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Taliban History Lesson: Not Our Boys From the 80’s

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The groups we supported were defeated by the Taliban in the civil war that followed Soviet withdrawal. The Taliban and Usama bin Laden were supported by the separate “Sayyaf” group of Mujahideen supported by Saudi Arabia and Deobandi fanatics in Pakistan.

House Republican Concerned Fighting In Libya Could Spread To Africa

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Tom Marino (R., Pa.) needs a geography lesson: Rep. Tom Marino, R-10, Lycoming Twp., said he supports Mr. Gadhafi’s removal but said Mr. Obama should have consulted Congress before acting. Instead, the president’s action raised questions about whether he violated the constitutional provision that gives Congress the power to declare war, or the War Powers […]

Study: Rising Gas Prices Don’t Impact Consumption

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A new study suggests that increases in the price of gasoline have very little impact on consumer behavior. If that’s true, it has serious implications for energy policy.

Texas Republican: Obama’s Using Libya To Deplete The Military So He Can Raise A Private Army

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It’s time once again for a trip into the very special mind of Congressman Louie Gohmert, who spoke on the House floor last night about the Libyan situation: It’s a bad bill. And then when you find out that the prior Congress not only passed that 2,800 page bill with all kinds of things in […]

Donald Trump: I’m Proud To Be A Birther, And Obama May Be A Muslim

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Donald Trump continued his bizarre obsession with the President’s birth certificate today in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy And, oh yea, last night he suggested to Bill O”Reilly that the reason the President is hiding his birth certificate may […]

NATO Warns Libyan Rebels Not To Attack Civilians

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The conflict between the stated desire to see Muammar Gaddafi removed from power and the actual authority granted by UNSCR 1973 is becoming readily apparent: WASHINGTON — Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to […]

Florida GOP Chasties Democrat For Saying “Uterus” On House Floor

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Apparently there’s a list of banned words that can’t be said on the floor of the Florida House: During last week’s discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker’s paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations […]

Low Levels Of Radiation Reach U.S. Milk Supply

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Radiation from the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan continues to spread around the world: Washington (CNN) — There is no health risk from consuming milk with extremely low levels of radiation, like those found in Washington state and California, experts said Thursday, echoing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “When we have a disaster like we’ve […]

Less Than 1,000 Rebel “Fighters” Opposing Gaddafi

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A truly pessimistic look at the state of the Libyan rebellion last night on CNN:

Rand Paul: Newt Gingrich Has More Positions On Libya Than He’s Had Wives

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Senator Rand Paul took a nice little dig at Newt Gingrich, and Fox News last night at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner: >PAUL: I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war, a position, or two, or maybe three. I don’t know. I think he has more war positions […]

Barack Obama’s Imperial Presidency

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Like all Presidents before him, Barack Obama is asserting the right to virtually unfettered discretion when it comes to military matters.

How Would You Like Some Bacon-Flavored Air?

From the company that brought us Baconaisse and Bacon Salt, I give you BaconAir:

Wisconsin Judge: Collective Bargaining Law Not In Effect

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Wisconsin state judge Maryann Sumi has ruled that the state’s hotly contested collective bargaining law is not in effect and cannot be implemented: Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining law has not been published and is not in effect, a judge has ordered. Judge Maryann Sumi ordered Thursday morning that the law “has not been published within […]

Joyner on WERC

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I’ll be on Birmingham’s News Radio 105.5 WERC around 11:10 Eastern to discuss the allegations that Auburn University was paying players (and the larger implications this has for college athletics) and rise of concierge vacations for the rich.

Libyan Foreign Minister Defects, Flees To Britain

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For all his recent military success, Muammar Gaddafi may have suffered a more significant setback yesterday: Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, has defected to the United Kingdom, the British foreign ministry has said. The ministry said in a statement that Koussa had arrived at Farnborough Airport, in the south of England, on a flight […]

Sarah Palin Continues To Whine About The Press

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Despite promises made last week, Sarah Palin is still complaining about what she claims is “unfair” press coverage: The Daily Caller’s Chris Moody contacted Palin for a response to reports that her reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, got $1.2 million in state tax credits. Palin demanded that Moody print her entire 650-word response to the […]

Judicial Election Could Decide Fate Of Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law

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There’s an election in Wisconsin on Tuesday that could end up deciding the fate of the state’s controversial collective bargaining law: Scott Walker’s anti-union team could suffer a big defeat in Wisconsin’s April 5 Supreme Court election. If Dem-backed JoAnne Kloppenburg defeats Republican David Prosser, she could lead a 4-3 majority to overturn Walker’s anti-union […]

Indiana Republican: Women May Fake Rape To Get An Abortion

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Meet Indiana state Representative Eric Turner, who opposes an exception for rape or incest to a bill he proposed that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy: TURNER: With all do respect to Rep. Riecken, I understand what she’s trying to do. But as you know that when the federal health care bill […]

Wisconsin GOP Will Ignore Injunction, Implement Collective Bargaining Law

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Administration are setting themselves up for a showdown with the state’s judiciary with their decision to implement the provisions of the recently passed collective bargaining law despite the fact that a state trial court judge has ordered that it not be implemented: State officials have not stopped putting in […]

President Obama Secretly Receives Transparency Award

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President Obama received an award for transparency in government, but you probably didn’t hear about because the ceremony was held in secret: President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday. The secret presentation happened almost […]

No Boots on The Ground

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To honor the administration’s “no boots on the ground” statements, all covert U.S. personnel in Libya will work barefoot. – Jim Geraghty

Return of the Class System – Concierge Everything

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Cruise lines are the latest to create separate enclaves for customers willing to pay more to escape the riffraff.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the ThursdayFriday OTB Caption ContestTM

An OTB first, Not Safe For Work Caption Contest — Women with Really Big Jugs

Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Governator’ Comic Book

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has mastered the worlds of bodybuilding, show business, and politics. Next, he’s going to try his hand at being a Marvel superhero.

The World Hates Fatties

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Prejudice and negative attitudes towards obese individuals is becoming a global norm, not just an American phenomenon.

American Public Sours On Tea Party Movement

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A new CNN poll presents a possible dilemma for the GOP heading into 2012: (CNN) — Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday […]

Cong. Sean Duffy (R, WI): It’s Hard To Make Ends Meet On $174,000 A Year

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This would be what you call chutzpah: I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I’m living high on the hog, […]

Pro-Gaddafi Forces Continue To Rout Libyan Rebels

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The setbacks for the Libyan rebel fighters seem to be getting worse: BREGA, Libya — Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi advanced rapidly on Wednesday, seizing towns they ceded just days ago after intense allied airstrikes and hounding rebel fighters into a chaotic retreat. Having abandoned Bin Jawwad on Tuesday and the oil town of […]

PETA’s New Idea: Get Your Pet Neutered, And You’ll Get A Free Vasectomy

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I believe this qualifies as the oddest idea ever: It’s a two-fer: Get your animal companion fixed, and get yourself fixed too! Human overpopulation is crowding out animal life on the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a euthanasia crisis that is a crying shame. Disappearing wilderness, vanishing water resources, and pollution is […]

Report: Obama Signs Secret Order To Covertly Arm Libyan Rebels

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Reuters is reporting that the U.S. is now going to start arming the Libyan rebels: (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, […]

U.S. Moves To Aid Libyan Rebels As Evidence Mounts Of Their Ties To Al Qaeda

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The U.S. seems to be on the verge of changing war strategies in Libya, even as it becomes clear that these rebels aren’t necessarily our friends.

Obama’s Approval Numbers Back In The Basement

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The President’s winter polling bounce is gone, and he’s looking vulnerable again.

Rebecca Black vs. The Beatles

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A meme that will go away soon, I hope. via imgur

Thirty Years Ago Today: Ronald Reagan Shot

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Thirty years ago today, at precisely 2:27 pm, President Reagan was shot as he left the Washington Hilton after a speech. It was an era before the Internet and widespread cable news coverage, so most Americans got the news this way, notice that the original reports indicated that Reagan had not been hit, but that […]

Injustice From The Supreme Court, Courtesy Of Justice Thomas And His Fellow Conservatives

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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has told prosecutors that they can get away with withholding evidence that clears an innocent defendant and never have to face the consequences of their action. That is an outrage.

Sarah Palin Takes Heat From Conservatives Over Reality Show Subsidy

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Back in February, I noted that the Anchorage Daily News has reported that Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show had received subsidies from the State of Alaska under a program designed to encourage filmmakers to come to the state. The story languished for a month or so, but was recently picked up by some fiscal conservatives […]

Has the Growth of the Financial Sector Harmed the Economy?

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A new study finds that the robust growth of the financial sector in the United States in recent decades has come at the expense of entrepreneurship.

First GOP Debate Postponed For Lack Of Candidates

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The first debate of the 2012 election cycle has been rescheduled from May to September, largely because there aren’t enough candidates yet: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has postponed its debate for Republican candidates from May 2 to September 14. The move, announced Wednesday in conjunction with cosponsors NBC and POLITICO, follows an unexpectedly slow […]

Do Photo IDs Help Prevent Vote Fraud?

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Presenting photo identification is not an onerous requirement for voting. But there’s next to zero evidence that fraud is a problem.

Unseriousness from Marco Rubio

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Via the WSJ: Why I Won’t Vote to Raise the Debt Limit To quote George Will: I know of no other developed nation that has a debt ceiling. This is a purely recurring symbolic vote to make people feel good by voting against it. The trouble is it’s suicidal if you should happen to miscalculate […]

OTB Latenight — Marvin Gaye

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OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The People Of Walmart Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

“Extremism” In Defense Of Bloated Budgets Is Apparently No Vice

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Nor, it would seem, are really tired clichés.

Wisconsin Judge Issues Injunction Against Implementing Collective Bargaining Law

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Not surprisingly given the disputes that had arisen over exactly what her original injunction actually covered, a Wisconsin Judge has issued a second injunction barring any aspect of the law from being implemented: Madison – A Dane County judge Tuesday blocked the state from implementing Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining measure. “Further implementation of the […]

Congress Racks Up $15,000 In Unpaid D.C. Parking Tickets

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Your Member of Congress may very well be a scofflaw: Members of Congress have immunity from many routine parking tickets in the District of Columbia, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try to rack up fines. According to a Roll Call survey of vehicles parked on Capitol Hill and at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, […]

43% Of Republicans Don’t Believe The President Was Born In The U.S.

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Another poll (PDF), this one from CNN, that shows the extent to which birtherism has taken hold inside the GOP: A recent CNN Opinion Research poll shows most Americans think that Obama was indeed born in the United States. But there is a partisan divide on the issue. The survey indicates that 72 percent think […]

Joe Biden Circa 1998: ‘Framers Intended to Grant Congress Power to Initiate All Hostilities, Even Limited Wars’

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Joe Biden becomes the latest member of the Obama Administration to eat his words on international intervention:

The Obama Doctrine: Humanitarian Imperialism

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The “Obama Doctrine,” such as it is, seems to boil down to moral self-certainty combined with a glaring ignorance of reality. That’s a dangerous combination.

Death Penalty: US vs. The World

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Amnesty International is drawing attention to capital punishment in the United States, with bad math and a credulous media on its side.

House Republicans To Run Against D.C. Establishment Even Though They’re Part Of It

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House Republicans appear to be settling on an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment theme for the 2012 campaign: House Republicans have a surprising message for voters in 2012: Throw the bums out. That’s the theme of a new message campaign prepared by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which hopes to defend the GOP’s newly minted House majority next […]

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