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Barack Obama, Joshua Bell, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monáe,  Renee Fleming

The Elfish Presley Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Utah Seeks Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling From SCOTUS

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Nearly two weeks after Judge Richard Shelby declared Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and more than a week after requests for a stay were denied by both Judge Shelby and the 10th Circuit, the State of Utah has finally filed a request for a stay with the Supreme Court: Utah on Tuesday asked the […]

New York Times Benghazi Story Gets Some Political And Journalistic Push Back

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The New York Times Benghazi report raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

Just 60% Of Americans, 43% Of Republicans, Accept Theory Of Evolution

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Once again, a poll shows that large numbers of Americans, and most Americans, reject Evolution via Natural Selection as the explanation for humanity’s origin. How do we explain that?

NASA, Challenger Families, Slam Beyonce For Using Challenger Disaster Audio In New Single

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NASA Officials, along with the surviving relatives of many of the seven astronauts who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch on January 28, 1986, are upset about a new single from Beyonce that samples audio from Mission Control in the moments after the disaster: Beyoncé has been labeled “insensitive” by some current […]

Your Low Class Cable News Moment Of The Day, MSNBC Edition

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I’m not usually a person to go for the latest cable news outrage, but something currently making its way around the blogosphere strikes me as having gone way, way over the top: A Romney family photo featuring Mitt Romney and his grandson Kieran Romney that flew under the radar of most media outlets made a “photos […]

North Carolina Man Charged With Violating Law Already Held To Be Unconstitutional

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Watch your language in Wilson County, North Carolina.

When 3 Ks is not Enough

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Doing some prep for the Spring semester and came across the following, of which I was previously unaware:  the KKKK. That would be the Ku Klux Klan Kubano (as in the Cuban KKK), which was formed in 1933 in emulation of the US group.  An unfortunate export, to put it mildly.

Would N.S.A. Data Mining Have Been Able To Stop 9/11?

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.Many have tried to justify N.S.A. data mining on the theory that it could have prevented 9/11. Is that true?

Afghanistan Most Unpopular War Ever?

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The “good war” no more.

Second Suicide Bombing In Two Days Hits Southern Russia As Olympics Approach

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We’re just over a month away  from the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the explosion of a second suicide bomb in areas near the location of the games is starting to raise security fears: MOSCOW — A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, […]

OTB Caption Contest

An environmentalist dressed as a polar bear rests after a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of climate change in Taipei

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Ted Cruz: Has No Regrets Over Shutdown, Continues To Say It Was All The Democrats Fault

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Ted Cruz continues to act as if he hasn’t learned his lessons from the shutdown debacle

Return to the Events in Benghazi

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The Manufactured Evils of Coffee

An interesting read from The Atlantic:  The Devious Ad Campaign That Convinced America Coffee Was Bad for Kids. The piece is fascinating for a variety of reasons.  First, it is about coffee.  Second, it contains artifacts of a different era of advertising (when you could say pretty much whatever you wanted), and third, it points […]

2013: The Year Marriage Equality Won

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The year that will soon ended will go down in history as the year that the same-sex marriage debate changed forever.

Photograph Of The Day: The U.S. Capitol At Christmas

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From the official Twitter Account of the Architect of the Capitol:

So Far, The Military Coup Looks Like It Will Be A Disaster For Egypt In The End

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Nearly six months later, it’s hard to find any good in the July military coup in Egypt.

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To N.S.A. Data Mining

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Another Federal District Court ruling on the Constitutionality of the NSA’s data mining program, this time more favorable to the NSA.

Federal Judge Rules That Most Of Sherlock Holmes Is Now Public Domain

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Thanks to a Federal District Court Judge, most of Sherlock Holmes is now in the public domain.

Cheese, Is There Anything It Can’t Do? In Wisconsin, Apparently Not

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Wisconsin, which already considers cheese to be a big part of its economy, is now using the stuff to help deal with winter snow and ice: MILWAUKEE — In a state whose license plates advertise it as America’s Dairyland, where lawmakers once honored the bacterium in Monterey Jack as the state’s official microbe and where […]

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Happy Gnu Year Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Phil Robertson’s Suspension is Over

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Via The Hollywood Reporter: A&E Welcomes Phil Robertson Back to ‘Duck Dynasty’ The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season. While I do not think that […]

Federal Government: Electric Cars Will Account For Only 1 Out Of 100 Cars In 2040

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The era of the electric car isn’t likely to arrive for a long time, if ever.

Florida Will Soon Pass New York In Population

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The Sunbelt continues to dominate.

Jail For Overdue Library Books?

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If you’re ever in Texas, you better be sure to return your library books: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Call it throwing the book at the bookworms. A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending […]

Former GOP Senator Announces Independent Bid For Senate In South Dakota

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Larry Pressler, a Republican who served in the U.S. Senate from South Dakota who served from 1979 through 1997, is running for Senate as an Independent, a bid that could have an impact on the battle for control of the SenatIe: Is South Dakota ready for a comeback from Larry Pressler? Turned out of the […]

Gold! What’s it Good for When the “Economy Goes Full-on Mad Max?”

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Via The Atlantic:  Why Gold Would Be Useless in an Economic Apocalypse when an economy goes full-on Mad Max and we’re all reduced to bartering, the survivors are going to be more interested in useful goods than in a soft metal useful mostly for ornamental purposes. Part of gold’s value as a commodity is derived […]

Consumers As Much To Blame For Late Deliveries As Amazon, FedEx, Or UPS

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Consumers share some of the blame for the late delivery problems that last minute shoppers experienced this Christmas season.

Boy Scout Troop Leader And His Eagle Scout Son Deliver Pizza To Gay Couples Waiting To Get Married

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Boy Scout Troop leader in Utah and his son, an Eagle Scout, brought sustenance to gays and lesbians waiting in line to get married: CNN) – Amid the women in lacy wedding veils and the men in spiffy suits at the county clerk’s office was Peter Brownstein. He’d replaced the blue neckerchief of his Scoutmaster’s uniform with […]

Sarah Palin Admits She Didn’t Read Duck Dynasty Interview Before Commenting On It

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You can’t tell me that anyone is surprised by this: Turns out Sarah Palin, who has been one of Duck Dynasty’s biggest defenders, hasn’t actually read the GQ interview that includes cast member Phil Robertson’s controversial comments on homosexuality and other subjects. When pressed by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren whether the language Robertson […]

Republicans Take Slight Lead in Generic Congressional Ballot

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So far at least, the 2014 elections do not appear likely to be a political earthquake on the scale of 2006, 2008, or 2010.

What Should We Think About the Syrian Civil War?

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As Syria enters its third year of civil war, Marc Lynch summarizes the findings of a workshop he convened at George Washington University’s Project on Middle East Political Science. Participants included civil war scholars, Middle East scholars, and Syria specialists. The prognosis for the Syrian civil war isn’t particularly good: The fragmentation and infighting of […]

Abstaining From Alcohol Can Shorten Your Life

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Apparently, abstaining from alcohol may not be so good for you after all: A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking. Surprised? The tightly […]

You Probably Missed The Latest ObamaCare Deadline Extension Announcement

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Late on Christmas Eve, the Obama Administration extended the sign up period for insurance that would be effective January 1st yet again: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to complete their applications for health insurance if they could show that they missed the deadline because of problems […]

Kim Jong Un Ordering Executions While Drunk?

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Kim Jong Un seems to share his father’s taste for alcohol.

Appeals Court Refuses To Stay Judge’s Order In Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Same-sex marriage remains the law of the land in one of the most conservative states in the nation, at least unless the Supreme Court says otherwise.

OTB Caption Contest

Barack Obama, Joshua Bell, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monáe,  Renee Fleming

Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM

UPS and FedEx Ruin Christmas for Late Shoppers

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UPS and FedEx underestimated their capacity needs and failed to deliver packages in time for Christmas.

Cost Of 12 Days Of Christmas Rises 6.9%

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It’s getting more expensive to pay for all the items in the 12 Days Of Christmas: A fanciful splurge over the holidays will cost more than ever this year, at least for those who take their gift cues from the popular holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” An improving economy has driven the cost […]

Santa Shot in DC

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A man dressed as Santa was shot in the back with a pellet gun while handing out presents to underprivileged children in Southeast DC. Naturally.

Judge Orders Criminal to Write ‘Boys Do Not Hit Girls’ 5000 Times

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A Montana man has been ordered to write “Boys do not hit girls” 5000 times after a brutal assault against his girlfriend.

The Star Of Bethlehem And Science Fiction

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One of the iconic images of the religious side of the traditions surrounding Christmas is, of course, the Star Of Bethlehem which, according to what is really a quite limited mention in the Biblical accounts, guided “wise men from the East” to the location of the birth of Jesus Christ. It has become a central […]

Twas The Night Before Christmas, Legally Speaking

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As NORAD continues to track an inbound craft of unknown origin with a very odd propulsion system, it seems like a good time re-post something I posted several years ago: Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter “the House”) a general […]

Apollo 8’s ‘Earthrise’ 45 Years Later

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Forty-five years ago today,the world was treated to the first picture of itself from orbit around another planetary body.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The Santa Thaws Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

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In a new interview, Edward Snowden explains his motives for absconding from the country with NSA secrets.

Where’s the Evidence that the NSA Programs are Working?

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Julian Sanchez concludes his column (The War on Terror’s Jedi Mind Trick)  on the NSA’s collection of phone data thusly: While we may sometimes have to trade a bit of privacy for greater security, the Review Group rightly argues that we must demand evidence that we are really getting that security, relying on rigorous cost-benefit […]

More Heinous Tales from the Drug War

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Via CBS La Vegas:  Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal lawsuit […]

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out Of State Same-Sex Marriage, Sometimes

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A limited ruling out of Ohio with wide ranging implications.

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