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The World’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Party


It already happened several hours ago: If you look at this world time zone map, one zone, which we’ve highlighted it in yellow has, as you can see, all of China, all 1.3 billion of ’em, plus a hunk of Siberia, plus Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, a chunk of Indonesia, Timor […]

A Glance Into The Crystal Ball For 2012


So, what’s next?

Virginia Attorney General To Push For Legislation To Allow Perry & Gingrich On Ballot


Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that he would be seeking a legislative solution to the problems encountered by the Perry and Gingrich campaigns in the Old Dominion: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in the Virginia presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican […]

Rick Perry Campaign Blame Game Already Underway

Rick Perry at Fox Google Debate

Rick Perry’s campaign team is already starting to blame each other for the collapse of a campaign that isn’t over yet.

Hey, Is Anyone Out There?


If there’s anyone out there, why haven’t we heard from them yet?

Katie Turns 3


Today is my eldest daughter Katie’s 3rd birthday.

Well, That’s One Way To Keep The Crime Rate Low


Today’s New York Times reports that New York City Police officers are apparently not reporting some crimes: Crime victims in New York sometimes struggle to persuade the police to write down what happened on an official report. The reasons are varied. Police officers are often busy, and few relish paperwork. But in interviews, more than […]

Appeals Court Rules Husband Can Be Charged Criminally For Reading Wife’s Email


Domestic dispute or criminal act?

The Sadly Obligatory “Newt Gingrich Cries” Post


I wasn’t going to write about this at all, but it seems to be getting a lot of coverage in the press today: Newt Gingrich choked up while discussing his mother’s struggle with mental illness during a town-hall meeting in Des Moines. Gingrich was asked to speak about a time his mother affected him at […]

Rick Perry Hates Activist Judges, Except When He Needs Them


For a guy who says he dislikes “activist judges,” Rick Perry sure wants a certain Federal Judge in Virginia to be an activist.

Web-Based Consumer Uproar Leads Verizon To Drop Planned Surcharge


Earlier this week, Verizon Wireless announced that it would begin charging customers a $2.00 “convenience fee” for using the company website to make one-time payments of cell phone bills via credit or debit card. At the time, the company justified the charge by saying it was an attempt to cover the costs incurred from these […]

Republican Candidates Love The Imperial Presidency

White Hosue Daytime

Not surprisingly, most of the Republican candidates for President aren’t too keen on reducing the excessive growth in Executive Branch power.

OTB Caption Contest Winners


The Santa Central Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

North Korea’s “9 Foot Supersoldier”?

1 supersoldier zoom

A few people over at Reddit have discovered an odd detail from photographs of yesterday’s memorial service for Kim Jong-il: At the Wire today, Dashiell Bennett highlights the North Korean state news agency’s apparently random manipulation of an image from yesterday’s funeral procession for Kim Jong Il — a crude photoshop job done, Bennett notes, […]



Let’s ban robocalls.

Perry Forgets SCOTUS Case On TX Sodomy Law Decided When He Was Governor


Another weird fumble by Rick Perry: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry admitted Thursday that he didn’t know about the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, a case decided while he was governor which struck down the state’s anti-sodomy law and similar laws in 13 others. A voter at a meet and greet […]

Michele Bachmann’s Epic Collapse


Executive summary: She’s a kook unfit to serve as dog catcher, much less leader of the free world.

Romney, Paul At Top In Iowa; Santorum, Gingrich, Perry Splitting Conservative Vote


Yet another clue about what’s going on in the Hawkeye State.

Ron Paul: Yea I Wrote The Newsletters, But Not Those Icky Parts

Ron Paul newsletter masthead

Ron Paul has a new explanation for those newsletters of his.

Mikhail Gorbachev: The World Would Be Better If The USSR Was Still Around

Kremlin Under USSR

Not surprisingly, the last man to lead the Soviet Union believes we’d be better off if it still existed.

Another Poll Shows Santorum Third In Iowa

Rick Santorum

It’s Rasmussen, so the usual caveats apply, but it nonetheless seems to confirm that Iowa social conservatives may be coalescing around Rick Santorum as we get down to the final days of the race: After months of volatility, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul remain the front-runners in Iowa for the third week in a row […]

Catholic Bishops Claim Laws Allowing Gay Adoption Violate Religious Liberty


If you’re going to take public money, “religious liberty” is not an excuse to fail to comply with the law.

Scott Brown Touts His Bipartisanship And Ties To Obama


From the moment that Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts in 2009, it’s been fairly obvious that his re-election campaign in 2012 was going to be difficult to say the least. For one thing, Brown benefited very much that year from the fact that he was quite simply a better campaigner than Martha Coakley, who […]

Virginia GOP To Require Primary Loyalty Oath


If you show up to vote in the Republican Primary in Virginia, they’re going to want you to make a promise; The state Republican Party will require voters to sign a loyalty oath in order to participate in the March 6 presidential primary. Anyone who wants to vote must sign a form at the polling […]

VDARE Wants Paul to Embrace his Newsletters


In a year-end fundraisers, VDARE’s founder wished Paul had “defened his letters on the basis of truth.”

O Little (Fightin’) Town Of Bethlehem


The Christmas spirit didn’t last very long at the Church Of The Nativity, the church built on the site where most Christians believe Christ was born: At one of oldest churches in the world, built over the cave that tradition marks as the place Jesus was born, Franciscan, Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests have brawled […]

Bachmann SuperPAC Switches To Romney

Michelle Bachmann at Podium

\ As is losing a top Iowa supporter to Ron Paul isn’t bad enough, Michele Bachmann has also apparently lost the support of a SuperPAC originally formed to support: A political action committee which had planned to support Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign has very quietly defected to Mitt Romney — and it’s spending big on […]

GOP Candidates Losing To Obama Among Latino Voters


Republicans are learning that their hard line on immigration comes with a political price.

Cam Newton, Racism, and Black Quarterbacks


The Panthers rookie is having a historic season. Were doubts that he could succeed colored by race?

Debunking Yet Another Obama-Clinton Fantasy, Two of Them Actually


Once again, people are engaging in largely mindless speculation involving Hillary Clinton.

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

Richard Lugar: Tea Party Cost GOP Senate Control In 2010


Facing his own Tea Party challenge, Richard Lugar reminds Republicans of an uncomfortable truth.

Iowa Will Be Over Soon, But Not Soon Enough


The constant drumbeat of not-really-news stories out of insignificant little Iowa will soon be behind us.

Jon Stewart Drawing More Viewers Than Fox News Channel


It turns out that 2011 wasn’t the best of years for Fox News Channel, but it was a great year for The Daily Show: By losing 9% of their audience in 2011, Fox News’ prime time lineup now averages fewer viewers than Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. According to TVNewser, Fox News averaged 1.868 million […]

Photo From Kim Jong-il Funeral Was Photoshopped


J. David Goodman and David Furst at The New York Times Lens Blog have uncovered an interesting manipulation of at least one of the photographs released yesterday from the funeral procession of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il: The funeral of Kim Jong-il on Wednesday called to mind the best stage-managed Communist state productions: the falling […]

Gingrich Campaign Attributes Virginia Ballot Failure To Signature Gatherer Fraud


The Gingrich campaign yesterday blamed its failure to make the Virginia ballot on fraud by a paid signature gatherer: A worker collecting signatures to get Republican GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on the Virginia primary ballot turned in fraudulent signatures, Gingrich told a woman at a campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday. Gingrich spokesman R.C. […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners


The Operation Jumbo Drop Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Former Chairman Of Michele Bachmann’s Iowa Campaign Endorses Ron Paul


Sometimes, things happen in politics that you just have to laugh at and this is one them: In a shock announcement Wednesday night, Iowa state senator and onetime Michele Bachmann campaign leader Kent Sorenson declared that he is now supporting Ron Paul for president. Sorenson made the announcement at a Paul rally with veterans here […]

Ron Paul’s Campaign Touts Endorsement Of Pastor Who Advocates Killing Gay People


Four years ago, the Ron Paul campaign generated controversy by not repudiating the endorsement of the neo-Nazi group Stormfront, but at least back then they didn’t actually promote the fact that they had received the endorsement. This time, though, they seem pretty proud about getting the support of a Nebraska Pastor who has made some […]

Santorum Surging?


A new Iowa polls shows Rick Santorum gaining support. Or does it?

North Korea’s Bizarre Funeral For The “Dear Leader”

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The official State Funeral for Kim Jong-il was held in Pyongyang earlier today, and it was about as bizarre as you’d expect something from that country to be: SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un, the designated dynastic heir to power in North Korea, walked alongside the hearse of his deceased father, Kim Jong-il, through snow-covered […]

Gary Johnson Leaves GOP, Declares For Libertarian Party Nomination


Gary Johnson’s quest is quixotic, but interesting nonetheless.

How Do The Iowa Caucuses Work Anyway?


Politico’s Zachary Abrahamson has a good article up today explaining just how the Iowa Caucuses work. As a preliminary matter, participation is technically limited to registered Republicans but that isn’t really much of a bar: Only registered Republicans may participate, but voters can register at the caucus entrance with photo identification that proves Iowa residency […]

Newsletters Issue Not Hurting Ron Paul In Iowa

Ron Paul newsletter masthead

So far, Iowa voters don’t seem to be bothered by the Ron Paul newsletters.

Vote Moderate Republican: Vote Obama


Understanding the state of the GOP field requires recognizing that President Obama is actually pretty moderate.

Rick Perry Sues Over Virginia Ballot Exclusion


Rick Perry is seeking Court intervention to get on the Virginia ballot. He isn’t likely to get very far.

Paragraph of the Day (Sad, but True Edition)


“American presidential elections are increasingly indistinguishable from the reality TV competitions drowning the nation’s airwaves. Both are vapid, personality-driven and painfully protracted affairs, with the winners crowned by virtue of their ability to appear slightly more tolerable than the cast of annoying rejects whom the public eliminates one by one”—Glenn Greenwald.

Trips to Hell Courtesy of Mistaken Identification


Via the LAT:  ID errors put hundreds in County Jail Hundreds of people have been wrongly imprisoned inside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jails in recent years, with some spending weeks behind bars before authorities realized those arrested were mistaken for wanted criminals, a Times investigation has found. The wrongful incarcerations occurred more than […]

A Two Man Race In Iowa, Or Still Room For A Breakthrough?

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate On Economy In New Hampshire

Right now, Iowa is all about Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and a bunch of also-rans.

Why Work Hours Are Limited


Why does government regulate how long some people work and not others?

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