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The Corn & Miniter Show — # 9

Friday, May 11th, 2007

This week, David Corn and Richard Miniter discuss humor in political campaign ads; the media excitement in the first black presidential candidate over the first Hispanic candidate. On the Republicans’ side, they try to figure out Rudy Giuliani’s position on abortion and how it could affect his chances; Tommy Thompson surprising surge ahead in the PJM Straw Poll, and uneasiness among the ranks regarding the Iraq war. Click “Play” above for your viewing pleasure!

(MP3 audio version available HERE)

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Boris Yeltsin: Lessons for America

Friday, May 11th, 2007 - by Oleg Atbashian


yeltsintime.jpgPeople 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 one 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. by Oleg Atbashian

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Capital Punishment: The Stupidity Defense

Friday, May 11th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky


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In the ongoing and ever-contentious capital punishment debate, few have noticed that the State of California - in the footsteps of the U.S. Supreme Court - has carved out its own special exception for those with a low IQ. Burt Prelutsky has. by Burt Prelutsky

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“I Did What I Thought Was Right”

Friday, May 11th, 2007 - by Richard North


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British Prime Minister Tony Blair's legacy will only be properly assessed decades from now. Richard North explains why. by Richard North

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Iranian Weapons. American Lives.

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - by Richard Miniter


A PJ Media exclusive video and interview about the Iranian weapons flooding Iraq. By Richard Miniter BAGHDAD--Maj. Martin Weber, an explosives expert, is trying to walk through a political mine field with me.

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Film Review: “Islam vs. Islamists”

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon


Martyn Burke's documentary "Islam vs. Islamists" (produced with Frank Gaffney and Alex Alexiev) was commissioned by PBS for its "American Crossroads" series, but never shown by the network. Quality control or censorship? PJ Media CEO and Motion Picture Academy member Roger L. Simon has seen the film and has an answer. by Roger L. Simon

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The Glenn and Helen Show: David Verklin on Online (and Offline) Advertising

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Traditional media are worried, and new media are excited. In both cases, it has a lot to do with where the advertising money is going, and where it's not going. Nobody knows more about advertising than David Verklin, CEO of Carat Americas. Carat is the world's largest independent media buying operation, and Verklin is also the coauthor -- with Bernice Kanner -- of %%AMAZON=0470056436 Watch This, Listen Up, Click Here: Inside the 300 Billion Dollar Business Behind the Media You Constantly Consume.%% Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talk to him about what's happening now, what will happen next, and how the future of advertising might actually be more pleasant for consumers, as advertisers serve up ads based on things people are actually interested in. A podcast brought to you by Volvo Cars USA. Click "More..." to listen or download.

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Podcast on Blog Advertising and More

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RkJ_-Vl-CHI/AAAAAAAAAA4/whtbYuezspA/s1600-h/verklincov.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RkJ_-Vl-CHI/AAAAAAAAAA4/whtbYuezspA/s200/verklincov.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5062749640042874994″ //abr /Today, we talk with David Verklin, author (along with Bernice Kanner) of a new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470056436?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0470056436″emWatch This, Listen Up, Click Here: Inside the 300 Billion Dollar Business Behind the Media You Constantly Consume./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0470056436″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Verklin is CEO of Carat Americas, the world’s largest independent media buying operation, and he talks about what’s going on with the ad business and how it’s likely to impact new media, especially the web, blogs and mobile hand-held devices. br /br /You can listen directly — no downloads needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/05/09/the_glenn_and_helen_show_david.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070510-Verklin.mp3″clicking right there,/a and you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, etc., by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/05/09/the_glenn_and_helen_show_david.php”going here/a and selecting “lo fi.” And of course, you can get a a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″free subscription via iTunes/a — and why wouldn’t you, really?br /br /This podcast is brought to you by a href=”http://volvocars.us/”Volvo Motors USA./a Music is “Nobody’s Full,” by the a href=”http://www.disgraceland.com/?page_id=49″Opposable Thumbs./a

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Please Help Me Out!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

The nice folks at BlogAds are running their annual reader survey. Please take a few minutes (okay–about 12) to answer their questions so that I can find out more about my readers.br /br /a href=”http://www.blogreaderproject.com/survey/bc6df5c8d9f3c744bcdaf6a86cf1e384″ Please take my blog reader survey!/abr /br /Update: I am moving this post to the top of the page in the hopes that a few more of you who don’t mind taking surveys will participate. Thanks to those who have already filled it out.

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BWIR: Michael J. Totten

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Journalist Michael J. Totten joins Blog Week in Review for this week's podcast. Michael and host Austin Bay discuss Iraq, including Michael's recent trip to Kurdistan, Sarkozy's impact on French foreign policy in the Middle East, and Michael's upcoming trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. Produced by Ed Driscoll. Brought to you by Volvo USA.

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Tehran’s Power Struggle Peaking?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Hossein Moussavian, Iran's "Atomic Boy", to be allegedly released from detention by the authorities. A sign that the game is heating up between Iran's two rival factions, argues PJM special correspondent Ardeshir Arian.

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Sanity Squad: Sarkozy on the Couch

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007


sarkozy.jpg The election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France signals that it's most definitely not business as usual there, although the French are hoping he'll be good for business. Sarkozy is a rare and controversial combination for a French politician: an unapologetic admirer of the US, a man of action, and a believer in the value of work. What does the future hold for France under Sarkozy?

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Dancers for Democracy

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Many of my readers have some interesting blogs that I like to visit; today I was looking at DADvocate’s blog where I a href=”http://bornavol.blogspot.com/2007/05/will-feminists-rescue-strippers.html”found this interesting post/a on the new restrictions being proposed to be placed on strip clubs in Ohio. It appears a href=”http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2007/04/17/ddn041807sexclubs.html”that a new bill /a (registration is required) prohibits sexually-oriented businesses from staying open between midnight and 6 a.m. and requires nude or semi-nude performers to be at least six feet away from customers on a stage at least two feet off the floor. These restrictions have brought out activist strippers who call themselves “Dancers for Democracy” a href=”http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=6450495″to protest the bill:/abr /br /blockquoteTOLEDO — They call themselves “Dancers for Democracy,” and today they protested near Ohio’s capitol to tell state lawmakers to “butt out” and let them do their thing. A bill being debated by the Ohio Senate would restrict nudity after midnight in exotic dance clubs and require the dancers and patrons to stay at least six feet apart. Those new rules, the dancers say, would put them out of business.br /br /Two dozen dancers appeared Tuesday morning at a Columbus news conference wearing suits, tops and slacks, or pink T-shirts reading “Dancers for Democracy.” A spokeswoman for the dancers said most of them are young women with children who use their wages to pay for college…..br /br /The six-foot rule will cause wages to drop off dramatically and force many of the dancers into minimum wage jobs, said Charity Fickisen, a Columbus dancer and chairwoman of “Dancers for Democracy”….br /br /According to “Dancers for Democracy,” those who violate the rule could be found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor, which the group points out is the same level of offense for negligent homicide or menacing by stalking./blockquotebr /Dadvocate a href=”http://bornavol.blogspot.com/2007/05/will-feminists-rescue-strippers.html”asks a good question in his post,/a “Where are all the feminists?” Afterall, these women will be forced to take lower pay or make minimum wage. They have a right to make a living the way they see fit without interference from the government. I doubt Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton will taking on their cause anytime soon.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

As many of you may have read, a href=”http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070508/NEWS0201/705080371GID=Wy1QfxUBXVI4p1XMEDAgCe70ig9pgCkuRacygpUzfo4%3D”The Tennessean /ahas published a list of names of those with a concealed carry permit in the state. a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/05/08/tennessean_publishes_steal_me_list/”SayUncle has updates /aon the situation and now saysa href=”http://nashvillefiles.com/blog/archives/001449.html” the list has been taken down./a Ahh, the power of the blogosphere.

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A million dudes who call themselves "amateur gynecologists" don’t deserve $100K+ a year for that, either.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Comedian Jennifer Dziura a href=”http://www.jenisfamous.com/2007/05/moms-work-would-bring-in-138095-year.html”has a hilarious take /aon the whole notion that mothers are supposed to be paid a small fortune for each of the “jobs” she performs as a mother (Hat Tip: a href=”http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2007/05/put_them_all_together_they_spe.cfm”Economist.com/a):br /br /blockquoteSince we’ve done “CEO,” let’s talk about “psychologist.” JUST BECAUSE YOU PERFORM DUTIES “LIKE” A PSYCHOLOGIST DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PSYCHOLOGIST. A million dudes who call themselves “amateur gynecologists” don’t deserve $100K+ a year for that, either. Psychologists, I’m sure, are pleased that apparently their medical degrees and licenses are irrelevant. I’ve sometimes offered advice to a friend in need, but I don’t charge, and if I did, my counsel would be worth less than that of someone who, you know, passed the MCAT./blockquotebr /br /Actually, that would be the GRE for a psychologist, the MCAT is for psychiatrists, and I assume that most moms don’t prescribe drugs for their kids, unless you count doling out Benadryl to make the kid sleepy on a long car trip as psychiatric services. But anyway, I will tell mothers what people tell me when I complain that psychologists don’t make enough money (and Ms. Dziura confirms this a href=”http://www.jenisfamous.com/2007/05/moms-work-would-bring-in-138095-year.html”in her point number 6/a): Jobs are worth however much other people will actually pay you for them. No more and no less.

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Grand Rounds is up

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

a href=”http://theblogthatatemanhattan.blogspot.com/2007/05/grand-rounds-volume-3-no-33.html”Grand Rounds is up /aat The Blog That Ate Manhattan. Be sure and take a look a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2007/05/radiation-risk-of-ct-scanning.html”at the post by Dr. Wes /aabout the radiation risk of CT scanning.

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Ditch The Accordion

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 - by Jules Crittenden

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A word of unsolicited advice to Nicolas Sarkozy. by Jules Crittenden

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French Election: Clash of Civilizations

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

"Victory is only beautiful if it is generous." Sarkozy wins the French presidency with 53.06% to 46.94%. Largest turnout in three decades - 84.76%. (Official data) It's the best result for a right wing candidate since 1965. For a profile of the new leader of France see, "Nicolas Sarkozy in Three Dimensions." PJ Media's Paris editor Nidra Poller has been filing reports since election day day and will continue. LAST UPDATE (11:00 am in Paris - May 8, 2007): French youths were still rioting during the night, as Socialist party chief François Hollande appeals to anti-Sarkozy demonstrators to stop. Will he succeed?

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Bonjour Sarkozy – Islamic Police Eject French Woman from Tehran Book Fair

Monday, May 7th, 2007 - by Ardeshir Arian


bad%20hijab%20day%201.jpg Iranian women being arrested for improper hijabs by Ardeshir Arian, PJ Media Special Correspondent The Cultural Heritage News Agency of Iran reported today that a French woman who attended the Tehran Book Fair on behalf of the French government was taken against her will from the French booth by the Islamic police and ejected from the fair site for an improper hijab. (A new campaign against laxity in the wearing of the hijab is in progress in Iran.)

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Cho Never Received Outpatient Treatment

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Shockingly, Cho never a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/06/AR2007050601403.html?hpid=topnews”received the mandatory treatment /ahe was court-ordered to have in December of 2005 (Hat Tip: Bugs): br /br /blockquoteSeung Hui Cho never received the treatment ordered by a judge who declared him dangerously mentally ill less than two years before his rampage at Virginia Tech, law enforcement officials said, exposing flaws in Virginia’s labyrinthine mental health system, including confusion about the law, spotty enforcement and inadequate funding….br /br /When a court gives a mandatory order that someone get outpatient treatment, that order is to the individual, not an agency,” said Christopher Flynn, director of the Cook Counseling Center. The one responsible for ensuring that the mentally ill person receives help in these sorts of cases, he said, is the mentally ill person. “I’ve never seen someone delivered to me with an order that says, ‘This person has been discharged; he’s now your responsibility.’ That doesn’t happen.”/blockquotebr /br /Yes, it’s always best to let a mentally ill person decide whether or not they need to attend court-ordered treatment. Maybe the next step should be to let criminals decide whether or not they want to go to jail or not.

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France Warns of Multi-Polar Future

Monday, May 7th, 2007 - by Richard Buchanan

"The U.S. may say, 'We don't fear the rules of the jungle as we are the 400lb gorilla.' If you are the only superpower left in the world why should you accept rules? The U.S. should impose the rules. This is good today, but think of tomorrow - in 20 years - you will be the 500lb gorilla, but maybe China will be the 800 pound gorilla and India the 600 pound gorilla..." by Richard Buchanan

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"These are the sort of wackos who gun down their fellow students at university."

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Who are these wackos who might gun down their fellow students? Felons who have escaped from prison? Angry students who have been bullied within an inch of their life and are hell-bent on revenge? Terrorists who want to destroy all those who oppose them? No, they are …..strongbloggers/strong, at least according to jealous journalist David Bullard at emThe Sunday Times /emwho sees bloggers as such a threat that he a href=”http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/Columnists/DavidBullard/Article.aspx?id=452352″wrote an entire column /adevoted to his fascist views of what should constitute freedom of the press. br /br /His take? Bloggers are nerds who can’t succeed and are out for his job. Funny, then, how many bloggers are high level professionals who often have much more expertise than journalists and much better and more lucrative jobs to boot. For example, the lawyers ata href=”http://www.powerlineblog.com/” Powerline/a, the a href=”http://volokh.com/”Volokh Conspiracy/a, a href=”http://www.talkleft.com/”Talk Left /aand other blogs are hardly nerds with nothing to say who are pining away for a two bit journalist job. Bullard’s biggest complaint about the blogosphere is that (gasp!) there are no rules! People might say anything, even something racist for which Bullard points out that they should spend time in prison–if only someone could catch these horrible anonymous bloggers. In his fascist world, all speech should go through some sort of censorship process where editors and publishers can determine what is appropriate speech for everyone’s ears. It’s no wonder so many bloggers remain annonymous, with fascists like Bullard out there who believe that they should be sent to prison for what they say–why come forward?br /br /At the end of his diatribe, he suggests that print journalists call out “offensive” annonymous bloggers to “name and shame” them as well as publish their physical addresses. I would like to see him try, I can only imagine the backlash of the blogosphere to this little stunt. My guess is that Bullard is actually afraid at heart that his work will soon become obsolete because some little “nerd with nothing to say” will bypass him while happily playing air guitar to thousands of admirers.

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France: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Monday, May 7th, 2007


Just as a new president is elected in France, Max Sawicky argues that the so-called productivity gap between the country and the US is little more than a myth.

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Tommy Thompson mysteriously surges in Pajamas Poll

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Over 110,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The sixteenth week has officially begun. Tommy Thompson is surging in the sixteenth week. Because this Thompson has made no dent in national polls, PJ Media's IT department is investigating possible explanations. Meanwhile .... ....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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Dutch Martyrs

Sunday, May 6th, 2007 - by Pieter Dorsman

Pim Fortuyn, murdered five years ago today, took on conventions to bring about change. Long before radical Islam was on the radar, Fortuyn had defined it, written a book about it and pointed to the need to confront it. by Pieter Dorsman

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