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Paris Lights: Everyone Wants a Sarkozy

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 - by Nidra Poller, PJM Editor, Paris


Sarkozybig.jpg By Nidra Poller, PJM Paris Editor The Paris Blues column has become Paris Lights, as an utterly new presidential style is electrifying the nation with high spirited optimism and bold strokes such as naming Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors without Borders, as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Almost overnight France moves from object of contempt to a role model for the Western world.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Jules Crittenden’s a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/2007/05/18/good-news-bad-news-15/”Good News/Bad News is up./a

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Where are the Men?

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Ann Althousea href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/05/when-women-take-classes-in-tennis-wine.html” has an interesting post /aon why men don’t like organized adult courses in tennis, wine tasting, sailing etc. a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/17/fashion/17Dating.html?ex=1337054400en=0e38747d89428207amp;amp;ei=5124partner=permalinkexprod=permalink”The emNYT’s/em article /a Ann referred to had a wine buyer and manager explain why men didn’t attend his “important” events as readily as women:br /br /blockquoteHe offered this explanation for the disparity: “It’s argued that women are better tasters of wine than men. A higher percentage of women have more taste-bud receptors.” So maybe they are getting more out of the class. But, echoing others who lead classes, he added: “It may also come down to the fact that men think they know more about wine anyway, so they don’t need to learn more about it.”/blockquotebr /br /Ann sees the negativity towards men in the explanation and states:br /br /blockquoteBut it would be so easy to turn that around and present the male side as positive.br /br /Men prefer to look at something they have decided to do and figure it out on their own. They like to observe, analyze, and discover. They accept the risks and enjoy the excitement of trial and error. They don’t like sitting around having someone tell them what to do, and they aren’t intrigued by the prospect of meeting women who spend so much time doing something they loathe./blockquotebr /br /One of Ann’s commenters stated that she was “channeling Dr. Helen” in her “defense” of men’s attitudes and hey, I’m not complaining. It’s good to know that others are picking up on the negative depictions of men in the media and speaking up. br /br /But what I really wanted to say in this post is that if you want to know where the men are, just look around. Go out in the world and see what men might be interested in–if you are really looking for guys, don’t go to a class geared for women and their interests and wonder why the guys don’t show. This week, I saw the college campus loaded with males (of all ages) drinking beer, the gun range with more men than I could count, and the Apple store at the mall loaded with guys looking for computer equipment. Now, if you are a woman and these hobbies do not appeal to you, than think how a guy must feel when walking into a wine tasting class where the instructor caters to the needs of women and sees his male students as “know-it-alls.” Is it any wonder that men don’t show up for class?

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Mau-Mauing the Multiculturalists [book review]

Saturday, May 19th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon


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Is culture relevant anymore in this world of rap and video games? The New Criterion - one of America's leading journals of culture and the arts - just had its twenty-fifth anniversary and set out to prove its worth with an anthology: Counterpoints. Roger L. Simon reviews the result for PJ Media. by Roger L. Simon

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The Corn & Miniter Show — # 10

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Who won and who lost in the GOP debate in South Carolina? How does the health status and age of the candidates affect their prospects? And the never-dying question: will Al Gore finally run? David Corn and Richard Miniter discuss these topics in this week’s who, along with, of course, Fred Thompson’s latest article addressed to PJ Media and friends.

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Waiting for It to Happen

Friday, May 18th, 2007 - by Robert Latona


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Spain's Prime Minister Zapatero hopes that by playing nice with Basque separatists ETA he can bring their 40 years of terror to an end, and seduce them to the negotiating table. In the process, he has become a virtual hostage to the terrorist group in the expectation that they won't strike again anytime soon. But will they? by Robert Latona

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Sitting Ducks in Sderot

Friday, May 18th, 2007 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer


crouch.jpg An Israeli student crouches under his desk as he attempts to safely study for his Bible exam after a Kassam rocket hit his high school. By Allison Kaplan Sommer, PJM Tel Aviv editor Folks who live in the city of Sderot in southern Israel know full well that they are being used as pawns in a deadly game of chicken by Hamas. They don't like it one bit.

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New Healthy Heart Handbook for Women

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute asked me to let my readers know about a new handbook they are promoting called “The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women.” Following is the description:br /br /”The 122-page, full-color, twentieth anniversary edition of the Healthy Heart Handbook for Women provides the most recent information on women’s heart disease and practical suggestions for reducing your own risk.”br /br /I read over the booklet and it is chockfull of advice and information for women–so if you are a female reader or have a mother, sister, or daughter who you think could benefit from the information, please pass it along. You can download or view the booklet for free or for a small fee for a paper version a href=”http://emall.nhlbihin.net/product2.asp?sku=07-2720″here./abr /br /For the men who want to know more about heart disease or other vascular problems, you can check out the National, Lung, and Blood Institute’sa href=”http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/index.html” home page./a

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Conn Iggulden on Boys and Danger

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Are we turning into a nation of wimps? Do boys need to be boys? Is there something parents and schools should be doing differently? Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk with British author Conn Iggulden, whose new book, %%AMAZON=0061243582 The Dangerous Book for Boys,%% takes an old-fashioned positive look at boyhood, bravery, and the nature of risk, about those subjects and others -- including the effect of modern parenting and education on military recruitment and the future of Western civilization. Is being optimistic old-fashioned? Plus, revelations about Helen's misspent youth! Podcast sponsored by Volvo Motors USA. [Click "More..." to listen or download]

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Interview with Conn Iggulden: The Dangerous Book for Boys

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RkuQu3aFM1I/AAAAAAAAABA/0UYu8w7meRY/s1600-h/iggcov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RkuQu3aFM1I/AAAAAAAAABA/0UYu8w7meRY/s200/iggcov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5065301340729979730″ //abr /I have written several posts 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;” / and so, of course, we had to track down one of the authors for an interview on why the book is so popular. Today, we spoke to Conn Iggulden, who along with his brother, put the book together by actually conducting each of the experiments in a shed and spent their days playing marbles and building go-carts–sounds like fun way to do research. Conn, who used to be a teacher, tells us why it is so important to let go of the fear and overprotection that parents and institutions have responded with to what used to be common childhood adventures. He talks about how boys learn, why they need go-carts more than computers, and how we can swing the pendulum back to the middle where both girls emand/em boys’ needs are seen as important.br /br /You can listen to the show directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/05/16/the_glenn_and_helen_show_conn.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can get the file directly for listening via Windows Media, Realplayer, Quicktime, etc., by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070517-Iggulden.mp3″clicking right here./a And you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup, cellphones, etc. by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/05/16/the_glenn_and_helen_show_conn.php”going here/a and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can always get a a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″free subscrption via iTunes./a You can see our archives at the a href=”http://instapundit.com/podcasts.php”GlennandHelenshow.com./abr /br /This podcast is sponsored bya href=”http://www.volvocars.us/” Volvocars./a

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The Dam Busters

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 - by Richard Fernandez


dambuster2.jpg Of the courage of men who died winning a war that an earlier generation of political leaders was too cowardly to preempt. by Richard Fernandez, PJ Media Sydney Editor It should have been fiction but it was fact. Sixty-four years ago today a handpicked squadron of RAF pilots, led by a dashing young war hero took off on a mission to flood out Hitler's war machine by destroying the dams which supplied hydroelectric power to the Ruhr....

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The Silencing

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 - by Martin Solomon


silencing.jpg Before CAIR and the Flying Imams...the Islamic Society of Boston had already pioneered the use of lawsuits to silence their critics and the media. By Martin Solomon [Illustration from All Things Beautiful]

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South Carolina GOP Debate

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007


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UPDATED - Full Debate Wrap-Up From Bill Bradley: The moderators asked short, well-researched questions that weren't designed to draw attention to themselves. As entertaining as I find Chris Matthews to be, while he moved the Reagan Library debate along, he also obscured some of the candidates themselves.

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Sanity Squad: Rabbi Shmuley & Conspiracy Psychology

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007


shmuley.jpgPart one of this week's podcast focuses on conspiracy theories, and their origins in fear and denial. In part two, author, and marriage and family therapist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of the hit TLC series "Shalom in the Home" joins the Squad as a special guest to discuss the breakdown of family life, the need to make judgements about right and wrong, and when to hate our enemies.

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The Moral Left

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

truck.jpgVictor Davis Hanson on the benefits of $4 gasoline: “Right now I worry more about how Hector Rosales is going to pay the extra cost for his 1983 Ford 150 to get to north Fresno to mow lawns than Laurie David Gulfstreaming to her Martha Vineyard’s second home, while on break from her LA enclave.”

hillary.jpgAnd channeling Hillary: “After we withdraw from the quagmire of Iraq, we look forward to working again with the governments in Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra that will emerge to manage their own affairs. The demonization of Iran and Syria is over, and it is critical that we enter into a serious dialogue with both, without either preconditions or prejudices, to hear their novel and constructive ideas about regional stability.”

Read it all @ Works and Days

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Time For a Little Chat

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - by Jules Crittenden


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Does the Bush administration calling for talks with Iran mean a change in policy? Perhaps, but not in the way some would like to think. by Jules Crittenden

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Are the media and "civilized" society exacerbating psychological stress in police officers?

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Today while reading one of my trade magazines, ema href=”http://www.nationalpsychologist.com/”The National Psychologist,/a/em I came across a href=”http://www.nationalpsychologist.com/articles/art_v16n3_3.htm” an interesting article /aon the heavy psychological impact that police shootings have on law enforcement officers (LEOs):br /br /blockquoteIt is well established that LEOs suffer an elevated incidence of stress-related problems (e.g., depression, alcohol and substance abuse, marital conflicts, divorce and suicide) with the negative effects impacting families and friends as well. br / br /When an LEO is involved in a shooting, whether as the target of an offender or as a line-of-duty shooter, there is unbridled attention devoted to the incident by news media and the public. br /br /It is commonplace for law enforcement agencies to require “administrative leave” (or something similar) while even a seemingly “clean shoot” is investigated. Media fan the flames and the burden of shooting someone (under any set of circumstances) results in profound stress./blockquote br /br /According to the article, our society also contributes to the stress of an officer involved in a shooting:br /br /blockquotePart of the problem is that our civilized society holds firmly to the notion that violence between people must not be countenanced (except in the commercial media!) This axiom applies even to LEOs who use any level of force, and most certainly deadly force, in the line of duty. The individual who must resort to taking the life of another person, even for the protection of self or others, has been reinforced to feel guilty and rendered incapable of finding psychological resolution of the relevant conflicts. br / br /Certainly LEOs differ in their resilience to stress as well as abilities and resources for coping and affect regulation. Nonetheless, the social framework applies a special filter for shooting incidents, making life difficult for any LEO who engages in a shooting incident./blockquotebr /br /Notice that the incident itself is not what makes the officer guilty and stressed, it is the media and public making their lives miserable. If even police officers are made to feel guilty for protecting the lives of citizens by our “don’t defend yourself or anyone else” culture and media, I can’t imagine how civilians who had to use force are made to feel after an incident in which they had to protect themselves or others. The article goes on to look at why officers are afraid to ask for psychological help, but maybe the real question is: “why is the officer treated as a pariah instead of a hero for protecting others from mayhem?” For if they were treated as a hero, or at least with some respect for doing their emjob,/em then maybe, they could resolve the shooting incident a whole lot faster or on their own without professional help.

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The General Vanishes

Monday, May 14th, 2007 - by Allison Kaplan Sommer


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The story behind the disappearance of Iranian general Ali Reza Asgari is finally told. Or is it? UPDATE: Since this article was published yesterday, two developments have taken place. 1) Documentation blog referred to in this article has been hacked at Blogspot. Hacked URL is HERE. Page with documents still readable is HERE. 2) Indirectly related, Iran arrests top Iranian blogger:

"Mehdi Boutorabi, the CEO of Persian Blog, a service company for Iranian bloggers, was arrested Sunday in his Tehran office, reports said Monday. Persian Blog was founded in 2001 by three students who two years later, during a crackdown by authorities on bloggers which led to many arrests, sold it to Boutorabi, a young entrepreneur close to Iran's reformist movement.... Officially, Boutorabi was arrested over the disappearance of former Pasdaran general, Alireza Asghari, though the connection between the two is unclear and has not been explained by authorities yet."
by Allison Kaplan Sommer, PJM Editor, Tel Aviv

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The McCain Comeback

Monday, May 14th, 2007

John McCain is on the rebound from a political near death experience with stronger numbers in California and Nevada and a strong performance at the California debate. Bill Bradley takes a look at New West Notes @ PajamasXpress.

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Week 17 Begins! Vote Now – And get a Widget to make your site or weblog a polling place.

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Over 110,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The seventeenth week has officially begun. DON'T FORGET: You can put the poll on your website or blog with our free voting widget and become a precinct in the PJ Media Straw Poll. Learn how the readers of your site are voting and compare it the the total.

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Red, White, Or Sprite?

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 - by Nancy Rommelmann


drysoda.jpg Good nose ... exquisite raspberry bouquet ... a taste of licorice with kumquat finishing notes ... Is it wine? No, it's soda. PJM's culinary correspondent Nancy Rommelman has the inside dope - or is it pop - on this latest foodie fad.
by Nancy Rommelmann

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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

To all those moms out there, happy Mother’s Day. Jules Crittenden a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/2007/05/13/motherthink/”has an interesting post /aentitled, “Motherthink” in honor of Mother’s Day.br /br /Update: Jack Lail at the emKnoxville News-Sentinel /emput together a collection of a href=”http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_5534815,00.html”Tennessee women bloggers /afor Mother’s Day. I see two of my favorites on the list–a href=”http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/”View from the Front Porch /aby gun blogger Tamara K. and a href=”http://domesticpsychology.com/blog/”Domestic Psychology/a by Cathy, a mom of five.

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Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Jules Critteden’s a href=”http://www.julescrittenden.com/2007/05/11/good-news-bad-news-14/”Good News/ Bad News is up./a

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Boris Yeltsin: Lessons for America (Part Two)

Saturday, May 12th, 2007 - by Oleg Atbashian


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People who think the Bush years have usurped freedoms and reversed decades of progress "don't even begin to know what junta really means nor what it feels like to live in a dictatorship." Part two of a moving first hand account of the death of the Soviet dictatorship, what came after, and what it means to us today in Iraq. [Part One HERE] by Oleg Atbashian

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Quick–Call the Cops: A Conservative is on the Loose on Campus

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Captain Ed a href=”http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/009943.php”has a post about Troy Scheffler,/a a 31-year-old graduate student who has been placed on probation at Hamline University because he dared to suggest that concealed carry might be more of an answer to school massacres than Critical Incident Stress Debriefing –a fancy name for counseling after a trauma, but guess what, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing doesn’t work and may cause harm, but that’s not important to the PC folks at Hamline. Their only concern–emA CONSERVATIVE ON CAMPUS!/em In an a href=”http://citypages.com/databank/28/1379/article15402.asp”article Captain Ed pointed out/a, the “atrocities” that this grad student was accused of: br /br /blockquoteIn the aftermath, officials at Hamline University sought to comfort their 4,000 students. David Stern, the vice president for academic and student affairs, sent a campus-wide email offering extra counseling sessions for those who needed help coping.br /br /Scheffler had a different opinion of how the university should react. Using the email handle “Tough Guy Scheffler,” Troy fired off his response: Counseling wouldn’t make students feel safer, he argued. They needed protection. And the best way to provide it would be for the university to lift its recently implemented prohibition against concealed weapons.br /br /”Ironically, according to a few VA Tech forums, there are plenty of students complaining that this wouldn’t have happened if the school wouldn’t have banned their permits a few months ago,” Scheffler wrote. “I just don’t understand why leftists don’t understand that criminals don’t care about laws; that is why they’re criminals. Maybe this school will reconsider its repression of law-abiding citizens’ rights”….br /br /So Hamline officials took swift action. On April 23, Scheffler received a letter informing him he’d been placed on interim suspension. To be considered for readmittance, he’d have to pay for a psychological evaluation and undergo any treatment deemed necessary, then meet with the dean of students, who would ultimately decide whether Scheffler was fit to return to the university.br /br /The consequences were severe. Scheffler wasn’t allowed to participate in a final group project in his course on Human Resources Management, which will have a big impact on his final grade. Even if he’s reinstated, the suspension will go on his permanent record, which could hurt the aspiring law student./blockquotebr /I have an idea of how to get potential psychotic school shooters off campus: Just goad them into saying something conservative. Next thing you know, they’ll be whisked off the campus in handcuffs and psychological treatment will be a must–at their expense! Problem solved.br /br /Update: In this original post, I had used the name Tony instead of Troy for Mr. Scheffler’s first name, it is now corrected to Troy Scheffler.br /br /Update II: Captain Ed interviewed Troy Scheffler and a href=”http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/009958.php”posted on it here./a

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