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Saturday, June 30th, 2007 - by David Freeman, PJM Columnist

mighty.jpgA Mighty Heart - a romantic tragedy Americans are staying away from A Mighty Heart because they just don't like movies where they know the good guys will end up dead and sad, theorizes David Freeman in his notebook this week, adding that Angelina Jolie's powerful performance as Mariane Pearl reminds us she can shine on screen and not just in the tabloids. He also offers his take on the latest novel by Salman Rushdie's ex, Marianne Wiggins -- and shares a Hollywood war story.

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A Sporting Chance: Tea, Scones, and Aces

Saturday, June 30th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Watching the matches at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is just as important a 4th of July tradition as fireworks and barbecue for tennis fans. A part of that tradition in recent years has been watching Roger Federer dominate the competition on the grass courts on his way to four consecutive Wimbledon titles. Rick Moran explains why he's well on his way to a fifth.

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The Corn & Miniter Show — #15

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The GOP is coping with defections on Iraq from several senators, but the defeat of the immigration bill comes as a blessing in disguise for John McCain. Now all he has to deal with is the Fred Thompson phenomenon. Top-tier Democratic candidates are fighting a fund-raising war in the media, and Barack Obama may be beating out rival Hillary Clinton for the support of the “little guy”, and Google PageRank. Meanwhile, Mrs. John Edwards dukes it out with a certain well-known “humorist”.
[Audio-only MP3 version also available]

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Blog Week in Review: Thom Shanker

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The guest for this week's podcast is Thom Shanker, New York Times Pentagon correspondent. Thom and Austin Bay talk about the evolving practices of covering the US military at home and abroad. The "Ph.D. level war" in Iraq has introduced new challenges and requirements for journalists, from time away from home, to simply keeping up with the rapidly changing nature of conflict in the 21st century.

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"Nearly twice as many women as men said they perpetrated domestic violence in the past year"

Friday, June 29th, 2007

a href=”http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1183028745.shtml”Trudy W. Schuett at Dean’s World /a sent me a link to a href=”http://www.upi.com/Consumer_Health_Daily/Briefing/2007/06/27/teen_violence_predicts_domestic_violence/9952/”this interesting study /a on domestic violence: br /br /blockquoteSEATTLE, June 27 (UPI) — University of Washington researchers tracing the development of violent behavior have found a link between teenage violence and domestic violence. br /br /Adolescents who engaged in violent behavior at a relatively steady rate through their teenage years and those whose violence began in their mid-teens and increased over the years are significantly more likely to engage in domestic violence in their mid-20s than other young adults, according to lead author Todd Herrenkohl, an associate professor of social work at the University of Washington in Seattle. br /br /The study, published in the journal Violence and Victims, also found no independent link between an individual’s use of alcohol or drugs and committing domestic violence. In addition it showed that nearly twice as many women as men said they perpetrated domestic violence in the past year, including kicking, biting or punching a partner, threatening to hit or throw something at a partner, and pushing, grabbing or shoving a partner, said Herrenkohl./blockquotebr /br /Our culture seems to be encouraging aggressive behavior in girls and women, who tend to display aggression in interpersonal relationships. It is no wonder that many young women feel that it is acceptable to kick, bite or punch a partner. A commenter mentioned the movie, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MQC9H4?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000MQC9H4″emThe Holiday,/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000MQC9H4″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / in a previous post. I saw this movie over the weekend and I must say that the part where Cameron Diaz punched her cheating boyfriend squarely in the face not once but twice and left him bleeding made me wince, it was not funny. But our culture thinks women hitting, pushing and shoving men is hilarious. I wonder if more girls and women just feel more comfortable now admitting that they hit men since it is seen as powerful rather than “unladylike.” But is hitting, kicking and punching your significant other really the way to solve a problem, for either sex?

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Immigration Report: The Gringo View

Friday, June 29th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

The fallout from the immigration fiasco spells trouble for the GOP. by Rick Moran

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Immigration Report: The Hispanic View

Friday, June 29th, 2007 - by Fausta Wertz

A few reasons why many Hispanics didn't want the immigration bill. by Fausta Wertz

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Hi all, it seems that the troll that none of us has missed over the past few weeks is back making comments about my work etc. in an attempt to shut me up for fear of losing my livelihood. The problem is, this tactic only makes me dig in my heels harder and shout even louder. My rights as a citizen and my committment to the first amendment (and the second) are more important to me than my job anyway so this tactic is not a good one to take here. I don’t like to delete comments, but nobody has a right to comment on someone else’s blog — these anonymous cowards can always start their own blogs if they want, and see if they can attract any readers of their own. (Good luck with that, guys). So if you see trolling, just ignore it. Don’t feed the trolls!

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The Long and Winding Road

Thursday, June 28th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

The problem isn't that men won't ask for directions, contends Burt Prelutsky. It's that nobody knows how to give them. [MP3 of Burt reading this story]

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More Video From Tehran

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

New video of gas-rationing protests in Iran shows demonstrators in the nighttime streets of Tehran amid fires and a chanting crowd. One man’s voice can be heard repeating in a happily surprised manner to his friend, “It is a demonstration. It is a demonstration.” Ardeshir Arian’s coverage of the protests for PJM can be found here.

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Ahmadinejad’s Inflammable Blunder

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 - by Meir Javedanfar

Meir Javedanfar explains how by rationing gas, Iran's president imposed sanctions on his people which are more devastating than anything the West could have come up with, and how the move could deal a mortal blow to Ahmadinejad's chances of re-election in 2009.

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Home Cooking

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 - by Nancy Rommelmann

PJM's food writer Nancy Rommelmann ponders the phenomenon of "Mom food" - the dish that mothers enthusiastically prepare for grown offspring when they come back home for a visit, insisting it's their favorite dish. No matter how many times you tell her that your palate has evolved since age six, she still refuses to believe.

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A Liberal College Kid Sees Sicko

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 - by J.B. Goodrich

On Saturday June 23rd I had the pleasure of seeing Sicko, the latest from documentarian Michael Moore. Being a long-time fan of Moore and his films, I arrived an hour and half before show time to make sure I got a good seat for the sneak preview. By J.B. Goodrich

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Why No One Trusts Experts

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

It is important when on TV to think before you speak because sometimes what you say can be misconstrued or add to sterotypes that lead others to discount expert opinions. a href=”http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/?p=915″Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell has a post/a and a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDZUSN8_o3Meurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esnowflakesinhell%2Ecom%2F”link to a CNN video /a showing a discussion of risk factors between three experts discussing pregnant women killed by boyfriends. One of the risk factors is men who own guns, says the commentator and asksa href=”http://patbrownprofiling.blogspot.com/” criminal profiler Pat Brown /ato comment. “Psychopaths are fascinated by weaponry ….If you are hooking up with a guy with a big gun collection or those big ninja knives it’s a big red flag, he’s not doing yoga….if he loses it with you or in his life–he may eliminate you.” A poor choice of words. br /br /It implies that men who own guns may be psychopaths who will kill you. That’s silly, and I hope that Ms. Brown did not mean to say this–it is false. Psychopaths are very rare anyway, and gun owners are common. The fact is that the majority of emlegal/em gun owners in this country are found to be more law abiding–not less. The a href=”http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/urdel.pdf”Department of Justice /adid a study and found that a href=”http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=563″”Boys who own legal firearms have much lower rates of delinquency /aand drug use (than boys who own illegal guns) and are even slightly less delinquent than non-owners of guns.” Ms. Brown would probably be careful to avoid smearing an entire racial group with charges of criminality, and I hope that next time she’ll be careful to avoid similar statements about gun owners.br /br /And by the way, a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/06/26/ask_dr_helen”Say Uncle, in response to your question, am I psycho? /a Not for being a gunowner but that’s about all I can vouch for at the moment.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong Criminal Profiler Pat Brown responds in the comments:br /br /blockquoteWasn’t it just a few months ago when I got wailed on by the left during the Virginia Tech massacre for suggesting kids should carry guns to school to protect themselves? Sometime during the many interviews I did that week I said something to the effect that if we allowed concealed carry on campuses maybe someone would have taken Cho out. I am a big fan of concealed carry because I know criminals carry concealed weapons all the time and I would like to even the field with some honest citizens carrying a few themselves so criminals don’t think no one will shoot back. I think of how many lives would be saved if only someone in the school or company could defend against mass murderers instead of allowing these killers from mowing down a bunch of sitting ducks who are desperately try to hide behind furniture to save their lives.br /br /Now, after doing interviews on the Jesse Davis murder, those from the right are taking one statement out of context and going nuts about it. It seems they think that I believe any man who owns a gun is a danger to women. If I thought that, I guess I would be talking about my own father and my own son. They have guns for personal protection. For that matter, my daughter has guns for personal protection and I also own firearms for personal protection. I am all for gun ownership for personal protection. Clearly, I was not saying a man with a gun is a psychopath.br /br /Nor was I saying a man who might have a collection of guns is a psychopath. I know many of these men as well. They are hunters or lovers of antiques or do a lot of target shooting. What I was talking about during the Paula Zahn Show was the combination of psychopathic behavior and an obsession with weaponry as psychopath love weapons as it gives them a feeling of power and control. Psychopaths do indeed have a fascination with guns and knives and just because the rest of us might happen to own weapons or even have a number of them as a hobby doesn’t eliminate the fact that psychopaths may also be shopping at the gun store with us.br /br /Women must learn to differentiate between psychological healthy men and unpsychologically healthy men if they want to keep from getting into a dangerous life threatening situation. No one trait will be proof that an individual is a psychopath but add a bunch of traits together and this is a warning. A kind, honorable, honest man with a gun collection is not a psychopath or a danger to anyone but a lying, manipulative, arrogant creep who has a cache of twenty weapons is someone a woman wants to get the hell away from. A man who teaches history at the local junior high school and happens to have a collection of Asian swords is not someone a woman should be frightened of but a man who obsessively watches ninja flicks, brags about how he used to be in the CIA, can’t keep a job, calls women sluts and whores, and owns a huge collection of swords and daggers, now there is a guy a woman wants should avoid like the plague.br /br /Anyone who watched the actual Paula Zahn Show and paid attention to the whole conversation and intent would clearly know I was not labeling gun owners psychopaths. Unfortunately, when words are taken out of context and printed on the Internet, often the meaning of those words get misunderstood. I apologize to any gun owners (who aren’t psychopaths) who thought they were the target of my statements. I respect your constitutional rights to own firearms and would never want to see those taken away. I, like you, want to be sure I can protect myself and my family. I wouldn’t want it any other way.br /br /Criminal Profiler Pat Brown/blockquote

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The Glenn and Helen Show: Austin Bay and Jim Dunnigan on Iraq

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Once again Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith talked to %%AMAZON=0688141528 two military experts,%% Jim Dunnigan of StrategyPage and Pajamas blogger extraordinaire Austin Bay, about the war, Iraq, and America. As always, they have a lot of interesting information and perspective that you're not likely to get anywhere else. Click "Read" to listen and learn!

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Podcast with Austin Bay and Jim Dunnigan

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/0688141528amp;tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789amp;creative=9325″img src=”http://instapundit.com/archives/images/baydunnigan.jpg” align=”right” border=”0″ //aWe’re back with our favorite military experts, Jim Dunnigan of a href=”http://www.strategypage.com/”Strategy Page.com /aand soldier-blogger Austin Bay of a href=”http://www.austinbay.net/”Austin Bay.net/a, to talk about the global war on terror and other military matters. They discuss the surge, the Iraqi campaign, Iranian troops moving into Iraq and Paris Hilton.br /br /We talk to Jim Dunnigan, publisher of a href=”http://strategypage.com/”StrategyPage.com/a and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2tag=wwwviolentkicomamp;camp=1789creative=9325amp;path=external-search%3Fsearch-type=ss%26index=books%26keyword=James%20Dunnigan”numerous books/a on war, intelligence and security, and Austin Bay, who blogs at a href=”http://austinbay.net/blog”AustinBay.net,/a and who is the a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2tag=wwwviolentkicomamp;camp=1789creative=9325amp;path=external-search%3Fsearch-type=ss%26index=books%26keyword=Austin%20Bay”author/a of both novels and nonfiction works on war and military matters. They provide their always-interesting take on what’s going on, and what’s likely to happen next in Iraq and Iran.br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/06/26/the_glenn_and_helen_show_austi_1.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file and listen at your leisure by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070627-BayDunnigan.mp3″clicking right here,/a and you can get a lo-fi version suitable for dialup by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/06/26/the_glenn_and_helen_show_austi_1.php”going here/a and choosing the lo-fi version. Plus, you can always a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643amp;s=143441″subscribe for free via iTunes, /awhich is what all the cool kids do.br /br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us./a

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Tehran Burns

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 - by Ardeshir Arian

With virtually no warning, the Islamic Regime declared gas rationing in oil-rich Iran, sparking furious protests across the country -- and PJ Media has video of the angry crowds setting gas stations on fire.
PJM's Ardeshir Arian, following developments in Iran closely by phone and on the Internet, reports that unrest sparked by government gas rationing took place mainly in Tehran, but also in other cities.

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Paris Lights: Navigating Israel

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 - by Nidra Poller, PJM Editor, Paris

When last we checked in with PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller, she was dancing at a journalist's wedding with some big-time political types. In the second installment of her Israel travelogue, she shmoozes with Bibi Netanyahu, gets lost in Jerusalem, visits the West Bank, and contemplates whether flames can be extinguished on the Sabbath.

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Secret Reid Plan for Immigration Bill

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

cari.reid.jpgPJM Washington Editor Richard Miniter has an exclusive report on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's use of an "unprecedented combination of legislative procedures" to push through the controversial Kennedy Immigration Bill.

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Family Court Hell

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Thanks to the many readers who a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=464132amp;in_page_id=1770amp;ICO=NEWSamp;ICL=TOPART”been sending me this story over/a the past several days. Many of you expressed concern about the horrible story of Mark Harris, an English father who was jailed for waving at his daughter: br /br /blockquoteDenied access to his three children after his divorce, Mark was jailed for standing outside his house to wave to them. It took ten years and 133 hearings before they were reunited. How CAN the Government insist cases like his are kept secret?br /br /Every day there is some reminder of what Mark Harris calls ‘the lost years’.br /br /It could be his daughter’s reference to a particular birthday party or a family holiday. It could be talk of exams sat, dentists visited or pop stars worshipped.br /br /Each time it happens, he feels a stab of regret. ‘I missed so much,’ he reveals, with understandable bitterness. ‘They took my daughter’s childhood, her formative years, from me. Lisa is 20 now. I didn’t see her between the ages of ten and 16. An awful lot happens in a child’s life in that time, and I missed it all….’br /br /’What happened to my family is unforgivable. And that it was all sanctioned – ordered – by a system that is supposed to help families is outrageous.’br /br /The controversial family court system has much to answer for in this case. Mark Harris isn’t the first father who has questioned how it operates. Family court proceedings are notoriously secretive, and campaigners have long appealed for the proceedings to be more open and judges more accountable.br /br /That is not to be, however. Last week the Lord Chancellor ruled that proceedings must remain secret – something that horrifies Mark and his girls. br /br /…So angry is he about his experiences that he has written a book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FFamily-Court-HELL-Mark-Harris%2Fdp%2F1906206120%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1182868621%26sr%3D8-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″iFamily Court Hell./i/a ‘Surely my story is evidence enough that the system needs to change.br /br /’If it doesn’t, the family courts are open to abuse by unaccountable judges and social workers with their own agendas, whose word is taken as law and who almost invariably favour the mother. /blockquotebr /br /Mr. Harris says that his case is not unique, many other fathers are going through similar situations–heck, even in the US, being a movie star is no protection– Alec Baldwin believes he has gotten the shaft and a href=”http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/baldwin%20wants%20custody%20battle%20book%20to%20help%20desperate%20dads_21_01_2006″is writing a book/a about the experience. br /br /It is common knowledge among men that they have fewer rights than they could ever imagine when they get into the divorce process. I sometimes wonder if in the back of their mind, some dads know that the deck is stacked against them and this is why they do not get too engaged with their children if they are not getting along with the mother. The less emotional engagement, the less pain and frustration when the courts, the mother and the lawyers finish with the process. Many men are told that they do not care about families and children and maybe some don’t but my guess is that there are a number of fathers who had to disengage to save their emotional lives. This ends up being tragic for both the father and the children.

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Ask Dr. Helen

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

I have a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/06/ask_dr_helen.php”a new advice column over at Pajama’s Media/a called “Ask Dr. Helen” where readers can ask questions and have them answered:br /br /blockquoteShe’s wearing her Pajamas and she’s ready for your questions. br /br /Dr. Helen Smith, the forensic psychologist and blogger from Knoxville, Tennessee, co-star of PJM’s Glenn and Helen Show, also known popularly as the Instawife, kicks off her new advice column with an important question on the topic of competence: “What should an adult be able to do?”/blockquotebr /br /Do you have a pressing question that you need help with regarding relationships, men’s issues, culture or life in general? Drop a comment below, a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/06/ask_dr_helen.php”write one at PJM/a or email me at askdrhelen at hotmail.com.

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Ask Dr. Helen

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

She's wearing her Pajamas and she's ready for your questions. Dr. Helen Smith, the forensic psychologist and blogger from Knoxville, Tennessee, co-star of PJM's Glenn and Helen Show, also known popularly as the Instawife, kicks off her new advice column with an important question on the topic of competence: "What should an adult be able to do?"

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Iranian Regime’s Heavyweight Gunned Down

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 - by Ardeshir Arian

The killing of a senior figure in Iran's regime, the third in two months, is again downplayed by the country's authorities. PJM special correspondent Ardeshir Arian explores the implications.

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Paris Lights: Shining on Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 - by Nidra Poller, PJM Editor, Paris

A political confab, a cozy hotel and a romantic wedding -- there was never a dull moment for visiting PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller during her visit to Jerusalem.

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The Bear Strikes Back

Monday, June 25th, 2007 - by NZ Bear

Last week on PJ Media, economist Max Sawicky took aim at the Porkbusters and their campaign to cut so-called "earmarks" in Congressional appropriations bills. Now NZ Bear - one of Porkbusters' fathers - gets his innings.

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