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Street Harassment App

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Chris Lawrence shares (via Google Reader) Valerie Aurora‘s post titled “You can do something about street harassment.” The intro is a useful reminder of how routine it is for women to feel victimized, recounting how often strangers make rude catcalls, how they seem to enjoy whatever reactions they get from their victims, and how generally […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Marco Fredes Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/CBS) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/CBS) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest Winners

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The When You’re Hot, You’re Hot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

God and the Elite-Populist Divide

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Two tangentially related stories that have gotten a lot of play in the blogosphere this week are Pat Robertson’s declaration that Haiti’s horrific earthquake was punishment from God for an alleged “pact to the devil” [sic] and the revelation that Sarah Palin wasn’t the bit nervous about being under the sudden spotlight of a national […]

BeautifulPeople.com Shuns Fatties, Uglies

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News that a dating site of which I’d never previously heard was tossing members who’d put on weight during the holidays is spreading fast, with reports by BBC, NPR, and various blogs. Dating and social network site BeautifulPeople.com has axed some 5,000 members following complaints that they had gained weight. The members were singled out […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, FILE) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Google Goggles Photo Recognition

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Via Matt Cutts, I see that Wysz is suitably impressed with Google Goggles’ ability to auto-caption photos that he himself could not identify. I’ve traveled to Europe a couple of times and taken plenty of pictures of famous landmarks, but I never got around to actually captioning them. I may have been able to recall […]

Google Apologizes for Michelle Obama Monkey Picture

Michelle Obama Monkey Photo Google Image Search

Google looked like a monkey after its algorithms had an unfortunate result for searches for photos of the First Lady. For most of the past week, when someone typed “Michelle Obama” in the popular search engine Google, one of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (MEXICO SOCIETY) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Last Thursday Contest winners will be announced Tuesday PM

Sarah Palin’s Toenails

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Huffington Post is catching some grief over a post by Anya Strzemien titled “Sarah Palin’s Toenails: What’s Painted On Them? (PHOTOS, POLL).”  Apparently, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee had some manner of decorative adornment on her nails which were in display in some orange strappy sandals: While some are taking HuffPo […]

6 Years of Iraq War Photos

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Yesterday, as was noted here and there, was the 6th anniversary of the United States invasion of Iraq.   That we’re still there after so many years is remarkable — depending on who’s counting, it’s the second longest war in American history — but the number 6 isn’t one we pay much attention to.  We like […]

Obama His Own Hero? (Updated)

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Kate McMillan has discovered a treasure trove of photos at whitehouse.gov placed in a sub-subdirectory called “hero.”  All of the photos in that subdirectory include a certain resident of the White House.  Bob McCarty and Jeff Emanuel discovered the same thing independently. Now, I’m pretty sure Obama doesn’t have time to upload photos to the […]

How Many Dates Until Sex?

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via @pwgavin, I see that Washingtonian magazine’s Kelli DiNardo has done a “Dating Diaries Roundtable: How Many Dates Until Sex?” complete with names, bios, and photos of the respondents. @pw seems mildly upset by this, snarking, “Wow, looks like it won’t be long before Washingtonian mag moves from Best Dentist to Best Stripper.” But it’s […]

Obama Defiles Oval Office with Shirt!

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Barack Obama has already lowered the standards of the presidency, CNN Political Ticker reports. It’s the same Oval Office. The same desk. Even the same curtains. But President Obama has already made one major change: Go through eight years of White House photos, and you won’t find one of former President Bush in the Oval […]

Gay-rights Leaders’ Enthusiasm for Obama Subsides

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Today’s Headline of the Day: “Gay-rights leaders’ enthusiasm for Obama subsides.” Clearly, they haven’t seen the latest photos of him without his shirt on.

Newsweek Sarah Palin Cover Outrage!

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Apparently, some folks are irate that Newsweek put a close-up of Sarah Palin on their cover this week and didn’t airbrush away her imperfections. This, apparently, is “a slap in the face.” Critics note that it’s pretty standard to touch up photographs, especially close-ups, to be more flattering and that Newsweek photos of Barack Obama […]

John Edwards ‘Love Child’ Photo

John Edwards Love Child Photo

I am assured by the folks at National Enquirer that these are THE PHOTOS EVERYONE’S BEEN WAITING FOR! The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is releasing the photograph that the world has been waiting for — the first-ever picture of John Edwards and his love child! The stunning “spy photo” shows the former presidential contender holding his infant […]

Obama Has a Nice Plane – “O-Force One”

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Barack Obama has better-than-usual accommodations on his campaign plane.  Allison O’Keefe breaks the news on this important scandal for CBS News: Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is. Obama’s section of the plane rivals that of any first class. Recently the front cabin of the Boeing […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney thought he was the valet. Wizbang needs an oil change. Wyatt Earp picked the wrong time of the month to give up sniffing glue. Willisms has Hans and Frans. Cowboy Blob is staying at the Bates Motel. Right Pundits is getting a kick out of it. Public Pondering […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Toro Toro Toro Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Winners will be announced Monday PM

With the Furies Breathing Down Your Neck

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NASA is indicating that the asteroid 99942 Apophis, which had previously been deemed to not be an impact risk, might pose a bigger risk than originally thought: It turns out that there are a few things we still don’t know about the orbit of Apophis, which could change its projected course by millions of miles, […]

More Good News For Solar

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This morning, Glenn Reynolds linked to this bit of news from Popular Science regarding a discovery that could lead to greater efficiencies in solar cells: MIT engineers have recently helped up the feasibility of widespread solar power by developing a new “solar concentrator.” The concentrator, which is a flat glass panel spread across a large […]

AFP Iraq Photo Follies

AFP Iraq Photo Numerous Errors

Bob Owens discovered this photo accompanying an AFP story: It’s captioned: US soldiers secure the area at a newly installed check-point at the Babadag training facility in Tulcea, Iraq. At least 28 people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of recruits on an Iraqi army base in an area […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM I’m baaaaaaccckk!…. Happy Bash Steel Day! Thanks to Dodd for providing a couple excellent contests over the last couple of weeks. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Canada: American Military Deserters Not Welcome

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If you’ve volunteered for service in the U.S. Armed Forces but don’t actually want to go to war, don’t count on hiding in Canada. The Canadian government’s effort to remove [U.S. Army deserter James Corey] Glass contrasts with the warm reception given to deserters and draft avoiders from the United States during the war in […]

VP Talk Heating Up

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Team Obama is reportedly seriously vetting Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as vice presidential candidates.  It’s hard to imagine that he’d go with Dodd, who I find likeable and serious, given that he’s running on a “youth” and “change” message and Dodd is old and has been in Washington since roughly […]

The Inevitable Profession

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Economic researchers at Yale managed to successfully train Capuchin monkeys to understand and use currency. The result? The monkeys used their newfound currency to buy sex: Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of money, after all, is its fungibility, the fact that it can be used to buy not just food but anything. During the chaos […]

McCain Killing Iranians with Cigarettes, Risks Killing Presidential Chances with Bad Jokes

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John McCain’s secret plan for Iran: kill them with cigarettes. Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be “a way of killing ’em.” McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing […]

Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?

Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks

I found this earlier and had to share: As best I can tell from Googling, this is not a PhotoShop but an actual ad circa 1930. The image has the watermark of the Georgetown Book Shop, which offers the poster for sale. The copy reads: This is a perennial bestseller and attention grabber, but to […]

Who’s Smearing Whom?

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James Kirchich, recent nominee for an Yglesias Award for fairness, says that, while the Obama campaign is setting itself up to believe that “The only obstacle between Barack Obama and the presidency is the mountain of smears that will no doubt come his way,” the truth of the matter is that most of the smears […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney would’ve preferred Leisure Suit Larry. Wizbang‘s car is being recalled. Wyatt Earp is off to a black-tie event. Willisms is getting a leg up on the competition. Cowboy Blob is taking a little dip Public Pondering only likes one kind of pinball. Right Pundits is looking for one […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Thirty Days In The Hole Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. This one was delayed as my power (and subsequently internet) was knocked out for 12 hours yesterday night into this morning

Manhattan Dirtier than Singapore

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The lovely and talented Belle Waring is visiting her native New York from her home in Singapore and was shocked to find how dirty Manhattan, and in particular the Pulaski Skyway (pictured right), is. Old metal that’s just black with soot! And graffiti! Man, if I fully acclimatize to the level of cleanliness, safety, and […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Queen and I Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/File/Jean-Loup Sense) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Winners to last Thursday’s Contest will now be announced Tuesday PM

George Carlin Dies at 71

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George Carlin, a comedian known for his combination of raunchy language and intellectual humor, died of heart failure last evening. He was 71. Carlin was an interesting guy, combining brilliant observational humor with political activism. Like too many comics in the HBO era, though, it often seemed that he was vulgar and outrageous simply because […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is already swinging from the chandelier Wizbang finally has an answer for Michael Moore. Wyatt Earp is moving to Elbonia. Public Pondering is just starting to ‘kozy up. Cowboy Blob thinks we should let her have the dark chocolate… now. Willisms is just a little dinghy. Right Pundits […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Fearless Freep Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (Larry Downing/Reuters) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest Winners

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The But I’ve Never Seen Sprockets Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/Getty Images/File/Jeff Swensen) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Obama Has Black Conservatives Conflicted

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Some prominent Black conservatives are thinking about voting for Barack Obama, AP’s Frederic Frommer reports. Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s nominee. “I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney can’t decide between the red or blue pill. Wizbang has stumped the stumper. Wyatt Earp wants fries widdat. Public Pondering has a visit from Barbarella. Cowboy Blob has and idea with a Twist. Willisms has the last prisoners from Gitmo Right Pundits is ready for another take. Blonde […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Sydney Or The Bush Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Obama’s Baby Mama

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Today’s Manufactured Outrage of the Day* is that, on a mid-day Fox News program featuring Megyn Kelly and Michelle Malkin debating the impact of Michelle Obama on the race, the production assistant in charge of writing chyrons dubbed the would-be first Lady “Obama’s Baby Mama.” Apparently, this is a racial slur which suggests that she […]

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