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OTB Latenight — Queen


Gordon Brown Resigns, David Cameron Becomes Prime Minister

Cameron Queen

As seemed inevitable when James wrote his post, David Cameron has become the new Prime Minister of Great Britain. BBC: Conservative leader David Cameron is the new UK prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown. Mr Cameron, 43, is in Downing Street after travelling to Buckingham Palace to formally accept the Queen’s request to […]

Johnny Cash’s Last Album

Johnny Cash Poster

The implied agency of this Reuters headline is amusing:  “Johnny Cash releasing another posthumous album.” Someone’s releasing the album, but I’m pretty sure it’s not Johnny. More than six years after his death, Johnny Cash will return to record stores next month with a new album featuring one of the last songs the country legend […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Blogging

Megan McArdle reports that she has had a fourth bicycle stolen since moving to DC, all of them locked, all of them at her home, the most recent inside a stockade fence.  In frustration, she observes, “I think I’m done with bike commuting. I’d rather just hand out $100 bills to random people on the […]

Gay Teen Prom Queen


The YahooNews headline “Openly gay teen voted prom queen at LA high school” did its intended task of enticing me to click to read the AP story: An openly gay teen was voted prom queen at Los Angeles’ Fairfax High School in a campaign that began as a stunt but ended up spurring discussion on […]

U.S. Presidents and Royal Protocol


The Obamas are coming under criticism from around the blogosphere for their dealings with royals.  First, Barack Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II a video iPod filled with some rather add materials (along with an actually thoughtful gift).  Then, Michelle Obama got into trouble for getting too familiar with the the queen.  Now, Barack Obama is […]

OTB Latenight – Queen/David Bowie


No further comment required: UPDATE: Video replaced.

Caption Contest Winners


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

Caption Contest


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

What Is A Fair Copyright Term?


James Wimberly writes in favor of drastically limiting copyright terms. [T]he 21-year limit of Queen Anne’s Act (footnote) provided adequate incentives for authors; the 95 years or life-plus-75 years of contemporary IP law is a giveaway to a clever lobby of wealthy engrossers of the commons. If you don’t believe me, check out Justice Breyer’s […]

McCain Responsible for Influence Peddling?


Today’s New York Times has a very long and detailed article regarding John McCain’s relationship with real estate developer Donald Diamond, a relationship that at least raises questions about whether Sen. McCain improperly used his influence as United States Senator to benefit a major donor. For Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican who has staked two […]

Texas Tech Profs Revolt Over Teaching


Some professors at Texas Tech are warning of dire consequences if the university goes forward with a massive increase in enrollment, especially if it is achieved by forcing teachers to teach more. Some of Texas Tech’s most prestigious professors are concerned about their chancellor’s drive to increase the student body from 28,000 to 40,000 by […]

Caption Contest Winners


The Wrong Day To Give Up Sniffing Glue Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

MI6 Denies Killing Princess Diana

MI6 Denies Killing Princess Diana

British intelligence denies killing Princess Di. The former head of MI6 denied Wednesday that the British intelligence agency was responsible for the car accident that killed Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi al Fayed, in 1997. Sir Richard Dearlove, who was the director of special operations for the agency at the time of Diana’s Paris […]

Michael Vick’s Dogs


Good news for some of Michael Vick’s dogs. Ten of the dogs have been taken in by a dog rescue group in San Francisco called Bad Rap. All ten dogs on well on their way to transitioning from a short brutal lives as warriors under a brutal and sadistic man to lives as happy family […]

Miss Belgium Doesn’t Speak Dutch

Miss Belgium Doesn't Speak Dutch

Alizee Poulicek, the new Miss Belgium, speaks three languages. Unfortunately, Dutch is not among them. Belgium’s political tensions entered the glamour stakes after it was revealed that the new Miss Belgium does not speak Dutch. Alizee Poulicek, who comes from the country’s French-speaking region, was booed by some of the 4,000 audience when she admitted […]

Hillary Clinton No Longer ‘Inevitable’

Hillary Clinton No Longer 'Inevitable'

While I remain firmly in the camp that it’s almost inconceivable that Hillary Clinton won’t win the Democratic nomination, a growing number of people think they see the wheels coming off the bandwagon. Obama supporter Mark Kleiman believes the planted question kerfuffle has “legs” and that “the moment she stops being inevitable, we have a […]

Hillary Clinton Earmark Queen


Hillary Clinton has been amazingly effective in bringing home the pork to New York, Alexander Bolton reports for The Hill. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won tens of millions of dollars more in federal earmarks this year than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though two of them have significantly more Senate […]

Forbes List of 100 Most Powerful Women

Forbes has produced its 2007 list of the world’s most powerful women. At the top of the list is Angela Merkel. I can understand Forbes’s reasoning. As the head of government of the country with the world’s third largest economy (and the largest in Europe). She’s a good pick. I can also understand Forbes’s pick […]

Late Night OTB – Garth Brooks and Kiss


Garth Brooks covers Kiss’ “Hard Luck Woman,” with Kiss doing the instrumentals, on “The Tonight Show” on July 13, 1994. A much better version than the original, to my tastes anyway, owing to the fact that, unlike Peter Criss, Brooks can actually carry a tune.

Late Night OTB – Queen


I was never a huge fan of Queen but 1980’s “Another Bites the Dust” is a major exception. It’s from their album “The Game” and Wikipedia reports that it was their biggest selling single ever.

Queen Elizabeth Not Giving Up Crown

Gone Hollywood‘s Mandy recounts an amusing story about Annie Leibovitz trying to convince Queen Elizabeth II that she’d look better without the crown. As you might have guessed from the resulting photo, the queen was not amused.

Caption Contest Winners


The Eraser Head of State Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Brown Becomes PM, Blair Middle East Envoy

Gordon Brown Becomes British Prime Minister Photo

It’s official: Gordon Brown is the new PM. Former Treasury chief Gordon Brown became British prime minister Wednesday, promising “a new government with new priorities,” after Tony Blair left office with a legacy of economic prosperity overshadowed by the deeply divisive Iraq war. Power changed hands traditionally and quietly behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace […]

Pakistan Minister Says Rushdie Knighthood Justifies Terrorism

Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul-Haq declared that terrorism was “justified” in response to Salman Rushdie being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth. Pakistan demanded on Monday that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, as a government minister said the honour gave a justification for suicide attacks by Muslims. Angry protesters in several […]

Bush Violates Papal Protocol


People are apparently upset that President Bush violated protocol in his meeting with Joe Ratzinger this morning. US President George W Bush drew gasps at the Vatican on Saturday by referring to Pope Benedict XVI as “sir” instead of the expected “His Holiness”, pool reporters said. They could clearly hear the US leader say “Yes, […]

America at 400

USA Today notes that something has been lost in the hubbub over Queen Elizabeth’s visit: The reason she’s here. America is 400 years old, if measured from the first surviving English settlement at Jamestown, Va., in 1607. Now, I was born in Virginia. I moved back here five years ago. My dad grew up here. […]

Miss America 1944 Stops Thief with Her .38

Venus Ramey, Miss America 1944, may need a walker but that doesn’t stop her from running down would-be thieves. Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle’s tires and stop an intruder. Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man […]

Putting Unicorns to Work


The Washington Post has an interesting bit today on how researchers are using narwhals to collect data in regions of the Arctic. The project, jointly run by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration, is using the deep diving narwhals to reach poorly sampled […]

Does ‘Experience’ Matter for Presidential Candidates?


Ryan Lizza has a rather confusing column in today’s NYT entitled “Nowadays, a Candidate Can Seem Too Experienced.” I say “confusing” because Lizza offers changing definitions of the word “experience” and many contradictory bits of information. For example, he denigrates Rudy Giuliani’s background: “Now they’ve elevated mayor of New York into an incredibly useful experience,” […]

Vilsack Whines About Polls


Tom Vilsack is blaming the failure of his campaign to catch fire on undependable polls, which failed to capture his overwhelming support. He’s now mulling over which of his former competitors to endorse. I would note that the polls failed to capture his support because it didn’t exist. There’s a line from a Sean Connery […]

Bees Facing Catastrophic Epidemic

A mysterious ailment is having a catastrophic effect on the nation’s bee population. A mysterious disease is killing off U.S. honeybees, threatening to disrupt pollination of a range of crops and costing beekeepers hundreds of thousands of dollars, industry experts said on Monday. Beekeepers in 22 states have reported losses of up to 80 percent […]

Recent U.S. Migration Data

As a follow-up to James’ Candidates From Nowhere post yesterday, the Charlotte [NC] Observer has an interesting (time-wasting?) interactive graphic of US county-to-county moves (moves in and out of counties, though you have to toggle between the two) based on 2000-2005 IRS tax returns, confirming we are a mobile society. The data shows most moves […]

Mike Evans, Original Lionel Jefferson, Dead at 57


Sad news: Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” has died. He was 57. Evans died of throat cancer December 14 at his mother’s home in Twentynine Palms, said his niece, Chrystal Evans. Evans, along with Eric Monte, also created and wrote for […]

Eric Muller’s Michelle Malkin Obsession


UNC lawprof Eric Muller posts about Michelle Malkin, a lot, on his blog, Is That Legal? Yesterday’s installment is a rather inexplicable rant saying that her recent syndicated column criticizing Charlotte Church’s transition from Christian rock teen queen to 20-year-old skank is hypocritical because–brace yourself!–Malkin wore a bikini and went to parties in 1992 and […]

10 Stingrays Killed Since Steve Irwin’s Death

There have apparently been a significant upsurge in stingrays killed by humans since “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was killed by one. At least 10 stingrays have been killed since “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was fatally injured by one of the fish, an official said Tuesday, prompting a spokesman for the late TV star’s animal charity […]

TNR Continues Campaigning for Webb


The New Republic, which laid the foundation for “Macaca-gate” with an April piece on “George Allen’s Race Problem – Pin Prick,” is back at with a pair of articles on Allen and his Democratic challenger, James Webb. The first, Michelle Cottle’s “GEORGE ALLEN’S NIGHTMARE – Webb Feat,” is a clever lefthanded mash note about how […]

Steve Irwin, The Croc Hunter, RIP

Steve and Terri Irwin

The good die young in this case, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been killed in a stingray attack near Cairns on Australia’s far north coast. It was believed Irwin had been swimming off the coast of Cairns when he was stung. “It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his […]

JonBenet Ramsey Confessed Murderer Knew Graphic Secrets

After a day when it looked like his confession might have been a hoax or a delusion, it now looks like John Mark Karr’s confession is legitimate. John Mark Karr gave authorities graphic details about the condition of JonBenet Ramsey’s body that have been kept secret for nearly a decade, a U.S. law enforcement source […]

Breaking: JonBenet Ramsey Murder Suspect Arrested in Thailand

John Mark Karr Confesses to JonBenet Ramsey Murder Photo

CNN Breaking News: “Authorities arrest a suspect in Bangkok, Thailand, in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, two law enforcement officials confirm to CNN.” UPDATE: AP: A man arrested in Thailand is being held in connection with the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Federal officials familiar with the case, who spoke […]

Snow To Thomas: “Thank You For The Hezbollah View” (Video)


Although that’s the quotable moment of this exchange between Tony Snow and Helen Thomas, the entire thing is worth watching simply for its entertainment value alone. It’s old school Helen Thomas, trying to “Scott McClellan” Tony Snow. And somehow Tony has already mastered the art of dealing with the queen of combativeness and irrationality. It’s […]

The Statue of Liberation Through Christ


This statue, outside a Memphis megachurch, is stirring up some controversy. On Independence Day, Lady Liberty was born again. As the congregation of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church looked on and its pastor, Apostle Alton R. Williams, presided, a brown shroud much like a burqa was pulled away to reveal a giant statue of […]

OTB Caption JamTM


Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney keeps finding himself in a rut Wizbang has the burger that ate Hyannis Port. The Right Place has an inconvenient spoof. The Man has the Holy Grail (but can’t remember his favorite color.) A Limey in […]

Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

Tonight’s release of “Nuestro Himno,” a Spanish language version of the national anthem, is further opening the wound exposed by the fight over immigration reform and the resulting protests. British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it […]

Miss Iraq Resigns After Four Days


Jim Henley passes on word that Tamar Goregian has stepped down from her post as Miss Iraq after only four days, citing death threats from religious nuts. Iraq’s newly crowned beauty queen, Tamar Goregian, has decided to step down — just four days after her election, making this the shortest reign in the pageant’s 60-year […]

Coretta Scott King Dies at 78


Coretta Scott King has died. AP reports, “Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband’s assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said Tuesday morning. She was 78.” That’s a pretty good summary of her legacy. She was a […]

Iraqis Facing Discrimination at Jordanian Border?


Jim Geraghty, who just returned to Turkey after a trip to Jordan, was surprised to read Jackie Spinner’s article, “Iraqis Find Travel to Jordan Increasingly Frustrating,” in this morning’s WaPo. Spinner describes a grim situation: Jordanian border police are turning away hundreds of Iraqi vehicles daily at the Karama border crossing, often without explanation, creating […]

David Lat the New Wonkette?

Peter Lattman at WSJ’s Law Blog reports that David Lat is replacing Ana Marie Cox at Wonkette. Here’s the latest buzz: Queen of the blogosphere Ana Marie Cox is said to be handing over the reins at her spicy political blog Wonkette. David Lat, the federal prosecutor who revealed himself to the New Yorker magazine […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols Voted into Rock Hall of Fame


Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, and the Sex Pistols highlight this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sabbath Enter Rock Hall (Rolling Stone) After years of eligibility, Black Sabbath, the Sex Pistols and Lynyrd Skynyrd will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. […] A major force in […]

Haitian Refugee Canada’s New Governor General

Canada’s new unelected head of state is, oddly enough, a Haitian refugee. Canada Swears in New Governor General Queen Elizabeth II’s new representative in Canada, a refugee from Haiti, was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s 27th governor general in a ceremony steeped in British tradition and Canadian color. Michaelle Jean is the first black […]