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Inside the Green Zone: Rich Miniter Interviews Mithal Al-Alusi

Monday, April 16th, 2007

“There is a human being in Tel Aviv. There is a human being in Baghdad.”

The man who spoke those words, Mithal al-Alusi, a member of the Iraqi parliament, is one of the only Arab legislators to call publicly for the recognition of Israel. PJ Media’s Rich Miniter interviewed (and ate) with him this weekend inside Baghdad’s Green Zone

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Week 13 In Progress – Week 12: It’s all Fred on Republican Side … Richardson Opens a Big Lead Among Dems – Click for DETAILS

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

CHEATER ALERT! Spam voting was detected last week for Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton and Tom Trancredo and the numbers for those candidates adjusted accordingly. Our IT staff continues to monitor the voting. Over 100,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The thirteenth week has officially begun. The twelfth week saw the Fred Thompson surge continue. The Fred's percentages have remained strong -- from 34.9 to 43.7 to 38.6 -- in the last three weeks, and the guy hasn't even declared yet. Ron Paul (25%) and previous winner Rudy Giuliani (11%) remain basically unchanged at second and third. On the Democratic side, Bill Richardson maintains his commanding lead (45.6%), while his nearest competitor, Barack Obama, holds steady at a distant second (11.8%)

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A 12-gauge Attention-Getter?

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

a href=”http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/state/article/0,1406,KNS_348_5484975,00.html”Bank Tellers testify in the Mary Winkler case/a: “Witnesses: wife was in financial trouble, deposited bad checks.” It is not uncommon before someone kills, to have a “triggering event” that makes them feel that the only way to solve their problem is to bring it to a climactic conclusion–murder is sometimes the only way “out” in their mind. I wonder if Winkler really just meant to a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/04/mary-winkler-says-killing-her-minister.html”"get her husband’s attention”/a with the gun as the defense reported in a previous news story. It seems implausible after reading this statement: br /br /”I don’t remember going to the closet or getting the gun,” Winkler said, according to her statement to Carpenter. “The next thing I remember was hearing a loud boom, and I remember thinking it wasn’t as loud as I thought it would be.” br /br /She thought about how loud it would be? Doesn’t that mean that she had already emdecided/em to pull the trigger when she pointed the gun at her husband? Because, really when you are trying to get someone’s attention, what loud boom is involved?

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PARIS BLUES A Cop Killing at the Carnival

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 - by PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller


aferris.jpgHow a policeman killed at Foire du Trône in France threatens to tilt the larger carnival known as the French Presidential Election by PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller

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Wake Up and Smell the Medium Roast

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 - by Nancy Rommelmann


acoffee.jpg In which "Arabica" trumps "Robusta." You might think that dark-roasted espresso is the sine qua non of coffee. In reality, everything subtle about the coffee in it has been burned to the ground. Here's why. By Nancy Rommelmann

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One of my Favorite New Bloggers

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Jules Crittenden has some a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/2007/04/14/good-news-bad-news-11/”good news and bad news./a If you haven’t read Mr. Crittenden’s blog yet, a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/”go take a look/a–for those of you who are not familiar with him, he is a emBoston Herald /emcity editor and columnist who has reported on politics, crime, science, foreign affairs, and maritime and military matters in the United States, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East.

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Pajamas Weekend Review

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

The best of the week @ Pajamas:

The Corn & Miniter Show – Episode 4
– Giuliani’s social views, Gingrich’s stilted Spanish, and Obama’s cash.

Seymour Hersh discusses U.S. “invasion plans” on Iranian Radio

The General Vanishes: In early February, Ali-Reza Asgari, a high ranking Iranian General and a “gold mine for Western intelligence,” vanished on a trip to Istanbul. Or did he? – Richard Miniter

Dr. Arieh Eldad – The PJ Media Interview – Part 1

So, We’ve Established That We’ll Pay:
Yes, they’re free. And now the hostage taking and the beheadings will continue until further notice. – Jules Crittenden

Clinton Saves But Nixon Invests:
There are jobs only the government can do or fund. So why aren’t these getting done? – Max B. Sawicky

Dr. Arieh Eldad – The PJ Media Interview – Part 3

Sanity Squad: Nancy’s Excellent Adventure

The Glenn and Helen Show: Abolish Adolescence? – Are we raising a nation of wimps?

Baghdad Report: Bombs and A Bridge Too Near

Blog Week in Review: Richard Fernandez on Iran

The Scarf of the Style, She Covers Much – The Manolo looks at what the well-dressed politician should wear during global drive-bys.

Present At the Bombing – Richard Miniter, PJM Washington editor, was at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad when it was bombed Thursday morning killing 8 and injuring over 20.

The Corn & Miniter Show – Episode 5 – McCain putting all his eggs in the war basket, Fred Thompson’s increasingly serious flirtation with a run, and Rudy’s romp with the Confederate flag issue.

Coffee with the ‘Diplomat of the Year’
– The always tactful Turkish ambassador to the US, Nabi Sensoy.

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Humilating Past Posts

Friday, April 13th, 2007

a href=”http://instapundit.com/images/helenuglyclothes.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px;” src=”http://instapundit.com/images/helenuglyclothes.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /br /I saw today that someone on Google had found an old post of mine from shortly after I first started blogging calleda href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/11/slumming-it.html” “Slumming it./a” In this post, I bragged about wearing the tacky and embarrassing outfit you see to your left. br /br /Okay, what was I thinking–I mean, take a look at this outfit–I am defending wearing emthat?/em br /br /Here is what I said:blockquotebr /But in my regular life, you will probably not notice me for my fashion sense because I will be the one slouching in the corner with the too large purple sweat pants, ripped t-shirt and oversized down coat from the 1980′s that belonged to my husband when he was in college./blockquotebr /I emphasized that I just try to blend in by wearing t-shirts and sweat pants and my favorite comment from this utterly absurd post is the following:blockquotebr /Um, that outfit is certainly not designed to help you ‘blend in.’/blockquotebr /Indeed it is not — what was I thinking? I have tried in the past year to upgrade my wardrobe and quit slinking around like a homeless woman who should be standing in an unemployment line–or maybe with an outfit like the one pictured here, I am insulting the taste of the homeless and unemployed!

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Coffee with the ‘Diplomat of the Year’

Friday, April 13th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon


Amb.%20Nabi%20Sensoy2.jpg The always tactful Turkish ambassador to the US, Nabi Sensoy, on genocide in Armenia, the Turkish-American alliance, and the prospects for an "independent Kurdistan." By Roger L. Simon

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The Corn & Miniter Show – Episode 5

Friday, April 13th, 2007

David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, chats with David Bass of Qorvis. (Richard Miniter is on assignment in Iraq.) It’s a fast-paced review our current crop of presidential contenders. Bass and Corn go at John McCain putting all his eggs in the war basket, Fred Thompson’s increasingly serious flirtation with a run, and Rudy’s romp with the Confederate flag issue. And who can avoid talking about the shocking shock-jock Don Imus anywhere this week?

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Men Just Want to Have Fun

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Men, it seems, a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18077154/?GT1=9246″are watching more video on the Internet /athan women:br /br /blockquote”Men are more visual than women, who tend to communicate in writing and or in words,” said Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst with eMarketer and the author of the report.br /br /She said at first she was shocked at the disparity between the sexes because women tend to watch more television. But she argues men are generally ahead of the technology trend.br /br /”Women are more likely to use the Internet to get things done, to accomplish tasks, to check something off of a checklist that they need to do,” Williamson said.br /br /”Men are more likely to use the Internet to have fun. And a lot of what you see on youtube.com is silly, time-saving kinds of things that maybe women don’t feel they have the time for, or don’t want to have the time for.”br /br /Williamson said that despite the growth of youtube.com, women have not been part of the site’s traffic spike.br /br /”You really do see youtube.com continuing to be more of a male-dominated video site,” Williamson said./blockquotebr /br /Hey, what if men are more visual and want to destress on the internet and have a good time watching videos, so what? I think it’s great. The reason? If men don’t go to therapy (and why should they?) or talk much to their girlfriends or wives (again, why should they if they are not getting any satisfaction from it?) and need a way to connect, laugh, be silly etc., then maybe the internet offers the perfect way to do that. TV pitches their advertising and shows mainly to women because they know that women control most of the purse strings in this country. The internet is still a bit like the Wild West, where even men can still find sites and blogs that are accepting of masculinity and don’t portray men as either buffoons, chauvanists or both. Sure, some of these sites like a href=”http://bloggingheads.tv/”Blogging Heads TV/a are still salivating over trying to get female viewers to show how “proggressive” they are, but I say, what’s wrong with having guys as viewers and readers? They’re an important demographic too.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Mary Winkler a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18077872/?GT1=9246″says killing her minister husband was an accident:/a “Defense: Woman pointed shotgun at abusive spouse ‘to get his attention.’” Well, I guess she got his attention, but last time I looked, shooting someone to get their attention was still illegal, but maybe not if you have these gems on the jury:br /br /blockquoteThe trial could last up to two weeks. The jury — including a Baptist minister and woman who said she had been a victim of domestic abuse — will spend that time sequestered in a small-town motel without television, radio or cell phones./blockquotebr /br /I am always amazed at jury selection in these cases, I guess Winkler really will be tried by a jury of peers. I just wonder if someone who is a Baptist minister or a woman who has been abused herself will be capable of putting his or her feelings aside and being objective? I suppose being a minister could go either way, however, since the murder victim was a preacher. What do you think, will she get off or spend some time behind bars?

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BREAKING: Present At the Bombing

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - by Richard Miniter


ablast.jpg Richard Miniter, PJM Washington editor, was at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad when it was bombed Thursday morning killing 8 and injuring over 20. In this exclusive report he describes the carnage, the aftermath, and what led up to it, including the fact that two suicide vests were discovered inside the Green Zone on April 1, with a resulting, if unsuccessful, search for others. by Richard Miniter

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The Scarf of the Style, She Covers Much

Thursday, April 12th, 2007


ahippiepilosi.jpg The Manolo looks at what the well-dressed politician should wear during global drive-bys. By The Manolo

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Blog Week in Review: Richard Fernandez on Iran

Thursday, April 12th, 2007


dogs.jpg A Dangerous Game Hostages, the nuclear quest, financing and arming militias in Iraq, funding terrorism, threatening Israel with elimination -- welcome to the government of Iran's Islamic Republic.

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Baghdad Report: Bombs and A Bridge Too Near

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - by Omar Fadhil


sarrafiya.jpg
This morning Baghdad lost one of its historic icons when the terrorists blew up the Sarrafiya Bridge. By Omar Fadhil, PJM Baghdad editor

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Abolish Adolescence?

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Are we raising a nation of wimps? Is adolescence now so long that have to be geezers before adults? Robert Epstein, of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts and author of %%AMAZON=188495670X The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen%% talks about these questions on today's podcast. Epstein argues that adolescence is an artificial part of life that people are better off without. Find out how your teen's exposure to school and Western media sets him or her up for incompetence, poor judgement and social-emotional turmoil. What can you do about it? Take Dr. Epstein's competency test to find out how adult your teen is (or how adult you are) at www.howadultareyou.com or visit his website at drrobertepstein.com. Brought to you by Volvo Cars. Click "More..." to listen or download.

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Podcast: Should Adolescence be Abolished?

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Are we infantilizing teens to the point that we are raising a nation of wimps? Is adolescence extended so long that people have grey hair by the time they become adults? Robert Epstein, Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188495670X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=188495670X”emThe Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=188495670X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / will discuss these questions and more on today’s podcast. In a controversial thesis, Epstein’s terrific and thought-provoking new book argues that adolescense is an unnecessary part of life that people are better off without. Find out how your teen’s exposure to school and Western media may be setting him or her up for incompetence, poor judgement and social-emotional turmoil. What can you do about it? Read the book or listen to the podcast to find out. Or go take Dr. Epstein’s competency test to find out how adult you or your teen is at a href=”http://drrobertepstein.com/EDTA-unabridged/”www.howadultareyou.com/a or visit his website at a href=”http://drrobertepstein.com/index.php?option=contenttask=viewid=10Itemid=29″drrobertepstein.com/a.br /br /br /You can listen directly by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/04/11/the_glenn_and_helen_show_shoul.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player, or you can download the file by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070412-epstein.mp3″clicking right here./a You can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/04/11/the_glenn_and_helen_show_shoul.php”going here/a and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes — and wouldn’t you want to, really? You can go to our past archives at the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com/a.br /br /Music is “The High School Song” by a href=”http://theantidote.net/music/”Audra and the Antidote./a This podcast is brought to you by a href=”http://volvocars.us”Volvo Cars/a — buy one and tell ‘em it’s all because of the Glenn and Helen Show!

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"From Hell and Back"

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18046103/?GT1=9246″Congratulations to the Duke Lacrosse players/a–this travesty should never have happened–but it is gratifying to see these innocent young men set free today. br /br /One thing I did find puzzling was the a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18046103/?GT1=9246″following statement /aby the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper:br /br /blockquoteHowever, Cooper said no charges will be brought against the accuser, saying she “may actually believe” the many different stories she told. “We believe it is in the best interest of justice not to bring charges,” he said./blockquotebr /br /So if you charge someone with a false crime and “believe” your false statements to be true, you’re off the hook?

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Sanity Squad: Nancy’s Excellent Adventure

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007


athenancy.jpg Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name. But what's puzzling you is just the nature of my game. Nancy Pelosi's recent, and roundly criticized, trip to the Middle East has stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy. Get the psychology behind the disaster in this week's podcast.

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Dr. Arieh Eldad – The PJ Media Interview – Part 3

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

“The world will have to understand that Israel does not have a conventional option against Iran. We will not be able to eliminate Iran’s nuclear industry with conventional weapons. Unless the world will do the job, Israel will have to do the job with whatever means we have.”

Dr. Arieh Eldad is a member of the Israeli Knesset (Moledet Party) and an Israel Defense Forces Brigadier-General (reserves). He is also head of the plastic surgery and burns unit at the Hadassah Medical Center hospital in Jerusalem and considered a worldwide expert in the treatment of burns. He has therefore met the terrorism of our times – from suicide bombers to their victims – in a manner that is truly up close and personal.

This is the third installment in a three-part interview with Dr. Eldad by the husband and wife filmmaker team of Daphne Weisbart and Michael Fenenbock. The team will be doing other similar interviews for PJ Media.

Part 1 of this interview is HERE.

Part 2 of this interview is HERE.

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Toxic Psychology

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Sometimes, I start to think that my profession is improving and not quite as PC and ridiculous as I tend to think it is but then I am proven wrong, once again. Yesterday, I thumbed through the April 2007 edition of the emThe Monitor on Psychology /emto catch up on what is going on in the field and I learned that the psychologists who profess to be knowledgeable about telling others how to change their cognitive distortions have yet to change their own. They continue to believe they are omnipotent, capable of interfering in political issues that have nothing to do with psychology or stress political correctness and a creeping socialism ahead of an actual knowledge base.br /br /In this most recent issue, I learned from the front cover that America is “toxic” and if you read the article entitled, a href=”http://www.apa.org/monitor/apr07/america.html”"Toxic America,” /a you will learn why. Apparently, if you are too wealthy in our society, you will turn into an American who is unhappy and lives a short and lonely existence. The article implies that working long hours and having money is toxic: br /br /blockquoteMarmot believes the psychic smog that’s making Americans sick could be composed of two factors. One is that Americans’ long work hours leave us more stressed and less healthy. The other is that Americans may feel friendless and isolated due to social stressors created by our country’s widening income gap. In turn, that societal divisiveness may be bad for our health—not just poor people’s health, but everyone’s, he speculates./blockquote br /br /What is the answer then, according to the psychological soothesayers? Why socialism, of course! br /br /blockquote“We’re almost like a nomadic society on this treadmill, hoping that we’ll either strike it rich with the lottery, or that if we work hard enough, somehow we’ll become Google millionaires,” he comments.br /br /The way America deals with social building blocks such as health care, education and pensions compounds the problem, Hedge believes. br /br /In England, for example, a university education costs about $3,000 a year, and everyone has access to adequate health insurance. British citizens must retire at age 65, with many companies encouraging earlier retirement, and they receive both a government and employer pension.br /br /“And it’s not linked to stock-market performance—your 401K doesn’t evaporate because of the dirty dealings of an Enron!” he says. br /br /By contrast, many Americans angst over how they can possibly make enough to cover insurance and other basics, while saving enough for retirement. In 2005, for instance, the average cost of a year at a private American college or university was $21,235, with some private institutions costing double that amount, statistics show./blockquotebr /br /Yep, we greedy capitalists just need to become more like England and the European Union and we will be all be happy, healthy and non-toxic. Is that science or politics talking?

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Clinton Saves But Nixon Invests

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - by Max B. Sawicky


ainvest.jpg There are jobs only the government can do or fund. So why aren't these getting done? By Max B. Sawicky

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So, We’ve Established That We’ll Pay

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 - by Jules Crittenden


ahostages.jpg Yes, they're free. And now the hostage taking and the beheadings will continue until further notice. By Jules Crittenden

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Dr. Arieh Eldad – The PJ Media Interview – Part 2

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Dr. Arieh Eldad is a member of the Israeli Knesset (Moledet Party) and an Israel Defense Forces Brigadier-General (reserves). He is also head of the plastic surgery and burns unit at the Hadassah Medical Center hospital in Jerusalem and considered a worldwide expert in the treatment of burns. He has therefore met the terrorism of our times – from suicide bombers to their victims – in a manner that is truly up close and personal.

This is the second installment in a three-part interview with Dr. Eldad by the husband and wife filmmaker team of Daphne Weisbart and Michael Fenenbock. The team will be doing other similar interviews for PJ Media.

Part 1 of this interview is HERE.

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