Thisa href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/06/i-fear-best-i-can-do-is-to-say-that-im.html” elitist and tacky behavior /aby emThe New Republic /emwriter Christopher Orr makes me glad we let our subscription to the magazine run out a couple of years ago. What I love is a href=”http://www.tnr.com/blog/show_comments.mhtml?b=the_plankpid=119116″the comment section at TNR /awhere almost all of the comments are supportive of Orr–and there are almost no comments supportive of Prof Althouse–except Prof Althouse. Looks fishy to me–I wonder if Orr’s elitism extends to editing out comments that disagree with his position? I guess Ann is correct when she states: br /br /blockquoteHa! You’d prefer to slam people and have them silently take it, right? Bloggers don’t do that. The comfy old days of MSM are gone. Thanks for admitting that you can’t handle the new situation where the people you attack have a way of fighting back.br /br /I repeat: Ha!/blockquotebr /br /I second that Ha.
Traditionally, a Monday morning quarterback analyzes the game that took place on Sunday with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. In this new weekly feature, PJM's William Bradley is doing the opposite -- looking at the week ahead in American presidential politics, with what he describes as "blurry foresightedness." The week ahead, he predicts, will be all about the money.
Football and hockey are for sissies. PJM's Rick Moran introduces us to the Afghani national sport, in which death is common and broken bones are just part of the game.
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali has looked deep and hard at the Muslim world in which she grew up and has challenged Muslims to think equally deep and hard, writes Salim Mansur, in a profile of the controversial figure who has dared to speak out at great personal risk.
Happy summer! Time for Fourth-of-July picnic food; cole slaw, burgers off the grill, and baskets of tasty fried chicken. Nancy Rommelman celebrates the crisp and juicy all-American dish. (Remember -- reading the article is calorie-free.)
Daily Pundit a href=”http://dailypundit.com/?p=26430″has a good post on why men /ado not want to become Big Brothers: emBECAUSE OF THE FEAR OF CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS/em–Duh….why does anyone question this and try to make the lame argument thata href=”http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110010240″ men are selfish?/a br /br /blockquoteSteven Rhoads, author of “Taking Sex Differences Seriously,” agrees with Prof. Putnam that women are much more social. But he focuses more on what he views as innate differences between the sexes. Men, he argues, are “fundamentally more selfish.” Unlike women, “they’re simply less interested in people. And they’re less empathetic.” According to Mr. Rhoads, the trick to getting them to volunteer lies in appealing to men’s egos, even their sense of duty and heroism. “Men need to be needed,” he tells me. “Make it clear: We need you and this is really important.”/blockquotebr /br /The media blares non-stop stories about perverts (men, of course, women can’t be perverts–they are “educators of young men”) snatching girls, police detectives and a href=”http://www.amw.com/safety/”even Ms. America /atrying to entrap men on the internet, domestic violence committed by men only and teachers (usually male) going to jail or fired for abuse allegations, the Duke rape case etc. And the BB/BS can’t figure out why any self-respecting man does not want to go within fifty feet of a child? Get a clue.
The Moderate Voice has aa href=”http://themoderatevoice.com/media/blogging/13662/around-the-sphere-june-23-2007/” round-up of links /ataking readers to intriguing reading at weblogs representing various opinions from all over the blogo-you-know-what. Sadly, I saw at one of the links that blogger AubreyJ had a heart attack, but fortunately is recovering well and is the owner of a new heart stent. a href=”http://aubreyj818.blogspot.com/2007/06/aubreyj-had-heart-attack.html”Go by and wish him well /aif you get a chance.
Moqtada al-Sadr has recently accused Iran of assisting Al-Qaeda. Could this be the latest signs of a breakup between the Shia cleric and his allies across the border? by Mohammed Fadhil, PJM Baghdad Editor
Novelist-playwright-screenwriter David Freeman reviews Michael Chabon's latest novel The Yiddish Policeman's Union and La Vie En Rose, the new French biopic of Edith Piaf. by David Freeman, PJM Columnist
Feeling bad about that old clunker? When PJ Media read our own Claudia Rosett's "A Gathering of BMWs & Tyrannies" in NRO, we felt extra bad. But we sucked it up and asked Claudia to photograph all those Beemers and Benzes parked outside Geneva United Nations HQ for the meeting of their "reformed" Human Rights Council.
“I don’t think the Democratic Party will ever govern successfully until it does to its crazed extreme Left what the Republicans once did to the wacko far right.” Victor Davis Hanson, Works & Days
"Questions that were arguably glossed over by the 9/11 Commission, about the communications snafus that led to so many firefighters losing their lives, as well as a perceived lack of compassion for workers cleaning up Ground Zero will dog his campaign and actually be used against him by his opponents... Instead of a positive, 9/11 could end up as a millstone around his neck, dragging him down to defeat." by Rick Moran, PJM columnist
It's been a non-stop celebration in Iran since Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip last week. PJM's Iran analyst Meir Javedanfar, however, has spotted a lone, but prominent contrarian voice in the Iranian media contending that Hamas' actions in Gaza may have represented "bitter mistakes of historic proportions."
In a friendly intra-Pajamas -- not the same pair, we assure you -- disagreement, in-house contrarian Max Sawicky takes aim at the Porkbusters and their plans to cut government waste. by Max B. Sawicky, PJM columnist
Cathy Young a href=”http://www.reason.com/news/show/120879.html”has an interesting article in emReason/em /aon 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;” / emThat’s What Little Boys Are Made Of: The false wisdom of a “dangerous” book./em br /br /blockquoteIs The Dangerous Book… sexist? While it encourages respect for girls, it does seem to treat them more as “the weaker sex” than as equals. In one grating passage, boys are encouraged to carry a handkerchief, among other things, for “offering one to a girl when she cries.” Boys are reminded not to make a girl feel stupid if she needs help, but nothing is said about the possibility of accepting help from a girl, or losing gracefully if bested by a girl at some “boy” activity./blockquotebr /br /In the last paragraph of the article, Cathy mentions the new book coming out as a companion book for girls: a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061472573?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0061472573″emThe Daring Book for Girls./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0061472573″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / How much you want to bet that this book will not be seen as sexist at all? It will probably be viewed as a liberating book for girls. Yep, sexist if boys do it, liberating when girls to it. Yawn, same old story.
As the fighting in Gaza reached its horrific fever pitch last week, it was hard to know which side to cheer for. by Jules Crittenden
It's finally happened: there's a two-state solution in Palestine. The only problem is that the two states are both Palestinian, run by terrorist Hamas in Gaza and corrupt Fatah in the West Bank. Actually, that's not the only problem; both groups are violent, welfare-dependent, and dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Find out who's to blame and what the future holds in this week's podcast.
PJ Media is proud to announce its latest PajamasXpress blogger – Flemming Rose. Mr. Rose – cultural editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten – should be known to our readers as the man behind the infamous Danish Cartoons, which instigated one of the most significant discussions of free speech of this generation. It is fitting that Flemming joins PJ Media at the moment of yet another free speech controversy, surrounding the knighthood of Salman Rushdie. Flemming has written a special report for PJM about the Rushdie affair here.
And have a look at Flemming’s PajamasXpress blog “Northern Light“. You will want to bookmark it.
I just did a radio show with host Jim Vicevich with “Sound off Connecticut,” a CBS affiliate in Hartfort. We discuss the Mary Winkler case, women getting away with murder, the no touch rules in Fairfax, our man bashing society and domestic abuse. You can a href=”http://www.wtic.com/pages/5450.php”listen to my segment of the show here/a–under “Recent Episodes” on your left.
Filmmaker Stuart Browninga href=”http://www.freemarketcure.com/” has a response /ato Michael Moore’s emSicko/em explaining who the insured are in America–for those of you who prefer to read a transcript rather than watch the short film, a href=”http://www.freemarketcure.com/uninsuredinamerica_transcript.php”go here. /a
Angry Muslim reaction after last week's decision by Queen Elizabeth to knight Salman Rushdie came as no surprise. Unfortunately, too many people do not understand the serious consequences of misplaced respect for offended religious feelings. A prime example - the United Nation's Human Rights Council's passage of a scandalous resolution condoning state punishment of speech deemed insulting to religion, which helps regimes that silence criticism and crush dissent. by Flemming Rose
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is on the air for this week's podcast. On the topic of internet regulation he says that, "The federal government ought to keep its hands off as much as possible," but he isn't pleased with the current terminology of "Net Neutrality," which he describes as, "The opposite of what some of the proposed legislation would do." The senator also talks about the current immigration bill, and the national security and regulatory issues that surround it.
Thanks to several readers who a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/17/AR2007061701179_pf.html” sent me this story /aabout the Fairfax middle school who has a new rule: “No touching allowed!”br /br /blockquoteFairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder. That landed him a trip to the school office.br /br /Among his crimes: hugging.br /br /All touching — not only fighting or inappropriate touching — is against the rules at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna. Hand-holding, handshakes and high-fives? Banned. The rule has been conveyed to students this way: “NO PHYSICAL CONTACT!!!!!”br /br /…..It isn’t as if hug police patrol the Kilmer hallways, Hernandez said. Usually an askance look from a teacher or a reminder to move along is enough to stop girls who are holding hands and giggling in a huddle or a boy who pats a buddy on the back. Students won’t get busted if they high-five in class after answering a difficult math problem.br /br /Typically, she said, only repeat offenders or those breaking other rules are reprimanded. “You have to have an absolute rule with students, and wiggle room and good judgment on behalf of the staff,” Hernandez said./blockquotebr /br /This no touch rule seems wrong in so many ways, I don’t know where to begin. I used to think schools were becoming like prisons, but honestly, prisoners have more rights. As one parent so aptly put it in the article, “how will you teach students right from wrong?” Indeed, how? For, if every behavior is seen in terms of black and white, how will kids learn where the boundaries are? Physical touch, along with adult guidance teaches kids where the boundaries are, no touching at all teaches them that normal expressions of behavior are aberrant–or that they have to sneak behind the backs of those in authority to get or show affection. What kind of lesson is that to teach? br /br /Because we do not allow fighting of any kind, kids no longer know how to fight and when they become enraged, they go overboard and hurt others in ways that before were unimaginable. Kids can no longer be touched in appropriate ways so some engage in sex early as a way to get any kind of affection denied to them by society. Heck, most adults stay so far away from kids they don’t know (or those they do know) for fear of being called a pervert or abuser that many kids lack for adult companionship and mentoring. So they grow up lonely. And patting a buddy on the back or a decent handshake is against the rules? Give me a break, no wonder kids are not learning manners-comradery and decency are now outlawed under the guise of “inappropriate touch.” We cannot allow beuraucrats to teach our children that emall/em human touch is bad. It isn’t–even at (gasp!) school. The school should definitely reconsider the rule.