» 2007 » July

Dennis Prager: We Could Lose

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The nationally syndicated radio host talks to PJM’s Aaron Hanscom about the real limits of a Fairness Doctrine, taking oaths, a pernicious victim mentality, and how “we could absolutely lose” the war on terror.

Read bullet | Comments »

Lebanon’s Daily Star Does Not Shine

Thursday, July 19th, 2007 - by Lisa Goldman

Canadian-Israeli journalist and blogger Lisa Goldman travelled to Beirut last month to report for PJM on life in Lebanon a year after the war and returned shortly afterwards to film a story for Israel's Channel 10. Goldman wasn't surprised by the angry reaction to her reporting from Hezbollah's al-Manar station and al-Jazeera television. But she was taken aback by the distortions and lies printed about her in the English-language Daily Star. Since the Beirut-based newspaper didn't bother to get her side of the story, she responds here.

Read bullet | Comments »

The Original Porkbusters

Thursday, July 19th, 2007 - by Max B. Sawicky

PJM columnist Max Sawicky pays tribute to the valuable and underappreciated breed of public servant - the whistleblower.

Read bullet | Comments »

"Doc, Don’t be Such a Poker Face"

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Wow, I really am not using this psychologist thing a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289740,00.html”to the fullest of my abilities:/a (Hat Tip: a href=”http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/”Don Surber/a).br /br /blockquoteLAS VEGAS — Jerry Yang, a 39-year-old psychologist who uses his professional training in his card-playing arsenal, won the top prize Wednesday of $8.25 million at the World Series of Poker.br /br /Yang vaulted quickly from eighth to the chip lead soon after play began Tuesday afternoon.br /br /He knocked out seven of the eight other players at the final table, reminiscent of last year when Jamie Gold ran over his opponents. The main difference, Yang did it from the back of the pack.br /br /”The only way I would win this tournament is to be aggressive from the very beginning and that’s exactly what I did,” he said.br /br /An ethnic Hmong person who grew up poor in Laos, Yang said before the final table began that he would donate 10 percent of his winnings to charity, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, the Ronald McDonald House and his alma mater, Loma Linda University./blockquotebr /br /Since he uses his psychological skills at poker, I wonder if he uses his poker skills in his psychology work? I can just hear him with his clients now. “The chips are down, but you’ll be okay.” “Hey, what’s with the poker face?” “If you aren’t getting what you want from the relationship, just up the ante.” Anyone know anymore slang expressions from poker?

Read bullet | Comments »

Better Judges, Better Courts

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

In a column written expressly for PJ Media, Rudy Giuliani declares that judges should be "interpreting the law instead of legislating from the bench" and vows that as president he would nominate strict constructionist judges with "proven fidelity to the Constitution." The former New York mayor and front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination has other legal reforms in store as well... By Rudolph W. Giuliani

Read bullet | Comments »

A Tale of Three Op-Eds:

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 - by Barry Rubin

All dressed up and starring on the opinion pages of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, Hamas has proudly entered the era of PR and spin. Barry Rubin explains why he believes their news isn't fit to print.

Read bullet | Comments »

There Will Be a Quiz

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 - by Jules Crittenden

Here's a chance to test your skills against highly trained professional news technicians as they question the President of the United States. Jules Crittenden is your quizmaster.

Read bullet | Comments »

Is North Korea Seriously Disarming?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 - by Robert Ayson

Or is it simply leading the US on? Robert Ayson, Director of Studies at the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Center, says the recent shut-down of their reactor is a good sign -- but the truly hard work lies ahead.

Read bullet | Comments »

Simon Says: JetBlue, O’Reilly and the Daily Kos

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

bluefounder.jpg JetBlue founder Bill Neeleman In the first of what will be a regular column, PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon takes on Bill O'Reilly in the controversy surrounding the sponsorship of the YearlyKos Convention by JetBlue Airlines.

Read bullet | Comments »

A Sporting Chance: Golf’s Uphill Battle

Monday, July 16th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

The British Open Golf tournament, played on a devilishly hilly and windy links course in Scotland requires an entirely different set of skills than when it is played on the manicured, relatively flat courses in America. The secret thrill of the event for the average Joe golfer, confesses PJM's Rick Moran, is the fun of watching the top pros in the world weep in anger and frustration.

Read bullet | Comments »

Is Too Much Girl Talk too Much of a Good Thing?

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Did you ever wonder why your teen-aged daughter seemed even more morose and upset after a long chat with her girlfriends? Well, this study may provide the answer, she could be co-ruminating:br /br /a href=”http://www.proteinwisdom.com/”Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom/a emailed me this a href=”http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-07/uom-gwc071307.php”very interesting study that found/a that girls who complain about their problems were at greater risk of developing anxiety and depression:br /br /blockquote A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia has found that girls who talk very extensively about their problems with friends are likely to become more anxious and depressed.br /br /The research was conducted by Amanda Rose, associate professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Science. The six-month study, which included boys and girls, examined the effects of co-rumination – excessively talking with friends about problems and concerns. Rose discovered that girls co-ruminate more than boys, especially in adolescence, and that girls who co-ruminated the most in the fall of the school year were most likely to be more depressed and anxious by the spring….br /br / “For years, we have encouraged kids to find friends who they can talk to about their problems, and with whom they can give and receive social support,” Rose said. “In general, talking about problems and getting social support is linked with being healthy. What’s intriguing about these findings is that co-rumination likely represents too much of a good thing. Some kids, especially girls, are taking talking about problems to an extreme. When that happens, the balance tips, and talking about problems with friends can become emotionally unhealthy.”br /br /Rose said adolescents should be encouraged to talk about their problems, but only in moderation and without co-ruminating. /blockquotebr /br /I wonder if this over-talking and resulting anxiety and depression extends to adult women?br /br /Update: John Ford at the California Medicine Man a href=”http://califmedicineman.blogspot.com/2007/07/hazards-of-talking-about-your-problems.html”weighs in on the study./a

Read bullet | Comments »

Ask Dr. Helen: Love and Politics

Monday, July 16th, 2007 - by Helen Smith

What does Dr. Helen think of same-sex marriage? Does her Insta-husband agree? If the answer were "yes" and they disagreed strongly on that and other key political issues, does she think it would do damage to their relationship? Fasten your seatbelts: this week, PJM's advice columnist wades into some controversial waters.

Read bullet | Comments »

Monday Morning Quarterback: Obamamania and McCain’s Meltdown

Sunday, July 15th, 2007 - by Bill Bradley

Obama is still going strong among Democrats and it appears that his edge over Hillary is likely to grow this week. As for the Republicans, it's all question marks. Will McCain dissolve completely? Will either Rudy or Mitt gain momentum? Will "Fred!" announce already? PJM's William Bradley checks his crystal ball for the answers.

Read bullet | Comments »

Week 26 in progress! … Make your website or blog a polling place by getting your WIDGET here

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Over 130,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The twenty-sixth 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.

Read bullet | Comments »

Paris Lights: Reality Show in Ra’anana

Sunday, July 15th, 2007 - by Nidra Poller, PJM Editor, Paris

PJM editor Nidra Poller, an American who moved to Paris, visits French Jews who have recently left the country she adopted. She finds the two women who left their beloved Paris in the part of Israel that CNN never visits -- the animated sun-drenched streets of a safe, well-kept suburban city.

Read bullet | Comments »

Culture Bytes: David Freeman’s Notebook

Saturday, July 14th, 2007 - by David Freeman, PJM Columnist

What's in a name? Quite a bit, says PJM culture writer David Freeman, and even more so when a name isn't really a name -- it's a pseudonym. Freeman also offers his take on the controversial documentary "Sicko." Flaws and all, he says, if it takes Moore's ham-handed grandstanding to get Americans better health care, so be it.

Read bullet | Comments »

The Corn & Miniter Show — #16

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

The McCain campaign has been reduced to second-tier status by fund-raising woes. But there’s a “new McCain” on the rise in the form of a much anticipated and perpetually delayed announcement from Fred Thompson. While Fred’s “trophy wife” is the subject of some media scorn, he’s far better off than Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who has been caught in an act that he once thought was a serious enough sin to merit impeachment.
[Audio-only MP3 also available]

Read bullet | Comments »

Dueling Views of Iran

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Michael Ledeen responds to Meir Javedanfar’s article below on Ledeen’s Faster, Please! PajamasXpress blog.

Read bullet | Comments »

Blog Week in Review: Rockstars for Whatever

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom and Neo-Neocon join Austin Bay for this week's podcast. They discuss the Live Earth Concert and rock stars raising cash for causes. Plus, what happens to a film like "Gone with the Wind" when you watch it in your hand via a portable DVD player? Find out during a discussion of "The Incredibly Shrinking Content."

Read bullet | Comments »

Ahmadinejad’s Popularity Fading Fast

Saturday, July 14th, 2007 - by Meir Javedanfar

Meir Javedanfar reports on the recent SMS poll that registered a resounding rejection of the Ahmadinejad administration by the Iranian people. But the West, he says, must be careful not to push them back into the arms of the extremist politicians that are losing their loyalty.

Read bullet | Comments »

Hollywood in Trouble: Screw The Writers (Again)

Friday, July 13th, 2007 - by Roger L Simon

Back in moviedom's glory days, Jack Warner famously called screenwriters "Schmucks with Underwoods." Today, they're mostly "Schmucks with Apples." But whatever they are, they're schmucks in the eyes of Hollywood. by Roger L. Simon

Read bullet | Comments »

If Laws Don’t Do It, They’ll Do It

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Danish radical Muslims are not giving up on the newspaper Jyllands-Posten and both its editor-in-chief Carsten Juste and its culture editor -and PajamasXpress blogger- Flemming Rose. They plan to issue a fatwa on them if they’re acquitted by Denmark’s Supreme Court for the publication of the 12 cartoons of Mohammed in September 2005. Read the whole story at PajamasXpress Northern Lights.

Read bullet | Comments »

Hypocrisy All Around

Friday, July 13th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Long trodden upon lines of propriety have been crossed once again in the media's most recent Larry Flynt-sponsored rush to expose a Republican caught engaging in acts beyond the bounds of his marriage. Rick Moran examines the recklessness of ignoring both the messenger and the message in the capital's game of sanctimonious gotcha.

Read bullet | Comments »

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The Norm blog run by Norm Geras has a href=”http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2007/07/the-normblog–1.html”a profile up of me here./a

Read bullet | Comments »

Beirut – A Year Later

Thursday, July 12th, 2007 - by Lisa Goldman

Last summer, she experienced Katyusha fire in northern Israel, and commiserated with Lebanese bloggers from her Tel Aviv apartment as their city was being bombed by Israeli Air Force, Canadian-Israeli journalist and blogger Lisa Goldman ventured into Beirut herself to experience Lebanon on the first anniversary of the war that shook both countries. This is the first in a series of her reports for PJM.

Read bullet | Comments »