a wide margin. Exit polls reveal that the prime factors in motivating voters are a fear of being murdered and the lack of opposition candidates on the ballot. Security was also a prime concern: “I’ve got […]

Addington Displays Contempt for Congress

David Addington Testimony Photo

David Addington, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was testifying under subpoena yesterday to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. He took great delight in being a complete jackass, as Dana Milbank details. Could the president ever be justified in breaking the law? “I’m not going to answer a […]

North Korea Destroys Nuclear Tower

Yongbyon Reactor Destruction Photo

North Korea has destroyed the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear complex. In a gesture demonstrating its commitment to halt its nuclear weapons program, North Korea blew up the most prominent symbol of its plutonium production Friday. The 60-foot cooling tower at the North’s main nuclear power plant collapsed in a heap of shattered concrete […]

Millionaire Penalty Struck Down by Supreme Court


McCain-Feingold, the signature legislation of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, took another blow yesterday as the Supreme Court struck down the so-called “Millionaire’s Amendment” in yet another 5-4 decision. “Supporters of reasonable campaign finance regulation are now zero for three in the Roberts court,” said Richard L. Hasen, a professor at Loyola Law School […]

Gun Control Irony Alert

Under the provocative headline “The Thugs Win the Case,” WaPo columnist Colbert King sniffs of the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in Heller, There’s one group of District residents absolutely unfazed by today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling shooting down the District’s strict handgun ban: the dudes who have been blowing away their fellow citizens with abandon […]

North Korea Nukes Breakthrough: A Roadmap for Iran?


The news over the past 48 hours or so about movement in solving the nuclear arms standoff with North Korean has been stunning. Not only is President Bush taking the DPRK off the “state sponsors of terrorism” list but the Kim government has taken major steps to dismantle their program and provide with stringent verification […]

Pentagon Brain Drain


The Pentagon is losing out to Google and other high tech companies in the quest to hire the best scientific minds, Phil Taubman reports for the NYT. [Paul] Kaminski’s generation of engineers, responsible for many of the most successful military projects of the 1970s and ’80s, is aging and fewer of the nation’s top young […]

No Reset Button in Foreign Policy


Nick Gvosdev, the outgoing Editor of The National Interest and soon-to-be professor at the Naval War College makes a point that can’t be emphasized enough: “[T]here is no ‘reset’ button in U.S. foreign policy. . . . [N]o matter who the next president is, there are challenges to be faced that will require adaption to […]

Female Gun Market?


Megan McArdle has some interesting thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision today overturning DC’s handgun ban. As she readily admits, you can get better legal analysis elsewhere. This, however, is a unique contribution to the debate: There is a distressing lack of attention to the female market in gun companies. I want something with accuracy […]

Activist Judges Overturn Democratic Process Again


In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has overturned the D.C. handgun ban, thwarting the democratic process. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the District of Columbia cannot ban a citizen from keeping a handgun at home, throwing out one of the nation’s strictest gun control laws. The Supreme Court has overturned Washington, D.C.’s strict […]

Jindal Signs Chemical Castration Bill


Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday signed the “Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill” hours after the Supreme Court overturned that state’s law allowing capital punishment for child rapists. It “provides that on a first conviction of aggravated rape, forcible rape, second degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, molestation of a juvenile when the victim is under the […]

North Korea To Be Removed From State Sponsors of Terrorism List

North Korea gave China the long awaited accounting of its nuclear activities, as agreed in the six-party talks. In return, the US will delist NK as a state sponsor of terrorism and lift some trade sanctions: The United States on Thursday welcomed a long-delayed North Korean account of its shadowy nuclear activities and said it […]

‘Smart Republican Strategists’ Give McCain Unsolicited Bad Advice

McCain To Do List

Mark Halperin presents a list of 22, mostly inane, suggestions as to “What Smart Republican Strategists Think Should Be on John McCain’s To-Do List.” It’s certainly true that the McCain campaign needs to be “about the American people and what is best for their lives” and that this requires going beyond foreign policy and McCain’s […]

FISA Reform Moves Forward, Netroots Angry at Obama


The Senate easily invoked cloture yesterday, ending a threatened filibuster of a major overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The revised bill is expected to pass today. This may be the most important bill we pass this year,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), an architect of the […]

Manhattan Dirtier than Singapore

Pulaski Skyway Photo

The lovely and talented Belle Waring is visiting her native New York from her home in Singapore and was shocked to find how dirty Manhattan, and in particular the Pulaski Skyway (pictured right), is. Old metal that’s just black with soot! And graffiti! Man, if I fully acclimatize to the level of cleanliness, safety, and […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM James picked this one, though he didn’t realize it at the time (Courtesy of Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines) Winners will be announced Sunday PM This will be the last contest for a few weeks, I’ll be back mid-July

I Miss Karl Rove


Remember the good old days when everyday events were coordinated by Karl Rove? Today could have counted as one but, alas, Karl Rove is nowhere to be found. Child rapists can’t be executed, Supreme Court rules The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that child rapists cannot be executed, concluding that capital punishment for crimes […]

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 will be joining me tonight to talk about the situation in Afghanistan, the continuing saga of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and various other topics. Please join us. We’ll also be taking your calls […]

They Took Our Jobs!


Drew Carey asks, “How are we supposed to compete against something that doesn’t get paid, doesn’t get health insurance, and never goes on breaks?” No, not illegal aliens, silly. They get paid (a little) and take the occasional break. No, he’s talking about robots. Today, we don’t need human workers to book our travel, do […]

General Taguba: Bush Administration ‘Guilty of War Crimes’


Physicians for Human Rights has just published a report detailing the medical evidence of detainee torture at the hands of U.S. Personnel in Iraq, Afghanist, and Guantanamo Bay. Maj. General Antonio Taguba (Ret.) authored the preface to the report, in which he accuses the Administration of having committed war crimes: The profiles of these eleven […]

Ralph Nader: Obama Not Black Enough

Ralph Nader:  Obama Not Black Enough

Ralph Nader says that Barack Obama “talks white” and ignores “black issues.” “There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American,” Nader said. “Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in […]

SCOTUS Bans Death Penalty for Child Rape


The Supreme Court has ruled that raping a child is not sufficiently heinous a crime to warrant capital punishment. The Supreme Court on Wednesday outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child. In a 5-4 vote, the court said the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violates the […]

Hillary Clinton Returns to the Senate

Hillary Clinton Returns to the Senate

Apparently, during Hillary Clinton’s months-long absence from the Senate, her office has been taken over by young, ping-pong playing staffers in hats and sunglasses. She returned yesterday to a warm reception, Dana Milbank informs us. And got rid of the recreational equipment. Among the well-wishers was Sen. John F. Kerry, the failed Democratic presidential nominee […]

Obama Has Huge Lead in Another Poll

McCain-Obama Head-to-Head Poll 25 JUN 08

Barack Obama has a 12-point lead in the latest Bloomberg/LAT poll, giving those of us who thought the 15-point lead in last week’s Newsweek poll was an outlier some pause. In a two-man race between the major-party candidates, registered voters chose Obama over McCain by 49% to 37% in the national poll, conducted Thursday through […]

Bill Clinton Miffed at Obama


Marc Ambinder has a report entitled “Why Bill Clinton’s Miffed At Obama.” Given the man bites dog nature of that headline, my curiosity was piqued. It turns out that Clinton thinks “Obama ran against Clinton’s presidential record at times, implying that it was timeworn, divisive, and damaging to the party” and “went out of its […]

Bush Sewage Plant

Some creative San Francisco bar patrons want to rename a sewage treatment plant after the, um, sitting president. From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Queen and I Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Fallacy of Mass Appeal


Tyler Cowen argues that we should judge our opinions based on what others think. If no one agrees with you, you should be quite worried. If only a small number of people agree with you, you still should be quite worried. I don’t think it’s a numbers game, but I think whatever view you end […]

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