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Abortion Doctor George Tiller Murdered at Church

George Tiller Murdered

There’s a lot to unpack in this sentence: Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at a church in Wichita where he was serving as an usher and his wife was in the choir, his attorney said. […]

Obama Asserts That Innocent Prisoners Have No Right of Release


Via commenter Phil Smith, I have learned that the Obama Administration, through Solicitor General Elena Kagan, is making the morally outrageous claim that the 17 Chinese Uighars who were captured by U.S. troops on the demonstrably false assertion that they were terrorists, held at Guantanamo Bay and tortured/enhancedly interrogated have no right to be released […]

Buying the Same North Korean Horse and Accepting the Unacceptable


Yesterday Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea that the United States would not accept North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons: “We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region — or on us,” Mr. Gates told a major security conference here that […]

Obamas’ Expensive Night Out

Obamas Go Manhattan

The blogosphere is abuzz with news that the Obamas spent the afternoon relaxing in NYC. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York Saturday afternoon, and after taking a helicopter from JFK into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past […]

More on the State Trooper, Ambulance


And choking one of the EMTs. In a statement obtained by The News On 6, paramedic Maurice White said the patrol car came within three feet of the ambulance with its lights on, eventually passing while telling the driver over the emergency radio: “You should consider checking you rearview mirrors.” After taking care of the […]

Ferguson vs. Krugman


Harvard historian Niall Ferguson has had a bit of dispute going with Princeton economist Paul Krugman. The debate centered around interest rates and what would happen with the recent issuance of large amounts of bonds to pay for President Obama’s massive spending plans. Ferguson argued that the new debt would want to drive up interest […]

OTB Latenight – The Alarm


OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is trying to milk this one out. Wizbang now in stunning Bore-O-Vision. Wyatt Earp has BicycleBub. Cowboy Blob is off to Valhalla. Blonde Sagacity still doens’t like the TSA. RT’s Ponderings couldn’t afford a vacation at the beach. Right Pundits is steppin’ out. Other Humor: Political Demotivation is […]

Ted Rall: Obama Should Resign


It’s been years since I’ve quoted Ted Rall here. He hasn’t appeared in a post title since September 2005’s “Rall: Charities are for Suckers.”  The man’s eminently quotable, if in a train wreck sort of way, but constantly pointing out that some commentators are crazy attention whores really doesn’t advance the debate much. But you’ve […]

Whither ‘Information Superhighway’


Eugene Volokh (yes, him again) wonders whatever happened to the metaphor “Information Superhighway” in describing the Internet. My sense is that the metaphor is no longer in much use, and I wonder if wireless Internet access killed it. If Internet access is everywhere, there’s no room for a highway: the sense of a bulky passageway […]

Citing Professor X


Eugene Volokh‘s post “Professor X Says” has, as best I can tell, nothing to do with the leader of a certain band of uncanny Marvel mutants.   It does, however, provide seemingly obvious but oft-missed advice on how one should handle arguments in academic writing: If you want to endorse Professor X’s view, be clear and […]

Levin: Cheney Lying About CIA Memos


Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin claims that former Vice-President Dick Cheney is lying when he claims that classified CIA memos show that Bush Administration ordered torture/enhanced interrogation techniques produced actionable intelligence that saved American lives. Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association’s annual dinner in Washington on Wednesday, said an investigation […]

Record Debt Level


Yep, that is the other story linked at the top of Drudge today. Basically, another story of how we’ve supposedly hit a record in terms of national debt. In nominal dollars its true. But there have been periods when that debt was higher when measured as a ratio of GDP (during WWII the debt went […]

The “Obama Era of American Retrenchment”?


A president’s public statements on foreign policy have a number of audiences and can serve a variety of different functions. He may be speaking to the government of a prospective adversary or that country’s people, he may be be speaking to the governments or people of our allies, and, most importantly, he will be speaking […]

Bond Vigilantes Confront Obama as Housing Falters


Bond Vigilantes Confront Obama as Housing Falters Uhhh what??? Found that on Drudge, sounded interesting so click the link and get…..nada. Update: In comments Dave Schuler can see the story when he clicks the link, when I did this is the image I got, Here is the meat of the story, For the first time […]

Quote of the Day – GOP Edition

“The base is plenty excited already, as you know if you’ve ever read a comment thread on a conservative blog. Comment-thread conservatives, like their mirror-image warriors on the left (“Worst person in the woooorrrlllddd!”) are perpetually agitated, permanently enraged. They don’t need to be revved, they’re already revved. Newt Gingrich twitters that Judge Sotomayor is […]

Food Security vs. National Security


Hilzoy wonders why we take counterterrorism more seriously than food inspection. After all, food-borne illness kills about 2,000 more people every year than died on 9/11; why we should spend over half a trillion dollars a year defending ourselves against human invaders while leaving ourselves open to bacteria that are every bit as lethal is […]

OTB Latenight – Billy Idol


Caption Contest Winners


The iCar Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Gay Teen Prom Queen


The YahooNews headline “Openly gay teen voted prom queen at LA high school” did its intended task of enticing me to click to read the AP story: An openly gay teen was voted prom queen at Los Angeles’ Fairfax High School in a campaign that began as a stunt but ended up spurring discussion on […]

OTB Outside the Blog


As you know, several of OTB’s bloggers also blog elsewhere.  Occasionally, we’ll round up those posts for your reference. Over at Heretical Ideas, Alex Knapp has an exclusive interview with Jesus Christ and the Top 5 “Burn Notice” Quotes. Dave Schuler uses The Glittering Eye to comment on yet another Chicago politician under federal indictment, […]

Google Wave Coming to a Browser Near You


Mashable’s Ben Parr has an interesting writeup on Google Wave, a new application unvieled at the Google I/O conference and scheduled for release “later this year.” Created by two of the guys behind Google Maps (Google Maps reviews) with a small team in Sydney, the concept behind Google Wave is to “unify” communication on the […]

North Korea Nukes Not an Imminent Threat?

Jim Jones and Fred Kempe at the Atlantic Council Photo

National Security Advisor Jim Jones declared in a speech to the Atlantic Council that the recent testing of a nuclear device and firing of Taepodong missiles by North Korea “are not an imminent threat” to the United States or the regions because “they have a long way to go” in perfecting the technology to weaponize […]

Pulling Over An Ambulance…


…that is transporting a patient to the hospital. The Oklahoma State Troopers are doing all they can to improve their public image and failing. White says he saw the trooper approaching from behind at a high rate of speed with lights activated, but he did not hear a siren. He says Franks had a car […]

Chrysler Conspiracy: Dealership Closings Politically Motivated


There’s been a meme circulating the Internets the last couple of days that the 789 Chrysler dealerships that were suddenly closed were (1) hand selected by Barack Obama’s “car czar” and (2) overwhelmingly owned by Republican donors. Doug Ross, who dubs it “dealergate,” seems to have been the chief initiator of the argument.  He cites […]

Weird Solutions to Nonexistent Problems


Batteries Feel Included offers a 17-step “Easy Solutions #1” to the problem, “So, you’re in love with one of your friends, but she has a boyfriend and probably wouldn’t have sex with you anyway.” Step Ten: If your friend is a curious person she will probably ask ‘What worked?’, even if she doesn’t ask this […]

America Dominates World Beard and Moustache Championships


USA! USA! USA! The United States is the world’s new facial hair super power, having captured twelve world championship titles out of eighteen categories plus overall at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska on May 23, 2009. Possessing home field advantage, the USA was able to dethrone Germany which had dominated this […]

Pronouncing ‘Foreign’ Names Redux


Apropos the Pronouncing ‘Foreign’ Names business, Eugene Volokh reminds us that it’s not just Hispanic surnames that cause problems: [W]hen you bring an unusual name to a foreign country, you have to expect that people won’t always pronounce it the way you do. But if you want to humor me, please say it in a […]

Is America Safer Under Obama?


In recent weeks, former Vice President Dick Cheney has repeatedly proclaimed that changes in U.S. national security policy ordered by President Obama have made the country less safe.  In a speech at the Atlantic Council that was his first domestic address, Obama’s national security advisor, General Jim Jones, said the opposite is true: “I firmly […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Yves Herman Winners will be announced Monday PM

Joe Sestak to Challenge Specter in Democratic Primary


Talking Points Memo is reporting that Rep. Joe Sestak from Pennsylvania will be challenging Arlen Specter in the Democratic Primary. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is privately telling supporters that he intends to run for Senate, TPMDC has confirmed. “He intends to get in the race,” says Meg Infantino, the Congressman’s sister, who works at Sestak […]

Alexander vs. Cheney on Interrogation


The video embedded below features arguments presented by Dick Cheney in favor of torture (or, if you prefer, “enhanced interrogation techniques”), which are ably demolished by Matthew Alexander, a former member of the United States Air Force who served as an Interrogator in Iraq. He was part of a task force charged with determining the […]

John Taylor on U.S. Debt


Prof. John Taylor argues that the recent downgrading of British sovereign debt by Standard & Poor’s should be a warning that spending maybe out of control. Standard and Poor’s decision to downgrade its outlook for British sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative” should be a wake-up call for the US Congress and administration. Let us […]

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 7-8 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will be discussing the latest developments in North Korea, the Sonia Sotomayor appointment, and whatever else comes up. Please join us. We’ll also be taking your calls at (646) 716-7030. You can play the […]

Banging the Same Drum

Whether through some odd alignment of the space-time continuum or something else, Kevin Drum and I have independently written posts making essentially identical arguments several times this week.   The Sotomayor pronunciation bit is but the latest example. What’s up with that?

Hewitt Wins Yglesias Award


Now, here’s something I thought I’d never see:  Andrew Sullivan has nominated Hugh Hewitt for an Yglesias Award for his defense of Sonia Sotomayor. For those who don’t keep up with such things, “The Yglesias Award is for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and […]

Health Care Outcomes


I’ve argued in the past that health care outcomes like infant mortality and life expectancies are not really very good measures of a country’s health care services since such outcomes are also a function of variables that are outside the control of health care services. A person who is morbidly obese and refuses to change […]

Pronouncing ‘Foreign’ Names


Steve Benen brings up a point I’ve seen made in a few places recently: Dickering over how to pronounce “foreign” names like Sotomayor or Pakistan. I’m in agreement with Mark Krikorian that “Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits.”  Where to draw […]

Does the FCC Get A SWAT Team?


You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cell phone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. Neat, huh? There you […]

Sotomayor and the Baseball Strike


Something that’s gotten lost in the attacks on Sonia Sotomayor’s record of aligning herself with federal law and binding precedent in Ricci and Port Chester is that fact that Sonia Sotomayor was the Federal District Judge (appointed by George H.W. Bush) who ended the baseball strike. Sotomayor agreed with the N.L.R.B. that the owners could […]

Maintaining Deterrence


While we’re on the subject in reaction to North Korea’s nuclear weapons test over the Memorial Day weekend William J. Perry, Brent Scowcroft, and Charles D. Ferguson have an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on reducing the nuclear threat. They note five components for reducing the threat: An effective strategy to reduce nuclear dangers […]

Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

Obama Supreme Court

Kevin Drum notes that he’s already tired of the “kabuki” that has emerged in reaction to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I both agree that the process is predictable and tedious and that Sotomayor would seem obviously qualified for confirmation.  I would quibble, however, with this: Conservatives, who seem constitutionally unable […]

Of Course You Know This Means War: North Korean Edition


North Korea has launched a short-range anti-ship missile into the sea and announced that is no longer bound by the 56 year old armistice that suspended the Korean War: May 27 (Bloomberg) — North Korea threatened a military response to South Korean participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction, and said […]

Premier League vs. American Team Sports


To illustrate that US professional sports have a lot of “hilariously anticompetitive interferences in the market” compared to the English Premier League, Daniel Davies constructs an artificial sports league based on all major professional teams in “Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC” in order to achieve a comparable population […]

Caption Contest Winners


The I’ll Keep An Eye Out For You Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

California Supremes Uphold Prop 8 AND Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage Decision

In a 6-1 decision, the California Supreme Court “upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage” but it “also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed,” Lisa Leff reports for AP. The 6-1 decision written by Chief Justice Ron George rejected an argument by […]

Quote of the Day – LeBron Edition


“I would tell him I think he needs to lay down on the couch and have some warm milk and listen to some soft music. Football’s not something he needs to do. If he asked my advice, I’d tell him to keep playing basketball because he’s doing OK.”  – Bill Parcells on whether LeBron James […]

Anti-Hero Worship


Steven Taylor forwards Steve Benen‘s recent post “Right Movie, Wrong Lesson” in which he chides Joe Scarborough for his sympathy for Colonel Jessep, as played by Jack Nicolson in the movie version of “A Few Good Men,” noting that we’d had a similar conversation when I was at his house last weekend helping celebrate the […]

The North Korean Nuke Test: It’s a Dessert Topping and a Floor Wax!

Any number of theories have been advanced for why the North Koreans elected to test a nuclear weapon yesterday. There’s no particular reason for the test to have been conducted for any one reason. It may well have been conducted for domestic political reasons as well as having had the effect of raising the stakes […]

Sonia Sotomayor Obama’s Supreme Court Pick


BREAKING:  “President Barack Obama will name his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter at 10:15 am ET on Monday, an adviser told NBC News.” UPDATE:  CNN reports, “President Obama has chosen federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, two sources told CNN today. Obama’s nominee will replace retiring […]

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