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Caption Contest Winners


The General McAuliffe Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AFP/HO/File/Melissa Brandts)

Christopher Hitchens on Edward Kennedy


Christopher Hitchens is an iconoclast’s iconoclast, famously willing to piss on anyone’s grave, whether it be Mother Tereasa, Bob Hope, or Teddy Kennedy. Interestingly, this time he smacks down with one hand whilst patting on the back with the other: Sure, the “tragedy” of Chappaquiddick had its necessary moment, but even in those days Barbara […]

Please Make a Case for Afghanistan

I haven’t commented on Afghanistan for the last few weeks, partly to allow the debate to coalesce, partly because I’d said my piece. However, two items, an op-ed from Anthony Cordesman in the Washington Post and an item from The Guardian on Gen. McChrystal’s long-awaited review of the situation in Afghanistan, have moved me to […]

Glenn Beck: There’s a Coup Going On. A Stealing of America.


Glenn Beck continues to impress in his ability to top himself with zaniness.  Today, he explained how “they” have all manner of plans to destroy America and make it more like Cuba.  And “they” may be getting away with it because “they” are so far ahead of us. For those who can’t view the video […]

Republican Party Needs More Votes if it is to Win


Bruce Bartlett explains why he’s not a Republican anymore using a time-honored refrain:  He didn’t leave his party; his party left him.  While he now considers himself an “independent,” he’s more than non-partisan; he’s “anti-Republican.”  Why? I still consider myself to be a Reaganite. But I don’t see any others anywhere in the GOP these […]

American Royalty – Nepotism in Politics and Media


Glenn Greenwald laments the rise of “American royalty.” They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it.  They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Heino Kalis (SPAIN SOCIETY FOOD) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

SAT Scores and Family Income


A debate is raging in the blogosphere about this graph, which shows that “Generally speaking, the wealthier a student’s family is, the higher the SAT score.” Alex Tabarrok gets us up to speed on the debate thus far: Greg Mankiw pointed out that the effect is unlikely to be purely causal because there may be […]

OTB Latenight – r.e.m.


OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is still a little nuts. Wizbang landed chinese — Won Wing Lo. Wyatt Earp has the Magnificent Six. Cowboy Blob lost his beer goggles RT’s Ponderings has been canned. Blonde Sagacity has a real head banger. Military Times is keepin’ cool Other Humor: Icanhascheezburger welcomes you to the […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine this week, here’s what you’ve missed: Can a Real Man Drive a Minivan? (James Joyner) – Despite what the advertisements may tell you, manhood has little to do with what kind of cigarettes you smoke, what car you drive, or how white your shirts could be. Emergency Flank Steak […]

Army’s New Parachute


Back in the days when men were men, Army paratroopers jumped with ‘chutes like the T-10 Charlie or the Dash One Bravo.  Now, they’ve switched to wimpy little ‘chutes that provide soft landings. Nathan Hodge: Today’s soldiers are weighed down with a ton of gear, and the Army wanted a new parachute that could carry […]

RSS is Dead, Long Live RSS


A discussion that has been going on for a while among the tech bloggers and Twitterati is the idea that RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is dead. A study published last October found that 78% of U.S. online adults did not use it and only 19% of those who didn’t had any interest in using it […]

Would the Real Tyler Cowen Please Stand Up?


Tyler Cowen has written several posts in favor of the bailouts. His argument goes something like this: Note that even when the Fed “bails out” a large investment bank, or insurance company, they are checking a chain reaction which would likely spread to some commercial banks, thus bringing in deposit insurance as well, not to […]

Quote of the Day – Abstinence Education Works Edition


“I don’t think anyone on this team knows what ‘schism’ is, let alone could use it in a sentence. I thought it was an STD when I first heard it and I was like ‘whoa, we preach abstinence in these parts.’” — Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen

ObamaCare 2.0

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Charles Krauthammer proclaims “Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead” and helpfully proposes a version 2.0.  Basically:  No public option, no death panels end-of-life counseling, softpeddle government “best practices,” abandon cost-cutting, and guaranteeing universal coverage. What’s not to like? If you have insurance, you’ll never lose it. Nor will your children ever be denied coverage for preexisting […]

Innocent Person’s Right Not to Be Executed


Though I follow a number of lawblogs, I missed a rather interesting Supreme Court decision until reading about it on the blog of entrepreneur Mark Cuban. For reasons understandable to those who follow Cuban, he has a Google alert for “prosecutorial misconduct,” which yields more results than one would like. It led him to Michael […]

Magazine Format Blogs


Jayvie Canono has a useful discussion about the magazine-style format that has taken the blog world by storm over the last couple of years. Among the non-technical issues he raises is this: Will your readers like it? Maybe they would prefer that they just keep scrolling down to keep reading your posts. Maybe you should […]

OTB Latenight – Joan Osborne


This lovely lady actually grew up around the corner from me. I didn’t really know her but spent five years of grade school in class with her sister. Suffice it to say, she’s quite popular around these parts.

Caption Contest Winners


The Mongo Likes Candy Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Paper Phone Books Are Obsolete


Claire Thompson issues a call to get rid of the paper phonebooks, citing a recent study paid for by a company that competes directly with same that “only 15.9 percent of U.S. adults recycle their old or unwanted phone books, and that U.S. citizens are largely unaware of the environmental impact of printing and delivering […]

Romney For Senate

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US News blogger Peter Roff speculates that Mitt Romney will run for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Such an announcement would likely be embraced immediately by the Republicans, who would like almost nothing more than to deny Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada his new, hard-won, 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority. As a self-funding candidate […]

Petraeus Air Force Joke

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General David Petraeus made a funny at the expense of the Air Force in his remarks at the Marine Corps Association Foundation dinner last month: Come to think of it, in fact another bedrock element of the Marine Corps is unquestionably having the best recruiting ads on television. [Laughter] But this concept is not just […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/HO/File/Melissa Brandts) Winners will be announced Monday PM

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will talk about the death of Teddy Kennedy, the investigation of CIA interrogation practices, the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Chicago’s parking ticket follies, and more. We’ll also be taking calls at (646) 716-7030. […]

Mary Jo Kopechne


In my early morning Teddy Kennedy Dead at 77 media roundup post, I observed, “That the Chappaquiddick scandal didn’t make the first several paragraphs — or even first page — of several of these obits is quite remarkable. It would be like writing an obit for Richard Nixon that didn’t mention Watergate or one for […]

Limbaugh: Kennedy Lion of the Senate, We Were His Prey

Too soon Rush, too soon: “Discussing the passing of the lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy . . . and were were his prey.” via Teresa Kopec

Texas Executed An Innocent Man


The Chicago Tribune reports that a fire science expert retained by the State of Texas has concluded that there was no evidence of Arson in the December 1991 fire that killed Cameron Todd Willingham’s three children. Willingham was convicted of murder and was executed in 2004. In a withering critique, a nationally known fire scientist […]

Hyperbole of the Day- Dead Kennedys Edition


The award goes to Chris Matthews for this: You know there’s going to be a lot of talk about the tragic blessings of the Kennedy family, and the curse. And it’s all nonsense. These people were courageous risk takers. Kathleen Kennedy, the girl, the oldest daughter, she was killed with her lover traveling on a […]

Obama to “Desecrate” 9/11 With Volunteerism


I usually ignore the dozens of political spam emails that cross my inbox every day, but one caught my eye today with the headline “Obama Plans To Desecrate 9-11”, I couldn’t help but wonder what that closet Muslim/Kenyan/Filopino/Indonesian/Communist/Nazi/Son of Malcolm X was up to today. Clicking through got me to this article, in which I’ve […]

Teddy Kennedy Dead at 77

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy died last night, aged 77, succumbing to brain cancer. Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies (John Broder, NYT) Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Mother of Exiles Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Resource Allocation and Health Care


Over at his web site Dave has put up a post discussing how resources are allocated. I’ve touched on this very briefly in comments and a post or two, but nothing this extensive. As such, go read it, it’s good. Here is a snippet, Despite the author’s attempt to assuage concern by pooh-poohing the idea […]

Who’s Reading What


Matt Yglesias notes that bloggers and others who write for the Web lack a luxury of those who write for print: “nobody has any idea who’s reading them.”  Whereas there are detailed metrics about pageviews on the Web, all print has to go on is circulation figures.  So they can blithely assume that their long […]

Michael Jackson More Newsworthy than Afghanistan?


Americans’ limited interest in foreign affairs has long been lamented. But surely, the war in Afghanistan deserves more press coverage than the death of a pop star? In my New Atlanticist piece “Michael Jackson Trumps Afghanistan in News Coverage” I explain why this in fact happened — despite Afghanistan getting a seven month head start […]

Forcing Pirates to Walk the Plank

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The British government has devised a novel solution to dealing with online piracy: Disable the Internet accounts of violators. Broadband providers could be forced to suspend their customers’ accounts under proposals announced on Tuesday by the UK government to tackle internet file-sharing. The proposals mark a hardening of the government’s stance against piracy since the […]

Obama DOJ Investigating Bush CIA

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The Obama Justice Department has appointed a criminal prosecutor to look into alleged abuses of the CIA under the Bush administration. [Attorney General Eric] Holder has named longtime prosecutor John H. Durham, who has parachuted into crisis situations for both political parties over three decades, to open an early review of nearly a dozen cases […]

Wikipedia People Articles Now Moderated

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Wikipedia is implementing a new policy requiring that changes to articles about living people be approved by moderators before going live, essentially abandoning the wiki model. The new feature, called “flagged revisions,” will require that an experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia sign off on any change made by the public before it can go live. […]

OTB Latenight – Jeff Buckley


Its the Costs, Stupid


In the last several posts on health care it is often pointed out that health insurance companies engage in dubious practices. For example, they’ll deny coverage for the most trivial of reasons. Many posting comments focus on this issue as well as others such as quality of care, the moral nature of providing health care, […]

Donuts vs. Broccoli

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Ezra Klein points to a two-year-old paper titled “Cheap Donuts and Expensive Broccoli: The Effect of Relative Prices on Obesity.” The abstract, which is all I’ve read: Americans have been getting fatter since at least the mid 1980s. To better understand this public health problem, much attention has been devoted to determining the underlying cause […]

Profound Changes in U.S. Foreign Policy?

Hillary Clinton AfPak Speech Photo

Author David Rothkopf (who served as a deputy undersecretary of commerce under Bill Clinton) argues in the Sunday Washington Post that, while the commentariet is distracted by Hillary Clinton’s celebrity, the new secretary of state is “overseeing what may be the most profound changes in U.S. foreign policy in two decades — a transformation that […]

Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Winners from the Last Thursday contest will be announced Tuesday PM

Obama Team Less Than Half Complete


Seven months into his administration, President Obama has only 43 percent of his top appointees in place. Which, while shocking, isn’t at all unusual  Peter Baker for NYT: Of more than 500 senior policymaking positions requiring Senate confirmation, just 43 percent have been filled — a reflection of a White House that grew more cautious […]

Outed Liskula Cohen Blogger Sues Google

Rosemary Port Photo - Outed Liskula Cohen Skank Blogger

Remember when Liskula Cohen forced Google to reveal an anonymous blogger who was using their domain to call her a “skank” and suggest she performed lewd sex acts? Naturally, now that she has been outed — as Rosemary Port, a Fashion Institute of Technology student — is suing Google for violating her privacy. “This has […]

Tell Your Healthcare Insurance Story

Health Insurance Wallet Stethoscope

I’m hearing quite a bit these days both in the media and in the blogosphere about “rescission”, the term that’s being used for summary cancellation of people’s healthcare insurance, presumably due to pre-existing conditions unreported at the time the policy was written or some other reason or pretext. I’ve carried healthcare insurance, been insured by […]

Michelle Obama’s Shorts

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Michelle Obama was photographed wearing shorts while on vacation! This breaking news was the subject of a recent poll that was much joked about on Twitter. Naturally, it’s also the subject of Robin Givhan‘s latest. The first lady stepped off Air Force One during the Obama family’s recent mini-vacation out West wearing a pair of […]

OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is under attack. Wizbang has jumped the shark pig. Wyatt Earp is channeling Clara Peller. Cowboy Blob is the best man. RT’s Ponderings doesn’t have any grey poupon. Blonde Sagacity has the giggles. Military Times can hold its licker. Other Humor: Political Demotivation is not particularly motivated. Icanhascheezburger […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine this week, here’s what you’ve missed: Manhood in the 21st Century (Scott Payne) – We have learned to cease thinking of ourselves as men. That’s a mistake. Why We Play Fantasy Football (Jon Stonger) – What is it about drafting an imaginary team in an imaginary league for an […]

Obama Support Drops with Democrats, Independents

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President Obama’s approval ratings are continuing to fall, especially among young Democrats and working class whites. Ron Brownstein highlights a new Pew poll showing the trends since the election: Pew found Obama’s numbers are weakest among groups that were skeptical of him last year, but appeared to be kicking the tires on him during the […]

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