Caption Contest Winners

The Big Red One Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Limbaugh: Obama Blew Up Oil Rigs?!

Via Kevin Drum and Ezra Klein, I see that yesterday Rush Limbaugh questioned the timing of the oil spill off the Louisiana coast.  His own rush transcript is titled “Regime SWAT Teams Sent to Gulf.” That would be the Obama regime, naturally.  He seems to be alleging that Obama sent SWAT teams to blow up […]

Obama and Too Much Money

President Obama’s unscripted line, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money” continues to draw scorn and derision. Here’s the video: The text: We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. […]

I’m Sorry, Dave

Tyler Durden explains why the IMF is unlikely to dig Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain (the PIIGS) out of the hole they’ve been digging: Total PIIGS funding needs (defined as the sum of debt maturities and budget deficits) over the next 3 years amount to $2 trillion. Total PIIGS funding needs in 2010 alone […]

Crist Leaves Republicans, Republicans Leave Crist

Florida Governor Charlie Crist, bowing to the fact that he was going to get crushed in the Republican primaries, yesterday bowed to the inevitable and withdrew from the contest.  He also, as widely expected, simultaneously launched an independent bid for the Senate seat vacated by Republican Mel Martinez’ retirement. Several of his staffers promptly quit: […]

Racial Resentment

Regular reader and commenter Michael Reynolds forwarded me Arian Campo-Flores‘ Newsweek article entitled “Are Tea Partiers Racist?”   It contains provocative new data: Opponents have seized on these examples as proof that Tea Partiers are angry white folks who can’t abide having a black president. Supporters, on the other hand, claim that the hateful signs are […]

All History A Palimpsest

A left-liberal meme I’ve been seeing a lot lately has been pushback against “conservative judicial activism.” The talking point, which I have seen repeated numerous times in various forums over the past several weeks, is to try to pin one of its own frequent complaints on the right. Now even President Obama getting in on […]

Financial Reform or a Commitment to Future Bailouts?

It is unsurprising given the melt down in the financial sector that politicians are looking at “reforming” financial regulations. To most people the general idea of regulatory reform should be to prevent conditions form coming about that lead to the meltdown and thereby prevent further bailouts. Problem is it is looking like the reform in […]

Honest Mobile Home Commercial

If, by some odd twist of fate I were in the market for a mobile home, I’d buy it from this guy: Errol Morris calls it “The best commercial ever made” and Jason Kottke says, “It’s certainly the most honest advertising I’ve ever seen.” Key selling point: A bouncer in Birmingham hit me in the […]

Low Census Response Could Cost States Seats

Some states with large Hispanic populations may be getting undercounted by the Census because of unexpectedly poor returns. New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census. The five were average or below average in mailing back 10-question census […]

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

UPDATE:  WE’RE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.  WE HOPE TO START THE SHOW AT 6. A special Thursday episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will be joined by special guest Megan McArdle, the business and economics editor of The Atlantic and the world’s tallest […]

Atlantic Council Honors Clinton, Bono, Ackerman, Mattis, and Abrial

Posting will be exceedingly light this morning, as I’ll be writing lots at New Atlanticist about the Atlantic Council’s annual Awards Dinner, which was held last evening. It together more than 900 leaders from over 50 countries to honor individuals who have made exceptional and distinctive contributions to the strengthening each of the four pillars […]

The End of the Euro Will Be Blogged

We haven’t posted much about it here but it’s certainly receiving a lot of attention on the other side of the pond. The ongoing fiscal problems of a number of the members of the European Union—Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain, not so affectionately being referred to as “the PIIGS”—appear to be reaching the boiling […]

Caption Contest

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

2010 Bigger than 1994? Ctd.

To piggyback on James’ comments below, it’s important to point out some other important metrics that make a Republican takeover of Congress in November pretty unlikely. 1. The hard right turn in the primaries cuts against the GOP. The biggest group of voters who are angry and anti-incumbent can be found among the most conservative […]

2010 Bigger Than 1994?

Patrick Ruffini goes all in with this one: I might be setting myself for a healthy serving of crow on November 3rd, but I get a distinct feeling that the GOP may be headed toward to a seat gain in the House of epic proportions — somewhere over 50 seats and well above the historical […]

Pennsylvania Loses Seats 9th Census Running

Pennsylvania is Reapportionment’s version of the Biggest Loser. If projections hold, Pennsylvania will lose Congressional seats for the ninth straight Census. Smart Politics: Several projections have been conducted by experts during the last few years – with Texas and Arizona universally considered to be the big winners of multiple seats, with the remaining gains coming […]

Two Blogospheres: Left and Right

It has long been an article of faith that — in terms of authorship, comment policy, other user interaction, and linking policies — Left-leaning bloggers are more communitarian and Right-leaning bloggers more individualistic. At the same time, however, several studies have found that neither side does a very good job of linking to and discussing […]

Arizona Illegal Alien Bill – A Weak Defense

Arizona’s ill conceived illegal alien crackdown, which is so obviously overbroad as to have drawn concern from Tom Tancredo, Marco Rubio, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and Joe Scarborough, has drawn one unlikely defender: George Will. It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal […]

Loch Ness Monster Real!

A senior police officer in the 1930s thought the Loch Ness monster existed.  QED:  It did. Thus, apparently, is the logic behind a new book on the mythic creature which sees evidence of a decades-long conspiracy. The revelation that a former Scottish police chief believed in the Loch Ness monster and was concerned for its […]

Mexico Issues Arizona Travel Advisory

Mexico is fighting back at an Arizona crackdown aimed at illegal aliens. Mexico’s government is warning its citizens about travel to Arizona because of a tough new immigration law there. The travel alert from the Foreign Relations Department urges Mexicans in Arizona to “act with prudence and respect the framework of local laws.” It says […]

Why ‘Washington, DC’?

Most of us who live in the area call the nation’s capitol “DC” or “the District” or, less often, “Washington.”   But, officially, of course, it’s “Washington, District of Columbia” or “Washington, DC” for short.  The Constitutional origins of the “District” part are well known and the “Columbia” part isn’t all that interesting; they had to […]

DNC Romney Attack Ad

I’ve noted repeatedly over the past few weeks my sense that Mitt Romney is the Republican frontrunner for 2012. Apparently, the Democratic National Committee agrees. Politico’s Mike Allen: DNC TARGETS ROMNEY with a video titled, “Wall Street’s Best Friend.” A Dem. official: “We’re not waiting until this fall to make a campaign issue out of […]

Caption Contest Winners

The You Really Like Me Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The Stimulus Didn’t Help

A recent survey of members of the National Association of Business economists shows that 73% do not think the stimulus help employment. NABE conducted the study by polling 68 of its members who work in economic roles at private-sector firms. About 73% of those surveyed said employment at their company is neither higher nor lower […]

Jim Jones Jewish Joke Jouhaha

It seems that National Security Advisor Jim Jones has gotten himself into trouble for retelling a very old joke at a think tank speech the other night: I’d like to begin with a story that I think is true, a Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally […]

FBI ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ Inflation

One of the post-9/11 developments of particular annoyance to security scholars is the inflation of the term “Weapons of Mass Destruction” to encompass small-scale explosives.  Historically, it was reserved for nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological devices.  The FBI is an especially egregious violator, doing it again and again, most recently in touting the thwarting of […]

Sinead O’Connor and the Pope

Remember back in 1992, when “Saturday Night Live” was funny?  Or, at least, we watched it because there weren’t as many channels and TiVo hadn’t been invented?    You probably remember this, then: It’s Sinead O’Connor, a bald Irish singer of whom I’d never previously heard, tearing up a picture of Karol Wojtyla, aka Pope John […]

Markets in Everything

Will Wilkinson sees Yale’s ban on faculty-student sex as an unwise distortion of the free market. The ban will have a predictably “disparate impact,” and mostly put the kibosh on relationships between male faculty members and female undergraduate student[s].  .  .  . Moreover the rule is, in effect, a subsidy to male Yale undergrads. On […]

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

2010 NFL Draft Grades

While OTB Sports editor Bill Jempty handled the pick-by-pick analysis of the 2010 NFL Draft, below is my annual compilation of draft grades handed out by the media gurus who do this sort of thing. While it’ll be three to four years before we really know how any of the teams did — it just […]

OTB Caption JamTM

Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney needs a hug. Wizbang just can’t run away. Wyatt Earp is doin’ the French Mistake. RT’s Ponderings wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Blonde Sagacity needs a lift up. Military Times is at the shallow end of the gene pool. Jack Bauer looks to be in Donald Trump’s […]

This Is Alabama. We Speak English.

Tim James’ ad promising that, if he’s elected governor, he’ll save the citizens of Alabama some money by cutting out foreign language drivers’ license exams under the theory, “This is Alabama.  We speak English.  If you want to live here, learn it” is making the rounds. Like my fellow Alabama expat, Stacy McCain, I get […]

Too Fat to Fight?

Remember the recent flap over the retired generals fighting to for school lunch reform, arguing that our kids are too fat to fat? Daniel Engber makes a persuasive case that they’re wrong. In addition to pointing out that the armed forces have easily met their recruiting goals the last few years, he points out that […]

Line Drawing In The Sand

By way of Twitter and Reason comes word that May 20 has been designated “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” by Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor “in support of Matt Stone and Trey Parker and in opposition to religious thuggery.” I’m glad it’s a few weeks off — I can barely draw a straight line, so I’ll […]

NFL Draft Beat NBA Playoffs in TV ratings

Am I surprised by news that more people watched the 1st round of the 2010 NFL draft last night than watched first round action in the NBA playoffs? Nope. But USA Today‘s Tom Weir captures it with particular brutality:  “Preliminary ratings show that television viewers preferred watching NFL prospects walk to a podium last night […]

Lowden Plan Medical Chicken Calculator

Senate candidate Sue Lowden’s repeated suggestion that we go back to the barter system for health care (“in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I’ll paint your house”) has generated endless fun for leftie pundits and, now, some wag has generated a “Lowden Plan Medical […]


Apropos this, if you saw a vehicle with this on its windows, would you interpret it as “Heil Hitler? In related news, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have their 1st round pick, Dez Bryant, wear jersey number 88, following in the tradition of Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson.  Are they sending a secret, racist […]

Comedy Central Censored Mohammed ‘South Park’ Again

Like Erik Kain, I haven’t yet seen the second part of South Park’s 200th episode, wherein they joke about depicting the Muslim mythological figure Mohammed but are, once again, thwarted by the cowardly hypocrites who run Comedy Central.  (Unlike Erik, I actually have the episode saved on my DVR.) His analysis is spot on: Really […]

Racist Vanity Plates and the Law

For whatever reason, my home state of Virginia leads the nation in vanity plates.    Heck, I’ve got one that says “OTB.”   But, apparently, the DMV frowns on tags that spout racist messages, even exceedingly cryptic ones. Brigid Schulte for WaPo: The owner of a Ford truck bearing the license plate 14CV88 will have to find […]

Do-It-Yourself Virtual Universities?

Anya Kamentz has written a new book titled DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.  She gives us a taste of the argument in a piece for TAP: Since 2001, a growing movement — from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, and hundreds of other universities worldwide to insurgent bloggers and […]

Caption Contest Winners

The Ghilligan’s Island Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Frustration and Ideology

Radley Balko “got a little more libertarian” yesterday after a frustrating experience with his income taxes.  Essentially, his e-file was rejected because of an invalid Social Security number which wasn’t invalid at all, the Social Security office wouldn’t help him by phone, and the office was closed by the time he got there.  And he […]

Breaking News: Who Cares?

Responding to a defense of shoddy journalism on account of the need to be “15 minutes” ahead of competitors, Matt Yglesias retorts: But there are really two ways to break news. A Type 1 scoop is a story that if you don’t break, just won’t be broken. A Type 2 scoop is a pure race […]

Hitler Reacts to Copyright Claims

As predicted, a Hitler parody of Constantin Film’s move to YouTube to remove parodies of “Downfall” with copyright claims has been made: Warning: The language is decidedly NSFW but, then again, it’s just text. And, for once, “Hitler” and I are in complete agreement.  DMCA gives way too much power to those who issue copyright […]

Does Bill Gates Hate White People?

Microsoft gazillionaire-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates has apparently decided to award Gates Millennium Scholarships only to Americans of  non-European descent.  He did so back in January but the word is just slowly getting around. Brian Garst observes, “Now, he is free to direct that his money be spent however he pleases.  The rest of us, likewise, are […]

Liberal Rush Limbaugh?

In a rather weird exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Salon editor Joan Walsh was stumped when asked to call out extremists on her side of the aisle: P.J. Gladnick has the transcript: JOE SCARBOROUGH: …I think it helps us all to say there are extreme voices on the left, there are extreme voices on the […]

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