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White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

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Cowardice, or politically prudent?

Denmark’s Bestiality Brothels?!

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Bestiality and prostitution are legal in Denmark. And not just separately.

Star Trek Beginner’s Guide

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AV Club produces an impressive overview of the entire Trek franchise.

King Abdullah Warns the West

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Is the West next in ISIS’s crosshairs?

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s campaign was forced to do a shakeup thanks to a scandal that could envelop Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

Judge Tosses Chris McDaniel’s Challenge To GOP Senate Runoff Result

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Chris McDaniel’s meritless, quixotic challenge to the Mississippi GOP Senate Primary is reaching it’s expected conclusion.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province

The Another Brick In The Wall Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

A Contrarian Analysis Of The 2014 Midterms

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One analyst thinks that the predictions of a Republican Senate in 2014 are wildly optimistic.

Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

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Two prominent Republican groups point out the blindingly obvious.

Rob Ford Could Be Re-Elected

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Notwithstanding a plethora of political and personal problems, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could end up being re-elected: Today in the politics-we-just-don’t-get-you-sometimes department, we have the latest polling from the Toronto mayoral race, which will take place in October. Mayor Rob Ford, who has faced calls for resignation and low approval ratings after admitting to an […]

Being Jerry Jones

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While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and […]

Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

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A major escalation.

UK Poorer Than All US States Except Mississippi

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Alabamians like to exclaim, “Thank God for Mississippi.” Perhaps it’s time for that slogan to cross the Pond.

A Quote to Ponder

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“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in […]

For Want of a Strongman

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Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this […]

Phil Hartman’s Audition For Saturday Night Live

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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and the Intertubes, this evening I discovered the audition tape that the late, great Phil Hartman did for Saturday Night Live: Along with Robin Williams, this was another great comedic genius silenced far too soon. And while others will disagree, this will always be my favorite Phil Hartman SNL […]

9 Year Old Kills Gun Instructor Showing Her How To Fire An Uzi

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A weapons instructor in Arizona is dead after being shot by an Uzi that he was teaching a nine year old girl how to use: The authorities in Arizona on Wednesday were investigating what went wrong after a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun at a shooting range accidentally killed the instructor who had […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

What Republican Wave?

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So far at least, there is no evidence that 2014 will be a “wave election.”

Incoming Public School Children Now Majority Non-White

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School has already started for some parts of the country, and children in the rest of the country will be back to school within the next week or so. When they are all there, it will be the first time in history that the majority of America’s school population is non-white: White pupils in state […]

Well, Everybody Makes Mistakes…

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Via the BBC:  Captured Russian troops ‘in Ukraine by accident’

Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams At The Emmys

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Hollywood’s first real public remembrance of Robin Williams to date came tonight at the Emmy Awards when his Comedy Relief compatriot and friend Billy Crystal brought the house down:

Burger King Should Not Be Condemned If It Moves To Canada For Tax Purposes

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The announcement of a potential merger between Burger King and Tim Horton’s has led to much moral preening from the usual suspects.

What “Third Term Curse?”

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Some have argued that there is an historical bias against political parties holding on to the White House for more than two terms. As with most commonly held ideas, that simply isn’t true.

Copyright Office: Monkey Selfies Not Entitled To Copyright Protection

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The Copyright Office says that works not “created” by humans are not entitled to copyright protection.

British Embassy Marks Anniversary Of Burning Of White House, With a Cake

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Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by British forces during the War On 1812 so, of course, the British Embassy decided to bake a cake: Commemorating 200 years of peace between the US & UK pic.twitter.com/5fEKRKxBFU — British Embassy (@UKinUSA) August 24, 2014 Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning […]

‘Open and Free’ Compared to What?

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The “open and free” Internet is an ideal type, not a myth.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

Aurora Theater Shooting Foreseeable Rules Federal Judge

Europe Wrestles With Debt Crisis

Lawsuits against the theater where 12 people were murdered in 2012 may go forward.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Russia’s Sanctions Against The West Are Hurting Russians More Than The West

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Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against the West are  is having an impact on the average Russian’s food budget: Russia’s embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital’s major supermarkets have […]

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has granted a request to stay the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to get married legally: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting […]

Mitch McConnell Promising More Showdowns And Shutdowns If The GOP Wins The Senate

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If Republicans win the Senate, what we’ve seen for the past three years could end up seeming tame by comparison.

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Establishment Backed Candidate Wins Alaska GOP Senate Primary

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The last of the real battles of the 2014 primary Senate ended last night in Alaska with former State Attorney General Dan Sullivan beating Tea Party backed candidate, and 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Miller and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell in what had been a tight three way race for much of the summer: FAIRBANKS, Alaska […]

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

Professor-Cop Blames Victims of Police Violence

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17-year veteran of the LAPD says, “If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

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James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. […]

Gaza Cease Fire Extended, But Prospects For Bigger Peace Deal Seem Dim

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The two sides in Gaza keep extending the humanitarian cease fire, but remain miles apart on the major issues dividing them.

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

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The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a […]

The Timing of Elections Matters (Ferguson Edition)

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Yet another example of how institutional choices matter.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones

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We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

Fighting over Mosul Dam

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Via the BBC:  Iraq crisis: Military claims control of Mosul dam Iraqi military spokesman Lt-Gen Qassim Atta told state TV the dam – Iraq’s largest – had been "fully cleansed". Troops had been backed by a joint air patrol, he added, without specifying if there had been any US air strikes. However, journalists in the […]

Today in Circular Reasoning

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Back to the Ten Commandments and Alabama politics.

Camo Covered Cops

Mark Steyn, commenting on images of camo-wearing police in Ferguson: A soldier wears green camo in Vietnam to blend in. A policeman wears green camo in Ferguson to stand out – to let you guys know: We’re here, we’re severe, get used to it. […] So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s […]

A Disturbing Map (Militarization of the Police Edition)

Via the  NYT:  Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear.

We’re Back!

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Our server went kaput. We got a new one.

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