Tiger Woods Unpaved Road Ad

Alex Massie passes along “An unfortunately timed Accenture advertisement in the Wall Street Journal today that has also caught the attention of the folks at TMZ (who dub it “the definition of irony) and, I’m sure, others. The juxtaposition of this and Woods’ car crash over the weekend is somewhat amusing, although I’m sure the […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Wild Turkey Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

President Obama’s speech tomorrow night, in which he finally announces his Afghan strategy and responds to General McChrystal’s September request for more troops for Afghanistan, will be closely watched by the American public, our NATO Allies, foreign leaders, and the people of Afghanistan and the region. I sat down with my Atlantic Council colleagues Damon […]

SCOTUS Overturns Detainee Photo Release Order

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the 2nd Circuit (in which Sonia Sotomayor took part) on detainee photographs. The justices sent the case back to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, which ruled in 2008 that the pictures should be released to the public. But at […]

Leave Tiger Woods Alone

Responding to reports that the Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a warrant to seize medical records to investigate Tiger Woods’ car crash to determine whether  “determine if the wounds Woods sustained are consistent with a car accident or domestic violence”, Tom Maguire snarks, “what kind of a world are we living in if the world’s […]

The Constitutional Case Against Military Tribunals

Writing for the L.A. Times, Andrew Napolitano argues that military tribunals for suspected terrorists are unconstitutional. Tellingly, and perhaps because we did not know at the time precisely who had planned the 9/11 attacks, Congress did not declare war. But the use of the word “war” persisted nonetheless. Even after he learned what countries had […]

White House Party Crashers May Face Criminal Charges

Daphne Eviatar reports that the two people who crashed a state dinner last week may be facing criminal charges. Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr explains the most likely legal theories for it. I’ve no doubt that the party crashers most likely broke the law, but I think that a Federal prosecution is absurd. […]

Ireland Running Out of Priests

Ireland, one of the most devoutly Catholic countries on the planet, is having serious problems recruiting the next generation of priests. Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, made a grim prediction about the future of the church in Ireland: If more young priests aren’t found quickly, the country’s parishes may soon not […]

Krugman: Jobs Program Needed

Paul Krugman argues that “the recession is probably over in a technical sense” the government must nonetheless treat the 10.2 unemployment rate as a crisis because there are “six times as many Americans seeking work as there are job openings, and the average duration of unemployment — the time the average job-seeker has spent looking […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Samantha Appleton-The White House/Handout Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Joyner on C-SPAN

I’ll be appearing on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” from 7:30 to 8:30 Eastern Sunday morning, along with host Pedro Echevarria and fellow guest Adele Stan, AlterNet‘s Washington Bureau Chief.   We’ll be talking about the news of the last few days, likely focusing on topics we’ve written about.   We’ll also be taking calls from whomever’s up that […]

Climate Change Scandal: Raw Data Tossed

The controversy over the hacked climate change emails continues to gain steam, forcing the East Anglia team to reverse course and promise to release their raw data. The U-turn by the university follows a week of controversy after the emergence of hundreds of leaked emails, “stolen” by hackers and published online, triggered claims that the […]

Mike Penner, Transsexual Sportwriter, Dead of Apparent Suicide

Mike Penner, the transsexual sportswriter briefly known as “Christine Daniels” is dead.

Republicans Enjoy Enthusiasm Gap

Via Taegan Goddard, I see that the latest Daily Kos/Research 2000 tracking poll show that Republicans are markedly more excited about the 2010 election than Democrats. QUESTION: In the 2010 Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote? […] Voter Intensity: Definitely + Probably Voting/Not Likely + […]

Obama’s Bow: A Lasting Image?

Peggy Noonan takes a harsh view of the way Obama’s first year has unfolded. In a presidency, a picture or photograph becomes iconic only when it seems to express something people already think. When Gerald Ford was spoofed for being physically clumsy, it took off. The picture of Ford losing his footing and tumbling as […]

White House Party Crashers Met Obama (Photo)

The two pranksters who crashed the White House party the other night managed to meet President Obama. The photographic proof is on the White House Flickr page: I love the legal disclaimer that comes with the release: This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal […]

Tiger Woods Car Crash

Tiger Woods has been seriously injured in an automobile accident, ESPN is reporting. Tiger Woods has been seriously injured in a car wreck in Florida, authorities said Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods hit a fire hydrant and a tree as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday in his 2009 Cadillac sport […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Yes We Chan Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/David Gray

Starving the Homeless is Healthy

New York City’s ban on food cooked with transfats is forcing shelters to throw out food donated to homeless shelters. When a small church comes to the Bowery Mission bearing fried chicken with trans fat, unwittingly breaking the law, they’re told “thank you.” Then workers quietly chuck the food, mission director Tom Bastile said. “It’s […]

Lobbyists Booted from Advisory Panels

Josh Marshall points me to a story by WaPo’s Dan Eggen that sheds light on a little-known aspect of how Washington works: Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street’s influence in Washington, according […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Turkey Day OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/Saul Loeb) Happy Thanksgiving All Winners will be announced Monday PM Winners to last Monday’s contest will be announced some time on Friday

Palin – Beck 2012

“Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday did not rule out running for president alongside Fox News host Glenn Beck in 2012,” Andy Barr reports for Politico. Palin was asked during an interview with Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” about the chances that she “would run on a ticket with Fox’s own Glenn Beck,” […]

Obama: Disloyal, Ruthless, Cold

Wednesday’s column by Maureen Dowd, eviscerating President Obama for his shabby treatment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig and supporter Caroline Kennedy, is getting favorable responses from his supporters in the blogosphere. Only a year after he had helped Barack Obama get elected by eviscerating his close friend, Clinton White House colleague and Yale […]

Weak Democrats Hurt 2010 Senate Chances

Josh Marshall argues that bad picks by Democratic governors in filling vacant seats make it harder than necessary to retain those seats. I was just looking at this run-down of recent polls by Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling. The upshot is that while it seems extremely unlikely Republicans could regain control of the senate […]

Third Quarter Growth Revised Downwards

The BEA has revised its estimates for the third quarter’s growth down to 2.8% from 3.5%. This is also a bit below the expected growth of 2.9% for the quarter. The main factors behind the downgrade: consumers didn’t spend as much, commercial construction was weaker and the nation’s trade deficit was more of a drag […]

Obama Cabinet’s Limited Private Experience

Nick Schultz points us to this interesting graphic on the private sector experience of presidential cabinets: The chart “”includes secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development, and excludes Postmaster General, Navy, War, Health, Education & Welfare, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security—432 cabinet members in all.” If this […]

Google Apologizes for Michelle Obama Monkey Picture

Google looked like a monkey after its algorithms had an unfortunate result for searches for photos of the First Lady. For most of the past week, when someone typed “Michelle Obama” in the popular search engine Google, one of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to […]

No OTB Radio Tonight

I’ve canceled tonight’s installment of of OTB Radio, our weekly BlogTalkRadio program. My co-host Dave Schuler is understandably unable to participate after the recent loss of his mother, who will be laid to rest Saturday, and I’m in no mood to go on without him. The next episode will air on Wednesday, December 2nd.

Colleen Blanchard Schuler, RIP

Our colleague Dave Schuler lost his mother Sunday.   My  sincere condolences. Dave eulogizes her in brief, moving fashion: I have lost my oldest friend, my first teacher, and my most inspirational life model. My mother has died at 88. One of my core beliefs is that the best way to preserve someone you love who […]

That’s What I Call A Loophole…

In discussing legal possibilities vs. tradition vis a vis the Senate filibuster rules, Matthew Yglesias pens an interesting legal scenario. After all, a lot of things are possible in our system. To the best of my understanding, nothing is stopping Rahm Emannuel from sauntering onto the floor of the Senate, murdering Republicans from states with […]

Obama “Keeping An Eye” On Robots

Surely no matter whether we identify as Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, we can all agree with President Obama’s statement regarding robotics. Now, the students from Oakton High School are going to be demonstrating the Cougar Cannon designed to scoop up and toss moon rocks. I am eager to so what they do, for two reasons. […]

Phil Carter Quits Administration

Phil Carter, well known to longtime denizens of the blogosphere as the former proprietor of Intel Dump, has suddenly resigned as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy. The NYT buries this news on A20: The Defense Department official in charge of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has resigned after only […]

Census Worker Hanging Suicide, Not Right Wing Murder

Remember the bizarre case of Bill Sparkman, the census worker found hanging from a tree in Kentucky with the letters FED scrawled on his chest?  Remember the media frenzy about crazy Southerners and their hatred of the federal government?  At the time, I cautioned against jumping to conclusions, saying there could be any number of […]

Swine flu is more popular than Dodd

So says the latest Quinnipiac poll. Headlines like that are a major part of why I really hope Sen. Chris Dodd gets shellacked next year. As his ethical troubles have mounted, it’s gone from a minor, ir-regular irritant to an almost-daily source of annoyance. Sadly, even with such headlines, he almost assuredly lacks the introspection […]

Paradox of Choice Paradoxically Untrue

Tyler Cowen dubs the paradox of choice — the idea that people become unhappy when given too many choices — “one of the most overrated and incorrectly cited results in the social sciences.”  He cites Tim Harford‘s recent piece in FT describing research on the subject: Is more choice better? Ten years ago the answer […]

Private Forecasters Support Claim That Stimulus Worked

Back when the stimulus bill was passed, I have to say that I was opposed to it. When the White House claimed it was working, I pretty much scoffed. So I have to admit that I was taken aback to read this article, which indicates that professional economic forecasters support the claim that the stimulus […]

Entertaining Kids During the Holidays

Last night, shortly after getting our 10 month old to sleep, I laughed at the opener to Esquire‘s “How to Entertain Kids of Any Age This Holiday Season” featurette. The premise: Suddenly, children are all over the house. Somehow, for a couple hours, you’re in charge of keeping them occupied. But, with the right activities, […]

How Much Will Escalation Cost?

The L.A. Times has a fascinating article about the difficulties in accounting for estimated costs in a troop surge in Afghanistan. The calculations so far have produced a sweeping range. The Pentagon publicly estimates it will cost $500,000 a year for every additional service member sent to the war zone. Obama’s budget experts size it […]

No Party of No

Steve Green:  “If there really was a Party Of No, I would so join.” Indeed. via Glenn Reynolds

Thought of the Day

Jonathan Last calls this NYT obit for Dennis Cole “the saddest thing you’ll read today.” To think that you can be one minute marrying one of Charlie’s Angels and then a few years later dying alone in Ft. Lauderdale while doing cruise ship acts. People have taken faster, deeper dives, of course.  But, yes, not […]

Queer International Studies

Laura Sjoberg informs us that she is working to form a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Allies Caucus of the International Studies Association .

OTB Latenight – r.e.m.

Krugman on the Debt and Deficits

Paul Krugman has taken some rather interesting stances on the fiscal situation here in the U.S. First up is a piece entitled Fiscal Train Wreck from March 2003, With war looming, it’s time to be prepared. So last week I switched to a fixed-rate mortgage. It means higher monthly payments, but I’m terrified about what […]

A Question About Bonuses and Bailouts

I was reading this Megan McArdle post about the federal government restricting bonuses to AIG employees. As I was reading, I came across this sentence: To wit: the traders at AIG are threatening to walk if Ken Feinberg pays them what he says he’s going to pay them, particularly if the company tries too hard […]

Republican Purity and Conservatism

It appears that the Republican National Committee is working on a set of principles that Republican candidates have to adhere to in order to receive funding and support from the RNC. There are ten principles listed, and the candidates have to adhere to at least seven of these principles “as identified by the voting record, […]

SNL Obama China Skit

Dan Drezner and Megan McArdle are among those recommending Saturday Night Live‘s opening sketch parodying a joint press conference with President Obama and Chinese President Hu. Drezner quips that the sketch manages to convey the nature of the relationship much more succinctly than his own 40-page academic treatise. Note that, although it appears that President […]

Journalistic Ethics and Illegally Acquired Documents

Ed Driscoll, Jonathan Adler and Glenn Reynolds take the New York Times and other mainstream outlets to task for their decision to not republish the stolen emails from climate scientists on the grounds that they were illegally obtained and written with the expectation of being kept private.  After all, these outlets famously publish illegally obtained […]

National Debt Hysteria?

In a front piece story in today’s NYT, Edmund Andrews warns that the bill is about to come due on the massive borrowing the federal government has engaged in. Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and […]

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