The Towering Power of Saul Alinsky in American Political Science

Despite recent obsession with him, Saul Alinsky’s work has not garnered much attention from political scientists.

John Bryson Filibuster: Just Because

44 Republican Senators have already pledged to filibuster John Bryson’s nomination as Commerce secretary.

Two Ridiculous Defenses of the Ryan Medicare Plan

Arguments for the Ryan Plan that characterize it as being “against bureaucracy” are apparently oblivious to the fact that private health insurance is full of bureaucracy.

Palin and the Press: Symbiosis Defined

Palin and the press are in mutual love, despite protestations to the contrary.

Herman Cain: Rising Star, Or Flash In The Pan?

Herman Cain is getting a lot of attention lately, but will he amount to anything?

Housing Prices Hit New Low, But Buyers Are Staying Away

Real Estate prices continue to fall, but where are the buyers? Maybe they’re acting sane this time.

The End of an Era: The Dying Days of Film

Film sales are down to 20 million rolls from nearly a billion in 2000.

Doctors Becoming More Liberal?

America’s physicians are becoming more liberal in response to changing working conditions.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The We’re All Bozos On This Bus Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour To Hit Iowa

Sarah Palin’s latest media spectacle will be heading west next month.

Broadway Actors Resent Hollywood Stars

Broadway actors are aiming a familiar lament at Hollywood stars: They’re taking our jobs!

The First Memorial Day

David Blight recounts the story of the first Memorial Day.

Jim Tressel Out at Ohio State

Jim Tressel has resigned as head coach of the Ohio State football team.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

It’s Memorial Day here in the States, where we honor those who’ve died in our country’s wars by eating, drinking, and shopping. Eric Bogle’s “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” written 30 years ago, is as good a reflection on the sacrifices of war as any.

OTB Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

Postal Service Nears Collapse

Business Week’s cover story examines the coming implosion of the US Postal Service as we know it.

Breitbart Used Mind Control On Rep. Anthony Wiener

And the KosKids have the proof!

Jetpack Reaches 5000 Feet

Science fiction writers have envisioned men flying around in their own personal jetpacks for decades. It may finally be a reality.

Republicans Push to Tighten Voting Rules

Across the country, Republicans are pushing laws that will make voting harder.

Don’t Draw Dicks on Latrine Walls

This is a male latrine, there shouldn’t be any drawings of dicks.

Writing for Free Doesn’t Pay Well

It’s hard to get paid for work others will do for nothing.

Romney Bets on Bad Economy

Dan Balz titles today’s column “Romney bets his candidacy on the economy.” My reaction upon seeing that was, that’s a pretty safe bet.

Netherlands Moves to Restrict Marijuana Sales

Holland is going to make it harder for tourists to smoke marijuana.

Gil Scott-Heron Dead at 62

Gil Scott-Heron, most famous “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” has died at 62.

25% of Americans Gay or Lesbian, Americans Think

A majority of Americans think homosexuals account for at least a fifth of the population.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Nuthin’ Yahoo Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Ratko Mladic and Osama bin Laden

Glenn Greenwald asks two questions about the cases of Osama bin Laden and Ratko Mladic. Helpfully, the second answers the first.

Auto-Play Videos

Suddenly, it seems like every website known to man is foisting videos that play the instant the page loads on their readers.