Donald Trump Once Called For The Deaths Of Five Innocent Men

Radley Balko relates a tale from Donald Trump’s early days that provides a pretty good clue of what his character is really like: In 1989 Donald Trump took out a full page ad in four New York City newspapers calling for the execution of the alleged rapists in the infamous Central Park Jogger case. Never […]

Christian Conservative Radio Host To Muslims: Convert, Or Die

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer would apparently like to bring back the Crusades: “The only thing that will give us a shot at building a democracy in an Islamic land is a mass conversion of its people to biblical Christianity. So that means if we want to see freedom come to those darkened, benighted […]

Justice Kagan Praises Lawyer Defending Defense Of Marriage Act

Associate Justice Elena Kagan spoke yesterday about Paul Clement, the former Solicitor General who left his law firm over his decision to take on the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act: Justice Elena Kagan praised and defended a former Bush administration official’s decision to leave his law firm rather than abandon what has become […]

Is There Anything That Washington Can Do About Gas Prices? Not Really

Congress is coming back to Washington and gas prices continue to rise. Expect a lot of demagoguery, but very little in the way of solutions.

Qaddaffi Proposes Cease Fire Talks

Libya’s leader says he wants to talk about ending the conflict with the rebels, but not about leaving power: BENGHAZI, Libya — In a disjointed, defiant speech broadcast early Saturday morning on Libyan state television, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi said that he was ready for a cease-fire but that he had no plans to leave the […]

Alabama Death Toll now at 248

WSFA has the state-by-state breakdown: Here are the most recent death tolls in the states hit hardest by the storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast, killing at least 339 people: Alabama: 248 dead Mississippi: 34 dead Tennessee: 34 dead Georgia: 15 dead Virginia: 5 dead Louisiana: 2 dead Kentucky: 1 dead

Diploma Mills: Close Enough For Government Work

Most good government jobs require a college degree–but they don’t care much whether it’s a real one.

OTB Latenight — Bush

NFL Lockout That Was Off Now On Again

No sooner did players start coming back to team facilities, than the 8th Circuit granted the league’s request and issue as temporary stay of the injunction ending the lockout. “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the motion for a stay pending appeal,” the […]

Dear Birthers: STFU, GBTW

A conspiracy theorist is never troubled by facts.

Rock-Pop Mashups

Mashup videos: Iron Maiden and The Monkees (“The Trooper Believer”) and Pink Floyd and Bee Gees (“Stayin’ Alive in the Wall”)

Whatever Happened To The Housing Recovery?

Three years later, there are no signs that the real estate market is anywhere close to recovering.

Appeals Court Lifts Ban On Federal Funding Of Stem Cell Research

The latest round in the legal battle over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research hands a victory to the scientific community: WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the federal government can continue to fund research involving human embryonic stem cells, a significant legal victory for the Obama administration. The divided ruling, by the […]

Shuttle Endeavour Launch Scrubbed

Thanks to equipment problems we won’t be seeing a Shuttle launch today: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA on Friday was forced to postpone the launching of the shuttle Endeavour, four hours before it was to lift off on a two-week mission to the International Space Station. Officials announced that the launching, which had been […]

Negatives Up for Tea Party

Via Gallup:  In U.S., Negative Views of the Tea Party Rise to New High Really, this should hardly be a surprise.  The Tea Party is a faction of the Republican Party, which means that it already is unlikely to have much support in the Democratic Party (although the poll does show 10% Dem support) and […]

Corsi Won’t Quit on Birther Issue (Plus a Transcript Footnote)

Not surprisingly, Jerome R. Corsi has conjured a conspiracy theory about Obama’s long-form birth certificate over at (shock of shocks) WND:  What is it about twin girls born day after Obama? Of course, since Corsi has a book coming out called Where’s the Birth Certificate he has to do something to keep hope alive, so […]

Al Franken’s Pay for War Gimmick

A comedian-turned-Senator makes some strong points about how America goes to war.

What Shall We Call the Next Bit? Transcripters?

The birthers are dead (kinda), so long live the transcripters!

Donald Trump Drops The F-Bomb In Vegas Speech

Yea, this is really Presidential: And yet, the people were cheering.

Is the Libyan Civil War Spreading?

Pro-Qaddafi forces have crossed the border with Tunisia in hot pursuit of rebels and have shelled a town just inside the border: (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed into neighboring Tunisia and fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town on Friday as Libya’s conflict spilled beyond its […]

Negative Views Of Tea Party Hit New High

According to a new Gallup poll, public opinion about the Tea Party movement has gone down hill: PRINCETON, NJ — About half of Americans, 47%, now have an unfavorable image of the Tea Party movement, the highest since it emerged on the national scene. Gallup began tracking Americans’ views of the Tea Party in March […]

Most Worthless Breaking News Alert Ever?

I awoke to find the following in my mailbox from CNN: Britain’s Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, giving her a ring of Welsh gold. Since we have all been told over and over and over about this wedding,somehow this doesn’t strike me as breaking news. Now, had they skipped the big ceremony […]

Prince William Marries Kate Middleton

Britain’s Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, giving her a ring of Welsh gold.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Garbonzo Warfare Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Carnival Barkers Upset At Being Compared To Donald Trump

Carnival Barkers across the nation want an apology: When President Obama released his birth certificate on Wednesday morning, he may have thought he was closing the door on controversy. Instead, he ended up starting controversy anew — with America’s carnival barkers. When discussing the lingering “birther” controversy, Obama remarked: “We’re not going to be able […]

Obama’s iPad

It looks like President Obama keeps an iPad on his desk in the Oval Office: Via The White House’s Flickr Page

Ryan: End Oil Subsidies and Corporate Welfare

Via the Politico:  Ryan calls for ending oil subsidies “We’re talking about reforming the safety net, the welfare system; we also want to get rid of corporate welfare. And corporate welfare goes to agribusiness companies, energy companies, financial services companies, so we propose to repeal all that,” Ryan said in response to a question about […]

Muslim Actress Receives Death Threats After Posing In Playboy

Sila Sahin set out to make a statement about the Muslim treatment of women by posing nude in Playboy, and got a little more than she bargained for: A Muslim actress has caused a storm by posing naked for Playboy. Sila Sahin has been branded a “whore” and a “western slut” after appearing topless on […]

Oklahoma Republican Legislator: Black People Don’t Want To Work Hard

Well, this isn’t really very helpful: Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said minorities earn less than white people because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative. “We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want […]

Lara Logan: “They Really Enjoyed My Pain And Suffering”

CBS reporter Lara Logan spoke for the first time about her assault in Tahrir Square on the night Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egypt’s President in a 60 Minutes interview that will air this coming Sunday: Lara Logan thought she was going to die in Tahrir Square when she was sexually assaulted by a mob […]

Meet Donald Trump, Your New GOP Frontrunner

Another poll shows Donald Trump leading the GOP 2012 field: Republican primary voters at this early stage of the game now give billionaire developer Donald Trump the edge over presumptive favorites Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of […]

Worst American: Palin or Trump?

A respected liberal blogger thinks Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are the most appalling Americans of our time.

Of Course The Birthers Aren’t Satisfied

You thought the birther insanity was over? Silly you.

Law Student Sues Parents To Force Them To Pay Him An Allowance

Fortunately, this didn’t happen in the United States, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it did: A 25-year-old Spanish man has been ordered by a judge to leave home and look for a job after he took his parents to court for stopping his allowance money. The man from Andalusia in southern Spain had […]

Economic Growth Slows In First Quarter. What If This Is As Good As It Gets?

Will days of strong economic growth ever return? And what happens if they don’t?

Image Of The Day: Tuscaloosa Tornado Edition

Via Twitter comes this incredible three dimensional image of the massive tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama last night:

D.C. Church Receives Threats After Obama Easter Visit And Sean Hannity Rant

The church that President Obama and his family attended on Easter Sunday morning has received threats after being the subject of  a rant by conservative talker Sean Hannity: Shiloh Baptist Church in the District said it has received threatening phone calls and e-mails after an Easter visit from President Obama and a conservative television commentator’s […]

Rand Paul: I Want To See Donald Trump’s “Long Form Republican Registration”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took a swipe at Donald Trump this morning during a breakfast speech in New Hampshire: CONCORD, N.H. – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, opened a breakfast speech here Thursday at the Merrimack County Republican Committee with a new demand for proof – not of President Obama’s citizenship, but of Donald Trump’s […]

Headline Reaction (Bristling Donald Edition)

Headline (via TMZ):  Donald Trump Bristles at Claim He’s a Racist Reaction:  Doesn’t Trump pretty much bristle at everything?  It is his move.

Former Miss USA: I Was Molested By A TSA Agent In Dallas

Another case of TSA groping has hit the media.

Alabama Tornado Update

At least 128 are dead, with the toll expected to rise, in the flurry of tornadoes that hit Alabama yesterday.

Huckabee Speculation and Mixed Signals

According to Process Story, the signal seems to be that Huckabee isn’t running:  Huckabee releasing S.C. team We’ve been told that former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, a rumored candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is giving his former S.C. supporters the nod to seek work on other presidential campaigns. However, The Hill reports:  Huckabee camp […]

Superman Renounces American Citizenship

Superman will renounce his American citizenship!

Nearly 200 Dead After A Bad Night Of Tornadoes

The American South has been ravaged by tornadoes for the better part of this week, and last night was probably the worst of it: ATLANTA — The death toll in five Southern states rose sharply Thursday morning to nearly 200 after devastating storms ripped through the region, spawning a deadly tornado in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., […]

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

Obama: Moderate 90s Republican?

Obama’s main politics are hardly as leftist as many make them out to be. Indeed, much of them could have fit well in the the GOP of 1990s and early 2000s.

John Boehner Says He’s “Not Wedded” To Ryan Plan

For the second day in a row, Speaker John Boehner seemed to be trying to distance himself from Paul Ryan’s budget plan: So maybe it wasn’t the best timing in the world: Even as House Republicans face tough questions at their town hall meetings about Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, Speaker John Boehner has given […]

Leading From Behind: To Where?

An aide’s compliment about the president “leading from behind” has generated controversy.

A Question About the Ryan Plan

I know that today is Birth Certificate Day and all, but I have a policy question:  how does the Ryan Plan provide for universality in its version of Medicare?  Yes, everyone of a certain age receives a voucher that can be used to purchase insurance, but what will guarantee that everyone will, in fact, acquire […]

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