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Monday, April 30th, 2007

We have added a number of new blogs to the PJ Media blogroll today, and will be adding more in the forthcoming days and weeks. Please help us welcome them by taking a fresh look and clicking on a few of the names you haven’t seen before.

We also extend our sincerest thanks to all of the great blogs–and people– that helped us get this project off the ground less than two years ago. Just as we have grown and changed in that time, so have they, and it is time for some of them to part ways with us. We wish them the best of luck and continued success in their endeavors.

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Use Some Common Sense!

Monday, April 30th, 2007

An Asian student a href=”http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/360827,CST-NWS-essay27.article”was arrested for disorderly conduct /afor writing an essay (Hat Tip: a href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=982986″Steven Erickson/a):br /br /blockquoteOne violent, profanity-laced English essay later and Allen Lee’s future with the Marine Corps appears to be over.br /br /Because of pending criminal charges stemming from his essay, Lee’s recruiter told him Friday evening that the Marine Corps has discharged him from his contract, said Sgt. Luis R. Agostini, spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago.br /br /”Basically he is no longer an applicant to become a Marine,” Agostini said.br /br /Police Thursday released portions of an essay used to charge a Cary-Grove High School student with disorderly conduct, leaving several experts puzzled at an arrest based on such schoolwork. br /br /Asked to write about whatever he wanted in a creative writing class, would-be Marine and honors student Lee, 18, described a violent dream in which he shot people and then “had sex with the dead bodies.” …br /br /A second disorderly count accuses Lee of alarming first-year teacher Nora Capron by writing that “as a teacher, don’t be surprised on [sic] inspiring the first CG shooting,” an apparent reference to Cary-Grove High. /blockquotebr /br /Many people seem up in arms about this arrest–it is, in my opinion, over the top, but was it such a good idea for this young man to write this so soon after the VT shooting? But while it might make one question his judgement, it certainly doesn’t rise to the level of an arrest. Writing such stupid stuff is a sign that something is possibly wrong and a diagnostic tool that warrants a possible psychological, not jail time. How can we even embegin/em to talk about sensible public policy issues surrounding violence intervention when the authority figures vascillate wildly between doing nothing to arresting people over what they write?

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I Got My Nuclear Reactor Through the New York Times:

Monday, April 30th, 2007 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer


We knew Iran was brash about its nuclear program, but would it really go as far as to run an advertisement in a paper wholly owned by the New York Times seeking bids from companies to execute its plan to build two new nuclear reactors? Apparently. iranadsmallest.jpg (Click here for a bigger image) by Allison Kaplan Sommer, PJM Tel Aviv editor

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Genn’s Candidates: Bill Richardson

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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“I’ve been told that I have a lot of energy. The secret is that I use renewable resources. Some days I’m solar powered. Some days I’m wind powered. And some people in this room might think I’m hybrid gas-powered. You’ll just have to guess which it is today.” — Bill Richardson

Eighth of a series of leading Presidential candidates by illustrator Roman Genn. Copy at will but please credit Roman Genn and PJ Media.

Previously: Fred Thompson, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani

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Week 15 of the Pajamas Poll In Progress- Thompson and Richardson still rule!… click HERE for details

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Over 110,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The fourteenth week has officially begun. The fourteenth week saw basically the same pattern as the thirteenth with Fred Thompson well in the lead on the Republican side and Bill Richardson ahead on the Democratic side by a substantial margin.

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Sundays Under Fire

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


acannon.jpg Artillery in Baghdad -- Listening to the sounds of shelling in a city at war. By Omar Fadhil

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Hillary: Bush-Lite?

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

I read the ema href=”http://www.hillaryproject.com/index.php?/sg_distro/comments/why_women_hate_hillary/”In These Times /a/em article on “Why Women Hate Hillary” that is circulating around the blogosphere–my link goes to the The Hillary Project blog since Drudge linked to the original source and seems to have shut it down. Anyway, after reading this article, I must say, I have a newfound respect for Hillary, particularly after reading the following:br /br /blockquoteAll of this frames many women’s reactions to Hillary. If she’s a feminist, how could she continue to support this war for so long? If she’s such a passionate advocate for children, women and families, how could she countenance the ongoing killing of innocent Iraqi families, and of American soldiers who are also someone’s children? If it would be so revolutionary to have a female as president, why does she feel like the same old poll-driven opportunistic politician who seems to craft her positions accordingly?br /br /Maybe women like me are being extra hard on Hillary because she’s a woman. After all, baby boomer women couldn’t be “as good” as men in school or the workplace; we had to be better, to prove that women deserved equal opportunities. And this is part of the problem too. We don’t want the first female president to be Joe Lieberman in drag, pushing Bush-lite politics. We expect something better./blockquotebr /br /Joe Lieberman in drag, pushing Bush-lite politics? Maybe I was wrong to dismiss Hillary as undeserving of my vote. She might be worth another look.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong For those who are newcomers to this blog or for those who just don’t get my weird sense of humor, the above is sarcasm.

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Pajamas Weekend Review

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

The best of the week @ Pajamas:

Genn’s Candidates: Hillary Clinton


The Cool Water of the Koran (Part V)
– Salim Mansur

Bowling For Virginia Tech: Who Made Him Do This?
– Oleg Atbashian

Power Line at 4 1/2
– Roger L. Simon Interviews John Hinderaker

Iran’s Parliament vs. Ahmadinejad – Meir Javedanfar

Baghdad Dispatch: The Wall – Omar Fadhil

Stalking Wild Truffles in Oregon – Nancy Rommelman

Police Pay-Wagons of Iraq – Richard Miniter

Healthy? Don’t Click! – Max Sawicky

Sanity Squad: Involuntary Commitment

Hair Ball! – The John Edwards snips but does not score.
– The Manolo

The Scolder of France – Nidra Poller

Genn’s Candidates: Rudy Giuliani

Made In Iran: A Traitor’s Tale
– Richard Miniter

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The Dangerous Book for Boys

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

I a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/02/boys-just-want-to-have-fun.html”did a post /arecently on a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061243582?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0061243582″emThe Dangerous Book for Boys/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0061243582″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / but the book had not come out yet in the US, until now (I saw that my copy just shipped). I see that it is up to number 14 on Amazon and I really think its popularity has to do with a dearth of good books that celebrate the wonder of boyhood. Here is a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061243582/102-8084700-9641738″a bit of an interview /awith one of the authors, Conn Iggulden, at Amazon.com, who feels the same way:br /br /blockquoteAmazon.com: It’s difficult to describe what a phenomenon The Dangerous Book for Boys was in the UK last year. When I would check the bestseller list on our sister site, Amazon.co.uk, there would be, along with your book, which spent much of the year at the top of the list, a half-dozen apparent knockoff books of similar boy knowledge. Clearly, you tapped into something big. What do you think it was?br /br /Iggulden: In a word, fathers. I am one myself and I think we’ve become aware that the whole “health and safety” overprotective culture isn’t doing our sons any favors. Boys need to learn about risk. They need to fall off things occasionally, or–and this is the important bit–they’ll take worse risks on their own. strongIf we do away with challenging playgrounds and cancel school trips for fear of being sued, we don’t end up with safer boys–we end up with them walking on train tracks/strong [my emphasis]. In the long run, it’s not safe at all to keep our boys in the house with a Playstation. It’s not good for their health or their safety. br /br /You only have to push a boy on a swing to see how much enjoys the thrill of danger. It’s hard-wired. Remove any opportunity to test his courage and they’ll find ways to test themselves that will be seriously dangerous for everyone around them. I think of it like playing the lottery–someone has to say “Look, you won’t win–and your children won’t be hurt. Relax. It won’t be you.” br /br /I think that’s the core of the book’s success. It isn’t just a collection of things to do. The heroic stories alone are something we haven’t had for too long. It isn’t about climbing Everest, but it is an attitude, a philosophy for fathers and sons. Our institutions are too wrapped up in terror over being sued–so we have to do things with them ourselves. This book isn’t a bad place to start./blockquotebr /br /I look forward to getting my copy.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Jules Crittenden’s a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/2007/04/28/good-news-bad-news-13/”Good News, Bad News is up./a

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Is Hillary’s Guestblogging Bad for Blog Traffic?

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

There has been a href=”http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/archives/2007/04/hillary_and_ham.php”discussion in the blogosphere /a about whether or not it is beneficial for Hillary to be guestblogging at a site like Firedoglake. But maybe someone should be asking Firedoglake if it is beneficial to their site to have Hillary guestblogging there. A emWashington Post /emblogger who wonders why Hillary is posting at FDL a href=”http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2007/04/clintons_choice_of_blogs_raise.html”mentions that:/a “Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said Hamsher’s blog was picked because ‘there are 100,000 people who frequent this site and we wanted to have a conversation with them.’” a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/04/candidate-is-not-guestblogging-blog-is.html”br /br /Ann Althouse points out/a that FDL does not actually have 100,000 visitors a day as the emWaPo/em declared but rather, about 80,000 visitors. After reading that yesterday, I took a look at FDL’s site meter and indeed, it read at around 81,000 unique visitors for the previous week. However, today (Saturday morning), a href=”http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=statss=s21firedoglake”it reads only 68,485 unique /avisitors a day–a decrease in average traffic of over 12,000 visitors and it is not even the start of the weekend yet, so the decreased weekend traffic did not seem to account for the drop. And if you look at their traffic for the past a href=”http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=statss=s21firedoglaker=12″month,/a there was a big spike the week before, but nothing significant when Hillary started blogging.br /br /Wow, I know visitors can flunctuate during the week but if FDL’s traffic is decreasing due to Hillary’s publicity stunt, what does that say about how the site’s readers feel about Hillary? She’s certainly not bringing them any new traffic.

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Shockingly, So Far, No Gun Battles Have Begun

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

The University of Utah is the only college a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18355953/”that allows concealed carry /aon campus:br /br /blockquoteFor decades, the University of Utah banned concealed weapons.br /br /”Our view was that there was an increased risk of both accidental and intentional discharge of a firearm if more firearms are present,” said spokesman Fred Esplin. “It was a matter of safety.”br /br /But in 2004 the Legislature passed a law expressly saying the university is covered by a state law that allows concealed weapons on state property. The university challenged the law, but the Utah Supreme Court upheld it last year.br /br /Utah is easily one of the most conservative states, and the Legislature is dominated by Republicans, many of whom have a libertarian streak. Utah has no motorcycle helmet law, for example, and there is strong affection for the Second Amendment.br /br /The carrying of guns at the university worries students like Timmy Allin, a freshman on the tennis team from Dallas who feels safe on the 28,000-student urban campus. Allin was not aware weapons were allowed on campus until told by a reporter. “I don’t see the need for one up here, so that could only lead to trouble,” he said./blockquotebr /br /So Timmy Allin was feeling all safe and cozy until some reporter told him about the danger that lurked at his university–law abiding citizens with guns. If the legislation for concealed carry passed in 2004 and there have been no shoot outs thus far since last year, when will the trouble begin? And now poor Timmy will spend his waking hours fearful not of the potential criminals who might do harm to students and others on campus, but of his fellow students and faculty who carry legally who “might be trouble.” How troubling.

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The NFL Backdraft

Friday, April 27th, 2007

apacman.jpg Adam "Pacman" Jones "On draft day, the NFL looks at a young man's talent. Then they look at his rap sheet." By Fred Thompson

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Iranian Teachers’ Strikes Expand

Friday, April 27th, 2007 - by Ardeshir Arian

Iranian%20Woman%20Teacher%20Protester.jpgTeachers' strikes have been spreading across Iran for the last eleven weeks and now the mullahs are "striking back" with a phony strike of their own. Iranian-American filmmaker Ardeshir Arian is following the story for PJ Media. by Ardeshir Arian

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Are You Electrically Sensitive?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

If so, then perhaps you’ll a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=450995in_page_id=1879″identify with this woman /awho has to wear a veil of protection to keep her from being contaminated by the modern world (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.eddriscoll.com/” Ed Driscoll): /abr /br /blockquoteSarah, 51, is one of a growing band of people who claim to be experiencing extreme – and incapacitating – sensitivity to electrical appliances, as well as to certain frequencies of electromagnetic waves. br /br /”Wi-Fi, or wireless broadband networks, seem to be the worst thing,” she says. br /br /”Closely followed by mobile phones – particularly if they’re being used in an enclosed space – the base stations of cordless telephones and mobile phone masts. br /br /”I have to restrict the amount of time I spend on the computer or watching television, and make sure I don’t have too many household appliances on at once, because that sets me off as well.” br /br /This may sound bizarre, but there is no doubt that Sarah’s symptoms are real. br /br /To date, they include hair loss, sickness, high blood-pressure, digestive and memory problems, severe headaches and dizziness. br /br /They strike with such ferocity that, since diagnosing herself as “electrically sensitive” in May 2005, she has been marooned at home. br /br /She can’t work. When she wants to phone friends, she has to use a land-line – a significant advancement, it turns out, because she was so ill at one stage, she says, that she couldn’t even touch an ordinary receiver without feeling a violent shock pass up her arm. /blockquotebr /br /If you are suffering from the same emhorrible/em fate as Sarah, apparently there is help available through a wonderful charitable website called a href=”http://www.electrosensitivity.org.uk/”electrosensitivity.org.uk./a where they ask for only a ten pound donation. Here is more about their mission:br /br /blockquoteES-UK is the association for the electrically hypersensitive (EHS). Charity Commission registered number 1103018. We support those made ill by electromagnetic fields/RF/microwaves and work to educate the public. Awareness and recognition of this ill-health reaction is urgently needed. /blockquotebr /br /Okay, I shouldn’t joke, I suppose this could be real. What do you think?

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Out of Iraq? Why Are They Doing This?

Friday, April 27th, 2007


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How is the Iraq legislation just passed by the Democrats in Congress seen in Iraq? PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil tells you.

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The Corn & Miniter Show # 7

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Who says the Corn & Miniter Show doesn’t have reach? At last week’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, David Bass (subbing for Rich Miniter) approached Fred Thompson for his view of what’s going on with the weekly presidential candidate evaluations on the Corn & Minter Show and Thompson told him “You need to keep David Corn in check!”

Is Bass keeping Corn in check? Decide for yourself on this week’s Corn & Miniter Show.

MP3 version available HERE for your podcasting pleasure.

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Are Bears Just Like People?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Bored at work the other day, I picked up a href=”http://www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/”the May 2007 issue /aof emField Stream /emfrom the waiting room and read the cover story entitled, “Sharpen Your Skills: 50 Things Every Sportsman Should Know.” Now, I am not much of a sportsman or an outdoorsman; the last time I camped out, it was in my backyard and family members were taking bets not on how many hours I would last, but how many minutes. Okay, not many, within 30 minutes, I beat it out of a mosquito-infested tent on the pretence that I needed a drink of water and never made it back out. Surmise it to say, I have not “camped out” since–although, lest you think me a total wimp, I did at 19, live in a tent in Yosemite National Park for a month, if that means anything but that’s another story.br /br /But enough about me and my limitations, back to the article on being a good outdoorsman. From it, I learned how to camouflage myself with a wine cork, rig a safety harness, claim the best bunk in the camp and tie the knot that fixes all, but most importantly (at least to me) was tip number 46 on how to read a bear’s mind. br /br /The tip says that you must first assess the bear’s mood when you’re planning an exit strategy for a close enounter with a bear. Then you decide whether the bear is a strongPredatory Bear/strong or a strongDefensive Bear/strong. A Predatory Bear “isn’t intent on rendering you harmless but rather on rendering you digestible. If a bear is aware of your presence and approaches in a nondefensive, unconcerned manner, get very serious. Speak to it in a loud, firm voice. Try to get out of the bear’s direction of travel, but do not run. If the animal follows, stop again and make a stand. Shout at the bear and stare at it. Make yourself appear larger–step up on a rock or move uphill. Prepare for a charge.” br /br /On the other hand, a Defensive Bear “will appear stressed and unsure of how to act, pacing about and popping its jaw. Talk to it in a very calm voice. Don’t throw anything. When it is not moving toward you, move away from it slowly and carefully. A stumble now could provoke a charge. If the bear continues to approach you, stop. Stand your gound and continue talking calmly. If the bear charges, use your spray or gun, then wait until the last possible moment before hitting the dirt.”br /br /As I read over the descriptions of the bears and what to do, I could not help but a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/04/violence-prevention-toolbox.html”think of a post /aI wrote a few weeks ago on how to deal with different types of potentially violent people from the book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591810051?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1591810051″emSurviving Aggressive People/em./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1591810051″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / The author, Shawn Smith, divides aggressors into two categories: The Desperate Aggressor and the Expert Aggressor, categories that sound very much like The Defensive Bear and the Predatory Bear. br /br /Perhaps the behavior of violent people is not that dissimilar to that of some of our furry friends–I am not sure whether to find that comforting or troubling.

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Is there a Mental Health Crisis in America’s Jails?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Steven K. Erickson, a forensic psychologist, examines this question in his paper: a href=”http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=982986″”What is the True Prevalence of Severe Mental Illness in Jails and Prisons?”/a

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The Morning After The Debate

Friday, April 27th, 2007


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There were high expectations for the first big debate among eight of the Democratic candidates (full transcript HERE) So... were they met? Depends who you ask: some found it fascinating, others a non-event. A new star was born in Mike Gravel. And the private jets got attention, too . A SurveyUSA poll in South Carolina showed Obama emerging as the clear winner (Hillary 2nd and Edwards 2nd) What did the blogosphere think? Keep reading....

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The Sorrow of History:

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Boris Yeltsin and the Death of Hope.

Ron Rosenbaum’s thoughts on the passing of the 1st President of the Russian Federation: “Boris Yeltsin’s death has affected me more than I might have imagined. Once I thought that moment captured on CNN of Yeltsin standing on top of a tank proclaiming defiance of the sordid coup attempt by the worst of the old Soviet regime, was one of the great moments of my life. To see in real time one man stand up for liberty in a land ravaged by a mass murdering tyranny-and win-was unbelievably thrilling and beautiful… (Read the rest HERE)

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Petraeus: Iran’s Behind It

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

As the Senate passed it’s the “Tick-Tock Out of Iraq” bill, the US commander on the ground was in DC giving a press conference and taking questions about the reality of the situation. Key points:

  • 80-90% of suicide attacks are carried out carried out by foreigners via Syria.
  • Secret cell networks are being “provided substantial funding, training on Iranian soil advanced explosive munitions and technologies as well as run of the mill arms and ammunition.”

Michael Ledeen posts more from General Petraeus’ press conference on the current situation in Iraq @ Faster Please.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Equal Pay for Equal Work: a href=”http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWFmYmFmMThhZjhhOGVjM2Y4MTE5ZGQxMWM0M2M0ZGI=”Part-time working men should demand justice, too./a

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007

a href=”http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/04/tony-snow-to-return-to-white-house-post.html”Best news I’ve heard today:/a “White House Press Secretary Tony Snow revealed to CNN he plans to return to his post next week, a month after a cancerous growth was found on his liver.”

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Made In Iran: A Traitor’s Tale

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - by Richard Miniter


mustafa.jpg Osman Ali Mustafa - former Kurdish police officer recruited by Iranian intelligence to facilitate attacks inside Iraq, 2004-2005 Is Iran behind most of the world's terrorism, including the Iraqi insurgency? The Islamic Republic tries to hide its involvement with "layers and layers of intermediaries," the head of a special Kurdish counter-terrorism service told PJM's Richard Miniter. While this might fool the CIA, the Kurds are not misled. by Richard Miniter, on assignment for PJ Media in Sulaimaniya, Iraq

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