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Another Republican Dodges The “Is Sarah Palin Qualified?” Question


From today’s Morning Joe, retiring Arizona Congressman John Shadegg spends several minutes dodging the question of whether or not Sarah Palin is qualified to be President: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy It’s really somewhat pathetic to see the extent to which experienced Republicans are afraid of a half-term […]

A Simple Question on DADT


Is there really anyone who can credibly argue at this point that the policy regarding homosexuals openly serving in the armed services is anything other than basic discrimination?

Apparently, It Really Will Be A Fox News Primary

Fox News Logo

I made note a few months ago of the rather odd fact that almost all of the A-list Republicans who are likely to run for President in 2012 are currently parties to exclusive contracts with Fox News. Now, Dick Morris (another Fox News exclusive commentator) is saying that the 2012 GOP nomination will be decided […]

Pentagon: DADT Repeal Would Pose No Threat To Military Readiness


The Pentagon has spoken. Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would not cause any real harm to the military, they have said. Now, the ball is in the court of the United States Senate.

Anonymity and Internet Trolls


Should blogs and other online forums ban anonymous comments?

Joe Scarborough: Time For GOP To Man Up And Take On Sarah Palin


Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough wants the GOP to stop kowtowing to Sarah Palin and her acolytes. He’s right.

Second Quote of the Day, WikiLeaks Edition


“A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” — James Madison

Voters Not Eager To See Mike Bloomberg Run In 2012


Despite the play that it’s gotten among the punditocracy, the idea of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg running for President isn’t generating much excitement among voters: Massive amounts of attention have been given over the last few years to a possible Michael Bloomberg Presidential run in 2012. And a new PPP poll finds that he […]

Quote of the Day, WikiLeaks Edition


“Those who demand that the U.S. Government take people’s lives with no oversight or due process as though they’re advocating changes in tax policy or mid-level personnel moves — eradicate him!, they bellow from their seats in the Coliseum — are just morally deranged barbarians. There’s just no other accurate way to put it. These […]

Obama’s Federal Pay Freeze A Sign Of Clintonian Triangulation?

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton

Is President Obama’s Federal pay freeze a sign that he’s moving to the right, or just pointless symbolism?

Things not to Celebrate: Secession


Roughly 150 years ago, the CSA was born. Is this something worthy of celebration?

China Ready To Bail On North Korea?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and China's President Hu Jintao talk during their meeting in Beijing

The latest Wikileaks revelations suggest that China may not be willing to protect North Korea for much longer.

Obama’s Federal Pay Freeze Unpopular Among Progressives


President Obama’s plan to free federal employee pay is getting praised by Republicans but is wildly unpopular among progressive activists.

Palin: Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds up a copy of the Guardian newspaper during a press conference at the Frontline Club in central London

Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to raise “Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco.” They’re more interesting than I’d expected.

OTB Latenight – System of a Down


Caption Contest Winners

Barack Obama, Yubert Envia, Sasha Omaba, Malia Obama

The The Farce Is Strong With This One Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Four Turkeys, Zero People: The Case Of Barack Obama’s Missing Pardons

scales of justice statue

After 1 1/2 years in office, President Obama has yet to grant a single request for a pardon or clemency, continuing a thirty year trend in which the Presidential pardon power has nearly fallen in to disuse.

60% Of Voters Say Sarah Palin Is Unelectable


Yet another sign that Sarah Palin’s chances in a General Election race against Barack Obama would be slim indeed: Sarah Palin might think she could get elected President in 2012, but few Americans agree. Only 28% of voters in the country think that Palin is capable of defeating Barack Obama while 60% think she is […]

Someone Is Trying To Sabotage The Iranian Nuclear Program


A crippling, and technologically advanced, computer virus and attacks against Iranian nuclear scientists lead to only one conclusion; someone is doing everything they can short of military action to make sure Iran doesn’t develop nuclear weapons.

WikiLeaks, Secrets, and Reality


The choice is between a world in which officials can share information and carry out reasoned debates with one another and a world in which nothing can be written down.

Poll: Majority Of Flyers Okay With Body Scanners And Pat Down Searches


A new Rasmussen poll suggests that Americans who fly frequently aren’t nearly as upset about the TSA’s enhanced security procedures as the last two weeks of media coverage would seem to suggest: Most voters who fly appear comfortable with the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s new airport security measures. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, […]

Correction of the Day: The Wire Edition


From Sunday’s WaPo: A Names & Faces item in the Nov. 27 Style section, about a Johns Hopkins University course based on the HBO drama series “The Wire,” misquoted the show’s creator, David Simon, who visited the class this semester. According to Simon and the Baltimore Sun, he responded to a student’s question about hopeful […]

Majority Of Americans Continue To Support Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


One day before the Pentagon releases its long anticipated report on the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans support repealing the policy: Most Americans (58%) say they favor allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces. Fewer than half that number (27%) oppose […]

Arson Reported At Islamic Center Linked To Portland Bomb Suspect


An Islamic Center that was sometimes attended by the 19 year-old arrested the other day for plotting to detonate a bomb in downtown Portland was the target of an arson attack over the weekend: CORVALLIS, ORE. – Apparent anger over a Somali-born teen’s failed effort to blow up a van filled with explosives during Portland’s […]

Fox News Legal Analyst Andrew Napolitano A 9/11 Truther?


Fox News/Fox Business legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former state court Judge in New Jersey, made comments recently that seem to indicate he doesn’t buy the “official story” of the September 11th attacks. First of all, anyone who appears on Alex Jones’s radio show is suspect to begin with. Jones is a well-known 9/11 truther. […]

‘Cyber Monday’ a Myth


“Cyber Monday” is a myth created by a marketing company.

Obama to Freeze Federal Wages 2 Years

Treasury Check

President Obama proposes freezing federal civilian salaries for the next two years, saving billions in anticipated spending.

Classified Information and Journalistic Ethics

Wikileaks Media Ethics

The two English language newspapers who have been Julian Assange’s accomplices in disseminating stolen secrets defend themselves.

Covering the Coverage of the Diplomatic Leaks


The major outlets that received document drops from Wikileaks are covering the story in different and interesting ways.

Terrorist Plot, Or Entrapment?


Another FBI sting operation results in the arrest of a “terrorist,” or did it create a crime where none existed before?

Americans Mad As Hell, Still Going to Take It


After days of hype, National Opt-Out Day fizzled. It’s a classic collective action problem.

Caption Contest

Kyrgyzstan Eid al-Adha

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Something we Didn’t Need a Leak to Tell Us…


Via FP’s The Cable:  WikiLeaked cable from Bob Gates: “Russian democracy has disappeared”. "SecDef (Gates) observed that Russian democracy has disappeared and the government was an oligarchy run by the security services," read a cable about the meeting classified by Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow and leaked to the self described whistleblower website WikiLeaks. […]

Removing the Fig Leaf from the Sunni Regimes


The diplomatic ramifications of the latest Wikileaks leaks are just starting to emerge and may place some countries in very embarrassing positions.

Senator McCain, Sarah Palin Is No Ronald Reagan


It’s becoming common for defenders of Sarah Palin to try to draw analogies between her and Ronald Reagan, and John McCain picked up that meme himself when he appeared on CNN today: McCain compared his former running mate, Sarah Palin, to former President Ronald Reagan, noting that some viewed Reagan as divisive too. “I think […]

Wikileaks Releases Diplomatic Cables, Revealing International Secrets


A new round of Wikileaks documents is out, and it opens the door on diplomatic correspondence previously hidden from the public.

Caption Contest Winners

Noavy Aviation Anniversary

The Props for Congress Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

McCain and North Korea


McCain brings up “regime change” in re: the DKRP and China apparently isn’t doing enough.

Willie Nelson Charged with Pot Possession


Shocking Headline Of The Day: “Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas.”

Joe Miller: From Alaska Maverick To Sore Loser


Nearly four weeks after Election Day, Alaska’s Joe Miller still won’t concede the inevitable.

Fixing the Copyright System


The American copyright system is broken. Cory Doctorow offers some useful suggestions for fixing it.

Gift Giving Irrationality


Duke economist Dan Ariely argues that the Western notion of gift giving is irrational.

The Failure of “Starve the Beast”


The Republican talking point that lowering taxes lowers spending and raising taxes increases spending is denied by reality.

The Most Boring Day In The 20th Century

Apparently, it was the 11th day of April 1954: City computer buff William Tunstall-Pedoe has worked out that April 11, 1954 was the most uneventful day in the whole of the 20th century. Every day something of significance happens, a person is born who is destined for fame, there is an event in the arts […]

Alan Simpson Fights Back Against Deficit Commission Critics

Erskine Bowles, Alan Simpson

Former Senator Alan Simpson is fighting back against the critics on the left and the right who are shooting down the Deficit Commission’s plan before it’s even been released.

Least Surprising News Item Of The Day


The Associated Press informs us that Willie Nelson was busted for possessing marijuana: SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, […]

U.S. War In Afghanistan Now Longer Than Soviet War


It’s a dubious distinction, but as of yesterday the United States’ occupation of Afghanistan had lasted as long as the Soviet Union’s ill-fated commitment in that country: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine […]

Another Drug Tunnel Discovered


Indeed, it was the second one discovered this month. Via the BBC:  Second Mexico-US drug tunnel found in Tijuana Police have uncovered a 670m (2,200ft) drug smugglers’ tunnel under the US-Mexico border – the second such discovery this month. The tunnel links the Mexican city of Tijuana with Otay Mesa in California. Earlier this month […]

Feds Foil Oregon Bomb Attempt


Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting.

Feds Seize Domain Names


In an effort to combat illegal file sharing, the US Department of Homeland Security is seizing domain names.

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