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Horse Herpes Forces Rodeo Queens To Ride Stick Horses


This may well be the funniest 1 minute 15 seconds of local news I’ve ever seen:

The Towering Power of Saul Alinsky in American Political Science


Despite recent obsession with him, Saul Alinsky’s work has not garnered much attention from political scientists.

John Bryson Filibuster: Just Because


44 Republican Senators have already pledged to filibuster John Bryson’s nomination as Commerce secretary.

Two Ridiculous Defenses of the Ryan Medicare Plan


Arguments for the Ryan Plan that characterize it as being “against bureaucracy” are apparently oblivious to the fact that private health insurance is full of bureaucracy.

Federal Taxes At Lowest Rate Since 1950


Bruce Bartlett, former adviser to President Reagan, runs some numbers on taxes in the United States and finds a result that is counter-intuitive given the state of debate: Historically, the term “tax rate” has meant the average or effective tax rate — that is, taxes as a share of income. The broadest measure of the […]

Top 3 Myths About Immigration


From learnliberty.org, Ben Powell, professor of economics at Suffolk University:   h/t:  Mike Munger

Study Alleges Cellphone-Cancer Link


A new study says that radiation from cellphones is potentially as harmful a carcinogen as DDT and automobile exhaust: An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies. The statement was issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on […]

Palin and the Press: Symbiosis Defined


Palin and the press are in mutual love, despite protestations to the contrary.

Herman Cain: Rising Star, Or Flash In The Pan?

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is getting a lot of attention lately, but will he amount to anything?

Center of Population (US)


I have no profound reason for posting this.  Rather, it is something I came across whilst doing research and thought it was kinda cool: IFRAMES not supported

Just When You Thought Birtherism was Dead…


Via CNN:  ‘Birther’ book soars A new book, now number six on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called "birther" issue back on the national stage. "Where’s the Birth Certificate?" by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the listout Sunday, argues President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore cannot […]

Housing Prices Hit New Low, But Buyers Are Staying Away


Real Estate prices continue to fall, but where are the buyers? Maybe they’re acting sane this time.

The End of an Era: The Dying Days of Film


Film sales are down to 20 million rolls from nearly a billion in 2000.

Al-Jazeera Finds Western “Troops” On The Ground In Libya


An al-Jazeera film crew came up with the first direct evidence of Western military advisers on the ground in rebel-controlled Libya: Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict. A group of […]

Doctors Becoming More Liberal?


America’s physicians are becoming more liberal in response to changing working conditions.

OTB Latenight — Gorilla Zoe


OTB Caption Contest Winners


The We’re All Bozos On This Bus Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour To Hit Iowa


Sarah Palin’s latest media spectacle will be heading west next month.

House Creates Secret Earmarks After Banning Them


Earlier this year, the House Republicans touted the fact that they had taken a “no Earmarks” pledge. Five months into their tenure, it appears they’ve found at least one way around that ban: The defense bill that just passed the House of Representatives includes a back-door fund that lets individual members of Congress funnel millions […]

Confusion over Memorial Day


I keep seeing exhortations from various sources wishing a Happy Memorial Day to those who have served in the military.  However, such greetings, nice as they may be, seem to miss the point of Memorial Day and, moreover, appear to confuse it with Veteran’s Day.

No More Nukes?


Not in Germany, anyway. Via the AFP:  Germany to scrap nuclear power by 2022. This is in response to the disaster in Japan. Of course, with growing concerns about the environmental impact of the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, the abandonment of nuclear power begs the question of where the energy is going […]

Broadway Actors Resent Hollywood Stars


Broadway actors are aiming a familiar lament at Hollywood stars: They’re taking our jobs!

The First Memorial Day

Storming Fort Wagner

David Blight recounts the story of the first Memorial Day.

Jim Tressel Out at Ohio State


Jim Tressel has resigned as head coach of the Ohio State football team.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda


It’s Memorial Day here in the States, where we honor those who’ve died in our country’s wars by eating, drinking, and shopping. Eric Bogle’s “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” written 30 years ago, is as good a reflection on the sacrifices of war as any.

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Postal Service Nears Collapse


Business Week’s cover story examines the coming implosion of the US Postal Service as we know it.

George Will: Everyone Knows That Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nukes


Ouch: “The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin’s case], answers itself.” H/T: Mediaite

Romney’s Strategery: Ignoring Iowa?


Via the NYT:  State of Uncertainty for Romney Camp as It Looks to Iowa At this point four years ago, Mitt Romney’s television commercials had been running here for 13 weeks. His campaign headquarters, bustling with activity, provided one of the best jobs around for Republican operatives. He fought hard to win the Iowa Straw […]

Egypt Opens Border with Gaza


Via the AP:  After 4 years, Egypt reopens its border with Gaza Egypt lifted a 4-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, greatly easing travel restrictions on the 1.5 million residents of the Palestinian territory in a move that bolstered the Hamas government while dealing a setback to Israel’s attempts to isolate the militant […]

Breitbart Used Mind Control On Rep. Anthony Wiener


And the KosKids have the proof!

Helping Forward French Stereotypes…


Via Reuters:  French minister quits over sex harassment case.

John McCain Thinks Sarah Palin Can Beat Obama


Well, I guess you have to give John McCain some credit for loyalty, if not common sense: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said he thinks Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in next year’s presidential election, but he’s far from certain that she will actually jump into the race. The GOP’s standard-bearer in 2008 also […]

Discussion Question: the West Bank


Having read a number of comments on my post on the 1967 lines, as well as following the ongoing public discussion, I would like to ask the following: 1)  Do you favor a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? 2)  In the context of your first response, what do you propose to do with/about/to the […]

Michele Bachmann Tells Iowans She “Has A Calling” To Run For POTUS


It wasn’t a formal announcement, but Michele Bachmann seemed to pretty much confirm that she’ll be running for President in a speech to Iowa Republicans: Michele Bachmann told Iowa voters she’s had a “calling” to go ahead with the “momentous decision” to run for president. Bachmann made the comments Friday during a taping of an […]

Jetpack Reaches 5000 Feet


Science fiction writers have envisioned men flying around in their own personal jetpacks for decades. It may finally be a reality.

Republicans Push to Tighten Voting Rules


Across the country, Republicans are pushing laws that will make voting harder.

Don’t Draw Dicks on Latrine Walls


This is a male latrine, there shouldn’t be any drawings of dicks.

Writing for Free Doesn’t Pay Well


It’s hard to get paid for work others will do for nothing.

American Jailed in Thailand over Blog Posting


Via the AP:  Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult The 54-year-old Thai-born man lived in the U.S. state of Colorado for around 30 years before returning recently to Thailand for treatment for high blood pressure and gout, the website said. If the allegations are true, the infractions would have been committed while he lived […]

OTB Latenight – The Cars


With bonus typos and misspellings in the lyrics.

Mitt Romney: “Can I Win Iowa?” Voice From Above: All Signs Point To No


An amusing moment on the campaign trail today for Mitt Romney: In a karmic omen of doom Mitt Romney asked an Iowa crowd if he could win the state when the room had to be evacuated due to a fire alarm. Romney had just asked the crowd, “Can I win Iowa?” Then a fire alarm […]

Romney Bets on Bad Economy


Dan Balz titles today’s column “Romney bets his candidacy on the economy.” My reaction upon seeing that was, that’s a pretty safe bet.

Iran Aiding Syria In Crackdown On Protests


This is hardly surprising news given the close relationship between Syria and the Islamic Republic, but it now seems clear that Iran is providing Bashar Assad’s regime with assistance in the crackdown on anti-government protesters: U.S. officials say Iran is dispatching increasing numbers of trainers and advisers — including members of its elite Quds Force […]

Netherlands Moves to Restrict Marijuana Sales


Holland is going to make it harder for tourists to smoke marijuana.

Gil Scott-Heron Dead at 62

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron, most famous “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” has died at 62.

25% of Americans Gay or Lesbian, Americans Think


A majority of Americans think homosexuals account for at least a fifth of the population.

OTB Caption Contest Winners


The Nuthin’ Yahoo Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Ratko Mladic and Osama bin Laden


Glenn Greenwald asks two questions about the cases of Osama bin Laden and Ratko Mladic. Helpfully, the second answers the first.

Auto-Play Videos


Suddenly, it seems like every website known to man is foisting videos that play the instant the page loads on their readers.

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