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John Edwards Not Guilty On One Count, Mistrial On Remaining Five Counts


The John Edwards trial is over. This should be the end of the matter.

World War II Vet, Battle Of The Bulge Medal Winner, Caught In Florida Voter Purge


It would appear that Florida’s recent effort to purge its voters rolls of supposed invalid registrations was overzealous to say the very least: A 91-year-old who received a Bronze Star for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge was reportedly told he may not be an American citizen, in an apparent mix-up due to Florida’s attempts […]

Federal Appeals Court Rules DOMA Section 3 Unconstitutional


An unsurprising decision on the Defense of Marriage.

House To Vote On Unnecessary, Unenforceable, Completely Symbolic Abortion Bill

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Later today the House of Representatives is going to be voting on a bill to ban abortions performed for reasons of “gender-selection” even though there is no real evidence that any such abortions are being performed in the United States: WASHINGTON (AP) — The House faced a vote Thursday on legislation to ban abortions based […]

For Some Reason, The NFL Will Keep The Pro Bowl


There had been rumors over the past several months that the National Football League was finally going to put football fans out of their misery and put an end to the sad spectacle of the Pro Bowl which, whether it’s been held before or after the Super Bowl, has been something of a joke when […]

Obama And Romney Tied In Western Swing States

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Yet more evidence that this is shaping up to be a very close election.

Mike Bloomberg Wants To Control The Size Of Your Soft Drink


New York City’s Mayor wants to control the size of soft drinks.

VDOT Proposes Gouging E-ZPass Customers


The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking to raise money for toll roads through a user tax on their best customers.

Obama’s Kill List: Does Anyone Care?


You have Martin Luther King’s statue in your office, but you are sending these unmanned drones out, and bombs are dropping on innocent people.

GDP Revisions And Jobs Numbers Add Up To Grim Economic News

Economy Heartbeat

The economic statistics aren’t pointing in a very optimistic direction.

Republican Foreign Policy Establishment Worried About Romney?


The New York Times finds some infighting among old Republican foreign policy hands.

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

Julian Assange One Step Closer To Extradition To Sweden


The legal options for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently under house arrest in Britain while he fights an effort to extradite him to Sweden to face a rape charge, appear to be running out: LONDON — Britain‘s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, should be deported to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse […]

Robert Mugabe Not UN Tourism Ambassador, A Position That Doesn’t Exist


An Internet meme that Robert Mugabe has been named UN Tourism Ambassador is untrue.

Scott Walker Continues To Lead In Wisconsin


With less than a week to go before the recall votes in Wisconsin, it looks like Governor Scott Walker is going to survive: A new poll by Marquette University Law school shows Wisconsin governor Scott Walker solidifying his lead over his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. Walker now leads Barrett by 7 points–52 percent to 45 […]

Romney Slams Obama On Syria, But Doesn’t Offer An Alternative


Mitt Romney is criticizing the President over his Syria policy, but his alternative ideas aren’t very good.

Romney and the Military


Romney comes down firmly on the guns side of guns and butter.

Mitt Romney (Unofficially) Wins Republican Nomination


It won’t be official until the Republican National Convention, but last night Mitt Romney won a victory in Texas that was sufficient to put him over the top in the delegate race: (Reuters) – Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with a resounding victory in Texas and now faces a five-month sprint […]

You Have To Be Taught To Hate

A four year-old sings something called “Ain’t No Homo Gonna Make It To Heaven,” and a church congregation cheers: Children singing in Church to enthusiastic… by f100001838231867 H/T Andrew Sullivan

And This Year’s Darwin Award Goes To…..

This guy: Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a “homecoming like the old days,” full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a “great […]

Obama’s ‘Polish Death Camps’ Gaffe Leads To Diplomatic Incident

Bob Dylan Medal Of Freedom

The ceremony where  the President hands out the Presidential Medal of Freedom isn’t usually supported to be controversial. After all, it’s primarily meant to commemorate the cultural or political contributions of people who are near the end of their careers. Among this year’s recipients, for example, were John Glenn, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Bob […]

Mark Zuckerberg Didn’t Tip in Rome Restaurant, Following Custom


Mark Zuckerberg left at least two Italian restaurants without tipping. Apparently, he read his guide books.

For Some Reason, Mitt Romney Releases His Birth Certificate


Shortly before he hit the stage with Donald Trump for a big Las Vegas fundraiser last night, the Romney campaign decided to release a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate: (Reuters) – Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not. Yes, Republican Mitt Romney […]

Texas GOP Senate Primary Heads For Runoff


Texas Republicans will have to wait until the end of August to find out who their nominee to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be: The Texas Senate race will go another round. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst failed to capture the 50 percent necessary to win the Republican nomination Tuesday, forcing him into an unpredictable nine […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners


The I coulda had a G8 Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

A Comparative Note on Amendment Processes


We, as Americans, tend to have a limited knowledge of the institutional variation that exists across democratic systems around the world.

Is it Too Hard to Amend the Constitution? A Brief Response


Yes, it is too hard to amend. A few quick thoughts on the subject.

Romney Surrogate Donald Trump Doubles Down On Birther Nonsense


Just hours before he’s scheduled to co-host a gala fundraiser in Las Vegas, Romney supporter and apparent campaign surrogate Donald Trump appeared on CNN and doubled down on the Birther nonsense he’s been pushing since April of last year: (CNN) - Donald Trump did not back down Tuesday from his questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace, […]

Chris Hayes Apologizes For Memorial Day Weekend Comments

Chris Hayes posted the following to his MSNBC blog earlier today: On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word “hero” to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that […]

Line of the Day (Sneering at Europe Edition)


“In the parlance of the modern-day right, Europe means several things: weakness, socialism, un-Americanism. Europe is not so much a swear-word as it is a sneer-word”—Erik Kain. This strikes me as an excellent description of how Europe is viewed by some within the US.  And the formulation “sneer-word” is pitch perfect. While I can understand […]

Is It Too Hard To Amend The Constitution?

Constitutional Convention 1787

Did the Founding Fathers make it too hard to amend the Constitution? No, they didn’t.

Mitt Romney Was Against The Vietnam War


Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski finds an interesting indication of where Mitt Romney stood on an issue that divided his generation: According to a 1970 story that ran in the Boston Globe on views children in Nixon’s cabinet, of which his father George was a member, Romney’s views on the Vietnam War shifted with his father’s. By 1970 it […]

From The “Anger Management Issues” File

This morning, an Ohio man got just a little to upset over a missing Taco Bell taco: Taco Bell employees working a drive-thru Tuesday morning were the latest to feel a customer’s wrath after getting an order wrong. According to police in Huber Heights, Ohio, a 23-year-old man was so incensed that he was missing […]

The End Of The Debate Over Evolution?

Darwin Fish

Will more knowledge bring an end to the public debate over evolutionary theory? Don’t count on it.

Weird Insults


Via the Daily Caller we have Ann Coulter: “Chris Hayes ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’?” Marines respond by protecting his right to menstruate,” Coulter posted on her Twitter account Sunday night. Setting aside the Chris Hayes brouhaha (which may or may not emerge in a longer post), the following occurs: 1.  Why is being called […]

Romney Continues To Embrace Trump Despite Birtherism

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Mitt Romney continues to keep Donald Trump close. It makes no sense, but it isn’t likely to matter in the end.

From The “Dumb Criminals” File


When you visit your Parole Officer, you might want to leave a few things at home: A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after he arrived to meet with his parole officer and was discovered to be carrying 19 bags of pot. According to the Glendale police report: […]

Michigan Congressman To Run As Write-In After Failing To Meet Ballot Access Requirements


Thad McCotter has represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional District since 2003 and you may also remember him for his short-lived and entirely forgettable Presidential campaign last year. Well, late last week there was news that McCotter may not have submitted enough valid signature to qualify for the August primary ballot, something which seemed rather odd for […]

From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” File (Update: or You Can)

Via WDAM:  Teens turning to ‘vodka tampons’ to get drunk. Update:  Or, perhaps you can make this stuff up (see first comment)

Mitt Romney To Officially Clinch Republican Nomination Today


By the end of the day today, Mitt Romney will have secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention: For so long, he was the putative front-runner, the nominal front-runner, the weak front-runner. Then he became the all-but-certain nominee. And by Tuesday night, he’ll be able […]

Mathias Rust, 25 Years Later


Imagine yourself back in May, 1987 for a little bit. The Cold War seems to be cooling down somewhat with the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev and the dialogue that was opening between him and President Ronald Reagan, but tensions were still high. Only four years earlier, a Korean Air Lines passenger jet that went off-course […]

OTB Caption Contest


Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

How Your iPhone Was Made


Via Business Insider, a Chinese journalist visits FoxConn’s plant to find out how iPhone’s are made. The narration, unfortunately, in Chinese but you can learn a lot just from watching the video itself:

Understanding Public Opinion Poll Results


How can opinion shift quickly on a given topic?

More Control Over Weibo (China’s Twitter)


Via the BBC:  China’s Weibo microblog introduces user contracts Users are reported to start with 80 points – they gain more by taking part in promotional activities, but lose points if they break any of the rules. It is reported that if a subscriber’s points fell below 60 a "low credit" warning would appear on […]

Things not to Post on Facebook

Via the BBC:  Australian Facebook cash image leads to robbery Two robbers have paid a visit to a house in south-eastern Australia, hours after a teenager posted a photo on Facebook of a large sum of cash. Someone needs to check their privacy settings and/or the quality of their “friends.”  (That and avoid the photos […]

Stuxnet On Steroids

Cyber Warfare

Meet Flame. A cyber threat that makes Stuxnet seem like child’s play.

Best Political Ad Ever?


Jeff Barth is running for Congress against Kristi Noem in North Dakota’s at-large District, apparently as an Independent. In this five minute video, he explains why he should be your next Congressman, including among the reasons being the fact that he once rode an ostrich:

Memorial Day Should Be Sacred Even When You Oppose War

Military Funeral

Political disagreements about war are no reason to dismiss the sacrifices of those who have died for our country.

George Will: Donald Trump Is ‘A Bloviating Ignoramus With A Very Low IQ’


George Will pretty much says everything that needs to be said about the Romney campaign’s bizarre embrace of Donald Trump: Conservative columnist George Will criticized Donald Trump with colorful language on Sunday when asked on ABC’s “This Week” whether it helps Mitt Romney to ally with the billionaire real estate mogul. “I do not understand the […]

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