Ed Driscoll reviews the deconstruction of Ike's America in the new cable mini-series Mad Men. "In the hands of a writer like Larry Gelbart or the late Terry Southern, this could be wonderfully satiric stuff... But the writers and producers of Mad Men don't seem interested..."
In an exclusive PJM video interview in Okoboji, Iowa, Mitt Romney tells PJM Washington Editor Richard Miniter that he is “absolutely” committed to victory in Iraq. Of Iraq, Romney says that “at this stage the right course is the troop surge. No one has put forward a Plan B that is superior to that one.” Romney also talks about cutting spending as well taxes, immigration policy, his plan to keep Gitmo open, and putting pressure on the Iranian regime.
Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith caught up with independent journalist Michael Yon via satellite phone. Yon, who's been covering Operation Arrowhead Ripper in the (former) Al Qaedah stronghold of Baqubah reports on how things are going, what he thinks will happen next, and his thoughts on the likely consequences of premature withdrawal. This podcast is sponsored by Volvo Motors. Click "Read" to listen or download...
Vodkapundit's Stephen Green, drank his way through yet another evening of argument, coping with the disappointment that his video questions weren't used in the Democratic "YouTube" debates (These were his contributions to the debate - I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) from Charleston, South Carolina. He's not quite sure how other people made it through the three hours sober. [All promises of payment below are the responsibility of Mr. Green's martini glass. Please direct all requests to said glass.]
After a six-year stint as an elementary school teacher in the tough LA neighborhood of Watts, PJM's Aaron Hanscom would like to know why wealthy Democrats like John Edwards don't support charter schools or voucher programs. Is choice in education only acceptable to Edwards if parents have his kind of money?
a href=”http://michaelyon-online.com/”img src=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/images/yonpic3.jpg” align=right border=0/abr /Michael Yon joins us by satellite phone with the latest developments from Baqubah,Iraq. He discusses how the surge is going so far, what progress, if any, is being made, and if he will join up with Middle Eastern blogger, a href=”http://www.michaeltotten.com/”Michael Totten/a, who just got to Baghdad. You can read more about his current work at a href=”http://michaelyon-online.com/”MichaelYon-online.com./a br /br /You can listen directly — no downloading needed — by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/07/23/the_glenn_and_helen_show_micha_4.php”going here/a and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the whole file and listen at you leisure by a href=”http://richmedia.pjmedia.com/audio/politicscentral/glenn_helen_show/20070723-yon.mp3″clicking right here./a And you can get a lo-fi version, suitable for dialup, by a href=”http://politicscentral.com/2007/07/23/the_glenn_and_helen_show_micha_4.php”going here/a and selecting the lo-fi version. And, of course you can always get a a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″free subscription via iTunes./a You can visit our archives at the a href=”http://www.glennandhelenshow.com”GlennandHelenShow here./a br /br /This podcast is sponsored by Volvo at a href=”http://www.volvocars.us/”Volvocars.us. /a
a href=”http://faustasblog.com/2007/07/dear-ada-brunstein-and-other-matters.html”Fausta at Fausta’s blog/a sent me this article from the NYT’s entitled a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/fashion/22love.html?_r=1ref=styleoref=slogin”"The House of No Personal Pronouns.” /a The writer of the article, Ada Brunstein, provides us with a glimpse into her rather pathological life in which she is living with her “boyfriend,” his wife, and her lover as well as a cat. The article reads like some kind of twisted satire from a href=”http://www.theonion.com/content/index”the Onion/a when the author contemplates why she is jealous of the wife’s presence around the apartment they all share, complete with side by side toothbrushes. As if this isn’t enough, the author complains that the wife leaves all of her things around the apartment and she finds herself feeling hostile towards the woman’s clothes that are thrown all over the house. As if she has an epiphany, this disgruntled girlfriend states:br /br /blockquoteWOMEN don’t wage war the way men wage war, not at first, not unless there’s no other way. Men wage war in the open plains and deserts, donning full body armor, lugging lethal weapons. Women wage battles so imperceptibly that it’s not always clear there’s a battle at all, like tremors in the earth that you can’t quite feel, but you may notice the wind is suddenly odd or the animals are acting funny./blockquotebr /br /Lady, the war’s out in the open, you just don’t have a clue. This woman is so unaware of her ridiculous situation that she has to wait for the house cat to act funny and start taking a whiz on her and her boyfriend’s bed and then on the wife and her boyfriend’s bed before she gets the idea that something is amiss. What a psychic. br /br /Ms. Brunstein justifies her decision to move in with the boyfriend and his wife with this pathetic challenge to herself:br /br /blockquoteAt first I liked the edginess of it all. I considered it a personal challenge. In the past, my jealousies had gotten the better of me. I once argued with a boyfriend over whether I would be O.K. with him sleeping with Uma Thurman (should he ever have the chance). Two months later she showed up in a bar we frequented in the West Village and the argument started all over again.br /br /That was the old me. This was going to be the new me. A stronger, cooler, nothing-fazes-me sort of girlfriend who would prove I’ve outgrown the formerly jealous me. I would be unconventional, brave, hip and oh-so-bohemian in my nonchalance. /blockquotebr /br /Girlfriend, you are so utterly conventional (who isn’t trying to be edgy in Manhattan?), cowardly, out-of-control and gullible in this situation that if you can’t see that, I have some swampland in Florida to tell you about. You haven’t outgrown anything, you are as immature and naive as an adolescent who wonders if she can get pregnant by kissing. A mature adult realizes what he or she can and can’t live with, they do not ignore their feelings in order to be considered cool and “edgy.” The “new you” is not new and improved, it is regressive and immature and cares more about appearances than about substance, but then, isn’t that what forcing yourself to be “edgy” when you may not be is all about? Real edginess and bravery in the relationship realm is about knowing what kind of relationship you feel comfortable with, and following suit, even if you look like a dork.
by Roger L. Simon In last week's column I defended the Daily Kos and JetBlue against Bill O'Reilly - and took some body blows in the comments section for it. O'Reilly, who regards Kos as an extremist site, had attacked the airline for agreeing to sponsor the coming YearlyKos Convention. Evidently, O'Reilly won that battle because JetBlue has rescinded its sponsorship, at least the public part of it.
With many months ahead until the primaries and the first real Democratic debate is tonight. But it already feels like this presidential race has been going on forever. PJM columnist William Bradley wonders whether campaign fatigue may have already set in. Maybe tonight's cool and groovy YouTube Democratic debate will spice it up? (PROGRAMMING NOTE: Vodkapundit's Stephen Green has his cocktail shaker ready and will be liveblogging in his own inimitable style tonight on PJ Media. Bring a glass and join him.)
In a tale that sounds like something out of Kafka, PJM Baghdad editor Omar Fadhil recounts the agonizing story of his attempt to travel the short distance from Iraq to Jordan to pick up his visa at the U.S. embassy there, and shares the indignities of being Iraqi in the Amman airport.
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With most of the vote counted, the direction of the Turkish election is already clear - the ruling Islamist AKP party has scored an important victory. Barry Rubin, reporting for PJM from Istanbul, discusses the consequences of election results that would cause Ataturk - the father of the modern secular Turkish state - to spin in his grave.
What's a foodie to do when a group of people she introduces to a new restaurant fail to appreciate the joys of oxtail croquettes and salt cod fritters? PJM's culinary writer Nancy Rommelmann shares her tapas tragedy.
Why are these men smiling? PJM Iran analyst Meir Javedanfar says it's because Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has just made a worthwhile investment and Syrian president Bashar Assad is enjoying a windfall - a billion dollars from Iran to Syria -- payment for refusing to talk peace.
In the final installment of her adventures in Israel, PJM's Paris editor Nidra Poller immerses herself in Tel Aviv life and discovers "a very special vitality, an immensely endearing sociability, awe-inspiring courage, tremendous human resources, intensity, creativity, industriousness, joie de vivre, sense of humor, a hotbed of humanity, a miracle."
Dr. Sanity says that Harry Potter a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/07/more-important-than-blogging.html”is more important than blogging./a Not to me. Okay, for you Harry Potter fans out there, don’t kill me but I really don’t care that the new book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0545010225?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0545010225″emHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0545010225″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / comes out today. I know people have been standing in line all night and I know there are bloggers out there who love the series, but don’t include me in their number. As Ann Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/07/little-friday-afternoon-vlog.html”said on her vlog yesterday/a, “these are children’s books and I am an adult.” Okay, there are some kids’ books I do enjoy but Harry Potter is not one of them. I struggled through the first book and found it tedious and dull except for the part about Harry living in a closet in his aunt and uncle’s house and his subsequent descriptions of his atrocious cousin. The rest is sort of murky and uninteresting to me. Perhaps I am missing something. Enlighten me if you have read the series and think I have missed the boat in some way.
Burt Prelutsky has had enough of waiting around for you to show up. When you're meeting a man that's always 10 minutes early, have the decency to feed a chicken bone to your dog before you leave the house, and be prepared to act appropriately hysterical at having kept him waiting.
James Lileks joins Austin Bay for this week's podcast. After dropping his nationally syndicated column, and being made the "content-wrangler" for Buzz.mn last month, Lileks talks about the changes the Internet is making to the newspaper business, podcasting and radio, and the talk format's continued success in the age of the blog.
Are the CNN YouTube debates something really new or just a gimmick? Is it necessary for candidates to have a strong web presence? John Edwards and Barack Obama competing on poverty issues — who will win?
Watch David Corn and Richard Miniter discussing this, and more, in this week’s show (10m 20s).
[Audio-only MP3 version also available here]
East Tennessee bloggers are getting ready for two Blogfests and a Blogathon–you can read about these events at Rich Hailey’sa href=”http://shotsacrossthebow.com/archives/002749.html#002749″ Shots Across the Bow Blog./a
California Republican Duncan Hunter is leading a cash and organization-starved campaign that's looking for a lucky break in New Hampshire. But any candidate that hasn't captured the all-important media spotlight is going to have a difficult time breaking out of the anonymous second-tier pack. Rick Moran illuminates the background of one such candidate, and in doing so questions the decidedly narrow focus of those whose hands are at the switch.
Turkish citizens go to the polls on Sunday for an important election. Will the vote reverse the course of Islamization or move it further down the road of becoming a more Islamic, socially conservative society and a foreign policy more attuned to Iran and Syria than to the United States? Barry Rubin, who is covering the elections for PJM, isn't optimistic.
In my entire career, I don’t think I a href=”http://pjmedia.com/2007/07/ask_dr_helen_2.php#c057118″have ever been described this way,/a it’s kind of amusing.br /br /Update: Eric at Classical Values a href=”http://www.classicalvalues.com/archives/2007/07/right_leaning_l.html”wonders if I am an Orgytarian./a
The Democrats went "Back to School" this week, pulling an anti-war "all-nighter." But the results were not even as good as Rodney Dangerfield's in the original film. In a PJM opinion piece, Jules Crittenden says the all-night session in fact pushed some Senators back in the Bush camp.
I got suckered into a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19762056/site/newsweek/?GT1=10150″reading this emNewsweek My Turn/em article /a with the provocative caption “Hands Off My Belly” on MSN today–mainly I read these articles because they pop up when I log out of my hotmail account and I am curious as to what they are about. Anyway, this article is about a woman named Carrie Friedman who is annoyed at fanatical mothers for touching her stomach and asking when she is going to have children. She states that these mothers make it questionable as to whether or not to have children because they are very poor role models for parenthood. She gives a few examples of these annoying mothers such as those who do not pursue their own passions, those who tell her she must not know happiness since she is childless, and mothers who make kids an extension of their own narcissism. However, the most alarming description she gives of annoying mothers is that they do not teach their children manners:br /br /blockquoteNow let’s talk a bit about manners, as in please teach your children some. The world has rules, and kids should learn them. And being well mannered does not infringe on their individuality and freedom.br /br /I crouched to meet the eye line of an acquaintance’s 4-year-old to greet her, and in response, she punched me in the face so hard my mouth bled. What was more baffling was the mother’s reaction: nothing to the child, but to me she said very sternly: “You really shouldn’t talk down to kids.”br /br /I also shouldn’t be punched in the face by kids whose parents don’t know how to set basic boundaries. Experiences like this don’t exactly encourage me to hurry up and get pregnant./blockquotebr /br /I was a bit baffled by this writer’s response to being punched in the face. Her take, “I’m in no hurry to get pregnant.” My take: “WTF? You let a four year old child hit you in the face and then you are dissed by the mother and all you have to say is, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have kids?’ No, the correct response is, ‘You are a very poor role model for this child who has assaulted me with your blessing. One day you will realize what a terrible mistake you have made. Please keep your child away from me or next time I will not be so generous to you.’” br /br /I have seen too many children who are naturally unruly fail to see the consequences of their actions when they are young and their parents only realize their mistake when the child gets older and their behavior is downright dangerous. At best a child does not learn how to control their emotions and interact with others in an adaptive manner and is hard to get along with, at worse, the child’s aggression spirals out of control. Neither of these outcomes is desirable. Not only should parents set boundaries and give children consequences should they treat others in a reckless or dangerous manner but those who are the recepients of such poor behavior should set the parents straight by being firm that they expect better behavior.