Blogger Mark in Mexico continues to cover the clashes between antigovernment APPO and the Mexican Federales in the city of Oaxaca: an exclusive for PJ Media APPO talking heads are denying this morning that APPO lost the Z√≥calo, and the rest of the city, to federal forces (PFP) yesterday. The fact that PFP personnel are enjoying breakfast in the Z√≥calo, consisting of "scrambled eggs, sausage, tortillas, salsa roja and coffee", would indicate, at least to me, that APPO no longer has control.
PJ Media Middle East Editor Allison Kaplan Sommer reports on the metastasizing sex scandal involving Israeli president Moshe Katsav: “Katsav was a bland party politician, whose rise to the post of president was a result of people wanting to keep Shimon Peres out of the job. At the time, it seemed harmless. Now – as embarrassingly reported in the world press, and in a particularly gleeful tone in the Arab world – it has emerged that his lecherous behavior with women was an open secret for decades.” More here.
Take a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeE0XF82WnI”a look at this clip from youtube /a (Hat tip: a href=”http://richardsmidlifecrisis.blogspot.com/2006/10/dr-phil-does-not-like-men.html”Richard’s Midlife Crisis/a) from a segment on the emDr. Phil/em Show and a href=”http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_commentsv=HeE0XF82WnIfromurl=/watch%3Fv%3DHeE0XF82WnI”read the comments/a — many are spot on. The video clip shows the willingness of this misandric psychologist to pander to his female audience without any regard for men’s Constitutional rights or equality of reproductive choice. Unbelievably, Dr. Phil takes the position that a man should be forced to be a father, even when his girlfriend lies to him about her medical condition, birth control and the level of responsibility she is willing to take before they have sex. I love the way Dr. Phil never talks negatively about women who lie to their sexual partners. If a man lied to a woman in a similar fashion, you’d better believe that he would be ridiculed and held up as a loser. br /br /Yes, these daytime talk shows like Dr. Phil are silly and not worth watching for the most part, but that does not mean that they are harmless. All of us who care about equal justice in the courts for both women emand/em men would do well to pay attention to the cultural messages that shows like this send out, that the men and their lawyers who speak up about reproductive choice are wimps and good-for-nothings who get their jollies by berating an innocent woman who had no idea that she could get pregnant. Men have few choices in today’s arena of reproductive rights and must be fathers and pay the price for a good portion of their lives. Funny, this used to be the case for women in the “dark ages” and now it is seen as wrong — for women. It is just as wrong for men. br /br /Men must stand up for each other and demand justice by using alternative media (like Youtube) to get the word out that this type of sexist “justice” is unfair and will no longer be tolerated. Until then, men’s rights in the area of reproductive choice will continue to erode along with their bank accounts. Young men like the one in the video clip with Dr.Phil are paying the price for men’s lack of support or interest in men’s rights. Apparently, the young man’s views are a joke to the host and females in Dr. Phil’s audience but they should not be to the average American male. Perhaps it is time for a man’s version of emThe View/em or other countershows that teach the American public that men’s issues, views, and rights are as equally important as women’s in the American cultural and legal system.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong Dr. Melissa a href=”http://drmelissaclouthier.blogspot.com/2006/11/manipulative-women-stupid-men.html”has more thoughts /a on men’s reproductive rights–they shouldn’t have any lest they want to be tagged as pathetic losers:br /br /blockquoteMen are the new victims. Welcome, men, to the horde of pathetic losers claiming their life is ruined by someone else. Wallow along with the rest of us, will you? Isn’t that nice? Dr. Helen thinks men should unite and fight for their rights. It’s already happening. And it is crazy. In this men’s movement, no thought is given to the children. Oh, yeah! Them…./blockquotebr /br /At least a href=”http://drmelissaclouthier.blogspot.com/2006/11/manipulative-women-stupid-men.html#comment-8347845787282632649″one of Dr. Melissa’s commmenters /a sees the irony in her view:br /br /blockquoteI agree that abortion has become another way for men to use women and manipulate them. However, to play devil’s advocate, my friend’s marriage dissolved when his wife aborted their baby, even after he begged her to have it and promised that he would take custody and full care of it. I have always wondered why–even as her spouse and the father of the baby–he had absolutely no rights do determine whether the child lived or died. And yet if he had been Joe One-Night-Stand and she had the baby, he’d be legally responsible for life./blockquotebr /br /Yep, just another pathetic loser who wanted some reproductive rights–shame on him!
Well, it’s that time of year again, time to turn the clocks back an hour tonight. I dread this change every year because it signals to me the beginning of the end of my natural cheerful and upbeat disposition, agreeable temperament, and boundless energy. Okay, I never had those traits, not even in my twenties or at any time in my life. I have always been a bit of a contrarian, had a foul temper (verbally, at least) that I have managed to control through years of utter hard work, and been on the verge of exhaustion on most days of my life. But once the time change sets in, the exhaustion deepens. I know, I know, I should try to follow the advice of the health and fitness experts who a href=”http://health.msn.com/centers/depression/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100147522″give all kinds of tips /a such as “go outside, exercise and go for a twenty minute walk a day, and take vitamins.” br /br /My results? The outdoors gives me allergies and makes me even more fatigued, walking makes me dizzy combined with all the heart meds I take and those vitamins hurt my stomach. So after this advice, my mood turns even darker. Is it a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593851162?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1593851162″Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1593851162″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Who knows? Many colleagues and others a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C15P7A?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000C15P7A”suggest light therapy devices./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000C15P7A” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /Does SAD really exist? Most psychologists and experts say “yes,” but other studies such as this one found that a href=”http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/157/2/234″the Icelandic population did not suffer /a from seasonal mood changes like other populations. Could SAD be culturally induced, caused by the media or companies who want to sell light therapy devices? Or is it real? br /br /What do you think?
In the first of a series of exclusive videos – PAJAMAS MEDIA INTERVIEWS MAINSTREAM MEDIA – MICHAEL BARONE speaks with Roger L. Simon on the election, blogging and where the media is heading. Click HERE to view the video. TONY BLANKLEY, the second interview in the series, is now available HERE. Third interview with Chuck Todd is HERE, fourth with Dana Milbank HERE.
Interviews coming soon: Nina Easton, Susan Page.
Washington Editor Richard Miniter speaks with Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal about the possible civil war in France discussed in Belien’s recent PJ Media article. Belien also describes how he has been harrassed by the Belgian police for what he has written in the Brussels Journal. Play the video here.
More than ever these days, Hollywood has a reputation for slanting material leftward and veteran filmmaker Robert Greenwald (Xanadu) is not helping with his latest opus, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. This film accuses several American companies of having blood on their hands and now one of those companies – CACI – has called Greenwald’s bluff and is disputing his facts. (Read the rest – exclusive to PJ Media – here.)
Independent political candidates for office in 2006–and, possibly in 2008–are the special focus for this episode of Blog Week in Review. One of the most reknowned “Freerangers” running this year is humorist/musician Kinky Friedman whose candidacy for Texas governor is hot. As a result, this week’s panelists have a distinctly Texas-flavor: Jonathan Gurwitz, editorial writer for the San Antonio Express News and contributor to the Wall St Journal’s editorial page and Ed Clements of KLBJ-AM Radio in Austin Texas and of the television show Friday Night Lights.
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“Why should Pyongyang concede anything, when its past talking, dissimulation, and nuclear enrichment earned it both a bomb and billions in food and fuel? All the communists need to do is update the discussions: instead of promising not to build a bomb, they can now promise not to test another bomb in exchange for more largess. Then after they let off, accidentally, kinda of a second blast, they will promise not to launch a three-stage missile-for more cash, and on and on, all in the Rhineland/Anschluss/Sudenland/Poland manner.” (Read the Rest on PajamasXpress)
The latest Glenn & Helen Show is available: “Mark Warner looked to be the strongest Democratic contender for President in 2008 except for Hillary Clinton. We’d been slated to interview him when he decided not to run, but we thought that decision was interesting enough in its own right to justify an interview. We talk to Warner about his choice to bow out, about the state of politics today, and about what he’ll do next. We also discuss anti-terrorism, the Democrats’ problems with flyover country, and the importance of alternative energy, including nuclear power, to address oil pressure and greenhouse emissions. Plus, an interruption by Jimmy Carter!” Brought to you by Volvo Cars US.
Dr. Melissa has a href=”http://drmelissaclouthier.blogspot.com/2006/10/race-relations-on-blogosphere.html”a great post /aon “Race Relations on the Blogosphere.” My favorite idea in her post is:br /br /blockquoteAs an aside, it irritates the heck out of me when a mixed race person is referred to as “black”. I’ve always respected Tiger Woods because he refuses to be pigeon-holed racially. In America these days, a lot of mixing goes on. Are half-white, half-hispanic people Mexican? It’s insulting. It’s meant to divide./blockquotebr /br /I think Dr. Melissa has a point.
Israellycool’s latest podcast is available: “On this week’s show, I cover a lot of ground, including the UN’s disgraceful stance against Israel, some interesting poll results from the US, Yigal Amir’s nookie visit rights, and Mel Gibson’s interview with Diane Sawyer.”
The courts and les media of the French, they are the amusing places, oui? In the wake of the Al Durah verdict, PJM’s Paris Editor Nidra Poller discovers the unseen humor of the Palais de Just Us. (Continued HERE)
We interview Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia and an ex-potential Democratic candidate for President. Mr.Warner talks with us about why he decided not to run for President in 2008, why any sane person would want to be President, why he reaches out to the Daily Kos crowd, and what one thing he would change about our current political system if he could. br /br /There is also a surprise guest who calls in. Hint, he is a great “humanitarian” who criticizes Israel and American foreign policy and has been referred to as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0895260905?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0895260905″our worst ex-President./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0895260905″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / br /br /You can listen to the podcast a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061025-Warner.mp3″right here/a or for dial-up users, click a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061025-Warner-lofi.mp3″here./a Archives of our previous podcasts can be downloaded at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com/a. And you can do what the cool kids do and subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes./abr /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us/a.
After talking with a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/10/podcast-on-gun-rights-and-gun-control.html”Dave Kopel on our podcast /athe other day about issues of gun rights and gun control, I decided I needed to learn more about the practical side of gun ownership and self-protection. So, I just ordered another gun book by John Farnam entitled, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0965942252?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0965942252″emGuns Warriors./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0965942252″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/09/women-learning-to-shoot.html”posted a review /aof another one of the Farnam’s books (written by Diane Nicholl Vicki Farnam), a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0965942260?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0965942260″Women Learning to Shoot,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0965942260″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / a while back and was very pleased with the quality and information in the book. In emGuns and Warriors,/em the a href=”http://www.dtipubs.com/”chapters /alook just as informative with titles like, general advice, travel advice, accidental shootings, police incidents, terrorism, and several chapters on history. I look forward to reading the book. You can see more about emGuns and Warriors /emand read a sample chapter a href=”http://www.dtipubs.com/”at DTI publications./a
PJ Media attended the Pre-Election Breakfast held at Washington's historic Willard Hotel by law firm DLA Piper. The purpose of the breakfast - to bring together some major Washington figures to predict the results of the forthcoming election. Among those present were former Congressional leaders Dick Armey and Dick Gephardt, former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn and Charles Cook of the Cook Report. Former Governor James Blanchard hosted for Piper. Doing the interviews for Pajamas: David Corn, Richard Miniter. For a COMPLETE PODCAST of the event, click below. Video to follow.
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This week the Squad discusses enemies foreign and domestic. Can radical Islam be moderated into coexistence with the West? And Senator Ted Kennedy’s alleged attempts at cooperation with the Soviets in 1983 in an effort to undermine President Reagan’s foreign policy. A spirited distillation of the situation from our furrowed four. (Listen HERE)
“The aggregate number must include everybody who dies violently in Iraq….And how can it be otherwise, when the enemy wears no uniforms, counts on killing civilians to ruin the country, and most journalists will blame all deaths of any sort on the American presence in Iraq? Stung by the dishonesty of “body counts” in Vietnam, and worried that in postmodern warfare, Westerners are not only not supposed to die, but also should not kill. (Read it HERE)
a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/kopelcov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/kopelcov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /Today, we speak with Dave Kopel, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879759585?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0879759585″emGuns: Who Should Have Them/em?/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0879759585″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and editor of the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0814747604?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0814747604″emGun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0814747604″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Mr. Kopel is also Research Director of the Independence Institute, a regular contributor to the a href=”http://volokh.com/”Volokh Conspiracy /aand runs his own website at a href=”http://davekopel.org/”davekopel.org /a where he discusses second amendment issues.br /br /The topics covered in the podcast include: how and if gun issues will play a part in November’s elections, how legalizing marijuana could lead to a reduction in violence, what to do about school shootings, international gun rights, and finally, but most importantly, how does it feel a href=”http://www.thebitchgirls.us/?p=5632″to be called “hot”/a by Bitter at the Bitch Girls blog. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2006/10/23/the_glenn_and_helen_show_talki.php”clicking here/a or downloading directly a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061023-Kopel.mp3″here./a If you have dial-up, click a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20061023-Kopel-lofi.mp3″here./a And you can subscribe via iTunes a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″right here./a Take a look at our podcast archives at a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenshow.com /ato listen to our previous podcasts.br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”volvocars.us/a.
Andrew Keen has lunch with Jaron Lanier, Web Visionary, to discuss the unfortunate effect of online mobs, the luminous life and tragic death of Alan Turing, the future of artificial intelligence and the dubious sexuality of Second Life avatars. Listen to this exclusive podcast HERE.
The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/10/carnival-of-insanities_22.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up at Dr. Sanity’s blog. Check out a href=”http://thespisjournal.wordpress.com/2006/10/17/this-is-the-new-teacher-preparation/”this post at the Thespis Journal Blog /aon the a href=”http://www.tc.edu/administration/ncate/ConceptualFramework/contents.htm”new Teacher Preparation Plan /aat Columbia University. As if a href=”http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52428″assaulting their speakers /aisn’t enough for Columbia University’s vision of tolerance, now they will be assaulting our school children with their a href=”http://www.nysun.com/article/41379″alumni’s leftist political agenda/a. I hope at least a few of the student teachers at Columbia have a good set of earplugs; I know I would be purchasing a truckload before attending such a program.
Our selection of features, exclusives, articles, items and podcasts you may have missed over the past week at PajamasMedia:
I am shocked, totally shocked, that a href=”http://www.timesnow.tv/articleshow/2203948.cms”Heather Mills has (allegedly) charged /aPaul McCartney with abuse. Okay, so this was as predictable as the fact that this couple would divorce quicker than two shakes of a lamb’s tail. I wonder how much he will end up paying to get rid of, I mean, to compensate this woman for being married to him for four whole years?
By Richard Miniter, PJ Media Editor, Washington DC "It may well be that some or even many of the males could have been combatants. It is not possible to judge the motives of the dead through surveys. We could record only what households told us." -- Gilbert Burnham
Well, I just finished with early voting and the turnout looked very promising. The poll workers in Knoxville said the turn out was “like that of a presidential election.” That is good news, I hope. As for my votes, they went to three Republicans and one Democrat in the race for Senate (Harold Ford-D vs. Bob Corker-R), Governor (Phil Bredesen-D vs. Jim Bryson-R), State Representative (Stacy Campfield-R vs. Schree Pettigrew-D) and Congressman (John Duncan-R vs. John Greene-D). Can you guess who I voted for in the Senate race? Hint: He might support a bill to require states to recognize each other’s gun permits. Who are other people voting for in the Tennessee election, or any other?